It has been well stated the world over that America
was once the Bible nation of the world.
However that place in world history is fading away
fast! That compliment
of this nation is being replaced with syncretism.
Syncretism is a new syncretism of religion and that on a grand
scale has been and is in process in protestant lands. It threatens to completely eradicate Christianity from
Europe and to introduce instead a rationalistic Gnostic religion fashioned out
of elements taken from the religions of all the ages and from every corner of
have seen in America in the last twenty years especially raising its head, more
and more religions each having their own set of creeds, manuals, rules and
instructions, which tend to blend and confound Christianity with religions.
Example: It was this kind of mixture that caused the
church in India and China to succumb to Buddhism leaving little of no trace of
spiritual Christianity. Christianity was compelled to give way in Africa to
is once again repeating itself.
The world wide anti-evangelical type of religion
recognized by both
culture and politics is a fruit of the most grandiose mixing of religions known
to man and his history.
Yet when we delve into the psychological minds of
people we find that the one idea behind every syncretistic and speculative
philosophy, is “I believe” and "this satisfies me." This self-willed
belief teaches that the mental life is explicable and chiefly coming under the
principle of association of different ideas. While this is true it is also true
that syndicalism becomes a social and political theory proposing to substitute
collectivism and capitalism through the taking over even by force and replacing
Christianity with religion.
countries have experienced great violence especially when politics has control.
At that point you begin to see the disappearance of moral Christianity the
rejection of moral codes and rules executed by God. There has since the
beginning Genesis 1:1 existed both “Good” and “Bad” there is no in between. If
mans religion which he created is bad then Christianity created by God is good.
Both cannot be good because God did not create religion. Genesis Chapters one
and two informs us that each thing God created He was pleased and stated it is
good. However something is amiss, there is no mention of creating confusion, no mention of
Religions were introduced by man, even from the
first dispensation of
1. “An effort to reconcile and unite various systems
philosophy or religion and or religious opinions on the basis of tenets to all
and that opponent being God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit against a common
opponent.” Britannica World Language Dictionary, Funk &
2. "Theologize" Defined: “To devise or fit
something into a system of theology.” Britannica World Language
Funk & Wagnall's.
International slang defined.
Open door policy.
B. Open Fellowship.
C. Acceptance of gay fellowship.
D. Gay ministers and elders.
E. Women pastors.
H. New age followers.
I. Satanic rites.
J. Saved by grace alone.
K. Exchange preachers.
L. Man boy relations.
carefully we may be surprised to know that synonymously, syncretism and
theologize is all used in the same terms, equivalent in meaning closely related
or nearly alike in meaning and in significance. We also can deduce from the
above that to add syndicalism to the list of stumbling blocks for the Christian
that as we look over the horizon we see daily that Christianity is succumbing
to these elements. God is not executing these events, rather man with his
rejection of God and his plan.
Crosses that are too
heavy for the natural man to bear, Matt.
Jesus said, “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 and he who does not take his cross and follow after me is not
worthy of me. He who has found his life shall lose it and he who has lost his
life for my sake shall find it”.
Modern man no doubt
feels that he encounters and intellectual cross in Christianity at nearly every
step of the way, but modern man expects the experience with God to be simple
and one which will meet his approval. 1
Cor. 2:14, “but
a natural man does not accept the things of the spirit of
God; for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them, because
they are spiritually appraised”. Therefore
man begins to theologize. He
finds objects that he has no desire to deal with; they suddenly become burdens
which if accepted would deprive him of his present life style sooner or later.
Most of the time it is sooner that he will hear some evangelical preacher
either in person or on TV inform him that all he needs to do is pray the
sinner’s prayer. He then is saved, be in church on Sunday make his offering as
his atonement and go about his life! That sounds good to him, he is now
relieved of that cross which could have saved him
but the burden was too
heavy so he found a way out! He thought!
did this man know that Jesus said in John
"We know that God
does not hear sinners; but if
anyone is God fearing and does His will, He hears Him.” Man does
not understand that the intellectual crosses of Christianity occur on various
planes. So he follows the largest crowd hoping to find his answers.
paradoxes of Christianity converge upon the miracle as their focal point. In
the miracle it is the supernatural, which constitutes the intellectual cross.
Not only because modern science with practical unanimity denies miracles but in
particular because modern science excludes the very possibility of miracles by
the method which it employs. So man is left with the idea that Christianity is
a big hoax.
About this time man
begins to theologize about what he wants to change in Christianity. Soon he
becomes a change agent and acquires a following with determination the church
goes along with his change in order to preserve the membership the church is
Another cross too great
to bear is the fact that God has decreed eternal punishment for sin. The nature
of sin, namely that man is evil from his youth as God revealed in Genesis 8:21.
Man cannot be saved of his own accord, but must submit to God’s plan of
redemption. This becomes a terrible shock to him he thought he had a plan. So
then syncretism begins to work. He rationalizes that God created Gay people and
they need saving so he goes back to his plan to theologize them into the
church! Today its working, man is happy he has changed God’s plan, he thinks!
Another popular phrase
is “reformed” many people within the church becomes displeased when teachers
and preachers expel the truth, soon a group is formed to oppose certain
teaching. The movement begins to reform the church and many elders and deacons
are not qualified biblically to suppress the issue. And soon has joined the
movement! But it becomes disgracefully sad when Christians schools, colleges
and university’s support such reform, which leads to division in the body of
Christ. But what is worse is when man fails to accomplish his reform program he
leaves and goes to another church causing division there.
movement in years gone by has been praised as the greatest thing that has
happened in this country in regards to “religion”. I fully agree for it divided
the body of Christ in its original form.
It has created today more than twelve hundred different
entities all teaching a different gospel other than the Apostolic plan directed
by the Holy Spirit. This produced the most offensive expression against the
doctrine of God. This concept is so fundamental to both the Old and New
Testament that salvation is in reality salvation from the wrath of God, Romans
5:9. Most people feel that it is more like profanation than any thing else to
speak of the wrath of God. Therefore the Grace of God is no less and
intellectual cross to bear.
Regeneration is not
fully understood by man, for it emphasizes strongly more than any thing else
Christianities view of man. No one can enter into Christian fellowship with God
by his own moral efforts only by a divine “New-creation”. The apostle Paul
fully explains this point in Romans
that the man of sin in a contrite heart actually is put to death by God. That
is the old man of sin he is made over through the act of regeneration.
Regeneration is fully explained in Acts
Peter preached he preached the truth simply because the Holy Spirit spoke
through him. His object was to convince the Jews that they were guilty of the murder
of Jesus Christ; they knew they were guilty. They heard the guilty verdict and
were pricked in their heart. They believed what they heard and said, “What shall we do”. Peter had no need to say you must
hear and believe this had already been accomplished. Thus his next instructions
were to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness
of sins. Three thousand did but for many thousands this was too much of a
burden it would interrupt their theology.
theologizing leads to some factors that needs discussion; first those who
reject Christianity entirely because of the crosses they must bear is on such a
low plane that no modern man who is somewhat informed and intelligent can take
notice of it. Second place those who think that it is necessary to reject
Christianity because of the crosses they must bear; pleasures they have known,
the so-called friends who has influenced their lives to the point of rejection,
this produces more doubt in regards to Christianity being a burden. In the
third place those who reject Christianity in its Apostolic form is not only
un-modern but also impractical and a hindrance to modern day Christianity. Such
Moreover we can trace
these intellectual crosses all the way back to the time in which Christianity
originated and to its documents the New Testament writings. This historical
fact makes clear the relationship to Christianity. It informs with authority
that these crosses are organic, indispensable and a part of genuine Apostolic
So many people think
that modern man is the first to have experienced the crosses. They think that
men in ancient times did not feel them as such, however this idea is not based
upon any real study of the sources; it is an arbitrary assumption. The epistles
and the book of Acts in the New Testament inform us something very different
about ancient man. The gospel was a stumbling block to the Jews, Luke 19:14. If
they are people of the critical type they calmly set aside Christ and the cross
and live their paradox-less religion with something they call the “Fathers”,
all according to their disposition or environment. Sometimes it is
Christianity’s demand that have frightened and still do frighten modern man and
will so through eternity. Man refuses to meet God through Christ, for he feels
that such a meeting will deprive him of his self-centered life.
Every problem man
encounters the Bible has a remedy for that problem. Every problem the Bible
gives instructions as to the cure. The Bible also gives the side effect of
continuing in sin, Romans
Many more passages confirm this. God will bring the sinner to his knees it may
be in sickness, it may be in poverty, it may be the loss of a home, it may be
the loss of a job, it may be the loss of a love one but every knee shall bow to
Then we shall hear Him say “I never knew you, turn away
from me”, Matt.
to make sure we understand the difference between the word “punishment” and
that of “suffering” consider the following: We may have within our life span
been a sinner but have turned to Christianity. We are now Christians therefore
we may “suffer” with the same sickness as does the sinner, however the state in
which we exist as a Christian we “suffer” as a Christian not as a sinner. Thus
we suffer with Christ and are to be joyful because it is in Christ.
Sickness, which the
Christian encounters in many events, can be the consequences of a past life
style, which the body was abused in some way. The sinner that Paul speaks of in Romans
represents the person who continues to rebel against God and His plan for man.
Thus Paul says he will receive punishment as a sinner, there is a difference.
“Relating to or derived
form Christ or His doctrine. Professing or following the teaching of Christ.
Manifesting the spirit of Christ or of His teaching, characteristic of
In this section and
especially at this point of defining Christianity for sure we have a pressing
need to discuss the statement above, which states “manifesting the spirit of
Christ”. This one statement is what separates Christianity from religion. I am
eager to hear from the person of Christ and to better know Him to hear Him
speak of Himself.
Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of
old. From everlasting I was established,
From the beginning,
from the earliest times of the earth.
When there were no
depths I was brought forth,
When there were no
springs abounding with water.
mountains were settled, Before the hills I was brought forth;
While He had not
yet made the earth and the fields,
Nor the first dust
of the world.
When He established
the heavens, I was there,
When He inscribed a
circle on the face of the deep,
When He made firm
the skies above,
When the springs of
the deep become fixed,
When He set for the
sea its boundary,
So that the water
should not transgress His command,
When He marked out
the foundations of the earth;
Then I was beside
Him, as a master workman;
I was daily His delight.”
“And I was His daily delight”. This one statement says
it all. Now we know more about the statement brought out in the title
“Christianity defined”, which read “Manifesting the spirit of Christ”, even
before the earth was brought forth Christianity was in the plan of God.
Therefore we must take note of some other things in regards to Christ; namely,
that the scripture infers that heaven was indeed the first object to be
created. Using Jude
6 and 2
Peter 2:4, we
must know that angels were created before the earth read again Proverbs
Why? First Genesis
us make man in our image and according to
our likeness”. There was at this time and
assembly of the Spirit world
and Jesus said in Matt.
where two or three are gathered together in my name there
I will be in their midst”.
In the second place it
is written in Psalms
Him all His angels”. Verse 5, “For He commanded and they were
Christ stated that He was there with God even before the works of old before
the earth was created, “I was there”, Proverbs
Ch. 8. Since God is spirit and demands that those who praise and worship Him
must do so in spirit and in truth, John
Then we who are in study must accept the fact that when heaven was created it
was created to encompass a host of angels, which in turn constituted a
spiritual realm and therefore instituted the spiritual assembly in heaven. It
would seem that as God drew up His plan of redemption there was in the mind of
God a foresight of every event throughout eternity with this knowledge. God was
able to look into each dispensation of time, to allocate, to locate or localize
people or events allowable under the law, which as judge became the judicial
endorsement or writ of order that He, God might be all in all, 1
I cannot form a mental
image or imagine that God would not prepare a spiritual system in heaven for
Him to be praised and worshipped. If true without doubt we can better
understand why some of the angels rebelled against God’s rule. Such thing set a
pattern for eternity and for sure proves God’s ability of prescience and
prescient. For in today’s world we see this same pattern being followed when
man turns and rebels against God that man God condemns and is cast into outer
Now we come to the
remedy. God being a merciful God established a spiritual system, not only for
worship but wherein man could be reconciled back to God, which included the
angels also. Christ being the head of the body of believers the assembly then
we must keep in mind that God is and was never the author of confusion, 1
Cor. 14:33. I
cannot with a clear mind imagine what it would have been like in heaven, with a
host of unruly angels out of control without any judicial restraint. Another
reason why the spiritual assembly was established first in heaven, when
ratified by the Judge, the Executor the head of the assembly could administer
proper discipline. Therefore when Adam and Eve were created the assembly was
transplanted at the entrance of the garden as the spiritual tree of life. They
as some of the created angels used their choice to say no to God; they rejected
the spiritual and chose the physical by doing so they and all their posterity
suffered the consequences of their evil, Col.
thus the pattern continues. However the spiritual benefits of the tree of life
was taken and its spiritual way guarded; but it would be restored at the proper
chapter 51-53 then
chapter 22 it
is restored fully.
Please allow for a
brief introduction in reference to the spiritual awakening. Consider a good
religious person he is a good respectable, useful perhaps a good-hearted
person. He has no time to prove what the will of God is, Romans
Such a person may not be opposed to religion as such if there is not too much
of it and above all if it does not hinder him from living his own self-guided-
earthly minded life.
religious people of this type feel they have reached and agreement with the
Lord and have found a form of religion and morality, which has the approval of
God. And never does the person become more pleased with himself and surer of
himself than when he has provided himself with a religion by means of which he
can “manage even our Lord Himself.
Then God came along and
disturbs the whole thing. To their utter dismay these people learn that god is
not the same as religion. They now see that with all their religion they have
not experienced God for God did on no occasion authorize religion. Also they
learn that God does not care for their religion, for God had only one assembly
in heaven, one tree of life in the garden, one mountain of the Lord as chief Isaiah
There is one body, one assembly, which Christ is head, Col.
So the natural man
feels bitter toward God, when he with a heavy hand breaks down his health,
deprives him of strength to work, frustrates him in his plans and hopes or
breaks into his family circle and removes his dear ones with brutal hands
demolishes his religion! Here now we can see the miraculous aspect of spiritual
awakening with its new creating power, which the Holy Spirit directs in
conversion from religion to Christianity. With a mind being scrambled in
religion we may know that there are mistakes and choices involved in conversion
to true Christianity. Acts
a classic and perfect example of conversion as well as the attributes of God.
Conversion is a choice
in conversion the choice is between my own will and that of God. This in itself
produces anxiety connected with conversion this is involved in spiritual
awakening. The natural man has been shown an inbred distrust of God’s will and
a natural confidence in himself. This is the reason for his association with
religion. Religion he can control. He cannot control spiritual Christianity, he
must submit to God’s rule. To be converted is therefore nothing more than to
permit the voice of God through His word to be heard. That voice which before
hand was permitted to go unheeded. Now I will, I chose that God shall
able to guide me in my spiritual awakening and that I hear Him and Him
alone. That I believe, trust and have confidence to prove His will in my life.
Faith’s Early Struggle
Some are plunged into
violent spiritual struggles at once they would so much like to believe and have
peace with God. But they do not succeed it seems that they cannot pray right
and able to read with faith. Conversion is the results of a divine miracle by
which God destroys the old man of sin. This miracle wrought by God causes man
to despair of everything that is his own, especially my own will. Therefore, man
must follow the
instructions the apostle Paul gave to the assembly at Corinth, 2
Cor. 13:5,6. Now
is the time for man to prove himself. Before his death Jesus said, “Seek you first His kingdom and His righteousness and all
these things shall be added to you”, Matt.
The scripture tells us
that God kills before He makes alive, Deut.
Only he who is willing to lose his life, his old self-life shall find life to
be unto death, Romans
Here is the crossroads, which divides awakened souls into various groups. Paul
recommended in 2
Cor. 13:5,6, “Test
yourselves” don’t fail the test. Don’t
I mentioned earlier in
regards to Acts chapter 2 being a classic example of spiritual awakening and
conversion. Notice the facts.
2:4, the Holy Spirit gave the
Apostles inspired utterance which was designed to convict the Jews of murder,
wherein the end results would be obedience to the gospel of Christ.
2. The Jews heard the message they believed,
out “what shall we do”?
3. Peter knew that their question
was based upon what they heard and
believed. Therefore he informs them of the next steps they must take.
4. Repent and be baptized in the
name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness
of your sins. So then those who chose Christ rather than religion were baptized
and 3,000 were added to the assembly.
5. They continually devoted themselves
to the apostles teaching. Those who
made the choice kept themselves busy and were together in fellowship and they
had all things in common.
is truly Christianity and evidence of spiritual awakening which religion does
not offer. For if it is not of God it may be of gods, but not Jehovah God, it
It is next to
impossible to try and define the word God. However it is not impossible to
describe God. The name alone denotes good so God is the good being a fountain
of infinite benevolence and beneficence toward His creatures. A general
description of this great first cause as far as the human words dare to express
may be given: The being whose purposes and actions spring from
without foreign motive or influence: He who is absolute in dominion, the most
pure, the most simple and most spiritual of all essences; infinitely
benevolent, beneficent, true and Holy. The
cause of all being, the upholder of all things; infinitely happy, because of
being infinitely perfect and eternally self-sufficient, needing nothing that He
has created: illimitable in His immensity inconceivable in His mode of
existence and indescribable in His mode of existence; known fully only to
Himself because an infinite mind can be fully apprehended only by itself. In a
word a being who from His infinite goodness and wisdom cannot err or be
deceived; and who from His infinite goodness and love can do nothing but what
is eternally just, right and kind. This description for sure designates God as
the Sovereign God of all creation and therefore He shall reign as the Sovereign
God of eternity.