John Corson's Blog

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for June 1, 2021

CHURCHES TURNING LIBERAL, OR DYING ...
IT'S A SIGN OF THE TIMES AND THE ANTICHRIST IS COMING

I am a little off kilter today. It is Tuesday, the busiest day of my week, including Sundays. As I have said before, Tuesday affords me the opportunity to meet with people, outline my sermon, work on office stuff, do correspondence and put my outline into PowerPoint form and send it over to the Secretary for inclusion into her file for Church Sunday.

This morning I was greeted with the news of several folks still with illnesses, some recently got ill and a few just not coming out today as if to say they needed to recover from the holiday weekend. In other words, the Tuesday Bible Study, for which I spent a good amount of time preparing, was weakly attended. Seriously, we had several folks out due to illnesses. One has vertigo and her sister who usually comes with her stayed home to car for her. One has had a serious bout with allergies, so much so that her sinuses are impacted and her throat is raw. She has been out with this for three weeks and her husband just got over his last week. He stayed home to care for her. Another is having surgery next Monday and has to quartertone before hand for seven days - which began yesterday. And the list goes on and on and on.

I did not want to make this a negative blog today. But after having a lot of things in the hopper and needed my attention, I am tired and ranting and moaning are what tired people do.

Sorry folks!

I do want to talk about something that I heard today on the radio. In fact, I think I read it somewhat just this last week and it is about churches. The question at hand is: "Is your church dying, or turning liberal? If neither, what is your secret?"

It seems that the number of churches that have closed their doors or are in the process of closing or turning over their properties to new churches is slowing down a bit. It appears that many churches are now turning "liberal" than are closing!

Now what does that mean? Well first of all, we are truly living in the days of The Great Apostasy.

"What is that?" you ask.

The Great Apostasy is what the Apostle Paul said would take place at the end of the Christian era. By the  way, there are no more eras like the last two thousand years to come. This is it!

We ask you, brothers and sisters, not to be easily upset or troubled, either by a prophecy or by a message or by a letter supposedly from us, alleging that the day of the Lord has come.  Don't let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.

Notice three things happen at the end of time:
1) Deception from those who think they know when the Lord is coming again;
2) The Apostasy or "Great Falling Away" as it is called in a few other translations.
3) The Man of Lawlessness appears - otherwise known as the Antichrist.

Since about 1826 we have had this big deception called Dispensational Millennialism or Pre-Tribulation Rapture theology running around which become even more popular since 1948 when Israel as a nation was established in the Middle East. Since that time we have had many well know doomsday preachers write books and go on crusades nearly spelling out the day when the rapture was to take place. John Walvoord from Dallas Theological Seminary, Hal Lindsey, John Hagee, Tim LaHaye, Jack van Impe and a whole host of others who parallel signs and symbols found in the Book of Revelation, Daniel and Ezekiel to modern day events, nations, situations and people. These are those I believe Paul is speaking of when he talks about those going around all but giving the hour of Jesus's arrival.

The second event, the Apostasy is more telling. To apostatize means to fall away or to turn away from the faith. Yes, my dear Southern Baptist friends, "once-saved, always-saved" takes a nose dive here. Eternal Security is proven to be a fallacious doctrine of Calvinistic proportions as one never looses his free will when he or she becomes a Christian. A Christian person can, of his/her own free-will, walk away from the faith. We are witnessing this happening in such a huge proportions today. Once Christianity's numbers dwindle to a certain point that only God knows, then comes the Antichrist.

Between 1998 and 2017, a twenty year period, the number of people identifying as either Atheist, Agnostic, non-affiliated or simply "none" as in "none of the above religions" has gone from 4.3% of the population in America to 27.6%. That is in 20 years!

Compound that with the number of churches that Marxist/Atheist pastors have infiltrated with such antiScriptural teachings as Liberation Theology, Existentialism, Social Justice and all the other buzz words we have heard a lot of these days, and you have the makings of thousands, even tens of thousands of churches that have gone from Biblical teaching and doctrine to the social-gospel and revisionist theology. Between 1985 and 2019, the number of churches no longer identifying as Evangelical, or conservative, or simply "Gospel preaching" has dropped by over 55%.

So where does that leave the Conservative, Bible believing, preaching, practicing Church? In a nutshell, it leaves those churches in a smaller and smaller minority. In other words, Christianity as a whole is being practiced and lived a whole lot less today than ever before.

Let me tell you my theology (or rather eschatology) in a brief and just say that you are free critique of my view if you want. I am an Amillennialist. The "A" means "no" or "not" and can be understood to be someone who doesn't believe in the Millennium or doesn't believe one will take place. That is a misnomer! It means someone who believes the millennium is present, but no realized. In other words, the Christian era is not a literal thousand years (the meaning of the term millennium, from the Latin meaning 1,000). It is symbolic of the age in which it is present. So that, when the Apostle John in Revelation mentions the phrase "a thousand years" it describes an era, age or period of undefined time.

I believe that time began at Pentecost, the birth of the Christ. I also believe that in appearance the church is dying today that we are at the end of the Millennium. Now the important verses to read here are found in Revelation 20 verses 7 and 8:

When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle. Their number is like the sand of the sea.

That is to say, at the end of the Millennium, all hell breaks loose. Satan has been in prison for these two thousand years. Wait a minute! No he hasn't! He has deceived me, laid sin in my path, tempted me, enticed me to do things not acceptable to God. Oh, but he has been imprisoned. He has not been able to enter your body and mind as in the days of Jesus and before (demon possession). Now that doesn't mean that people don't suffer from dementia, suffer from seeing visions, talking and saying things that can be attributed to Satan. It also means that every sin that we commit cannot be blamed on Satan, but on us. We do it because we want to do it. Satan does speak to us from his prison cell, but we have to realize it is not a literal prison. It is that his full power and potential for destruction has been held back.

That is, at least until now!

People are walking away from the faith or out-and-out rejecting the faith - OF THEIR OWN FREE-WILL, and that makes Satan more and more powerful. When he is fully released, as Revelation 20:7 says he will be, so will his power to summon his number 2 man, Antichrist, into action.

When people ask me as to what is happening to our country, to our world, I have now resorted to telling them that Satan is being released from his prison. The Millennium seems to be ending, if not already ended.

What I see happening to churches that once were thriving and growing and are now left is disarray due to false teachings, false gospels and false preachers who are wolves in sheep's clothing, is the Great Apostasy. The Antichrist is coming next.

But Revelation 20 verses 9 and 10 says that just before Satan can utterly destroy the world with his wrath, God will destroy him, along with the Antichrist and the False Prophet (symbolic of antichristian religion which is playing a large part in what is going on in churches today). It will be a short season, but God will call a halt to all of human history on earth and with the blowing of the last trumpet, Jesus comes again - His second and only coming (return). There won't be a secret coming before a tribulation (Rapture), followed by tribulations then a second, second coming (return to establish the Millennium) followed by a thousand years of peace, then a war and then a third second coming. Such a view of Jesus's return is only 195 years old and came from the visions of a 15 year old Scottish girl, together with her preacher who sensationalized the teachings of Jesus's return.

I refuse to base my faith on something that is not at least as old as the Apostles and those they taught in the first century. If the Apostle didn't teach it and the early church didn't believe it, neither will I.

I have to keep what I have learned over the years about Jesus's imminent return in mind when I look out over mostly empty pews in the sanctuary and empty chairs in the classrooms. It is a true sign of the end of times.

I also have to keep the perspective that if Jesus's return is just around the corner then I have something truly glorious to look forward to. But we will go through some very tough times first. And I think we have only just begun. More churches will close, more false preachers will speak from pulpits and the Antichrist will appear and try to finish off what's left.

If I didn't know better, it sounds like George Soros is really about to be turned loose on us! And yes! I wouldn't be surprised if he turned out to be the Antichrist. Not in the least!

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Blogging

Blogs are about the blogger. It's as if he or she merely toots their own horns about the things they do, say and love.

My life is boring. I read, I watch Glenn Beck and Mark Levin. I listen to Andrew Wilkow. I engage in some conversation with those who are willing to listen (they being masochistic and enjoy killing themselves with my banter).

I plan on just laying out the things that bother me and the things I love. Nothing in-between. I hope you find whatever I put here amusing.