Published on Jun 14, 2018
Soldiers of the Cross…
*The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
Years ago, I had moved into my first house it was very rustic inside with real pine in the small living room, and I had a German shepherd who shed allot. My Mom really didn’t like to come in due to her allergies, and my Dad would laugh as it sort of had the theme of old naval ships, and a musket on the wall, so he called it “old military” concerning my decorating.
I guess one would have to know my parents to understand, they are sort of old school high church people, who settled into the conservative Presbyterian Church, after my Mom, and supposedly everyone else accepted Christ as their Savior.
I had always felt “the odd one out” in our family, although no one dared and express it outwardly. Proper Church doctrines were expected of us all, and the family pressure might be felt to some degree if you stepped outside that dogma.
One day I received a gift which puzzled me from my parents, it was one of those dime store type of plaques with a boat on it which read, something about following your own paths – or the way of one man seems different to another, but does not make it wrong, I don’t remember exactly as I discarded it.
Still later as a single man, I became frustrated in meeting the “right women”, and in going to church, it even made me more conscious in being alone; especially if a member mistakenly thought the girl next to you was your wife! This was social church to me, and it seemed most of the sermons I heard were just a derivative of what I had always heard before. I thought that my problem must be that I was spoiled by the personal relationships I had developed while in home fellowship, when I lived in the City.
I also remember later my father cowering as he was “worried about my Salvation”, well that really set me off – and I refused to make a public spectacle of myself praying with my father in the driveway for the entire neighborhood to see! It was downright insulting, but actually the root of this whole problem was Spiritual!
Allow me to explain to the actual brethren who are reading this message, as only they will understand what false brethren can never see!
1 John 4, tells us to discern by “spirit” (not just doctrine) in whom are in Christ, and who are not! This is the only way one can tell, if it was done by legalism of doctrine all you get is a lot of “Puritans” running around. Sadly, this is what most church people are – they have never really been born anew into a new life, they only adapt to themselves the Bible; which really was never written to them to begin with: this is Satan’s finest trick since the creation!!!
That’s right, they are of a “different spirit” than those of us who actually follow and abide in the Lord! How do I know, most will ask at this point, and the simple answer is by experience. Still others will then say – “you are judging” in condemnation. No, that type of judging was done to me by my father, which I mentioned earlier.
I really tried very hard to “fit in” with this systematic theology system, yet the Lord had another plan for me! I had managed to get voted into the leadership by the Elders (Session), yet even when performing very well in my schooling, and surpassing the board of Elders, it was very evident to me, that they did not really want me in an office of higher leadership!
Some who have never met me, have the audacity to say that I am bitter, yet they do not understand what spiritual persecution is (Rev 17). They can never understand that it was the Lord himself who removed me from “the system” and later he spoke through an actual Elder in the Lord, proclaiming that they did not actually want Christ who’s within me around their church!
After my near death heart attack while in water survival in the service, I was not able to financially give to the church, and I hardly could stand long enough to perform my office as a Deacon. The head Pastor “borrowed” my testimonial about being shoulder to shoulder with Christ within the Church newsletter, yet they would NOT allow me to speak about it to the congregation! They later found out just why I left, and offered to let me light some candles at Christ’mas and give my testimonial. Yet I refused, as a testament to walking with my Lord, and not giving the oxygen of acceptance to a surrogate for Christ!
It was the Lord himself who showed me to follow him, (which I had thought I was attempting to do for years) and oddly enough he used my attempting to finally receive my accreditation by a Bible school to show me that was not important to him! I now understand that most people who “even” started with Christ, and claim his name as Savior, are in “no way” spiritually interested in actually abiding and listening to him personally, it is as if that is too close for comfort ( having a love for the truth)! They are much more interested in playing Church, to justify themselves before God, yet remain comfortable while in the world!!!
In fact they are enemies of the Cross, (as Paul called these brethren) and of the “Spirit of antiChrist” as when John first coined the phrase.
I sit and write this today, because in my mailbox just went a letter sent to (a new assistant) pastor, who has never met me. The so-called Elders or Session, has put their dirty work on this poor man, of striking our name from the membership rolls of their flock (as they call it) – which is much-better than having one’s name stricken from the book of life within Jesus’s flock! *( I was forced to put people out of the Army, so I know how this feels.) The really sad part to me is, whereas the ones who knew me, know exactly what occurred and why I left, yet they are too cowardly to stand, or either don’t want the stench on them!
They gave me a month to show up, or reply: so “tong and cheek” I suggested a refund of about half of what I gifted them – as they also purposely lost my founders memorial brick, to boot!
I’m just waiting for this to get back to my elderly father in the next county, this will be very hard, the level of idolatry towards church is unbelievable by such people, and although it was marked personal and confidential, I hope to the Lord that it doesn’t reach my Dad, this is not his fight but he loves to be in my business, and I’m afraid it might kill him!
If it does, I guess that I cannot allow Satan the victory of using his false brethren to tarnish the work of Christ within me. You can’t allow this very powerful spirit to enslave you, you must push in as a bond servant to Christ himself, or risk losing the gains you have made by not listening to him!
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!
I can’t take credit for the title of this post, that honor goes to Brother Justin Hughes, whom I fellowship with. Yet I can share that a couple of years ago now, the Lord showed me that the “man of sin” (the Devil) will be seen as the “God loves everyone” model, which most of the churches deceivingly seem to follow and preach.
Recently, I spoke with an old minister friend of mine, from my days in street ministry. He was upset that Breitbart news had done a story on a NY Cardinal affirming the Pope’s (Antichrist’s) comments to a gay man who were (more or less) conservative Roman Catholics.
Yet the real problem is that nowadays (a Bible understanding) Satan, deceives by twisting doctrines which are only written to be understood by actual brethren, and sends them forth to the religious’ about Jesus Church, (false brethren) better understood to the world as systematic theologies or doctrines.
This carnal understanding to the natural mind, is the inroads Satan has always used to deceive man. Whereas, truth is only understood by abiding in Christ, our lifeblood into the kingdom! Drunk on the blood of the Saints and the Martyrs of Jesus, is actually talking about this spirit of error, or spirit of antichrist, in those who have started with Christ, yet will not be conformed to Christ’s image, nor are they willing to “enter in” by way of the cross (enemies of the cross) !
Instead they take the broad road, mouthing doctrines of the Bible, and claiming Christ’s Holy name, apart from being crucified in him. This is Satan’s Jesus, who is unholy and loves everyone! A work of “the butcher” himself, to undermine, confuse, and ultimately destroy those who have started on the narrow road towards life everlasting – now!
The Pope (Chief Antichrist) is only the “mother of Harlots”, yet there are many, many, more of her offspring, some of whom started off with us, but became diverted to another gospel. Or natural (carnal) understanding of the scriptures, in nearly all cases nowadays. This is the “Spirit of Antichrist” who John first spoke about. This spirit of error had come, and was also coming.
The line of demarcation today is not Roman Catholicism and so-called Protestantism as it was in the past, nor is it even the Bible or non Biblical teachings – but rather it is only identified by 1 John 4, of what Spirit is someone of? It is my firm belief that Satan’s coming as an angle of light, will deceive and destroy many, and indeed all of the world will worship and follow him straight into the pit for everlasting destruction!
Most Biblical scholars cannot even distinguish between the terms Antichrist (s) and Satan himself, as to them, it is all dependent upon Biblical contexts in a particular passage. This is an example as to why without the revelation of the Lord God, even the greatest of scholars are limited in their (natural) understanding.
Therefore, it is my contention that the unveiling of the Devil will probably begin with the Global Antichrist, and filter down to the local Antichrist (s) (Satan in a Jesus suit, clergy) who will “kiss towards” or worship the destroyer of the actual ecclesia, by their close surrogate for Christ – the world’s church systems and their all loving Jesus!
I have been warned not to try to impart what I plainly have been shown by my Lord, to the world and the church beast, as it will do no good to those who cannot or will not see. I’ve been instructed that the equivalent scripture is in Paul preaching the Gospel, and immediately withdrawing so that he too would not become a castaway (Disqualified). As it is too easy to be distracted by the things of the world, and even doctrines, than to simply continue to abide in the true vine, who is Christ himself, who is our Salvation!
Isaiah 60: 2 (From Benson commentary)
For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth — Ignorance, idolatry, and all kinds of errors and vices; and gross darkness the people — Like that of Egypt; the most palpable blindness and infatuation as to divine things; but the Lord — Christ, the bright and morning-star, the day- spring from on high,
This is where we are in human history now, it is just a matter of time till the man of sin is unveiled. Yet as promised in Isaiah, Satan shall be overcome by the sword of his mouth, and the brightness of his coming. This is the New Jerusalem, the city upon the hill where we shall rule and reign with Christ for a thousand years.
Black and White: when I was in the Army as an equal opportunity advisor to the commander, the school celebrated a book written by a professor which disputed the very idea that the color Black was associated with evil, and in contrast, that the color White was associated with good! Is this where civilization has come to nowadays?
To my understanding, now (SJW) educators are challenging our children on this very basal issue of being brain washed by the establishment, in believing that the absence of light (darkness – blackness) is depicted as bad, and that (white) light, which overcomes the darkness is now somehow evil.
This concept at the very root level, is actually a rebellion against the long understood principles of humanity, and although perhaps not realized, the Lord God Himself, and any truths which he alone is the creator of! Of course this is all politically based biased thinking, in an effort to overthrow any statutes of the past, and is an attempt to throw away any beliefs of a righteous God.
This is the perfect illustration of what Isaiah 60 verse 2 is speaking about, currently underway to the latest generation! Darkness and Gross darkness covers the people… We have thrown away the Lord, who is the light of the world, for Strong delusions, which the Lord God has seen fit to hand those over for their own destruction, who have rejected him and any of his ordinances!
This is all prophesied to happen towards the “end of the age”, and I submit to you that we are on the threshold of the destruction of Babylon, the destruction of the loosely cobbled together feet of iron and clay, which I view as global multiculturalism, to use modern day terminology.
2 Thessalonians 2 The Great Falling Away. 2 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of [a]Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of [b]sin is revealed, the son of perdition…
I will not attempt to convince anyone of what I can plainly see taking place today, especially in using the scriptures, as this is the same mistake most churches make in trying to teach people into light – truth/Christ, it just cannot be done. As even understanding is a gift of God alone to a naturally darkened mind (Spiritually speaking).
And this is the basis of all light to the world, and without Him we can see nothing, I’m waiting to see the son of perdition be unveiled next!