Hijacked Christianity

By Dr. Ken Matto

Matthew 11:12 (KJV) And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Jesus tells the multitude that from John’s time till the present the Kingdom of God suffers violence. What He is meaning by that is people were trying to come into the Kingdom of God by their own works. John preached the baptism of repentance but mere repentance of sins did not equal salvation. So evil men had tried to enter in of their own way. We can see this same scenario today where people belong to false churches and are told to adhere to their rituals and that will make them Christians. Keep in mind sinners are heinous in the sight of God and are in total opposition to the Kingdom of God. (Rom 14:17 KJV) For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. We read that the Kingdom of God is peace and joy, two things the unbeliever does not enjoy because they lack the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. (Isa 57:21 KJV) There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. While on earth many had tried to a attach themselves to Jesus because they saw all the miracles and healings He performed but they could not attach themselves eternally unless they were the chosen of God in Christ. The unsaved who believe they are in the Kingdom of God are Christians in name only because you cannot discern saved and unsaved by standing them next to each other. The unsaved must come into the Kingdom of God through Christ, any other way is nothing but force and futility.

True Christianity is when the Lord Jesus Christ came to earth to die for the sins of His people. Matthew 1:21 (KJV) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Salvation is attained by the Holy Spirit being applied to the unbeliever whose name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life from the foundation of the world. Then according to John 6:44, the Father draws the predestined individual. John 6:44 (KJV) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. The word “draw” in the Greek literally means “to drag” which may possibly have a link to Matthew 11:12 where it talks about violence. Dragging someone is a form of violence because you are taking them from one place to another against their will, and being spiritually dead and in unbelief, you are dragging them into the Kingdom of God to be saved. Once that person is saved, they are glad they were dragged. Then once we are saved, we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. John 6:29 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. That is the only work of God we are to do and you can only do it if you are saved. So true Christianity is quite simple in its employment. You are saved by no works of your own and you live the Christian life once the Holy Spirit indwells you at the moment of salvation.

Something happened and the simplicity of true Christianity has been hijacked by man and his attempts to add or rather to create his own set of rules for becoming saved. True salvation causes the recipients to be passive because they receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior without any gospel additives which can shroud the truth of the Gospel. In this article, I want to convey some of the methods whereby Satan has shrouded the true Gospel and in many cases caused it to be hid. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. The great promise that we have is that those who are chosen for salvation will never have to worry about being so deceived that they would be unable to be saved. Mark 13:22 (KJV) For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. Even those who arise with great signs and wonders cannot hold back a predestined person’s salvation. They could be caught up in a cult like the Mormons or the Jehovah’s Witnesses and can never be so deep into their false teachings or lifestyle that the Spirit of God cannot regenerate them. Let us now look at how craftily the true Gospel has been attacked and added to thus making it a man centered gospel which couldn’t save pennies in a piggy bank, never mind the soul of someone.

Let us look at some of the ways that the true Gospel has been hijacked by means of these gospel additives that tend to shroud the essence of the true gospel.

This phenomenon has taken the majority of churches by storm. It is taught by many churches that if you do not speak in tongues, then you do not have the Holy Spirit which according to Scripture, if you do not have the Holy Spirit, then you are unsaved. Romans 8:9 (KJV) But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. The true tongues of Acts and 1 Corinthians were given at a time when the church began its ministry and the message was being given in legitimate existing languages, which is what tongues were. Today’s tongues are nothing but gibberish and are of no existing language. When tongues were used in the early church, it was used of those who were given the gift of tongues which means they were already saved when they received the gift. Not every Christian had the gift of tongues but today, if any Christian does not speak in tongues, they are considered unsaved. If you walk into a church which teaches and accepts tongues, they believe every Christian should speak in tongues as evidence that they are saved. 1 Corinthians 12:30 (KJV) Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? Not every Christian had the gift of tongues in the early church where it was legitimate. Do not be taken in that tongues are a part of the Christian walk because tongues ceased at the end of the first century.

Today’s charismatic preachers tend to attach prosperity to the gospel and they teach that it is your right to have such wealth. Here is the reason the charismatic preachers continue to preach it:

Net Worth
Joel Osteen - 40 Million
Creflo Dollar - 27 Million
Benny Hinn - 42 Million
TD Jakes - 150 Million
Joyce Meyer - 25 Million
Ken Copeland - Claims he is a billionaire

The reason these preachers keep preaching it is because the dumb sheep who sit at their feet are expecting to reap the same financial rewards. I wish these people would get a brain and use it. People send these false preachers millions every year and they use the funds for personal mansions, jets, gold toilet seats, limousines, multiple properties, etc. I wish the people who send these frauds money would ask themselves a simple question. How come they are riding around in a Rolls Royce like Frederick K.C. Price and I am riding around in a 10 year old Corolla? A person who belongs to a wealth and prosperity church or gospel needs to realize that if they have been there for 20 years and are still struggling financially, then wealth has nothing to do with the true Gospel. Some of the greatest Christians are poor because they focus on the truth of the Gospel which is the salvation of souls and not a big bank account. Do not be taken in by these charlatans who attach finances to the gospel because they are not true preachers, just in it for the money. Stop sending them money for mansions and limousines and start supporting real missions. The true gospel is not gauged by how much finances a person has.

Another gospel additive which appeals to the flesh is healing. The charismatic movement teaches that healing is a right because of the atonement of Christ. If that was the case, then why do charismatic churches have cemeteries? Right now Benny Hinn (3/28/15) is in the hospital with a major heart condition. Why can’t his people heal him without the use of the doctors? Doesn’t he have enough faith as those who have come to him for healing? It is true that God does heal but according to His will and not according to some false faith healer. God even heals the unbeliever of sicknesses. 1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. According to 1 Peter 2:24, we are healed from spiritual death unto life. It does not refer to physical healing if we are honest and look at the verse. It speaks about being dead in sins and then living unto righteousness by means of the crucifixion. Physical healing is not part of the atonement, only spiritual healing is. If physical healing was part of the atonement, then every Christian I personally know, has a false gospel. I, myself am disabled, and if healing was part of the atonement, don’t you think I would claim it. I know Christians who had colon cancer and leukemia, and who have bladder cancer, blood disorders, anxiety disorders, kidney stones, eye problems, sciatica, sleep disorders, etc. If healing was part of the salvation package, then why do we suffer from so many different physical problems? The answer is simple, physical healing is not part of the salvation package and is preached by those who want to rake in millions by appealing to the flesh. People caught up in this movement forget that the gospel is centered on the salvation of the soul and not the salvation of the flesh.

Free Will
This is probably one of the biggest shrouds of the true gospel and that is the belief that man has free will. It is taught that a person can accept the Lord Jesus as personal Savior. My favorite false teaching from that belief system is that a dead sinner has the ability to “make Jesus Lord of their life.” Acts 2:36 (KJV) Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. According to the Scriptures, it was God who made Him both Lord and Christ. Dead sinners do not possess the same authority that God has! I have been saved 34 years at this writing and I am still waiting for someone to show me the phrase “accept the Lord” or “accept Christ” in the Scriptures. The reality is that every person on earth is spiritually dead and must be resurrected to eternal life. Revelation 20:6 (KJV) Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. The first resurrection is the resurrection of the soul as Rev. 20:6 states that the second death has no power over it. Ephesians 2:5 (KJV) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Every human is dead in their sins but unless God quickens us (makes us alive), salvation could not take place. Notice the two verses below:

Romans 6:17 (KJV) But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Romans 6:18 (KJV) Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

These verses give no confusing thought. Either you are a servant of sin or you are a servant of righteousness, which means that you are one or the other. Either you are serving sin or you are serving righteousness which means your will is not free but either in bondage to sin or bondage to righteousness. Free will is a total myth and has obscured the truth of the Gospel that it is God who saves us by election and not us by our own “free will.” Isaiah 42:8 (KJV) I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. The false notion that a person has the authority to gain salvation by their will robs God of the glory of being the true life giver. So many Christian songs are man-centered when they sing “how their soul made the choice” and statements similar to that.

If there is one dangerous element on earth, it has to be religion. Religion has taken the true gospel and shrouded it with many false teachings. The true gospel has at its heart the person of the Lord Jesus Christ but if you look at all the world’s religions, you will see that He is missing from them all, unless He is reduced to something other than deity. Islam sees Him as a prophet. Some Hindus see Him as an incarnation of the god Vishnu. In Christian Science, He is the physical man but the divine idea. The Jehovah Witnesses see Him as a created being. The Mormons see Him as one of the spirit children of Elohim. The New Age sees Him as one of the ascended masters. Judaism claims Jesus was not the Messiah and did not fulfill the role as such. Religion has completely shrouded the person of Jesus Christ and has reduced Him to either prophet status or lower as just a human. World religions are a highway straight to hell.

Another entity which has hijacked the message of Christianity is churchianity. Churchianity is when the true Gospel has become shrouded by church programs. One way that churches shroud the true gospel is that everyone in the pews are required to believe the way the pastor believes. No one in the pews are allowed to think but relegate all thinking to the pastor. Then there are programs like catechism. I remember when I was 13-14 years old, I took catechism classes at my birth church and was eventually confirmed in the faith. The problem is that I did not get saved until I was 27 and that by election. When taking catechism classes, I was never told that I had to be born again to get to Heaven. You take these classes and then get confirmed and that makes you a member of the church. So what! It does not help to be a member of the church if you are still unsaved. All it did was buy me the permission to take communion and the Bible warns about unbelievers partaking in communion. 1 Corinthians 11:29 (KJV) For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. So for 13 years I was taking the Lord’s Supper unworthily, in other words, as a reprobate sinner. Many churches have shrouded the true Gospel with programs and they have placed their trust in these programs. Instead of being conduits for the truth, they become conduits of the do it yourself gospel which cannot save anyone. Anyone can join a church and therein lies the deception that if someone joins a church that makes them a Christian and that is totally erroneous. What makes a person a Christian is when they become born again in Christ and indwelled by the Holy Spirit. There is only one kind of Christian and that is those who are born again.

Another method which Satan has fostered upon the church is the ungodly concept of ecumenism. Ecumenism is where churches and Christians join hands with an unbelieving church, denomination, or institution. One of the most evil attempts of joining hands is the Protestant church joining hands with the Roman Catholic church. It is believed that by joining together, regardless of doctrine or teaching, it shows a unity of the body of believers. The problem is that when a true church seeks to join hands with a dead church, the dead church always wins out and overshadows the true church and the true church begins to slide into apostasy. The ecumenical movement finds great ground in the pro-life movement where Christians hold hands with Mormons, Catholics, and others. While I applaud the efforts of these false churches to stop abortion, nowhere in Scripture are we commanded to join forces with any unbelieving or dead church no matter what the common cause may be. Revelation 18:4 (KJV) And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Revelation 18:4 speaks about God’s people coming out of false churches because they will be judged for their false gospels. 2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14 is a warning to believers not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. This is not only a warning about marrying unbelievers but it is for all alliances in this world. We are to have no camaraderie with any unbelievers and many churches today are pushing ecumenism and that is when true Christians are to walk away from the attempted cooperation before it becomes a snare.

Rock Music
Another method whereby the true Gospel has been shrouded is Rock and Roll in churches. When you walk into a church and see a full band including drums and a load of guitars, then you have walked into a musically compromised church. The old hymns had such solid theology in them that we learned as we sung them. Today many churches have thrown out the hymnals and put up the screen for the overhead projector to play the biblically vacant 7-11 songs. That is 7 words sung 11 times. The Bible warns against repetition not only in praying but the principle carries over into all phases of worship. Matthew 6:7 (KJV) But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Then not only are these songs repetitive, they are normally at an elevated decibel level whereby some have to cover their ears. Leviticus 19:30 (KJV) Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. In the Old Testament God had commanded the Hebrews to reverence His sanctuary which means have a respect and not defile it with worldly things. Walk into a charismatic church and with the loudness of the music and everyone walking around or jumping up and down in the pews, it is like you are attending a football game. There is no reverence for God’s sanctuary. In the old days, when the organ played a prelude to worship, it put our minds into a spiritual state of reflection on the Lord but these rock bands in many churches only tend to take our minds away from a spiritual state and transfers us into a fleshly state by us dancing or jumping around according to the music. Most of the religious Rock songs in churches are sung without the congregation even understanding any of the words. These full bands in churches are nothing but a way for some to show off their talents. The reason I know that mindset exists is because I attended a church where the pastor’s son was a lead guitarist in their “praise band.” The next thing I found out about this guy was that he was a bartender in a night club. The religious rock and roll really helped him, didn’t it? If he would have been sitting in the pews listening to some of the old hymns played on the organ and sung, he might have gotten a different message than the one he was giving out. True Christian music has definitely been hijacked.

Government Churches
The Government has also helped in hijacking the Christian message by causing all churches who incorporate to get their 501C3 tax deduction ability to become government churches. Whenever a church incorporates, they become vassal entities of the government. In 1954, Lyndon Johnson entered the Johnson amendment allowing churches to become tax exempt but there were certain restrictions placed upon them. They were not allowed to speak out against politicians nor endorse any politicians. Today those restrictions have become a noose around the church‘s neck. They are not allowed to speak about anything like sodomy which the Bible condemns and if they do, then they could lose their tax exempt status. They are forbidden to speak about politics or any truth which some unbelievers deem as hate speech or they will lose their tax exempt status. The government should have absolutely no input as to what can be preached or not. We are commanded by God to preach everything that is in the Bible. These government churches are run by pastors who live in total fear of the IRS. They fear the IRS more than they do God and the reason is that they do not want to lose their tax exempt status or they may have to go out and work if they don’t get enough donations. Little do they know that the church is exempt already under our constitution because the government cannot touch it unless of course it is involved in criminal activity. The First Amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” It states prohibiting the free exercise thereof which means the Government cannot regulate what is taught especially if what is taught is out of the Bible nor can it interfere in the other workings of the church. If more pastors would realize this instead of bowing the knee to the sodomites, atheists, and liberals, the church would once again be a strong church and would not have to curtail its teachings.

In 1948 when Israel became a nation, it became the literal Mecca of Christianity. There is more taught on Israel in the churches than there is on the Lord Jesus Christ. It seems that Israel has become the new Savior for many churches and Christians. As one of my friends put it, it has become the new “American Idol.” Nowhere in the New Testament and that includes Revelation, are we ever introduced to a country called Israel that will be formed at some future date. Then there is the idea that if the United States wants to remain strong, then we must support Israel at any cost. If anyone looks at the reality of the situation that since 1948 and our slavish support of Israel, our nation has gone downward in all areas. That nonsense is based upon some farcical interpretation of Genesis 12:1-3 which never mentions Israel at all. So it seems that our blind support of Israel has been a cause of our country sliding into rebellion and apostasy. The warmongering in the churches to bomb every country that seems to threaten Israel has also brought the disfavor of God and the church has also been in a slide into apostasy because of its support for a rogue state. If we continue to listen to salvationless preachers like John Hagee without using the mind God gave us, we can expect the church to slide downward much more severely. The modern nation of Israel has nothing whatsoever to do with our salvation or our spiritual growth. It is time to burn those “Christian-Israel” Romance novels known as prophecy books and get back to the Scriptures. The center of prophecy in the last days is not that false nation of Israel but if one would take time to study Revelation, you would find that it is about the church and the persecution it would face until the return of Christ on the last day. The Gospel of Israel is a false Gospel and has shrouded the truth by fanciful interpretations. So many Christians are looking forward to the building of some temple in Israel when animal sacrifices would continue. That is a slap in the face of the Lord Jesus Christ who was the final sacrifice. Animal sacrifices can never take away sin because they were only looking forward to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If there is one subject in the churches which has caused total diversion it is prophecy. We already mentioned Israel and how that nation has become center stage in the majority of Churches. Spurgeon’s take on prophecy is below:

"In many cases sheer fanaticism has been the result of exclusively dwelling on prophecy, and probably more men have gone mad on that subject than on any other religious question." --- (Charles H. Spurgeon)

The true definition of prophecy is found in Revelation 19:10:

Revelation 19:10 (KJV) And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Then in the last phrase we read “for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” The reason for the spirit of prophecy is to bear witness throughout the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. Angels were never witnesses for Christ only the redeemed of God are the true witnesses. Every true believer has the spirit of prophecy as all true believers witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. John is being told by this person not to worship him. In fact, John is being commanded not to worship. Maybe the information that John received was so overwhelming to him that he prostrated himself in front of this person. This is also a very important verse and teaches us that we are never to worship a bible teacher or any human being on earth as so many Christians today have relegated their minds to teachers and preachers.

I remember as a new Christian, the first area of study I got into was prophecy and the return of Christ. Prophecy books are mainly all Hollywood scripts because if they weren’t, they wouldn’t sell the amount of books they do. I remember as a new Christian back in 1981 a Christian told me that the rapture was going to be in August of 1981. This was based on Israel becoming a nation in 1948 and them throwing around the number 40 as a generation. So 1988 minus 7 years for the Great Tribulation comes to 1981. Then we were given 88 reasons why Christ would return in 1988. When that did not happen the same guy wrote another book that Christ would return in 1989 giving us 89 reasons. Then Harold Camping told us that Jesus would return in 1994 and then again in 2011, now his mindless minions are predicting October 7, 2015. Then we were told to keep our eyes on the Middle east because Armageddon would start over Oil. Then we were told to watch Russia because it was going to invade Israel. I could go on and on because there is no end to these Hollywood scripts. Each of these subjects were taken from the Scriptures but not according to proper interpretation and has caused a major shrouding of the gospel. These prophecy books have diverted the Christian from true bible study to sensationalism and false story telling while completely skewing true Biblical understanding.

Pre-Trib Rapture
Another item which has caused many Christians to err in their Christian walk is the concept of a pre-trib rapture. It is believed that Jesus can return at any moment and take the church home to Heaven while the world is plunged into chaos under some mythical physical Antichrist. This idea causes many Christians to do nothing with their lives because they are just sitting around waiting for the rapture which they claim could happen at any moment. The problem is that Christians are not to be sitting around doing nothing but they are to be fully involved in Christian work because the world needs to be reached with the Gospel. Luke 19:13 (KJV) And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. The other aspect is the Lord Jesus told His followers to occupy till He returned. They are not supposed to be sitting around waiting for the rapture. This pre-trib rapture concept has come to the forefront in many Christian teachings rather than living a godly life in concert with the Christian testimony. It is an escapist mentality whereby we do nothing in hopes that the rapture occurs so we can get out of this world. The problem is that is nothing but western Christian thinking because Christians in many parts of the world are facing serious persecution and thousands are being martyred in communist countries and dictatorships. Go into fundamental churches and you will hear more about the rapture than you do Christian involvement in missions and other ministries.

Counterfeit Bibles
Another way that Christianity has been hijacked is through the false bibles used in all the churches save a very few. Churches have thrown out the King James Bible and have replaced it with Vatican versions such as the NIV, ESV, NASV and others. The King James Bible was used of the Lord in the great Missionary movements of the 17th and 18th centuries. The King James Bible built our own country and wherever it was used, God blessed that country or that church which preached it. Today, we are told by a group of pseudo-theologians that we do not have the Word of God and we need to piece together manuscripts to find out what God had given us in the Bible. Men like Dan Wallace who heads up the Center for the Study of New Testament manuscripts claim they have to travel all over the world so they can find New Testament manuscripts. They err because they don’t even read what is before them. Psalms 119:89 (KJV) LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. The Bible is very clear that the word of God is settled in Heaven. The word “settled” in the Hebrew carries with it the meaning of “established.” While these deluded scholars are still looking for the word of God, it is right before them, totally established in the King James Bible. All these modern versions say something different and are translated from inferior manuscripts. Even their Old Testament is translated from the Leningrad Codex which has about 20,000 changes. Many of them are minor changes but they are still changes. Ever since 1881 when Hort and Westcott created their critical Greek text, it became the basis for the modern versions and if you notice, or even if you don’t want to notice, that since these modern versions have come into the church, there has been nothing but confusion and weakness. The sting of the Gospel has been reduced to a pinch. Go to a Bible study and see if you get passed “what does your version say?” Even home bible studies have been hijacked by these false versions which do nothing but engender confusion.

Women Preachers
Another way that Christianity has been hijacked is the slew of women preachers, many of them self-appointed, which have come on the scene courtesy of the false gospel of the charismatic movement. Not only women preachers but elders too. God has forbidden women to rule over men in the congregation and yet many have usurped authority to become rulers. It is also true that the majority of men in these congregations are very feminized and fear the women more than they do God. In marriage, the woman is to be subject to her husband as the Bible teaches so when a woman becomes a preacher or elder, they are exercising authority over their husbands and all the other men in the congregation. They are reversing the order of authority which God gives in the Bible. Of course, if you don’t go along with the feminine agenda, you are labeled as one who does not show love. In other words in these churches, love is defined as disobeying God. Try to find that in the Bible, I mean the real Bible.

Loss of Salvation
Another teaching which has found its way into the church is the concept that you can lose your salvation. First of all you did not earn it because you could not earn it, therefore you cannot lose it. The Lord Jesus Christ makes many statements in the Bible which shows that the true believer is totally safe and can never lose their salvation. This teaching which is endorsed by Methodism and spread through old time preachers like Charles Finney. It actually can be traced back to James Arminius who lived in the 17th century. The problem with people who think they can lose their salvation is that they can never grow in the faith. They are constantly losing their salvation and have to continually renew their salvation, so their main focus is never on ministry but self.

John 6:37 (KJV) All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

John 10:28 (KJV) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

These are just two verses that the Lord Jesus gives to us for comfort. In 6:37, Jesus states that He will never cast anyone out that is His child. In 10:28, Jesus tells us that he gives us eternal life, what is eternal? Is it temporary? The answer is no, it is eternal! He states that they shall never perish. A person perishes without salvation but this verse teaches that there will never be a time the true Christian will be without salvation. Then He states that no man will pluck them out of His hand, which also means that we cannot pluck ourselves out of His hand. The loss of salvation teaching is a complete fraud and makes Christianity to be as a world religion where one has to continually work for their salvation. Salvation is by grace and never by works. Ephesians 4:30 (KJV) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. The true believer is sealed unto the day of redemption and that is a divine seal which means it can never be broken by anything man can do.

Dominion Theology
Dominion theology is the belief that the Lord Jesus Christ will return when the world has become completely Christianized. This of course will never happen, simply because the Scriptures teach a different ending to this world. 2 Timothy 3:1 (KJV) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. The word “perilous” carries with it the meaning of fierce or dangerous. So if the scriptures teach that times are going to get worse and we do see this with the world wide war on Christianity, it is impossible therefore for the world to become completely Christianized. The Bible also states that the Lord will return at a time when we think not. Matthew 24:44 (KJV) Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. If the world becomes fully Christian, then we would know when He was coming back but the Scriptures teach harmoniously that it will come as a surprise since no one will ever know the day or the hour.

Preterism teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ returned in 70 A.D. and all the prophecies in the Bible took place before 70 A.D. In other words, there is no resurrection, no return of Christ, no future judgment and no rapture on the last day. This view of Scripture is the most impossible view that one can hold because to claim that Christ returned in 70 A.D. is total nonsense. Where is He and where did He return? Preterism had its start in the middle ages when after the Reformation the reformers started to refer to the Pope as the Antichrist. So a Catholic priest took all the prophecies and twisted the timing of them and the explanations and placed them all back before 70 A.D. This way when the Antichrist is viewed through this belief system, it removes any inclination that he could be the Pope since all the fulfilled prophecies were fulfilled before 70 A.D. Leave it to Protestant Christians to accept this type of view without even knowing its roots. The man who created this system was a Jesuit named Luis De Alcazar (1554-1613). He relegated all prophecy to the time of the Roman Empire before the end of the first century, namely 70 A.D. His work was called “Investigation of the Hidden Sense of the Apocalypse,“ which totaled about 900 pages.

Water Baptism Necessary for Salvation
Another hijacking has taken place in the area of water baptism. Many churches such as the Church of Christ, Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Roman Catholics, Russian and Greek Orthodox, Mormons (LDS), Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS), Apostolics (Jesus Only or United Pentecostals), Lutherans and others. If water baptism is necessary for salvation, then what these people are saying is that the sacrifice of Christ was not sufficient enough to cover all my sins because I have to do a work to become saved, that is, water baptism. If one must be baptized in water for salvation then that belief precludes some people from getting to Heaven. The thief on the cross did not get baptized so he could not have gone to paradise as the Lord said he would. Then what about those who become saved on their deathbed, well they can’t go to Heaven because they could not be baptized in water. There is not one Scripture verse which teaches the belief that Christ’s sacrifice plus works is necessary to get to Heaven. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: {9} Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 may be very popular verses but we must never minimize the truth that they teach. It is by grace not of works and that means even only one work.

Emergent Church Movement
The emergent church movement is one of the most satanic hijackings the church has faced and it is a shame that many churches are accepting the tenets of this movement without any spiritual conscience. It is reintroducing catholic mysticism along with meditation techniques. It rejects the Bible and emulates Hinduism with its method of concentration. It seeks to have a person empty their mind and begin to keep their mind open so God can speak to them which leaves the door open for demonic invitation. Below is a list of the most dangerous people to pose as Christians who are bringing this evil into the churches:

Rob Bell - Grand Rapids, MI - Mars Hill Bible Church
John Burke - Austin, TX - Gateway Church
Mark Driscoll - Seattle, WA - Mars Hill Church
Tony Jones - Edina, MN - Unknown Church
Tim Keel - Kansas City, MO - Jacob’s Well
Dan Kimball - Santa Cruz, CA - Vintage Faith Church
Joel McClure - Hudsonville, MI - Water's Edge
Ivy Beckwith - Cleveland, Ohio - United Church of Christ
Brian McLaren - Spencerville, MD - Cedar Ridge Community Church
Doug Pagitt - Minneapolis, MN - Solomon's Porch
Mark Scandrette - San Francisco, CA - Reimagine
Mark Oestreicher - Le Mesa, CA - Youth Cartel
Dave Sutton - Newport, United Kingdom - New Duffryn Community Church - Emergent U.K. is directed by Jason Clark
Karen Ward - Seattle, WA - Church of the Apostles
Rick Warren - Lake Forest, CA - Saddleback Church
Dallas Willard - University of Southern California - Church unknown
Dieter Xander - Novato, CA - Church: Quest
Chris Seay - Waco, TX - University Baptist Church
Tony Campolo - Professor Emeritus at Eastern University - St. David’s, PA

This list is only a partial list because there are many who are accepting this system. The people in the pews will also accept it because the majority of Christians refuse to do any study or research to make sure they are not being given a false gospel. Some of the teachings of this movement are very dangerous. One teaching is that they believe that since the world is changing, the church must change to keep up with it. They believe they need a new kind of Christian. One who is attuned to the world around it. This means that they reject the Bible because that would constitute the old ways. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. God states in Jeremiah that we are not to seek the new things the world has to offer but the old paths. The old paths being the true Gospel which has the power to save unlike the new age approach of the Emergent church movement.

Under the Emergent church movement, all doctrines and teachings which have stood the test of time must be questioned and removed if it stands in the way of a new understanding. One of the most dangerous beliefs of this system is that there is no way of knowing absolute truth, therefore, we cannot be dogmatic about any doctrines, even if they come right out of the Bible. On the heels of that belief, they have also shredded moral beliefs and even condone watching pornography and even using profanity as a way to show the world that we are not on a higher plane then them. They also view absolute standards on homosexuality to be obsolete which means more and more churches are going to be accepting and even promoting homosexuality. They believe in the rejection of all preaching and instead, have dialogue with those of different beliefs. Remember the big problem Eve had in the Garden? Instead of rejecting what Satan was telling her and clinging to what God told her, she had a dialogue with the devil which resulted in the entire human race being plunged into sin and death. They also believe in restoring ancient ways of worship including burning candles and silent retreats. The Emergent church has a goal of making this world a utopia instead of pointing people to the Savior. It is a worldly based, godless system which seeks to bring in the writings of the Roman Catholic mystics such as Thomas Merton, John of the Cross, Thomas Aquinas, Theresa of Avila who was seen levitating by many which means she was under direct demonic control. The Emergent Church movement is a very dangerous movement and must be rebuked and rejected. It is a conduit to send people straight to hell.

Roman Catholicism
Another hijacking of true Christianity is the shroud placed around it by Roman Catholicism. The world sees it as another denomination but it is a totally satanic system which is also a conduit directly to hell. They do not believe in the gospel of grace but they teach you must add works to it. Their idea of being born again is being baptized and the priest places salt on the baby’s mouth to signify the Holy Spirit indwelling that person. Some of the ungodly and unbiblical teachings are:

1) The worship of Mary as the mother of God - 1 Tim 2:5; Isaiah 45:5
2) Veneration of angels and deceased saints - Psalm 29:2
3) A belief in purgatory where souls go to be purged of the leftover sins of this Life - Hebrews 9:27; 2 Cor. 5:8
4) Worship of Relics and Images - Exodus 20:4-5
5) Fasting on Fridays and during Lent - 1 Timothy 4:3
6) Forbidding the Priests to marry - 1 Timothy 4:3
7) The Inquisition where millions of true Christians were tortured and murdered - 2 Timothy 2:24
8) Transubstantiation - 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Hebrews 10:12
9) Bible forbidden to be read by “laymen” - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
10) Emulating the priesthood of the Old Testament by setting up priests as intercessors and the beliefs that they can forgive sins - Mark 2:7; Romans 8:26; 1 Peter 2:9
11) Council of Trent declares that Roman Catholic Dogma has equal authority as Scripture - Mark 7:7-9
12) Immaculate conception of Mary meaning she was a sinless as Christ - Romans 3:10; Luke 1:46-47
13) Mary proclaimed Queen of Heaven - See Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-19, 25 for information on this abominable practice. The queen of heaven was Ishtar of the Babylonians and was a fertility cult. It was also Astarte or Ashtoreth which was a Canaanite goddess of sexual love, maternity, and fertility. All these were abominable practices in God’s sight just as the continuation of these cultic goddesses in the modern form of Mary.

Roman Catholicism is by no means a Christian church or denomination. Many of her beliefs have come from the ancient system of Babylon with all its false gods and teachings. It is to be rejected and not even considered Christian. It is just another gospel seeking to cling to the name Christian when it does not have the right to do so. Can someone show me in the Scriptures the following? Popes, Cardinals, Arch-Bishops, Prelates, Nuns, Abbots, monasteries, cloisters, etc. Ephesians 4:11 (KJV) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; The ministries in the church are listed in Ephesians 4:11 and I do not see any Roman Catholic offices there.

Another tenet of biblical Christianity which has been hijacked is the teaching of eternal damnation. Annihilation has replaced eternal damnation based on the belief that God is a loving God and would not allow anyone to suffer eternally. It was adopted by cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, Mormonism, Seventh Day Adventists, New Age. It is the total denial of the doctrine of eternal damnation in favor of a person being judged for their sins on the last day and then annihilated forever. This is nowhere taught in Scripture instead the doctrine of eternal damnation is totally taught in Scripture:

2 Thessalonians 1:9 (KJV) Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

Matthew 25:46 (KJV) And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Matthew 18:8 (KJV) Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. - If annihilation was the true teaching then what would be the purpose of having fire burn eternally?

Revelation 20:10 (KJV) And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Annihilation is just another attempt by man to somehow reject and then hopefully do away with the doctrine of eternal damnation. Man wants to sin for his entire life and then not be accountable so Satan gives him this false teaching and it is palatable, so it is adopted. The thing that man will never understand is that God establishes truth and not man.

Christian Psychology
Always beware when the noun Christian is used as an adjective. Psychology is a secular discipline and has nothing to do with Christianity. The problem is that these psychologists meld a few Christian terms along with some bible passages and make a new area of study called Christian Psychology. Since when does a true Christian need the mind manipulation of these psychologists when we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us to guide us every step of the way. 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. The Bible teaches that the Christian has been given a sound mind but the problem is that instead of feeding our minds the truth of Scripture, we try to live our lives according to the ways of the world and then when we get into situations which confuse us, we either run to these psychologists and hope they can hold our hand and bring us back to spiritual sanity or we blame God and claim that He does not love us or that He has abandoned us. If we want to really get to the bottom of why we run into so many problems in our life it can be boiled down to this, that we don’t get our own way so we become rebellious instead of seeking God’s ways, we just feel sorry for ourselves and pay these Christian psychologists big money, (which could be used for missions if we chose obedience to God) to help us get our own way or to commiserate with us. Psychology tends to cause its patrons to look for the blame everywhere else but on themselves whereas the Scriptures teach personal responsibility. Psalm 26:2 (KJV) Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. Psalm 26:2 is the Lord’s method in helping us deal with problems in our life. How many want the Lord to examine them and bring to light the real source of their problems? I didn’t think so!

Another way the truths of Christianity have been hijacked is the belief in evolution which many churches have begun to adopt. Oh but you say you have never heard of that. Have you heard of some churches adopting the belief that the six days of creation were not 24 hour days but are as long as 1,000 years? Some in the Presbyterian Church in America hold to this view. Some hold to the belief that there is no specific time frame involved in these days. It is called the day-age theory. It is all to coincide with the belief that the world evolved and was not created in six 24 hour days. Some believe in theistic evolution where they believe God created the world but walked away from it and allowed it to continue on as it does today. According to the Pew Forum in 2007, 51% of the mainline denominations believe that evolution offers the best explanation for the existence of the earth. 24% of evangelical Protestants also hold to that view. Evolution has been used of Satan to hijack the first three chapters of Genesis causing many Christians to believe that it is only a narrative and not truth.

Clergy/Laity Distinction
Another hijacking of Christianity is the church based belief that there is a distinction between the ordained clergy and the laity. There is no such distinction in the Bible as all Christians are equal at the cross but we all differ only because we have different spiritual gifts and talents. The idea of a clergy/laity distinction originated in the Roman Catholic Institution where their clergy are supposed to have the ability to forgive sins and intercede with God for a parishioner. Then the Protestant Clergy saw the power that the Roman Catholic priests had over their people so they adopted the same mindset that ordination meant they were of a different class. However, ordination is not found in the Bible for some super spiritual class of clergy. John 15:16 (KJV) Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. The Lord Himself has ordained every believer to be a witness for Him. Acts 13:48 (KJV) And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48 makes this abundantly clear that every born again believer is ordained of the Lord. In fact the Pastor is given as a spiritual gift and not a ruling office in the church. Ephesians 4:11 (KJV) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; If pastors are looked upon as kings in their churches then shouldn’t teachers be looked at the same way or even evangelists since they are listed in the same verse and on the same level as pastor? The result of clergy/laity distinction has created dictators in many churches where the pastor has absolute rule which is not scriptural at all and has caused many churches to derail. True Christians whether they are pastors or teachers or evangelists are all on equal footing and there is none greater than the other. 2 Timothy 4:5 (KJV) But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. Timothy was the pastor of the Ephesian church and here Paul is telling him to do the work of an evangelist.

God loves You
Another hijacking of truth is the man centered belief that God loves everybody. God’s love is qualified as He does not love the unbeliever. He loves those who are Christians, born again in His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:21 (KJV) He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. John 14:21 makes it clear that God the Father loves those who love the Lord Jesus Christ. His love is not a random love for everyone in the world. The man-centered concept of “God loves the sinner and hates the sin” is nowhere found in Scripture. It is another tenet of the free will belief system.

Psalm 5:4-6 (KJV) For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. {5} The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. {6} Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

When we look at Psalm 5:4-6, we read three eye opening verses where it plainly teaches that God hates all workers of iniquity. Who works iniquity? It is everyone who is not born again having their sins forgiven and removed. To say that God loves everyone mollifies the truth that God is a God of vengeance when it comes to those who have rebelled against Him. Psalm 94:1 (KJV) O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. He is also a righteous Judge who will judge every unbeliever according to their sins. Romans 2:16 (KJV) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. Even the secret sins will be revealed and judged. The love of God is shown only toward those who are in Christ, the rest of the world is in rebellion to God for which they must be judged. God hates the sin as well as the sinner and this message should not be softened to make the unbeliever feel better.

We have looked at 25 ways which Christianity has been hijacked. What I mean by hijacked is that the truth has been covered up by some type of man made teaching. However, we have the Lord’s assurance that no matter how hidden the truths of Christianity are, it still has the power to save because it is by grace. We have looked at man’s vain attempt to cover over the stinging truths of true Christianity. If a Christian wants to see past all these additives which has been added over the years, there is a way to do it. All one has to do is go to the Scriptures in the King James Bible and you will see a biblical refutation of the man made doctrines which have been overlaid on true Christianity. It is time Christians stop accepting everything which comes from the pulpits and the seminaries and start taking responsibility for their spiritual walk by doing their own biblical studies because the Bible can help us avoid all false teaching as we have seen in this study, that each of these added teachings can be refuted properly by just a few Scriptures. The hour is late and laziness is no excuse for not taking personal responsibility. Acts 17:11 (KJV) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. The Christians in Berea were serious students of the Scriptures because they were checking out the teaching of the Apostle Paul. A true Berean Christian is one that checks things out before they accept any teaching and if needs be to reject and refute the teaching and the teacher. Searching the Scriptures goes far beyond just looking to match the latest news about Israel to Scripture. It goes to the heart of exposing false doctrines which are conduits to Hell. It is time you realize the difference between true Christianity and the tommyrot which is being passed off as biblical teaching. It is far too serious to accept false teachings simply because they are palatable. False teachings should leave a bitter taste in your mouth.