SATAN'S PAWN SHOP
An Editorial from the New Covenant Witness
There is nothing like trouble to drive people to Christ. So long as things go on prosperously, many men and women to do not ask any favours of Him. But when sickness or great need comes, He is the first to whom they turn. This is one of the most obvious uses of trouble. God stirs up many an earthly nest in which His children are relaxing too much, that they may be compelled to try heavenward flights. There are many in heaven now who would never have left the old earthly life had not God sent troubles, sorrows and adversities.
Cross-for-a-Crown False Theology
I know this is hard for many Christians to accept. A new doctrine has appeared in Christianity which is spreading rapidly and threatening to overwhelm evangelical Christianity. I call it Satan's Pawn Shop or Cross-for-a-Crown Theology. And it's a product of our western, capitalistic get-rich-quick mentality.
I will explain. What would you say to a person who fell into a muddy hole and then triumphantly declared: "I'm in heaven!" Unless he was a pig, you would probably say he was crazy. Today millions of new Christians are saying this very thing: "I'm in the Throne Room of God!" when they are still in the gall of sin.
One of my favourite hymns is, The Old Rugged Cross. It's a favourite of millions. But it's not sung very much in modern charismatic churches. The refrain concludes with the words: "I will cling to the old ruggèd cross, and exchange it some day for a crown." Translated: I will walk the way of the cross in this life, not despising its shame, and one day, in heaven, exchange it for a crown of glory.
Satan's Pawn Shop has another message for eager, itching young Christian ears. He says: "No, no, no! You're the sons and daughters of God. Who is God? He's the great KING OF KINGS! If He's the King of Kings, what does that make you? Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses! You've forgotten who you are! You're royalty, so act like royalty. You've accepted Jesus as Saviour, haven't you? Great! Now you're a King or a Queen. You don't need the Cross any more. Leave it behind here and take your crown. Now go and live like a king. Enjoy wealth, success and prosperity! You've got a free ticket to heaven!"
Brethren and sisters, this is one of the greatest lies that is being propagated in the Christian world and Christians are eagerly lapping up this imaginary short-cut route to salvation. They have actually fallen into the trap of the New Age. "Visualise it and it's yours!" is one of the cries of modern.packaged occultism. What a delusion.
Looking Around at the Churches
Since NCCF was dissolved on 1 April of this year my collegues and I have been having a look round the churches. And what we see greatly alarms us. A false Christianity is everywhere to be found, and especially a "Cross for a Crown" supermarket-type Christianity. Churches are being built which look more like theatres or cinemas than houses of worship. The methods of propagating the Gospel resemble the slick advertising one sees on TV. Gadgets are everywhere. The new preachers are saying: "You've made it! Celebrate!" Modern Christianity has just become a big party. It is "eating, drinking, and making merry" not realising that tomorrow they die. And what will meet them when they die? The owner of Satan's Pawn Shop.
True Christianity is known in the Bible as The Way (Acts 9:2; 24:14,22) or, more fully, The Way of the Lord (Acts 18:25-26). It is not an abstract doctrinal principle requiring that one simply makes confession of Christ, but is a whole, unified way of life. It is a Path, and it's narrow -- very narrow (Matt.7:14). It is not, as one modern preacher in Norway with the biggest congregation in the land claims, a giant motorway safe from all possibility of harm. This Way is so narrow that "only a few find it" (Matt.7:14). God also says that "many will try to enter and will not be able to" (Luke 13:24). Many will try or seek to enter, but won't be able. I wonder why?
Only the other day I nearly missed my train. I came leaping down the stairs to the underground station and made a desperate leap into the train as the doors were closing behind me. If I hadn't been wearing a back-pack I would have slid effortlessly into that compartment. As it was my back-pack got jammed in the doors.
If we try to get into the Kingdom of Heaven carrying a sack of false traditions, beliefs and practices on our back, we will find the Way too narrow and we will be forced to turn back. The Way is that small. But modern Christianity says: bring your baggage along with you! And these people do. They stay for entertainment that modern church services give them and because of the lure of wealth and prosperity. Modern churches are catering for the back-packers of this world, not those who understand that when we return to God, whether at the end of the life or at the time we make our committment to the Lord Jesus, we do so completely spiritually naked (Job 1:22).
Stripping the Church Naked
Between the time of the Third Rebellion in December and General Conference in April and since the Lord has been stripping His remnant naked. It has been a glorious, if at times perplexing, period. Every cupboard has been swept out, every corner examined for traces of old yeast. On 6 April, after the NCCF, Church of Christ, and Holy Order were dissolved, a trans-denominational organisation called the B'rit Chadashah Evangelical Association (BCEA) was formed, and Gunnar Mjølsvik appointed its President in May. Since April BCEA has been very active supporting an ailing church, witnessing at a radio station, publishing tracts to help Muslims and others, councelling a newly formed evangelical church in Moldova (who wish to join BCEA) and continuing NPKF's financial support of International Christian School's orphanages in south India. Old contacts in the USA have been re-established.
In May the Holy Order was re-established and temple services commenced once more. A powerful, confirming Spirit was present, prophecies and blessings were given; many obtained a spiritual anointing. One present said afterwards: "I have never experienced the temple like this before. Before it was largely theoretical, but today a big change happened inside me." The Holy Order was reorganised with three patriarchs and a matriarch ordained, and two sisters set apart to undergo training as matriarchs. Thus a new Patriarchate has been selected and ordained for the next cycle of temple education and spiritual training that is shortly to begin.
No outer Church has yet been organised. The present situation will continue until the souls who have been called to establish the first new colonies are gathered together and the Lord gives the command. There is a stirring. People are beginning to ask: "Who are these people?" "What is B'rit Chadashah?" "What is this special Spirit that you have?"
You who are reading this now may be called to be a part of the New Covenant Church of God when it is organised. If you are called, then obey the Word: "Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts" (Heb.4:7), for if you do, it would have been better for you that you had never heard! Yet many have not understood this work which we have been called to do and have been indecisive. They say they have been called then deny it by their lack of action. For as the great Chinese pholosopher Wang Yang-ming said: "To know and not to act is not to know." Those who know act; those who think they know, but don't, remain inactive. Thus they will never understand.
On 24 April one of the prophets of the Holy Order saw a vision: "I saw a flat-topped black mountain and out of the sky came a white snow-capped peak that settled on top of it." He explains: "The mountain is the Church that we have been building these last 12 years. It had no summit, no peak, until now, because it was kept hidden from those who would doubt and leave this work. But today it is revealed to the faithful -- to those who did not doubt, who did not try and scuttle the ship of the Church. The summit is only visible when you have climbed and can climb no further, for like Mt.Sinai, the summit of the Gospel is shrouded in cloud. Only those who climb high enough can see it. Such will always be the case with holy mountains -- the mountains of the Lord -- even the Kingdom of God."
A prophecy was given immediately after this vision was seen which was fulfilled the next day. The Lord is with His people!
On 13 May another vision was seen: "I saw a vision of the world, looking dark and foreboding. On the surface six white doves were resting. Suddenly, the world spun from under their feet and disappeared into the distance, leaving all six birds flying in the air.
On 26 May the Holy Order was re-established thus propelling the six founders into the ministry (air) once more. Revelation was received on 16 May explaining the fullness of the mysterious number 333 which pertains to the present and future cycles of New Covenant Church of God history, the next two generations of New Covenant Christians, the Great Tribulation and the Second Coming.
In May the Revelations Committee met for the last time and made its final selection of the 624 revelations, prophecies and inspired instructions given through its prophets over the last 8 years. About half will be published, some will be retained in the Holy Order archives as historical documents pertaining the earlier periods of the Church's history, and the remainder will be sealed up for use in the temple.
Finally, on the 12 June the Lord spoke again saying: "I am waiting to hear the shout of this Church!" With this, the Lord has indicated what is next to happen: "When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in" (Josh.6:5).
The way is being prepared. We await our moment. In the meantime, the Lord is raising powerful voices and inspiring them with light and truth. In a recent evangelical TV broadcast, one of the most well-known and respected ministers in Oslo said, quite humbly, that he could find no evidence in the Bible for a rapture doctrine. Rather, he maintained, it looks as though the Lord is going to set aside special protected places around the earth in which to preserve the elect during the Great Tribulation. And this is, as you know, what the New Covenant Church has been teaching from the very beginning.
God's Word is bursting forth, and new light is being received prophetically by a select few. We ask you, readers, to watch and see the Lord's Hand in action. We ask you to watch and see how He raises up this New Covenant Church to be a mighty witness and instrument in His hand. And for those who are called to be a part of this work, we say again: Come home!
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