This clip is not about theology, it’s about faith. The things of God are as “foolishness to the natural man”. This short video is no exception, about having the faith of a mustard seed!
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Published on Aug 16, 2014
So why is it that sin was a serious thing some time ago, but it is OK now?
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.
Proverbs 9:8-10 “So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you. Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more. Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.”
Fear of the Lord in this passage, is speaking about abiding and following by spirit, the leadings of the Lord in obedience.
Simply put, one’s own understanding in a doctrinal position of the scriptures, is not the same as being able to operate while abiding in the Spirit of truth, (who is Christ within us). Only those who truly know him in the Spirit, are able to walk in the truth of God, as led of God.
It is fruitless to try and put across the things of God which are spirit, to one that cannot, or will not submit to the individual leadings of the Lord. This is known as casting pearls before swine. This is why it is entirely wrong to allow the unsaved into a gathering of the saints. It has nothing to do with evangelism, thus this type of ministering is to be done on the outside of the body of believers to the lost, when called to do so.
Following the “Broad Road” instead of the “Narrow Way”, is not discussed much anymore amongst nominal believers, as this would be to exclude everyone who cannot hear, will not listen, to the individual leadings of the Holy Spirit within a believer’s life. The scriptures are only written for reproof and correction for those who are born again of the Holy Spirit of God. Many counterfeit believers (nominal Christians) have been produced because of the teaching of the scriptures to the unregenerate, who are dead, having no light to see the truth of God, who is Spirit, and not just a theological or doctrinal position.
Today when people speak about the “Word of God” they are normally referring to the scriptural texts, yet the real word of God is received only within the “Spirit of Truth” who is the incarnate Chrsit, only found within an actual follower, and not just a Bible scholar. This is why Jesus told the scribe to follow him; (paraphrased) the son of man has nowhere to lay his head. Institutional organizations cannot follow Jesus Christ! You cannot teach someone into salvation nor sanctification merely by using the scriptures. The scriptures are written only to the regenerate in Christ, who choose to walk in obedience to his leading. To act independently, is to act either in ignorance, or rebellion against a work, which only God chooses to do in the individual heart. Man should not dictate to God, who is to be taught about the things of God, and this is the beginning of wisdom, in learning how to be obedient to the one which many claim to follow. Yet in actuality, are often acting in the independence of the flesh on a broad road, from those who actually abide and move with him in dependence upon him