Checking into the eschatology of the NAR, I found they were a combo of preterism and post-millennnialism. Each by it self is bad enough, but in combo I can’t think of a worse eschatology.
Their post-millennialism is also known as Dominionism, or “Kingdom Now,” you spoke of.
There was always something smarmy about Copeland’s smile that made me leary. And there is something about the Holy Spirit telling you when you are hearing falsehood.
FTA: It took a long time to de-program ourselves, but Truth is the highest priority, We Must Love the Truth.The Truth Will Set Us Free.
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One of the wonderful things about America is its freedom. Our leaders have expressed this freedom, of religion, with these words, “Worship God IN YOUR OWN WAY.” This expresses the freedom we have in America. What is critical is the answer to the question, “What is the Lord’s preference? Does He mind if we worship Him in our own way?”
He does mind, if you examine His instructions in His book, the Bible. Let’s take a look at what He has to say.
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24
These words are spoken by Jesus, himself, as he converses with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.
What does “Spirit” mean? Commentators take “Spirit” to mean the Holy Spirit. In addition, there is a spirit to worship, eagerness, enthusiasm, desire to worship that the worshipper brings to the worship service.
What does “truth” mean? We all know what truth is; and, in this context, truth means in the Lord’s name, worshiping the way that the Lord desires. That information is available only in the Bible.
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the TRUE WORSHIPPERS shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23
The interesting thought here are the words, “true worshippers.” This indicates that there are un-true worshippers. He looks forward to the moment when the apostles will preach the first gospel sermon on the Day of Pentecost. We can examine their sermon that day to begin to understand the truth Jesus spoke of. Really, the entire New Testament contains information concerning worshipping in truth.
Find out how true-worshippers worship: worship that way and you are worshipping in truth.
Worship in ways other than that way and you are worshipping in not-truth.
Paul, writing to the Galatians, speaks of a gospel that differs from truth.
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
Key words: another gospel; pervert the gospel; other gospel
Only the gospel that Paul, et. al., preached will not be cursed.
Paul asserts that his gospel is not from man.
Questions are raised. If Paul asserts that his gospel is not from man, those gospels that are other gospels are from man, or, at least, not from God.
In Your Own Way
Is it reasonable to conclude that those who worship God in their own way are preaching a gospel that is another gospel?
As it is written:
Save yourself from this wicked generation...
Make your calling and election sure...
It’s up to you...
Look for a church patterned after the one your read about in the New Testament.