Here are resources for
understanding and starting a Home Church.
It is important to understand that prior to 321 A.D. Christian Believers had multiplied from a few thousands to many millions of Believers without mans self ordained priesthoods, self-appointed authority, monasteries, seminaries, or massive church buildings which required a great deal of money and years of labor to construct.
Then why did churches change from Gods pattern (the house church) to multi-million dollar denominational/non-denominational churches with their supposed priesthoods, conflicting teachings, and expensive palaces of worship? It began in 321 A.D. with Roman Emperor Constantine who along with others re-defined Christianity from which we have inherited modern day Christina Church.
Scriptures plainly teach us Gods pattern for His Church and how Believers shared the Message of Salvation person to person, family to family, town to town, community to community, Nation to Nation, and the World. Dear Reader this is the Church that tyrants and evil men fear because they cannot themselves control or rule over them.
Acts 8:2-4 King James Version (KJV)
2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.
3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
Acts 28:29-31 King James Version (KJV)
29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.
30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
Romans 16:4-6 (KJV)
4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
5 Likewise great the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.
6 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.
1 Corinthians 16:18-20 (KJV)
18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such.
19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.
Colossians 4:14-16 (KJV)
14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.
15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
Philemon 1-3 (AMP)
1 Paul, a prisoner [for the sake] of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed), and our brother Timothy,
To Philemon our dearly beloved friend and fellow worker,
2 and to [your wife] Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow soldier [in ministry], and to the church that meets in your [c]house:
3 Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1. Perhaps the son of Philemon and Apphia.
2. Philemon was responsible to see that this letter was shared with his fellow Colossian believers.
3. Prior to the third century a.d. churches customarily met in private homes.
Dear Reader we are now witnessing the falling away of Christianity of which we have been forewarned to flee.
Where? Into Gods pattern for His Church.
The links below will provide you with the information need to organize a House Church. It is important to read the materials provided to understand how to properly prepare the foundation before establishing your House/Home Church.
Resist the inclination and think carefully before joining "organizations" wanting to sell products, programs and want you to join their organization. If you do a little research you will find many free resources available.
Links are listed in order to best answer frequent ask questions about Home/House Churches.
This web site has about everything you need regarding the house church movement. Excellent Articles with scriptural references and links. On the left side of the home page there is a list of articles. May I suggest starting with: (1) Good Morning (2) The Purpose (3) Going to church is not in the bible. (4) What a normal church looks like. (5) Biblical Pastors (6) Why not meet in homes. Then continue in the order given. This web site encourages free use of their materials as well as offering things to be purchased.
This website provides a link to a free manual titled: Simple/House Church Revolution. It is the account of a man leaving his ministry to establish House Churches. A excellent resource for all considering a Home Church.
A global outreach in many languages. Free non-denominational Bible listening program which may also be downloaded (MP3). Free teaching resources applicable for Home Churches. This web site encourages open use of their materials as well as offering things to be purchased. Down to earth expository teaching style.
This web site is a dependable resource for all Christian truth seekers. It has a vast amount of well documented information for just about any subject you may be researching. This web site encourages free open use of their materials.
Additional House Church resources:
History of the House Church:
House Church Location Directories: Each country will have websites to help located others in House/Home Churches.
There are many resources regarding House/Home Churches but not all can be recommended.
I've tried to provide several sites that appear to be grounded and true to Scriptures.
Remember your Salvation is between you and God, not any man, church, spiritual organization or philosophy.
Keep it simple in Christ. Avoid those who seek to dominate, control, or sell their many books/programs/etc.
May Gods Spirit guide and be with you until we meet in our Fathers House to dwell with Him throughout eternity.
Something To Consider:
Recently a popular radio ministry had so many people expressing their hopelessness
because of what is happening in the world and economy they are now offering a book about "Hope" for sale.
Ask yourself, would it not be better for Christians to open their Concordance to "Hope" (or any other subject for that matter)
and then read from the Bible what Scriptures actually teach about hope? In both the Old and New Testament "especially" what Christ taught
about hope recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? After all the author of the book for sale did exactly that...before writing the book.
Have a Bible with the words in Christ "in red" and whenever you have question or want to know what Christ would do prayerfully meditate
upon what Christ spoke and taught about it before going anywhere else. Remember the Church is Jesus Christ and Born Again Believers
having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit our true Teacher, Comforter, and Guide along with Gods Word to illuminate our spirit and minds.
There will be obstacles.....
- The pace and demands of modern society works against the family.
- Religion does not teach the true pattern of Gods church and the father as the true spiritual leader of the home as given in Scriptures.
- Church (leaders and church goers) have drifted so far from Gods Pattern For His Church they may rebel against it.
- Not many Pastor, Priest, Seminaries, and Theologians will easily relinquish their assumed priesthoods and spiritual authority over others.
- The Prince of this world is responsible (but we also are not without blame) in not following Gods pattern for his Church.
- Now more than ever the Prince of this world seeks to lead us away from God.
.....remember "in Christ all things are possible".
What makes the Muslim Religion so different?
It was a long way from being perfect........
.......but was better than the alternative.
Those who teach that Fathers are not needed or that the traditional family (one man and one women) is no longer acceptable as defined for thousands of years have no common sense or are promoting the progressive anti-Christian agenda, inspired by the Prince of this present world.
Those coming from a loving traditional home cannot understand the emptiness in a home without a father or mother. There is no way of truly communicating the impact upon children. It would be like trying to explain to natives living in deepest part of the Amazon Jungle that men are walking on the moon and sailing in metal ships beneath the sea while kill millions of babies in their mother’s wombs.
Being a good father can only be learned and truly understood by having a father who “lived it into you” so that you as a father, in turn “live it into the next generation.” Oh, you can read about it or see it in others but it requires experiencing a good family life to truly comprehend all the intricacies, emotions, quarreling, inter-relationships, lies, sacrifices, competition, disagreements, hurts, healing, name-calling, love, forgiveness, etc. all of which is to be kept under control, and shepherded by Godly parents. Oh, you didn’t know that?
Family life is not for the inexperienced, week or simple minded. Experiencing a good family life where “growing pains” are properly contained, dealt with, and used in the maturing process is critical to raising children. Without a good family life with its failures and successes a person from a fatherless home will experience years of immaturity with inherited negative effects of growing up without a father. The traditional family unit of one man and one women is now looked up as outdated and marriage is being re-defined to accept group marriages, same sex marriages, and adults marrying children, as equally valid.
When I think of those who have suffered because of broken homes and violent upbringing it brings great sadness and anger. I am astounded to see or read where supposedly educated people (including many churches) who define the modern family as any multiple of persons regardless of their sex (male with male or female with female) or their perverted carnal predispositions now having the legal right to adopt babies and children. If you disagree with this folly you will be sharply criticized. If you do not support this new definition of family you are labeled as intolerant and by law need to be re-educated.
Dear Reader please follow me here. I am now going to present something which we have lost relating to how men (after God’s own heart) bond to wives and children establishing a loving enlightened home. And how boys become men and how a men becomes a Father.
The family has been under attack for so long one wonders if we have lost the ability to adequately define it. Is it still possible to re-establish the essential spiritual elements of family life? Do we have the discernment to recognize the importance of family as God views it? Are we ready to do what needs to be done to save it?
The following analogy is based on Scriptures and while not stated in a single verse it is clearly given for our edification. Almost daily we hear of women being ordained as priest, ministers, Bishops or other positions and some are starting their own churches with their own supposed authority and priesthood.
> We shall begin here.....how do boys become men and men become fathers? <
We hear of women being ordained as priest, ministers, Bishops and other positions or starting their own Churches with their priesthoods.
The scriptures give examples of women anointed and chosen by God to serve in various capacities and callings held by men but not ordained as a Minister or in positions of Leadership over Believers. If a situation arises where two (or more) women have accepted Christ and there is no existing believing man to function as a pastor then a woman may serve as a coordinator and teacher sharing and teaching the plan of salvation until a man who is a Born Again Believer is found to fill the position of Pastor.
Like many others I often wondered why only men were ordained as pastors and leaders in the church. Truly God does not do things haphazardly. There must be reasons why He establishes boundaries and defined responsibilities? What could they be?
Women have one of the greatest gifts granted from God. They are called to participate with Him in delivering a new life (a spirit, mind, body) into this world. The birthing process lasting nine months with all its emotional highs and lows, trials, and trauma of giving birth, establishes a lifetime bond between mother and child which a man cannot experience nor truly relate to. He can only remain near offering what comfort and support he can. Here we may understand why in Gods eternal plan men are ordained and are held responsible to be the Spiritual Father of the family and serve as Pastor/Leader “Father” to the body of the church.
Why you ask?
Because this is how a man participates in the birthing process. Now please consider carefully. The Mother is ordained to bear, give birth and sustain her children participating with God in His eternal plan of bringing souls into the world. The Father is ordained to be the spiritual leader of the family providing protection and spiritual instruction to the family with the end result being that they understand their relationship with God, are spiritually Born Again and have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit all of which are explained in Scriptures by which Fathers (men) participate in God’s eternal plan of bringing souls into the world and the Kingdom of God.
Now we see how a man becomes a father after Gods own heart. By teaching and being with his children, modeling his life based on faith in Jesus Christ and keeping the commandments. Through “living” these principles the Father now truly bonds with his children and Mother remains near offering support, advice and comfort. He is the true Father we would like to have and a blessing to the Mother and their Children. It is here men also mature socially becoming an asset not only to his family but to all those around him.
In Gods wisdom men are called as the spiritual leader of the family responsible to love, teach, and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ together as a family adopted into the Kingdom of God. This responsibility reaches beyond to extended members of the family and those unaware of the promise of salvation, to be shepherded “Fathered” and “Born Again”.
When it’s done Gods way the bond between a Father, Wife and Children will stand the test of time. With homes such as these Wives, Sons, and Daughters will respect and honor their Father and the wisdom they inherit as they are loved, taught by words, and deeds to acknowledging him before men and God. I invite you to study this matter until you are fully persuaded of its validity and need to be followed in Christian Churches.
* Important additional notes:
* Mothers by their God give instinct take naturally to caring for their child. Wives: Fathers who would do what has been written here need your support because of how they may have been raised and remember secular society is at war against men and the family. He will make mistakes along the way. He will lovingly care for and disciplin his children (especially the boys) differently than you, which is natural and how God intended it. Be ready to step back, observe, support him and give any advise in private in humility and then step back. Your children will turn out for the best as long as you both overcome shortcomings and walk in the light of Christ. Do not expect perfection it will not happen in this fallen world for Him, You, or the Children....but then you knew that?
* By the end of the first year children are able to eat solid food, have begun to talk, and possess cognitive abilities. They are ready to be instructed as appropriate for their age continuing to the age of accountability, being about eight years dependent on their natural abilities. Having been spiritually shepherded by their Father and Mothers children will be ready to exercise their decision to join the body of Believers.
After conversion and baptism the Father is the Spiritual Leader of the home and is responsible before God for teaching, babtizing, praying with, and blessing members of his family, including his extended family. This is God's pattern.
The House Church Movement and the Family.
Christians are called to come out of Babylon.
Believers are admonished to separate themselves from mans religions as a the world political/religious/financial system
of which we have been forewarned which is now being assembled before our eyes.
The House Church is what we are looking for especially those house churches found in countries were Christianity is not tolerated and its members are greatly persecuted. These are they who because of their life and death decision to follow Christ rely only upon God, Gods written word, and Gods Holy Spirit. They for the most part live in poverty with the expectation that they and their families may be martyred at any time. Under such conditions these churches assemble and meet as families and with others sharing the message of Jesus Christ in their homes.
When a house church grows those who have matured in Christ then begin their own house church following the same pattern. This pattern is duplicated establishing house churches from house to house, community to community, city to city and beyond.
Hindrances within House Churches and the Church Planting movement:
Caution: In gathering information on the House Church Movement it became evident that some prominent individuals associated within the movement were complicit in promoting doctrinal errors and false teaching found in main line Churches, which they carried into the house church movement.
Financial Problems in the Church Planting Movement.
“Church planters don’t just feel insecure—many are financially insecure. For the most part, planters’ assessments line up with their strained financial reality. If anything startup leaders’ perceptions are more positive than one might expect, given that three out of five live on a household income lower than the national average. Thirty-nine percent bring in between $35,000 and $50,000 per year, while one in five reports an annual household income of less than $35,000 (21%). In most states, an income of $31,525 or less qualifies a family for food stamps. Yet resource constraints take a toll on church planters beyond just financial burdens. One-third of startup leaders admit they have considered quitting ministry because of financial strain (33%). This admission perhaps not surprisingly, is most common among pastors in the lower income bracket (47%). Further and more worrisome, is the fact that “a similar proportions of leaders report strains on their marriage” as a result of the financial stresses associated with church planting (35%). Those in the lower income bracket—and those who assess their personal financial situation as surviving or struggling —are most at risk.” From the Article: Church Planters and the Cost of Starting a Church April 26, 2016
Western style business promotions of House Churches compared with House Churches where Christians are subject to violence and persecution.
*In the West there is the ongoing need of significant financing and money raising.
*The negative western business model for the promotion of the house church movement.
*Excessive money raising, sale of books, lesson plans, study aids, Cd's, various certified training, etc.
*Prominent individuals are complicit in promoting doctrinal errors and false teaching within the House Church Movement.
Such negative issues are eliminated or greatly curtailed in home churches where Christians are persecuted, suffer, and die for their faith. The focus for these Believers (and should be for us) is to survive spiritually and physically, as individuals, families, and communities. In this environment there is no room for "playing church", life is taken seriously and the Good News of Gods Salvation gives hope and a reason to carry on. The Church is: God, the message of salvation through Jesus Christ and Believers having the indwelling of Gods Holy Spirit our true Teacher, our Comforter, our Guide and Gods Written Word.
The resources below provide provide clear understanding regarding the need for House Churches, how to participate in a House Church, and how to start a House Church. I encourage all in house church's (and those considering such) to be alert, pray, prove all things, base everything on God’s Word, and not forsake those in traditional churches who are under spiritual attack. Seek to open their understanding to Gods pattern for His church best exemplified as House Churches, the church being: Jesus Christ and His true Believers having the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit, our true Teacher, Comforter, and Guide”. Peace in Christ to all: Daniel
It is time to return the Church to its original pattern revealed in Scriptures followed by first century Believers.
Jesus Christ and Believers - That is the Church.
It’s not about Religion it never was.
Overview: In the beginning God personally interacted with mankind upon the earth until the fall. Over time mankind having freewill rejected Gods fellowship and His plan. Then came the age of Kings and man’s Governments and they ruled over one another choosing not to follow their Creator.
Nevertheless God after mans fall in His infinite wisdom interceded with those whom He choose as Patriarchs and Prophets establishing His Laws, His People, and His Nation. To witness of Himself until His coming as Messiah the hope of mankind. All of which was foreknown before the earth was formed and before there were stars in the heavens.
As was foretold Messiah came and walked upon the earth teaching, healing and proclaiming the mind, heart and will of God for “all mankind.” This was confirmed by many signs and wonders witnessing of God’s love, glory and power. Providing salvation to mankind through faith in His son Jesus Christ by who upon repentance of our sins we are forgiven and Born Again justified and adopted as Sons and Daughters of the Living God.
In the beginning The Apostles and those who followed Christ lived and worshiped as Believers (The Church) in their houses as a family, when associating with others, and assembled in open fields or temporary building. In this manner the message of Jesus Christ was intimately shared within families, the extended family, with other Believers, friends, and non-believers. The “Church” multiplied from house to house, community to community, city to city, and beyond.
This is the distinguishing pattern of the Early Church and how Believers shared the message of Salvation and Gods plan for mankind. The Church is not a building or place. It’s the living body of individual Believers united in Jesus Christ. Dear Reader this is God’s way not man’s way.
Rather than follow the Creators pattern men took upon themselves to establish “Mans Religion/Churches”. Within this “redefined” Church men endow themselves with Divine Authority establishing “men’s priesthoods” from which came various denominations also claiming authority with their priesthood’s asserting “their Divine calling” for saving souls.
It is with great sadness to learn there was a time Scriptures containing the teachings of Jesus Christ were deliberately withheld from the people. If a common man or woman were found reading or possessing a Bible they were severely punished and were subject to being executed.
Ponder this: The message of Jesus Christs Redemption and Salvation was deliberately withheld from those who Christ died by man’s corrupt church. Rather It was taught Salvation was through men’s churches, men’s priesthood’s, men’s traditions and “they” were the only way to salvation. This man church and its offspring man churches claimed and exercised a supposed authority to save or eternally damn the souls of men, women, and children if they did not comply to their heresies, laws, and false teachings which regrettably continues today.
From that time to this present age Kings, Tyrants, Governments and those in league with them in spite of their differences joined with men’s Churches to reign over mankind. Subjugating men’s bodies (labor/energy) and men’s souls (spirit/mind) thereby acquiring to themselves great wealth and power. But God in His infinite wisdom and mercy interceded by those He chose to witness for Him throughout the centuries along with all those who truly sought Him and believed in their hearts. Saving as many as He chose making known His Eternal Grace, Wisdom, Power and Glory. Which is to say all sincere and earnest Believers (God knows their hearts/spirits) have access to His Plan of Salvation.
Now Dear Reader as we approach the end of the age the world’s secular and so called spiritual leaders “openly” war against God causing much suffering. But know this those that accumulate great power and wealth through lies, violence, deception, and murder deliberately turning men one against another are themselves deceived by the Prince of this world whom they have declared allegiance and relinquished their souls.
The modern Church has entered into the period of time referred in Scriptures as The Great Falling Away. Departing from the plain teaching of Jesus Christ Churches have embraced the world. They knowingly reject Jesus Christ and His message of repentance/salvation, and God’s Written Word. Openly teaching false doctrines deceiving those earnestly seeking God, for which they shall be judged. In order to maintain followers and gain wealth they do not teach Born Again Believers that they have a Royal Priesthood and are themselves the church. And they may commune with God through His Holy Spirit our True Teacher, Comforter and Guide as taught and promised by Jesus Christ and written in Scriptures.
Does this mean there a no worthy churches. God forbid, but they are few and far between. If you now belong to such a Church (Body of Believers with Christ as their leader) that teaches Gods Word book by book, chapter by chapter, line by line, precept by precept and holds true to the defining principals of the Christian Faith, continue with them. We need more of them. If you are in a God centered church please consider what is written below and what yet needs to be done. Nonetheless such churches need to recognize and return to Gods pattern for His Church.
Scriptures summarizes the condition of man’s fallen churches in the latter days and warn Believer to come out of her.
• Man’s Churches have forsaken their first love.
They have turned away from Jesus Christ the author of their salivation.
• Man’s Churches follow the ways of Balaam and the Nicolaitans.
They tolerate the immorality, perversion, and idolatry of Jezebel.
They have embraced the ways of the world; have become compromised with worldly morality and pagan doctrines, idol worship,
intermarriage with non-believers, false prophets, and sexual immorality.
• Man’s Churches are dead because they are without true faith.
They proclaim they follow Jesus Christ but are without the Holy Spirit and blind.
• Man’s Churches are lukewarm, wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.
They are without conviction, have itchy ears, spiritually shallow, and will not repent.
KJV: Revelation Chapters 3-4
To all Believers, Pastors, Denominational Leaders, and Non-Believers.
-Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
-Understand the pattern of the Early Church and the Priesthood of the Believer.
-Apprehend and abide by God’s pattern for His Church and the Family.
-Recognize your indebtedness to live and share the message of the Gospel.
-Return to your first love sharing the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ.
-Understand, teach, and establish the Priesthood of Believers.
-Understand and fulfill you responsibility to protect and sustain Gods Families and yours.
-Re-dedicate your life building the “Church” as observed by the original Church.
For Denominational Leaders:
-End the division of denominational-ism within the Body of Christ.
Acknowledge that Believers are themselves the true “Living Church with Christ as their leader” and the
Holy Spirit is their true Comforter, Teacher and Guide including God's Written Word....."not any religious organization or man."
-Recognize and sustain the Priesthood of Believers with its authority and responsibilities beginning with the Family.
-Teach the Gospel as in the days of the early church with all sincerity, clarity, humility. Knowing you will one day be judged
before the throne of God.
Believers For Non-Believers:
-With humility and sincerity share the Good News of Jesus Christ and Gods gift of Salvation.
-Make plain the love and hope to be found in God’s Word and the understanding of being Born Again.
-Instruct them to follow and trust in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit their true Teacher, Comforter and Guide including the God's Written Word.
Not popular ministers, pastors, spiritual fads, religions, so called spiritual organizations or man's teachings.
Dear Reader, search the Scriptures regarding what has been presented thus far and be prepared for the following:
- Why are tens of thousands of churchgoers leaving the church in Western Nations?
- Why are tens of thousands coming to Christ in Foreign Nations each year?
- Why are tens of thousands of pastors walking away from the church each year?
- Why has men's churches and there many denominations failed?
- Why do so man Christians fall for false doctrines and false teachers?
- Why has the Holy Spirit left man's churches?
- Why are Church Families failing?
- Why has the Church fail to protect the Family?
- What is the original pattern of Gods Church?
- What is the Priesthood of the Believer and what does it mean to those who truly follow Jesus Christ?
- The Holy Spirit is Gods gift to all Believers and is their true Comforter, Guide and Teacher along with God's Written Word.
- What about Families and the responsibility of husbands, wives, and children.
- How did original Believers share Gods word?
- What is God's will for His Church of Believers in today's world?
Scriptures forewarned that in the latter days Christians were to "come out of" the Worlds Babylon Church System.
A good example of the push toward "unity" and bringing religions together is in the Chrislam movement.
Pope Kissing Koran. Christian Churches promoting Chrislam.
Who will bring about the change?
In the rather simple times in the 1950s, there was already a longing for a miracle worker (to bring peace to the world).
NATO's Paul Henri Spak said in 1957:
"We want a man of sufficient stature to hold the alliance of all people and lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him."
Preparing for persecution:
Modern education: The destruction of human individualism.
God's Faithful Church versus today's "Cultural Christianity"
The modern Church:
"...much of what is called Christianity today is not the Christianity of the New Testament; it is distinctly different.... Jesus is not the fountainhead of modern Christianity. He is scarcely thought about. Christian preachers, Sunday school teachers, religious books, all without any apology patronize Jesus Christ and put Him on one side.
"We have to learn that to stand true to Jesus Christ's point of view means ostracism -- the ostracism that was brought on Him. Most of us know nothing whatever about it. "The modern view looks upon human nature as pathetic; men and women are poor ignorant babes in the wood who have lost themselves. Jesus Christ's view is totally different. He does not look on men and women as babes in the wood, but as sinners who need saving and the modern mind detests His view.
"Our Lord's teaching is based on something we violently hate, namely His doctrine of sin; we do not believe it unless we have had a radical dealing with God on the line of His teaching.
"Remember that a disciple is committed to much more than belief in Jesus, he is committed to His Lord's view of the world, of men, of God and of sin."
Oswald Chambers Daily Devotional Bible, p. 586
The True Church:
"Abide in Me, and I in you... for apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15:3-4
"The Church is a separated band of people who are united to God by the regenerating power of the Spirit, and the bedrock of membership in the [true] Church is that we know who Jesus is by a personal revelation of Him.
The indwelling Spirit is the supreme Guide, and He keeps us absorbed with our Lord. [In contrast] the emphasis today is placed on the furtherance of an organization [not on the will and purpose of our Lord.]
Oswald Chambers, The Best from all His Books, p. 49
The Test of Faithfulness:
"We know that all things work together for good to those who love God." Romans 8:28
"It is only a faithful person who truly believes that God sovereignly controls his circumstances. We take our circumstances for granted, saying God is in control, but not really believing it acting as if the things that happen were completely controlled by people.
To be faithful in every circumstance means, that we have only one loyalty, or object of our faith— the Lord Jesus Christ. God may cause our circumstances to suddenly fall apart, which may bring the realization of our unfaithfulness to Him for not recognizing that He had ordained the situation. We never saw what He was trying to accomplish, and that exact event will never be repeated in our life. This is where the test of our faithfulness comes. If we will just learn to worship God even during the difficult circumstances, He will change them for the better very quickly if He so chooses.
"Being faithful to Jesus Christ is the most difficult thing we try to do today. We will be faithful to our work, to serving others, or to anything else; just don’t ask us to be faithful to Jesus Christ. Many Christians become very impatient when we talk about faithfulness to Jesus. Our Lord is dethroned more deliberately by Christian workers than by the world. We treat God as if He were a machine designed only to bless us, and we think of Jesus as just another one of the workers.
"The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us. God calls us to His service and places tremendous responsibilities on us. He expects no complaining on our part and offers no explanation on His part. God wants to use us as He used His own Son."
My Utmost for His Highest, December 18
Finding What Is Important:
"But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: 'We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” Acts 5:29-32
"Is Jesus Christ’s mind infallible, or is the modern Western mind infallible?
The tendency abroad today is to think ourselves infallible, and the Bible a jumble up of the most extraordinary stuff, good stuff, but we cannot be expected to accept all its views. That means, we believe ourselves more likely to be infallible than Jesus Christ. We would repudiate this statement if made badly, but we all act as if it were true, we all take for granted that Jesus Christ’s teachings are nonsense; we treat them with respect and reverence, but we do not do anything else with them, we do not carry them out.
"Today we hold conferences and conventions and give reports and make our programs. None of these things were in the life of Jesus, and yet every minute of His life He realized that He was fulfilling the purpose of His Father (see John 9:4).
"How did He do it? By maintaining the one relationship, and it is that one relationship He insists on in His disciples, and it is the one we have lost in the rubbish of modern civilization. If we try and live the life Jesus Christ lived, modern civilization will fling us out like waste material; we are no good, we do not add anything to the hard cash of the times we live in, and the sooner we are flung out the better."
--Oswald Chambers Daily Devotional Bible, p. 596
Things to consider:
It is interesting that the further we distance ourselves from Gods pattern for the His Church the more we are confused and society becomes increasingly dis-functional. It is "historically" proven there are two preeminent fundamental signs of a collapsing society; the destruction of the family and the normalization and acceptance of sexual perversion. (Now you know why government, education, social agencies,, AND EVEN CHURCHES are promoting and enforcing sexual perversion under pain of law if you do not accept and comply.)
What we are witnessing in the world has not happened by chance. The Prince of this world and his followers are having their way but there time is short. The world is now awash in deceptions, lies, greed, violence, moral decay, the destruction of Nations, leaders turning their own citizens one against another using race, ethnic differences, economic disparity, religion, political correctness, education, the political system, etc. What a mess, what a mess, all because of our individual and collective unregenerate human nature.
Dear reader, do not be deceived or be drawn into this mess but rather look to our Creator who (not sure exactly when) will return for the second time or the first time, depending on your point of reference.
The Messiah will set things right and establish peace to this dreary world. Until then stand for that which is good in the eyes of our Creator. As much as it is within you seek truth and love that you may be found doing the right and honorable thing for yourself, your family, and others seeing the hope of Christ within you (by your good deeds which do not save) but are the fruit of your faith in Christ. Then they per-chance might seek and come to know Christ through your good works.
If you do not believe in God or the need of a Redeemer and have chosen to follow man’s many a philosophy or pagan religions consider the weight of “karma” upon you? Ponder how many (millions) of lifetimes you will need "by your own works” to overcome yourself into perfection? Do you really believe you can do it…."your way”.
Did Jews Crucify Jesus Christ?
It is not scriptural and is morally wrong for Christians to blame Jews for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is also wrong for any Christian church or church leader to support such an accusation which was done in the past and to this very day (Unbelievable). This has been deliberately condoned by corrupt governmental and religious leaders.
There is a message here:
If you or I where there, given our fallen human nature we would have done the same. Their un-regenerated human nature rejected God as even now, our un-regenerated human nature rejects God. Truly, we would have acted in the same manner. And let us not forget that the only man having authority to approve capital punishment was an unbelieving Roman Ruler who with Roman soldiers nailed Christ to the cross.
Have we not all at some point in our life by our thoughts, inaction or actions rejected God? Yes. In doing so have we because of our sins re-crucified Christ? Yes. Dear Believer let God deal with those who at that moment in time did what they did. Let's look to ourselves and what we did to nail Christ to the cross with our sins (even as Believers!) and our need of forgiveness and salvation.
Man's many Denominations and supposed authority:
Regarding the many Denominations within Christianity. They are men following men who having assumed to themselves authority ordained themselves and others into their priesthoods and churches. They promote themselves as having Divine authority over others, teaching we are to follow them, their church, there ordinances and their doctrines.
The division of the church into many hundreds (indeed thousands of variations) of churches and denominations testifies to Christianity apostasy which has caused much confusion. Many have rejected Christ because of the Churches history of un-biblical spiritual domination over others and it's lust for wealth and power. Much more could be said here but it is up to you to do more research yourselves.
“Now this I say, that every one of you say I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius..z"
Pastors, ministers, seminaries, leaders, and theologians,
tear down the walls of Denominations and
reject the coming false world religion.....return to Gods Pattern for His Church.
Did not our creator rent the Vail? Remember, remember, the Temple Vail being torn from top to bottom by God signifying that each Believer now and forever has access to the throne of God through Jesus Christ our High Priest and Savior! Not by any man, priesthood, church or denomination or spiritual organizations. Our eternal Hope and Salvation is in God and God alone. Now consider: As God split the Vail in two from the top down opening our way spiritually into Gods presence while we are yet in the world. Just so lighting will part the heavens at the coming of Messiah and Believers will be caught up to unite with Him.
“Verily, verily I say to you, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God….
Marvel not that I said unto thee, you must born again.”
A woman at the well: John 4: 19-26
…”Believe me, the hour cometh when you shall neither in this mountain, nor at Jerusalem (Temple or our Churches) worship the Father….but the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship Him.”
The promise of our personal relationship with Jesus: “And I will pray the Father and He shall give you another comforter, that He may abide with you….even the spirit of truth….I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you…..because I live ye shall live also….ye shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you…..if a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John:14:5-26
What follows is provided to establish a point of reference from which we can clarify and substantiate the need to return to “the original pattern of God’s Church.” It also addresses specific words from their original language and their accurate interpretation.
While we must consider the misdeeds of previous and contemporary church systems it is not for us to determine the standing or conditions of the souls of those involved who will one day stand before God. That is God’s domain. Nevertheless be assured we are not bound to continue with them. Indeed, we are called to “come out from them.”
Let us not fail to keep in mind that there are many Believers’, Pastors, Leaders and others in churches who truly are seeking God. They desire to live a God centered life but are restricted by the inaccurate and false teachings of man’s self- authorized churches no-matter how sincere their motives may have been when first established.
Here are links to questions given at the end of the first post. They are from various sources to provide a balanced overall perspective. I’ve made an effort to select sites having minimal advertisement. Some are longer to adequately address the subjects we are researching.
Important: Dear Reader please take time to earnestly consider the information provided in order to correctly understand and visualize what will be made known in the third post. Sincerely pray for the Holy Spirit (Teacher, Comforter, and Guide) to be with you as you meditate upon Gods Church.
If you still have questions there are many sites available for further investigation (Or) Send questions to: email@example.com
What is the original pattern of Gods Church?
How did original Believers share Gods word?
What is the Church?
http://freebelievers.com/article/the-church-that-christ-built NOTE:There are (4) "freebelivers links" referenced having notes at the top of their web site... they are safe to view.
Why are tens of thousands of churchgoers leaving the church in Western Nations each year?
Why are tens of thousands coming to Christ in Foreign Nations each year?
Why are tens of thousands of pastors walking away from the church each year?
Why have man’s formulas for their many denominations failed?
http://www.crossroad.to/charts/church-statistics.html (Some links are closed.)
Why do so many Christians fall for false teachers and their doctrines?
Has the Holy Spirit left man's churches?
http://theholyspiritcenter.org/demo/index.php/2012-06-21-14-37-36 (Quotes for you to analyze and decide.)
Why are Church Families failing? Why has the Church fail the Family?
The Preeminence of Christ:
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood His cross." Colossians 1:15-20
“And He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” Ephesians: 2:17-19
The Priesthood of the Believer it's meaning to those who truly follow Jesus Christ?
The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to all Believers....their true Comforter, Guide, and Teacher along with the Written Word.
As our Comforter
As our Teacher
The Family and the responsibility of husbands, wives, and children.
What is God's will for His Church (Believers) in today's world?
Where can we find God's Church?
Anywhere there are True Believers.
The (3rd) post will provide the pattern of the early Christian Church demonstrating how it functioned
within the family, extended family, communities, nations, and the world.
Until then please share this website so others may have the opportunity to learn about and consider:
What is the Church?
What is God’s pattern for the His Church?
Why do scriptures warn us to come out of man’s churches?
and.....What then shall we do ?
In (Part 2) we provided links with resources to define and confirm serious problems within modern Christianity. If after researching the links you are not fully persuaded of the necessity of questioning what now is promoted and accepted as Christian Churches and Christian teachings I strongly encourage you to continue your own research so that you will not be uninformed about these matters and the perilous spiritual consequences for individuals, families, nations and the world.
Study the Scriptures “prove all things holding fast that which is good’, be not deceived, and be convinced yourself about these matters and their spiritual significance. Then armed with God’s truth and The Holy Spirit (our true Comforter, Teacher and Guide with the Written Word) you may stand against the Prince of this present Age and his followers.
Then, when no longer deceived by the failings and heresies accepted within compromised Christianity do we continue as in the past? God forbid. We have been admonished by God to flee Babylon so that we are not overcome by the deceptions which are intensifying throughout the world.
But where would God have us flee ?
Do we fabricate and piece together another man made denomination with self-ordained institutionalized priest or pastors to promote yet another Church?
Do we bow to a mega religion which morphed into some kind of hybrid spiritual philosophy / science based transhumanism / gender neutral / progressive / all inclusive / emotion driven / there is no sin / truth is relevant / right is wrong / technocracy / accept it or die Unified World Religion Alliance ....God forbid.
Dear Reader do you recall what occurred when Christ paid in full for our transgressions when he cried out
“It is finished.” ? John 19:28-30 (KJV) "After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the
scripture might be fulfilled, said, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge
with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar,
he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost."
The Temple Veil?
What is the meaning of the temple veil being torn in two when Jesus died ?
The freedom of the Believer in Christ?
"And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom."
In the Jewish temple the veil served as the barrier to the Holy of Hollies where it was believed God's presence rested housed the Ark of the Covenant. Only the high priest could enter this area and then only one time each year to make atonement for the sins of Israel (Exodus 30:10).
First Kings 6:2 records that Solomon's temple was 30 cubits high. This would have been 45 feet tall. Note: The first century Jewish historian Josephus records that Herod extended the temple's height to 40 cubits high, about 60 feet tall. He also records that the veil was four inches thick.
Matthew 27:50-51 says, "And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom." Notice the details: (1) Jesus died. (2) The enormous 45 to 60-foot high four inch thick curtain was torn. (3) The tear was from top to bottom clearly indicating the destruction was not of man but truly of God.
This connection between the death of Jesus and the torn veil is not just about God's power. It witnesses to us who Jesus Christ is, what the cross accomplished, and the access we now now have to God through Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 8:1-2 "Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man." Jesus Himself now serves as our high priest. There is no longer a need for a Jewish high priest to stand before the Lord and make atonement for our sins. Jesus has provided for our atonement through His death on the cross.
In addition, the tearing of the veil also helped to mark the beginning of a new covenant. Hebrews 8:13 states, "In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away."
A powerful application of this change is described in Hebrews 4:14-16: "Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Instead of coming to a priest, we can directly and boldly come before God through Jesus Christ to receive mercy and grace. Jesus meets our needs and even identifies with our weaknesses. The tearing of the veil is profoundly significant and provides a pictorial foundation for how we can approach God today. God has torn down the barrier between Himself and us through the work of Jesus.
Used by permission: http://http/compellingtruth.org
For additional in depth study:http://www.abideinchrist.com/messages/mat2751.http
Believers compared to Cultural Christianity: http://www.crossroad.to/charts/cultural-Christianity.html
God's Faithful Church to today's Cultural Christianity: http://www.crossroad.to/HisWord/notes/oswald/modern-christianity.htm
Where will we find spiritual strength for what is coming upon the earth.
Return to Gods pattern for His Church which is: Jesus Christ and true Believers,
having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, our true Teacher, Comforter and Guide with God's Written Word.
“The False Prophet will have a religion without a cross…..A religion to destroy religions. There will be a counterfeit church. Christ’s Church (the Catholic Church) will be one. And the False Prophet will create the other. The false church will be worldly ecumenical, and global. It will be a loose federation of churches, a religion forming some type of global association.
A world parliament of churches emptied of all divine content and will be the mystical body of the Antichrist. The mystical body on earth today will have its Judas Iscariot and he will be the false prophet. Satan will recruit him from among our bishops.”
Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Roman Catholic Church) on “The False Prophet Subverting The “Church”:
NOTE TO OTHER DENOMINATIONS AND BELIEVERS:
Yes even some in the RCC (and other churches) have awakened and are looking beyond Denominations to Jesus Christ….Where shall they flee?
One day all Israel will again be home to it's people.
God is not through with Israel and in-spite of their mistreatment many are turning to Messiah. https://www.oneforisrael.org/bible-based-teaching-from-israel/if-jesus-is-the-messiah-how-come-no-rabbi-believes-in-him/
Truth is a lonely warrior not for the faint of heart or those lacking spiritual discernment.Daniel R.L.
When and why it will happen?
Dear Reader………..it has begun!
There comes a time when societies and cultures cross a line leading to recklessness, extravagance, immorality, wickedness, shamelessness, ending in the abandonment of both morals and God. History demonstrates that short term solutions resolved through violence work for a time, paid for by the suffering of common citizens then the cycle begins again.
Fallen human nature is the problem and nothing will change until our hearts are transformed.
The War on Christians throughout the world:
These things and more will continue throughout the world until the coming of Messiah.
An end times chart with details showing final world events as we approach the end of the age:
"Therefore 'Come out from among them and be separate,' says the Lord. 'Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,' says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
"...do not be conformed to this world.... Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good." Romans 12:2, 9
History demonstrates when any Nation or Society loses its moral underpinnings it's on the way to anarchy. It’s just a matter of time and time is running out for this present world. A better world cannot arise out of the failures of the past by using the same man centered mechanisms, processes, lies, deceptions, pride, wealth, consolidation of power, greed, and premeditated wars, etc., to bring about change. Pray for leaders and people of all Nations around the world.
We are now in the Spiritual battle of which we have been forewarned. At this critical time in history truth, clarity, reliability, and consistency regarding Christianity is essential. We must not be part of the half-truths and outright deceptions promoted by so called Christian churches where Pastors (even from Christian seminaries) do not believe or teach fundamental Christian principles openly deny the Divinity of Christ.
The "Prince of this world" is gathering his followers and has openly stated his goals.
One of "his" most ardent followers wrote the following....
“We (those who follow evil) tolerate violence, do not punish wrong doers, participate in nation building and undeclared wars, allow illegals to over-run us, overlook the corruption in politics, religion, business, the education system, news media, etc. and trash those who are seeking to live descent lives. We condone perversion, accept evil as good and define that which is good and honorable as intolerant. It's very simple - garbage in garbage out. But don't worry it’s all being done for a greater good.
From the tree of deception and lawlessness a new world of peace and tranquility will arise like the Phoenix guided by the Prince of this world, who truly would not lie? “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”
Allister Crowley, Satanic priest
Important relevant links:
Easter like Christmas and other non-Biblical "holidays" or observances need to be discontinued by those who claim to follow Jesus Christ. You may view this as harsh but consider the many deceptions, half-truths, lies, false doctrines, false worship of saints, Mary worshiped as co-saviour, watered down ethics, and all manner of abominable things being taught within Christian Churches. Isn’t it time to stop? How can we witness to the word that we follow “truth” (Jesus Christ declared I am the Truth) while we continue to observe doctrines founded on Paganism? Seriously, are we so spiritually deficient we continue to justify such paganism with childish emotions and faulty reasoning rather than taking a stand for spiritual truth?
The problem facing Christian "Churches"/Religion/Denominations" over the centuries is that they removed themselves from Gods pattern for His Church.
Having left the pattern of the church practiced by original first century Christianity has become a concoction of man’s church organizations, man’s priesthoods, and man’s philosophies joined at the hip with governments and the elite to control whom they wish to dominate. The various "religions/philosophies" of the world and Christian Denominational Religions (including RCC Universal Church) are only a dim shadow of what could be if Gods pattern for His Church were followed.
First century "Believers" had it right. The church is: Jesus Christ and those who truly follow Him "Believers"...that is the "Assembly" which by the way was what it was called before it was altered. It never was about the construction massive edifices, buildings to worship in, basketball courts, bingo, parking lots, ego driven ministers, bake sales, etc., or men's presumed priesthoods. For over Fifteen Hundred plus years the simple gospel of repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ was deliberately kept from common people who were deceived by men's supposed religions that claimed authority to save or damn to eternal hell, anyone who did not agree and follow them.
It was a mess then and it's still a mess with so called Christian Churches openly teaching and accepting false doctrines, denying basic fundamental beliefs, and allowing paganism and perversions within their ranks as forewarned in Scriptures.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Wherefore, my beloved as ye have obeyed not as in my presence but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of any holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days:
Hebrews Chapter 6
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. ...
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
The greatest commission....The Priesthood of Believers.
The greatest calling....Sharing the message of God's Love and Salvation to the World.
M o d e r n E d u c a t i o n W h a t Is T h e i r G o a l ?
Regarding education: Can “you” pass these grade school tests?
What went wrong with our education system?
Think it can’t get worse? Don't worry be happy!
Words of Wisdom:
"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,
that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." Romans 15:4
COMMON SENSE AND WISDOM - THOSE WHO TRULY SEEK IT, WILL FIND IT.
"Open Your Bible and Know For Yourself."
Words of Knowledge and Wisdom: Proverbs Chapters 1 through 31
Human wisdom does not have all the answers: Ecclesiastes Chapters 1-12
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The Plan to rule the world:
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
.....God's Church is the people of God organically connected to God. At Pentecost, when the Spirit breathed upon God’s people, this organic connection came to life. Thus we see terms for the church like: ‘living church,’ ‘body of Christ,’ ‘seed planted that produces fruit 30, 60, 100 fold.’
When church is understood this way, its development becomes less about planning ‘how to build’ and much more about learning to facilitate the life cycle that is already inherent within it. The simple DNA of the living church is evident:
1. Intimacy with Christ. The abiding living relationship with God is at the core of our life with God and the life that grows out of the church (God’s people). Jesus did not invite us to follow a religion of rules, nor did he mandate an order of service or church structure to follow. He did ask us to follow him. Out of that flows all of the life, joy, and power that we need to live fully in him and for him.
2. Reaching out with love. The experience of being loved by the God of the universe produces an outward desire to love and reach others with the same Gospel love. This is not a project nor a program, but a way of life that involves an outbreak of Jesus’ love toward others.
3. Disciple making as a lifestyle. This is not about what we have to give to others, but it is about relationships in which we come alongside people while they discover that God speaks directly to them. We walk with them but the word and the Spirit of God become the teachers. The Bible, indeed, is far more powerful than we realize. It has the power to transform hearts and lives, all by itself, through the energizing of God’s Spirit.
4. Gathering simply and in a participatory manner. Gatherings are family-based and allow every person to grow spiritually, care for one another, and exercise spiritual gifts. Healthy missional-family gatherings continue to encourage the upward, inward, outward processes of loving God, blessing one another, and reaching out to others. What we do see in Scripture are many different types of gatherings which took place frequently, naturally, and often spontaneously… They took place in normal, everyday settings and they fit into the rhythm of everyday life.
5. Empower others to go, reach, disciple, and gather. This is the function of ‘leadership’ as it seeks to serve others who are becoming fruitful, vibrant, and reproductive. Everything is given away: spiritual authority, recognition, encouragement, opportunities to minister and serve. This leader empowers others so well that his or her own ministry goes virtually unrecognized. Where does one begin? It is difficult to get away from the idea that there must be a one-two-three blueprint to follow that will allow me to facilitate the growth of ‘a church.’ But it is more about lifestyle than planning and more about listening to God than following someone else’s map. Still, there is an intentionality that can move us forward. These five rhythms become essential to discovering how God would have us walk with him in the growth of his church. There are many tools and methods for walking out each of these rhythms (perhaps a subject for another post), but through prayer and listening, God is able to lead us to those tools and methods that will be best for our context.
When we are diligent about walking out these rhythms, God will lead:
1. Godward Rhythm: How can I root myself more deeply in His love?
2. Missional Rhythm: What field(s) am I assigned to sow in? Where is my Calcutta? Who is my next 'person of peace?'
3. Discipleship Rhythm: Who has God provided to mentor/disciple me? Who can I invite into a discovery, encounter with God through His word to walk alongside as he/she learns to follow God for himself/herself?
4. Community Rhythm: Who am I called to build one-another community with?
5. Reproductive Rhythm: How am I empowering my disciples & community to do the same (#1 - #4)?
These are the Five basic DNA elements of the living church and five rhythms to help guide us.
All quotes are from the Simple/House Church Revolution book. Posted by Roger Thoman March 01, 2017
Knowing for yourself exist to encourage others to “know for themselves” by challenging truth seekers to think for themselves, to prayerfully search the scriptures, and to know, accept, and follow God, not men, not men’s priesthoods, not men’s denominations, or so called spiritual leaders or spiritual organizations, only God, Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit our true Teacher Comforter and Guide.
Remember…God "split the Vail in the Temple" and now we may go directly before God throne while we were yet not able to abide His glory but soon if you will have it, Gods lightning will "split the heavens" upon Messiah return and we shall be caught up to be with him as He brings peace to this troubled fallen world. Amen.
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For where two or three are gathered together
in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Matthew 18:20 (KJV)
To all Pastors and all Denominations:
Begin teaching this is NOW!!
" Fathers, it is an honor and your responsibility from God.....
Pray with those in your family together and with them individually.
Administer blessings for those in your family by the laying on of hands....
and baptize those in your family into the Body of Christ."
“ What we now accept as Christianity is vastly different from what first century Believers practiced and believed. Mans "Churches" have been instituted by men who "assumed to themselves authority" and "ordained one another" with their "priesthoods" to control others. Scriptures clearly teach the Church is: Jesus Christ, Believers, and their True Teacher, Comforter, and Guide, God's Holy Spirit! "
" Why then do we go to a mere man, when we can go directly to God through His Son, our High Priest?
We need to return to the pattern of the church as followed by first century Believers. ”
Is there really a war against the family?
Wording in the government document was later modified but I have included this link, which clearly demonstrates
how far they will go against the Family if they can get away with it.
"Not Often, but every once in a while, God brings us to a major turning point, a great crossroads in our life. From that point we either go more and more toward a slow, lazy and useless Christian life, or we become more and more on fire, giving our utmost for His highest, our best for His glory." - Oswald Chambers
Study Gods Written Word relying upon your True Teacher and Comforter, His Holy Spirit who will enlighten and Guide you in all things.
"Fear (having the understanding and awareness of gods eternal majesty and power) is the beginning of wisdom and love cast out all fear."
Gods true pattern for His Church.
The Church: Jesus Christ, Born Again Believers having
Gods Holy Spirit, our true Teacher, Comforter, and Guide.
God establishes His Church:
God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
sharing Gods message and plan to mankind.
Jesus Christ is born and begins His ministry
fulfilling those things that were written of Him in Torah and Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
The Gospel of Repentance and Salvation is proclaimed to
mankind: We are saved by faith through Jesus Christ,
are Born Again, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,
and are adoption as Sons and Daughters into the Kingdom of God.
The early Church begins,
Christ calls his apostles,
The Gospel is preached by the Apostles (men who actually new and walked with Christ),
The priesthood of Believers established,
Churches are in Believer’s homes (families) the corner stone being Jesus Christ and the families of Believers.
Believes grow in the gospel teaching their children and on another.
Men are the spiritual leader in the home
Gospel taught and lived in the home.
Fathers teach, bless, and baptize their wife and children.
Families observe the lords supper in the home.
Families share the Gospel in their daily lives associating with others.
Others accepting Christ then duplicate what they have experience with others.
Believers’ begin sharing the Good News, house to house, community to community, region to region into the known world.
Believers take care of their families in sickness, in health, and as they advance in age...and come together (as an Assembly - group) to do the same for fellow Believers and others.
Believers teach, help, and assist family members (and others) to become self sufficient and not to be a burden on others.
Much more can be said here but I leave it up to you Dear Reader to continue the ways the Family and others can benefit when God's Church is lived.
Jesus Christ dies for the sins of the world.
Apostles not understanding scatter when Christ is though dead.
The Temple Vail is torn (by God) from the top to the bottom signifying that we may approach God ourselves without the need of Priest, Ceremonies, or Temples.
From the beginning starting with Adam the Patriarchs, Prophets, Laws, Priest, purification ceremonies and sin sacrifices all testified and pointed to the coming of Messiah, Jesus Christ who would take away the sins of the World.
The old covenant with its many purification ceremonies, sin sacrifices, temples, and priesthoods is now fulfilled in Christ, our New Living Covenant.
Apostles then gathered after the resurrected by Christ,
Receive final instructions,
Apostles boldly teach throughout the world,
Two were replaced by who had known Christ while He walked upon the earth,
Apostles martyred leaving the Priesthood of believers and church houses,
First century Believers’ house churches go underground,
Wolves enter the church and the church devolves,
Men wax worse and worse,
We now enter the end of the church age and have been warned to flee mans godless churches and the coming one world religion.
Post 1 and 2 provide an overview of the Church and where it is going.
Posts 3 and 4 specifically relate to the topic of - God's pattern for His Church.
Conspiracies and Apostasy:
The last Reformation - Revival - and The Restoration Of All Things.
Returning to the original pattern of the "Church".
A message to Christians, Pastors and all Denominations.
Paul wrote concerning Jesus Christ:
"In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" Colossians 2:3 KJV
Why then do we continue following man's human wisdom and understanding?
When we have Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit our true Teacher, Guide, Comforter and the Written Word.
"To everything there is a time and a season......."
Is it just a coincidence that these two news releases came out at the same time?
What is happening ?
How will it happen ?
When will it happen ?
Where will it happen ?
Why will it happen ?
Who will bring about the change ?
WHO SHALL YOU FOLLOW ?
We shall be Adopted into God's family as His sons and daughters throughout eternity.
“The Information Age technocentric concept of being “connected” is a paradox of disconnection causing us to lose control of our instinctual drives for social cohesion, allegiance and selflessness. As our dependency upon Information and Communications Technology (ICT) grows, spreading throughout our collective human consciousness, the less we care for our neighbors and the more we delude ourselves into thinking that online connections are far more valuable than reality based relationships.”
Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. (2014)
The Church - Knowing For Yourself Not About Religion - Bible Study - Knowing For Yourself Truth - Seekers
The last Reformation - Revival - and The Restoration Of All Things.
Returning to the original pattern of the "Church", a message to
Christians, Pastors and all Denominations.
Links are given from various resources to expand upon what is written. Access links as you read the post then depending upon your familiarity with the subject decide to continue reading or save it for later. There are some charts you may wish to save.
I realize what I am writing regarding fallen Christianity will be viewed as harsh. Please remember I am referring to those who over the centuries entered into the church as wolves in sheep's clothing . They are responsible for the lies, false doctrine, and much suffering and death willfully deceiving believers in order to satisfy their greed and lust for power over others rather then the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. They established man’s churches thereby dividing Believers one against another and formed political alliances all of which led to great evil and suffering and persecutions and wars. As I write these words the church age is coming to an end. These wolves are now organizing a one world religion preparing for the last battle upon the return of Messiah, the hope of mankind.
Truly, what is written in not referring to the multitudes of humble Believers who over centuries (and now) place their faith in Jesus Christ. It is these brothers and sisters who truly accepted the message of Christ who then witnessed to others, suffered for their faith, completed missions, lived for God with the knowledge and faith they had, built hospitals, built schools, and performed numerous selfless works in the name of Jesus Christ of which scriptures are clear and I testify. God sees within their hearts, their minds, and their souls. Nothing can separate them from Gods love, mercy, and salvation. Amen.
NOW REGARDING MAN’S CHURCHES:
Therefore 'Come out from among them and be separate,' says the Lord. 'Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,' says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
"...do not be conformed to this world.... Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good." Romans 12:2, 9
These posts are a guide to overcome the false teachings of those representing themselves as "Christians" or Christian Leaders” and others who teach doctrines diametrically opposed to the message of Jesus Christ. Modern liberal activist churches and seminaries increasingly do not believe what they teach or preach. Their agenda is to promote and lead people to accept that all faiths lead to the same God in order to establish an all-inclusive United World Religion. They may view themselves as sincere but they are sincerely wrong and deceived by the Prince of this world. Yes, that same spiritual entity who had the impudence to temp Jesus Christ.
What we here-to-fore inherited and accepted as the Church is actually a “re-imaged” church which is very different than what first century Believers recognized and understood. For centuries continuing into the modern age Gods original pattern for His church was “distorted”. Now as man’s church age draws to a close what has been accepted as the church needs to be redeemed (if possible) and conformed to Gods original pattern.
The need for such change will be considered as an attack and viewed as offensive by those entangled in century old distorted beliefs held by Church Congregations, Pastors, Ministers, Denominational Leaders, Progressive Seminaries, and Theologians. Does this mean we abandon “all churches”? Not so if pastors, congregations, and their denominational or non-denominational leaders will return to Gods original design and purpose for His Church as chronicled in Scriptures.
God’s church is a living church of True Believers, Followers of Jesus Christ, edified by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit their true Teacher, Comforter and Guide, all of which was ordained from the beginning and will continue throughout the eternities.
It will take a revival within man’s denominational and non-denominational Churches, its ministers, church authorities, and for the most part individual churchgoers who through prayer and searching Gods Word are found knowing for themselves. Can this happen? Yes, but only through the power of the Holy Spirit and True Believers returning to Gods pattern for His Church. Our contribution is to share the message and encourage others to search the Scriptures for themselves.
The circumstances causing people to leave “churches” are varied and upon leaving Believers find themselves on their own, have serious doubts, and wonder what happened? What in the world is going on? Where do I go from here? When this occurred in my life over time I became fully persuaded the only answer is a complete reliance upon “God and God alone”. As is written in the Scriptures: "God will do what is right” and “tho He slay me I will follow Him”.
> Churchgoers, Pastors, and Church Leaders are you ready for reformation?
> Scriptures plainly teach mans church's will become more corrupt as we draw closer to the end of the age.
> Pastors and leaders is your church following Gods Pattern for His Church?
> The time grows short, the deception grows stronger, the battle is intensifying.
> The end time persecution of True Believing Christians - has begun.
The following principles are not open to compromise or subject to change by man's churches or assumed authority.
Pastors and Believers:
* Are you ready to leave Babylon?
* Are you ready to return to Gods pattern for His Church?
* Are you ready to recognize and truly accept the Family as God established it?
* Are you ready to accept Gods delegated responsibilities for family members?
* Are you ready to acknowledge the Priesthood of Believers as God established it?
* Are you ready to acknowledge fathers as the Spiritual leader and teacher within the home who prayers and blesses his wife and children
with the laying on of hands and baptizing family members?
* Are you pastors/ministers and churches ready to accept Gods ordained pattern of His church?
* Are you ready pastors/ministers/and church member to be the father that God would have you be?
If anyone will earnestly pray and study Gods Word they will come to an understanding of these things. However if we because of fear or our unwillingness to leave Babylon we are warned:
“…. in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear
Matthew 13:14-16 (KJV)
You may be now thinking who is this passing judgment on others? Not so. Look at the spiritual carnage in the world something is very wrong and something needs to change.
Read and search the scripture’s for yourself earnestly praying for Gods Spirit to Guide you.
Ask yourself which is closer to Gods way, man’s organized religions and assumed authority or Gods Pattern for His Church?
Dear Reader this is not to be taken lightly and it’s between you and God.
Man’s self-defined churches.
Churches established by men began after
the Ascension of Jesus Christ
and death of His Apostles.
Consider the following:
Except for two men who were able to meet the condition of actually being with Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry no other Apostles were appointed to the Church after the Apostles were martyred.
After Christ return into the heavens as forewarned first century Believers experienced tremendous persecution throughout the known world. They were hatred and persecuted for their faith in Christ, beaten, lived in poverty, forced to live in hiding and put to death.
There are no scriptural references that inform us Christ or His Apostles instructed Believers to collect and set aside finances to construct church building, temple, synagogue, or any religious structure to worship in. This would beyond their ability given the persecution they were suffering.
Then men from various backgrounds, opinions, and beliefs (many having their own agendas) meet in order to establish what over time, would become man’s churches for over a thousand years to this present day.
Over time and what is historically referred to “as the dark ages” the sublime message of Jesus Christ of God’s love and redemption, was withheld from the people. What was accepted as the Church (man’s church) was a corrupt, twisted, religious organization which existed until the Reformation. It was not until the Reformation that the light of God’s word again penetrated the darkness....“Scriptures only and Salvation by Grace alone.”
From this background we now have inherited various Christian Denominations and thousands of so called Christian non-Denominational churches of every strip, color, and flavor, a literal plethora (overabundance) of so called Christian churches, having the following in common to one degree or another: exalted spiritual leaders with titles such President, Prophet, Pope, etc. assuming Divine authority and the right to rule over others.
They assume priesthoods (divine authority) for themselves or derived them from others who ordain them, forming a clergy with pastors, ministers, etc. for their particular denomination or tribe.
They say they believe the Bible but preach and teach their own doctrines, leaving out others, re-interpret others or deliberately teach falls doctrines, for their own gain and power. Living lavishly off the donation of others including the very poor.
They hold they have the authority to baptize, bless, and hold communion.
They gather finances (many in the millions) for purchasing land and the construction of Churches.
In addition to observing the Sabbath mans church is involved in many areas:
Pastors prepare sermons,
visits the sick,
visits those with spiritual needs,
interact with leaders in the community and others,
meets with Elders to oversee church finances,
resolves conflicts within the congregation,
manage financial issues,
plan and budgets yearly operating expenses,
provides staffing for daily maintenance of the church,
provides for cleaning of church property,
and paying utilities, etc.
Support missionary programs
Provide church greeters,
Parking lot attendants,
Organizing and supervising the teaching of investigators,
Organizing and supervising the teaching of new believers,
Organizing and supervising the Teaching of men’s Bible classes,
Organizing and supervising the teaching of women's bible classes,
Organizing and supervising teenage bible Classes,
Organizing and supervising children's bible classes,
Men’s attendance at weekly meetings,
Women’s attendance at weekly meetings,
Establish Worship Teams,
Support and attend summer programs and bible schools,
Attend and participate in Holiday Church programs,
Attend Regional Church meetings,
Attend and participate in extra-curricular sports and outings,
Attend Christian music concerts and dances,
Staff the church library,
Support bake or craft sales to raise funds,
Support sales of books, cd’s, self-help manuals, and alike.
NOTE: This is just a partial list.
Oh...let's not forget those attending church are paying for the building mortgage, insurance, upkeep, pastors wages, and all those special programs and missionary programs...to name a few.
Those paying for all the above are mostly families where both parents work, children are sent to daycare, a baby sitters, or sent to school, and some are latch doors kids (kids that come home to empty houses until the parents get off work). This is not Gods way.
Remember the Pastor also needs to be a loving husband and father providing for, raising, teaching, and protecting his family spiritually, emotionally, and physically as God would have us do.
Are we surprised that pastors who truly felt called to the ministry leave discouraged within a few years? And in many instances the same applies for church members who leave.
Because they came to recognize and understand something is wrong..…very wrong.....that something being.....
IT'S NOT GOD'S CHURCH.
It is time for families to be reunited in Jesus Christ as God intended. Man's self-established churches (because of ignorance or intention) cannot continue using Gods Families to be exploited, socialized into oblivion, driven into collective servitude (spiritual slavery) blindly serving man's churches not God's Church.
The last Reformation - Revival - and The Restoration Of All Things.
Returning to the original pattern of the "Church",
a message to Christians, Pastors and all Denominations.
What is happening?
A call for Jews, Christians, and Muslims to share the Temple Mount?
Is it not curious that as we enter the end of mans “church age” denominations and evangelical churches are being deceived, leaving their first love, and uniting with the emerging World Federation of Religions? We have been forewarned to “flee Babylon” (men’s end time church systems) prior to the return of Jesus Christ. We are encouraged to know the season of His return but no man knows the hour. Dear Reader we are to be anticipating Christ returning for His Church which is: Jesus Christ and True Believers possessing the indwelling of the Holy Spirit our true Teacher, Comforter and Guide, and His written Word. As we enter into the end of man’s religious systems what are we to do? If we flee from end time churches what shall we go?
Does the left hate Christianity?
The revolt against Gods values:
Sacrificing children to Moloch:
Slavery in the world today:
The new Pragmatism
Our spiritual slide:
Modern Christianity tainted with paganism:
Church’s uniting anything goes:
RCC Pope and one world religion:
The way it used to be?
Turning us against one another:
Hating whites or anyone else:
A black pastor speaks out:
Every man, women, and child is a unique individual (soul) gifted by God. Just as the "internet of things" is occurring so is the “Godless Technocracy of Humanity” which seeks to “de-construct” each of us. The Prince and his followers seek to literately rewrite and re-image Gods creation so that we accept the last day’s political/religious/financial world system now being assembled by the Prince of this world to be implemented by his followers.
The plan is the appropriation of existing governments, religions, financial institutions, communications, education, businesses, health care, media, entertainment, food production, military, commerce, the weather, and above all the Family into a Godless world system.
But….." Worry not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: worry not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth." Psalm 37:1-2, 7-9 (KJV)
How will it happen?
Teaching all religions lead to the same God is not based on fact. They are derived from feelings (or design) leading to a misdirected desire for a new-age-humanistic "oneness." Is it any wonder the world is plunging into moral oblivion?
Nonetheless it was agreed by those in positions of influence not to hurt anyone’s "feelings". They have been very careful not to define what "is" actually “is”, or what is real or what is an allusion, what is true or what is not true, or what is right or wrong. And as we have been taught truth is relevant. My truth is not necessarily your truth therefore we must be tolerant regardless of how many truths are found or how we feel about them, whatever they may be?
The Prince teaches if you do not “feel” or “believe” something is true, than for you it’s not true. It is your right to define truth as you think, believe, or feel it is and it is your right to define and defend your truth regardless of the same self-reasoned truths of of others because each is as valid as yours and everyone else.
There now. We can all safely go back to our self-defined comfortable deceptions and everything will take care of itself. Everything will be just roses and we will all be happy? Of course we all know “it's” not true? Don’t we? Sadly many go through life believing truth is relevant never asking the question: Consider carefully: The statement that truth is relevant declares itself as relevant....therefore has no validity.
Back to how will it happen?
“The Church and the World walked far apart;
On the changing shores of time,
The World was singing a giddy song,
And the Church a hymn sublime.
“Come, give me your hand,” said the merry World,
“And walk with me this way!”
But the faithful Church hid her gentle hands
And solemnly answered “Nay!
I will not give you my hand at all,
And I will not walk with you;
Your way is the way that leads to death;
Your words are all untrue.”
“Nay, walk with me but a little space,”
Said the World with a kindly air;
“The road I walk is a pleasant road,
And the sun shines always there.
Your path is thorny and rough and rude,
But mine is broad and plain;
My way is paved with flowers and dews,
And yours with tears and pain.
The sky to me is always blue,
No want, no toil I know;
The sky above you is always dark,
Your lot is a lot of woe.
There’s room enough for you and me
To travel side by side.”
Half shyly the Church approached the World
And gave him her hand of snow;
And the old World grasped it and walked along,
Saying, in accents low:
“Your dress is too simple to please my taste;
I will give you pearls to wear,
Rich velvet's and silks for your graceful form,
And diamonds to deck your hair.”
The Church looked down at her plain white robes,
And then at the dazzling World,
And blushed as she saw his handsome lip
With a smile contemptuous curled.
“I will change my dress for a costlier one,”
Said the Church, with a smile of grace;
Then her pure white garments drifted away,
And the World gave, in their place,
Beautiful satins and shining silks,
Roses and gems and costly pearls;
While over her forehead her bright hair fell
Crisped in a thousand curls.
“Your house is too plain,” said the proud old World,
“I’ll build you one like mine;
With walls of marble and towers of gold,
And furniture ever so fine.”
So he built her a costly and beautiful house;
Most splendid it was to behold;
Her sons and her beautiful daughters dwelt there
Gleaming in purple and gold.
Rich fairs and shows in the halls were held,
And the World and his children were there.
Laughter and music and feasts were heard
In the place that was meant for prayer.
There-were cushioned seats for the rich and the gay,
To sit in their pomp and pride;
But the poor who were clad in shabby array,
Sat meekly down outside.
“You give too much to the poor,” said the World.
“Far more than you ought to do;
If they are in need of shelter and food,
Why need it trouble you?
Go, take your money and buy rich robes,
Buy horses and carriages fine;
Buy pearls and jewels and dainty food,
Buy the rarest and costliest wine.
My children, they dote on all these things,
And if you their love would win
You must do as they do, and walk in the ways
That they are walking in.”
So the poor were turned from her door in scorn,
And she heard not the orphan’s cry;
But she drew her beautiful robes aside,
As the widows went weeping by.
Then the sons of the World and the Sons of the Church
Walked closely hand and heart,
And only the Master, who knoweth all,
Could tell the two apart.
Then the Church sat down at her ease, and said,
“I am rich and my goods increase;
I have need of nothing, or aught to do,
But to laugh, and dance, and feast.”
The sly World heard, and he laughed in his sleeve,
And mockingly said, aside:
“The Church is fallen, the beautiful Church;
And her shame is her boast and her pride.”
The angel drew near to the mercy seat,
And whispered in sighs her name;
Then the loud anthems of rapture were hushed,
And heads were covered with shame.
And a voice was heard at last by the Church
From Him who sat on the throne:
“I know thy works, and how thou hast said,
‘I am rich, and hast not known
That thou art naked, poor and blind,
And wretched before my face;’
Therefore from my presence cast I thee out,
And blot thy name from its place.”
Matilda C. Edwards Best Loved Poems (Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing, 1936), pages 345-347. Not listed among those that required reprint permission.
It could happen to you.
It’s happening here and in other countries.
America reaching a tipping point and may look like a third world country.
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Malachi 4:6 (KJV)
Priorities of Believers: God, Family, Community, the World.
The Family and Believers are under attack.
Husbands and Wives divorcing leaving children to suffer the consequences "into the third and fourth generations."
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Responsibilities of husbands and wives:
Responsibilities of Husbands:
Responsibilities of Wives:
Responsibilities of Children:
“A wise youth accepts his father’s rebuke; a young mocker doesn’t.” Proverbs 13:1
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and you may live long on the earth.
And, ye fathers provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians Chapter 6: 1-4
Needs of Children:
Children’s Responsibilities to Parent
Discipline of Children:
The last Reformation - Revival - and The Restoration Of All Things.
Returning to the original pattern of the "Church",
a message to Christians, Pastors and all Denominations.
WHO THAN SHALL WE FOLLOW?
"And they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, 'Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. "So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done." Acts 4:18-21
Man's Church's are divided:
They held a meeting and decided we all worship the same God.
Dear Reader do you now understand the seriousness of the problem?
Will you follow apostates and pagans or Jesus Christ?
1 Corinthians Chapter 1 (KJV Bible)
Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; .by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you who say, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are 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. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That according as it is written, He that glorifies, let him glory in the Lord."
"...you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine." Leviticus 20:26
"Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God.
As God has said: 'I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.' Therefore 'Come out from among them and be separate,' says the Lord. 'Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,' says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Standing alone with God
Insights into Christianity
“It’s not about man’s religion, Churches, or Denominations - it never was”.
God: Creator, Father, Law Giver, Savior, Teacher, Comforter and our Guide.
God: Established marriage between a man and women.
God: Established the Family, its sacredness and the sanctity of life.
God: Designated specific responsibilities and callings for Husbands, Wives, & Children.
God: Designated men to be the Spiritual Leader of the Family. Dear Reader keep reading and you will soon understand why.
God: Established the Priesthood of Believers’.
The Church: Jesus Christ, and Born Again Believers having the indwelling the Holy Spirit, our True Comforter, Teacher, and Guide.
The Church: The Family and Assembly of Fellow Believers.
The Church: Not about buildings, man’s priesthoods, or denominations.
- Pastors no longer have to neglect their own wives and children?
- Pastors no longer have to fear (loosing their position as Pastor) for preaching the truth even to their church members?
- Pastors no longer have to be concerned with raising more and more money for the Church?
- Pastors no longer have to babysit those who never grow spiritually?
- Pastors no longer have to become involved in “church politics”?
- Pastors no longer have to deal with are the seats comfy, preparing perfect
sermons to increase offerings, additional funding for building programs, daily expenses,
worship music, counseling, parking lots, greeters, counseling church members, sports and activity programs,
summer bible schools, hurt feelings, backbiting, building maintenance.....just to name a few things pastors are responsible for.
- Fathers were truly the spiritual leader of the Family as taught in Scriptures?
- Fathers provided for and protected their Families (spiritually and physically) cherishing their wives and children?
- Wives stood with their husbands co-equal in their responsibilities as ordained by God and taught in Scriptures?
- Wives and husband brought up their children as God instructed?
- Children absolutely knew their parents loved and cared for them?
- Children learned by the example of Godly parents?
- Children were taught to read and understand the Bible at an early age in the home, rather than from someone else?
- Children were instructed in the home how to discern truth and think for themselves.
(Think about how this would form bonds between family members.)
How can a pastor or minister with a family truly be effective managing all of the above?
The short answer they cannot. Why?
Because it can only be achieved by following the pattern of Gods Church.