So called experts

A Call To The Remnant

Have you ever watched a trial on TV? It can be a fascinating process. One of the more fascinating aspects of a trial can be the expert witnesses. A lot of weight can rest upon these people. Oftentimes they are professional expert witnesses, meaning, their full-time job is testifying at trials. Now, you watch the expert witness for the prosecution and you think he makes excellent points and, after all, he is an expert and you assume the defendant to be guilty based on what you just heard. Then, when the prosecution rests, the defense brings on their expert witness and he refutes what the other expert says and now you think the defendant is not guilty. Two experts, two opposite opinions, results? Confusion. They both cannot be right. Ever had a bad diagnosis from a specialist? You go through all the trauma of that and someone suggests a second…

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There can be no middle ground

A Call To The Remnant

In the end, everything of this world is just that, of this world. Only the authentic will do whether that is freedom or justice or beauty or peace. Of course God is these things and only in Him can we have these things, all else is counterfeit, some better than others, but in the end mere copies of the original. The Mona Lisa is a tremendous copy of the woman who sat for the painting. The most incredible landscape painting is still only a painting, the real star is the landscape itself. And so peace in the world, even the greatest peace will only ever be fleeting because it is not the original. Justice in the world is tainted by our very humanity and therefore by necessity falls woefully short of the original, no matter how good it looks or begins. Everything about humanity, outside of God, is counterfeit and…

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A generation of prophets arise

A Call To The Remnant

I have met so many people who think the church is just fine and everything is the way it has always been and anyone who says anything different is generally castigated. There is a sizable remnant who do see it and I thank God for them. They are, of course, rejected and generally hated because they are in effect, party poopers. They don’t go along with the flow, they disrupt the flow, like a large stone in a flowing river, they cause turbulence and turbulence is uncomfortable and folks don’t want to be uncomfortable. They are for the most part sleeping and they do not want to be woken up. And this remnant are constantly shouting ” wake up you sleepy Christians, wake up, Christ is at the door and the bride must make herself ready to receive her King.”

How many of us can relate to lying in bed…

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We are a starved generation!

A Call To The Remnant

We are a starved generation that has never seen the glory of God. We have men and woman in their 20s and 30s who have never seen the glory of God. They’re Christians, they’re in Bible schools, but they have never seen the glory of God. They have never known what it is to be in a service where the presence of God is so awe-inspiring that you cant speak aloud.

They have never heard God preached about so high and lifted up that they went home in silence and wouldn’t talk. When A.B.Simpson preached in Buffalo, New York, he preached on the glory of Jesus Christ and when he was finished , they dismissed the meeting and no one got out of their seats. They sat there because they were afraid to get up and walk around in the presence of God. But a whole generation of young people…

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If the foundations are destroyed

A Call To The Remnant

We are living in a generation of Christians raised on the “blessings,” mentality. Preach a few weeks in a row, or even once, a Holy Spirit filled message about how every saint is called to suffer persecution, how God has never promised them riches, and how His blessings often come wrapped up in trials and see if you are invited back. Christendom of our day craves acceptance by the world because they want to be liked and not persecuted. It is for this reason the world has flooded into the church and the pillars of truth are crumbling under their feet. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? Almost every mega church in the country either teaches prosperity, health and wealth or word of faith, or are compromised with the world or a mixture of all of the above. It is a watered down Christianity that is…

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If we could see

A Call To The Remnant

If we could see around the next bend on the narrow path then it would not take faith to continue along it. When we leave the harbor and there is no horizon then arriving at the other side of the world would not take faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen. Strange and counter intuitive isn’t it, that in this world something that is observed is the evidence of reality but in the other world, something not seen is the evidence of spiritual reality. One more glorious paradox and evidence of how God works outside of limitations.

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Self-Idolatry

To be a disciple of Jesus Christ one must be willing to deny Self, take up his cross, and follow Jesus. Luke 9:23. Self-denial is the cross we bear. The old man of flesh and sin has to be rendered dead. The laid-down life defines the New Testament concept of agape (love).

When we live according to the flesh, we are living for Self. Conversely, when we are living for Self, we are living according to the flesh. When we live according the Spirit, we will bear the fruit of agape. We have not been called to live unto ourselves. We have been called to surrender our lives to Christ that He might live His life of agape through us. We cannot be the bride of Christ and at the same time live selfishly in this world. We are either the bride or we are living the life of the harlot. Self-centred living is making ourselves out to be god; therefore, it is idolatry.

Idolatrous, fallen man is self-centred by nature. To be any different, we have to be transformed into a new creature. We need a new nature that gives us the desire to surrender Self for a higher good, namely, the life of Christ in us. Only Christ through His Spirit can implant that new nature within us. Paul had already established in Galatians 5:17 that “the flesh lusts [sets its desire] against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.” Romans 8:7 attests that “the carnal mind is at enmity [hostile] against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.”

Whatever appeals to Self is not of God. Self is in love with Self. It seeks its own. It is vain, prideful, arrogant, self-exalting, self-indulging, self-absorbed, power-hungry, and lustful. It strives for independence, self-reliance, and self-management. It uses and abuses others, if necessary, to achieve its own ambitions. It lies, steals, cheats, murders, covets, blames, justifies, and does whatever seems necessary to save itself. It goes to any end to protect itself. It is addicted to more. It can never be satisfied.

The flesh nature of Self generally looks to its own inventions–science, government, military, religion, education, sports, and other human institutions and inventions–to save us, feed us, protect us, make us happy, give us our identity, and provide us with a better lifestyle. We create institutions to serve us, and we get angry when they fail us.

The idolatry of Self is seen in our drivenness to accomplish things in our own strength. We see things to do, and we must do them. We are constantly distracted by the busyness we create for ourselves. Busyness is a distraction from intimacy with God. We would rather be doing something for God than spending time with Him. Yet, He did not create us to do for Him, but to be as He is that we might have fellowship with Him and with one another in Him.

We enslave ourselves to the works we require of ourselves. Moreover, we enslave others to our works when others allow us to do so. We adore our accomplishments. Consequently, we have even made idols out of our quiet time, Bible study, intercessory prayer, street witnessing, and other works that seem “good” to us. These are not wrong. They are wonderful when they are inspired by the Holy Spirit. They become idolatrous to us when we use them to make ourselves feel like we have done something for God.

 

Excerpts from a book by Charles E. Newbold, Jr. titled The Harlot Church System.