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The Foundation Has Been Replaced!
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the LORD: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit,” Ephesians 2:19-22.
I find myself often wondering how the Church has drifted from its original design that was meant for it.
The early Church operated much differently than it does today, for at that time the foundation had been set firmly and the varied ministries were then allowed to grow and to be fitted into its framework.
And yet now after almost 2000 years we see how the offices of the pastor/teacher have replaced the need for the foundational ministries of apostle and prophet.
Even when some Churches and ministries recognize the importance of these foundational stones, the hierarchy still operates as it has now for hundreds of years following a worldly man-made structure that now builds itself by neglecting what is more important.
For now we see a massive structure that has a building that seems to look right from the outside but if one were to inspect its foundation massive cracks and fissures would be seen.
So now the entire building has continued to move upwards with its walls, windows, carpets and all the other features, but only with the neglect of what it should be built upon.
I tell you that surely this great structure will eventually fall because it hasn’t been built from the ground up.
At the corner of many well known buildings made of stone there is a cornerstone that sits firmly in its place.
This stone is the very first stone that is to be placed when a building is being erected.
Our Chief Cornerstone is Christ Himself, and without His placement there, no sermon uttered, or service rendered, will ever be effective and in time it will be reduced to dust.
It Is Time for Reformation!
“Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.
“It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a ‘den of robbers,” Matthew 21:12-13.
“All would come into the great assembly today. What would you hear?
Why would you come and hear the ministry of man instead of Me?
I tell you, My Church, and much of it, has become a den of robbers. For you come to sell your programs. You come to sell your sermons. You come to sell everything. From Sunday after Sunday I hear your praises and I hear your songs.
What is My true Church?
Must there be the same man-made system year after year?
I tell you that there needs to be a reformation in my name. There needs to be a reformation of the basic structure.
I tell you, I tire of these things. Many of your Churches have become idols. You have one leader. You have one point person.
Is not My Church to be built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets?
I tell you, it is a time to restructure. The old framework needs to be done away with. The old framework has dead wood in it. It is time. It is time to revamp the process.”
First published: April 13, 2008.
You Have Ignored the Foundation!
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the LORD,” Ephesians 2:19-21.
(The LORD showed me a Church and I was looking at it in 3-D so that I could see the walls, windows and its entire structure.
As the Church building was rotating around so that I could see it, I noticed that the foundation which was made up of several large stones had many gaps and holes in it.
In fact the entire foundation was weakened, because of this. However, the Church itself was continually going upwards, with its windows and sides being polished and finished as the foundation itself was falling apart. )
“I tell you, that many Churches today have striven to build a Church for me. They have all the right songs. They have all kinds of programs.
Their walls are finished with the finest materials, but they have built it the wrong way. For they have used traditional methods to build it.
Have I not said that the Church is to be built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with my son Jesus as its Chief Cornerstone?
But many of you have gone your own way. You have built a Church that might be pleasing to the eye, but its structure is weak.
For you have ignored the foundation. For you have left out the apostle and prophet.
You have said, ‘No, no, I don’t need them.’ You have gone your own way with the traditions of man. Everything may look beautiful to the eye, but I tell you that it will not stand.
For in time your building will sway. It will move from side to side. And in the end it will be like that house that was build upon the sand.
For the winds will blow, and the walls will not stand. But if you would have every part of the body doing its part, then it would rise up to its maturity, and it would be strong and would weather the storms that are coming.
Do not follow the pattern of tradition, but rather, follow the pattern that I have outlined in My Word.”
Thus would say The Spirit of The LORD.
First Published: August 14, 2010.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?