A House Divided...

Our fervent prayer is that as you continue to read through this material; the Spirit of God will quicken His word to your heart, in sincere hope that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.”

Many brothers and sisters in Christ believe there is a "second reformation" or paradigm shift beginning to take place in the body of Christ.  According to Revelation 19:7 before the marriage of the Lamb occurs His bride will have "made herself ready."  This I believe speaks of the paradigm shift currently underway.

Some do not acknowledge this shift at all, while others level charges that sound very much like the Catholic church in Martin Luther's day.  On our part, it is so very difficult to share thoughts that seem (at least on the surface) to come against the local church.  In truth though, what we stand against are the practices that have crept into the midst of the church, choking off the fruitfulness of what God intended His children to walk in.

Jesus said that "...if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand."  While the original context concerns satan and his kingdom, certainly the principle is transferable to any endeavor.  While we can all point to endless examples of good that have been accomplished by local congregations, many know that there is something amiss in many churches.  Instead of addressing the root causes of why we lack the power of the 1st century church; we've adopted theology that relegates the power of God to a bygone era. 

I am convinced however that much of what the modern church lacks in biblical authority and anointing is a direct result of the house being "divided against itself."  Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 5:7 encouraging the church to "purge out the old leaven;" which I believe speaks of the methods of man that are employed to accomplish God's purposes.  In this present day; we make many decisions and are committed to many programs conceived by the soul of man rather than by the Spirit of God.

While this web-site has words of rebuke for the present state of the church; I believe there is also a foundational framework for those who would identify with or understand this need for a paradigm shift as the bride of Christ is 'made ready' in these last days. 

The part that offends many who are traditionally minded, is based on Jesus' assertion that "new wine must be put into new wineskins."  It has been and will continue to be impossible to accomplish all that the Lord is calling forth in these last days if we hold onto practices within the church that are not biblically ordained; causing the best intentions of God's people to be undermined by our fleshly practices, i.e. a house "divided against itself." 

The bible says in Romans 11:22  "Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness."

Since there is much to cover, I would rather first offer some assurances. our motivation is Jesus, plain and simple.  What is written, is with a sense of reverence and fear; knowing that those who teach receive a stricter judgment. (James 3:1)

As Paul anticipates traveling to see Timothy, he gives him instruction:  "Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.  Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.   Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.   Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you." (1Timothy 4:13-16)

Paul also speaks to Timothy explaining about perilous times ahead:  "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables."  (2 Timothy 4:2-4)

We are in perilous times now and if you are going to read through this material, then I charge you to be a Berean, and read your bible, look up scripture references, YOU are responsible as well.  We can no longer ignore the complacency in the body of Christ. 

We can either accept business as usual, (and die in our sins) or we can accept our mandate from God as believers to take His good news to a sick and dying world. 

As You read through portions of this website you may feel that we are being arrogant.  We hope you understand that God's word charges us to "Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you" (Titus 2:15). The bible echoes these thoughts in 1 Peter 4:11 as well  "If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."

Why Shilohouse? In Genesis 49:10 – Shiloh is first used as a name representing Jesus (or if you prefer Yeshua). The scripture verse concludes by declaring And to Him shall be the obedience of the people."

 

 Remember

HE IS

And He is looking for

Obedience

NOT LEGALISM

 But obedience.

The Lord spoke through the prophet Samuel saying —

Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and

sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,

And to heed than the fat of rams.

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,

and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.

Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,

He also has rejected you from being king.”     1 Samuel 15:22-23 

As you read what is here, it is our prayer that you will be prompted to think carefully about your relationship with Jesus Christ, and be willing to ask yourself some penetrating questions. It is important to remember to “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.” Colossians 1:21-23 says in part that He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight —if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard."

Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

There are many perils facing our world today, and more importantly much of what we would call THE CHURCH OF TODAY is in crisis. Why is the crisis in the church more important than what is happening in the world? The answer is simple --- WE as the body of Christ are suppose to be the ones with the answers. Which prompts the next question. Are we in the midst of what the apostle Paul called “the falling away?” 

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