The Slaughter of Bereans

hattip: Dan Perry

From the article:

In our contemporary church, however, Bereans are being slaughtered by professing brothers who falsely believe unity is enhanced by the lack of biblically-informed, biblically-commanded, critical discernment.  The professing church is murdering Bereans.

Bereans are being slaughtered by professing brothers

It is more popular to murder with scorn and disregard those who use the Biblical gift of discernment than it is to simply thank them for loving the brothers enough to expose and kill the wolves and false teachers who wear the clothing of a shepherd (“kill” them by the very act of destroying their false doctrines with God’s truth and exposing them as charlatans).
 
The mantra of today’s worldly, deceived “Christianity” has become “Touch not the Lords Anointed.” Either the explicit or implicit clamoring of this ill-used phrase wreaks a disastrous effect within the church and, it is exacerbated most visibly by the increasing prevalence of “celebrity” Christianity that has overtaken every facet of the modern church.

God Hates Mixture

Humanism is the ungodly power behind every evil thing that influences all aspects of our lives. Acting like little gods with the notion of “Let us make a name for ourselves” and choosing who and how we want to worship has been man’s struggle since the Garden of Eden. From the tower of Babel to present day worship, Rev. John Jones addresses the practicing of paganism in high places and their governing powers in our Church culture. Yoga, the kundalini spirit, witchcraft, spiritual mysticism and the use of labyrinths have been accepted in many so-called churches today creating a high-mindedness of self worship while opening gates to the demonic world. The first-generation of Israelites did not enter the promise land because they held the worship of Egypt (wordliness) in their hearts, having a “different spirit” which God had forbidden. There’s nothing new under the sun, dabbling with such practices have been and still are, the downfall of every Nation. How do we remove Humanism, which is presently a “high place” that governs our Church culture and very lives? Rev. John Jones offers a wealth of knowledge on the subject and sound biblical advice.

God’s Word to Israel

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You shall not make a post idol of any trees near unto the altar of the LORD your God, which you shall make you. Neither shall you set up any image; which the LORD your God hates. Deuteronomy 16:21-22 KJV 2000

Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

Care is taken to prevent following the idolatrous customs of the heathen. Nothing belies God more, or tends more to corrupt the minds of men, than representing and worshipping, by an image, that God, who is an almighty and eternal Spirit, present every where. Alas! even in gospel days, and under a better dispensation, established upon better promises, there is a tendency to set up idols, under one form or another, in the human heart.

“What’s Next – Temple Prostitutes?”

Well, why not? Churches are already setting up the symbol of Nimrod’s phallus, the X Mass tree, right up there next to the pulpit where God’s Word is preached! And the church sees nothing wrong with Easter eggs (symbols of fertility) and sunrise services!

From the article:

About a decade ago, I became aware of the new wave of false teaching entering the church. One aspect of that teaching hinted that our experience with Jesus was (should be?) sexual. (Christians who use a mantra, as in contemplative prayer, and go into an altered state of consciousness sometimes have erotic experiences, which they mistakenly believe to be “union” with God/Jesus.) There was new interest in/promotion of the “bridal mysticism” of medieval nuns like Teresa of Avila: “Body and spirit are in the throes of a sweet, happy pain . . . and a spell of strangulation . . . swoon-like weakness . . .” There were quotes in Christian books, like Tony Campolo saying, “There is nothing wrong . . . with eroticism in worship.”

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