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Basic Bible #2: CONTEMPORARY SOUNDS OF FALLING AWAY SIGNS.
May 4, 2017 Posted in Basic Bible
Sound #1-2: CONTEMPORARY SOUNDS OF FALLING AWAY SIGNS.

Even as the “falling away” is given in the Word of God, II Thessalonians 2:3, as a sign of the imminence of the Second Coming of Christ, so there are certain signs given by Christ and the Apostles of the Falling Away itself. Christ said in Matthew 24 that because “sin would abound, the love of many would wax cold.” Jesus also said that there would be many “false prophets” {teachers} that would deceive many. The Apostle Paul wrote in I Timothy of the explicit prediction by the Holy Spirit of a departure from faith. (I Timothy 4:1-5) Then in II Timothy Paul elaborated on this falling away first in terms of “perilous times” where church members will have a “form of godliness that denies the power thereof”, and then secondly near the end as church members will no longer endure sound doctrine, but out of their own desires heap up teachers {the false prophets Christ spoke about} with itching ears, turn away from the truth, and be turned into fables.

Are we in the Falling Away now? Is this a time that churches, church leaders, and church members will no longer endure sound doctrine? Do we have some signs where Bible teachings have turned into fiction-like fables? Do we see many indications that churches seek and find pastors and other leaders who will teach in a manner to soothe and comfort their itching ears? Do we see in our time the “heaping up of teachers”, extensive and popular movements on new Bible teachings? In short, can we find signs that this present age in 2017 is a time that church members will “no longer endure sound doctrine”?

https://sungrist.net/2017/05/04/basic-bible-2-contemporary-sounds-of-falling-away-signs/
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If you have been raised with good sound Bible doctrine and many satisfying experiences with Bible reading and study, even the words more and more in senior life jumping out of the page to you, you are discouraged at hearing or reading from "the secret rapture brand of fundamentalists", represented most in this twenty-first century by the teachings and graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary. In the discriptive words of the article below they have gone beyond the secret rapture and beyond the Hymenæus of II Timothy--

'But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow
the faith of some.

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work." (II Timothy 2:16-21)

Not to say these rapture and dispensational nuts are not Christian or can not preach Jesus, or know some sound doctrine, it is just that they are wood and earth, not silver and gold; in spite of the fact that their followers think they are pure gold.. What you will notice in the falling away is that bodies of Christians first become deluded, and heap up to teachers that will complement their delusions and fables.

Overreaction to Dispensationalism, according to Jim West in The Allurement of Hymenaen Preterism: The Rise of "Dispensable Eschatology". Confusing, but it simply state that false doctrine on eschatology like in the theology of Dallas Theological Seminary has gone beyond Hymenaeus and Philetus to greater depths of fables, and efforts to use their talents to propagate them as they are now doing after the fundamentalists political Takeover of the SBC.

The third attraction of Hymenænism stems from an overreaction to dispensationalism, together with its esoteric charts and graphs, which include one false prediction after another. The church has been listening to the voices of Darby, Scofield, Hal Lindsey, Dave Hunt, Ryrie, Jack Van Impe, and Chafer, etc., for over 150 years. Whereas the hallmark of dispensationalism is elaborate charts and comic-book scenarios of the future, the Hymenaens have no charts at all. For them there is nothing to think about; all prophecy is fulfilled--no charts at all. Life is easy. Eschatology is the easiest of all. They peer into the future and see nothing. They speak of all prophecy as "fulfilled eschatology." One Hymenæn writer even tells us that the "hope of the resurrection" is an "empty" hope and an empty expectation, and that with regard to the future the Christian turns over the next leaf "and there is nothing." Amazingly, the followers of Hymenæus have chosen to combat dispensational eschatology with an eschatology that dispenses with eschatology!"

http://www.sbctakeover.com/

http://www.reformed.org/eschaton/index.html?mainframe=/eschaton/index_esch.html
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"the secret rapture brand of fundamentalists"

It is definitely correct as Wolber of Ouachita Baptist would say in Bible classes, also Blackmon, "just let the Bible say what it wants to see.' The problem with the "the secret rapture brand of fundamentalists" is that they are in the words of Henry Steele Commager, the great authority on American Studies of Amherst, paranoid. One such aspect is that are literal on prophesy and allegorial on history, writing dispensations into their Bible history.

"Those who evaluate the claims of literalists are stunned by the glaring inconsistencies of that system. O.T. Allis notes, "While Dispensationalists are extreme literalists, they are very inconsistent ones. They are literalists in interpreting prophecy. But in the interpreting of history, they carry the principle of typical interpretation to an extreme which has rarely been exceeded even by the most ardent of allegorizers." One of the most influential early dispensationalists, C.I. Scofield noted that the prophetic scriptures should be interpreted with "absolute literalness" while "historical scriptures have an allegorical or spiritual significance." LaRondelle rightly identifies this approach to Bible interpretation as an "inconsistent and conflicting double hermeneutic." So radical was the approach of the literalists that Hughes expressed "fear that the dispensationalist method of interpretation does violence to the unity of Scripture." Gerstner and others have commented that literal hermeneutics are not determinative of dispensational theology, rather dispensational theology determines its hermeneutic and does so inconsistently."
http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/eschatology/conliteral.html
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Snowden and others traced the rise of modern premillennialism to a variety of religious splinter groups: the Plymouth Brethren (developed dispensationalism), the Millerites (became the Adventists), Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Pentecostals. Dispensational premillennialism was marketed the same way as the cultic groups.

First, historic Christianity was discredited by the claim that all the prominent commentaries, all the church fathers, and even the Reformers were deluded by "man-made doctrines." Second, new revelation was claimed. Darby claimed to have received "new truth" or at other times "rediscovered truth" that had been lost since the apostles. Third, enthusiasm was whipped up on the pretense that Christ's coming was imminent. Frequent false predictions did not seem to deter this enthusiasm.

Snowden cited increasing prophetic fervor in the early 1900's rising from (1) a "fresh interest and zeal" in interpreting the "signs of the times," (2) the Great War (WWI) which started a wave of prophetic speculation, and (3) "the fall of Jerusalem out of Mohammedan into Christian hands [which] has whipped the millennarian imagination up to its highest pitch of foresight and prognostication."

This background explains the widespread popularity of the Scofield Reference Bible, published in 1909, which had a dramatic influence in spreading dispensationalism. Many well-known scholars warned that the teachings of dispensationalism were "unscriptural" (Spurgeon), "heterodox" (Dabney), "bizarre doctrine" and "grievous error" (Warfield), but the warnings went largely unheeded.

Today, dispensationalism is in a theological turmoil, having declined sharply since the 1970's because of mounting criticism. Grenz notes, "Dispensationalism today is in a state of fluidity. No longer are the rigid distinctives of the past held to with unswerving certainty. Many progressive dispensationalists are no longer certain as to exactly what are the defining tenets of the system that commands their allegiance." [Permission Graciously Given by The Foundation for Biblical Studies]
http://www.sullivan-county.com/news/cathouse/darby.htm
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"With Biblical Theology"? How false and a joke and once again designed to make money!

Left Behind, such false Bible doctrine.

A New Apologetic Against the False Secret Rapture
do we go after the secret rapture brand of fundamentalists, or do we just concentrate on the false doctrine itself of the secret rapture. If we are to accept the pattern of the Bible in II Timothy, it must be both.

STAYED TUNED HERE FOR MORE DETAIL ON THE FALSE BIBLE DOCTRINE OF TIM LEHAY.

Why is the false doctrine of the secret rapture so hideous: because it cast a curtain over the great doctrine of the final apostasy of the church body called the Falling Away. For example, how many of you have heard of the non-biblical Left Behind books and moves, a fiction novel based on a fictitous doctrine; and yet how few have heard of the great apostasy of the church called the Falling Away. So ridiculous is the secret and false rapture that there can be no falling away, as the Bible teaches as a future historical fact, if the church body has been raptured away, as this cult claims, one thousand years before the Second Coming of Christ and the END.

More detail: Against the false doctrine of the "Left Behind" series of Tim LeHay.

A false secret rapture is nothing new, it is that a certain brand of fundamentalist {let us call them "the secret rapture brand of fundamentalists"} came out of their stealth mode closet around the writing of the Left behind series and movies. Most people until that cult came out of the closet had never heard of a secret rapture, many not even of the word rapture which is not in the Bible; however the false secret rapture is as old as the Apostle Paul in II Timothy 2:18--
"Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some." (II Timothy 2:18)

More clarity from other scriptures is needed and will be provided in the course of this NEW APOLOGETIC, however this single verse establishes that a false secret rapture labeled as "the resurrection" had already come into the church body while Paul was still alive. And furthermore it establishes the danger of such false doctrine of a secret rapture, now and then, that "overthrows the faith of some". How, by causing people to doubt "the faith once for all delivered to the saints" that thousands and millions of Christians have believed from their Bible study. It is so fantastic that we have trouble believing that an educated person such as Scoffield could make it popular in the NOTES of the Scoffield Reference Bible; however C. I. Scoffied was a divorced lawyer formally trained in only the law, who received what little formal training he had from a Presbyterian minister under whom he served when the decision was made to go from law into the ministry, and then even more mixed up he became a Congregationalist minister in a Dallas Church and helped to start the Dallas Theological Seminary. The Bible he wrote called the Scofield Reference bible for the Oxford Press where he and the Press made so many millions of dollars became a best seller for handy references like the concordance and many like myself ignored the notes on eschatology in favor of books like WORTHY IS THE LAMB by Dr. Ray Summers, formerly of Baylor University and Southwestern Theological sSeminary Fort Worth.

The premise is laughable itself, if so many did not accept it: THAT the number of Christians existing on earth at some time a thousand years before the Second Coming and END could secretly disappear without the people of the world around them knowing. And look at where we are, and it is obvious that this old earth can not last another thousand years.

These fictitous novels and movies make this false assumption as quoted in an add for one of the movies of Nicolas Cage: "A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction." In contrast to the teachings of Jesus on the many of any generation that will be saved and the few that will not of any generation, it gives us the ridiculous and false vision of millions of people being raptured and just a few left on earth to experience is a thousand years the Second Coming and the End of the earth. They even distort for further fiction sake that this rapture of millions precipitates the chaos which is determined by the Bible to be at the very END, and has clouded the brains of millions to what is really in the Bible!

Online you can read an ad for Left Behind:
"End Times ‘Left Behind’ Movie Reboot Could Reach Millions With Biblical Theology — And TheBlaze Has Exclusive Details"
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06/12/apocalyptic-left-behind-movie-reboot-could-reach-millions-with-end-times-theology-and-theblaze-has-exclusive-details/

about LeHaye on Wikipedia--

"He founded the Pre-Tribulation Research Center along with Thomas Ice in 1998. The center is dedicated to producing material that supports a dispensationalist, pre-tribulation interpretation of the Bible. He and his wife had connections to the John Birch Society, a conservative, anti-communist group.[13]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_LaHaye

NOTE: Through prominent people in Christianity, like Hymenaeus and
Philetus, who start and promote fables like a cancer, through failure to
avoid those church members of bad habits and attitudes, through a failure to distinguish between silver and gold and wood and clay members, and through a skipping text method that ignores the major flow of the ALL Scripture approach and movement to the Bible, the inevitable finale of the history of Christianity on this old earth is to "be turned aside to fables".

Beware when new sounding fables start to sound normal, we are almost there! How in the world could this happen to churches of Christ and to the faith once for all delivered to the saints".

http://sungrist.org/HistoryChristianFables.html
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Contend for the Faith "Once for all Delivered to the
Saints"

"Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,
to those who are called, sanctified by God the Father and
preserved in Jesus Christ: mercy, peace, and love be
multiplied to you.

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning
our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you
exhorting you to CONTEND earnestly for the faith which was
once for all delivered to the saints." (Jude 1-3)

http://sungrist.org/ContendForTheFaith.html
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Demonic Veil of Secret Rapture

A New Apologetic Against the False Secret Rapture
do we go after the secret rapture brand of fundamentalists, or do we just concentrate on the false doctrine itself of the secret rapture. If we are to accep the pattern of the Bible in II Timothy, it must be both.
why is the false doctrine of the secret rapture so hideous: because it cast a curtain over the great doctrine of the final apostasy of the church body caled the Falling Away. For example, how many of you have heard of the non-biblical Left Behind books and moves, a fiction novel based on a fictious doctrine; and yet how few have heard of the great apostasy of the church called the Falling Away. So ridiculous is the secret and false rapture that there can be no falling away, as the Bible teaches as a future historical fact, if the church body has been raptured away, as this cult claims, one thousand years before the Second Coming of Christ and the END.


"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." (II Timothy 4:3,4)

And what is a "fable" but fiction!
http://sungrist.org/DayOfTheLORD.html
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