A LETTER TO THE CHURCH

A letter to the church, that they may have ears to hear and hearts to understand and eyes to see and perceive. If we look carefully at what is going on within the church we must ask the question which Jesus asked:

Luke 18: 8 “….when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

When He does come back, He will know His own.

Matthew 7:21-23

 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Many that say that they are doing the Lord’s work will only be exposed when Christ comes back for His own. Those doing the work of Christ. He will separate the wheat from the tares.

Matthew 13:23-30

But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Would there be a more heart-rending moment than for the Lord to say, I never knew you? I want to make sure that I am among the wheat and not the tares and I am sure that you do as well. We should not be surprised that the Lord does separate and divide. The words that Jesus speaks, divide. We know from the very beginning. In Genesis, God divided.

Genesis 1: 4

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

The Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit work in conjunction with each other. God works through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit also separates His servants for the work to be done.

Acts 13: 1 – 5

Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.

We learn later that Paul and Barnabas went their separate ways

Acts 15:35 – 41

Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.

And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do.

And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.

But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.

And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;

 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.

And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.

The reason for the division was that John Mark had departed from the work. We know Paul was passionate about the work that the Lord had given him to do He was not frightened to stand on the integrity of the gospel. He asked the church in Galatia..

Galatians 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Jesus challenges us that we have to make choices whether to continue to follow Him. One of the challenges that His disciples faced was in John 6

John 6:53-66

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?

What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Some things that Jesus tells us are hard things to hear, but we must make a choice either to go back or walk with Him.

Jesus asks the twelve disciples…

John 6: 67 – 69

Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

What do you choose to do? Where will you go? Do you go back to where you were, or will you continue to walk with the Lord?

We may know many people who started off well, but the words of the Lord were too hard for them. We have an enemy that works in the darkness. We are not ignorant of his devices. The bible tells us we are to bring things to the light, it is the light that will dispel the darkness. Ignoring or not investigating a matter is not going to make it go away, but we need to handle things in love, even if that means challenging a thing that is dear to that person. God always deals with His own first, it says Judgment starts in the house of God.

1 Peter 4: 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Peter was reproved by Paul, because he was not walking right before the Lord.

Galatians 2: 11 – 14

But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.

For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.

And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.

But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

It is not a bad thing to warn people, especially  those you admire and love greatly. It’s not a case of over lording them like a heavy handed shepherd but speaking to them in love to protect and guide that they go on to produce much fruit in their lives.

Of course, there must be evidence to calling someone out. Paul had evidence, he was not trying to be superior, but warned Peter. What did Peter think of Paul?

2 Peter 3: 15 – 16

And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

There is a time to join together and there is a time to separate. Paul’s reproof to Peter was that he shouldn’t have separated himself from that which God had joined together. There is a time that we separate ourselves from that which God has not joined together, to do His work.

There are many prosperity teachers, including Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and many more who are multi-millionaires through teaching this demonic doctrine. Many widely respected men and women endorse their ministries.

Coming from a background of being involved in a cult I know full well the dangers of that type of ministry.

Anyone who enters the meeting places of the Mormon Church, the Jehovah’s Witnesses or other cults is responsible to preach Christ without compromise. Some of Christ’s teachings are hard sayings.

The Mormons teach that Satan is Jesus’ brother, polygamy and many other erroneous teachings.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. They also believe that salvation is by works. One cult, the Way International released a book entitled, “Jesus Christ is not God”!

By not reproving these cults, the danger is that they will continue to believe that they are saved and working the same land as Christians as joint heirs together with Christ.

Worship music is a great way of praising the Lord. A good example of this is David in the Old testament where he ministered to Saul.

1 Samuel 16:23 Whenever the evil spirit from God bothered Saul, David would play his harp. Saul would relax and feel better, and the evil spirit would go away.

We only have to look at the Psalms, the songs of David and the positive effect they have. The enemy has corrupted worship music. It is no coincidence that in the world there are bands called Black Sabbath, Nazareth, The Lost Prophets who play heavy, dark, demonic music. Now this corruption has been brought into the church with the likes of Hillsong and Bethel, Redding, California.

Hillsong’s leader, Brian Houston (His father Frank was the founder), preached that the same God that the Jews and Christians have is the same as Allah the god of Islam. The music that comes out of Hillsong is very repetitive and trance like. I have seen churches and maybe you have seen this, where it looks like worship, but is very much a type of hypnotic worship. Judgement starts in the house of God. Without correction people will continue in error and the teacher is responsible for what he teaches and will be accountable before the Lord.

If you check out the old hymns, you will find that they teach you the Gospel and give you a deeper understanding of God’s Word. They tell the story of salvation and redemption. There are some good new hymns and worship songs, but check them out. Do they leave you in a state of trance or does it glorify God?

The Catholic Church and Ecumenism

The term “catholic church” refers to the universal church (from the Greek katholikos, which usually means “general” or “universal”). This is not a term used in the Bible.

Often today Catholicism is referred to as another Christian denomination but in reality, they have the following beliefs which are not Biblical teachings:

The papacy, worship and adoration of Mary, Mary as co-redemptrix and mediatrix, petitioning saints in heaven for their prayers, apostolic succession, the ordinances of the church functioning as sacraments, infant baptism, confession of sin to a priest, or the office of priest at all, purgatory, indulgences, or the equal authority of church tradition and Scripture. So, we can see these are beliefs which form a completely different religious system.

There is only one mediator between God and men – Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Concerning the “redemptrix”, Mary – we were redeemed by the blood of the lamb.

1 Peter 1:18-19

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Mary was a wonderful, meek woman of faith who would never have wanted to be exalted to the position the Catholic Church has put her in.

In the second Vatican Council of 1962-65 there was a decree on Ecumenism which in the introduction stated “In recent times more than ever before, the Lord has been rousing divided Christians to remorse over their divisions and to a longing for unity. Everywhere large numbers have felt the impulse of this grace, and among our separated brethren also there increases from day to day the movement, fostered by the grace of the Holy Spirit, for the restoration of unity among all Christians. This movement toward unity is called "ecumenical."

This decree goes on to state: “The results will be that, little by little, as the obstacles to perfect ecclesiastical communion are overcome, ALL CHRISTIANS WILL BE GATHERED IN A COMMON CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST, INTO THE UNITY OF THE ONE AND ONLY CHURCH, which Christ bestowed on his Church from the beginning.”

Why are we trying to be united with that which God separates. We are to separate ourselves from darkness.

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Those who are party to Ecumenism, have visited the Pope in Rome in the last few years are leaders of popular ministries such as Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, James Robison, John Arnott, and Louie Giglio to name a few. Pope Francis delivered a Video message at “Together 2016” celebrating “unity” of Christians in evangelism, which was attended by many of these popular “evangelists”.

The only way the church will be of the same mind is when we all preach the same Jesus as Paul wrote:

Galatians 1: 6 – 12

 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

There is so much more that I could write, but I am sharing this with you, not to tear down your faith in Christ, but to strengthen it. If I tear down your faith in a man, so be it.

Psalm 146:3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

The question is where do want to lead people? I believe for the church and the people we are called to serve to go along with these false teachers, false doctrines and ecumenism would be confusing to say the least.

1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

I hope this message is a blessing to you and builds your faith towards Christ.

Carl Roberts