Posted on 7/1/2012 updated 12/10/2014
Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. (Titus 1:15-16, emphasis mine)
When you study the Holy Scriptures about false ministries, it becomes clear that this special type of ministry appears from time to time. For lack of a better term, we shall term them "Reprobate Ministries." When it comes to threats against the Body of Christ, these false ministries rise up as the body's biggest threat. The reason for this is pretty clear: they frequently start out as purely Christian ministries, but at some point in their lifetime, they make a choice to walk away from the free gift of salvation. At that point, they have sold their souls to the enemy and have begin to serve him. When they make this choice, they become the essence of an Antichrist ministry (I John 2:18-19).
The reasons they sell their souls are many, but when these reasons are broken down, they fall into three categories: money, lust, and power. Many times, these people have a blatant ambition to be the leader, to stand out, and to be noticed. They see what other people have, and they want it for themselves. They forget that Jesus taught his disciples that if they wanted to be leaders, they had to be servants (Matthew 20:27). They want to be in authority and to be a ruler over the people. Effectively, they have received and accepted the Nicolaitane's doctrine (Revelation 2:6, 15).
The first chapter of the Book of Romans explains the selling out process. These verses describe a soulish degradation process. The Apostle Paul explains that it starts with an assertion process:
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. (Romans 1:22-23)
Often, when they make these assertions, they tend to accumulate money. This increased cash-flow permits them to buy influence in the media (mostly radio and television, but sometimes it is print media and now the Internet). The increased attention often translates into more money which allows them to continue to buy more media. It is not long before these people have a "worldwide ministry." Most of the followers insist that this inflow of cash is the "blessings of God on their ministry." They do not realize that this is part of the degradation process.
The Nicolaitan split between the "exalted leaders" and the followers also begins at this point. Many times, the followers never see the realities of what their leaders are becoming. The leaders never realize until it is too late: power and influence has a corrupting element. Paul explains it very succinctly:
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (Romans 1:24-25)
When the Holy Spirit is not there to regulate a leader, their fleshly lusts and desires tend to assert themselves. They also lose their ability to discern right from wrong, and to protect themselves from the wiles of the devil. In time, they become more and more corrupt. They even begin to behave in ways they would have never done previously. The Apostle Paul explains it as follows:
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. (Romans 1:26-27)
It is interesting that Paul should suggest that homosexuality is the result of church leaders falling away. We have seen many cases of this in the Christian world. Maybe one of the more notable cases is Ray Boltz, at one time a sensation at the top of the Christian music world. He "came out of the closet" and before long, his career began to decline. The same thing happened to one-time evangelical leader, Rev. Ted Haggard. On the other hand, when Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) head, Paul Crouch was implicated as having a homosexual tryst on the front page of the September 1, 2004 edition of The Los Angeles Times, he withstood the attack and his "ministry" continues to survive. In his case, he had a large following of preachers and churches who had much to lose if TBN were to not survive. It should be noted that he died on November 20, 2013 and that he had been in ministry for forty (40) years.
The Apostle Paul sums up the eventual result of a leader selling out as follows:
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1:28-32)
The harsh reality is that Reprobate Ministries are not only corrupt within themselves, they corrupt all those who follow them. This is one of the reasons that these ministries continue to flourish. When these ministries fall down the crimson path, nothing is too evil, nothing is too vile, they will do whatever it takes to keep their ministry going. If they have to use witchcraft to zombificate their followers to keep them in line and continuing to open their wallets, they will have no problem doing it. Even when the contributions do not come in, there are members of organized crime willing to use them to launder their "dirty money." Remember, their conscience is " . . . seared with a hot iron" (I Timothy 4:2).
It is bad enough that these Reprobate Ministries engage in these behaviors, but the worst thing is that they still know how to put on a good front, especially when they have to raise money. Since the leaders of Reprobate Ministries were once following the LORD, they still know how to look Christian, act Christian, and behave like they are Christians. That is how they continue to maintain a following. The sad reality is that when many people see the corruptness of their organizations, they tend to dismiss Christianity and follow some other path on the way to destruction.
It is important for followers of Christ to understand that Reprobate Ministries can only corrupt your faith. Do not even attend their functions, watch them on television, and especially, don't give them money! These are cursed ministries and any connection you have with them can bring a curse onto you. Most of the time, you will never know it until it is too late. Too many people discover the curse in their lives all too late when their finances have been destroyed, their careers are in shatters, and their families, shredded. If people refuse to support their evil, they will be forced to deal with evil crime figures who will further compromise them until they day they finally fall.