Is Christianity Losing America?

Written by Rev. Anthony Smith


Is Christianity Losing America?

2 Thessalonians 1:3-1:4

Is Christianity Losing America? The apostasy ofrepparttar professing church. (2Th 1:3); (Luke 18:8); (2Ti 3:1-8). Why isrepparttar 144794 truth in Christ so hard for people to understand? The Christian culture is dwindling according to scripture and there are those that continue to denighrepparttar 144795 very existence of a problem. If we as Christians could stop for a moment and comparerepparttar 144796 scripture withrepparttar 144797 events ofrepparttar 144798 world then maybe we could bring about a revival that would bring inrepparttar 144799 sinner and salvation could come to others. Believingrepparttar 144800 scripture isrepparttar 144801 first step in revival ofrepparttar 144802 church and it will sparkrepparttar 144803 church into action. 2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means (doctrine): for that day, (rapture), shall not come except there come a falling away first (leaving ofrepparttar 144804 true gospel), and that man of sin be revealed (antichrist),repparttar 144805 son of perdition (ruin, destruction). Lets run a few numbers by: Between 1993 and 2002,repparttar 144806 share of Americans who said they were {Protestant} (Christians) dropped from 63 percent to 52 percent, after years of remaining generally stable, according to a study released Tuesday, July 20th, 2004 byrepparttar 144807 National Opinion Research Center atrepparttar 144808 University of Chicago. Whilerepparttar 144809 nationís share of other groups, including Muslims, Orthodox Christians, Buddhists and Hindus, rose from 3% in 1993 to 7% in 2002. The number of Roman Catholics (25%) and Jews (2%) remained stable overrepparttar 144810 same period, Analysts say that Catholics are no longer a solid block of voters, but are sharply divided in their ideologies (Principles and Beliefs). The world estimate of Islamic converts underrepparttar 144811 Muslim Religion are somewhere between 1 and 1.5 Billion worldwide. What does all this mean? The number of non-Christians (those who do not believe inrepparttar 144812 Bible) has grown to 48 percent, inrepparttar 144813 United States alone. Athiest, Agnostics, and antichristians now out numberrepparttar 144814 true believer inrepparttar 144815 Deity of Christ. The true church,repparttar 144816 Bible believing church, is falling away. The Pope of Rome wants to make Jerusalem, The Holy City, an international city for Moslems, Jews and all other religions, under His control. One world religion, one world Government and a one world banking system, if this isnítrepparttar 144817 spirit of antichrist, I donít know what is. Day after dayrepparttar 144818 news media are telling stories ofrepparttar 144819 Israeli and Palestinian conflict, andrepparttar 144820 center of all of this conflict, if you look at prophecy, is Jerusalem. 1.Christianity 2 billion 2.Islam 1.3 billion 3. Hinduism 900 million 4.Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist 850 million 5. Buddhism 360 million 5. Chinese traditional religion 225 million 6. Primal-indigenous 150 million 7. African Traditional & Diasporic 95 million 8. Sikhism 23 million 9. Juche 19 million 10. Spiritism 14 million and Judaism 14 million. Christianity is no longerrepparttar 144821 top rated Religion inrepparttar 144822 United States or elsewhere inrepparttar 144823 world. 2,151,000,000+ are antichrist or claim nonreligious. . Lets look at: 2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means (doctrine): for that day shall not come (rapture), except there come a falling away first (leaving ofrepparttar 144824 true gospel), and that man of sin be revealed (antichrist),repparttar 144825 son of perdition (ruin, destruction). The order of events is:

(1) The working ofrepparttar 144826 mystery of lawlessness under divine restraint, which had already begun inrepparttar 144827 apostleís time (2Th 2:7). The restraining factor here isrepparttar 144828 Holy Ghost, which has restrainedrepparttar 144829 spirit of antichrist from total domination of mankind, which allows us freedom of choice. (2) The apostasy ofrepparttar 144830 professing church (2Th 1:3); (Luke 18:8); (2Ti 3:1-8). Apostasy; changing fromrepparttar 144831 doctrine of God torepparttar 144832 doctrine of man. (3) The removal of that which restrainsrepparttar 144833 mystery of lawlessness (2Th 2:6); (2Th 2:7). The restrainer is a person -- "he," and since a "mystery" always implies a supernatural element, (The restraining factor here again isrepparttar 144834 Holy Ghost) (That which restrains, could have read, whom restrains) (See Scofield) - (Mat 13:11), This Person can be none other thanrepparttar 144835 Holy Spirit inrepparttar 144836 church, to be "taken out ofrepparttar 144837 way"; (2Th 2:7); (1Th 4:14-17). (4) The manifestation ofrepparttar 144838 lawless one (2Th 2:8-10); (Dan 7:8); (Dan 9:27); (Mat 24:15); (Rev 13:2-10). (5) The coming of Christ in glory andrepparttar 144839 destruction ofrepparttar 144840 lawless one (2Th 2:8); (Rev 19:11-21). (6) The day of Jehovah (2Th 2:9-12); (Isa 2:12).

The Blessings Of God

Written by Frank Reilly


THE BLESSINGS OF GOD

Ephesians 1:3 †Blessed berepparttar God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

BLESSINGS or BLESSING...

This scripture isrepparttar 144586 only scripture verse inrepparttar 144587 New Testament ofrepparttar 144588 Bible, whererepparttar 144589 word "Blessings" is used. However, this word has become a much different thing inrepparttar 144590 teachings ofrepparttar 144591 Christian church today. As discussed inrepparttar 144592 "The Gospel of Convenience", and "Investing Christian" articles here on this site, American Christianity teaches that money, possessions, stock market holdings, "toys" and all manner of material possessions are "the blessings of God". We too used to accept this as truth. We have recently been convicted byrepparttar 144593 Holy Spirit , and instructed by God, to speak†out against this principal as a heresy, and a deception ofrepparttar 144594 Devil, that it has taken some 30 - 40 years for our enemy to foster into church doctrine. We have encountered some truly amazing responses in this endeavor, inrepparttar 144595 form of, in some cases, condemnation from fellow Christians. We have been told we are "lost", "out there", "unthankful to God".†

The concepts ofrepparttar 144596 "blessings of God", and "stewardship" are now doctrines inrepparttar 144597 church. They includerepparttar 144598 teaching†that your possessions are bestowed "blessings", or "gifts" from God, and that it is you're duty as a Christian, to be a faithful "steward" of those things (I.E. that you are to maintain them, upgrade them, increase them, or nurture (love) them.) However,repparttar 144599 word "blessings" only appears inrepparttar 144600 above scripture, and inrepparttar 144601 following verses, as "blessing"...

Luke 24:53 And were continually inrepparttar 144602 temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

Romans 15:29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come inrepparttar 144603 fullness ofrepparttar 144604 blessing ofrepparttar 144605 gospel of Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it notrepparttar 144606 communion ofrepparttar 144607 blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it notrepparttar 144608 communion ofrepparttar 144609 body of Christ?

Galatians 3:14 Thatrepparttar 144610 blessing of Abraham might come onrepparttar 144611 Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the†promise ofrepparttar 144612 Spirit through faith.

Hebrews 6:7 Forrepparttar 144613 earth which drinks inrepparttar 144614 rain that cometh oft upon it, and brings forth herbs meet for them by whom†it is dressed, receives blessing from God:

Hebrews 6:14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

Hebrews 12:17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inheritedrepparttar 144615 blessing, he was rejected: for he found†no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

James 3:10 Out ofrepparttar 144616 same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are†thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

Revelation 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy isrepparttar 144617 Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom,†and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.

Revelation 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and onrepparttar 144618 earth, and underrepparttar 144619 earth, and such as are in the†sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sits uponrepparttar 144620 throne, and untorepparttar 144621 Lamb for ever and ever.

Revelation 7:12 Saying, Amen: blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be†unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

4 timesrepparttar 144622 word is used as meaning "Praise or Worship", ( Luke 24:53,Revelation 5:12,5:13, and 7:12). 4 times it is†used as meaning "salvation" ( Romans 15:29, 1 Corinthians 10:16, Galatians 3:14,andrepparttar 144623 second use in 1 Peter 3:9). 3 times it is used as meaning "Approval" or "Love" ( James 3:10, Hebrews 6:7 andrepparttar 144624 first use in 1 Peter 3:9). Inrepparttar 144625 last 2 uses, ( Hebrews 6:14, and in Hebrews 12:17), Paul was discussingrepparttar 144626 Old Testament patriarchs, andrepparttar 144627 circumstances†surrounding their "inheritances" which as we know, wererepparttar 144628 "blessing" (anointing) of God, asrepparttar 144629 rightful leaders of Israel.†

In no context in scripture, other thanrepparttar 144630 context of ancient Israel, which we all know WAS in fact an earthly kingdom, isrepparttar 144631 word "blessing" used to indicate land, or material possessions. Sorepparttar 144632 use of "blessings" as a doctrine in which people are given material wealth, possessions, and increase, as a gift of God, is out of context withrepparttar 144633 Church†of Jesus Christ, (a Spiritual kingdom), and withrepparttar 144634 Bible as a whole. Sincerepparttar 144635 Old (earthly) covenant is fulfilled in†Christ, its principals do not apply torepparttar 144636 Church, except where Jesus expanded on them.†

STEWARD OR STEWARDSHIP...

Also, inrepparttar 144637 entire New Testament,repparttar 144638 word "Steward", only appears inrepparttar 144639 following verses...†

Matthew 20:8 So when even was come,repparttar 144640 lord ofrepparttar 144641 vineyard saith unto his steward, Callrepparttar 144642 laborers, and give them their hire, beginning fromrepparttar 144643 last untorepparttar 144644 first.

Luke 8:3 And Joannarepparttar 144645 wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

Luke 12:42 Andrepparttar 144646 Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?

Luke 16:1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; andrepparttar 144647 same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.

Luke 16:2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship;†for thou may be no longer steward.

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