Secret Church 10 – Uganda, Africa – Part 2By admin
The following post is the second in a series by Joy Breedlove, a missionary serving in Africa.
“In the first session of Secret Church 10, Pastor David clearly identified the deception Satan is using in our churches today not only here in Uganda, but for churches all over our world. He is deceiving people by convincing them they are saved when they are not.
When I was eleven years old I heard a sermon preached on hell…this sermon placed a great fear in me. Someone lead me in a prayer and the following Sunday I was baptized. For the next 17 years I lived my life believing that if I died I was not going to this horrible place called hell. Reality was…I was going to hell because I had not been saved…I had been deceived into thinking all was well with my soul because someone prayed a prayer with me.
After those 17 years of being deceived, living a life with no fruits being evident of one saved by God’s grace, someone shared the true meaning of salvation with me and I surrendered my life to Jesus. From that day forward I longed to tell others about true salvation. The years that followed I took many evangelism courses. I wanted to be effective when I shared the gospel. Yet in every one of those courses, as we went out to witness, I was burdened with the same issue over and over again….are all of these people really being saved? Do they really understand what salvation is or have they now been deceived as I was into thinking all is well with their souls, when it is not.
When the Lord brought me to Uganda I was burdened more than ever as to so many people being deceived into believing they are saved. Having the opportunity to teach in small groups clarified how deceived they truly are. Here, very often people have a mixture of several different types of religion. For most because of their illiteracy and limited access to a bible, they cannot confirm what the Word of God really says, so they believe what everyone tells them. You share the gospel and they add it to all the other beliefs they claim.
As the pastors here in Uganda listened to Pastor David explain in Secret Church 10 how to know if someone is saved…it became obvious that their perceptions had also been a part of this great deception. To learn that salvation is more than repeating a prayer someone has prayed, opened their eyes to changes that must be made when the gospel is shared.
I was thankful to hear Pastor David address the burden that had weighed me down for so long. Although his teachings clarified that spiritual deception is real, I sensed an even deeper burden for those caught up in this deception. Please pray for us here in Uganda…the truth has been exclaimed and now we must aggressively seek those out who have been deceived and share the truth of God’s word with them.”
Simulcast information for Secret Church 11 – “Marriage, Family, Sex, and the Gospel” can be found on the Secret Church Simulcast site - LifeWay.com/SecretChurch.