Better without the laws of God than the pope’s law.
The political church cannibalized the body of Christ for over 1500 years, coming to an end a little over 250 years ago. Now within that relatively narrow 250 year window of tranquility since, the average age of a person living today is probably 50 year old. There you have it; just do the math and look at those ratios. A mere 200 years of relative calm between your short 50 years of living, and 1500 years of brutal cannibalistic dark ages. Does anyone think that he could possibly walk away from 1500 years of traumatic history unscathed, that all that cannibalizing has no residual effect on the faith passed on to you; that there is no adverse impact rendering certain views somewhat out of focus, concerning what you believe and think today?
A clergyman hopelessly entrenched in the (church) dogma once taunted William Tyndale with the statement, “We are better to be without God’s laws than the Pope’s”. So outraged was Tyndale by these Roman Catholic heresies, he replied, “I defy the Pope and all his laws. If God spare my life (before) many years, I will cause the boy that drives the plow to know more of the scriptures than you priests!” His life was spared long enough to translate all of the New Testament text, and better than eighty percent of the Old Testament before he was betrayed, tied to the stake, strangled and burnt, so today we could own our own personal translated copy of God’s word.
Unless you enjoy being herded along like so many mindless cattle, you are then obliged to look discerningly upon not only your past, but that of your progenitors, the history of your country, and in a larger context the world you live in.
In this spirit of introspection, God urges us to look to the pit from where we were digged, and to the rock from where we were chipped. After such and evaluation you might find you’ve been living an upside down life that’s very much out of focus. Many different reasons may bring us to faith in God, but having arrived it is imperative that we take a serious look at the belief mechanism that either moves you, or that you are moved by.
The history of the church is rife with fitful, tumultuous alterations to say the least. It can be best described as an automobile accident at night, where your vehicle rolled several times before coming to a stop in a dark ravine; now being out of focus, your correct orientation apart from the general inclination of gravity is anybody’s guess. When you look at the body of scriptures that the Judeo-Christian community of believers embrace for inspiration and spiritual guidance, based on the sketchy portions of it that is openly acknowledged, you have to wonder whether if this were an actual road map, it could actually serve any practical purpose. The idea of a road map is to have continuity in directions between points A and B clearly drawn out for anyone desiring to make the trip between the points successfully.
The truth never changes, but people’s opinions about the truth are always changing. The inconsistencies seen in the church is not a result of inconsistencies in scripture itself, nor are they even missing portions of scriptures. These are inexplicably ignored areas of scripture. Their omission puts us on a perilous margin. Power is not just another item on a list, it is another name for the Almighty, Jesus is the power of God; when you take him out of the operation of the church, you have only another form of godliness that does not give expression to, of all things, God, the power (the Almighty).
These areas are of vital importance to the health of the church; without striking the proper balance where they play a vital role, what you have is just another instance of the church out of focus. The mainline, front-line, headline churches inexplicably choose to ignore these areas, and in spite of that. Their numbers seem to swell, because the new converts who have lately singed on must figure that everything has got to be OK; everyone seems to be going along with the program; after all, the church is the citadel of morality. What could possibly be wrong?
This just shamelessly begs the burning question; just how far could Israel have gotten coming out of Egyptian slavery, crossing the Red Sea, then a parched wilderness, defeating some of the mightiest empires of their day, and getting settled in the promised land without the conspicuously glaring display of God’s power for the world to see? God plainly said: (Romans 9:17 For the scripture saith (of) Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up , that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.) For this same reason, Jesus waited until Lazarus was dead for three days, buried and rotting…to show forth the glory (power) of God (in him also). This should be an eye opener, simply ask yourself just how far Jesus’s ministry could possibly have gotten in three years without the glaring display of God’s power. This he did to move God’s ministry of reconciling the world along, and we in some kind of deranged madness think we can now continue moving this ministry along without the same power that Jesus firmly instructed us to have as signs following the preached gospel. Today being grossly out of focus the church wants to insist that because they “walk in love” they don’t need the power of God demonstrated by signs following the preaching of the gospel, when by definition the gospel is the power of God working salvation.
That the church could possibly have survived over 1500 years of nothing short of draconian cannibalization, even in the present shadow of it’s former glory, speaks volumes of it’s proven permanence. Let no one think for a second that there are not dire repercussions, and rippled effects wrought by the epic scale of terrible violence leveled against the true body of Christ over such a protracted length of time. A man crossing the road, getting hit by a semi-trailer, even if grazed by it, he is likely to suffer blunt force trauma. Well the church has taken a direct hit in this regard. The collective psyche of the body bears the fruit of the proof, still having critical areas that are yet out of focus, that it hasn’t quite recovered yet.
At the onset of this wave of cannibalization, the healthy body of Christ that used to do all the reconciliation ministry works of Jesus: raising loved ones from the dead, all other manner of miracles did succumb to forces of the darkness, and remained so for the duration of the Dark Ages.
If the healthy church succumbed to the forces of the Dark Ages, those Dark Ages having come to an end, it is clear to see that the church that emerged, is not the one that existed before, but one that survived, having succumbed to those forces; and that’s the very reason it isn’t functioning as the church Jesus left, hence all the contradictions.
PLAYING THE LOVE CARD: “GET OUT OF JAIL FREE”
The heart that doesn’t acknowledge God’s love, and power in equal strength is a broken heart, the mind that doesn’t acknowledge the love and power of God, on equal footing is mind of the lame.
We don’t need to demonstrate the power of God because we love each other….we love everyone, and love is all you need. This is the church’s go-to ivory tower for copping out of Jesus’s command to continue doing his works in the ministry of reconciliation with signs following the preaching of the gospel. Where we fail to demonstrate the power of god; other powers assert themselves in the absence of God’s power being seen, and will advance where we withdraw. The church has inexplicably backed away from any effort to pursuing the demonstration of the power of God attending the preaching of the gospels as sings following; Satan has taken notice and quickened his pace in advancing where the church secedes from demonstrating the power of God.
Love and power are equally God, and are to be shown as such, not parsed out unequally according to our unbelief.
Which parent in this modern day raises their child from a “love” only without any hardship perspective? NO ONE! The kingdom of God is in power and given to us; if you want it, it is to be taken by violence, …..not the bomb lobbing variety, but the smash- mouth all-on -the-line perservering type which today, we are not prepared to undertake in order to see the kingdom of God manifested….. Nobody uses the term bastards anymore, but God isn’t afraid to roll it out for Christians who can’t endure hardship like good soldiers. You don’t hear the term bastards used anymore in the world, and as the church has done throughout their past, taking their cue from the world; they don’t acknowledge the spirit of bastards, anymore, we just stamp over it with the necessary euphemisms and indulge in it where we shy away from enduring the hardship of taking the kingdom of God by this violence.
The healthy heart.
Though the text is as plain as day they tell us no, no, no don’t believe what your lying eyes; it doesn’t mean that. let we who are men tell you what it means…. what would God know anyway. They then proceed to hearken back to the very language in which the word of God was kept locked away form us in the first place, to bring forth their spin on the very thing very thing that is before you as plain as day….. don’t trust your lying eyes; trust our lying lips. They show you the dungeon from which you were liberated and you are supposed to just mosey on in. They have enough customers, so I guess it works often enough for them to continue doing it. I think I’d rather believe someone like Tynsdale, who put his life on the line, or rather at the stake, to which he was tied, strangled, and burnt for translating the old original cryptic language into our native language to nourish us, rather than trust someone tucked away in their intellectual ivory tower reeling out all kinds of endless clever spins on the word to guarantee their employment security as hirelings.
Actions have to be consistent with belief.
Recently had an enlightening conversation with a friend who recounted her experience during a ministry outing. An old man answered the door she knocked at and wasn’t too eager to accept the literature she offered him along with her invitation to the church’s community outreach effort. He sharply examined her with some pointed questions from which she has difficulty maintaining her bearing. So Jesus is coming back soon? He sneered; not even you could possibly believe this. Of course I do, she replied. He closed the conversation by a final jab: “you believe that and you waited this long to come and tell me…..now get out or here”. Upon that, he slammed the door shut, ending that interview. When our actions do not correspond with our thinking, it doesn’t go unnoticed.
Motivated! No problems meeting the enemy on any terms.
The church has come to find the challenge of manifesting the power of God too daunting, requiring too much violent effort so, their solution is to simply: ignore in disobedience, or slip into denial by deceitfully misinterpreting the clearly issued—acted-out-by-Christ’s-demonstrations-for-you-to-understand-without-fail command. Martin Luther, one of the luminaries of the church remorms coming out of the Dark Ages who himself put his life on the line warned: we are not only responsible for what we say but what we fail to say. We are responsible for not delivering God’s work in it’s full strength. Jesus advanced the obvious plain-as-the-nose-on-your-face truth expressed in Psalm 84 the we are gods because we are children of God. Not only has the church declined to declare that potent word, but has gone to great lengths to change the menning. As Jesus put it forth in it’s strentht this truth so offended the listeners in the first instance they picked up stones to kill him by stoning, in the second instance, 90% of the church left him leaving the core group of deciples who themselves wondered, aaaaaaahhhhhhh, where can we go, only you have the words of eternal life. Jesus didn’t keep this secret from them; most likely the reason they were able to act like Jesus in his ministry is because Jesus had more time to make this clear by further elaboration, as well as many other demonstrations where the wondered among themselves at him saying “what manner of man it this….(we humans don’t do these thing, it’s against the laws of nature and the elements of the world as we know it”). These are the things that Jesus told us to do.
THE FORGOTTEN MANNER OF MAN: A Crysis Of Identity”
If no man can, or has ever seen God, nor can ever approach him, yet he now invites us to do so in Christ that should be to us singular signal to us that there is way more to us than meets the eye. Jesus disciples looked at each other in bewilderment, asking: “what manner of man is this that even the wind and the waves obey him. Jesus looked at them as to say to them: you know, you could have done the same thing. He asked them “where is your faith” The things that are possible with Jesus are now possible with us; it is expected of us, even greater things. We need only remember what manner of men we are.
Forgetting God is self-deception, a crysis of identity: forgetting the manner of man that you are; for you are what he is…the living visible image of the invisible God “
Disobedience causes us to forget who we are; to totally loose focus, forgetting who God is. It causes he image of God becomes out of focus in us.. It presupposes that we had opportunity to be instructed through the word; …to see ourselves in the word. To then walk away from such instructions and not do it, we become as a man that forgets who he is; textbook definition of dyslectic dysfunctional personality identity crisis. When we disobey god we play a trick on ourselves. When Adam disobeyed God and consequently fell, he forgot what manner of man he was that used to keep company with God. Not only did Adam forget, but we his children are now born without that knowledge. If you believe the scriptures you know that: (1 Tim. 6:16 — (God) only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power); yet God and Adam used to regularly be in the company of each other. Two thousand years ago God perfected and implemented his plan that allows you and I to now enjoy that same fellowship that existed between them before Adam fell.
Take a GOD Look
Let the children of men strive with their fathers, who themselves are but men; but concerning the things appointed for my sons who are gods, let them ask me; then let them direct the hand of God to perform all the things I’ve appointed for them in the ministry of reconciling the world that I have left to them to do. They are my workmanship, and shall perform my pleasure, whom I have appointed to give counsel to me; therefore do they have my mind given to them in Christ Jesus.
What Can Separate You? NOTHING!”
To look at God is to know and be reminded what manner of man you are, because it is in his image you are made, and all that you are is defined by all that he is. The experience of sin has the power to rob us of our identity in God, it makes us forget about that part of us that is not just like God, God identifies that part of us as himself, yet it is we. This image is expressed into us from out of God in the essence of his breath or spirit, for that is what God is…..spirit. The spirit of God was expressed into Adam as a mother expresses milk to nourish the child she gives birth to. The trinity is said to be three persons as one God, well if all several billion current occupants of earth chose to be in Christ, it would not increase the godhead by one more than it is and has always been.
Dimentsionas Separation? NOT!”
Today the mechanism of new-age denial concerning the immutable truth of God sounds like this: God has access to so many dimensions, of past, present, future…..yada, yada, yada, that we are not like him, in this regard, and won’t be until we get to heaven. I keep wondering which Bible they read, cause I missed that chapter. Sounds like more of those cankers of the faith that crawled out of the grave of the Dark Ages to cozy up for tolerance among the unwhitting believers resulting in….faith interrupted!. NEWS FLASH! Right there where you are, in denial, breathing, you are now come the heavenly Jerusalem if you are in Christ: (But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect , 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh)
Focusing on Dimensional distinctions separating us from God is another of the many areas where the church goes out of Focus forgetting who they are when they resolve not to do the things Jesus told us to do. When you aren’t persuaded to do the will of God, you can’t possibly count the endless number rabbit holes into which unbelief allows you to slip away. When Israel couldn’t find sufficient spinal steel to face Goliath, they found plenty of holes, dens, and caves of the earth to hide in. Today’s church find these dimensions to be cover enough from God whose power they deny, and whose work they can’t see themselves doing; so these dimensions will have to do for now. When Adam fell into unbelief, the first thing he sought was cover form God.
There are not just a few atheist in the church preaching in hight places,………where do you suppose they got their start. They start by denying the smaller things of God, then they wind up denying God himself. Little demons of denial, will eventually lead you to the king of denial; let therefore the light that is in you be single minded, otherwise how great is the darkness we will walk in. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Which dimension do you think angels are in? IF YOU WANT TO TALK DIMENSIONS, THEN WHICH DIMENSION DO YOU THINK THIS IS TALKING ABOUT, WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO BE RIGHT NOW IN CHRIST? God isn’t dyslexic, and dysfunctional in his personality as we are want to be. LOOK,… YOU ARE IN GOD, you are nothing less him—whatever he is that’s what you are… WHERREVER GOD IS…..THERE YOU ARE. ..past, present, future, wherever! If you just don’t want to believe God, there are millions of ways to disbelieve him. Once you start with cowardly denying the works of God that you are suppose to do, there’s just no stopping where this river of denial will take you.
DIMENSIONS? Just Another Wall Of Jericho….CRUSHED!”
Men who deny the power of God, and tell you these things, can’t go to the word to find existentialist philosophical notions about God and dementions that can help you perform like Jesus, but only where it will deprive you, because they are in the devil’s bible. None of it is in the word of God. They desire to take you back to the Dark Ages of disobedience. Now you have the word, and by their efforts, you just can’t believe it. If there wasn’t something to it, people would have tried to kill Jesus for sowing the seed, it speaking it to them. There is no offense in what these people is going to tell you; they are never going to interrupt a funeral procession to raise the dead that plans are presently in motion to burry. They are well versed in reeling out endless platitudes to cover their failings to obey God. Their other major cover is… we don’t know if it is the will of God. Well from the distance they maintain from God by in the traditions of men, disobeying him, did they think they could possibly know his will. They haven’t the fiber to get close enough to see the eye of God that leads them in ways that are not written down in any book, yet worketh no ill angaist the law of love. MORE NEWS FLASH! JESUS IS NOT JUST THE WILL OF GOD, HE HIS THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD, AND HAS ALREADY TOLD US TO GO AND DO THESE THINGS. It’s not that they don’t know the will of God they are just too CHICKEN to do it. If Jesus waited till enough people agreed with him to do God’s will, do you seriously think he would have gotten started? He told us clearly ……he would not tarry for man, nor for the sons of men; which is precicely what we are doing, waiting for enough people to agree with us to make us fashionable. It wasn’t fashionable to do any of what Jesus did, because it isn’t the fashion of men to do those things that he did; that’s why they asked what manner of man it that, as he started controlling the storm and other elements of the natural world.
The things God does are meant to be seen, known, and remembered, yet one of the other favorite cards they pull is: well in some remote part of the world these things are being done. How lame is that? That probably represents less than one half of one percent of the body. As the local village idiot, let me tell you; if you have gangrene in 99.5% percent of your body and no one is alarmed, your best laid plans forward is to make preparations to meet your maker.
I protest that the form in which the church exists today is the shape of the Monday morning board meetings you find across the global corporate culture, with considerable networks of motivational speech making club franchises, raking in the almighty bucks to keep them alive. The difference between this and the corporate world is here there is the smattering of religious language; if there is spiritual life, it is on life support, literally: and that support comes from the world mostly, if not government hand-outs. They gladly change their names to avoid any offense, in order to accommodate assistance from various government agencies. I might have to go look up the definition of spiritual prostitution again, cause I do think this might very well qualify. And this is the picture of today’s healthy church.
Clearly man is fallible. Across 2000 years fallible men at the helm of the church have been directing policy and setting spiritual climate of the church. At times women were largely excluded form making meaningful contributions to the church. Various expressions of the Holy Spirit were even discouraged; speaking in tongues is actually a fairly recent phenomenon that has emerged among believers. Not quite fifty years ago, a black person could not freely congregate with caucasian believers, even today in some congregations that issue still presents a problem. Leadership assert their fitness to make decisions on matters of doctrine, including other crucial life matters for the church yet allow this wide and expansive legacy of falterings that are times glaring in their appearance. On hundred years form not you just have to wonder what issue will appear to be grievously out of character which today we cannot see. I refuse to wait a hundred years to do the things that we have been told to do two thousand years age. I cannot wait another hundred years before the church sees it’s errors and allow me to accept and walk in my heritage that God has appointed for me; Before the church sees just how our of focus it is.
WANTED: Dead But Alive
THE HEAVENS DECLARE
THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU
THE POWER OF GOD: Jesus
CONFLAGRATION: Starting To Believe…Transformation cont’d
AGE OF INCREDULITY
GOD’S OFFSPRING: A New Creature
THE GIFT OF GOD: Just Say’N Sow It