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Published on October 1, 2007

Author: Irvette

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Intro:  Intro Tonight we are going to look at some recent developments in the Protestant churches in light of the prophecies of Revelation 18. Namely, we will examine the new teachings of what is called the Church Growth Movement. The principles and philosophies of the CGM have been proven to dramatically increase the growth of churches. As size seems to be the main focus of many church leaders today, these teachings are becoming very popular. As a result, thousands and thousands of churches are now embracing these philosophies. And by doing so, are becoming part of one of the largest religious movements since the Protestant reformation of the sixteenth century. Tonight we will examine the CGM, it’s practical applications and the gospel that it preaches to bring in the crowds. At the same time, we will test the spirit of this movement against the scriptures. What we will see is that these new philosophies, which are sweeping like wildfire through the Protestant world, undermine the teachings of the Bible, the everlasting gospel, and the SDA faith. Intro (cont.):  Intro (cont.) I will be sharing with you some of the research that we’ve done recently in response to a book that is now being handed out and used as a text book of sorts by some of our local SDA congregations. The name of the book is The Purpose Driven Life and it was written by a man named Rick Warren. Rick Warren is an acknowledged leader in what is now referred to as the CGM and his book has recently been used in at least 4 local SDA churches as the basis for an intensive 40 day study. In our church, This forty day event was introduced on very short notice without previous discussion. When the book was distributed, it was openly stated by the pastor that there were “doctrinal errors” in the book and that we would have to work through them. These events raised concerns with several church members who had no idea that we were going to be undertaking such a study. So, we decided that we needed to do some research to see what this book and the 40 day study was all about. Slide3:  This evening, we will see that what we discovered is significant and needs to be understood by all of us. As you might have guessed, the issues we will be addressing are very serious and have already begun to cause controversy and division within the church. Truth divides. Jesus told His disciples “ Think not that I come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matt 10:34). Intro Pg 2:  Intro Pg 2 While it is an unavoidable fact that truth causes division, it is my intent to speak only with a spirit of longsuffering and patience for both church leaders and layman who may hold different points of view. However, I feel strongly that these recent developments within our church are dangerous and must be exposed. While the information that I will be sharing with you is alarming, it is in no way intended to blame or condemn anyone. My intent is solely to test these teachings that are now coming into the SDA church in light of the scriptures so that everyone can see what’s happening and make decisions for themselves. Now, before we get started, I would like to ask for God’s Spirit to be present with us – Would you bow your heads with me. Intro Pg 3:  Intro Pg 3 This evening, I would like to share with you a message that God has given to His people in these last days. It is a message of warning and of hope. It is a call to eternal life. It is a message that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. It is a call to repentance. It is a message that God’s judgment is about to fall on all those who are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. It is a message of truth that is intended to expose the sins and false teachings of the modern religious world. It is a message that all those who cling to the false teachings of Babylon will be destroyed. It is a message to come out of Babylon that we be not partakers of her sins and receive not of her plagues. It is God’s last message of mercy to a dying planet. It is The Final Warning. Before we get into the information that we have uncovered, we will first need to lay a biblical foundation in order to examine these developments in the light of God’s word. I have selected the solemn warning of Revelation 18 as the focus and foundation of our study this morning as it is my intent to demonstrate the fulfillment of this passage in the developments now taking place in the protestant world and within our own SDA church. Intro Pg 4:  Intro Pg 4 Please turn with me in your Bibles to Revelation chapter 18 and verse 1.  Read Verse The message given by the angel of Revelation 18 is, by far, one of the most solemn warnings that God has ever given to his people! What makes the message of Revelation 18 even more alarming is that this is the last warning that will ever be given to this world. We know this because the message given by the angel of Revelation 18 is immediately followed by the judgments that are pronounced to fall upon Babylon. Slide 2 – God says something twice   So – it is vitally important for us to clearly understand what this warning means and exactly what God is telling us. In order to gain a clear understanding of this warning we must first answer three important questions:   “The Final Warning” :  “The Final Warning” “Babylon is Fallen, is Fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and foul spirits and the hold of every unclean and hateful bird.” :  “Babylon is Fallen, is Fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and foul spirits and the hold of every unclean and hateful bird.” Notice the fact that Babylon “is fallen” is Repeated Twice In This Verse - Revelation 18:2 Also Notice that the declaration here that “Babylon is fallen” is a repeat of the 2nd angel’s message in Revelation 14 When God Says Something Twice – He Means It!:  When God Says Something Twice – He Means It! “And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.” - Genesis 41:32 (NKJ) Keys To Understanding Rev 18 :  Keys To Understanding Rev 18 What is Babylon? Why is Babylon fallen? When did Babylon fall? History of the Advent Movement:  History of the Advent Movement William Miller Deciphers the 2300 Days of Daniel 8:14 and begins to preach the soon coming of Jesus Great Disappointment - a remnant remain to study the scriptures and re-establish the biblical Doctrines lost in the dark ages (sanctuary, Sabbath, state of the dead, historicist interpretation of prophecy etc..) Slide12:  Led to understanding that Revelation 14 was fulfilled in what much later became known as the Advent movement The Three Angels’ Messages Fear God! Repent! For the hour of His judgment is come! Babylon is Fallen! Anyone who worships the beast will drink of the wrath of God! History of the Advent Movement - continued Keys To Understanding Rev 18 :  Keys To Understanding Rev 18 What is Babylon? Why is Babylon fallen? When did Babylon fall? What is Babylon?:  What is Babylon? In Revelation 17:5, “Babylon is said to be ‘the mother of harlots’. By her daughters must be symbolized churches that cling to her doctrines and traditions, and follow her example of sacrificing the truth and the approval of God, in order to form an unlawful alliance with the world. Furthermore, in the eighteenth chapter of the Revelation the people of God are called upon to come out of Babylon. According to this scripture, many of God’s people must still be in Babylon. And in what religious bodies are the greater part of the followers of Christ to be found? Without a doubt, in the various churches professing the Protestant faith.” (GC Pg 383) What is Babylon?:  What is Babylon? Babylon is the modern religious world which has refused the light from Heaven provided in the movement symbolized by the three angles of Revelation 14 - This includes the churches professing the Protestant Faith. When and Why Is Babylon Fallen?:  When and Why Is Babylon Fallen? “In refusing the warning of the first angel, they (the protestant churches) rejected the means which Heaven had provided for their restoration. They spurned the gracious messenger that would have corrected the evils which separated them from God, and turned to seek the friendship of the world. Here was the cause of that fearful condition of worldliness, backsliding and spiritual death which existed in the churches in 1844.” (GC Pg 380) When and Why Is Babylon Fallen? :  When and Why Is Babylon Fallen? The fallen condition of Babylon was Announced by the 2nd angel’s message of revelation 14 which began to be proclaimed in 1844. Babylon is fallen because she has rejected present truth in favor of false teachings that are more attractive to non-believers in order to solicit the friendship of the world The Story of Ancient Israel:  The Story of Ancient Israel 1 Cor 10:11 – Ancient Israel in an example to us Old Testament is a cyclical story of Israel joining into worship with the pagan nations and suffering results “The Protestant churches “fell by the same curse and ruin of Israel - the desire of imitating the practices and courting the friendship of the ungodly… GC (Pg 383) “Many Protestant churches are following Rome’s example.…by seeking the favor of the world. And the term Babylon – confusion- may be appropriately applied to these bodies” GC (Pg 383) What Is God Trying To Tell Us About Babylon?:  What Is God Trying To Tell Us About Babylon? Babylon represents the mainstream modern day churches - fallen because, like ancient Israel, they have rejected truth and have turned like a harlot to teach false doctrines that gain the friendship and support of the world. Friendship With The World is Hatred Toward God! :  Friendship With The World is Hatred Toward God! “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes and enemy of God.” - James 4:4 (NIV) What will be the sign of your coming?:  What will be the sign of your coming? In answer to this question, the first and most important thing Jesus said was - “ Take heed that no man deceive you …. (for) many false prophets will arise and deceive many…insomuch that , if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” - Matt 24:4,11,24 New testament is full of warnings about false prophets in the last days. How Can We Detect False Prophets?:  How Can We Detect False Prophets? “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them: “ - Isa 8:20 Beware of False Prophets! :  Beware of False Prophets! Why is Babylon Fallen? Because she has compromised her doctrines to retain the friendship and patronage of the world. She is the false church. What is a False Prophet? Anyone who preaches the false doctrines of Babylon and compromises truth to gain a following. False prophets are the “professed” leaders of the Christian faith So, In Practical Terms – What was Jesus saying? Watch out for “Christian” leaders/movements that compromise the truth to gain the friendship of the world Now Let’s Examine The Teachings That Are Sweeping Through The Churches:  Now Let’s Examine The Teachings That Are Sweeping Through The Churches How Our Research Started:  How Our Research Started A book called The Purpose Driven Life written by Rick Warren was handed out to the congregation as the basis for an intensive 40 day study The pastor openly stated that the book contained doctrinal errors – (false teaching) Discovered That Many Churches In Different Denominations Throughout Sacramento Area were Simultaneously Taking Part In The 40 Day Study Received a flier in the mail for the “40 Days of Purpose” from a local non-denominational church Began to see bumper stickers – “Got Purpose?” “40 Days of Purpose - A Purpose Driven Life Campaign”:  “40 Days of Purpose - A Purpose Driven Life Campaign” Multi-denominational ecumenical religious event taking place in thousands and thousands of churches across the world simultaneously Our research indicates that millions will have taken part in 40 day study by Easter 2003 Book is currently best-seller and can even be found on sale at Sam’s Club At least 4 SDA churches took part locally. More nationally but have not studied to know how wide spread. “40 Days Of Purpose” Was Only The Tip Of The Iceberg More Significant Discoveries :  More Significant Discoveries Rick Warren published a previous book called The Purpose Driven Church in 1995 Website claims over 250,000 pastors have personally attended Warren’s PDC church growth seminars Warren is recognized as a prominent leader in the “Church Growth Movement” and his teachings are being adopted by thousands of churches in over 125 countries More Significant Discoveries :  More Significant Discoveries PDC written for Protestant leaders who want to dramatically increase size of church Very pragmatic or business like approach Often referred to by critics as the “Market Driven Church” Focus on bringing in “Pagans” (Warren’s term) by asking them what they want and making changes in your church to give it to them. More Significant Discoveries:  More Significant Discoveries Warren’s Website called “Pastors.com” allows pastors of all creeds to download Warren’s sermons complete with Power Point presentations for under $35. - The ultimate franchise church We validated that at least eight sermons, those given in our church during the 40 day event, were obtained from Warren’s ministry as part of the “40 Days of Purpose” package A Startling Realization:  A Startling Realization Warren is recognized as prominent leader in what is known by journalists and theologians as the Church Growth Movement (CGM) Warren refers to any congregation of any denomination and size that incorporate his church growth philosophies as “purpose driven churches”. Therefore, by Warren’s own definition, our church had become a “purpose driven church” By adopting Warren’s philosophies and introducing his teachings, these churches are becoming part of one of the largest religious movements since the Protestant reformation of the sixteenth century! Warren’s Movement is Stealth!:  Warren’s Movement is Stealth! Warren is quoted in one of his seminars as praying the following as part of a prayer offered during a PDC seminar session: “Warren Starts his prayer ‘thank you that there is a movement, a stealth movement, that’s flying beneath the radar, that’s changing literally hundreds, even thousands of churches around the world.’ The author of the article where this quote was found concludes with the following: “It is necessary for the faithful believer today to be wary of any ‘stealth’ program intended to fly under the radar in order to avoid detection. For many years now, the church growth movement has certainly flown into congregations undetected by thousands of churches worldwide. The onslaught must be detected , the warning must be sounded!”. Robert Schuller is one of Warren’s mentors:  Robert Schuller is one of Warren’s mentors During his last year in seminary, he (Warren) and Kay (Warren’s wife) drove west to visit Robert Schuller’s institute for Church Growth. “We had a very stony ride out to the conference” she says, because such nontraditional ministry scared her to death. Schuller, though, won them over. “He had a profound influence on Rick’ Kay says. We were captivated by his positive appeal to non-believers. I never looked back.” - Christianity Today, November 18, 2002 Who is Schuller and what is his “Positive Appeal” to non-believers?:  Who is Schuller and what is his “Positive Appeal” to non-believers? “”Schuller’s influence is enormous, and his “Gospel of Success” is being accepted and preached by increasing numbers of Christian leaders. Robert Schuller writes:   ‘I don’t think anything has been done in the name of Christ and under the banner of Christianity that has proven more destructive to human personality and, hence, counterproductive to the evangelism enterprise than the often crude, uncouth, and unchristian strategy of attempting to make people aware of their lost and sinful condition.’ ” Seduction of Christianity – By David Hunt – Pg 15 Warren’s formula: Ask the “Pagans” what they want and give it to them.:  Warren’s formula: Ask the “Pagans” what they want and give it to them. Contemporary “Seeker Service” Dress must be casual Music must be contemporary Message must be only positive No doctrine given from the pulpit A spirit of compromise must prevail in the church Did Jesus Give A “Positive Only” Message To Attract Non-Believers?:  Did Jesus Give A “Positive Only” Message To Attract Non-Believers? “Blessed are ye when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in like manner did their fathers to the prophets.” “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” - Luke 6:22,26 Did Jesus Give A “Positive Only” Message To Attract Non-Believers?:  Did Jesus Give A “Positive Only” Message To Attract Non-Believers? “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up the cross, and follow me.” - Matt 16:24 “And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision (popular religion), why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.” - Gal 5:11 NKJ “Therefore, to you who believe, He (Jesus) is precious; but to those who are disobedient” …. He is “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense” - 1 Pet 2:7-8 What Is the Specific Purpose of the Holy Spirit:  What Is the Specific Purpose of the Holy Spirit In John 16:8 – Jesus explains that the Holy Spirit will be sent to “convict the world of” : “Sin” “Righteousness” “Judgment” These are the very things that are sifted out of a “Positive only message” Therefore, the people being moved by a “positive only” message are being moved by a different spirit! What is Spiritualism?:  What is Spiritualism? “It is true that spiritualism is now changing form and veiling some of its more objectionable features, (it) is assuming a Christian guise. Even in it’s present form, so far from being more worthy of toleration than formerly, it is really a more dangerous deception. While it formerly denounced Christ and the Bible, it now professes to accept both. But the Bible is interpreted in a manner that is pleasing to the un-renewed heart, while its solemn and vital truths are made of no effect”. What is Spiritualism?:  What is Spiritualism? “Love is dwelt upon as the chief attribute of God, but it is degraded to a weak sentimentalism, making little distinction between good and evil. God’s justice, His denunciations of sin, the requirements of His holy law, are all kept out of sight. … Pleasing , bewitching fables captivate the senses and lead men to reject the Bible as the foundation of their faith. Christ is as verily denied as before but Satan has so blinded the eyes of the people that the deception is not discerned.” (GC 557 & 558) GC Pg 557-558 What Is Spiritualism?:  What Is Spiritualism? Spiritualism is a “Positive Only” Message! When Spiritualism Enters the Churches – The Fall Of Babylon Will Be Complete!:  When Spiritualism Enters the Churches – The Fall Of Babylon Will Be Complete! “As the teachings of spiritualism are accepted by the churches, the restraint upon the carnal heart is removed, and the profession of religion will become a cloak to conceal the basest iniquity. A belief in spiritual manifestations opens the door to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, and thus the influence of evil angels will be felt in the churches. “Of Babylon, at the time brought to view in this prophecy, it is declared: ‘Her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered here iniquities’ Rev 18:5.” (GC Pgs 603 & 604) Inroads of Spiritualism Will Be Unmasked by the Angel of Revelation 18!:  Inroads of Spiritualism Will Be Unmasked by the Angel of Revelation 18! “Men of faith and prayer will be constrained to go forth with holy zeal, declaring the words which God gives them. The sins of Babylon will be laid open. The fearful results of enforcing the observances of the church by civil authority, the inroads of spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid papal progress – all will be unmasked…In amazement (the people will) hear the testimony that Babylon is the church, fallen because of her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven.” (GC Pg 606 &607) Devils Have Entered The Churches!!:  Devils Have Entered The Churches!! The mention of “devils” and “foul spirits” in Revelation 18:2 is a symbol of the entrance of spiritualism (doctrines of devils and seducing spirits) into the churches of Babylon That is the message that you are hearing today! What will happen just before the “Loud Cry” to God’s people to come out of the churches of Babylon?:  What will happen just before the “Loud Cry” to God’s people to come out of the churches of Babylon? “The enemy of souls desires to hinder this work; and before the time for such a movement shall come, he will endeavor to prevent it by introducing a counterfeit. In those churches which he can bring under his deceptive power he will make it appear that God’s special blessing is poured out; there will be manifest what is thought to be great religious interest. Multitudes will exalt that God is working for them, when the work is that of another spirit.” (GC 464) “Positive Only” Message:  “Positive Only” Message The “positive only” message now sweeping through Protestantism is a message of “peace and safety” that: Subtly de-emphasizes the need for repentance and; By silence, ignores that judgment is at hand. Advent Message :  Advent Message The Advent message of Rev 14 proclaims: “Fear God! - For the hour of His judgment is come!” It calls sinners to repentance and announces that the judgment is taking place in Heaven – Now! Conclusion:  Conclusion A “Positive Only” gospel is a spiritualistic counterfeit which declares “peace and safety” and is diametrically opposed to the “everlasting gospel” of the Bible and the Seventh Day Adventist faith. When they say peace and safety, sudden destruction will come upon them! :  When they say peace and safety, sudden destruction will come upon them! “But of the times and the seasons, brethern, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they say peace and safety; sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethern, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. II Tim 3:1-5 We Must Turn Away From This “Form” Of Godliness!:  We Must Turn Away From This “Form” Of Godliness! “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous….. Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” 2Timothy 3:1-5 The Final Warning – What Have We Learned? :  The Final Warning – What Have We Learned? Spiritualism has now begun to enter the churches. Therefore, the church has become the “habitation of devils” and the time is at hand to proclaim “The Final Warning” of Revelation 18! Today’s message is a partial fulfillment of this prophecy As Jesus said to his disciples “When you see these begin to come to pass, look up, and lift your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” It’s Our Job To Give The Warning Of Revelation 18:  It’s Our Job To Give The Warning Of Revelation 18 “And after these things, I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying:” We Must Give The Warning! Revelation 18:1-5:  We Must Give The Warning! Revelation 18:1-5 “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils” (spiritualism – the doctrines of devils, seducing spirits) -…. “Come out of her my people that ye be not partakers of her sins and receive not of her plagues. “For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” If you would like more information on this topic, send an e-mail: mikeyspost@yahoo.com :  If you would like more information on this topic, send an e-mail: mikeyspost@yahoo.com

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