Who will believe the
dead Church doctrine?
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, `Behold a
gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!' But
wisdom is justified by her children." Mt 11:19 There have been many
over the millenniums who have sought to poison the well of Grace. This
is an old tactic of the enemy. He knows that men are born blind ,
ignorant, and with a natural bent towards unbelief and complaining. Gen
3:1-5 Unregenerate man has long ago sought to kill God! " there is
no God". The God is dead philosophy of the fifties and sixties, was
a prominent theme among many who were enamored by the wars and
depravities of men at that time. How can God exist, allow these things
to occur and still be a good God? A Poisoning of the well! And of Course
the crucifixion of Christ is the chief testament to manís enmity to
God! And of course the Apostles suffered the same fate. 2Cor 6:6 This
was as our Lord told them! But now why not the Church? The Church is
dead doctrine is not a new thing under the Sun. Many loose spirits in
the sixties, the anti government, anti-organizational type,
anti-authoritarian, had long ago condemned the Churches as being useless
and without salt and light. And yet it was through this means 22 years
ago that I was called ought of darkness into his marvelous light. And I
recall even then a very low esteem for the Church in general. There has
always been dark days in the Churches history. Apostasy has been in
existence since the dying off of the apostles. Yet an honest heart
taught of God and aware of Church history is extremely aware of the
light that can shine out of darkness and cause many to see Christ once
again in His glory, in the Churches, world without end! But WHO will buy
this dead Church doctrine as the truth and run with it? Only a few! but
a few too many! Here are their dispositions.
- The disgruntled and disenfranchised.
That person who has a bone to pick with everyone who is in
authority. Jude8 He or she can never seem to fit into the larger
group, cooperatively working with the rest of the struggling saints,
trying to do the will of God. That person will stand outside the
Church doors throwing stones and saying "amen brother to Mr.
Campings radio program". Sad!
- The young and ignorant: The
radio indeed is a powerful forum. And many young mushed brained
individuals listen for guidance. And when they hear MrC, and his
apparent wisdom, opening the bible and confidently speaking as if he
were the truth itself, they are swept off their feet as if they
"found him of who Moses and the prophets did speak". They
have no knowledge of the Word of God to speak, and so cannot discern
what he is saying. And because Mr. Camping will not subject his
teachings to debates as wide as his voice will go, he has an
advantage. But listen to these proverbs, The simple believeth every
word, but the prudent man looketh well to his going. Prov 15:14 And
again "He that first states his own cause seemeth just, but
then his neighbor cometh and searcheth him.Prov 18:17 Every mans
doctrine sounds worthy until scrutinized and tested for steel. If
healthy debates done in the Spirit of truth and love were to occur,
many whose doctrines now are so pervasive and subversive would be
weighed in the balance and found wanting. But " slothfulness
casteth into a deep sleep! Mr.Campings teachings are left unfiltered
because he has made himself untouchable, out of the reach of
authority. Especially now since the Church is dead. Every man for
himself , as He says!
- The mystics: Those who
are obsessed with bible knowledge . But not with Christ! There are
many who like the people on Mars hill want nothing more than to
learn and embrace some new thing! Never mind if its true or not.
These sort are those of whom Paul had said They are" ever
learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth"
2Tim 3:7 This sort the Preacher has said! When thou sittest to eat
with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee; 2 and put a
knife to thy throat if thou be a man given to appetite.3 Be not
desirous of his dainties, for they are deceitful meat. 4 ∂ Labor
not to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom. Prov 23:1-4 While this
passage speaks of the gluttoness man, it also warns of those who
seek the glory of knowledge and wisdom, to excess. Christ is not
found through the multitude of scripture mental retainment. He is
revealed only through the gospel, by His Spirit! And without the
gospel, no man has a saving knowledge of God.
- The old faithful: The
old faithful ones? They are those people who for years , decades ,
have given their life to Mr. Camping and Family Radio. They have
suffered the loss of many things. Friends, family and foe for Mr.
Campings teachings. They have given their last two mites. They have
nothing to turn to. they are destitute without him! Believe me this
is no exaggeration. They have cast all upon his teachings and must
live or die by his testimony. Never mind that He has failed in his
predictions time and again. Perhaps this one! This one will be the
one! He's got to be right this time. So sad that men trifle with God
this way. Oh that we might find this kind of dedication in the
truth! But this blind allegiance is a testimony to the binding power
of darkness and error. I speak not pejoratively of these people. I
know many of them. I have been cut off from such who have considered
me a false prophet when rising up against the teachings of Mr.Camping!
Can these be believers? I shutter to think not! Listen to the
warning of the Prophet! For every one of the house of Israel, or of
the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, who separateth himself from
Me and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumbling
block of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to
inquire of him concerning Me, I the LORD will answer him by Myself.
8 And I will set My face against that man and will make him a sign
and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of My people;
and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 9 And if the prophet be
deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that
prophet, and I will stretch out My hand upon him and will destroy
him from the midst of My people Israel. The last person to think
they are deceived, are often those who are themselves deceived!
Pastor J. Gistand
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