country seems to have gone through the most uncertain time in its modern
political history. We all waited for some decision to be made on whom will be
president or more accurately how they will be president. Despite the turmoil and
unrest all this has caused it has prompted many to look at the framers of our
constitution and their understanding of the laws. Recently a renewed interest
has begun to understand what the founding fathers had put in place for our life
liberty and pursuit of freedom. From the clash that has occurred I see a
spiritual irony-taking place. Could God have been speaking to the Church in
America through the most obvious of circumstances.
Much of what we have just seen being
played out in politics is indicative of what has been going on inside the Church
for several years. We have been divided into two camps. One camp intends on
using the Scripture legally and wants to abide by its precepts having the
context be the guide to the interpretation. The other side using flexibility,
wants to form its own decision on what it means. We hear it is all a matter of
interpretation and there are no set guidelines on how to practice as God can
speak new things. So they have incorporated new and unusual practices. While
neither side on the issues is completely above reproach there seems to be a
clear delineation from what was once held as orthodox to what is now touted as a
more current view of God and what He can and is doing. What is called a new
openness, by allowing God to do whatever he wants AKA “don’t put God in a
box” is really spiritual liberalism in disguise. Certainly God has done many
things in the past in unusual ways, often times not the way we would expect. The
issue is not can God do certain things but will He do them. For He will never
contradict His own word or principles but cooperate with it to accomplish His
goals. So we must look for His ways that are conducive to His nature to be sure
it is God. For if we attribute something to God when in fact it is not God, we
have put Him in a box!
have already cast their vote on this matter and so the Church is divided on
certain issues. The contentions we find in the body have already been addressed
by numerous people of all different denominations with no settled solution.
Despite the arguments on both sides that have been well presented, we do have a
Supreme Court decision. The Scriptures are final arbiter in matters of faith and
practice. But there are many who do not abide in these decisions and want a
recount; they want to change the rules after it is written. By changing what it
actually means to there own private interpretation. While we can allow for
liberty in certain teachings as one sees things from different perspectives it
must all come within the circle of orthodoxy or it is not to be entertained as
valid. Let me give you some examples from the semi-innocuous to the injurious.
is a teaching that proposes the Church was born out of Christ’s side
consisting of blood and water. Relating this to God putting Adam to sleep and
taking Eve taken from his side. Sounds well in bounds of the Scripture on the
surface...The problem with teaching is that it was a Roman soldier that pierced
Christ and it only proved in a physical way that Christ had died.
The true Church was born from His sacrifice and culminated when He died
on the cross for sin, as He said, “it is finished” and died before he was
pierced. The other is blood and water coming from his side after His
sacrifice unto God. With a spear in his side the Roman was making sure He was
crucified, it has no real spiritual benefit although it does prove he really did
die. For God already accepted the son’s atonement for sin and brought him back
into fellowship before death.
is a teaching that it was only the Abrahamic covenant that was finished on the
cross and that Christ had to go on and suffer for all our sins under the hands
of Satan in the underworld and be reborn in hell. There He suffered all that we
would if we died without redemption. It is from His suffering in Hell that we
were brought back from the slave market of sin.
is a teaching that we can speak the word by faith over and over and we will
receive all that we ask for because we have the Holy Spirit and the promises.
The only thing that stands in our way is our own faith. It is God’s will is to
give us his children whatever we ask.
is a teaching that we can be and do all that Jesus did because we are sons. That
we can go beyond even the apostles in our miracles and eventually the kingdom of
God will take over the world before Christ comes with the Church as the head. We
have the authority and he is waiting on us to use it.
to interpret Scripture does matter, it can cost you your physical life and in
some cases your spiritual well being now, and your afterlife later. It is not
just a matter of opinion when essentials are involved. It becomes critically
important in these last days to be sure of what we believe and practice. For it
shapes our attitude toward serving and looking to the Lord’s coming.
Paul writes “For I espoused you to one
husband, that I might present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest
by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your minds should
be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ. . . . The
elements of first love then are simplicity and purity. . . The love of the
Church to Christ is typified by the love of the wife for the husband. The love
of Christ to the Church is Unselfish love; he died for us while we were still
his enemy. It is a love that is patient, nurturing, caring giving her the
attention she needs, a love in which there was no selfishness. What is the
Church's love for Christ? It should
be the same recognizing he is our headship our covering we should have a
response of submission of love to his perfect love. Faithfulness -having only
eyes for him as he has only eyes for her. This was done he said by continuing in
His word. But there are those who come along telling us something quite
different what his word means.
God is a jealous God who does not want to see his people’s affections toward
the things of the world or other teachers who represent him incorrectly. What
should be toward the only true God can go to others without us being aware of
it. Our love involves loyalty allegiance and passion. THE
LOVE in the Scriptures is shed abroad in the believer’s heart. It is a
selfless love, that does not care that they are accused of “not having
love”; or accused of being judgmental, or unreasonable if they know they are
on the side of the Scripture. Any
one who loves another with the LOVE of Christ will never think I hope I don’t
offend them, I hope they will still like me after I tell them? It doesn’t
matter because you really CARE for the welfare of that other person. So you are
willing to endure their rejection, maligning and insults, and if necessary even
their hatred in order to help them. It is a matter of truth that prompts the
concern for real love to correct and challenge. James
5:19-20 says, “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and
someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error
of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.”
Essentially, we are our brother's keeper. James calls keeping silent a sin of
omission. John 4:17 proclaims, “To him who knows to do good and does not do
it, to him it is sin.”
works with love- without love it is not true faith, without truth at its center
it is not done in real faith nor can it be carried in love. It is love that
prompts someone to speak the truth. As Paul said to the Galatians have I now
become your enemy because I tell you the truth? If we make enemies because they
are offended by the truth so be it. We may become dismayed at the outcome but it
is better to do what is right in God's eyes and suffers the consequences from
man, than to do what is right in man's eyes and suffer the consequences from
did say we are to confess him before man. This does not mean just saying His
name but standing up for what He said. If we can only have the boldness that the
scripture states is ours, for “we have not been given a spirit of fear but of
power, love and a sound mind.” We have accepted the world’s view of love
that one must be tolerant and even silent in the face of something that is
wrong- a lie or even blatant evil. We are so careful not to OFFEND our
neighbors, friends and family with THE TRUTH, so that we can love them. But to
do this means we not loving God, nor do we really love them. Are we so unwilling
to endure any rejection that we have become ashamed of God's words?
does say “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man
will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the
holy angels.”(Luke 9:26) Paul also writes that we should be “ a worker who
does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”(2
Tim.2:15) In other words make no
hesitation make every effort to know what the word of God actually says so it
can be used to benefit you and its hearers.
bible teaches there are two churches just as there were two Israel’s. One is
called the Israel of God, and the Israel in unbelief. After Paul speaks about
his preaching the gospel and suffering in persecution for it Gal 6:16 “And as
many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the
Israel of God.” Only the Israel that was of faith made it through the trials
of the desert and entered the promised land. Only the Church who has genuine
faith will walk through the trials on earth to enter the promised land, heaven.
Those who disdain trials want the things of the earth as their reward. They have
their reward now.
9:31-33 “but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to
the law of righteousness. Why?
Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law.
For they stumbled at that stumbling stone.”
Gal 3:7 “Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of
Abraham.” These are the gentiles who believe. Both of these are now part of
the body as Christ broke down the middle wall of partition to make one new man.
(Eph.2) We are one “IN Christ”, Scripture is clear we must abide in the vine
to be IN Christ as well as to be fruitful.
will be two brides, one married to Christ the other will be married to the one
who looks like Christ but is a fake substitute. One bride follows the Word
of God and is watching for His appearing. The other bride uses the word for its
own advancement and looks not to His coming but to the things of earth. They by
default will not be ready for His coming.
There is the Church married to the lamb and is willing to follow Him anywhere He
leads, even into suffering. Then there is the Church that is not willing to give
up anything of the world but long for good life they have been taught they
deserve. They know the lamb but are not willing to wholeheartedly give up the
world and all the attractions in it, and they see nothing wrong with it. As with
the 10 virgins, we are told while the bridegroom delayed 5 were filled with the
oil and had their lights shining, they were busy doing the work of the Lord. The
other 5 slumbered and slept. When the time came for Jesus to gather his bride
the other 5 who slept and were taken by surprise, they asked the 5 who were
lights and doing the Lords work to sell them the oil- for their lamps have gone
out, they were unprepared. There answer -Go to those who sell the oil and buy
it. Here’s the twist, they actually did go to buy the oil, and while they did
the bridegroom came. It was too late; no amount of pleading would let
them in. There is a lesson in this. One cannot buy the Holy Spirit; nor can you
get the oil (anointing) by tithing or offerings nor from another man. It can
only come directly from Jesus and one must follow him to receive it. When Jesus
came and these 5 unwise virgins called to Jesus the very same way the false
miracle workers do in Mt.7:21 saying “Lord, lord.” Jesus answers by pointing
to the very same day of his coming back “Many
will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord HAVE WE NOT PROPHESIED IN THY NAME? And
in thy name cast out devils and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then
will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me” (Matthew 7:22-23) Jesus
said to these 5 unwise virgins the very same thing “I never knew you.”
a scary thing to have said, to those who thought they were doing his work by
displays of power and offering it to the sheep. What is Jesus saying? That
displays of power in His name do not guarantee one is actually representing Him.
There are many we see to be in this position today. Then there are many that
will never have to worry or wonder about being in this position, as they do not
try to do any miracles or pursue them. This does not mean God has taken a
vacation and does no more miracles, He does! What Jesus is saying is that there
will be a group of people in the end who will try to validate their relationship
with Christ by things that the apostles did. Jesus being the one who searches
the heart will know if they were authentic or not. Some may be reading this
thinking what could be wrong with looking for and participating in the exciting
ministries concentrating on miracles? This is the ONLY practice Jesus warned of
that would be prevalent in the last days INSIDE and OUTSIDE the Church is a
deception. The fact is we are not immune to deception, and if you believe you
are, then you are ALREADY DECEIVED! For the first thing Jesus told the
apostles (and us) about the time of His coming and the end of the age “see to
it that no one deceives you.”
How would these people get a foothold in
the Church? The Church has always tested people to see if their doctrine was
right with Scripture, if not they rejected the people who claimed His name no
matter what they did. Jesus states
in Rev. 2:2: “unto the Church in Ephesus write… Thou hast tested them that
say they are apostles and are not, and has found them to be liars.”
1 Cor.11:18-19 Paul tells us
to recognize and approve those who are in the truth. This would mean those who
hold to the word. Jesus wrote to the Church in Pergama in Rev. 2:15-16:
“Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which
thing I hate.” Nicolaitan is composed of two words Nicao which means Victor or
Conqueror and Laos (which the word “Laity” comes from, meaning the people).
A Nicolaitan is one who rules over the common people. Today we have Nicolaitans,
meaning those having authority to rule over others. This is a two-class system
in which a certain person or group is given greater prominence over other
believers. They rule over them in an unbiblical manner, sometimes it is done
against peoples will, other times willingly. The Catholics have their priesthood
and now many of the Charismatics have their apostles/ prophets. Many look for an impartation
of the spirit or a revelation from an anointed preacher.
Nicolaitans teach that we need to come to them for a blessing. The
original Nicolaitans were a sect of the Gnostics. This source is significant in
understanding what is happening to the Church today.
apostles' leadership was true shepherding, not dictating what people were to do
but through being personally involved in their lives showing what they
themselves did. When people tried to follow or uplift a certain apostle they
were rebuked (1Cor.1:11-12), yet today many popular teachers make disciples
after their own selves, claiming to have God’s approval of this. Shepherding
has always been identified as the control that is exercised in the cults. Today
we can even find this in some Christian Church's that hold to the fundamentals
of the faith. This happens when individuals who become an Island to themselves
and start to rule over the sheep beyond biblical guidelines. We all have the
same standing before God. We all have the same Holy Spirit and mediator. Anyone
can receive from Jesus, who is the one we all should be seeking; no person can
do what He can. So to pursue an anointing or an impartation from someone other
than Jesus is unbiblical. Teaching, instruction, and wisdom yes- The Holy
true Church seeks and depends on God’s counsel. David writes Ps 119:103-105:
“How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through
Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word
is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” As Jesus said we live by every
word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. We don’t chase after his presence
or miracles we feed on his word and His spirit moves us to service. We have rest
and comfort in His spirit, love, joy, peace are all ours as we abide in Him.
true Church is not wise in its own eyes but has humility, having the mind of
Christ. They do not puff themselves
up or boast of their works to others. Should we thrive on the opinions of others
to have the approval of people? Prov. 25:27: “It is not good to eat much
honey; so to seek one's own glory is not glory.” Prov. 25:16: “Have you
found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and
vomit.” To eat only the sweet things of God and neglect the harder truths that
will make you grow will make you sick. The word is to affect us and it can be
hard to live it out. This is why the body of Christ has found herself in
spiritual ill health; we have pursued honey like a hungry bears. We have thrived
on hearing the sweet things and neglected the applications. We want immediate
results and have abandoned perseverance.
find themselves on the side of accepting all things because of peer pressure or
it is the fashion to be spiritually correct. There are a few scriptures that
always pop up as proofs for this position. In Mk.9:38-40 John came to Jesus
pointing out that he saw someone cast out demons and he is not with us. Jesus'
answer was not to forbid him to do this because “no one who does a miracle in
my name will speak evil of me. If he is not against us he is for us”(in behalf
of us). Jesus did not quibble about details. If the man was using Christ's name
in a sincere effort and the correct way to help others, he was not to be
hindered but allowed. Most think this person was one of the 70 disciples. In
other words he was doing what they were but was not with their group. Jesus who
was physically present was able to make a judgment call on this perfectly, we
are not always able to do this. This does not mean we give a stamp of approval
on anyone who uses His name but we should accept those who do what is right. If
someone is in a different Church or denomination, that is teaching and serving
right we should rejoice and encourage it. In context this does not end here as
Jesus teaches the smallest deed will be rewarded if it is done with the
intention of Christ. In context Jesus then goes into a concentrated explanation
of becoming an offence to those who are weak in faith or spiritually new
children. Whatever is in the individual or the body collectively that makes you
sin- cut it off so it will not continue to stumble yourself or other people
(v.42-50). In other words the sin of the individual and the sin in the body
should be removed.
another incident Paul was put in prison for his defense of the message of
Christ. While in prison he wrote, “Some indeed preach Christ even from envy
and strife, and some also from good will: The former preach Christ
from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;
but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the
gospel. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth,
Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice” (Phil
groups are addressed, one which spoke the truth with good intentions and those
who spoke the truth to burn Paul.
was glad of the gospel accurately being spoken even though their motives were
wrong, for they were only against him and not Christ. God can deal with people
who have wrong motives and right doctrine. It is vastly different with those who
teach wrong doctrine and right motives. This Paul would not allow under any
were many zealous of the influence of Paul, since he was getting all the
intention. They consider this a good opportunity to reduce his influence, and to
increase theirs. There real intent was to build up a party, to see the influence
and authority of the apostle Paul diminish and theirs increase. Their
motives were not pure although they did preach the correct gospel. They did
preach that Jesus was the way the truth the life. But there intention as Paul
points out was not to preach Christ, but to make difficulty, to stir up strife.
They were ambitious having no genuine regard for the welfare of the Church but
their own party line.
Paul rejoiced that Christ is preached as they made known the name of the Saviour, even though their motives were wrong these self-seeking teachers `proclaimed Christ,' not `another Gospel. The Gospel may have been used as a camouflage for their personal gain, but it was still “the power of God unto salvation” no matter who spoke it. One thing Paul did not put up with is false teaching even from those who would give the correct gospel.
false teachers can even give the gospel correctly at times and people can be
saved. But a false teachers error is not always a matter of relating to
salvation as it is about discipleship. God is not looking to great numbers of
members but disciples, those who are willing to learn of Jesus correctly. In
this we know many fail. For ones growth in Christ and the truth implanted can be
damaged if they are taught contrary to the faith that was delivered once to all.
We know the Judaizers also preached Christ but they added to the gospel the law.
As Paul states in Gal.1 even if an angel comes to you and gives another gospel
different than I have delivered, they are accursed. So what is the gospel? Paul
lays it out clearly and concisely in 1 Cor.15:1-4, there were no additives like
we see today. Paul
warned of “ false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into
apostles of Christ (2 Cor. 11:13). John also warned of false apostles and warns
“all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and
brimstone”(Rev 21:8). This applies to anyone practicing lies as a consistent
lifestyle. This becomes even more serious when it comes to the person of Christ
and His gospel.
2nd time the apostles were brought before the Sanhedrin for preaching
Christ a Pharisee stood up and gave advice. They were already forbidden and
reprimanded for teaching in the name of Jesus once before. Gamaliel a Pharisee
stands up and gives the advice “if this plan or work is of men it will come to
nothing, but if it is of God you cannot overthrow it-lest you be found to fight
against God.” Gamaliel was a highly respected
Pharisee and teacher of the day, and his advice temporarily spared the apostles
more harm, but Gamaliel had actually given wrong advice to his fellow council
members and us. Today
some take Gamaliel's advice as if its scripture and apply it to the Church. If
we were to follow this advice today, one could never stand up and say a thing
about any group claiming the name of Christ no matter how wrong they were, we
would just sit back and wait and see. Gamaliel's
statement may be in the bible, but it does not mean it is biblical truth.
Many say today ‘Well, I don’t know. Maybe it’s God, maybe it’s not, we should wait and see, let it run its course. This false attitude has brought many to ruin. Jesus said beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, see to it that no one deceives you. To let someone teach or introduce something you are unsure of and let it take its course and run through the sheep whether it’s a book or a teaching is nothing short than negligence. In the time that it takes for a false practice or movement to runs its course many lives can be damaged, and many people deceived. No we do not wait and see.
There are those who once protected the
sheep that have softened their position because of our times. Others have laid
down their staff and allowed the influence of tolerance to affect their leading
that they have opened themselves to everything. If you are a shepherd, your
priority is the sheep, not some well-liked famous speaker. Unfortunately there
are many today who should not be in the position of shepherds because they
simply do not care enough for the sheep to protect them.
We need more teachers to stand up and speak out on the issues, and then
they can be considered REAL leaders.
God spoken? Of course He has, and we can always find something from Scripture to
address any issue. To suggest as some have, those who
bring into question someone’s teaching may be in danger of the blasphemy of
the Holy Spirit is nonsense. This shows how easily we can be bullied around and
be influenced by pressure. Appealing to the Gamaliel's argument that if what is
happening is not of God, it will disappear in time is probably the most
misleading principles ever applied in the Church today! This is not God’s
advice but mans. We are not to be happy-go-lucky and carefree.
a new cult starts to grow do we sit by and say it may be from God because they
say they are? The same goes inside the Church when people claim things that
sound like the bible but in fact are not. How much
time did we need to see that Mormonism is wrong? Look at the phenomenal
growth and apparent success of Mormonism. Christians did not oppose Mormonism at
first as we do today. Imagine if we did not wait and opposed it then as we do
now. There may not be 10 million members.
The same can be applied to Watchtower, or the Children of God. From
Gamaliels philosophy it just may prove they are right!
Because they continue today, well over 100 years later. This is
pragmatism in action. If something works well says it is from God it is of God.
This was not a directive from the Lord on how believers should conduct their
discernment. Things which are
questionable within the Church should receive no less scrutiny. When people’s
spiritual welfare is at stake, we should never sit back and do nothing,
especially if someone is claiming a spiritual experience from it. To not
question a teaching or practice is being non obedient to the commands of Christ
and the apostles.
the 900 plus people instead of the few of Jim Jones temple questioned him they
may not have committed suicide. If the J.W’s had questioned the Watchtower on
the blood issue thousands would not have died. If…If. If you don’t exercise
your duty to test everything and hold on to what is good, then you may be
deceived. Just because
someone proclaims something is what God has said or is a move of God, doesn’t
make it so. Prov. 14:15 “The simple believes every word, But the prudent
considers well his steps.” Beware of the spiritual salesman who pushes you to
make a decision on the spot. On the other hand beware the one who postpones you
to inquire further about it. There is no command from God to forbid anyone to
examine anything from careful evaluation of the scripture.
recent poll taken found that 67% of Americans believe there is no such thing as
absolute truth. For many people, choosing which religious system to join does
not involve considering whether they are true. They would choose what appeals to
them, what works for them (pragmatism). Unfortunately what works is not a test
for truth. The Church has adopted
this policy by accepting certain men of fame, men of renown and their unique
interpretations. Allowing them to lead the sheep to what they consider as
attitude today can be summarized by this statement: And so it's like, well, why
would we focus, then, on “Yeah, but I don't like the way he fell and shook and
got stuck to the floor and everything!” Listen! Who cares whether he did or he
didn't? Who cares? If he thinks it's God
and he likes it, let him enjoy it! Because you can test the fruit later.
(John Arnott, Toronto Airport Vineyard, Dynamics
of Receiving Spiritual Experiences, Friday, November 18, 1994) In other
words if its ok with the person it should be fine with you. Then there are no
biblical absolutes on this matter. While the bible may be silent on a number of
issues this is a spiritual experience that must not be put aside as kesera sera
(whatever will be will be).
those involved in the river of revival today what ever happens stands true on
their current experience and not on what is already spoken by the apostles. One
would think that the apostles had a grasp on every different kind of miracle and
manifestation as they were the leaders with power after Jesus left. Much of what
happens today is certainly not mentioned.
said to the Church of Philadelphia that was faithful, “I know your works. See,
I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a
little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. V.10 “Because
you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of
trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the
earth.” Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may
take your crown” (Rev.3: 8-11). It is the Church of Thyatira (Rev.2: 18-29)
who was corrupt and allowed the false prophets and committed spiritual adultery.
Jesus warns that they will be brought into great tribulation (v.22) unless they
repent. James 4:4 -5 (Philips) “You are like unfaithful wives, never realizing
that to be the world's lover means becoming the enemy of God! Anyone who chooses
to be the world's friend is thereby making himself God’s enemy. Or do you
think what the Scriptures have to say about this is a mere formality?”
“Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed,
and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they
repent of their deeds (Rev. 2:22) V.24”Now to you I say, and to the rest in
Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of
Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. It is the Gnostics called
their doctrine the depths of God, (the depths of Bythos). It contained arcane
secrets and mysteries of divine wisdom. Christ here calls them the depths of
Satan. Profound mysteries are always attractive, the bible calls those who want
to know and pursue this knowledge as having itching ears. As it persuades them
to pursue deeper mysteries and knowledge from certain men who have already
attained it. Scripture categorizes this as the Occult. In the Gospel of Thomas
(which is Gnostic) states that those who achieve the higher knowledge are no
longer a Christian but Christ! How? By experiencing the Spirit and its
knowledge! It is the Gnostics that separated the spirit from the word. And today
those who divorce the spirit from the scriptures by having guidance and message
outside the word are inadvertently practicing Christian Gnosticism. Rev 2:18-29
what the Gnostics offered did not lead to God; There are no “depths” beyond
our reach. The ancient faith and rule once for all was delivered to the saints.
Rejecting Paul's God given doctrine of grace and his teaching on
justification and sanctification, they offered experiential knowledge in its
place. Christ said to his faithful servants: “I will lay upon you no other
burden; but that which you have already hold fast till I come, v. 24, Jesus is
saying I will not overburden your faith with any new mysteries, nor obligate you
with any new laws. He requires us to obey what we have already received.
false prophets who first seduced the members of this Church into apostasy were
women. “That woman Jezebel,”
who set aside the true prophets of God with her falsities, led the Church into
spiritual adultery. Their Church still was active in faith and love, but was
caught in the web of an adulteress, under her power (Rev 2:24).
There are two mysteries contending for people’s souls. One is a mystery
of iniquity; the other is the mystery of godliness. One must reject the mystery
of Godliness, to receive the spiritual mysteries that come from Satan. We cannot
follow both at the same time. We need to understand Satan is the greatest
creature ever made by God, there is no indication he has lost his knowledge
although it has become corrupted. We cannot underestimate him as he has great
power and influence in spiritual matters. The world lies in his influence and
his main objective is to leaven and deceive the Church.
These false prophets in the Church boasted
of their knowledge of the deep things of God as their conceited title, Gnostics
(`full of knowledge') expressed. The Spirit declared these so-called
“depths” (of knowledge) to be really “depths of Satan” Satanic delusions
that spiritually seduced the people in the Church.
sin that attracted Eve was to gain the knowledge of EVIL as well as good. The
serpent said to Eve you will be like him tempting her to think that just as God
knows, you will also. So it is with those who professed to know more via the
spirit when they find things that are not written- beyond the Scripture. Only
God can know evil without being hurt by it. This is why He had forbid Israel and
us to practice false spiritual ways as the nations practice them. This is
explained in Deut.18.10-12 and God calls these practices the occult and an
abomination to him. Why? Because even though it may be spiritual, it does not
give us the correct knowledge of God, it is not spiritual truth that comes from
Christ. It may feel good and even right but it must align with the word for it
to be from our God.
The time to test is now don’t wait till later for it may be too late. 1 Thess. 5:21 “Test everything. Hold onto the good.”“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11 NIV). They had a right Spirit and attitude as they questioned the apostle not by their opinions or feelings but from the Scripture. The Apostle Paul writes the greater portion of the New Testament yet he allowed them and even commended them for questioning Him. We must consider what the Scriptures actually say today, for a time is coming when it may not be so easy to change ones mind. As Christians our attitude should be the truth no matter what, even if we must disregard certain men who have taught otherwise. We are to follow Christ and His appointed apostles teachings to walk in the truth. May we be HIS disciples persevering until the end.