Jeremiah 29:13 “And you shall seek me, and find me,
when you shall search for me with all your heart.”

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Idolatry of Shepherds

This is a subject that has been cropping up lately &
I feel an unction to send out a warning. I don't consider myself a "prophet" but of the spiritual gifts- the gift of discernment- is the one I've been led to study & be used to encourage Christians to keep away from particular practices, ideologies, trends, etc...

When a Christian honestly says to the Lord "Use me- I'm available!" they don't realize where He is going to take them or what ministry He will place them. Don't we simply begin w/a Childlike faith & follow in a Childlike manner? The Holy Spirit decides where to place us & how He will work though us. So anything we have been given to use for ministry solely comes from God- aside from Him we are completely lost.

I'm finding that not only should we simply begin to follow the Lord
in such a humbleopen (Childlike) manner but that we should remain that way throughout our walk w/Him.

Although the Holy Spirit will show us truths through men's Spirit led interpretations we should never place the teacher upon a high place in our hearts. They are fallen people like you & I- and are also prone to veer off at times in the flesh. (Hopefully to be corrected by the Lord & placed back on track of course.)

What if you are called to be the one to correct that Pastor/Teacher? Would you be willing to do so?

Living in the Spirit truly calls us to be crucified to our flesh for there are ramifications to speaking out. Of course in the flesh we fear the worst of reprisals.

But- we have to trust in the Lord & lean not upon our own understanding. It is the Lord who will turn that person's heart & work in their lives which has nothing to do with us. We as Christians are to simply be obedient to the Holy Spirit's leading.

Again- simple & Childlike. That's it. The Lord provides encouragement though these life experiences but it yet remains a walk by faith & not by sight. That is exactly where He wants us - leaning upon Him in faith. Knowing that whatever we are called to do- He has a plan in mind. We may see fruits from a particular outreaching (which is a confirmation & tremendous blessing) or we may not. (Which requires continuing to trust in Him regardless.)

To be honest with you the discernment ministry is very difficult one for me to walk in. On one hand I love the research & truths to be found. But on the other- it's the faith in action that my flesh wants to fight against. I have always avoided confrontation & despise conflict- especially in person. It's a ministry with a spiritual warning attached.

So when the Holy Spirit stirs me up to address a particular issue I spend a bit of time questioning is this REALLY something the Lord wants me to do? R-E-A-L-L-Y.....? Can't I just ignore it? Walk away? Why do "I" have to be the one? Isn't there ANYONE else?

The answer is typically Yes it is! & No you can't because I will keep bringing it to mind. & No there isn't- it's you I called.

So what could I possibly have to complain about? I said "Here I am" - the Lord equipped me- and then He has sent me from time to time. And what greater joy is there in the world than to see the hand of the Lord moving in the lives of others?

So now back to the warning. As we march closer toward the prophesied one world economic/religious order the tentacles of "unity for the sake of peace" is going to become a stronger force to deal with. This does not exclude even the most well respected/Biblical based Christian Shepherds.

There are going to be Shepherds you thought were impervious to deception- falling.

The Shepherds are responsible for tending the flock & watching out for wolves attacking the sheep. Perhaps sometimes we become too comfortable w/our trusted Shepherd & operate on cruise control- believing no harm can come to us.

Recently during a fast I got a strong impression to protect & watch out for evil devices aimed against my own Shepherd. Do I see anything now? No. Do I have any idea what this could be about? No. Do I think I'm nuts- well that I do consider! But again the impression is not going away so all I will do is- yes- keep watch- and "if" something ever does come up then I'll know it at the time.

For example there has been a well respected Pastor who invited an individual to speak to his congregation. This individual is known to dabble in the ideology of contemplative spirituality. This is a Shepherd who you would think
would-Never- go down that road. I am beyond shocked to even learn of this. Doesn't he know? Don't they do background checks on who they invite into the sheep pen?

Maybe it will come to nothing & no spiritual harm will be done. But we
still have to ask: Where is the discernment? The Pastors may have too many things going & then one bad apple slips in unaware.

This is the age of deception- we have been warned. (Matthew 24:11)

So please - love & watch out for your Shepherd. It may be you the Lord is calling on to keep an eye out for "sheep-like" wolves. The Idolatry of a Shepherd will blind us to unexpected danger.

Following is a timely article from Tom Tomasella:

Biblical Discernment by Todd Tomasella

“And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my Sabbaths.” Ezekiel 44:23-24

Those who receive the LORD’s instruction to “discern” will find themselves in “controversy” among men (Ezek. 44:23-24).

This “controversy” comes when those who are contrary to the truth receive the light of divine truth into their darkened hearts (Jn. 3:19-21; Eph. 5:9-11). There are things to suffer in following Christ and in such there are eternal rewards awaiting (Matt. 5:10-12; Phil. 1:29).

Though we never want to be purposely offensive in our character or delivery, getting along with everyone is a farce to the true disciple. Trying to please sinful men is the work of the counterfeit who fears men and not God. Fearing, worshipping and pleasing God is the way of the true disciple of Jesus whose life is laid down (Gal. 1:6-10).

We are blessed to regularly receive correspondence from people who think we are just judging and throwing stones and most of the time it is clear that the person emailing has an unnatural soul tie with a certain “Christian” celebrity figure.

They have never heard the word discernment, especially by the wolves who lead them? Why? – it’s simple: Those wolves don’t want the audience they have beguiled to see who they really are. Any person who leads and is not warning and teaching discernment is a bona fide wolf (Col. 1:28).

In fact, some of them who email us, judging us for supposedly being judgmental, do not seem to care how many Scripture from God’s Word they see which expose their celebrity idol as a wolf. Why? Because they simply do not love the LORD – they love themselves and those who tell self what self wants to hear (Jn. 8:47).

Was this not foretold? (2 Tim. 3:1-7; 4:2-4) This is how the Bible reveals that this all works and I want to encourage you to study this in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 and 2 Timothy 3:1-8; 4:1-5.

Doctrine is a heart matter (Rom. 6:17; 2 Tim. 4:2-4). God Himself sends “strong delusion” to those who receive not “the love of the truth that they might be saved.” (2 Thess. 2:10-12) Many have chosen and are choosing to trade Jesus Christ in for mere men and this happens when they push His Word aside for those teachings of mere men. This is exactly what Jesus said that hell bound Pharisees of His day did (Mk. 7:6-10; Jn. 8:47).

As prophesied for these last days, many revel in and elevate mere sinful men above the living God and Redeemer Jesus Christ – “Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” (1 Tim. 6:15-16) Those mere men who have been idolized can’t save themselves from the lake of fire much less those they mislead. Who are we going to trust?

“For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” John 12:43

“And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” Luke 16:15

God's kingdom is ALL about Jesus Christ and not some slick talking charlatan who has and is leading millions into spiritual darkness and ultimately damnation (2 Pet. 2:1-4). God promised He will damn them eternally - "their damnation slumbereth not." (2 Pet. 2:3)

Biblical Christians test every spirit against the final authority and Holy Standard of God's written Word. We are to "earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints" against the "ungodly men" speaking contrary to the Word. The LORD wants us to do what the Berean believers did - "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." (Acts 17:11)

Discernment is a biblical mandate and gullibility is not a virtue but a curse sure to lead on to eternal damnation (Prov. 14:15; Ezek. 44:23; Hos. 4:6; 1 Jn. 4:1-6; Jude 3-4). Any person who does not test and believes every leader who comes in Christ’s name is in direct disobedience to the LORD according to 1 John 4:1.

Each and every believer in Jesus Christ is instructed to study for themselves.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

The only reason a person isn’t learning God’s Word is that they simply do not aggrandize Christ. Like Esau they are too busy learning and reveling in the temporal trinkets of this fleeting world and thereby trading in their eternal and blessed blood bought birthright for a bowl of soup (Heb. 12:14-17).

Are We to Judge?

“Do not ye judge them that are within?” 1 Corinthians 5:12

“Within” here refers to being within the body of Christ. Those professing to be saved are to be judged or discerned, beginning with ourselves (2 Tim. 2:19). God wants us to first keep our own heart in right standing with Him and as we do, we are able to see from His perspective and help others to be restored to Him (Matt. 7:1-5; 1 Cor. 11:31-32; Gal. 6:1-2).

Simon had just gotten saved and was a member of the body of Christ. Then he was rebuked and told he was going to perish if he didn’t repent (Acts 8:13-24).

Judgmental? When preaching to Simon, a man who had just gotten saved, the apostle Peter, inspired by the Holy Ghost, said "But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity." (Acts 8:20-23)

Notice here that Peter told Simon that he was going to "perish" (hell), that his "heart is not right in the sight of God," and that he must "repent" to be forgiven and restored. By the Holy Spirit Peter told this man that his heart was wicked. Was Peter in sin for doing this? No! In fact, it led to Simon repenting. God is good and His goodness leads us to repentance (Rom. 2:1-7).

Sometimes His goodness is manifested in rebuke, a word that appears 81 times in the Bible. Those who don't walk in truth are not faithful friends. Any walking with Jesus will at times be led of the Spirit to rebuke as Peter was led to do. It is the enemy of God that allows people to remain out of fellowship with the LORD. It is the self-serving enemy of Christ who is quiet when he should speak the truth in love (Prov. 12:17; Eph. 4:15).

"Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful." Proverbs 27:5-6

A false humility and feigned/fake love pretends to love and be serving God and yet does not do so according to His Word. The counterfeit sits back and watches others be deceived which will lead to their damnation and does nothing to interrupt.

The Holy Scriptures and kingdom of God are not what WE want it to be or what some man or men want it to be - rather it is the KING of all kings’ kingdom and prerogative as to what it is and He clearly revealed that in His Holy Word.

Those who don't diligently and daily search His Scriptures are inevitably going to err in their thinking and perspective. In fact, their hearts will be darkened because it is the "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."

(Ps. 119:130) There is "NO light" in those who do not love God's Word and devour it (Isa. 8:16, 20). They don't seek Him in His Word because they are all about self. They love self and not the Savior and therefore "they receive(d) not the love of the truth, that they might be saved."

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Recently a lady got upset with me because I posted something on the internet that exposed a known and vile false prophet. To this I replied:

Hi. God told us to "mark them" to protect others (Rom. 16:17-18). The LORD who bled loves His sheep. He is “the great shepherd of the sheep” and has “all his delight” in them (Ps. 16:3; Heb. 13:20) Jesus told us that He rejoices over His people with singing (Zeph. 3:17). Why are you covering for God's enemies when the LORD commanded us to expose their darkness? (Eph. 5:11) Did you know that divine "wrath" comes upon any person who loves and help's the LORD's enemies? (2 Chron. 19:2) Paul named 8 deceivers by name in 4 chapters, 2 per chapter (see 2 Timothy). Are you correcting the apostle Paul? Was he in sin for bringing soul-damning heresy and heretics to the attention of others in order that they might be protected in the truth? Was Paul misled when he cried for 3 years day and night because grievous wolves were going to enter in to deceive and lead astray God's precious sheep? (Acts 20:27-32)

How hateful to just sit around and this happen as it is happening all around us! Wolves have taught you not to be discerning because they simply do not want you to be able to discern who they really are (Ezek. 44:23-24). True servants of Christ are known by their warning others of the "MANY false prophets" who "lie in wait to deceive." (Matt. 7:15; Eph. 4:14)

Biblical Christianity is what we need and not feelings-based religion that panders to men. Jesus told Peter to "Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." (Matt. 16:23-25)

According to Jesus' own words, if we are not truly losing our lives, crucified with Christ, then we pander to men and are of Satan. Only the gullible believe every spirit and every seemingly kind and smiling person who comes in Christ's name, using His holy name for their own benefit.

We are commanded to "try (test) EVERY spirit ... for MANY false prophets are gone out into the world." (1 Jn. 4:1; Prov. 14:15) "Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?" (Ps. 94:16)
-----------------------------------Trivia Question: What 3 things did Paul the apostle do to prepare God's people to meet Jesus in an acceptable condition? Colossians 1:28 Hint: PWT are the initials

Saturday, June 20, 2009

From a chapter by A.W. Tozer in a book titled The Pursuit of God

The Blessedness of Posessing Nothing by A.W. Tozer
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 5:3

Before the Lord God made man upon the earth He first prepared for him by creating a world of useful and pleasant things for his sustenance and delight. In the Genesis account of the creation these are called simply `things.' They were made for man's uses, but they were meant always to be external to the man and subservient to him. In the deep heart of the man was a shrine where none but God was worthy to come. Within him was God; without, a thousand gifts which God had showered upon him.

But sin has introduced complications and has made those very gifts of God a potential source of ruin to the soul.

Our woes began when God was forced out of His central shrine and `things' were allowed to enter. Within the human heart `things' have taken over. Men have now by nature no peace within their hearts, for God is crowned there no longer, but there in the moral dusk stubborn and aggressive usurpers fight among themselves for first place on the throne.

This is not a mere metaphor, but an accurate analysis of our real spiritual trouble. There is within the human heart a tough fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, always to possess. It covets `things' with a deep and fierce passion. The pronouns `my' and `mine' look innocent enough in print, but their constant and universal use is significant. They express the real nature of the old Adamic man better than a thousand volumes of theology could do. They are verbal symptoms of our deep disease. The roots of our hearts have grown down into things, and we dare not pull up one rootlet lest we die. Things have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God's gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.

Our Lord referred to this tyranny of things when He said to His disciples, `If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.' (Matt. 16:24-25).

Breaking this truth into fragments for our better understanding, it would seem that there is within each of us an enemy which we tolerate at our peril. Jesus called it `life' and `self,' or as we would say, the self-life. Its chief characteristic is its possessiveness: the words `gain' and `profit' suggest this. To allow this enemy to live is in the end to lose everything. To repudiate it and give up all for Christ's sake is to lose nothing at last, but to preserve everything unto life eternal. And possibly also a hint is given here as to the only effective way to destroy this foe: it is by the Cross: `Let him take up his cross and follow me.'

The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things. The blessed ones who possess the Kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing. They are `poor in spirit.' They have reached an inward state paralleling the outward circumstances of the common beggar in the streets of Jerusalem; that is what the word `poor' as Christ used it actually means. These blessed poor are no longer slaves to the tyranny of things. They have broken the yoke of the oppressor; and this they have done not by fighting but by surrendering. Though free from all sense of possessing, they yet possess all things. `Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'

Let me exhort you to take this seriously. It is not to be understood as mere Bible teaching to be stored away in the mind along with an inert mass of other doctrines. It is a marker on the road to greener pastures, a path chiseled against the steep sides of the mount of God. We dare not try to by-pass it if we would follow on in this holy pursuit. We must ascend a step at a time. If we refuse one step we bring our progress to an end.

As is frequently true, this New Testament principle of spiritual life finds its best illustration in the Old Testament. In the story of Abraham and Isaac we have a dramatic picture of the surrendered life as well as an excellent commentary on the first Beatitude.

Abraham was old when Isaac was born, old enough indeed to have been his grandfather, and the child became at once the delight and idol of his heart. From that moment when he first stooped to take the tiny form awkwardly in his arms he was an eager love slave of his son. God went out of His way to comment on the strength of this affection. And it is not hard to understand. The baby represented everything sacred to his father's heart: the promises of God, the covenants, the hopes of the years and the long messianic dream. As he watched him grow from babyhood to young manhood the heart of the old man was knit closer and closer with the life of his son, till at last the relationship bordered upon the perilous. It was then that God stepped in to save both father and son from the consequences of an uncleansed love.

`Take now thy son,' said God to Abraham, `thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.' (Gen 22:2) The sacred writer spares us a close-up of the agony that night on the slopes near Beersheba when the aged man had it out with his God, but respectful imagination may view in awe the bent form and convulsive wrestling alone under the stars. Possibly not again until a Greater than Abraham wrestled in the Garden of Gethsemane did such mortal pain visit a human soul. If only the man himself might have been allowed to die. That would have been easier a thousand times, for he was old now, and to die would have been no great ordeal for one who had walked so long with God. Besides, it would have been a last sweet pleasure to let his dimming vision rest upon the figure of his stalwart son who would live to carry on the Abrahamic line and fulfill in himself the promises of God made long before in Ur of the Chaldees.

How should he slay the lad! Even if he could get the consent of his wounded and protesting heart, how could he reconcile the act with the promise, `In Isaac shall thy seed be called'? This was Abraham's trial by fire, and he did not fail in the crucible. While the stars still shone like sharp white points above the tent where the sleeping Isaac lay, and long before the gray dawn had begun to lighten the east, the old saint had made up his mind. He would offer his son as God had directed him to do, and then trust God to raise him from the dead. This, says the writer to the Hebrews, was the solution his aching heart found sometime in the dark night, and he rose `early in the morning' to carry out the plan. It is beautiful to see that, while he erred as to God's method, he had correctly sensed the secret of His great heart. And the solution accords well with the New Testament Scripture, `Whosoever will lose... for my sake shall find...'

God let the suffering old man go through with it up to the point where He knew there would be no retreat, and then forbade him to lay a hand upon the boy. To the wondering patriarch He now says in effect, `It's all right, Abraham. I never intended that you should actually slay the lad. I only wanted to remove him from the temple of your heart that I might reign unchallenged there. I wanted to correct the perversion that existed in your love. Now you may have the boy, sound and well. Take him and go back to your tent. Now I know that thou fearest God, seeing that thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from me.'

Then heaven opened and a voice was heard saying to him, `By myself I have sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.'

The old man of God lifted his head to respond to the Voice, and stood there on the mount strong and pure and grand, a man marked out by the Lord for special treatment, a friend and favorite of the Most High. Now he was a man wholly surrendered, a man utterly obedient, a man who possessed nothing. He had concentrated his all in the person of his dear son, and God had taken it from him. God could have begun out on the margin of Abraham's life and worked inward to the center; He chose rather to cut quickly to the heart and have it over in one sharp act of separation. In dealing thus He practiced an economy of means and time. It hurt cruelly, but it was effective.

I have said that Abraham possessed nothing. Yet was not this poor man rich? Everything he had owned before was still his to enjoy: sheep, camels, herds, and goods of every sort. He had also his wife and his friends, and best of all he had his son Isaac safe by his side. He had everything, but he possessed nothing. There is the spiritual secret. There is the sweet theology of the heart which can be learned only in the school of renunciation. The books on systematic theology overlook this, but the wise will understand.

After that bitter and blessed experience I think the words `my' and `mine' never had again the same meaning for Abraham. The sense of possession which they connote was gone from his heart. things had been cast out forever.They had now become external to the man. His inner heart was free from them. The world said, `Abraham is rich,' but the aged patriarch only smiled. He could not explain it to them, but he knew that he owned nothing, that his real treasures were inward and eternal.

There can be no doubt that this possessive clinging to things is one of the most harmful habits in the life. Because it is so natural it is rarely recognized for the evil that it is; but its outworkings are tragic. We are often hindered from giving up our treasures to the Lord out of fear for their safety; this is especially true when those treasures are loved relatives and friends. But we need have no such fears. Our Lord came not to destroy but to save. Everything is safe which we commit to Him, and nothing is really safe which is not so committed.

Our gifts and talents should also be turned over to Him. They should be recognized for what they are, God's loan to us, and should never be considered in any sense our own. We have no more right to claim credit for special abilities than for blue eyes or strong muscles. `For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive?'

The Christian who is alive enough to know himself even slightly will recognize the symptoms of this possession malady, and will grieve to find them in his own heart. If the longing after God is strong enough within him he will want to do something about the matter. Now, what should he do?

First of all he should put away all defense and make no attempt to excuse himself either in his own eyes or before the Lord. Whoever defends himself will have himself for his defense, and he will have no other; but let him come defenseless before the Lord and he will have for his defender no less than God Himself. Let the inquiring Christian trample under foot every slippery trick of his deceitful heart and insist upon frank and open relations with the Lord.

Then he should remember that this is holy business. No careless or casual dealings will suffice. Let him come to God in full determination to be heard. Let him insist that God accept his all, that He take things out of his heart and Himself reign there in power. It may be he will need to become specific, to name things and people by their names one by one. If he will become drastic enough he can shorten the time of his travail from years to minutes and enter the good land long before his slower brethren who coddle their feelings and insist upon caution in their dealings with God.

Let us never forget that such a truth as this cannot be learned by rote as one would learn the facts of physical science. They must be experienced before we can really know them. We must in our hearts live through Abraham's harsh and bitter experiences if we would know the blessedness which follows them. The ancient curse will not go out painlessly; the tough old miser within us will not lie down and die obedient to our command. He must be torn out of our heart like a plant from the soil; he must be extracted in agony and blood like a tooth from the jaw. He must be expelled from our soul by violence as Christ expelled the money changers from the temple. And we shall need to steel ourselves against his piteous begging, and to recognize it as springing out of self-pity, one of the most reprehensible sins of the human heart.

If we would indeed know God in growing intimacy we must go this way of renunciation. And if we are set upon the pursuit of God He will sooner or later bring us to this test. Abraham's testing was, at the time, not known to him as such, yet if he had taken some course other than the one he did, the whole history of the Old Testament would have been different. God would have found His man, no doubt, but the loss to Abraham would have been tragic beyond the telling. So we will be brought one by one to the testing place, and we may never know when we are there. At that testing place there will be no dozen possible choices for us; just one and an alternative, but our whole future will be conditioned by the choice we make.

Father, I want to know Thee, but my coward heart fears to give up its toys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide from Thee the terror of the parting. I come trembling, but I do come. Please root from my heart all Those things which I have cherished so long and which have become a very part of my living self, so that Thou mayest enter and dwell there without a rival. Then shalt Thou make the place of Thy feet glorious. Then shall my heart have no need of the sun to shine in it, for Thyself wilt be the light of it, and there shall be no night there. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Hail Mary & Ark of the New Covenant

Although I can see how the Ark of the Covenant could shadow Mary
being the vessel who gave birth to Christ, I have not found that the requirement of her to be “without” sin @ the conception a valid point.
It is true that the details to build the Ark of the Covenant were painstakingly detailed but did this also have to infer than Mary had to be perfect and without sin?
From what I have found Biblically the answer is no.

Let me preface this as I have taken on this challenge very seriously. I have been in constant prayer and have read every word and every scripture on the two articles. My reliance is solely upon the Holy Spirit leading me to the truth. I am no theologian and reading these theories written by I’m sure well respected and highly educated men is initially a daunting task. But the one thing I have learned is to be sensitive to the Spirit as He’s our guide and counselor leading us into all truths. He will never fail us. (Although we may fail ourselves by not listening or trying to persuade the outcome to our own desires)

So as you have requested me to look at the information posted and see if I can find scripture which would refute these claims I ask that you in turn try to be objective and keep and open mind and heart as you read on.

So this is where I begin as it is where I was first led.

In the Spirit.

This is some information taken from “Understanding the Anointing” by Kenneth Hagin. Nothing struck me relating to Mary until I almost read it to the end.

The Sprit without Measure. (The Anointing gifts from the Father)

The reason Jesus could have the Spirit without measure is because his body was not mortal.

He could be tempted in all points like we are, because he was human, but he was like Adam before he sinned. Adam could be tempted-but before Adam sinned; his body was neither mortal nor immortal. (He did have to sustain his body by eating)

If Adam’s body had been mortal, it would have been subject to death-but Adam originally was not subject to death. The Word of God says that death affects you when you sin. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12) Death didn’t pass on mankind until Adam sinned.

That is the reason why Jesus couldn’t be killed until He was made sin for us. Jesus said, “No man taketh it (his life) from me, but I lay it down of myself” (John 10:18)

One time an angry mob wanted to kill him but he slipped through their midst and disappeared (Luke 4:29,30)

Then, in the garden of Gethsemane, when He took upon His spirit nature our sins and our diseases, His body became mortal, and they could kill him. (Luke 22:44)

Jesus had the Holy Spirit without measure all through his ministry and it did not bother or affect him.

(If you have felt or had the indwelling of the presence of the Holy Spirit it’s a feeling of “energy”.) Some people have a particular anointing and can be given this anointing to a greater or lesser degree. The anointing comes upon you when you need it as the Holy Spirit wills. Not at your beckon call. People who have had the anointing of Preaching,Teaching,Healing, sometimes have so much power flow through them they can hardly stand it. They beg the Holy Spirit to have it cease. (This is a great study as well if you haven’t already)

This anointing can be passed on from one to another as they did in the early Church.

So the bottom line of all of this is that Mary was not transformed into a sinless being as the “Ark of the New Covenant” and died. If she did not die then why does the Bible not mention she was “caught away” into heaven like Elijah? So if we are to assume something it should be on the conservative side and believe she died like the rest of sinful humans.

Catholics have adopted the aspect of the Assumption which sways the omission of her final outcome into “Assuming” she didn’t die at all. Well, that’s just why it is correctly named” Assumption.” An assumption does not meant it to be truth. And if you start “assuming” too much in the Bible then the “actual” meaning becomes perverted.

As in evolution today we are taught this theory as truth. When it really is just an assumption. The truth still stands in God's Word of Creation.

Such as the Catholic interpretation of Rev 12. The woman is Israel and the promised seed(Jesus)trying to be devoured by Satan. The "New Eve" just doesn’t hold water. Yes Jesus does call her woman in John 2:4 and 19:26. What does that prove? It proves to me that he did not want her to be held in special esteem. Or he would have called her “Blessed Mother” or the many other terms available in Catholic terminology. Could it be a type of “shadow” of the Birth of Jesus. Yes, but it does not allude to anything more. Revelation 12:6 mentions that this “woman” fled into the wilderness. That’s definitely the saved Jewish Christians in the Tribulation period.

Another way Mary did not have to be “perfect” to be used as the vessel to birth Jesus. She did not have to be free of “original sin.”

Exodus 20:5.”There the Lord speaks of visiting the sins of the fathers on the children. I believe this is a hint that our sin nature is inherited from our earthly father, not from our mother. If so then even though all mothers have a sin nature, theirs is not passed to their children, only the father's. That means that Jesus, while born of a human mother, did not inherit Mary's sin nature. And since His Father was without sin, so was He.” By GracethruFaith

Read the Song of Mary. Luke 1:46-55. note “ For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.”

She admits to having a “lowly state”. Only because she’s poor or can this include sinful? And yes everyone will call her blessed. She was the woman chosen out of all women to be used for the birth of the Messiah. She was definitely blessed. But she was not meant to be anything more.

The name says it all? Hail, full or grace the Lord is with you. Blessed art thou among women.

Hail in this text means to “be joyful.” Not as in Hail Caesar or Hitler.

John chapter 1 clearly tells us that Jesus Christ is the one that is full of grace. Mary is never said to be full of grace in the scripture. John goes on to tell us in verse 16 that we are all full of His grace and truth, because all believers have Jesus dwelling within them. Only in this sense could Mary have been full of grace.

The Greek word “koine” or “blessed" when speaking of Mary is not the same
word used when referring to our Lord. The word used for Mary means to pronounce fortunate, and indeed she was. On the other hand the word used for blessed when referring to our Lord means to be adored.

So one might ask WHY is there so much attention placed upon Mary?

Just stand back and look at the entire Bible. It’s not about Mary at all. It’s all about the redemption of mankind through the coming Messiah and beyond His death and resurrection.

You really have to stretch the scriptures and begin to assume things to place Mary in that light. The other religion that also lifts her up is Islam.

Why do you think many of the Christian denominations rebel against that ideology?

The Spirit of Truth is the same Holy Spirit of the Father available to all of His children. Available to all His Churches which make up the Body of Christ.

Does the Catholic Church think anyone can be saved outside of it? In Revelation we have the greeting to the Seven Churches which is a model for us today. The last 4 have meaning for Churches today. The following would relate to the Body of Christ in todays time as well.

The church of Pergamum (meaning mixed marriage)

The church of the 4th century. When pagan and Christian practices mixed in the Roman Empire & became the official religion.
The mother/child idea started in Babylon and moved to Pergamum.(You can look up the traditions of Semeramis & Tammuz.)

The church of Thyatira (continual sacrifice) is close to the Catholic Church today. Note some are saved out of it. She has mercy, compassion, and Gospel. Her sins are sexual immorality and idolatry.
**They add to the Gospel.

The church of Sardis (Remnant) is close to the Protestant Church today. Note some are saved out of it. They broke away from the some of the pagan doctrines but rejected the Holy Spirit and lost the truth.
**They subtract from the Gospel.

The church of Philadelphia. (City of Brotherly love)
Has little strength, kept his Word, and has not denied His name. These are just the Bible believing Christians not tied up and burdened with tradition and false doctrine. Note: They are all saved and are kept from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world…..
**They try to stay true to the Gospel.

The church of Laodiceans (The People Rule or People’s opinions)
is close to the New Age Church Today. Note they are not saved unless they open the door and get out and into Jesus.
**They ignore the Gospel.

It would be wise to take heed of these examples given in the Book of Revelation as we are in the Last Days. They are for our instruction and examination. We are to test which “Church” we are influenced by.

There was an argument w/the Catholics about Revelation 22:18

It was stated that that passage about adding to or taking away from
God’s word only applied to Revelation its self and not the entire Bible
since it was not yet put together at the time Revelation was written.

If you see Deuteronomy 12:32 what God commanded to the Israelites
Regarding the law.

“Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to or take away from it.”

Jeremiah 26:2-The Lord told Jeremiah to speak to all the people, all the words, don’t diminish a word. (Don’t tone down the message.)

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines.”

So what was true in the past about Christ is true in the future about Christ and we don’t need new doctrines.

The Catholics seem to pride themselves as being from the Original Universal Church. We started it so we must have it right attitude.

Personally, I don’t think any denomination has is 100% right. Some more than others perhaps. Obviously the church of Philadelphia is favored in God’s eyes compared to the others. And why? Because they are simplistic and follow the basic message and commandments of the Bible. They don’t add to it, take away from it, or ignore it. They accept the Word as is.

Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father for it seemed good in Your sight.”

These were just simple guys out sharing the gospel. They weren’t scholars or seminary students. All you need is a call from God and the power of the Holy Spirit.

When I think of going up against the theologians of the Catholic Church I imagine running myself into a brick wall. That is probably why most people try to avoid confrontations on such matters.

I’ve been praying for you to find your calling as I think you’ve been called. I was not praying for you to switch your faith. Just that you would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, fully submit and follow where He is leading you.

That’s what I have done and it’s been more of a blessing than I could have ever imagined and I was led right into a Holy Spirit filled Church. Full of the Presence and Glory of God. I now feel His presense both coporately in Church during Worship and at times individually. My personal relationship is with Yahweh though my Lord Jesus Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit and no one else.

I wish you all the Blessings the Lord has to give you.

Your humble sister in Christ,


Saturday, December 29, 2007

The emerging church & the bridge to end time deception.

If your a literal Bible following Christian who is unaware or someone
who is being swayed by the "Emerging" system - I implore you
to study what this movement represents and where these ideas
are steming from.

I sincerely believe we are in the "Last Days" and need to watch
out and be heedful of what is happening in our world today.

Ignorance will not be bliss-as I can assure you.

Matthew 7:21-23

"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord,Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day,'Lord,Lord, have we not phophesied in Your name,cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you;depart from Me,you who practice lawlessness!"

As it goes onto say in Matthew 7:24-27 (paraphrased version)

Build you house upon the Rock (which is the word of God in the Holy Bible.) If you hear these words and (yet listen to the theories of men)-Your house will be built upon the sand and will fall.

II Thessalonians 2: 1-4

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled,either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as through the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

II Thessalonians 2: 9-12

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish,because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,that they may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness,

II Timothy 4:1-5

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside by fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fullfill your ministry.

There is a great book called "Faith Undone" by Roger Oakland which delves into alot of detail concering this topic.

This great "Falling away" is coming upon us. Be watchful.