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Evangelicals: Traitors to the Gospel!

Updated on February 21, 2018

Where Has Godly Wisdom Gone????

Western Christians Are Starving Due To The Lack Of The Truth.
Western Christians Are Starving Due To The Lack Of The Truth. | Source

The LIE - "Churches" Need To Be More Relevant.

"Theology hath nothing new in it, except that which is false."

Spurgeon was just 24 years old when this sermon was preached to a crowd of several thousand souls; then later conveyed by Trans-Atlantic wire to the New York Times and published for America's consumption. He was ever vigilant of the changing of the times in England, preached vigorously against leaving the Gospel they once had so readily received and was warning America. America was in the early stages of a massive revival that would take missionary work and Bible translating to another level; Spurgeon's words were received with enthusiasm. He used 2 Timothy 1:13 -"Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus." His sermon was based upon the scripture - "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever." If our Lord NEVER changes, why in the world would anyone fall for the LIE, that the message must change to be more relevant? The growing dissatisfaction of so many believers in the "church" system as we now see and hear in place, is because the Truth was been watered down and in many instances has been forsaken completely. As Galations1:6 puts it - "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another Gospel:"

The question is this: are you one that has found comfort in the current "status quo" within your "church" or are you one who believes that there is a shaking going on within the "church" and that God is looking for a FEW good men and women to stand for the Truth in these latter days?

Sadly, those who choose the Truth are going to lose a lot of "friends" but be of good cheer - we have a FRIEND who closer than a brother!

Often The World Seems Wiser Than The Church.

Who Would Have Ever Thought I Would Quote Stephen King?
Who Would Have Ever Thought I Would Quote Stephen King? | Source

The Lies Keep Coming!

What happened to the Word being preached and taught?

  • Sermons today are based upon a topical series rather than using a single scripture, a passage or a verse by verse study within the Word. Do you ever wonder from where many of these "topical" series come? If you think about it for a moment, to come up with a series, some lasting weeks or months, it would necessitate the same amount of work required to publish a well researched book. You know how busy your pastors / teachers must be with the normal duties of their position; counseling, preparing for funerals & weddings, visiting the hospitals and the sick, meetings and programs that must be attended, phone calls at all hours, emergencies that require their immediate attention, finally family and sleep. There is no time for the "modern" pastor to develop an amazingly intricate series on any subject, let alone to study the Word. Also consider the lay teacher that owes the majority of their week to an employer.
  • The answer comes in the form of "books" on a particular subject. It is easy to adapt your preaching or teaching style to the main points being addressed, knowing your listeners and keeping it strictly "relevant" to the core objectives of one's perceived ministry. Too many times I have seen a book foisted upon the whole "church" as a must read and the Bible teachers asked (akin to required) to make the book the basis of their teaching. The last time I was asked, I out and out refused before I even read the book. I did read the book on my own but could not finish it because it was borderline heresy. What has happened to discernment? Ah...discernment is not a strict requirement any longer but the end justifies the means.
  • Pastor's have abandoned their commission from God for the Church. Per Ephesians 4, they are to be about "..perfecting (building up, training, education) of the Saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." The churches have become weak and lazy because the work is NOT being done by the Saints but by "professional holy men" who strive to keep their parishioners happy by giving them menial chores. Most teachers within our churches today, teach from some preconceived lesson plan or leadership dictated materials. The gift of teaching by and large has been purged from our fellowships today; replaced by discussion groups centered around the pastoral message or preordained topics. Those with the gift of teaching suffer greater scrutiny for the "professionals" who espouse heavy denominational theology feel threatened

What Is Wrong With Being An Evangelical?

A Great Moniker For A Deadly Agenda.
A Great Moniker For A Deadly Agenda. | Source

Crowds Flock To Be Apart Of Something Big.

Hmm "...broad is the way that leads to destruction and MANY..."
Hmm "...broad is the way that leads to destruction and MANY..." | Source

What Has Evangelicalism Wrought?


Food for thought:

  • Seminaries which ignore 1 Timothy 4:6 "Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil." What do we do with a young man that shows promise within our ranks? We hustle them off to bible college and immediately on to our "sacred" seminaries. Here, the ivory tower elite, train them not how study to show themselves approved but to believe as their "professors" believe. They are taught to be the all-in-all for the work of the ministry and that the laity cannot be trusted with the Gospel aside from their directing influence. The first of many lies to come.
  • Church size as it regards attendance is of great importance, for the trained professionals deserve a good income...so that they can be free of the cares of the world to carry on the work successfully.
  • To reach more people, for it is assumed that the laity cannot effectively reach the lost, make the services extremely user friendly. Up to date music (content not required), coffee bars, relaxed atmosphere, non-judgmental preaching, children's programs and the bigger the youth program the better.
  • Invite the world into your midst for only the "professional" can efficiently present the new easy believism Gospel. Sin, hell, judgment and repentance are passe, whereas come as you are and find a friend in Jesus. Walk the aisle, say the magic words, get baptized, become a faithful tither and all your troubles and fears will be washed away.
  • Once a member joins, keep them entertained and busy with pseudo-Gospel works, such as kitchen work, ushers, grounds keepers, coffee bar attendants, greeters, kids and youth camp workers and the like. Next Sunday, the pastor is off to bigger and better works.
  • In far too many churches today, the adult members now take a back seat to the emphasis on the youth ministry. The senior adults are shelved and retreat to a separate "seniors only" fellowship, which sadly they seem to enjoy to a great extent; they know they do not fit in anymore. Invite the city youth to come to special youth events and let the world shape your children. Their music, their dress, their language, and their lack of sexual restraint. Balaam would be proud of the churches giving in to the world's agenda. Many years ago, I heard J. Vernon McGee say, "...during the first 30 years of his ministry, he knew of almost no pastor that had succumbed to sexual immorality, yet within the recent past he knew of around ten or so failures." Now this was more that 20 years ago but it seems that is almost a weekly occurrence these days.
  • Churches are getting bigger, louder, more rowdy, yet the Gospel seems to have no effect in our communities or within our families. Evangelicalism apart from the simplicity of the Gospel has led probably millions into the illusion that they are truly saved and when judgment does come, "...many will say Lord, Lord...I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
  • Evangelicals need numbers to feed their "self-esteem" and their income. Whatever it takes to reach their personal goals, justifies their message and their method. I wonder how many that call themselves pastor or reverend, need to hear the saving Gospel for the first time. Unwittingly they have played into the hand of the devil and knowing that our God is absolutely sovereign, we have to trust our Savior that it is His plan to separate the "sheep from the goats".

Hebrews 13:9 - A Verse To Be Avoided By Those Who Seek Relevancy.

Why Have We Left The Simplicity Of The Gospel?
Why Have We Left The Simplicity Of The Gospel? | Source

The Rock of Gibraltar - Symbol of Permanence!

This Rock Will Be Moved By The Unchangeable Christ!
This Rock Will Be Moved By The Unchangeable Christ! | Source

Foolish People - We Have Been Warned!

Every one seems to be acquainted with verse 8 - "Jesus Christ the same...", but isn't interesting that the following verse is a WARNING because it is the antithesis of believing that our Lord is immutable, He never changes. We need to ask ourselves a few "relevant" questions.

  • If you are a believer, how has Jesus changed since the first day you came to know Him as Savior? If we are honest, we know that is we that has changed, not Him. When I first became a Christian, Jesus and I were tight, really good buds you might say. But as I grew in the knowledge and wisdom of God, I realized more and more that I was not on His level and that the disparity between myself, a redeemed sinner and the Holy God Almighty was a gulf that only He could span. He is God and I am NOT. I am growing in Christ, but I will never come within a million miles of perfection this side of heaven.
  • When did it ever become necessary to change the message and its presentation to be relevant to anybody? Are we more enlightened today? Are the lost more difficult to reach today? When did the youth become the more important target audience for the "churches" mission to the world? What model did the Word set apart that we should follow and leave the SIMPLICITY of the Gospel? Do you think the Bible's definition of the Gospel too simple: Jesus died, He was buried and He arose from grave? Would the preaching of Paul, Peter, Bunyan, Calvin, and Spurgeon be of no effect in these days? Has the Holy Spirit become secondary and the preaching of our new modern methods and/or programs become primary to the mission of the church?
  • Lastly, do you believe that the American church is at the vanguard of the Gospel in these last days? If anyone should believe this to be the truth, they have bought the lie: hook, line and sinker.

We as believers must never settle for the status quo, but prayerfully seek godly fellowship where Jesus and His Gospel reign supreme.


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    • The70thweek profile imageAUTHOR

      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      Be sure to avoid my most recent article and you think your "bullying" language will have any affect on me is foolish. You have nothing new to say and have no interest in a civil discourse but to proffer your belief system at my articles expense. Your rhetoric is canned, abusive and will profit you nothing and yes I will delete anything else that comes from you in the future if I see there is no change whatsoever in your tactics. I suggest you use another platform for your diatribes. I fully believe that you come into prominence in these last days as you will have answers the world will want to hear as opposed to the Truth of Gospel.

    • The70thweek profile imageAUTHOR

      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      That is a wonderful statement of your personal journey and where it finds you today. Oh, that more would seek to know the Truth and to live it as fully as their learned personal knowledge will allow. I would not to re-live my Christian walk, it has been difficult, I have made enemies and lost friends and family but my God is sufficient. May God bless -David

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      Rich Kelley 

      2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      David

      Thanks for your time to answer my question. By my previous statement I look at things a bit differently. I’ll not presume to speak for all involved in the conversation but would like to make a few statements prior to leaving the discussion that has gotten a bit off track of your hub. Having read several of your hubs I noticed you can see what is going on in the institutional church system is for the most part off track. When I first decided to leave the system I know that it happened a little bit at a time. Finally I physically left. I know today that just because I choose to leave what I’ll call Babylon doesn’t mean that I didn’t pack a very large baggage trunk and drag it with me. As I continue to run the race I’m finding that the longer I run the more things, teachings and such have to be let go of. I’m slowly learning that because people see something I might have seen years ago doesn’t mean they will choose to see something I or others might point out today. I’ve not developed the discernment to know up front how much baggage someone is toting and not willing to let go of, some things are just priceless to them. Christ although He was a man didn’t walk as men walk. Christ was just like David a man that walked after God’s own heart. May your walk continue to be the same.

      Rich

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      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      The phrase "then in the...saints" was a reference back to a statement made by pn (I am learning some new internet lingo).

      It is obvious that I believe that Christ is fully man and fully God. In laymen terms rather than some predisposed theological jargon is how I see John 14:12 - This statement was made was made before His crucifixion and His disciples had witnessed extraordinary events; i.e. healings, walking on water, raising the dead. Here they are totally stupefied by this person they are with even following Peter's confession of Matt 16:16 and will soon have their world torn apart by the apparent loss of Jesus. These are words of comfort of which the Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance for shortly after His resurrection, Jesus will leave them again. I can't imagine the massive mental turmoil they must have gone through until the day of Pentecost. It would only be then that they would begin to understand these words of John 14:12. It would take all of them a lifetime to see its true impact. Jesus, being constrained by His human body for the purpose of our salvation, came to the Jews first and fulfilled ALL prophecy concerning the coming Messiah. Yes, His followers, the apostle would begin doing some rather miraculous works, and the whole would see the impact of our Lord's life through His Saints. This could only have happened when He returned to Heaven and reassumed His prior glory and with the work of the Comforter the power of the Triune God-head was now displayed in and through the Saints far beyond the initial work done among the Jews. When Jesus stated in 14:12 "these" fully refers to the works witnessed by those to whom He was speaking directly. What an amazing display of power that you and I should even having this dialogue nearly 2,000 years later. We are the evidence of the greater works for His full "godness" was then released upon a lost and dying world. Could I have said it better, most likely, but that is point in a large nutshell.

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      Rich Kelley 

      2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      David

      Could you please explain your understanding of John 14:12. You have lost me with your comments.

      "Then in the next breath, declare that the same powers that Christ exhibited will manifested by the those same saints."

      I think Christ wasn't God, neither were any of the disciples sent out and did the works that Christ did. I'm sure there is a clearer point to be made I hope.

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      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      Your are very well versed, your source is a good one. I very much still disagree with your presentation as I have heard your argument before. I have a Unitarian minister as a friend, we were long time school mates. We have had our debates in the past and we have agreed to disagree on this subject. Let's leave it there and one of us may be in for a surprise as to which of us has been indoctrinated when that day comes for our judgment, as it begins with the house of God.

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      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      I stand corrected as to celafoe. It is amazing to me as to how many people who claim to be saints have this aversion to declaring that Christ is fully man and fully God. Then in the next breath, declare that the same powers that Christ exhibited will manifested by the those same saints. I am sorry but GOD will not share His glory with anyone. One day we will be glorified but not the glory that belongs only to God. We have a judgment coming; we must be sure to kiss the Son lest He be angry. See you at the Bema seat.

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      Rich Kelley 

      2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      "God-only" powers to Jesus, the Christ."

      John 14:12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

      I believe this and don't expect to be called God. I will have the name of God written on my forehead and will not be God. We are the Son's of God, and one day we will here Him say about us what He said about His only begotten Son, These are my sons and daughters in them I am well please.

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      charlie 

      2 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      70th== that comment of mine was to PN about you I agree with PN

    • The70thweek profile imageAUTHOR

      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      PlankandNails: why don't you try and untwist Isaiah 9:6. The antecedents being "a child is born...a son is given" and His (Jesus) name shall be called "...the Mighty GOD, the Everlasting Father, the Prince Peace." By the way, I never considered you to be a JW; more than likely a Unitarian or just someone who refuses to believe that God became a man. You do know that calling anyone God can really be an ambiguous term whereas the Scriptures choose overwhelmingly to apply the names of God and His "God-only" powers to Jesus, the Christ. celafoe is correct, you have no interest other attempting to channel my focus into your game of semantics and I will not bite.

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      PlanksandNails 

      2 years ago

      David,

      Please back up your presuppositions about me and show me the evidence where I have purposefully "ignored the whole counsel of the Word God" in my last comment to you. I am not a Jehovah Witness; therefore, you can lay that notion to rest.

      As I stated, the context of the verses must be twisted to support your notion that Jesus is God in the particular passages of John 10:30-38; 14:9-11.

      The reason I have asked you to pick one Scripture verse, or reference as your "proof" verse is so that we can discuss them one at a time.

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      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      This is a subject that you have built your life around and as you accuse me of being indoctrinated Trinitarian; you have purposefully ignored the whole counsel of the Word of God and built your belief around an English translation of the Greek. You are living in a one-dimensional belief system and I have chosen to live in 3-D. We will have to disagree on this subject and I believe much to your peril.

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      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      I am sorry but I do NOT cherry-pick anything but exhaustively research and do due-diligence in all my studies and the doctrine of the deity of Christ is the one of the main foundations of the Word of God; as per my last comment below, it is pre-eminent in one's salvation. Also, being true to Word, I would never use a single verse to prove anything but demonstrate the fabric of godly doctrines is "exhaustively" woven throughout the entire Bible. With the massive evidence that follows and placing yourself as judge and jury, the ball so to speak is in your court. Be prepared to read a lot of scriptures.

      Abbreviated list: based on 115 passages consisting of 215 verses & the complete chapter 61 of Isaiah

      O.T. defines God-Deut 4:35 ..No other besides Him & Isaiah 43:10 ..before Me NO god was formed NOR shall there be an after..

      N.T. Titus 2:13 “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory or our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” Rom 9:5 “To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen”

      O.T. scriptures concerning Jehovah and quoted by N.T. as referring to Jesus: John 12:36-41 qs. Isa 6:1-10; Heb 1:8-12 qs Ps 102:25-27; Eph 4:7-8 qs Ps 68:18 ++1 Peter 2:4-8 / Isa 8:13-14; 1 Cor 10:9 / Num 21:5-6; Rom 14:11 / Isa 45:22-23; Rom 10:9-13 / Joel 2:32; Mark 1:1-3 / Isa 40:3; Matt 11:10 / Malachi 3:1; Luke 4:16-21 / Isa 61; 1 Peter 2:3 / Ps 34:8; 2 Peter 3:8 / Ps 90:4; 1 Cor 1:30-31 / Jeremiah 9:24+++

      Names “I AM” Exodus 3:14-15 the name God gave Moses. John 8:24; 8:28; 13:19; 18:5-6; (note: if your version contains the pronoun “he”, it is NOT in any original Greek manuscript. John 8:58-29 and this one should already be sans the “he”.

      First & Last – Isaiah 44:6 N.T. Rev 1:17-18; 2:8; 22:12-13

      Lord of Lords – Deut 10:17 & Ps 136:1-3 N.T. 1 Timothy 6:13-15; Rev 17:14; 19:11-16

      SAVIOR – Isaiah 43:11 “I, I AM the Lord (Jehovah), and besides ME there is NO SAVIOR!” Isa 49:26 & Hosea 13:4 N.T. overwhelming amount of verses that ascribe SAVIOR to Jesus, i.e. Luke 2:11 – “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a SAVIOR, who is Christ the Lord.” ++++John 4:42; Acts 5:31; Ephesians 5:23, 2 Timothy 1:10 & the list goes on.

      Per Isaiah 42:8,11 God does not share His glory with anyone. Yet in the N.T. Jesus states that He shares the glory with the Father: John 17:5,24; 2 Peter 3:18

      Exodus 34:14 – Worship no other God N.T. – Jesus is worshipped – as a babe; & later as a man Matt 14:31-13; 28:9,16-17; John 9:35-38; Heb 1:6; Rev 5:11-14

      God is eternal Micah 5:2 and so is Jesus John 1:1-2 and per Heb 13:8 Jesus is immutable

      Per Isaiah 44:24, the Redeemer is the Creator & Jesus is the Creator John 1:3,10; 1 Cor 8:6; Heb 1:2;3:3-4

      Jesus claimed that He & the Father were one – John 10:30-38; 14:9-11

      What is the significance of believing that Jesus is God Almighty as proclaimed by Isaiah 9:6? As recorded in JOHN 8:24 – Either believe that Jesus is the great I AM or die in your sins!

      I can do NOTHING about what you choose to believe but all that I have presented is only a portion of what is brought forth in the Word of God concerning my Savior. The Word is spiritually discerned and I pray that the Holy Spirit who also is God Almighty, will illuminate your spirit to one the most important Truths with which you must come to a personal knowledge; it will truly set you free. May God bless!

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      PlanksandNails 

      2 years ago

      David,

      You stated,

      (("As to Christ - the scriptures are exhaustive concerning the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ."))

      I would say that the scriptures are exhaustively twisted and cherry-picked concerning the "deity" of our Lord Jesus Christ.

      Pick one verse in the Bible that you believe states irrefutably that Jesus is God. If it can be shown to you that you have twisted the meaning of the text in some way, would you believe that you could be deceived by indoctrination?

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      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      To Rich Kelly: Your second comment just came in. You are so absolutely correct; it does seem as if man has this innate need to "improve" everything, even something that is PERFECT. I learned a long time ago about needing a teachable spirit and how even more it was needed when I was teaching. I would think I had a subject or doctrine down pat; then comes along "iron" to sharpen my "patness" so to speak. The lessons were very hard for someone like myself but I grew to desire loving correction, even if it was a slap, because I hated being wrong. What I mean by this is that I did not want to be a Christian that followed the traditions and / or doctrines of man, but I wanted to be right before my God. The only thing I have on any other believer is that I have probably made more mistakes in life and have chosen to accept them as instruments of correction for my eternal education. May God bless you in these perilous last days.

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      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      To jeannefentress: Your prayers are relished. Thank you.

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      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      There have been times in my life when a soft answer was enough to stir a correction in my beliefs, for I have needed myriads of correction over my nearly 48 years as a Christian. But there have been plenty of times when I needed a hard and direct answer to prod me into further study and action; again the proverbial mule's nose needing a 2x4 across it. We cannot and must not answer every challenge or question assuming another is a Christian, but as one who may be seeking solid truths or as if they are being drawn by the Holy Spirit to the Savior. My answer was not in assumption of any circumstance but as I felt was needed for the moment. I have seen our God reach people in the most amazing ways and many would never be broached in any "witnessing" class or book on the subject. You are absolutely correct that we all must have a teachable spirit about us for all the days we live this side of heaven.

      P.S. The first time I saw a pastor slap a man while witnessing to him so as get his attention, ruined forever my concept of being always contrite when leading a person to our Lord. The end result of that slap was life changing for the man and for ME. I have never had to physically slap anyone but I have challenged many a person, including my late father-in-law on his death bed. I will see him again as the last 4 days of his life proved to me that he was not the same man but one filled with joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks for your insight, one day I may find if I got it right.

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      Rich Kelley 

      2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      Every where the word salvation is mentioned in the Old Testament scripture it is Yeshuah, which happens to be the name given to the man we know as Jesus. It is that salvation that man we are to run to the finish line for, it is Christ we are to be a disciple of and for me my biggest stumbling blocks besides myself are the teachings of man.

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      Rich Kelley 

      2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      "The answer that follows is not to convince you but encourage those who know and live for our Lord God, Jesus Christ. I do not desire credibility with you but I crave credibility with my Savior and God."

      Yet you write so men/women can read. You are thankful and encouraged (as you should be) for the comments of men/women on what you have written.

      We are all looking for what fellow believers think and believe. Our first line of defense should not imply they are not a believer and we don't care what they think because we may disagree with them, yet moments later, we do care what someone else thinks because they agree with us.

      I believe we are all suffering from a case of man's teachings and it is going to take the rest of our current lives to work things out. We are called to work out our salvation. Some people are working on something we may not have got to yet, or the other way around.

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      Jeanne 

      2 years ago from Washington State

      Wow. Three paragraphs loaded with truth. Thank you for these words.

      You will be added to my prayers. May God's angels of ministry be by your side.

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      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      Your thanks are deeply accepted. You made me go back over what I had written and I was moved as I thought - "I actually wrote that?" I may have had some assistance, eh?

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      Blessed Hill 

      2 years ago

      Best answer on hubpages to date. Thank you.

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      David Campbell 

      2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      The answer that follows is not to convince you but encourage those who know and live for our Lord God, Jesus Christ. I do not desire credibility with you but I crave credibility with my Savior and God.

      Wrong on Christ, not being God, but first I will address the clergy / laic divide that exists in the Western "church". The need for pastors (under-shepherds) and teachers is established by Ephesians 4:11 in that they are a gift from God to His Church (the called out ones) for the perfecting of the Saints. 1 Peter 5 establishes the order and the personal areas of responsibilities within a local gathering of believers. As you so aptly pointed out, what we see today is an aberration. "Professional holy-men" have become the means to an end and have created a schism between the non-pros and themselves. This should not be; the "church" is paying for it dearly in these last days.

      As to Christ - the scriptures are exhaustive concerning the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah 9:6 "...a Son is given...His name shall be called the Mighty God, the Everlasting FATHER, the Prince of Peace." John 8:58 "...Verily, verily I say unto you, before Abraham was, I AM." They picked up stones to kill Him for He had used the name of God for Himself. John 14:9 "...he that hath seen me has seen the Father..." He is known as the Word (logos) of God and "the Word is God". There are literally hundreds of verses that speak to the deity of Jesus. He claimed equality with God, He claimed the Rights of God, Jesus claimed the authority of God, He accepted prayer, praise and worship, Jesus was without sin, able forgive sins, to give one eternal life, the worlds are upheld by His power, He will judge all humanity and His life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension back to heaven fulfilled the myriads of O.T. prophecies. The problem many have with the term Son of God is that they equate it with a child/parent relationship. The word Son is 'huios' in Greek which addresses a relationship not one of an offspring. Believe, the Jews fully understand the word and its use and know that their Messiah, will be the Son of God, a term synonymous with God Himself.

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      charlie 

      2 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      you have some good things to say but sadly you destroy you credibility when approve of such things as clergy/laity and that Jesus is God which are neither found as a principle of the new testament church of Christ.

      Jesus is THE SON OF GOD, He is not God. Clergy laity is clearly shown to be an abomination in the new testament. It is the works of apostate men from the churches of men that have no proper scriptural understanding of what the true CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST really is,

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