Behold, THE DAYS COME, saith the Lord GOD, that I WILL SEND A FAMINE IN THE LAND, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, BUT OF HEARING THE WORDS of the LORD: [Amos 8:11]
CHURCH DIVISIONS NOW RESULTING IN THOSE HOLDING TO BIBLICAL TRUTHS BEING ASKED TO LEAVE
June 13, 2014 | Tom Olago
Divisions seem to be emerging in Christendom within Scotland, over the positions taken by the Church of Scotland over certain scriptures relating to the role of women in church and the acceptance of homosexual clergy, with allegations of intolerance being made by the opposing parties towards each other in relation to these topics.
The Church of Scotland, also commonly known or referred to as the Kirk, is essentially Presbyterian, as distinguished from the Church of England or the Scottish Episcopal Church. It holds it’s General Assembly every May.
Pastor Jon Gleason of the Free Baptist Church of Glenrothes recently provided his views in an article for “mindrenewers.com”, stating that those who hold to Scripture were reportedly labeled “intolerant”, “not nice,” “grumbling grunters”, practisers of “antiquated gangsterism” and “oddballs” who need to “put their toe to the Church of Scotland’s line or get out.”
According to Pastor Jon Gleason, the bone of contention is that those thus named or labeled have committed the crime of believing, and insisting on adherence to the following Scriptures:
• But I suffer (permit) not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence (I Timothy 2:12).
• A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife…. (I Timothy 3:2).
• One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity (I Timothy 3:4).
• For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly (Titus 1:5-6).
David Lacy, former moderator and Very Reverend of the Kirk, was reportedly upset that the outgoing moderator of the Kirk, Mrs. Hood (also titled Very Reverend) was told that she was told she wouldn’t be welcome to preach in some parishes. Pastor Gleason reported that “Mr. Lacy wants us to know this is “blatant disobedience” and “a slap in the face to the court” …“Those ministers and elders who break the law of the Church should be taken to task by the local presbytery and if they don’t obey their presbytery it should come to the Assembly.” Mrs. Hood reportedly said there were 20 to 30 (out of 1400) parishes that have no woman elders — and “that’s too many.”
“…not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, BUT OF HEARING THE WORDS of the LORD:”
Now, let us first understand what the LORD is saying in the verse of scripture above: “NOT A FAMINE OF BREAD NOR WATER” talks about days of plenty or prosperity such was described in the Days of Noah in the period prior to the deluge; For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [Mat 24:38-39]
In time of plenty, ravenous wolves appear to devour “unguarded fields”: those marginal believers which the word of GOD describes as: Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: [2Pe 2:14]
The proof of such truth can be witnessed in the following video presentation! Please watch this critically in that the word of truth is absent from these so called spiritual leaders! And they themselves, because of their love of money, prove the word of GOD: “Is this house, WHICH IS CALLED BY MY NAME, BECOME A DEN OF ROBBERS in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD. [Jer 7:11]
BE NOT DECEIVED
And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying: Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, TAKE HEED THAT NO MAN DECEIVE YOU. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; AND SHALL DECEIVE MANY. [Mat 24:3-5]
If what we have seen in the preceding video report represents Christianity, would you want to be a believer? I believe you will not!
In my previous walk of ministry, I did participate in the so called charismatics movements. Oh, yes, our church leaders were so “ardent” to attend mass rallies conducted by the likes of Benny Hinn: the one who cursed dissenters and those who disagree with his ministry.
Can we justify Benny Hinn’s behaviour in cursing indiscriminately, when the Lord specifically “COMMANDED” us and especially His servants to do the following instead the opposite:
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despite-fully use you, and persecute you…” [Matthews 5:44]
But, as you can see these charlatans used the name of Jesus liberally, and disrespectfully, since Jesus is a common name! I am not blaming those who refer to the Lord in His Hebraic name: Yeshua ha Masiach.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. THESE THINGS I COMMAND YOU, THAT YE LOVE ONE ANOTHER. [Joh 15:14-17]
“Loving one another” is the law! That is Christianity!
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. THERE IS NONE OTHER COMMANDMENT GREATER THAN THESE. [Mar 12:30-31]