Godly Unity is Good
Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!”
It is good and pleasant for born-again brethren to dwell in unity—a unity centered on their shared faith in God and obedience to His Word.
Satanic Unity is Bad
But, instead of this holy kind of unity, Satan and the fallen celestial rulers of the present wicked age are building a mechanical, counterfeit religious unity, a one world religion, based in their shared rebellion and lawlessness toward God and his Word.
The current Roman Catholic pope, who the prophecy of Malachy predicts will be the last pope before Rome is destroyed, is aggressively promoting such a mechanical unity between the world’s three major monotheistic religions—Jewish, Christian, and Muslim. Here are a few recent news articles supporting this premise:
Roman Catholics with Jews the pope meets with Jewish leaders to discuss a United Nations of Religions.
Protestants ‘Churches’ merging with Roman Catholics Prominent Pastor Rick Warren promotes Protestant/Catholic unity.
Roman Catholics with Orthodox the pope builds bridges with Orthodox leadership.
Roman Catholics with Muslims the pope prays in a Mosque with Muslim leaders.
United Nations Interfaith Harmony Week is held every February. It’s a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.
The Apostasy is Happening Now
The Bible teaches that this effort will succeed, and it will result in “the apostasy” predicted in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4:
Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
Notice that it’s not an apostasy, but the original Greek text explicitly uses the definite article “the,” labeling it the apostasy. It’s the greatest apostasy in world history.
The apostasy is commonly referred to as ‘the Great Falling Away’ from the true faith. So, what is it?
For centuries, the majority of ‘Christian’ Catholic and Protestant believers have been on varying degrees of descent into complete apostasy. They’re ignorant of God’s Biblical commands and calendar, following the world’s traditions and calendar instead. For example, they celebrate Ash Wednesday and Lent, and take their children on Easter egg hunts instead of celebrating the perpetual, Biblically-mandated feasts of Passover, First-fruits, and Unleavened Bread. They also ignore the autumn feasts of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles, which are soon to be fulfilled; substituting Halloween harvest festivals, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in their place.
In these last days, the apostasy will increase, as the majority of churches reject obedience to God’s Word. In its place, they’ll follow this world’s religious leaders (i.e., Rick Warren, Kenneth Copeland, the Pope, Dalai Lama, etc.) in accepting a mishmash of humanistic, man-made religious doctrines that Jews, Muslims, and ‘Christians’ can all agree on.
False Shepherds and Hirelings
The ‘Christian’ church in 2014 is ripe for the great apostasy… the Old Testament has been discarded, and uncomfortable passages in the New Testament are never preached. Instead, masses of pew-warming believers gather in an auditorium 1 hour a week where false shepherds religiously ‘process’ them. Their processing formula goes like this:
- Entertain them with an upbeat musical “worship package.” The last song should evoke strong emotion.
- Fleece the sheep (harvest their money) before the musically-induced emotion fades.
- Feed them a feel-good, seeker-friendly message for not more than 30 minutes.
- Encourage them to bring their friends next week, so that they can feel good too.
- Send them home with false assurance that anything they do is OK because it’s all covered by God’s grace.
The pecking order for false shepherds’ prestige is always governed by their relative number of weekly attendees and offerings. Whenever two of these hirelings meet, they’ll inevitably compare their congregations’ attendance and offering numbers, and their respective ranks in the relationship are automatically determined by these numbers.
In contrast, when Jesus taught His followers that He was the Bread of Life, most of His followers left Him. So, a Godly minister’s only metric of success is whether the Living God’s will is being done, whether or not it’s popular.
Topics like the Feasts of Israel, the 4th Commandment, the blood of Jesus, repentance, discipleship, obedience to God’s Word, persecution, sacrificial suffering, martyrdom, prophecy, God’s judgment, the Antichrist, Armageddon, and God’s expectation of our practical holiness are generally avoided by the vast majority of today’s ‘Christian’ leaders.
As a result of these false shepherds, 99.999% of the people who attend today’s Catholic and Protestant churches are ignorant of what the Bible actually teaches about these things.
Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13 NASB)
So, if you’re in the Christian mainstream, chances are you’re not going through the small gate on the narrow way that leads to life.
To the false shepherds, who are ‘Pied Pipers’ on the broad way to destruction, the prophet Hosea’s words still apply:
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being my priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” (Hosea 4:6)
The result of this ignorance is pervasive lawlessness in the church.
Biblical lawlessness is simply not following God’s commandments completely. For example, in his war against the Amalekites in 1 Samuel 15, King Saul did 99.9% of what God commanded him to do, but he didn’t completely obey God. As a result, God rejected him as king over Israel. In this well-known passage,
“Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
As in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
“For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has also rejected you from being king.”
Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice. “Now therefore, please pardon my sin and return with me, that I may worship the LORD.”
But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel.”
As Samuel turned to go, Saul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore. So Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to your neighbor, who is better than you.”
Likewise, because of their lawlessness and disregard for obeying God’s Word, many of today’s Christians will be surprised when they’re rejected from entering the kingdom of heaven…
Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ (Matthew 7:21-23, NASB)
Persecution is Coming
A great shaking and sifting is coming to the Church. It will reveal God’s true disciples…
“I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts.” (Haggai 2:7)
They will fill God’s temple with the glory of their redemption–which God accomplished in them through Christ Jesus.
“For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”
(1 Peter 4:17)
God will first judge His Church, and then He will judge the nations. When He judges the Church, only faithful, obedient disciples will remain standing in His presence. When He judges the nations, nobody will be able to stand.
True Christians, who obey the Bible, will soon be persecuted as mentally ill, violent extremists, terrorists, bigots, etc. Indeed, the foundation for this persecution has already been laid.
Political: “The Obama administration, including the military over which President Obama presides as commander-in-chief, is engaging in a pattern of behavior targeting traditional Christian believers and their groups as extremists and mocking their beliefs.” (Frontpagemag.com)
Religious: From the Catholic News Service on 6/25/14:
1. Pope Francis described as “dangerous” the temptation to believe that one can have “a personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ without communion with and the mediation of the (Roman Catholic) church.”
- In the hyperlinked article below, Pope Francis and retired Israeli president Shimon Peres are working to create a “United Nations of Religions,” but ‘fundamentalist’ believers won’t be welcome.
“There is one type of Christian that Pope Francis does not have anything positive to say about. Pope Francis says that there is not any room for “fundamentalism” in Christianity… Following his first visit to the Middle East as pope last month, the pontiff criticized fundamentalism in Christianity, Islam and Judaism as a form of violence.
“A fundamentalist group, even if it kills no one, even it strikes no one, is violent. The mental structure of fundamentalism is violence in the name of God.”
What Should You Do?
To avoid being deceived into falling into the great apostasy of the coming one-world religion, I suggest we all need to:
- Sincerely ask God to forgive you of your sins. Turn from your sinful nature and ask Jesus to lead you into a life of obedience and holiness, according to God’s word.
- Study the entire Word of God, so you won’t be ignorantly deceived and swept away in the apostasy now sweeping the religions of the earth.
- Fellowship together with other sincere, obedient disciples of Jesus. If your church is following the ‘religious process’ formula above, immediately start searching for another congregation that teaches and expects you to follow the whole Word of God.
- Mentally and spiritually prepare to be persecuted for your faith in God and obedience to His Word.
It is a trustworthy statement:
For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; (2 Timothy 2:11-12)