Are you well spoken? Than you have a greater responsibility in watching what you say to others in your gifting from God.
Are you well spoken? Than you have a greater responsibility in watching what you say to others in your gifting from God.
Hosea 4:6 (KJV) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me!
Wake up oh sleeper… Ephesians 5:14, (KJV) “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”
So you don’t think worldly knowledge is important? One’s education of history, and specifically western civilization is of grave importance to understand: should our children perish for lack of knowledge, and critical thinking, in that we must all recognize human depravity, and a need for a Savior!
When I worked in street ministry Dr. Gross (holding a Phd in phycology) gave us all a test to see how much we learned was factual ( based on history) and what was fictional in rewritten “social studies” and even high school english. I was surprised to learn that much of what I had been taught was false information, and this was in the 1980’s! Humanism was the new curriculum, which started after WW2 and imported from Europe, as the United States then had a teacher shortage at the time. From that time forward the educational system has been built on the foundation of Humanism (which was ruled by the Supreme Court as a religion) ; yet is anti-God, and now is widely known as Cultural Marxism today. One of the tactics taught by Marxists, was in convincing Christians that it is wrong to be involved in “worldly politics” in an effort to push their most ungodly and anti western ideals on a free people.
It is tragic that some Christians will assert that we only need listen to the Lord, while denying the need for truthful dialog, specifically geared towards our children in this age of great delusion! How selfish it is to become complacent in one’s belief system, simply because you refuse to be involved in the great “politically motivated” delusions taught to our children in an age of delusion which screams out for reason and truth, rather than rhetoric!
Below is a video well worth watching: explaining why historical and even political dialog: is critical for a believer in Jesus Christ!
Don’t become complacent in butt curling up in a corner with your Bible, while the whole of humanity desperately needs truth and light to be taught and understood, and not kept under a bushel basket!
Published on Dec 21, 2018
Dr. Duke Pesta is academic director of Freedom Project Academy, a tenured university professor, and an author. He received his Masters degree in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University, and his Ph.D. in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature from Purdue University. He is one of the nation’s foremost experts on the federal takeover of public education, and has given over 500 talks across the country on the subject. For more information on JBS, visit: https://www.jbs.org/ For more information on Freedom Project, visit: https://www.fpeusa.org/
Published on Dec 14, 2018
II. The souls of true saints, when they leave their bodies at death, go to be with Christ, as they go to dwell in the immediate, full and constant sight or view of him.
III. The souls of true saints, when absent from the body go to be with Jesus Christ, as they are brought into a most perfect conformity to and union with him.
IV. Departed souls of saints are with Christ, as they enjoy a glorious and immediate intercourse and converse with him.
V. The souls of the saints, when they leave their bodies at death, go to be with Christ, as they are received to a glorious fellowship with Christ in his blessedness.
The saints in heaven have communion, or a joint participation with Christ in his glory and blessedness in heaven, in the following respects more especially…
To read this script in its entirety visit: http://www.biblebb.com/files/edwards/je-absent.htm
Too much finger pointing about 1 John 2:15 is a destructive thing to do to brethren! There are those who use their spirituality in justifying themselves, while at the same time condemn others who may have disagreements with their perceptions. This type of behavior is based in the ego of the soul, rather than the human spirit, which only the Lord is equipped to judge.
Up until the autumn of 2018, I had never met a man who claims to be a most devout follower of Jesus Christ, yet cannot admit he can (still) make misjudgments and mistakes; especially when concerning others. Until I met a man who is so devout to the Lord with his walk and beliefs, that he thinks nearly every step he takes is guided by the Holy Spirit: (except for glitches in the flesh) and therefore is incapable of being wrong – or especially wrong spirited!
This is sadly based on idiosyncratic beliefs, and perhaps is rooted in “self-love” (which we all are guilty of to some degree) yet he uses his perceptions of following Jesus Christ, while in the condemnation of others: whom he believes have never been saved, or have even departed the Lord for “things of the world” (while hiding himself in the cleft of Jesus) – yet to “misjudge” others walks in this manner is very sad indeed!
Even upon my trying to reason with this beloved brother, he merely quoted (partial) scriptures, yet could not see his own fallibility of his judgments. I love the man, so this has been a particularly painful lesson for me, especially as I am most sensitive of my walk in the Lord. Yet I was nearly “disowned” when I got deadly sick, and told I was being “chastened of God” for a 13 year infection which had been growing in my heart’s wiring since originally installed by the military, after suffering my near death experience in the Army in 2005 – with Christ alongside of me! The device was very difficult to remove safely, yet I needed it done. The Lord provided me with the inventor of laser surgery in the heart, so even in this trail and suffering, I was most blessed!
I had even suffered a most terrible reaction to an intravenous antibiotic given me which caused a condition known as “Redman” causing my skin to itch and blister, which reminded me of Job in the Bible! Yet unlike Job, I have a wife who slept in a chair next to me while I suffered in anguish of a terrible burning and itching unlike I had never experienced before, yet it encompassed my entire body. I tried to keep myself quiet but must have failed, as I remember my dear wife sobbing by my side. I thank the Lord he has chosen to give me such a devoted and loving wife, who assists me in my faith, perhaps even more than I give her credit for!
I am cognitive of the fact that my suffering pales in comparison to some others suffering: as a guy in my Army unit, who’s fuel truck hit an I.E.D. and exploded burning his entire body – yet hanging him in a “jell bag” at a burn center, until he eventually expired over a year later! That kind of suffering is unimaginable to me!
Yet beyond physical suffering, the world suffers from emotional and mental suffering of all sorts and degrees, which is beyond the pale of most people’s understanding. In all of this, we also have the “human spirit” at an even deeper level, and wounding that can take years to heal – if it is healed at all! So I believe beyond the carnal sufferings in the world, it is even more grievous to me to mount attacks on one’s spirit, (whom the Lord alone is in control of) and yet men have the audacity to judge another as lesser than themselves, and their associates as often times being better than another.
Unbelievably, even men who have years in ministry in using the name of the Lord, can still be stiff-necked enough to deny others the grace which they have been shown! I now realize even in my zeal for following Jesus Christ, how unbelievably fallible I have been with others, particularly those who have hurt me; and I have asked forgiveness for it, realizing I make mistakes and miserably will misjudge others all the time, even when I don’t realize it!
As fallible humanity we must never convince ourselves we are without the ability to sin, make errors in judgment, and certainly never go ahead and apply it wrongly in another believer’s life! Rather if we are actual followers of the Lord, we should look for him in others, and in all situations which he has allowed in our lives.
We must continually have a humble and contrite heart within us, in order we “don’t miss” the Lord’s workings and healings within another. Even a verse like: 1 John 3:6 (KJV) 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
One can twist this verse to say that they no longer sin (who have been born again); yet what it actually says is 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: (Known as WALKING IN THE SPIRIT ) and this is totally true, yet a constant abiding in Christ Jesus is required; and even the greatest of the Apostles fell short this mark (because of their fallen flesh “Romans 7:17”) and thus needing forgiveness by the grace of the Lord throughout their lives, until they finished the race set before them.
Additionally, (the wicked) “those who cannot help but sin”, (who have never seen him nor known him) cannot help themselves, as sin is their nature… Does one beat a dog for being a dog, or does one have compassion? So how much more should we have compassion for a brother who stumbles and falls during the trials of life? Also, are we worse than a heathen (wicked) for not attending to the needs of our family? Are we without compassion for others? If so, we deny the very grace continually shown to us – and that is the root of hypocrisy for a believer to practice dear brother.
1 John 4 is used to identify the Holy Spirit from counterfeit spirits, as to not be deceived by false teachers and others claiming to be of God. It was never intended to be used as a “soap box” to aggrandize ourselves to others, or to cast aspersions devoid of any truth. So rather than looking at 1 John 4 in a negative sense while searching for counterfeits, it is much more productive that we should identify whom the Lord is moving within; in all the situations which he has engineered within our lives.
Dear Lord, never again might I get so heady as to reckon myself above another….
Absent from the Body – Present with the Lord
2 Corinthians 5: 6-8
[I believe Paul meant precisely what he said!]
Often another verse which is “overused” by well intentioned, yet erroneous brethren…
1 John 4 (KJV) 4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Cross Reference… The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a person or community living in accord with the Holy Spirit, according to chapter 5 of the Epistle to the Galatians: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” The fruit is contrasted with the works of the flesh which immediately precede it in this chapter. (Wikipedia)
I have always discovered that when the Lord has actually used me, is when I am running on empty!
Published on Dec 1, 2018
1 Timothy 2:5 (KJV) : 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
How can one call their (Christian) faith Holy, when it is a mixture of pagan practices..? Christmas was introduced in the U.S. as late as the 19th century. Ask any coin collector about Constantine still striking out Roman coins to the God of Mithra, even until he died!
Jeremiah 10 (KJV) : 10 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: 2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
For thousands of years men have strived for a deeper walk and understanding of the Lord.
As this basic chart of church history shows, it is full of competing ideas of how to obtain that walk. The Holy Spirit is “the teacher” which Jesus spoke about teaching his disciples, and he always teaches us on a personal level, of what we are to receive in that moment. The Holy Scriptures are “but confirmatory” of the Holy Spirit, who God is, and how he works: so we should always read the scriptures prayerfully in order to be shown greater truths.
The problems arise when men try to take the Lord and have him conform (or fit) into their personal beliefs; instead of simply following him in obedience, like we were designed to do! This is simply what the flesh does, no matter how you dress it! I have taken a couple of verses from Ecclesiastes in the publishing of this graph to show that basically humanity has always fallen into the same doctrinal traps since the beginning of the “church age”, so that no one should be surprised if they hear some type of retread as exhibited here!
If one so chooses to live their life of faith (by the Holy Spirit) yet without an understanding of the past, and sound doctrines (as written in the scriptures); it certainly can be done by the Grace of the Lord alone; yet it is better to be enlightened by others errors who came before us, than us making them all ourselves, and having to learn most by trial and testing.
Yet it seems that each new generation must “taste of and learn anew”; only that which the brethren who have gone before us once learned and understood. My advice is to seek the truth (Jesus Christ – who is the truth) in all that you do, and when unsure if you are walking right; use the “owner’s manual” (Bible)!
In the end days many will be deceived by false teachers, and those who tickle our ears; so the only way to avoid these false brethren is to hold their teachings up in the light of the scripture, which our Lord has graciously provided for us (the people) with the invention of the printing press and of the Reformation!
Of course, we did not receive the scriptures to become scribes and Pharisees or false teachers, but rather to examine our own walks as the Lord be pleased to show us as we grow. Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers and Evangelist are all ministry giftings are given of God. Yet Satan is very capable in stumbling our understanding and “twisting truth” as the father of lies: so we must seek to supplement our understanding, and properly identify heresies’, so as not to perish (be deceived) for lack of understanding about the Lord.
Never think that you have discovered a new a “prescriptive religion” which has never been followed since Jesus Christ; as it is likely a type of belief system that has been tried before, and you may be entering into apostasy unknowingly!
And always remember, Salvation is by Grace alone, not works!
We hear allot today about “entering in” by the NARROW WAY, but what is it? The narrow way is simply an extension of the completed work of Jesus Christ on our behalf!
We are powerless to overcome sin, and utterly dependent upon Christ, the mercy shown to us by the Father alone. There will be many who claim on that day to be followers of Jesus Christ, whom are turned away as Christ never knew them.
Yet the ones he does know will pass from death to life not by their own efforts on Christ’s behalf – but rather by the dependence that comes from knowing that only his work on the cross has made us complete in the Lord, and not of our own efforts.
I was watching a documentary about breaking the sound barrier, and to me it has a lot of similarities in breaking out of our carnal understanding, into spiritual understanding! This seems to be a spiritual principle in hearing our Lord; as in “be still, and know that I am God”.
Anything not done in faith is sin the Bible tells us, so we must constantly be on guard against our own flesh (understanding) and only move forward in faith, in Christ alone. If we do not do that, but get bogged down in our own understanding and noise, we cannot break through to a place of peace and tranquility spiritually, as our own natural understanding is holding us back.
Just stay the course while walking in the Spirit of the Lord, and when using discernment.
Allot is said today about discernment, yet discernment is always in accordance with the scriptures, if it is of the right spirit. Religious zeal although thoroughly believed by any honest brethren, must also be tested as in test the spirits of 1 John 4 ; in determining who is following Christ, as opposed to those who are deceived by another spirit.
On a bigger picture, since you are saved by grace it is only grace that will lead you home. I think of it as a ship whose compass setting is fixed upon Jesus Christ. Despite calm seas or roaring gales, the compass remains fixed, and unless you interfere with the settings, the ship of your life will remain on course unless you wilfully change course to a different heading; your maintained relationship with the Lord towards a deeper relationship with God will continue, simply because of the Grace in sending his son to us as we move forward in holding fast to the rudder of our lives..
I have experienced many others trying to tamper with my heading, but ultimately when I return to “the Keeper” an old seafarers term much like – the Captain of my Salvations, it is he who will make the reset in my life!
The Spirit of Antichrist, is not against Christ per say, but rather a counterfeit or close look alike to actually walking in Christ. Many well-meaning people may even use the allegory of an antichrist simply because they may disagree with what is being taught! This is where we enter into different type of teachings on how to follow Christ.
As I have said before, and have shared with many, Hebrew style witchcraft uses the scriptures to gain power. The Spirit of antichrist does much the same, so it is imperative that we understand good doctrines when held up to the light of scriptures as a whole, and not cherry pick from those verses which suite us.
Towards the end of the age, the Bible warns us that men will do what seems right in their own minds, and this is inclusive of many who claim to be followers of the truth, (who is Jesus Christ) within us. Feelings can often be confused with discernment, (like feeling the compass is off – when it is not) so it is imperative we have a proper understanding or balance of the scriptures within our minds. If we do not, than “Confirmation Biases” of others can than cloud our understanding.
One of the biggest problems in understanding the scriptures is our concept of Grace. Grace is just that, the grace of God, (which is spiritual) which surpasses our natural understanding in thinking we have to do something to remain in “good favor” with the Lord (so to speak). It is a lie! If we are saved from sin and ourselves by an ongoing sanctification because of grace, what makes anyone think that they can add to what has already been made complete in Christ?
The Galatians did this, adding to the completed work of Christ on the cross in observances and different practices. Paul said that having started with Christ by Grace, are you now made perfect by the flesh? He went on to say who has bewitched you?
Many of the problems arise today because of “Biblical illiteracy”, and people following men who are posing as Shepherds to the flock (antichrists). Yet eventually if we are being moved into greater sanctification by our Lord, (even though by struggle) any confused sheep with a love for the truth (Christ) that they might be saved, will move beyond the deception in understanding and becoming more Christ like, in being conformed into his image by the grace of God.
If anyone thinks that they are capable of pushing forward of this work of sanctification in the flesh, (even when using Holiness doctrines) they are acting independent of God, as he alone is the one who saves and sanctifies us from sin (by Grace) and no one else, despite how devout they may be!
Even this devoutness to the Lord, when applied independently of his leading – is based in the flesh, which technically is based in sin, as sin is based in independence. Antichrists move in independence from the Lord in leading others astray, and always away from Grace – as they are not “with him” and are failing to submit to the simple prodding of the Holy Spirit to be still, (or even more profoundly put) to be as dead. To be “as dead” takes crucifixion of the old man within us, not of ourselves but in YIELDING to the workings of the Holy Spirit within us.
However, legalism and pride will never allow for this simple yielding to Christ, as the flesh is at war against him, as it does not wish to be put to death on the cross (metaphorically speaking)!
One of the toughest type of people (antichrists) to overcome, is that of one who is deeply knowledgeable about the Bible and the Spiritual world, and who has the ability to convey his thoughts well to others, yet refuses to be conformed to Christ’s image himself!
This may not be noticeable on the surface to one who is well groomed in this type of ministry, and also the Lord himself may still be doing an ongoing work of sanctification in the brother. So, he too may be blind (cannot see) his own error. Yet what is even more dangerous is one who has doubled down in his own understanding and will not be moved, just like the religious’ leaders of the past Jesus was always in opposition with.
See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;
Back during the age of steam, if you were down wind of the locomotive smoke, it was considered the wrong side of the tracks. Nowadays it is a neighborhood which is poor, and goes largely unsupported by money.
Such a neighborhood I used to fellowship in, with one of the Godliest men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. The man was also a genius and the most well-read man I have ever known, specifically when it came to Bible understanding.
Dr. Gross was rarely accepted by who he used to call the “middle class church system” or the “Ivy League”, in which I was born into, yet rejected by for having substandard learning abilities now commonly called dyslexia. I thank the Lord he has decided to use to simple things of the world to confound the wisdom of the wise, as the ones who are to show his glory by contrast, to the ones who are established in the world by natural means.
Pastor Gross (as I called him) was not your everyday Churchman, but rather a man of God who was converted out of occult science. He later became one of the two top exorcist in Baltimore City, MD. The other was a Police Officer in the 1970’s.
His “Christian” name was (the late) Dr. Michael W. Gross D.D. ThD. PhD. Also having 23 years in seminary, and once the presiding president of a Bible College.
I am writing this testimonial today to this man, who was always a defender of the faith, and a defender of me as well. He used to tell me if ANYONE had a doubt about my walk with the Lord, (or in understanding how he functions) send them to him for some straightening out!
Well, that never happened, but the man was certainly devoted to anyone whom he had instructed. Yet for me, (not being an academic) it took me 20 years after studying under Dr. Gross to finally receive my reformed minister’s accreditation, for the work I had performed under his tutoring by the (old style) Baptist.
This did me little good it seems, as nowadays I have discovered that the only ones willing to be admonished, are the ones who truly have a humble heart in the Lord. Most are like a bunch of Pharisees who will not take instructions by principled men of God, whom hold a proper understanding of the scriptures coupled with an understanding in how the Lord functions spiritually.
Many, many, even devoutly men of God either refuse to see, or cannot see their own shortfalls! This is why the proper assembling of the body of Christ is so needed. I see this problem as an ongoing one (especially in an age of strong delusions) as men (and women) can become “heady” and not open to reproof nor correction. When Jesus spoke there was no questioning of his authority as he was the perfection of God incarnate, yet many only wished to kill him.
The problem arises when mere men try to emulate Christ within fallen humanity. I believe that this is why humility is so very important, rather than being a “know it all” which is based in pride rather than love, and is the very sin which Satan was most guilty of in causing his fall.
I try to be most selective in whom I reveal the deeper levels of my soul with, including (the things of God) as it is important in protecting one’s heart. In contrast I have also discovered that the ones you may fellowship with may indeed turn against you, simply because of their perceptions, or even twisted truths (lies) which are provided by Satan to the unsuspecting brother or sister within any given fellowship; this does happen if not extremely careful, in not confusing their theology with spiritual realities, and deceptions.
This is why a proper balance of the scriptures must be not only understood, but indeed practiced. Any “Cult” (if you will allow me to use that word) is normally based on some knowledge of the scriptures, but the twist comes when not applying them appropriately. Dr. Gross taught me that “Hebrew style witchcraft” was based upon this concept of using the scriptures; yet purposely twisted for the purpose of securing powerful demons for power, in furthering their careers of dirty works in moving up. This is exactly opposite in how a believer in Christ is supposed to function. This is an extreme example of why proper Bible knowledge is needed when teaching scriptures, and sound doctrines of the faith. I am not a Bible teacher per say, yet I have enough Bible knowledge and experience in the Lord in recognizing when someone has gone off track.
Two things happen when one is emotionally invested in people who misread the scriptures or oneself. Either you are deeply wounded by being shunned (like in the Amish community as an example) or you are elated for a time in being accepted by the gathering.
A Bible example of this is mentioned in: 2 Timothy 4:1-4
4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom. 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
This is a prime example of why it is so important to understand good doctrines. If not, you run the risk of deceiving those around you who are more vulnerable to misguided teachings. It is my personal belief that the “time has come” when even the best meaning among us can exemplify our misunderstanding of the scriptures, and customized dogmas in deceiving many.
This seems to be a “sign of the times” in an age of strong delusions, and even the elect would (could) be deceived – if it were not for the Holy Spirit himself reproving and correcting us on a personal level.
This is why many churches only stick to the orthodoxy of what they call Bible believing churches, and seem to have an aversion to Pentecostal and Charismatic type teachings. Not because it is a “bad thing” but because so few people understand the proper functioning of the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit).
Understanding the “spirit world” is complex and complicated, (if not impossible) to the natural mind, and it takes years of experience of the Lord (by the Holy Spirit) to teach a man to walk in a manner which is in accordance with the scriptures, and edifying to the sheep.
The problem is that “natural man” can teach scriptures to nearly everyone; the wheat and the tares alike. So many simply “sign up for Jesus” with the hopes of fire insurance, yet whom the Lord has never done a work within! These are false brethren, and even the same type false brethren who threatened the life of the Apostle Paul. Within the leadership, we must do the best we can to discern 1 John 4 so that we can tell who is of the Lord, and who is not. However, it is the Lord who will ultimately separate the weeds from the wheat in the world, and the world’s church. If we go trying to do the separation ourselves, we may injure and even destroy part of the wheat!
I will simply say that I have learned this lesson the hard way, by being uprooted by those who see themselves as spiritual authorities, but have not the authority, (as the Father alone does) and who attempt to try to rip and tear amongst the tangled roots, thus hurting those who are grounded in Christ. So let us be careful not to make rash judgments towards others by what we may merely perceive to be truth.
Having learned sound Bible doctrines have always kept me from falling into disrepair, even by the strongest and most eloquent teachers, who have decided knowingly, or unknowingly to vary from the sound doctrines of the faith.
I may be deceived (in and of myself) for a short time, yet the Holy Spirit within me is never deceived. He will teach me experientially and practically greater truth: even with the pitfalls or deceptions of the enemy, specifically when dealing with other people’s Biblical understanding (which for a season) I may find comfort or even discomfort with, yet in time I am moved to an even greater understanding.
For me, this is not a four brained calculated thing at all, but rather an intuitive one, which later only reinforces my understanding of scriptural doctrines from dogmas. The reason is, it is not of my natural intellect (understanding) that I rely upon, but rather the Spirit of the Lord, “the teacher” whom Jesus promised would reveal all truth.
In other words, it is not simply a doctrinal position which I may hold but rather a reliance upon the Lord himself, just like a small child.
Recently, I have known some brethren who hold to the same passages in the scriptures I also hold to, and claiming to be following the leading’s of only the Holy Spirit; yet our (spiritual) positioning seems to be in direct conflict, even while hurling condemnation at the opposing faction!
I am a retired soldier, and my personality is such that I am used to people shooting arrows at me, but what I cannot abide is disgruntled brethren redirecting their fire upon an innocent person, who may happen to agree with me! I have been told things like “ I don’t do accusations, as that wouldn’t be Godly”: or that “I am the one” who crushes the “tender shoot” ( the young believer) so on and so forth, in customizing the scriptures to fit into their own belief system, thus justifying themselves and excluding those who take issue with them.
That type of behavior is neither spiritual nor scriptural, but is rather manipulative and extremely dangerous, to both those who engage in it, as well as to people that are taught such deceptive reasoning. Imagine those who claim such a superior walk in the Lord Jesus Christ, in attacking those who may agree with me (even if I was wrong in my doctrine) as having left the Lord, or siding with “The Enemy” (Satan)! Do not children stumble and fall? Do not children misunderstand the bigger world which is around them? The answer of course is that children are not held to account like an adult, nor disowned for what they do not understand!
These type of attacks are only valid however, provided I have been guilty of misleading or corrupting them (the tender shoots) in some manner, who are “unspotted and innocent” so to speak in the eyes of God: which I don’t believe I have done in the least. Anyone in leadership who would assert such a position against another, should make darn sure it is by the direction of the Lord, and not on behalf of themselves that they do so; especially if the one they are condemning is seen as blameless by the Lord, in holding such an opposing position! Even David would not attack Saul who was later out to kill him, as he was God’s anointed for a season – even though David was unquestionably in the right and to be the next King, David would not move in attacking Saul.
The late Dr. Gross, (who taught me in street ministry while still in my youth) would tell us “don’t believe anything I tell you, go back to the Lord and check it out yourselves”. This is because anyone with a more convincing manner or intellect or speech, can easily fool the flesh into believing what they wish them to believe! Yet the Lord’s Holy Spirit within his people, will not be deceived by “false teachers” as He is “fool-proof” even though we are not.
I have learned a new level of deception in all this, sound Bible doctrines being used to paint ones position in Christ as righteous, while condemning those who will not be taken-in by such powerful delusions of self and others. This is most tragic (I can’t think of anything worse) as being deceived at this level and deceiving others, yet it appears to me to be most common to those who think themselves above reproach! I had even shared with the elder, that the most powerful forms of witchcraft are those which use the scriptures (as in Hebrew style witchcraft) that I had learned from the late Dr. Gross, who in my opinion was the most transcendent Man of God I have ever met, or probably I will ever know… although he too was fallible within his own understanding.
Having said all these things, I still love these judgmental brothers – not because it is a commandment of Jesus, but rather as it is but a second nature in having Christ within me, that I do so. I have said I will pray for them, and I will as long as I am led to do so within my spirit.
Apologies for my errors in judgment.
Elders can see if someone is headed down the wrong path.
Yet ultimately, it is the Lord who allows and orchestrates events for his sheep to learn and grow, and not mere men.
Elders should be able to discern the difference in a brother or sister of the Lord, whereas a younger member of the body of Christ, is still yet unable to do so. This is partly because so few elders exist nowadays who have the understanding of the different mindsets of reputable doctrines, (which we use to communicate in following Christ with others). And Satan uses these doctrinal divides, often destroying the unity of the body. Unfortunately most churches don’t understand the difference between the soul (emotional reasoning), the human spirit, and the Holy Spirit’s place and functions: which causes problems and unneeded divisions amongst the body.
Beware the monster you kill… because you too will become that monster! [Friedrich Nietzsche].
I never thought that being a follower of Jesus Christ that I would ever be quoting Nietzsche…
But I now see this is what happens when we operate in the flesh, under our own steam, especially while applying the letter of the law (and not Christ) to others!
The one who doesn’t think himself guilty of this, merely deceives himself, and like a good lawyer or salesman deceives others around him.
One thing that most human beings are lacking in, is in extending grace to others – like our Lord did for us. I have beaten up on my own ghosts’ for years, believing it was the Lord who was showing me greater truth of why I am who I had become. Armed with the new truth I perceived in dealing with sociopaths, I then dove into others head first to slay who I perceived they were.
Although this was not my nature, I started noticing I tended to morph into those who I have been the victim of. It starts with the ones closest to you, and will move forward, unless you apply the brakes! Those who think that they are above reproach, will never concede to applying the brakes, as the pride of life, and often their own sense of justice, (legalism) only drives them further into a self-righteous fury!
Yet this IS NOT the way of the Lord, who is gentle, forgiving, and full of grace. No, not Mary, but rather our heavenly Father, who has graced us before the foundation of the earth in sending his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ as our atonement for sin.
Grace, grace, grace, I say, which no man can boast upon! As much as I may wish Jesus be Lord of my life above all else, I am powerless in attempting any type of change within myself! Did you get that? Powerless in orchestrating any type of change, no matter how hard I may want to obtain it!
I have learned some fantastic (Armenian type) Bible passages about choosing to follow the “narrow way” these past dozen years, and that is a good thing in wishing to be firmly rooted in Christ, yet the danger comes in with the wrong type of judging of others hearts occurs, and should the tide turn by others, it may be you who is swept from such a rigid foundation of stone!
The problem is when that rigid stone foundation is confused with being The Rock, who is Only Jesus Christ, or Lord, Savior, and ultimate judge. Whoa be it unto men, who try to walk in those shoes: for only heretical hypocrisy, apostasy, and perhaps hell awaits them, and at the very best, the judgment of a teacher who taught many in error, or worse as a false prophet.
In my view, only a fool would seek such a spiritual position of authority and responsibility. But I digress, the point is to be humble and unassuming to another’s status which is strictly amongst him, and the Lord God of Israel.
Like the Galatians we must be careful not to fall into our own heretical forms of worship and celebrations, but at the same time we must be diligent to not overstep our own understanding and authority in the judgment of others – especially in being graced so much ourselves!!
Yes we must maintain good order amongst the brethren, but be wise in taking command and control over those whom the Lord has graced.
Being sowed into the world as actual Wheat, it never occurred to me for a moment, the rest of the “Christians” were sowed into the world as Darnel’s, a weed which so closely resembles the Wheat, that it is only their (spiritual) seed which gives them away!
I have discovered exactly what Jesus was speaking about concerning the sower and the seeds, only a remnant are actually good fertile ground, producing a good root system and then their fruit. I had a very close brother whose fruit sprang up quickly, and who everyone recognized as moving in the Lord! It was marvelous those first few decades in knowing him, yet later in life as things got tougher for him in the testing of his heart, and the concerns of the world, he seemed to wither and die on the vine. In this passage Jesus is speaking about the effects the ground has on the same good seed which fell upon the ground. The type ground one is, produces sometimes nothing, (as in the hard ground) or perhaps the plant springs up quickly as in the shallow ground then it dies, or the rocky ground although it produced life, the hardship of life was too much for it. And then of course the “good ground” which produces a good plant with deep roots, and lots of fruit!
Yet the ground parable is speaking about the elect of God, and what the “Word of God” (Rhema – ῥῆμα in Greek) inside the selective types produce. And yes, these are the ones who actually started with Christ, yet the path becomes unnavigable for all but the last type ground!
Whereas the Wheat and the Weeds, (Darnels) parable is speaking about the world and the elect of God towards salvation. Yet even more pointedly, these “Darnels’ are sowed into to same field (gathering) by Satan, in an attempt to choke out the wheat and kill the good crop, having had corrupted it!
Of course when Jesus returns the great sort out will begin in earnest! *** Matthew 7:22-23 >  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
This will probably occur during the thousand-year reign of Christ upon the earth, but even if it occurs during judgment phase, it is but academic in nature. The doctrine of once saved always saved (TULIP) is slightly flawed in the latter allegory, whereas the Armenian Doctrine is flawed in its early teaching that “anyone may come” and tends to use fear and legalism to keeps its tenants. Whereas what I am attempting to explain is closer to the whole truth in being “saved from sin”, unto new life by actually experiencing it, just not being taught about it!
The great point which I am attempting to make is; unless you actually have life found only in Jesus Christ, and walk in it, you will go through life constantly confused by those who claim to teach in His Holy Name. I will go as far as saying that over 90% of the so-called ministers I have met preach another Gospel, than simply Christ Crucified, whom is in but a select few of the population! The rest is “a load of old church” who have never seen him nor known him, and really don’t want to!
This is one of the reasons it is written Luke 10: 21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
In other word, this is not intellectually digested doctrines, but Spirit, and those who don’t have him are plumb out of luck! I write this as I have always been lumped in with the rest of the so-called believer’s, and being told there is no difference between me and them! That is a lie straight from the pit of hell, meant to discourage and distract me, and it wasn’t till the Lord started to work in my life in a powerful way, that I recognized the difference, and driven home by my near death experience, having Christ shoulder to shoulder next to me!
Now to be fair, most can’t help it, as they were sown into the world as weeds, and the Lord God has never done a work of Salivation within. And yes, it is only by grace we are saved, but we must learn to discern who our brothers and sisters actually are, and NOT SHARE only what we as family possess, namely the workings of Jesus Christ within us. We are only to share the Gospel with outsiders, lest they come into the fellowship and confuse and destroy the workings of the Holy Spirit, whom only works within His own, by the grace of God.
In closing, I would like to add that recently I’ve experienced jealousy within many brethren, (myself included) not because of spite, but because of a great need, a hunger, which me and others have experienced for so long in finding a “Man of God” who has been actually equipped by our Lord to feed so many hungry sheep! This is almost instinctual spiritually in seeking greater insight, and that time is very precious to an actual child of God, especially in the days wear so few actually exist, now!
It is the Lord who has shown me my jealous rage to be fed properly, yet it may take some time for others to recognize the same problem amongst themselves in being fed while in fellowship with an elder. Yea, we all have the same need, yet it is only the most mature who can recognize his problem within another, and wait quietly.
This has been a brutal generation to grow up amongst, and most of the men and women of God, are with the Lord now, and only few remain in actual faith. This is why it is written: Luke 18:8 > I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
I was born when there were still 48 stars in the Union Jack, and raised as an American, holding Christian informed values. I was taught that it was the man’s responsibility to provide and defend his household, and if need be his Nation. I am not all ashamed in being taught what the good Lord’s principles are in relationship to becoming a man. I did fairly well within the Boy Scouts of America, making Star Scout – even when others went on to become Eagle Scouts. In our troop (35) we were taught to begin with Reverence (for God) as well as end with it, within the Boy Scout Creed.
Ungodliness in those days, was anything deviant or compromising with those values. Cultural Marxists (Humanists) had not yet gained control of our history and education systems, like they have today, and they had not yet succeeded in replacing the family structure in using feminism, homosexuality, and other compromising behaviors. There were only two sexes, male and female, with their roles provided in creating the most stable type of home environment, in producing the next generation of leaders and providers.
These were the values which were learned from generation to generation in those days, and the backbone of having a stable society and families. The Ten Commandments were at the basis of our laws, and sex outside of marriage, (between a man and a woman) were still frowned upon.
The 1960’s “fixed” all that: with their free love, drug induced culture and rank rebellion against the establishment and government. Some were imprisoned at the time, yet to my amazement were later made college professors within some of our “so called” more progressive universities! Many early universities such a Harvard, once stood as a beacon to Biblical values upon their foundlings. West Point honored the Lord God of the Bible, and based their moral curriculum around it.
At one time, vastly almost all our institutions were based upon these types of structuring. Yet humanism (Marxists) started pushing in to all our institutions in an effort to overthrow the Christian informed monocultures predominantly within the West. The new history being taught, became the beginning of “white guilt” and the evils of free enterprise. The media widely covered the Vietnam war, it came into our households each night and showed the horror to the public, and sometimes instantaneously! As a result of the media, (controlled by the big 6) rebellion and often treasonous anti American acts were the result, and often perpetuated by Hollywood elites like Jane Fonda, while in total denial concerning the lives of our fighting men.
At the heart of this activity was the deep state (Illuminate) even then, a hater of God, free enterprise, and free people’s everywhere! I believe that the predominate Democratic Party was used as a tool by these so-called “Cultural Marxists” which really took off after the assassination of JFK, and LBJ being appointed as President.
Yet I still wanted to be an “American Fighting Man” fighting for a greater cause than myself, and I wanted to experience the “male bonding” which took place as defenders of righteousness! Oh yeah, I was a flag waving old school conservative who looked forward in developing into manhood after High School! The anti-military sentiment (by the left) still existed as a result of the Vietnam War, yet I still wanted to pay my dues (so to speak) in service to my country, like my father before me, grandfather, great-grandfather, and so forth.
The military seemed to me to be the last vestige for the traditional male, and I wanted a taste of it! The feminist were pretty much succeeding in all other careers within our culture, including fire departments and police forces. “To me” this was sad, and the standards kept dropping towards the lowest common denominators in the name of diversity!
In my view President Johnson’s idea of “the great society” has blatantly failed, yet the progressive still pushes to undermine any last elements of the “so called” Christian culture, which has openly been opposed by many a Democratic leader as the enemy of our culture ever since!
Fast forward to the 9-11 attacks on our Nation and the military. There was a move again toward patriotism after 9-11, the likes I have not seen since before the Tet offensives during Vietnam. Flags were openly displayed everywhere, the military had pretty much gained back it’s respect among most, and the Lord God was once again mentioned within the press. I was “called up” from my reserve unit to reinforce the ranks of many who had been shipped overseas under orders for Operation Enduring Freedom, and then Operation Iraqi Freedom. We were thanked by the Generals of the Army upon our arrival to Ft. Bragg NC, in the biggest call up since World War Two! It felt great to actually be doing something about the “War on Terror” which was now all around the globe.
I was then medically retired from the Army in 2007, just prior to Barrack Hussein Obama becoming President. I can remember Hillary Clinton being the first politician in espousing negative remarks about our wartime President Bush. She said “Bush lied and people died” concerning Iraq, and the American flags began to disappear from the front porches of America once again. These anti America, pro Communists from their days in college, were at it again. When Obama was elected as President, he blatantly stated that this was “no longer” a Christian country! And once again the accusatory deep state swings back hard against any vestige of unity in our land. And the fall of Iraq after so many American lives were lost in “liberating it” make most who fault there very bitter. Yet politicians don’t care, as long as they get theirs by using the uninformed masses, and even Illegal migration and voting to justify their means.
Divide and conquer has now become the normal tactic in imposing a one world order, and replacing our culture with another. The principles of the American Revolution, versus the French Revolution, has become the norm, and most Americans will never know the difference, as they were never taught these lessons. The white man has become the oppressor, and needs to be kept down, or effectively eliminated from regaining any type of control over the cultures, (and to say otherwise) makes you a sexist, racist or homophobic – not to mention xenophobia or any other words which have recently been coined by progressives in an attempt to change the culture.
Changing the culture of the military was also targeted by the Obama administration and the Democrats. I can remember my Father once telling me that “the Army has never changed” from when he went in, as we visited my first day of duty with the Army Reserves. Yet nowadays however, a man is written up for often times just expressing an opinion – which might run contrary to the one size fits all Army which has now emerged from the so-called progressives, or maybe even the so-called “deep state”. The white male is now often marginalized, and even legally challenged in asserting himself in the functions of his duty if he is perceived to be biased in any way shape or form towards women, minorities, and even can be reprimanded for calling a transgender Sir or Mam, if their perceptions of themselves is felt to have been wrongly identified and oftentimes, there is no due process even afforded them.
This is divide and conquer at its finest, yet ironically the supposed new designed is to promote unity and unit cohesion! The truth be known, this is actually a satanic reversal of the Lord God’s order, and soon enough persecution may come to anyone who dares to express it openly.
Media control of people’s thoughts are already being censored, which parts of the big 6 like Google may sensor if receiving enough views, otherwise one can still pass under the radar so to speak. I would guess when Albert Pikes’ “Lucifer” shows up, this will not be the case, so post your blogs freely now before the thought police come and get you!
This surely is the great falling away the Bible speaks about, the earth is covered in spiritual darkness, and the people gross darkness, the “Restrainer” is gone (2 Thessalonians 2:7) – the camp of the Saints overrun, and the mother of Harlots; the carnal church seems to be flocking to.
Yet like Lot’s wife, whose heart looked back at Sodom and Gomorrah, even I must pray my heart is not taken for a love of the world, the world’s people, nor even a love for my country; which I was instructed to defend the principles of, and sworn to its Constitution.
Thanks for reading.
Maybe I should have called this chopping up the Bible to tickle people’s ears..?
In my opinion, this new chart is a disgrace to the completed work of Christ on the Cross… It divides the (“Graphy” word) of truth, all right – yet almost reaches a level a heresy which I have never seen before in a Bible based Church. It’s fair enough to think you are doing a service to the Lord, but most sad when you are doing a disservice. Using the 1918 Clearance Larkins graphic is one thing, but modifying that work 100 years later for purely intellectual or theological purposes in the name of teaching, is entirely another!
Yet this is not uncommon, and I don’t mean to pick on any one particular group, yet this is a perfect example of using Systematic Theology in blatant independence of God, in my estimation. Systematic Theology should never be put above the Lord Jesus Christ when a carnal understanding of the Bible to the natural mind, is really what is sought, rather than the whole truth within contexts of what scripture verse is being read.
The reason for this is that often time’s men wish to be seen as “all knowing” rather than to submit themselves in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the way the truth and the life, who promises his actual disciples to reveal all truth (confirmatory with the whole of the scriptures) to their understanding. It may sound most harsh, yet this is why the Bible warns about false teachers and prophets in men towards the “end of days” saying, (by their actions) I am God. I don’t know how else to put it without compromising my point.
As a rule of thumb, Jesus Christ (God incarnate) “is the be all, and end all”, of the whole of the scriptures. From Genesis to Revelations, it is none other than Jesus Christ being either alluded to, indirectly or directly as being the way back to God the Father.
Yet the (newest) above chart can be folded to exclude the “age of the Gentiles”, as if it was out of convenience to the Lord’s provision for “all humanity” – the Person of Jesus Christ, can somehow now be rejected by the “natural Jew” (who was cut off from the stock of Israel) and yet during the apocalypse, these remaining Jews may still obtain Salvation in their acceptance of their Messiah, (whom they rejected) even after the wedding feast of the lamb has occurred.
Jesus Christ also said to the Pharisees, “If you tear down this temple that he would rise it up in 3 days”: so was he speaking about brick and mortar being rebuilt? Of course not, he was speaking about himself being raised up from death unto new life, not about the earthly or carnal plane.
So why then do men feel the need to make Israel something found within the carnal or natural world even towards the end of this dispensation? The Bible clearly states: Jew or Gentile, male or female, the whole of the world (can) is now made complete in Christ’s atonement on the cross. “Period, end of story”.
So why then is there such confusion when speaking about eschatology? In short, carnal understanding of the Bible is the reason. I submit to you that the Bible is speaking about “Spiritual Israel or Jew”, who have been made complete in Christ.
I would further add that it is an ongoing insult to the Father and the Son in thinking there will be some sort of return of the natural Jew (by birth) to the Lord God of Israel, without rebirth of one found in Christ, Jesus!
Yet, this is what eschatology has become in this day of strong delusion, and natural understanding of the Bible, apart from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Clean Sweep, is about shaking of burdens of the world which may overwhelm one’s heart, and causing damage to your relationship with Jesus Christ.