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But antichrist will hear of no such hope of glory. His hope does not rest wholly in the Christ within, but partially in his on works, or faithfulness, or endurance. He focus on laws, regulations, creeds, ordinances, observances, lineages, traditions and religious exercises, all of which are designed to assure his right standing with God. He is thus denying the Father and the Son, for God’s order is, “You are kept by the POWER OF GOD through FAITH.” 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Anything added to the anointing within to try and fill some place or function in our lives not fulfilled BY THE ANOINTING ALONE is-antichrist!
It is entirely possible to make a god of “unity.” This is a spirit of antichrist because it detracts from finding our way with our Saviour and places our faith and trust instead ina brotherhood. Instead of being united by the simple light of the gospel, we are required to be united by embracing a system. The mark of this error shows itself by seeking submission to a brotherhood rather than to Christ, and believing this is submission to Christ. a dear brother summed it up very succinctly in an email which I quote here with his permission.
“I have come to realize that the Truth of God is clear and alive on earth from creation to the end times. It was, is and will be. In this dispensation it is written in the hearts of men, and as such we are each personally in possession of the possibility of being connected to it. Where the Holdeman church may be in error is that we have made more of unity than personal commitment. We are like a branch on the tree of Truth with a book and a way of life between us and the tree itself. We filter everything we get from the tree by the book. We have a generation now that finds themselves unable to go ahead on their own conviction because they personally don’t have any on a lot of issues. They are scared to search for fear of deception. If they read the Word and try to find a way, they run into things that don’t add up and are then confused with no where to turn. When we commit to finding a conviction from God and His Word, we will find a way. This is possible to do in the Holdeman fellowship or out of it. I do think that either way, each individual will need to make some choices on doctrinal matters and choose how they will follow their consciences.”
There are brethren who are under church discipline for “asking their questions.” God will judge thee situations in His own good way. May we each individually find our way with out Lord and be a temple with the visible sign of His Spirit indwelling. We will be safe from the antichrist and will be in spiritual unity with those disciples in the upper room on the day of Pentecost, as well as those believers past and resent who have the inner light. No other way will be sufficient.