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Altar Calls Through Fear

John Collins3/29/2012 9:08:00 PMMost MSG preachers will deny this now, but I remember a time hearing the same sermon in about 5 different MSG churches.

It would start out with quotes from "God of this Evil Age", condemning the entire world and its churches. In the middle, it would talk about the bride that was being prepared for the groom. At the end it would be the weeding out of the good from the bad.

Then the fear tactic would start, and it would draw a great altar call: "As it was in the days of Noah. How many survived with Noah? ... 8 souls. Friends, we need to get closer to God!!!!"

This is a common theme through WMB's message. The "little bride" the "chosen few".

I was speaking here a few days ago upon this Scripture, "Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, and but few there'll be that will find it."
And a young man who was riding with me in a car, said, "How many would you say would be saved in this generation?"
I said, "Eight or ten."
"Oh," he said, "Don't say that, brother."
I'll say, "I'll lengthen it to fifty, and that's as many as I can go."
He said, "Fifty people?"
I said, "Jesus said when He was on earth, 'As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the coming of the Son of man.' Days of Noah, there was eight souls saved." Now, remember a generation fades out each day, ends that generation. Take fifty a day for six thousand years and see what you've got.
And he said, "Well then, Brother Branham, I'd like to ask you this question. All the people that's claim to have the Holy Sprit, and so forth, won't they come in the resurrection?"
I said, "If they had the Holy Sprit. But what we been putting too much emphasis on, is on other things instead of the real thing, the love of God."

Reading the Bible without my "MSG goggles" on, I do find a few scattered scriptures to support a "chosen few". There are far greater scriptures to support a very, very large group of the saved.

I remember after finally coming to this realization, and looking at the people around me at the restaurant we were in after church one Sunday. Without the "MSG goggles" on, you start seeing brothers and sisters in Christ everywhere you go! It's incredible!

He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (Luke 10:2)

And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. (John 10:16)

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds[c] and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Eph 4)