Summary: This sermon covers the subject of the "Fake Church" aka the Apostate Church
Fake Church – Blind Leaders of The Blind
By now we have all heard the new phrase “Fake News” which describes dishonest reporting and misleading narratives within the news media. Some believe this is a major issue facing our country, others believe it is itself fake. No matter what your view is I believe there is another deceptive movement in our day, a movement I have dubbed “Fake Church”!
While the term may be new this issue is very very old. In the pages of the New Testament we read about the enemies of Christ, more specifically the Scribes and Pharisees. They not only spread false rumors about Jesus (saying He broke the Sabbath & performed miracles by the power of Satan) they put out their own fake news by saying that His resurrection was a hoax and that the disciples stole the body. Ironically it was the Religious leaders of Jesus’ day who were the main threat, not the agnostics, not the sinners, not even the Romans!
Jesus said about the Scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 15 “they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” When Jesus exposed the false teachings of the Religious leaders they not only ridiculed him, they plotted his demise! Later, in the book of Acts when the Apostles preached against them, the Jewish clergy dismissed them as uneducated men who needed to be dealt with harshly. When you read the New Testament the large “church” in power was the “fake church”. The true church was and is those people who believe the gospel, that salvation comes by grace through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
I submit to all who read this that things have not changed. The “fake church” is still the majority and they still hold the power and influence over society. As a Pastor I am not against unbelievers, I want to see them come to faith, just as Jesus did! I am not against sinners, after all Jesus died for sinners! Besides that, we have all sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). My concern is towards the blind leaders of the blind, the “Fake Church” that leads people awa y from the truth!
The “Fake Church” is literally everywhere! They have exchanged the true Gospel for a “Fake Gospel” that denies the historic teachings of the faith. For 1800 years of church history Christians believed that God created the heavens and the earth, today the “Fake Church” believes that the “Big Bang” created everything from nothing! The Bible teaches that Adam was created in Gods image, the “Fake Church” teaches that Adam didn’t even exist and that man evolved from the slime! The Real Church believes that Jesus is the only name under heaven given among men, by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). The “Fake Church” isn’t even sure there is a heaven, but if there is any religion can get you there.
The bottom line is that half the churches out there are “Fake Churches” led by blind leaders of the blind, but instead of falling into the ditch many will fall into a place much much worse! Some might call this fake, but if you read the Bible and believe it you will discover this is Gospel truth for Jesus Himself said “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
- Matthew 7:13-14 KJV
Expound on Revelation 17 & 2 Thes 2