Trojan Horses in the Church

Trojan Horses in the Church

 

By Dr. Ken Matto

 

Matthew 13:25 (KJV)   But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

 

The Trojan Horse dates back about 32 centuries to the time of the Trojan war which has been dated at 1194-1184 B.C.  It was a hollow structure which was built by a man named Epeius who was a master Carpenter.  The Greeks were trying to gain access to the city of Troy but were unable to do so in full frontal attack.  So they built the Trojan horse and used stealth to gain access.  The Greek army had intentionally left the area and sailed to the island of Tenedos.  They left behind a man named Sinon who had convinced the Trojans that the horse was a gift to the goddess Athena who was the Greek god of war and it would keep Troy impregnable.  The gift was accepted by the Trojans but not without a few who opposed the gift.  Nevertheless, they accepted it and brought it inside the city gates.  Then that same night the Greek army returned and when they were in place, there were soldiers inside the horse which then left the horse and opened the gates of the city and allowed the Greek army inside the gates and they won that war.

 

Into every church a Trojan horse has been sent (some have several) and some churches have chosen to listen to those who can foresee the problems to come.  Proverbs 22:3 (KJV)   A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.  Yet, the majority of churches do not heed advice and allow the evil to pass right by the front doors and into the arms of the people.  False teachings and gospels can be stanched before they enter the church if only the church leadership were astute enough to compare every teaching to the Scriptures to make sure they are not accepting a false teaching or gospel.  The problem is that in most churches, the leadership is unqualified and the evidence of that is the condition that the church is in today.  False gospels and false teachings are running rampant in the churches and it is only continuing to escalate because unqualified leaders are being dumped on the churches in droves especially in May and June when Seminaries and Bible colleges have their graduations.  I normally do not blame the congregants because as a congregant whenever I had brought up a false teaching in a church, my reward for being biblical was expulsion from that church.

 

I wish to present a short laundry list of Trojan horses which have found a resting place behind the walls of true discernment.  The gates of the city of Troy could be likened to the Scriptures.   When the gates were closed there was safety, and when one encounters a teaching and compares it to the Scriptures and finds it false, it can be rejected before it causes any disruption of biblical understanding.  The gate and The Bible are the last line of defense, for Troy and every local assembly.  The Trojans chose to open the gate and let the horse in, not realizing at the time that trouble was looming on the horizon.  Most churches have closed their Bibles and have accepted any teaching, not based on the teaching itself but based on who the preacher or theologian is that is bringing the teaching.  The list I want to present are teachings, principles, and doctrines which have been accepted by the churches without even any bit of true opposition.  The reason why Satan is so successful in derailing churches is because he knows that Christians will NEVER take time to study, investigate, or research anything and will accept anything at face value.  This is especially true for the clergy and the elders in the churches.  It seems whatever the pastor says, it holds the same authority as Scripture, oh they won’t say that but try and tell your pastor he is wrong on a certain teaching and see the “warm” reception that you will receive.  You will be escorted out the door because no clergyman who makes a six figure salary is going to want the boat rocked.

 

Chrislam

A newer Trojan horse is Chrislam which is the attempt to merge the teachings of Islam and Christianity to show that both groups worship the same God.  However, if one just takes time to compare the teachings of Islam which endorse the murder of anyone who opposes them with the teachings of Christianity who will do no harm to those who oppose us will quickly see that the Koran and the Bible were written from two different sources.

 

Sura 2:191 - Sahih International: And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al- îaram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.

 

Matthew 5:44 (KJV)   But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 

The Bible teaches love and the Koran teaches hate, so then how can these be from the same author?  They can’t!  Therefore the teachings of Islam and Christianity are diametrically opposed to each other.  Do not accept the lie that they are compatible just because someone like pseudo-Christian Rick Warren teaches it and pushes it.

 

Mega-Churches

Another Trojan horse is the mega-church with its thousands of attendees.  Mega-churches do not help any Christian grow because to maintain a size like that they must continually water down the gospel and make it palatable to the unbeliever and the indolent Christian.  The bigger the church, the less growth takes place.  All one has to do is listen to the teachings of someone like Joel Osteen or T.D. Jakes and any other mega-church.  Christians do not attend these types of churches to grow, they attend them to hide out so they do not have to get involved while still maintaining the Sunday go to church testimony to the world.  Mega-churches also hide much behind the scenes scheming because there is no interaction between the pastor and the congregation and the leaders can get away with much.  How do you think these pastors become millionaires? No one ever questions their multi-million dollar salaries and benefits! 

 

Sloppy Dressing – Leaders and Congregation

Another Trojan horse in the church is the incursion of sloppy dressing.  This began as another Rick Warren movement from his “Purpose Driven Church” book.  There was a time when people dressed up nicely to go to church but now they go like slobs.  In other words, you can dress up for those in the world like work or going to court but the Lord God who saved you for eternity is not worth the time to get dressed up for.  The pastors who dress in dungarees and t-shirts on Sunday morning look like slobs so they can get out to do what they want quicker without having to change clothes.  If there are people in the congregation who cannot afford a suit or even nicer clothes, then that is understandable but the pastor is being a testimony to those who come into the church and if he dresses like a slob, then that tells people that church is not a serious thing and all one has to do is search the Scriptures to see how important worship is to God and also to His children.

 

1 Chronicles 16:29 (KJV)   Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

 

Psalm 132:7 (KJV)   We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.

 

Normally the way we dress on the outside is an indicator of how committed we are on the inside.

 

Emergent Church Teachings

This has to be one of the most dangerous Trojan horses the church has ever faced.  They do away with the Bible and go by experience and feeling.  This movement is based upon mysticism and it is really Roman Catholic Mysticism such as Teresa of Avila or Thomas Merton.  Mysticism basically teaches that one can become knowledgeable about God not through the study of the Bible or through becoming born again but it is attainable through feeling, experience, or through meditation.  This is very cultic in nature as many false religions use meditation, experience, and feeling to gain their “higher consciousness.”  Another tenet of the Emergent church movement is something called “soaking.”  Soaking is when a Christian is to empty their mind and become very calm and listen for the voice of God.  It can be done in a group setting or in a sole setting.  This is very dangerous because God is not speaking audibly anymore and He speaks through His word.  This means that if someone hears an audible voice, it can be the voice of a demon who may sound religious but will eventually derail the seeker.  This Trojan horse must be totally rejected because it is of New Age origin and is not compatible with true Christianity.

 

Sermon excluded

Another Trojan horse in the church is when they exclude the sermon for either theatrical plays or skits.  It is the sermon where the pastor imparts encouragement to the congregation and expounds the Scriptures.  If the sermon is done correctly then the congregation will receive biblical principles for living.  If the sermon is done away with then a major part of the church service has been down away with just so the sinners in the congregation can feel at home and the good givers never challenged.  If your church has done away with the sermon then it is time to leave that congregation.

 

Rejection of Scripture – Avoiding Parts

On the heels of the exclusion of the sermon are those sermons given by pastors that intentionally avoid the parts of Scripture which could convict both believers and unbelievers.  They will especially avoid the parts of Scripture which deal with sin like Joel Osteen.  Many preachers only preach a “positive” message which avoids the negative.  It is these positive messages which minister only to the flesh making a person feel good rather than convicted.   Acts 20:27 (KJV) For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.  The Apostle Paul made sure that he declared to all his hearers the full counsel of God which includes the judgments as well as the blessings.  If your pastor intentionally omits portions of Scripture from his messages, then his attitude has become a Trojan horse which sets the stage for further rejection of Scripture.

 

7-11 songs – No Hymns

Another Trojan horse in the church is the elimination of the traditional hymns and replaced with the charismatic 7/11 choruses.  The 7/11 chorus is a description of the type of music that is in place in the church.  It is a short sentence sung numerous times.  It is like saying a 7 word sentence sung 11 times.  These are nothing more than a mantra which is forbidden in Scripture.  The Bible refers to these as vain repetitions.  Matthew 6:7 (KJV) But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  We are not use repetition in prayer like the Rosary in Catholicism or the prayer wheel in Buddhism.  The principle also carries over to our music.  The music coming out of the false charismatic movement is very repetitious and many churches of non-charismatic persuasion have adopted this method of singing which is much in opposition to Scripture.  The old hymns had serious biblical theology and ministered to the soul, the modern music ministers to the flesh.  I can guarantee you never stomped your foot for Rock of Ages!

 

Praise Teams

Another Trojan horse in the local church is the Praise Team.  Normally it is a band of about 5-10 people who lead the congregation in worship.  However, there is a problem with these Praise Teams.  They are horribly loud and sometimes you think you are at a rock and roll concert.  In the Old Testament God had commanded Israel to not only keep the Sabbath as part of the law but they were also to reverence His sanctuary.  Leviticus 19:30 (KJV) Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.  I know some who have been in churches where the music was so loud it caused them to hold their ears.  The same principle needs to be applied to the local church.  If we are part of a Praise Team, we do not come to church to show how good we are with drums or a guitar or whatever.  The idea of the local church is to worship the Lord Jesus Christ and to be encouraged by the message.  The Piano and Organ used for congregational singing is a Praise Team and it ministers to the soul and not the flesh.  Most churches today are nothing but replicas of football games with all the shouting, talking, irreverence, etc.  Would we do that at work or in a courtroom?  Of course not, then why do we do it before the Lord of the Universe?

 

Tongues

Another Trojan horse in the local church is the presence of tongues.  The tongues found in Acts and 1 Corinthians were those of legitimate languages already in existence. They were used of the Lord to propagate the Gospel before the completion of the Bible.  The tongues which are used in modern times are nothing more than gibberish which is nothing more than prattle or babble.  They are of no existing language group which tells us that they are of satanic origin.  Modern tongues offer no spiritual advantage or any spiritual growth.  What it does is it makes the babbler the center of attention in the church as if he or she is bringing some type of major message from Heaven.  Galatians 6:3 (KJV) For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.  These people are deceived because they are not bringing any type of message just causing more confusion in the church.  They must not be paid attention to and should be removed from the congregation.

 

Modern Bibles

Another major Trojan horse in the local church is the ousting of the King James Bible and modern versions put in its place.  This perhaps is one of the most dangerous incursions in the modern church.  When the American Standard Version of 1901 came on the market, then the church started to decay.  In 1906 the Asuza Street mission occurred which brought into main stream the charismatic movement with all its signs and wonders.  As more modern Bible versions came into publication the church became weaker and weaker.  What you have today is a shell of a church.  Each congregation looks like they are strong but in essence they would not face any of the issues head on.  The modern versions are all violations of Revelation 22:18 &19 by reason of their additions and omissions.  Revelation 22:18-19 (KJV) For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: {19} And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.  When the King James was translated in 1604-1611, there were 54 Godly scholars who worked on it, 7 had died so the project was completed by 47 of them.  When we compare those 47 men to those who have translated the modern versions you will find sodomites, unbelievers, Roman Catholics, Liberals, ecumenists who worked on the modern versions.  Since when would a holy God hand His word over to sodomites and Roman Catholics for correction?  If you have a modern version, you are using a Roman Catholic translation based on counterfeit and corrupted manuscripts.  The power of the church has waned with every new translation that comes off the presses and is accepted without investigation in the churches.

 

“The text shared by these two editions was adopted internationally by Bible Societies, and following an agreement between the Vatican and the United Bible Societies it has served as the basis for new translations and for revisions made under their supervision. This marks a significant step with regard to interconfessional relationships. It should naturally be understood that this text is a working text (in the sense of the century long Nestle Tradition): it is not to be considered as definitive, but as a stimulus to further efforts toward defining and verifying the text of the New Testament. For many reasons, however, the present edition has not been deemed an appropriate occasion for introducing textual changes.” – Nestle-Aland Text, 27th Edition, Page 45, 3rd Paragraph

 

Free Will

Another Trojan horse in the church is the removal of salvation from the hands of God and placed into the hands of unregenerate sinners.  The will of man is in bondage to sin and according to the Scriptures unsaved man is spiritually dead.  To teach that a person can raise themselves from the dead into salvation is nowhere taught in Scripture and is a figment of the imagination of pride filled people.  No one can save themselves and people only become saved when God regenerates them and then they can believe but before regeneration, it is impossible for anyone to believe.  Mark 10:26-27 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?

{27} And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.  Jesus Himself acknowledges that a person cannot be saved without God.  So then why does the modern church exclude God from the salvation process?   Pure pride in believing that salvation is in the hands of man.  Even Jonah knew better.  Jonah 2:9 (KJV) But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. 

 

Love Over Truth

Another Trojan horse in the church is the concept of allowing love to supersede truth.  The problem is that the churches have been taking their definition of love from the world.  Remember when our not so Supreme Court decided that marriage is also between 2 men and 2 women?  Well the biggest cry that day was “Love Won.”  The problem is that biblical love is much different.  Worldly love is a surface love which can change at any moment, just look at all the divorces, even in the churches.  Biblical love is a deeper love which has sacrifice as its root.  True love sacrifices for the object of the love.  The Lord Jesus Christ is a prime example of that sacrificial love.  He sacrificed Himself on Calvary for the sake of the Elect.  The Apostle Paul faced tremendous opposition in his ministry but it was for the purpose of the love he had toward the young churches.  2 Corinthians 12:15 (KJV) And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.  Worldly love is totally inferior to true biblical love just as worldly repentance is inferior to true biblical repentance.  2 Corinthians 7:10 (KJV) For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  Pastors need to do a better job explaining the difference to their congregations or they will continue to buy into all the false love, especially coming from the sodomites. 

 

Ecumenism

Another Trojan horse in the church is the acceptance of the ecumenical movement.  No place is this more evident than in the Pro Life movement where Christians are joining forces with all kinds of unbelievers.  Throughout the Old Testament God warned Israel not to make any alliances with unbelievers like the Philistines, Canaanites, et al.  What finally happened to Israel after they made alliances with the foreign gods of the foreign nations?  They totally lost the rights to the land and both Judah and Israel went into captivity.  Joshua 24:20 (KJV)   If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.  It does not matter what reason is given, the true Christian is never to join hand in hand with unbelievers.  If a church is going to fight against abortion, they need to do it in the power of the Lord not in the evil alliances that have cropped up since 1973.  Maybe this is why God cannot bless any forward movement in stopping abortion because the church has gone to the unbeliever for strength rather than God Himself.

 

Women Preachers and Elders

Another Trojan horse which has come into the church courtesy of the charismatic movement is the ordination of women as pastors and elders.  The Bible strictly forbids women in places of authority in the church, you may not like it but that is how it is.  The problem is that the feminized men in these churches do not have the guts to stand up and rebuke this heinous practice.  1 Timothy 2:12 (KJV)   But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.  How much clearer can a passage be?  The problem is that the feminized men have bowed the knee to the women’s movement in the world and as a result the churches have declined in strength and truth.  They are not have authority over the men in the church and the same in the home even though they are equal.  God has placed in the Scriptures an order of authority and the churches have abandoned that to the satanic feminist movements and it has wrecked the churches.

 

Unsaved Pastors

Another Trojan horse in the church is unsaved pastors.  Every day we see and read about Lesbians being ordained in main line denominations like the United Methodist Church or the Presbyterian Church of the USA.  There is no way unsaved people can ever bring the true message.  All they will do is spawn congregations of their own kind, whether they be just unbelievers or sodomites like the Metropolitan Community Church.  What really baffles me is why anyone stays in the congregation when these ungodly people are being elected to office.  Psalm 50:16-17 (KJV)   But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?  {17} Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.  Psalm 50:16-17 state plainly that the wicked (which are unbelievers) hate biblical instruction and hate the words of God and yet they play church with the eternal souls of the congregants.  Unbelievers take pastoral positions so they will not have to go out and work as evidenced by a friend of mine who was told by an unsaved pastor who was recently ordained that he could now catch up on his golf.

 

Acceptance of Sin

Another Trojan horse in the church is the acceptance of sin under the guise of ignorance.  We saw that God stated in Scripture no women preachers and those churches who have them are willfully sinning against the Scriptures.  Those churches which have formed alliances with unsaved churches and denominations are also sinning.  God condemns the churches going back into the old life and holding hands with unbelievers.  We read that modern bibles tend to add and omit words which means they are sinning which will have an eternal curse on them.  How many churches have flown the multi-colored flag of the sodomites?  Instead of rebuking their lifestyle, and seeing them as a mission field, the churches have embraced them under phony love which only leads to eternal damnation.  Churches need to seriously assess what they are accepting as a normal practice to make sure they are not perpetuating the sins of the world.

 

No Prayer Meetings

Another Trojan horse in the church is the elimination of the Wednesday night prayer and Bible study meeting.  Most churches today have also eliminated the Sunday evening service which means that young people are getting only one service per week but are getting pounded with false teachings at school 5 days a week and TV and Internet 7 days a week.  The Wednesday prayer meeting is a mid-week refresher which takes Christians out of the world for a few hours and gets them looking forward to the Lord’s Day for worship.  It seems the more pastors are being paid, the less they are doing.  The Wednesday night and Sunday night service need to be reinstated in your church if it has been eliminated.  If there is not enough participants to warrant opening the church building, then arrange to have the mid-week meetings in homes.  If the church wants to have mid-week services they will find a way.

 

Modern Israel

There is probably no greater Trojan horse in the modern church than the modern nation of Israel.  For some reason, because the name of the country is Israel, it is automatically connected with ancient Israel which ceased to exist in 70 A.D. because of its rebellion toward God.  How does God view rebellion?  1 Samuel 15:23 (KJV) For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.  Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft which is Satanism.  When modern Israel became a nation in 1948, the churches went crazy because they believed that we have entered the last days.  News Flash!  The last days commenced at the cross.  Hebrews 1:2 (KJV) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  What we have is a very bad understanding of Scripture thinking that 1948 ushered in the end.  If God was going to bring the nation of Israel back into existence, do you not think that He would have at least mentioned it once in the New Testament?  In fact, He does not even mention the destruction of Israel in 70 A.D.  Why?  Because it was no longer factored into biblical history.  Ancient Israel had a special relationship with God because the Messiah was to come through the tribe of Judah and that is why God preserved them.  Once the Messiah came on the scene and died and was resurrected, no longer was the nation of Israel needed and therefore they were destroyed and the people were scattered throughout the world.

 

The churches have clung to this new nation of Israel as if their spiritual lives depended on it.  There is only one chosen people that the Bible knows of and that is the people chosen in Christ and placed in the Kingdom of God.  1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)   But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:  The unsaved Jews are not the chosen of God.  That statement “The Jews are God’s chosen people” is a political statement which had its start in 1956 at a national meeting of the Presbyterian Laymen’s League.  Have you also noticed that since 1945 the USA has never won a war?  Since 1948 we were involved in Korea and Viet Nam and both were loses for America!  It is no coincidence that 1948 was the year the USA politically and the churches abnormally embraced modern Israel and we have been declining politically and spiritually since then.

 

Modern Israel is not only a Trojan horse for the church but also politically for the USA as we continue to fight serial wars for Israel.  Christian Zionism is a false gospel and must be rejected if the churches are to once again become strong.  The Bible was written about the Lord Jesus Christ but the modern church has made it all about Israel by taking Old Testament passages and applying them to some future kingdom where Israel is going to rule the world.  The majority of Old Testament passages point to the first coming and not the second coming.  The church has weakened itself with this unholy alliance.  We need to heed the advice the Lord gave to Israel in the time of the Judges.  Judges 2:2 (KJV) And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?  The word league is a synonym for alliance.  There is nothing in the Scriptures giving approval to making alliances with those who hate the Lord Jesus Christ!  It is time to burn all the Prophecy books and get back to pure Bible study.

 

Summary

As you can see the modern church has weakened itself by allowing many ungodly and evil things to come into the church.  I do not blame the congregants but the leadership who think they are smarter than all the others in the congregation and yet with the condition the churches are in have shown they are plain stupid.  Evil teachings and practices are not even minutely investigated before they are allowed past the vestibule.  If some TV or Radio theologian or pastor endorses it, then it is accepted willy-nilly.  When church leaders have proven themselves to be unqualified and undiscerning, then it is time to let them go.  We are dealing with the eternal souls of people and to exchange that for some “pastor nice guy” is an evil exchange.  It is probably too late for most churches and for many it is just plain too late.   Maybe it is time to start disbanding those churches which stand on apostasy and have no reason of existence.  If your church has adopted any of these evils, then it is time to re-evaluate where your church stands biblically.

Back