Last Wednesday, a fringe cult group, who attempts to claim to be “true christians” went through all the major churches parking lots here in Twin Falls, and left behind a 14 page document, entitled The Higher Calling, on each of the vehicles in the lots. While all the papers left at Cornerstone Baptist Church (CBC) were gathered up, other churches in the area were less fortunate. One pastor friend of mine didn’t find out about these documents until it was too late and everyone in his church had a copy.
I was given the privilege to review this paper. If they have a legitimate point, I would very much be interested in hearing it. Yet, if the document contained errors, it was my responsibility to bring them out for others to see.
The basic premise of this paper was that 40 years (after the start of the church), Satan crept in and convinced the church elders and pastors to change certain meanings of key words. Because of this deception, 99.9% of all churches today are not following Scripture. If this is true, then the believer still living on this Earth is in serious trouble. Not only do we have an unreliable and ignorant pastors, but we also have a God who has abandoned us. While the document itself contained many points that were unScriptural, I just want to just focus on this one single point: did God abandon the body of believers called the church to its own end?
In order to answer this question, we must first establish the authority of our answer. The foundation a Bible-believing Christian will always use is not his intellect, nor contemporary opinions. The Christian will not make his foundation on traditions, but will rest entirely on the Word of God. This is our foundation, and the stone of our authority.
Fact: God Will Not Abandon the Saved
Here are some promises that come directly out of the Bible:
The material handed out on July 14th, was not of God, nor was it distributed by God-fearing believers. Their methods were disrespectful and filthy. If they were truly seeking to obey God’s Word, they should have first handed the paper to the church’s pastor for he is God appointed to be the shepherd of that flock (Acts 20:28; Titus 1:7; Hebrews 13:17). Yet they snuck around like wolves themselves, and tried causing division in other’s churches, which is nothing short of disgraceful. My friends, there are many churches that I personally disagree with. They run after fads and marketing scams, rather than stand on the pure Word of God. But I am not going to sneak into their churches and hide in corners seeking to draw away their flock. This action is wicked. No wonder the author wouldn’t put his name on the paper, but signed it as Anonymous.
Hopefully, I will have the time to address further errors of this document. I thought about posting a copy here on BibleScholar, but I don’t want to promote such heresy, and besides, I don’t have the author’s permission.