1 Corinthians 4:10-14 (New Living Translation)

 10 Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you claim to be so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are honored, but we are ridiculed. 11 Even now we go hungry and thirsty, and we don’t have enough clothes to keep warm. We are often beaten and have no home. 12 We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us. 13 We appeal gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present moment.

 14 I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children.

So naive...
I was just hunting through some folders for a legal paper, and I found this, written 5-21-2019

Sorry, never finished it...

One day Jesus gave his disciples a promise and a truth that he has stood by for over two thousand years. He said, "where two of you are gathered in my name there will I be also."
Now see, we like to think that, "Oh, bless God, we have a righteous judge and Lord, surely He was talking about when truly righteous and wonderful holy men and women come together, well then we can always find the Lord just hanging out with them."
No, that is not what it means. What it means is that when the old Assembly of God Pastor Jim Jones veered off from his pastorate and started preaching what was more heresy than righteousness and turned his congregation into a meeting house that resembled  a cult rather than a church, the Godhead did not all of a sudden speak to Himself and say, "Hey, C'mon guys these people are getting too weird for us, let us pull up tent stakes and leave town."
No, God didn't do that, toward the end of Jim Jones ministry there were elderly ladies, and followers and supporters of his ministry that still prayed and gathered in the name of Jesus.
There is no record that these people all gathered and all in one accord pronounced worship blessings such as, "We worship you Jim Jones, we believe that you are God, we believe that you created the world."
There were no declarations, such as, "We no longer believe in Jesus."
You see, this cult grew out of an old Pentecostal congregation where they worshiped "Pentecostal style for years."
No, from my understanding this congregation all sang hymns and followed traditional church rituals, even up to the day that they were instructed to drink the poison "Kool Aid."
The problem was such, that like you see in many modern day churches and especially mega churches, they had an unhealthy devotion to a leader.
What made Mr Jones, decide to take on a Messiah role, so he could make sure that he was seen as greater than any of his disciples or followers?
What made this man have to be above his fellows?
What inspired him to think that he could lead men without any restraints?
Near as I can figure he like many other corrupt leaders throughout the centuries believed that "he was entitled."
Now, my point is that some were still gathering in the name of Jesus. Personally, I doubt that there were many if any who stated, "I no longer believe that Jesus ever existed because Jim Jones was created to be the man God Messiah."
No, my guess is that if you were to meet any number of these congregants in the grocer or at a PTA, or perhaps at a local Walmart there would be little to tip you off that they had been gathering in a cult for the last ten years or so?
What I am trying to say is that most probably on the day when all those people drank that lethal combination of death, Jesus and the Holy Spirit were right there comforting all that they were able to comfort.
You see, these people weren't evil or wicked, they were victims, they were deceived, they were misled. On the other hand, I am sure that there were many times when the Holy Spirit or Jesus tried to warn them against taking that attitude or for holding on to a belief that would turn out to be detrimental to their souls.
You know, for the most part the denominations teach that you are some what responsible for reading scripture and understanding righteousness. 
But lets be real, even today there are many churches of highly educated believers, yet they remain completely ignorant to the "Word of God."
They will believe absolutely anything spoken from the pulpit, so long as they see it coming from a leader wearing a twenty thousand dollar suit.
And, "No, he doesn't have to be wearing a twenty thousand dollar suit, all he needs to be is 'successful,' by worldly standards."
Where do you think all of our theology has come from in the last two decades?
I will tell you, it has come from preachers who in many cases taken the gifts that God has bestowed on them in order to make them selves filthy rich and successful.
Well, how can you tell if a pastor or leader has become filthy rich or successful from one who has become wealthy and blessed from God.
You see, this is the question that all Christians should be asking concerning the pastor or leader that they have placed themselves under.
In reality though, this is a moot question to probably most church go-ers today because few really care.
No, they have been brought into the "Faith" through theatrics, plays, mock rock concerts and empty promises. The last thing that they are concerned with is the integrity of a leader versus the success of their leader.
In other words, I believe that on the day when all those people drank that lethal combination of death, Jesus was right there comforting all that He was able to comfort. He was there, but He could do nothing because of their hearts.
I believe that there were many who had had an inward witness that was telling them for years, "This is not right with God, you must renounce these false lies and principles
They will follow almost anything spoken from the pulpit, so long as it is financially beneficial or it is spoken out of the mouth of a "Cool holy man."
You know, a holy man who has a ministry connected with Hollywood, Grammy's, Private Jet Planes, ten thousand dollar suits, or a TV following.
The reason for this in the past has been because most men are content to just be followers, and in many cases they are just plain lazy. 
Over the years, however, another factor has been thrown into the pot and it is called, "Entitlement."
It is this latest "offering" from the clergy that has brought in untold millions of followers into the modern church. 
So much so, that you can hardly define the "Church," anymore.
A few months ago, I was sort of meditating or in prayer when I heard God. The Lord said to me, "My church today is one of ENTITLEMENT."
I barely have used the word in the last ten years and have seldom heard it, yet it was as clear to me, as if the Lord was on my right side whispering it in my ear.
A few days later, I was listening to the news and I heard someone refer to the word, and then the College Bribery scandal broke and I heard it again.
It was used in context of the many people who have perhaps never broken the law, yet felt completely "entitled," to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to abet their children in a criminal act of stealing an education.
Do you understand what I am saying, these people felt as if they were "entitled," to commit serious felonies because of their status in life and BECAUSE they imagined that were they CAUGHT in an act of THIEVERY, their modern day peers would just condone it or perhaps give them a slap on the hand.
You see, individually they have been raised up in a class or sect of people, such as Hollywood Stars, Grammy Singers, Oscar winning Actors, Political Show Boats, Million Dollar Sports Players, TV Evangelists, and Mega Pastors.
Apparently I just angered a few hundred thousand religious folk.....
Well, since I am not going to apologize, let me finish my thoughts here, Okay?
I have witnessed the deterioration of the modern day American church now for over forty years.
This is a paper long over due!
There are a number of things that have brought these changes to the church and I am going to name a few. Next, I am going to cite an example or two that ought to make every pastor or leader think about.
The thing that is so distressing to me is the fact that I am not able to share with leaders and pastors the things that I have witnessed and seen. The many mistakes made by the clergy that have led our society into a doomed nation, as one taken out of the Bible pages, such as Sodom or Gomorrah.

Where will America be at the end of the age?

Will we even be a nation?

In my early days as a Christian God taught me that the Gospel was the responsibility of every Christian to preach. When I gave my life to Jesus my entire life was redefined. I now had a responsibility to preach the Gospel in order to save men's souls.

My responsibility did not quit there, however, I now felt as if I had a responsibility to my community or to my surroundings to rein in righteousness where ever I laid my feet.

This is what I was taught, I was taught that there is a world out there all plunging into their deaths and they will never be redeemed unless the church brings them in to the fold and teaches them righteousness and about Jesus.

I left the unique groups that I was brought into for my first few years introduction to Christianity and I became familiar with modern Charismatic ministry from a number of circles.

What I found, however, was that the norms had changed somewhat. We were no longer, as Christians, concerned about the world, but we were now more concerned for proving who and what our status as Christians meant for the world.

As the years have past, this has more and more defined the modern church.

There is just so much to share, as to why and how these changes took effect, but right now isn't the time.

Instead, look around and notice the modern day church. It is a Church of "Entitlement."

If you are a Charismatic leader you are entitled to start as many churches as you can.

(I have noted that for me to keep these web site pages free I am forced to use this fifteen year old software. 

Both this page and the previous apparently got lost during that week where I composed the six papers in as many days. 

One day, I may have more enthusiasm to preach and I will do a much better job of monitoring my results. As it is, I am going to leave this 

unfinished until I replace it with a new paper. Thanks for the patience.) 
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