Where can I find the hyper-grace Church in the New Testament?
I'm looking for a cool, hip, culturally-savvy, swag, or with-it Church that defended its carnal, worldly indulgences as if God was actually pleased with their love for temporal things and wanted them to indulge even more.
It is not there.
I'm looking for a preacher in the New Testament who was addicted to sports, hobbies, investments, or a high lifestyle; who was known in public as a cool trend-setter.
He is not there.
I am looking for scriptures about high-rolling, multimillionaire Apostles. Not there.
If I visit the Holy Land, where will I find the ancient lavish edifices of the Early Church? Nowhere.
Where are the historic sites where the Early Church pastors had their mansions? Non-existent.
Where in the writings of Josephus, the historian, will I find records of the luxury chariots owned by Peter, James, John or Paul? Sorry. Didn't have any.
Is there any museum that exhibits the high-end designer fashions worn by Mary, Elizabeth, Anna, Martha, Priscilla, Lydia, Lois, Eunice, Phebe or Dorcus? Of course not. Don't be ridiculous.
Where in the Bible are the painted-up, jeweled-up, hyped-up thunder-mommas of the Early Church? All I can find is two JEZEBELS. One in the Old Testament. One in the New. Both were just alike: equally wicked and full of the devil. God cursed both of them.
What, if anything in the Bible, suggests that the early ministers had first-class travel tickets or stayed in five-star hotels? (Ask Paul to rehearse the "perils" chapter to you: 2 Corinthians 11.)
What in the Bible suggested in any way that the Apostles had big expense accounts, or entertained lavishly, or ate grande cuisine? Are you kidding?
Where is the Church, synagogue or home Bible study group where any New Testament saint taught financial prosperity seminars.
There is absolutely NOTHING even VAGUELY resembling that in the New Testament Church.
Where is a SAINT in the New Testament who owned or boasted of a palatial home?
Where is a PREACHER who spent his days ranting against obedience, and holiness, and godliness, and promising blessings, blessings, blessings and NEVER rebuking, never reproving, never admonishing the saints? There is not ONE.
Where is the New Testament preacher who hated doctrine? NOT ONE.
Name ONE New Testament figure who was ANTI-Pentecostal, who forbade speaking in tongues, or condemned anyone for speaking in tongues, or even mocked speaking in tongues?
Where is a single event in the Bible where divine healing was tied to financial contributions?
Who is the New Testament preacher who encouraged giving for selfish gain in return?
Where is the TESTIMONY of ANYONE in the New Testament who became wealthy because of an act of faith?
The Apostles LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES for Jesus. They FORFEITED their lives for Him. They lived SACRIFICIALLY for Him. NONE of the Apostles ever recanted or renounced their belief that Jesus was God incarnate, nor did they ever soften their message to repent, be baptized in Jesus' name and to receive the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues. To the day they died, their consecration to Him never diminished.
Neither Jesus nor the Apostles were ever vain, materialistic, money-hungry, flamboyant, arrogant, or worldly-minded.
This is no time for us to give in to a perverted gospel.
This is no time to water down the true Gospel.
It's time to take a BOLD STAND like never before, against ALL the phony, carnal, worldly, even demon-possessed preaching and singing freaks that the world is now full of.
Nothing even remotely resembling that stuff is recorded in the Bible.
that was PROPHESIED by many of the ancient prophets:
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in DAMNABLE HERESIES,
...And MANY shall FOLLOW their PERNICIOUS ways;
by reason of whom
THE WAY OF TRUTH SHALL BE EVIL SPOKEN OF.
And through covetousness shall they with FEIGNED WORDS make merchandise of you:
whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not," 2 Peter 2:1-3.
"Evil men and SEDUCERS shall wax worse and worse, DECEIVING, and BEING DECEIVED," 2 Timothy 3:13.
"For men shall be LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES, COVETOUS, BOASTERS, PROUD, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
DESPISERS OF THOSE THAT ARE GOOD, TRAITORS, 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 3:2-5.
"Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth," 2 Timothy 3:7.
"Ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, UNGODLY MEN, turning the GRACE of our God into LASCIVIOUSNESS [licentiousness; lewdness; unrestrained by law; disregarding rules; going beyond customary bounds or limits], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
the FALSE Eternal Security, Once-Saved, Always-Saved doctrine...]
I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this,
how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt,
afterward destroyed them that believed not.
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation,
he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness
unto the judgment of the great day.
Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner,
giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh [homosexuality],
are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh,
despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
...these speak evil of those things which they know not:
but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
WOE UNTO THEM!
for they have gone in the way of Cain [false worship],
and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward [mercenary; money lust],
and perished in the gainsaying of Core [rebellion against God-given authority].
...clouds they are without water, carried about of winds;
trees whose fruit withereth,
without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame;
wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying,
Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them
of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed,
and of ALL THEIR HARD SPEECHES WHICH
UNGODLY SINNERS HAVE SPOKEN AGAINST HIM.
These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts;
and their mouth speaketh great swelling words,
...remember ye the words which were spoken before of
the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
How that they told you there should be MOCKERS IN THE LAST TIME,
who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
These be they who separate themselves [from the saints],
SENSUAL, HAVING NOT THE SPIRIT [anti-Pentecostal]," Jude 1:1-19
"For MANY DECEIVERS are entered into the world [evil spirits entering men]..."
(At the core of all these deceivers and deceptions is poisonous false doctrines.)
"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ,
[God in Christ - the Oneness of God] HATH NOT GOD."
The TRINITY doctrine is the BRAND of ancient Roman Catholicism - the "Great Whore" of Revelation 13-18. Those who preach and teach Roman doctrines are the harlot daughters of the "Mother of Harlots." The entire lot of them are prophesied to violent destruction (Revelation 17-18).
"...If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine,
receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds," 2 John 1:7-11.
"There be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you
than that which we have preached unto you,
LET HIM BE ACCURSED.
As we said before, so say I now again,
If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received,
let him be accursed.
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men?
for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ," Galatians 1:7-10.
It's time to get dead serious about this Christianity thing.
It's time to utterly cast down all false doctrines, false preachers and false churches.
Get out of them. Stop supporting them. Stop attending them. Stop talking favorably about them.
"I charge THEE therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ,
who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers,
having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth,
and shall be turned unto fables.
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions,
do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry," 2 Timothy 4:1-5.
Preach the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth.
Love it and live it. In Jesus name.
SEE: The Early Church was absolutely, unequivocally NOT Trinitarian.
SEE: The Folly of Pursuing Wealth
SEE: Is Anybody Holy Anymore?