Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah. Isaiah 1:9
Written by Michael Herbert
I used to think as a young Christian that there was this great division between Baptist Pentecostal and other forms of religion. I used to make a big deal as I was in my early thirties thinking that there was this vast difference between all these different denominations. Although there are some denominations that call themself Protestants that have abandoned the truth of God’s word yet throughout my years I have found it’s not so much that there are believing differences which are okay but the big difference is that there is a remnant. This remnant of believers is comprised of all different denominations. It is those who are not looking at what separates as much ask what unifies.
I have listened to the chosen series https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhMAk_KK7uk&t=4005s It is fascinating listening to Dallas Jenkins and encouraging him on the things that he is saying about the episodes add defending the theological reasons why Mary Magdalene what back to her old ways. Although I am not a Baptist but an old-school classical Pentecostal I find myself defending more and more of my Baptist brethren and encouraging them to continue on. I find that I am encouraging them because we are on the same wavelength and I believe the same things they believe. I am also of the opinion that it’s not so much your denomination as it is if you are part of the remnant or not.
As a remnant unfolds in these last days you’ll find the differences that you have are much narrower and the things that are important the basic fundamentals of the Bible which we all have in common. So I find myself cheering Dallas for his decision 2 speak out after someone believed the LIE that once you are saved you never sin again.
During the height of the pandemic, I found myself cheering on John MacArthur of Grace Church in California. John was critical in my Christian upbringing I remember listening to him constantly gaining insights into the word of God. Even though John has been critical of Pentecostals there still is a love I have for a Christian who stands on God’s word rather than men’s decrees. I may not be a five-point Calvinist but his strength and resolve to keep his doors open in the midst of the Los Angelos county wanted to shut him down made me realize it’s not the fact that he believes what he believes it has united me with him. It’s the fact that I am agreeing with him on the basis of the basic fundamentals of Christianity. I respect and honor men and women from different denominations who live in the fundamentals of Christianity taking them to the point where they are totally sold out for Jesus. They believe just like the remnant of Israel in God and his ability to be able to get them through the hardest and difficult times that an individual or a corporate Church may be facing. This is where the remnant of God is. While there are so many that call themselves Christians it is only the remnant that has oil in their lamps. It is a singular group of people made up of entirely different denominations who have focused their eyes on Jesus and nothing else. So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.Romans 11:5
I believe that there is going to be only a remnant that will be able to make it through the hard and difficult road ahead. Life will not be easier for the Christian but God offers us Grace to strengthen us so that we are able to make it through whatever comes our way either death are rapture. Most of the places that I preached at are run by a Baptist organization. I love the fellowship I have and the things that I have in common with them and I am thankful that I can preach the gospel which points we have in common with both Pentecostal and Baptist. to me the difference is that we have our minimal compared does the things that unite us. These things are paramount to what needs to take place in order to survive until the end of the last days. The Remnant needs to hold together and stick together regardless of the few takes that separate us unless it is something outside the major doctrines of Christianity.
And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, Romans 9:27