Is Your Church Apostate or Apostolic?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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In case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a major shift in the direction of the Church in recent years. The Body of Christ as a whole has moved from the original church founded by Christ to a “seeker-sensitive” church founded by man. The result is a spiritual and cultural phenomenon known as the “Emergent Church” — a phenomenon fraught with deception and heresy and jeopardizing the spiritual destiny of Christians throughout the world. 

So, what is all the ruckus about, and why should we be concerned?

We should be concerned for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the emergent church is fast turning into the Apostate Church that will lead to the one-world religion of the end days. We are already witnessing the formation of this one-world religion. 

How can we know, then, if our church is an apostate church and not an apostolic one? First of all, let’s define our terms. An apostolic church is a church that adheres to the doctrines of the early, first-century Church as founded by the Apostles. These doctrines are explained in the New Testament, and their application is found primarily in the Book of Acts.

The Apostate Church, on the other hand, has moved away from these foundational doctrines to an experience-based theology that deifies feelings. This new way of “doing church” promotes experience over truth by shifting the focus of its members from the Cross of Christ to personal experience. 

“What fellowship has light with darkness?” ~ 2 Corinthians 6: 14 NASB

So, what questions should you ask to determine if you are in an apostate church or an apostolic church? (By the way, it is critically important to ask these questions).  Here are some extremely important ones:

1__Does your church teach that Absolute Truth exists, or does your church teach that everyone has his own truth? The Apostate Church teaches relativism: what’s true for you doesn’t necessarily have to be true for me, and vice versa. The true Church teaches that there is such a thing as Absolute Truth and that relativism is a doctrine of devils.

2__Does your Church teach that the Bible is the final authority in life, or does it teach that Scripture evolves with the times? The Apostate Church teaches that the Church must adapt to today’s culture. It attempts to build the Church according to the world’s ways, hiring consultants from corporate America to build the Church like a corporation. We now have offices like Executive Pastor, Pastor of Communications, Pastor of Church Growth, etc. Moreover, we now see churches employing worldly methods of growth that utilize marketing gimmicks instead of teaching its members how to receive the power available through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit–the power that ignited the stunning growth of the early Church. 

3__Does your church minimize sin, repentance, and hell and talk instead of love and peace? Does it teach that a good God would not send people to Hell?

4__Does your church use the methods of the world to draw people? For example, does your church use gimmicks like strobe lights, darkened sanctuaries, artificial smoke, and other worldly means to attract the younger generation? To my utter surprise, churches are now offering ear plugs to older folks who complain about the loud music. In my opinion, this is ridiculous and a terrible waste of God’s money when all they would have to do is turn down the volume button. My physician husband mentioned to me that many young people have partial hearing loss because of their frequent attendance at blaring rock concerts. So now church music must blare to accommodate their hearing loss.

5__Does your church approve of yoga, contemplative prayer, and walking the labyrinth as methods of drawing closer to God? Does your church teach goddess worship and adoration of the Queen of Heaven? These are practices associated with Eastern Mysticism, a philosophy that has infiltrated the Apostate Church.  

6__Does your church teach “dominionism,” the false doctrine that man can make the world a better place through promoting a social Gospel? Does your church place more emphasis on social injustice than on issues like the imminent return of Christ in the Rapture, the Great Tribulation, and the final judgment of Christ?

7__Does your church teach that people are born homosexual and that homosexuality is an acceptable lifestyle? That transgenderism is acceptable? These teachings are in direct contradiction to God’s Word.

8__Does your church teach that there are many ways to Heaven besides Jesus? That all religions lead to God? Yes, all people will eventually face God, but only Christians will face His mercy. The rest will face His wrath. 

9__Does your church teach that abortion is all right in some cases, like rape or incest? Or does it teach that abortion is murder in every case? Shockingly, some churches today are calling abortion “sacred!”

10__Does your church teach that the Church has replaced Israel? This false teaching is called “replacement theology” and has also infiltrated the Church. Beware of teachers who say that Israel has now been replaced by the Church.   

We must ask these hard questions if we do not want to be sucked in by the Apostate Church. Pastors, in particular, must carefully examine the messages they are preaching to be certain they align with God’s Word. Also, pastors must review the videos they show to their congregations. Many of these videos are taught by prominent pastors and teachers who call themselves “evangelicals” but who are preaching a false doctrine to congregations all over the country. In reality, they are promoting apostate teachings that are undermining the Church. 

The Bible teaches that each person must work out his own salvation in fear and trembling. This means that each of us is responsible for the teaching we listen to and the teaching we make our own. Measure everything—and I mean EVERYTHING–you hear and read by the standard of the Word of God. If it agrees with God’s Word, it is truth. If it does not agree with God’s Word, then reject it.

Jesus warned us that deception would run rampant in the last days. It is now upon us, so we must guard our hearts against it. It will only get worse until the return of our Lord at the Rapture. If you are in an apostate church, get out of it as fast as you can. To remain is to open yourself up to the possibility of losing your salvation.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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The Rise of Wicca, Witches, and Warlocks

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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Witchcraft is on the rise in the United States and in the world.

And you need to be aware of its dangerous and destructive plans for you and your family!

As the approach of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ draws near in the amazing event called the Rapture, Satan and his demons are hard at work to deceive people everywhere and to draw them away from the truth. One such deception is the current craze and interest in witchcraft, a deception that particularly abounds during this month of October with its celebration and glorification of Halloween. 

Jesus prophesied that such deception would occur in the last days before His return: “‘TAKE HEED, lest any man deceive you … For false christs and false prophets shall arise and shall show signs and wonders to seduce, if possible, even the elect” – Mark 13:5,22 (Emphasis mine).

We are seeing this take place before our very eyes today. Occult practices abound in the form of astrology (horoscopes, tarot cards, palmistry), yoga, and the martial arts. Shockingly, even Christians are participating in them, unaware that such participation gives demons and other seducing spirits access to their lives.

Occult “religions”–such as Wicca, Satanism, Kaballah, and Goddess Worship–are on the rise as well and have their roots in the very pit of hell.  We Christians need to be aware of these deceptions and warn others about them. Many in the Church are being led astray by practices such as so-called “Christian yoga” and “Christian Martial Arts.” These practices are not Christian at all. They have their roots in Satan and are dangerous! 

“The root determines the fruit.” – Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

It is important to understand that Satan presents evil as good. The Bible tells us that “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” ( 2 Corinthians 11: 14). To masquerade–or wear a mask–means that one is pretending to be what one is not.

Satan wears a mask of light to pretend he is light when, in truth, he is the essence of darkness itself.

Satan’s goal is to counterfeit Truth. He presents as truth, that which is false, and as false, that which is true. He does this by presenting evil as good. By presenting darkness as light. By presenting wrong as right.

Consider this: For every counterfeit, there is a genuine. For every counterfeit $50 bill, there is a genuine $50 bill. Have you ever seen a counterfeit $70 bill? No. Why not? Because there is no such thing as a $70 bill.

Likewise, for every truth in the Bible, there is a counterfeit. So, when we see a counterfeit gospel–one that is rooted in anything other than Jesus Christ–know that this is a false gospel counterfeiting the genuine Gospel. It doesn’t matter if this counterfeit gospel produces miracles, signs, and wonders. Remember: Satan still has supernatural power, although his power has no teeth since Jesus defeated him by His death and resurrection. But, unless one is aware of Satan’s deception, one can easily think that Satanic power is the greatest power when, in truth, it is not.

Satan’s only power is the lie.  And even the power of the lie has no effect on us if we don’t believe his lies. For this reason, we must saturate our minds and hearts with the Word of God. Only the Word of God will enable us to discern between the truth and the lie.

A huge lie of our day is the lie of the occult. This Satanic movement seeks to demonstrate supernatural power in order to deceive and to draw people into death and destruction.  It is an alluring movement, and unless one is born again and grounded in the Word of God, one will easily be deceived into believing that the power of the occult is the only supernatural power there is.

But the power of God is far greater than the power of Satan (See 1 John 4: 4). 

Remember: Satan is a created being. He was created by God as Lucifer, the Chief Worship Angel in Heaven. He fell from great heights when Jesus Christ defeated him on Calvary. But Satan has not given up on his desire to be God. Of course, he never can be nor ever will be God. But because of his intense anger at God, Satan is still trying to steal people from God in order to destroy those whom God loves.

If you are finding it difficult to discern truth from evil, I urge you to do two things:

1–Dig into God’s Word daily. Memorize it. Meditate on it. Make it your final authority.

2–Examine the root of popular practices, such as yoga, the martial arts, etc. Is the root Jesus Christ, or is the root something outside of Jesus Christ? Remember this: the root will determine the fruit. You cannot have an unholy root and expect holy fruit. 

The Word of God gives us this warning about the last days: “But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.” – 2 Timothy 3: 13

Do not allow yourself to be deceived. Stay close to Jesus and be continually in His Word. Pray in the Spirit, and be aware of what is going on around you.

Prayer for Today: Lord God, we ask that You would keep us from all deception in these last days. As we seek Your Face, we trust that You will protect our minds and hearts from the lies of the enemy. We thank You for the gift of discernment. In Jesus’ Name we pray and receive by faith. Amen.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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“Don’t Let Satan Play Your Pipes!”

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ENDURING TO THE END

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

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In Matthew 24: 13, Jesus said this: “…the one who endures to the end will be saved.” What did Jesus mean by these words? How should we apply them to our lives today?

The word “endure” comes from the Latin word “indurare” which means “to harden.” What Jesus was saying here is that the one who hardens himself against difficulties and stands firm in the midst of them, that one will be saved.

This verse is part of what is called Christ’s Olivet Discourse, the famous sermon He gave on the Mount of Olives in which He explained to His disciples details about the end times.  Jesus was warning that persecution would arise and many so-called professing Christians would turn away from the faith, thereby revealing the true condition of their hearts. 

So, what does it mean to endure to the end? Here are some considerations:


1–To endure to the end means to stand firmly for the Bible in the face of false teaching. 
Apostasy is alive and well in our country and throughout the world. Many denominations that were once bulwarks of Christianity have now turned traitor to the Bible and its inerrancy and have subscribed to false doctrines straight from the pit of hell.

2–To endure to the end means to stand firmly for Christ in the face of a brazenly sinful society.  What was once considered shameful is now brazenly practiced openly as our world falls ever more deeply into depravity. He who endures to the end will remain pure in a culture that reeks with sin.

3–To endure to the end means to stand firmly for Christ in the face of ridicule, hatred, and persecution. Day by day, we are witnessing increasing opposition to Christianity and Christians. Whether it be in our governmental system, our educational system, or our societal system, Christians are being marginalized at an alarming rate. Many have been persecuted to the point of death. 

In these last days, Satan is pulling out all the stops in his vicious attempt to get Christ-Followers to give up and quit. DON’T DO IT!  Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Let me encourage you with these words from Galatians 5: 1: “Stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”  How do we stand firm? Ephesians 6: 10 tells us how: “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”

It is only by the Lord’s power that we will be able to endure to the end. Remain in Him. This is His promise to us in 1 Corinthians 1; 8: “He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus! Come soon!

Now, it’s YOUR turn: What struggles are you facing in your journey to endure to the end? Please leave your valued comments in the box below.

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“Sex and Soul Ties”

“Don’t Let Satan Play Your Pipes”

“How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit”

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For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

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