Government to Enlist Churches via “Partnership”

What does the Government (and Rick Warren and the UN) have planned for the Institutional Church? Social and economic Communitarianism through Church-State partnerships. According to the research I have previously done on “Faith Based Initiatives”, participating churches are NOT allowed to preach Jesus or in any way evangelize, when “in partnership” with the Government and receiving government money for carrying out government programs and goals.

We, the called out ones, are married to Christ, not to the antichrist Beast Government which has an agenda that is of the world system and of the kingdom of darkness. We are part of the Kingdom NOT of this world. We heed the will of the Lord Jesus Christ, not the earthly “powers that be” that are against Christ and His Gospel. We cannot have two Masters; Jesus and the Government. We must choose Whom we will serve. God or mammon. Christ or Belial.

News article from the Weekly Standard: (emphasis mine)

The Green Shepherd

BY Meghan Clyne

Deceiving the Church

This issue is not going away; we will all eventually have to deal with it. One reason this is important is that deception in the church changes and eliminates the gospel.

There are many new gospel messages emerging; among them, the New Spirituality/One World gospel (we are god, we are all one), and the “Save the Earth” gospel (the planet is god/we must all unite/we can create Utopia on Earth). It is the popular thing in many churches now to be transformed (changed), to agree with these new ways of thinking and believing.

I agree with this statement that contending for truth and defending the faith will cost you something. There is a price to pay. Unity with, and acceptance by the world will not be yours. Unity with, and acceptance by people in the visible church who are emerging into the New Paradigms (ultimately joining the world), will not be yours. But you are not alone.

Here are excerpts from an article by Jan Markell:

Biblical truth will continue to be scorned by those who consider themselves to be intellectual (I Cor. 1:20), and it will likely be rejected by those who seek the praise of man over the praise of God (John 12:42,43). But the Spirit of God is always at work in the hearts of men, giving life to human spirits by the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead (Ephesians 1:19).

Will you contend for the faith today as we are asked to do in Jude 3? It will cost you something. You will lose loved ones. You will be tempted to cave in and keep quiet. You will feel very alone. I know these things because endless e-mails from the four corners of the earth come into our office stating this is the case.

Read the article here at Understanding the Times

Related post: Change Agents in Your Church?

Let’s Remember Our Message

There are many messages being proclaimed by churches and people professing to represent Jesus, but they are not the message of the gospel. There is the ‘health and wealth’ message, the ‘best life now’ message, the ‘Kingdom now’ message, the ‘listen to the angels’ message, the ‘Psychology’ message, the ‘be successful & get results’ message, and the ‘join with other religions to work for world peace’ message. The false gospel situation is only going to escalate within Popular Christianity, therefore let us commit to faithfully proclaim the true gospel message, and leave the results of that, up to God.

For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men…..1Cor.1:18-25.

Article: Let’s Remember Our Message, by Paul Lewis

1 Year

Hey it’s the one year anniversary of Witnessing Encouragement! To celebrate, I’d like to review some resources, teaching and ideas featured on this site to help you become equipped to biblically share your faith. Get trained, and then teach others!

And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. 2Tim.2:2.

Read The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, by Mark Dever.

Read The Way of the Master, by Ray Comfort.

Read One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven, by Mark Cahill

Learn about how the Law and Grace work together in Biblical evangelism.

Study to learn what the Biblical gospel is, in order to communicate it.

More on knowing what the gospel is, so we can witness.

Understand the difference between modern evangelism and Biblical evangelism.

Understand that Biblical evangelism always uses words. 

Understand the issue of Postmodernism and the gospel.

Understand the issue of the Emergent/Emerging church and the gospel.

Learn why we must be “direct” when witnessing, as well as “relational”.

Consider the many different ways to witness.

Check out Way of the Master ministries, which trains and equips believers in how to share your faith. They have audios and videos online to get you started.

Here’s one example of a basic gospel message:
Audio: THE GOSPEL, or Click here or here for high quality audios of this message for burning your own “audio gospel tracts” to give out.

Change Agents in Your Church?

In April, Rick Warren is scheduled to speak at a preaching conference on “how to use the pulpit to address political, social and cultural issues”. What exactly will he tell pastors to teach their congregations? An article by abpnews.com states,

Warren has set a precedent for using his pulpit to speak about global warming and HIV/AIDS and has invited several prominent political figures — including presidential contenders Senators Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) — to speak in his church.

Political, social and cultural issues aren’t what they used to be. Things have been changing. Change agents are hard at work within the church, transforming churches from Christ centered, Spirit-led, Word focused, Gospel proclaiming, called out (from the world) assemblies, into what they would like them to be: communitarian social service distribution centers. The plan involves recruiting Christian churches to work in unity with other religions, the government, and corporations, to solve the world’s social, economic and physical problems.

According to the bible, the church exists to worship the Lord corporately, for fellowship (based on spiritual unity), to train and edify the saints, and to proclaim the gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ. According to the change agents, the church exists to help supply volunteer labor for the global programs that government and business oversee.

This “three legged stool” cooperation of government, corporate, and “church” does not allow for participating churches or individual Christians to share the gospel in the course of the social work. In addition, “church”, in this communitarian plan, means any “faith based” group of any religion.

I was in the bookstore today and was looking through Everything Must Change, by Brian McLaren. He was basically saying this very thing: traditional Christianity is about man being under the judgment of God and bound for hell, the necessity for substitutionary atonement, and salvation through Jesus for forgiveness of sins to make us right with God. In contrast, he said the emergent view of Christianity is that man has messed up things pretty bad, and must work together to change society and the world, and thus we will find redemption, and we will have the kingdom of God on earth. McLaren re-imagines Jesus and the Gospel, and makes it all about working for a social Utopia. Salvation is not personal redemption, but saving the world through global socialism. That is exactly what Rick Warren was promoting in the Faith and Modernization panel at the World Economic Forum.

Well there you go. What we’ve suspected all along: the Kingdom Now, Purpose Driven and Emergent movements are all related and working for the same thing.

The church is being stripped of it’s power, the Word of God, and the Gospel. It is being recruited to serve the world system, which denies Christ.

Let us resist the change agents, rejecting the invitation to join the world system, doing good to those who have need of help, while never ceasing to boldly proclaim the Gospel, in love.

For more on change agents in the church, visit Crossroad.to, and Herescope; also see ONE Faith for All, pt.3. and Educate Me, which is about replacing Christianity with Humanistic Psychology.