WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE CHURCH (4)
The Bible says, in John 10:28, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” He promised, also in John 3:16, to give us eternal life (still, no condition attached after having believed). If after you have truly believed and had got truly born again and you still lose your soul, for whatever reason, then what Jesus promised was fraught with fraud. There are so many scriptures that render the Arminian fifth point unscriptural. Can people just not see that one cannot start in the Spirit and by conational means expect to breast the tape of Christian success? Definitely you cannot fashion out carnal ways to maintain the status quo of the finished work of the cross! The big salient question is: Was it by grace one gets born again or by the works of flesh? If it is by grace will His grace not be sufficient for us throughout the days of our lives? Was it not for this reason that Paul lashed out (in Galatians 3:1), “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” Evidently the Galatian conative stance angered Paul, prompting him to ask salient questions like: in Galatians 3:2, “Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” Also in Gal 3:3, “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Paul’s Galatian letter teaches us to watch what theological doctrines we believe, making sure that they are scriptural. In John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life”. Two things: ‘heareth’ and ‘believeth’, as hearing engenders faith, i.e. saving faith, you come to Jesus, believing, and you will have ‘everlasting life’ which separates you from ‘condemnation’. Why? You have (already) ‘passed from death unto life’. Note that there are no further conditionalities applicable to ‘passing from death’!
In Apostolic Faith Church worshippers go there to engage in a weeping competition, as if God has decided to condemn them to hell. I also wonder why I do not see a bona fide member of this church sporting moustache or beard. Apostolic Faith, no doubt, is doing a good salvational work. Deeper Life Bible Church would never hear of the adornment of rings (whether married or not, ‘worldly’, it is!), earrings, neck chains etc. “No strand of a female hair”, I once heard one of their Sunday school teacher, “must be allowed for public sight”. This Deeper Life which an Apostolic Faith adherent believed would not go any length is seriously getting people saved. Throughout the 1950s to 1980s that I was in the First Baptist Church as an active chorister and a member of Royal Ambassadors I was never called to the altar to get born again. We were under the impression that as diligent church goers we were divinely covered to make it to heaven, in fact I did say that to myself, and strongly believing it, as a young boy, while going home from a Sunday evening service (which boasts of scanty worshippers).
White garmented ‘churches,’ with all the rubbish going on there, are definitely not members of the body of Christ (this I say with all scriptural responsibility). Cherubim and Seraphim (these are angels, for crying out loud!) sect go into all kinds of fetish stuffs in their deliverance services. They wear white because angels are arrayed in white, they will inform you, and that heavenly saints don the white. Who sew the clothes of the celestial beings and who sew theirs here on earth? What makes their garments so holy? These days you see lots of them wearing the dread locks on spiritual grounds (like Samson, they will be quick to enthuse). Listen to them when they sing or pray in tongues (quite unHoly Ghostly!). How can you speak in tongues not having been born again? Celestial Church of Christ (are they also congregating in heaven?) like C & S do all kinds of unscriptural deliverance ministration e.g. bathing with raw eggs, special soap, holy water and oil. Where is thy faith, I ask, thou caller on the name of Jesus? Please, do take a good look at the design of their church logo. It has a rainbow, the cultic ‘star of David,’ one eye (whose eye, the LORD’s or that of Osiris?) and the occult cross with the crown. Members of this church must go barefooted the very second they wear their white, church garment, even if they are going on a year’s journey. Why? God told Moses, “Take off your shoes….” The Brotherhood of the Cross and Star sect was founded by a man called Olumba Olumba Obu (they call him O.O.O.). He said he is the Holy Spirit. No doubt, the man is dead and his death is inevitably kept from the public; why not, how can you make an impossible announcement of the demise of the Almighty, Holy Ghost? Testimonies of those who left O.O.O. by the grace of God are that what goes on there, in the place, is nothing short of satanic initiation. White garment ‘churches’ are esoteric invasion of the Church of Christ; quote me any day.
One thing is prevalent in Christ Apostolic Churches and those that break away from them; the priestly leadership is led by prophets. Check the scriptures from the Old to the New Testament and you will not find just one singular occurrence of a prophet leading the Temple, synagogue or church worship. Moses was a prophet, yes, but he was the leader of God’s people, spiritually: their priest! Joshua did not lead them in any worship. Eli was their judge and the priest. Samuel was a prophet, a judge and what qualified him to sit in the temple worship was because he was the priest as well. With all the phenomenal influence and power known of Elijah and his successor Elisha, never even for once, did we see either of them in the priestly office and leading an Israelite worship of Jehovah. Prophets are not teachers of the word. There is a difference between a teacher and a seer. Different kinds of beliefs have been imported into the Christian Church. Something did happen to creation to pollute mankind and his dealings with God.Read the concluding segment here