I’m afraid that too often as message believers we proclaim a sectarian gospel. That is, as Paul rebuked the Corinthians who stated, “I am of Paul.”
For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 1 Corinthians 1:11-13
Our purpose as believers in Christ should not be to identify ourselves with a man. In our time we say, I am following brother Branham or I am following Lee Vayle or Lonnie Jenkins or Junior Jackson of Richard Gan. This shows that we are still carnal. This is no different than those that say I am a Lutheran or I am a Baptist or Pentecostal. It means nothing to God whether you are following a denomination or William Branham or Lonnie Jenkins. Its all sectarianism and carnality. Our purpose should be to follow Christ and be identified with him. We can follow those other men, but only as they follow Christ Jesus. But our purpose should be to first follow the Scriptures and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We must be born again and be forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ. Without this we are not saved, then we must continue in the word of Christ so that we prove we are his disciples. John 8:31, 32.
We need a new beginning and that new beginning should be to proclaim the Original Gospel as it was declared by the apostles. The nations still need to hear it and many in the denominations who have not heard the original-restored gospel need to hear it as well. In fact, many who are following William Branham need to repent and come back to the Gospel and be born again.
There is too much of a desire to please others in us and to follow a so-called message based theology. Our purpose should be to follow the word of God and stand for the Gospel of Christ. Your standing before God has nothing to do with what man you follow and everything to do with your relationship with the word of God, Jesus Christ. No doubt God uses men to speak his word, as Paul wrote, faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of God. Romans 10:17. But the men are merely a means and not an end, neither are they to be considered an absolute, for only Christ is the perfect man and only Christ made no mistakes. All the prophets in history have sinned and made mistakes thus it behooves us to judge all teachings by the Bible for it is the final authority and the final words from God. God certainly works in and through the mistakes so that they honor his perfect will, but either way we must go back to the bible and judge all things for “the spiritual man judges all things.”
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