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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Winter Edition 2004

The Man Of Lawlessness Revealed

    Many professed Christians today live in the old covenant dispensation in which their church building is constantly being referred to as "the house of God."

    Friends, according to the New Testament, the physical building that we meet to worship in every Sunday is not the "house of God" properly so called. The New Testament, rather, clearly teaches that our physical body, indwelt by the Holy Ghost, is the only true and proper "house" or "temple" of God in this dispensation (I Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19-20; Ephesians 3:19-22; Hebrews 3:6).

    The difference between the physical building being the house of God, and our bodies being the house of God, is the difference between the old and the new covenants, and between Judaism and Christianity.

    Apparently some among us do not yet fully understand or appreciate that difference. If we all did, then we would have a different concept that would lead to a different result.

    When the building is the house of God the "Sunday-only" brand of religion, or "Christian-only-in-name" develops. When our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, we live holy lives and worship God in spirit and in truth seven days a week. Big difference.

    The Bible teaches that at the end-time the man of lawlessness, or antinomianism, will be revealed "sitting in the temple of God" (II Thessalonians 2:4). Paul is talking about the apostasy among professed believers in the last days. He is saying that lawlessness will replace the Holy Ghost as the rule of life for those who claim to belong to God. Is this not true today among the masses that believe "once saved always saved," and have departed from the Bible standards of life-style holiness?

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