Be Very Alert! No 215

Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door.                                                                    No 215, April 12, 2016

A TIME BOMB WAITING TO EXPLODE

Recently I heard someone remark that the mainstream Protestant churches had an inbuilt time bomb waiting to explode! Now that was an interesting thing to say, don’t you think? It was said in relation to infant baptism, but there are other issues too. Let me explain. But I emphasise that what I am going to say does not apply to many individual Protestant churches and many individuals in them.

We must go back to Martin Luther and the Reformation in the 16th C, though the roots go much further back. Luther, a Catholic monk, is widely regarded as starting the Protestant Reformation in 1517 when he nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the Catholic Church in Wittenberg. He was able to get hold of a copy of the Latin Vulgate Bible and read it for himself, but later translated it into German. With the development of the printing press, Luther’s Bible became available for Germans to read in their own language for the first time.

Luther’s theses led to the acceptance by the emerging Protestant churches of salvation by faith alone, not by works, and the acceptance of Scripture as the sole authority. Luther discovered that the Vulgate had mistranslated the Greek “repent,” where Jesus said, “Repent,” and had put “Do penance” instead. The “Do penance” led to the Catholic position on indulgences which enabled them to raise huge sums of money for Pope Julius II’s various causes, especially the building of St Peter’s Basilica. Luther protested the whole system of indulgences and purgatory. Thesis No 27 reads, “There is no divine authority for preaching that so soon as the penny jingles into the money-box, the soul flies out (of purgatory).”

From Luther’s time, struggles and wars arose as the Catholic Church tried to bring the Protestants back under its control, as it still continues to do so today but by more peaceful and subtle means. But do some mainstream Protestant churches such as the Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian have an inbuilt time-bomb waiting to explode? It certainly exploded once during the Holocaust, but it will do so again. It has to do with what Luther and the Reformers never changed. They never got totally away from infant baptism, the idea of a state church and Replacement Theology – the idea that the church has replaced Israel in God’s plans.

The question has been asked again and again, how could a country where over 90% of the citizens claim affiliation with the Catholic Church or a Protestant one find themselves under the influence of a man like Hitler who could hoodwink so many so-called Christians into following his perverted plans?

Roughly two thirds of Germans associated with a church were Protestants of various sorts, one third Catholic, and a small minority with other beliefs. Before WWII, there were about 40 million Lutherans in Germany. Both Catholics and Lutherans believed that you need not be converted to Christ to be a part of the church, you just needed to be baptised. The Lutherans were rather liberal and not vibrant Christ-centred churches. Both Catholic and Protestant churches were simply huge traditional institutions. There were in fact very few true believers.

Luther continued the Catholic belief that the church was the new Israel and had replaced the Jews in God’s plans, called Replacement Theology (RT) or Supersessionism. Luther’s attitude towards the Jews changed over the course of his life. Early on he was concerned about the plight of European Jews, but later when he was unsuccessful at seeing them converted, he denounced them in no uncertain terms. He urged for their harsh persecution and destruction. Along with anti-Semitism itself, Luther’s harsh anti-Jewish sentiments have now been strongly repudiated by various Lutheran churches throughout the world.

Hitler was anti-Semitic before he came to power, but he also quoted Luther in support of his actions. Unfortunately many German Lutheran clergy and theologians also used Luther’s hostile publications towards the Jews at least in part to justify the anti-Semitic policies of the National Socialists. Hitler certainly aroused a strong suspicion of Judaism.

RT is still alive and well in the mainstream Protestant churches. After I had been a Christian for about 6 months and had discovered for myself God’s plans for Israel, I asked a senior person at the Anglican church I was attending if she believed that the church had replaced Israel. After a few moments pause, she replied, “Yes.” Judging by the anti-Israel articles that appeared in the national church magazine, Taonga, this seemed to be the prevalent thought in that denomination.

Those who believe that the church has replaced Israel must also deny the angel Gabriel’s promise to Mary that Jesus will return and reign on earth on David’s throne in Jerusalem. (Luke 1:32) This is called amillennialism, no millennial reign of Jesus for 1000 years as described in Revelation chapter 20. They may believe that the Jews are still in some way God’s chosen nation, but they do not see that the establishment of Israel in 1948 has any special prophetic meaning. Hence they often fall into the trap of seeing the Palestinians as the rightful owners of the land called Israel, and seeing the Jews as oppressors.

The 2004 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches lists the 25 largest denominations. Someone highlighted the ones which hold to RT. The largest is the Roman Catholic Church. Among the others with high rankings are Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Episcopal churches. The other main high ranking churches by number are mainly various Baptist churches which do not deny God’s plans for Israel.

Many of these Protestant churches, as well as the Catholic Church, still use infant baptism as an entry into a physical church, rather than believers’ baptism into the bride of Christ. And, as in Germany at the time of the Holocaust, many are simply church members and not really saved but call themselves Christian.

As the world puts increasing pressure on Israel to divide God’s land and hand it over to form a Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem, a division of rather large proportions is taking place in many of the Protestant churches between those who support Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel to force Israel to hand over land to the Palestinians and those who don’t agree.

The common belief of the BDS churches is that the Israelis are powerful oppressors who deserve pressure. The Palestinians are considered poor victims and no accountability is required of their leaders. Max Samarov, writing in the Jerusalem Post, says, “During the long PCUSA (Presbyterian Church USA) hearings, I listened to seemingly earnest Presbyterians viciously slander Israelis, accusing them of subjecting Palestinians to “biblical scale enslavement” and poisoning Palestinian livestock.”

The Methodist churches, United Church of Christ, the Scottish Presbyterian Church and members of the World Council of Churches with their “peace and justice” interests are reported as no better. Methodist General Conferences continue to put forward divestment proposals.

Unlike these BDS churches, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro has rebuked the BDS movement and says the US government vigorously opposes efforts to isolate or boycott Israel. He comments, “We know that the BDS movement is not disconnected from the pernicious and persistent evil of anti-Semitism, which continues to rear its ugly head and is on the rise in too many parts of the world.”

Protestants are caught up in other anti-Semitic movements too. Naim Ateek, an Anglican priest, essentially founded Christian Palestinianism in 1994 when he launched the Palestinian Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center known as Sabeel, an anti-Zionist centre in Jerusalem dedicated to working for the liberation of Palestinians. Other Anglicans including Stephen Sizer, have supported the movement which goes to the extent of making Jesus a Palestinian.

Another list of churches which have Chrislam services, a mixture of Christianity and Islam, also features a very high number of Protestant churches. In fact, Islam seems to be a judgment on these RT churches which are now either closing down and being turned into mosques, or introducing Islam into their services which results in falling membership as those who love the truth desert them.

RT Protestant churches which have forgotten their roots in Israel will, as in Nazi Germany, find themselves caught up in a large deception. A time-bomb waiting to explode! In a coming time of great distress, God will remember His covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and for the sake of His holy name, Israel will be fully restored as a nation, holy in His sight.

Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.” (2 Cor 6:14-18)

IN BRIEF

The UK has a new national history curriculum which makes British history optional. No landmark event in British history need be taught. Previously, teaching of the World Wars was compulsory. Early Islamic civilisation now has more emphasis. Robert Spencer: “As Britain forgets its past and teaches the alleged glories of Islamic civilization instead, young Britons will not value Britain or think it worth defending. This is a curriculum designed for those who are being readied for submission and subjugation.” A Department for Education spokesman said: “We’ve moved away from the old narrow and prescriptive curriculum to give teachers the freedom to deliver lessons that will excite and inspire their pupils.”

According to a new survey, only 41% of British people who identify themselves as Christians say they believe in a Creator while 18 percent say they do not have such a belief.

Richard Page, the magistrate recently fired for preferring to place children for adoption with heterosexual couples rather than same-sex ones, has to fight not only his dismissal but insults and lies thrown at him by TV host Piers Morgan.

The reproductions of the 50 foot arch that stood at the Temple of Baal in Palmyra, Syria that will be erected in New York City and London this month as part of World Heritage Week will only be the first of many. The arch, which was mostly destroyed by ISIS terrorists, will be recreated by a huge 3-D printer. There are plans to construct about 1,000 arches. It turns out that the exact day when the arches are to be erected, April 19, is also the exact day which begins the 13 day period known as “the Blood Sacrifice of the Beast.” It culminates on the high occult day of Beltane on May 1st (May Day). April 19 is also known as “the Feast of Molech,” a god denounced in the Old Testament. Another end time event that the God of the Bible will find repulsive!

Candidates for the UN Secretary General’s office will for the first time have to present their agendas at a series of open and informal debates later this year. The move is designed to make the selection process more transparent and unbiased.

Why are so few voices warning the people about what is coming? We stand at the door of a period of distress that will be unlike anything that any of us have ever known before. And even though the signs are all around us, very few individuals appear to be willing to stand up and sound the alarm… it is easy to criticize those that have… the courage to stand up and warn the people. But it is not easy to stand up and say the hard things that need to be said in a society that does not want to listen. – Michael Snyder

If you don’t warn, the blood will be on your hands. (Ez 33:1-6)

EXTRA ITEMS:

Some of you might be interested in John Haller’s prophecy updates. Here is a recent one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRACL6M3MYE

You can find the latest ones on His Fellowship Bible chapel website:
https://www.youtube.com/user/KoinoniaABF

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