Vision Casting Exposed

Ever hear of the term ....vision casting?

We hear it often by authors, so called church planters and modern pastors these days and it is a growing unbiblcal practice. It is, when tested, just another perverted theological invention of modern man made religion.


This is why we are to test all things per 1 Thessalonians 5:21

In their wrong placed zeal, they have pulled 2 scriptures out of the Old Testament and built a whole theological practice of it in their bodies today. (Denominational evangelical religion does this all the time and it is sinful.)

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
Habakkuk 2:2

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Prov. 29:18


Their unbiblical idea/practice today is that a modern pastor MUST have a vision for the body, state it, hang it up on signs and teach all about it or the body will be lost!

Let's show you why, with 3 simple reasons, this is unbiblical, foolishness and very bad bible understanding by these claimed teachers of the Word.

1)  First of all.....
The modern pastor role today is NOT found in Gods NT body anywhere! 
The model of one man running the show, in control, doing all the teaching; is made up by man. This is more of a business CEO model than the true Holy New Testament body Christ ordained.  The reason todays so called churches are so weak and sinful needing a vision???? Is because they all sit around looking at one man (modern pastor) when all men are to be training and studying and using their gifts in gatherings. No ONE man is to be in control and casting some vision for the body. (It should be multiple elders to over see and all men stepping up.) God never ordained the modern pastor role so you need NO claimed "vision caster" in the pulpit.  See this detailed article that exposes the modern pastor role as sinful:
http://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/2014/02/is-modern-pastor-role-biblical.html

2) They use God's Word totally out of context to make this vision casting viable and popular.
Both the OT verses above have a totally different meanings then modern pastors are using today.

*Habakkuk is told to write down the vision GOD gave him. He was a PROPHET of God and of course Prophets wrote it down as that is how we got the OT Word. Modern pastors are NOT Prophets today so they are in great error and need not write anything down for us from God as revelation.

God speaks though the Word today not Prophets per Hebrews 1


*Proverbs 29 is not saying you need a modern pastor to cast a vision for your body or you will perish. No, it clearly says people perish without vision and what causes them to perish, what is the vision they need? Not keeping the Law/Word of God will cause you to perish. It states it right there clearly. We will all perish if we negate the Word of God/Law which is the gospel of salvation through Christ, not some modern pastors so called vision.

Note: Every vision we have ever seen cast by a modern pastor is in a worldly, unbiblical ,carnal, man made  body and their vision  NEVER addresses the sin in their own ranks.  This is NOT of God but of itchy eared people pleasing ways. See 2 Timothy 4

3) Finally, today we need no vision casting modern pastors to tell a true NT body what we need to be doing. God's Word is complete and already covers ALL of that for us.

Jesus said love God and neighbors/ Matthew 28

Jesus said GO!..preach the gospel / Mark 16

Also please go read Ephesians 4:12-13 where we are told what is the purpose of the NT body and what we should be doing.


 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:

God needs NO vision casting modern pastors today........ as
the Holy WORD is enough!

Be warned of men who stand in modern , when they usurped God's design by grabbing power as they then expect you to believe you need them to hear from God (like a Prophet) and can cast a vision your way lest you will perish.
No... reject them as either unfit to teach or perhaps plain old liars, deceivers and wolves! 

What most churched folks today need to "not perish" is repentance per Jesus in Luke 13:3...
 repent lest you perish!!!!

But these same modern pastors rarely preach biblically and they NEVER teach ALL of God's Word as that will empty the building out while this vision casting is good for growing more false converts in their pews, more dollars and that is their real goal as hirerlings. 

Study the Word for yourself and the model of the early NT saints. You will see how different it is than the one you most likely sit in today under a modern pastor. Do not be deceived. 

We should note... vision casting has also been linked with  and leads to word of faith/new apostolic reformed heretic ways, demonic mysticism and prayer walking, all sinful before the Living God. 

Vision casting is just another man made, dangerous, sinful practice of religious men who sound godly but they negate the truth of God's Word to keep and teach MANY traditions of men like modern pastors role, false gospels, building centered faith, worldliness, pagan Christmas & Easter and this ill way called
vision casting!!!! 

Go read Mark 7 :6-9 and tell us what Jesus thinks about such men who do man made ways as they negate the Word of God?

Reject this vision casting and the modern pastor role to keep the Word of God and His Holy New Testament ways. Our website and teaching blog will help you in that via the Word of God. 

 See the biblical gospel here:
http://www.dontperish.com/the-gospel.html


God be praised

5 Elements of a Biblical Gospel

Most people and ministries today are simply void of a complete and biblical gospel message. This article will attempt to lay out the complete good news gospel and how it applies to the believers life.

1 Corinthians 15

Here the Apostle Paul tells us the truth about the death burial and resurrection.

 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

The New Testament says in Romans 1:16 the gospel is the power of God unto salvation and so it is amazing!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

But what does this all mean and how does the gospel really apply to us who claim Christ? Today we see the gospel twisted, ignored and misrepresented all over so called Christiandom. This misleads millions into thinking they have eternal life all locked up but it is NOT so!

In order to get it correct for God's glory and be on the narrow road to eternal life, we need to consider ALL of God's Word do we not?

Jesus said we live by every word out of the mouth of God
Matthew 4:4

As you study the Holy Word in its completeness you will find these 5 main components of the gospel of Christ that most people and ministries today have only partly correct. (Most stop at 'just believe or have faith'.)

As we strive to go deep in the scriptures we can biblically see these as the 5 key areas of the saving gospel taught in the Holy Word so it matters in a person's walk towards eternal life though Christ:

Faith
Repentance
New life
Obedience / holiness
Endurance


Sadly as we said, the gospel has been perverted, shortened, changed and adapted to meet man's needs vs God's truth. Lets cover the basic 5 aspects of applying the gospel to ones life then lets look deeper at its meaning using root words to better understand this truth in our daily walk.

1) Faith ...

What does it mean to have faith in Christ? So many say they have it but do they per God's Word?

Many verses cover the need for faith/belief in Christ to gain eternal life.
Lets look at one: John 3:16 a very famous verse:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The word believe in the greek is pē-styü'-ō

It means not just to believe in your mind but to commit to/ trust 


To believe in or have faith means you're COMMITTED to Christ.


Many have a head belief and we see.....


Even the demons just believe and tremble James 2:19


But we know it must be a deeper belief!


Jesus said if you love me keep my commands John 14:15


Faith in something or someone is not just a head knowledge but.... a trust that leads in to action to follow, do and serve. 


Example:


If you believe there is a ladder standing there but do you have the faith that it will hold you up when you climb up high on it? Big difference amen? Will your faith lead you to act on it?


Faith in Christ means action and to commit to Him and His ways. 


Moving on.... 


2) We see God's Word teaches the need for repentance in salvation.


Jesus said in Luke 13:3 repent lest you all likewise perish


repent in the greek is me-tä-no-e'-ō


Many have this wrong. It does not mean to feel bad about your sin but it is to change your mind about sin!

(Many feel bad but they never change their minds on sin.)

It is a work and gift of God as he calls all men to repent. Acts 17:30


And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent


You turn from living your own way to serve God and live His way in faith/obedience. 

It is your mind that turns to Him yes, but we all know once your mind says to your arm move or eyes blink, the body follows does it not? So with the turning of the mind comes physical action to leave your sinful ways and serve God. Without a turning of the mind and repentance there can be no salvation in Christ as His holy spirit won't leave you in sin will He?


Ask yourself this...

If a righteous judge in court has you stand before him and he is about to sentence you for your crimes. If  you can show him you have repented -changed your mind and your ways- he may give you a lesser jail time in mercy. But if you have only said 'well I change my mind' but you will still commit crimes all the time, he will lock you up and toss out the key won't he; if he is righteous? 

The body and then actions must follow your mind into repentance if it is real and of God. 


God won't be mocked or fooled will He?


3) Next we see the need to be made new or be born again.  You are not invited by man or you do not get churched into Gods family. No you're born into it. 


John 3:3

you must be born again to see Gods kingdom

The greek word is gen-nä'-ō  


This could also be stated born from above as that is what happens via God's spirit and it is not of man's doing.


God does a work in you and makes you a new creation (this goes with leaving sin)


2 Corinthians 5.17... 

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Your old life and old ways of thinking and living die to be made new in Christ as you follow Him.


Like a baby born into your family; so you too must be born in God's family or you are not His. 

Unless you're born into a family, do you have any inheritence there? No you do not. 


4) Holiness and obedience to His Word and truth


1 Peter 1:15 commands 

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.


The word holy in greek is hä'-gē-os


It means: to be pure and consecrated to God / set apart for Him


As Israel was set apart for God so must His New Testament people be that for their bridegroom; Christ.


Whatever in our lives is not of the Fathers goodness & purity & truth must be left behind.


Romans 12:2 

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


 1 John 2:15

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

If you have a spouse do you expect them to be fully faithful to you always or just sometimes? So does God expect and require this if us if we are born of Him. To be faithful to God is to leave sin and be HOLY for Him. 



Obedience is also the fruit that God has done a work in us as we conform to be holy to His laws


The greek word for obedience is hüp-ä-kü'-ō


It means: to harken to commit to and to heed to ones authority


We are called to obey all that God has commanded to us if we claim Him.


Hebrews 5:9

And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him


Jesus said to love God and your neighbor. Luke 10:27

You cannot truly love God if you do not obey Him, can you?

This also serves in the sanctification process as we become more like Christ.


Consider this:

We fear a speeding ticket so we strive to OBEY the law. In the same way we should fear God and desire to strive and obey His eternal law via the spirit within us. 

Of course we also love him for what He has done through Christ, amen?


5) Finally, we see endurance in that saving faith.


Jesus warned us to endure and we will be saved in Matthew 24:13


The greek word for endure is hü-po-me'-  nō 


It is to remain, not flee, to persevere in the faith


Many false teachers today tell you all you need to do is believe and confess Jesus once and no matter what, even if you turn away into sin; you will be saved, but this does not teach all of God's Word.


Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:2 (the famous gospel verse) says this:


By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 


It is a encouragement and a warning that you will be saved.... IF....  you cling to the gospel of Christ lest you believed in vain ... or you will be lost! 


We want to be very clear in this. 


It is NOT works that saves us...no! 


It is a "saving faith" that indeed that creates works within us! 


If it takes a saving faith to get us into heaven via Christ's work on the cross does it not make sense that a saving faith must remain in us till we die?  If we turn back from that saving faith by not living in obedience to God's Word as fruit we are His what then saves us? Where is our faith shown? 


James tells us faith without works is dead James 2:14-26 and this is consistent with all the warnings of God's Word in many places. If He is in you for eternal life, He will work in you to produce a holy saint. 


Jesus told us the story of the tree with no fruit.....Matthew 7 

 It is tossed into the fire (hell) and burned. 

He also warned in Matthew 7 that those who do not obey God's Word as fruit they are in the saving gospel will be rejected in eternity. (Workers of iniquity means lawless ones) It had nothing to do with faith but with sin or a lack of obedience that made them lawless. All this shows their had not a saving faith.


Now can you see what you will miss if you only say 'I believe in Jesus' and stop there? To do that will ignore the other CLEAR teachings in the Holy Word. 



Let us also add the reasons it is so vital that we know, understand, live and grasp the complete gospel which is really 3 fold:


1) It alone glorifies God. Anything less is demeaning to the Risen Savior and His shed blood by which God showed His love to the world.


2) It helps us to examine our lives to truly be in the saving faith 2 Corinthians 13:5


Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?


3) If we are ever to love a lost neighbor into the kingdom via Gods truth, it must be via the biblical gospel or they will miss the mark and perish. Unless you have it for your own life you cannot impart it to others by your witness or words can you?


While the gospel means GOOD NEWS there is some terrible wrath of God to be aware of.


Here is a stark warning regarding NOT obeying the gospel


2 Thessalonians 1:8

In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;


But the good news is good indeed, to those who OBEY it!!!


If you have the complete biblical gospel in your heart and mind and daily life you can then easily stand to test yourself/others and ministries that will teach various false ways. You will not be led astray with every wind of doctrine but rooted strong in your foundation on Christ / the cornerstone Ephesians 2:20 and His saving gospel good news.


So the next time you hear the gospel is JUST "believing in Jesus" or God is only about grace, or you know someone who "claims Jesus and heaven to come" but lives outside of God's Ways and truth; you can test them to the gospel, warn them and be warned of them. 


They are leaven ( sin ) Galatians 5:9 that will infect you if you give them a voice into your life and faith.


Jesus commanded that we be perfect Matthew 5:48. It means to be fully mature. 

Are you striving to be that today for God's glory as fruit your His or like man made religion do you settle with sin in your life? (Repentance is not a one time act but a process we do to keep cleansing ourselves.)

It should be noted that the bible warns about false teachers many times and those who come into homes and deceive others


2 Timothy 3:6

For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,


Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

So be on guard for such things.
Now if we do fail and sin, he will forgive us if we confess it.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9

But we must endure and NOT fall prey to those who preach unbiblical ways all over this so called Christian nation of America.


Paul warned about false gospels in Galatians 1 and a false Jesus in 2 Corinthians 11:4 and we are flush with them on every corner in the USA and beyond.


Here is a great test... 


Jesus gave His people the GREAT COMMISSION. 

To Go and preach the gospel Matt 28

So ask yourself...do the people who claim Christ today (teachers) lead with, focus on and preach the biblical gospel or are they about many other things or a false gospel altogether? Most ministries today are about entertaining and drawing the carnal world NOT preaching all of God's truth.


Jesus said His sheep hear His voice and follow Him. John 10:27


Are you one of His and are you following Him or man made false ways? 


As a training and encouragement can we suggest this:


Preach the full gospel to yourself daily in your mind and root yourself in the fullness of Gods truth, then your truth foundation will NEVER be washed away in the storms to come!!! Study and understand the depths of the gospel not just a memorized ritual head knowledge but hide it in your heart however you need to do that. Write it down, repeat it, study it over and over. Understand and meditate on all it means in all areas of your life. Do not move or be caught up in to deeper spiritual things /training until your foundation is rooted deep in His saving gospel truth. Test yourself in all areas and strive to be perfect ( fully mature ) for God in your life.


That is the real saving fruit of Gods true people, they rest in and on Christ and His gospel good news and truth as they are changed forever by it; then obeying it at all costs. (See all those who died in service to the truth.) Are you a cultural Christian where your holy on Sunday but worldly Mon-Sat? 

The gospel will destroy that kind of life if you heed to it and obey. 

True saints will know the gospel and NOT be moved from it no matter the cost or situation. 

(To follow another gospel is to sin before God willing / openly and that poor bearing fruit tree per Jesus will be tossed into the lake of fire.) 

We hope the 5 key elements of the gospel has helped you and your foundation today. 


God be praised....


www.dontperish.com




Hunting and Fishing Idolatry Exposed


In America today millions are caught up in the idolatry of ....hunting and fishing as a so called 'hobby'.
I was one of them for years until Christ's truth transformed my life for His greater purpose!

Please know we are not talking about the man who takes his family fishing for a joyful afternoon or if you hunt deer to put meat on the table at home; no I do that myself at rare times. In this article we are talking about the consuming passion and practice of fishing and hunting /outdoor adventures to the point that it over takes a person.......... into idolatry.

Example:
In the picture below you see a man who claims to be a born again Christian standing in his HUGE trophy room filled with all of his past hunting adventures. He has a ministry to reach children and it is not a biblical one at all. He is teaching them error, false ways and more idolatry in truth.





Many will say this is not idolatry as he does not worship those trophies!  Well I would ask, have you biblically studied idolatry yourself?

You see idolatry is not just worshiping an idol (see the Israelites in the desert) but it is anything that a man or woman adores or focuses on above serving Christ and it always leads them into sin/breaking God's law. It is also the longing for things / hobbies in this case other then God in a way that puts God behind such things in your life. 

Many men will claim to love God as Christians and I have heard hundreds of men tell me they worship God while hunting. That sounds so spiritual but they are deceived. Sadly as fruit of their lives when tested they spend many hundreds of hours a year traveling to fish and hunt, sitting in tree stands, wetting a line, reading sports magazines and seeking out the latest new gear or polishing their boat all the while they are mostly void of God's Word and not obeying God in their daily lives or in their families/home.  They know all the latest hunting and fishing news and techniques but they can't tell you the gospel on how to find eternal life from the bible. 

That folks is the sin of idolatry!!!

Oh it is not just the outdoors that qualifies for idolatry. Many partake in  idols of America today like the NFL, movies/entertainment, pro / college sports, material things, money, sex, pride, even denominations of religion and on and on!

The Apostle Paul tells us what idolatry is in the book of Colossians 3:5
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness (greed), which is idolatry. 

So based on God's Word if you desire more time in the woods or on the lake then in God's Word that is idolatry. Or if your hearts real desire/pursuit and passion is a bigger buck or a record bass or a new boat that is greed / covetousness or again idolatry.

Jesus said to in Luke 10:27 
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

Sadly most of America today is truly loving something very different and they love it far more then God Himself! 

Jesus also said this in Matthew 6:24
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

While Christ is talking about money trust me when I say hunting and fishing often even trumps the almighty dollar $$$$ to those who are caught up in its snare. Yes, hunting and fishing falls into that sad category and millions are guilty or putting or loving the things of this world above the Creator God. 1 John 2:15 says do not love the things of the world and hobbies this are indeed of the world!

And can I add this?
I have heard so often that these men are thanking and appreciating, worshiping God as they do these time consuming passion filled outdoor pursuits so it is ok. Again that sounds so spiritual except God never asked us to worship Him by being in the woods shooting a big bear or rutting elk. No, he commanded we worship Him by LEARNING and OBEYING His Word via knowing Jesus Christ.  Christ commanded His people to GO and preach the gospel (Matthew 28) not to GO and enjoy outdoor pursuits!

Here is a stark warning to all who spend more time on their hobbies than seeking the kingdom of God in Christ / learning and keeping the eternal word of God...daily!

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power

They will all answer to God for the sin of idolatry and we desire better for all mankind.

Go here and see the gospel, be made new and leave your idolatry today... whatever it may be to serve the living and true God!



God be praised


How Is Your Foundation?

Jesus warned us about faulty foundations Matt 7:24-29 and we see so many who have terrible weak roots in the truth/Word of God as we proclaim Him to the world.

See this video about that topic and a article under construction to come soon to help you in your foundation if that is what you desire?

http://www.dontperish.com/videos.html

Stay tuned.....

God be praised

www.dontperish.com

Esther Wore Face Make Up ....or Did She?

Recently I had a conversation with a man in unbiblical ministry
(see the warning about them here: http://bewareoffalse-unbiblicalteachers.blogspot.com/2017/04/joshua-chavez-beginning-of-sorrows.html

Sadly, he was defending many worldly, unbiblical carnal ways. One of them was the use of make up/painting your face for followers of Christ.

He believes it is proper and godly for godly ladies to paint their faces with make up and he quoted Esther 2:12 and boldly stated that.... she wore make up.

But did she really?


This is where good bible study habits must come into play if we are to have the full truth as walk correctly.
Do you have good Exegesis or bad Eisegesis? Read this article to train on those terms:
http://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/search/label/Eisegesis%20or%20Exegesis

Basically, we as His people, must dig deep and use wise and proper skills to extract God's truth. This involves going to the root words of the bible (Greek or Hebrew) that give us more meaning to the text at hand.

And this case regarding ...make up.... it is a perfect example.

Lets dig into it shall we?

In many modern bible translations like the ISV in the text of Esther 2:12 they chose to use the word 'cosmetics'.

It says:
Each young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus at the end of the twelve month period, at which time she was treated according to the regulations for women. This process completed the period of her beauty treatments—six months with oil of myrrh and six months with spices and cosmetics for women. 

the better translation of KJV says ....with other things for the purifying of the women

The Hebrew word for this word in scripture is tamruq.

It means simply to cleanse or clean and to purify.

Esther in context is going though a 12 month purification process to marry the King. She was cleansing and cleaning NOT painting herself with eye and face make up at all.

While soaps and oils could be called cosmetics, yes,  it is NOT the same cosmetics the culture knows of and uses (today) to enhance their personal beauty/looks. By going to the root word we can prove Esther did not paint her face up for greater beauty, but she was simply cleansing her body in purification.

A purification ... like us coming to Christ!

Based on this and others scriptures, we at dontperish.com stand on what I often say and told that man......

The only people in the bible that painted their eyes and faces up were pagans and harlots!!!

1 Peter 3 and 1 Timothy 2 teach godly ladies to NOT adorn yourself at all with outside things but to put on Christ within you. (Joshua also tried to tell me God's Word does not tell ladies NOT to adorn and again he is not in the truth.)

Only a lady with a harlots heart desires to paint up and be made into something fake so others will look upon her. For what reason we ask? Is it sexual or pride or vanity? All of these things are sin before God.

We want better for God's true people so we tell the truth in love.

Please go to these articles to help you ladies (and you men to better understand these issues too) what God's Word teaches you to do and NOT to do all for His service if you claim to be His.
http://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/search/label/WOMEN

Do not be deceived by the culture or false teachers like Joshua of Beginning of Sorrows Ministries who twist Gods Word and truth for their ill theology.

See the gospel and be made new
http://www.dontperish.com/the-gospel.html


God be praised

www.dontperish.com





Inviting the World to Church is Sinful

This article topic came up when we recently walked into a store and they had a big sign that read....

Meet us at church...and it gave their church info.

It got me to thinking that I really needed to write about the unbiblical man made practice of bringing the unredeemed world into the "so called body" of Christ as a regular habit. If you understand denominational / evangelical man made religion it invites the world into the so called body of Christ on a weekly basis as a practice. By doing this it mixes those who claim to be followers of Christ with people who are not followers and may be only seekers at best.

Is this the bible model we see in God's Word and the early NT church?

Before we go to the holy scriptures for the truth, first lets analyze why man made religion does this "inviting the world in" as this will help us to understand their motives and goals in doing so.

Man made religion:
1) Is more about numbers than God's truth so inviting the world in makes the pews more full.
2) Is a business and so more bodies in the pews mean more dollars in the plate.
3) Has a false easy gospel that most often includes just believing and going to church each week
4) Needs the world to grow its plans of more buildings and more programs and bigger parking lots
5) Most often is playing to the world to entertain them vs preaching all truth to saints
6) Is practicing man's traditions not found in God's word that only scratch worldly itchy ears in the pews
7) Is using pagan holidays like Easter and Christmas as a major recruiting time to the world
8) Claims it wants to see people come to God but by perverting His truth they are not aiding them to eternal life at all, but deceiving them
9) Seems to think anyone can just show up and so called "worship God" but that is a lie.
10) Is most often run by and full of false converts itself so they feel right at home with the fallen world

None of the above reasons have any basis in scripture for inviting the world into the claimed body of Christ and for the record; we do not consider these man made places to be of God; but lets move on.....

Now let's examine what the biblical truth is about this topic.
If we claim Jesus as Lord  it is God's first century true New Testament body that He ordained that is the example we are to follow. Not Luther or Calvin or Baptist or Methodist or new seeker sensitive methods!'
(Most people today are using and following these OTHER systems..... NOT God's.)

*If we look to Jesus as a youth and then a man; He attended a Jewish gathering (often at the temple) that was not open to or used to invite the pagans and heathens into.... as a practice. It was for the Jews who had a faith in God as they had a covenant with Him.

*Then in His earthly ministry He had only 12 close men at His side and we never see the world being treated as His body. Yes Jesus taught the world much truth but He always was closest ONLY with His true disciples that He called to Himself.

*In Matthew 18 we see Jesus telling us to confront brothers in sin and then put them out of the body and treat them like a publican if they wont repent. If the world was already in the body ( publicans) this makes no sense.

*Jesus said GO in Matthew 28 and preach the gospel and make disciples, not invite the fallen world into 'My body that I died to redeem'.

*In Matthew 26 we see Jesus giving the NEW covenant ( His body and blood) to all the seekers He knew right? No, actually it was to His closest men only.

*In Matthew 12 Jesus makes it clear.... who is His brother, sister or mother?
Those who do the will of the Father. The world is NOT into doing Gods will are they?

*In John 14:15 Jesus said if you love me you keep my commands.
Clearly the world and seekers do not keep God's commands do they?

Study the Word and you will see that Jesus lived, taught and understood that the NT body was holy (means set apart) for His true people, NOT the world or passing seekers. 

What about Apostle Paul .... Do we see him using man made practices of today?


In 1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul tells us to imitate him as he imitates Christ.
*Then in 2 Thessalonians 3 he tells us to keep to the traditions he handed down.
(If we are to model him, Paul never used seeker friendly ways/inviting the world in to fill up buildings but he did preach the gospel.)

The following facts or verses should help us see clear:

*ALL of Paul's letters are written to..... believers in the body of Christ / not the world.

*In Galatians 5.9 Paul taught a little bit of sin affects the whole body. He would not have allowed the world that sins by nature to be part of the blood bought body of Christ.


*In Acts we see Paul going to preach to unbelieving Jews but they are never invited into a local body of Christ as a evangelistic tool.

*In Acts 17 we see Paul going to preach to pagans on Mars Hill but they were not invited into a gathering of the saints as a evangelistic tool.

*In 1 Corinthians 5 we can see Paul tossing a man out of the body of Christ due to sexual sin. If the world was invited in at that time (pagan Rome and Corinth ) that would be very hypocritical as those not in Christ would have had MANY sexual sins in their lives based on the culture. So they could stay while real believers were put out. This makes no sense at all.

*Moving on to Ephesians 4.... we see the purpose of the body is for the training up the saints for ministry.
So how do you train up for ministry those who are NOT even born again in Christ? Again this make no sense biblically and it is not the model we see in the true NT church that Jesus ordained.

We should note that after studying this closely we see that neither Jesus nor Paul invited the world to come gather with the holy redeemed body of Christ for a so called 'worship service'.

Do you realize the Word says His people are bought with a price? And that price is Jesus' own blood!
Inviting in the world tramples that truth and it is a stain on the work of Christ to redeem His people.

“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” 
1 Corinthians 6:20

Have you considered that this practice also confuses people?
The true saints will think the world is now considered saints by showing up and the world will think they are part of the body of Christ now for showing up. If you doubt that you are very wrong. As we preach the Word we meet MANY people who are churched weekly because they got invited in but they are NOT born again. Man made religion is making MANY false converts by this sinful habit of inviting the world in as a weekly habit and evangelistic practice. They may say they love those folks but they are damning them to hell by NOT teaching them the biblical gospel ( faith, repentance, made new, obey and endure) and not teaching them the body of Christ is only for His born again people... not just anyone who shows up.  

Also look at the model in the Old Testament that showed us the holy temple and getting close to God there  at the temple was ONLY for His set apart holy priests, not just anyone. This is a model of coming through Christ alone and being made holy in the process. The pagan world around the temple was NOT allowed to get close as a practice.

Perhaps the most important evidence for NOT inviting the world into the claimed body of Christ is found in Acts 2 were the scriptures tell us that GOD added to the church as men were born again. Man does not build a body God does this by His spirit and truth! John 4:24

And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Acts 2:46-47

God adds to His body it is not done by running a new visitor campaign.
The fact that today's so called churches are inviting in and allowing the world to sit and do so called worship services with them means.... they are NOT Gods true body. 'Why' you ask? His true people do not leave His holy ways and entertain the world; then call it church. (The NT body is for His people only.)
Christ's people OBEY Him and keep His ways. Hebrews 5:9

Ask yourself 'why should we or anyone who claims Christ invite the world into His body if the first century saints never did?'

Can we improve on God's design or plans for His body?

It would be prideful and arrogant to believe that but as we can see man made religion does just that each week by inviting the world into their body. Much of the blame today lies on the seeker friendly movement that caters to the world to fill the pews and NOT God's FULL truth at all.

Lets be very clear here.
Can we invite the world to come to a place to hear the true gospel preached to them and offer them a chance to repent and be made new in Christ? Of course, that is what His people are called to do. Then they enter the body and are held accountable to God's Word in obedience and holiness.

But can we as a practice open the doors of His BLOOD bought body to the carnal world, sit next to them, sing and pray and fellowship and hear of God's deep truth ( meat... not milk) taught to train up saints for ministry? No!
That leaves the practice, instruction and design of God's HOLY NT body and so it is sinful to do such a thing.

Go read 2 Corinthians 6.

It says a lot about mixing light and darkness....

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6

In fact; inviting the world into His holy blood bought body is a lot like inviting the fox into the hen house.
All kinds of sin and various issues are made manifest by this ill practice and if you doubt that just look at man made religion today. It is worldly, carnal, fleshly and unbiblical all because it is catering to the world vs teaching all of God's Word and being His set apart holy people.

The first century NT body was for His true saints and reached out to and preached the gospel to the world. And they were ONLY added into the body once they repented and were made children of God by His spirit. Allowing them in before they have been born of God is like going on a honeymoon before your married.

Oh many do it today but it is SINFUL and NOT pleasing to God per His Word.

We leave you with this scripture that tells us (who claim Christ) what we should be doing:

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 2:42

It makes no provision for keeping man made religion or inviting the world into His holy body as a weekly practice of evangelism. (Doctrine means instructions and we are to keep those ways NOT mans ways.)

Here is an article on the true NT body vs man made religion:
http://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/2014/04/characteristics-of-new-testament-body.html

We hope these truths have shed some light on this topic for you......

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