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Worldliness

John Collins04/16/2013

Cult pastors who are starting to take notice as their congregations become aware of  the many discrepancies they have hidden from them all these years employ the same tactic:  ignorance.

Because they have no good explanation for why they continue to promote lies instead of Truth, and because they wish things could go back to the way things were before Branham’s deception was uncovered, they try to push the ignorance back on the people.  How?

They tell their congregations that ‘wisdom’ is ‘worldly’, and that ‘worldliness’ is the pathway to hell.  To some extent, they are correct, but in their last-ditch effort to keep the followers ignorant, they misuse the two words “wisdom” and “worldly.”

To tell their followers to avoid “wisdom” (searching out their own salvation by proving their doctrines) is not only foolish, but is entirely wrong.  To do so, the ignorant follower must tear the book of Proverbs out of their Bibles and pretend that it was never there.  King Solomon was the wisest man in the entire Bible, and many of the things he wrote in Proverbs are sound teachings.

It’s a funny thing, that word.  Worldliness.  It is the “catch-all” word when you are bound by the chains of a harmful religious cult.

I remember growing up, I would look at other Christians in awe, studying them after being told they were “worldly.”  For most cult followers, “worldliness” has about 80% to do with the way they dress.  (yes, I pulled that 80% out of my hat – It was the favorite percentage of William Branham for a statistic he made up on the fly.

The point is that with most religious cults and other false religion, worldliness is considered an outward thing.  ‘Worldliness’ were the warning lights shining from the non-cult member’s body, and we were taught that these lights shone because of their heart. 

Earrings were worldly.  Though God described His Bride as having earrings and a nose ring to Isaiah, these were worldly.  Why?  Because most everyone outside of the cult wore them!  It is easier to “separate yourselves,” because you were practically already separate!

Another “sign” of worldliness was shorter hair on women.  …not short enough to look like a man, but simply cut at some point in time.  Even cult women who had at any time in their lives placed scissors to their hair were “marked.”  Forever, they would be the lower class in the cult.

Television was “worldly,” movies were “worldly,” music that had any sort of drums in the background was “worldly.”  The definition of “worldliness” varied from cult church to cult church.  The headquarters in Jeffersonville preaches against any instrument played in the church besides a piano or organ – even clapping to use your hands as an instrument – while other cult churches have a full band on the platform with drums and those “evil” electric guitars.

But NONE of this is what the Bible describes as “worldly.”  All of these things are man-made rules applied to a concept that was built on false pretenses.  They were the invisible fence around the commune that sat in the open city.

The problem is that the very thing they have done by this “doctrine of worldliness” is the exact description of worldliness that is given in the Bible:  Replacing God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ with inventions of the mind!  This is exactly what the ancient pagan religions did, this is what the Apostles condemned, and this is what every cult in the history of mankind has done!

Even Webster knew more than these cult leaders about worldliness.  Webster describes the true meaning of worldliness: 

of, relating to, or devoted to this world and its pursuits rather than to religion or spiritual affairs

The Kingdom of Heaven may not have television.  Then again, it may – who knows?  What it will NOT have is sin.  The television we have today is filled with sin – but then again, there are good, pure, wholesome programs that further education, establish morals and rightful standards, and are very entertaining.

If, by some chance, the Kingdom of Heaven DOES have Television, it will not contain the sin and filth that is on display.  It would contain the same thing that other Christians of this world enjoy by filtering out the sinful programming themselves! 

This is an example of a worldly doctrine.  This single teaching of ‘worldliness’ applies ONLY to this world and not the world to come.  It actually has NOTHING to do with religion or spiritual affairs – it is simply a rule set in place by a wolf in sheep’s clothing!

The Apostle Paul describes worldliness all throughout his letters.  Never is it about anything superficial – it always pointed to the heart and how our faith should be planted in Christ.

To Paul, “worldliness” was pride.  “Worldliness” was selfishness.  Worldly was all of the things that mankind has suffered with by greed and love of money, everything that breaks the two most powerful Commandments:  “Love the Lord thy God with all your heart and mind and soul”, and “love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Let me ask you this:  If you look down at another woman with “bobbed hair” because of her “worldliness,” is that TRULY loving thy neighbor as thyself?  Do you love this person enough to give your own life to save, or do you feel that she is “atomic fodder” because she did not listen to the cult leader?

Ephesians 4 gives a very good description of worldliness:

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!

This is exactly what we see in the cult churches!  Futility of their minds!  Their understanding of what “worldliness” truly is has become so darkened that even the definition varies from church to church!  If you enjoy drums in your worship, then simply move to another cult church city!  If you like slits in the bottom of your skirts, or television, just move!  It doesn’t matter!  ….but it is futility of the mind.

Recently near Jeffersonville, a tornado hit a small town and totally devastated the structure.  It made national news, and help from all around the nation started pouring in.  Christian churches established help centers, and donations from all around the country was given to help the poor who could not afford to rebuild.  I sat in a Baptist church and watched as a special offering was given to help, and watched as people who also struggled financially gave to help their neighbors – because they loved their neighbors MORE than themselves.

Then, I watched as the “headquarters” of this cult denomination became greedy.  I watched as the local cult churches became greedy.  Those in the cult – even some who never darkened the door of a church – were treated with love and respect, and the cult came quickly to their aid.  One of my family members lost almost everything, and was given much in replacement.

But other Christians, some who lost family members to the power of the tornado, some who lost everything, were looked down upon.  As they were crying, filtering through the rubble of what once used to be their home, the cult passed them by.  Children, standing on what once used to be the floor of their home, hoping to find just one single toy from the day before, crying because they did not understand what happened – all just in need as the cult followers!

The cult headquarters just smeared the tragedy in their faces!  The website declared how “not a single one of ‘God’s children’ were harmed by the storm!  While other Christians lost limbs and family members!  Christians! 

This, friends, is worldliness, and it comes directly from the trunk that produced the branches.

Colossians 3 tells us that this worldliness is idolatry, and we need to turn our hearts back to Christ and love of fellow man.  We need to remember the two Commandments that Christ said were the foundation for all the others, both of which include love one for another.

Colossians 3 tells us to look beyond the things of this world, and look above to the Kingdom of Heaven:

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

To understand the New Testament, you must first understand what Paul just said about your own life:  “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

This is also the most beautiful description of what Trinitarian churches believe:  Christ is at the right hand of God, the Holy Spirit has sealed us, and we are ‘hidden with Christ in God’

If we think that the cult’s definition of ‘worldly’ has any impact on our salvation one way or another, we do not understand this passage.  This life is dead and rotted away!  We are hidden with Christ!  Christ is our life, and when he appears, we will appear with him in Glory!

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 

Not only does Paul condemn these things, he calls them ‘idolatry,’ and because of these, the wrath of God is coming!  Some of these, like sexual immorality, the cult does restrain from.  But how about evil desire?  Covetousness?  Passion?

In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.  But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 

How many lies did the ‘prophet’ himself tell from behind the pulpit?  There are so many it is almost uncountable!  Now that the cult followers know this, they simply brush it away as “well, he was human and made mistakes!”  I CRY FOUL!  If they simply believed that, then why have they for YEARS preached from behind the pulpits that he made NO mistakes?  Why did they preach the lies as scriptural fact?  Why do they call this the “Voice of God” recordings!  God does NOT lie!

Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

This is very interesting.  Would any single member of this cult following consider a barbarian equal to themselves?  If the barbarian were from the jungles of the Amazon, clothed only in a few leaves around the loins, would they sit at a table and fellowship with him?  Would they even allow him to sit in the pew? 

And how many anti-Semitic teachings did “the prophet” bring?  Let’s look at a few:

  • “You know a Jew. Not all of them, but some of them want money.” – 51-0718
  • [Of the Apostle Paul] “Oh, you little hook-nosed Jew” – 53-0326
  • [Of Jesus] “"What if you see Him and He is a real dark Jew. If He is this..." I don't care what He looks like, He's my Saviour.” – 53-0614
  • “Now, remember, the Church is not His servants. We are His sons, not His servants. The Jew is always His servant.” – 54-0103M
  • For all the tables are full of vomit... (speaking of this day)... and filthiness, so that there is no clean place... (Brother, if that wasn't a picture of the Jew!) – 54-0514

…I could go on, I’m only in 1954!

Paul continues, telling us a better way:

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Why does the cult instruct the very thing that Paul condemns?  Why do they ignore the very things Paul tells us to apply to our lives?  Is this “perfect love?”


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