Personally, I like the input you give on this forum. You're direct and you speak what's in your heart, and I think that's a blessing from the Lord. Many people who claim to be Christians don't know what's in their heart. (I hope I am not that way myself..!)
You are not afraid to look for the truth wherever it may be found. Again, many Christians don't know how to look for truth, even if it hit them on the head. (Again, I hope I am not that way myself, and I have to keep a constant lookout!!!!)
It would seem that man's nature likes to categorize people. But God looks on the heart, because He knows that it's more complicated than that..
Well thank you for saying this. You know, I don't contend with others as long as I used to in conversation, I seem to tire of it quicker than I used to, but I will do it for a time. I think if I sense the person is interested, I will continue longer. But yes, some subjects are hot topics, that people hold deep feelings over.
My sense of the history of the church, comes from the bible. Not articles, not opinion, not assumption, as do my views on any biblical or Spiritual topic. The Church of God began in the Middle East and I think Jesus will return to Earth in that same Area. I think that he will raise up his prominent Leaders of the future from that area, and I think the end time events will focus on that area. It is difficult to tell an American this, because they view themselves as Gods focal point, I disagree with that. I believe when God calls out his church, it will be from people all over the globe, yes, but it will still center in that area, which is important to God, maybe not to others, but to God.
So I think the true history of the Church, is still in that area, still planted there, still focused there, it didnot " Move to America", only to shift back over there later, that makes no sense to me. No, Americans covet the truth, so certain leaders have taught that the church moved here, when anglo saxons moved here, as if those people were the focus of the truth. The Arab world is the heart of Gods dealings on earth, but some think that has changed. I don't think it has changed or will change, because I am not caught up in trying to manipulate God. I think God hid his church, as he did his truth, covered it up, and let it stay like that for years.
When God opens up people in that area of the world, those people will be from a linage of impressive history, and they will really be persecuted when they teach the truth. But I think they will be quite impressive.
If anything, I believe as the truth traveled to America, it got more perverted and distorted. I think America has worked over the truth more deadly than any nation, and thus is a major part of Gods plan of distortion and keeping the truth from comming out, or the church, one could say. Of course Americans view this conversely, they think themselves as the heart of Gods truth and church. And I think that pride will be broken.
Let me say this about God also, he gives the person a " Sense of that brokeness comming" too. I think American views of the truth, the Church, and all things concerning this, is destined to be broken. So those who infiltrate Gods calling, will never enjoy a whole heart, somethingelse will burn within them also, and the first will be last, the ones who put themselves first in the line, will just have to be last. Those Americans God will call out, will know this, and will hold a humility that does not look to create " American Influence" to the end times. But I do believe those Americans called, will be quite something themselves, because when God pulls someone out of distortion, they are unique individuals and will hold a very strong inner quality, which comming from slavery can produce.
I am thinking of beginning to look more into personal study of Gods endtime " Two Witnesses", because I don't know anything about them. They seem to be two very powerful humans used by God, and they are killed in the Middle East, and are ressurected. And then the end comes. But this is a mystery to me, I don't even know if its true, but I am trying to understand it. It intrest me.
Anyhow, thank you for your comment.