Today’s going to seem a little odd, as I am going to talk about something that’s really mentioned only once in Scripture.
Doctrinal rules say we do not use a ἅπαξ Hapax (Greek for once) to derive doctrine from. And I’ll even explain further and say that this verse already has a fulfillment.
But I’m going to join together two seemingly unrelated verses and explain them, and say this is going to happen VERY soon.
1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. John 16:1-3 (KJV)
This has already had one fulfillment. Once Gentiles outnumbered Jews in one branch of Judaism, the Rabbis boldly declared it to no longer be part of Judaism. Meekly, the followers of that brand of Judaism obeyed, and began calling it a separate religion.
Christianity. In reality, they left US by rejecting their messiah. And we somehow got this idea that Judaism was only for Jews, and that it was the teachings of the Rabbis. Well, I could write entire articles on that. Most Fundamentalists read the Bible and see the connection that the faith of Abraham and Moses found its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ.
1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. Revelation 2:1-5 (KJV)
I think we all agree that Revelation 2:5 and John 16:2 are talking about two completely different things. But I’m going to share one of my pet beliefs (not a docrine – we get our doctrines from the Bible).
I think that the apostate churches will begin throwing Fundamentalists out. I think the Fundamentalists will declare “Ichabod” first (you should know the meaning of that!!! – “The Glory is Departed, Gone”) and begin leaving churches left and right. Shortly after that, the Purpose Driven churches will begin casting Christians out, because we’re ruining their good time by speaking about sin, damnation, hell, and… that’s really negative!
I think its coming, and very soon in the United States. To my readers in AFrica, we’ve got a problem in the United States that the churches are so wealthy and corrupt, that they don’t even like to preach the Bible! It makes their “good time” attitude seem, well, unBiblical. Which it is.
The biggest, most important decision a Christian can make is what church to attend. If you’re in one, and considering leaving, you need to be on your faces in prayer before you make a move. If you can’t point to doctrinal decisions for wanting to leave, then the answer is “No”. Stay. Do not leave.
But if youhave noticed you’re not being taught, if you’ve noticed their presenting unBiblical teachnigs, you need to be praying.
And I think the Lord will, knowing Christians and comfort zones, will indeed make those churches throw you out. No sense in a church of the unSaved being brightened by the presence of saved Christians – it might convict them, lead them to repentence, and get them saved!
There are three things and probably a fourth that the experts are saying will lead to the one-world church that puts the Antichrist in power…
- The Purpose Driven Church & the Ecumenism that propelled it
- Modern bible Translations
One thing that doesn’t work is a King James only in the midst of people preaching and teaching from modern translations. You hear them making proper conclusions and doctrines base on that text using Biblical Hermeneutics principles – and they’re doing it right! – and the doctrines they’re coming up with are heretical. Well, right. You can’t derive good doctrine from a bad translation.
The experts are saying that CCM unites churches. And there’s MANY quotes from those musicians about trying to build bridges. Well, I can tell you from living in an area with bridges, that bridges go from one place to another. They connect things. By building bridges, they mean to Rome. And it wasn’t too long ago that Rome was burning, hanging and drowning Christians. They’d be still doing it, but they’ve lost political influence. In some countries they are starting to make that threatening posture again, such as Central and South America.
Charismaticism teaches that the sign of the sealing of the Holy Spirit is speaking in glossolalia. They call it tongues, but what they call tongues is not Biblical tongues. And the biggest issue for Charismatics is that Mormons and Roman Catholics are now both pseaking in tongues – so that must mean they’re Christians!!!
And trust me, I know this from experience, that Charismatics when you push them to look in the Bible and defend their faith, stop, drag their heels, and refuse to do it. That was proved to me again recently. They WILL NOT go to the Bible to defend their doctrine!
The issue is, if they speak in glossolalia, and listen to CCM of their personal taste, they must be Christian. That’s not even remotely how the Bible defines it.
As far as the Purpose Driven Church movement, Rick Warren has openly accepted the Pope, only declared his intentions is to bring the “church” back to Rome – and people still sing his praises.
Well, not the readers of this blog. They’re pretty unanimous that Rick Warren is a heretic. Well, his poison is infecting almost every church, like an open sore. Like some kind of communicable disease.
And Rick Warren openly teaches that one of the first things a purpose driven church must do is get rid of the Fundamentalists in the church. “You may have to get rid of some people… they may be pillars of the church, and what does a pillar do? They hold things up…. and every church has a few people that they wouldn’t mind getting rid of.”
That’s a scary quote. Scary.
So when those “fundies” don’t leave – sooner or later, they’ll throw us out.
This church planting series is hopefully timely, so that those of you God is calling, will be ready and inplace with your church plant. You’ll be hopefully squatting behind home plate, saying “hey batta batta batta!!!!” (okay, that’s a baseball thing. I remember that from when I was a kid and they made me play sports in school, which I objected to on religious grounds that I was Jewish…)
Anyway, get ready to receive. Be ready to heal and nurture, because leaving a church is traumatic. It hurts. You’ll need to be ready to heal that pain.
If you think that the Lord may be calling you to church plant and you haven’t started praying about it yet, you’re about 30 days late, because the Lord’s been dropping hints all at once to a lot of people. Get on it today. Start praying. And just in case the answer’s yes, you needed to be working on all the paperwork already.
You’re late. Get busy.