WHY HAVE WE NOT FOLLOWED GOD'S PATTERN FOR HIS CHURCH AND CHRISTIAN FAMILIES?
To all Pastors and Christian Church Denominations:
The time has come to earnestly reconsider the assumptions, beliefs, and teachings of man “churches” compared to God’s pattern for His Church and Cristian Families.
If you are one who is true to God (not denominational-ism), believe the foundational tenets of Christianity, and are fully persuaded by the Spirit to remain where you are, do so remembering:
The fundamentals of the Christian Faith:
• Jesus is the Son of God and is equal with God
• Jesus was born of a virgin
• Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life
• Jesus was crucified to pay the penalty for our sins
• Jesus rose from the dead
• We are saved by the grace of God; that is, we cannot add to or take away from Christ’s finished work on the cross as full payment for our sin
• The in-errancy of God’s Word which is also a central belief of Christianity.
Now dear Brother, Christ is the “cornerstone” and “foundation” of the His Church and those within are His Family. God’s church is Jesus Christ and Born Again Believers having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit “our true Teacher”, “our true Guide”, “our true Comforter” with Gods Written Word and the Testimony of Creation.
His Church is not constructed of wood, stone, bricks, steel, glass, and is not bound or restricted by mens churches, priesthoods, denominations, spiritual organizations, or mens supposed spiritual authority. No, none of that.
Pastor - Consider this carefully. 1 Peter 2:4-10 KJV
"To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy."
Does this mean God cannot reach souls in today's compromised churches?
God Forbid. Scriptures testify that from the beginning God has used whomever or whatever circumstances He pleased to further His Eternal Plan for mankind. So it is today God may use any man, women, church, organization, condition, or sinner, to further His kingdom.
Nonetheless we are to follow God’s pattern for His Church not men’s churches, spiritual organizations or philosophies claiming self-assumed authority, whereby they exercise spiritual dominance over others. We are living in the age of deceptions, lies, and falling away of which we have been forewarned. The Prince of this world and his followers are openly working together to establish their end of days false world religion.
You have a choice to make:
1. Stay where you are because you support the Prince of this world and his followers.
2. Keep you position and paycheck in a fallen church hoping to guide members back to God.
3. Teach God's Word wherever you are until you are forced out.
4. Make a decision to follow God’s Pattern for His Church and Family.
Seek God's Spirit and seriously Pray about these things. If God’s Church is not truly built upon Christ and “His Family of Believers” following Gods pattern (”you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people) mans churches will not stand against the Prince and his follower. This is why Churches are compromised, failing, and why the family as God ordained (one man one women) is under attack and being destroyed.
The Prince of this world and his followers are attacking Believers who follow God's teachings about, marriage, fathers, mothers, children, and the extended family. Yes, even promoting the tearing apart of children in the womb (50 million abortions since legalized in America) and now promoting (euthanasia) deliberately causing the sick and elderly to die.
CHOOSE THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE – OUR ACCUSER AND DECEIVER OR OUR SAVIOUR AND REDEEMER.
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Colossians 3:23 ESV
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
Romans 12:1-21 ESV
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies (ourselves) a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove (know for yourself) what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; (priesthoods and desire to rule over others) but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, (God’s living Church of Born Again Be livers having a Priesthood not of men but as Ordained By God) and every one members one of another (Born Again Believers, Adopted sons and daughters of the Living God).
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us (having abilities and spiritual gifts from God), whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching; Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it with simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Be of the same mind one toward another (in Christ). Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. (God knows the minds and hearts of men and will do what is right. He is our final arbitrator and will have mercy on whom He will have mercy.) Provide for the widowed, orphan, poor and sick, and live peaceably with all men.
How did we move from Gods Church to mans re-imaged version of church (Overview)
After the Apostles work was completed and first century Believers (as foretold) were driven underground men established a church designed after human systems and organizations, not God’s. This man re-imaged church united with kings, tyrants, and political systems and together ruled the known world. The Political system captured and used the bodies and energy of men while mans religions held captive the souls and minds of men.
For more than 1,500 years common men and women were keep in economic and physical slavery and spiritual darkness. Bibles were chained to alters, Priest dictated what was to be known, common people were forbidden to read the Bible under threat of punishment, including death. They were considered ignorant and unworthy and not allowed to read God’s Word for themselves.
The understanding of Gods forgiveness of sin, the reconciliation of mens souls through faith alone in Jesus Christ and the singular Authority of Scripture, was hidden until the time of the Reformation. After which many “Protestant churches” were formed and the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ alone (not by works, not by praying to saints or Mary, not by Priest, or mans assumed authority) began to be proclaimed throughout he world.
Scriptures teach us, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). There is nothing we can do to earn God’s favor or gain access to heaven apart from His grace.
Again What is God’s Pattern For His Church?
The Church: Jesus Christ and Born Again Believers having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, our true Guide, our true Teacher, our true Comforter, along with God’s written Word and the Testimony of Creation. That is God’s Church as given in Scriptures and practiced by first century Christians. Believers are the Church of God “His own special people” and are per-ordained as priest not by other men, Churches, or so called spiritual organizations, but by God as it is written: "You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, (A living church not of wood, stone, brick, steel or glass,”) a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ … But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:5-9).
Which is to say: Believers are called "kings and priests" having a "royal priesthood", heirs to the kingdom of God. Our salvation could never come by our own will, mans churches, spiritual leaders, or philosophical beliefs. No, none of that. Our salvation comes only through God’s vicarious act of taking upon Himself the sins of mankind, that we have gained the gift of salvation
In God’s pattern for His Church, God’s Written Word is our authoritative guide (Sola scritura) and “is second only to God’s Holy Spirit” (to truly understand Scriptures we need God's Holy Spirit) in revealing our need of redemption through Jesus Christ. Sola scriptura means Scripture alone are authoritative for the faith and the knowledge for us to live as Christians, and witnessing to others of God's Salvation. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”
Believers are to search and read scriptures for themselves and be found knowing for themselves. That ability to “apprehend” God's purpose is gifted to each Believer by God through His Holy Spirit , our true Guide, our true Teacher, our true Comforter, along with God’s written Word and Testimony of Creation”.
What then are the consequences for not following God’s Pattern For His Church?
Since the reformation many Christian Churches (Denominations) have came into existence organized after mans ways, not God’s. Each claiming authority from God (while excluding beliefs and the authority of others) who also establish their own priesthoods, particular beliefs, interpretations, core doctrines, and traditions. Which sadly resulted in denominational-ism with believers contending one against another, even violently, yes even damming one another to hell. All of which Christ and the Apostles strongly warned against.
Mens churches, pastors, minister, church leaders, and seminaries, choose not to follow God’s pattern for His Church and now we are suffering the consequence.
Mens Churches formed after first century A.D. and their ministers (deliberately for their own purposes) took upon themselves authority that was reserved and ordained by God who confirmed His Priesthood upon Fathers as spiritual leaders of the home.
Dear Reader this is a serious matter which I leave with you to ponder. Why did they go against God's way? And what were the serious consequences from that time up until today? Read more on this topic in Gods Pattern for the Family and God's pattern for His Church and the Message of the Vail.
Why are Church members leaving?
Some leave being overcome by the things of the world and abandoned their faith.
Others have openly accepted the Prince of this world, choosing to follow him.
Others are put off by fallen pastors, denominational-ism, hypocrisy, money, money,
Others are leaving because of false teachings, unholy alliances, greed, lust for power, liberalism, bickering, and the accommodation of sexual perversion and abortion in other words, the church has left them.
Why are Pastors leaving the Church?
These condition speak for themselves. Working in ministry whether you’re a full-time pastor or a lay minister, balancing a job and a church, can be challenging if not imposable. Families suffer, discouragement and depression (amongst a gamut of other things) runs like a river in the lives of those who sacrifice their own life to the cause of the church.
Another organization that minister to ex-pastors explored the “whys” behind those leaving the ministry in order to provide support and encouragement for those who have left or are considering calling it quits.
Source: Pastoral Care Inc. https://www.pastoralcareinc.com/statistics/
NOTE: Statistical percentages given for each of the concerns listed vary. However, even if they are half of what is being reported we cannot minimize how they effect pastors, their families, their congregations, and the negative image that is presented to Non-Believes.
Pastor consider carefully:
How can a pastor or minister with a family truly be effective managing all of the above?
The short answer is they cannot. Why?
Because it can only be achieved by following the pattern of Gods Church.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Matthew 16:25-27 (KJV)
Given what is written above can we also conclude: ”For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own Family?”
What then will you do?
"Truth is a lonely warrior, the battle not for the faint of heart, or those lacking spiritual discernment." That said "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing but the honor of kings (and each of us) is o search out a matter." Proverbs 25:2 KJV Dear Reader consider this carefully.
A.W. Tozer wrote:
“The man or women” who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. A certain amount of social fellowship will of course be his as he mingles with religious persons in the regular activities of the church, but true spiritual fellowship will be hard to find. But he should not expect things to be otherwise. After all he is a stranger and a pilgrim, and the journey he takes is not on his feet but in his heart. He walks with God in the garden of his own soul – and who but God can walk there with him? He is of another spirit from the multitudes that tread the courts of the Lord’s house. He has seen that of which they have only heard, and he walks among them somewhat as Zacharias walked after his return from the altar when the people whispered, “He has seen a vision.”
The truly spiritual man is indeed something of an oddity. He lives not for himself but to promote the interests of Another. He seeks to persuade people to give all to his Lord and asks no portion or share for himself. He delights not to be honored but to see his Savior glorified in the eyes of men. His joy is to see his Lord promoted and himself neglected. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none, he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart. It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else. He learns in inner solitude what he could not have learned in the crowd – that Christ is All in All, that He is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, that in Him we have and possess life’s goodness.
Two things remain to be said. One, that the lonely man of whom we speak is not a haughty man, nor is he the holier-than-thou, austere saint so bitterly satirized in popular literature. He is likely to feel that he is the least of all men and is sure to blame himself for his very loneliness. He wants to share his feelings with others and to open his heart to some
like-minded soul who will understand him, but the spiritual climate around him does not encourage it, so he remains silent and tells his griefs to God alone.
The second thing is that the lonely saint is not the withdrawn man who hardens himself against human suffering and spends his days contemplating the heavens. Just the opposite is true. His loneliness makes him sympathetic to the approach of the brokenhearted and the fallen and the sin-bruised. Because he is detached from the world, he is all the more able to help it. Meister Eckhart taught his followers that if they should find themselves in prayer and happen to remember that a poor widow needed food, they should break off the prayer instantly and go care for the widow. “God will not suffer you to lose anything by it,” he told them. “You can take up again in prayer where you left off and the Lord will make it up to you.” This is typical of the great mystics and masters of the interior life from Paul to the present day."
The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too much at home in the world. In their effort to achieve restful “adjustment” to unregenerate society they have lost their pilgrim character and become an essential part of the very moral order against which they are sent to protest. The world recognizes them and accepts them for what they are. And this is the saddest thing that can be said about them. They are not lonely, but neither are they saints.
HAS IT COME TO THIS?
Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham is telling the sad truth about America!
Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Franklin Graham was speaking at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, when he said America will not come back.
"The American dream ended on November 6th, 2012. The second term of Barack Obama has been the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest republic in the history of mankind.
A coalition of blacks, Latinos, feminists, gays, government workers, union members, environmental extremists, the media, Hollywood, uninformed young people, the "forever needy," the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other "fellow travelers" have ended Norman Rockwell's America.
You will never again out-vote these people. It will take individual acts of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights we have allowed them to take away. It will take zealots, not moderates and shy, not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its former status.
People like me are completely politically irrelevant, and I will probably never again be able to legally comment on or concern myself with the aforementioned coalitions which has surrendered our culture, our heritage and our traditions without a shot being fired.
The Cocker Spaniel is off the front porch, the pit bull is in the back yard, The American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" and the likes of Chicago shyster David Axelrod along with international socialist George Soros have been pulling the strings on their beige puppet and have brought us Act 2 of the New World Order.
The curtain will come down but the damage has been done, the story has been told. Those who come after us will once again have to risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to bring back the Republic that this generation has timidly frittered away due to white guilt and political correctness…"
By: Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham is telling the sad truth about America!
As the End Of Days approaches.
Where do you stand?
Will we make the same mistake Israel did as documented in God's Word?
1 Samuel 8 New International Version (NIV)
"So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.”
Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights:
He will take your sons and make them his servants,
He will use them in his armies,
He will use them as farmers (or as the king orders),
He will use them to make weapons of war,
He will use your daughters,
He will take the best of your lands and vineyards and give them to his official and followers,
He will tax you and you will become his slaves,
Then you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “NO!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”
When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord. The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.”
So now here we are in 2019 with government and religious leaders who view themselves as kings over us forming a world government and religion.
If Mans Churches, ministers, and like minded followers continue down the path they are on, the Prince of this world will be pleased and grateful for their choosing not to oppose him.
Which by default is to say, THEY APPROVED AND SUPPORTED HIM.
Will we make the same mistake as Israel?