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This is the 32. Chapter of "The Man-Made Church."
by Frank L. Preuss
The outer forms and customs of the man-made churches are idolatry and a disfigurement of the pure teaching of Jesus Christ.
The man-made churches have entwined a human work into it and now attach greater importance to this human work than the Gospel of the Lord, which only contains the two commandments of love.
They have added human requirements to the Gospel. The human requirements hold men back to really turn to God. But who feels close love towards God, he brings all his thoughts to him; he communes closely with him, where he is alone – he will not need surroundings for this, which rather hold him back from his close thoughts towards him.
God has founded his church on earth himself, which is built on the rock of faith, but he has founded no organization. Only God’s word alone is to be the content of a community, and out of his word men are to fulfil the love commandments – to reach a living faith through love – and through this the closest union with him. Then they are members of the church, which he has founded on earth himself.
God now tries to supply all men with truth; but only few accept it. But who accepts it, he also soon acquires a deep knowledge, and out of this knowledge he must now act accordingly, for – no-one can serve two masters.
But when now a work is built up, which is adverse to this knowledge, then this work has also obviously come into being through the effect of God’s opponent, which every outer event proves, which is suited to give a complete wrong idea of God’s actual will. And then the now knowing person has to detach himself from the works of God’s opponent. Who cannot accept the truth supplied to him by God on account of his own lack of love or of his small degree of maturity, he will understandably also not want to give away his error. But for the knowing the error is recognizable and it remains error, therefore effect of the opponent; he then just complies with the worldly demands; but this is then no worship, this is purely a worldly matter, a showing of consideration for fellow men, which however are also to be led to truth, but not to be strengthened in their unbelief.
But God himself can make no compromises; he only can give us clear information about error and truth, and we ourselves then have to decide and then prove our decision.
We are always to consider that it is an unusual gift of favour to introduce us to pure truth, that certainly every man can make use of this gift of favour, but that it is again a great act of love of God when his spirit speaks so loud in a man that he comes to the recognition that God can also send to him truth according to his will for truth. And full use is also to be made of this gift of favour, by man now accepting truth and also representing it to those who are still bound to traditional or organizational regulations. Only he who is free of this, he is also free of God’s opponent, otherwise the danger still exists that the opponent seeks to win him back, that he weakens his will.
Men who are still bound to traditional or organizational regulations are not free. Only he who is free of being bound to traditional or organizational regulations, he is also free of God’s opponent, otherwise always the danger exists that the opponent seeks to win him back, that he weakens his will.
So who is still bound to traditional or organizational regulations, he is also still bound to God’s opponent and therefore also belongs to the regiment of Antichrist.
On Sunday he goes to church, and through this demonstrates that he is still bound to traditional or organizational regulations, that he still listens to the local Antichrist and he will therefore also cling to the supra-local when he appears.
Most of that what I have just given comes nearly literally from a message by Bertha Dudde and I will bring this message completely at the end. But this message is only one of many of this kind for Bertha Dudde’s messages again and again come back to this subject and again and again show the falsehood of the man-made churches.
And this uncovering of the false churches in the work of Bertha Dudde is one of the best proofs that her work is true, that that it is not, like many other so-called Christian writings, just a product of this so-called Christian way of thinking which just distracts from true, real Christianity.
And the same what I just said about the work of Bertha Dudde also applies to the work of Jakob Lorber. Both these works, exactly like the Bible, expose again and again the machinations of the religionists, which do not lead to God but away from him, and who, when they get hold of him, kill him.
All this being bound to traditional or organizational regulations is idolatry.
One can have understanding for it when people who seek God turn to these man-made churches because they do not know any other possibility, but when men, who know the works of Bertha Dudde or Jakob Lorber, do not separate from these man-made churches, carry out a clear and final break, then one should exercise caution towards such people and doubt that their desire for truth is genuine.
I had just mentioned the works of Jakob Lorber and Bertha Dudde and emphasized that their genuineness is proved by the again and again stressed attacks on the false religiousness of the man-made churches, and I now want to give here what God has to say about Jakob Lorber. It comes from Bertha Dudde’s dictation B.D. NR. 8909 dated 10.1.1965 and in it God says about Jakob Lorber, that he, Lorber can certainly be called the greatest seer and prophet. And that is quite something, to say something like this about a man. It means that Jakob Lorber still comes before such great prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel and when one has a look at the content and the spiritual value of Jakob Lorber’s writings then such an evaluation quickly makes sense.
Here follows an excerpt from B.D. NR. 8909:
Moreover also my servant J. Lorber was only a man who could be wrong and then was wrong when his intellect alone tried to solve a problem because then my opponent could influence his intellect …. He certainly stood under my protection and he truly left a knowledge to the world that he certainly can be called the greatest seer and prophet … But I had to leave to him his free will
Jakob Lorber “truly left a knowledge to the world that he certainly can be called the greatest seer and prophet” and this is a statement coming from God himself.
To again and again attack the man-made churches is a sign of genuineness of writings and not doing this again and again is a sign that one is dealing with writings and writers who are just apparently Christian, but in reality belong to the regiment of Antichrist. And when one goes into a Christian book shop with this recognition then one also knows what one has to think of all the displayed works there. And then one will also realize whom all those so-called Christians will really support in the times of the end: him, whom they follow already now and to whose regiment they already now belong.
Now comes the message from Bertha Dudde:
Every man must act according to his knowledge.
2. April 1964. B.D. NR. 8796.
Let this be said to you that no externals are valid before me, that I only value that what comes out of the deepest heart. When you think to honour me through formal acts, you carry out a kind of idolatry from which you are however to separate to all the more be closely merged with me – to make my presence in your hearts possible, which is completely independent from outer forms and customs and therefore can also take place there where the heart alone speaks. Again and again I tell you that you have disfigured the pure teaching of Jesus, that you entwined human work into it and you now assign greater importance to this human work than to my Gospel, which comprises only the two commandments of love. For who lives in love, he guarantees my teaching. But no matter how conscientiously you obey all human requirements, which you have added to my Gospel – when love is not in you, which I taught you, then those acts are completely worthless; they do not earn your soul the smallest advantage, only confuse you men in that way, that you think to have done your duty. But every dutiful act is already completely worthless because it excludes human will. And when also voluntarily human requirements are fulfilled they still cannot bear the blessing in them, which a single work of love carries in itself. But he who feels close love towards me, he brings all his thoughts to me; he communes closely with me, where he is alone – he will not need any surroundings for this, which rather keeps him back from his close thoughts towards me. Who is ignorant, he also acts accordingly, and he is then also to be excused through his ignorance – but he who is in possession of truth, who knows how worthless outer acts and customs are before me – especially when they serve to mislead men in their thinking – he will also make an effort to free himself of it. He will evaluate all inner experience and recognition as an effort of love, and the union with me becomes closer and closer, which however can only be established in the heart. I certainly have founded my church on earth myself, which is erected on the rock of faith, but I founded no organization, which alone already follows from that they are outwardly recognizable and assert themselves more outside, but can leave the inner man untouched when he not earnestly strives for me and truth. Only my word alone is to be the content of a community, and men are to fulfil the love commandments out of my word – to reach a living faith through love – and through this therefore closest union with me. Then they are members of my church, which I myself have founded on earth. I now try to supply all men with truth, but few accept it. But who accepts it, he also soon attains a deep knowledge, and out of this knowledge he is now to act accordingly, for – no-one can serve two masters. But when now a work has been built up, which is in opposition to this knowledge, then this work is also obviously arisen from the effect of my opponent, which every outer event proves, which is suited to give a completely wrong impression of my actual will. And then the man who has now become knowing now also must separate from the works of my opponent. Who cannot accept the truth supplied to him due to his own lack of love or his small degree of maturity, he will understandably also not be willing to give away his error. But for the knowing the error is recognizable and it remains error, therefore effort of the opponent; he then only still obeys the (The knowing now obeys these) worldly requirements, but this is then no worship; this is a pure worldly matter, having consideration for men, who however also should be led to truth but not be strengthened in their unbelief. It is certainly difficult to proceed against a tradition, and it will also no longer succeed, and only few will free themselves, because their desire for truth is unusually strong. But I myself can make no compromises; I can only give you clear information about error and truth, and you have then to decide yourselves and then prove your decision. Always consider that it is an unusual gift of favour to introduce you to pure truth, that certainly every man can make use of this gift of favour, but that it is again a great act of love for my part when my spirit speaks to a man so loud that he reaches recognition, that I can also supply him with truth according his will for truth. And this gift of favour is also to be used by man now accepting truth and also representing it towards those who are still bound to traditional or organisational regulations. Only who is free of it, he is also free of my opponent, otherwise the danger still exists that the opponent seeks to win him back, that he weakens his will, although I no longer give up any man who once has surrendered to me for I no longer let my opponent have any man who once has earnestly decided in favour of me. Amen. B.D. NR. 8796.
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