A week or so ago I found a “prayer group” on Facebook & thought I would check it out. I have been very careful about the posts that I “LIKE’d” or commented on because I realized very quickly that not everyone in the group was a believer. Over the last few days, it has become increasingly clear that it was no accident that I “found” this group. I have been involved in several discussions that I hope led at least one person to search the scriptures for themselves or reach out to a strong Christian friend.
The things in this group that kept poking at me were:
- If you do _____God will answer your prayer for _______ in 24 hours.
- Tell me __________& I will send you a prophecy just for you.
- Tell me about _______ and I will pray to St________ for you.
- If you love Jesus type “AMEN”. If you don’t type “AMEN” He will know you don’t love Him.
This morning I was prompted to write the following post:
I am deeply concerned for those in this group who are being led astray by things such as:
1) Prophesy on demand – God chooses when to share insights with us, not the other way around.
2) Sharing or not sharing a post will bring healing, money, new relationships etc – This practice makes people into sorcerers who are trying to control the Almighty God.
3) Praying to saints instead of directly to Jesus – the saints were all human, not divine beings. Praying to saints is idolatry. Praying to anyone but our creator is a sin & puts you in danger of spending eternity in Hell.
See Deuteronomy 18:9-21 for God’s Word on these things.
THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN IS TO RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR. THIS MEANS DYING TO YOUR OLD WAYS AND DEPENDING 💯% ON HIM. MAY YOU BE LED TO THE FOOT OF THE CROSS AND BE TRULY SAVED.
‘s YOU & SO DO I!!
Almost immediately, the feedback started to roll in. Most comments agreed with me but there a few who accused me of being judgemental or making stuff up just to prove my “notion”. I backed up every comment/response with scripture. I am sure there are some that read the conversation and decided to keep quiet. A few months ago this would have had me so wound up that I couldn’t think straight. However, when the Holy Spirit guides my fingers across the keyboard and leads me to the “perfect” scriptures, I have no fear of man.
I will continue to pray for those that took offense to my words (& the words of the others who are on the side of TRUTH), that they may see Him and be saved.
Some of the scriptures that were used in the discussion were:
- Deuteronomy 18:9-21
- 1 Corinthians 1:13 & 20-27 were misinterpreted as “God created and blessed all types of worship”. My response was, ” You are misreading these verses, they are talking about those who refuse to turn from their sin (hard-hearted) and how the truth will not make any sense to them. The more they harden their hearts. The more they drive a wedge between themselves & God. It has been this way since Cain & Able”
- Matthew 7:21-23
- Numbers 12:9-13, Genesis 18:23-33 & Hebrews 12:24 (were used by the nay-sayers to “prove” that we should pray to the saints instead of God) My response: “Intercessory prayer is done on the behalf of someone who has a serious & urgent need. In all of the examples that you listed, the intercessors prayed directly to GOD, not to a saint. Do you see the difference?”
I ask for your input (both pro & con) because healthy discussions can make each of us better.