“There are at least two ways to judge if a church is apostate: 1) Is what it teaches biblically true? and 2) Are there truths in the Bible that it refuses to teach? Jesus tells us in Matthew 24: 35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” He expects us therefore to obey His eternal words. In Luke 6:46, He asks, “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Jesus makes obedience to Himself a litmus test to having a relationship with Him. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3: 36).” from “The Discipline of Delusion: How Secular Ideas Became the New Idolatry” by Jerry Bangert
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” Isaiah 46:9-10
The Scriptures unanimously declare the self-sufficiency of God. “If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.” 202 We, His creatures, can add nothing to Him or what He does. God invites us to give our lives ministering to people, not because He needs us, but rather because He wants us to accrue eternal gain while on earth, and we do that by spending ourselves for others.
By way of illustration, say you invite me to participate with you in an investment that in six months will give me a thousand percent return. You don’t need my money, but offer simply from the goodness of your heart. I make the investment and in six months receive from you the promised return. If I said, “aren’t you glad I contributed to your making this profit?” you would be incredulous, calling to my attention that I contributed nothing. I merely participated, and then only because you elected to be good to me.
This is analogous of our joining Christ in His ministry; we participate out of the goodness of His heart, but we contribute nothing. If you do not believe this, you run a risk of using some people while neglecting others, as you seek to make your contribution. And as you know, using and neglecting people is antithetical to the ministry of Jesus Christ.
202 Psalm 50:12
2 Kings 4-6 Luke 24:36-53 (New King James Version)
2 Kings 4-6
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