Soldiers of the Cross…
*The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
Soldiers of the Cross…
*The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
People tend to focus on their interpretations of Bible doctrines rather than letting their eye be single and focusing on Jesus Christ who lives within them! In short, they lean towards their own understanding.
This is a trap of the enemy, assimilating facts and scriptures into the memory and leaning to one’s natural understanding rather than following Jesus in Spirit and in Truth. Spiritual Crucifixion of the “old man” must continually be put to death in Christ. Even seemingly good things done without the leading of the Holy Spirit must go if we are to be transformed into Christ’s image by way of the cross.
In the modern era, walking in the spirit of truth (who is Jesus Christ) seems ridiculous especially to the Western mind, it is considered emotionalism to many, and even worse sometimes unbiblical. But the truth be known, walking in the spirit is the ultimate in Biblical correctness!
What the Apostle John first coined as “Antichrist’s” were actual brethren who started with Christ, yet became diverted away from the cross, as their minds wanted to preach another gospel rather than total dependency on Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is the same today, systematic theologies (religion) would rather learn up scripture in their heads and supplant the headship of Christ, often to be seen as “a leader” to others in the world, rather than walk in humble and simple obedience to Christ’s leading within them. The Apostle Paul called these “enemies of the cross” and the Spirit of antichrist has become the predominant spirit within Christianity as a whole! The word antichrist has been overused so much, that it has taken on a whole new meaning. The correct meaning is an alternative to Jesus Christ; and not some raving demonically charged hater of Jesus Christ, with the Hollywood version being portrayed as Satan incarnate.
Used in a historical sense, “The Antichrist” would be the man orchestrated placement of another man, who claims to represent Christ on earth. This would be in holding the office of the Pope of Rome, the mother of Harlots, and her bastard children (other whores). Who will reveal (Satan) the “Man of Sin”, “That Wicked”, King of Babylon, and so forth who is found in Revelations 17-18 and worshipped as God by all the world, prior to his destruction with the world.
Back to my main point of this article: the Smorgasbord of different “so called” Biblical doctrines are mind-boggling today, all types of Salvation by Gnostics, Legalisms, Lineage, Mysticism, Pantheism, Penance, Universalisms, to name a few and specific twisting to individual scriptures by all types of cults to achieve their ends. Whereas the Gospel of Jesus Christ is quite simple for us who know him, it is to simply follow him (and no other) in spirit and in truth, as we have a love for the truth (Jesus Christ) that we “might be” saved ultimately!
On a personal note: I have never been an academic in being able to rely on myself to function using rote memorization, even when referring to the scriptures. In fact, I have found that the Lord God normally frustrates any of my attempts to sound educated in the flesh, unless He be pleased to quicken a part of my 40 years of Bible or name and place of historical events which I have absorbed into my ADHD brain over time. This quickening has only happened once in my life on a massive scale; when I was trying to prove to the Church leadership that I was equipped to be an Elder. But the real problem was, that they didn’t want someone of “a different spirit” around, showing them up (so to speak) and making them feel bad. I was even able to confound a Harvard-educated Elder who the board of directors looked to for advice… but no appointment to that level of leadership was ever obtained, as they did not want the power of “Jesus Christ” in me to disrupt their institution! I was so frustrated by this rejection by those who claim Christ’s name as their Lord and savior, that I started searching elsewhere for acceptance to some other reformed denomination.
I was casting my pearls before swine, and they trampled and attacked me with a type of sympathetic love in an effort to hide their venom for anyone who could actually move and function in Jesus Christ, in being a living testimony to His work! People call me spiritually proud, or even bitter for the rejection I experienced within the leadership, but the truth be known – John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Of course there is no convincing others many who have taken the broad road away from Christ, that indeed you are in the right place, (and they are not) when discerning their independence from the Lord God in being enemies of the cross. Nor can you teach someone who has never been born again of spirit, how to move and function in the things of God.
Thus, for a mental bridge, even devoid of different doctrines, you have 3 types of Christians:
I would like to say in closing, that although it was painful in suffering rejection from the world and it’s institutions to a large degree within my life, and being loathed (especially by man orchestrated Chuuurch) it has been well worth these trials in being able to move, understand, and function in Jesus Christ which few others can understand simply because I am graced by His work in my life through dependency, rather than being stumbled in my own understanding!
This post is a commentary I’ve decided to write, as a small example of how we are living in the age of delusion.
I have chosen my desktop Bible verse software; out of many examples in the marketplace of supposed ministries, to focus on the “free” desktop version provided from Vladimir Rybant Ministries (a Russian) as I look at it every day.
This may not be deliberate, yet it is disturbing to me, here is an example of the glitch… >Hebrews 11:06 for he that cometh to God must believe that he is… “Well, Even Satan believes that God is”… Here is the passage in its totality:
Hebrews 11:06 (KJV) 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
This is the Asbury Bible Commentary on the same verse referencing the Gospel of John:
God Is Righteous—Fellowship as Doing Righteousness (2:29-4:6)
In 2:29 John declares his thesis; the subsequent verses serve as an exposition of its implications. A new metaphor is introduced here in the words born of him. It is not new, however, to the Johannine world of thought, since it is a major motif in Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus (Jn 3). Here it appears to be used primarily to introduce the concept of sonship since the following passages emphasize the necessity of children bearing the family likeness. This is a truth that runs throughout Scripture. God’s people are to manifest his character in their daily lives; here that character is defined as righteousness.
Is it just that this version takes up too much data to put in it’s totality, or is it something more sinister? I don’t know, yet it makes the scriptural texts completely useless, for the brother or sister who seeks a deeper truth, as represented in this passage of the Bible. I am not trying to single out anyone, nor any ministry work, but be advised, deception and delusion apart from a love of the truth that you might be saved, seems to be everywhere, and in every sect of the religion today; this is not just doctrinal battling on a natural level, but in fact is spiritual or supernatural in nature! Just like 2 Thessalonians 2, said would happen.
These passages in their totality, are all speaking about having a “love for the truth”; who is Christ, made manifest to his people. This point is not made noticeable in my desktop version, and castrates the verse into “CHEAP BELIEVISM”. Since there is a major online Christian site, (which I used to do articles for) who seems to challenging the idea, that CHEAP BELIEVISM is somehow uprooting the Sovereignty of God; sadly I must take the time to defend my words and position from these academics.
So, I am not dismissing the doctrine that true conversion and sanctification is of God, and God alone – yet what I am saying is that YOU must have a love for the truth that you might be saved, and enter into the Kingdom, now before you die. I am well aware of what the 5 points of Calvinism teach, and for the most part this is entirely sound doctrine. However, the scripture must be read in contexts, and its totality, and not be read dismissively, or (cherry picking) just because someone reads what they don’t want to see… A DISCIPLE MUST ENTER IN THE NARROW WAY, IN “FOLLOWING” CHRIST!
I would even take this concept one step further; and that is to say, that if you have “no love for the truth”, you will not receive it, and you will be given over by God, to what you love more than the truth; who is Christ Jesus! Jesus said to ABIDE IN HIM, and are likened to the Virgins and their lamps, who are the Bride of Christ! This is serious, serious business, and modern scribes and Pharisees of today have watered down the truth, to keep themselves in a comfortable position within the world’s religious communities… In my humble opinion, this is what systematized Church and theology, has become today, as men love their positions and status in the world (love not the world, Jesus said), more than serving the Lord in totality, with all their heart and being. So, why does such venom exist today within systematic theologies? The answer is Pride; and because the (Carnal) or Natural Man hates; and wars, with those who are spiritual; and of the Lord. It has always been this way since Christ and the Apostles walked on earth, and prior to that, the prophets were always rejected! The truth of God has always been found in the minority of the brethren, out of all those who claim to be the Lord’s disciples.
So, how deceptive is this war to the actual brethren? Matthew 24: 24 for there shall arise false Christ’s, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Or Mark 13:22 for false Christ’s and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. NOTICE: the texts reads if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived, as salvation is a work God starts alone, independent of men. And it is because of Christ, the elect have the CHANCE to become the Sons and Daughters of God. The Apostle Paul himself said, that he had to strive to enter, lest he be a castaway (meaning disqualified) from the finish. Paul’s words, not mine. He also spoke of being an enemy of the cross, and about false brethren sneaking in. The Apostle John spoke about those who started with Christ, but took the broad road, and became anti- Christ’s. These people are like “wall to wall carpet today”, simply because they will not walk in the truth, who is Jesus Christ in Spirit and Truth!
I suggest prayerfully reading, 2 Thessalonians 2: 10-12 as an example –
2 Thessalonians 2:10 and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.