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February 13, 2009

The Falling Away Has Begun

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Unfortunately, besides a reasoning mind, man also possesses the plague of pride. Pride causes individuals to resent the notion that they may not have a revelation from God that perhaps another person may, in fact, possess (especially where that person is perceived to be of a lesser prominence within a religious environment or church). Pride is the root cause of those individuals to inflate and magnify their own carnal reasonings and worldly wisdom, using an impressive stage and surroundings, a louder microphone and big screen image, material success, and the popularity and praise of men as the “proof” that what they are saying is “truth”. My friends, RUN from such people.
God NEVER looks at the outside, but always at the inside, at a man’s heart, and does so daily.

This is especially true of those exalted, “celebrity” status, so-called “leaders” among the Body of Christ. Since they coveted the “high seats” of the congregation, pursued popularity, trusted in the devices of men, and attained broad visibility, God holds them doubly accountable, and He is less tolerant of their error than the average believer. In a sense, he must “make an example of them” by withdrawing from them His blessings of Spiritual wisdom and Truth. What parent ever rewards their child’s disobedience? Moreover, this is also the manner in which God “puts them on open display” to those with Spiritual discernment, and they become an example to the obedient and faithful of what NOT to do.

Perhaps the most obvious example of this is Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Southern California. While Waren clearly covets his popularity and the ample praise of worldly men, those who have resisted such temptations and have remained true to the Cross can easily see he has become a blind, pride-filled, bellicose fool. Warren, having cut himself off from God’s favor and Spiritual wisdom, has very obviously gravitated to the temporal–the “here and now” –as is tragically happening to many “popular” religious leaders.

They elevate worldly objectives, emphasize material blessings and, devoid of revelation, they display an increasing reliance on the worldly wisdom and principles of psychology, science, political correctness, marketing, and statistics. A further irony and sad “proof” that they have lost contact with Spiritual wisdom is that the cannot even see how far they have fallen away. They are fulfilling the prophecies of the end times, and the tragic “falling away” of 2 Thessalonians 2:3, and the rise of the false prophet and coming One World religion. Yet they foolishly believe they are bringing about “God’s kingdom on earth”.
Unfortunately, there is no scriptural basis for this whatsoever. Yet they not only do not see it, but they REFUSE to even discuss it.
This is why the most important trait of true believers, and that which this ministry exhorts at all times, is the necessity for vigilance and open examination of all one’s words and deeds to ensure that they line up with all scripture, not just a selected few. The humble rejoice whenever ANY brother or sister cautions another about possible error:

“Reprove not a proud man, lest he hate thee…”; “Correction is grievous to those who have forsaken the way…neither will he go to the wise”; and “…rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee”; “…he that hears and considers reproof is prudent”. Proverbs 9:8, 15:5,10,12

But the proud instead bristle, refuse to hear, silence and marginalize the messenger, and are resentful toward any who dare suggest they are in error. And it doesn’t matter how gentle, or “loving” they say they are, or try to act. What matters is whether or not they are open to hearing the warning or exhortation from others–and not just the comfortable, selected coterie of “inner circle” or “advisors” they surround themselves with.

Another important test is whether or not they are they willing to actually carry out a sincere dialogue and scriptural examination with those who bring them a warning.
Resistance to hear warnings from others, and sincerely engage in discussions about it, of course, leads to a downward spiral whose end is a carnal, dead religious organization which God had long abandoned. He of course never abandons individuals, just the traditions and institutions they collectively create in an effort to “do something big for God”. God knows their hearts, and knows that they really only wanted to do something “big” for themselves. The “big” things to God, however, always relate to the essence and quality of the one-to-one personal relationship he seeks and pursues with each believer.
Regardless of how noble-sounding or “purpose-driven” they may wish to label them, no earthly religious organization, no church, no sprawling campus, no worldwide television ministry, no social aid or relief organization, or any other temporal activities of men will exist in eternity, nor be accounted for anything in the Judgement. Only the Cross, and the Eternal Purpose of God in Christ will matter, and each one individual will have to give account of what they did for THAT ministry of God and Jesus Christ.
“…And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be known by the Church, according to the Eternal Purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ephesians 3:9-11
All other “purposes” of men are meaningless, and a colossal diversion away from God’s Purpose in the Cross. Mark

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