Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Deception & Great Fall-Away in the Church


Matthew 22, Jude 1

There is an impending doom awaiting the Church. If it fails to wake up on time, it will be too late. There is a great deception ongoing in The Body. Men are sleeping and satan is busy sowing tares amongst Gods people privily. This is because most believers don't know the scriptures or rather chose not to study the Word and allow the Holy Spirit to teach them instead they gullibly digest mens interpretation as truths and thus ignoring the ministry of the Spirit of God. These sometimes are words carefully crafted and chosen to tingle the ears, pulled out of context and spewed to satisfy their desire. In this is the fulfillment of end time prophecy, "In the last days, some would not be able to accept wholesome teaching…". - 2 Timothy 4:3

The Holy Spirit showed us the way of growth by endorsing the Church in Berea as example on how we should receive the Word of God as Christians. He said, "Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true" - Acts 17:11.  How many believers today after receiving messages from their man/woman of God go back to examine (Greek ~ Anakrino - Examine, investigate, scrutinize, sift.) the scriptures to see what they said is true? rather mans word is accepted readily at face value as if it is from God. It is only truth if and when it is endorsed and breathed upon by the Holy Spirit in ones heart. It is just mere letter otherwise and it kills. 

Jude went a great length describing and detailing this apostasy that is ongoing in the church referring to tares as was described by Jesus in the parable of Wheat and Tares. Jude reminded the church how that God after having saved his people with great demonstration of power from the Egyptians, thereafter (Greek ~ Deuteros - second of the two) killed them in the wilderness those that did not believe, urging the saints to contend for the faith. It is only the one that endures to the end that is ultimately saved. Just because you are saved(born again), does not mean you will be saved the second time. Some even claim that a child of God cannot apostate. Don't be fooled. Falling away is going on even now in mass proportion. Great Idolatry is ongoing in the church. People are literally worshiping men/women of God instead of God alone to whom all reverence and praise is due. Are you not aware you are enspoused to one Husband and that He is coming again for His chaste virgin without blemish or spot? This is exactly what Jude's entire writing was on. Because this evil men has crept into the church deception is going on rampage attempting to derail the elect of God. 

This deception is very great and subtle as all satans trickery which requires one who is spiritually alert to discern. Once the Holy Spirit starts revealing these errors, genuine repentance and great vigilance ensues. Why would Jude ask us to contend for the faith if there is nothing to fight off or Paul to fight the good fight of faith if there is nothing to fight? Bible says that Many(not few) false prophets have gone into the world. The term 'Many' connotes large percentage out of any given set. In other words, out of the prophets or teachers we have today many are false (something like 7 out 10 would be conservative). It is always easy to say oh but it is not us, It's them. Don't be too sure. Beware. If satan can disguise himself as angel of Light (2 Corinthians 11:14). You think his prophets don't have the power? They will have all the bells and whistles but they are not of God. They are the Tares sowed by the enemy. (For more info... Do a Tare vs Wheat comparison)

Always keep an eye on the fruit and see who is getting all the praise. Who and what is getting exalted? But they are an abomination to God because they are highly exalted amongst men. - Luke 16:15

Just because you are born again is not guarantee of Heaven. Surprised? The bible talks about the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Spirit. Many preach only about the former which is simply the new birth but what about the latter, the refining process that the Holy Spirit came to do, molding men into the image of Christ and bringing forth his fruit in them - Romans 8:29. There is not that many who talk about this. All that is preached today is how God will bless you and will deliver you and give you victory and prosper you. Where is the message of dying to self and abiding in the vine? Jesus said, "If any man would come after me, he must first deny himself, pick up his cross and follow Him". 
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. Have you started to suffer persecution yet? from your family, friends or even the brethren maybe? 

God is not a slot machine which when you enter a password you get what you want. You can't reach Him by formulas. He requires relationship and fellowship. You must abide/stay/remain in the vine to do anything that will be accepted by God. He is only accepting fruit not the works of flesh or dead works. Many Christians secretly are frustrated, made little progress or in utter denial of their state. I was too, but as I started praying to God to deliver me from religion (anything I do without understanding), the Spirit of God started guiding me through his Word and helping me. Now I understand why He came - John 16:13. He alone will guide you into all truths NOT man. 

Ultimately It is about fellowship and relationship. Don't just approach God when you need something, you must remain in his word and fellowship with his Spirit to remain fruitful. Christ (The Spirit of truth) is the one who does his work through a yielded vessel but we receive the benefit. He died for all so that we who live should not live unto ourselves but unto Him who died for us and was raised again - 2 Corinthians 5:15.

Christ in me, the hope of glory. Christ in us glorifying the Father. We have been admonished to be vigilant and watchful, even more so now and to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. The day is very evil and only few out of the many called out ones, the remnant will make it and it is by the way of the cross. Carry your cross daily, choose what Mary chose and Fight the good fight to find that narrow gate. 

Let us cling and hold unto Jesus our only hope of salvation and never lose sight of him.

Grace and Peace be multiplied unto you and All Glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I will conclude by borrowing a single question from Stella Paterson (Calling forth the remnant by the way of the cross) - Is tradition of greater importance than the Truth which came through Jesus?

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