Pastor Or Reverend???
07-19-2009, 11:24 PM
RE: Pastor Or Reverend???
I have seen this "inheritance" mindset, also and how churches (non-denominational in particular) are chartered within a family and passed down to family members.
I would say that just about everything that religious man can think up has taken place in the so-called Church today when it comes to nickels, noses and numbers.
Once thing that we should always bear in mind is that we are living in the Great Apostasy of the Church. Today we are witnessing a Christianity without Christ. A Great Falling Away is taking place. People might think that a Great Falling Away means that the churches will empty. On the contrary, they will be full, but there is no Christ, because the "Church" has divorced (fallen away from) Jesus Christ.
I think one of the first things people need to realize in order to get free from Apostate Christendom, is that they should take the words of Jesus Christ and the Apostles very, very seriously. Yes, read your Bibles and OBEY IT without regard for what man thinks!!
If you take the Word of God seriously, it will separate you from all that is not of God because you will SEE clearly. It will also separate out the idols in your heart that has kept you (speaking generically, here), in the Apostate Church. You will have some suffering, but then after you have suffered a little while you will have peace and God's spiritual blessings.
Those who have Apostatized from the faith ONCE delivered unto the saints (Jude 3) in these Last Days, are listening to the serpent (Devil) just like Adam and Eve did; And one of the chief strategies of the Enemy of God is to challenge the Words of God. His wisdom and instruction and commands to us.
Just like Adam and Eve, they refuse to SIMPLY OBEY the things which Jesus says. Instead they make excuses. Religious EXCUSES are very subtle and seem full of wisdom and deep thought and consideration for others but in the end they are just a form of "man-made wisdom" and "interpretations", whose sole purpose is to obscure the simplicity that is in Christ.
Instead of obeying in simple childlike trust; they EXPLAIN "what Jesus really meant".
When they are done "explaining", SIMPLE OBEDIENCE, is not necessary. They misrepresent Jesus Christ by putting words into His mouth that He NEVER said, and by "explaining" His teachings so that they actually CONTRADICT what He said.
They believe in and they present to others ANOTHER JESUS, and they live and teach a CHRISTIANITY WITHOUT CHRIST.
The Jesus of the Bible (KJV), the original, historic Jesus said things that were offensive to the "Religious" community. So they, then create their own "JESUS" that is custom built and won't contradict their "doctrines" that they are teaching to justify the way they conduct their lives.
If you then come along and tell them that they are bound to OBEY the teachings of Jesus Christ in simplicity, they will tell you to "MOVE ASIDE, YOU'RE STANDING IN MY WAY".
And I wasn't the first one to say it. The Holy Spirit was.
Isa 30:8 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
Isa 30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:
Isa 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
Isa 30:11 GET YOU OUT OF THE WAY, TURN ASIDE OUT OF THE PATH, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
Jer 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
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