Why did these churches fall away? It was because they began to believe a gospel other than the one that Paul had delivered to them. This alternative gospel was not the gospel of sonship. The Galatian church epitomised this decline. Paul admonished the Christians in Galatia for seeking to be perfected through fleshly principles, rather than by continuing to live and walk in the Spirit. Tellingly, their affections for Paul had waned, and they had begun to withdraw from the ‘first love’ fellowship that he had established with them"
I quick concordance check will show haw many times the Christian is warned about 'falling away from Sonship'. Zero. None. Nada! But RFI continues to assert that salvation is inexorably tied to connection to 'the messenger' - no matter how carnal and earthy he is! And refusing abject submission to him is tantamount to losing your salvation and 'falling away from sonship'!!
What a godless doctrine!!!
Silly me! I knew I was missing something . And don't you worry. If one of the new breed of "graced" messengers plays his tune and leads a whole flock of sheep up the garden path to near destruction then I'm sure there'll be some new revelatory adjective to put in front of that terminology to make it all better. Or perhaps at the collapse of the second generation messengers and the emerging of the third, these will be the ones that have grown wings (or something equally weird) and the discerning will now know who to they are to esteem and who to completely wipe from all history. And don't despair if you thought you nearly understood it but then the landscape totally changed, i's just this highly rated concept called "present truth" kicking in I think.
Phew, I think I'm finally starting to get all this stuff! How happy am I?
What that means is: we just ROBOTICALLY do what our admins tell us. Zero stewarding of our gifts. Zero 'us' in our gifts. Zero creativity. Zero initiative. Ridiculous!
MCF/BCF have missed the ENTIRE human-dimension, that we are to glorify God IN OUR BODIES NOW with our body, soul and spirit! The Lord is renewing our minds and creating new spirits in us! To do nothing until the resurrection? I don't think so.
Beloved, NOW are we the sons of God!
So MCF is STILL locked into this control issue of its congregation DESPITE claims that was a thing of the past. I couldn't believe it when that was the main message of Easter 2016: Back to 1994 dressed up a little differently!
Vic and his buddies are basically sifting through the Scriptures looking for every harsh word to apply in a controlling manner. That is their program. Sickening.
"Instead FOR NOW we are to just 'obey our administration leaders'."
Nothing new under the sun here Paul. If my memory serves me rightly, my family and I were absent from Brisbane during the Easter Convention 1996, and came back to hear this new line of teaching, which I recall everybody was talking about - "The BIG O"....What was this big "O" everybody was talking about? O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E.
I recall that it was HAMMERED into us at every church service for the next 6 months. Until one Sunday night at Chandler, Vic stood up and said "It is finished" - no more teaching about Obedience from that night on.
It makes sense that once you are controlling you suddenly have ZERO output from everyone. So there's just nothing else coming and you end up stuck on a topic for 20 years.
Sunday School was totally balanced however and our kids have better Bible knowledge than most church kids their age.
A famous "change of direction attributed by "Brother Joseph" was that God NOW had stopped condemning African negroes' skin colour and very recently had granted them salvation. I tell no lie. The equivalent to a "Papal Bull" was issued by them on tbat subject!
Like modern charismatics, Smith and his successors wrote extra teachings in book form which were classified as Holy Scriptures which were obviously sold to the faithful. These days they make huge financial profits of videoed DVDs of the same stuff. By the way, the Mormons also spoke in tongues, then, and were able to jnterpret those strange utterings. Later they were told those gifts were cessationist!
I'm quite certain that in trying to keep up with restorationists like Ofler and Ray Jackson Snr (who I am convinced did come with restorations like Luther), Vic felt he had to have something 'new'.
And it had to be 'deep'. Vic succeeded at that but I was able to often predict the next new word myself by flipping through the New Testament to see what harsh word of Christ would be emphasised next (at the expense of common decency and the remainder of Scripture).
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