A Letter to the Church in America

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The western Church is not a series of church buildings and denominations. Those are businesses. The true Church is the body of believers that move in the power, control, and direction of the Holy Spirit. They proclaim the gospel and bring truth to the hearts of those darkened by sin.

That being the case, if Paul and John (the author of Revelation) were to write a letter to the church of America I have a feeling this is what it would sound like…

*These are passages taken from different scriptures in Revelation 2 and 3, and Paul’s writings in 1 Corinthians 1 and 3 with “America” in place of the churches they addressed among other relevant changes etc.*

To the Church of America,

 

I urge and entreat you, friends, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say, and that there be no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.

For it has been made clear to me, my friends, that there are contentions and wrangling and factions among you.

What I mean is this, that each one of you [either] says, I belong to Calvinism, or I belong to Arminianism, or I belong to the reformed and non-denominational etc., or I belong to Christ.

Is Christ (the Messiah) divided into parts? Was Calvin crucified on behalf of you? Or were you baptized into the name of Calvin?

For when one says, I belong to Calvin, and another, I belong to Arminianism, are you not [proving yourselves] ordinary (unchanged) men?

What then is Arminianism? What is Calvinism? Ministering servants [not heads of parties] through whom you believed, even as the Lord appointed to each his task:

I planted, Arminians/Calvinists watered, but God [all the while] was making it grow and [He] gave the increase.

So neither he who plants is anything nor he who waters, but [only] God Who makes it grow and become greater.

He who plants and he who waters are equal (one in aim, of the same importance and esteem), yet each shall receive his own reward (wages), according to his own labor.

I know your industry and activities, laborious toil and trouble, and your patient endurance, and how you cannot tolerate wicked [men] and have tested and critically appraised those who call [themselves] apostles (special messengers of Christ) and yet are not, and have found them to be impostors and liars.

I know you are enduring patiently and are bearing up for My name’s sake, and you have not fainted or become exhausted or grown weary.

But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me/Jesus, your first love].

Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord], or else I will visit you and remove your lamp-stand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent.

I know your record and what you are doing; you are supposed to be alive, but [in reality] you are dead. I know your [record of] works and what you are doing; you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot!

So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth!

For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

Therefore I counsel you to purchase from Me gold refined and tested by fire, that you may be [truly] wealthy, and white clothes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nudity from being seen, and healing ointment to put on your eyes, that you may see.

Rouse yourselves and keep awake, and strengthen and invigorate what remains and is on the point of dying; for I have not found a thing that you have done [any (solely) humanitarian work of yours] meeting the requirements of My God or perfect in His sight.

So call to mind the lessons you received and heard; continually lay them to heart and obey them, and repent. In case you will not rouse yourselves and keep awake and watch, I will come upon you like a thief, and you will not know or suspect at what hour I will come.

Yet you still have a few [persons’] names in America who have not soiled their clothes, and they shall walk with Me in white, because they are worthy and deserving.

Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude].

Thus shall he who conquers (is victorious) be clad in white garments, and I will not erase or blot out his name from the Book of Life; I will acknowledge him [as Mine] and I will confess his name openly before My Father and before His angels.

He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the [Holy] Spirit says to the Church in America.

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