Babylon from within

 

CLARION CALL

“GET BACK TO THE BIBLE”

The whore of Babylon has risen to power as a political organization living on the blood of the saints.

From my Book Babylon must fall!: “The New Testament Ecclesiastical Management Structure for Successful Growth

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Babylon_must_fall.html?id=d3YkDwAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y

Why the title of this book? “Babylon must fall!”

It is simple that many church groups are running a hierarchical centralized dictatorship form of management which runs many little churches, like the Roman church did. The local church is under attack with Summit Fever; and in many cases it does not even know that it is! Summit Fever has gripped many local churches with denominational thinking and they are committing whoredom.

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Summit Fever is defined as the dangerous state or compulsion to reach the summit of a mountain in spite of the costs. It is a mental condition which tells climbers they have come too far to turn back, despite exhaustion or ignoring danger signs that would be normally observed when a person is not so tired or having more oxygen.

We are getting closer to Christ’s return and it is time to get back to the structure that is set out in our Bibles, which we call the Apostolic model.

Parts of the local and universal Church are being raped and pillaged while some believers are gazing upon the victim, (as in the parable of the “Good Samaritan”) as they walk by doing nothing. Who will stop to bind up the wounds and comfort the distressed victim?  Some may say “That’s life” and that is the way it has been for a long time and that is the way it must be in a contemporary church too. As the Samaritan poured in oil and wine into the victim, so the anointing of the Holy Spirit is the presence of Christ.

Summit Fever has led to some groups and fellowships of churches to commit spiritual whoredom to become popular, rich and powerful. Many gimmicks are in operation; windows painted out, walls darkened, flashing lights, smoke machines, unscriptural songs, and unrepentant tattooed leaders, acceptance of homosexuality, sin and crass talking ministries (Ephesians 5:3-5). I have even seen and heard at a conference leader making an offer of a gift to get people to take on Bible college study. What is wrong with this thinking and their relationship with Christ?

Anointed is anointed! No need to throw away what is anointed for something new because it is new. Hay! The walls can be bright; the lights can be on, and with no smoke machine. It’s the anointing of Jesus, not the gimmicks that brings people.

Something must be done to stop the degeneration within the Church. This cancerous growth must be cut out!

Let us push onto the summit in God when the conditions are right and they are right; that is to Say, “BACK TO THE BIBLE!”

If we bring into the Church; businesses, pyramid marketing, politics, a centralized management structure for all the member churches in a denomination, we have veered away from a holy life. Then we may hear, “away from me I know you not”.

Do not be blinded by structures of government, programs or plans to achieve fame, power, control and fortune for financial security in the church. It is with all certainty that these goals will compromise the fabric of the Church and the quality of your Christian walk. But we can have the popularity; power and financial security that Jesus wants us to have, but without Jesus, any other way is a compromise!

You have “Summit Fever” when you bring your work, political views, ego, and thirst for power into the Church. Many die from summit fever, blinded by the conditions, so close to the top but not quite there; because the conditions have turned bad, they think that they are so close to the top and that they push on forgetting the plan of safety to stop in bad conditions, and then die on the ascent. As in the world when these things happen so it is in God’s Kingdom if you don’t stick to His plan you will certainly not reach your goal. We need to take a stand for holiness by getting rid of the abominations in the Holy place and follow the Godly order as set out in the New Testament.

Let us get BACK TO THE BIBLE and see Babylon fall as Christ’s Kingdom rises. Simply organise your church based on the Bible and not the tradition you may think is Biblical and then watch and see your church grow.

Pentecostal churches are also following traditions which are not Biblical. By following the New Testament Ecclesiastical Management Structure for successful growth, as outlined in our Bibles and explained in this book you will find it very helpful and beneficial as you listen to the Holy Spirit of God.

When the whole teaching of the Bible is considered, it has to be consistent!

Let us get back to the Bible and have fellowship one with another.

 

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Is it a lie to say, “Grace will cover sin?”

CLARION CALL

“GET BACK TO THE BIBLE”

Is it not our own fault if we are DELUDED?  Yes, if we form our opinions on someone else’s opinion without checking it out in the Bible.

If something is sinful, according to Scripture we cannot say, “I am prayerfully considering my position on this topic.” The plain unequivocal statements of Scripture are not things we need to pray about.  They are to be accepted and obeyed, to do otherwise leads only to being in a state of deception and/or denial.

We then become “cherry-picking”, cafeteria, carte blanche Christians, with wishy-washy theology”. We cannot pick and choose which scripture to accept, reject or modify to suit our individual tastes. Anyone aspiring to be a leader has to accept the Bible as it is written, or they are not leaders in the Word of God.

In fact, they have become tools in the enemy’s hands. They put themselves in God’s place and make their own opinions of greater authority than the Word of God.

Let me say it another way. When we say;

One. It’s the Word of God,

Two, I believe it

Three, that settles it.

It sounds great but in this equation we are the central factor because if we do not believe it, we will not accept the Word of God nor obey it.

The correct synergistic equation understanding of the Bible requires a three-point perspective in a different order to compare to the above.

One, The Bible is God’s Word.

Two, The Bible is settled (Finished work) whether I understand it or even believe it.

Three, I am blessed if I believe it and follow its direction and commands for my life.

In this equation the Word of God and God factors are first and second while the personal factor is last.

There is a big “I” in the middle of “SIN”. My acceptance of the Bible as the key factor, rather than the result is idolatry of self-worship!

Many liberal[1] theologians believe:

1) That the Bible is not “God-breathed” and has errors

2) The virgin birth of Christ is a myth

3) Jesus did not rise from the dead in the tomb in a bodily form

4) Jesus was only a good moral teacher and there were no supernatural miracles

5) Man is not lost in sin and going to Hell, as Hell does not exist.

6) Moses did not write the first five books of the Bible

7) They decide what is good towards their neighbour (Love or not)

Some liberalists say they believe grace can cover the sin of Christians while the unsaved do not have this benefit. They advocate God can change His position based on their statement, “We are not under law but under grace”, which is correct up to a point. My answer is that we are only under grace if we ask for it.

If we hope that unlimited Grace without our repentance, we are bound for Hell.

If we trust in Unlimited Grace plus our repentance Heaven is our destination.

Grace is part of God’s nature and was in God at the time of killing the animal when He covered man’s sin in the Garden. Grace was in God when Jesus died on the cross to take away our sins. Grace has always been a part of God, but it comes to its full fruition with our act of repentance. Without repentance we will not receive Grace. Grace is not just a New Testament concept; it is throughout the Bible.

The laws of God are in the Old Testament; but there are more laws in the New Testament. Understanding the grace and law of God can be summed up in one word, “Obedience”. It is obedience; because you obey God; not because you have to, but you want to!

God’s grace is there for all, but so is His judgment there for all too. If you live your life without reflecting on the Word of God, then God will be a Terrible Judge.

Adam’s and our problem is the unwillingness to repent. Then add to this the Christians who add a “get out of jail” clause by saying, “We (Pastors/Leaders) are hoping for grace to cover this sin in a person who is serving in the church.”  Do you want to know something about this type of grace? There is no such grace in the Bible!

Sin is not covered or removed by grace, unless associated with repentance!

“Be holy”

“Be holy” is a command to obedience, but it has two dynamics; one is imparted from God through Jesus which is imputed to us. The “be” is the command that we are to take an active role in the process of being holy. We must make an effort to achieve the state of holiness even though we may be feeble at it. But the answer is very simple as you will see.

God had passed judgment on sin (ALL SIN) at the beginning of time and sin cannot be found in a Holy God and He desires for us to be holy too. His judgment on sin is settled for all time and that is sin cannot stay in His presence. Judgment on sin was before Satan’s fall which was some time before Adam’s fall and is with us every time we sin too.

We need to face the fact that it is not only sin but the lack of repentance born of self pride that keeps us separated from God. If our iniquities have come between us and God along with our complaining, what restores us back to God? Repentance and the appropriation of Jesus’ blood if only we would listen (Isaiah 59:2).

Man died a spiritual death, but it did not stop God from loving him (us). He is still our Father even when we are in sin. He so loved the world that He sent His Son to save us. Do you think God knew that we were going to sin? All He is waiting for is for us to say is, “Sorry”, and so is all of creation waiting for us to do that. Repentance is turning away from sin to God; showing by action that one is truly sorry. That means if the Bible says no more of this and that, it means that.

We may read these Scriptures 1Peter 1:15 and Leviticus 11:44 and feel defeated as we struggle with issues in our lives. But God sent His Son to make atonement for our sins clearing the debt of sin once and for all.

God is Holy and in Him there is no shadow of darkness and we need to understand that holiness means ‘to be separated from sin’; holiness is directly related to God’s righteousness. Holiness is the pure, loving nature of our God who has sent His Son to make atonement for sin, clearing the debt of sin once and for all.

1Peter 1:15 but according to the Holy One who has called you, you also become holy in all conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (MKJV)

We see clearly in these two scriptures that God is saying He is holy.

Leviticus 11:44 For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (MKJV)

God is not asking you to prayerfully consider your position on whether you want to or not want to be holy; it’s a command “Be holy, for I am holy.”

Take heart, God stood with Adam when he had sinned in the Garden. He also stood and talked with the serpent in the Garden (Genesis chapter 3). He allowed Satan to stand before Him and ask permission to test Job (Job chapter 1 & 2). He permits Satan to accuse the brethren. (Revelation 12:10) That might explain why the unrighteous can come into the Church and not be struck down by the power of God. Satan can make requests to God to test and sift us, just as he had done with Peter (Luke 22:31). Zechariah 3:1 also states that God can stand where sin is.

God waits for us to repent and have a life attitude of repentance.

A life-attitude of repentance

Our battle is in the mind which can be called the middle ground between the body and the spirit. Our body is still literally outside the presence of God, therefore if our mind and body agree to sin, then we will sin. Our revelation in the working of God in us and around us will help in our defence, but not only that; it can aid us in our advancement as we serve an all powerful God.

Now it is another matter in the born-again Christian. The new spirit of man has more to say because it is being influenced by the Holy Spirit. We also have the mind of Christ. It takes a conscious decision for the Spirit-filled Christian to sin. In the believer, sin still wants to have control, but if he listens to the Holy Spirit and his new spirit, then his mind needs to make a decision on whether or not to sin. If the believer comes into agreement with the Holy Spirit, his body will come into subjection to his renewed spirit.

It is at the initial act of salvation that we are born-again. This experience is where we receive His righteousness and are no longer sinners. We have attained a holy life, not by our efforts but by Jesus’ efforts: “we are saved by this plus nothing” instantaneously.

We have been saved at the cross by Jesus’ act of justification (Hebrews 2:9, Romans 5:18, Colos­sians 2:13-14, Eph­esians 2:5&8 and 2Corinthi­ans 5:19).

We are also being saved day by day in the process of renovation (regeneration) and sanctification through the Word of God and His Spirit (1Corinthians 15:2, 2Corinthians 2:15, 2Timothy 4:18).

We will be saved at the end of our life too, when He takes us home.

A life attitude of repentance is a work of faith, but not a work to gain salvation, that has happened not by works but by Jesus’ faith in us, but to maintain our life in Him.

Maintaining our spiritual life is a work of faith. If we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit, and we are, then the onus is on us to be pure. Consider this; if the Temple is filthy, would a holy God be content to dwell in it? The Holy Spirit in us would be grieved. Blessed is the person who has within him an un-grieved Holy Spirit.

To say, “I am prayerfully considering my position on, homosexuality, tattoos, body piercing, lying, steeling, speaking against others and the list goes on in our Bibles” is nothing short of a great copout. That is to say some suffer from the sin of unbelief. The Bible says no to them all. Grace is with God eternally; but it requires a response of repentance from a sinful person, unsaved and Christian alike.

We cannot defeat sin by our efforts; we need God to help us. Associated with His help is our willingness to act with repentance when we have sinned.

Prayerful ask God for a revelation on His justice.

Jesus said I will build my people (Church), so why do people soften down the Word of God and expecting revival? Christians need to stop having a sliding scale on sins.

All sin receives the same punishment.

We should not preach about sin as an emphasis; but the emphases should be the Christian’s life of repentance; as we will lose our salvation if we stay in sin.

What did Adam do that was so bad? He took a piece of fruit. Taking a piece of fruit is the same as a mass murder in God’s eyes.  He loves us all. But because He is a JUST GOD, only the repentant believers will He be pleased in and they will enter into His rest.  Remember many Christians will hear these words from Jesus because they have sinned and not repented; “Away from Me I know you not” Yes read it in context and see He is talking to so-called Christians. Matthew 7:21-23

Is it a lie to say, “Grace will cover sin?” Yes and No!

In the Old Testament God’s grace could only cover sin.

In the New Testament God’s grace will remove it.

BUT in both cases man’s repentance was the only catalyst that activated God’s gift of mercy.

We need to call God and ask for forgiveness.

Judgement on sin begins in the house of God, thus repentance needs to start in the Church.

Failing to follow proper rules will produce a phoney “cherry-picking, cafeteria Christian philosophy, which results in Carte Blanche soft theology that leads people on the way to hell.”

When the whole teaching of the Bible is considered, it has to be consistent!

Let us get back to the Bible and stop sinning even if it is fashionable.

[1] What is liberal Christian theology? Questions. Org. © Copyright 2002-2010 Got Questions Ministries, Accessed 2010-05-21, http://www.gotquestions.org/liberal-Christian-theology.html.

Is it a lie to say, “God is doing a new thing?”

CLARION CALL

“GET BACK TO THE BIBLE”

Many of us who are Christians have heard this many times in church.

“God is going to do a new thing!”

The delusion is that many believe this.

“God does not do new things, out of left field!”

“Out of left field.” is American slang meaning “unexpectedly”, “odd” or “strange”.

“He does not want his people to walk in fear of not being accepted, or a fear of the lack of provision or a fear of a powerless life.”

“He wants you to know His will!”

“If you are DELUDED it is not your fault!” the answer is, “YES” if you have not read and studied your Bible.

Remember in our last post we mentioned Carte blanche Theology which was a combination of cherry-picking certain Scriptures and then with cafeteria Christianity attitude to exclude parts of a Scripture or other Scriptures that do not fit with the perspective you want to present.

We said, “A carte blanche theory has very little scholastic investigation that produces views which are very narrow and limited in understanding to the whole view of Scripture. We would call them a heresy of doctrine.”

“NOW,” we have a Carte Blanche Prophecy in the Church today. Namely that, “God is going to do a new thing!”

Carte Blanche Prophecy

Failing to follow proper rules will produce a phoney “cherry-picking, cafeteria Christian philosophy,” which results in Carte Blanche theology and Carte Blanche Prophecy.

Prophetic pedigree should be the endeavour to maintain the view of Scripture and allow history to prove that the words spoken have a Biblical synergy. The prophet’s pedigree is portrayed in the use of Biblical themes, verified by historical events and the qualities of his or her trained life.

The rules to interpret the Bible

We must look at any revelation in its historical setting.

It is to be read in context of the whole passage.

This revelation needs to have Old and New Testament Synergistic Scriptural support and that the Scripture does not contradict another Scripture.

On the other hand, you may want say it in another way, that being, “when the whole teaching of the Bible is considered, it is found to be consistent without contradiction.”

When the whole teaching of the Bible is considered, it has to be consistent!

A New Thing

A prophet of God must be a student of God’s Word; as a basic requirement; so that the prophets would prophecy according to the Word of God. Thus we then would see a balanced approach and a church that is not prone to extravagant behaviour as a result of false prophecies. Prophecy comes from and by the Word of God.

2Peter 1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture came into being of its own private interpretation. 21 For prophecy was not borne at any time by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke being borne along by the Holy Spirit. (MKJV)

Example of an almost correct prophecy

A saying that we frequently hear is, “God is going to do a new thing”, or “God is doing a new thing”. I have been around long enough to know that this is not totally correct. We need to understand the two new things God has said, He would do, one has already happened and the second one is after Jesus’ return.

Quickly as we look at the second new thing, first. It is yet in the future. In Revelation 21:1-27 “Behold I make all things new”. There are seven new things spoken of in Revelation; the New Heaven, New Earth, New People, New Jerusalem, New Temple, New Light and a New Paradise.

The first is second in our explanation and that is salvation will be through Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 43:19). They are a new heart, a new spirit, His Holy Spirit, His Word in our hearts, the Mind of Christ and He has given us a new name. The living life of God has comes into the believer in the form of the Holy Spirit who gives us Zao living active life which brings about six major changes. This is the first miraculous thing mentioned in our Bible.

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall sprout; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert. (MKJV)

The Book of Isaiah portrays the nature of the Messiah the life of Jesus, as an unchanging God by saying four descriptive things about God.  He is The Saviour-Redeemer, Maker-Creator, and the Holy One.

Our God is stable, changeless, perpetual, never changing or varying; unchangeable, He is not susceptible to change or does He lie.

Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. (KJV)

Because He permanently exists in eternity, He shows no partiality. His Word or the judgments are set for an eternity. He is a just God. Don’t expect Him to be fair if you are acting outside of Christ and saying His grace will cover your sins as you a Christian.

Hebrews 6:17 In this way desiring to declare more fully to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, God interposed by an oath, 18  so that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us, (MKJV)

Immutable does not mean that God doesn’t have free volition, He does but He has chosen to never change the dynamics of His kingdom because He is unchangeable.

Therefore when we hear so called prophets saying, “God is going to do a new thing!” we can say this is a contradiction as He changes not.

The danger comes in when people want to reorganize the way in which we have Church. In other words they want to bring in something to the Church that they think is good and in most cases it’s not Biblically acceptable.

The safe way to prophesy is by Scripture but outside of that it must come to pass for a prophet to be recognised as a prophet.

Anyone prophesying or interpreting prophecy has to know the Word of God and understand the rules involved to be able to understand the evidence presented so that a true interpretation will unfold. God gets His prophets to write down their visions for all to see (Isaiah 8:1, 16; 30:8; Habakkuk 2:2; Revelation 1:19; 14:13; 21:5). Rule one – by faith a prophet believes what God has revealed to him, and then he must pronounce, record and publish it so all may see and assess it as it unfolds. The evidence of the prophecy is that it will come to pass.

Prophecy is not the will of man but the Spirit of God who brings inspiration through HIS Word on to man to utter God’s words.

2Peter 1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture came into being of its own private interpretation. 21 For prophecy was not borne at any time by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke being borne along by the Holy Spirit. (MKJV)

We cannot say, “I think or feel it means this or it means that!” We need to see that it does not conflict with the Word of God. We need to investigate any prophecy to see that it matches the Word of God, thus not allowing us to colour the prophecy with our own pre-conceptions.

1Peter 1:11 searching for what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ made clear within them, testifying beforehand of the sufferings of Christ, and the glories that should follow. (MKJV)

Be careful when you hear this, “God is doing anything new” someone may try to trick you.

God is not doing anything new; He is doing the same old thing. The new thing that is happening in the Church is in us who are coming to the new revelation of what is in God’s Word. The encouraging factors that we see today are the development of theology based on sound study and hermeneutical rules without the fear of death.

When the whole teaching of the Bible is considered, it has to be consistent!

Let us get back to the Bible and stop chasing after what is not in the Bible.