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Prepared For The Slaughter: The Disarming Of The Church

Posted by Job on June 26, 2008

Prepared For The Slaughter: The Disarming Of The Church « Sola Dei Gloria

This
is a pretty good little message. Though it was written 10 years ago, it
may be helpful for someone today. I had to smile while reading through
some of the things people will say in hopes of condemning others for
using their God given discernment; Only because I’ve had these same
things hurled at me by brothers and sisters in the Lord..

From SpiritWatch:

strange fires – Prepared For The Slaughter: The Disarming Of The Church

1998 by John Green

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed;
as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in
America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body
of the people are armed…”
– Noah Webster of Pennsylvania An Examination of The Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, Philadelphia, 1787

“[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great
Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was
governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best
and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it
openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually.”
— George Mason of Virginia: Virginia’s U.S. Constitution ratification convention, 1788

As history has shown, it is a common tactic for the oppressing force
to gain control of a nation by seizing the means by which individuals
might defend themselves. Once the citizenry are disarmed, it is a
relatively easy matter to exert complete tyrannical control. It seems
to me that the same principal holds true in the spiritual realm.

The New Testament is replete with warnings of false teachers and
teachings, of lying signs and wonders, and of corrupt men who would
seek to draw followers after themselves. God has not left His people
defenseless. He has indwelt us with His Spirit of Truth, provided us
with the example of Christ, His teachings, the teachings of the
apostles, and all the other writings found in the Bible. There is a
gift of the discerning of spirits given to some, but more importantly,
there the ability to test all things and to be discerning, which is the
responsibility of all believers. If the believer is to be armed against
the deceptions of the enemy, and to remain free from his oppressive
regime, then he must exercise discernment with continual vigilance. If
this defensive weapon is seized and taken from you, then you are easy
prey for any who would desire to take you captive.

Because of these things, it is very disturbing to me to observe a trend in the Body of Christ today.
This trend is to scorn and belittle those who would exercise their
God-given self-defense weapon of discernment. Those who would obey
scripture and “test all things” are mocked and ridiculed and labeled
‘Pharisees.’ It seems that the Church has fallen prey to the
pluralistic, non-judgmental mindset of our present age. The one unpardonable sin
is to question someone’s belief, or dare to say that it might be wrong.
These new leaders demand you climb on the bandwagon, and if you cannot
agree, then you must remain silent at all costs. They call for us to
experience now, and evaluate later. Adam and Eve had no experiential
knowledge of good and evil. The Serpent called their attention to the
attractiveness and desirability of the fruit, and enticed them to
experience for themselves. In their later evaluation, they knew that
they had been wrong to ignore what God had said on the matter, but by
then the damage had been done.

Those who would remove the defensive weapon of discernment are binding the hands of the Church.
They are preparing God’s people for the slaughter. Why are they doing
this? Why would they want to expose millions to the myriad deceptions
of the enemy with no protection. Why do they take away what the Father
has given? The Church is becoming a slaughterhouse slick with the
spilled blood of saints who have been seduced by false teachers. The
faithful plod forward to the killing floor, their trusting eyes fixed
on their leaders. Error and deception runs rampant. Charlatans rule the
bestseller list. Pseudo-knowledge is dispersed around the world,
speeding through electrical synapses. Make no mistake. It is a battle,
and much is at stake.

Let us examine the logic (or lack of it) behind what some of these leaders are saying:

“You have to experience it yourself before you judge it.”
This is pure nonsense. It is the method the Mormons use to get people
hooked in (pray about the Book of Mormon and see if you get a ‘burning
in your bosom’). You don’t have to experience suicide to know that it
is bad for you. Christians are never commanded to authenticate a
questionable spiritual experience by submitting themselves to it.

“If you don’t jump in the River, then you may miss out on the move of God.”
If you don’t exercise your duty to test everything and hold on to what
is good, then you may be deceived. God is not in a hurry. If you are
walking with Him, seeking to please Him, then He will guide you into
all He desires for you. Just because someone proclaims something is a
move of God, doesn’t make it so. Beware of the salesman who pushes you
to make a decision on the spot. He may have something to hide.

“God offends the mind to reveal the heart.” I don’t
know what this is, but it is not Scripture. It is true that God’s ways
may be offensive to human wisdom. Often though, this quote is used to
say that if you are offended by something going on in the Church, then
your heart isn’t right. The real issue is, are you offended because
what is going on is unscriptural? If so, then stand fast.

“Don’t oppose what is going on, in case it turns out to be a move of God.”
This is the argument used by Gamaliel in Acts chapter 5. Although this
argument worked in favor of the apostles, it must be pointed out that
Gamaliel was a Pharisee making a pragmatic argument. His was not a
directive from the Lord on how believers should conduct their
discernment. If something is not from God, ultimately, it is true that
it will not succeed. In the time that it takes for a false movement to
runs its course however, many lives will be damaged, and many souls
deceived and damned. Look at the phenomenal growth and apparent success
of Mormonism. Christians rightly oppose Mormonism on a basis that it
twists and deviates from Scripture. Things which occur within
Christianity should receive no less scrutiny. Or consider the works of
Satan. We know that he will not succeed, but we certainly do not sit
back and allow him to do his work unhindered. When souls are at stake,
we cannot afford to sit back and do nothing.

“Don’t you want more of God in your life?” This is
a sneaky one. Of course, any sincere Christian realizes that they need
to grow closer to God, and they desire to do so. This should not lead
us to embrace everything that comes down the pike however. Part of
growing closer to God includes obeying His commands to test and be
discerning. The desperation of some Christians reminds me of King Saul
turning to the witch of Endor. He wanted an answer at any price. The
price he ended up paying was his own destruction.

Look for yourself. See how many times the New Testament references
false teachers, false teaching. Using your concordance, look up the
commands to discern and test, to not be deceived. Shake off the chains
of those who would seek to bind you. Exercise your “Right to bear arms”
as a believer.

The healthy soul, like
the healthy blood system, has it’s proper proportion of white and red
blood cells. The red corpuscles are like faith: they carry the life
giving oxygen to every part of the body. The white cells are like
discernment: they pounce upon dead and toxic matter and carry it out to
the drain. In the healthy heart there must be provision for keeping
dead and poisonous matter out of the life stream.
A.W. Tozer

*also see:“The Untouchables: Are ‘God’s Anointed’ Beyond Criticism?

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