Nation of Deception: Part Two

6 Who can stand before His indignation?  And who can endure the fierceness of His anger?  His fury is poured out like fire, And the rocks are thrown down by Him.  7 The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.  8 But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, And darkness will pursue His enemies.  9 What do you conspire against the Lord?  He will make an utter end of it.  Affliction will not rise up a second time.  10 For while tangled like thorns, And while drunken like drunkards, They shall be devoured like stubble fully dried.  11 From you comes forth one Who plots evil against the Lord, A wicked counselor.  Nahum 1:6-11

Our nation is a nation of deception because the church has thrown the Word of God behind its back, and is following its own sinful dictates and the world system.  How did this happen?  Below are links to two articles that lay out the history of this devilish rebellion against our Great God and King.  I hope you will read them to help you understand what is occurring and why, and that indeed the remedy is to preach the gospel of God’s grace through His Son Jesus Christ and teach the all-powerful Word of God by the power of the Holy Spirit without the taint of man’s doctrines.  May Jesus Christ Himself equip us for this task.  Amen!

The first article is from Dr. Paul Elliot, a champion of God’s Word and His church.  The second is from a beloved follower of Jesus Christ, Sola Scripture.  I pray that you will read for your own edification, for strengthening the church, and for preaching the gospel to the lost.

http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/?articleid=77516&view=post&blogid=5449

http://followingjesuschrist3.com/2015/10/24/the-bible-version-controversy-a-brief-history/

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22 Responses to Nation of Deception: Part Two

  1. unworthy1 says:

    This most excellent sermon from John Newton is very fitting for our day, here is an excerpt…

    If our sins are no less numerous, no less of a scarlet dye, than those of other nations; and exceedingly aggravated beyond theirs, by being committed against clearer light, and the distinguished advantages we have long enjoyed; if we have not only transgressed the laws of God in common with others—but daringly trampled upon the gracious offers of his forgiveness, which he has long continued to propose to us, with a frequency and energy almost peculiar to ourselves; if “All day long I have spread out My hands to a disobedient and defiant people,” (Romans 10:21) and, hitherto, almost in vain; if neither the tokens of his displeasure, nor the declarations of his love, have made a suitable impression upon our minds—who can tell if he will yet be entreated? May we not fear, lest he should say, “My Spirit shall strive with them no more!” “They are joined to their idols—let them alone!” “When you lift up your hands in prayer—I will refuse to look. Even though you offer countless prayers—I will not listen!” (Hos. 4:17, Isaiah 1:15)

    Where are now the mighty empires, which were once thought as rooted and established as the everlasting mountains? They have disappeared like the mists upon the mountain tops. Nothing of them remains but their names. They perished, and their memorials have almost perished with them. (Psalm 9:6) The patience of God bore with them for a time—until the purposes for which he raised them up were answered. But, when the measure of their iniquity was full—they passed away, and were dispersed, like foam upon the waters! What security have we—against such a catastrophe? Or, what could we answer, if God should put that question to us, “Should I not punish them for this?” asks the Lord. “Should I not avenge Myself against a nation such as this?” (Jeremiah 5:9)

    Where are now the churches which once flourished in Greece and in Asia? When the apostle Paul wrote to the Gentile churches, and when our Lord wrote his epistles to the seven churches in Asia (Revelation 1-3) most of them were in a prosperous state. If there ever was a time when the commendations given to them were applicable to professors of the Gospel in our land, I fear we can hardly claim them at present. Can it be justly said of us, that our faith and love are everywhere spoken of, and that we are examples to all who believe? That our works and service, and faith and patience, are known, and the last works, to be more than the first? (Romans 1:8, 1 Th. 1:7, Revelation 2:1, 18, 19)

    Or rather, may it not be truly said of too many, that while they profess to believe in God—that in works they deny him? that they are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold? that they have a name to live, and are dead? that they have forgotten their first love? (Titus 1:16, Revelation 3:1-15, 2:4) When these defects and declensions began to prevail in the first churches, the Lord admonished and warned them; but, instead of watching and repenting, they gradually became more remiss! At length their glory departed, and their candlesticks were removed out of their places. Many regions, which once rejoiced in the light of the Gospel, have been long overspread with Mohammedan darkness, and the inhabitants are wretched, ignorant, slaves!

    You do well to mourn for the sins and miseries—of those who know him not. But if you make the Almighty God your fear and your dread—he will be a sanctuary to you, and keep your hearts in peace! “Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas!” (Isaiah 8:13-14, Psalm 46:2)
    Your part and mine is to WATCH and PRAY. Let us pray for ourselves, that we may he found waiting, with our loins girded up, and our lamps burning, that we may be prepared to meet his will in every event. (Mark 13:35, Mark 14:38) Let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for God’s church, which is dear to him, as the pupil of his eye, for the spread of his Gospel, and the extension of his kingdom—until his great name is known and adored from the rising to the setting of the sun, (Mal. 1:11) and the whole earth shall be filled with his glory! – from http://gracegems.org/Newton/148.htm

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  2. Cheryl kutchma says:

    Your scripture reference is not from Nahum 4:6 please correct and thankyou. Otherwise excellent

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  3. Apollo says:

    Hi Eliza – parts of this article remind me of a local church that is no more. Thirtyfive years ago they were a part of a God sent revival here in Brisbane, but then over the years, the leadership changed, and the emphasis changed too. The old pastor retired and a younger more ambitous man took the lead. Ten years after he began, he decided that it was better to sell off the church propertyand then retire himself – so he did! For some $10 million dollars.

    Today, where that church used to be, there is a multi sotry unit block with 50+ apartments, and the former ‘pastor’ has two riverside investment homes, besides his own. Why?

    Because the people there never stood up to his gradual changes over those ten years, from Bible believeing church, to money grubbing/loud band/emergent type themes and memes. His so called ‘eldership’ were a bunch of “yes men”.

    So the Lord arranged to have the building bulldozed into real estate, and effectively “took away the candlestick” of that church, and scattered them far and wide. You never even hear their name mentioned in this town any more, and that is the price of compromise.

    This all came to me like a revelation from God some years ago, as to what happens when a church forsakes the right ways of the Lord, and allows its leadership to follow the world towards its own destruction…

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    • Eliza says:

      Amen! This is terribly sad and bad. This is why believers must stand up for the truth, but we should know that most churches are not interested in having believers who know the Lord Jesus Christ stand up for the truth. I am sure that is the experience for most of us. Thank you Apollo for reading and commenting. May Christ keep us faithful. Amen!

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      • Apollo says:

        Hi Eliza – I believe the writer of that article knew exactly what he was talking about. God still removes candlesticks (ministries) today, if the the leaders and congregants prove to be unfaithful to their calling.

        Jesus meant what he said to the church in Ephesus too, and it is no more… that should be enough of a warning, in case anyone has any doubts!

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        • Eliza says:

          Sadly, I know of numerous “evangelical”churches in my area that have compromised with false teaching and are heading into apostasy. I cannot find a faithful church to attend. I know my experience is not unique. These churches represent the work of the enemy and not the work of God through His Son Jesus Christ and by His Holy Spirit. Amen!

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          • Apollo says:

            Yes Eliza – that is true. I’m in the same boat, not being able to find a decent church that has not compromised with the Emergent/Post Modern/Mega Church nonsense. I’ve even come across house churches here in Brisbane that look good from the outside, but on the inside they are full of factions and those who don’t want recognised leadership, those who have been hurt, and even a number of subtle deceptions, which take them away from the simplicity that is in Christ.

            Some claim to be “missional” which sounds OK, but on further reflection, it often leads those folks into the Eccumenical movement, due to an Emergent bent within their teachings. I’ve seen this happen several times before. Even at that basic level, deception still exists, so I believe that it will take a sovereign move of God to unite true believers, who have left old “Babylon” forever, with each other, so that each one can find their place within the body.

            You can’t just get together with a few others and “roll your own” church – it has to be arranged by the Lord. “I will build my church…” says Jesus and if it’s not founded on the rock, it will fall victim to ‘sinking sand’ as the faulty foundation falls away at the first high tide of Satan’s attacks…

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          • Eliza says:

            This is so sad and discouraging. We thought we had found a sound church a few years ago, but then, through the Lord’s leading, we found the leadership supportive of a very popular false teacher, C. S. Lewis. He is a very divisive author and leads many to accept Catholic doctrine as genuine truth. It is so sad. After standing for the truth, we finally had to leave because the atmosphere there had become so righteously toxic. Even so come Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

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          • Apollo says:

            Jesus encouraged us to not let our hearts be afraid, and I firmly believe dear sister, the He will unite His bride with all those who call upon His name from a pure heart. At least we have the Internet, and can communicate regularly, and that is what I do. I also talk with some over the phone and therefore keep in touch with some saints as best I’m able.

            Persecution in the future may well causethe closure of many of these false churches, and true believers who have been snared by them will be forced to leave and join or form new fellowships. Perhaps that is how the Lord will work it out?

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          • Eliza says:

            We will see, yes? Please pray for me, I am going through a very troubling time right now. Thank you. Let me know if I can pray for you. Amen!

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          • Apollo says:

            Be encouraged Eliza – Moses spent time out in the desert while God was preparing him for his destiny as Israel’s prophet/leader. So did the apostle Paul – scholars estimate that he spent three or four years in the Sinai desert, getting revelation from God before returning to his home town.

            David and others were forced to hide in caves, while evil men sought their lives, and so many of us have found our position inside the ‘system’ to be untenable. We either stay and compromise, or leave and find whatever God would have for us. Sometimes, that eternal city that we seek has a road that leads us towards it, but we must pass through some desert patches before we encounter the home run… God is dealing with us, and teaching us to depend on Him and Him alone – of that I am sure.

            “13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
            14For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” Hebrews 13:13, 14

            And that city is the same one Abraham sought too – a city with foundations (Christ) whose builder and maker is God…

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          • Eliza says:

            Please pray. Amen!

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  4. Apollo says:

    I’m praying for you dear sister – remember the whole armour of God:

    “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”

    Ephesians 6:10 – 17

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  5. Apollo says:

    Amen dear sister – I have been without a church home for nearly 2 years myself, and I had to leave the last one when I discovered that the leaders secretly embraced Joyce Myer, Joseph Prince and even Benny Hinn!

    I tried to warn them, but they weren’t even listening to me about the Hill$ong mega church – they saw nothng wrong with it, even though it is a cult run like a business.

    My fellowship is online and over the phone and occasionally in person with a very few saints here in Brisbane, so it’s been tough, but the Lord is with us all at this very difficult time…

    So let’s praise Him and thank Him even for the small blessings that come our way…

    “19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”

    Ephesians 5:19 – 21

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  6. Apollo says:

    Well Eliza, I did coffee today with my Christian friend today, and it was a blessing! To meet with believers face to face used to be a regular occurrance, but nowadays it’s a bit of a rarity for me at this time, but the Lord has arranged this and not me. I’m looking forward to meeting up with this brother regularly from now on, and meeting his family and friends sometime soon.

    We talked about many things – what God is doing, what’s been happening in the local church scene, and other points of interest for some 2 hours. Blessed fellowship was good and I thank and praise God that Jesus Christ is building His church, one or two bricks at a time, in His way and in His timing.

    Thank you Lord…

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