The False Gospel of CHURCH

You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in you in the Lord, that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. Galatians 5:7-10

One of the most popular false gospels currently is the false gospel of “Church”. This false gospel of “Church” has become popular in all corners of Evangelicalism of late. It is preached to unbeliever and believer alike. I’ve seen people in the community wearing t-shirts proudly promoting in large lettering THEIR CHURCH. Posters and fliers advertise THEIR CHURCH. I’ve been on ‘evangelism’ outings with groups whose “gospel message” to the community was, “Come to OUR CHURCH.” There are many sermons online preaching devotion to CHURCH. They preach the preeminence of CHURCH to Christians. There are Christian works such as music albums, websites and books, dedicated to making sure Christians are submitted to and devoted to CHURCH. This is being heavily promoted in Baptist, Reformed, Evangelical circles. This false gospel is just like Roman Catholic doctrine. To the lost their message is, “come to our CHURCH” (much like ‘salvation through Church’) rather than declaring the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. To the believer, their message is, “CHURCH is the preeminent thing in the Christian life.” Let us not get off track in our devotion. Let us not forget in Whom is our hope. Only the person and work of Jesus Christ is the gospel to the lost. And nothing but Jesus Christ is preeminent in the life of every true believer.

Mediator

He is also the mediator..Hebrews 7:6

Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant…Hebrews 12:24

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men,

the man Christ Jesus. 1Tim.2:5

Who is your mediator? A man, or Jesus Christ? A thing, or Jesus Christ? Yesterday I was listening to Christian radio in my car. The man preaching sounded ok until he started preaching that the pastor of the Church is the mediator between the people and God! He preached the pastor as mediator!  I couldn’t believe my ears! This was an “Evangelical” pastor teaching; this was not a Roman Catholic station. I try not to listen to mainstream Evangelical Christian teaching anymore; when I do I end up yelling at the radio and preaching Truth back at it. The false doctrine in the Church is astounding. Don’t assume yours is pure as the driven snow. Let’s just get this out on the table now: Jesus Christ is the one mediator between any man and God for salvation. And likewise for any believer, Jesus Christ alone and not any man, is the only mediator between that saint and God, for their ongoing relationship. This false teaching is a new trend currently in certain Reformed Evangelical circles. I’ll be honest about the Roman “Baptist” Church, will you?

Allegiance

For their heart was not steadfast toward Him,
Nor were they faithful in His covenant. Psalm78:37

Where is your allegiance? Or who has your allegiance? Many Christians give their allegiance to men they admire. They are devoted to a man and will defend him at all costs. Their allegiance is to their pastor. Or they are devoted to a thing that was created by men. They have given their allegiance to a theological system or a religious organization. Their allegiance is to their Theological School or Church. Many have pledged allegiance to America and strive to “take it back for God” so their children can inherit a kinder, gentler “Christian culture”.  Their allegiance is to a socio-political-religious ideology such as Christian Reconstructionism. Some have pledged loyalty to the government and its leaders. They have given their allegiance to “Caesar”. Some have sworn allegiance to another “Nation-State” far away. But all this pledging allegiance to People, Places and Things is idolatry. To whom or what is your allegiance? Is it to anything or anyone other than the Lord Jesus Christ?

Division

“Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.” Matt. 12:51

“So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out (separate, sever) the wicked from among the righteous”..Matt. 13:49

“It will come about in all the land”, Declares the LORD, “That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it”. Zech. 13:8

God’s math: We learn all about multiplication in God’s economy, often assuming He is only interested in the increase of numbers. But God is much more about division. The entire Bible is about God dividing out, separating, cutting off and cutting apart. Another assumption is that His separation of the righteous and the wicked is occurring between “us” in here  and “them” over there– those heathen unbelievers. But His dividing is happening right here within us, right inside our own camp. He divides up His own people and those who claim to be. Inside visible Christianity there are disciples, undecided multitudes, Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, Herods & John the Baptists, Judases, Jacobs & Esaus, Davids & Sauls, Noah’s & earth dwellers, wheat & weeds, sheep & goats, wolves, evil birds and doves, good & bad fish, Ahabs Jezebels and Elijah’s, and so on. As in times of old, He fully intends to cut off the wicked and separate out His righteous that reside within the camp that professes His name. He starts with a huge number. But after He separates, cuts off and divides, a much smaller number remains.

Come into the ark

“Come thou…. into the ark.” Gen.7:1

“Come unto Me..” Matt.11:28

What are you being beckoned to come in to? There are many voices competing with God’s  for your attendance. There is, “Come in to our business corporation”.  Some bid you, “Come join our humanitarian organization.” How about, “Come into our entertainment establishment.” Some lure you, “Come into our government/military organization.” There is, “Come into our political organization.” Many invite you, “Come into our religious or social organization.”

The places we go into surround us, own our hearts, possess us, lead us, and provide security for us. They become what we trust in. The places we go into become what we serve, live for and offer ourselves up to. Perhaps we have entered into the wrong place. God is not calling us into an organization, an establishment, a corporation, an institution, a social club, or a building. Rather God calls us, “Come into the ark.” He is calling us into and unto Himself.

W.E. 2.0

Brothers and sisters, welcome to Witnessing Encouragement 2.0, my new blog at the same address. There is much on my heart that I want to share with you now; things that the Lord has given me to speak to you. I desire to share the Word of God with you. I care about you and hope to encourage and build you up in your faith walk with our Lord Jesus Christ. It gets harder as we go on in Him, if we are remaining on the narrow path. He lovingly gives us each other to help one another in our journey to our Father’s house. In this place you will find very short messages for your edification. My prayer is for your increasing love and devotion to our Lord,  “who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 1:8. May He be glorified in His saints.