Plaguing Church

“For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ
for you the Gentiles,
If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God
which is given me to you-ward.” Ephesians 3:1-2.

You and I are so fortunate to live in this era. Paul wrote to the early believers in the city of Ephesus and proclaimed this in the opening versus of Ephesians 3. He goes into a short comment to these people what they should be grateful and thankful for. These words can be read and re-read TODAY – because the truth is so obvious to our own situation.

Yet there is a serious fault which we possess that colors our version of the benefit which has been bestowed upon us, because of the way Christianity has been distorted by our leadership throughout the centuries. It seems the leaders in the many sects and groups sprung from those who profess Christ.

There are groups of people even now who say that the first century Church was the Church which was the purest, cleanest and most fautless of the Church through the ages. This was the reason Paul wrote to the numerous churches. It was in God’s playbook, which was designed by His Hand to set the pattern for them until now.

One must never forget that our adversary, Satan, is attacking the walls and foundation of this organic Church.

This enemy of each of us plots to overthrow the given work which Jehovah God has ordained in his church body. Remember what Satan said he had been doing when God asked the question. It was a quick answer by the evil one as found in Job 2:2.

“And the Lord said unto Satan, from whence cometh
thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, from
going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up
and down in it.”

We knew that Jehovah allowed temptation to be placed in the path and life of Job. This happens all of the time in the body of the church.

The Church of today is riddled with man-made corruptive practices. When told of these destructive methods people shy away from those who openly say this is contrary to God’s will. These remarks generally follow this thought pattern. Here is a list used to be upheld by the church:

We have always done it this way,
• We follow what some man tells us. He reads the Bible,
• We listen to the main office, and
• We do not want to study this subject.

Just admit it, most people are sheeple,. The capacity to think is beyond their ability; as the saying goes that is above my pay grade. There are places where stupidity is embraced. One is the public schools. Second is church. Third is the political process. Fourth is the media of television. If you want to remain ignorant then do not waste your time in reading this blog.

The Church is contaminated by pagan practices which have brought the living Church to a weak and prostate position.

 

ONE AREA

You must have wondered why some churches do a certain act and the other refuses to do the same thing. There was a Greek philosopher who was a citizen of Athens from 470-393 BC. He is the father of question asking which is so disturbing to us today and it was to the Athenians also. He was the father of the dialectic method. The result was he was killed. The method is very charming allowing to the powerful and politicians of any age. Remember all who ask questions will either be incarcerated, brutalized, or killed.

Watch out for this tactic in government – “Destroy the messenger”.

• Why is Snoden being held by Russia?
• Why was the Warren Commission such a fiasco?
• Why was Hillary Clinton not indicted?
• Why is it that the New York Times continually tells lies? and
• Why is it that George Soros has not been indicted?

These are all questions which are contemporary in nature not Christian by definition. Now I will point out some areas where paganism has flaunted itself in the church.

Why do some ministers wear robes?
• Why do we build a church edifice?
• Why do some immerse and others sprinkle?
• Why do some have communion every Sunday?
• Why is tithing not taught? and
• Why do we have church seminars?

 

SPECIAL GROUP

After 1804, there was a group of men that noticed what was happening to the body of Christ in the United States. Some of these men were Thomas Campbell, Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, John Smith, and others who questioned the veracity of the various Christian groups. They understood that something was amiss. So their plea was to use no other book.  but to only use  the Bible and where the Bible speaks we speak. This was the attempt to return to the New Testament pattern.

The modern Protestant church has lost members mainly because they do not speak with a clear concerning voice and seemingly do not grasp the message. How silly they appear to the pagans of this world. Most of the mainline churches have gotten in bed with the social gospel. Their members have plummeted noticeably. Good riddance!

Since the beginning of the church in 33A.D. there have been people who stated we will keep ourselves to be followers of what was given by God, Christ and the Spirit. The Bible is divinely inspired thus it shows each of us how to live. II Timothy 2:15, is our pattern.

“Study to Shew thyself approved unto God, a workman
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the
word of the truth.”

We must seek the truth and yes – ask questions over and over, until it is known in our minds what we are to accomplish.

 

WHAT A GIFT!

Paul explained to the church at Ephesus what they possessed. He went into as tdepth when, what and why they should praise God for this. The text today is taken from Ephesians 3:1-3.

“For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for
you the Gentiles,
if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God
which is given to me to you-ward
how that by revelations he made known unto me the
mystery; (as I wrote afore in a few words).”

For centuries, this truth had not been given to mankind. What was to happen in fact, was a mystery. There had been beams of light that gave an idea the glory to come. One should read the last 8 or 10 chapters of Isaiah for a sprinkling of the future to the message.

Paul bluntly stated state through him. God had told the knowledge of the event. It was now revealed to not only the Ephesians but all mankind.

The plan had been made and set in motion even before the world was created. It was to be a benefit for the Jews but it now has been a blessing to the gentiles. Here is when it is told to us in very specific words in Ephesians 3:4-6.

“Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my
knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
Which in other ages was not made known unto
the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his
Holy apostles and prophets by the spirit;
That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and
of the same body, and partakers of his promise
in Christ by the Gospel.”

Here was Paul who knew what his job, words and actions were to be. The work was to teach and assert Christ to the gentiles as told to us in Ephesians 3:7-9.

“Whereof I was made a minister, according to
the gift of the grace of God given unto me by
the effectual working of his power.
Unto me, who am less than the least of all
saints, is this grace given, that I should preach
among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of
Christ;
And to make all men see what is the fellowship
of the mystery, which from the beginning of the
world hath been hid by God, who created all
things by Jesus Christ.”

Remember Paul did not tell the church of Ephesians and other churches something else. It was the gospel had been sent to these people regardless where they were. There was no wondering by the people what his message was. The church was to know the message to Ephesians 3:10-17.

“To the intent that now unto the principalities and
powers in heavenly places might be known by the
church the manifold wisdom of God,
According to the eternal purpose which he
purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
In whom we have boldness and access with
confidence by the faith of him.
Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my
tribulations for you, which is your glory.
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
of whom the whole family in heaven and earth
is named,
that he would grant you, according to the riches
of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his
spirit in the inner man;
that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that
ye, being rooted and grounded in love.”

It was obvious Paul was going through resurrection because he stated this in Ephesians 3:10-14.

“To the intent that now unto the principalities and
powers in heavenly places might be known by the
church the manifold wisdom of God,
According to the eternal purpose which he
purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
In whom we have boldness and access with
confidence by the faith of him.
Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my
tribulations for you, which is your glory.
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

There was no deviation from this. He was suffering much. This was all a part of the plan which had been predetermined before civilization. What a marvelous story that Paul had been picked out to give the plan of salvation before creation.

This fact alone should indicate that God always has a task for us even before we know it. God loves us. We should be very careful how we respond and adapt anything that is not Bible based! Look at the New Testament to show and tell us what must happen. Actually there is a deep responsibility on our part as set forth in Ephesians 3:16-18.

“That he would grant you, according to the riches
of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his
spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that
ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is
the breadth, and length, and depth, and height.”

Do not fall prey to the pagan ways of the Church!

There is a cry among people to go back to the basic ways to tell us what is happening. We saw this in the last Presidential Election. People responded to Trump because his message is tell it like it is, Ephesians 3:20-22, tells us who we serve and His power.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly
above all that we ask or think, according to the power
that worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus
throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

Do not let the church habits, hierarchy or a leader tell you what the gospel is. Buildings, men, prophets and counsels do not tell us what the church must follow. Remember most people are sheeple,.

YOU be your own guide.


CONCLUSION

When we don’t gather proper information about a plan – it will be a colossal failure.

Here are some rules:

1. Read the Bible,
2. Compare the act with the New Testament,
3. Ask questions to all,
4. You were designed before creations.

 

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN

“Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
sing His mercy and His grace;
in the mansions bright and blessed,
He’ll prepare for us a place.
When we all get to heaven,
what a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
we’ll sing and shout the victory.
While we walk the pilgrim pathway,
clouds will overspread the sky;
but when traveling days are over,
not a shadow, not a sigh.
Let us then be true and faithful,
trusting, serving every day;
just one glimpse of Him in glory
will the toils of life repay.
Onward to the prize before us!
Soon His beauty we’ll behold;
soon the pearly gates will open;
we shall tread the streets of gold.”

 

GERALD K. FUGIT
DiggingOldWells.com
February 12, 2017

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