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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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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