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Broken Door

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Nov 4, 2015
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9781311391643
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This book took me over a year to write, although I feel the Lord had been training me to write it the best part of my life. My purpose is not to criticize the churches, but to share through my experience what the Lord has shown me. I cover the reasons why the church is not working completely the way it should, this is the reason why our places of worship are slowly becoming empty. The establishment church is failing, but “The Church” is not dying. We are people who tell the new story of God, people who make space for God to work through us, people who listen for God’s call. This is who we say we are. We need good spiritual God centered nourishment. I pray after you read Broken Door, it will lead you into a closer relationship with Jesus. I ask that you will give this book a chance, You'll find that 'Broken Door' is unlike any Christian book you've ever read.

Thank You,
Michael Dunhill

Pubblicato:
Nov 4, 2015
ISBN:
9781311391643
Formato:
Libro

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I began writing in my late teenage years. I had no intention of writing books and publishing them. The Lord placed on my heart to begin writing my first book in 2013; it took me over a year to write it. Many people have told me that when they started reading my first book “Broken Door”, it was hard for them to put it aside. Then the Lord gave me the unction to write my second book, “Faith is What?” Not long after I finished ‘Broken Door.’ ‘The Big Lie about Tattoos” is my third book as of this year 2016.I have worked in the ministry since 1985; I started preaching in prisons, in retirement homes and as a guest speaker for many churches. In addition, I started preaching out in the streets, at bars, parks, restaurants; I would bring my guitar to the parks and restaurants and sing songs that the Lord had me write. I was age 54; when the Lord led me to start writing books, I’m now 64; I’ve had some people tell me I’m just a keyboard preacher, but, I believe in that old saying,” The pen is mightier than the sword.” Comments are welcome, rather they are positive or negative. Thank YouMichael Dunhill

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Broken Door - Michael Dunhill

Broken Door

The Hidden Truth about Church

Introduction: The purpose of this book is an attempt to open the eyes of not only members in our churches but pastors also. There are hidden truths laying on the surface in plain sight, (Actually the best place to hide something, is in plain sight); these hidden truths, sad to say has been in the churches ever since I was a child, I’m sure even longer. I pray that you read this book with an open heart and a meditative mindset (Selah).

I would like to dedicate this book to my Daughter also: my grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Deception

Chapter Two: Tradition

Chapter Three: Church Attendance A Must?

Chapter Four: Membership

Chapter Five: Discipleship

Chapter Six: Complete Loyalty to the Pastor

Chapter Seven: Sinking Fast and Stubborn

Chapter Eight: What will it take?

Chapter Nine: Relationship, the Solution

Chapter 1

Deception

What do you suppose would happen if you approach a person you know that’s caught up in deception and you say to him, Sir, you're terribly deceived. What type of reaction do you think you would receive from this person? Do you think maybe he'll say, Praise be to God! I've seen the error of my ways. Actually, we both know the outcome; his reaction would be, him turning away after an extensive long-winded argument. Because, the truth of the matter is; it does absolutely no good to tell a deceived person they are living in deception. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are around 1 in 259 million, these odds are better than us changing a deceived person’s mind, they have to see it for themselves. Sadly through leaders in our churches today is missing the mark in their pastor-ship, teaching and evangelism.

Personally, I don’t believe that they are purposely standing behind the podiums preaching deception because they know it's wrong, a person deceived can be totally sincere and passionate about what they're teaching.

Leaders of the church, especially organized churches are teaching, preaching and evangelizing what they believe in their hearts to be the truth. The Bible gives us some insight on how deception works, take the story of Adam & Eve, remember when the serpent came to Eve telling her that she could eat the fruit, and surely she would not die?

Genesis Chapter 3 (KJV).

1Now the serpent was more subtil than any best of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden 2. And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, lest ye die. 4.and the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5.for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Verse: 4 The Serpent said to the woman, Ye shall not surely die. The serpent also assured the woman, God knows that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Did you catch it? The serpent didn't lie completely he told her what I refer to as a half-truth, half-truths are much more dangerous than a complete lie; complete lies are easy for us to see though, with half-truths there’s just enough truth mixed into the lie for it to become believable. This same thing has been happening in our churches for centuries the half-truths have been passed down through the ages, our leaders hold fast to these teachings, the enemy has gotten into the camp (the church), the best way to destroy something good is to become a part of it. My theory, (note: my opinion), I believe centuries ago the enemy got into the camp, (The churches), and had corrupted it by adding sprinkles of false information, just enough to destroy what God had intended to be holy and helpful to the growth of his people, this has led to what churches have become in this day; concerning the separation of churches, because of our beliefs.

For instance, television ministers, the pastors try to lead us to believe that money is the only reason God is alive. If we’re not driving a fine up-to-date car or living in a luxurious home, according to their teachings we’re bringing shame to God's people. Try to tell these pastors how deceived, they’re, how far do you think we’ll get with them? Reader, you might be asking, Well, isn’t it obvious? They have to know what they’re doing isn’t right, the truth, no. They believe in their hearts they’re right, there is just enough truth in the message that it has convinced them it's real.

I’ve watched these pastors for a year’s matter of fact, I almost fell into this prosperity teaching myself, and the men that preach this message are persuaded that their message is true. When someone believes something so strongly it's really not that hard to convince others, why? Because of sincerity, when someone is sincere it comes across as honesty.

When I sold vacuum cleaners I had to believe in what I was selling if not the costumer could see that I didn't believe in the product, it came across as dishonesty on my part, in turn I would lose a sale, one of the first lessons I learned was too convinced myself the cleaner I was selling was the best; it worked well. The first month I sold twenty five cleaners, all exempt three, cleared with good credit. So, you could say I made myself a believer, and that helped me to convert others to my way of thinking, same as the prosperity teaching message. You might think that this seed-of-faith teaching is something new that has happened in the last twenty

years or so, but there was something very similar to this that exists within the church today. 500 years ago, an evil that promoted Martin Luther to nail his ninety five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg Germany on October 31st 1517. An evil that led to a reformation, from which grew the protestant church.

There were serious abuses within the church.

The large administrative structure of the church required a great deal of money to finance it. To obtain this money, the church used many devices that hurt its spiritual nature. During this same time of great need within the church some clergy lived like secular princes, building lavish palaces and indulging in corrupt financial practices. In order to do just that Pope Leo X sent out indulgence peddlers who had been granted by the papal power to grant remission of sins according to the amount of money given. While Luther had other concerns about papal abuse it was the selling of indulgences that prompted him to hold a public debate on the matter. In those days on holidays, such as All Saints Day, it was customary to hold public debates.

The subjects of the debates were announced by nailing them to the church door. So on October 31st, 1517 Luther nailed his ninety five Theses to the church door little knowing that the can of worms he opened would split the church down the middle and usher in the reformation and with it Protestantism.

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