The Time of the End

by Mike Ratliff

“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” (Daniel 12:1-2 ESV)

God uses things such as the Manhattan Declaration in His plan to educate and edify His people pertaining to the real qualities of His Church, made up of only those whose name are written in the book. Central to this “real Church” is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is clearly defined in the Word of God. Since its inception at the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, His death, resurrection, ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit in power on the day of Pentecost, the Church has been under attack by our enemy. These attacks come from every conceivable direction and source. Some are direct assaults by unbelieving pagans, however, the most devastating attacks come from those who claim to be “Christian,” but who pervert the truth leading many astray or causing doubt and confusion amongst the brethren.  Continue reading

Authentic Christians in the World

by Mike Ratliff

One positive that has come from the Manhattan Declaration has been the opportunity for many of us to deepen the clarity and difference between nominal Christianity, which is not genuine, and Biblical Christianity. What is the difference or differences between the two? It would be beyond the space and time here to go through each version of nominal Christianity showing the doctrinal fallacies of each. The best way to explain the difference is to show very clearly what Biblical Christianity is so that not only will it be plain to all, the Holy Spirit may very well draw many from darkness to light, to wash them with regeneration as they, by faith, repent and walk with the Saviour from now on instead of looking to their religiosity as their justification.  Continue reading