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The Peace Fallacy

Five hundred years ago Martin Luther and some brave supporters decided it was a time for war, a war against corruption in God’s church.  That time has come again, and this time for the same reason – humanism not holiness has become the goal of church life and theology.  The result is now as it was for the Roman Catholic church, a fleeing from church pews of confused and harried members.

Much of what passes for Christian doctrine is mealy-mouthed-go-along-get-along human psychology.  It’s a watered down gospel.  But believers instinctively know that this is not the truth and only 30% of believers now attend a church.  They have all kinds of reasons but most often you’ll hear this: “The church doesn’t speak to me anymore.” Nor can it when it has lost its core message.

Jesus’ detractors, and they are many, may tell you that the Prince of Peace does not engage in war. Not so. The church is to war against evil wherever it is to be found. What you are not told is that Jesus reigns as the prince of peace when he is at peace with all men; clearly that has not happened.

Warring man, hate-filled, angry, self-willed, ambitious, greedy man is still at war with God much as he has been since the beginning of time, and perhaps even before then. War is not inevitable; it has a purpose. War allows mankind to define good.

And God has not promised peace for those who have no peace inside their hearts. Politicians often make peace their platform and then two things can happen when they are elected. (1) A foreign nation decides to attack or promote a war or (2) The political parties need an enemy so their followers will start or continue a fight.  Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of unity.

God said “Peace. Peace. There is no peace for the wicked.” And that rather settles it doesn’t it.  Until wickedness is obliterated there will be wars, small or large, local or international, racial or economic or territorial, wars will continue. Until then we can have peace in our individual hearts.  The result is Joy. People may see it on your face.

The Joy of the Lord is your strength. This season of peace, if no where else have it in your heart.

Isaiah 57:19-21 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him. 20 But the wicked are like  the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

 

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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