The Way of Cain - Page 4
New teachings in the Christian Church- Where are They Leading Us?
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"God is Doing A New Thing He Has Never Done Before!"
Underlying the movement's message is the conviction that God gave the church a mandate to change the world and that it has, until now, utterly failed Him and let Him down. This is followed by a proud attitude that under their leadership, the church is finally going to get its act together and become what the it was 'meant to be' and do what the it was 'meant to do.' Toward this end, they are heap cynical, harsh accusations on God's people and His church: the present day church is dead, dry, and cold, full of ''spots and blemishes.'' It needs to be ''purified.'' God is disgusted with it. It must change radically. Rick Joyner believes that the spirit of antichrist is presently in control of the church. (2) John Wimber prophesied that ''God wants His church back,'' as though it is not even His anymore. (3) Marc Dupont says, ''We've been eating old, maggot infested, dried out bread and we say this is revelation.'' (4) (The word of God tells us that ''the bread we partake of'' is Jesus Christ- Lk 22:19, 1Cor 10:16.)
''These are grumblers, finding fault...'' Jude 1:16
Here's where the ''change'' comes in: they say God is so sick and tired of His church's dismal condition, He has decided it's time for radical change He did not foretell in the Bible - ''a paradigm shift'' is how they describe it. They say it is time to ''go beyond'' the Bible, to put our faith in new prophecies and follow them wherever they lead us. The change they speak of is radical change to the very foundations of our beliefs about God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the way of salvation, and our own role in God's plan. Rick Joyner says,
''Believers and unbelievers alike will think that it is the end of Christianity as we know it, and it will be... the very definition of Christianity will be changed.'' (5)
Friends, the church -Christianity- is that body of persons -individuals- who have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord. God does not change His definitions- These prophets say that if we question them or refuse to obey them, we are rebelling against God Himself. But, if God had planned to do something as major as ''change the very definition of Christianity,'' don't you think the One who knows the end from the beginning (Isa 46:10) would have foretold us in His word? There is nowhere even the slightest hint of this. Jude 1:3 tells us to contend for ''the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.'' Once for all. That's pretty clear. In what way do they insist the church must change? Let's look at the new gospel they want us to embrace.Index To This Article Previous Page Next Page