Battleship Churches

Sermons

A church can be a battleship or it can be a cruise ship. Unfortunately there are many more cruise ship churches out there than there are battleship churches. Cruise ship churches are all about love, grace and fun and disregard any kind of conviction or preaching that would hurt feelings. A battleship church is about love as well but in the Biblical sense and is not afraid to go on the offense against the devil and his wicked ways. Battleship churches are usually small in membership and cruise ship churches are usually classified as “mega churches”. In the world a very small percent of people go into the military and in Christianity a very small percent of people are interested in going to a battleship church.

“13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” Matthew 7:13-14

Cruise ship churches are a big party. They will have to add smoke machines, skits, wicked Easter Egg hunts, Halloween, and all kinds of other stupid events to woo people from the world in. Just like a cruise line will advertise, so do cruise ship churches. You will see effeminate skinny-jean wearing pastors that may even have sodomite looking man-buns on these advertisements with slogans like “come as you are” “everyone welcome” “let us love on you”. Many times they will either stay neutral on the homosexual plague infesting the land as to not offend anyone or they will even embrace it. They are never under attack because they really are not a threat, if the devil wanted to he could just board the ship and no one would even notice.

“3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4

A battleship church is usually considered “controversial”. They take Biblical stances on every issue and are unapologetic about it. A battleship church would never waste time on compromising with the world to get members in, in fact like the military, a battleship church does not want to bother letting just anyone in. A battleship church has to endure many attacks from the devil and many hardships. A fun camp cruise ship church would not have to endure hardships and attacks because it is loved by the world and the god of the world, Satan.

“5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:5

Cruise ship churches do not realize we are in a war. They are easy targets to get taken over by the devil or church pirates. Battleship churches are always strategically fighting the enemy. God is a God of war and He is the one who has placed us in this battle.

“The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name.” Exodus 15:3

Cruise ships do not have weapons on them, they are pleasure boats.  Battleships have big guns, missels and all other kinds of weaponry. Same when it comes to cruise ship and battleship churches. Cruise ship churches may have the most members but it will do them no good in the fight against the devil who is on the prowl when they do not have anything to defend themselves with. Battleships have crews that are on the ship to do a job in fighting the battle, cruise ships have pleasure seekers on the ship just like cruise ship churches have pleasure seekers looking for the best smoke machines, music, coffee, parties and fun. Unlike battleship churches where members are ready for the enemy the cruise ship churches are not.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8

Cruise ship churches are best to avoid for a Christian. Nowhere in the Bible does it describe these kinds of compromising fun camps. Cruise ship churches are exactly what is wrong in Christianity today and it is false Christianity. Cruise ship church members will hypocritically judge anything convicting as being not loving enough and will end up in Hell with their cruise ship church. Battleship church members will have a lot more hardships to endure in this life on top of dealing with the attacks from the devil they are also taking attacks from cruise ship churches. A battleship church will always be in battle on this earth and that is what Jesus has prepared us for and wants from us.

“3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4

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