Are we deceived? Is the Church - comprised of anyone who is submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ - deceived? Do we really understand that we dont wrestle flesh and blood, but spiritual powers of darkness (Eph 6:12)? The only power Satan has is what we give him. Why dont we obey Gods Word?Our Lord Jesus warned us, Himself and through His apostles and prophets:Jesus laments to His Father that He has toiled in vain; spent His strength for nothing and vanity (Isaiah 49:4);Jesus wondered if He would find ANY faith on the earth, when He returned (Luke 18:8);Jesus told us that only a few would find the way to heaven and warned about false prophets in sheeps clothing (Matt. 7:13-15);Jesus warned us that there would be those among us who would perform miracles, cast out demons, and prophesy in His name, and He will not know them because of their refusal to obey His word (lawlessness).Jesus warned us about various calamities, false prophets who would mislead many, etc., etc. (Matt. 24).In the last days perilous times will come, Christians holding on to a form of godliness but denying its power; always learning and NEVER able to come to the knowledge of the truth (1Tim. 3:1,7)Christians will accumulate themselves teachers, who will tickle their ears; Christians will not endure sound doctrine and believe myths (2Tim. 4:3,4).This gives us a clear picture that the state of the Church may not be all that wonderful in the last days and even in the days leading up to the last days. The Christians in the Ephesian church in Revelation 2:1-7 are told that they have lost their first love; that the Holy Spirit (candlestick) would be removed from their midst if they didnt repent. This was written only approx. 40 years after Paul wrote about the faith that the Ephesians had in God and their love for each other (Eph. 1:15). What is the state of our love for our brethren almost 2,000 year later? My personal experience and I pray that I am an exception is dismal in the brotherly love department.A while ago a thread was placed called Warning, Bloody Hands. This post is a warning too. And, it is also a plea from the bottom of my heart. I am not pointing fingers, not accusing, only asking you, begging you to make sure that what you do as a Christian is really from God. Today, many things done in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ are not from Him. Jesus own warnings bear this out. The title of this post reads: The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. As Adam and Eve trusts themselves into the arms of Satan by ONE ACT of disobedience, do we really think that today because we are under the blood, we can disobey God, debate theology, outsmart one another with clever words and arguments, and NOT be deceived by Satan? Please brothers and sisters, read Gods word, dont base your theology only on Church history, Church Fathers, and all the successful preachers and prophets of today, but test it against the Word of the Living God. Take your denominational glasses off and read the Bible without the denominational doctrines. We are NOT clever enough to figure out who God is, i.e., the TRINITY debate; we can only learn from what is in the Bible and obey what we are told to do.This is what the Bible tells us about Satan: and NO marvel dont be amazed for Satan himself is transformed as an angel of light (2Cor. 11:14). An angel of light will answer your prayers; will give you what you want and will do anything to make you believe that what you do is from God. And guess what: God Himself will send a strong delusion so that we may believe what is false if we dont believe the truth (2Thes. 2:11,12). This is the judgment of the Church. If the Church doesnt repent, She will believe what is false. In a previous post, I suggested prayer. I still do. As God informed Abraham of His plans for Sodom and Gomorrah, so is He telling some of us: earthquake in California, do you feel the urgency, etc. Abraham bargained with God. Why dont we? When God decides to bring further calamities and He will as He has shown me and others are we going to ask Him for mercy? Are we going to agree in prayer with one another in the Name of Jesus? Are we going to be one, so more then 10 righteous men will be found where we live?In His Love,Hans PrangThat they may be made perfect in one (John 17:23)The Father's Final Callwww.thefinalcall.net
Dear Hans,I have read your post. Thank you! Firstly, I would like to get your thought on what you said in your post: "and He will as He has shown me and others" And secondly, This is indeed an urgent matter. The Lord has also been going deep with my wife and I. Sin seperates us from Him, no matter how small or insignificant. The devil will always whisper his false peace not only into our ears, but much more deceitfully into our hearts. I ask, how many are there who just stand on their "being saved" but have no fruit to show? John Bunyan has a book "The Barren Fig-Tree". This book is straight forward. The type of message for the church of our day. May we never forget that our precious Lord Jesus Christ came to destroy sin, which is the works of the devil. Think of the blessed Angel who said to Joseph: "and you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21) This is why He came! The rest is benefits of Him being so great and mighty.May He find us bearing fruit!In His love,Gery
Dear Gery,Thank you for your comments.
Firstly, I would like to get your thought on what you said in your post: "and He will as He has shown me and others"
Amen.What is the trinity debate?
That's a good question brother Letsgetbusy.And I also liked Hans' post.Some folks get a bit confused where in Isaiah, Jesus is called The Everlasting Father.In actuality, in the Hebrew it is "Father of Eternity".That makes a major theological difference, because the Jesus Only folks, (the Oneness Doctrine) stumble on that one verse, which is the Only verse that can be stumbled over, when they try to disprove the Triune Godhead.I had been invited by them to come to their Forum one time to post my verses in defense of the Trinity, and it was a wonderful and very cordial experience between us all.They took down 2 threads against us "trinitarians" that they had up there, as a result of our talks, and I got a tear in my eye when that happened.No fighting was necessary. I loved them and posted that way and I think they knew I loved them.'Sometimes' it comes through :-? .God Bless you all.
Wow. I've never heard of the oneness doctrine. Here is what I get from Scripture: I do believe that all three persons of the Godhead are one, but each clearly brought in the next. Jesus was the only begotten Son, and Jesus breathed the Holy Ghost onto the disciples. However, all three persons of the trinity are the I AM. All three have always been and always will be. All three created us. All three are all knowing. All three are 100% God.What would I be considered? This is somewhat new to me.
I have had dreams and words from which I understood that many more calamities would come. Others have confirmed similar details to me.
Lot's of people pray on and on and on, but that seems to be as far as it gets. Most of them go home from prayer meeting and keep on living like they always have - with the same values.