The most common criticism of Christian churches is "a bunch of hypocrites go there".Of course such a condemnation is born from anger and God rejection.A much more accurate criticism is "a bunch of deceived people go there".Most church attendees are so entrenched in their practice of ignoring and even worse,flagrantly violating Jesus' teachings on marriage,violations that are taught from the pulpits of their churches, that they they do not recognize or understand the apostasy they have dedicated their lives to practice.To add complexity to the problem,there is even a horrendous discrimination issue involved with this matter.It is extraordinarily difficult for an unmarried minister regardless of his level of expertise ,to find employment in a medium-sized or large church.It is now well past due to take a detailed look at this explosive conflict that has created such an abominable conflict between biblical teachings and our current church practices;the raw and evil conflict that exists between Jesus' and the Apostle Paul's teaching that Christians should never marry and the modern church's promotion of marriages, yes even multiple re-marriages,for the financial gain of the church.
QUESTION:So what are talking about here? What are you suggesting is wrong with church teachings on marriage?
ANSWER: Well we can start with an a flagrant distortion of Christian teachings.
QUESTION: WHAT?:How can you possibly make such a serious charge?
ANSWER: By reading the New Testament.
QUESTION:All churches use the New Testament,are you claiming some of the clergy don't understand it?
ANSWER:We can't possibly understand most of God's reasoning even if we understand New Testament teachings.A good example can be found in this quote:
Luke 20:34-36 (New King James Version)
34 Jesus answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection".
QUESTION: I've never heard that verse read in our church.Is it supported by any other verses?
ANSWER:The Holy Spirit gave the Apostle John, the most beloved of Jesus' Disciples, this vision of what will occur in the next few years:
Revelation 14:1-4 (New King James Version)
1 Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb (Jesus) standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. 3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed (raptured) from the earth. 4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are VIRGINS. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being first fruits to God and to the Lamb.
The word "defiled" seems a bit over the top for most people unless they have read the latest health statistics which show that the HIV virus infection rate in a female ethnic group in the United States has now climbed up to fifty percent (yes 50%) of its population.To provide on-going protection for those who receive salvation, after they have been raptured into heaven, God will will preserve their single status by preventing them from getting married using a very simple technique;He will ban all marriages.
QUESTION: Oh come on,no one in our church believes that. Our church teaches that every single person with no exception who repeats a ten word sinners prayer regardless of his state of sobriety at the time ,will receive salvation. Why would you even begin to believe that a person's marital status will be a factor that will be taken into consideration in determining salvation?
ANSWER: To not believe Jesus is to assume that He is a liar.We must believe this:
Matthew 22:29-30 (New King James Version)
29 Jesus answered and said to them, “YOU ARE MISTAKEN NOT KNOWING THE SCRIPTURES nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven.
QUESTION:Wait a minute,I just remembered something.Our church calls marriage "holy matrimony".So how can it be banned in heaven?
ANSWER:Sure enough looks like God disagrees with your church doesn't it? Sure bet it ain't the first time that trip has gone down.
QUESTION: Man you're really getting heavy with me aren't you?
ANSWER:Considering the fact that we are living in the last days don't you think its just about time somebody did that to you?
QUESTION:Don't you realize that you are really going to make some church-goers seriously angry if you keep this up?
ANSWER:Yeah so tell me something that's new. People usually become angry when you explain to them that they are wasting their lives worshiping a false god or goddess.It just comes with this biblical territory.This is what we need to be prepared for:
Matthew 10:22 (New King James Version)
22 And you will be HATED by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures (remains faithful) TO THE END will be saved.
Hatred is one test Jesus will use to determine who is giving a true testimony for Him as contrasted to those who remain popular by just repeating their church teachings.
QUESTION:Now you are really upsetting me.Don't you accept the Apostle Paul's endorsement of marriage?
ANSWER:The Apostle Paul warned Christians to NEVER marry but he made an exception for those who are in the process of losing sexual control over themselves because they have allowed their minds to become infected with sinful lust.
QUESTION: Man you're really getting me mad now.What are talking about anyway?
ANSWER: Here is Paul's often referenced teaching with all of his words quoted :
1 Corinthians 7:8-9 (New King James Version)
8 But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am (single); 9 but if they cannot exercise SELF-CONTROL, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
QUESTION:Are you implying that the Apostle Paul taught that people who were in moral control of themselves should never get married?
ANSWER:Wow you sure are catching on fast!
1 Corinthians 7:32-35 (New King James Version)
32 But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. 33 But HE WHO IS MARRIED CARES ABOUT THE THINGS OF THE WORLD,how he may please his wife. 34 There is a difference between a wife and a virgin.THE UNMARRIED WOMAN CARES ABOUT THE THINGS OF THE LORD, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world,how she may please her husband. 35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may SERVE THE LORD WITHOUT DISTRACTION.
QUESTION:This makes no sense to me,its completely contrary to what my church teaches.How can you possibly believe that so many ministers are wrong?
ANSWER:Matthew 20:16 (New King James Version)
16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but FEW CHOSEN.
QUESTION:Look man,my minister teaches that marriage is holy and God sanctioned,what's wrong with that?
ANSWER:Your minister is failing to teach Jesus' changes to now outdated Old Testament teachings on marriage.
QUESTION:What can possibly be unholy with marriage,our whole society is based on it?
ANSWER:Oh are you talking about that sexed-up moral depravity we call society? Do you think maybe we should pray to God to transport our whole society to heaven so we can keep it stable and intact and functioning just really swell as it is?
QUESTION:Why didn't you answer my question?
ANSWER:Sorry I distracted myself.That usually happens when I start to think about our society.Those who marry devote their lives to worshiping and serving a human rather than God alone and in the process they spend large chunks of their lives living in the flesh engaging in lust rather than devoting their lives to spiritual activities.
QUESTION:What did you just say?
ANSWER:Do you really want me to repeat that? I know its almost unheard of to criticize sex in this morally sick society but considering the HETEROSEXUAL A.I.D.S. epidemic sweeping through the nation,isn't this a long over-due change?
QUESTION:You're going too far man.Certainly you don't believe that the clergy are sending members of their congregation to hell by teaching them almost on a weekly basis to get married do you?
ANSWER:How is it possible to reach any other conclusion?
QUESTION:(LOUD SHRIEK) WHAT?! How can you possibly make a remark like that?
ANSWER:The divorce rate among Christians exceeds that of non-Christians.A life of marriage creates extreme dependency upon a human rather than upon God so that emotional desires are met which results in a strong craving and even a psychological need for another marriage after a divorce occurs.Re- marriages which also are strongly promoted in many churches, create a one-way death ticket to hell:
Mark 10:11-12 (New King James Version)
11 So He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. 12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
Here is what is so important for singles to understand;avoiding the "burning with passion" the Apostle Paul wrote about is much easier to avoid before marriage than after a 52% chance of a divorce.To state that MARRIAGE IS HIGH RISK BEHAVIOR is a gross understatement.It is so absolutely imperative that in these last days we all BEWARE OF FALSE TEACHERS.Fortunately there's an easy way to spot them.Those who are hell-bent on promoting marriage almost never explain that a second marriage after a divorce is a deadly sin.To the exact contrary,they use the "burning with passion" argument to advocate for as many marriages as your heart desires.If there is nothing wrong with a second marriage as Jesus taught,then at what number do you think lust needs to stop? Feel free to pick any number you wish because you're dreaming up your own religion.In a society that honors eight times married Elizabeth Taylor more than Jesus Christ and His never married Disciples, how can you be surprised by this problem? Here is why you shouldn't be surprised at all;THE DOOR OF ENTRY INTO THE MINDS OF CHRISTIANS THAT SATAN USES MOST FREQUENTLY IS THE DESIRE FOR A HUMAN BODY which is what marriage is about. Is it any wonder there are so many marital horror stories out there?
QUESTION:If people adopted your beliefs they would would turn against many of their ministers wouldn't they?
ANSWER:One of the worst problems that exists in most churches is that most of the members refuse to condemn the clergy,who were the target of much of Jesus' wrath.Those who encourage others to get married,most especially if they engage in this horrendous heresy in a religious setting,and even go so far as discriminating against those Christians who are following Jesus' command to never marry,even to the point of denying them employment, which is the practice in almost all Protestant churches;most certainly will be sent to hell for their blasphemous persecution of the elect.
QUESTION:Look guy you keep claiming people shouldn't get married but I ain't no single stud,I'm married.Just what do you claim God wants me to do?
ANSWER:I'm happy to see that you're finally showing some interest in this.Here you go:
1 Corinthians 7:29 (New King James Version)
29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none.
QUESTION:AND JUST WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?
ANSWER:Matthew 19:29 (New King James Version)
29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or WIFE or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
QUESTION:What's going on here?How can you possibly think that's practical?
ANSWER:Who ever told you that becoming Christ-like was practical in this violent,hate-filled nation of just totally astonishing and off the wall greed and lust? Christianity is a supernatural religion,definitely NOT a practical religion. However it doesn't make any difference because very few people who call themselves Christians will be willing to give up the love of a human for the love of God. Have you ever wondered why Christianity is so astonishingly ineffective in changing society?You'll probably find the explanation by LOOKING AT YOUR OWN LIFE .There are very few who will be chosen for salvation and called out from the world,pulled away from adoring sex and lust and then pushed into serving with the Spirit of God. MOST CHRISTIANS SPEND THEIR LIVES AUDITIONING FOR THE WORLD RATHER THAN AUDITIONING FOR HEAVEN,SERVING EMPLOYER,FAMILY AND/OR COUNTRY FIRST RATHER THAN DEDICATING THEIR LIVES PRIMARILY FOR SERVICE TO GOD.Look here's a really hot tip for you;if you're looking for a twenty-four hours a day seven days a week very practical religion, contact your local Army recruiter.He'll find something that's very practical for you to give up your life for.
QUESTION:Are you actually claiming it's not practical to be a Christian?
ANSWER:You sure got that right.You're really getting good you know that? God wants us to live an idealistic spiritual lifestyle rather than a practical lifestyle which of necessity requires conformity to the ways of the world.
ANSWER: When was the last time you heard one of those so-called "Christian politicians" telling you they support all of Jesus' teachings?
Matthew 5:44 (New King James Version)
But I say to you, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
QUESTION:Look if Christianity is so impractical why is it so popular?
ANSWER: CHURCHANITY is popular.Christians are required to exhibit a much deeper level of spirituality than that which is taught in most churches which presents sermons primarily designed to attract new baby Christians and their families.An extremely small percentage of the population actually attempts to follow Jesus' description of Christianity because it requires intense self-discipline and an extremely strict moral control over their lives.Jesus demands that His followers live a heaven lifestyle which the vast majority of Christians just pretend they are interested in while just a small percentage of Christians actually succeed in doing in this money drenched and sexually infected society.In fact most Christians spend a lifetime trying to figure out how to get around Jesus' teachings,now plunging themselves into the depths of moral depravity by rationalizing the practice of polygamy with their re-marriages, so they can become successful and happy in a world that is increasingly controlled by Satan.
1 John 5:19 (New King James Version)
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
The vast majority of Christians have no interest in strict self-discipline because they are taught in their churches that in reality God is none other than The Big Sugar Daddy In The Sky who hands out rapid response sure thing guaranteed passes to heaven regardless of how people live their lives.Of course if true that would turn heaven into a despicable cesspool of hate,violence,and sexual perversion.It's rather safe to assume that the angels would complain about their neighborhoods and move out isn't it?
QUESTION:Why can't we love a family and serve God also? Doesn't that make sense to you?
ANSWER:When people talk about a family they almost always are referring to their children. Bringing more children into the world,thereby contributing to one of the earth's major problems;overpopulation, instead of taking care of the woefully neglected orphans who are already here ,is one of the most selfish and socially reprehensible decisions anyone in their right mind can possibly make.Even worse,it creates the serious issue of idolatry.
QUESTION:The serious issue of WHAT?
ANSWER:Those who marry devote huge amount of their time,love, worship and resources to serving two masters and if the marriage produces children, then many masters.
QUESTION:You're really getting to me do you know that?
ANSWER:It's too bad the Bible didn't do that for you isn't it?You sure seem to have skipped over a lot of verses.
QUESTION:Look man why doesn't God just allow us to make a very personal life decision about whether to get married or not?
ANSWER:Oh He does.Haven't you seen your friends go through marital abuse,horror and just plain hellish torment? But Jesus wants us to live a sin-free life in heaven devoted to worshiping the Holy Spirit of Christ rather than worshiping a human body in the world.Jesus has called us to live lives of purity and righteousness but most men,including those who call themselves Christians, participate in a CARNAL LIFESTYLE worshiping one and usually multiple sex goddesses,frequently some of them at the same time.Of course all the while they keep saying to themselves over and over and over "Hey don't God want me to be happy here";a question that springs from a hedonistic faith that dictates the worship of life-shortened corrupted flesh gods and goddesses in the world instead of dedicating ones life FULLY to serve the eternal sacred God of the universe.
QUESTION:Look I agree that a re-marriage after a divorce which most ministers regularly perform is clearly adultery but do you honestly believe that people will be sent to hell because of a first marriage?
ANSWER: I believe that in determining who will be granted salvation,Jesus will give serious consideration to how much time individuals have spent serving anything or anyone whether it be their job,their spouse or their country,compared to serving Him.Just stop and think about this;how many Christians do you know who claim that God is first in their lives when in fact they don't even spend the entire Sabbath day,which many churches now have re-dubbed "family day",in worship of Him?It's absolutely crucial to come to the realization that when people make the morally bankrupt decision to serve a false god,such as the false god Nation which has become extremely popular,it is next to impossible to exhibit the attributes of a true Christian life that the Bible records; love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance;making a dishonorable discharge all but certain.The problem most Christians face is that God and Jesus take idolatry very seriously.Both are extremely sensitive to divided loyalties and the worship of anything and the dedication of one's life to anyone other than Themselves.
QUESTION:Look man I love my wife. I don't even want to think about this any more.
ANSWER :Ok then do this,before you go to bed tonight print the words below out slowly ten times;the words from the One you need to love much more than any woman you may find.Then hopefully while you're sleeping you'll start dreaming about Jesus' plan for your life rather than your family's plan.
Luke 14:25-27 (New King James Version)
25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, WIFE and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
TRANSLATION:We must love Jesus so much that we will sacrifice our own lives to serve Him and Him alone.
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