The fourth part in this article series deals with the new Christianity’s subtle focus upon carnality and human effort. Note that since Christians are saved by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, it wouldn’t at all do to teach works for salvation directly. Therefore, this new Christianity has to take a more subtle approach so that it will better appear to be authentic Christianity. That means that this religion will always affirm salvation, by grace through faith, to the masses. At the same time, this religion teaches it’s adherents to put their focus on their own effort and the things of this world. The result will be that when believers become suspicious of this earth-based and works based focus, the adherents will be quick to remind the dissenters of the religion’s affirmation of sound doctrine. It this way, adherents are deceived by the hypocrisy of this religion, and will even do apologetics for it.
How is this religion “earth-based”???
By distorting the gospel through taking the message of salvation out of the context of Scripture and placing it into a present day context, so that it will appeal to people who mind earthly things, rather than “set their minds on things above” (Colossians 3:2). And this act will not take the label of “distortion of the gospel”, but “contextualizing the gospel to the modern day audience”.
How does this religion promote a “works-based” salvation???
By convincing it’s adherents that their is hope for a better world, and that it can be achieved through the unified effort of the adherents. However, the religion will not deny Christ’ return to set up his earthly kingdom. That doesn’t appeal to the masses who still believe in Christ’ return. Instead, it encourages it’s adherents to focus upon other things, such as the here and now, rather than Bible prophecy, as though there really is virtue in willful ignorance. It will even go as far, in some cases, as to shame those how are interested in the doctrine of Christ’ return, and label them as extremists and conspiracy theorists. In this way, the adherents affirm salvation by grace through faith, while working toward an earth-based salvation, brought about by their own effort.
This works-based salvation is focused upon the preservation and restoration of this sinful world, rather than Christ’ coming judgment and restoration. This causes ministry to be redefined. Ministry now includes, the adherents 9 to 5 job, humanitarian work along side non-Christians, and philanthropy. This is what joins the new Christianity to the world, because the world longs for peace, unity and restoration. And the new Christianity is more than willing to work with the world in bringing it about. It is “Kingdom Now Theology”; teaching some that the church’s mission is to establish the physical kingdom of Heaven on earth. This religion is opposed to Jesus’ teachings, while claiming to speak on his behalf.
34 ”Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.
35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’;
36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’
37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
This new Christianity of peace and unity is not from Jesus Christ, since it contradicts him. Instead, it is a supporter of the New World Order. Also, through peace, it leads the masses toward their destruction.
1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.
2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
There is another reason as to why this new Christianity of peace causes it’s adherents to ignore Bible prophesy. That is because it’s principals are the foundation of the spirit of antichrist. Therefore, it’s peaceful ambitions are deadly in it’s application. And it’s deadly force will be directed toward anyone who will not comply with it’s beliefs/law, such as Christians.
24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
Our work cannot bring about a better world. According to Scripture, both our work and our world is cursed. Therefore, our only hope is for Christ’ kingdom of Heaven to come to earth, and to purge this world of sin through judgment.
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: ” Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”
5 When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”
This new Christianity and it’s support of the New World Order is built upon ancient Babel’s agenda of unification against God and man’s ambition to glorify himself. It is the old Babylonian mystery religion come into the church to deceive the world with a great, false, hope. It’s deception will make the world drunk. It is paving the way for the man of sin. And because the people of the world do not want to separate themselves from their sin and turn to Jesus Christ, history will repeat itself. Just as the ancient people were unified in sin under Nimrod, the new Christianity will unify people in sin under the ultimate false Christ; the Antichrist.
8 Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth.
9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.”
10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
1 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech.
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there.
3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.
4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?
6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.
7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,
12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,
2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.
5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.
7 But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9 ”Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.
10 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time.
11 The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.
12 ”The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.
13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.
18 And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.
And what are God’s commands to his church concerning this new Christianity?
4 “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
6 Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her.
4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words.
5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
Therefore, God’s people must not partner with, nor adhere to, the new Christianity in anyway. Instead, they are to flee from it and pronounce it’s judgment.
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction;
23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.