Can the church learn from history? Is the church going to wake up and get involved, before it is too late?
There are many reasons to be upset about the latest Supreme Court ruling concerning the definition of marriage. It changes 6,000 years of human history. It is not supported in the constitution. What about religious objectors and their constitutional rights, what will happen to us?
But there is another attack being conducted now that the court has ruled. It is an attack on our ability as a nation to have godly offspring. In the book of Malachi, God is telling Israel that they have violated the covenant of marriage. And in this part of scripture God spells out why He instituted marriage in the first place. He instituted marriage so that He could find godly offspring. Continue reading
I really believe that there are two verses in scripture by which all mankind hangs in the balance. These verses throw down for us a truth we either will reject or accept as worthy of our attention. These verses set the tone for the authority of God’s word and why we need to take head. These verses are Hebrews 1:1-2.
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
I believe the world has become harder and harder to evangelize because the world is less and less accepting that God has spoken. Those who hate God have played the church for fools. While we have been asleep at the wheel, they have used our schools and higher education against us and destroyed the testimony that God has spoken. We have let the world dictate to us their religion of evolution while we have a smaller and smaller voice in society.
And to this, some “believers” do not know that we should grieve, because they are to busy trying to manipulate scripture with the unproven theory of evolution. They have proven they do not really believe that God has spoken, when their first love is a man made faith that rules supreme, and by which the word of God needs to be interpreted by. These men have more confidence in the rearranged pile of bones, manipulation of data and the blatant cover up of the mountain of proofs for a young earth and intelligent design. These believers are like those who consulted other gods and then say let us go to inquire of the Lord. These “Christian” men have put stumbling blocks before others who would seek to know God’s word and have destroyed the faith of many.
But alas these are not the only offenses we have made against God who has spoken. We have entangled the word of God so cleverly and almost undetected with psychology that “believers” actually believe this wisdom of man is the spoken word of God. Yet we will never find this self help, motivational message in the word of God. We may pervert and twist it to make it says this, but we will not find those sermons in scripture. They are not there. But “believers” faithfully preach it and believe it. These “Christian” men have put a stumbling stone in front of those who would have put their faith in God’s spoken word.
We have done more than plant a seed for increase, we have planted a spawn of Satan. We have left the spoken word of God and gone off to serve other spoken words. God’s word in the church is at its twilight and almost set. The last day apostasy is almost complete. We have almost completely replaced His word for another.
We His bride have put idols before Him and His word. We do this and yet think we go to Him with clean hands and hearts. We think we can go and give Him acceptable praise. But how does the Lord God who has spoken to us by the prophets and His Son view these “believers”.
For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to inquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself: And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
If perhaps this spoken word of God though the prophet has managed to reach heart, then repent. If you have been convicted to give God’s word first place in your life and not some latest Christian book, repent so the Lord may refresh you.
Remember Christ died for you. He sacrificed Himself in beatings, severe whippings and the cross for you. This was spoken of by the prophets. Are you going to let such a salvation slip beyond you because you pursue stumbling stones and not the word of God in your lives? Remember His sacrifice for His bride. If you are His bride, He will know you are His because you are spotless and blameless. He will know you because He will see His Spirit in you as you walk not according to the flesh. He will know you are His bride when He sees you walking according to His spoken word alone.
 Hebrews 1:1-2
 Ezekiel 14:7-8
Since the last couple of post have been not to friendly towards the local church, I think it is important that I list what I see as not only issues that arise from there being no perfect church. But what I would call a completely different gospel. So just as Luther posted his doctrinal theses on the Wittenberg door, so do I on this Wittenberg post.
- We say faith is what I posses, meaning salvation and adoption. Instead of what it is, a hope.
- We say Christ came to credit us righteousness and forsake the covenant God gave Abraham when he was credited righteousness.
- We ignore that we were included into this righteousness given to Abraham through Christ. Instead we assume we are given credited righteousness outside of the covenant given to Abraham.
- We say we find shadows of our gospel in the Old Testament, when the New Testament declares the Old Testament is our gospel.
- We say once saved always saved and yet there is no example in scripture of a man where he is able to break covenant with God and have God still embrace him. Nor has any prophet or apostle spoke this. We instead formulate this.
- We forsake the context of corporate meetings as taught by Paul. That those who speak in tongues, interpret, prophesy or have a word of knowledge speak at the gathering of believers. Instead we replace this with the office of the pastor.
- We pass out salvation at the altar as if we have that power, when scripture teaches that we will receive the end of our faith when Christ returns.
- We profess that God calls things that are not as if they were but tell Him not in our gospel when our hope being spoken of as here and now is taken literally.
- We forsake the gifts that God has determined for us that would bring about the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
- We preach a gospel of prosperity and blessing instead of dying to self.
- We brag about our contemporary worship and ignore the fact that the above points put us in conflict with scripture, yet we refuse to understand that we are the one who worship in vain because we follow men rather than God.
- We consider ourselves a light to the lost, yet we refuse to follow what we are taught.
- We put up with all kinds of offense, abuses and those who wish to manipulate us because we believe we do not have a place to stand up for our gospel.
- We put up with all kinds of offenses , abuses and those who wish to manipulate us because we do not understand what our gospel is.
- We have forsaken Christ as the head of the body and replaced Him with the office of the pastor who tells the other offices at what time and at what capacity they may be able to use their gifts so that the church can be brought into complete maturity.
- We abuse the body because we sideline all spiritual gifts and offices to be spoon fed.
Should I praise the church because we still will say people come to God through it? Come to what, we make them Samericans who worship what they do not know. This blog is dedicated to the defense of the gospel as we have had it passed down to us by those whose writings we read, not what we naturally assume is the gospel. This blog is a defense of the spiritual fellowship we see explained in scripture and not what we naturally assume is scriptural.
There are many good Samericans in churches who need people to teach and demonstrate what we have in our gospel even in the face of opposition. But this does not mean that we have to cow tow to the churches or give place for their misguided efforts by saying, “There is no perfect church.”
Is the church just a little bit in error in some of its application of scripture, but for the most part healthy? Is the church mostly doing good, even though it has some faults? Should we continue the mantra of apathy and lack of accountability by saying, there is no perfect church.
Do we realize that if the early church held our modern view we would not have many letters we now enjoy in our New Testament? Many of the letters deal with the imperfections in the church. When these letters address sin in the church, other gospels, fights, quarrels and those who push themselves out to be in front, their authors believed differently than we do today.
They didn’t just say, “Oh well there is still some good being done in the church.” Then leave it at that, as if that is an excuse to live and let live. Do we not have the eyes to see the spiritual battle to keep the imperfect church pure and on task when we read our scriptures? How is it we have lost this call to arms today. What we only think we put on the armor of God for our wee little personal struggles? Do we belong to the army of God so we can excuse spiritual imperfections and perfect defection?
In the natural do we want to go the restaurant that has been shut down by the health inspector because of fly, maggots, rodents and open sores and dirty hands? Would it become ok if I made the point that people still get fed there? No it doesn’t!
How about the physician who is in court for many a malpractice suit? Is it acceptable to encourage people to go to him for care? Would it become ok if I made the point that people are getting the care they need to become whole there? No it does not!
Truly scripture is true of us believers.
“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.
We will never put up with in the natural what we excuse in the spiritual. We are more shrewd with the things of this world then the things that matter for eternity. If the master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness, how much do you think He will commend us the people of the light, who lack all shrewdness for the kingdom of light?
We will fight for our kids, we will fight for our wives and husbands, we will fight for our freedoms and liberties, but we play kick the can with the devil when it comes to fighting for what is really important in the church.
And in all this we seek God. In all this we ask for His Holy Spirit and His power. We walk around scratching our heads, asking why He has not given Himself to us like He has the early church. Hint, the early church was shrewd enough to write letters to the, no church is perfect crowd, and never let them forget who it was they served and needed to obey. We can’t even get past what the dishonest manager was commended for, and we want Him to trust us with His Holy Spirit? If we will not do the difficult, what in the world do we need the Holy Spirit for? If we will not fight for God’s word, our plumb line, on the home front, what right do we have to ask for the Holy Spirit to fight in foreign wars? Are we now going to cry out to God we have a burning desire to save the lost, only to bring them to what we will not defend. And we think we do not grieve the Holy Spirit while cry out for more of him. Hypocrites us all!
 Luke 16:8
This post is a response to some comments that were made concerning my post “Collateral Damage”. The issue of speaking against the church, with all of its faults and misapplication of scripture was brought up. Should we support what the church does by not speaking out against their scriptural misconduct? Or should we be critical of the church where it crosses with scripture? Is it just criticism or is it called accountability.
Paul speaking to the Corinthian church talks about how they as a church put up with being slapped in the face. Many will not be familiar with this scripture nor understand Paul’s response. But believe it or not this has to do with our topic. But before I get into this, ask yourself one question. Do you think Paul has the correct perspective on the church?
You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise! In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or pushes himself forward or slaps you in the face.
Paul is telling the Corinthian church that they put up with abuses. He even uses sarcasm, something many in the church believe is not fitting for the believer. He says they are so wise to put up with this abuse. They put up with those who wish to enslave them or exploit them or take advantage of them. Sounds like a people who hold nobody accountable for the misapplication of scripture and the abuses that follow it. This was my point of “Collateral Damage”.
Should the people of this day have put up with this, like they did, or should someone have said enough is enough? Would it be appropriate to expose these exploiters and call those on the carpet that enslave men to bad teachings? Or does this not have a place in the church?
Paul treats this abuse as offensive as someone walking up and slapping us in the face. So how much slapping should we put up with from the manipulators and control freaks of the organized church? Should we never question when they slap us in the face with their continual abuse of the body?
Paul says these Corinthians were so wise for putting up with those who take advantage of them, but he himself was too foolish for such wisdom. He says he is to week to put up with those who abuse the church.
To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that! What anyone else dares to boast about–I am speaking as a fool–I also dare to boast about.
There is a contrast that Paul makes. Those who put up with abuses are the wise ones and he who can not sit by and watch is the fool. Those who are strong put up with the Collateral Damage, but he is too weak for that.
So are we following Paul as he follows Christ when we are so wise to put up with unbiblical doctrine and manipulation of the members to perform acts of service to the church? Or do we follow Paul as he follows Christ when we say stupid is as stupid does? And I am too stupid to put up with that!
 2 Corinthians 11:19-20
 2 Corinthians 11:21
I have recently had the opportunity to spend time with a man in the community that I live in. I have met him before, but had very little association with him. He is the kind of guy that seams ruff around the edges and swears. He simply seamed like the average guy who has no care of spiritual things.
This week I had the opportunity to spend two days with him and found out about his history. He is the guy you hear about in testimonies that was a drug addict and got radically born again. He gave up his wild way and his rock and roll music to play for Jesus. He is the guy that we like to parade around as the poster child of a transformed life.
I was shocked to learn that he wasn’t just someone who was involved in the church activities, but someone who has had the Holy Spirit move in his life and in the church service. He was one of those people Paul taught could speak in church. He spoke in tongues on several occasions in church service were someone interpreted the message in tongues.
But I was looking at a man who didn’t just decide to leave the church to seek a more biblical way to serve the Lord. He became collateral damage.
Apparently there were some leaders who taught what he could not find in scripture. They pressured him to conform and be like them. He found himself at odds with some of the ideology of the church and what it means to be Spirit filled. I guess worse led to even worse and now he doesn’t know what is up or what is down.
He has turned himself off to “religion” and will not be cognitive in anything that would lead to a distinction between true faith and religion. He now only sees duplicity and hypocrisy in the church. To which you know I agree in a large part to if you read my post and my position on the organized church. But this man has chosen to let himself fall away from serving the Lord, while he maintains he knows whose he is.
Some could say that he was nothing more than the soil that had the word of God fall on it, only to have the cares of this world finally choke the message of the transforming gospel out of his life and testimony. Certainly he is responsible for his own self and the walk he chooses to have concerning his faith in God.
How many times have we run into people that we discover their past involvement with some body of believers who eventually turn from what they hoped in because of scandal, manipulation, burn out or discrepancies in scripture and the teaching they were under. I don’t look for such people, but I am shock at what some people claim as a root of their spiritual relationship to God, only to see the long remains of their shipwrecked faith.
I know that I do not want to become collateral damage, because I used to be collateral damage. I would vent my anger at God because of failed expectations of what it means to be a believer in Christ. I came to hate the body of Christ and despise everything about what I thought it meant to be a believer, even the good things.
Some may argue that what I am describing is not collateral damage, but self inflicted wounds. While there are many who simply reject the truth, there are many more who are left in the wake of the ship “Serving”. Like others I have met, this man and his wife were very involved serving at the church. There are many people who functioned as pastors, youth pastors, Sundays school teachers, worship leaders, etc. etc. etc. who feel that they were used up, without appreciation or the benefit of spiritual nourishment. It is as if they very thing that brought them to the church eventually slew them. The very thing that awoke them to the Lord became the vehicle to profane His name.
Our abuses of scripture, the dogmas we create and the discrepancies we don’t account for while we demand devotion causes men to blaspheme God. But is it they who forsake the faith who profane the name of the Lord or is it us who are His people?
I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.
It is us who are guilty for the profaning of God’s name not only in those who are collateral damage but those who stand a far off and criticize what they see.
Oh God if only my neighbors would know you are the Lord. If only those who are collateral damage could know you are the Lord, because I let you show yourself holy to them through me. If only I, the vehicle that profanes your name among men would have the heart to let you. If only I could trade all of my head knowledge for an unsophisticated willing, obedient, steadfast heart. Sometimes I feel what I am and what I want to be is as far apart as the east is from the west. Do you at times feel the same anguish too? Do we profane the name of the Lord creating a wake of collateral damage or let the Lord show Himself holy through us?
 Ezekiel 36:23