I have been studying and teaching Bible doctrine for over 48 years and the shepherding teacher for home based Churches. Sola Scriptura
To Every Problem, There is a Source.
The Source of the Problem
First of all, the Prince of Darkness wants us to all get along, not necessarily to agree with one another, but to set aside those differences that appear to bring division among churches and members alike. Why would he desire us to get along?
Compromise - one or both sides of the supposed argument would have to compromise their beliefs in order to acquiesce in the name of peace; though a false peace.
A Gospel without power - when one sets aside their convictions for the sake of a false peace, the first thing to be discarded will be sound doctrinal truths for a kinder, gentler gospel, which is not the Gospel of Christ.
- An open door - immediately following a toned down gospel; the attraction factor for the worldly takes root and will become an accepted lifestyle of the church gathering.
- Laodicea revisited - churches will become neither hot nor cold but just another religious establishment, which according to God is akin to vomit, almost cultic.
Jay Vernon McGee once stated that “he thanked God for the cults; it gets the riff raff out of the Church.”
There are purposes for religious institutions flying under the flag of being Christian:
- A place for converts to flock without having to worry about being a disciple for Christ.
- Those gatherings that are more politically motivated will increase the hatred of the wicked for all things godly.
- This hatred will sift these churches and the true followers of Christ will come out from among seeking real fellowship with other like minded believers.
When the Lord returns for His Bride, the Church, many of the current pew sitters may one day in the future be counted among the martyrs of Revelation.
Final Note: Ecclesiastes 3:1 - “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
Today, Churches No Longer Contend for Their Faith.
Contending for the Faith is Not Arguing, it is an Act of War
Jude 3 - “ … that ye should earnestly contend for the faith that was ONCE delivered to the saints.” To ‘earnestly contend’ is one word in Greek and from its root word we get the English word - agonize. This is not to be soft peddled but as a soldier enlisted in the service of the King in a war for men’s souls and the spiritual safety of our fellow soldiers.
How many times does the Word have to warn us before we take up arms and fight for the Gospel and our brothers in arms?
- If one is called by God to shepherd / teach and equip the saints for the work of the Gospel [Ephesians 4:12]; he has been ordained by God to “ … put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ …”. [Ephesians 4:6] What things? Ephesians 4:1-5 Heresy within the ranks of Christendom.
- 1 Timothy 1:18 - Paul admonished Timothy to “... war a good warfare.”
- Three times in the Gospels of Matthew 24:4-12; Mark 13:3-13 and Luke 21:7-9 records Jesus’ own words concerning the days in which we now live.
- The parable of the sower tells us that many seeds will take root but never become one who is fully committed to Christ. A religious crowd indeed but sadly, not saved.
- Hebrews 3:12 warns us that there are those among us with an evil heart of unbelief.
- Paul's warning to the church at Ephesus in Acts 20:29-31 that grievous wolves will come in among them and from within others will seek to lead them astray.
The Church has been warned over and over time again but is today found sleeping; thinking that this could never happen to them. The Word has been slowly watered down by the worldly and the gatherings have swallowed the propaganda of the new gospel and all appears to be well in church-ville. Those to whom the Word is important need to come out from among and seek true biblical fellowship - where two or three are gathered but never where the crowds flock. Many are called BUT few are chosen.
The Anger of Jesus in Action.
Jesus, our example in contending for our faith.
Matthew 23 - the whole chapter. He was not gentle with the religious crowd but shared their crimes to the multitude; not just a select few. The world for the sake of the Gospel needs to understand His indictment of the wicked heretics.
- They love stardom
- Do as I say, not as I do.
- Love to place heavy burdens on their followers, yet not on themselves.
- Their works are for show.
- The love being called separate from their following.
- They eschew being a servant.
- They love to determine who is counted worthy of their blessing.
- They devour others' hard work for their profit.
- They love making followers of themselves and their teachings.
- Their way is the only way.
- They love the tithes, yet ignore judgment, mercy and faith.
- They are legalistic in their doctrine.
- They appear righteous but inwardly they are full of hypocrisy and sin.
- They shall NOT escape the damnation of hell.
Let us not forget the incident with the money changers. The prosperity gospel, where the preacher is the only one to get rich. Note on the picture above: it was very difficult finding pictures that included the 'scourge' and many of the pictures I reviewed tried to make out the crowd He was scourging as being a lot of common folk, including women. Neither of which is close to being historically correct. Little things add up to a distorted gospel.