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How the “Hospital Church,” Suffering from Spiritual Schizophrenia or Double Mindedness, Infect Believers
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THE FOLLOWING PROVES HOW THE CLERGY OF THE “CHURCH” SYSTEM SUFFERS FROM SPIRITUAL SCHIZOPHRENIA OR DOUBLE-MINDEDNESS, AND SO, INFECT BELIEVERS WITH THIS ‘DISEASE’ - SOME OF THE TEACHINGS OF LEONARD RAVENHILL AS AN EXAMPLE
Jesus was very serious when He warned, “Beware of false [prophets/teachers,] who come to you [as angels of light, Mt. 7:15-20; 2 Cor. 11:14 KJV.] You will know them by their [constant behavior] or fruit. [We can all make mistakes but our constant fruit reveal our real characters.]" Jesus was talking about people who “are inwardly ravenous wolves or venomous vipers” because it is their character to deceive and to destroy, (Jn. 10:10.) “Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes? ... [It is the character of thorn bushes to bear thorns.] A bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” That is why we must “die” to the world and the sinful things in the world to be spiritually “born again” in Christ, (Jn. 1:11-14; Gal. 2:20-21.) What church clergies teach might seem like good fruit, but unless that fruit is “tested” in the light of God’s contextual Word and the context of the situation, (1 Ths. 5:21-22,) we might realize forever too late, what we accepted as “good fruit,” was really poisonous fruit that looked good.
Ž Do not think we can overlook a single unrepentant false teaching. Jesus warned that a little “leaven [or false teaching] leavens the whole lump." Keeping their “churches” intact with false dogmas and strange spiritual manifestations, (not the gathering of true believers the “ecclesia” but their physical, unbiblical, Christian system,) every pastor, minister, prophet and preacher that teaches their dogmas, suffer from the dangerous spiritual ‘disease’ of double-mindedness or Spiritual Schizophrenia.
This is why Jesus warned, “…Consider carefully how to hear. For whoever has [real truth] to him more will be given; and whoever does not have [real truth,] even what he seems to have will be taken from him,” (Lu. 8:18.)
Ž Jesus is The Truth. It is inconceivable that He will bless and use lies and the twisting of His Word, and tie His believers to a false church system to redeem, save, and bless them there. Make no mistake: some churches do preach the core of the Gospel to begin with, but none of us can remain “unequally yoked” with darkness and survive and grow in the Light of God while swallowing buckets full of double-minded doctrines. That is why Paul asked in 2 Cor. 6:14, “…What fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has The Light with darkness?”
“But they do preach truth!” some say. Indeed, they might preach some truth – but mingling Jesus’ truth with lies is a most deadly deception. Our enemy the devil never does anything good without the intention of using it for bad. As he was once a holy angel who turned himself into the unholy devil, he knows all about good and evil. It is his twisted, double-minded character to turn truth into lies, and once we accept his lies, to deceive us. Adam and Eve fell from glory after disobeying God only once, that terrible day when they mingled His truth with lies and became dreadfully deceived. It is the love of God that Heb. 3:15-19 warns us, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion… and their corpses fell in the wilderness…”
Ž We live by grace, but we definitely do not have the freedom to sin unrepentantly, (Rom. 6:1-14.)
One of the iconic old preachers, whose sermons are quoted the most as truth, is Leonard Ravenhill. And as all his friends and followers, he spoke some truth. But let us never forget that not a single clergyman from whichever denomination will speak the whole truth of the Bible, because they were all sworn to teaching the dogmas of their churches. This is the reason why I turned my back on “the church” after my studies were done. I was never willing to deceive people to keep a paid and honored position in an unbiblical church system.
For example, Ravenhill spoke the absolute truth when he taught, “People say, ‘I am a saved sinner.’ [Such double-mindedness was discussed in Spiritual Schizophrenia.] But that is like saying you are a married bachelor, an honest thief, or a pure harlot. You can't be a saved sinner. You are either saved or you are a sinner [or a person completely without God….]” He was right. Redemption, salvation, blessing, and holiness constitute a position inside the Spiritual Kingdom of God when true believers are called from darkness into God’s light, (1 Pt. 2:9-10.) Believers make themselves unholy when they sin unrepentantly. That must not be so, (Jam. 4:4.)
Ž Did Ravenhill mean it like that? No, this is a classic example of Spiritual Schizophrenia. He continued, “One thing and one thing alone keeps us from complete decay in this hour - the church, the true church.”
What was this man saying! There is no such thing as “the true church!” The entire church system was manufactured by “Christianizing” pagan sun and ‘mother’ or earth worship. This church monster then ‘reformed’ into Protestantism during the Middle Ages — but it kept her pagan-Christian doctrines, forms, norms, and ‘god-man’ clergies — to name but a few of her atrocities, (Rev. 17 & 18:4.)
Ž What did Ravenhill mean by saying the “true Church keeps Christians from decay?” I wonder if he himself knew what he was saying. The entire church system is totally corrupt. Even the word “Christian,” (meaning little gods and christs,) is a corrupt replica of Jesus’ blood-bought body of believers. The True ‘Ecclesia’ or assembly of sincere believers was omitted by Bible translators to force the word ‘church’ and the entire false, hierarchical church system into Scripture.
Ž However, not even the 'ecclesia' or true assembly of believers can keep us redeemed, holy, saved, or blessed. God’s Word proves Ravenhill is a dangerous liar. Jude 1:24-25 KJV states, “To Him [Jesus] Who is able to keep you from stumbling. To God our Savior, Who Alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.” As seen in the study of “The Hospital Church,” the ‘church’ is not the ‘mother’ of believers, nor their ‘nurse,’ nor their ‘redeemer, savior, or preserver.’ We are talking about two completely different ways. Two completely different gospels. Only contextual Bible Truth can lead to Jesus, the Creator God Who became a Man to pay for humanity’s sin on Golgotha, (Jn. 3:16.) The false dogmas or gospels of churches lead to “another Jesus and a different spirit,” (2 Cor. 11:4; 14.)
Still, Ravenhill, like all his church comrades, continued to spread his illness of double-mindedness. He alleged, “Men build our churches but do not enter them.. print Bibles but do not read them… sing our hymns and then forget them.” How can a man that knows the Bible say such things? Scripture totally refutes this slander against God and His Word in Acts 7:47-48 by declaring, “Solomon built Him a house. But the Most High does not dwell in temples [or churches] made with hands… Heaven is My throne and earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me?” Jesus, in Mt. 7:13-14, forbade us to enter into the “broad way” of temple or church religion, which He “annulled” at the cross, (Heb. 8:13; chapters 7-9.) He commanded, “Enter through the Narrow Gate… [Jesus Himself… where] there are few who find it.” Church Christianity in whatever denomination, with her sacramental ‘salvation’ or the gradual (pagan) ‘initiation’ into church membership, (E.g. baby ‘baptism’ and 'teenage confirmation,’) only succeeds in robbing Jesus’ believers of the Truth of His Word.
The inconceivable, eternal danger that clergymen recklessly spread to all their audiences is humanly unexplainable.
Ž Nevertheless, even from his grave, Ravenhill is still teaching people to enter into “the broad [church] way which leads to destruction, [because it’s about church numbers and money, not salvation,] where many go in by it.”
What’s more, believers must never compare Bible truth to singing hymns, as most church songs are infected with church dogma and can never benefit them spiritually, as Ravenhill taught. God commanded in 2 Tim. 2:14-16, “Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about [man made] words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. But be diligent to present yourself approved to God, [not to earn anything from Him, but to grow in knowledge and in grace in Him, Jude 1:20,] a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing [or understanding and implementing] the Word of Truth. [Obedience to this commandment is necessary to be able to] shun profane and idle babblings [like Ravenhill’s senseless double-talk,] because they will increase to more ungodliness, [just like the beginning of the Pentecostal Movement, which got totally out of control in the mad, chaotic Christianity of the Charismatic Movement.]
Ž Even more disturbing, Ravenhill wrote, “One of these days some simple soul will pick up the Book of God, read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us will be embarrassed. We have adopted the convenient theory that the Bible is a Book to be explained, whereas first and foremost it is a Book to be believed..." This person was really saying, none of them have “read and believed the Bible” because it must allegedly “not be explained before we accept Jesus, but just mindlessly believed!” What a great deception to get church members not to understand what Jesus said in the Word – so that they can believe everything false clergies tell them according to their church doctrines! Today, building on this deception of their church fathers, evangelical offspring like Rodney Howard Brown treacherously teach, “Don’t read the Bible, BE the Bible!”
Concerning this “Bible-believing” blasphemy, Jesus explained His parable of the sower as follows in Mt. 13:18-23, “When anyone hears the Word… and does not understand it, the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart… He who received seed on the good ground [of his susceptible heart and mind] is he who hears and understands the Word, who [then is able to] indeed bear fruit and produce [loving service to God according to personal ability:] some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
These are just a few examples of how church clergy spread their disease of Spiritual Schizophrenia or double mindedness to their followers. But everyone that confesses the Name of Jesus is dear to Him. Therefore, I cannot warn Jesus’ blood-bought believers more seriously. By God's grace, I have been studying God’s Word in the context of “all truth” for 32 years now in 2020. Nearly every time someone brings a church dogma to my attention, I “test” it according to the contextual truth of God’s Word. To my great dismay, what I always find is twisted truth that results in extremely false church dogma – although untested, it might sound like truth. This is why I continually urge my readers to not only read the Bible (the New Testament especially, and then the Old Testament from Jesus’ New Covenant perspective,) but to study the Word. Ask God for “all truth,” and search for “all truth” until you really understand what is written. Our spiritual lives are our personal responsibility, (Jude 1:20.) Giving heed to “how we hear [and read and see]” must be one of our highest priorities in life.