Where Satan Reigns - Page 6

Arrival At The Awful Conclusion

The very idea that Christ would ever abandon his church flies in the face of both biblical exegesis and the nature of God's grace. Harold Camping and those who believe his doctrines in their hearts are in grave spiritual danger. What he teaches is heresy. It is blasphemy that at the very least borders on blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and it is not much of a stretch to believe that Camping has crossed the line.

It is taught by some, including Camping, that the particular sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit can no longer be committed. It was a special case sin, the teaching goes- one that was committed by the Pharisees in Jesus' time. Jesus himself named the sin and its consequence in Mark 3:28-30 (better yet, start reading at v.22). To say that Jesus Christ performed his miracles through demonic power is to not just insult the Son of Man, but it is to identify the Holy Spirit, the agent who does the "work," with Satan. This is unforgivable. The reason many believe the sin to be no longer capable of being committed is that Jesus is no longer on earth performing miracles. Blasphemers are apparently off the hook because the object of their blasphemy is absent. Is this a valid argument? Indeed, it is not.

Since sin is spiritual in nature, just as holiness is spiritual in nature, physical presence of the object of the sin is not required. For example, take a couple of other sins that Jesus talked about. For one to have unjustified anger toward his brother is to murder him, spiritually speaking (Matthew 5:21-22). For a man to lust after a woman in his heart is already to have committed adultery with her, spiritually speaking (Matthew 5:27-28). The object of the sin need not be physically present in order for the sin to be committed.

When Saul of Tarsus was struck to the ground on the Damascus road, the words he heard were not, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou my people?" but rather, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" It is critical that we remember the nature of Christ's relationship with his people. Christ, Paul tells us, is the head of the body (Ephesians 4:15 and 5:23 and in 1 Corinthians 11:3), and the body, the church assembled for worship (as demonstrated in taking the bread and cup), experiences the presence of Christ in a unique way (Matthew 18:20). So, while Christ is not physically present, he really is present spiritually when we gather in his name

Harold camping would have us believe that to gather in the name of Jesus and to take the Lord's supper is sin. This is tantamount to declaring that work of Christ through the Holy Spirit in the congregation is the work of Satan. It is to identify the Holy Spirit as Satan, and this is blasphemy, not only against Christ and the church, but against the person of the Holy Spirit. According to Jesus Christ himself, this sin is unforgivable. No amount of semantic gymnastics regarding the "spiritual" church versus the corporate church can negate what Jesus said: "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I (through the Holy Spirit) in the midst of them." This could not be any more true than at those times when the church gathers around the Lord's table.

For many years, Harold Camping has pronounced severe judgment almost nightly on his Open Forum radio program, threatening and bludgeoning people again and again with Revelation 22:18-19:

Now however, the judgment so often pronounced comes full circle, for Harold Camping has both added to and taken away from God's Holy Word with these heretical doctrines. There are many problems in Camping's teachings, but this present blasphemy clearly takes him out of the realm of historical orthodox Christian belief and places him squarely in the category of blasphemous liar. What he teaches leaves its hearers in danger of their eternal souls.

Each one of us must do as Peter exhorted the church: ". . . make your election and calling sure." (2 Peter 1:10) Don't be deceived by "another gospel" than that which was originally (and plainly) delivered once and for all in the Holy Bible. As the apostle John wrote in 1 John 4:1, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."

We now know for certain who one of those false prophets is.

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