|The Cult, Modernism|
Given the presupposition of Rationalism, the modernists made three more assumptions: Materialism, Naturalism, and Uniformitarianism. Materialism assumes that there was no God. Naturalism assumes that God does nothing. Uniformitarianism assumes no Creation or Flood. All of these made up lies are part of modernism.
One of several related false religous concepts that work in concert: Agnosticism, Atheism, Evolutionism, Humanism, Intellectualism, Liberalism, Materialism, Modernism, Naturalism, Post Modernism, Rationalism, Relativism, Secularism, and Socialism/Communism
Dear Lord, we pray that you deliver those who have been deceived into believing the false assumptions of materialism, Naturalism, or uniformitarianism. We pray that our hearts be right, that we love the Modernists--even those who hate us. Anoint us as we pray for them who spitefully use us. We pray that Your Holy Spirit minister to Modernists who become violent. Cause them to turn from anger, Lord, and toward You. Let them come to You that they may be washed totally clean from all their sins. We pray that You minister to the hearts of all Modernists. Teach them of Your grace and mercy. Open their closed minds to the fact that You created them and all that is around us. Teach them of the reality of Biblical truth. Let them be humble enough to accept the fact that they have no righteousness in themselves and they must depend on You. Make real to them that You have paid the price and that they are able to receive You and be at peace with Your Father. Reveal to them the fact that there is no other way of salvation other than through Your holy blood, dear Jesus. Give them a soft heart and don't let them be so arrogant as to reject Your free gift of salvation
Modernism doesn't want to be identified as a religion, but it is a religious concept.
Modernism had its beginnings around 1890. Under the original rules that the modernists set up, they started with the assumption of rationalism. Rationalism is the assumption that assumptions are valid thoughts. In fact, under Rationalism, assumptions are more valid than observation.
Classic Circular Reasoning:
Given the assumption of Rationalism, the modernists made three more assumptions: Materialism, Naturalism, and Uniformitarianism.
Modernism, given these three assumptions, set out
That seems like cheating, and it is insanity, but otherwise intelligent people went along with this. Of course, modernism leaves either humanity or nature... or both as god and ruler of the universe.
By the 1970s, they had done enough experimentation to show that these rules, which they had termed "The Axioms of Science," were absolutely false. Even stacking the deck in the way they had, the obvious Creator was impossible to deny. That's why they needed Post-Modernism and Chaos Theory so they could live in a make-believe world where there would be no absolutes, at least in their reprobate minds.
Some Christians have, either on purpose or by just drifting, inserted parts of Modernism into their walk with Jesus. They tried to make it compatible with Christ. The little changes, however, caused these followers of Christ to stop following Christ and instead they began following ungodly counselors. They wanted to appear, to the ungodly, to be wise. Instead, they became fools, devoid of knowledge of the holy.
God's plan for this hour is not to make all religions and philosophies get along. His plan is to have a people, a remnant company, who continue to discover Him, to walk with Him until they come into perfect unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God to one totally complete man (the Body of Christ and the Head, Jesus), to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
In contrast to Modernism, followers of Christ receive Jesus Christ as the only Creator of the Universe, the God Who created them and their only Savior from bondage to sin. At the same time His love for those who have been deceived by Modernism compels God to speak to them daily through His creation and through other means; they will not listen to Him. You know that you were created for more than you are experiencing. If you continue to think like you always thought, you will continue to get what you always got. Is it enough? Read more. Read even more.
In direct conflict with the teachings of Modernism, there is one triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in perfect unity yet distinct persons within that unity. God is creator of the universe and everything in it. He is all-present, all-knowing, all-powerful. All that is good comes from God. Jesus is God. The Father is God. The Holy Spirit is God. They are three persons and one God.
Unlike the teachings of Modernism, walking with Jesus is based on the God of the Bible. The Bible speaks of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The full name of Jesus is Lord, Jesus, Christ. Lord refers to the Father. Jesus said, if you have seen me, you have seen the Father. Jesus means savior, because He came to save us from our sins. God Himself paid our price for us that His holy righteousness would be fulfilled and so that He could restore us to Himself. Christ is a synonym for Messiah or Anointed One. Christ will always be the only Anointed One. The Anointing Oil is a type of the Holy Spirit. The word, trinity, is not in the Bible, but the three persons of the trinity are very plain throughout the Bible. Christians have an ongoing experience with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is what it means to be a Christian. Whoever will may come.
Another difference between following Christ and the teachings of Modernism, following Christ is based on knowing Jesus personally. Christians believe Jesus when He tells them that it is in Him alone that they can find life, peace, joy, fulfillment, love, righteousness, and every other good thing. They believe Jesus when He tells them that rejecting Him as their one and only God is the most serious sin that could be committed--the sin against the first commandment.
One more difference between the teachings of Modernism and following Jesus is that walking in this Way would make no sense at all if Jesus were not God.
Another incompatibility with the teachings of Modernism is this: a called-out person's life is all about a relationship with God. This relationship is very close and personal. It is a relationship of submission to the Holy Spirit. The human mind was never created to be operated without the Anointing of the Holy Spirit flowing through it with the human mind in complete submission. The same is true of the body. Spiritual death is defined as a condition where the human spirit, mind, or body is not in complete submission to the Holy Spirit.
In divergence from the teachings of Modernism, called-out followers of Jesus know by revelation that Jesus is God. God is One, yet God is plural. There are three persons in One God. The unity between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is beyond what the human mind can comprehend. Jesus, Son of God, one person of the one triune God, so joined to the Father that His name is Father, yet in submission to the Father. He is Savior, Lord, and Anointed one (Christ). Eternal God and incarnated as man. In him is hidden all knowledge. Without Him, we can do nothing. He lives in the hearts of those who have received His redemption and gives them strength to endure all things and walk in holiness. Jesus is the Truth, and the Bible testifies of Him. If you have Jesus, then you have the Father. If you don't have Jesus, then you don't have the Father. Jesus is wisdom, and without Him, there is no wisdom. In the same way, God is love, so Jesus is love. He is peace. He is joy. All knowledge is hidden in Him.
Unlike Modernism, True Christianity (that is, those who are joined to the Living Christ, being led by Him, and are walking in submission to Him) is not a religion but rather a living experience with the living Jesus. It is a moment-by-moment experience of the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ) guiding and directing the Christian and the Christian either contending with God or submitting to the Holy Spirit. If the follower of Christ contends with Christ, he or she becomes less mature in Christ. If the follower of Christ submits, he or she has actually simply entered into the sabbath rest to let God do His work through them. When a follower of christ submits, faith comes. Faith is supernatural belief that God will do what He has just led the Christian to do. At that moment, the Christian has access into the grace of God, which is God's free gift. Righteousness is the free gift of God and the righteousness of God then flows to the Christian. If the Christian will submit his or her members to the Spirit of God, then God does His righteousness through the Christian. The Christian does the work, yet it is not the Christian but Christ in the Christian doing the work. When God does His righteousness through the Christian, this plants holy seed into the heart of the Christian. The old sinful person, the flesh dies a little bit each time. The Christ within is built up. This holy seed grows in the heart and brings more fruit, which, in turn, plants more holy seed. At the same time, the Christian is set free from sin in some measure--this is the meaning of the word, redemption. This is the relationship that God desires to have with every person. This process proceeds through the Body of Christ. Each member of the Body of Christ, each Christian, is a manifestation of the living Christ in the Earth. Each member is being fitted for a specific place of service within this Body, and the Body of Christ continues to grow until the full manifestation of the sons of God takes place at the end of the age.
In stark dissimilarity to Modernism, true Christianity depends on the revelation that Jesus is God. Only God could pay the price for the sin of every person who ever lived or will live. A Christian's life is all about a relationship with the One Almighty Creator God, the God Who is Love. This relationship is very close and personal. It is a relationship of submission to the Holy Spirit. The human mind was never created to be operated without the Anointing of the Holy Spirit flowing through it with the human mind in complete submission. The same is true of the body. Spiritual death is defined as a condition where the human spirit, mind, or body is not in complete submission to the Holy Spirit.
As the opposite of the teachings of Modernism as light is to darkness, God has revealed that He is a loving forgiving, but totally righteous, God. Christians have been forgiven for their sins because of the blood of Jesus. Jesus paid the price of the sins of every person. The Christian is required to see reality, that is, to have the humility to realize that they have fallen short of the glory of God and that they need the Savior to deliver them. And Christians no longer are forced to continually obey their own flesh so that even their own self-righteousness is as filthy rags. Christians can yield to the Holy Spirit and allow God to do His righteousness through them. God does not force Christians to yield, however. Many Christians are born again and remain as babes in Christ, but they will not be found among the faithful. Some Christians attempt in vain to establish their own righteousness, a self-righteousness, and so they are unable to receive the free gift of righteousness that comes from the throne of God, but they will not be found among the faithful. If Christians willingly abandon their self-righteousness and self-dependence and believe God rather than their own understanding, and if they stop contending against Jesus but rather accept Him and His free gift, then God will totally deliver them at the end of this present age. If a Christian dies in the meantime, they are together with Christ in glory and they join that great cloud of witnesses who have been faithful but have not yet obtained the promise.
Another thing that separates those who have been called out to follow Jesus from the teachings of Modernism is that those who receive God's salvation are saved by grace through the faith of Jesus Christ. Christians know that they have received the free gift (grace) of forgiveness of sins. Christians can know that they are going to heaven because of the goodness of God. All that is required is that a person not reject the free gift.
While Modernism is based on nothing except a made up lie, Christianity is based on Jesus Christ, the Living Christ, Who reveals Himself to the Christian on an ongoing basis. Believer's have the supernatural trust that is a gift from God. By this trust, we see Jesus and hear His Voice. It is Jesus Himself who reveals to us that the Bible is His Word, His Utterance. And it is Jesus Himself Who speaks to us through His Word. Jesus speaks to us through many different means: Scripture, intuition, bringing Scripture to our remembrance, apostles, prophets, etc. When God speaks to us, faith comes and with faith comes a vision of hope. This vision shows us who we are in Christ in an ever-more-clear understanding. When God speaks, He instructs us what to think, what to say, and what to do. Then, He does the work through us by His grace, His free gift of righteousness. This righteousness of God in us is the moving of the Holy Spirit that transfigures us from glory to glory to be like Jesus, killing our fleshly nature and causing Christ to be more fully formed in us. And this death to self, to the old adamic sin nature, and building up of Christ is the very thing that redeems us, sets us free from slavery to the fleshly nature, to Satan, to the pressures of the world, and to death.
Last updated: Dec, 2012
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