My Vision on The Church Militant
Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
During the night hours of September 25, 2018, I was given a vision on the church militant which is supposed to be the body of Christ, engaged in a continuous war against evil. The life example of Christ was an example of what the church militant is supposed to be—a message about the love of God and the great sacrifice Christ made for man, which was characterized by grace, humility, truth in addition to love.
1. “Those Christians on earth who are engaged in a continuous war against evil and the enemies of Christ.”
God’s church upon the earth are His chosen people, who keep His commandments. God leads His authentic church militant, which is not stray offshoots here and there, but a people who believe the same truth of heaven.
Indeed, there are tares among the wheat, but the tares are insincere believers whose motives we would have to judge in order to uproot them. They are not open sinners, and we know that from the Bible, because God calls His church out to be separate from the world and sin. The members of any church militant must manifest the same qualities if he/she would eventually join the church triumphant. The living presence of Christ must be in any valid church militant, so no true church militant that is warring against evil and the enemies of Christ can imbibe evil apostasy of fallen churches and the world.
The church militant includes those who are warring against personal temptations to sin. It is a hospital for sinners in that regard, but it is not for the purpose of membering open sinners who clamor after the manner of worldlings. Such persons must be worked with in a kind, loving, Christian manner, in every effort to reform them, but if they refuse to be reformed, they must be separated from the church for the same reason God called us out of the world. The continuous influence of the world corrupts and it is impossible to unite with the corrupt and become or remain pure.
God’s Word makes it plain that the presence of Christ can exist only amongst those who keep His commandments. Since the church militant wages against evil, which is sin, which is transgression of the law, which is a transcript of the character of God, how can any church militant be in evil apostasy and still qualify as a church militant, militating against evil and the enemies of Christ. How can we join in evil and join with the enemies of Christ, and still qualify as a church militant that professes to war against such forces?
Classic Example of an Imposter Church Militant
I asked my attending angel if a once church militant is always a church militant. By way of an answer to my question, I was given the example of God’s first chosen people, the Jews. They were certainly once the church militant, being God’s first chosen people. But what happened to them? They apostatised and God divorced them. That is a fact of Bible history. Thus, if any once church militant apostatizes, it is not wrong to turn ones spiritual sword weapons upon such a once church militant.
Jesus gathered the disciples out of the once church militant of their day. Then they gathered out faithful Christians from the same once church militant. They formed home churches and warred against the apostate organization. We are instructed by God to war against any once church militant that attempts to compromise our original faith. We were instructed to repudiate any new movement that should remove pillar doctrines and thereby remove God.
I was given a clear illustration of an imposter church militant. I was shown that the most apostate church on earth claims to be the church militant. Please note:
The Catholic Church claims to be the church militant, as do many other churches that are seeped in apostasy, and are in bed with the world and ecumenical liaisons.
The Waldensians quite literally militated and turned their weapons upon the Catholic church. The Waldensians are praised by God’s true prophets for what they did.
God’s Plan B Principle When Any Church Proves Unfaithful
My angels showed me the following counsel applicable to any church and any people who were once God’s chosen:
“The Lord Jesus will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people rejected Christ, the Prince of life. He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto the Gentiles. God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work. When a church proves unfaithful to the work of the Lord, whatever their position may be, however high and sacred their calling, the Lord can no longer work with them. Others are then chosen to bear important responsibilities. But, if these in turn do not purify their lives from every wrong action, if they do not establish pure and holy principles in all their borders, then the Lord will grievously afflict and humble them and, unless they repent, will remove them from their place and make them a reproach.
God is not 'worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing' (Acts 17:25)” The Upward Look, p. 131.
God has worked according to the above principle in every succeeding generation. I was shown these words:
"The Sanhedrin had rejected Christ's message and was bent upon His death therefore Jesus departed from Jerusalem, from the priests, the temple, the religious leaders, the people who had been instructed in the law, and turned to another class to proclaim His message, and to gather out those who should carry the gospel to all nations. As the light and life of men was rejected by the ecclesiastical authorities in the days of Christ, so it has been rejected in every succeeding generation. Again and again the history of Christ's withdrawal from Judea has been repeated. When the Reformers preached the word of God, they had no thought of separating themselves from the established church but the religious leaders would not tolerate the light, and those that bore it were forced to seek another class, who were longing for the truth. In our day few of the professed followers of the Reformers are actuated by their spirit. Few are listening for the voice of God, and ready to accept truth in whatever guise it may be presented. Often those who follow in the steps of the Reformers are forced to turn away from the churches they love, in order to declare the plain teaching of the word of God. And many times those who are seeking for light are by the same teaching obliged to leave the church of their fathers, that they may render obedience." Desire of Ages, 232.
Why did True Reformers in every succeeding generation leave the churches of their fathers? What is the one reason given? The ecclesiastical leaders would not tolerate the light. So they moved on to others, like Jesus moved on from the Jews to the Gentiles.
"The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A NEW ORGANIZATION would be established. Books of a NEW ORDER would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the NEW MOVEMENT. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but GOD BEING REMOVED, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure.
Who has authority to begin such a [NEW] movement? We have our Bibles, we have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth? E.G. White, Selected Messages, Bk. 1, 204, 205.
“WHO HAS AUTHORITY TO BEGIN SUCH A [NEW] MOVEMENT? We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth?"
Veith says just give the three angel’s messages. Don’t sigh and cry for the stinky abominations. Just put a clothespin on your nose and glue your posterior to a pew. God says to sigh and cry aloud for all the abominations AND TO REPUDIATE THEM, (Eze. 9 and Isa. 58:1), and that if you don’t, you won’t received the MARK (SEAL) of the Man in Linen.
God says “EVEN WAR” against a “once” church militant turned into a new movement, rather than unity at the cost of compromise.
"The apostle says, 'Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.' Let every soul heed these words, and know that the Lord Jesus will accept of no compromise. In accepting and retaining workers who persist in retaining their imperfections of character, and do not give full proof of their ministry, the standard has been greatly lowered. There are many in responsible positions who do not heed the injunction of the apostle, but make provision for fulfilling the lust of the flesh. Unless the worker puts on the Lord Jesus Christ and finds in Him wisdom, sanctification, and redemption, how can he represent the religion of Jesus? All his efficiency, all his reward, is found in Christ. There must be evidence on the part of those who take the solemn position of shepherds that they have, without reservation, dedicated themselves to the work. They must take Christ as their personal Saviour. Why is it that those who have been long engaged in the ministry do not grow in grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus? I have been shown that they gratify their selfish PROPENSITIES and do only such things as agree with their tastes and ideas. They make provision for indulgence in pride and sensuality and carry out their selfish ambitions and plans. They are full of self-esteem. But although their EVIL PROPENSITIES may seem to them as precious as the right hand or the right eye, THEY MUST BE SEPARATED FROM THE WORKER, OR HE CANNOT BE ACCEPTABLE BEFORE GOD. Hands are laid upon men to ordain them for the ministry before they are thoroughly examined as to their qualifications for the sacred work but how much better would it be to make thorough work before accepting them as ministers, than to have to go through this rigid examination after they have become established in their position and have put their mold upon the work." Testimonies to Ministers, p. 171.
Those who are imbibing apostasy and are using the sacred tithe to disseminate error are not the church militant. We are not to turn our weapons upon the true church militant that teaches the pure truth. But what if a professing church militant is teaching a doctrine that sweeps away the entire Christian economy? That would be the Trinity Doctrine!
Of course, all the formally organized churches claim to be the church militant, but you have to weigh them according to their fidelity to Isaiah 8:20. They may adamantly claim to keep the commandments of God, and have the spirit of prophecy, but if they are obviously violating both, then Isaiah 58:1 and Ezekiel 9:4 are apropos.
We should be advised that the church militant is not the final church triumphant. We should also be aware that there is always a church triumphant (faithful men) who are earthly representatives of the heavenly church of Zion, Heb. 12:22, 23, who are always willing to come to the aid of the church militant. These representatives are known as True Reformers, and they have existed in every succeeding generation.
However, the tares (insincere believers whose motives one would have to judge to uproot them) dwell with the wheat to the end of time. Tares are different from thorns. Thorns are open sinning apostates who choke the wheat and kill it. Tares don’t choke and kill the wheat.
Some like Walter Veith say that we are not to turn our guns on the church militant and that is very true. However, no cold, apostate new movement that has removed God, can qualify as a church militant, because only the presence of Christ can constitute a church, because He is the head and the church is the body, and He cannot be the head of an apostate new movement.
I was shown the following words, and the fact that they have applied in all generations.
“If unity could be secured only by the compromise of truth and righteousness, then let there be difference, and even war.” Great Controversy, p. 45.
Jesus and His disciples “warred” against the apostasy of Israel. All the prophets always warred against any apostasy. Jesus was a Protestant, and He and His disciples separated from a religion that had fallen into apostasy. The disciples formed home churches.
"Christ was a protestant...The Reformers date back to Christ and the apostles. They came out and separated themselves from a religion of forms and ceremonies. Luther and his followers did not invent the reformed religion. They simply accepted it as presented by Christ and the apostles." E.G. White, Review and Herald, vol. 2, 48, col. 2.
What about the Waldensians who engaged literal war with the Catholics? Which was the true church militant, they or the Catholics?
Walter Veith says to super glue yourself to a pew in the omega new movement, and put a clothespin on your nose to keep from smelling the stench of the abominations. He may as well instruct the members of his new movement “church” to blind their eyes with blindfolders, and put earplugs in their ears!
What will happen to Walter Veith’s devotees when the leaders instruct the members to keep Sunday sacred, and they (his devotees) follow Veith’s advice to be glued to a pew in the omega of apostasy new movement?
"The Lord has a controversy with His professed people in these last days. In this controversy men in responsible positions will take a course directly opposite to that pursued by Nehemiah. They will not only ignore and despise the Sabbath themselves, but they will try to keep it from others by burying it beneath the rubbish of custom and tradition. In churches and in large gatherings in the open air, ministers will urge upon the people the necessity of keeping the first day of the week. There are calamities on sea and land: and these calamities will increase, one disaster following close upon another; and the little band of conscientious Sabbath-keepers will be pointed out as the ones who are bringing the wrath of God upon the world by their disregard of Sunday." R & H 3-18-1884.
I will tell you what will happen: Men, maidens and little children will perish without mercy, because they believed Walter Veith instead of God and Ellen White:
"Here we see that the church the Lord's sanctuary was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God's power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus "Peace and safety’ is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God's people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together." E.G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 211.
The same applies to Andrew Henriques, who teaches that the 144,000 are members of the new movement.
How long should one tolerate open sin apostasy before separating from it?
In 1844, Ellen White said that all who heard and understood the second angel’s message, but refused to heed it, or later rejected it, experienced a shut door on salvation. She never altered that part of her shut door belief. The folk who heard the second angel’s message in 1844, had about a month or two to make up their minds.
"If those who have been in the church for weeks and months have not learned the straightness of the way, and what it is to be Christians, and can not hear all the straight truths of the word of God, it were better that they were cut off from Israel. It is too late in the day to feed with milk. If souls, a month or two old in the truth, who are about to enter the time of trouble such as never was, can not hear all the straight truth, or endure the strong meat of the straightness of the way, how will they stand in the day of battle? Truths that we have been years learning must be learned in a few months by those who now embrace the Third Angel's Message....There is no need of milk after souls are convinced of the truth. As soon as the conviction of truth is yielded to and the heart willing, the truth should have its effect, the truth will work like leaven, and purify and purge away the passions of the natural heart. It is a disgrace for those who have been in the truth for years to talk of feeding souls who have been months in the truth, upon milk. It shows they know little of the leadings of the Spirit of the Lord, and realize not the time we are living in. Those who embrace the truth now will have to step fast. There will have to be a breaking up of heart before the Lord, a rending of heart, and not the garment." E.G. White, Manuscript Releases, vol 1, p 33-34 (Manuscript 1, February 12, 1854).
Paul left after three months:
Walter Veith, Andrew Henriques, and all other MEMBERS of an apostate new movement we were never to join, walk contrary to the example of Jesus, the disciples and Paul:
"And as they persisted in their rejection of the gospel the apostle (Paul) went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus." Acts, 19:8, 9.
"Fearing that the faith of the believers would be endangered by continued association with these opposers of the truth, Paul separated from them, and gathered the disciples into a distinct body." E.G. White, Acts of the Apostles, p. 286.
Why Separation is Paramount
God says that it is impossible to unite with the corrupt and remain/become pure. He says that it is impossible for the wheat to mature amongst thorns because they choke the wheat and kill it. Tares (insincere believers whose motives we would have to judge in order to uproot them) do not choke out the wheat and kill it. That is why wheat can dwell with tares until the harvest, the end of the world. But open sinning thorns are another matter.
"It is IMPOSSIBLE for you to unite with those who are corrupt, and still remain pure. (II Corinthians 6:14-15 quoted). God and Christ and the heavenly host would have men know that if he unites with the corrupt he will become corrupt." E. G. White, Review and Herald, Vol. 4, p. 137.
"Thorns sprung up.--The thorns made it impossible for the wheat to mature (see Luke 8:14). In the same way secular interests prevent the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23) from reaching maturity. Religion is relegated to the subordinate position of being only one interest among many. For lack of cultivation it withers and eventually dies. That which the thorny-ground hearers lack is a moral transformation. To them, justification is the sum and substance of religion, and they fail to realize that the Christian life consists essentially in the process known as sanctification--the process by which evil traits and tendencies are replaced by the perfect life-pattern of Jesus Christ." Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 5, 405.
Do you believe God or leaders of the omega of apostasy new movement? Your eternal fate rests with believing God and the Holy Spirit gift to the church.
In the Name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
R. William Beaulieu