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    Because Revelation TV is currently under scrutiny by the Charity Commission for its accounts, it was out of curiosity that I wanted to see what it was all about. I’ve never had occasion to think that Rev.TV were ever fraudulent about funds, even though I had some reservations about their fund-raising methods at times.

It was during my internet searches that I learnt about the God TV crisis with their Leaders [Rory & Wendy [?]], which in turn led to a video on Rev.TV by Howard Condor on the matter.[ A google search for ‘Revelation TVs statement regarding God TV’ will find it]. They had obviously had a lot of concerned Christians contacting them – so – how does Howard react? In typical style – treat it all as from unloving  Christians who should examine their own sins! True to form – it’s the critics who are wrong and the accommodating who are right in Howards opinion.

Predictably he quotes words of scripture ‘Let him who is without sin cast the first stone’ [taken out of context] and ‘Love covers a multitude of sins’. Which is true of course – we should be loving, patient and kind, but should it mean that we abandon truth? We must rightly divide the word of God. And , as usual, Howard shows no love towards those who have obviously been shocked and saddened  but choose to deal with it in a Biblical manner, indeed he accuses them of gossiping [ how often have I heard that one used to stifle any dissent!] and of looking for the faults in each other.

In Ephesians 6:12-18 we see how to combat spiritual wickedness, and if truth and righteousness are not our first priorities then we are in dire straits – no matter how we may fall short , we still must strive for them and walk accordingly.

The whole of 1 Corinthians 5 is devoted to Paul’s directives to them in how to deal with sin in their midst because they’d obviously not dealt with it as they should. He says: “And you are puffed up and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from you”  and 

“Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened.”  and

“But now I have written to you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator,or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not you judge them that are within? But them that are without God judges. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.”

I do not see here Howard’s admonition to understand what a difficult position it is to be in Leadership, facing all sorts of temptations so we shouldn’t cast stones. So – the Leaders are the poor victims then – not those who have been so badly wronged in the first place? I’m simply amazed at his total lack of discernment of right and wrong! But this has been the trend in the church for years and is why it’s in such a state of apostasy now because the Leaders tend to close ranks, try to hush up scandal and ‘restore’ any guilty people without any reference to their  followers’ spiritual growth or Paul’s directives.

I remember two incidences in the past, when my husband and I were quite young Christians, where we were very surprised and disappointed at the Ministers’ loose attitude toward sexual immorality in the congregations we belonged to at the time. One was a very young Christian woman in an unhappy marriage [ her husband was an unbeliever] who began living with a young man, also a member of our church. It confused and upset us that this was going on with the full blessing of the minister and his wife. I guess their reasoning was that it was better for her to be living in adultery with a ‘believer’ than living in a legitimate, though unhappy marriage with an ‘unbeliever’.  I think they thought it would it drive both of them away from the church if the congregation  didn’t ‘accept them as they were’ … a mentality I fear is prevalent now.

The other instance was in a house group that we hosted for a while. We had an older [in years] divorced woman who became a Christian but continued to live with a much younger man. In our naivety we hadn’t realised that was the case. It was only when the man who we regarded as our pastor [ who was teaching Latter Rain doctrines as it turned out] suggested to us in private that we have a special meeting to ‘bless’ their union that we really understood the situation. We just could not believe our ears!! How can anyone ask God to bless that which His word so plainly condemns – let alone a church ‘Leader’ ? But woe betide anyone who dares to question their wisdom or authority.

As with Howard’s foolish remarks – instead of obeying God’s word in the matter – making a stand for the truth of God’s word becomes a cause for division so that evil becomes good and good evil – just as His word says it will in the Last days. So, the chickens are coming home to roost as we see more and more apostasy with the truth and the Gospel being abandoned … but, the good news is that for those who really love the truth of God’s word and are obedient to it – all things are working together for good as we look to the Lord. Come quickly Lord Jesus.

 Added Footnote:  It seems Tim Vince suddenly left Rev.TV but nobody knows why because again, true to form, Howard and the team won’t be honest, above board and open about dissenters. 

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Since my original post I thought I needed to add and clarify something that I’d taken for granted every Christian would do. That is that they would be grounded in the basic, historic and traditional doctrines of the Faith, once delivered to the saints [Jude 1:3]  The Apostle Paul especially tells us that we should follow his teaching and example – what he wrote he had received directly from the Lord.

Every Christian should know what the Gospel is of course. When I was born again I knew that I was saved, but a complete theological understanding of what that meant came gradually with study of the scriptures. I knew God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in a truly personal way, but understanding of how the Trinity doctrine was formed, again came with study. I was fortunate enough after moving from London to Crawley, to join a newly formed Elim church where the emphasis was on the Bible and not on our ‘experiences’ – except that of our salvation. The choruses and hymns for the most part were doctrinal too. It was while there the Pastor loaned me a book called ‘In Understanding be Men’ which set out all the historic Bible doctrines. [As a sad little note – Elim as a denomination has now strayed far – and imagine my shock and sadness to see that my old Elim church has been rebuilt into a Mosque!! If we could have seen into the future, we wouldn’t have believed it…]

I was brought to the Lord in a high Anglican church so my initial grounding in the faith, fortunately, was in the repeating of the Apostles’ Creed every sunday. However, although I believed it, there were many there who didn’t – it was simply just trotted out as a ‘tradition’. More attention seem to be paid to the Book of Common Prayer than to the Bible. The sermon was usually based on explaining away Jesus’ miracles eg. the feeding of the five thousand was simply that Jesus had made those in the crowd who had brought food with them, feel guilty so they shared their sandwiches with everyone else!!

Anyway – the point is that we really need to know what the great Christian Doctrines are to be able to refute the teachings of Cults eg – their favourite is to attack the Trinity doctrine, so we need to know exactly how the scriptures describe the Godhead. Yes – the cults may well use the names Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but their meaning is totally different to ours.  I think I may have taken that grounding for granted, when I advocated that believers should always check out what they hear from their Leaders – especially their latest revelations and prophecies and what they all claim God has ‘laid on their heart’ or has outright ‘told’ them. Time was when I naive enough to believe them and give them the benefit of the doubt if I had any.

If we don’t know really what Bible truth is, then how can we tell truth from error? We will be ripe for deception because we are impressed with man and his ‘ministries’.  The worst deception of course is when we think the Leader/Preacher must be so close to the Lord that he/she couldn’t possibly lead us astray. Being Christian believers, we are loathe to criticise or ‘judge’ anyone [ a misapplied term if ever there was one] , let alone a respected Leader – so the false is allowed to fester along with the true … and that is precisely why things have got so bad in the Church today.

Because Doctrine is considered dry and almost a dirty word now, it gives the green light to relative truth … the teaching that if something works for you then that is your ‘truth’ – mine may be different to yours but all truths are valid. So if there are good testimonies coming out of certain questionable ministries, then God must be in it, and if it’s good enough for God it should be good enough for us too. How dare we question God’s anointed? We should just eat the meat and spit out the bones [ a saying I find really horrible]. I’m not saying that in His sovereign grace, God doesn’t ‘work’ in an individual heart and circumstance – but that doesn’t mean His overall approval of what is going on.

Anyway – enough of all this seeming negative stuff. You can only discern and stand your ground if you are confident in your own scriptural foundation. There is plenty of help out there if you look in the right places. A google search for the historic, traditional doctrines of the Christian faith [ not Roman Catholicism] will be profitable I’m sure. Of course – it goes without saying that we first and always look to God for help. It is He who guides us and if we feel we lack incentive and desire to to study His word, He will instill a love for His word in us if we but ask Him.  It is our food after all and He doesn’t give us a stone instead of bread.We need the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment as we read and we should ask for wisdom in our reading and application. In 2 Tim 2:15  Paul’s advice to Timothy was ‘Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  See also 2 Tim 3:13-17

Never doubt God’s words – always doubt man’s if they are bringing ‘new’ revelations and teachings – search the scriptures.

till next time, Maranatha!     Eileen

 

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I’ve been reading through the Book of Acts lately , mainly in order to compare todays methods of evangelism with what the early church did. Among other things, I couldn’t help noticing that wherever the Apostle Paul preached the gospel, he started right from the beginning of the story – demonstrating Christ in the Old Testament scriptures. Stephen too, prior to his martyrdom , had taken the Jews back over their history.

In our own day and age, with widespread ignorance about God and the wholesale acceptance of evolution as fact, there is a need when preaching the gospel, or witnessing to individual unbelievers, to be able to present the truth about our origins in a knowledgeable and convincing way. We can then go on to present the gospel of Christ as a needful thing .If people don’t believe in God or are agnostic, they won’t see their need of a Saviour. We have to go back to the beginning to present the root of the problem.

The Apostle Paul started where people were at. When he preached to the Jews there was no need for him to convince them of God’s existence, so he went to the heart of the matter after first reminding them of their history. When he preached to gentiles who worshipped many gods, he didn’t have to convince them of a supernatural world.

Why then is the Creation/Evolution debate so neglected in our churches, when it seems such a key to reaching today’s unsaved masses? Why is it regarded  merely as a secondary issue and nothing to do with the gospel?

Of course I understand and know we are saved simply by believing that Christ died for our sins – that faith evidenced by being born again, but we first have to believe that there is a God who made us!

There are a growing number of [misguided] Christians , known as Theistic evolutionists, who believe God ‘used’ evolution as His method of creation  – but if that were the case, then He surely would have told us so?  It amounts to a lie if the account in Genesis says it took God six days but He really took eons of time. Apart from which, the Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles believed and taught  Genesis literally.

Theistic evolutionists have a huge problem when it comes to the question of sin, simply because God states categorically that all that He created was ‘good’.  There was a moment in time when the curse of sin entered our world, bringing death with it. With evolution however the bad has always been here and death is accepted as a ‘natural’ thing.

But the truth is that it is the most un-natural thing – death is mankinds’ last and greatest enemy – and the norm is to do everything we possibly can to stay alive!   Why do we grieve so when our loved ones die if it’s so natural? Every fibre of our being shouts out ‘NO’ !

Let me tell you here and now that in all the years I was an atheist, I wasn’t happy to be one ….  in spite of being very happy in my personal life, with a husband who was my soul-mate and two lovely children. And even though our first-born son had spina-bifida and hydrocephalous, it had drawn us even closer together as we faced our difficulties.

But the material world was all there was and I had to face reality and  accept that fact. – after all, Science had proved we came from apes.  I certainly wasn’t aware of any counter arguments to say otherwise. I wasn’t interested in the dream world of wishful thinking that religious people lived in, however comforting that would be. I wanted Truth, and no Scientist believed in God did they??

Leaving aside for a moment, the mysterious workings of a Sovereign God, I might have found that truth sooner had  church people been educated by their Leaders to know the arguments for and against evolution/creation. But how can they defend what they don’t know? Back then [in the 60s] ignorance I suppose could be forgiven – but today, thankfully, there are several excellent Ministries championing the  truth of God’s word and the Creation cause.

But I can’t help feeling really disappointed at the dearth of churches taking regular advantage of the offers of speakers from the likes of CMI for instance. What golden opportunities are missed to equip believers and reach out to the atheist/agnostic with the whole gospel. It could be the first step to their salvation.

In these days of deception, churches would rather follow the way of ‘socialising’ to reach the unsaved. It’s so much easier to invite someone to a picnic or ‘love’ them into the Kingdom. Of course I’m not saying that people can’t be saved that way – it’s just not the scriptural method is it? Why have so many become ashamed of presenting the Gospel truth when it is the power of God to everyone who believes? Romans 1:16

I am a ‘nobody’ when it comes to authority and I’m in no position to tell anyone to do anything whatsoever, all I know is , I am passionate for God’s truth and I love to write about it, in the hope that the Lord may use it to help fellow believers to get better equipped  in these deceptive days. So this is a plea to please take advantage of the information available on creation web sites.

You can receive Creation Ministries International’s [ CMI.uk here] daily email Infobytes, or subscribe to their superb Creation Magazine. They have speakers who will do presentations in your church [Philip Bell/ Dominic Statham/Phil Robinson].

I live in West Sussex [UK] and there is an excellent ministry, The Creation Science Movement, based in Portsmouth [www.csm.org.uk]. You can subscribe to receive their Journal by post . It’s the oldest creation ministry anywhere I believe, founded in 1932.  They have recently re-opened their permanent, free exhibition called ‘The Genesis Expo’ [contact them for opening times]. I would love to visit it myself but I need to rope somebody in for a lift!

There are others too eg Answers in Genesis

with many blessings to everyone,   Eileen

 

 

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