TUNING THE ROOM FOR MIRACLES
By Akin Ojumu
From time to time, I highlight video clips from sermons by ministers of the Gospel. By comparing what these people say in the name of God to the Word of Word, I’m able to point out what’s wrong with the message they preach. To most people who read these commentaries with a Biblically informed mind, the flawed teachings in these sermons become apparent when exposed to the pure light of Scripture.
Once again, this video clip is another example in this series. This time around, it is a video clip from a sermon preached four years ago by Randy Feldschau, Senior Pastor at One City Church (formerly Cathedral Church), Beaumont, Texas.
Titled, “Making Room for Miracles,” the sermon was preached from Matthew 24:12-14. This is the story where Jesus entered the Temple and drove away those buying and selling. We read that Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves.
The lesson Randy Feldschau drew from this story, however, was that “we make room for miracles by tuning the room.” This tuning of the room is done by making sure that the acoustics is properly set, and the sound system is well tuned.
That a minister of the Gospel will turn a profound story of Jesus purging the House of God of the merchandising, profiteering, and extortion by the apostate Jewish religious leaders into a story of tuning the room for miracles, is beyond belief.
Yet, this sort of mangling and mishandling of Scripture is commonplace in Christian assemblies worldwide. What you find is that these flawed teachings are festering and proliferating everywhere you turn. Satan’s effort to corrupt the Truth of the Gospel has increased in tempo, and his siege against the knowledge of God’s Word has intensified exponentially.
This evil scheme is deliberate, systematic, and well organized. Satan is hellbent on making sure that people are lured into false assurance and false sense of security about their salvation. He does this by making sure that the message they hear is an adulterated version of the true Gospel. Knowing very well that a false gospel is devoid of the power to save, Satan ensures that it’s the prevailing message in the Church.
Expectedly, many of you reading this commentary belong to Churches where members drink from this contaminated pool of adulterated gospel. What is taught in these places of worship is unalloyed mythology bearing no resemblance to true Biblical Christianity.
Leaders of such congregations often engage in a glow-in-the-dark esoteric religious manipulation. These wolves in sheep’s clothing are especially skillful at cherry picking Bible passages. Ripping passages of Scriptures out of their proper context, they weave them together to create a colorful but deceptive tapestry of error. The captive audience who feed on this pseudo-bovine scatology go about stumbling in the dark as they are left none the wiser about what the Word of God actually says.
Tragically, these victims of erroneous teachings keep coming back to drink from the same poisoned well of heresy. Just as Eve saw that the tree from which she was forbidden to eat was good for food, that it was a delight to the eyes, and desirable to make one wise, and she took from its fruit and ate and also gave it to Adam, many of these people love what they hear because this sort of messages feed the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and pride of life. These messages inflame their natural human cravings, and they kindle their greedy desires.
What the purveyors of erroneous teachings fail to realize, though, is that twisting God’s Word to satiate fleshly cravings is a pretty dangerous thing. Ascribing to God that which is not written in Scripture is a damnable heresy and an invitation to divine wrath. There’s nothing more deadly than to blatantly corrupt the Gospel by injecting into it human opinions and philosophies of demons.
“This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.” (1 Timothy 1:18-20)
You cannot cheapen the ordinances of God and think you are going to get away with it. There’s a heavy price to pay for rejecting the truth of God and substituting it with the lies of Satan and the wisdom of men. Those who play loosey-goosey with the Word of God have no idea what’s coming to them.