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Posted by Pastor Delroy on May 21, 2011 at 6:33 AM

My adopted mother use to say “ a little learning is a dangerous thing ”In this complex world there are three major monotheistic religious traditions. Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The largest, 'Christianity', which began as a single monolith some two thousand years ago, now compromises itself of thousands of different denominations, small large to mega bodies. All have there differences, but some have competing versions and visions of the aged old claim which is shouting: 'we've finally understood the mind of God! These unwarranted claims are often embellished with a topology of historical traditions which is not very easy to penetrate. What is most dangerous is that that in spite of their conviction of claiming a 'direct line' to the Almighty, no one at any time has ever been able to offer any demonstrable modern day prophecy other than that which have been recorded in the Holy scriptures of the divine will of God. A number of false prophets have kept trying over the years to pin point a specific date for the end of the world yet always without success. Every time this happens, these failures only demonstrate just how disconnected these individuals were concerning what their so call direct line really was to God. Now they are all dressed up in the emperors’ new clothes. Each of these claims that has been prophesied over these many years should be obvious to all, that without solid doctrine what we witness is, how convulsing it is for any misguided religious zealous to cause such a great stir. In a world, where peoples have become used to hearing these constant claims of end of times events has only demonstrated that man does not know and will never know the mind of God other than that which had been revealed in the written word. Most people see “Faith” in this world as a process that will offer those results upon which they come to make some kind of a judgment. There is nothing wrong in having faith in God but there is no evidence of Christ ever giving a date or a time of the rapture-which is His coming to get His church. We must not compare faith in God as the same as in human relationships or scientific and commercial claims. These so call prophets have exposed themselves that the Bible is not of anyone’s personal interpretation. That any intellectual intention, which puts forth the understanding that they have or can calculated the Day or hour of the Lord’s decision to come for His Church should demand from us intrinsic accountability for those making such claims. It is similar like the boy crying wolf and each time it affects the integrity of the church to the world. Such proof we now witness this weekend of the profound lack of true knowledge of God, as one Harold Camping, a rich evangelical and radio broadcaster, has made again this point so crystal clear; as he fixed the date for the return of Christ and the 'rapture' of the church for yesterday May 21 2011. Mr. Camping had to know that any attempt to fix a time or date, for any act of God, by any religious or tradition has never proven accurate, and what is strange is why such an intelligent bible scholar or so call prophets would ever attempt knowing these facts of past failed and unfounded claims in today’s world risk the considerable humiliation when the bubble of their credibility bursts so publicly, demonstrating to all the world their own illusions which itself may provide to give a general insight into the ineffectiveness of not only these claims but also what they have done to themselves. He had to recall his earlier attempt to predict Christ's return which already failed in 1994. According to Harold, it failed because of a mathematical error of calculation. He has lowered the Mighty God to the subject of mathematics. Such is empty confidence in their own 'understanding'. Harold like others before him relies on 'tradition' to obscure the facts. When these events happen we will never know whether it take place in our lifetimes or in a generation to come. One thing is for certain it will come, when? We will never know. However The 'Apocalypse' that these false religious prophets are constantly promising will only rain down shame and disgrace on their own heads! As long as I can remember 'Christian' institutional of every denomination has been arguing sometimes in volatile disagreement for the whole of their history. Beginning with the origins and divisions of the Roman church, starting at the counsel of Nice as these great men of God sat to decide the various scriptural materials to be selected and become what we now know as the blessed Holy Bible. However as anointed as the scriptural material may be, there is no recorded document or teaching that reveals the specific 'revelation' of the day or time ever passed on to anyone by Christ or to any of the apostles.  In ancient or in these modern times, religious claims from false prophets have been frequent every few years be it The Jehovah Witnesses in the nineteen century or now Family Radio in the twenty first... Now with the popularity of pedophile priests, acts of radical Islam on terrorism, false prophecies from such as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad concerningThe Mahdi--Arabic for "divinely guided one" the redeemer who's supposed to come and straighten things out at the end of time all reveals dangerous sensitivity as we see foundations of most religious claims must always be viewed with caution. By no means is this to be considered as a case against our God in favor other faiths, but we in the church of the living Christ should know better and make no hesitation about openly questioning the efficacy of any religion that puts forth any misguided commentators and expositors’ call for a date and time of Jesus return for His Church..because the only thing we do know is that from the rapture and set of events have been chronicled and dated such as the tribulation period, and the years of the millennium rule. For we know there is a God, who has been desiring to bring us closer to Himself through His Son Jesus and so we must not allow our minds to get lost through the obscurantism of any scholastic theology! In the first place the Christian faith should never have been thought as a religion however because of secular humanism we now see and know Christianity in all of its forms, ancient and modern, has been classified as a theological construct which has been compared with all other religions as a human intellectual attempt in claiming to comprehend the mind of God. Theology therefore only exists because whatever Christ taught in ancient times were expressed by three main witnesses Matthew, John and Peter. Luke thru hard work and research and Mark thru his uncle Peter the apostle however both had been inspired by the divine power of Holy Spirit as we travel through the books of Acts. Let us of course not forget Paul who received direct revelation from Christ himself in the Mount of Arabia. The next question is this: Can theology, the study of God upon which all of Christian/Judeo tradition is considered a valid human intellectual endeavor? Yes it is. The History of Christ Jesus has been the most recorded and securitized of all living human being ever lived on earth more so than Plato or Socrates or any other historical figure on the planet. Christianity is by no means just a height of human intellectual pretensions, arrogance, or spiritual vanity and folly.. No priest, scholar or private individual, who opens up a Bible, can really believe to themselves that they have a total handle in the understanding of all of who God really is. The Bible is not just only a language that utilizes metaphors, allegory and parables but also literal proclamation that must be taken seriously in the life of every believer. God meets us where we are. However, these ancient texts are sometimes unambiguous about many things and one of the mysterious thing is . when shall Christ return for His church?.. Yes there are Hundred of references, both direct an indirect, warnings of false teachers, false witnesses, lying interpreters, anti-Christs and of course the arch deceiver Satan himself, it also hints that there will be in the world individuals, organization and institution teaching falsely in the name of Christ. So true revelation must lead us to understand the difference between what is from God and what is not, so that a right choice can be made among so many completing claims. Even the name 'Christ' is totally misunderstood by the majority of the church today. We are so used to hearing the expression 'Jesus Christ' as if this were a first and second name. When in fact, the word 'Christ' is a title for the 'one who has been revealed through the scriptures. Christ did not come, died bury and resurrected according to the scriptures to be considered as a form of 'theological' based truth or faith, but did come to (a) redeem and atone (b) reveal the face of God (c) to expose the truth of who God really is and since that is the case as according to the fulfillment of the scriptures Christ, has clearly distinguish Himself clearly from all human theology, dogma and doctrines? . Every thing in history has tried for centuries to convince man that God does not cannot exist: Be it science, religion, philosophy, theology, psychology, Hawkins or Dawkins But all opposing forces only reaffirms proof of the living God. As one man puts it “a teaching that by an act of faith is directly confirmed by that absolute reality. A teaching that delivers the first ever religious claim of insight into the human condition that meets the Enlightenment criteria of verifiable, direct cause and effect, evidence based truth embodied in experience. A moral teaching that represented a paradigm change in the nature of faith and in the moral and intellectual potential of human nature itself; untangling the greatest questions of human existence: sustainability, consciousness, meaning, suffering, free will and evil”.But because the word of God is not properly taught today in our churches we witness the misconception of God to a dying world, which causes and even discredit the very idea of God. No wonder we see that reflective, thinking individuals are now leaving the church in droves, atheism and cultism on the rise and religious ideas are coming under increased critical scrutiny from the outside world. Secular humanism and other secular state nations that have been destructive and divisive among humanity was birthed out of failure to teach the true doctrine of the gospel of CHRIST. For all intent and purpose the good news of the gospel which is God’s remedy to the human condition had been reverted in idealism by misguided men and women, and now religious thought is just like secularism which is not providing the values that was intended to satisfies the greatest longings of the human soul. The Gospel never said their would be peace on earth between men by man, it is very clear that peace on earth, or higher justice will only come at the rule and reign when Christ establishes His Kingdom on earth. Man taking away God’s roll for himself only shows that man may have the dream but man does not have the means in fulfilling only what God himself can accomplish according to His time and pleasure. “Unfortunately, the world still preferred the soft, the easy and more convenient paths of intellectual vanity, political correctness and spiritual confectionary than the honesty and courage to confront human nature itself” .Quotes one man. The old adage still applies today 'The world' is what you made it and no need denying it is in a great mess that it is in reversible. In many ways I wouldn't mind seeing the 'end' of it all as we know it! For I believe the scriptures that one day this will indeed come to a sudden halt, I believe that there will be a new heaven and a new earth one day, I believe that God will put aside a time to judge the world; I also believe that God is in no hurry and will perform these things as according to his own good will and pleasure. He promised The Christ the savior of the world and He delivered! He promised that one day we don’t know when His Son will return and take His church. We don’t know when, but what we do know is that if man chose May 21 2011 as the day, then that is not the day in which He has set aside to reveal this wonder. Harold Camping and other like him has become a human fabrication founded upon a vain intellectual imagination, yet I would like to believe also even though his and others like him even though their aspirations may be real and sincere, however God deserve better that if he wanted us to know the true date of His coming for His Church He would have simple told us. A little learning is indeed a very dangerous thing. This should be a warning none the less that we stay alert for what he did say is “BEHOLD I come as a thief in the night”….stay watchful Stay forever ready. Amen A Call to Action

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