But at the time per-determined God used the Reformation (1643) and a lowly Monk named Martin Luther. Who after great trials (physical and spiritual) pierced the darkness reestablishing that Salvation came not by works but as a gift to Believers through Jesus Christ alone. And, Scriptures contain all that is necessary (Sola Scriptural) for our salvation and proper living before God - think about that. This had not been taught since the days of first century Believers.
Gods Church 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. They are one in the same, the living breathing Church Of God. They are adopted Sons and Daughters of God.
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.
That said the falling away of man's Christian Churches has become 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 end of days apostasy of which we have been forewarned.
Dear Reader we are not saying man's church's cannot be used of God. No none of that. God can and will use whomever He chooses (individually or collectively) to accomplish His purposes as clearly demonstrated in both old and new testament writings.
One of the greatest accomplishment (325 AD) was the preservation of the writings of the Apostles and others. It was a long arduous process taking centuries to complete. It was not until the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD that the orthodox New Testament was "more or less agreed upon" by early Christians Believers. The Eastern Church (the future Eastern Orthodox Church) 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. Martin 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 determine 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 strict control of mans churches. The common people (who God loved and gave His only Begotten Son) were considered not worthy and not allowed to read from the Bible. They were severely punished for doing so. Only those having "spiritual authority" were allowed to read and interpret Scriptures. Bibles were even chained to pulpits. History records this as the Dark Ages.
Their greatest failing was that men took it upon themselves not to follow "God's Pattern for His Church and Christian Family". The result was the establishment of men's "religion" churches (Denominations) each assuming for themselves their own Priesthoods, Doctrines, Traditions, and took it upon themselves Spiritual Authority over others. Thereby preventing true Believers from being united as one assembly in Christ which is God's True Church. All of which is counter to Christ and the Apostles teaching that Believers are to be as one as Christ is one with the Father.
Do not be deceived the Prince of this world and his followers are using spiritual disunity and destruction of the family to establish a coming end of days godless World Religion, which is now being openly promoted, funded, and assembled before our eyes.
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.
Dear reader these things are not hidden. It's all there just as salvation by grace was proclaimed by Jesus and clearly taught by first century Born Again Believers.
But because of the hardness of the men's hearts, pride, greed, and desire for priesthoods and power to rule over others, it took over 1,500 years to pierce the darkness and reestablish salvation by grace not by works.
The souls and minds of men and women were manipulated, used, and held captive.
If they did not follow mans churches and self ordained priest they were accused of being apostate and declared dammed by God destined to burn in the fires of hell throughout eternity. Think of all the spiritual suffering and grief this has caused millions of souls over thousands of years. History refers to this time as the Dark Ages.
But at the time per-determined God used the Reformation (1643) and a lowly Monk named Martin Luther. Who after great trials (physical and spiritual) pierced the darkness reestablishing that Salvation came not by works but as a gift to Believers through Jesus Christ alone. And, Scriptures contain all that is necessary (Sola Scriptural) for our salvation and proper living before God - think about that. This had not been taught since the days of first century Believers. Unbelievable!
Note: Martin Luther was used by God and like others throughout history had many faults. Nevertheless like Paul, Martin was used of God.
Now in our day the Message Of God's Plan of Salvation is being redefined by false teachers within man's Churches/Religions (and others) having their own agendas seeking to re-image God and the world after their own making. What then shall we do as Believers, Parents, Church Members, Pastors, Church Leaders, Seminaries?
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. Returning to God's Pattern for His Church and Family is my stand against the Prince of this world and his followers.
Dear Reader if you have greater abilities and find yourself persuaded of these matters I encourage you to do something yourself.
GOD'S PATTERN FOR HIS CHURCH AND THE GREAT COMMISSION
God's Pattern is the way for us (individually and collectively) to take part in the Great Commission. First our relationship with God, Second our Family, Third our extended Family, then Neighbors, Communities, Nations, the World. This was how first century Believers filled with the Holy Spirit as recorded in Scriptures “turned the world upside down”. Truly this is God's way. Why, why, do mans churches not follow God's way? I will leave you dear reader to answer that question and it's ramifications.
Ponder this carefully so that you may apprehend the wisdom of Gods Pattern for His Church. 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."
Man's Churches have failed the family. Man's churches appropriated for themselves what God foreordained was the calling and responsibility of the Father, as the spiritual leader and teacher in the home. With his Wife co-equal as his first councilor, confidant, help mate, and Mother to their children.
God's Church is Jesus and Born Again Believers;
they are the Living Breathing Church of God.
* 1 Peter 2:5 “you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
* 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
* 1 Corinthians 3:9 “For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.”
* Revelation 5:10 “and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
* 1 Corinthians 6:2-3 "Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?"
* Revelation 20:6 “Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.”
Man's end time compromised Religions beckon: "Come, follow us we will teach you our many ways to God." Man's Churches, Religions, and spiritual philosophies, are filled with Pride, lust for Power, False Teachings, False Worship, Idolatry, all manner of Blasphemy, grievous perverted sins of the flesh, of which we have been forewarned and is now being revealed.
Again Gods Church 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. Born Again Believers adopted sons and daughters
of God to dwell with Him forever.
There are no scriptures where Jesus Christ or His Apostles promoted or asked for money to construct buildings (churches) to worship in. Note: Whenever you read the word Church it means "The Body Of Born Again Believers having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit."
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 or soul winning programs designed after man's ways or 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 love and responsibilities.
Such "programs and formulas" are man's ways. But praise God even mans follies can be used by God. That said mans ways are only 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 taught against Religion. Why, why, do we not follow Him.
The Church is Individual Believers having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ the head of the Church (Believers) who fellowship with one another. The Church today would do well to consider that the early Church which was grounded in Jesus Christ, keeping His commandments, and 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 fellowshiping 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 over a hundred years ago:
"We need a new reformation. There must come a "no compromising" break with that irresponsible, amusement-mad, pagan type of pseudo-religion which passes today for the faith of Christ, 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
Dear Reader if it was needed then how much more is it needed today?
Jesus Christ is the Church and all who
truly believe and follow Him are it's members.
In essentials: Unity and Love.
In non-essentials: Understanding and Love.
In all else: Truth, Charity, and Love.
History reveals that from the beginning the Prince of this fallen world and his followers (tyrants, evil rulers, political systems, religion, financial systems, false teachings, etc.) caused terrible spiritual and physical suffering turning people one against another. These same followers of the Prince of this World deliberately withheld God's plan of reconciliation, peace, grace, and redemption through Jesus Christ.
Wolves have now entered man's "end times" Churches, Seminaries, Bible Colleges, and Christian Organizations leading many astray. I do not write these thing to be unnecessarily negative or discourage but to awaken others 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 and by 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 alone 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. Our good works then witness and testify of our new life in Christ thereby bringing others to Christ. Pray for Church leaders, it's members, and depart in peace.
ARE WE SAYING NOT TO JOIN ANY CHURCH? NO.
We are saying before joining any church, religious organization, or following any 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. That said Born Again Believers need to return to God's Pattern for His Church and Gods Families.
Carefully research there 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 follow God’s Pattern for His Church?
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, the validity of Scriptures; that we are to keep God's commandments (knowing we will fall short relying 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, traditions, man's governments, writings, signs and wonders, spirits, secular leaders, or mans so called science. 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 responsibilities 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 men's churches have taken upon themselves sacred callings and responsibilities that God ordained and intended for Fathers and Mothers. 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. Unless Christians (and families everywhere) 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 compelled to establish Home Churches which is happening now and will increase. As persecution increases Born Again Christians (the Body Of Christ) will be forced to come together secretly in Underground Churches risking imprisonment or death.
IT HAS ALL READY BEGUN
* IN THE BEGINNING CHURCH AND THE WORLD WALKED FAR APART *
Dear Reader the following poem written in 1936 testifies to what was happening then....prayerfully 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 satin 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
Matthew 13:15-17: "For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn from their wicked ways, and I would heal them......If you do, blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it."
Most go through life believing truth is relevant; that is what they have been taught. But they do not think to ask - Is that true? But wait! The statement that truth is relevant declares itself as irrelevant, therefore is a lie.
Those who teach the lie that all religions lead to the same God serve the Prince of this world. Such teachings are design to promote a false new-age- "oneness” World Religion. 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? Sadly many go through life believing truth is relevant never asking the question: Is that true?
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. And people are actually believe this.
Ultimately what is to be accepted as true and acceptable will be determined by man's courts, governments, social organizations, and the soon coming world dictator. And their truth will be considered universal and not subject to any other opinion. If you do not agree you will be (with the latest technology and psychological conditioning methods) be “re-educate” and you well accept it, or else!
Today's date is: Wednesday March 11, 2020. Here is an article where the United Nations has announced "truth" will be determined by United Nation Courts. They are knocking at the door and are here to help you....heaven help us!
There now after reading the link above, we can all safely go back to our 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?