School of Antioch or Alexandria? By Dr. David Bowen I teach at a Christian university…
The Church Is A Buffer
The Church Is A Buffer
By Grant Phillips
The true Church on earth consists of people from all walks of life. There are different labels over the door of their assemblies. They may not even be part of a local group of organized believers meeting in what is commonly called a church (building). They all have one thing in common though. All have put their eternal soul in God’s hands by their belief in His Son, Jesus Christ. They all believe that Jesus died for them and walked out of the grave just as He said He would. They are all sealed with the Holy Spirit, the Comforter that Jesus promised.
Jesus lives through His Church, and He is the Head of the Church. The Church is His bride who He will soon return to claim and transfer to His Father’s house. While on this earth, the true Church, sprinkled in many geographic locations, witnesses and prays for others, that they may also know Him and be with Him for all eternity.
Since Satan’s days are quickly running out, he has gone into full battle mode against the Church in America as he has elsewhere. This once Christian nation has become a cesspool of rebellion against the one and only true God. Satan is working in overdrive to destroy any witness the Church may have on others who do not know Jesus. He is like a spider that lures unsuspecting souls into his web of lies, binding them in their entrapment and killing them off at the end.
The voice of the Church was once heard loud and clear in America, but now the voice is not so loud, and the waters of truth have been muddied by false prophets and satanic lies. A fundamentalist Christian is today classified along with a fundamentalist Muslim. In other words, both are crazed lunatics, so says the world.
What is fundamentalism? To make it easier, maybe we should ask, “What does fundamental mean (since fundamental is the root word of fundamentalism)?” I’ll explain it with an example. Two very important fundamentals of football are; blocking, tackling. If the players do not know how to block and tackle, the game will fall apart. If basketball players can’t dribble a basketball, there will be nothing but chaos. The chess player must know what manner of move each piece on the chessboard can make, or there will be a quick defeat.
Fundamentals are the basics. They’re sometimes called; meat and potatoes or nuts and bolts. The fundamentals hold it all together and cannot be altered.
The fundamentals for Christianity are those commands of God, in the Bible, that cannot be altered. For example:
– God says there is one way to be saved, and that is through Jesus Christ. Regardless of what the world says, that cannot be altered.
– God says that all have sinned against God and will face judgment if without Christ. That cannot be altered.
– God says that we are saved by grace and not works. That cannot be altered.
No true Christian would ever try to force Christianity down someone’s throat. Yet we are classified with a group of people who will take your life if you do not convert to their religion. That is their foundational belief and it cannot be altered. Those in their religion, who do not believe and practice that, are not being true to their own fundamentals.
The world still wants to stop the voice of true Christianity and follow the voice of Islam. Now why is that? Maybe it has something to do with Satan knowing he is running out of time. So which of the two fundamentalist are actually a crazed lunatic? (Hint: It isn’t the fundamentalist Christian.)
The world wants the Church gone, just as the nations surrounding Israel want her gone. Israel’s enemies will never succeed, and they will be dealt with personally by God, possibly very soon. What about the Church?
The Holy Spirit through the true Church is the only thing standing between sanity and lunacy, and the world doesn’t even realize the danger approaching. As I said, the world wants the Church gone. Someone once said, “Be careful what you wish for.” That day is fast approaching. When? Don’t know, but it could be at any time. Jesus says He will come for His bride as a thief comes to break into one’s house. There will be no announcement. There will be no signs, but it will happen.
Right now, the Church is still here. The Christian needs to warn as many as possible of the coming judgment of God. If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, call upon Him now to open your eyes while you open your heart to His invitation. Heed His call to you while you can. Once the Church is gone it will be much harder, perhaps impossible, for you to be saved.
When Jesus comes for His bride (the true Church), the Holy Spirit (the restrainer) will be taken out of the way and then the wicked one (the Antichrist) will be revealed to those left behind. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
Those who are left behind will then be wishing for the “good old days” when the Church was still upon earth.
There are many false prophets today calling themselves “Christian.” If you don’t know someone you can trust, I would advise the following; Get a Bible. Ask Jesus to save you. Then ask Him to lead you in understanding as the Holy Spirit guides you in reading your Bible. Start with the book of John.
One more time, currently the Holy Spirit works through the Church to provide a buffer (if I may), but once the Church is gone, all the evil Satan can produce will be unleashed upon mankind. Currently, evil is rearing its ugly head and getting worse by the day, but what we are seeing today is nothing compared to what is coming during the seven years of Tribulation on earth.
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