'Heresy!' Bow before the mighty Sophia when you speak infidel.
1st & 2nd Class Christians?????
The following verses highlight beautifully the fact that God makes no distinctions as far as people go, but men clearly have other ideas!
(James 2:4) YOU have class distinctions among yourselves and YOU have become judges rendering wicked decisions, is that not so?
(Acts 15:8-9) and God, who knows the heart, bore witness by giving them the holy spirit, just as he did to us also. And he made no distinction at all between us and them, but purified their hearts by faith.
(Romans 3:21-22) But now apart from law God’s righteousness has been made manifest, as it is borne witness to by the Law and the Prophets; yes, God’s righteousness through the faith in Jesus Christ, for all those having faith. For there is no distinction .
(Romans 10:12) For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for there is the same Lord over all, who is rich to all those calling upon him.
But the one verse I treasure and look forward to being fulfilled, is Daniel 12:4 which foretells that at the time of the end, "many will rove about, and the [true] knowledge will become abundant." I honestly believe that is now taking place - no one can hide the truth now, and it will become evermore abundant as people awaken to falsehoods.
Christ will bring about the Great Tribulation on those corrupting truth in God's household, (Rev.2:22 & 2 Thess. 2:4) then all will be revealed.
The Clergy Class in the WBT$ (included in the New Covenant) - "Slave Class" - 870 hits in wt lib 2010
The Laity Class in the WBT$ (not permitted in the New Covenant) - "Other Sheep Class" - 50 hits in wt lib 2010
There is no forgiveness of sins, no IMPUTED righteousness, and no IMPUTED holiness apart from the New Covenant. As Jesus said, the ruling religious clergy class are offspring of vipers and prevent those on their way in from entering the Kingdom.
1.'Christ will bring about the Great Tribulation'
2.'There is no forgiveness of sins..apart from the New Covenant'
I didn't write the Scriptures. If you can reason on it a better way, tell us.
As far as I can see, Jesus is doing the talking, and he is going to bring about a GREAT tribulation on those in his congregations who are corrupting it. He goes on on to inform us later (Rev. 7:14) that a great crowd of his congregation will survive that testing, cleansing, time. (1 Peter 4:17; 2 Thess. 2:4 give confirmation and justification)
After that, he can deal with Satan's system.
Revelation 2:22, 23 - "Look! I (Jesus) am about to throw her into a sickbed, and those committing adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. A nd her children I will kill with deadly plague, so that all the congregations will know that I am he who searches the kidneys and hearts, and I will give to YOU individually according to YOUR deeds"
Exactly!! Solution? Announce that both 'classes' of Christians, ie, the other sheep and remnant of the anointed are all 'domestics' of Matt 24:45, and that both groups are in the new covenant (one class making up the 'new heavens' and one class to make up the 'new earth') and thus both 'classes' can partake of the memorial emblems. Bingo - no need to count memorial partakers anymore!