Throughout history man has had the urge, the need to worship something or someone all in an effort to relieve the guilt of his sin. It didn't matter who or what the object of his worship was, just so long as it was not the God that created him. Adam worshipped himself, his pleasure, his lust, as he received and ate the forbidden fruit in order to remain with Eve (1 Tim. 2:14). And so the pattern was set and it continues unabated and enhanced to this day. There are so many idols in the world today it is impossible to list them all. The common thread of all idols is "anything/anyone but Jesus Christ, the Son of God." The human imagination inflamed by the lies of the wicked one have produced many an enticing figure, most, if not all, of these remain as objects of worship today.
Bringing this to the current day condition of what is claimed to be the "evangelical church" we find little to no worship of Christ in the Spirit. What we do find are untold numbers of false prophets, defended to the hilt by their 'faithful subjects' who, by the words of their own mouth, exhibit no love of the truth and certainly no love for the Lord Jesus Christ; their only real allegiance is for their idolized preacher. This can be seen by their ever escalating defense, adulation, and stubborn unwillingness to recognize their own error, thus perpetuating and increasing the stature of their idol in their own mind and the minds of their captive audience. It quickly becomes a "snowball rolling downhill" thing. Sadly, some genuine believers may be caught up in this evil, BUT when their heart is opened to the truth they will and do repent (Phil. 2:12 & 13). If simple defense of their idol does not silence the whistleblower, they soon resort to "character assassination" and if real stones where available they would 'dispatch' their opponent just like their counterparts did to Stephen, Paul, and untold others. So adamant is their defense of these idolized charlatans that they have become twofold more a child of hell than the man/woman who birthed them into this evil (Matt. 23:15).
The alarm that is sounded here includes EVERY national recognized, praised, and sought after preacher/preacherette of all the flavors of Christianity that the world is subjected to today. This is not a glib statement or one made in haste, but one borne of 'due diligence'. This conclusion was reached by listening to and reading the words of these false prophets that emanated from their own mouth, 'sermons' and books. Men John MacArthur whose litany of aberrant doctrine and outright heresy seems to only get larger. Most notable of which is his notion that a man can receive the mark of the beast and later be "saved" and his belief that the Blood of Jesus Christ is not an integral part of the Gospel, but some sort of side note. [More on than soon.] He is a double minded man as seen in his own words concerning the Sovereignty of God in the salvation of man. His idea of "Lordship Salvation" is nothing more than salvation by works carefully disguised as "truth." There is more, but the point is made. Most recently is James White who gladly welcomes an antichrist to spew his poison to the (supposed?) people of God. 'Supposed' because not only did White allow for his opponent's lies to go unchallenged, but the audience did as well. All of this was done in the 'name of evangelism' as Christ was 'left out in the cold.' So plug in any popular evangelical type and check them out for yourselves---you must go beyond the public persona and the hype given for the world and the 'church' to drool over. Dig beneath the surface and you will find that all possess huge egos that never get enough praise who invariably treat us to their own brand of false humility. All are bent toward ecumenicalism, some outright and some hide in the closet. All will leave the 'flock' (true believers) to the will of wolves, they, themselves being the chief wolf. They will trumpet themselves as the 'guardians and purveyors of the truth' all the while lacing what little 'truth' they may employ to deceive the masses. They will use flattery to disarm the rightful defenses of the wary. [Check out 'flattery' in a concordance and see how God hates it.] Even their attempt to "preach the Gospel" or give the illusion that they love the Lord Jesus is filled with double talk, ambiguity, and leaves the hearer more baffled than settled. Despite all their smooth words for public consumption their end game is deceit. Their refusal to hold their peers accountable for their errors is the same thing as denying the Lord Jesus. And so it is for the pew sitter. Though they claim to "preach Christ" the reality is that they deny Him by their complicity to error, their refusal to sound the alarm no matter who it is (especially when it's a 'friend'), and their hatred for those who dare to expose them. In all of this they exhibit one thing to the astute believer: their greed. Greed for praise from their peers and mostly from their underlings; the next book deal or conference invitation; but mostly for $$$. This pleases Christ, how? Rather than repent when exposed they will bend over backwards in their never ending quest to prove all their words are 'right.' By doing this they mock the Goodness of God (Rom. 2:4). Further, by doing this they not only mock His Goodness, but they deny Lord Jesus Christ Himself. "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven." [No finer recent example of a man denying Christ can be found as was seen in the silence of James White as an antichrist tried to mutilate the Gospel and the integrity of Jesus Christ.] Matt. 10:32 & 33. "For whosoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." Mark 8:38. The problem with false prophets is bad enough, but it would soon disappear if those who coddle them and give them money and support them in any way would wake up and stop. It is the wickedness and blindness of these 'supporters' that perpetuates the heretics.