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Rebuild The Kingdom on earth?

Q:Hi Caryl, I wanted you to take a look at this article (Josh Lawson's Blog- Called to Rebuild: "God's purpose for man is in the earth")(update: april 2013-blog no longer online). We are still having trouble with some of these fellows. I'm concerned about the focus on the earth and not heaven. Seems they enjoy making light of God's promises. I would appreciate your input, always helpful to me.

A: Many thanks for you inquiry about Josh's "God's Purpose for Man is in the Earth" - This type of Scripture twisting concerning God's Purpose in forgiveness through the work of Jesus on the cross is exactly the type of wrong teaching spewing from leaders of the Emerging Church who are bent on devaluing the intention of the Bible and its full counsel. Postmodernism doesn't believe in absolute truth but only relativity and subjectivism. But there is only One Truth from the moral Truth Giver Himself and that's represented in the Person of Jesus Who called Himself "The" Truth. The heresy of questioning the Bible and the authority of God's Word began by Satan in the account of the snake convincing Eve in the Garden of Eden that God meant something else when He declared His Word, and that God's Word is open to interpretation by lying spirits, demons and the devil himself. In Genesis 3 we read of Satan engaging Eve in conversation with him where he implies God's Word is not absolute truth but its meaning can re-created through dialogue. This type of heresy is prevalent in the Emergent philosophy which attempts through futile debate to re-create God's Word into man's personal opinion, through Satanic Scripture twisting and human reasoning.

Josh not only presents "another Jesus" that Paul warned against (2 Cor.11: 3-4) but is deceived in his conclusion with "another gospel" too. He presents the deception of the Dominionists, Kingdom Now preachers, Reconstructionism, et al. Sarah Leslie, is the expert on this subject and I defer to her answer. Please go to Herescope and Discernment Ministry to learn more about the wrong teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation that is invading the church in many different streams, through several denominations, packaged under various names in many different streams.

Sarah Leslie writes: This post would be a classic example of postmodern thinking associated with the Emergent movement. Overall one is struck by the twisting of Scriptures that happens over and over again in this post. This is not the whole counsel of God. These are a few selected verses, taken amazingly out of context, and given new unorthodox interpretations. One might be tempted to go verse by verse and show how these words from Scripture are corrupted and given new meanings. But that would be to engage in a theological debate, which many Emergents feast upon with great relish.

The overall point of this post is that he is claiming that the the purpose for our Christian life is here on earth, and we should not be seeking a heavenly home nor heavenly reward. This is the new Social Gospel message, the idea of building the Kingdom of God on earth. Its teachers must insist that you are seriously mistaken if you have a faith of a life in the hereafter, and they will go to great lengths to try to show you how you are wrong.

I urge people to go get very old Bible Commentaries, such as Matthew Henry or Matthew Poole, and chew on the meat of orthodoxy. Especially if they are confused by the subtle trickery and manipulation of altering words and meanings in the Bible verses in this post.

I went out to the Blue Letter Bible website http://www.blueletterbible.org , which has a wonderful handy search feature and typed in the simple word "heavenly." Notice some of the verses that came up. Now, seeing the full counsel of God's Word, how can anyone agree with this post?

*1Cr 15:48 As [is] the earthy, such [are] they also that are earthy: and as [is] the heavenly, such [are] they also that are heavenly.
*1Cr 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
*Eph 1:3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:
*Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],
*Eph 2:6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly[places] in Christ Jesus:
*Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly [places] might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
*2Ti 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve [me] unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.
*Hbr 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
*Hbr 6:4 For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
*Hbr 8:5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, [that] thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
*Hbr 9:23 [It was] therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
*Hbr 11:16 But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
*Hbr 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, theheavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

 

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