The departure of the protestors (Protestants) from the Catholic organization, combined with the invention of the printing press, seemed to solve the problem of Biblical ignorance in that the Bible was made available in the world’s various languages. However, the Lord’s victory did not last long. Within a short time the other face of spiritual ignorance raised its hideous head as the Protestant masses, following the pattern laid out by their Catholic mother, decided to place their eternal lives in the hands of other people–Satan’s false prophets. This attitude is based on the Catholic teaching that whatever a church leader says has first passed through God’s lips. Because of this belief, these “representatives of God” were not to be challenged or questioned. This in spite of God’s command to “Try the spirits to see if they are of God” (1 Jn. 4:1). Nothing has changed over the centuries. The “If the priest/pastor says it, then it must be from God” rule proved not to be a problem with succeeding generations of church people who, being convinced that their salvation has already been awarded, gladly allow their hirelings to discern which Scriptures are acceptable and which are to be ignored. They show up periodically in a central location where they are told which few made the cut. The process is called “going to church.” Of late, more Scriptures are winding up in the “no longer applicable” category as man becomes ever more “wise in his own eyes.”
Scriptural ignorance remains the modus operandi of the world-wide religious disease called Catholicism/Protestantism. A lack of knowledge of God’s Word, combined with a lack of belief in what little of it it known, combined with a lack of interest in learning and believing it has brought about the spiritual death of the religious two-headed monster that calls itself “Christianity.” In spite of the availability of God’s Truth, nothing changes–FALSE CHRISTIANITY BELIEVES ITSELF TO BE REAL CHRISTIANITY. A good modern day illustration of evil believing itself to be good is found in the practice of polygyny–one “husband” being “married” to several “wives.”
Within the polygynous family situation only one of the females is legally married to the male. The other women, known as “sister wives,” are not legally married to him, for this would constitute bigamy–a crime under U.S. law. One wife is real; the others are WINOS–wives in name only. However, all of the wives (one Texas “husband” has 72) “know” they are true wives “in the eyes of God.” We will now look at the striking similarity between the “sister wives” of polygyny and the “Christians” of professing Christianity. To simplify the comparison we will identify the specific characters involved in the scenario. The Church’s Husband (Jesus) corresponds with polygyny’s male husband; Jesus’ wife (His true saints) correspond to the polygynous legal wife. Polygyny’s numerous “sister wives” correspond to the church’s two billion plus “sinners saved by grace.” Only the legal wife who obeys her Husband is recognized by Jesus as His wife–His church. The numerous false wives who claim oneness with the Lord have no Scriptural basis for doing so because they do not obey Him. However, they, like their polygynous counterparts, “know” they are Christians “in the eyes of God.” Note throughout the Scriptures that God identifies with His Word–to reject any part of God’s Word is to reject both God the Father and God the Son (Jn. 12:44-50/Jn. 1:1-4,19/Rev. 19:13). WINOS who make up the Institutional Church do not believe and obey the One they claim as their Husband. However, they do have a husband whom they obey, worship and serve. His name is Satan. To be continued. L.J.