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Matt Ward put together a great article on Rapture Ready about a trend he has been tracking over the last two years or so.  It is a lengthy article but worth ready till then end.  I have felt the same “Schism” forming as well as the new negative connotation of being a “fundamentalist” or “evangelical”.

It reminds me of one of the letters from Jesus to the churches in Revelations when he says “…for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”

Revelation 3:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

Which also reminds me of the next letter and a wording nuance within the NKJV to the “Church of the Laodiceans”, not the “Church in” but “of”, that is why later in verse 20 He says “I stand at the door and knock…” its not His church but theirs.

Revelation 3:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.

Read his entire article, he really gets to the heart of the matter summarizing the true issue and how opposite it seems to the words our dying world needs to hear like:

The pertinent issues now are not salvation issues, or issues related to sin or repentance, and certainly not anything to do with eschatology or the imminent end times, but LGBTQ+ issues, immigration issues and family border-separation issues. It is about the “evils” of white-dominated evangelical Protestantism; it is about helping the poor. It is about social justice, the feel-good gospel of salvation through works, not faith. These are the issues that count – not sin, repentance, the love of God for a desperately lost world, or the quite obviously approaching time of His wrath.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!



Schism :: By Matt Ward

Modern-day Christianity seems to be approaching a point of no return. There appears to be a concerted effort, long since underway but now rapidly speeding up, which has the very specific aim of delegitimizing biblical Christianity. Much of these efforts are coming from within the church.

Men and women we once perceived as being Christian brothers and sisters, now seem to view themselves as traditional Christianity’s greatest enemy. Christianity, as we have known it, would seem to be on the brink of schism.

If you are a Christian who holds a literal view of the interpretation of scripture, and especially if you hold to a futurist, pre-tribulation view of eschatology, then you find yourself dead center in the crosshairs of a movement that is becoming increasingly vitriolic. You are also very much in the minority. The acrimony, the bitter and caustic attacks, are not even hidden or shrouded anymore; they are out in the open for all to see.

These are, I know, harsh words. Yet I have stood back and watched patiently over the last two years; and what I have seen has with equal measure surprised and shocked me. I waited and waited before writing this article, as I wanted to be absolutely sure that what I was witnessing was not just a momentary spasm of anger or frustration. I wanted to be sure that what was emerging was a new fixed pattern of behavior.


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