I believe the Lord God, is tiring of his Holy Name being drug in the dirt. Of course, these are not really God’s people, as they do not hear him, or move in him, in any way shape or form. Rather Apostasy has taken root, like in many a congregation of today. Political expedience, and a flip of the calendar, trumps the Lord’s ordinances, by a once God honoring organization; which has not been doing right since about the 1970’s when secularism started creeping in.
I can barely remember the time when the Episcopal Church, at least made an attempt to honor God and his ordinances; within their institutionalized systematic theologies, and practices, but then secularism, social science, politics, and humanistic psychology, overtook the organization during the cultural revolution of the 1960-1970’s.
It was then men, who were devoid of the Holy Spirit’s leading’s, who decided just how, and what they would, “and would not do” in being “followers of Christ”. The Book of Common Prayer, for instance, was updated from the 1600’s model to the 1928 version, and so forth.
I could pick on many a Church gone bad; not just the Episcopalians, yet since I was once a part of them; and have some knowledge of the “Catholic Lites – protestant reformation types”, who have “backslidden” to use that term loosely. This congregation is a prime example, of Satan entering into the institution called the Church. Which I now believe it is impossible to remain in (Babylonian Church Systems) of any type, and still follow Christ, in Spirit and in Truth as corruption, or as the Bible puts it defilements, have taken place.
The mother of Harlots, which is a whore, and not the bride of Christ, practicing evil abominations, and is drunk on the blood of the saints… Revelation 17:5-6 – 5) and upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6) And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. … Revelation 18:04 – And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
I have discovered in my personal walk with my Lord, whom you can only know, and follow him in the “Spirit of Truth” who is Jesus Christ, made manifest to those he has called and chosen. Knowing the Lord God is simply by His grace, to those which he has chosen to do a work in. All the proper doctrines, theology, and so forth, will not make a child of God.
It is by having a love for the truth, (Jesus Christ) that we “might” be saved! That’s right: being saved is NOT a Sign up for Jesus, say the right words, and try to emulate him in our lifestyles – which was so often taught in the Christian informed communities of the past, nor is it a modification of those doctrines today! Even the five points of Calvinism, although academically “nearly correct”; fall way short of actually entering into the spiritual relationship, that the “good ground” must be, to be found “in Christ” on the day of reckoning.
Today is the day of Salvation, the scripture teaches: and to expound on this short text, its message means you must be found “in Christ NOW”, as you live and breathe, if you ever hope to be with him, when your body packs up! As spiritual life in Christ is now – and is indeed spiritual, and not a learned up intellectual understanding, which even the Devil knows.
Yes indeed, the entire Bible agrees; yet you cannot “come to an understanding of the truths of God, by natural means”. 1 Cor 2:14 – But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Hence, the most important thing a Christian Fellowship can do, is to discern who is, and who are not the Lord’s people!!! 1 John 4 – Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world…. As a result, the spirit of error enters in, delusion, apostasy, false understandings, with the spirit of anti-Christ, and overall enemies of the cross.
A fellowship of actual believers is no place to be doing an evangelistic meeting – in the midst of the wicked; or even the lost, for that matter.
This is because it is too dangerous in risking the spiritual health of the brethren, by introducing children of the devil, (no matter how nice) into the body. Yet the foremost task of keeping out the religious spirit of anti-Christ emphatically is monumental. This requires strong men of God as Elders, who have the maturity of the Spirit, to recognize someone of a wrong spirit.
Being we live in a western culture – which measures, calculates, and stores everything in an intellectual filing system, containing proper Bible doctrines and dogmas; it is an enormous task to try to discover those who walk in the knowledge of truth; versus those who may have been taught to “sound like they do”… As we said in the Army: are you tracking me?
The bottom line is not how well were you taught the scriptures, but rather how well do you walk in them – if at all?
I could go on and on, but it is useless to try to teach people into salvation, or “how to be the Lords” by reason, as it is a work which God alone does by His Spirit, and human beings have no business interfering with the workings of God. Or by trying to be “God and Savior” themselves! Also, I risk having my words used against me by the enemy – or worse; becoming an anti-Christ myself! I have experienced Satan using my words verbatim against me; in mocking the Lord within me.
It is a very strange thing to fall into the hands of the living Lord, and you soon meet the enemy head on, in ways which you could never have imagined.