The Disgraceful, Unhealthy State of the Church in the USA-circa 2017

Here is my “State of the Church” post. As I have stated many times before, we live in a post-Christian era; the times that Jesus declared in Luke 18:8, ” Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” I truly hope I am way off-base in my assessment of the state of the “church” in the USA. I hope and pray that God is much more liberal in His perception of Christian living and obedience than I am. A lot of people will miss hell, if that is the case;  I DO NOT want people to land in hell when they were deceived by the devil of that domain and his false prophets and teachers.  They themselves are deceived and go about deceiving those in their congregations. ( 2 Timothy 3:13) Where does the “buck” stop?  Are we personally accountable to God for what we listen to, week after week ( and thereby give “silent affirmation” to). Does God give most Christians a “pass” and hang the judgment solely on the heads of those who are ordained to lead their sheep to green pastures? I say that true Christians are told over and over again, “BE NOT DECEIVED”!! Romans 12:2 states, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”. There is only one way for a Christian to be “non-conformed” to this world.  That is achieved by reading and studying the Scriptures, which renew (think- gives you God’s perspective) a transformed (Christian) mind.”Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates”. (2 Corinthians 13:5)

I believe the Lord’s Supper (communion) should be celebrated each Lord’s day (Sunday) and the message brought home, with “passion”,  by the minister overseeing it. The message I am speaking of is this; EXAMINE YOURSELVES, DO NOT TAKE THE SACRAMENT WITH KNOWN SIN IN YOUR HEART AND LIFE. We need to keep a “short account” with the Lord Jesus, I do believe. I know that the church pews are filled today by “professors” who have been taught a weak, watered-down view of personal holiness and accountability to our creator, Jehovah God!! These “professors” sin is “minimized”, from the pulpit, by false teachers who tell them they are OK with God because it was all taken care of by God’s “grace”; past, current, and future sins were washed away by the work of Christ at Calvary (there is another article there- the use of the word “Christ” instead of Jesus Christ or just Jesus)!!! We Christians have the ability, by the Holy Spirit that is within us, to overcome and become somewhat victorious over our “sin nature”. It is a daily “battle” against our old nature.  It is one that must be fought, if Christians are to  experience real, spiritually-healthy, Christian living, and a personal accountability to God. 1 John 1:9,10, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us”. Hebrews 4:12-16, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”.

Verse 9 of 1 John 1 is taken out of context by many of the “easy believism” false teachers. It is said to be a “salvation” verse and prerequisite for salvation, when nothing could be farther from the truth of Scripture. This verse, taken in context (as we ALWAYS should do), is to Christians; about the “reality” that we are still sinners. We need to repent and be restored DAILY to keep a close walk with God, to stay humble, and to grow in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sinning, by omission and commission, is a fact of our earthly life. Perfect holiness or sanctification is a great, worthy goal to strive for at all times.  But let us get honest with ourselves and admit that we need that “daily” cleansing from the filth of sin to finish the race of faith as a victor. Hebrews 12:1-4, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood,  striving against sin.

We have not achieved martyrdom yet for our faith in Jesus, so He must do the cleansing, when we confess and repent. THEN, we get graciously restored and made white again by Jesus’s advocacy with the Father. I don’t know about you, but my “whiteness” is usually getting dingy in a few hours, so confession and repentance is definitely an almost continuous process with me. Can I get an “amen” here? I believe that all Christians are left with a “thorn in the flesh”, to keep us humble. Otherwise, we get “religiously” proud, kind of like the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’s earthly time. And therein lies the biggest trap and danger of vocational Christianity (religion for a salary).  Religious pride and legalism are insidious, egregious sins of the church universal. A lot of times, our “good works” are just balm for our egos; we serve meals and give clothes to the homeless without giving them the truth of the gospel, the “good news” of Jesus Christ; the transforming power of the “new birth”. Matthew 25:32-46 is a judgment, by Jesus Christ, at the start of the millennium, at which He will judge the nations of the earth on their treatment of the Jews, God’s chosen people. Many pastors choose to use these verses as “legal ammunition” to shoot the flock and put them under condemnation that God never intended for His children. That kind of scenario is “real legalism”. It is used by false teachers to put Christians “back into bondage”, and is part of what I call a “social gospel”; a method to reform the world by the “good works” of “social” programs and ministries. In my opinion, what happens with a social gospel is the opposite of what Jesus declares in the Great Commission. We end up giving them bodily provisions instead of “living water”, which is the spiritual solution, and what everyone “really” needs.  Good works is substituted for real evangelism and discipleship. We pat ourselves on the back and our egos are satisfied and inflated.

I am going to give you some examples, from my personal experience, to show you what it looks like in a church congregation when a liberal (political) social gospel is featured and the real gospel “backburnered” or completely disregarded. The first thing you would notice and encounter is a lack of any focus on evangelism and disciple-making. Jesus gave us three “major” orders; (1) to love God and obey Him and His Word (2) to love others as we love ourselves (3) to evangelize or possibly better said,  “make disciples”. If disciple-making (what I call “real evangelism”) is not the main focus of a church congregation, then they are taking a ” broad” road, and the church is “dead” (think Sardis). It does not matter that they have large numbers and a big budget, they are spiritually dead. Period!! What causes such a “sorry” state in a church assembly. Unbiblical leadership is my answer to that question. At the assembly I attended with the grandkids and their parents, the pastor adheres to what I consider a liberal, unbiblical, social “gospel” which I can only describe this way; it is a “politically correct” message that puts a very wrong “spin” on how God intends for His people to be “fed and led”. PC church on steroids!! I do not know (or want to know) the church structure there, but this pastor has been there 29 years so I believe he does basically what he desires to do. It is his “baby”! It is a “reformed” model that they use and push (foist) on the congregants. “Reformed religion”, the Young, Restless, and Reformed (YRR) is the “modus operandi” at this assembly. The church is mixture of Sardis and Laodicea. It is “wealthy and dead”. There is no disciple-making going on there because this formula (reformed religion-Calvinism) is what is believed, taught, and focused on. The “elect” will come!!  So, they go about doing “church” without the Holy Spirit’s power and blessing.  “Traitors they are, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:4, 5). This church must be filled with “tares” or else it could not have the support and numbers that it has. Large numbers of people and the size of the offering are not a “gauge” of the spiritual health of an assembly. This pastor never closes a prayer in Jesus’s name!  He usually just says “amen”, but sometimes says ” in Christ’s name” (that itself is another article).  What is wrong with that “picture”, folks? He does not preach  “Easter” sermons, about the greatest occurrence for Christians, the resurrection of Jesus our Lord. There is an old testament word that I believe is warranted here. “Ichabod”!!! Possibly, the “glory of the Lord” was never there.

Well, that was my rant on the “state of the church”,  2017.

Barb and I have started attending a Wesleyan church in our town, and we have “high hopes” for this church experience.”Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”. (Hebrews 10:25). The day of our Lords return is near. I pray that you have a place where you can truly worship Him, in Spirit and in Truth.

Blessings, Ken

The Disgraceful, Unhealthy State of the Church in the USA-circa 2017

Perfect Disobedience-a Critique of “New Calvinism and the Young, Restless, and Reformed.

In introducing this post, I want to summarize the scope of my musings first. I am a person that totally and unashamedly believes that Jehovah God granted free will to his human creation and is not a micro-manager of history and events. Yes, I do believe in the omniscience of God and that He knows the beginning from the end and everything in between, but He does not control history, thereby being the cause of evil even though Calvinists will disingenuously plead “antimony” about such things and go on their merry way of ” heady religion” and argue until the “cows come home” about such lofty “ideas”. You can most likely tell by now that I am definitely NOT a “reformed” man ! Let us go on. As I said, “summarize”, not “rabbit trails”, Ken ! Okay, I will stop that (SLAP,SLAP). This post is an attempt to put God’s plan for His created humans in a logical and understandable form so that anyone who reads and has average intelligence and reasoning powers can understand the redemption plan that God put in place starting in the garden of Eden.

From the beginning, God gave Adam and Eve the ability to choose right or wrong. Obviously, Eve had the ability to disobey God and listen to the serpent; Adam had the ability to make a choice, listen to Eve or not and disobey God. As the old song goes, ” it started long ago in the Garden of Eden.” Disobeying God was an “option” from beginning of the human race. Say it ain’t so? How could it be otherwise?  That is what I am fixin’ to ‘splain to ya !! Hold on tight ’cause ” the Gospel Express” is leaving the station !!

Barb and I started a ministry back in 2011 and the Lord gave me the name of Everlasting Covenant Gospel Missions. The initial concept was for the project to be an evangelistic ministry of tract writing, and if the Lord allowed, a public preaching effort geared toward reaching the lost with the loving Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, with a healthy dose of warnings for those “saved” people who had left their first love and strayed into “enemy territory”. Those two endeavors are what I consider normal evangelistic preaching  and teaching. Well, the public preaching (live and in person, anyways) never “took off”. That was a zealous preacher’s “pipe dream”..  The real world of church reality does not work that way and rightly so. I know that if I was a pastor of a church, I could not turn over my pulpit to an unproven and un-vetted, wanna-be evangelist. So, phase two started forming in my spirit; I would start a YouTube ministry with just audio Bible teaching and allow God to send whoever He wanted there to listen. That effort is still up and “running” and available to listen to on your device. Go to YouTube.com and type “Kenneth Hall testimony” and you will find 4 audio messages. The next phase of the ECGM ministry was and is the “Luke 14 Project”. It is an effort to witness to people whenever they live and play. If you listen to the short version of my testimony on YouTube you will find out that I like to play pocket billiards (pool), so being the inventive person I am (lol), I invented me a way to minister and have fun at the same time. Anyhow, the genesis for the Luke 14 Project was the scripture passage in Luke 14:16-24. These verses talk about Christians making excuses to the Lord and what the Lord does in that case ! Probably, a bunch of you will not agree with how I interpret these verses, but that is OK with me. Let every one be convinced in their “own minds” about Scripture and do not be tossed “to and fro” by various ” winds of doctrine (James 1:5-8). I personally believe that the Luke 14 passage is referring to a future event in heaven while the “great tribulation” is occurring on earth. It is described in Revelation 19:7-10, “The Marriage and Wedding Supper of the Lamb”. What a day that will be ! Amen ?

As I said in the first paragraph, this is an attempt to show the logic and reasonability of God’s redemptive plan for his beloved human race. Right now, I want to make this “bold” statement. Calvinism (reformed theology) is the most diabolical lie that Satan, the deceiver, has ever foisted on Christendom (professing Christianity). To Biblically prove that God has created humans who are equipped and allowed to exercise free will, I must debunk the fallacy and error of Calvinistic reformed religion. My purpose in writing this article is to show my reader friends the many ways that “reformed religion” has been the driving influence behind the “great apostasy of the last days”. I am going to try to be succinct and to the point because to totally refute Calvinism would require a substantial  sized book. So, I am going to try to be general, and let the Holy Spirit in you who read this , enlarge my argument. I truly hope this writing sparks an interest in the reader to take a “hard look” at how this subject could be impacting their personal lives and, hopefully, repent and become more active in proclaiming the “great commission” in their personal sphere of influence in this “dying apostate world” in which we reside. Jesus said, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.(Matt. 28:18b,19,20). Jesus also said in Luke 18:8, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” And friends, that last statement is the crux of my argument and “compulsion” to get out the truth of the Scriptures about our apostate “church world”. I will list a few of the “movers and shakers”, the ones whose influence has been the most profound in this “apostate non-move of God” called reformed thinking (religion). John Piper, Albert Mohler, Tim Keller, Randy Pope, John MacArthur, and a list of others a mile long. The movement called New Calvinism or the “Young, Restless, and Reformed (YRR) has been the bane or “death knell” of what I call “real evangelism” in the USA. When I say the death note or coup de grace, I am speaking of this phenomenon (YRR) as coming at the end of the deadly “swan song” of postmodernism (PM). Here is the definition of PM.

Postmodernism A general and wide-ranging term which is applied to literature, art, philosophy, architecture, fiction, and cultural and literary criticism, among others. Postmodernism is largely a reaction to the assumed certainty of scientific, or objective, efforts to explain reality. In essence, it stems from a recognition that reality is not simply mirrored in human understanding of it, but rather, is constructed as the mind tries to understand its own particular and personal reality. For this reason, postmodernism is highly skeptical of explanations which claim to be valid for all groups, cultures, traditions, or races, and instead focuses on the relative truths of each person. In the postmodern understanding, interpretation is everything; reality only comes into being through our interpretations of what the world means to us individually. Postmodernism relies on concrete experience over abstract principles, knowing always that the outcome of one’s own experience will necessarily be fallible and relative, rather than certain and universal.

Postmodernism is “post” because it is denies the existence of any ultimate principles, and it lacks the optimism of there existing a scientific, philosophical, or religious truth which will explain everything for everybody – a characteristic of the so-called “modern” mind. The paradox of the postmodern position is that, in placing all principles under the scrutiny of its skepticism, it must realize that even its own principles are not beyond questioning. As the philosopher Richard Tarnas states, postmodernism “cannot on its own principles ultimately justify itself any more than can the various metaphysical overviews against which the postmodern mind has defined itself.”

Religious postmodernism denies the absolute truth of the scriptures of the Holy Bible and makes truth relative to individual circumstances and interpretations of “learned” modern men. I have a good Biblical name for PM. “HOGWASH!!!” (2 Peter 2:22) “But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” PM and the YRR are the end results of what Jesus calls ” Nicolaitanism, “But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.” (Revelation 2:6) Nicolaitanism is a heresy that started in the early days of the church whereby the “laity became subservient to the clergy instead of the leaders being servants of the common church people. Jesus modeled servanthood to his disciples and Paul went on in his epistles of 1,2 Timothy and Titus to elaborate much on what Jesus wanted. Satan was successful to a great degree when in 381 AD the bishop of Rome became the “head” of the church. The true church was “hijacked” by the clergy and popery soon became the way of the church; industrialized religion was the prevalent visage of the church. So, apostasy is not a new thing.  Can you see that I am trying to “connect the dots” and trace the history of what we in the “watchman world” call the apostasy or the falling away from the faith? I hear a lot of comments from Christians who believe that the apostasy is just going to happen in the very last of the last days; some kind of flagrant, deceptive movement (New Age, emergent church, etc.) that will lure professing Christians away from God. Those things are a part of the great falling away, for sure, but they are symptoms and not the disease. The true origin of apostasy is even more insidious and deceptive; like a very slow-growing cancer that has spread over hundreds of years and now has metastasized into the “death spiral” of the professing church.

Roman Catholicism  became the only visible “church” for over 11 centuries. Then came  Martin Luther and the Reformation, a good thing at it’s start, with the five solas; taking some power back for the laity to use just the Bible and it’s precepts for the basis of the Christian faith. That was the end of the “dark age” of Christianity. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Amen? BUT  it was not very long before John Calvin came on the scene and the church was “hijacked” once again by man-made religion. Calvinism has had a tremendous effect on today’s “professing Christianity”. I believe with all my heart that Calvinism is the major cause of today’s apostasy, which is the final phase of the “great falling away”!!! Calvinism (new or old) is a very flawed system of religion that seems to espouse a very high view of God and His sovereignty. But no matter how majestically Calvinists say they revere God , they deny Him and the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:1-5) and re-invent the God of the Scriptures to “prove”  their version of the sovereignty of God. I call it a self-perpetuating system of heresy. Although I will not take the time to deal with every facet of the deception of Calvinism, I will make this bold statement and you can quote me on it. “New Calvinism has been a major contributor to the ranks of the emergent church heresy, it (YRR) has tremendously harmed Contemporary Christian Music with a “wink” at homosexuality in it’s ranks, and music that does not honor God and instead honors weak, sinful human behavior (the creature) more than the Creator (Romans 1:25 -Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.- The Calvinist publishing arm of the YRR, the Gospel Coalition, has flooded it’s literature into the mainstream of supposed “orthodoxy”, into church discipleship and training programs. Practically all the “Bible (so called) and community churches” have New Calvinism at the helm.” I will go as far as this statement in my discernment; ” I truly believe that a majority of church members in the New Calvinist (YRR) churches probably do not realize what their church truly believes about salvation and the salvation process.” I could be off-base somewhat in that statement, but I do not think I am, really.

So, Ken, let’s get to the crux of the article and finish your “rant”. Okay, I will, reader friends. My true heartfelt and sincere concern in writing this critique is to wake up some sleeping Christians who may be participating in perpetuating the heresy of the “New Calvinism- YRR” and to have them come out from this system of error and return to the God of the Scriptures or possibly see their “lost” condition, and be truly “born again from above”; to walk in newness of life and be ready when the Lord Jesus returns very soon.

Listen friend, please! Take my warning seriously!. Get yourself a book about Calvinism. I suggest the late Dave Hunt’s ” What Love Is This “. Read and study that book with an open King James Bible at your side. Pray for discernment. It could change your life and eternal destination!!

I know this has been quite lengthy, but God put you on my blog for a reason. I appreciate all of you who take the time to read and think about what I say on Hey, Jude 15. I really, really do. Please comment with honest questions and I will prayerfully answer all inquiries in a timely manner.

May God bless the “blessable”.  Please draw the nominal Christian to repentance, and save lost sinners is my prayer and plea, Lord Jesus!!

Ken Hall

 

 

 

 

Perfect Disobedience-a Critique of “New Calvinism and the Young, Restless, and Reformed.

Truly a Major Snow Job by Satan!!

The biggest snow job that Satan has pulled yet is Calvinism and it’s system of self-perpetuating faith.  I truly believe that the New Reformation (the Young Restless and Reformed – YRR) is at the forefront of the final apostasy.  This movement to “revive” Calvinism has been extremely successful in “snowing” the masses of professing…these most likely not possessing Christianity.  Unsaved, religious people (2 Timothy 3:5), and more concernedly…those who purport to lead them, are the much more prevalent norm rather than the exception.  Churches are filled with “tares” rather than “wheat”.  The field (the professing church) has become much more stony than it was 100 or even 50 years ago.  The churches are filled with SMO (Satanically Modified Organisms) just as our natural food is being messed with by GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms).  There is hardly  any real spiritual food in our churches, just as there is no nourishment in the food available  on the grocery shelves.  Our bodies are being starved for what they really need, and our souls are famished for the meat of the unadulterated Word of God, fierily preached in church meetings, calling lost people to salvation and lazy, lagging Christians to repentance.

There you have it in a nut shell.  I say here and I say again with all that is within me, “Wake up sleeping Christians, listen to the true watchmen and messengers”.  We are telling you this with your eternal welfare in mind.  Wake up, and do the first works again (Revelations 2:5).  Sinner, there is still time to be saved.  Fall on your knees (or just look up Jesus) and say, “I believe in you Lord Jesus, please save my soul and help me follow you, by your Word and Spirit.”

It is urgent!

Today is the day of salvation!

As you read this plea did your heart started beating faster?  That is the Holy Spirit drawing you to the truth, of what I am saying, by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Please do not put this decision off until tomorrow; tomorrow may be too late.  The Holy Spirit will not force you to believe in Jesus.  It is your decision.  Make it NOW!  Be saved today!  Jesus is returning soon for those who are looking for Him and obey Him (for salvation).  I beg you, be saved TODAY!

You can write to me via my blogsite…Hey, Jude 15 or email me at khall92@outlook.com.  I will answer honest questions and if you believe in Jesus by faith, I will be here to help you get started walking toward Jesus and His Salvation.  Time is of the essence.  There will be no “second chances” for those who have been drawn by the Holy Spirit and rejected or put off His Salvation. Come Now!

I am in the process of writing a much more detailed critique of the heresy of Calvinism at this time. Check back to Hey, Jude 15 regularly.

Blessings,

Ken

 

Truly a Major Snow Job by Satan!!

Article from Truthkeepers.com

Is It A Solution or A Snow Job?     C.H.Fisher

One of the most effective methods of satanic deception operates as a straw man argument. Of course, a straw man argument is a dishonest debate trick where an individual attributes a false position to his or her opponent and then defeats that position. It gives the false perception that he or she has won a point.

It is as a man wanting to impress a lady. So he burglarizes her house when she is away. Then he shows up with sympathy and offers to use his contacts and abilities to recover her cherished belongings. After a few days he shows up with her valuables. He explains that one of his contacts was able to recover the stuff, but he is not privy to the details. That trick makes a hero out of a thief and perhaps worse.

A similar example occurred in California concerning arson investigator and novelist John Orr. Orr rose up through the ranks to become a distinguished arson investigator because of his uncanny ability to discover the cause of arson fires. However, he was responsible for setting many of the arson fires he had investigated. Eventually, he was arrested, charged, and convicted of arson and murder.

Likewise, Satan will create a problem and provide his own “solution.” He will inflict someone and then remove the infliction to promote his emissary as a faith healer. He can make a false prophet appear as a true prophet. He can make his false ministers to appear as ministers of righteousness. Furthermore, he can make false spirituality appear as true spirituality and false solutions appear as true “solutions.”

Also consider that his satanic “solution” is applied without any competition from a godly solution. An example is public schools using yoga in detention to calm students and teach them self-control. Christianity is not allowed, but yoga, (the missionary arm of Hinduism, Buddhism and the New Age movement) is given free access. Satan is the reason students are in detention. His “solution” alone is applied and people brag about how well it works. But are they measuring the spiritual effects of yoga in those students? Of course not. That would be too religious and violate the liberal ban on supporting one religion over another.

Consider that when Christianity is used to help troubled young people, the success rate was 87.5% (result of Federal Government Study of Teen Challenge). Believing that yoga is better than Christianity to help troubled youth is like believing “The Shack” movie can teach one more about God than the Bible and Holy Spirit.

Satan’s evil “solution” seldom goes head to head against God’s solution. But when it does, it fails miserably. Thus, when someone tries to convince you that something satanic is okay because of the (deceptive) results, remember Satan’s trick of providing a “solution” to a problem he created.

Article from Truthkeepers.com

Apostasy

Now for the warning. God’s word declares that the end times will be very dangerous for Christians. There will be many spiritually wicked individuals masquerading as servants of God. They will present heresies and other lies for the purpose of deceiving God’s people. However, some professing Christians declare that it is impossible for Christians to be deceived and apostatize. If that is true, then who is Satan deceiving and who is apostatizing? The lost are already deceived and cannot apostatize from faith that they do not have. That astute statement by my brother in Christ, Cedric Fisher of Truthkeepers.com. is revelatory.

People just do not get it these days, folks. They haven’t for a long time. This apostasy has been around a long time and it just gets worse as time goes on. It is like the proverbial snowball rolling downhill, gathering mass and momentum as it gets larger. I think it is called “critical mass” in scientific terminology. I am not a “thorough” researcher of church history and it’s “pet peeve” doctrines, but I do know in my heart (discernment) that Calvinistic theology was one of the primary sources of the “doctrine of the eternal security of the believer”; once saved, always saved. There has never been a bigger heresy to invade the Church than OSAS, in my opinion. Denominations, reformed or otherwise, have been spreading these seductive, easy-believism , false teachings for a long, long time and it is getting worse by the hour. That is why you will get shouted down by most professing Christians at the mention of the possibility of Christians apostatizing from the faith. It (OSAS) is ingrained into the fabric of the their faith, so called; into the seminaries, Bible colleges, hymn books, CCM, etc., etc. If you want to listen to a further expose’ of this heresy, look to YouTube, Kenneth Hall-“Grace-What It Is and What It Is Not”.

My encouragement to you, Cedric (and all our readers), is to keep fighting the “good fight” until Jesus returns or you physically die. Then you will get your “assurance” and the “hope of your salvation”, a glorified body (at the first resurrection and rapture) and eternity with our redeemer, our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Amen?

Amen!!

Ken

 
Apostasy

2017-The Final Year, or less(for me)

2016 has passed away and the Lord did not return. So I look to the horizon and ponder when that will occur. As the Bible says, “No one knows the day and hour when Jesus will return. That is a Bible truth and I believe it. I also believe that we can know when His return is very close by watching the signs that the Bible tells us to monitor.

 

What I see now is an apostasy that is in full bloom. The Bible says that the great tribulation will not occur until a “great falling away” HAS occurred. I know that has happened to the church professing. So, at any time , the man of sin can be “revealed” and the tribulation can begin. That is what the Bible literally says (2 Thess. 2:3 ). So I am now looking for a character who can fulfill the profile of the man of sin, the son of perdition. That man has been in power for awhile now, and he is, at this time, preparing to switch roles from the president of the USA to his role as “world leader”. Many in Christian political circles have “written him off” and followed their newer messiah, Trump. But I truly believe that is a grave error and just “high hopes” of a reprieve from judgment because of the election of DT.

As you can see in the news every day, Barack Obama, along with his puppet John Kerry, is trying to turn world opinion against Israel  and he is probably succeeding with scores of professing Christians. It seems the majority of the professing church does not have a clue about what will transpire when Israel gets this kind of treatment. For one thing, those who say that Israel deserves this, will be cursed in God’s eyes. Another possible result of this persecution of the Jews is Israel’s enemies will be emboldened and try to attack her. At this time, the United States would not step in on her behalf and fulfill it’s stated and signed defense  cooperation treaty (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4yWRY2Yg3Q ). The country of Israel will be “thrown under the bus” of the sworn enemies of hated Israel. That, friends, has ramifications for those who live in the USA and call themselves Christian. That would be God’s judgment of the United States and it’s citizens could be casualties of a major disaster. Just saying that I think this is very possible in the next few weeks. So be warned and try to be prepared for hard times ahead.

In ending this update, I will say this. I think it is possible that this “dissing of Israel” is the fulfillment of this, ” And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”(Daniel 9:27). The way I read and understand the Bible,  my explanation of this goes like so. The final king aka the little horn will be in the position  which makes him a “protector” of the Jewish people and will vow to “have their backs”, militarily.; be the one who should come to aid them when needed and asked to do so. This devious character will desert them and allow the Muslim forces to overrun Jerusalem and devastate Israel. The Middle East is a “powder keg” just waiting a spark to ignite another holocaust against the Jews. Watch out Damascus, Syria- a nuke may be headed you way soon !!……………………………Ken

2017-The Final Year, or less(for me)

The Music of the Final Apostasy-CCM Worship Songs

Well, I just could not be totally unengaged forever, right? I was reading C.H. Fisher’s latest article on his website, Truthkeepers.com titled ” A Crow In His Spirit” and it inspired me to start this post. Cedric seems to be much more of a reader and communicator than myself and he is probably engaged with today’s culture (in a good way) more than I am. I tend not to be “well read” on current events in Christendom, the world of professing Christianity. To critique with fairness, I think you “should” investigate the subject(s) of your admonitions and rebukes. Then again, I think also that “spiritual discernment” is  a God-given talent that the Lord has bestowed to me, and thereby I can “test the spirits” to see if what is said or done by others in Christian ministry matches up with what the Bible says is right, just, and true to the Scriptures.

So with that in mind, I am going to attempt to show you a glimpse of the world of what I call “apostate” Christian music. I will try and convince you that what I say is Biblical observation and discernment, and I will come at you by my “first hand, eye and ear-witness account of what is transpiring in the church that I attend on a regular basis. We go there because it is our grandsons’ and son-in-law’s home church. I am “holding my peace (piece) ” instead of letting my guns “blaze”. Hopefully, I will never say or do anything that would damage our family’s faith in God. Contending for the Faith is what I must do for the Lord, but in this case, it must be done extra-gently and, basically, just here on my blog where I am anonymous, mostly. I am writing this because I want to obey God and use my spiritual gifts wisely to possibly help folks understand their own situations and repent and turn back to God before it is too late to do so. Time is a critical consideration right now and the more we delay understanding of apostasy and it’s effect on us, the more difficult (impossible?) repentance and restoration becomes. So I write and WARN people to get right with God before it is everlastingly TOO LATE!!!! If the rapture (of the saints) happens tomorrow and  Ken is not communicating what God has lain on his heart, I will be held accountable by God for not warning you that you are “behind the enemy’s lines” and in danger of missing the “first bus leaving Earth” to be with Jesus. If you truly want to know what I mean by the statement in the last sentence, you can read my post titled ” One Man’s Compulsion ” here on Hey, Jude 15. Suffice to say, I  do not believe the doctrine of eternal security ( once saved, always saved ) that is taught in a vast majority of evangelical, Protestant churches these days, is Biblically accurate. That teaching (OSAS) is responsible for the major part of the last days apostasy in Christendom, in my opinion. If you would like to hear a 1 hour teaching on this subject you can ask me and I will send you a CD of ” Grace-What it is and what it is not.” There is no charge for my materials.

Well, let us get to the subject matter of “the music of the apostasy”; today’s CCM, Contemporary Christian music. As I said above, I have not done an exhaustive study of all the songs that would be classified as CCM; I am just “discerning” what I see and hear in church and by occasionally listening to a CCM radio station. Let me get a bit more specific about what the main point of my assertion will be. I am mainly talking about the worship music performed in congregational gatherings in a church-meeting setting; today’s “praise and worship” songs. Whatever music anyone chooses to listen to and enjoy on their own time is undoubtedly their personal option, but what is offered and projected on a screen for communal singing is “God’s business”. There is no difference between the preacher saying. ” thus saith the Lord ” in a sermon, and a music minister or worship leader saying, “let us worship the Lord together with these words and music “. Both ministers are charged by the Bible to present correct doctrine and feed the flock of Jesus Christ with true spiritual food. If you want to be Biblically sound about ministering, all things done at a corporate gathering must be Christ-centered  and include a reverence for the Trinity and a right attitude about the relationship between God and His creation. And here is where the worship music in most of today’s churches errs and falls woefully short of truly being ” worshipful “. Most of the stuff focuses the attention on ” me ” and what God has done for me. That just is ” not right”, to use a cliché. True worship is ” in Spirit and in truth “. In John 4, Jesus is having a conversation with a Samaritan woman at a well in that region. I have fond memories of this encounter as told by the apostle John. A copy of the short version of my testimony is available for the asking. This is a truly memorable passage of Scripture, from which many great sermons have been preached, but I want to focus on verses 19-26 in which the word ” worship ” is used 11 times in 5 verses. I believe Jesus is making the most important statement in all of the New Testament about what worship really is. Here is the passage in full (KJV). (verse 19) The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. (20) Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. (21) Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. (22) Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. (23) But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (24) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (25) The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. (26) Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. About right now, you may be saying, Ken, I thought you were going to tell me the reasons why CCM is apostate music. I am not your guy if you are into “sound byte”-type teaching. It is a serious job that I do for the Lord and the only way I can teach is from the Bible, showing you what it says and explaining what I believe is the truth of Scripture. By doing it that way you can get mad at me and the Bible if you desire.

Back to John 4. I want to re-translate these verses in reverse order to attempt to show you the importance of what the Lord is telling this woman of Samaria. Here goes;” I am the Messiah about whom you are saying, “He will tells us all things”. What a statement!! Jesus has told her that He is the Christ. He has also told her that she was living in sin and adultery in the previous verses. That will be enough proof for me to put some credence and thought into what Jesus says about worship!! How about you? Let us go on. In verse 24 Jesus says, “God is a Spirit and those who worship Him MUST worship Him in the Spirit and in the Truth ” (emphasis mine). What a most powerful statement about worship!! In my opinion, this verse (along with 23)  is the crux of the matter about “Spiritual worship”. I want you to notice now that Spirit is capitalized. We are talking “Holy Spirit” here and I always capitalize the names of the Trinity. This is NOT the human spirit that Jesus is speaking of here; it is God’s Holy Spirit that is in Jesus and will be in all believers come Pentecost (reference John 14:17). It is a fact, I testify to you that the Holy Spirit from God, the very essence of Jesus Christ, comes to abide in every true, born-again believer in Jesus. The Holy Spirit guides us into truth (about ourselves and about the attributes of God and the benefits of holy living). He convicts us when we sin so we can repent and be restored to right relationship with God. It is with (in ) the Holy Spirit only that we can offer acceptable worship unto God. We must have a confessed-up, rightly related walk with God to truly worship the Trinity. NOTHING LESS WILL WORK! AT ALL!! That is what Jesus is teaching here in John 4; we MUST worship God in the Spirit and in the Truth. So Ken, what is happening in these churches that use the latest and most popular CCM worship songs? I say these places are APOSTATE, and those who attend are deceived and are part of the Laodicean church that is rebuked by Jesus in Revelation 3:14-22. I am telling you , my friends, that if you sing and enjoy these so-called “worship songs” you are deceived and in danger believing “the lie” of the devil!! It is as simple as that. I do not “mince words” when someone’s future is at stake! God says that He Himself will send “strong delusion” in the very last days to those “who receive not the love of the truth that they might be saved.” (2 Thessalonians. 2:9-12). Again I say, take heed that YOU be not deceived and “cast away” your soul by the mammon of man!!

I am going to wrap this up and try to enjoy the Christmas holidays that are upon us. We have a hefty schedule this year and I need to marshal my energy toward family and faith.

My assertion is “CCM worship music is the music and worship of the final apostasy”. I truly believe this to be the case. Music giants like Hillsong and Bethel Music are at the forefront of the apostasy. I want to call one more Scripture reference to mind before I close this article and that is Romans 1:18-32. This passage of verses is the most powerful and relevant indictment about what is happening in Contemporary Christian Music. Current CCM does not police it’s ranks and thereby is a promoter and proponent of homosexuality in today’s society. Today’s CCM is a product of the “new reformation” or what has been labeled as the “young, restless, and reformed movement or “new Calvinism”. This movement has spawned this apostate music and many heretical “church and para-church” entities that fill the ranks of the final apostasy in the USA. One of it’s main contributors and leaders is John Piper, an aging heretic who fancies himself a “sage” to the new wave of young, restless, and reformed apostate preachers and musicians. Enough said!!!!!!!!

On that uplifting note, “Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”

Ken

 

The Music of the Final Apostasy-CCM Worship Songs