‘spiritual depth of many in the church in America’

Hardly a day goes by that someone is not sending out an email that has a religious flavor. You know the deal, the content contains some shallow religious promises that have absolutely no biblical foundation and then says if your not ashamed of Christ send this to 10 other people.

I have studied the content of these type of emails for some time now and have found a couple of things.

They find their substance in the prosperity arena. Who would be so foolish to propagate a gospel of suffering. So the content of the email makes itself palatable to the flesh.

Another thing is that it has absolutely no biblical foundation. The fact that it is palatable to the flesh is a testimony that it is not of the Word.

One other interesting fact that I have noted, is that the recipients that make up the distribution list include people who go to church and give credence to the Christian faith…. never any unbelievers.

The thing that seems to intrigue me the most is that oft times these emails have been circulated multiple times with distribution list that sometimes number in the hundreds. Though intriguing, it is also sad, sad that the church in America is so shallow as to spiritual truths.

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Email content-

You were chosen to receive this novena.
The moment you receive it, say :
Our  Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom
come, Thy  will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day
our daily  bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
from  evil.  Amen.

GOD WANTED ME TO TELL YOU, It shall be well with you this coming
year.

No matter how much your enemies try this year, they  will not
succeed.

You have been destined to make it and you  shall surely achieve
all your goals this year.

For the remainder of 2008 and all of 2009, all your agonies will
be diverted and victory and prosperity will  be incoming in abundance.

Today God has confirmed the end of your  sufferings, sorrows and pain
because HE that sits on the throne has  remembered you. He has taken
away the hardships and given you JOY. He  will never let you down.

I knocked at heaven’s door this  morning, God asked me.. My
child!

What can I do for you? And I said, ‘Father, please protect and bless the person reading this message… ‘

This is a Novena from Mother Theresa that started  in 1952.
It has never been broken. Within 48 hours send 20  copies (Or as
many as you can – God does know if you don’t have 20  people to send it  to. It’s the effort and intent that counts.) to family  and friends.
This is a powerful Novena. Couldn’t hurt. Can only help.

Please do not break it..

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novena [Lat.,=a group of nine], in the Roman Catholic Church, primarily a series of public or private prayers extending over nine consecutive days, especially nine days preceding a feast. They often carry an indulgence. More rarely, a novena extends over any nine days, as nine consecutive Mondays or nine first Fridays of the month. By extension, especially in America, the term is used for a regular series of prayers, e.g., a “perpetual novena” occurring every Friday. Novenas are made especially in honor of the saints to ask their intercession for certain benefits. They are frequent in honor of the Virgin Mary (under her various aspects, e.g., Our Lady of Sorrows), of St. Joseph, of St. Anne, of St. Anthony, and of other saints whose cults are popular, and they are said for the repose of the souls in purgatory. Widespread public novenas are those of Pentecost (beginning the Saturday after Ascension), of the Assumption (Aug. 7-15), of the Immaculate Conception (Nov. 30-Dec. 8), and the “novena of grace,” in honor of St. Francis Xavier (Mar. 3-11). Public novenas must be approved by the church authorities. The practice of novenas is very ancient in the Western Church, and the idea was probably borrowed from Roman paganism. The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia.

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of the truth.

malachi

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