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Re: [c]hristians shall fall

"They who swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, As your god lives, O
Dan!  And, As the way of Beer-sheba lives! Even they shall fall, and
never rise again." (Am8:14)

After Solomon's death, Israel was split up into two kingdoms. Jeroboam 
and his 10 tribes rebelled against Solomon's son, Rehoboam. (1Kg12) 
However, Jerusalem was in Judah, along with God's temple, and the
sacrifices. So, for political reasons to keep his loyalties strong,
Jeroboam made golden calves at Bethel and Dan and instituted feasts
"..like the feast that was in Judah.." (vs32) And as long as Israel 
(northern 10 tribes) remained, each successive king worshiped the 
golden calves. They had something that 'looked like' the real thing, 
but notice: "this thing became a sin". (vs30)

Today there is a great sin. Around 1700 years ago a Roman caesar, for 
political reasons to solidify his power, combined pagan religion with
the name "Christian".  In all the years since, people have been
worshiping the Madonna. The first Christians preached that there is "no
other name under Heaven" (Ac4:12) by which to be saved, than "Jesus of
Nazareth". Jesus' disciples were first called "Christian" in Antioch.
(Ac11:26) But now, just like Jeroboam had done centuries earlier,
Constantine did in Rome. It had all the trappings of "Christianity".
Holidays and rituals that are supposedly remembrances of Jesus. But
just as Jeroboam had his people worshiping the calves of paganism, so
too, Rome has people worshiping the Queen of heaven/Goddess Earth...all
in the name of something that LOOKS LIKE "..the feast that was in
Judah.." in God's temple.

Just as Jeroboam's deeds of worship were called sin, so too, in like
manner, the entire traditions of what has become "christendom" is
"sin". To be sure, there are many seemingly 'good' people within
christendom, but they are like the 'good' kings of Israel. When Jehoram
became king after Ahab, he is praised for getting rid of Ahab's sacred
pillars to Baal, but is condemned for "persisting in the sins of
Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin" (2Kg3:3) When Jehu
became king, he again destroyed the worship of Baal. But it says,
"However Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam the son of
Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is, from the golden calves that
were at Bethel and Dan." (2Kg10:29) Indeed, there is no greater
proponent to Right-to-Life, and the sanctity of life of embryos to be
guarded against stem-cell research and cloning, than Rome; which gives
the appearance of it being a 'good' thing.  But it persists in
worshiping the madonna, child, sun-god and other pagan rituals. As a
whole, it is sin. And the rest of christendom is tied into Rome's
traditions. It is the "sin of Constantine, which he made christendom to
sin". There were some Jehorams and Jehus during the Reformation. They 
got rid of 'some' baals. But overall, they remained in "..the sins of
Jeroboam the son of Nebat.."

Many quote the passage as being fitting for today's apostasy, "Behold,
the days are coming, declares the Lord Jehovah, that I will send a
famine into the land, not a famine for bread, nor a thirst for water,
but rather a famine for hearing the Words of Jehovah.  (Amos8:11)

This was said to these very ones who persisted in Jeroboam's sin. As 
our opening verse says to them, in the same context, "..THEY SHALL
FALL and never rise again.." (vs14) This is the same message to today's
[c]hurch. Today's [c]hurch will fall. And lest the True Believer be 
swallowed up in the [c]hurch's destruction, God exhorts, "Come out of 
her, my people, so that you not share in her sins, and so that you not 
receive of her plagues." (Rev18:4)

Dear Believer... are you afraid to stand out alone from the comfort of 
that place you go to each week, all-the-while knowing it is full of 
rottenness? We have seen in recent studies how so much of today's
[c]hurch derives its liturgy and practice from satan's mythology. We
are exhorted to "come out from among them and be separate" and "do not
touch what is unclean". (2Cor6:17)  Do you cling to the comfort of the
'known' with its people you have come to know and cherish?  Or are you
willing to separate yourself from the corruption, expecting Christ's
promise for such obedience, "..and I will receive you."? If you are not
willing to separate yourself, then, expect to receive the [c]hurch's
plagues at the time of its downfall.

No! Contrary to current popular belief, the [c]hurch will not be
"purified".  It will be destroyed with UTTER destruction.

So, where will you be when that happens?

Do you want to know who the True Believers are? They are not the masses
who 'follow' Jesus en-mass (see last week's lesson), but those who have
cried out for "mercy", have been called by Jesus, and due to their
faith, have been sent out by Jesus, "Go your way..."

Amen!

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