Friday, 1 February 2019

RODNEY HOWARD-BROWNE, THE HOLY GHOST BARTENDER, AT THE WAREHOUSE CHURCH IN NEWPORT ON 13 FEBRUARY 2019.

"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, 
but rather reprove them." 
(Ephesians 5:8-11)


"Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord." These words resonate deep in my spirit as I consider the darkness masquerading as light that is about to descend on Newport, South Wales, courtesy of Robbie and Donna Howells, the 'Word of Faith' MISleaders of The Warehouse Church (this being the recent re-branding of Newport City Church).

We who walk as children of light have a duty to declare and show what is acceptable to God, and by the same token also to declare and show what is UNacceptable to Him. And what is most definitely UNacceptable to Him is "strange fire!" Few in the contemporary Church have been as prominent in the igniting and fanning the flames of such "strange fire" as Rodney Howard-Browne, the self-proclaimed "Holy Ghost  Bartender." I wrote a synopsis of this great deceiver's background and his pivotal role in the so-called 'Toronto Blessing' in my piece warning about 'The Turning' in 2017 (see Topics list), and it will be pertinent to repeat that information here in the context of his forthcoming 'Europe Ablaze' tour, with its eight dates across the UK and Ireland including the one in Wales at The Warehouse Church.

A South African now resident in the USA, Howard-Browne was a key figure in the "holy laughter" movement; from a Word of Faith background in his homeland, he rose to prominence when invited to preach at an AOG church in Lakeland, Florida in the Spring of 1993. It was there that the "holy laughter" phenomenon broke out big-time. Notorious charlatan Oral Roberts, inventor of the "seed-faith" scam, and his son Richard went to Lakeland to check this out, and were so impressed by what was being served at "Joel's Bar" that they invited him to hold meetings at the Oral Roberts University, where the same uncontrollable laughter was experienced.

Even more significantly, while "ministering" at that hot-bed of Word of Faith theology, Kenneth "Dad" Hagin's 'Rhema Bible Training Center' near Tulsa, Oklahoma, a Vineyard pastor named Randy Clark received "the anointing" from Howard-Browne. Hearing of Clark's being tremendously touched, fellow Vineyard pastor John Arnott of the Toronto Airport church invited him to bring the drunken partying to Canada in January, 1994. He did just that, and the rest is history. Dark, dark history. 'The Toronto Blessing' as it became known went global practically overnight, and thousands of discernment-devoid people were soon rolling in the aisles and barking like dogs, laughing hysterically when they should have been weeping with grief for the huge Satanic delusion that had so incredibly infiltrated and overtaken the professing Church of Jesus Christ.


The central role of Howard-Browne in delivering what was probably the most demonic delusion ever unleashed upon the Church cannot be emphasized enough. Charismania was to run rampant across the planet, and a subjective, experiential and experimental faith rather than an objective, Bible-based and immutable Faith has been the grim accepted norm ever since, as "the anointing" like a virus mutated and multiplied and insidiously infected the Body to a pandemic degree. As Jesus declared, "An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign" - and as in His time on Earth, so in ours too!

Seeing is believing as the old saying goes, so I have posted below a few short and sharp and shocking videos of Howard-Browne in action, for the benefit of those who may not have seen anything of his shamanistic showmanship before, just for them to have a taster of what happens when he's in town - and nothing has changed about his occultic, stage hypnotist's mind manipulation techniques from the early days to the present time.
If anyone can watch these clips and not be thoroughly disturbed by what they see and hear, then the needle on their discernment meter must be registering an absolute zero! If any professing believer can observe such appalling antics and not be completely disgusted, then serious questions would be needful as to the reality of their declared faith. Could any genuinely born-again, God-fearing and Scripture-upholding Christian, being indwelt by the Holy Spirit who instructs us on righteous orderliness and sobriety, bear witness to these manifestations being of God? They are so utterly contradictory to the conduct He expects of His people as spelled out in His unchangeable Word! The likes of Howard-Browne eagerly eggs folk on to become blind drunk at "Joel's Bar," and to take unashamed delight in their iniquitous intoxication, in absolute defiance of God's clear teaching on sobriety and decorum. Consider such Scriptural admonitions as:


"Let all things be done decently and in order."
(1 Corinthians 14:40)

"Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober."
(1 Thessalonians 5:6)

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, 
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."
(1 Peter 5:8)

Vigilance demands sobriety - a completely unclouded and properly analytical mind - which coupled to the Holy Spirit's gifting of spiritual discernment alerts you to real and present danger. Do we really want a befuddled brain to be thinking that the roaring lion is just a purring pussy-cat? Our Enemy's appetite is voracious, and Howard-Browne is nothing if not a well-practiced big-name bait to bring in his next ready-meal. The claws go out, the prey is seized, and another inebriated hyena ends up hanging on a hook in the lion's larder!

With a fanfare of trumpets and a loud beating drum, the Howard-Browne circus rolls into town, with its acrobats and clowns and fire-eaters and pawing lion roaring at the cheering crowds. The ringmaster beams at their laughs and their screams... Roll up! Roll up! It's the greatest show on Earth...



Before we conclude, it will be more than relevant to highlight another of Robbie Howells' apostate connections, namely Kenneth Copeland, whose demonic double-act with Howard-Browne features in the first video clip above. Together with fellow South Walian 'Word of Faith' adherent Alex Ashton of the Vine Christian Centre in Bridgend, Mr. Howells acts as a Trustee of Kenneth Copeland Ministries' UK/Europe operation - Charity No. 326392. (Source: The Charity Commission for England and Wales). Both are also active Officers of the Private Limited Company, Kenneth Copeland Ministries - Company No. 01722542. (Source: Companies House). Thus it can be clearly seen that they very closely collude with one of the greatest heretics on the face of the planet! If anyone doubts this assertion, I have previously compiled and published a long list of Mr. Copeland's rank heresies, which can be found here:

https://watchman4wales.blogspot.com/2015/12/a-compilation-of-shocking-kenneth.html


My friends, please keep a close guard on your mind, your emotions and your spirit! 'Hyper-Charismatic'/'Word of Faith'/'Prosperity gospel' preachers, whether they be local Laodiceans like Howells or Ashton, or international traffickers of counterfeit Christianity like Copeland or Howard-Browne, are to be as carefully avoided as any infectious disease you might come across in the natural, for a plague they most certainly are in the spiritual! 

Rodney Howard-Browne is quite simply one of Satan's most effective and efficient incendiary devices. Aided and abetted by hireling pastors like Robbie and Donna Howells, he is intent on setting the British Isles ablaze with a falsified faith which presents, for the delectation of the deluded, "another Jesus... another spirit... another gospel." (2 Corinthians 11:4). The hype for this planned conflagration is:


"There will be powerful preaching, teaching, and demonstration of the Holy Ghost. The hearts of many will be touched and changed forever by the Spirit of God." (Source: https://revival.lpages.co/europe-ablaze-2019/?fbclid=IwAR2wD8jmQ5Jmmo19qRS-3MZFdYSVBy9ivOiP1uTCvqH1sWRenecKD15JSTo)

If you go anywhere near the "strange fire" raised by this most infamous of arsonists, you will be putting yourself at huge risk of being at best badly spiritually blistered, and at worst having your heart indeed touched and changed forever - not by the Spirit of God, but by the deadly seductive spirit of antichrist!


"But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer."
(1 Peter 4:7)

KEEP SAFE! KEEP AWAY!


Thursday, 17 January 2019

AN UNANSWERED EMAIL F.A.O. JACOB PRASCH AT MORIEL MINISTRIES - A VITAL QUESTION TO BE ASKED OF ALL WHO WATCH ON THE WALLS AS TO HOW WE CONDUCT OURSELVES!

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, 
goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."
(Galatians 5:22-23)

When and how does good fruit become bad?

Many of you will no doubt be aware of the unresolved high-level dispute between Jacob Prasch of Moriel Ministries and David Nathan of Bread of Life Ministries in South Africa, a white-hot controversy which has also caused other individuals and ministries to be targeted in a way that is so far removed from proper Christian conduct that it just beggars belief that such things are happening and on such a global scale.

After examining the matter most carefully, from all presenting perspectives, I was much moved to write to Jacob Prasch on 17 December 2018, a most sincere plea which has sadly elicited no response whatsoever. (A circumstance which I am given to understand is unfortunately by no means unusual when the behaviour of Mr. Prasch and the Moriel organization is being questioned).

After twice trying to get a message through on the Moriel website's own online contact facility, and each time receiving a Mail Failure notice, I then emailed directly to David Lister's email address. Mr. Lister is Jacob Prasch's "Number Two" in Moriel, and appears to act as a conduit / filter for correspondence to their organization. This time the email was sent without problem, no Failure notice occurring, therefore it was definitely received but just as definitely dismissed.

I wish here to highlight a particular paragraph in my missive to Moriel, for I consider the question I've posed there to be of great import, not just to the particular teacher my correspondence was addressed to, but to ALL who would claim to watch on the walls, whoever and wherever they might be. If honestly answered, it would reveal much about us, and the true or the false spirit in which we are actually operating. 



THE QUESTION

The question for every watchperson (myself included!) is, where do you draw the line? Where have indisputable facts perhaps strayed into the no-man's land of subjective opinion? Has good fruit maybe over-ripened and so become bad fruit? Have we let grace somehow be a casualty when fighting in the name of righteousness? When does objective analysis and warning become unhealthy obsession and witch-hunt? When do one's labours for the Lord become an unwholesome flight into folly? We are ever at risk of earnest contention for the Faith morphing into belief and trust in self rather than belief and trust in Him alone! Flesh is always waiting in the wings, ready to take centre stage given just the fraction of a chance!

We who keep watch are effectively walking a well-greased tightrope. Balance is everything, but carefully maintaining balance is a hard thing to achieve. It is only possible with the exercising of grace, evidenced in the exhibition of the fruit of the spirit. Discernment in and of itself is insufficient when walking the wire; it must be faithfully fused with grace, or else the spiritual pole we use to keep us steady will be unevenly weighted with inevitably grave consequences.

UK-based discernment ministry and the manner in which it operates has come glaringly under the spotlight. And when what is probably the biggest name in this field in this country is so disturbingly acting in the most questionable of fashions, it is concerning indeed. A long dark shadow is thrown over all who are called into such ministry. We are few enough in number as it is, and subject in every which way to the Enemy's attempts to take us out; the very last thing we need is the reckless pressing of a self-destruct button to do his work for him!

Another most lamentable knock-on effect of watchmen behaving badly, and demonstrating a completely cavalier disregard for grace and an absence of the fruit of the Spirit, is that it is effectively giving a green light to their followers to act in the selfsame manner. It's the old What's-sauce-for-the-goose-is-sauce-for-the-gander Syndrome, the kind of contagion that I've seen much too much evidence of in a Body that is terribly sick in so many ways. Grace begets grace, while absence of grace begets absence of grace - something for us all to think deeply about! As it is written:


"And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh 
with the affections and lusts. 
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, 
provoking one another, envying one another."
(Galatians 5:24-26)


CONCLUSION

My hope is that something of notable value could nevertheless come out of this most grievous controversy, in that it might cause all who are called to warn of the great Falling Away to examine our own selves and our own ministry modus operandi. I speak this first to myself, that I might personally always endeavour to keep a careful check on myself, that my conduct be in keeping with what is expected of me as a declared follower of the Way. And if I should fall short, may the Lord pull me up on it, and cause me to properly reflect, with a willingness to learn and to do better. Let us all do likewise, for if we who watch are giving testament to discernment, but not to grace, then we are not in the realm of wisdom but of folly.

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For anyone interested, the full text of my email to Moriel is re-produced below:

Dear Jacob!

I've listened to and valued many hours of your teachings over the years, sharing so many of your concerns about the great Falling Away. I've always held your ministry in high esteem and have the greatest respect for your learning. But I've sadly found myself becoming increasingly alarmed about your modus operandi in the last couple of years, in your presentation of what is actually personal speculation as hard fact and a most disturbing lack of grace in your interaction with others.

I am greatly perturbed by the current high-level and very public and unrighteous debacle involving yourself, David Nathan, Stewart and Deborah Menelaws, and others caught up in it all. I have diligently sought out and examined the facts of the matter, in what I believe to be a conscientious and fair-minded manner, and frankly and very disappointedly have found your allegations to be unfounded. One dear sister in the Lord whose friendship I much value has been herself targeted in this campaign you are currently waging. This being so, my spirit will no longer allow me to remain silent. Individuals and ministries have been quite wantonly damaged by your words and deeds, and it is long overdue for all this to cease.

Jacob, you are hurting not just them but your own self and ministry by behaving in such a way, a way which is alien to how Christians should be conducting themselves. It pains me to make this observation. It is heartbreaking indeed that the issues of contention were not addressed in a proper Christian manner, being instead thrust directly and devastatingly into the public eye. Being called in my own small way into discernment ministry, it grieves me personally that the integrity of such ministry will inevitably be called into question as a consequence of all this. It casts a deep shadow over all of us who try our best to keep watch on the walls.

Jacob, in the Name of all that is Right and True, can you please bring yourself to kick stubborn pride into touch and properly apologize and repent of your unseemly actions and seek reconciliation? For the sake not just of those you have injured but of all of us who together constitute the Body of Christ? And as a good witness to those outside of the Body? Is not humility, and the desire to right wrongs, the mark of a God-fearing man who wants to be at peace with his Maker, his fellows, and last but not least his own self?

I wrote this recently in answer to a correspondent, and it seems to me that it bears repeating here:

The question for every watchperson (myself included!) is, where do you draw the line? Where have indisputable facts perhaps strayed into the no-man's land of subjective opinion? Has good fruit maybe over-ripened and so become bad fruit? Have we let grace somehow be a casualty when fighting in the name of righteousness? When does objective analysis and warning become unhealthy obsession and witch-hunt? When do one's labours for the Lord become an unwholesome flight into folly? We are ever at risk of earnest contention for the Faith morphing into belief and trust in self rather than belief and trust in Him alone! Flesh is always waiting in the wings, ready to take centre stage given just the fraction of a chance!

Please don't reject this entreaty out of hand, Jacob. I know I'm just a minnow splashing in here among big fish in a troubled pond, but having boldness in the certainty that we are all equal in Christ I am moved to make this plea directly to you, in the hope and with the prayer that it will be accepted and properly considered in the same spirit in which it is made.

Most sincerely in Him,
Rob Thomas
www.watchman4wales.blogspot.com

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

2019 NEW YEAR MESSAGE / COMMENTS AND COPYRIGHT POLICY

"Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, 
in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, 
then am I strong."
(2 Corinthians 12:10)



2019 NEW YEAR MESSAGE

To my Lord and Saviour, who I love and endeavour to serve to the best of my ability, I exalt you and praise you and thank you for the unfathomable abundance of your grace, for your unfailing kindness and mercies, and for lending me your strength to stand in your Name when I would in my great human frailty unquestionably fall.

To all who in 2018 have so generously offered me such welcome words of support and encouragement and good Christian counsel, and come alongside me in contending for the Faith once delivered, I owe such a huge debt of gratitude. I thank you from the bottom of my heart; without the Lord and yourselves, I would have gone under.

To all who have abused me and my work in every which way this past year, I extend my forgiveness, as of course each one of us needs to do when trespassed against. Your transgressions against me actually have had the effect of encouraging me in the rightness of undertaking this work. Needs must that all followers of the Way experience persecution and tribulation for His Name's sake.

To all who may have chanced upon this site, but I've not personally had any interaction with, my hope and prayer is that something here may have touched you in some way and been of assistance to you in your walk with the Lord in these perilous times. If anything here may have caused you to pause and give thought and prayer to something you may have embraced which is found to be not in line with the Word of God, or perhaps you've felt some comfort that you are not alone in concerns you have had about what is happening in the Body, then I am both privileged and humbled to have been of any small service.

To all who would claim to be the followers of the Word that was made flesh, may we be found to be commendable Bereans, testing everything against the Word that was written. And may we be found to be good and faithful soldiers of Jesus Christ in this New Year of 2019!


"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, 
and having done all, to stand."
(Ephesians 6:10-13)

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COMMENTS POLICY

Ever since I started this blog over five and a half years ago, I've been prepared to publish and respond to any kind of comment received, be it positive, negative or indifferent (with very few exceptions, e.g. the use of vulgarities).

Unfortunately, my willingness to do this has persistently been taken advantage of, to attack and undermine me and my work in every which way. Consequent to a period of intense abuse and unjust accusation, I now regrettably have to declare that henceforth I will exercise my prerogative to be much more selective when it comes to publishing and replying to comments received. 

I have no objection at all to receiving comments from those whose opinions and conclusions differ from my own on any given subject, other than when such contact fails to be made in a proper spirit of Christian grace. Fair, reasonable and unabusive  commentary will continue to be authorized and answered.

I reserve the right to either publish or delete any comments, as I feel is appropriate.

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COPYRIGHT POLICY

Anyone wishing to reproduce any article appearing on this site is respectfully requested to seek my permission to do so, stating where and for what purpose that article is to be used. If permission is granted, such article is not to be altered in any way and is to be accredited to its author and a link back to this site provided.

If this is not adhered to, I reserve the right to take any appropriate action as may be deemed necessary. 

I am sadly forced to adopt such a rigid policy after repeated copyright theft and plagiarism, with my articles/intellectual property being used without permission on sites which I do not endorse and do not wish to be associated with in any way.

Please forward any enquiries to: watchman4wales@yahoo.co.uk

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Friday, 7 December 2018

WEEVILS AND SPIRITUAL EVIL - THE DESTRUCTION OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANITY... FROM THE INSIDE OUT!

"But there were false prophets also among the people, 
even as there shall be false teachers among you, 
who privily shall bring in damnable heresies."
(2 Peter 2:1)


Just what have weevils to do with spiritual evil, like false prophets and false teachers who introduce heinous heresies, you might well ask. Well, on the face of it, absolutely nothing at all! But as it happens, these ugly snout-nosed wee bugs provide a most useful metaphor for understanding something of Satan's methods of meddling in Church affairs. Let me attempt to explain how...


PESTS IN THE PANTRY

A glistening grain of rice. 'How nice!' thinks the female weevil, as she scurries over and bores a little hole in it. And into this hole she carefully deposits a fertilized egg, equally carefully sealing up the hole so it looks like it was never there. On the outside, everything looks hunky-dory. It's a solid grain of good rice, or so it seems! But on the inside? Well, that's another matter altogether...

In due course the egg hatches, and the ravenous little larva relentlessly feeds on all the good stuff inside the grain, steadily growing and growing until it reaches a stage of full adulthood. And then it eats its way out of the ruined rice grain. Immediately, the act of mating and fertilization occurs, and the female weevil spots a fresh grain of glistening rice. 'How nice!' she thinks, as she scurries over and bores a little hole in it... And so on and so forth...

IN TIME, THE ENTIRE WEEVIL-INFESTED SACK OF RICE IS TOTALLY RUINED. GOOD FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. EACH INDIVIDUAL GRAIN DESTROYED FROM THE INSIDE OUT.


PESTS IN THE PULPIT

A congregation of evangelical Christians. 'How nauseous!' thinks the Enemy, who hurries over and bores a little hole in it where its spiritual armour is weakest. And into this hole he carefully slips a false teaching, equally carefully sealing up the hole so it looks like it was never there. On the outside everything looks hunky-dory. It's a solid fellowship, as sound as a pound, or so it seems! But on the inside? Well, that's another matter altogether...

In due course the false teaching surfaces, relentlessly eating away all the good stuff inside the church, steadily growing and growing until it reaches a stage of full-blown apostasy. Then the false teacher emerges from the ruined congregation, on a mission to multiply, and the cycle of church infiltration and ruination continues unabated. The Enemy knows of another congregation of evangelical Christians. 'How nauseous!' he thinks, and rushes his false teacher over to bore a little hole in it where its spiritual armour is weakest... And so on and so forth...

IN TIME THE ENTIRE SPIRITUAL EVIL-INFESTED DENOMINATION IS TOTALLY RUINED. GOOD FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. EACH INDIVIDUAL CONGREGATION DESTROYED FROM THE INSIDE OUT.


PESTS IN THE PERSON

But let's take this analogy a very important step further. A church is not bricks and mortar, a church is the people who gather within that structure. Indeed, there is actually only one Church, of which all born-again believers are a part, living bricks if you will, and held together with the mortar of the Holy Spirit. What applies to a denomination, or to an individual fellowship, applies firstly - and always so! - to an individual believer. A church as a whole can only succumb to spiritual evil if the persons who constitute that congregation of the saints INDIVIDUALLY - and only then COLLECTIVELY - succumb to it. 

Every single one of us bar none, has points of weakness which the Enemy is ever ready, waiting and eager to exploit to the fullest. He always knows exactly what buttons to press to get a result. He knows precisely where to bore those little holes where someone's armour is weakest, and sneak in one of his locked-and-loaded Laodicean eggs. And after the incubation, hatching, and eating away of Truth in that person, the mature deception-bug emerges, mates and continues the sorry cycle. 

THE DESTRUCTION OF A CHURCH FROM THE INSIDE OUT BEGINS WITH THE PLANTING OF A FALSE TEACHING AND ITS INCUBATION IN THE SOUL (i.e. MIND, EMOTIONS AND WILL) OF AN INDIVIDUAL. 



CONCLUSION

My friends, we've now reached the point where it is not just the odd sack or two but nearly the entire storehouse that is infested and ruined. Only a Remnant remains uncontaminated, but mark well that even that Remnant is extremely vulnerable. Anyone who thinks that he or she is immune from deception is already deceived in holding that very thought. No-one is immune. Period.

A grain of rice has no defence against the weevil's ravagings. But thanks be to God that in His incredible grace we have access to the strongest defence imaginable against spiritual evil, in the form of the Word that was written and the Word that was made flesh. Even when our soul has been infiltrated, the Word of Truth can still oust that seditious intruder. Why has apostasy reached such epic proportions? Because Scripture has been thrown to the winds, and experience has usurped its rule in peoples' lives. In this "post-modern" world, there is held to be no absolutes and truth is whatever you want it to be, not what it unalterably actually is, now and eternally. Where the Bible is neither read nor upheld in all its fullness, Satan will bore holes without number!

Friends, be diligent to follow the laudable example of the Bereans and check absolutely everything against Scripture. Don't let spiritual evil bore its subtle and insidious way in. If it already has, don't let it remain, don't let error grow into full-blown apostasy. Far too many have already allowed this to happen. Don't be one of them. Ask the Lord in His great mercy for wisdom and discernment, and both treasure and unceasingly use these most precious gifts. Yes, you may end up being at odds with most if not all around you. Faithfulness comes at a cost, it always has. But is the price not completely worth paying? Surely what matters is to one day be able to hear these words from the lips of the Lord of Glory:


"Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, 
I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."
(Matthew 25:21)

PLEASE, MY FRIENDS, GUARD YOUR SOUL ZEALOUSLY AND JEALOUSLY! BE A WISE AND NOT A FOOLISH VIRGIN AND HAVE YOUR LAMP FULL OF THE OIL OF UNADULTERATED TRUTH, FOR ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING OUTSIDE OF PURE TRUTH IS SIMPLY ABSOLUTE EMPTINESS!

"TAKE HEED THEREFORE THAT THE LIGHT 
WHICH IS IN THEE BE NOT DARKNESS."
(Luke 11:35)

Monday, 22 October 2018

HOW MUCH LONGER WILL THE WARNING SHOFAR BE SOUNDED? - THE "FALLING AWAY" AND THE COMING "STRONG DELUSION!"



"Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. 
But they said, We will not walk therein.
Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. 
But they said, We will not hearken.
Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.
Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, 
even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, 
nor to my law, but rejected it."
(Jeremiah 6:16-19)

As the wise old saying goes, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Just as it was in Jeremiah's day, so it will be in ours also. Just as unfaithful Judah was given over into Babylonian captivity, so will today's unfaithful Church be abandoned to its apostasy and taken captive to "Mystery, Babylon the Great" (Revelation 17:5), the one world religious system of the Antichrist.

The old paths. The good way. God's way. The narrow way that leads to life eternal. The one road which alone promises rest for our souls. The road that Judah refused to walk. The road that today's professing Church similarly refuses to walk.

Watchmen. Those who keep vigil on the walls. Those with a sober responsibility to warn of danger by sounding the shofar. The trumpet that Judah refused to heed. The trumpet that today's professing Church similarly refuses to heed.

"Talk to the hand!" was the response of the people then. "Talk to the hand!" is the response of the people now. But there are consequences of such determined disobedience, and those consequences will be dreadful indeed. As in Jeremiah's time, evil will come upon such a people as this, from which there will be no escape. And note, and note well my friends, that it is the Almighty Himself who sends it in judgment. 

Those who now say, "Talk to the hand!" will one day find the hand of God raised against them, and barring entrance to His grace. I don't pretend to know when that day will come, I only know that it will. One day the danger will be greater than it has ever been in all history, disaster will be at the very doors, but the shofar will have stopped sounding. And that will be God's divine decision; by His edict the last chance to hear and to act will have been given to those who claim to be His people but have loudly and proudly paraded down new paths, the bad way. As it is ominously written:


"The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved."
(Jeremiah 8:20)

The leaves on the trees are rapidly turning brown, my friends. Summer is over, the days are growing shorter, and there is a distinct chill in the air. But toasting herself with tongues of strange fire, the Church has hedonistically heaped to herself teachers who take delight in tickling her itching ears with wondrous words she wants to hear, rather than righteously upheld those who faithfully proclaim the words she needs to hear. And so we see fable-weavers and fantasy-mongers without number, gift-of-the-gab goatherds galore. Hirelings too many to head-count! But shepherds who feed the sheep rather than their own bellies? As hard to find as a hen's tooth or a hatching dinosaur egg. 

Congregations everywhere are spellbound by celebrity status leechers pretending to be preachers, with "another Jesus... another spirit... another gospel!" (2 Corinthians 11:4). The only thing that gets a favourable REception is DEception. The Church just can't get enough of it! She simply far prefers fabrication to fact, illusion to reality. But be it known without a shadow of doubt that there will be a lead-heavy price to be paid for such full-on folly.

Let me here present a vitally important truth. The word of God is never given in vain, but with a very definite purpose and certainty of outcome; as it is indelibly written:


"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: 
it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, 
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
(Isaiah 55:11)

With this very firmly in mind, let's turn to another Scripture, another promise which will inevitably and frighteningly be fulfilled:


"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
(2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

Who, we must ask, is the "them" referred to here? Who are the recipients of this "strong delusion" that God Himself sends? The context of 2 Thessalonians 2 is Paul reassuring those believers that they couldn't have missed the Rapture, because neither the Falling Away nor the coming of Antichrist - which follows hard on its heels - had yet occurred. As we are told:


"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition."
(2 Thessalonians 2:3)

What is the Falling Away? It is so translated from the Greek "apostasia" - meaning defection, departure, revolt, forsaking, apostasy. Note well that Antichrist follows in the wake of the Falling Away; the inherent implication is that it is of significant assistance to him in his coming to power when he does! The Falling Away/Apostasy is the outworking of what is called in this chapter "the mystery of iniquity" and elsewhere referenced as "the spirit of antichrist," and can only pertain to those people who would claim to follow the Way but have markedly departed from it to follow a very different path, one paved with deceit, mapped out by men, and signposted with Satanic signs and lying wonders. It is these religious renegades to whom the "strong delusion" is sent by God. 

Many are the infinite attributes of our Creator. But we need to mark well that patience is not one of them. It is emphatically NOT infinite! Yes, He is long-suffering. Yes, He tries time and time again to bring people to their senses. But it IS a FINITE number of attempts. As He warned way back in Genesis:


"And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man."
(Genesis 6:3)

The sands of His patient striving are fast streaming through the glass. At some point, and maybe much sooner than we might think, the final grain will drop through and be gone. The last chance to heed will have passed into history, and the "strong delusion" will descend in its stead. Then...

those who refused to return to the old paths from their new ones, 
those who re-wrote the Word of God into the text of men, 
those who deserted sobriety for spiritual drunkenness, 
those who held light to be darkness and darkness to be light, 
those who exchanged exhortation for entertainment,
those who applauded profitless prophets and self-appointed apostles, 
those who boasted that flesh would set up the Kingdom while Jesus just looked on, 
those who used and abused the glorious Gospel to feed their greed, 
those who fashioned Almighty God into the image of mortal man, 
those who stole His glory for their own ego's gratification, 
those who swindled the unsaved by giving them fiction in place of fact,
those who in countless ways contorted Christianity and twisted the Truth,
those who laughed and not wept as the world around them crashed and burned,
those who claimed apostasy to be anointing and revelry to be revival,
those who devoured the doctrines of demons and thought them so sweet, 
those who said "Talk to the hand!" and refused to repent... 

... will be given over by God to the lies and the deceptions that they lusted for. He will effectively lock them into the dark strongroom of delusion, and throw away the key. There will be no way out. No parole. No release. The "strong delusion" will have descended, and will not depart. God will have granted them the increase of that which they would not desist from planting and watering. They rejected the Light, and now the Light will have rejected them.


"And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: 
though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, 
yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction. 
But they set their abominations in the house, 
which is called by my name, to defile it."
(Jeremiah 32:33-34)

"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."
(Matthew 7:22-23)


Monday, 8 October 2018

INDEPENDENT BIBLE STUDY MEETINGS IN LLANDUDNO, CONWY.

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, 
a worker who does not need to be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the word of truth."
(2 Timothy 2:15)


It has been my great pleasure to have come into contact recently with a Christian brother in North Wales, similarly concerned with the terrible state of the contemporary Church. To be pro-active about the problem of finding genuine fellowship with an uncompromising commitment to the Word of Truth, Ed Barkhuizen has set up a Bible Study group in Llandudno. 

Here are the details:

BIBLE STUDY IN LLANDUDNO, NORTH WALES: Are you struggling to find a Spirit-led, Bible-only based church that obeys 1 Corinthians 14:26? So are we - evangelical Christians meeting every Thursday evening for sound teaching, fellowship and refreshments. Come and be fed. At the Trinity Centre, Trinity Ave., Llandudno LL30 2TQ. Various topics covered. Plus free notes. Phone Ed at 07927 076710 or email eldo@arroweditorial.com for more info.

They would be delighted and much encouraged to hear from anyone who would be interested in going along!



ANY MORE FOR ANY MORE...  ANYWHERE ELSE?

Has anyone established a similar oasis in the spiritual wilderness of Wales, and would like to welcome more weary and parched homeless travellers? Or is anyone perhaps thinking of initiating such a venture in their own neck of the woods, and would like to float the idea? Please do get in touch with me - Rob Thomas - at watchman4wales@yahoo.co.uk and I'll look to put something up on the blog, where a little notice like the one above might just catch the eye of my readers. It would be my privilege to be of any small service in acting as a conduit for bringing disengaged members of the Remnant Body together!


"For where two or three are gathered together in My name, 
I am there in the midst of them."
(Matthew 18:20) 

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

WHAT IS MUCH - OR MAYBE EVEN MOST - OF THE PROFESSING CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST TODAY, IF NOT... A TRAIN WRECK?


"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; 
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, 
having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears 
from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
(2 Timothy 4:3-4)



What is much of the Church today, my friends, if not...

                        A

                          Truth-
                            Rejecting,
                             Apostasy-
                              Inducing,
                               Narcissistic,

                                 Wolf-
                                  Rearing,
                                   Ecumenical
                                    Counterfeit
                                     Kingdom?