"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer,
he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way,
and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
"
James 1:22-24

Church Pew Hostages

Satan is not warring over those who are in the world,
for he already has them in his grasp.
His war is to conquer those who are sitting in the pews!
Those who have been reconciled,
he longs to take hostage once again.
His strategy is deceptive, because he uses them
to hinder the work of the church.

Satan deludes people with other goals in life
which soon take priority over the work of the church
and personal involvement.
They become members of the body which become dysfunctional.
Hands will not work; feet will not travel;
mouth, ears and brain stop functioning.
Lame, blind and deaf,
the church struggles to fulfill its purpose.

Satan also lures people into complacency.
Having become satisfied with less than God's desire
for their lives, they settle for adolescence,
rather than maturing to adulthood, while at the same time
believing they are adults!

Satan tantalizes people's sense with false teachings
with the purpose of taking others off course.
Then, deluded themselves, they delude others
to a false sense of security.
Then on to another, yet another,
 the delusions continue to spread.

Satan will also stalemate the church's vision
with past accomplishments!
He enjoys the boasting in the glory of a successful
past program, because they fail to launch a new one,
with possibly more productive, fruitful efforts!
He's lingering church . . . he's working throughout the pews!

If the church and we as individual members
are ever going to be what God desires,
the hostages sitting within the pews must be freed.
And the only thing that can set them free is the truth.
And only the Bible can reveal if we are being held hostage.
Only the Bible can set and keep us free.

Read it, study it, and make it yours,
that you might heed the warnings and not be taken hostage.
   
    

 



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