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Correcting your personal course is all that is required of you.

Freighter+ rowboat

A man in a rowboat can correct his course, but not that of a super freighter…

It is the same with the church system of today. If one is born again of the Holy Spirit, they must learn for themselves how to walk in that spirit of truth, who is Jesus Christ. They cannot allow error or compromise to creep into their spiritual life, which destroys many. God is fully capable in teaching his children the truth, and providing for them fellow believers to fellowship with them along the way.

Yet Satan, who is also a spirit, is also busy within the world trying to divert the Saints of God onto another spiritual path. He knows that blatant spiritual sin normally will not work with a child of God who has started with Christ, and has a basic knowledge of the Bible. So, what Satan does is to try and counterfeit the workings of God, into a near look alike to the truth. He mixes in certain degrees of blackness with the pure white light of truth. This creates a gray area to varying degrees.

This sly fox, who understands the human mind and soul, and will raise up those in the name of Christ, who will divert people from the perfect light and truth of walking with Jesus in spirit; into a theological or doctrinal debate most often. Anything that will knock a child of God off course, and try to sever them from their head: who is Jesus Christ.

The Apostle John first coined the phrase as an anti-Christ, not one who has horns sprouting out of their heads, but rather anyone who inserts themselves as an alternative to Christ, assuming a leader’s position. This type of spirit, is of the spirit of anti Christ, and is most often found to be religious in nature. Jesus said unless one becomes as a little child, they can no way enter into the kingdom of heaven. Little Children are tender hearted and trusting, so they make easy targets for the butcher to destroy their walk. This is why men of God (Elders) who have experience in these areas have been raised up, to try and protect and nourish the young in the Lord, to grow properly without error, or compromising the security of the brethren. A good Bible knowledge is a great tool, but more important is the experience, and understanding of the spiritual world, and its snares and pitfalls.

This experience can ONLY be learned by actual followers of Jesus Christ, unfortunately a good Bible knowledge has replaced, (in “Church circles”) the need for actually KNOWING, and following Christ in spirit and in truth.  Lip service is given to this spiritual battlefield, by Pastors and “so called Elders” today, since Biblests  know it is scriptural to speak about such things but never have seen it nor known it; because they are not spiritual, but rather just carnal men, with a head full of doctrine.  Actual spiritual knowledge, or understanding of spiritual things, is rare today.  It has been replaced by natural understanding of the Bible, which is so prevalent in western culture, and the natural or worldly mind.  The scribes and Pharisees were such people as these. And to make matters even worse, eastern religions were introduced into the United States, predominately in the 1960’S. This alternative consciousness’ a mixture of other belief systems crept in which are demonic in nature, and fostered what is normally called the “new age” movement.

Neither do I believe in trying to salvage the Church systems, (systematic theologies) as the reformers once did concerning Catholicism. Big fellowships or “churches” are normally too corrupted by sin and traditions of men, to try and restore by natural means and Bible knowledge. The exception to this is only if a man of God, has been called and chosen for this work, and then SENT by God alone; to administer the course correction. In the past 1500 years, well intentioned Christians went out to the world to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and his atonement on the cross. God used these efforts to bring many to Christ, and blessed many a peoples for honoring the written word (the Bible) and their cultures. However, this does not mean that most people were ever really with Christ at all, just that they honored his principles, and teachings which were pleasing to the Lord.

Let us always remember that the true brethren of God in Christ were elected before the foundations of the world. It is a work in which God does alone in the hearts of men, and no amount of teaching no matter how correct, can ever alter one who has never known the Lord in Spirit by Salvation. The result is a bunch of highly educated men and women about the scriptures, ever learning but never coming to knowledge of the truth. Or as 2 Timothy 3:7 puts it: Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. These false brethren in 2 Timothy 3: 5 says “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

This dear brethren, is why we shouldn’t attempt to try and make the correction ourselves, just avoid them at all costs; unless suited up with the full armor of God expecting opposition.

We, who genuinely know and follow our Lord, must be quite careful especially with those who claim his name. Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. These wolves are those that do not know, or have chosen not to follow our Lord for something of the world. Too often it is the counterfeit of systematic church instead of Christ.

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Learn to discern just who are Christ’s disciples

Overcome Evil with Good

Actual born again Christians are the living testimony of who the Bible is addressing only. For others it is merely a theological or doctrinal positioning, and not an actual heartfelt, living, spiritual reality. This is why 1 John chapter 4 tells the actual believer to discern by spirit, just who are their brothers and sisters in Christ. The rest of the “religious’ folks” (2 Timothy 3:5) holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

The Christian veneer that most nominal Christians possess is just that: “a form of Godliness” only as they are not true disciples of Jesus Christ by spirit. I have experienced this many times over within my own family, and the testing of my heart. And I am “hated for his namesake” normally on a subconscious level.

The most recent example is when I declared that I would follow Jesus in my heart of hearts (by spirit), and that what my wife does, is really up to her! My elderly father (who has been a Deacon in his church in the ladder part of his life) felt it necessary to make a special trip to my home, take me to my back garage, and tell me just how unloving I was to make such a declaration when concerning my wife! Yet Jesus said “If anyone comes to me and does not hate (strong dispreference of ) his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:26). Also; So therefore whosoever he be of you that renounceth not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple (Luke 14: 33). These verses show a willingness of heart to truly follow Jesus in all that we have, and most will not be able or willing to pay the cost, because of their love for the world. In simple terms, most will look back like Lot’s wife whose name is not even recorded in scripture. This is also why Jesus taught that: And a man’s foes (enemy) shall be they of his own household (Mathew 10: 36).

Why is this? It is because the Holy Spirit’s love for Christ in a true disciple is stronger than that of natural affections. This is also why Jesus taught: But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven.  Think not that I came to send peace on the earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law: and a man’s foes’ shall be they of his own household. (Mathew 10:33-36). All inspired scripture is of God, and is only intended for those born of Spirit and push forward IN Christ (spiritually) within their hearts’, and not just intellectually, by learning sound doctrines via our own understanding. In fact, Scripture is not to be taught to the wicket, nor are we to fellowship with them; as the result of doing these actions is to let Satan into the camp, giving the Devil a foothold upon the saints.

The result of teaching of the Bible to centuries of the unregenerate is a two edge sword (word of God), in that great blessings have benefitted generations of Christian informed cultures’ in countries, (specifically Britain and the United States) in the past. And now has become a curse in that people who claim to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ go around preaching as (alternative Christ’s) or anti-Christ’s, and false prophets (teachers) wishing for men to follow them, and their Bible based teachings (doctrines) rather than following the Holy Spirit (who is Jesus Christ) incarnate, in the true disciple’s spirit.   

Please Note: All these men started with Christ, yet wanted to draw others unto themselves!  Antichrists’, false teachers, prophets (Ministers)…

Acts 20:30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.

1 John 2:17-19 (ASV) 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.18 Little children, it is the last hour: and as ye heard that antichrist cometh, even now have there arisen many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last hour.19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they all are not of us.

1 John 2:22 – 1 John 4:3 – 2 John 1:7

This is why we are warned in (Matthew 7:15): Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing (Clergy attire), but inwardly are ravening wolves. And (Matthew 24:3-5, 10-11) “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered, “Watch out that no one deceives you, for many will come in my name. At that time many will turn away from the faith… and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.” If one reads straight through Mathew 24, Jesus is explaining to the disciples how the end times will appear.

Also we are warned: (2 Timothy 3:1-7) 1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self,lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power ; Avoid such men as these. 6 For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth… This is speaking about those who claim his name (the Church), disciples are warned about – not just the wicket!  Men will be; (Romans 1:30) Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents. The Lord God will not tolerate such behavior; as written in (Isaiah 5:20) Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

These are all spiritually discerned things being spoken about, and if we will not follow Christ in Spirit (as Sons of God) we are in disobedience and not Sons and Daughters at all. It does not matter how well educated in the scriptures one becomes, how much worship (sacrifice) one performs in his name, if we do not listen we are disobedient and will be pruned if we have started with the Lord, or cut off from Christ (blaspheming the Holy Spirit) within our hearts and finally lost and burnt, by continually refusing to listen to our Lord in spirit. This has nothing to do with Bible study, behavioral modifications or Religious’ attendance. But has everything to do with the conditions in which we keep our heart as we are tested in following Christ within us, (if we have truly been regenerated) and elect of God.

The doctrine of once saved always saved, “within the perseverance of the saints by grace” (TULIP) taught within Calvinism (reformed theology), is the only “slightly unsound” part of the doctrine, yet is potentially destructive as it allows for a confession of faith, but no commitment in spirit; and although earnestly  taught through the ages, has missed the gravity of abiding in Christ (who is one’s salvation) in my opinion.  The Apostle Paul was even concerned that he would not finish with Christ and be disqualified! So brother Paul continually pushed forward in spirit despite all opposition in the world. Arminianism on the other hand, dismisses the election of the saints by grace  John 10:29. (My Father, who hath given them unto me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.) Both doctrines are but men’s attempt to explain the spiritual things of God, and fall short of the truth of God, who is Jesus Christ within his Bride! This is the only and intimate relationship which only the true disciple can discern, and no amount of doctrinal education can ever replace the actual “knowing” and following of Jesus Christ in Spirit!

It is a great deception of the Devil to lull saints into a false security, of not being able to walk away from Christ, and is a broad roaders doctrine, which allows would be followers of Christ “his Bride” “Virgins” “Ecclesia” “Church” (the elect) to act independent of the Holy Spirit’s leading (s) in actually listening and abiding in Christ, in obedience and following him alone as their head and husband.

I could give loads of scripture to support such an assertion, yet I would be referencing the scriptures’ most of the day! So I will use but a few as an example:

(Matthew 8:19 – 26 ) 19 Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” 20 Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 21 Another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go andbury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.”23 When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves ; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord ; we are perishing !” 26He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith ?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.

In this passage, the scribe is a scriptural scholar (Theologian); and in the second part the disciples father was not dead yet, but he was concerned about collecting his earthly inheritance.

Jesus rebuked them both (in heart), as one wanted to be a part of the world and teach about Christ but not have to follow him, he just wanted knowledge to share about Jesus to the world and it’s religious organizations. The second brother wanted his financial security first within the world before he followed Jesus Christ. Both men were attempting to follow Jesus as (disciples), yet their hearts were tested to see if they would.

10 Virgins representing the “Bride of Christ” still following the Holy Spirit within them (lamps filled with oil) (Matthew 25:1-13) 1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

(Luke 13:23-24) 23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24  “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28  In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out.

(John 15:5-12) “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

In every one of these passages, Jesus is speaking to his disciples, and every passage always speaks to following Christ in perseverance and obedience as an intimate bride, not as an unbeliever, merely religious about Jesus, or even a theologian!

(Matthew 24:11) and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

Be not deceived dear Brethren, don’t follow the teachings of Men, follow the teachings of the Holy Spirit within you, who is Jesus Christ, the truth of God, lest you be deceived in your own understanding! Always ask the Lord to show you the truth about what has been taught to you.

Blessings,

Roland Dell

 

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