Absent from the Body – Present with the Lord
2 Corinthians 5: 6-8
[I believe Paul meant precisely what he said!]
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)
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.
Most of us live only within the level of consciousness— consciously serving and consciously devoted to God. This shows immaturity and the fact that we’re not yet living the real Christian life. Maturity is produced in the life of a child of God on the unconscious level, until we become so totally surrendered to God that we are not even aware of being used by Him. When we are consciously aware of being used as broken bread and poured-out wine, we have yet another level to reach— a level where all awareness of ourselves and of what God is doing through us is completely eliminated. A saint is never consciously a saint— a saint is consciously dependent on God.
WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS
The place for the comforter is not that of one who preaches, but of the comrade who says nothing, but prays to God about the matter. The biggest thing you can do for those who are suffering is not to talk platitudes, not to ask questions, but to get into contact with God, and the “greater works” will be done by prayer (see John 14:12–13). Baffled to Fight Better, 56 R
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.
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.
Please Note: I didn’t make time to publish this video to my website, prior to being rushed to the hospital…
1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (KJV) 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
I am an old school American, born under 48 States in the union. My family is church people (the conservative Bible believing type, not liberals) and the moral principles of the proper family unit were stressed.
I went into the military in 1980, women were still new to being accepted in the services in the Academies. I think this was only right, being that the male was to be the provider and defender of his family. Sexual tensions were the result of this mixing, and I was on one of the first ships to try such debauchery with their temptations and newly formed power struggles of the sexes.
Women do have a place in the services in building up the strength, but are a deficit when taxing the men even further, in there so-called move towards equality.
These are a couple of bullet points to a much more compromising picture to so-called human rights.
Destruction of the unborn while still in the womb, was a real dive from the moral cliff of decency, and can only be compared to the eugenics used by the NAZI’s in an attempt to get rid of the unwanted.
The women’s movement, is known to have its roots in the annals of Marxist doctrines, in an attempt to tear down the structuring of the family, and society in general. Also at that time Homosexuality was being pushed by Hollywood and other decadent forces for acceptance into the main stream.
The American Civil Rights movement was in full swing, and had corrected many evils of injustice, yet it came with its own new sets of new problems, and creating a greater resentment towards the white male in particularly.
I had never discriminated against another because of their race, religion, or ethnic background, yet I sure experienced it as early as my 20’s working two hours prior to me piers showing up, and two hours after they left, in making the same pay. They happened to be black, but it was the white supervisors who initiated (off the record) this new work ethic. I never complained, I was happy to have the job, however I did point my bosses hypocrisy, and with the threat of termination, I never said another word.
Of course, (and I really believe it) this has allot to do with being the Lord’s and suffering rejection from the world and it’s establishments, even as the Jews were seen as lesser by the Egyptians, and only to be used as slaves.
On a personal level, I have never had a problem in working with another, until resentment has been interjected by an outside political influence. This is the problem people are experiencing today.
At a basil level the absolute authority is the Lord God, yet nowadays everything is targeted at undermining this idea because of the rebellious nature within most people. Evolution for instance, is a direct assault of even the concept of there being a God, with “humankind” improving and developing into a higher life form. Whereas, the Bible clearly teaches that none is without sin, and except for Grace of God in Christ, all will degenerate to the lowest form of human depravity!
And this is exactly what is taking place today, filth is equivocated with righteousness’ as we spiral further and further away from the truth! It is the “Feet of Iron and Clay” found in the book of Daniel, the mixing together of all things (and Peoples) in rebellion towards God. Yet most people nowadays cannot see that their desires are worse than the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, as they use humanistic sciences to justify sinfulness, and scoff at righteousness – even wishing to overthrow it, and by extension the Lord God of Israel! As a result of most of humanity being children of the Devil, they will rejoice when he shows up claiming to be God, while performing many false miracles, while posing as God. Even Bible believing churches, who do not actually know Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth, will fall victims of Satan crying peace and safety thinking their savior has arrived. Yet soon afterwards, the Lord will destroy all this wickedness, and the world cannot hide (and wishing the rocks will fall on them) prior to His thousand-year reign upon the earth.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 (KJV) 5) But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2) For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3) For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
Revelation 6:16 (KJV) 16) And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
After all this being said, the real question should be, are you with the Lord, or are you not, as this will determine your destination through eternity!
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?
Call me nuts if you like, but if you haven’t actually started “In” Christ, you are better off in NOT studying the things of God (without Him) than to further heap condemnation on your soul by further learning about the spiritual workings of God, that do not apply to you. Now I’m not talking about being a conscientious person and living to a certain level of decency, not at all, but I am speaking about trying to be something you’re not, namely a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, if he hasn’t called you to do a work of salvation within!
That’s right, it is better to remain ignorant of the things of God, than it is to have a head full of Bible knowledge which will only compounds your damnation, because of the fact you had knowledge of it.
This is why Jesus so condemned the Scribes (Academics) and Pharisees of his day, as they actually created even more evil people by trying to teach them by the letter of the law, things they were unable to keep or even understand.
Now why folks may draw a dichotomy between the Old Testament saints and the New, the spiritual conditioning of “self-righteousness” is the same.
You see, as I have said many a times before: you cannot teach someone into Jesus! Either God the Father does a work in them, or he does not! Jesus said all that the Father gives to him WILL come, so by doing evangelism in the flesh, (independent of the Lord’s leading) you might be actually creating more of a problem for those people, than if you simply let them be.
I believe Satan, also called the butcher, knows this principle very well, and went out in creating a False Church, (Antichrists’) with a twofold function of destroying the actual ecclesia’s faith, and bringing in the religious unregenerate to fill ranks in confusing the actual brethren, all while creating the false gospel of theology, which only appeals to the natural mind, yet has no power over sin!
Thus creating twice the sons of Hell than themselves! And Jesus is calling them sons of hell, because it seems to me that, this is where such people will end up – rather than hades, and remaining in “the sleep of death” (where the dead know nothing) until the judgment day: and the separation between the sheep (found in the Lamb’s Book of Life) and the goats, who are headed towards the pit: I surmise.
Having said all this, the important thing is that those who have actually started in Christ, remain in him, until the day we are called to be with him, outside of our earthly tents. The rest is but academics, and many have fallen away because of such false and discouraging teachings.
“Brick Bat”: is representative of our “church founder’s brick”.
When I stopped attending our local church (as the Lord showed me to do) after my NDE, our names were to be struck from the members list… Did I ever raise a stink about that! The nerve of these “Priests” who offer to send a letter of recommendation to another “temple”, and thinking – as in an “Old Testament” style system, they are actually representing Jesus Christ!
The verse I struggled to express is Matthew 23:15 – Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
Soldiers of the Cross…
*The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
In the western world we use the mind to understand, reason and memorize facts. This is known as natural understanding. Yet the Bible specifically says to lean not towards your own (natural) understanding!
This is because the Lord God is Spirit and truth, so we must know him, and follow him in spirit and truth, not just our filing systems between our ears! In the 1960’s you had the Jesus movement, and people got into Jesus, yet often times Jesus was not “into” them! This is an age-old problem of believing in something, yet the belief system, like a philosophy, has no power over sin! This is called being religious, and although certain philosophies are much more beneficial than others in our personal lives, they should never be confused with actually receiving and abiding in Christ, who has power over sin!
The most tragic part of any belief system, is that people truly believe they are in the right place – when in truth, they may not be! Satan appeals to the mind, the eye, the soul and emotions to have his way with us, yet he does not care for us, only furthering his own cause which is to be lord and god over all the creation.
Yet the Lord God, who is the creator of heaven and earth, chooses out of humanity (before the creation) a people for himself, to move and operate in to bring glory to himself and his eternal purposes alone! God is good, as God is Holy, and he cannot be in the presence of sin! The love the Lord God has, was the action, of giving his only begotten son (the second Adam) as an atonement for sin, for the ones God has chosen to do a work of Salvation within. You can’t “sign up” for Jesus, it is the work of the Holy Spirit alone, in convicting us of our need for him, because of sin. This spiritual work – which only the Lord does, is known as sanctification, which is a separating out from the world, the flesh and our sin natures, which all humanity has suffered and are born with. This is why it is by Grace we are saved, in whom the Lord starts a work in. I have found that a child who is sown into the world as wheat, will always suffer rejection by the world: by are those sown into the world as tears or weeds.
After man fell from life and grace (separation) by being tempted to sin by Satan, in “willful disobedience to him” thus caused independence of God, just like we have the ability to do after our initial repentance and regeneration . This independence from God is called death, (for a born again believer it spells spiritual death – eventually, if there is no repentance). The rest of humanity continues to suffer this (separation) death to God, and will suffer physical destruction after the judgment.This continued willful separation from God (by the ones who have been given a chance at eternal life), inherently produces spiritual death, and although there is but one Christ and one Salvation, the disciple must continue to abide in the life-giving sap of the vine, the bad fruit is cut off and pruned, yet if the branch continues to dry up and die, it too is ultimately cut off and burnt!
We must have a love for the truth, (who is Jesus Christ within us) should we ultimately hope to finish with Christ, and further enter into the kingdom of heaven, which Jesus taught was within us now!
All Christian doctrine that I am familiar with teaches Salvation by Grace alone, as this is the Lord God’s work within us which produces growth and fruit in our lives, which is unquestionably correct! Yet other doctrines emphasize that anyone can be saved (from sin) and a type of legalism of do this – but not that, is preached! Still other doctrines will teach that real believers (the good ground) are the only true elect, and therefore the only ones who can hope to finish the race. Yet the Apostle Paul spoke about, when he pushed on in for the prize, as to not becoming disqualified!
Both these belief systems (doctrines) cannot possibly both be correct, which means there is error in one or both. So how do we discern the truth? We do this by abiding in Christ, and letting him show us! Not by compiling all the texts together and combing through them by natural intellect. Paul understood this principle, he called those that didn’t abide in Christ, enemies of the cross. John said that there where those who started with us, yet became diverted to a different Gospel. The different Gospel is walking in independence from going to the Lord: (The Old Testament is full of examples of this). After Pentecost, this is what John called the “Spirit” of antichrist! So then the “Spirit” of antichrist, is the same as the “Spirit” of error. It is really quite simple for those who abide in Christ, and don’t walk in independence (which is sin) apart from the Lord in their natural understanding. No man-made institution can teach one these truths, it is learned by our spirits – otherwise after millenniums it would have already taken root, and you can bet Satan would have tried to counterfeit it!
This shows that the physical world, and all living creatures have been affected by sin and imperfection with the exception of the “Second Adam”, God incarnate – “Jesus Christ”. Without whom no man will see God! He is the way, the truth, and the life, and without Him, humanity is stuffed!
The actions of the Cross, was the victory over sin (separation from God), and on a spiritual level, Satan IS defeated! Yet on the carnal level, the struggle continues and we who have started with Christ, must continue to abide in him for a renewal of our “spiritual strength and life” not just our natural understanding.
This is why I always say, that you cannot teach someone into Jesus!
It is a matter of heart, will we walk with him (the ones who’ve been given the chance to become the sons and daughters of God), or will we not? Everything in the world is a potential distraction in moving further and further away from our Lord. This is what the disciples all understood sometime after the day of Pentecost, even Peter.
That’s why the greatest of the commandments is to love the Lord thy God first, before all else!
Jesus did not come to do away with this law, he came to fulfill it!