"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." 1 Timothy 4:1
Our discussion today continues and remains concerned with the reason why the vast majority of the saints in the United States are in the weakened spiritual condition they are in today and the fundamental cause for that reason. The major reason is division and the fundamental cause for that division is private interpretation of the scripture arising from human arrogance and the entrance of unauthorized versions of the Bible which are spurious in nature in that the add, subtract, or alter the word of God.
The “end time” church of today has fallen away from the “apostolic pattern” set forth by the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts and has gone away backward from the leadership and miracle-working power of the Holy Spirit. The outstanding characteristic of the saints in the early church had been that they were all in one accord by virtue of continuing steadfastly in the apostles doctrine. The Protestant Reformation as far as it went, stopped short of the “apostolic pattern” of the early church which Jesus so plainly brings to our attention in the letter to the Church in Ephesus in the book of Revelation. He draws our attention to the fact that we have left our first love and to remember from whence we have fallen. He then calls on us to repent and do our first works.
By recorded history, the letters to the seven Churches, we are going to follow the chronological progression of the spiritual condition of the Church from the glory days of the early Church as reflected in the Book of Acts to the weakened and/or apostate condition of “end time” Church represented by the letters addressed to the Churches in Philadelphian and in Laodicea.
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