‘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.

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‘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?

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‘biblical ignorance brings forth a tepid spirit’

           

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Revelations 3:14-17

 

Confession: fewer know their Bible- smh.com.au

The latest reports reveal that biblical ignorance is abounding. It’s not that the church isn’t reading, it’s that they are not comprehending. Where there is no Spirit, there is no comprehension…

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God….

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‘the cost of discipleship, at least in Orissa…’

The early Christians were spiritual revolutionaries. In a society that worshiped idols and called those who refused “atheists,” Christians were a radical force that threatened Rome’s continuity. They went against the majority rule and so became a perceived threat to the Roman authority. They were hated so much that their deaths were not only numerous, but they were carried out with horrendous flair. Voice Of the Martyrs

I have found that when the Christian today chooses to walk so close to their Lord that the world has trouble distinguishing the difference in the believer and their Savior, that this vehement persecution of old exist today, and its vengeance is directed to His body for they cannot lay hold to Him.

Consider the Body of Christ in Orissa and please keep them lifted up in prayer to our faithful Lord.

Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. Hebrews 13:18

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‘lovest thou me, more than these?’

The Commission


I asked the Lord to help my neighbor,
And carry the gospel to distant lands,
And to comfort the sick, but he said to me,
If you love me, be my hands.

I asked the Lord to go to the dying,
And the orphan in the street,
And visit the prisoner, but he said to me,
If you love me, be my feet.

I asked the Lord to look to the poor,
And watch over each babe that cries,
And see each man’s need, but he said to me,
If you love me, be my eyes.

I said to the Lord, I want to serve you,
But I don’t know where to start.
To love is the answer, he said to me.
If you love me, be my heart.

G. SHIRIE WESTFALL

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So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. John 21:15-19

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‘the callousing effects of spiritual error’

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Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 1 Timothy 4:1-2

The Apostle Paul writing to the young pastor Timothy, warned him that in the later times the day would come when those in the church would depart from the faith and would follow seducing spirit and doctrines of devils. My friend, these later times mentioned in God’s word are hear!

Those following these seducing spirits shall find themselves immersed in lies and hypocrisy and having a conscience that is dull to spiritual truths, liken to the flesh that has been seared with a hot iron.

When someone sustained a serious laceration in that day, to control the bleeding the cut would be seared with a hot iron as a means of cauterizing the free bleeding veins. This would stop the bleeding, thereby saving the life, but the negative affects were that the nerve ending surrounding the injury would become desensitized to feeling.

This principle in true in a spiritual sense. The longer a society is immersed in spiritual error, the less likely they are to come out of it. The more desensitized the spirit becomes to truth, even in the face of blatant error.

To validate this point I would like for us to consider the events of the people of God in 722 BC.  The children of Israel sinned against the Lord their God and He allowed the king of Assyria to come up against Samaria and besiege it.

The children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the Lord. They built them high places, and set up images and grooves. They burnt incense in all the high places and wrought wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger. In essence  they left all the commandments of the Lord their God to satisfy the pleasure of sin for a season.

When Assyria laid hold to Samaria, we are told they brought in men from Babylon, Cuthah, Ava, Hamath and from Sepharvaim and placed them in the cities of Samaria. As they began to inner marry with the daughters of Israel they began to work a wicked work, so that the Lord sent lions among them which slew some of them.

Wherefore they spoke unto the king of Assyria saying….

“the nations which thou hast removed and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sen lions among them and behold they slay them, because they know not the manner of the God of the land”

So the King of Assyria said, bring one of the priest that had been carried away from Samaria and allow him to instruct in the manner of the God of the land. So one of the priest returned and taught the inhabitants of the land concerning the truths of God.

But instead of heeding the warnings of God’s word, we are told that they made gods of their own and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made. They made unto themselves of the lowest of them priest and sacrificed in the houses of the high place and served their own gods after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence. [Reference 2 Kings17]

So what can we learn from this? They had been immersed so long in error and false teaching, that when truth finally stood before them, that they had a spirit void of understanding, and that liken to a ‘searing of a hot iron’ so that their conscience was desensitized to anything but the same error they had immersed themselves in.

My friends, I am so scared that this is the condition of the church in America. We must pray that the church would repent and that we would turn from our sin and back to the truth of God’s word.

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