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When the “flesh” rules, You know it can’t be God – SBC controversy

This article condemns the possible election of a woman to head the large  Southern Baptist Convention. We know that when sex is what motivates decisions we are on carnal grounds. According to the Bible, when natural man forms the basis for God’s people it is not God’s will. Here is the passage:

PHILLIPS For now that you have faith in Christ you are all sons of God. All of you who were baptised “into” Christ have put on the family likeness of Christ. Gone is the distinction between Jew and Greek, slave and free man, male and female—you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, you are true descendants of Abraham, you are true heirs of his promise. (Gal 3:28)

Being IN Christ means that He alone makes decisions about who is leading and what his people are doing.  It is not based on gender differences in education, race or language. This is how the New Testament Church was run and where we need to return.

http://pulpitandpen.org/2018/06/05/sbc-leaders-float-idea-of-beth-moore-as-next-denomination-president/

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Today is the New Year – What God has for Us 2014 and Beyond

God honors the calendar of the Jews. Today, September 25, 2014 is Rosh Hashannah, New Year’s Day and a year of release for gifts, provisions, ministries and change. It is also the beginning of the Shemetah Year, 12 months of all debts cancelled, and not just money – there are other debts as well, stolen inheritances, delayed ministries, wayward children coming home from lost lives. For the just who live by faith there is a lot to look forward to.

The Church Age is on its way out. The Kingdom Age is moving in. Major shifts in God’s plans have always been gradual. Large numbers of people were disgusted with the Roman Church long before Martin Luther took his public stand. In fact, he could hardly have been so successful had he not spoken to a broad base of largely silent agreement. He caused a giant shift from liturgical religion to evangelical, from duty to outreach.

The Church Age has been all about the collection of the “ecclesia” – the “called out” ones, those called out of worldly sins to a new life. The Kingdom Age is the advent of King Jesus Himself. Ecclesia is a feminine word in Greek and her position has been under human control, that is males, although anointed, appointed, called and prepared, but still not under the Holy Spirit who is the director of the activities of believers on earth, or should be. 30% of all Christians in the USA do not attend regular church services. They will have now a place to go. Continue reading

What is a Cult? Occult?

Let’s get occult out of the way first.  Occult is Greek for “hidden” which does not make it evil or suspect.  Doctors speak of “occult blood” meaning blood in such small amounts that one must locate it by microscope.  In religion it refers to hidden messages, systems, or procedures that may not be seen or known to the general public.  That does not necessarily make them evil.

But incantations and curses certainly can be called occult and evil.  When I taught at a woman’s prison the director found beside her office window a freshly dug hole containing a sack with a boiled silver quarter and some pieces of chicken.  I was told this was a curse of some sort known to island peoples.  Santeria is filled with stuff like this.  That makes it a cult.

A cult was defined recently as any religious group which worships its own doctrine.  By this definition we can find many examples.   Of recent date are the doctrines regarding homosexuality.  For practicing homosexuals I notice that is their one issue and it impacts their whole lives.  The gays I have known literally talk of nothing else; all their decisions are based on this, political, social, financial, and of course personal.  One prominent gay has his library-study lined with pictures of well-known homosexuals, including Leonard Bernstein who was a close friend of this man’s partner.

The same patterns apply to a feminist who supports not only women’s rights but also in many cases their superiority, plus abortion.  These are often called one-issue voters. We are speaking here now of individuals not of PACS and organizations which lobby for specific legislative and judicial change.  They may have cult followers but essentially they are obeying the laws on activism.

But now to religion.  Here is where that sharp two-edged sword of the spirit slices Christians as well as non-believers.  There are denominations that say you cannot belong to our church if: (1) You are divorced (2) Not baptized in water (3) Not a member of this church (4) Taken special training or schooling (5) Not married.  This is cult behavior.  It limits Christ and cheapens the gospel.

Some Messianic Jews I know teach that the food laws and other Old Testament rules must continue to be followed when they become Christians.  The term for this behavior is “Judaizers” and is forbidden in the New Testament for good reason.  It means that Christ’s death for sins for not sufficient.  These people don’t go to hell, but their share in the glory of salvation is reduced.  See Deut 4:2 and Rev 22:19.

One Catholic woman refused to speak to me after I told her we distributed Bibles in Mainland China so people could be saved by reading them (which they often were.)  We would tell them that “even though we must return to America, you can get to know Jesus with this book.” But her church taught that only a person (a priest in her instance) could give the message of God.  That is bad doctrine because it puts the burden for salvation on humans and not on the deity.  Anything that takes away from the person and the work of Christ is wrong.  God is not limited; we are the limited ones.

Some churches refuse to allow woman ministers.  To do so ignores the scripture, “In Christ there is no male or female.”  That tells the world their church is not really “in Christ.”  Are they ready to accept that? Many very poor churches have female ministers, but when prosperity takes over, so do the men, which tells me that it is all about money.  God can hardly be amused. Galatians 3:28.

God holds ministers to a higher standard.  Many ministers think the opposite – that they can get away with stuff not allowed to them as private citizens.  One man I worked with thought he could lie and drink to a drunken state and it was OK because he had a thriving ministry.  But God is watching, and his ministry today is ashes.  We are all accountable to God, the more so for having been given a greater opportunity.

And while we are on alcohol.  The Bible says nothing about abstaining from beer and wine.  Strong drink is condemned, but the issue is not the drink, it’s the drinker.  Is it in excess?  All excess is called sin, which includes spending money, phone calls, text-ting, food and drink.  In this regard we all need correction.  To the contrary – wine makes glad the heart of man” so it’s OK.

Psalm 104:15 And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.

At one time I worked for a denomination which outlawed alcohol. A friend asked me how I could agree to this and I replied, “It’s the cost of doing business.” When I left that group I left their rules behind. It is not sinful to agree to company rules, but we must not ever do anything in violation of God’s holiness. Years ago a friend left employment with a huge national company which sells lawnmowers because they made carousing with women and alcohol a company practice. He was right. I think many people would divest themselves of that stock if they knew the facts. God does not honor long-term that kind of company policy.

Seventh Day Adventists have made huge contributions to their fellow man especially in the medical field but I still find so many insist that you must go to church on Saturday to be right with God. There is a scripture that specifically says this is not so:

Colossians 2 (New King James Version)4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. and 16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths

Ultimately our position with God is not about behavior but our attitude. As we get into the presence of God we learn that dependence on Him and his Word is what gives us life.  The rules will fall off like heavy winter clothes when spring comes. 

 

Why the Organized Church is Shrinking

It appears not to be so . . . but the statistics are there. 30% of Bible believing Christians are not affiliated with an organized church according to both Barna and Pew studies, two groups which measure these things. [www.barna.org and www.pewforum.org] Why?

First, the church as presently organized is not based on the Biblical model. In several places the Bible says the church looks like a person, the neck bone is connected to the chin bone, connected to the jaw bone, connected to the head-bone, and so on.

Ezekiel 37:3-5 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

You know the song.

Now look at the TV screen and you will see most churches are only a jaw bone, a single often very good and qualified person ministering, teaching, leading, traveling, raising money, doing good works and the like. This is not correct but it is still better than the 1600 year old Roman model, a group of gaily decorated men elected to a governing body which in turn elects a Pope which then not only decides what to believe but also determines who and when and where worship and other religious duties are performed. This is not Biblical either because it does not allow for new revelation and it takes the church out of the hands of the individual worshiper.

John 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

The unteachable will be left behind.

We may see the end of the Catholic church in our generation. Secular commentators will probably decide it is because of scandal and child sexual abuse but more than likely it is God Himself calling an end to something that is not scriptural. Protestant denominations have also followed part of this model except they allow congregational input, which may or may not be Biblical. I think of some groups allowing homosexual priests which is not only wrong, it brings a curse on them.

People join churches for the wrong reason – for economic or social contacts, so their children will be raised in a Christian atmosphere, or where they feel safe. Those churches surely will flounder. Many join groups because they don’t want their sin touched by truth; all of those will collapse.

Second, church is to be run by a 5-member group: apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. The apostle, such as Paul, no matter how famous he is, no matter how powerful or popular or wise, must still return to the 5-member group (of which he is only 1 vote) and submit to those authorities. In addition the early church required a unanimous vote. Now that might be the hardest thing to copy in modern times!

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

The third reason for failure is false authorities. God does not give ministries to the disobedient or those in error, or those whose personal life is tainted. The congregation is right is asking for an explanation from a father whose son has rebelled and is in jail. The minister is not to leave the ministry totally but to submit to correction. This is a hard standard but it is Biblical.

The true church has no relationship with the secular government. I suspect we shall see an end to charitable deductions when the tax code is overhauled. And high time. As a result many churches with a tainted situation will go under. The scriptures point to this: the angels will take the tares (those who pretend to be believers) and separate them from the wheat (the true believers) and then the end will come.

Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

We are seeing this separation already.

It is all too common for someone to say “God told me” when in fact they were talking to themselves. These ministries usually never get very far, and often do little harm but they are out there. God is not a tyrant; he will let you fumble along for years going nowhere until you start doing it His way, unless of course, you are completely in error, like teaching there is no hell! Then He will step in.

A fourth cause of failure is denial of some part of the Bible. The most recent widespread denial came when the Baptism if the Holy Spirit was called false, or irrelevant. Most of those churches have gone by the wayside or are shrinking. Some groups give no authority to women or refuse to allow divorced members; they are weak and failing too. Churches like this may have huge memberships because there are people who need to feel superior because of their sex or race, or because they refuse to grow. God uses these people anyway but their ministry is confined to that one section of the Bible which they accept. Frequently however, their missionary efforts flounder. Anyone or group that denies any part of the Bible is actually under a curse, and that needs to be taken seriously.

Revelation 22:18-19 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

The true church of Jesus Christ will be “in Christ.” That means women and men, educated and uneducated, foreign and local will all be on an equal footing and eligible for leadership. Women who have been eager to serve God alongside men will rejoice, but the issue is being “in Christ.” Groups that will not accept everyone cannot be “in Christ” by definition.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

I look forward to seeing this day!

The last and most important reason is the presence of the Stronghold known as Jezebel. It is a spirit, and it is not to be confined to women. Jezebel silenced the prophets. A prophet is someone who speaks for God and teaches and promotes God’s words. Since this is the main mission of His church, it touches everyone who is doing God’s will. This demon power, a principality, is ruling over Washington, D.C. these days and in many, many churches. Jezebel is the main demon behind political correctness. It must be bound, gagged and its feet shackled. If churches will take this spirit seriously it will come down and bring many false ministries with it; it will also free up the true church.

So, you have your orders.