‘Isaiah 5:20’

                         

In the fifth chapter of first epistle to the church at Corinth the Apostle Paul addressed a condition of unrepentant sin that was running rampant in the church. 1 Corinthians 5:1-8 The Spirit was saddened that instead of the church having a spirit of remorse, that it was rather the proud. The exhortation that was penned by the Apostle but directed by the Spirit for such a situation was that the one doing this deed “might be taken away from among the body of believers, that he might be turned over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh”. There are times when those in the church must be removed for the welfare of the entire body.

Now this is a very difficult situation to address in the church but the Spirit of God understands that if sin is allowed to remain in the church and that unchecked by the Spirit of Truth and the Word of Truth, that the same sin will not only flourish, but will spread as doth a cancer, so it is imperative that it be removed for the well being of the whole body.

What we are seeing taking place in the Episcopal Church of Pittsburgh is not what God intended when he said “that the one doing this deed might be taken away from among the body of believers”.

Episcopal Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, whose diocese is moving toward splitting from the national church, was ousted from ministry this week by his fellow bishops. The House of Bishops voted 88-35, with four abstentions, to remove Duncan on a charge of “abandonment of the communion of this church.”

Bible-believing bishop thrown out by Episcopal leaders- OneNewsNow

We are living in a day when sin is running those who choose to stand upon the firm foundation of God’s word from among the body, and that is oft times coming from behind the pulpits. Sad but true. Isaiah saw the same in the day God sent him to prophesy to Israel.

Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitterness for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20

What Isaiah saw in his day, we are seeing to day. Sin that has been identified in the black and white is now being accepted and those who attempt to check this unrepentant sin with the truth of God’s word is lambasted until they are removed.

Now it is important to note that this did digression did not occur over night, it grew and festered as doth a cancer. The Episcopal Church is the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, a 77 million-member fellowship of churches that trace their roots to the Church of England. We have seen the downward spiral from this denomination from the truth of God’s word for some years now.

The article goes on to say…

The Pittsburgh diocese said in a statement it will move ahead with the Oct. 4 secession vote despite Duncan’s removal. If the diocese decides to split off, it will align with the like-minded Anglican Province of the Southern Cone in South America, which has already taken in Duncan as a bishop.

Thank the Lord that there is still a firm foundation for Bishop Duncan to stand upon with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone in South America. This is just more evidence to the apostasy of the the church in America.

malachi

‘what does the enemy of the cross look like?’

 

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I receive (via email) these daily thoughts from the  vom groups extreme devotion. They are packed with testimonies of believers that have given their all for the cause of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Click on the above [persecution.com] to subscribe to this daily spiritual brief. Then, please pray for our brothers and sisters that are embedded in the fire of persecution.

“One day the teacher told us that we would play a special game. She whispered to us about a special book that our parents may have hidden in our homes. We were to wait until our parents went to sleep, search for this book, and secretly bring it to school the following day for a special surprise. I went home and immediately began searching for the book.

    “The next day I was one of fourteen children who brought the black book, a Bible, to class. We were awarded bright red scarves, and the other students clapped as the teacher paraded us around the room.
    “I ran home that afternoon because I was so excited to tell my mother how I had won the red scarf. She wasn’t in the house or the barn. I waited, but neither she nor my father came home, and I began to get scared. I was hungry and it was becoming dark. I began to feel sick inside, and I fell asleep in a chair.
    “The next day police officers came and informed me that I was now in the care of the government. I never saw my parents again.”
    An elderly woman from North Korea relayed this story. She never heard from her parents and is still struggling to find forgiveness. She is only one of many who have gone through such trials.

Contrary to a popular caricature, the devil does not appear in a red suit, poised with a pitchfork. We would easily recognize such an obvious overture to evil. However, like the child in this story, we often come across him in a different light. The enemy representatives are often impressive people in high places. Consider the influence of a smooth-talking business partner. Or imagine the power a university professor wields in the name of academia. As the child in this story discovered, the enemy plays dirty. We must put away naiveté and be on guard against the enemy wherever we come across him and his representatives. Are you easy prey for the enemy? Or will he find you alert and on guard? Voice of the Martyrs, Extreme Devotion

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

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‘biblical apologetics….. on the modern day front’

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a·pol·o·get·ics / [uh-pol-uhjet-iks]

–noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of theology concerned with the defense or proof of Christianity.

September 14, 2008

THE Church of England will make an official apology to naturalist Charles Darwin for criticising his famous theory of evolution. news.com.au

Coming 126 years after his death, the church’s apology will focus on how wrong it was for senior bishops in the past to misunderstand and attack Darwin’s theory about man being descended from apes.

Senior church officials will post the apology in the form of an article written by the Reverend Dr Malcolm Brown on the church’s website tomorrow.

“Charles Darwin, 200 years from your birth (in 1809), the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still,” the article says, according to extracts printed by The Mail on Sunday newspaper.

“But the struggle for your reputation is not over yet, and the problem is not just your religious opponents but those who falsely claim you in support of their own interests.”

But the apology by Dr Brown, who is the director of mission and public affairs of the Archbishops’ Council, has been dismissed as “pointless” by Darwin’s great great grandson Andrew Darwin.

“Why bother? he said.

“When an apology is made after 200 years, it’s not so much to right a wrong, but to make the person or organisation making the apology feel better.”

But Dr Brown says everyone makes mistakes, the church included.

“When a big new idea emerges that changes the way people look at the world, it’s easy to feel that every old idea, every certainty, is under attack and then to do battle against the new insights,” he writes.

“The church made that mistake with Galileo’s astronomy and has since realised its error.

“Some Church people did it again in the 1860s with Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

“So it is important to think again about Darwin’s impact on religious thinking, then and now.”

Dr Brown said there was nothing incompatible between Darwin’s scientific theories and Christian teaching.

We are living in the day my friend where the church feels it necessary to apologize for the word of God….  Wonder how long it will take the ‘Church of England to make an official apology’ to God for standing upon such blasphemous theology in the past?

malachi