HAVE MAN'S LATTER DAY CHURCH'S FAILED BELIEVERS
AND CHRISTIAN FAMILIES? YES, IN MANY WAYS.
The time has come for each of us to earnestly reconsider the assumptions, beliefs, and teachings of "man's churches” compared to God’s pattern for His Church and Cristian Families. We are in the days
Dear Reader we are not advocating man's churches cannot be used of god. "NO". God can and will use whomever He chooses (individually or collectively) to accomplish His purposes as attested in word and deed in both old and new testament writings.
That said the falling away of mans Christian Churches is becoming undeniable to Believers and non-believers. Returning to Jesus Christ, God's Pattern for His Church, and God's Pattern Christian Families is urgently needed as we enter the days of apostasy and await the return of Messiah.
One of the greatest accomplishment of early New Testament Christianity was the preservation of the writings of the Apostles and others. It was a arduous process taking centuries to complete. (325 AD-1643 AD)
It was not until the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, that the orthodox New Testament was "more or less agreed upon" by early Christian Believers but the Eastern Churches (the future Eastern Orthodox Churches) gradually developed a different canon from that adopted by the Western Church (later the Roman Catholic Church). Then the Protestant Reformation (1517-1643 AD) brought the need for a defined Protestant canon. Luther began to define the Protestant canon rejecting some of the books of the Roman Catholic Canon. The Catholic Church then defined its own biblical canon. At this stage in the process we can define the Bible as having been 'put together' in the sixteenth century.
From the Council of Nicaea 325 AD until the Protestant Reformation 1643 AD the Bible was under the complete control of mans churches. The common people were considered not worthy and not allowed to read from what writings were available and severely punished for doing so. Bibles were even chained to pulpits. Only those within various mans churches who assumed to themselves divine Authority and Priesthoods were authorized to read and interpret Scriptures. History records this time as the Dark Ages.
The greatest mistakes was they did not follow "God's Pattern for His church and the Christian family". The result was the establishment of mens churches and their respective Priesthoods/Doctrines/Traditions (Denominations) divide Believers one against another. This prevented Believers from being united as one assembly, (body) and (family) in Jesus Christ which is God's True Church.
Do not be deceived, the prince of this world will use spiritual disunity and the destruction of the family to establish the coming end time godless World Religion, which is now being openly promoted, funded, and assembled before our eyes.
Each denomination has it"s own "assumed" man ordained priesthood (authority), distinguishing doctrines, and traditions. Which is in direct violation to Christ teachings and admonishing of Christians to be as one, as he (Christ) is one with the Father.
We need to prayerfully seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit our True Guide, our True Teacher, our True Comforter, along with God's Written Word so that we may "Know For Ourselves" regarding these and other important spiritual matters.
These things are not hidden. it's all there just as salvation by grace was clearly given but because of the hardness of their hearts, pride, greed, men's desire for priesthoods and power over others it took over 1,500 years to pierce the darkness revealing God's Grace and forgiveness of sin. Not by works, rituals, or priest to be accepted, understood, and openly taught since the days of first century Believers. Unbelievable! The "Dark Ages".
Returning to God's Pattern for His Church and Family is my stand against the Prince of this world and his followers. But if "you Dear Reader" have greater abilities and find yourself persuaded of these matters I encourage you to do something yourself. You are free (in context) to use anything on this site and improve upon what I have tried to share.
What is written here is to awaken us to the seriousness of what is happening in the world and our need to return to God's ways not man's.
The Message Of God's Plan of Salvation is now being redefined by false teachers within man's Churches/Religions (and others having their own agendas) who seek to re-image God and yes, even the world after their own making. What then shall we do as Christians, Parents, Church Members, Pastors, Church Leaders?
We must return to God's pattern for His Church which is: Jesus Christ and Born Again Believers having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Our True Teacher, Our True Guide, Our True Comforter, along with God's Written Word and the testimony of Creation. This is The Church and Kingdom Of God on earth.
This is the order of the Church and how Believers participate in sharing God's word: First our relationship with God, Second our Family, Third our extended Family, then Neighbors, Community, Nations, the World. This then is God's plan for us (individually and collectively) to take part in the Great Commission.
Ponder this carefully to truly understand and apprehend the wisdom in Gods Pattern. How it endows men, women, and children (future generations) with the knowledge, testimony, spiritual understanding, and boldness to share the message of salvation "BECAUSE IT WAS LIVED INTO THEM."
Mans end time Churches have failed the family. Mans Churches appropriated to themselves what God foreordained were the responsibilities of the Father as the spiritual leader and teacher with his Wife as Mother and first counselor in the home.
God's Church is Jesus Christ and the Body of Born Again Believers (Families in Christ) the Living Breathing Church of God.
"....ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praise of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light". 1 Peter 2:9 K.J.V.
Mans end time churches beckon to us: "come, follow us we will teach you our ways." Man's end time Churches, Religions, and spiritual philosophies, are filled with Pride, lust for Power, False Teachings, False Worship, Idolatry, all manner of Blasphemy, and grievous perverted sins of the flesh of which we have been forewarned and is now being revealed before our eyes.
Again, what is the Biblical definition of the Church of God?
The Church is: Jesus Christ and Born Again Believers having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Our True Guide, Our True Teacher, Our True Comforter, having God's Written Word and the Testimony of Creation.
It's not about mans religions, mans self defined spirituality or ornate buildings to worship in. Christ did not say build wood and stone (buildings, cathedrals or meetings halls costing millions of dollars) to worship in; basketball courts, set up special events and soul winning programs designed after man's ways. Christian rock music festivals, promoting superstar pastors, conferences, establishing committees, programs, selling books, trips to Alaska.....all of which lead us away from our first responsibility. Such "programs and formulas" are man's ways. But praise God even mans follies can be used by God. That said remember
mans ways are shadows and substitutes for what God truly desires.
Which are? That we abide in Him and He in us, that we may be one. Jesus Christ did not come to establish a Religion He openly taught against Religion. The Church is defined in Scripture as Individual Believers having a committed personal relationship with Jesus Christ the head of the Church who fellowship with one another. The Church today would do well to consider the early Church grounded in Jesus Christ, keeping His commandments, based on the family (ordained by God) with the Husband as the spiritual leader with his Wife at his side. Together as one, instructing their sons and daughters, their extended family, sharing the Good News with others and fellowshipping together. "For we are laborers together with God. You are God's husbandry, you are God's building (His Church)." Please read I Corinthians 3:4-11 and know for yourself.
Consider the following written generations ago:
"We must have a new reformation. There must come a violent break with that irresponsible, amusement-mad, pagan type of pseudo-religion which passes today for the faith of Christ and which is being spread all over the world by spiritual men employing un-scriptural methods to achieve their ends." "A Church fed on excitement is no New Testament Church at all. The desire for surface stimulation is a sure mark of our fallen nature, the very thing Christ died to deliver us from."
Aiden Wilson Tozer
Jesus Christ is the Church and all who truly believe and follow Him are it's members.
History reveals to us that from the beginning evil men (children of the Prince of this fallen world) sought to compromise and destroy Christianity turning Christians and Non-Christians against one another (rulers, political system, financial systems and wars) causing terrible spiritual and physical suffering. These same followers of the Prince of this World deliberately withheld God's plan of reconciliation, peace, grace, and redemption through Jesus Christ. Truly this is not what God intended.
Wolves have entered mans end time Churches, Seminaries, Bible Colleges, and Christian Organizations thereby leading many astray. I do not write these thing to be unnecessarily negative or discourage but to awaken you to the seriousness of the spiritual warfare which is now being waged for men's souls, minds, and bodies.
Do not be deceived by those who deliberately teach false doctrines openly rejecting the plain teachings of Jesus Christ. They seek to establish "there religions", priesthoods, philosophies, traditions, spiritual organizations and governments. They "knowingly" reject truth, then with deception and flattery deceive even the elect of which we have been forewarned. If you find yourself in such an organization which after being shown their errors will not repent, humbly bear witness of man's Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and that we are to keep His commandments. Not that we are saved by good works for we are saved by the Grace of God which now by our good works bear testimony of our new life in Christ. For those good works we now do come freely from our Love of God, not by fear of the need to follow the Law. Consider this carefully. Pray for Church leaders, it's members, and depart in peace.
Are we saying not to join any church? We are saying before joining a church, religious organization, or following a spiritual philosophy, pray, search the scriptures, understand the principles of salvation and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Dear Reader remember God can and will use whom He will individually and collectively. Nonetheless man's churches and religions need to return to God's Pattern for His Church and Christian Families.
Carefully research there fundamental beliefs. Do they follow the teachings of Christ? Is the Bible used as the final authority for sermons and other instruction? Is the Bible being taught book by book, chapter by chapter, line upon line, precept upon precept? Do they modify or reject the clear teaching of Scriptures in order to be more accepted by the world? Is there a sense of reverence, order, love, and a passion for God's Word?
Do they acknowledge the fundamental principles of the Gospel: The Deity of Jesus Christ; The Virgin Birth; Christ Atoning Sacrifice for our sins; Christ Bodily Resurrection and His returning to establish the Kingdom of God? The gift of the Holy Spirit, in-errancy of Scriptures; that we are to keep God's commandments (knowing that all will fall short and rely upon God's plan of salvation, the need to be Born Again, the Resurrection, and that each of us will stand in judgment before God to give account of our life upon the earth?
Trust your eternal destiny only to God, not churches, spiritual organizations, pastors, priest, spiritual leaders, philosophy, astrology, reincarnation, emotions, works, occult teachings or power, traditions, man's writings, signs, wonders, spirits, secular leaders, or mans so called science NO, none of them! ONLY GOD.
Do they teach the Priesthood of Believers, that Fathers are the Spiritual Leader of the Family, and are responsible to council, teach, baptize family members, bless family members, pray for those who are sick by the laying on of hands, and other truths regarding God's pattern for the Christian family and God's Church?
If not does this mean God cannot use them? God forbid. God in His infinite wisdom can and does further His plan of Salvation despite man's corruption and open defiance. Nevertheless mens churches have taken upon themselves sacred callings and responsibilities that God ordained Fathers and Mothers to for-fill, thereby preventing God's Pattern for Christian Families from being rightly established. Dear Reader, we need to return to God's Pattern for the Family and Church.
Do not be deceived. If Christians (and non-Christians) do not stand against the organized promotion of evil, deception, corruption and death that is now spreading throughout the world, we like first century Christians will need to leave man's fallen churches and establish Home Churches. As persecution increases they will then be forced to assemble secretly in Underground Churches with other True Believers risking imprisonment or death which is happening now and will increase. - IT HAS BEGUN
Those who teach all religions lead to the same God serve the Prince of this world. Such teachings are design to promote a false new-age-humanistic "oneness." Is it any wonder the world is spiritually destitute and plunging into moral oblivion?
Nonetheless it was agreed by those in positions of influence not to hurt anyone’s "feelings". They have been very careful not to define what "is", actually “is”, or what is real or what is an allusion, what is true or what is not true, or what is right or wrong.
We have been taught truth is relevant. My truth is not necessarily your truth therefore we must be tolerant regardless of how many truths are found or how we feel about them, whatever they may be?
The Prince of this world and his followers teach; if you do not “feel” or “believe” something is true than "for you" it’s not true. It's your "right"to define truth as you decide, believe or feel it is. And it is your right to define, teach, and defend your truth regardless of the same self-reasoned truths of others, because each is as valid as yours and everyone else's.
There now. We can all safely go back to our self-defined comfortable deceptions and everything will take care of itself. Everything will be fine and we will all be happy? Of course we all know it's not true? Don’t we?
Sadly many go through life believing truth is relevant never asking the question: Is that true? The statement that truth is relevant declares itself as ire-relevant and therefore has no validity.
THE FOLLOWING POEM WRITTEN IN -1936
Note: This was happening then just consider what is happening now.
“The Church and the World walked far apart; On the changing shores of time, The World was singing a giddy song, And the Church a hymn sublime. “Come, give me your hand,” said the merry World, “And walk with me this way!” But the faithful Church hid her gentle hands And solemnly answered “Nay! I will not give you my hand at all, And I will not walk with you; Your way is the way that leads to death; Your words are all untrue.”
“Nay, walk with me but a little space,” Said the World with a kindly air; “The road I walk is a pleasant road, And the sun shines always there. Your path is thorny and rough and rude, But mine is broad and plain; My way is paved with flowers and dew, And yours with tears and pain. The sky to me is always blue, No want, no toil I know; The sky above you is always dark, Your lot is a log of woe. There's room enough for you and me to travel side by side."
Half shyly the Church approached the World And gave him her hand of snow; And the old World grasped it and walked along, Saying, in accents low: “Your dress is too simple to please my taste; I will give you pearls to wear, Rich velvet's and silks for your graceful form, And diamonds to deck your hair.”
The Church looked down at her plain white robes, And then at the dazzling World, And blushed as she saw his handsome lip With a smile contemptuous curled. “I will change my dress for a costlier one,” Said the Church, with a smile of grace; Then her pure white garments drifted away, And the World gave, in their place, Beautiful satins and shining silks, Roses and gems and costly pearls; While over her forehead her bright hair fell Crisped in a thousand curls. “Your house is too plain,” said the proud old World, “I’ll build you one like mine; With walls of marble and towers of gold, And furniture ever so fine.”
So he built her a costly and beautiful house; Most splendid it was to behold; Her sons and her beautiful daughters dwelt there Gleaming in purple and gold. Rich fairs and shows in the halls were held, And the World and his children were there. Laughter and music and feasts were heard In the place that was meant for prayer. There-were cushioned seats for the rich and the gay, To sit in their pomp and pride; But the poor who were clad in shabby array, Sat meekly down outside.
“You give too much to the poor,” said the World. “Far more than you ought to do If they are in need of shelter and food, Why need it trouble you? Go, take your money and buy rich robes, Buy horses and carriages fine; Buy pearls and jewels and dainty food, Buy the rarest and costliest wine. My children, they dote on all these things, And if you their love would win You must do as they do, and walk in the ways That they are walking in.” So the poor were turned from her door in scorn, And she heard not the orphan’s cry; But she drew her beautiful robes aside, As the widows went weeping by.
Then the sons of the World and the Sons of the Church walked closely hand and heart, And only the Master, who knows all, Could tell the two apart. Then the Church sat down at her ease, and said, “I am rich and my goods increase; I have need of nothing, or aught to do, But to laugh, and dance, and feast.”The sly World heard, and he laughed in his sleeve, And mockingly said, aside: “The Church is fallen, the beautiful Church; And her shame is her boast and her pride.”
The angel drew near to the mercy seat, And whispered in sighs her name; Then the loud anthems of rapture were hushed, And heads were covered with shame. And a voice was heard at last by the Church From Him who sat on the throne: “I know thy works, and how thou hast said, ‘I am rich, and hast not known That thou art naked, poor and blind, And wretched before my face;’ Therefore from my presence cast I thee out, And blot thy name from its place.”
Matilda C. Edwards Best Loved Poems (Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing, 1936), pages 345-347. Not listed among those that required reprint permission God's pattern for His Church