Death by Denomination   4 comments

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This is from A Call to the Remnant blog:

“The histories of the monks and the friars shows that if a spiritual movement can be kept within the confines of the Roman Catholic Church or any similar system, it is doomed and must be dragged down to the level of that which it sought originally to reform.It purchases exemption from persecution at the cost of its life. Francis of Assisi and Peter Waldo were both laid hold of by the same teaching of the Lord and yielded themselves to Him with uttermost devotion. In each case the example set and the teaching given gained the hearts of large numbers and affected their whole manner of life. The likeness turned to contrast when the one was accepted and the other rejected by the organized religion of Rome. The inward relation to the Lord may have remained the same, but the working out of the two lives differed widely. The Franciscans being absorbed into the Roman system, helped to blind men to it, while Waldo and his band of preachers directed multitudes of souls to the Scriptures, where they learned to draw for themselves fresh )and inexhaustible supplies from the ‘wells of salvation.'” (The Pilgrim Church, pg 117)

Can you see what Broadbent is saying? Those who bow to an institution,any denomination, are doomed to die a slow death and that which began as fire is doused by the waters of compromise and idolatry. God is a jealous God. He shares His glory with no one and no institution. You cannot serve two masters, you will ultimately love the one and hate the other. The burning fire of God takes place outside the walls, outside the bounds of organized religion. This fire ultimately becomes the enemy of all religion. That is why Frank Bartleman was so upset when the Azusa street revival morphed into a denomination. This would guarantee the demise of the movement itself. Whether a movement begins within the confines of organised religion or becomes an organised religion, the end result is the same. Better to stay within the confines of God and God alone and be persecuted and killed, than to die the slow death of compromise and idolatry. The Waldenses that Broadbent makes reference to when speaking of Waldo, was ruthlessly hunted down and eventually wiped out by religion. Yet, the gates of hell did not prevail against the genuine Church nor can it. God always maintains a witness in the land, a remnant.

Gods end-time Church will burn with the fire of God outside the camp of religion. They will be no less hated by all men. They will fulfill the high priestly prophecy of John 17 and they shall be one for a witness to the world, without compromise and idolatry. The only authority that they shall bow to will be the authority of God. The authority of man ultimately corrupts the moving of God. Self preservation and a desire to avoid persecution in all its many forms is the death of any movement of God. The last great movement of God shall embrace persecution and count it an honor to suffer humiliation and rejection and persecution for His sake, for in this they follow closely in the footsteps of Jesus. And the greatest persecution will come from those who seek to control and organize the people of God. When Gods people reject the authority of religion, they become its greatest enemy and this leads to their persecution. Only lovers of truth will stand in the coming days of darkness. One must be willing to forsake all in order to gain eternal glory.

Outside the Camp

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4 responses to “Death by Denomination

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  1. Reblogged this on My Dreams and Visions and commented:
    The post speaks for itself. This post re-states some of the dreams I’ve had on the perils of religion.

  2. Have you ever heard of the 4 “m’s”. God finds a man. The man starts a movement. The movement becomes a machine. Lastly the machine becomes a monument. There are 3 words that will kill a move of God and they are, “let us build”.

  3. Tony: No, I have never heard of the 4 “m’s”, but that is absolutely true. Sounds like the beginnings of idolatry (worshiping the works or ideas of man rather than God).

    “Let us build” sounds like what happened at the Tower of Babel: Genesis 11: 4: “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”

    I remember reading someplace that Christianity started out as The Way or a movement. When it got to Greece, it became a philosophy. When Christianity got to Rome, it became a religion. When it came to America, it became a business.

    I wonder if the Harvard Business School teaches Evangellyfish MegaChurchianity as a viable business model to its students.

    “The Road to Hell”
    http://tim-shey.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-road-to-hell.html

  4. I must concur A slow and painful death too!

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