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We should remember the faith of the pilgrims

Posted: November 11, 2012 - 1:01am

Editor:

With Thanksgiving Day approaching, perhaps it could do us well to travel back to the year 1620.

America’s Christian forefathers, the Pilgrims, are preparing to set sail on their voyage to the so-called “New World.”

The Pilgrims dream of worshipping God in spirit and in truth, far from the Catholic-like Church of England and its oppressive partnership with the English Crown. ... The Pilgrims wish to live freely as English Christians.

Just before their departure, their pastor John Robinson launches them off with this charge: “...The Lord has more truth to break forth out of his Holy Word... Luther and Calvin were great shinning lights in their times, yet they penetrated not into the whole counsel of God, I beseech you, remember it, ’tis an article of your church covenant, that you be ready to receive whatever truth shall be made known to you from the written Word of God.”

A haunting requisition, especially when we consider that these many centuries after the Protestant Reformation, most believers in America are still having “church” in a manner that violates New Testament instructions.

In I Corinthians 14:29-31, we read where Paul, the Apostle, clearly instructs believers to “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If anything be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye all may prophesy one by one, that all may learn...”

This is check and balance. Two or three believers speaking during assembly, rather than just one career reverend guarding his position, promoting his building program and milking more money and activity out of “his” spiritually-starved congregation.

What’s more, according to Paul’s instructions, those listening are to be judging whether or not everything said is in agreement with God’s Word and spirit. If something regarding a matter is revealed to one sitting by, the one speaking is to pause and the other is to speak.

As you can imagine, gain-seekers looking to establish their own following would not fare well in this environment, nor would cultists or hard-core denominationalists.

Hence, under their preferred scheme of assembly, only one man is licensed to speak before the congregation. Everyone else must remain silent until church is over; nothing is revealed to anyone sitting by, and no one may ask a question. Presto: The perfect setting for corruption, manipulation, and outright deception.

Paul knew that men advertising themselves as spiritual experts (perhaps “doctors of theology” even) would dispute his instructions. Hence, in verse 37, he orders believers to remind such ones “...that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.”...

Where are the prophets? Perhaps their voices are being drowned out by the roar of temple-builders, hireling reverends and bought-off scribes–as they all clamor together for capacity crowds, full offering plates, and the ear-tickling “Amen.”

What’s more, don’t we all try to silence the prophets whenever we cling to our own sins?

May God help us to heed John Robinson’s charge to the Pilgrims, and may we become pilgrims more so ourselves – as we discern the signs of the times.

P.K. Fitzgerald

Harlem

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soapy_725

Exhort with great zeal P.K.

God's word has an answer for all questions. We have lived to see the day long predicted in church and even longer predicted in God's world. The day the words "Ichabod" (the presence of God is gone) was placed over the doorway to the former House of God. The visible church has chosen to be like the rest of the world. Teaching fairy tales and doctrines of men. Eating drinking and making merry. They have let the oil run from their lamps and now they cannot see. They are the salt that has lost its savor and can no longer prevent the decay of flesh. They have sold their souls for human acceptance. The praise of men. The church truly has believed many lies from the father of lies. But God's word says that every thing we believe must be shaken, tested, tried in fire, so we may know what is truly of God. It is a blessing that you may question your church. God declares it is your duty to try every spirit that draws you to believe something.

2 Timothy 3:1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

soapy_725

Satan has once again used God's word

to twist the truth. Judgement, like sin has become a bad word in the church world. Looking at the products of another's lifestyle. The vine appear to be a grape vine, but the fruit is "night shade".

A youth group with apparent good motives of worship feel "intimidated" in a traditional church setting. What would cause someone to be intimidated in church? Certain triggers words?. Sin, a Holy God, a Perfect Savior passion, heartfelt repentance, public confession of sin and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savoir, water baptisim? I remember as a child being intimidated by these words seven decades ago. This intimidation brought me to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. " Oh, we live in a different day. " God has not changed. Sin has not changed. Romans 10: 9&10 have not changed. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God has not changes. Depart from me I never knew you has not changed. Who is the liar? Who was the first to lie. Who is the father of lies?

I hope and pray that someone will see the error of the "church of no intimidation".

Little Lamb

Sunday School

What P.K. Fitzgerald is idealizing is a good, Bible-studying Sunday School class. There are plenty of them around here. He might want to visit one some day.

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