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Is Christ Divided? Why are there so many denominations? Part 3

Denominationalism had received acceptance by the late 15th century.  Luther’s ideas had not been championed by Melancthon, Luther’s second in command (who later had come all the way to the New Testament position on most subjects but did not have the generalship to lead) and the gaffe left, gave rise for the world to have another who could decipher his beliefs from the inspired Word of God and tell mankind what God intended to say by His apostles in the Bible but was unable to articulate.  Among those most famous in this area was a French lawyer named John Calvin.  Born in the late 15th century, Calvin left Roman Catholicism while a young man and went to an area around Geneva, Switzerland.  The world now had two reformers of German descent, but that was about the only thing they had in common (Martin Luther had also aspired to be a lawyer).  When the Pope called on Charles V (a defender of the faith) to condemn Luther, Calvin was not going to risk such insult.   Invited to Geneva by the city fathers to reform the church, Calvin found his Jerusalem.  What had started out as a desire to restore the church of the New Testament in doctrine and practice soon became a climb to fame and fortune.  He forgot God and became god.   In Geneva, Calvin found the opportunity to preach the old Augustinian doctrine of predestination and write his catechism, called the Prayer book.  He eventually took the power of the government and in the first five years of his power executed 58 people and exiled another 75.  His boldest move was the execution of a Spanish doctor turned preacher, Servetes, in 1553, which they burnt alive atop his own written books that had come to Geneva to debate Calvin in public discussion.   He seemingly took no interest in his own native country of France but sent missionaries and preachers to her for years.  His doctrine came to England through one of his converts, John Knox, then to Scotland.  Calvin taught that God had chosen a select “elect” and nothing good or bad they might do would change their eternal destination, but, and if you were chosen to be eternally damned, there was nothing you could obey, do, or believe that would change your eternal consequences.  He sided with Zwingli on the Lord’s Supper and for this reason could not be a Lutheran.  His unearthly cruelty was evidenced in many ways.  He is said to have starved to death his oldest daughter for disobeying him.

No one had ever heard of the Presbyterian Church until John Calvin started it.  If she is the select of God, what happened to all those who lived and died before John Calvin was born? I guess it is alright to be “predestinated” to eternal life and not know about it, but what about being “predestinated” to eternal damnation and never having a chance? The Calvinist think the better they live, the more proof they are “predestinated” to eternal life, but if you NEVER knew you were “predestinated” to eternal damnation, it would be a little raw to wake up in Hell having lived all your life being an exemplary student of the life of Christ and not know you could never have been anything but LOST!!

Other doctrines the “lawyer from France” did not check with the Word of God about were “inborn sin” (called hereditary total depravity) and sprinkling for baptism.  I have often wondered why every Presbyterian has their children baptized (sprinkled) when one of them might be hereditarily totally depraved?  Maybe the doctrines of penances of Roman Catholicism was error, Mariolatry was sinful, and transubstantiation was completely absurd, but the idea that once you are in a certain family God would select you because of your parents church affiliation for eternal life seems a little profound.

At the same time in history King Henry VIII of England decided to divorce his wife and marry Anne of Boleyn.  Henry, being King, thought nothing of doing everything his way.  When he received word the Pope had decided to excommunicate him, Henry flew in a fury and started his own church which in the American continent is called the Church of England.  This church did not start as a reform movement, it started over who was the “guilty party” (whatever that is, I have never read this verbiage in God’s Word).  Not being among the reformed movements, it still spawned another of the modern day denominations called the Baptist Church.  Henry passed the decree that no one worshipped God in England in any other church than the Church of England, or be killed.  So corrupt she became in a short time that there arose a “separatist movement” that was a reform effort called, in mockery, the Baptist Church, started by a minister of the Church of England in 1602, John Smythe.

Is Christ Divided? Why are there so many denominations? Part 2

Europe had grown tired of the Roman Pontiff by the 14TH CENTURY.  The Papacy continued to increase, BUT a secret lust in the bosoms of Protestants for ecclesiastical power and patronage worked in the members of the Protestant Popes, who gradually assimilated their new church to the old.  Creeds and manuals, synods and councils, soon shackled the minds of men, and the spirit of reformation gradually forsook the Protestant church or was supplanted by the “spirit” of the world.

Luther was not alone; there were other “giants” in religion which appeared on the scene.  Erasmus and Zwingli.  Erasmus was the son of a protestant preacher out of wedlock and Zwingli was the scholar from Switzerland.  These two men helped set the minds of men looking toward the writings of the apostles and them alone.  Erasmus (who had personal conference with Luther) wrote: “the Roman Catholics have cultivated a religion of external acts and substituted pilgrimages, indulgences, and relics for true faith.”  Erasmus wrote:” the source of doctrine MUST BE the Bible, not the church; we have too long drunk from the fountain of the Papacy rather than through the word of God, and now we are in the troubled streams of traditions of men.  We must exalt the Bible above the church as the source of doctrine.”  Reading the writings of Zwingli on the Lord’s Supper one will think he is reading from a learned member of the Church of Christ, today.

Then appeared John Calvin, a very cruel man (it is recorded that he literally starved his oldest daughter to death to punish her for disobedience).  Calvin renewed the speculative theology of St. Augustine, and Geneva in a few years became the Alexandria of modern Europe.  The power of religion was soon mugged in debates about forms and ceremonies, in speculative opinions.  Fierce debaters were more interested in burning heretics than seeking truth.   Still, the wound inflicted upon the “man of sin” would never heal, it was incurable, his day of sole ruler in Europe, was over.

Reformation became the order of the day; and this, assuredly, was a great matter, however it may have been managed.  It was a revolution, and revolutions seldom move backward.  The example that Luther set was of more value than all the achievements of Charles V, or the literary and moral labors of his distinguished contemporary, the erudite Erasmus.

It is interesting how extremes begat greater extremes in every step of the reformation cause, to the dawn of the present century.  The penances, works of faith and supererogation, of the Roman church drove Luther and Calvin to the ultraism of “faith alone”!  Churches that started in European states HAD status and were THE religions of those states in which they began.  What saved Luther’s life on many occasions was the only fact that he was before a German court and Germans!!  I am told that still today, the Germans pay a tax to keep the Lutheran church buildings operating!

In debating, the Protestants had lost all affection for truth, and would as soon have “communed in the sacrament” with the Catholics as with one another; speculative abstracts of Christian Platonism, the divine mysteries of Egyptian theology, became alternately the bond of union and the apple of discord, among the fathers and friends of the Reformation.

The five great dogmas of the Geneva reformer (Calvin) were carried to Amsterdam, and generated in the mind of James Arminius, in 1591, five opposite opinions; and these at the Synod of Dort, in 1618, formed a new party of Remonstrants.  (Some new names you are not familiar with have disappeared but were the leading denominations of the day.  They did not survive the 100 year mark, but they were extremely important at that time).   This is JUST 500 years, ago.  Has your church been mentioned?

Into Britain came Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Arminianism!  Like all raw material, they were introduced, were immediately manufactured anew.  There were extortions, but the beggarly elements of opinion flourished more than on their own native soil.  Abroad it was no better.  The Saxon reformer had his friends; John of Picardy lived in the grateful remembrance of the Geneva family; and James of Amsterdam speculated in a very liberal style among all the Remonstrants at home and abroad.  See! you have never heard of some of the “greats in religion” of the 16th century!!   And Jesus prayed that we would “all be ONE.” The Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostals and more, have not historically arrived, yet!!

 

Is Christ Divided? Why are there so many denominations? Part1

Since the full development of the great apostasy, foretold by the Prophets and Apostles, numerous attempts at reformation have been made.  Three centuries, carrying with them the destinies of countless millions, have passed into eternity since the Lutheran effort to dethrone the “Man of Sin.”  In this period many great changes took place in our world.  Nations composing the western half of the Roman Empire greatly benefited by adjustments and no person acquainted with either political or ecclesiastical history can reasonably doubt man is now better.  Time, that great arbiter of human action, the great revealer of secrets, has long decided that all the reformers of the Papacy were public benefactors in all the states/countries in which they were welcomed.  The Protestant Reformation has proved to have been one of the most splendid eras in the history of the world, and must long be regarded as one of the most enlightening interpositions in the behalf of the human race.

We Americans owe our national privileges and our civil liberties to the Protestant Reformers.  They achieved not only an imperishable fame for themselves, but a rich legacy for their posterity.  When we contrast the present state of these United States with Spanish America, and the condition of the English nation with that of Spain, Portugal, and Italy, we begin to appreciate how much we are indebted to this faithful intelligence evidenced by Martin Luther and his heroic associates which began the reformation in 1519.    Mr. Luther restored the Bible to the world A.D. 1534, and boldly defended its claims against the impious and arrogant pretensions of the haughty and tyrannical ‘See of Rome.’  In a moving debate in defense of his life, Luther declared the now famous words: “Here I stand, I will not move, so help me God!”  Unfortunately, at his death, there was no Joshua to lead the people, who rallied under the banners of the Bible, out of the wilderness in which religion, and the spirit of reformation that he had flamed, to the “promised land of the New Covenant.”  His “back to the Bible” was soon quenched by rival political interests.  A secret lust for power and ecclesiastical supremacy was seen in the bosoms of Protestant churches.  The “new” movement was gradually assimilated back to the old.  Creeds, manuals, synods, and synods soon shackled the minds of men, and the spirit of reformation gradually forsook the Protestant church.  They became just the second act of error that had followed the Papacy.

Calvin, renewed the speculative theology of St. Augustine, and Geneva in a few years became the Alexandria of modern Europe.  The Spirit of Christ was soon merged into political burnings of heretics; the honorable debate in the arena of ideas was lost.  Still, however, in all these collisions much light was elicited; and had it not been for these extremes, it is problematical whether the wounds upon the “Man of Sin” would have been as incurable as it has since proved itself to be.  With Calvin’s staunch, unflinching demeanor, his followers, the Presbyterians, gained great foot holes in the minds of the seeking, intelligent that for the first time actually had a copy of the Word of God in their own languages and in their own houses of worship!

Reformation became the order of the day; and this, assuredly, was a great matter, however it may have been managed.  It was a revolution, and revolutions seldom move backward.  The example that Luther set was of more value than all the achievements of Charles V., or the literary and moral labors of his distinguished contemporary, the erudite Erasmus.   The long-seeking freedom in the political arena found its new home in the new denominations that were springing up all over Europe.  Some came into being without even confirmed beliefs.  The Baptist (Separatists) for example existed 80 years, from their inception in 1603 A.D., before they ever decided on the mode of baptism they would have in their churches.  First called Anabaptist, the other sect were called Pedobaptist.  Neither sect had the power to enforce their definition of baptism, which the Holy Spirit had already decided some 1600 years earlier.  Penances and works of faith drove Luther and Calvin to their “faith only” doctrines, not the Bible!

 

 

Why Be Lost? Part 6

One of the most dangerous developments of the present charismatic movement is the trend to recognize any person as a bona-fide Christian on the basis of his experience with tongues. Some consider this phenomenon to be an essential mark of a Christian. A person’s doctrine is of little concern, the only thing they want to know is if ‘you can speak in an unknown tongue”!!
Interesting, but not much noticed, is that when our Lord first mentioned such dramatic proofs of His Message, He used these gifts as a proof that the user was a believer OR THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE USED THEM!! “These signs shall follow them that BELIEVE (emphasis mine). If we can read, we know this says something we should listen to! The apostles had been commissioned to “preach the gospel to every creature”. Mark 16:16 What is NOT mentioned is how they were to attend this commission. They, the apostles, were known as “unlearned and ignorant men”, YET, they were to take the New Covenant of Jesus Christ to ALL the world. Let me remind you, there were plenty of smart men in this old world at that time!! How would the Lord Jesus have fared IF the purveyors of His Covenant were confronted with mistakes in their dates, places, and events?? One of the valid proofs that Joseph Smith (the originator of the Mormon lies and religion) is a false prophet is that he wrote that Jesus was born in Jerusalem!!, not Bethlehem!! What if the language they spoke was SO grammatically incorrect, so out of agreement in voice, tense, mood, etc, that any person hearing them would be insulted by the verbage, not the message?? Would the God of all Eternity have sent unlearned and ignorant men to defend His Only Begotten Son?? One of the purposes of inspiration was that God would NOT trust any man to defend His Only Begotten Son to this world by any other THAN HIMSELF!! “Great is the mystery of godliness: God (Christ) was manifest in the flesh, justified (defended) by the Spirit (this is inspiration), seen of angels (these angels were/are the apostles, the messengers of the Good News), preached unto the Gentiles (let me introduce you to the apostle Paul), and received up in glory (read Daniel 7:13, Psalms 24:7-8, Acts 2:28-30, Hebrews chapter 1, and Philippians 2:8-11).” 1 Timothy 3:15, Acts 2:22-32. Peter would later state, by inspiration, “ “Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as He did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, what was I, that I could withstand God?” Acts 11:17 Paul would later by the Spirit write: “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery…..God hath revealed this unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth the deep things of God…Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might KNOW the things that are freely given to us of God….for the natural (any man who knew by a natural means such as study or hearing) man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God”. 1 Corinthians 2:7-14 “Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man should be found faithful…..For I know NOTHING by myself…., I bring to light the counsels of the heart.” 1 Corinthians 4:2-5 You want to do one better?? Try speaking in an unknown tongue, knowing nothing of it, understanding none of it, and if asked a question in that language, how would you answer?? It would be not secret that Christ would have His apostle speak in other, unknown tongues; it was prophesied!! “In the law it is written, ‘With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people” 1 Corinthians 14:21, Isaiah 28:11 What good were tongues unless they profited? We would be as barbarians, a foreigner, not understanding his language!! 1Corinthians 14:6-11.

Why Be Lost? Part 5

A continual feeling of guilt, or of uncertainty, or of inferiority, can cause individuals to seek after other assurances from God. Because the written Word of God is hard for some to understand, they want more. Some want miraculous things badly enough to self-invent them. When men of letters and degrees see this outrageous display of emotion in religion they think it is “time for men to wake up and act like adults”. In the 5th and 6th centuries BC the rise of the scientific method met the affront of super-emotionalism. The intellectuals made fun of the religious. It causes a sharp polarity between the intellectual and the common people. Intellectuals were persecuted on religious grounds. Trials of heresy were conducted. It introduced wide-spread immorality based upon the freedom of the self. They would cry; “nature wills it, and it pays no heed to rules”. “Nothing is shameful but thinking it is shameful makes it shameful” Finally, “the body is made for immorality.” It introduced Satan-worship. It left man to his own passions. It initiated a reaction which stressed the subjective over the objective. How the ‘FELT ABOUT SOMETHING’ was the only standard that mattered. You see, the intellectuals were demanding PROOF and the super-emotionalists were producing “feelings better felt than told”. The same thing is happening, today. It seems to me that super-emotionalism is the direct reaction against the liberal philosophy and theology of our period of the super-intellect. In our human attempt to verify the existence of God in a time when God is being widely questioned, the way some seek a return to God is to return to the miraculous of the past. .
Christians must take the Bible as the Word of God and believe it!! When the Bible tells us “miracles have “ceased, stopped, no longer exist”, 1 Corinthians 13:8-13, we need no other assurances!! In Christ, God has promised forgiveness, cleansing, the Holy Spirit, endurance, communion, and acceptance—there are NO OTHER proofs necessary than HIS WORD!! Speaking in tongues, casting out demons, or healing the sick are NOT problematic activities; we have God’s Word on the subject. We know that nothing lives in sinners or saints today, except by their invitation. We also know that demons cannot exist side-by-side with the Holy Spirit (which also comes into the lives of sinners saved by the blood of Christ, by invitation). The one who is in Christ becomes the temple of God, 1 Corinthians 6:19. He has been transferred into a new kingdom, Colossians 1:13, and in that Kingdom he has entered into a battle against the demonic which is in the world, but not in the Christian!! The weapons pf the Christians in this warfare are different from that used in exorcism, Ephesians 6:10. Prayer, fellowship, worship, and education based upon God’s Word—these are our supplied weapons to win, not some silly exercise of the Catholic Church! A Christian is involved in activities which will abolish whatever stands between himself and God. This is our success package designed by the great Provider. The early Christians understood this and up-rooted sin in any fashion it presented itself, the only weapon they used was the Word of God, preaching the crucified Christ, and sharing with the world the “crucified life”!
If we begin to doubt our Christianity, if our assurance becomes shaky, we may add assurance, security, and trust by not quenching the Spirit, utilize EVERY OPPORTUNITY for study, fellowship, and prayer that is allowed; we may “be not filled with wine wherein there is excess, but be filled with the Spirit. Speaking one to another (addressing one another) in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs”. Ephesians 5:18-19
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, THERE IS LIBERTY. 2 Corinthians 3:17

 

Why Be Lost? Part 4

If a place is so horrible that God described it only using similes and metaphors. No man could begin to understand, it defied language man can comprehend. It is too terrible for anyone to even consider as an alternative to the place so wonderful God chose not to describe not trying to unduly sway we who are eternal!! The place is called Hell. I know some try to use the 21st and 22nd chapters of Revelations to attempt a description of Heaven, but if they would read in context, these chapters describe what has been on the earth for almost 2,000years, the Church of Christ!! There is NO description of Heaven in the scriptures!! But then, how could you describe to a physical being a spiritual place?? If God could not woo us to Heaven with the story as tender as Calvary, described by Christ, Himself as the greatest expression of love, possible; what would an accurate description of Heaven do to help?? Denominationalism would just call Him a liar again as they plagiarized His description!! “Greater love hath no man than this, than that He lay down His life for His friends”!! Sin did not make man mortal and salvation will not make us eternal; we were created eternal, that will never change, but we were not born sinners that we have to become, in spite of God, to go to Hell!!
Being eternal, our minds have only thought about life, here. We are use to man living and dieing, being born and growing old, being the epitome of health and the desperation of degradation. We are mind-conditioned by these events, never thinking of the soul and spirit that resides in the mortal frame called the body. Most of us think only on earthly things, never considering that which cries out within us that grows better, wiser, and more god-like as we grow older. We cannot deny the reality of the soul and spirit anymore that we can deny a dream, hope, a headache, or pain-although we have never seen them, either!! This likeness of Him from whom we came is not in a physical body, it is spiritual —for Heaven will be as different as the physical body is unlike the spiritual. Sometimes things are just too difficult to explain to those who have no way to comprehend the explanation. An example you ask? Have a woman who has never had a child to explain the love a woman who has lost one, has had!! Explain to a man who has never shared his world with a son, to explain the total devastation he feels when he has been betrayed by one son, when by his other son has honored him!! You see, there are just some things that will not allow explanation, communication, and cannot be shared. There is pain too deep, a hurt too hurtful, a fear that has never been reached and therefore cannot be explained to someone who has never begun to know the depth of feeling some have reached. Even among men there are some things words cannot be used to express, imagine God explaining Heaven to us physically-minded-midget-brained-Earth-bound humans!! And again, the uncontrollable mind-defying amazement realized would be lost by we who are granted entrance through the gates into the un-ending, deathless, never ceasing city of eternal fellowship with the God “whom we have never seen, yet, we love”!! Denominationalism tries to read our mail now; imagine being treated to a description of what they never will know!! Sometimes the anguish of not knowing is like the torture of Hell.
So, to re-phrase the question; “what would a man give in exchange for his soul?” We have heard all the excuses Satan has filled your head with, the lies that sound reasonable, the fears that have mounted up in your brain. None of them can convince the thinking, sane, intelligent person who always chooses life!! In a life or death situation like a car accident, operation, battlefield, etc., all of us would choose life!! Why be lost?

Why Be Lost? Part 3

The final judgment and “perdition of ungodly men” is set forth by the Lord Himself, as well as by His apostles, in the clearest and strongest terms, and in the boldest and most appalling imagery which human speech and human knowledge can afford. Indeed, to place this awfully sublime and glorious day in full array before the perceptive powers of man is impossible. The best efforts have exhausted the powers of communication in all her vaunted energies. John, in his sublime visions of the last acts of the great drama of human existence, says, “we know not what we shall be like, but we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” From that point forward, time, existence as we know it, relationships that were comfortable here, and life in general will not be the same for any one—the lost and the saved. There are those who think this to be a bad nightmare given to scare the lost into submission while for the we who are trying to wake up from the haze and daze Satan has over their eyes, to warn them of their impending situation, pleading with them—why be lost??
If nothing else, a trip to the grave yards of this land should waken those hiding in the shroud of non-commitment. None in that place can rise and testify, but neither do they need to tell the story that Satan has perpetrated for the doomed—they soon will join their number!! There lie the young that cannot die, there lie the drunks who thought that they could never have been caught, drunk, there lies the winner of ‘Miss Morality’ who thought she surely had enough time to “get right” with God—but she never got around to getting her sins under the blood of the Son of God!! Look around you when there, my friend, every person who ever has lived is in a place of waiting. For what are they waiting? How many teeming years will they wait? They are waiting on the results. They no longer DO anything for or against themselves. They can never act in any capacity that would allow them salvation or damnation. Their time of DOING is gone—now they await the RESULTS!! There in that shallow grave lies the “I intended to,” “I will get around to being baptized, someday,” “I have lived a good moral life,” “I cannot have any fun and become a Christian,” or “I did not think God this serious so I never tried to make sure I was saved.” The joke will then be on you, my friend, for the time God gave you so you could prepare to meet Him in peace, you have used up and there is none left!! Why BE LOST??
I can cite you many reasons why you should not be lost—just do us both a favor—name me one reason you should reject the mercy and grace of the Lord of Glory!! Do you just want to be stubborn? Well, stubbornly decide to make Heaven your eternal home and let nothing deter you from your goal!! Do you want to be noticed? Well, you have been noticed, now notice the time clock has been running and your time is less than ever—better hurry up and obey the gospel, remember time is running out!! Are you trying to be spiteful? Well, in spite of your own selfish, childish mind, can reason–find an excuse—all the spite of a lifetime is not worthy of an eternity of misery, darkness, and loathing pain–are you sure you have enough spite in you to “gut it out” for eternity and feel vindicated for denying the God who loved you and gave Himself for you?? You are not acting rational, eternity is never-ending, are you sure you can afford such a loss?? Satan can not benefit you—he has nothing to offer you—don’t let your tirade for a life’s moment cost you your soul for eternity—wake up and see what you are doing and where you are heading—Hell is an awful place to go!! You have always bragged about getting your just dues for efforts you have been involved in—are you sure you want Satan’s??

Why Be Lost? Part 2

Then the King will say to them on His left hand, “Depart, ye cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” They are the allies of Satan in his rebellion against God, and have spent all their energies and fortunes on his side of the question; and therefore it is reasonable that they should have their ultimate portion with him!! Many times the Lord has warned all who will listen to Him about the foolish pursuit of sin, its consequences, and its reward; of these times the foolish turn a deaf ear—SURE it will not happen to them. As sure as there is a God as sure there will be a judgment of all who have lived before and after us. Of this judgment, Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of His saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds, which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Before the Christian era—from the foundation of the world, God had appointed a day in which Christ will execute judgment on all the world. This is the day of execution-when eternal judgment will have begun as Jesus changes roles—no longer being Savior—He turns the kingdom back to God the Father. This is not the day of death. This is not the judgment of the entire world. It is a fact that the day of death is a day of judgment, but it is not the day Christ will parade His faithful before all mankind, honoring them for their faithfulness. 2 Thess 1:8-10 This is THE day when Christ will judge the Church of Christ, not reach a verdict, but announce the glorification of His Bride !! This prophecy precluded and announced the coming of the Lord’s Church before man even knew the Church existed!! At this point, the world of mankind has been judged ALREADY, John 3:18, “because it believes (obeys) not the name (authority) of the only begotten Son of God.” These are damned—as our Lord told His disciples when He sent them on the great commission; “he that believes (obeys what Christ commands) and is baptized, will be saved; but he that believes not (obeys not the commands of the only begotten Son), shall be damned.” Mark 16:16 The first Psalm teaches us: “therefore the ungodly (those who refuse to obey the commands of Jesus Christ) shall not stand in the judgment.” Those who have not “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine delivered them,” who “heard the Word preached and it did not profit them (because their hearts did not receive it-that is obey it),” who “rejected and received not the Words of the Lord Jesus;” will not be judged by THAT Word, having already rejected it, it would be useless and make no sense to judge them by something they had previously rejected!! Only the Church will be judged by the gospel they obeyed!! Paul writes: “Now to Him that is of power to stablish you (Jude said ‘present you faultless) according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began. But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith. To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.”
“It is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27 The judgment, consequently, coming after the separation of the body and spirit from flesh, is not the general judgment but the individual judgment, as spirits, returning to God are judged and instantly rewarded or punished. All will and are waiting for this general judgment. Christ will show it could have been lived—and we are His proof!!

Why Be Lost?

There are two classes of men in this world. They are often and in various manners compared and contrasted with each other. They are called the righteous and the wicked, the saints and the sinners, the holy and the unholy, the good and the bad, he that fears God, and he that fears no one. Of the one class many things are predicated which are not predicated of the other. Of the one it is said, that they are “in Christ”, justified, sanctified, saved, children of God, heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ, an elect race, a royal priesthood, a peculiar people. Of the other class, these things are never mentioned. They are not in Christ, not justified, not sanctified, not saved. They are children of the devil, “children of wrath,” they are not an elect race, not a royal priesthood, and not a peculiar people—yet most think they will spend eternity with each other!! The contrast is not often shown because someone is afraid of hurting the feelings of another or being accused of being thought, judgmental!!
These have not been reconciled to God through the propitiation of His Son. They are still enemies of God in heart even though they might think they are lovers of God. For them that love darkness rather than light and would not have God’s Son to be their Savior, He has appointed a day of judgment; a day for the ultimate perdition of ungodly men. Man does not understand this: they have kidded themselves into thinking God is love and love cannot commit anyone to eternal damnation—the day of glory for the Church is simultaneously a day of damnation and retribution for man who has rejected ‘Christ and His words.” John 12:48 Then they shall perish “with an everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power, “when He shall come to be glorified in all His saints, and to be admired by all those who believe in that day.” There, those who expect to present their case before the great I AM will find themselves not even allowed in the throng who are going before His presence!! They will be hurt and surprised when not allowed near the one they called their “Savior” for they have spent all their preparation time teaching and preaching a doctrine contradictory to that of the King’s doctrine and those who would have loved and obeyed Him have followed them instead of Him!! They are the allies of Satan, not Christ, they have joined him in their rebellion, consciously or unconsciously and spent all their energies and fortunes on his side of the question. It is not then reasonable they should have their ultimate portion with Satan, who they have followed??
As tragic as it may seem, there will not be a court of reprieve, no room of second opinions, no intercessors or confessors defending their “feeling religions” or their “experience or grace” salvation stories; none will arise in the post-second coming period that will defend their religious brethren—because the teeming angels of glory are standing ready to protect the gospel (that they were never allowed to preach to men of Earth) of their Creator—should or if He or His gospel were to be tried!! No ACLU, NAACP, Friends of My Denominational Preference (FMDP), See of the Holy Roman Church, Mullah of Islam, Pentecostal Tongue-Speaking, Healing Pastor, nor un-named and un-known pastor of the smallest denomination will countermand the Judge that day on His Judgment Seat”!! “And hereby we do know that we know Him, IF we have kept, continued keeping until the end of life, His commandments. He that says, ‘I know Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” 1 John 2:3-4 “What if some do not believe? God forbid!!, let God be true and everyman a liar.” Romans 2:3-4.

Error of Jehovah’s Witnesses (a.k.a. The Russellites) Part 34

Unless you have further questions about this false religion, this will probably be the last of this series. There are many weeks work to gather, study, and weed through all the false doctrine they teach (they are inventing new falsities even now) and we MUST be prepared to help anyone who has fallen prey to their error; so our study.
One of the first tings one might point out to the Jehovah’s Witnesses is that Jesus has a title they have denied. He has said in many places of His Word; “I Am the first and last, the beginning and the end.” It would be good to remind them Jesus IS NOT THE SECOND as they teach. Claiming Him to be created by God, the Father, they deny His claim to be THE FIRST!! Next, Christ is not an angelic being!! He created ALL species, He is God!! God, the Father says of Him: “He is so much better than the angels as He hath obtained a more excellent name than they.” Hebrews 1:1-8 To assert, as they teach, that Christ is Michael the arch-angel, comes from another of their man-made doctrines hatched in Hell and promulgated from the Watch Tower Tract and Bible Society in Brooklyn, New York!! Christ did not BEGIN TO BE He has ALWAYS BEEN!! He was not the angel, Michael, then a man, then Jesus of Nazareth, then an elevated angel, elevated to Son-ship to God, as they teach. “And His name shall be Immanuel”. Immanuel in the Hebrew literally means God with us, it cannot infer He who is now an angel will someday become a God!! Christ was God incarnate. Incarnation is from the Latin meaning “becoming flesh”. The doctrine of the incarnation teaches that the eternal Son of God became God in a human body without diminishing any of His nature in any manner or degree!!
He is “from everlasting to everlasting”. Micah 5:2 Literally, in the Hebrew, that means existing from eternity past. Don’t ask them about the past eternity, they have not figured out the one we are now in!! Jesus was NOT “born again” at the baptism of John as they teach, to be “born again” one has to commit sin and no man can bring that accusation against Him!! They have lied, He tells the truth!!
The word “trinity” is an abbreviated word in Latin for tri-unity. It does not deny a complex mystery taught by God, it describes a nature far above our abilities to comprehend. The word “God” does not describe a being, it describes a nature. There are three that possess that nature. The Holy Spirit and Christ are also possessors of the God-nature!! Acts 5:4 To teach that the Holy Spirit is neither God nor a person as they write in their book, Let Your Name Be Sanctified, page 269, should make the person peddling this doctrine nervous if they ever read Matthew 12:31-32.
When Christ returns there will be NO 1,000 year reign in Jerusalem for the earth will dis-integrate in thermo-nuclear fusion with fire and be dissolved back into the elements from which Christ brought her into existence. The “Great Company”, as they call them, will have no place to live!! Those who need not be “born again” because they can never go to Heaven, are called the “Great Company, Jonadabs, Great Crowd, the Other Sheep, or Great Multitude” (or what ever other name they give them) are the soul-less Russellites that will never be able to go to Heaven!! There are NO “signs of the times” that they and their denominational buddies teach about, this would deny the oft stated fact that Christ must return as a thief. So, you arm yourself for the “battle of Armageddon” in vain, there will be no place to have this battle and moms, you will not have to worry about you sons participating in the “final rebellion” (this is the final great battle of the millennium) for that battle was fought 2000 years ago on the tree of Calvary and WON!!