As understanding brings the glorious light of the truth in Christ then utter shame will be present on those that realise how spiritually poor they really were with the fallacy of another gospel. Jeremiah 13:25-27 “This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood.26 Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear. 27 I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? When shall it once be?” In these postmodern times, are we as Reformers true to our creed, “forever reforming”, or are we behind the times to cling to an era long ago, a theology no longer relevant? Or do we go back to the foundation of Jesus Christ and the Apostles that does not change because of Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Solus Christus, Sola Gratia, Soli Deo Gloria and (if we can add) Sola Ecclesia? The answer is obvious: it is a case of principles laid down by Scripture only and is not a case of new revelational knowledge.
God in His Wisdom did not create sin nor did he allow sin but he made room for the ability of man to enter into disobedience. As Adam and Eve are the prototype and represent man, with man’s free will to enter into sin, it is not necessary for us to be in a status intergritatus because we will walk the same route. Therefore those who say it is unjust that we must be punished for someone else sin must re-think their logic. God made room for the inevitable that man will sin and die spiritually in that he provided for the expected in Jesus Christ who bore our sins on His body, who was smitten for our iniquities and by his stripes healed of our sin sick souls. We are all guilty and already judged because we lost the proto-spiritual warfare.
“With the exception of angels, such as Michael and the angels in Revelation chapter 12, and the witnesses in chapter 11. Contradictory to most popular interpretations Hendriksen, 1977:114 give the Reformed interpretation that, “The true church are represented by the symbol of the two witnesses. These two witnesses symbolises the church that deliver its witness by its servants and missionaries throughout the present dispensation”.
In China Open Doors Mission reports that after some Charismatic teachers had crusades and taught on Prosperity and the Christians right to claim literally their healing and reverse the curse of poverty by rebuking and binding it created confusion. The teachers quote scripture out of context with a literal understanding and some Christians became despondent because they thought that they are not Christians and left the faith because they do not have victory over sin, they are poor and sick therefore cannot be Christian.
What an antitheses this another gospel is with the teaching of Reformatory theology with its biblical gospel of Jesus Christ! Then people will still take hands, will tolerate false gospels, will not speak out for peace and the sickness of diplomacy sake and not do spiritual warfare by defending their faith. How is it that people can still say, “To hell with you”, who say theology matters. Calvin’s exposition of 1 Thess. 5:20 comments: “Since the Spirit of God enlightens us most of all by means of doctrine, those who do their utmost to deny doctrine its proper place quench the Spirit. Thess. 376. In his Pst. Epp. 224 he says: “If you once give entrance to false doctrines, they spread till they have completed the destruction of the Church” (Muller, 1992)
This is not an event that is still to happen it has happened. Revelation is the revelation of Jesus Christ it says and signs and symbols communicate it.
- Training our young members the need for a sound theology.
- Speaking Prophetically warning and teaching about the false gospels.
- Teaching Amillennialism.
- Teaching TULIP and the Five Sola’s.
- Teaching sound exegetical methods e.g. Semantic Discourse Analysis. Teaching this method to Assembly of God church lead to a change in wrong theology.
- Reviving Reformatory Theology.
- Starting a Reformation Society to revive and promote Biblical Interpretation of Scriptural Truths.
- It is the aim of this research to fundamentalise reformatory spiritual warfare in terms of the victory obtained in order to clothe the Christian with the armour of knowledge and power with the scriptural concept of spiritual warfare resulting in a Christian that will be at peace, trusting God for the victory already won, and will not blaspheme God by his need to add to Christ’s work on the cross with a gospel of works.
- It is the aim of this research to inform the church member of deceptions in the church in terms of unscriptural spiritual warfare in order to prevent members from falling into another gospel.
- It is the aim of this theological dissertation under guidance of God’s Spirit in the new millennium to bring enlightment to the church member in terms of their knowledge and understanding of the biblical soundness of Reformed faith theories in times of New Age Theology that exists as a result of wrong interpretation of the Bible in order to keep them in the true faith, bring peace, assurance, true worship and evangelism, as well make them true defenders of their faith, give them true discernment of false gospels so that they will not be deceived and most important to find true rest in the sweetness of reformed theology which is the absolute true language (tongues) of faith about God supernaturally revealed to us in the Scripture by grace.
Fuller Seminary Prof. C. Peter Wagner, who has written extensively on the subject, led a “summit” meeting on cosmic-level spiritual warfare Monday in Pasadena with two dozen men and women, including a Texas couple heading a group called the “Generals of Intercession” and an Oregon man who conducts “spiritual warfare bootcamps” (“Evangelicals, Charismatics prepare for Spiritual Warfare,” 17 February 1990, F16).
- It is hypothesized that the literal interpretation of scripture as well as the expectation of an earthly Kingdom, be it the restoration of Israel and the expected restoration of the Temple and sacrifices or the establishment of a Theocracy by Truimphant/Kingdom now proponents of the gospel ruling over the wicked, will lead Christians into practices and actions that is not only unbiblical, sinful but a very costly exercise spiritually and literally.
- It is hypothesized that the spiritual interpretation of scripture as well as the understanding that the church find itself in the period of the millennium now when Satan has been bound on the cross two thousand years ago and the church is the witness for the good news without Satan able to prevent the progress of the church will not lead Christians in deception of another gospel where unbiblical practises are rampant but produce effective, militant Christians able to bring the unadulterated truth of the good news to break down all strongholds in peoples minds to set them free from sin and the devil.
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