"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
|I am a retired
pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Pastors, Evangelists, and all preachers, (both inside the church and outside the church), preach the story of Jesus Christ as the gospel and ask people to believe it. The whole Christian world has already believed it, yet they preach it to Christians, as if, nobody has believed it yet. May be, they don't know what else to preach, or they do not know what the gospel is. If they knew, they would have preached the gospel. How is that the whole Christianity has fallen into such a blindness or such ignorance? How is this happened? Where is God in this?
Now, let us see, what has happened to the churches in the world, which carries the name of God. Jesus Christ says in Luke 10:21: "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight." Notice, there are two groups here. The wise and prudent are on one side. They are smart aleck and they will not obey God. They are traditional, sentimental, theological, religious and social churches. Pastors, evangelists, deacons, treasures, bible teachers, preachers, etc, and their people are all wise and prudent, and they have good times in churches. They have learned to be politically correct, but they do not have the truth of God. And, God has hid the truth from them. But, they do not know that God has rejected them. The humble babes are on the side of God. They strive to obey God. God calls them as: his people or his body or his church. This church is not evidently visible and nobody sees this church, but this is the true church. The people of God's Church, are in the churches of the world, but not of them. They obey the commandments of God, for eternal life. But, the churches of the world preach the story of Jesus Christ and say that if you believe the story, you will go to heaven. But, by believing the story of Jesus, nobody will go to heaven. Jesus Christ says in John 12:40 that he has: "blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them." God has blinded them, they will never see, but they boast in their ignorance. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." So, not only God has blinded and rejected them, but the devil also did blind them. So, they are double dead, but they think and boast as if they see it all. They just put up a show. But, the body of Christ, the true church, embraces the truth and they obey God.
If a country is taken by enemies, the king of the country is defeated. Here, all the churches we see are deceived by the devil. Yet, why God is not defeated? What has happened? To begin with, the churches we see do not belong to God. God's church is made up of individual people, joined with God by his Spirit. They live in God, and God lives in them. They are the temple of God, despite church buildings. This church cannot be deceived by the enemy. This is God's church. Hebrews 12 says "22) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect," They are just (righteous) men, who are made perfect, and they are also begotten by God, after the manner of the first Begotten Son of God Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. Satan, the devil, cannot deceive them. The 'church of God' will overcome the world and the devil. God will always be the winner.
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