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Together 2016?

” When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near.” (Testimonies for the Church, volume 5 p. 451)

Romanism is now regarded by Protestants with far greater favor than in former years. In those countries where Catholicism is not in the ascendancy, and the papists are taking a conciliatory course in order to gain influence, there is an increasing indifference concerning the doctrines that separate the reformed churches from the papal hierarchy; the opinion is gaining ground that, after all, we do not differ so widely upon vital points as has been supposed, and that a little concession on our part will bring us into a better understanding with Rome. The time was when Protestants placed a high value upon the liberty of conscience which had been so dearly purchased. They taught their children to abhor popery and held that to seek harmony with Rome would be disloyalty to God. But how widely different are the sentiments now expressed!

The defenders of the papacy declare that the church has been maligned, and the Protestant world are inclined to accept the statement. Many urge that it is unjust to judge the church of today by the abominations and absurdities that marked her reign during the centuries of ignorance and darkness. They excuse her horrible cruelty as the result of the barbarism of the times and plead that the influence of modern civilization has changed her sentiments.

Have these persons forgotten the claim of infallibility put forth for eight hundred years by this haughty power? So far from being relinquished, this claim was affirmed in the nineteenth century with greater positiveness than ever before. As Rome asserts that the “church never erred; nor will it, according to the Scriptures, ever err ” (John L. von Mosheim, Institutes of Ecclesiastical History, book 3, century II, part 2, chapter 2, section 9, note 17), how can she renounce the principles which governed her course in past ages?

The papal church will never relinquish her claim to infallibility. All that she has done in her persecution of those who reject her dogmas she holds to be right; and would she not repeat the same acts, should the opportunity be presented? Let the restraints now imposed by secular governments be removed and Rome be reinstated in her former power, and there would speedily be a revival of her tyranny and persecution. (The Great Controversy, “Liberty of Conscience Threatened” pp.  563 & 564)

Isaiah Ministries Scriptural Evidence Against Together 2016

“Nothing else than the kingdom of Babylon and of very Antichrist. For who is the man of sin and the son of perdition, but he who by his teaching and his ordinances increases the sin and perdition of souls in the church; while he yet sits in the church as if he were God? All these conditions have now for many ages been fulfilled by the papal tyranny.” (Martin Luther, First Principles, pp. 196-197)

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“He (the antichrist) will be revealed and come to naught before the last day, so that every man shall comprehend and recognize that the pope is the real, true antichrist and not the vicar of Christ … Therefore those who consider the pope and his bishops as Christian shepherds and bishops are deeply in error, but even more are those who believe the the Turk (ISLAM) is the antichrist. Because the Turk (ISLAM) rules outside of the church and does not sit in the holy place, nor does he seek to bear the name of Christ, but is an open antagonist of Christ and His church. This does not need to be revealed, but it is clear and evident because he persecutes Christians openly and not as the pope does, secretly under the form of Godliness.” (Nicolaus Von Amsdorf, Furnemliche und gewisse Zeichen, sig.A2r.,v.)

Who did the reformers believe was the anti-Christ?

“And we ask you, brethren, in regard to the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of our gathering together unto him, that ye be not quickly shaken in mind, nor be troubled, neither through spirit, neither through word, neither through letters as through us, as that the day of Christ hath arrived;  let not any one deceive you in any manner, because — if the falling away may not come first, and the man of sin be revealed — the son of the destruction,  who is opposing and is raising himself up above all called God or worshipped, so that he in the sanctuary of God as God hath sat down, shewing himself off that he is God — [the day doth not come].  Do ye not remember that, being yet with you, these things I said to you? and now, what is keeping down ye have known, for his being revealed in his own time,  for the secret of the lawlessness doth already work, only he who is keeping down now [will hinder] — till he may be out of the way,  and then shall be revealed the Lawless One, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the manifestation of his presence,  [him,] whose presence is according to the working of the Adversary, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders,  and in all deceitfulness of the unrighteousness in those perishing, because the love of the truth they did not receive for their being saved,  and because of this shall God send to them a working of delusion, for their believing the lie, that they may be judged — all who did not believe the truth, but were well pleased in the unrighteousness.

And we — we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved by the Lord, that God did choose you from the beginning to salvation, in sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth, to which He did call you through our good news, to the acquiring of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ;  so, then, brethren, stand ye fast, and hold the deliverances that ye were taught, whether through word, whether through our letter; and may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and our God and Father, who did love us, and did give comfort age-during, and good hope in grace, comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.” (2nd Thessalonians 2, YLT)

Fox’s Book of Martyrs

“Though it be admitted that Rome was once the mother of all Churches, yet from the time when it began to be the seat of Antichrist it has ceased to be what it was before. Some persons think us too severe and censorious when we call the Roman Pontiff Antichrist. But those who are of this opinion do not consider that they bring the same charge of presumption against Paul himself, after whom we speak and whose language we adopt .. I shall briefly show that (Paul’s words in II Thess. 2) are not capable of any other interpretation than that which applies them to the Papacy.” (Institutes of the Christian Religion, Vol.3, p.149)

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The Linen Girdle-Will you run or will you rejoice?

I almost missed the sermon this morning—not because I wasn’t there, but because it was in Thai. Thankfully, a young woman asked if I needed a translation and invited me to sit beside her. As the speaker spoke, she converted his words into a language which I could understand—English. Oh! How powerful it was! I feel compelled to share it with you. But this is mostly in my own words, and my understanding on what the speaker was communicating.

If the Lord came today. Would you be ready?

Jeremiah was a prophet, called in his youth, pre-destined before birth to be the Lord’s messenger, who lived to lived to see Jerusalem conquered by her enemies, sent to warn His people beforehand. Before the city was taken captive, God called Jeremiah to warn, instruct, and rebuke the people through preaching and acting out parables. (See the book of Jeremiah, particularly chapter 1 for more details on Jeremiah’s life and calling.)

On one occasion, the Lord told Jeremiah to buy a linen belt and to tie it around his loins. The prophet went to the market to buy the girdle, an then put it on as the Lord had instructed him. After an unstated and unindicated period of time, the Lord told Jeremiah to take the belt down to the Euphrates river and hide it in the hole of a rock. Obediently, Jeremiah went down to the river, found a rock with a hole in it, stuffed the belt inside, and left. A long, but unspecified length of time went by before the Lord reminded Jeremiah about the belt. He told the prophet to go and retrieve the girdle from the hole in which he had hid it.

Jeremiah went to look for the girdle. He found the place where he had hid the belt, but it was buried and he had to dig it out. When he finally pulled the girdle out from the hole, it was so badly damaged that it was no longer useful for anything. Then, the Lord said to him, “After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem. This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing. For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah…that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.” (See Jeremiah 13: 1-11)

Israel and Judah were God’s chosen people, but they had turned their backs on Him to worship idols instead. Now, He called them evil. They were once close to him, as though strapped to His waist, but now they were so ruined by idolatry that they were no longer fit to be called His people. Because they were worshipping other gods, they lost sight of the true God, and no longer had a saving relationship with Him. They did not know the true God.

One day, God is going to come to take His people back to Him, to bring them to His kingdom. In that time, it was revealed to His disciple, John, that “the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the lamb: For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?’” (Revelation 6:15-17)

On the last day, when Christ returns, people who have turned their backs on God to worship idols, whether idols of stone, or idols of wood, idols of money or of fame or material possessions, will run and try,in vain, to hide from the Lord of Glory. They will be filled with terror, knowing that they are not ready to meet Him and that their destruction is near. They will pray to their gods to cause the rocks to fall on them, to hide them from the true God, but God’s true people, those who know Him, and who worship Him, who trust Him, and who love Him, will look forward to His coming with joy. They will be excited and happy when He comes. (See Titus 2:13)

In order to be ready when He comes, we have to know the true God (See Matthew 7:23). We have to be close to Him. We cannot do this if we are worshipping other gods. Yes, these idols can be made of wood, or gold, or stone, or can be celebrities or even invisible spirits, but we can end up making idols out of other things—money, work, food, houses (See Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13), family, friends (See Matthew 10:37 and Luke 14: 26), opinions or our own reasoning and/or wisdom (See Proverbs 14:12 and 1st Corinthians 3:19) fiction or fantasy (See Revelation 22:15), entertainment or fame(See Hebrews 11:24-26) or even traditions in our church that do not meet God’s standards, or even forms or ceremonies that can be in harmony with Scripture, if we are doing it in order to be saved, and lacking in love (See Matthew 23:23). Anything that occupies the mind more than God has become our god, or our idol. If we look to these things for help, we are not trusting in God as we should. While we should use many of these things for survival and for God’s glory, they are gifts from God, and it is in God whom we should trust, putting Him above all these things. We should not let these things occupy our time so much that they take away time that could be spent drawing nearer to God, and learning from Him. (See Matthew 6:31-32, Matthew 16:26 and Mark 8:36)

In order to be ready, we need to have that relationship with God. We need to spend time in His Word, praying to Him, and trusting Him. And, we need to love Him. If we love and trust, we will also obey, as Jeremiah did, even when the Lord asked him to do strange things that may not have made much since, until they were explained to him, but Jeremiah trusted God, and he obeyed. When we have this relationship with God, trusting in Him for salvation, and truly believe and love Him (which is key to a relationship) will lead to obedience, then we will be ready when He comes, and we will look forward to His coming. (See Matthew 26:41, Luke 21:36, Mark 14:38, 1st Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22, Matthew 11:29, John 14:15 and 23, John 5:39, Revelation 14:12, and Hebrews 11.)

If He comes today, would you be ready?

But He’s not here yet. You still have some time to get ready, but don’t delay, because even if the Lord would not come today, nor tomorrow, nor this week, nor this year, nor this decade, we may not even have another hour. Don’t delay, but turn to God, and if you are already His, renew your commitment daily, hourly, even now. Prepare, and ask God, and He will prepare you, but you must cooperate with Him.

(See Luke 12:20, 1st Corinthians 15:31, 1st John 1:9, John 4: 10  and 14, Galatians 2:20, 1st John 4:8, Galatians 5: 22 and 23, and John 14.)

Disclaimer: Most of these extra verses were added for confirmation and study purposes, along with many comments and the brief history of Jeremiah, as this is my understanding of the sermon, and not a word-for-word manuscript. Picture is by Sweet Publishing and was downloaded from Distant Shores Media, used by permission through the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. Bible text was taken from the King James Version, unless accidentally copied from other versions (If you notice that any of it was copied from another version, please contact me, and you can do so via commenting, and I will try to fix it. Thank you.)