A Modern Woman's Perspective On The Kingdom of God on Earth
October 24, 2014
"Let The Lion Roar: Complete The Reformation"
"Let the Lion Roar." Why is it significant, and why do I find it worthy of mention today? It is more than likely going to rock the mainstream Christian Church, as it asks Christians, worldwide, to open their minds to a new reality of what the identity of the Church was meant to be -- and what it will be after our Savior returns. It asks us to consider perhaps the greatest and darkest deception of our faith -- the conspiracy to cover up the Church's true identity.
Derek Frank is the author of this documentary and appears as the narrator in the film. He recounts a "vision" that appeared to him over 20 years ago; a dream that repeatedly showed him images of the Reformation, and in which he discerned God telling him to "complete it". What exactly did that mean, and how could he dare to scrutinize the revolutionary work of Martin Luther and John Calvin, two of the giants of the Christian faith?
These two men were largely responsible for extremely profound changes in Europe of the sixteenth century. They are credited with "rediscovering the Gospel"; God used them to correct abuses within the established Church and to restore it to what God intended it to be.
Through their bold criticism of the Church of Rome, led by the pope, both mens' contributions led to great strides for the Church, and saw the formation of Protestantism and various denominations. Luther's breakthrough came when he realized that the "righteousness before God" did not mean that "good works" could break God's system of punishment for man's sinful acts; but that "righteousness" came by faith in Jesus Christ, and was a gift from a merciful and loving God. Where the "righteousness of God" had once been condemning for Luther, he now found it liberating and all of Scripture took on a new meaning.
Calvin's work was based on a rightness with God without a priest as a go-between. He centered his work from the city of Geneva, Switzerland, where he attempted to impose his vision of "a visible city of God", complete with strict adherence to biblical principals and a righteousness achieved completely by grace and totally through faith.
Both men achieved great things for God. But Derek Frank's vision uncovered where they stopped short -- and this is the part that will shock today's Christian who is comfortable with his identity -- where they deliberately ignored God's purpose for the Church.
Now, before you get angry, thinking that I'm desecrating the legacies of these two great theologians, please hear me out. Like Mr. Frank, I applaud their outstanding leadership and courage in confronting the established Roman Church and their work to reform its corrupt theology. They brought the light of the Gospel to the ordinary man and woman in the repressive Middle Ages. I do not question their motives nor their immense study and grasp of the Scriptures. But I join Derek Frank in believing that they were "insidiously deceived" by the Enemy, who stood to prosper from their misunderstanding of God's true identity for the Church.
Likewise, John Calvin held a similar view, saying, "[the Jews'] rotten and unbending stiff-neckedness deserves that they be oppressed unendingly and without measure or end, and that they die in their misery without the pity of anyone." When asked about the meaning of Romans 11:26, in which Paul writes, "and so all Israel will be saved," Calvin dogmatically believed that "Israel" in this sense, meant "the Church."
Furthermore, his actions speak volumes. As Protestantism became illegal throughout Europe, and citizens either swore allegiance to the Catholic Church, or faced martyrdom, Calvin's model city of Geneva became known as a refuge for persecuted Protestants. However, Jews, who were also being oppressed, were banned from living in Geneva.
But Luther and Calvin cannot be held responsible for generating this anti-Semitism in the Church. Satan has been working his plan from the beginning of the Church. He had not been able to keep the Jewish Messiah from being born, or to keep the early Church from its Jewish influences and roots; but he was patient. He waited a couple of hundred years as more and more Gentiles flocked to Jesus's Church, and slowly introduced the seductive thought to the body of believers, "Did God really say that Israel is still significant?"
Both Luther and Calvin simply inherited the anti-Semitic teachings of deceived Church fathers: Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers (300-368 AD) refused to eat with the Jews; Jerome (324-420 AD) wrote, "There could never be expiation (atonement) for the Jews; God has always hated them." Bishop John Chrysostom (347-407AD) stated, "Because God hates the Jews, it is the duty of Christians to hate them." The revered Augustine, one of the greatest thinkers of all time, said "The Jews were sons of God, but now they are sons of Satan."
How did Satan accomplish this great deception? As Derek Frank points out, he was ingenious: "The hook was that if salvation was personal and exclusively through Jesus, this was then the whole package. By displacing Israel, the Church was elevated." What did we need the Jews for? After all, hasn't it been us Gentiles who followed Jesus's command to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth? Ahhh, but we've forgotten that this command was taught to Jewish disciples, and it was Jews who first took the Gospel message back to the town and cities after Pentecost. It is us, the Gentiles, who have removed the significance of the Jews from God's plan -- not God!
And because the Church has perpetuated this deception and not discovered its true identity ... that we are grafted into the Jewish faith, and God does not condone the popular Church doctrine of Replacement Theology -- we are seeing the consequences of our wrong beliefs. The power of the Church has faded in our country and in Western civilization. We have lost our grip and understanding of the Gospel message and Scripture; we have not produced good fruit for the Kingdom of God.
As the Church, we have focused on personal salvation, and we have failed to impact the nations of the world or to restore God's righteousness on earth. But perhaps worst of all, we have not fulfilled God's destiny for us, which is "through the Church, [that] the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus." We are supposed to be reflecting God's plan for the Church to all of heaven --- and we don't even know who we're supposed to be!
I have expounded too long on the Great Deception; Derek Frank does a much better job of shining a light on this misunderstood truth in Church history. I highly recommend that you purchase this revelatory DVD and watch it yourself ... show it to your friends ... bring it to your Pastor and Church body. But, now is the time to foil Satan's lies and treachery. Once we recognize our proper place, we can restore Israel to its deserved position, and we will rightfully pray for Yeshua's salvation to come to the Jews. This is our destiny as ordained by YHVH!!!
Ephesians 3:6 "This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus."
Posted by Pam Kohler at 7:00 AM
Labels: Faith, Israel and Middle East
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glad you got that video - it blew me away as to the depth of depravity of the 'church fathers'.... Because of this and many other things in the 'church' I simply call myself a believer, not a christian.
As our family is distinct supporters of Israel, and the Jewish people, I have studied this anti-semitism for well over a decade, and had found the 'church fathers' to be severely lacking.... Yet when bringing this up in various bible study groups, with other christians, the words are simply ignored, evidence is shunned, and the golden thread of anti-semitism that is replete in the current church raises it's ugly head.
*there is a golden thread of anti-semitism in each and every church* - it is very much spiritual, but if you talk to enough people, it's there, blatantly obvious - but not obvious to the participant..... It comes in many forms.
very few churches support Israel, the Jews or the land. It is utterly disgusting - if a church does not support the Jew and Israel, then they simply cannot be christian..... period....
Yes that's direct, yet it needs to be spoken out.... scripture does a decent job also:
Genesis 12:3 - I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you. In you will all of the families of the earth be blessed.
Psalm 122:6 - Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Those who love you will prosper.
Zechariah 2:8 - For thus says Yahweh of hosts: ‘For honor he has sent me to the nations which plundered you; for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye.
Romans 1: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes; for the Jew first, and also for the Greek.
Romans 3:1 - Then what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the profit of circumcision? 2 Much in every way! Because first of all, they were entrusted with the oracles of God.
I don't quite understand why you are using YVHV in the last word of your comment rather than YHVH [Modern Hebrew: יהוה] "yud" "hey" "vov" "hey" . Is that a mistake or is there a reason for this arrangement of letters to spell God's Name?ReplyDelete
Let the Lion Roar is more than just a movie. The movie speaks the truth about God's establishing His Kingdom through the Jewish people and His ultimate plan for the salvation of the world. Who are we to mess with what God has set in place? And how dare the church assume it has any promises and blessings of God if they say that God has turned His back on the Jewish people, to whom He gave promises that were forever. It is only as being "grafted into the commonwealth of Israel" that Gentile believers have any hope at all of salvation.
But will this be what we call "good news"? Ultimately, it will be "good news" for the world, but I believe there will be a backlash which we must be prepared to face. If this call to complete the Reformation shakes the church like the original Reformation, there may well be the persecution and martyrdom that occurred in the 1500-1600's. My own Anabaptist ancestors fled for their lives and others were burned at the stake for being heretics, perhaps sharing the same fire with their Jewish neighbors. If we are coming into a new movement of Reformation as proclaimed in the film, the church will be refined as in a fire, and will be redefined according to God's standards.
Sorry, sometimes my fingers go faster than my brain, and the spelling of Jehovah's name was obviously a typo. Thank you for pointing this out.Delete
I got lots to say about this movie. But I will say it in short sentences. This movie is an evil production to undermine the Great Reformation! Great Reformer like Martin Luther was never an antisemite! The replacement theology came from the roman catholic church!ReplyDelete
I am assuming that you are a Christian, so I will speak to you with love and respect as a fellow Believer in our Lord, Jesus, but I found this movie had no agenda but to present God's Truth. I neither glorify nor hate Martin Luther, and his contribution to the modern Christian faith cannot be ignored. But he is a man, with the same positive attributes, as well as sins, as the rest of us. At the beginning of his career, Martin Luther was apparently sympathetic to Jewish resistance to the Catholic Church. However, he expected the Jews to convert to his purified Christianity; when they did not, he turned violently against them.Delete
Here are just some of the things he said about Jews: Therefore the blind Jews are truly stupid fools ... Therefore be on your guard against the Jews, knowing that wherever they have their synagogues, nothing is found but a den of devils in which sheer selfglory, conceit, lies, blasphemy, and defaming of God and men are practiced most maliciously and veheming his eyes on them ... However, they have not acquired a perfect mastery of the art of lying; they lie so clumsily and ineptly that anyone who is just a little observant can easily detect it. But for us Christians they stand as a terrifying example of God's wrath ... However, we must avoid confirming them in their wanton lying, slandering, cursing, and defaming. Nor dare we make ourselves partners in their devilish ranting and raving by shielding and protecting them, by giving them food, drink, and shelter, or by other neighborly [actions] ...
I could go and on with comments that become increasingly vulgar.
Now, you may not classify those as anti-semitic comments, but it certainly shows his cold and angry heart against the Jews. To turn a blind eye to his change of attitude about the Jews is to deny the truth about the man. It does not negate the contributions he has made, but I cannot agree that he was not an anti-Semite.