HOLINESS REVIVAL MOVEMENT WORLDWIDE
DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR of Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
SATAN HAS HIJACKED MANY DENOMINATIONAL CHURCHES
Monday December 14
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
"14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
2 Corinthians 4:4
"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."
Martin Luther saw that the church under the Catholic Pope was a corruption of the original and was devoid of salvation for the people; a church left with only carnal ordinance of penance where people were told to work out their salvation through self-afflictions. Salvation was no longer based on the faith of the believers on Jesus Christ and the finished work of redemption at Calvary, but on suffering one’s body. Martin Luther disagreed with their false beliefs and dogmas and began to preach that the just shall live by faith.
For his holy stance, the catholic fathers persecuted him greatly. Because of the persecution, the godly ones moved out of the Catholic church and became known as “Protestants.” The word “protestant” became a denominational name for them. Up till now, we still protest against worship of Mary and her image. We reject bowing down to idols, counting beads and calling upon dead saints in prayers, and other abominable practices.
In the course of time, others among the Protestants began to move out with their own sectional names, while some insisted on standing on the faith of Martin Luther and called themselves Lutheran Church. In this way, more churches with various denominational names began to spring up. Denominationalism was divine wisdom meant to preserve the Christian faith. It was initially devastating to Satan. He polluted the church with false doctrines to kill the truth but he later discovered that the truth was still alive among some Christian groups who had separated themselves from the polluted church.
However, as time went on, Satan still came in and began to form his own denominations by giving various dreams to some people and making some strange appearances to others. Satan began to call and ordain ministers to preach by his inspiration all over the world. As a result, corruption re-entered into the church. Today, we have denominational authorities who are ruling in accordance to the will of Satan, taking ignorant people far away from God.
We have today, different sects, different groups with different beliefs and traditions all over the world who are adamant to correction. Unfortunately, their church members think they are being loyal to Christ by submitting themselves to these apostate, erroneous and backslidden leaders. They think they are doing service to God. What a great error!
Thought for the day:
Satan also calls and ordains ministers to preach by his inspiration.
Song for the day:
I will never let the devil win the battle
Bible reading for the day:
Amos 1-3; Revelation 5
PASTOR PAUL RIKA