At a Christian Conference held in Jerusalem in 1986, a word from the LORD came forth, which included this devastating prophecy, presumably from the heart of God: "And there will be Christianity without ME". What? Could we possibly have 'Christianity' but not have God? I'm afraid it is not only possible, but it is already happening - most blatantly in the 'Jesus Only' Oneness Pentecostal churches but even, to a growing degree, throughout much of Christendom.
According to the U.S. Center for world missions, the number of people in the world who were "adherents to the Christian religion" in 2000 was at 33% and dropping, despite pockets of phenomenal growth in previously unreached countries, such as China. That same study showed Muslims at 20% and rising, the only established religion which is actually outstripping the world population growth rate.
This alarming trend is even more distressing when you pair it with the fact that so much of the world is hearing the Christian gospel preached - many more people than ever before - but it is believed and received by fewer and fewer. Christians see themselves as certainly being obedient to the call to "go and preach the gospel", but understand they can only present it. It is then up to the Holy Spirit to bring that person's heart to the act of belief, then surrender.
If Christians are doing their part, why isn't God, from whom the Holy Spirit proceeds, doing His? Do you think God might be trying to tell us something? How can He bless the sowing of a gospel that has the potential to actually turn people away from Him?
Jesus said He was sent to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God - the God whom He calls "Father" or "Abba", which means Source. He also sent His disciples out to do the same. As we see in the thirteenth chapter of Matthew, the parable of the Sower, if we are not acting as "the good seeds", sown by Jesus to preach the kingdom of heaven (the 'king'-dom of our Father), the "harvest" cannot take place - neither can the "end of the age" nor Jesus' return!
Yes, it's true we can't have the Father without the Son, the eternal Word, made flesh. We can't be reconciled to the Father unless we go through Jesus, "the only name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved". But it can't stop there. We need to preach baptism into the death and resurrection of Christ along with the everlasting gospel of the King-dom of God.
Anyone can tell we've got presenting the message of salvation down to a science. We know how to walk the 'Roman's Road' and take 'The Four Steps to Salvation'. We're armed with tracts and videos, skits and mime. We know how to draw people to Jesus, but once there, do we tell them God has just sent the spirit of His Son into their hearts, and now Christ is in them, crying out, "Abba, Father!"? Gal.4:6
Do we give them the everlasting gospel (Rev.14:6), as well as the gospel of the new covenant?
Do we tell them they must fear the Father with Jesus' "godly fear"? Heb.5:7.
To glorify the Father as Jesus did, even with His death on the cross? John 21:19
Or to "worship the Father", to "worship God", as Jesus told us "true worshippers" would do? John 4:23
No, the Father is no longer "the Most High", according to much of modern-day Christianity. The gospel of the Father's kingdom no longer accompanies the message of salvation in His Son. Such an imbalance, where only Christ is presented to the unsaved, can swing theology around to a point where Jesus is no longer the Son, and God is no longer the Father.
"He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son". 1 John 2:22
"… they deny the only LORD God and our Lord Jesus Christ ". Jude v.4
The elimination of the Most High,
accomplished by the gradual phasing out of the Biblical identity of God,
has opened the way for an antichrist spirit to subtly shift paradigms,
causing many to deny
'the Father' and 'the Son'.
'The only LORD God' and 'our Lord Jesus Christ'.
Jesus is the Way. Christians often like to say He is the way to "heaven", but when Jesus says, "I am the Way", He then delineates our true Destination by adding, "No one comes to the FATHER except through ME" John 14:6.
Jesus is the Way. He is not, however, the final Destination. He expects us to go through Him, to reconnect with God, His and our Father
"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust,
that He might bring us to God"
1 Peter 3:18
Christianity, with or without God. It's our choice, isn't it?
TURN to God. WAIT for His Son.
"... how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead..."
1 Thessalonians 1:9,10
by Fern Holm, author of PIVOT POINT, http://www.pivotpoint.us
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