The Heart of God’s Intention

Posted July 26, 2018 by SandreS
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I do not wish to over-emphasize the importance of this truth, but I am constrained to say that these truths are of immense importance because they are foundational. Upon their firm footing rests the whole superstructure of God’s plan of the ages. If we cannot see how in the very beginning God created man for the specific purpose of ruling the universe, and to have dominion over all of the vast sidereal with its infinite space and multi-billion galaxies, then we have missed the heart of God’s intention completely and we become doomed to spend our lives in the idle pettifogging of the Romish and Protestant systems, which give neither reason for man’s existence nor cause for his humiliation and fiery testings. Even redemption, full and complete as it is and in spite of its infinite cost, will fail to reconcile and save more than one percent of all creation, if the fruitless interpretations of the Babylonish system are to be believed.

George R. Hawtin (1909-1994)
The Restitution of All Things, Introduction
(Bible Student’s Press)
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The Restitution of All Things
by — George R. Hawtin (1909-1994)

Hawtin was once widely known in Pentecostal, Latter Rain and British Israelite movements. He was a pastor, teacher, expositor, and editor of the monthly publication, The Page, and the book series, Treasures of Truth.

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Our Human Resistance

Posted June 4, 2018 by SandreS
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Contrary to what we might fear, the Creator and Father of our souls – the Lord of hosts and King of kings – is good.

The history of organized religion, at least in the Western tradition, is a record of our human resistance to the proclamation that God is love, that His love extends to everyone, and that it is in no way conditioned upon human obedience or human faithfulness. We shall find in the end,

Perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love (I John 4:18).

Thomas TalbottThomas Talbot
The Inescapable Love of God, page 1
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Religious Prisons

Posted March 10, 2018 by SandreS
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The history of Christianity is a history of prisons. Not literal, material prisons, though there have been not a few of these, but prisons which are the result of man’s inveterate habit of taking hold crystallization into another “Form,” “Creed,” Organization, Denomination, Sect, “Order,” etc.!

Upon a living movement of God, successors build an earthly organization, and imprison the life in a tradition. So a message becomes a creed; Heavenly life becomes an earthly institution.

T. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
A Witness and a Testimony, March, 1961
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Put Your Money into the Message

Posted March 5, 2018 by SandreS
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We must decide whether we are going to put our money into buildings, or into the message. For nearly 1,900 years now, the Church has been putting its money into buildings; and, instead of getting out the message, we have been erecting magnificent and luxurious auditoriums in which to worship God.

Some false cults have been much wiser. They put their money into their erroneous message. They know that the message is more important than buildings. Yet all over the United States of America and the Dominion of Canada we are still investing in bricks and mortar, whereas God wants us to invest in the message.

God did not tell us to build luxurious “churches” and invite the people to come in. He told us to go out with the message and preach the Gospel to the entire world. Let us put our money not into building, but into the message.

Oswald J. Smith (1889-1986)
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“Church” Buildings

Posted February 4, 2018 by SandreS
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There is, then, no such thing as an earthly sanctuary now. Any building which, by its form or furniture, encourages the thought of a worldly sanctuary really misrepresents Christ, and is a step backward to Judaism. The Church is a heavenly body, and all of its testimony should be of that character. As to money for buildings, the Church is not an earthly corporation, and needs not to own houses and lands in this world.

Samuel Ridout (1855-1930)
The Church and its Order According to Scripture (Loizeaux Brothers, 1915)
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The Childish Carnality of Sectarianism

Posted January 18, 2018 by SandreS
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Now this I say, that every one of you saith, “I am of Paul”; and “I of Apollos”; and “I of Cephas”; and “I of Christ” (I Corinthians 1:12).

For while one saith, “I am of Paul”; and another, “I am of Apollos”; are ye not carnal? (I Corinthians 3:4).

The carnal Christian will at once be apparent – a perfect type of many a Christian in these days. The sectarian spirit is perhaps the most hateful manifestation of this carnality. “I am of Paul, I am of Apollos.” So in these days we hear, “I am a Methodist to the back bone.” “I am a Baptist dyed in the wool.” “I am a Congregationalist true blue,” and thus these infantile disciples go on in their clannish professions, little thinking that thus they are demonstrating their own carnality and spiritual babyhood.

Arthur P. Adams (1847-1925)
The Spirit of the Word
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God’s Fatherhood

Posted January 10, 2018 by SandreS
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This word [Father], as now, unlocked all mysteries, solved all problems, and explained all the enigmas of time and eternity. Holding God as Father, punishment was held to be remedial, and therefore restorative, and final recovery from sin universal. It was only when the Father was lost sight of in the judge and tyrant, under the baneful reign of Augustinianism, the Deity was hated, and that Catholics transferred to Mary, and later, Protestants gave to Jesus that supreme love that is due alone to the Universal Father. For centuries in Christendom … the Fatherhood of God was a lost truth, and most of the worst errors of the modern creeds are due to that single fact, more than to all other causes.

J.W. Hanson (1823-1901)
Universalism the Prevailing Doctrine of the Christian Church During Its First Five Hundred Years
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