Tuesday, February 26, 2013

 By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
      "And after these things I saw another angel come down from Heaven, having great power, and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. (Rev. 18: 2)
       In 1965, having seen firsthand the free fall of the United Church of Canada, from a genuine Christian Church into a cesspool of  modernism and situation ethics and a denial of the basic doctrines of the Holy Scriptures, denying the first eleven chapters of the book of Genesis, casting doubts on the virgin birth of Christ and His glorious Resurrection from the dead, I felt obligated to write this book!
      Since that date more churches have fallen and more will fall so that they may be judged together with the Mother of Harlots which Jesus Christ spoke about to St. John in the book of the Apocalypse, the Revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ! (Rev.17: 1)
     "And I heard another voice from Heaven , saying, Come out of her My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto Heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." (Rev.18: 4)
      Did I ever think that former Evangelical Protestant Churches like the Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists and Lutherans could ever fall for the perverted teachings of the spiritually bankrupt United Church? The answer is, "No"! 
     When the brilliant Augustinian monk and theologian Dr. Martin Luther was allowed to visit Rome, which he thought was the thrice-holy City, he was so sickened at the perversion and sinfulness he saw in Rome that he wrote: "If there were a Hell, Rome was built upon it." 
     Luther was disappointed, shocked and sickened. He saw a disregard for the fundamental truths of the Christian faith. There were priests so drunk they couldn't finish the mass. In some areas of Rome were priests who had broken their celibacy vows. He heard of some priests who bragged that they were righteous because they had sex only with women!
      He stated that some priests committed such perverted, filthy acts among themselves that he could not put a name to it! It is no wonder then that Martin Luther said that Rome was "the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird."
     On June 29, 1972, POPE PAUL V1 stated: "From some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God."
      Today in A.D. 2013, we know that Satan has also entered the Protestant Temple and there are in some instances ordained Ministers who are avowed homosexuals leading the flock of God to a Christ-less eternity in His name!
      How sad and how regrettable that the CHURCH which is ‘the pillar and ground of truth’ (1 Tim. 3:15) should be DISGRACED by becoming the laughing stock of the world and "the habitation of demons and every foul and evil bird."
     On August 25, 2012 I wrote a commentary in my Blog on a News Report titled: 'The Imploding and very Liberal United Church of Canada'. Here are my comments:
      The United Church of Canada is AN EMBARRASSMENT to the Christian Community and an AFFRONT to God. St. Paul said that it was a shame to even speak of some of the things people did in private.
     This is of course a sign of the last days and a fulfillment of God's Word: "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For, it is a SHAME even to speak of those things, which are done of them in secret." (Eph. 5:11, 12)
     "Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example. For many walk, of whm I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are ENEMIES OF THE CROSS of ChristWhose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is their shame, who mind earthly things." (Phil.3: 17-19)
                          HAVE THEY NO SENSE OF SHAME? 
     There seems to be no sense of shame among the leaders of the United Church of Canada. In 1965 after their denomination had brought out their New Curriculum, I preached  widely on the radio and in my crusades about the serious violation of that Church's 1925 Constitution which upheld the Bible as the basis for  faith, morals and practice.
      By gutting the first eleven chapters of Genesis, calling it a myth or folklore, and questioning the miracles in the Bible, the virgin birth of Jesus of Nazareth and His glorious resurrection from the dead, they were well on their way to IMPLODING and self destruction.
      There have been a number of sick jokes about that denomination turning their pulpits into fruit stands,  but for me and serious Christians, what is happening there is not a joke but a genuine travesty for us all. 
      The BIBLE Warns: "For we know that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.
     "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them." (Eph. 5:5-7)
      May God in His mercy reach out to that sick, impoverished organization in their deception, and cleanse and restore it to a genuine House of God again." Amen.
                   SATAN'S MASTERPIECE!
       In 1965, we published our findings regarding the United Church of Canada's New Curriculum in the 'CRY OF HIS COMING'. The departure from the 'Faith of Jesus' from their 1925 Constitution when three godly, biblical Churches amalgamated, caused me deep concerns about that fine Church. 
      I asked our Artist to draw how I and many fellow Ministers of the Gospel felt about the backsliding of Canada's largest Protestant Church. The above depiction was prophetic. 
      My heart goes out to many devout believers in the deity of Jesus Christ who now struggle with anxiety, frustration and  shame about their beloved church and about the spiritual life of their children and grandchildren. 
     We are always ready to pray for and give guidance to those who have bullied by those who have high-jacked their church.
                                                                         - Pastor Max Solbrekken
                   The Imploding and Very
Liberal United Church of Canada
     In the mid 1960s the United Church of Canada had 1,1 million members and in 2010 had 490,000. Almost certainly it has lost thousands more since.
     It is also perhaps Canada's and even North America's most liberal denomination, specializing in environmentalism, Palestinian advocacy, and same sex marriage. One of its prominent ministers is a celebrated and outspoken atheist.
    Its former chief officer openly denied Christ's deity. Its current outgoing moderator, and advocate for "climate justice" was unable to tell a reporter what doctrines were essential to the church.
     On Thursday the denomination elected the first openly homosexual moderator, perhaps the first major church in the world to do so. Four of the fifteen candidates were openly gay. 
     Founded in the 1920s as a merger of Methodists, Congregationalists, and Presbyterians, the United Church has long been defined by its radical politics rather than cohesive theology.
    “In the 1960s and ’70s we became embarrassed about Jesus,” one woman pastor told a Canadian newspaper, the National Post, last year. 
     “And so we distanced ourselves from Jesus, and the point is without Jesus there’s no point in having a church. iTunes has better music and the NDP [National Democratic Party] has better policies; everything else we do know somebody else does way better. The only thing we can do is this Jesus thing.”
      She said: "I would say that the United Church no longer has many unifying factors."
      A Redeemer University church historian told the same newspaper about the United Church: “What is this organization bringing to the table that doesn’t already exist from a secular perspective?
      There are many people concerned about the environment who have no belief in God. If you are essentially not bringing anything that’s different, there’s a risk you will be perceived as redundant and groups who are redundant lose members.”
       He added: "Everyone speaks about the environment and Palestine and the environment. You can find it everywhere." Vibrant churches are distinct from secular culture and have doctrinal boundaries, he said.   The outgoing moderator, when pressed to explain the United Church’s core doctrine last year, hesitantly replied that theology was “difficult to pin down with prose,” since words of faith are “words of poetry, words of heart and words of soul.”
      Of course, the church has had no reluctance finding words of condemnation for tar sands oil exploration or Israel, issues where truth is evidently more manifest. “I don’t believe Jesus was God, but I’m no theologian,” the church’s then moderator admitted in 1997. No doubt.          Even more so than the U.S. United Church of Christ or Episcopal Church, the United Church of Canada has been a laboratory of liberal theology. The results are disastrous, and its future is grim. It lost 55 percent of its members while Canada’s population grew 78 percent. Maybe its example will at least warn others.
    Meanwhile, in recent years, some surveys have shown an increase in Canadian non Catholic Church attendance overall. Non-denominational churches and conservative denominations like the Assemblies of God and Christian Missionary Alliance are growing. Prime Minister Stephen Harper belongs to the later.
                   A TIMELY WARNING TO ALL!
     "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates." (2 Cor. 13:5)
    "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor homosexuals, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards or revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God. 
     "Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that commiteth fornication sinneth against his own body.
    "What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are BOUGHT with a price (blood of Jesus): therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Cor.6: 9-20) 
     "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you.
                      THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL!

       My counsel to everyone reading these lines is to repent and turn to God before it is everlastingly too late. The “handwriting is on the wall” and the judge is even now ready to slip the scales under this wicked world. Like King Belshazzar of Babylon, many will discover on ‘That Day’ that “they are found wanting” when they are weighed by the Judge of the entire world.
      There is MERCY to be found from our gracious and loving Heavenly Father Whom our Lord Jesus came to reveal to a lost, sick and suffering world. His parable of the ‘Prodigal Son’ is an invitation to all sinners and backsliders who have drifted away from the fold. And Jesus Christ Who announced Himself as the ‘Good Shepherd’ went ‘the second mile’ , first in going all the way to Golgatha to die on ‘that old rugged cross’  for our sins and secondly by sending the blessed Holy Spirit to ‘call us back to God’.
     Jesus told of the Holy Spirit’s amazing work: “And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness and of judgment. Of sin, because they believe not on Me; Of righteous because I go to the Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment because (Satan) the prince of this world is judged.” (John 16: 8-11)
     The Holy Spirit of Truth convicts us of sin and introduces us to Jesus Christ who Alone is able to remove our sins through His shed blood and give us His righteousness. He is the ONE who draws us to Jesus and puts a desire and fire in our hearts to love, worship, adore and serve our Saviour Jesus Christ.
      Jesus stated: “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw Him: and I will raise Him up at the last day.” (John 6: 44)
      There is hope even for those deceived by apostate perverted church leaders to “flee from the wrath to come” (Matt. 3: 7) and throw yourself at the feet of Jesus as you cry out for mercy and forgiveness, saying, “Be merciful to me a sinner.”
     We have His promise: “Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.’ (Matt.11: 28); “Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Is.1; 18)
       For the perverted leaders of apostate churches, there is also hope: Fall upon your knees in genuine repentance. Throw yourself into the arms of the Saviour like Simon the false prophet, who was warned by St. Peter: “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of wickedness, and the bond of iniquity.” ( Act 8: 9:24) Amen.