(284) Sat 29 Oct 94 11:29 By: Shelby Sherman To: All Re: cor stuff St: @EID:f2b1 1d5d5ba

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(284) Sat 29 Oct 94 11:29 By: Shelby Sherman To: All Re: cor stuff St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:f2b1 1d5d5ba0 @MSGID: 1:123/67 2eb26a60 @PID: GED 2.41+ 124LM3 ============================================================================= * Forwarded by Shelby Sherman (1:123/67) * Area : THUMP_IT (Thump It! Religious Debate) * From : Starwyn, 1:104/515 (25 Oct 94 17:19) * To : All * Subj : cor stuff ============================================================================= >>>>TEXT OF LETTER FROM CHURCH COUNCIL STEERING COMMITTEE TO SUPPORTERS<<< list of steering committee members to follow Dear friends of C.O.R. and Crosswinds, Thank you for your support of C.O.R. and your interest in Crosswinds. This letter comes to you on the new Church Council stationery with the list of our 40 member Steering Committee for the Church Council. Plans for the first phase of the Council for July 25-30, 1994 are shaping up well. That Council meeting will be held at Campus Crusade's Arrowhead Springs Hotel in San Bernardino. If you care to do so, you may help us locate official delegates from the different denominations, schools and organizations by suggesting their names on the enclosed response card. One of the 24 topics to be debated at that Church Council will be, "The Kingdom of God and Christ's Present Rulership Over Civil Governments Today." As you know, that is a very hot topic both for theologians and pastors within the Church as well as for politicians, lawyers and government officials. Our committee is presenting to the wider body of Christ the 25 Articles on the Kingdom of God which our theologians created, and which appears on pp. 103-113 of the Nov. issue of Crosswinds. That is the topic assigned to me for its defense and presentation at the Church Council. It is the opinion of most of us listed on the left hand margin that the Kingdom of God is one of the most misunderstood doctrines of the present day evangelicalism and that it is more central and foundational to all proper Christian thinking than most other doctrines of the Bible. Up until around 1830, the theologians, pastors and informed lay persons of large portions of the Church held to a more biblical view of the Kingdom of God than is now generally taught inmost churches worldwide. And that more correct view was what was generally taught by those we would call the great heroes of the Church, such as Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Knox, Wesley, Edwards, Spurgeon, Livingstone, Warfield and Machen. That view which we claim was taught by the mainstream Church differed in these ways from what is generally taught mistakenly by most Bible-believing churches today. The major leaders of the mainstream Church taught that: 1. The Kingdom of God was inaugurated and the King was installed and seated in the First Century A.D. and we need not wait for the King's second coming to get the Kingdom started here on earth. 2. Satan was completely defeated by Christ at the Cross and resurrection and is therefore no longer the "ruler of this world" and can be stopped from doing anything at any time by Christ and by us Christians if we simply choose to employ the power and authority already placed into our hands by the King Himself since the First Century. COR Letter Page 2 3. King Jesus will be given no more power or authority at His second coming or throughout eternity than He already was given by the Father when He ascended to the throne of heaven. 4. At this moment of history, all humans on earth, whether Jew or Gentile, believer or unbeliever, private person or public official, are obligated to bow their knees to this King Jesus, confess Him as Lord of the universe with their tongues, and submit to His lordship over every aspect of their lives in thought, word and deed. 5. Biblical evangelism according to the Great Commission of Matt. 28:18-20 is not truly accomplished unless that message of Christ's lordship from point #4 above is give to the person being evangelized so they know that an attempt at personal neutrality before King Jesus is sin and treason in this universe. 6. Submission to the lordship of Christ is essential to salvation so we may say that no human may become a "saved" Christian who only "receives" Jesus as his saviour without also eagerly receiving Jesus as his Lord and King at the moment of salvation. 7. The Lord's Prayer stating that "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven" was meant to be prayed by us with the hope that this condition would happen on earth before Christ's second coming wherever and whenever the Christians of any geography decided to band together to help make it happen. 8. The Bible is the plumb line for all Nations, Christian or non- Christian, by which nations are to measure the justice and wisdom of all their laws, governments, procedures and society in general. It is easy to see that just the exact opposite of these 8 points above (which reflect the Articles #4,8,9,10,11,13,14,18 of the Kingdom document) is taught regularly from most Bible-loving pulpits of our land. If we are right that the Kingdom of God is basic, and that indeed the above 8 points are truly biblical and do reflect the general teaching of the major heroes of the Church the first 18 centuries, then is it any wonder the Body of Christ, which has been teaching falsehood (unknowingly) regarding these points the past 160 years in now like the church of Laodicea: "wretched, poor, blind and naked" and is not even aware of its own horrible condition?!!! By Gods' grace, this theological misunderstanding of the Church at large is one of the matters which can be cleared up and corrected by this coming Church Council. If any of you have questions or concerns about what I have just said here, feel free to write tome and tell me about it. A response card is provided for any input you may have for us about this issue, or other items listed on the card. Again, we thank you for standing with us in this ministry. Please know that your part is essential, and we are encouraged by your faithfulness. May God help us to accomplish our destiny in him, Jay Grimstead -+- SuperBBS 1.17-2 (Eval) + Origin: Visualize Whirled Peas! (1:104/515) ============================================================================= --- GoatEd Ver.0.00 * Origin: Sheets Inc. (1:123/67) SEEN-BY: 102/2 138 435 524 752 835 850 851 890 943 112/1 147/7 170/400 SEEN-BY: 206/2708 209/209 720 770 270/101 280/1 9 10 25 35 53 108 115 333 SEEN-BY: 280/359 378 385 500 1776 290/627 309/2 345/31 396/1 3615/50 @PATH: 123/67 303 301 3615/50 396/1 280/1 209/720 102/2 851

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