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Has the Church Already Departed From the Faith?

Posted by Mark Atkinson on June 19, 2011 – 4:48 pm

The true faith is the gospel of the Great Mystery that was given to Paul. In Romans 16:25-26, we read about the obedience of faith which comes after living and walking in the truths of the Great Mystery that was given to the Apostle Paul for this Church Age – the true faith.

In 1 Timothy 4:1, Paul wrote to Timothy saying “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” The word depart here is aphistemi in the Greek and it means to stand away from. The church today stands away from the faith that was revealed to the Apostle Paul.

The Great Mystery is the Lord’s declared household administration of the Church (Eph 3:2-4, 9, Col 1:25-27 and 1 Cor 9:17) and it is one of the qualifications to be a minister in the Church (1 Timothy 3:9).
For the most part the Great Mystery is not taught in our churches today. It is not known, and I must say that I’m not even sure if the churches will regain it before our Lord returns. Take a look at the majority of Christian websites and teaching lists and you will be hard pressed to find a teaching on it. The Lord is calling the ministers in the Body of Christ to the Great Mystery, to learn it, to be strengthened by it but that call appears to be falling on many deaf ears. There are already those in the Church who are refusing to hear. They are restraining the truth. Why?

All of this leads me to understand that the Church has almost departed from the faith that was revealed to the Apostle Paul. The Church is dangerously close to the full departure from the faith. It seems that the next step will be to dilute and change the gospel of God concerning His Son whom He raised from the dead.
It’s only a matter of time.

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  1. James Atkinson 1. James Atkinson Said:

    Indeed, it’s very sad today that the vast majority of Christians have never heard of or been taught the Great Mystery. Every Christian today is called to understand what this is as and, as you rightly point out, we read in Romans 16:25-26, it is for the obedience of the Faith. How else can we be obedient?

    Paul the greatest of all apostles calls it here in Romans ‘his gospel’. The Great Mystery was the main thing taught in the first century Church but today the so called leaders in the body of Christ are teaching hungry truth seeking Christians either just snippets of the truth or plain old junk. Both leaders and the flocks have a responsibility to seek out the knowledge of the Great Mystery from the Word.

    Those leaders teaching the junk today will one day answer to the Most High Himself and I wouldn’t want to be one of those! I’m talking about the ones who bring the Word of God into disrepute by leading our brothers and sisters astray in false doctrine. They often do this for their own financial personal wealth.

    However, I also understand that there are teachers in the Word that genuinely want to bless and help others but don’t know the Great Mystery yet and so I encourage them to seek it out – it’s the main thing in God’s eyes! There is nothing wrong with teachers in the Word teaching on a variety of subjects like the for example, speaking in tongues, prophecy, power manifestations and so on but they must teach it from the basis of the understanding of the Great Mystery – Christ in you – just like Paul did in the first century church. If they don’t then that’s when error starts to creep in.

    Without the knowledge of the Great Mystery they don’t understand who they are in Christ – they don’t understand the power and authority they have and so Satan has temporarily won with them!!!

    For more insight go to http://www.thegreatsecret.org

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