Quotes and Notes for the Day
UNDERSTANDING THE AGES IV
(The rise of Covenant Theology)
Covenant theology is the by far the largest and the strongest theology in Christendom. All of the big denominations out there are Covenant by and large. Of course most Church going people are not interested to know anything about what their church (denomination) stands for, except putting money in the plate and helping them going on. “What do you believe?” ” oh! well I believe what my Church believes!” ” And what does your Church believe?” “I am not sure but that is what I believe!” This is the answer you here from the average goers of our day.
Covenant theology as stated in our previous article basically says that “ the whole world is under two covenants. God made a covenant with Adam and Eve, and He covenanted with them on the basis of works, saying, ‘ if you don’t eat of the fruit of this one tree I will save you.” But Adam and Eve failed the test, and ate of the fruit of the tree, and God brought in the Covenant of grace. So now we are under the Covenant of grace.” This is the underling philosophy of Covenant theology.
This is what Calvin, Luther and those other men in the reformation taught. Now we thank God for those men who stood up on the reformation, but we don’t thank God for a lot of their errors. All those reformation Churches baptize babies (Lutheran, Presbyterian, Anglican, the unsaved baptist churches etc) and put them in the kingdom of God, by throwing little water on their face. The early baptists were persecuted by Lutherans, Calvinists, as well as the Roman Catholic Church. In those days they were known as the Anabaptist (re-baptizers), and Luther said, ‘they are heretics worthy of death‘.
Covenant theology traces its origin to the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church of course is amillennial (no millennial) that is, they are not looking up for Christ to come and set up the kingdom. They teach that the King (Jesus Christ Himself) is here in His personal representative the Pope! The Pope is known us the vicar ( in place of) Christ: He is in the place and person of Christ. They teach that the Church is the Kingdom, and that it is reigning now, except that it hasn’t got the whole world under its umbrella, and that is only a matter of time, and that someday the whole world will be under the umbrella of the Papacy and the perfect kingdom will be ushered in.
This was formulated around 400 AD, Four hundred years after Jesus died and went back to heaven, Three hundred years after the Apostle John passed of the seen and the last book of Revelation was completed, a man by the name Augustine formulated and propagated this theology. He said, ‘ the Church is the city of God, and the world is the city of Satan. But they are in conflict, and as time goes on the Church will gain ascendancy and conquer and the Church c will be the complete city of God over the whole world.’
Bear in mind here, that Martin Luther taught the same doctrine; only he said that it is not the Roman Catholic Church, but the true Church, the universal Church. Coming to our generation, we want to say that this is the heart of the New Evangelicalism, their Social reform at least. This is the heart of infiltration, ‘ we are going to leaven the world‘. That is the mind set of New Evangelicals, they think that leaven is good. They insist that they are going back into this different denominations, into society and get believers into politics, and change this world for good, and ultimately bring in the Kingdom.
Friends, believers are not here to bring in the kingdom, we are not here to change the world, believers are not here to clean up society, we are not to do anything here but to preach the gospel and get people saved, because judgment is coming to this world, the Lord is coming and He is going to destroy this world.
to be continued…………………………………….
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff