The Lower Lights> Dec 2001|
Alan Jones, Editor
"Brightly beams our
From the lighthouse
But to us He gives the
Of the light along the
Published monthly by the church of Christ, 35900 Palmer Road, P.O. Box
86-233, Westland, MI 48166
Somewhere in heaven late in the first century; we find a meeting
between Satan and two of his angels)
I have called you here today on most urgent business. Despite the
persecution we have been stirring up, Christians continue to spread the
gospel (Acts 8:4). Far too many people are being converted to Jesus. Men
and women are crucifying self and allowing Christ to live in them (Gal
2:20). In their respective congregations, they are following the doctrine
of Christ as their only guide (2 Jn 9). Therefore, there is a great unity
among believers, a unity which will do nothing but cause the world to
believe God did send Jesus (Jn 17:21). Something must be done or
Christianity will spread further. What can we do to stop it?
First Angel: I suggest that we double our
efforts to undermine the foundation of Christianity, that Jesus is the
Christ (King), the Son of God.
Second Angel: That would be great, if it would
work. Indeed, we have deceived many of the Jews in this way, but we have
been hard pressed to fool others in light of the eyewitness testimony of
the apostles, the miracles the Christians have been per-forming, and the
convincing arguments they are making from O.T. prophecy. We need another
Satan: There is a better way! We don't have to
cause men to totally reject the idea that Jesus is King for them to be
ours. We must make them think Jesus is their King, while in fact they are
not living their lives in subjection to His rule. We must develop a false
"Christianity" where Jesus is professed and denied all at once.
Why not deceive men into thinking that certain Christians have
authority over the rest of the Christians, that all authority has not been
given to Jesus (Mt 28:18). If we can convince them of this, they will stop
following Jesus' word and will follow men into numerous errors, all in
Jesus' name (Acts 20:28-32, 1 Tim 4:1-3).
First Angel: And, Satan, we could label the men
with this authority "clergy" and those without it "laity" and dress the
"clergy" in robes and let men call them "Father" or "Reverend" to further
exalt them and to condition men to look to them as authorities. We could
have the "clergy" preach that they were the only ones who could understand
the Scriptures. This would keep the "laity" from studying and therefore
insure that they would blindly follow men rather than Jesus.
Satan: Splendid! You both are of tremendous
help! And, once we establish that the "clergy" have authority, we will
have them meet in councils and then publish their decisions and decrees as
creedbooks which men will follow instead of the gospel of Christ.
First Angel: Yes, but we must not let them
think that they have created different doctrines. Let us cause them to
believe and also convince the "laity" that they are merely condensing the
doctrine of Christ so that men may more clearly understand what they
should be for and what they should be against.
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IF THERE IS A GOD, WHY?: CONTROL THROUGH
Very clever! Once it is accepted that men may draw up creeds, many
will do so. These books of men will, of course, be contradictory and all
the "Christians" will be divided into various organizations on the basis
of the creed which they accept. Infidels will laugh as they see so many
conflicting doctrines all supposedly coming from one Book.
Satan: I'm already way ahead of you. When men
wake up to their divided condition, there will be so many confusing ways
that I will teach them to just admit that men cannot see the Bible alike.
I'll get them to believe that since all can't agree, all are alright, as
long as they "believe" in Jesus and are sincere. Therefore, they must just
"love" and accept one another. If anyone comes along teaching the doctrine
of Christ, exposing error and refusing to accept those who teach it, I'll
have him looked at as a self-righteous fanatic. I'll suggest to those in
error that they just quote (pervertedly of course) "Judge not that ye be
not judged" (Mt 7:1) to him and just ignore what he has to say from the
Angel: Satan, you are most brilliant! If we execute this plan to
perfection, a "Christianity" far removed from what Jesus established will
be set in place. This counterfeit will be all most men ever know. Men will
be following men instead of Jesus, professed "believers" will all be
divided, and to top it all off, any true Christian will be looked at as an
Satan: I thank both of you for your help in
formulating this plan. With it we will deceive and damn millions of
ignorant souls. Let us go forth and find men through whom we can work our
AND THE REST IS HISTORY!!
P.S. The Palmer Road church of Christ is simply a group
of believers who call ourselves nothing but "Christians" and meet together
to worship and work under the direction of Christ. We reject the idea that
anyone but Jesus has authority in heaven and on earth (Mt 28:18) and
therefore reject the creeds of men and the denominations which have been
formed based upon them. We believe that denomination-alism is the work of
Satan and not the Lord.
We do not set ourselves up as the standard, but urge
all believers and congregations to do as the Christians we read about in
the N.T., to submit themselves to the will of Christ (Gal 2:20) as
expressed in His doctrine (2 Jn 9). Only by doing so will Christians be
one as the Father and Son are one and be able to convince the world to
believe (Jn 17:20-21).
Please call us
at (734) 942-7956 or e-mail us at our website prchurchofchrist.org
to discuss how that you can avoid or escape from the Devil's counterfeit
"Christianity" which gives lipservice to Jesus' Kingship and actually live
and worship with Jesus as your King.
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