*Pastor’s Note: Here’s the possible setup. The United States has suspended the Constitution and more or less it is now a dictatorship. It still maintains a semblance of allowing citizens certain rights but for the most part everything is government controlled. Denomination churches have been banned and their doors locked. Many Pastors and leaders have been locked up, but not all.
Instead however, there are churches, mega-churches that are no more than government run propaganda machines with a semblance of what once was called Christianity. The Pastors and Elders in charge of these “churches” are state-certified and state sponsored and they and all their “services” are strictly monitored. Most programs of anything that even looks like being religious are New Age philosophy and mixtures of Middle Eastern as well as other state sponsored programs and teachings.
But the Church is still alive . . .
Meeting in small groups in differing homes on differing days of the week, anywhere from ten to thirty people meet to discuss and encourage one another in what they remember from the written Word of God. Remember as best they can for Bibles of ALL translations and versions have been banned as hateful and treasonous. True worship does take place and the Holy Spirit’s presence in manifested over and over again . . .
The following is one of the means with which groups and others are encouraged. What is written below is considered contraband, yet God is STILL in control and His Church is still alive!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus;
I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church, and for many other friends and believers who have never met me personally. My purpose and goal is that they will be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete and full confidence because they have a complete understanding of God’s secret and mysterious plan, which is Christ Jesus Himself. In Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
I am telling you this so that no one will be able to deceive you with persuasive and well-crafted arguments. For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I am happy and rejoice because you are living as you should and because of your strong faith in Christ Jesus.
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him and to live in obedience to Him. Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up spiritual nourishment from Him, so you will continue to grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught and thus let your lives be built upon Him. Then through your faith you will overflow with thankfulness for all He has done and is still doing.
Don’t let anyone capture you or lead you astray with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ Himself. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in Christ’s human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, Who is the Head AND Lord over every ruler and authority in the universe, both natural and spiritual.
God, the Father made you alive with Christ, for He forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and He took it away and destroyed it by nailing it to the cross of Jesus Christ. In this way, God disarmed the evil spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross of Jesus Christ.
So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the real thing and the reality yet to come which is Christ Himself. Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial and don’t let anyone demand that you must worship with angels or actually worship the angels themselves just because they are saying they have had visions about these things. These people claim to be so humble, but their sinful minds have made them proud. However they are not connected to Christ, the Head of the Body. For He holds the whole Body together with its joints, ligaments, and strong sinews and we grow and get our strength from God Himself Who nourishes it.
You have died with Christ, and He has set you free from the evil spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate and are gone as soon as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, humility and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help and have no effect in conquering a person’s evil thoughts and desires.
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor and power at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven and let THAT fill your thoughts, and not about the things down here on earth. For you died to this life when you took on to yourself Christ’s death, and thus your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your real and true life, is finally revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory!
The brothers and sisters here with me send their greetings, love and prayers. Please give our greetings to our Christian brothers and sisters there and after you have read this letter, (and have made copies if possible), please pass it to the other homes meeting in worship so they can read it too.
And now, may the grace of God be ever with you in the name of God’s Son, Christ Jesus.
*Pastor’s Final Thoughts: There is no real way of knowing if something like this will ever come our way, for in actuality, the Church most likely will be caught up in the air to meet our Lord and Savior so that He can then pour out judgment and wrath on the final rebellion and also free the operation of the anti-christ so that God’s ultimate plan for His creation is fulfilled. But a thought remains, in a situation like this, what are we as God’s true children going to do if this does happen?!
Here is the point I want you to consider; in a situation like this, is it going to matter what version of the written Word of God that you remember? The Holy Spirit WILL bring to you the TRUTH, which promises to make us free! That is a promise of His. This is of course just an example of how we might write to one another today to share the LIVING Word of God.
This was adapted from the Scriptures in Colossians chapter 2 and the first part of Chapter 3, the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Again, the Scriptures used are not a completely word for word transcription; it was adapted for this use and was taken from a couple different dated and updated versions of the NLT.