ADDRESSING THE CULTURE ISSUES — PART THREE

A certain Pentecostal leader in Victoria, who claims to be an apostle, recently wrote that Australia was largely Christian. He wasn’t speaking by faith, he wasn’t making a declaration … he actually thinks that most citizens are actually Christian.

On the other hand, Greg Sheridan, a conservative journalist, has written, “The Christian churches now need to reconceive of themselves as representing a distinct and not all that big minority (of practising Christians). They should conduct themselves as a self-confident minority, seeking to win conversion through example and persuasion”. Indeed, Mr Sheridan knows that Christianity is near extinct, but instead of actually fighting to win, he thinks it should fight to survive. That’s probably why Mr Sheridan has decided that he would “win” if he joined the side promoting same sex marriage, rather than to come along side with Pastor Margaret Court’s stand against it.

This new conservatism is completely weak and misguided, which is exactly why there is a Right resurgence and reactionary movements like the Alt-Right.

In Part One of this series, we looked at the call for Roman Catholics who not only stand up for good values, but who must come out into proper Protestant Christianity. In Part Two we looked at different approaches by believing Protestants. They have said, “We need a new Reformation.” I remember getting goosebumps when Ken Ham declared that uncompromisingly in Sydney years ago. Pentecostals, Fundamentalists, Presbyterians and any other believer need to stop compromising with the world, we need to seek a mass movement and outpouring of the Spirit on a ground level while also believing for doctrinal unity in the Church and Christian leadership at a top political level.

Jesus has placed ministry offices in the Church, “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 fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-16).

This requires outpouring of the Spirit, because there is no way that we can get our doctrine right and get into proper unity without Him.

I believe doctrinal unity of the believers is possible. I believe it is promised. I believe that we should let God do the work in us that are able to have it. But barely any Christian seems to believe that. Doctrinal unity is based upon the Word and Spirit, not on a sword or compromise.

As for the outpouring of the Spirit, then all Pentecostals who profess to believe that (many worldly and compromised Pentecostals are ineligible) should see that there is a positive future for believers prior to the return of Christ in the rapture, not one of near defeat.

“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” (Matthew 24:45, 46).

Notice that the promise of this passage is that the Christian is to be in leadership, the Christian is to be able to convert nations and systematically be reaching the normal person.

People have talked about supporting some secular ruler whom they like, whether Trump or Putin or any other hero of the Alt-Right. But if we are to have such heroes, they must be Christian in the true sense, and most importantly, it is foolish to try to get a Christian leader in without having a change in the culture. Constantine was able to come into power as a Christian ruler because there was a strong (albeit persecuted) Christian movement among the normal people.

We have the essence of correct culture being afforded to us, in the remnants of the ideology from Britain and America. Now the Christians in Australia need to assert genuine Christianity and reactivate what now is in pieces into a coherent whole, an Australian Christian culture.

Not yet her day. How long “not yet?”
There comes the flush of violet!
And heavenward faces, all aflame
With sanguine imminence of morn,
Wait but the sun-kiss to proclaim
The Day of the Dominion born.
Prelusive baptism!—ere the natal hour
Named with the name and prophecy of power.
(The Dominion, J. B. Stephens).

SOURCE: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/greg-sheridan/christian-churches-drifting-too-far-from-the-marketplace-of-ideas/news-story/e641fab1f62b1a63b08cc1ec75634af5

ADDRESSING THE CULTURE ISSUES — PART TWO

All Christians and so-called Christians are well aware of the state of current society. This problem is well known across the board, to conservatives (Catholic and Protestant) and to a variety of more right wing Protestant fundamentalists and so on.

Greg Sheridan, a thoughtful journalist at the left end of the scale of the Christian right has pointed out that, “In these [past] 120 years no victory was ever more than a temporary slowdown in secularism. While there seemed to be many tactical wins, the war was lost.”

That’s pure pessimism. His solution? He writes that Christians should, “reconfigure themselves as a bold, vigorous, self-confidant minority, determined to security their minority rights and to have their say on life and its purpose, come hell or high water.” It sounds good, until the hypocritical reality is revealed that Mr Sheridan went so far away from the traditional Christian view as to support same-sex marriage. It seemed that he was not content to even fight for a losing position with “minority rights”, but has fully pledged himself to the idea that “the war was lost”.

I was at a meeting with Christians in mid-2017 where they claimed that Mr Sheridan was a Christian journalist. Let me say that if this is the state of Christian thought, then Christianity needs a major shakeup.

For years a variety of Fundamentalists, Presbyterians and Pentecostals have been calling for a shakeup. They have prayed for revival and from time to time been involved in various meetings or events designed to promote a reinvigoration in the Church or in an evangelistic sense. It has not seemed to have got far.
These people have pined for the good old days and some future time of glory. Great conversions, they claim, are happening in Asia, Africa and South America … but not here. Now, is that really even true?

If the good old days were so good, they were not good enough to stop the decline we see now. If the far off future is good, then we should see steps toward it now. If all of these things are happening in foreign lands, then where is the evidence?

What is the real nature and calibre of Christianity in China? If there was spiritual revival in Kenya, wouldn’t we actually find missionaries coming forth? How much of what is going on in Argentina is actually for real and not being manufactured?

One missionary I saw online (who is too afraid to identify himself) claimed that he was having great impact with the Copts or whoever else in the Middle East. I don’t doubt there are believers in foreign parts, but I know nothing of any of their success. Surely this is not because of some worldwide media conspiracy.
But what does the Scripture and the Holy Ghost say to and for us today?

“ARISE, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3).

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ADDRESSING THE CULTURE ISSUES — PART ONE

Greg Sheridan, a Roman Catholic journalist who belongs to the political Centre Left (he would probably say “conservative”), has written bemoaning the state of Christianity in Australia.
He writes about the “new religion of aggressive secularism”, the demise of church attendance and the capitulation of Christianity in the face of all social issues.

First we need to identify the Biblical reality. We are told in the Historicist interpretation of Daniel that in these days the transgressors are to come to the full (see Daniel 8:23). We are shown in Revelation chapter 3 that many attending church would be lukewarm.

There are two “Christian” stories about why this is happening. One is the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox story, which is incorrect. It says that the Protestant Reformation opened up society to eventually have the French Revolution and the demise of it we see today. The other story, which is correct, is that the Enlightenment brought in a new era in prophetic history. The war against religion was first a punishment on Roman Catholicism, and as Roman Catholics have joined up with the French and now EU/UN secular powers, there has been a steady move to the political Left in the West. The full manifestation of the French Revolution finally arrived in Western English-speaking nations in the 1960s.

Interestingly, even though Roman Catholicism, in trying to hold to its traditions and Right-wing views, even linking up with Fascism and Nazism, eventually changed in the 1960s to become the champion of the then USSR, and bringing in tremendous compromises and further errors through the Vatican II Council. The problem is that lots of Protestants, in allowing in the world into their churches, have been aligning some way with Roman Catholicism, particularly with the Left-wing (i.e. Liberal, Modernist) forms of it.

Greg Sheridan says that Australia’s churches are in crisis and need a new approach to relevant to a post-Christian society. Honestly, Mr Sheridan’s suggestion and appeal is completely misguided. A Christian would look to the Bible and to the Spirit of God. We should not react or do things based on anything other than what is truth and spiritual. Of course, if Mr Sheridan meant that Christians should repent and everyone convert to Protestantism, that would be good, but obviously he is not meaning that at all.

Surrender! That’s what Mr Sheridan seems to be advocating. That’s exactly what he has been doing in his active support for same-sex marriage when the remaining faithful resisted it.
“In these [past] 120 years no victory was ever more than a temporary slowdown in secularism. While there seemed to be many tactical wins, the war was lost,” Mr Sheridan wrote. If the war is lost, then all is lost.

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9).

So then the answers are not with the Roman Catholics. The Catholic Left is part of the problem. The conservative Catholics are not able to address the problem. The best Catholics, of the SSPX and traditional variety, while at least taking a stand, are still in a system they need to exit.

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4).

This Secularism, Modernism and Liberalism is a plague. God calls any of His people among the Roman Catholics to come out.

SOURCE: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/greg-sheridan/christian-churches-drifting-too-far-from-the-marketplace-of-ideas/news-story/e641fab1f62b1a63b08cc1ec75634af5

Dugin claims to be Christian

Russian political scientist, Alexandr Dugin, claims to be Christian. He claims to be a restorer of Russian Orthodoxy.

This is an overt rejection of Protestantism, and worse, falsely accuses Protestantism as being the root and creator of modernism and liberalism.

“And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.” (Daniel 11:31)

This is the pollution of the sanctuary of strength (i.e. America). Further, the daily sacrifice of Protestant practice, Protestant prayer and most importantly Protestant Bible reading, is being replaced by something else in this philosophy.

The Protestant religion is one which says that everyone, every nation, should become Protestant. The extension of the Kingdom of God in this way is good. Dugin’s beliefs are not in any way representative of true Christianity.

31 October 2017

On 31 October 2017 we had two important anniversaries.

First, we had 500 years since the Reformation, which began with Martin Luther nailing his ideas to a church door in Saxony. For 500 years Protestantism has accomplished much good.

Second, we had 100 years since the crucial Battle of Beersheba. For centuries Islam had been in power in the Middle East. The British forces were trying to defeat the Turks, and could not. Then General Allenby came up with a plan which consisted of using the Light Horse to flank Beersheba. The Australian Light Horse were ordered by Lieutenant General Sir Harry Chauvel to charge Beersheba after riding through the desert for two days. This charge was very successful, and with the fall of Beersheba, the Turks began to roll back, and were defeated, until eventually Jerusalem and then Damascus were captured. And so the First World War brought about the end of the Ottoman Empire.

Da 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
Da 12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
Da 12:13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

From when the Islamic religion first launched out on its world conquest in 632 AD to the fall of the Turkish Caliphate in 1924 was exactly 1290 years. The six day war with the capture of Jerusalem by the Jews was 1335 years after 632 AD.

The Reformation is about the authority of Scripture and the Battle of Beersheba is about God’s divine providence and the events which take place to fulfil Bible prophecies.

Conservatives who are wrong on Islam

There are Conservatives who are against Islam. That’s great. But some are against in wrong ways. We will go through some of these wrong approaches.

The first way that some Conservatives are wrong about the Muslim religion is that they want to deny it is a religion. They want to deny this because the Australian Constitution says that laws cannot be made about religions, and if Islam is not a religion, it can be banned. However, that is a weak way of dealing with enemy ideas, because it would require the use of deception and would mean that Christianity could not deal with Islam head to head.

The second way that some Conservatives are wrong about Islam is that they say it is a political ideology, whereas they imply Christianity is not. This is untrue. Those who say that Australia is secular and therefore the Government has no right to impose religion are wrong. Those who say that Islam is bad because it wants to establish itself by changing our way of life, and change our culture, are both hypocritical and in denial. Hypocritical because secularism is an ideology which stems from Enlightenment philosophy which certainly has every intention of influencing thought. And denial, because Christianity as both the manifest history and the avowed aim to change our way of life and our culture. True Christianity manifests very much through a political ideology.

So, we need to go beyond Conservatism. Conservatism is trying to hold on to the past, but is relenting to changes to traditions at a slow pace. Conservatism is too weak to deal with Islam, it would reject it, but does not go far enough in action against Islam with a more powerful idea. The most powerful idea that can destroy another wrong idea is Christianity.

Ac 19:18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
Ac 19:19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
Ac 19:20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

Christianity demands more than Conservatism would. In the scenario above, the new Christians destroyed their evil books. They weren’t engaged in half measures. The Gospel to any person does not coexist with Islam. The Gospel drive in the nation cannot share the glory with other ideologies.

Today’s Conservatives are starting to sound like they are half-Marxist. It’s time to be 100% Christian.

The Left exactly wrong on Dugin

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/aleksandr-dugin-the-russian-mystic-behind-americas_us_59a1fca2e4b0d0ef9f1c14ac

Huffington Post published an article (which did not look as if it had been copy-edited) against Russian political philosopher, Aleksandr Dugin.

The article seemed to give much credence to the Left and Socialism, stating that America and the West should fight against the Right (which is the avowed aim of anti-Christian Leftists):

We must reject the appeals of the far right and of the nationalists in all of our societies, recognizing them as a foreign influence, and expel them from our system as a body rejects an infection.

On it went, claiming that,

it is always a good idea to re-read … the writings of John Locke, Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, and other Enlightenment thinkers, to remember the values this country was built on.

The West was built on Christianity, not on Enlightenment philosophy. In fact, these philosophers and anti-Christian figures are entirely the opposite of our Christian foundations.

So we cannot trust the Left, Enlightenment philosophy and anti-Christian activities to be the way to resist Russian aggression or Dugin’s teachings.

The only powerful and strong way to overcome enemies is by a right-thinking Christian view. We must see the end of the foolish philosophies now exalted in the West as well as the end of the Russian threat. The only true solution and answer on a national and personal level is “Word and Spirit” Christianity.

1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Dugin is against Western Liberalism and Western Liberalism is against Dugin. These are two different kinds of antichrists who are against each other. Satan’s own kingdom is divided. But the Scripture tells us that we are of God and have overcome them. That includes both Western Liberalism and Dugin. The greater one is in us, and the Kingdom of God is the winning kingdom.

The spirit of antichrist is behind the philosophy which permeates Left wing thinking. The Scripture lays out the end of these forces.

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

The doctrine of Jesus is to win. The power of evangelism is to win.

Duginism is not the solution, seeing as the Word of God is the breaker of that view.

Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

Christian Exceptionalism

CHRISTIAN EXCEPTIONALISM is a 2017 book by Matthew Verschuur

This book lays out a plan connecting patriotism with God’s last days outpouring of the Spirit.

It deals with important areas such as the Word and Spirit movement, what influence the Bible should have in a nation and what form a Christian political system should take in Australia.

View and download it here: http://goo.gl/2Xu82o

In a time when people are talking about the return of right wing politics, traditionalism and are watching Russia’s actions … the Spirit of God leads us to restore, refresh and renew the ultimate implications of the true Christian Gospel.