THE MACHINE VERSUS THE CHURCH:
MAN'S WAY VERSUS GOD'S WAY
June 27, 2005
by: S.R. Shearer
"It is intolerable to us that a contrary thought should exist
anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be.
Even in the instant of death we cannot permit any deviation.
In the old days the dissenter walked to the stake still a dissenter,
proclaiming his dissension, exulting in it. Even the victim
of the Russian purges could carry his resistance with him locked
up in his skull as he walked down the passage waiting for the
bullet. But we make the brain perfect before we blow it out."
- George Orwell
Imagine a colossal Machine that moves about the earth gobbling up everything
in its path. The acquisition of wealth and "precious things"
is its sole preoccupation. It is sustained by its own forward motion,
guided mainly by its own carnal appetites and it is growing larger and
accelerating as it goes. It uproots whole populations in its quest for
riches, it destroys communities, it devastates the environment, and
it rolls over and crushes all those who get in its way. It possesses
no conscience and no guiding set of moral values. It is, in fact, totally
and completely Amoral. No government is able to stop it;
it recognizes no boundaries, no borders, no higher authority. It allows
no limits to be placed on its appetite, and its presence in the world
is, in the words of author William Greider, "transformational" in a
very iniquitous way. Indeed, Greider sees the Machine pushing the world
"... toward some sort of dark abyss."
The Machine is "manned" by an army of robot-like workers,
each with his own job to perform, each possessing his own special niche;
each answerable to an HIERARCHY that permits no deviation
from "Standard Operating Procedures." All independent thought
is anathematized. TOTAL OBEDIENCE to the dictates of the HIERARCHY
is demanded from all workers on the Machine. They must see themselves
as having value only insofar as they have value to the Machine; and
if and when they fail in their performance, or express any independent
thought whatsoever, they are "cast out" of the Machine and
onto the mounds of wreckage left behind in the Machine's merciless track,
there to rot while someone else - someone from the "outside"
eager to replace the worker on board the Machine, or someone from the
"inside" anxious to work his way up the HIERARCHY
- steps in to replace him.
Those who are cast aside become NON-PERSONS; human wrecks;
derelicts alone on a sea without horizons, destitute itinerants without
hope in this world. They are avoided like the plague, and their groveling,
obsequious presence becomes a proverb against all those who would even
think of challenging the Machine's omniscience.
THIS MACHINE ACTUALLY EXISTS
This Machine actually exists in the world today. It is called the AMERICAN
NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM and the fact of its reality is the one essential
truth of EVERYONE'S social, economic and religious existence
- and unless one intends to withdraw from the world altogether, there
is no place to hide from it.
It aims sooner or later to subsume and absorb into its mechanism the
whole world and all of mankind, and to this end it has sent out into
all the earth its "priests and prophets" as plenipotentiaries and emissaries
to extol its virtues to the "masses" and to command the whole of mankind
to bow down and serve it.
The question before every person in the world today is how does he
or she relate to the machine? Do they submit to it, or do they resist?
THE MACHINE'S "PRIESTS AND PROPHETS"
The "priests and prophets" who act as the Machine's ambassadors and
who scurry devoutly and piously about from nation to nation setting
up temples of worship to the god of the Machine call themselves "Christians,"
but they are not!
Their god is MAMMON, and they are unceasing in their
god's "praise and worship," though they are careful to conceal his true
identity from the poor of the earth - i.e., the hapless victims the
Machine routinely savages and plunders - lest the poor rise up en
masse against them: Hence their subterfuge. But what an empty subterfuge
it is: Attempting to pass Mammon off in the guise of a Person who
EXPLICITLY condemned Mammon and juxtaposed Himself against
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one,
and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the
other. Ye CANNOT serve God and mammon." (Matt.
These are those Christians (so-called) about whom Jesus said:
"Ye HYPOCRITES, well did Esaias prophesy of you,
"This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth
me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
"... in vain they do worship me ..." (Matt. 15:7-9)
"Ye CANNOT serve God and mammon." That's
what the Bible says! But that's not what the "priests and prophets"
of the Machine teach as they parade Christ around as a "Captain of Industry"
or as a CEO of some "Fortune 500" company.
These groveling acolytes - these sniveling altar boys to the god of
the Machine - are deceivers, all of them; cheats and connivers pretending
to be Christians while they serve the god of Money: Fakes and frauds
like Ted Haggard of the World Prayer Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado
who leads countless numbers of his congregates each Sunday in "praise
and worship" to his false god, and who teaches the LIE
that the Machine is -
"God's vehicle for the spread of Christianity."
What liars these people are! These are EXACTLY the people
about whom the Bible warns us in relation to the "end of days" when
"This know also, that in the last days PERILOUS TIMES shall
"For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,
proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
"Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,
incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
"Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than
lovers of God;
"HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS, but denying the power thereof:
FROM SUCH TURN AWAY." (2 Tim. 3:1-5)
note carefully here: Paul is talking about (1) the condition of those
who call themselves "Christians," NOT those
outside the faith; he is saying that in the "LAST DAYS"
men who are "lovers of their own selves" shall administer
and regulate the affairs of the "established church;" and
(2) that "PERILOUS TIMES" shall result on account of them. Why?
- because, as they scurry to and fro over the earth as plenipotentiaries
of the Machine (i.e., the American New World Order System), they justify
the work of the Machine and abet its ruinous and noxious progress throughout
These men and women - these putrid, small-minded sycophants - have
a "FORM OF GODLINESS" (2 Tim. 3:1-5), but not the substance
thereof. Behind the mask of "piety" and "godly devotion"
they show off to the world are souls twisted with the lust for "things."
it little wonder, then, that these self-absorbed, egocentric Christians
would feel no guilt or remorse when - in their name and the name of
their God - American multinational corporations and the military which
supports them plunder the poor of the earth in countries like Guatemala,
Honduras, Thailand, the Philippines, the Ukraine, the former Yugoslavia,
etc. for the benefit of the American New World Order System. What a
"turn-off" this kind of Christianity is to unbelievers! [Please
see our articles, "Algeria: A Study of the Dreadful Two-Tiered
System the U.S. Is Promoting Among Its Muslim Client-States" and
"The Congo and American Greed."]
Well did Jesus say of such Christians:
"Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the
damnation of hell?" (Matt. 23:32-33)
These so-called Christians, these pathetic servants of the Machine
- are exactly what the apostle Paul describes them to be: Covetous,
boasters, proud, unthankful, fierce, highminded, lovers of pleasure
more than lovers of God, etc. - and so much so that there is not much
to differentiate them from unbelievers. In other words, THESE ARE
MEN AND WOMEN WHO WOULD FIND IT QUITE EASY AND EVEN "NATURAL" TO IDENTIFY
THEMSELVES WITH THE AVARICE AND SAVAGERY OF THE AMERICAN
NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM.
NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE
Speaking concerning such people, the great nineteenth century Bible
expositor, J.N. Darby, writes:
"If we compare the list of sins and abominations at the beginning
of the Epistle to the Romans [i.e., Romans 1:28-31], as characterizing
heathen life and the moral degradation of men during those times of
darkness and demon-worship [in the ancient world], with the catalogue
of sins that characterize those who have the form of godliness [in
the church in the 'last days' (see above - i.e., 2 Tim. 3:1-5)], we
shall find that it is nearly the same, and morally quite the same;
only that some of the open sins which mark the man who has no outward
restraint [i.e., the man who patently defies God] are wanting here,
the form of godliness precluding them and taking their place."
"It is a solemn thought, that the same degradation which existed
among the heathen [in the ancient world] is reproduced under Christianity
[in the 'last days'] ... It has the same nature, the same passions,
the same power of the enemy, with but the ADDITION OF HYPOCRISY
These are precisely the kind of Christians who have today gathered
themselves around George Bush's American New World Order System. Concerning
the twisted and perverted logic that buoys the thinking of such people,
historian Edward S. Herman writes that somehow or other these nitwits
and simpletons seem to believe that -
"... Clinton's lies on the Lewinsky affair were a violation of a
biblical commandment, whereas Bush's serial lies on Iraq's
immediate threat were by a moral man in a good cause and hence can
APOLOGISTS OF THE AMERICAN
NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM
What a shallow display of virtue! These people are beneath contempt!
- nincompoops and dolts who routinely denounce "liberals" as relativists
lacking moral firmness and using double standards while they side with
a president who lies about the presence of "weapons of mass destruction"
in Iraq and stand aside while the American military bombs the hell out
of the Iraqi people, sending thousands and thousands of them, mostly
innocent men, women and little children, to their graves as "collateral
damage" - a slaughter of innocents that far exceeds the number of killings
attributable to the so-called "insurgents." This continuing slaughter
is what Pat Robertson has called -
"... a movement in the heavenlies to break the power of deception
so those people (the Iraqis) can be exposed to the gospel."
Hypocrites! - that's what these people are! Darby was right insofar
as these Christian apologists of the American New World Order System
are concerned! There is, in fact, very little to differentiate them
from the heathen of the ancient world: They possess "the same nature,
the same passions, the same power of the enemy, with but the ADDITION
OF HYPOCRISY ..." - and it is exactly for this reason
that Jesus said of them:
"Woe unto you ... HYPOCRITES! for ye make clean
the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within you are full
of extortion and excess.
"Woe unto you ... HYPOCRITES! for ye are like
unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but
are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
"Even so YE ALSO OUTWARDLY APPEAR RIGHTEOUS UNTO MEN, BUT
WITHIN YE ARE FULL OF HYPOCRISY AND INIQUITY." (Matt. 23:25,
NO HOPE FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY
you must understand something here: These are not my words - this is
what the Bible says; this is what it says concerning those who govern
the affairs of the church in the "last days" - SPECIFICALLY,
THE CHURCH THAT HAS ALLIED ITSELF WITH THE ARROGANCE AND PRIDE OF THE
AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM (i.e., the Machine: that "evil thing"
that the Bible calls "Babylon the Great")! [Please see our article,
"In Search of Babylon: What Does the Bible Say?"]
What does that say, then, about Rick Warren, C. Peter Wagner, Tim LaHaye,
Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson,
Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy
Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim
Goll, John Paul Jackson, Francis Frangipane, James Ryle, Frank Damazio,
Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell, Ted
Haggard, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley Fletcher, Jim
Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble, ad infinitum, ad nauseum ?
if you find this offensive, your argument is with God, not with me -
BECAUSE ALL THESE LEADERS HAVE ALLIED THEMSELVES WITH AMERICA'S
NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM! They are servants of the Machine - every
single one of them! [Please see our article, "A Woman Riding a
Beast Going forth Conquering and to Conquer;" please also see our
article, "George Bush, the Promise Keepers, and the Principles
of Messianic Leadership."]
say, Certainly there must be some hope for these men and women and those
who follow them? But that isn't what the Bible suggests. Indeed, Darby
"The character of the 'last days' is strongly marked here [i.e.,
in 2 Timothy], and GIVES NO HOPE for [established] Christianity
THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
These people, these so-called Christians, these pitiable servants of
the Machine are TRAITORS TO THE FAITH (2 Tim. 3:4) - all of
them; all those who have allied themselves with the rich and powerful
of this world; in other words, all those who have allied themselves
with the Machine. But while they, indeed, may be "traitors to the faith,"
they are still men and women who possess the money and the wherewithal
to put on a "display of godliness," a pretense of "Christianity"
And make no mistake about it, money has the power to make one appear
godly; it has the power to hide one's sin; to put on a "good show"
with rapturous music in a venue filled with hundreds and thousands of
the "beautiful people" of this world who in ecstatic but totally
bogus displays of sanctity lift up "holy hands in worship to God"
each Sunday in their coifed hair and their Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger
and Liz Claiborne finery.
AND THIS, OF COURSE, IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF CHRISTIANITY THAT THE
"PROPHETS AND PRIESTS" OF THE MACHINE ARE SEEKING TO EXPORT AROUND THE
WORLD TO JUSTIFY THE MACHINE IN ITS AVARICE AND GREED; the kind
of Christianity that puts the poor off insofar as the Gospel is concerned.
is exactly the kind of Christianity (so-called) that the "lackey elites"
in America's "client-states" are adopting in order to ingratiate themselves
with the leaders of the "American system." What a sham this kind of
Christianity is. It's the same kind of sham Christianity that the leaders
of Guatemala and El Salvador adopted in order to ingratiate themselves
with Dimitri Negroponte during the Contra Wars in Central America in
the 1980s. [Please see our article, "The Horror of John Dimitri
Negroponte and Everything He Represents."]
"The enemy ... deceives souls by the specious appearances
of which the apostle here speaks; [specifically, by that form of Christianity]
... that bears the name of Christianity, that before men has the character
of godliness, and that the flesh will accept as such much more readily
than ... [true godliness] which, because it is true godliness, is
contrary to the flesh." [cf. 2 Tim. 3:1-5]
SHUTTING UP THE KINGDOM OF GOD AGAINST MEN
of course, the Christianity and godliness (so-called) that the flesh
produces is a fraud; a counterfeit; it's capable of producing nothing
more than an empty show with no reality attached to it. It's the kind
of empty "magic" show that Bennie Hinn and Morris Ceruillo take to places
like Nigeria, Argentina, Brazil, etc.; the kind that promises wealth
and success if the poor of these poverty-stricken countries adopt "Biblical
Principles" insofar as the governance of their societies are concerned
- the kind of "Biblical Principles" (so-called) established by the Machine
and administered by the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank. [Please see
our articles, "The Marxist Paradigm" and "Capitalism and Christianity;"
please also see our article, "Inside the American New World Order System."]
kind of Christianity produces Christians who measure their "Christianity"
by the money they possess, who condemn as "failures" the poor
for not having achieved their level of fiscal prosperity, and who feel
no compassion when the poor "get what they deserve" by being
stripped of their welfare checks and tossed out into the street; Christians
"... devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers."
are the sort of pathetic Christians who act as the Machine's plenipotentiaries
and emissaries and who in their effort to please the god of the Machine
"... compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he
is made, they make him twofold more the child of hell than they are."
And in doing so, they -
"... shut up the kingdom of heaven against men ..." (Matt.
THE POOR OF THE EARTH ARE
OFFENDED BY THE CHURCH
They "shut up the kingdom of heaven against men?" YES!
What else would you expect from such people, OR is it
that difficult to see that when the church allies itself with the American
New World Order System to ravage and pillage the earth, that the poor
of the earth would be offended by it, and "turned-off" to
would you think if you were one of the citizens of Falujah and had had
your city "liberated" IN THE NAME OF CHRIST by the
American army - death squad-style; to say nothing of seeing your neighborhood
blown up by 2,000 pound bombs - once again, IN THE NAME OF CHRIST?
Be honest! - what would you think? This kind of hypocrisy has an effect
on the poor; it turns off the poor of the earth to the true message
of the poor Carpenter of Nazareth. [Please see our article, "Sowing
the Seeds of the Gog / Magog War."]
If you are unable to see what we are talking about here, then surely
you are one of those about whom Jesus said,
"NOT EVERY ONE THAT SAITH UNTO ME, LORD, LORD, SHALL ENTER
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN ...
"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied
in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name
done many wonderful works?
"And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: DEPART
FROM ME, ye that work iniquity." (Matt. 7:21-23)
The truth of the matter is, the "established church" of today's
Christianity (i.e., the Christianity of the American New World Order
System) has brought nothing but shame to God's holy Name - especially
insofar as the wretched of the earth are concerned; IT ADVANCES THE
HORRID FRAUD THAT CHRIST'S KINGDOM IS A MATTER FOR THE RICH AND POWERFUL
rather than what it really is, a place where, as Mary - the mother
of Jesus - describes it, God -
"... [will] scatter ... the proud in the imagination of their
"He ... [will] put down the mighty from their seats, and exalt
... them of low degree.
"He ... [will] fill ... the hungry with good things; and THE
RICH HE ... [WILL] SEND ... EMPTY AWAY." (Luke 1:51-53)
THE CHURCH THAT SERVES THE GOD OF THE
MACHINE IS AN AFFRONT TO THE POOR
Listen to me here, dear brothers and sisters in the Lord; we are not
being trite when we say that one of the great distinguishing marks between
the REAL church of God and the APOSTATE
church (i.e., the church of the Machine) in the "end of days"
is that one is for the poor, and the other is for the rich - THE
KIND OF CHURCH THAT CIA DIRECTOR PORTER GOSS AND HIS WIFE MARY ATTEND
(i.e., the Falls Church in Falls Church, Virginia); the one that
Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard, and Tucker Carlson are members
of; the kind that Judge Robert Bork, Jr., Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA),
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) and Michael Gerson, the president's chief
speechwriter attend. It's a church just outside of Washington D.C.;
a place where, as Ayelish McGarvey describes it,
"... women in pearls and khakis, and men in blue blazers - clap
along to the songs or lift their hands up [in prayer] ...
She goes on to say:
"The inside of the church [a conservative Episcopal church which
was 'appalled' by the decision of the denomination's hierarchy to
allow for the ordination of homosexuals to the priesthood and which
- with a number of other conservative Episcopal churches - is now
moving to separate itself from the denomination] is laid out amphitheater
style with floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the vast sanctuary
in sunlight. The priests wear suits, and although they still recite
the Nicene Creed ... they mix it up with characteristically evangelical,
ad-libbed prayer ... There is a 'worship team' of guitarists, vocalists
and a drummer ...
"The stress ... is on power ... [The church] very consciously
aims its ministry at the ruling class. Among other things, the church
sponsors a fellowship program for recent college graduates that combines
theological coursework with internships at lobbying firms and ['new-con']
think tanks like the Heritage Foundation." [This is exactly the
kind of "power theology" that the so-called 'Fellowship'
teaches at the Cedars; please see our article, "The Cedars: The
House on 24th Street."]
is there any place in such a church for the kind of homeless Person
who said of Himself,
"... foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests;
but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." (Matt. 8:20)
JESUS IS NOT REALLY THAT CONCERNED
WITH THE WELFARE OF THE RICH
The truth of the matter is, Jesus isn't very much concerned with the
kind of self-righteous and financially well-off twits who attend the
Falls Church along with Porter Goss, Fred Barnes and Tucker Carlson.
What do the rich and the self-righteous really want with Christ? - Nothing,
of course. They have no need of Him in their fancy homes, their green
lawns, their BMWs and SUVs, etc. - other than "to make a show of
Him" and "advertise" their piety by contriving for themselves
"A FORM OF GODLINESS" based on the outward trivialities
of the Christian religion (2 Tim. 3:5). It's no small thing that Jesus
said of such people:
" ... It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a [sewing]
needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."
tell you the truth when I say: THE RICH POLLUTE THE CHURCH BY THEIR
PRESENCE; when the rich take over the church, the poor are pushed
aside, apostasy rushes in like a flood, and God's testimony is ruined.
[Please see our article, "The Rich Have Seized Control of the Church."]
The Bible says:
"Hearken, my beloved brethren, HATH NOT GOD CHOSEN THE POOR
OF THIS WORLD rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he
hath promised to them that love him? (James 2:5)
And then it goes on to solemnly warn us against our natural or fleshly
bias towards the rich:
"But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you,
and draw you before the judgment seats [i.e., the courts]?
"DO NOT THEY [i.e., THE RICH] BLASPHEME THAT WORTHY NAME
BY WHICH YE ARE CALLED?" (James 2:6-7)
UNITY IS A POWERFUL THING,
BOTH FOR GOOD AND FOR EVIL
Now the strength and power of the Machine - specifically, the American
New World Order System acting in conjunction with the church - lies
in the conformity and consonance it is able to demand from all of its
various parts; this empowers it to confront the world as ONE
MIGHTY COLLOSSUS. But it's not the kind of conformity and consonance
(i.e., unity) that flows from inside outward, but rather the kind that
is compelled from the outside inward - the kind of oneness that a prison
imposes on its prisoners.
It is corporeal and fleshly; severe and rigid; cruel and pitiless.
It is the kind of UNITY that can only be achieved in this
world by a ruthlessly ordered DICTATORSHIP administered
by an all-encompassing and merciless HIERARCY. IT IS
PRECISELY THIS KIND OF WORLD-WIDE DICTATORSHIP THAT THE CHURCH - IN
CONJUNCTION WITH THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM - SEEKS NOW TO
IMPOSE ON THE WORLD. This is exactly what the right-wing of the
Catholic Church proposes for the world; for example, Joseph Cardinal
Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, wrote in 2001:
"With the coming of the Savior Jesus Christ, God has willed that
the Church founded by Him be the instrument for the salvation of all
humanity ... Indeed, the Church ... must be primarily committed to
... announcing the necessity of conversion to Jesus Christ and of
ADHERENCE to the Church ... Thus, the certainty of the
universal salvific will of God does not diminish, but rather increases
the duty and urgency of ... conversion ..." [Please see the last section
of our previous article, "Liberation Theology, the Vatican, and the
CIA: Ghosts and Phantoms" for more information on the alliance that
Bush and Ratzinger have struck between themselves."
make no mistake about it, Ratzinger has in mind the kind of universal
power the church possessed in the Medieval World - the kind of power
administered by Hildebrand at the turn of the Second Millennium. Herman
"THIS IS A CALL FOR A DICTATORSHIP OF THE ... CHURCH."
Herman says that such a dictatorship is necessitated because -
"... many people may not agree with the absolutist principles [of
church and state advocated by Ratzinger and the neo-conservatives
who surround George Bush] and will have to be COERCED
into acceptance. If you can't abide dissent that violates unquestionable
principles, you must clean out the judges and legislators that support
or allow dissent and you must remove or silence media and intellectuals
who stand in the way ... Clearly democracy obstructs the hegemony
of absolutist principles."
Hence, the necessity of a dictatorship - which is precisely the kind
of dictatorship that the Machine anticipates.
THE UNITY OF HELL
But the unity that the Machine foresees - the unity that bureaucracy
and hierarchy create - is THE UNITY OF HELL. Sadly, however,
this is the kind of unity - the kind that emphasizes rank and position
- that many of today's churches depend on, and so much so that all too
often one's "Godlikeness" is measured by how high up
one is in the bureaucracy or hierarchy. Concomitantly, the "spirituality"
of the so-called "little saints" (i.e., the "pew sitters")
is measured by the degree to which they "submit" to those
who have been placed over them. But this kind of bureaucratic control
has nothing to do with Christ, AND WHENEVER ONE SEES IT, ONE SHOULD
UNDERSTAND THAT HELL IS CLOSE BY.
"Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over
them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them
"But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among
you, let him be your minister [servant];
"And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
"Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to [i.e., to be
served], but to minister [i.e., to serve], and to give his life a
ransom for many." (Matt. 20:25-28)
Of course, such thinking is anathema to those who promote rank and
position in the church. It strikes at the military-like order which
bureaucracies and hierarchies promote.
THE UNITY OF CHRIST
But bureaucracies and hierarchies are totally unnecessary to the unity
that Christ engenders; it flows out of our inner relationship with Christ.
As we abide in Christ, and as He abides in us, oneness with other Christians
results as a NATURAL outcome of that relationship.
There is no effort required! There is no need to force unity on the
saints as if unity with other believers is something foreign and unnatural
to the Christian life - something which must be imposed on the saints
"from outside" and as the result of bureaucratic and hierarchical
control. This is how the world knows that Christ was sent from the Father:
THAT WE ARE ONE, and that the oneness we have with one another
is not a forced or coerced thing, but something that flows out of love
and a willing heart. Jesus prayed -
"THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE; as thou, Father, art in me,
and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: THAT THE WORLD
MAY BELIEVE THAT THOU HAST SENT ME. (John 17:21)
And He went on to say:
"And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that
they may be one, even as we are one:
"I in them, and thou in me, THAT THEY MAY BE MADE PERFECT
IN ONE ..." (John 17:22-23)
It is for this kind of oneness that the Bible says the whole creation
is ... "WAITING EXPECTANTLY" and for which it is "LONGING
EARNESTLY." (Romans 8:19, Zondervan, the Amplified Bible)
Obviously, this kind of oneness has NOTHING to do with
the kind of oneness that Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) and the
American New World Order System are seeking to promote, the kind that
is predicated on outward forms of control, and on hierarchies and bureaucracies
that emphasize rank and position; the kind that reduces people to the
position of a cog in a giant machine; to the status of automatons and
TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF ONENESSES
So we are confronted with two very different kinds of "ONENESSES"
(as it were): The kind that the Machine engenders, and the kind that
Christ engenders, and it is precisely on the basis of this difference
that one can easily discern whether or not a church (so-called) is a
servant of the Machine or whether it serves Christ. THE CHURCH IS
NOT A MACHINE! - and so it follows that whenever one sees
a church acting as if it were a machine, that is not a church, regardless
of how it advertises itself to the world. Again, Jesus said:
"Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over
them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them
"But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among
you, let him be your minister [servant];
"And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
"Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to [i.e., to be
served], but to minister [i.e., to serve], and to give his life a
ransom for many." (Matt. 20:25-28)
WE DO NOT NEED TO COMPROMISE THE WORD
OF GOD TO ACHIEVE THIS KIND OF ONENESS
Again I say, the unity which the Bible has in mind here is not something
for which we - as individual Christians - must strive; nor is it - and
this is important - something for which we must compromise the Word
of God. To say so is to imply that we can have either unity OR
"sound doctrine," but not both.
That, however, is an absurdity - an absurdity which, nonetheless, many
evangelicals seem willing to embrace. It's as preposterous as saying
that God can be either loving OR righteous, but not both.
Unity - real unity, the unity which Christ gives - has nothing to do
with compromising the Word of God. To think so is to exhibit a superficiality
and shallowness of faith that is shocking. The unity which Christ gives
is ours as a natural by-product of our "abiding in Christ:"
As we abide in Christ, and as we -
"... behold ... the Lord as in a mirror ... [we] are changed
into the same image [i.e., Christ's image] from glory to glory, even
as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Cor. 3:18)
In other words, as we are changed into the likeness of the Lord, we
reflect His glory, and His glory brings oneness among the brothers and
sisters; then THIS ONENESS PRODUCES THE CHURCH, and THE CHURCH
PRODUCES CHRIST'S TESTIMONY IN THE EARTH:
"That they all may be ONE ... THAT THE WORLD
MAY BELIEVE THAT THOU HAST SENT ME." (John 17:21) ?
Our oneness produces the church. Indeed, our oneness IS
the church, and the church IS God's testimony in the earth.
IT IS THIS ONENESS THAT GOD INTENDS TO JUXTAPOSE AGAINST THE ONENESS
THAT THE MACHINE ENGENDERS, AND IN DOING SO DRAW MEN AND WOMEN TO HIMSELF.
OUR ONENESS, WHICH IS THE CHURCH,
MUST BE DEMONSTRATED PRACTICALLY
Now in connection with all this, we should understand that the Bible
speaks of the church in two ways: (1) the church universal, and (2)
the church local. For example, in I Cor. 12:28 the Bible says:
"And God hath set some in the church (singular), first apostles,
secondly, prophets, thirdly, teachers ..." (I Cor. 12:28)
However, in the Revelation the Bible says,
"I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest,
write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches (plural) which
are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and
unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea."
And again, in I Cor. 14:23 we read,
"... the whole church assembled together ..." (I Cor. 14:23)
In the first instance (I Cor. 12:28), the Bible is referencing the
church universal, and in the second instance (Revelation I:11 and I
Corinthians 14:23), the Bible is referencing the church local.
In speaking of the church universal, the Bible is referencing all those
believers of every race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, locality,
language, and civilization - and even those who have died and are now
with the Lord.
When speaking of the church local, the Bible is referencing those believers
who "assemble together" because they are physically able to do so -
that is to say, they live in proximity with one another as in the two
instances referenced above in Rev. 1:11 and I Cor. 14:23. IT IS HERE
- IN THE LOCAL CHURCH - THAT WE MUST BE BUILT UP TOGETHER IN
ONENESS WITH OTHER SAINTS.
It is here - in the local church - that the "work of building" takes
place. (I Pet. 2:5) THIS IS WHERE THE CHURCH MAKES CONTACT WITH THE
WORLD AND THE UNSAVED. Indeed, it probably wouldn't be too much
to say, that it's at the local level of the church's operation that
the main struggle between it and the world for the souls of men and
women takes place. It is here AT THE LOCAL LEVEL - where we live
- that our ONENESS must be demonstrated to the world.
Finally, it is here - in the local church - THAT THE ONENESS THAT
CHRIST GIVES CAN BE JUXTAPOSED AGAINST THE KIND OF ONENESS THAT THE
MACHINE ENGENDERS. IT'S HERE THAT THE WORLD CAN DISCERN THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN THE TWO; IT IS THEN THAT THE POOR WILL BE ABLE TO DISTINGUISH
BETWEEN THE CHURCH (SO-CALLED) THAT IS CONNECTED TO THE AMERICAN NEW
WORLD ORDER SYSTEM AND THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST! AND IT IS HERE THAT
GOD WILL BE GLORIFIED BECAUSE WE ARE UNITED TOGETHER NOT ON THE BASIS
OF COMPULSION, BUT ON LOVE.
WE CANNOT GLORIFY CHRIST WITHOUT
BEING BUILT-UP WITH OTHER SAINTS
But if we do not assemble together with other saints on a regular and
meaningful basis, there is NO way that we can be
a testimony for Christ. Remember here, that's how the world knows that
Christ was sent by the Father: By our ONENESS - by our PRACTICAL,
DAY-BY-DAY ONENESS with other saints. (John 17:21) Now this doesn't
mean that we can in any way compromise the truth as we seek others who
are willing to stand with us insofar as that truth is concerned. If
we give up on truth, we give up on Christ; and without Christ, there
is no church. Jesus said:
"I am the way the TRUTH and the life; no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)
That means that we cannot give up on what we've seen regarding the
"end of the age." But we still must have the church. Therefore, we must
diligently seek out others who see what we see and make every effort
to establish a church-life with them - to get "built-up" with them as
"living stones." Listen to me here, dear brothers and sisters in the
Lord: there is simply no way that we can glorify Christ and be "perfected
in Him" outside of being one with other saints where we live. The
"PERFECT MAN" in the New Testament is that person
WHO HAS BEEN "FITTED" AS A "LIVING STONE" (I Pet.
2:5) INTO THE BUILDING OF CHRIST (Eph: 2:21) which is the church;
the Bible says:
"Ye also, as lively (living) stones, are BUILT UP
a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices,
acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." (1 Pet. 2:5)
It is in the church that we become "no more children, tossed
to and fro" (Eph 4:14), but grow up in Christ "unto
a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ"
(Eph. 4:13) "From whom the whole body fitly joined together
and COMPACTED by that which every joint supplieth, according
to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase
of the body unto the edifying of itself in love" (Eph. 4:16).
Now look carefully here: Growing up in Christ "unto a PERFECT
MAN, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ"
(Eph. 4:13) is tied to being COMPACTED together with other
saints (Eph. 4:16). You cannot have one without the other. And where
are we COMPACTED together? - in the church; in the LOCAL
church. But how can that be accomplished if you have no one with whom
you can "assemble together?"
Again, in speaking of the "PERFECT MAN," the
New Testament is not talking about personal holiness here, for you must
remember, whatever personal holiness we have is derived strictly and
only from Christ's work on the cross. It is an holiness that is imparted
to us apart from anything we have done. The Bible says: "... all
our righteousnesses are as filthy rags ..." (Is. 64:6). When
we measure one another by "our righteousnesses" we declare
that we know NOTHING about God; and that the kind of Christianity
that we are engaged in is a form of "Grail Christianity."
[Please see our article, "The Grail Quest: The Search for Inner
Perfection" in the Antipas Papers.]
YOUR WORK WILL BE JUDGED
Is being established in this PERFECT man [i.e., the "builded-up"
church (Eph. 4:13)] the goal towards which you are laboring in your
day-to-day life? Or does your labor consist simply of emailing others
and talking with others on the telephone? Is your church simply the
"church on the internet" where your brothers and sisters are
merely "electrical impulses" suspended in the air? If that's
what your church-life consists of, then your labor for Christ is in
vain, and ON THAT DAY when you appear before the Judgment
Seat of Christ, you will appear empty-handed. This may be an uncomfortable
saying for most of you, nonetheless, it's true! The Bible says:
"We are labourers together with God: ye [plural] are God's
husbandry, ye [plural] are God's building [which is the church].
"According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a
wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth
thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which
is Jesus Christ.
"Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay, stubble;
"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall
declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall
try every man's work of what sort it is." (1 Cor. 3:9-13)
The Bible says that our works will be made "manifest:" for
"the day (i.e., that day when Christ judges our works) shall declare
it." And what is the "Work of God?" - IT IS THE
CHURCH! That's what the Bible is talking about here - after
all, what are we as "God's building" if not the church? The
Bible says "Ye (corporately) are God's building!" (I
Cor. 3:9) Christ is the foundation: "For other foundation can
no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ!" (I Cor.
3:11) We are called to labor on this foundation, and OUR LABOR WILL
BE JUDGED: "Now if any man build upon this foundation gold,
silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble: Every man's work shall
be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be
revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort
it is." (I Cor. 3:12-13)
THE GLORIOUS CHURCH
God's purpose, then, in saving us (Mat. 20:28) is to "build us up
(as) a spiritual house," and by doing so to establish the church
- Christ's body "... which is the fullness of Him that filleth all
in all." (Eph. 1:23) HOW UNIMAGINABLE SIGNIFICANT, THEREFORE
IS THE CHURCH IN GOD'S EYES. Indeed, the Bible says:
"Christ also loved the church, AND GAVE HIMSELF UP FOR IT."
Indeed, it's for this very reason that Christ even rose from the dead,
and is now far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and
has become the "head over all things to the church" (Eph. 1:22).
In fact, the entire work of the Holy Spirit during these last two thousand
years has been to establish the church. God saves sinners and gives
them victory in their personal lives not necessarily to perfect them
as individual stones but to "mold and shape" them so that they can at
last be "fitted" into the building, and it's for this purpose of "building
up" the church (i.e., of "molding and shaping" - "perfecting" - the
individual saints) that He bestows apostles, prophets, evangelists,
pastors and teachers as "gifts" to the church.
church, then, is the vehicle through which God has chosen to "make known"
His glory and wisdom in the universe, AND IT IS THROUGH THE CHURCH
- THE REAL CHURCH - THAT GOD INTENDS TO CONFRONT THE GREAT WICKEDNESS
OF THE MACHINE. [We urge to read "The Two Witnesses" in the Antipas
In a very imperfect way, the proponents of Liberation Theology realized
this. That's why they expended so much energy in trying to reorganize
the church they were a part of so that they could better confront the
American New World Order System. To that end, Leonardo Boff wrote:
"Liberation Theologians cannot accept a market doctrine that
brings death to the majority of the human race ... The Church must
break away from the powers of this world and turn its attention to
the oppressed ... WE HAVE TO REJECT A CHRISTIANITY WHICH ALLIES
ITSELF WITH THE RULING CLASSES AGAINST THE POOR." [Which
is to say, we must reject a Christianity that has made common cause
with the American New World Order System.]
Boff knew that the church had to confront the American New World Order
System if it was to remain a viable witness to Christ in this world.
Gustavo Gutierrez knew this as well; he wrote:
"We must take the church to the poor. We must bypass the rich.
We must construct at the local level a multiplicity of small communities
of the faithful; we call these communities 'Basic Church Communities'
[Comunidades Eclesiaia de Base (CEBs)]. Through these communities
the faithful poor can minister to their own needs without having to
rely on the vicissitudes of the rich. These communities must be more
than what we today understand as the 'church'. They must be 'communities'
in the meaning of Acts 2:44 ('And all that believed were together,
and had all things common'). These communities must minister to
the needs of the whole man: body and soul."
What Boff and Gutierrez were proposing is taking the church back to
the way it was in Acts 4:32-34. This is how they conceived they could
confront the American New World Order System - i.e., the Machine. They
envisioned their "Basic Church Communities" as a place where
the faithful poor could minister to their own needs without having to
rely on the vicissitudes and phony charity of the rich; where the concept
of "church" was understood to be much more than what most
Christians today conceive it as; where "church" meant "community"
in the sense of Acts 4:32-34:
"And the multitude of them that believed were of ONE
HEART and of ONE SOUL: neither said any of them
that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they
had all things common.
"And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection
of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
"Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many
as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices
of the things that were sold [for the benefit of the church] ..."
Of course, such thinking would be called "cultic" in today's
American church. The thought of selling "lands" and "houses"
for the sake of the church would be considered OUTRAGEOUS
by most Christians today - especially Christians in the United States.
"BASIC CHURCH COMMUNITIES"
But that's EXACTLY what the ancient church did; and these
acts of selflessness were repeated over and over again in the
early days of the church. Indeed, what occurred in the Church in Jerusalem
where "the multitude of them that believed were of ONE
heart and of ONE soul: neither said any of them that ought
of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things
common" (Acts 4:32) was the norm rather than the exception.
And the Bible says: "... great grace was upon them all."
(Acts 4:33) Now note carefully here: Acts 4:32 and 4:33 are linked together:
THE "COMMUNITY" THAT THEY HAD WITH ONE ANOTHER ELICITED THE GRACE
OF GOD UPON THEM ALL.
it was precisely this kind of "community" that the advocates
of Liberation Theology were trying to reproduce in their concept of
"Basic Church Communities," and in doing so, these poor Catholic
parish priests - as misguided as they were insofar as many basic doctrines
of Christianity are concerned - came closer to what the New Testament
envisioned as "church" than anything the evangelicals have
ever envisioned except during the "Jesus Revolution." [Please
see our article, "The Jesus Revolution and the Search for Community
and the Church-Life."]
establishing their "Basic Church Communities" throughout Latin
America, Liberation Theologians created a powerful challenge (not only
economically, but spiritually) to the neo-conservative, market-driven
social order that the adherents of the American New World Order System
- in conjunction with their evangelical allies and the right-wing of
the Catholic Church - were trying to build in Latin America, and so
much so that even Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) was forced to concede
that there seemed to be an "irresistible Christian logic"
to the concept of "Basic Church Communities" that could not
be denied. The only answer to it was MURDER and SUPPRESSION.
[Please see our article, "The American Empire: The Corporate /
Pentagon / CIA / Missionary Archipelago" for a discussion on how
evangelical missionaries have worked hand-in-glove with the CIA and
American corporate interests to advance American domination in Latin
Where the advocates of Liberation Theology went wrong is that they
attempted to construct their "Basic Church Communities" within
the confines of the Roman Catholic Church. That simply was impossible.
Leaving aside the doctrinal problems inherent in Catholicism - which
in themselves are practically insurmountable - they forgot Christ's
words when He warned His disciples:
"No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment; for that
which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent
is made worse
"Neither do men put new wine into old wineskins; else the wineskins
break, and the wine runneth out ..." (Matt. 9:16-17)
Roman Church with its centuries-old hierarchy and bureaucracy simply
could not contain what Boff and Gutierrez were attempting to pour into
it. [Please see our article, "Liberation Theology, the Vatican and the
CIA: Ghosts and Phantoms."]
I TELL YOU THE TRUTH
But I tell you the truth when I say, THIS IS WHAT THE END OF THE
AGE IS ALL ABOUT: Constructing "Basic Church Communities" as a bulwark
against the machinations of the American New World Order System. Brothers
and sisters, I tell you the truth when I say, God is raising up a TESTIMONY
to His holy Name in these "last days." Do you want to be a part of it?
If you do, join our training program here and begin putting your life on the line for Christ. This training well equip you for the hard times that are coming, and it well involve you in action. It will bring you out of your isolation into the open field where people will join you or cast insults at you and eventually persecute you for your belief. But isn't this what Christiantiy is about, and isn't this what Christ said:
"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and
shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN:
for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot
"Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on
a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matt. 5:11-12,
God bless you all!
We need your help to spread the word concerning Antipas Ministries and the
eschatological viewpoint it represents; WE NEED YOUR
HELP BECAUSE WE DO NOT "LINK" WITH OTHER SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN"
WEBSITES which are, for the most part, "in the tank"
insofar as their loyalty to the United States is concerned
- a loyalty that has made them partners in the BLOODY
trail the American military has left in its TERROR-RIDDEN
rampage throughout the world, as well as making them partners
in the abject poverty that American corporations have
imposed on the peoples and nations the American military
machine has ravaged - A BLOODY, TERROR-RIDDEN RAMPAGE
THAT HAS TO A LARGE DEGREE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE NAME
OF THE "PRINCE OF PEACE." [Please see our articles,
"The Third World
as a Model for the New World Order," Inside
the American New World Order System" and "The
American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary
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