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The Church Is In Apostasy

Posted by soldierservant on November 10, 2007

This is a very telling statement about the condition of the church.It is
good to get this on the blogs but also would be a good idea to send this
out to various pastors and religious leaders to force them to decide
which side they are on.It is curious if you get any response.I do this
all the time but with no responses at all.

Brothers, it is time we take a strong stand for Christ.Jesus said
that any who put their hand to the plow and looks back is not worthy of
him.What has happened?Is everything alright?I hope to hear from you
soon.Doctrinal differences matter very little.Every true God-fearing
believer needs to speak up now or face God’s wrath.The bible makes it
very clear that you cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and drink from
the cup of demons too.This is exactly what the bushbots are doing.I read
Ann Coulter’s interview and she was equating republicanism with
christianity.This is a complete lie because it is open knowledge that
the republican party is full of
catholics,mormons,buddhists,newagers,heathens, and homosexuals,all of
which are idolaters and perverts.To show how twisted Ann’s thinking is
in that interview she equated heaven to a republican convention.She
proves she worships at the altar of republicanism.What is there not to
understand when the bible is very clear that no idolaters will make it
to heaven?You either believe God’s word or you don’t.If you don’t
believe God’s word then why pretend to be christian?Nobody is a true
follower of Christ if they do not believe that he is the only way.

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“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be
revealed, the son of perdition.” (II Thess. 2:3)

This passage of Scripture has been one of the most subjectively
interpreted verses of the entire New Testament. Early Christians
believed various Caesars to be the predicted “man of sin.” During the
Dark Ages and into the Reformation age, many Christians believed
various popes to be the predicted “man of sin.” In Arabia around 600
AD, many Christians believed Mohammed to be the “man of sin.” During
our War for Independence, many Christians believed old King George to
be the “man of sin.” During the Twentieth Century, many Christians
wondered if Hitler or Stalin could be the dreaded “man of sin.” Today,
many Christians (including this writer) believe that the predicted
“man of sin” is none other than a coming Antichrist.

However, regardless of one’s interpretation of who the “man of sin”
is, there is no doubt about Paul’s prediction that before this man
comes, there will be a great “falling away first.” By “a falling
away,” Paul was clearly referring to a state or condition of
“apostasy.” Paul is saying that before the “man of sin” (whoever he
is) will be able to seduce and deceive humanity, the church will fall
into apostasy.

By definition, apostasy is the condition of those who once (in some
degree) embraced the truth, but have now abandoned or forsaken it.
Obviously, this applies only to professing Christians. Infidels,
agnostics, and unbelievers have no profession from which to
apostatize.

Accordingly, whether on a local or universal scale, before various men
of sin can seduce and deceive their respective societies, the Church
must first be in a state of apostasy. Saying it another way: churches
that are sound in the faith, strong in truth, and steadfast in the
Word serve as a resistance and retardant to evil men. No wonder the
Lord Jesus said we Christians are “the salt of the earth.”

That said, I am personally convinced that, by and large, the churches
of America (regardless of denomination) are in a state of apostasy.
And as such, offer little or no resistance to the men of sin who seek
to seduce and deceive our people.

When a professing Christian President can openly acknowledge his
belief in universalism and attack the supreme doctrine of
Christianity, that Jesus Christ is the Creator-God become flesh, and
there is not an uproar of protestation and denunciation from pulpits
all over the country, the church is in a state of apostasy. And that
is exactly what has taken place.

When interviewed by ABC’s Charles Gibson, President George W. Bush
revealed his lack of even basic understanding of Christian doctrine.
Here is a verbatim transcript from that interview:

Q.  “Do we all worship the same God, Christian and Muslim?”
A.  “I think we do. We have different routes of getting to the
Almighty.”

Q.  “Do Christians and non-Christians and Muslims go to heaven in your
mind?”
A.  “Yes they do. We have different routes of getting there.”

Then, just a few days ago, President Bush, in an interview with Al
Arabiya television, said, “I believe in an almighty God, and I believe
that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other
religion, prays to the same God.” In the same interview he said, “I
believe there is a universal God. I believe the God that the Muslim
prays to is the same God that I pray to. After all, we all came from
Abraham. I believe in that universality.”

Obviously, George W. Bush is a universalist. His confession is not
that of a Christian, but that of a universalist. Any true Christian
knows that there is but one mediator between God and man: Christ
Jesus. Any true Christian knows that Jesus is the incarnate God–the
Creator-God become flesh. Any true Christian knows that Jesus and the
Father are one. Any true Christian knows that there is salvation in no
other name, no other god. Any true Christian knows that no one has
access to God except through Jesus Christ. Any true Christian knows
that there is no God other than Jesus: that Jesus is the fullness of
the Godhead bodily. That is Christianity 101.

With the above understanding and because President Bush claims to be a
Christian, his statements should be regarded by Christians everywhere
as an admission of apostasy and an attack upon the fundamental
doctrine of Christ. Yet, there has been no reaction. No admonishments.
No calls for repentance. No warnings to Christians to reject such
heresy. No protestations whatsoever. Why? There is only one answer:
the church itself is in a state of apostasy!

I will say it plainly: today’s pastors and Christians seem to display
more loyalty and devotion to George W. Bush than they do to the Lord
Jesus Christ. This stands in stark contrast to Christians throughout
Church history.

Has the reader ever wondered why the early Christians were persecuted
by the Roman Empire? After all, the Roman Empire prided itself in
being one of the most tolerant and pluralistic of all societies.
People were free to worship any god they chose. There was complete
freedom of religion throughout the Empire. An old maxim said that
there were as many gods in Rome as there were people. Why, then, were
Christians singled out for persecution?

The reason Christians were persecuted while people of other beliefs
were not was not because they worshipped Jesus Christ. Obviously,
Jewish leaders persecuted the early Christians because of their hatred
of Jesus, which was due to the fact that He claimed to be their
Messiah and Savior–a claim they vehemently rejected. However, the
Roman Empire’s persecution of Christians was for an entirely different
matter.

Rome persecuted Christians because they believed that Jesus Christ was
the ONLY God. Under Roman law, Caesar was a god, equal to any other
god. Therefore, to be a good Roman, one had to worship Caesar. If one
chose to worship another deity, it was fine. As long as he also bowed
to Caesar. This was something the early Christians could not and would
not do.

You see, from the very beginning of Church history, Christians
believed that Jesus Christ was not a way, He was THE way; not a truth,
but THE truth; not a god, but THE God. And for this declaration, for
this conviction, and for this belief, early Christians were
persecuted, imprisoned, and fed to hungry lions.

Yet today, the Church of Jesus Christ sits silent and still when the
President of the United States, himself a professing Christian,
publicly denies the central doctrine of Christ and embraces the pagan
doctrine of universalism. Again, there is only one explanation: the
Church is in a state of apostasy.

Of course, as apostasy spreads throughout the country, the men of sin
will increase in strength and number. They will aggressively seek to
seduce and deceive the people–something they are already doing.
Furthermore, our Lord already instructed us as to what would happen
when such a condition occurs. He told us that when “the salt have lost
his savour . . . it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast
out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” (Matt. 5:13)

No wonder Jesus asked the question, “Nevertheless, when the Son of man
cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) Finding faith
and truth in the midst of apostasy would seem to be the challenge for
every true child of God these days.

(c) Chuck Baldwin chuck@chuckbaldwinlive.com

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