Maturing in Christ

As a parent we recognize the various stages of life our children go through. First their is the newborn, totally dependent on us, then the young child, filled with passion and enthusiasm. After that comes the older child, a bit more externally focused but still keen to please parents.

Then out of the blue, as the child becomes a young adult with ideas and passions, the rebellious teenage years. As young adults they begin to settle down and find their purpose and passion in life. After that children and their most productive years. Thereafter middle age and grand-parenting and finally the later years with rest from labor and striving.

There is the same cycle as a Christian. We are born again, of Spirit, and filled with the revelation of a whole new dimension, new thought processes, new perspective and revelations. At first we know nothing but are caught up in the Spirit. Everything is new and exciting. We attend church regularly, partake of as many activities as we can, receiving blessing after blessing. Many Christians live for this feeling alone and fall away when the season of young love begins to pass. They never move on from self focus and being fed to wanting to do something for others. Their faith is stifled because it never translates into outward action.

Others press in and as their understanding increases they begin to share their experiences and to evangelize those around them. With faith in action, gifts start to mature and with that comes the discernment of things never noticed before in the church… the carnal, the unrighteous and even evil intent of those that linger within Christianity. There is the crusty and cynical older brethren (who have done it and seen it and invariably know it all), the so called prophet’s and prophetess’s (whose sole purpose seems to curse others, especially the church leadership, under the guise of discernment), the self promoting ‘movers and shakers’ whose intent is to get into position’s of influence and leadership through their natural wealth or skills and then those that just have evil intent to break down the church and others in some way.

It’s a dangerous season because the devil also starts to take notice of you and will move others against you or will attempt to use your immaturity and work through you, against others. (Never forget, making mistakes is part of maturing spiritually). If your church leaders are mature they will be able to channel your passion and emerging gifts and discernment, help you realize your calling and direct you forward, so as to be an asset to the church and the Body of Christ. If however, as is often the case, they rise up against you or take offense because of their own carnality, they will marginalize or rebuke you in some way which will cause pain.

At this point one can humble oneself and repent before the leadership or leave and find another fellowship that can hopefully harness for good that which God is doing in or revealing to you. Sadly most church leaders only recognize their own authority and ministry as God’s authority in the church and they suppress any other gifts or ministry, which is considered a threat. For this reason there are very few active prophets and apostles, few evangelists and fewer teachers and why church’s never move in real power.

Many will leave and wander from church to church become increasingly discontent, feeling they know more than church leaders. The offense is realized when they begin to speak against the church leaders, which is in fact cursing and in so doing become a tool of the devil (like a rebellious teenager, they exercise spiritual rebellion) Others will simply withdraw from contributing and become pew warmers. Many, many Christians don’t move on from this place; they just stop maturing and and that is where their faith remains. They never move on to the fullness of their calling in Christ. God is not really interested if you are correct at this time, He is interested in how you respond to the situation when others reject your discernment or gifting? The response should be humbling oneself, intercession for that leadership, finding small ways to impact lives outside of the church and maturing their gifts further. In due season God will raise up those that are humble and patient. If one can just hold on, be submissive in spite of the rebuke or offense, God can turn it out for good for all – even for the carnal leadership.

Beyond this is the stage of blessing and increase. Christians who have become humble, who do not take offense on behalf of the Cross, who do not judge others but are rather a blessing in the face adversity, have learnt to wait on the Lord to move instead of acting and expecting God to follow…. these are mature Christians who can receive favor, increase, authority and position without being corrupted, without lifting up the self.

There are so few current Church leaders, especially those within the latest response to God’s outpouring (the Charismatics) that have reached this station of authority by going through this ‘4 soils’ schooling of the Holy Spirit . They have short circuited this process in some way and the evidence is clear for all to see. The leadership is in many ways an offense to God.

Thankfully God has been preparing the leadership for the next revival that is coming soon. They have been refined, rejected and have wandered through the desert without purpose or direction. The time is coming soon for these leaders to rise out up out of obscurity and bring forth the greatest revival since the days of the apostles. Their only danger is that of pride. Pride that might come through such great manifestations of the Holy Spirit. I hope not.

And here’s hoping those that have led the previous responses to God’s outpouring will become intercessors for the work instead of judges and accusers as has always happened in the past.

Christians and Pork

In Leviticus 11 and other scriptures, the Jews are instructed not to eat swine (pork).

Believe it or not this still stands true for Spirit led Christians today. Do not eat pork otherwise you will be unclean before God!

OK before the would-be teachers, prophets and wannabee apostles have a fit, let me explain…

Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-20 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

We are called to heed these laws, for in so doing we stand strong in our faith and stand under the covering of Christ. But since we are Spirit filled Christians we operate within a different realm; the spiritual realm.

Jesus offended many of his followers by saying “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51. Eating the flesh of Jesus was Christ saying consume all I stand for in a spiritual sense. Let your souls consume my words and teachings and let them become part of you, manifesting daily in your lives, just as the natural food we eat is absorbed and becomes part of our flesh.

In a similar sense we are instructed not to eat pork. Swine flesh is doctrine and teachings from those that have their doctrine from everything and anything. When you hear a preacher or teacher using doctrines from non biblical sources, when you hear Christian musicians with music that have secular roots, when you see Christian leaders succumbing to and teaching about the riches and pleasures of this world….. and you still choose to sit under their teaching and ministries, you are eating swines flesh, contrary to the law.

Do not then complain when God’s hand is then restrained in your life and those you are praying for. Swine (carnal leaders) get their food(doctrine) from anywhere and everywhere. They mix in the teachings of this world, they steal from other beliefs, they compromise, they titillate and warm the ears of listeners, they are comedians and chasers of mammon, they glory in the flesh and they refuse to allow the Spirit of God the opportunity to convict listeners for fear of losing their congregation, their income, their position and possessions. In so doing they preach an adulterated word.

John 16:7-8 “Nevertheless I (Jesus) tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” How often do swine teach on the righteousness of Christ, of sin and of the judgement to come?

Christians need to return to the world and prayer.. daily heartfelt fellowship and prayer, without which we are no longer in Christ. How can we be Spirit led, if we no longer have fellowship with the Holy Ghost. We may believe in Christ, we may confess Christ, but we are not led of him. Every Christian that is going through hardship, trial, uncertainty and lack is almost certainly low on prayer and low on the Word of God. Sacrifice a day for prayer and fasting and see your worries disappear. You might even receive conviction to come out from under that compromised teaching and find a fellowship that is offering the flesh and blood of Christ.

Charismatic Corruption

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The Charismatic movement has been the perhaps the most ungodly response to an outpouring of The Holy Ghost since the days of Pentecost. Never in the history of the Spirit filled church has there been such deviance from the Will of God.

I wonder how many great men and women of God have turned from serving the Lord because of the evil and excess of this modern day “Spirit of Ahaz?” How many Christians have turned from the Spirit filled life to a life a religion, how many people have suffered in the Church through false doctrine, to what extent has the worldview of Christianity been damaged and how much of the World and its heathen doctrines have been absorbed into Church culture by this compromised movement.

I still listen to messages by those in this movement, primarily because it is still the current work of God. I still attend a Charismatic church from time to time because we are advised to continue our fellowship. But the deception and distortion of the faith is so prevailing and so damaging through this denomination, that one has to be continually alert to discern and reject the deviations.

I list here a few of the truly damaging doctrines that have so greatly compromised the Body of Christ:

1. Baptism. Baptism into Christ is not a show of your faith to the world. If so why would the jailer and his family do so in the middle of the night? Act 16:33. Baptism achieves 3 things:
a. Removal of sin of the flesh. If we are moving to living a life in Spirit as opposed to our previous life by the flesh, we need to wash away all the sin we have lived in previously which has the power to impact our future life.
b. Baptism into Christ removes the authority of the sinful nature. Colossians equates it to circumcision, the removal of the ‘body of the sins of the flesh” Colossians 2:11-14.
c. We die to the old law of judgment. Man is under the law until death. When we are baptised into Christ, we ‘die’ with him and effectively come out of the water under a new law – the law of Grace. Romans 6. Thereafter we permitted to enter into the presence of God because our new standing.
Unless we are born of water and of Spirit we cannot enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:3-6) and He that believes and is baptized shall be saved. (Mark 16:16) Ignore the heathen commentary that attempts to discredit or subvert these verses. They are confirmed as accurate and true by this one fact: Unless a man was circumcised under the Old Covenant he could not be part of the nation of Israel. Under the New Covenant Baptism is the manifestation of this edict and no man or woman can enter into the presence of God unless he has ‘put off sin and put on Christ.’

A fake teaching exists to say that if you believe only you are saved. Belief in the book of Acts was always accompanied by the response of receiving and been baptism into Christ. That is how the covenant is put into effect. Throughout the book of Acts, people who accepted the message of Christ were immediately baptised to become part of the covenant they had accepted. Faith without works is dead and so too is the confession of faith.

And baptism is a decision only you can make. Your parents or priest cannot bring you under the new covenant. Christening as a child is neither sound doctrine nor is it effective. If you have accepted Christ into your life and have not been baptised, do so today. Find a Spirit filled believer to baptize you, confessing your sin and asking God to cleanse. Let others lay hands on you asking God to fill you with His Holy Ghost.

2. Submitting to the ways of this world. Perhaps one of the most damaging doctrines of this corrupted movement. In this regard it is not too hard to recognize the following worldly doctrines;

a. Music – the devil has almost totally subverted this act of glorifying God. Praise and worship is to God and about God. It is not to each other, it is not for our benefit. We may be blessed in glorifying God, but that is a by-product, not the purpose of praise and worship.
There are so many people ‘anointed’ to be praise and worship leaders. Anointed in their own minds perhaps. Those that may be called by God for this are few and far between if there are any at all. If they truly were called they certainly would not follow the music pattern of this world, they wouldn’t be making merchandise out of their calling and they would make themselves the focus of the ministry.
This is a fake ministry filled with those that seek pre-eminence, glory and are filled with pride. In the absence of true God centred praise and worship we have settled for the works of the flesh and this is an offence before the Lord.

b. Building natural kingdoms as opposed to spiritual – When you see a Church with large buildings and multiple sites know this; they have neglected their spiritual gifting and ministry and exchanged it for a natural empire. Leaders are meant to empower other to go out and do the work of the Lord, not enslave them under their own ministries to serve them and build up their status and power.

c. Professions of this world – The church has opened the door to every false doctrine this world has to offer through a wide range of professions that seek to replace the ministries of the faith. From teachers who promote false and damaging theories, psychiatrists whose doctrines were founded by demon possessed people, doctors who peddle pharmaceuticals to lawyers who subvert true justice, the church has opened arms to them all. No wonder so many children are turned from the faith of their parents. For every manifestation of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) there is a counterfeit working to usurp the truth.

d. Government – Democracy and ‘equality’ have found their way into the faith to the detriment of the Church. Jesus did not take a vote and not everyone has the equal calling, gifts or ministries. And last I checked the order was still God, Christ, man and then woman. Somehow women have been told they need to compete with men, when in reality they have so many gifts men don’t have. They are being denied their own callings, strengths and gifts because the world is calling them to assert leadership and headship over men .This will never be a blessing to anyone and women will lose their femininity and joy in the process.

e. Respecter of persons. Just the like the world, the church has increasingly aligned itself to those that are successful by this world’s standards. Wealth, power and fame are highly esteemed whereas as those that were great in the eyes of Christ; the poor, the humble, the meek are considered failures and ‘out of God’s will.’ There’s hardly a Church that does not aspire to fill its leadership positions with those that have accumulated natural wealth and power. The very things they seek in ‘leaders’ are the cause of their spiritual weakness and no one can perceive it.

3. Mammon – suffice to say God is not interested in money, nor the things of this world. “Give unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God.” Any church leaders asking for money is an offence before God. If God moves you to give money, then give, because there is need. Just know the tithe is not about money and any preacher stating such is a fake or does not understand sound doctrine.
The worst impact of this love of money doctrine has been the condemnation of the Church in the eyes of the world. Many people have been cut off from the Church because of this apparent greed and excess.

4. Judgement of Others. One of the greatest sins of the Church has been the partial judgement of those that are in particular sin. And the worst of these is the judgement of homosexuals.

How is it that the church is tolerant of divorce, sex before marriage, adultery and other sexual sin, yet will vehemently oppose homosexuality? You hypocrites! In desperation God is moving the leaders of the nations to change the laws so that Christians have to minister to homosexual people. Yet they will dig their heels in harder and resist even the Lord.

Get over your hypocrisy. If you are compelled to marry homosexuals, obey the law and offer them a 10 week marriage course. It may be the only opportunity they get to hear the gospel their whole lives.

A study into Sodom and Gomorrah will reveal the chief sin was pride and yet how easily we embrace those filled with pride and arrogance. The vast majority of those drawn into the homosexual community faced parental rejection or unbalanced roles of parents from an early age, were sexually abused as children or did not fit the prescribed box society placed upon them.(often being very sensitive, imaginative or creative) Many are a product of their upbringing and suffered terribly along the way. It’s time to address and minister to this community with love and compassion and without judgement.

6 Evangelical Deceptions

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6 Deceptions of the Evangelical Church

  1. Tithing – there is no mention of the tithing of money in the Bible. Jesus said give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s and to God that which is God’s. God gave the Jews the land of Palestine and the first fruits increase of that land was for the ministry.

Under the new covenant we have been given spiritual blessing & land and the only thing of value to God is that which He has deposited in us spiritually; spiritual fruit, spiritual gifts, ministries. Do something for the Kingdom of God and you have given your tithe. Of course we can help those in ministry to survive by giving them money, but it should never be to build a natural empire after the pattern of this world.

 

  1. Israel – God has not returned Zionists to the land of Palestine. Real Jews have rejected the covenant of God and will never be returned by God to a Covenant which has been done away with through Christ. They will be reconciled to God through Christ and the New Covenant. The Zionists in Israel are predominantly Ashkenazi Jews, people that adopted the faith for economic and political reasons. They are not even Semitic. They have replaced the Jewish language with Yiddish, the 7 lamp candlestick with a Satanic emblem falsely called the star of David, the Torah for Cabbalistic witchcraft and dispossess and kill women and children for a political ideology that is oppressive and racist; everything Christ came to do away with. The real Jews as a faith will return to God at the end of this dispensation, but this has nothing to do with what is going on in Palestine at this time. Sadly the Church seems intent on supporting all manner of evil in Palestine because “God has returned the Jews.”

 

  1. Importing the World – Somewhere along the way the Church disconnected from God and lost the power of the Holy Spirit. Without the power of the Holy Spirit, the church started to shrink and become irrelevant. The solution was to do that which the world is doing, but within the church. From the music, to the global corporate structures, to the natural assets, to programs, to presentations; everything within the Church has been replaced by that which is of this fallen world. There are few Spirit led works, but many works of the flesh. Musicians, psychiatrists, lawyers, accountants, doctors and every professional you can think of are in demand for leadership and direction, but the meek, humble, righteous and faithful have no place. The Apostles and Prophets have been replaced by Pharisees and lawyers.

 

  1. Me Culture – The church has developed a selfish ‘me culture’. From the praise and worship being about ‘how God makes me feel’ (and is not about how great God is) to the perpetual need to always receive instead of give; the church has lost its servant heart . ‘What can God do for me’ has replaced ‘what can I do for the Kingdom of God or someone else’. Self focus and self interest means little opportunity for us to draw close to God, little opportunity for the Spirit to lead. Where is the prayer, where is the time in the Word of God, where is the fasting? The Church is in affliction and bondage because it refuses to exercise the only self focus it should be exercising – “Lord reveal my sin to me.” Repentance always precedes restoration.

 

  1. Fake salvations – We are not saved simply by saying I believe in Jesus. This confession in the New Testament was always accompanied by an act of faith, an act of obedience; that of water baptism into Christ. The new covenant is to be born again, both of water and of Spirit. Firstly when we believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, our soul receives this truth via the Spirit of God. We are ‘born again’; meaning our spiritual connection with God is re-established through our faith and we can receive directly from God again.

When we are water baptized into Christ our sins are transferred to Christ and without our sin, we can once again enter into the presence of God without accusation. By being ‘buried’ with Christian baptism we die to the old law and come out of the waters of baptism under the new law of grace. We live life according to the Spirit and not the flesh.

When we are baptized with the Holy Spirit we are filled with the Spirit of God which empowers us with the presence of God to resist and overcome the works and temptations of the devil.

  1. Democracy – does not belong in the Church or the family. The weakest are always in the majority and a church that is led by what the majority say is irrelevant to God. God leads through the head, the appointed and the anointed. Successful companies do not survive through democracy, families are not successful through democracy, and Jesus did no lead by democracy. At some stage men need to start to be men, start being leaders and start being accountable before God for that which is under their authority.

Your wife is not your boss! That’s what the world wants you to believe. God says the order is God, Jesus, man and then woman.

Men are required to get the revelation and direct the destiny of the Church and the family. If they don’t have the heart for this responsibility woman and wives will take leadership and the family or ministry will be led in fear and not faith. The reason why man is in servant authority is because he has been given the capacity to put God before the welfare of the family, which in reality is putting the family first. Woman act with the wellbeing of the family first and in so doing put God second, which is to the detriment of the family or the church.