Originally Posted by Tom
This subject however, is dividing family members, friends and even Reformed Churches.
Is this something which should shock professing Christians as if it was inconsistent with the biblical faith? scratchchin I say nope it is 100% biblical. For throughout recorded biblical history God has brought such calamities, oppression, persecution, etc. upon the earth of which the Church was included. Why? so that the weak may be made strong, calling out to heaven for strength, wisdom and comfort. Such things have always been a means of purging the Church of the goats from the sheep. In our own day, the visible church is filled with false prophets, false teachers and false believers. Remember well, that judgment comes first upon the 'house of God' in every age, sometimes more or less depending upon the apostasy it bears. It was so even in the life of the Apostle John was it not? The vision given to him in the very beginning; Revelation chapters 2 and 3. The apostles Paul and Peter also wrote of error and apostasy within the Church as well and wrote of what was to come. Within families there will be dissention, disobedience, and dishonor and a falling away from the truth. Worldliness and the things of this world will be among them and this is to be observed in every generation. The call to those who have been given new life in the Lord Christ is ENDURE to the end, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, Heb 12:2; Jude 1:21.


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