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We Are Witnessing the Great "Falling Away"!

Updated on January 1, 2018

The New Gospel Is Not Just the Cart Before the Horse, It Ignores the Horse Altogether.

The Church Has Adopted the World's Methodology.
The Church Has Adopted the World's Methodology. | Source

What's Wrong With the Song "Everyone Needs the Lord"?

(Editorial: I usually will not listen to today's Christian music as I find the majority of it an affront to Christ.) But...

Within the last week or so, I was flipping radio channels as I was commuting to work and I came across a "Christian" station playing the above song. It was just ending and the station's DJ began commenting on what a beautiful song it was and how powerful the message. Like a lightning bolt, something struck a chord within me as being very wrong with the song and the DJ's sappy comments. The song was a half-truth and as Alfred Tennyson once wrote; "...a half-truth is the blackest of all lies..."; the proverbial cart-before-the horse half-truth. It is a song befitting of the new gospel and for those who frequent the halls of their local beloved institutions of easy believism; kind of a Christianized folk song.

Think of the hackles that will be raised for my making such a cold, heartless comment. Surely, a person needs the Lord if they are ever to see heaven's shores...but what is it that the lost really need? They NEED to see that they are the blackest of all sinners, they are deserving of hell and they MUST repent. I am not going to go into a detailed doctrine of repentance, except to say the following: the Scriptures record three heartfelt prayers of men acknowledging their wickedness before God, followed by His unconditional forgiveness.

  • David - Psalms 51:
  • The publican - Luke 18:13-14
  • The thief on the cross - Luke 23:41-43

What do they all have in common? Their sin was a burden their soul's could not bear. I have been to countless baptisms in my nearly 50 years as a Christian and the one thing I have NOT heard in many years is the testimony of the agony of one who struggled with an unbearable sin problem. They may have got wet but whether they have been baptized with the Spirit remains to be seen.

What do we hear today? A "kinder, gentler" message of needing a friend in Jesus to make your life more rewarding and fulfilling. Repentance, hell and damnation are avoided topics as being too harsh, divisive and attacking the self-esteem of the individuals.

What do we see today? Crowds that put their "pastors" on pedestals and leave the work of the Gospel to the professional holy men. People without discernment in doctrine, dress, music, media and friends. Lack of faithfulness in marriage, love for the wealth of this world, without a vision (Proverbs 29:18) and NO hunger for the Word of God.

We ARE the Frogs Being Slowly Boiled in the New Gospel.

It is not an "event" but a process of God's judgment.
It is not an "event" but a process of God's judgment. | Source

Today's New Gospel - God's Trying the Hearts of Mankind.

First things first: my God is absolutely sovereign and this new age Gospel being perpetrated upon mankind has not taken Him by surprise but is according to His purposes to separate the wheat from the chaff.

For most of my Christian life, I have heard the above passage in 2nd Thessalonians being taught, preached and written in many a commentary, that this "great" falling away (apostasia 646 -to stand away) was a rejection of the Gospel, causing an exodus from the "church". The truth of the matter is quite the opposite: the unbelieving, those who reject the Truth or have bought the lie of easy believism are flocking to the churches. We have apostles, prophets, evangelists, healers, prosperity teachers and products of the sacred seminaries called pastors, reverends and the like heaping to themselves millions of people who love to have their ears tickled. We have a generation of men and women who believe that they are entitled to the worldly benefits that their new found profession affords them in both mammon and social notoriety. They are also blind to the fact that large portions of their followers are dead in their sins and those who names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life are suffering famine.

What is also common in the exposition of the Thessalonian's is the lack of attention the phrase "...except there come (erchomai 2064 ). The form of this Greek word is found in three other passages.

  • John 18:4 "Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come ..."
  • Philippians 1:12 Paul stated "...that the things which happen unto me have fallen-out rather unto the furtherance of the Gospel; ..."
  • Revelation 3:10 "Because thou hast kept the Word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."

We have lost the flavor of the passages spoken by our Lord that address the difference between the many and the few.

  • Matthew 7:13-14 "Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadth to destruction and many there be which go thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadth to life and few there be that find it."
  • Matthew 7:22-23 "Many will say unto ME in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in they name? and in thy name cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

This great "falling away" is not an event but a painful process to those of us who have seen the Truth become of minor importance within the fellowships in America and in our local communities. People, leaders and the lay alike, have become social club addicts, enjoying the fact that nothing is required of them but attendance and tithing; how convenient. Toe the line, question not authority, go with the flow and all things will work out in the end; they hope. Over the years, I have at times wished I was dumb and clueless, so that I could enjoy the fellowship and ignore the questions that would gnaw at my soul caused by some teaching or preaching. What can a Christian do in today's "religious" world?


A True Refuge for Like-Minded Believers.

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I Do NOT Endorse This Ministry Per Se, but the Principle. | Source

This Is Where I Have Turned For Genuine Fellowship and Worship.

The epistles of the New Testament were largely written to home based fellowships and the world was changed forever. Where do we see the Gospel today spreading like wildfire? In Asia, the Middle East, and Africa where a majority cannot afford the luxury of meeting publicly. It is in Europe and North America where the freedom to meet publicly still exists to a great extent but the church has grown to mirror the culture that surrounds it. It has become worldly, money oriented and cold. The real Gospel is handed over to missionaries for foreign consumption and sadly much of this is an attempt to perpetuate the Western form of Christianity; build "church" buildings, train the leadership in Western style management and create a dependence upon Western generosity.

Our small group which has been meeting for the past few months has experienced what would seem to others as negative events, but the Truth is becoming very apparent. We have had one requiring a spinal fusion, another a very successful brain procedure and as for myself, I spent five days in a hospital due to a misdiagnosis. Is God's hand against us? Quite the contrary; I received a thank you letter from one for turning them into Bible flippers (cross referencing their studies) and others inquiring to join us for the same reasons we all came together. What also is interesting is the excitement everyone has when meeting together; Bibles at the ready, questions galore and the time taken to leave no one behind. Do we all agree on every topic? Don't I wish; but everyone is being stretched and everyone keeps coming back for more.

The more I hear about home churches and the growth they are experiencing in this country, the more I am becoming convinced that apostasy for growth requires a formal and public setting to reach the masses. Are there some heretics that meet in small private settings; of course and they will never disappear until our Lord returns. The tragic side of the American church scene has been the denominational influence through their colleges and seminaries. They have left the Gospel of the Scriptures and have evolved into a user friendly religious business; teaching their own how to live off the backs of the lay and in turn rule as lords over God's heritage rather than by example, negating 1 Peter 5:2-3.

As Wycliffe stated prior to his execution for translating the Bible into English (my paraphrase), "If the curators (pastors) will neglect the Gospel, then it is the duty of the believer to take Bible for themselves and let God be the teacher."


You and I will stand on our own merit before God, and the teachings of our pastor or priest will have no bearings as to our personal heresies. Look no further than the one in the mirror; he or she will be the one accountable in the end. May God bless in these perilous days.

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      david campbell 3 months ago

      charlie - Sorry to say but you are of the most deceived. What you call "scriptures" are copies of original documents that DO NOT exist. The KJV, sometimes called the majority text, because one of the criteria was to see how the majority of the copies agreed in form, context, spelling, verb and adjective use. If you think you are studying original texts you are sadly mistaken and your personal dogma betrays your actual character. You are not interested in the Truth or the millions of proofs of changed lives, past and present. Wherever you "learned" your doctrine, is not based upon fact but pure conjecture. As you put it, goodby.

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      charlie 3 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      What hogwash. Anyone that reads a bible that is properly credited knows they are translations of , The scriptures, the word of God in the original languages, what the translators use to use to translate into what are called bibles. Bibles are not scripture AND THEY ALL HAVE some of the beliefs of the translators in them, error. The kjv regardless of what you believe is one of the worst. But that is why the churchmen use it because it helps their cause and helps keep the false church system in power and producing the deceived ones that follow man and not Jesus Christ the Lord of this age and the Holy Spirit of Christ and His Father. That is why the ScriptureS proclaim the warning and explain who they are warning the sheep of. The false church system and it's clergy are contained in the warnings of scripture "DO NOT BE DECEIVED". yOU AR CLEARLY ON OF THE CHURCH SYSTEM FOLLOWER so I will waste no more time with you. You said you are looking for truth but you are only looking for agreement, typical of the churchmen. goodbye

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      David Campbell 3 months ago from Winlock, Washington

      What you determine are essentials are due to your private interpretation of scripture which is forbidden by scripture itself. You state that we are to make disciples which is an impossibility; only God can make a disciple and as my trusted KJV puts it, we are to teach all disciples. You seem to look past the fact that our God is absolutely sovereign in the affairs of man and creation. You use the word "scriptures" without stating what these supposedly superior documents are that put the KJV to shame. You and I are products of those who preached and gave their lives for the Gospel using the KJV; I would be very careful in making disparaging comments concerning our heritage. For the time being you and I will have to agree to disagree for everything you have cited seems to be something very different from what I am reading. I will continue to call myself a Christian and I have the KJV giving me that authority.

      It is very difficult to make sense of where you are coming from, but if you are as faithful as you claim to be in seeking the Truth you will be fine. NO ONE this side of heaven is perfect or knows it all; every day must be a learning experience. If we ever get to a place where we think we have arrived; stand by for a trial that will test your belief. We need to give one another room to grow. May God bless.

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      David Campbell 3 months ago from Winlock, Washington

      My personal goal is to remain teachable; if one can faithfully show within God's Word where I am amiss in my understanding, I will in turn faithfully strive to prove their position. If I become convinced that they are correct, I will have gained new insight; whereas if I cannot, I will have deepened my own understanding in the process. It is a win-win solution.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for that pleasant further explanation. I was right in the heart of a cultist brand. No, not nonsense and good reading and relating but following too blindly. (if he says it it must be right kind of deal. Again I say not heresy but rather blind obedience to a person and not God)

      But you seem to feel comfortable saying what is right and what is wrong for everyone. Two people, same God, same Holy Spirit two understandings.

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      David Campbell 3 months ago from Winlock, Washington

      To Eric: one of the complaints I have heard made about "home" churches, is that they are "easily" susceptible to bad doctrine and an almost a cult-like atmosphere, which could not be further from the Truth. My comment was that is always a possibility whether home or denominational. What I have actually found is quite the opposite from the disparaging view. Our mainline "churches" have chosen the path that bigger is better and have sacrificed the Word, intimacy within the fellowship and individual responsibility for all believers in the work of Gospel. There is a strong movement within America of leaving the status quo of the denominations and forming smaller fellowships with accountability to one another. We have found a joy in Christian relationships that is sorely missing in the modern social Christian gatherings. If the Lord should tarry much longer we will have a great need for one another that could never be met in a "public" assembly. Thanks for your input.

      P.S. If one says or professes that they are being led by the Spirit and their doctrine does not fully align with the Word of God - they are of the many of which I want NO part.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting reading. A very clear message of what you believe which is pretty which is dogmatic to be sure. I was not real clear but in one part you seemed to say that home churches are bad because they easily go down the wrong track - am I getting that right? From what I can tell many rail against full blown churches for the same reason.

      Isn't it interesting that there are so many people claiming to be led and taught the Holy Spirit who are so different in faith.

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      David Campbell 3 months ago from Winlock, Washington

      To set some facts straight:

      Paragraph 1: Act 26:28 King Agrippa understood the term Christian and 1 Peter 4:16 concerns suffering as a Christian. The word for “were called” Christians in Acts 11:26 to which you refer is the Greek word "chrematisai" which means to be directed by God as if by divine oracle, the same verb used by the magi from the east.

      I agree that no building and system of works has been called to meet the need for salvation or sanctification of believers but we are warned not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together for the purpose of provoking one another to love and good works. This is something in which today’s “churches” fail miserably; they think by creating a moral social club they are doing God a great service.

      Not only are we to meet together for the right purpose, God loves order and He gives gifts to each one of His own for the encouragement of Christ likeness whenever and wherever we gather, be it two or more. We are the Church, for it is NOT a building but those called out by God.

      As far as going to heaven, when I die, this I know - he who overcomes will eat of the Tree of Life which is in the Paradise of God. You need to decide where Paradise resides.

      Hell is a real but temporary place for the unrighteous, for after the White Throne judgment, hell will be emptied and thrown in the Lake of Fire.

      2 Peter 3:7 this earth is reserved for fire against the day of judgment, vs 10 the earth also and the works that are there within shall be burned up.

      As far as the KJV, you need to do your own research. First of all, 75% of the KJV is taken directly from the Geneva Bible and if you read the testimony of the men who were the editors, you would be ashamed of your position. 1-God took King James hatred of the Pope and instructed his scholars to come up with a readable English bible; 2-King James own words of instruction were that there would be NO king and NO pope. He wanted nothing to do with the final product, just get it done so he could rid England of popery. Even the Church of England tried to stop this project, because they knew they would lose their religious control of the people. As for the end product - for over 400 years, missionary work, bible translations in to other languages and the massive Gospel movement in England then to America then to the world. I would be very careful in calling what God has ordained to change the world for Christ corrupt.

      You have some really great spot-on ideas but you need to be more careful in your study before making claims of corruption and heresy. As it says in James 3:1 - be careful if you desire to teach others, for YOU and I shall be held to a much stricter standard of judgment.

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      charlie 3 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      Sadly those that run the church system and most that call themselves christians do not understand scripture. christian is only found one place in scripture and it was just a note that the people of Antioch called the disciples christians. Jesus said to make disciples of Christ not christians or "church" members.

      The church system has no place in this age. the final age of man. But they have found a way to get rich off of those that do not know and do not read and study the scriptures. There is no such thing as a "church" or any kind of "clergy" in this age. That was the previous age that was closed at the cross of Christ when the temple veil was rent supernaturally. God came out of the box made by the hands of man of bricks. and wood and concrete and cloth and such. No longer does anyone have to go ANYWHERE to meet God because He moved into buildings not made by hands , the bodies of His people. He is with the true disciples of Christ whenever and wherever they wish to speak to Him. There is NO CLERGY, He sent HIS SPIRIT to possess those that submit fully to the Lord of this age Christ.

      He said the Spirit of God is sent to teach us ALL things, that we do not need any man to teach us. Jesus is the cornerstone and is the only way to get to God. NO MAN can give the Holy Spirit, the church system is not of God and imparts a false jesus and a false holy spirit to their people. It is a tool of satan. Jesus made it clear only His true disciples can make disciples of Him. No man made system can because God will not go where His doctrines are not practiced. Scripture is clear the head of man is the man Jesus Christ and NO OTHER man can hold this position.

      It is also clear that no one is to BRING anyone anywhere to meet God, Jesus clearly says to GO and make disciples. He said this only to His disciples, not to any "church"group, it is an individual commission to ALL who will be His disciples.

      Matt 28:18-20 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

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      1 Cor 11:3 3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

      One can only make disciples of what they are and only true disciple of Christ do ALL he says to do. There is not one "church" led by man that does ALL Christ requires. ALL of them have perverted or neglect at least one of His doctrines and are therefore not of God.

      Most of the teach more false doctrines than true but even one disqualifies them.

      Most all that call or consider themselves clergy teach these false doctrines that lead people to them and away from God.

      1. You have to go to "church"when they doors are open

      2. Gods people will got to Heaven. A satanic lie, we inherit the earth and then the new earth and God moves His throne to the new earth to live with us.

      3. The unrighteous go to Hell. Another lie that leads to misunderstanding/ The unrighteous are cast into the lake of fire to destruction (by fire). The earth is not destroyed by fire but the unrighteous are.

      4. They all say to bring money to them but there is not even one scripture in the new testament that mentions giving money to a non existent clergy. The order is to meet the need YOU SEE YOURSELF. To make disciples of Christ and BAPTIZE them YOURSELF, to TEACH them. It is the responsibility of each disciple to make disciples or they themselves are not disciples.

      5. How many "churches" and clergy do you know that teach this scripture is for YOU and if you are a true disciple of Christ THESE SIGNS MUST FOLLOW YOU.

      Mark 16:14-18 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

      Don't believe me, read the scriptures , not the corrupt king james private bought and paid for translation. Try the interlinear or the Geneva Bible that james hated.

      No person that looks to a "church" will get into the eternal Kingdom of God, the ONLY WAY TO ENTER is through the MAN JESUS CHRIST, all others will lead you to the lake of fire.

      Matt 7:13-14 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

      Time to wake up and check what you believe against the scriptures with the help of the only ONE that will bring you ALL truth. The REAL Holy Spirit of God.

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