Part 4

My Response of Perry Stone’s Objections to those who say “There is only one return of the Lord.”

Why must we complicate the Gospel. Since when was scholarly knowledge an attribute of holiness and salvation? This isn’t wisdom and knowledge, this is pride over a doctrine made with our own minds..

Perry Stone and the Rapture pt2

Ok so the video that I want to examine is called, “Perry Stone teaches on the 2nd Coming and the Rapture” posted by JesusIsComingRUReady.

This particular video is about 21 minutes long. But the first section of the video that I want to talk about are from the minutes 01:15 up to 2:55.

In this section perry stone doesn’t necessarily talk about the rapture but more about how things will look like and what will transpire during the end times. He compares Judges 6 to several chapters of Revelation.

I want you to understand the implications of what Perry Stone is doing here. This supposition that he begins with undermines every objection he has to the contrary.

The assumption that: what has been done in the past MUST happen in the future. In other words he is allegorizing the whole bible. This is nothing remotely “faithful” to the straightforwardness of the scripture than a postmillennialist allegorizing revelation chapter 20…

Perry Stone is accusing others of committing the very same error that he himself commits. And I believe this is a problem.

Stone ripped Judges 6 mercilessly out of its context and molded it into the context of John’s Revelation. As if John, that mysterious Jewish Christian, was completely unaware that his writings used terminology that is so closely similar to Old Testament terminology. And Here comes Perry Stone to enlighten our beloved yet clueless Saint John as to why he subconsciously did this. Obviously an act by the grace of God meticulously prepared for these modern Christians living in the Last Days!

Stone’s premise is that Judges Chapter 6 is nothing but a foreshadow of what is soon to happen. In other words, this nonfiction book describing historical events is none other than a hidden prophecy waiting to be “literally” fulfilled.

I don’t even know what to call this form of Hermeneutics. But I’ll describe it. It is the methodology of turning every dot and tittle of scripture into some form of yet-to-be-fulfilled prophetic utterance. Everything. Isaiah 66:6 is not a bible verse but a reference to the mark of the beast and a future prophecy to be fulfilled concerning the mark! (Chapter 66 verse 6 put together, minus the colon equals 666! Oh no!)

This is my first issue with Perry Stone’s video. And I would have loved his stories if only it was not utterly destroying the ethical and moral fabric of our Christian brothers and sisters. Some Christians will say, “we are not perfect, we don’t know everything, lets not point fingers at our anointed teachers, they are all we have, and at least they are doing something!” I don’t care how sinful, imperfect, depraved and erratic we are as human beings, this nonsense has to stop. How far does false doctrine have to go in order for us to stand up and say “up to here and no more?”

Does a little Russian girl need to be utterly scared to death so much so that she believes she was left behind and decides to take her life instead of going through the nightmare and horror stories that she was taught to believe in???

Oh wait but she’s Russian, predecessor of that infamous army of the North that will rage war against Jesus Christ as he sits as the socialistic dictator in the Third Temple of Jerusalem of the New World Order, aka, the Thousand Year Reign.

And all this would be laughable if it was not the very idealistic model on which Adolph Hitler based his manifesto. You might even say, tongue in cheek, that Hitler wanted to be like “Christ”. When we step back we can remotely say that Hitler really was influenced by Christian Doctrine. But then we must reexamine and ask, is this doctrine Godly and life transforming, or demonic with the goal of inciting the wicked pride that lies deep within a human being?

Ideally we all want to be like Christ, but do we want to be like the Humble Servant or the Honorable Savior ruling with a rod of Iron?

But I digress…

One cannot be so ignorant as to fail to realize the level of poison inherent in these doctrines being taught. Either Ignorance or willfully confusing the masses. I don’t believe its the former, and I will do my best to expose the latter.

Next i’ll go over the 7 points comparing Judges 6 to Daniel and Revelation. Amazing use of the imagination, it would make for great fictional stories like all the Left behind series, unfortunately it is being taught as official orthodox doctrine and vital to the faith. This I will not, and cannot tolerate.

Perry Stone and the Rapture

A friend of mine brought a video by Perry Stone to my attention. I grew up in the Pentecostal denomination for 21 years of my life. But the last few years my entire theology has changed. Mostly due to personal reflection and study. I listened to both sides of the arguments and I changed my mind accordingly. In the next few days, for the month of July, I will be presenting my arguments against the pre-tribulation rapture. I will begin by responding to pre-trib videos and articles. Next I will present what I believe should be a Christian’s proper eschatological view and finally I will quote and present other Christians who more or less agree with my perspective. The whole point is that what I believe is not my own personal interpretation but what any average Christian should get out of a basic straightforward reading of the scriptures.

Misforgiving

Apparently there is a right way to forgive and a wrong way to forgive. I’ve been “misforgiving” others for quite some time, and I haven’t realized it until now. Instead of forgiving “the debt of others” towards me, I have been enabling them to continue to hurt me even more. And it’s generally my fault because I open the door, no questions asked.

Think about it this way. Let’s say a criminal came to your house and stole. One method of forgiving them is going to them and letting them know you forgive them and you leave the past behind you and put the situation in God’s hands. Then there’s the other form of forgiveness where you say you forgive them, but then you put that person in a position to steal from you again. It’s like saying your way of forgiving them is by accepting their crime and allowing them to continue in that crime. This is the wrong way to forgive, this is “misforgiving”.

Most of the time we don’t do this knowingly. I personally believe the reason why we place our debtors in such a position is because we want to subconsciously test them. We want to see, wittingly or not, if they are actually worthy of our forgiveness. Unfortunately we misunderstand what forgiveness is really about. It is not for us to forgive the sins of others. Therefore we should not be testing to see if that sin is still there. We basically try to play God when we attempt to forgive, this also is “misforgiving”.

I am learning this as a first hand experience. I am starting to realize that I’ve never forgiven my debtors, I have only been merely enabling them to continue to hurt me. I continue to test them and force them to change. I’ve been acting like I’m God without even being aware of it. I went out to forgive a person and I ended up right back in the same hole I just came out of.

White Death

Death is one of those complicated topics in Christianity. There is an orthodox way of viewing the topic and there’s the heretical way. In my studies of Scripture, and life experiences, I came to the following conclusion. I guess in time I’ll see on which camp these ideas fall into.

Personally I believe that the ending of Life has plenty to do with the beginning of life. Things don’t just end. But when they do, its never actually the same. At least that’s how I see it. Take the butterfly for example. From a larva to a caterpillar to a butterfly. Sometimes I believe God was trying to tell us something.

Think about the process starting from when you were forming in your mothers womb. Who knows what kind of life we lived in there, but when mother’s water broke, that existence died and we entered a new one. I consider this the first baptism.

After which we live as we do currently. Some of us go through some life experiences that change our entire lives, for the better or for the worse. I call these types of experiences the second baptism. A deeply spiritual experience that puts our old selves to death and we emerge as some new creation.

Then finally I firmly believe that physical death is the Third and final baptism. Just as I don’t know life is like inside a womb, I don’t necessarily know what life will be like after this one. But just because I don’t know, I can’t act like there isn’t anything to know.

And just as the doctors wore white when I was born, and white was worn when I was baptized as a Christian, I want everyone to wear white at the final one. None of the first two were occasions for mourning, neither shall this last one be. This is what I call the white death.

Spoiled Milk

Yesterday I open up the fridge to pour myself a glass of milk. Lo and behold it was spoiled. The expiration date didn’t even go over a day yet. It was the most horrible smell anyone has to endure. And I started thinking about Church. In the 1st epistle to the Corinthians Paul says,

“I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.” (1 corinthians 3:2)

In the epistle to the Hebrews the author uses the same analogy,

“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.” (Hebrews 5:12-13)

And even Peter gets in on the analogy in his first epistle stating,

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation…” (1 Peter 2:2)

The writer of Hebrews seems to have been the most harsh of all the epistles. The writer almost sounds like Paul, because they both use the analogy negatively. We should already be teachers he said. We are unacquainted with the teachings of righteousness he said. Do you know how embarrassing that must have been? Educated mature Christians in the faith who are still drinking milk! Taking in the same old teachings over and over and never really moving forward. Spiritually I can only imagine the stench that was reaching up towards God. Lukewarm spoiled milk. The only option God has is to vomit us back out. No angel nor evil spirit will dare approach us so that our lives lack both miracles and hardship. We perhaps even rival the stench of The Lord of Flies and Dung? It’s embarrassing. But this is the story of every Christian who cannot move forward from the elementary teachings of the faith. There’s a science to doing church, and its dynamic not static. The only Static one is God, and we are not gods. We still need growing up to do. We still need development. Therefore we need to move from faith to faith, from glory to glory and not become stale bread standing in place. If you’re tired of the spoiled milk, find yourself a church and start working on that solid food. No more theorizing, it’s time for practice. Enough hearing its time for doing.