Sunday, 15 April 2018

Doctrine - Media vs a medium

Antisocial policy

The OAC has a “policy that does not allow the Church or its Officers to participate formally on social media”.

Formal response from OAC Head Office

This is an odd policy and may just be a way to pretend they’re not guilty of what they’re actually preaching in secret by word of mouth.

Luke 12:1-3 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed;
neither hid, that shall not be known.
Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light;
and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

Some OAC social media groups have a disclaimer that endorses this policy, even though they are closed to the general public and have OAC officers as administrators.

Closed OAC group with a disclaimer

A disclaimer on an apple won’t hide the fact that it came from an apple tree.

Closed OAC group that had an "underdeacon" as administrator, he has since been promoted to "priest"

It can’t be very comforting for OAC members to know that their spiritual gifts might “often not be the Church’s view”. Especially if the group is administered by an “underdeacon” and the “underdeacon” is considered to be the door to the house.

The same could then apply when OAC members go out on testimony telling the world about their version of Jesus. It could even be the same when it comes to the ordaining of officers based on prophetic gifts.

I was taught as an active OAC member that the gift never changes, the “officer” gift is exactly the same irrespective of the person or vessel that receives this gift. The only difference between the various officers is the heaven that they’re in. This gift is apparently eternal and never changes and the “apostleseals you with this gift. If that were so, OAC officers would all speak the same language and never argue. Apparently OAC members are also blessed with the spirit of discernment which is also the same gift. If all of this was true, there would be no reason for a policy or disclaimer.

A common characteristic of these OAC social media groups is that as soon as someone differs with the administrators or certain aspects of the OAC doctrine, they get belittled and/or blocked.

A former OAC member responded as follows when asked if he was an OAC member: “...I was for 24 years, but I saw and experienced many things that made me turn away from them
1) No real preaching against sins
2) No chasing after God's real holiness
3) No attention to the prophesies which are and will take place physically on earth
4) No real joy and worship
5) Have their own language that uplifts things like church activities and praising people that are priests, elders, overseers etc - but almost no uplifting and praising of God
6) The OAC has become a organisation where the organisation has become higher than God
7) Barely saw how people's life changed in the church - they go to church activities, but live and talk the same way as the world when they are away from the church activities - and the list goes on and on...”

Needless to say, this former OAC member has since been blocked like countless others on OAC social media groups. Well done to those who have tried sharing the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ on these OAC social media groups.

2 Timothy 4:2-4 Preach the word;
be instant in season, out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Biblical principles remain unchanged irrespective of the platform you are using.
The message of the gospel of Jesus Christ remains unchanged irrespective of the platform you are using.
What you think will reflect in what you do or say irrespective of the platform you are using.
Paul writes that whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

The OAC don’t only have a policy regarding social media, they also don’t participate formally on mass media communication such as print media and the press, or broadcasting such as radio and television.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is not supposed to be a big secret. Jesus said that a city that is set on an hill cannot be hid, a lit candle is not put under a bushel, but on a candlestick (Matthew 5:13-16). Jesus told His apostles that there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed. What they hear in the ear, that should they preach on the housetops (Matthew 10:26-27). Jesus wasn’t afraid to preach publicly out in the open (Matthew 13:1-17, Matthew 13:34-35).

Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission to teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost and teaching them to observe all things that Jesus commanded them (Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:47-48, Acts 1:8).

On the day of Pentecost some 2,000 years ago, Peter preached to multitudes of people from different parts of the world (Acts 2:1-40). On that same day 3,000 of those that heard him were baptised and added to the church (Acts 2:41). The 3,000 that were added were real people, not spirits or “departed” souls (Acts 2:5-22, Acts 2:29, Acts 2:36-41). The Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved (Acts 2:42-47).

These true apostles were not afraid to speak and preach publicly (Acts 4:1-22, Acts 5:17-42).
Stephen is the first martyr recorded in the Bible for preaching publicly about Jesus Christ (Acts 6:8-15, Acts 7:1-60).
Philip preached Christ in the city of Samaria (Acts 8:4-8).
Paul wasn’t afraid of preaching Jesus Christ publicly (Acts 16:11-40, Acts 17:16-34, Acts 20:20-21, Acts 21:37-40, Acts 22:1-30, Acts 23:1-11).
Apollos publicly convinced the Jews that Jesus was Christ (Acts 18:24-28).
Paul caused a riot in Ephesus for preaching Jesus Christ amongst the craftsmen that made silver shrines for their goddess Diana (Acts 19:21-41).
Paul almost convinced king Agrippa to become a Christian (Acts 26:1-32).

Christianity has continued to grow worldwide ever since that time, building on the foundation already laid by the true apostles and true prophets, with Jesus Christ as their Head.

By contrast, almost 50% of OAC members worldwide reside in South Africa, a country that has less than 1% of the world’s total population. If the total number of OAC members worldwide resided in South Africa, they wouldn’t even be 0.1% of South Africa’s total population. This is for a church that claims to be the only original church even though the OAC didn’t exist before 1927. OAC members also don’t regard themselves as Christians but rather as “Apostolics”. Christians who read the Bible in context are regarded by OAC members as the “world”.

2 Corinthians 4:1-6 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully;
but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord;
and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Good news is for sharing because sharing is caring.

John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned:
but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Do you believe in Jesus and that He is the only Messiah?