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Can our Charity and Constant Support Uplift People in ‘a World that Lasts Forever,’ and so, Change the World and Bring them to Christ?
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Of course we must “love,” agape or live charitable towards everyone. But these people refuse to accept Jesus if “He doesn’t feed them first,” as in the Bible, “…Everyone shared their possessions so there were none among them who lacked…” (Acts 4:32-34.) This was how the first disciples allegedly “loved multitudes of people into the ‘Kingdom of God.’” So they say, charity and upliftment, (humanist “love” that focuses on man more than on God, which is idolatry, Rom. 1:18-32,) will change this world of poverty and deprivation into a “restored earth.” They claim, “James wrote one cannot give the Gospel to the hungry and suffering without providing for them and aiding them until they change their lives.” Hence, people must be accepted unconditionally, kept, and nurtured, whether they want to believe in Jesus or not. After all, ‘love changes everything.’ All we must do to clear up this mess on earth, is to “love” the sinners and the needy, and we will turn everything bad into good!”
Without minimizing anything about the suffering of all races and creeds across the world, I must say that these people view the Gospel back to front. To supply their ‘everlasting earth’ agenda, they do not focus on Jesus but on their charity.
Firstly, this is simply the false Kingdom-now-on-earth dogma, (‘changing the fallen world into a good world,’) behind a new mask. Bill Johnson of Bethel Culture put a new spin on this with his Heaven-Now fallacy. He alleges, they “pull heaven down to earth” and save everyone through their hyper anointing and “the realization that God is good.” However, this fusion of heaven and earth is the occult dogma of “as above, so below.” To fit his false vision, Johnson does not believe the world will end and so, He does not believe that Jesus will return on the clouds, although Jesus Himself said, “Heaven and earth will pass away [That Day when I return,] but My words will never pass away,” (Mt. 24:27-35; 2 Pt. 3:10-14; 2 Ths. 1:6-10.)
Secondly, this is narcissist arrogance in power mode. Paul warned, “Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, give my body to be burned, but have not “Love,” [Agape - Jesus God Himself, 1 Jn. 4:8,] it profits me nothing!” (1 Cor. 13:3.) Jesus must be worshipped and glorified by our works of “love,” as He did everything for us to live spiritually, emotionally, and physically in Him – should we choose to accept Him and agape Him in spirit and in truth, (Jn. 3:16; 4:21-24.)
Thirdly, Jesus' commission is to "go into all the world to preach His Gospel [of Truth to] make disciples from all the nations..." (Mt. 28:18-20.) But they replaced it with the dangerous dogma of universalism – everyone will be saved without the preaching of Jesus’ Gospel, faith in, and obedience to Him, (Jn. 1:12-14; 3:3-5; 14:6.) Truth is, we must accept, obey, and follow Jesus despite everything and everyone else in this world because He is God, not because of what we can “get” from Him. Jesus did not say, “I will give you all you want and then you can choose if you want to believe in Me.” He commanded in Mt. 16:24, “If anyone wants to become My disciple, he must deny himself, take up his cross, [whatever may hinder him,] and follow Me.” Jesus then multiplied the bread and fish to feed the multitudes who “came after” Him. There is no doubt that He will fulfil the needs of all those who belong to Him. But He will not allow people to use and abuse Him to get what they want by twisting His Gospel and Moral Law. Accordingly, James wrote in chapter 2, “If brothers or sisters [true believers] are naked… or hungry, [we need to agape them in truth and deed…] because faith works together with [Moral-Law] deeds" to glorify God, not to save people. Not even Jesus “loves people 'into' His Kingdom.” He gave Himself for us, so that everyone who “believes in Him, [and chooses to accept and obey Him,] will have eternal life [in heaven,]” (Jn. 3:16; 1:12-14; 3:3-5.)
Where Paul spoke of “love” in 1 Corinthians 13, He was not making us into soppy love-bombs that can destroy all evil on earth. He described the All-holy, Almighty Character of the Highest God, (revealed by His Moral Law of Agape,) and compared our obedience to Him to the manifestation of the Holy Spirit's gifts such as speaking in tongues, prophecy, etcetera, (Jn. 13:34; 1 Cor. 12:4-11.) He concluded that, without the indwelling Holy Spirit through the personal rebirth in Christ, (without God Himself, “Love” or Agape,) none of us can follow His Moral Law, and the manifestation of His gifts would be meaningless.
Let us not miss Scripture’s queue before the “sharing of possessions” in Acts 4, which these people connect to the so-called “constant upliftment” of everyone on an 'enduring' earth. The writer clearly states, “The believers were of one heart and soul [in faith and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.]” How did they get to that spiritual place? They “loved,” (agape in deed and truth,) God first and above all. So, they were called “Followers of The Way,” or True disciples of Jesus Himself, (Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14.) Their focus was on Jesus. Being spiritually born again in Him by hearing and understanding His True Gospel, they personally believed and accepted everything He had done for them on Golgotha and throughout His life on earth. Next, they were sincerely baptized in water as His disciples or true followers, (Acts 8:35-39 – verse 37, which refutes the baby sprinkling, was omitted in many new translations.) They knew their newborn human spirits were “complete” in Christ, (Col. 2:9-15,) and they were studying the Scriptures daily to “renew” their minds or thoughts and beliefs to understand and obey His Word, (Rom. 12:1-3.)
This is why Jesus’ True Gospel spread like wildfire through the known world at that time. Charity followed but was never the focus of their lives in Christ. There were no false church doctrines yet, which made them into denominations or divisions of Christianity. This was before the church system was implemented during the latter part of the first century; containing people in ‘holy’ buildings, and ruling them by greedy, hierarchical clergies.
To this day, “God does not dwell in temples made with hands,” built on earth, (Acts 7:44-50.) He lives through His Holy Spirit in His sincerely believing, obedient disciples, who are the Body and Bride of Christ, and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. This world is not their home. “They embrace and confess that they are strangers and pilgrims on the earth… and declare plainly that they seek an [eternal] homeland. [So,] they have no opportunity to return [to their former spiritual state without God in this world.] But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a [heavenly] city for them!” (Heb. 11:13-16.) Hallelujah!