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Rant
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12/13/2014 9:10:33 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
But even in the darkness, so gloomy for the ungodly, there is hope - bright, glorious hope for the faithful (1 Thessalonians 5:4-8). For God always has had, and ever will have a faithful remnant. [Emphasis mine] There were those, in blind unbelieving Israel, who waited for and accepted the Messiah. (Luke 2, see Anna and Simeon etc...) So there will be those in the church who will wait for (1 Thessalonians 1:10) and welcome the coming bridegroom (Matthew 25:10).
And there will be a remnant in Israel, who passing through the darkness and fire (Zechariah 13:9), will you accept their King. (Zechariah 12:10; Romans 9:27; Romans 11: 25, 26). And there shall even be a remnant (residue or remainder) among the Gentiles (ungodly world) who shall seek after the Lord (Acts 15:1, 17).
"God always has had, and ever will have a faithful remnant!" This thesis put forth by Blackstone in 1878 is perhaps truer today than it ever has been. For the remnant of Israel is found in its first fruits, those Jewish followers of Christ who are the foundation of the early church in Acts, continuing even today in the Messianic Jews within the Body of Christ, the true church.
And the true church, the church in Acts, is biblically described as believing Jew and Gentile together as a new creation (Galatians 6:15, Ephesians 3:6). And so we find in Revelation 2 and 3 evidence of a remnant true church, His remnant church, which has the attitude and practices of the church in Acts, a church willing to suffer for the cause of Christ, who hold fast to His name and remain faithful, whose love and service and faith and patience are born out in their works, who have kept their lives pure, and have their doors open, teaching the Truth of the Word of God.
Unfortunately, tragically, we find a picture of the "church" today in (Revelation 3:14-22) the church at Laodicea. The pursuit of personal wealth and luxurious living proliferates incessantly while people with poverty-stricken souls are dying eternally because no one shares with them the riches of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Those within this "church" are wearing crowns rather than bearing the cross, they pursue self-satisfaction rather than sanctification, and they teach tolerance and compromise rather than commitment and separation. Today people become more emotionally stirred over politics, television, and sports than they do about Jesus Christ. People are concerned only with temporal things, success and materialism, and having almost no thought of spiritual need they cater only to their bodies, which in a few short years will return to dust.
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12/13/2014 9:32:37 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
This is the hallmark of the apostate, humanistic, mainstream, denominational, prosperity, word of faith, emergent, institutional "churches" today. Their attitude is that there is nothing too good for the people of God and if they don"t pamper themselves who will? How heartbreaking it is to see that this is the state of the "church" today on the very eve of Christ"s return.
But, "God always has had, and ever will have a faithful remnant!" And the simple fact remains, ever constant, that God's sovereignty, power and might, remain undiminished; the glory of His light undimmed. It is humanity, in the form of a failing or weakening "church," which loses power, which shines less brightly. It is up to the remnant, His remnant church, to remain true and to cast light upon a dim and darkening world.
DanneJeRusse
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12/13/2014 9:36:53 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 12/13/2014 9:32:37 AM, Rant wrote:
This is the hallmark of the apostate, humanistic, mainstream, denominational, prosperity, word of faith, emergent, institutional "churches" today. Their attitude is that there is nothing too good for the people of God and if they don"t pamper themselves who will? How heartbreaking it is to see that this is the state of the "church" today ...

I couldn't agree with you more. Maybe, they should just shut down and fuggedaboudit
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