Thursday, May 26, 2011

How One Simple Truth Disqualifies The Largest Christian Church In The World

Did you know – their is a major difference between a believer in Christ, and a “true” believer in Christ?  Did you also know the Bible tells us this difference; explains it, and warns us about it?  Did you know that one type of believer worships Christ and the “other” worships antichrist?

1 John 4:1  Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1 John 4:2  By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
1 John 4:3  and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

2 John 1:7  For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

It’s very clear from these verses (and others) that the believers who believe Christ came “in the flesh” are “true” and the ones who don’t are false.  Please notice also that Antichrist is already in the world at the time John wrote this.  Today’s Christians, looking to the future for the Antichrist, are simply deceived.

Now, just what does; “has come in the flesh” mean?  Yes, the Bible tells us that also;

John 1:14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Hebrews 2:14  Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
Hebrews 2:15  and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Hebrews 2:16  For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.
Hebrews 2:17  Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 2:18  For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

Folks, it’s very clear that Jesus Christ was born into our smelly, evil, sinful, fallen nature; yet lived a sinless life -  so He would qualify as our sacrifice for sins and serve as our personal High Priest.  (see also; Romans 7:18, Romans 8:3, Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 7:26)

Because He is our High Priest we may approach Him ourselves, individually; without a need for a priest or pastor.  We have direct access to the Most High!  This is basic Christianity here, folks – no question about it!

Now we know what “has come in the flesh means”.  Although He shared our sinful nature and polluted flesh, He prevailed!

H A L L E L U J A H ! ! !

Who, in their right mind would disagree with all this but still claim to be a Christian?

- The Immaculate Conception of Mary -

The official dogma of the Roman Catholic Church, concerning Mary, the mother of Jesus is as follows (proclaimed by Pope Pius IX in 1854:

“The most blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin

The famous Catholic Cardinal Gibbons explains:

“In other words we affirm that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity … by being born of the Virgin, [took] to Himself, from her maternal womb, a human nature of the same substance as hers … a true human nature of the same substance with her own.”

Folks, the RCC teaches that Jesus was born sinless and “preserved from stain of original sin” by inheriting it from the sinless nature of His mother.  In other words, the RCC teaches that Jesus was not born “of the flesh”!

From this single doctrine, many beliefs have sprang forth from the Roman system.  The belief that the adoration and worship of Mary as a “saving office” for sinners has arisen.  The belief that man must go through man (a priest, saint, popes, etc.) in order to reach Jesus, has been promoted and taught.  From the churches own words come; “Through Mary’s “manifold intercession”, she is now our “Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix” who can “bring us the gifts of eternal salvation” and “deliver our souls from death.”

My dear friends, we all know their are many true believers within the Catholic ranks who are ignorant of their church’s folly.  The Bible is very clear on this subject.  We Christians have only one Advocate:

1 John 2:1  My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
1 John 2:2  And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
1 John 2:3  Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
1 John 2:4  He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

As an institution, the Roman Catholic Church denies that Jesus came in the flesh and as such, is a self-described Antichrist.

The Observer

Thursday, May 12, 2011

What Comes After The Churches Fall ? (the 144,000)

Does that sound like a provocative question?

Is there any truth to the idea that man’s churches will one day fail to be effective anymore? (and will fall?)

The first 3 chapters of Revelation show Christ giving a message to the 7 churches (congregations) of the period. Most scholars say this progression of statements also illustrate church history, and that we are now in the age of the church of Laodicea. The churches are lukewarm. They are not “on fire” for God, nor have they grown cold. But are they failing?

Just after the 911 attack on the World Trade Center by the so-called religion of peace, church attendance soared, for obvious reasons. Then the numbers subsided, and now, we’ve seen church closings, mainly due to the bad economy – fewer people are tithing. But some would say the churches are still going strong.

I’m involved in a small way with Voice of the Martyrs. According to them Christian churches are dramatically on the rise around the world - just not in America and Europe.

As you know from the last entry I differentiate the true church from the organized churches of man. In other words, the Body of Christ, as a whole, may not be representative of “organized” religion. I’ve heard at least one Minister remark that perhaps people like me want “disorganized” religion? No, organized religion is fine with me; I just want the organizing to be done by the Holy Spirit, not man! And as always, IMO, many, many saints attend these man-organized churches. Heck! I sometimes attend those churches! Spiritually, I simply see Christ’s church differently than most men.

The Bible does, in fact, support the idea that churches fail to do their job;

Mat 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
Mat 7:16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
Mat 7:17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Yes, the verses can apply to churches as well as individuals. Here’s a couple more;

Luke 13:6 He also spoke this parable: "A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.
Luke 13:7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, 'Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?'
Luke 13:8 But he answered and said to him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.
Luke 13:9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.' "

… and,

Rev 3:14 "And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:
Rev 3:15 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
Rev 3:17 Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked
Rev 3:18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.

I think you would agree with me. Man’s churches do have false prophets and ravenous wolves; they do not bear fruit other than producing their own wealth, and most are lukewarm - to be vomited out of your mouth!

You want some real-world examples? That’s easy!

- How many churches can you think of that ordain women?

- How many churches ordain homosexuals or lesbians?

- How many churches teach what is expressly forbidden by Holy Writ? (celibacy, for example …)

- How many churches teach the heresies of the Antichrist?

Guess what, with these four simple statements just about ALL Christian churches have been covered ! Here’s a famous quote from H. Grattan Guinness, a famous 19th century theologian, concerning that last point;

Futurism is literalism, and literalism in the interpretation of symbols is a denial of their symbolic character. It is an abuse and degradation of the prophetic word, and a destruction of it’s influence. It substitutes the imaginary for the real, the grotesque and monstrous for the sober and reasonable”.

BTW, most all modern churches teach Futurism. Futurism is a creation of Francisco Ribera, a Jesuit, to combat the Protestant Reformation. Futurism has no biblical integrity. Yet, most churches (and governments) follow after the Beast and their futurist doctrine! (Note: the Jesuits were created for the sole purpose of turning the churches eyes away from the truth that the Roman papacy is the biblical Antichrist)

… more examples?

- Half of Americans believe U.S. Christians persecuted, But poll shows 1 in 3 Democrats believes such treatment 'necessary'

- State Department Ignores Christian Slaughter

- Navy Chaplains to Officiate Gay Marriages

- Navy Halts Move to Allow Gay Unions by Chaplains

So… back to the discussion; have churches failed? I would say – MOST DEFINITELY! Are governments following the Beast? OH YES THEY ARE!

(remember folks, I’m speaking of institutions here, not individuals)

So what now? If the churches and our governments follow the Antichrist already who do we have left?

… you have the Word of God and the 144,000!

Rev 7:4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:
Rev 7:5 of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;
Rev 7:6 of the tribe of Asher … etc.

The 144,000 have been said to represent the 12 Apostles and are a "last days" corollary to them. They represent the last teachers of the true gospel and also earth's last chance to accept Christ. They have not been "defiled by women" (Rev. 14:3-5) meaning they have not been tainted by the teachings of Babylon (a "woman" in biblical symbolism is a church). Now, whether you believe the 144,000 are symbolic or a literal number is up to you. “Israel”, BTW, has no connection to the country in the middle east. It represents the true believers in Christ. (yes, a related study!)

Being a subject unto itself, here is a reference to the 144,000.

The good book states that the churches and man will not be able to listen to or believe in the true Word of God in the last days;

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;

Babylon has fallen, has fallen ... come out of her, lest you share in her plagues ...(Rev. Ch. 18)

I believe we are at that point in time. I believe most churches can be called Babylon. I believe most churches (and governments) are followers of the Beast! What about those Christians being persecuted and forming underground churches around the world? They are part of the Body of Christ, in my thinking - and I say, God Bless them!

The Observer