First of all, the church we first go to was continuationist. We have seen the gift of prophecy (New Testament style) actually work. Second of all, we believe God is always working. We have seen deliverances work. We have seen too much proof that the Holy Spirit continues to work to disbelieve.
I don’t believe in OSAS, I believe we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus by the blood of Jesus, but because we have freewill, we can be “saved” and then reject Jesus. There are many examples of Christians who have apostatized, and I don’t believe they are saved, although they could be again if they wanted to, by returning as a prodigal. Furthermore, Paul states that grace is NOT a license to sin [Romans 6:1-2]. John the Baptist gave the baptism of repentance, and Jesus sent out people 2 by two to preach the message of repentance. God wants us to repent of our sins, and there are some very strong warnings about people who delight in or make a practice of sinning (these shall not inherit the kingdom of God). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW_cklPNz-Ihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwo7GTI1Ydg God looks at the heart. If you have a hard heart of an unrepentant sinner, with absolutely no effort to change your ways and trusting in OSAS, then it won’t turn out well for you. If you have an honest heart that tries your best to walk the walk and repent, I believe God will have mercy on such an individual even if they are still struggling in some areas of their walk.
Church has gotten so far away from what God had intended. It is now more like the Tower of Babel in Genesis than a model of what we see in the book of Acts.
A horrible thing I have heard of is this: A congregation starting out as humble – with a vision that adheres to the great commission and making disciples – and then becoming nothing more than a Christianized model of the world; a small society with its own man-made Christianized philosophies, pursuits and power groups.
Is it possible to stay relatively untouched by the culture and homogenized groupthink of a particular church? Yes, if you are aware of such things and don’t get too immersed in the culture. However, once you take the proverbial red pill, there is no going back. Once you realize that you are in a matrix, your mind reforms in such a way that it becomes incompatible with the culture.
For the one who is mercifully granted discernment by The Lord, it starts out as a small, nagging feeling that something isn’t quite right. Small little graces, encouragements and kind acts of other attendees and members silence that feeling temporarily – until you go deeper into the rabbit hole, witnessing and experiencing more oddities. The acts of kindness, as well as the unspoken promises of financial protection should something go wrong in your life, are very strong antidotes to dispel the rational thoughts regarding most negative experiences. There is an emotionally bonding, guilt-based aspect to this phenomena.
A church culture where negative experiences happen regularly, yet go unchecked, needs a counterculture marked by abundant acts of Christian righteousness and service to keep it afloat.
But what happens when “the righteous acts of the saints” are used as a crutch? The same thing that happens when we use our good works as a crutch to avoid accountability for our sins against God and others: Separation from God.
Jesus gives us a sobering reminder in Matthew 7:21-23:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Friends, we must know Jesus, and He must know us. We must be close with Him every day, always in prayer and seeking The Father’s will through Him. Jesus is alive, and we must know Him, hear His voice and obey Him.
When a congregation relies solely on a pastor or his teachings, ideas and words, they often forget Jesus and fail to seek Him. This is dangerous for seekers, newer converts and babes in Christ who have come into a church where those held in high regard within the four walls have dedicated the entirety of their lives (and sometimes their family’s lives) to the organization.
A newer believer will be psychologically conditioned to follow the lead of whoever is spoken well of, not because they are righteous in Christ, but because they are the most active, dedicated members.
“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.” – Luke 6:26
Friends, we must be careful that we are not following man. If you have not yet established a very real, intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ with daily prayer and finding strength within Him, come away from the church people and their activities and programs. These activities and programs are designed to lift up man’s kingdom on earth, not the Kingdom of God.
If your primary concern in life is glorifying God through discipleship, you will have a very difficult time finding edifying fellowship that encourages spiritual growth. You may have physical needs met, and you may receive “encouragement” (which is Christianese for “flattery”). If you prophesy, edify, admonish or rebuke solely by The Holy Spirit, no one will hear you; they will turn their ear away. If you are stronger in faith, this will inevitably lead to frustration. This frustration is one way God may lead you out. You will know that the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God, and you will not want any of it.
The weaker sheep may feel crushed by the rejection of their faith and question what God has been telling them. They will begin to follow after what everyone else is doing in order to be a functioning member of what they believe is The Church. This is the broad way that leads to destruction. The soulish “Martha” (Luke 10:38-42) church culture pulls people away from true discipleship and causes them to box their faith in to the myopic vision of the organization and its leaders.
If, as a disciple, you attempt to walk your faith out in all of its fullness, you will inevitably be thrown out by leadership or shunned until someone tells you that you should leave and “find another church if you don’t like this one”. You will notice that the soulish American church is a lot like a job: You can leave if you don’t like it.
Obedience to God and obedience to man mix like oil and water, and to be welcomed into these kingdoms of men, you must obey men.
Question for today: Is your church functioning as a flesh factory, or a spiritual war base?
Sin is all inclusive – it does not exclude sex, race, nationality, age or political affiliation.
Feminism and MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) are both ideologies and movements created by man – both have the same flaws and issues as other man made ideologies, movements and philosophies – they ignore the underlying problem of mankind, which is sin.
The individuals who participate in the MGTOW movement claim that women are selfish, money hungry, deceptive, promiscuous and users. These things tend to be true only because humans in general are guilty of such things. Men and women both struggle with the same sinful tendencies.
Hello, friends in Christ Jesus! I pray everyone reading this message receives a strong presence of The Holy Spirit that will stay with them, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Back in November, my husband had purchased a set of “anointing prayer oils” from a company called ABBA during a visit to the Museum Of The Bible in Washington, DC. I loved the scents and thought the biblical significance and history behind each specific scent was so nifty. I liked that the sources for their ingredients were based in Jerusalem.
I will start out by saying that I do not believe this company, ABBA, is attempting to purposely deceive anyone spiritually, but I do think they want to make money. They have written up a theological teaching on anointing oils on their site to help sell their product.
The problem with the concept of these oils, and the way they are marketed to be used, is that the practice of using specific resins, spices and herbs to achieve a specific outcome or to supplement our prayers is witchcraft.
Based on James 5:14, yes, I do believe anointing with oil is biblical. The problem lies in the format, manufacture and meaning behind these anointing oils. In Wicca, fragrant and herbal oil mixtures are used during prayers, spells and rituals. Anointing with oil in the Bible was normally done with simple olive oil, and it was only symbolic. Here is some information on anointing spices in the Bible.
ABBA’s “Covenant Oil” (a mixture of Frankincense & Myrrh, Spikenard and Hyssop) is supposed to represent the “marriage covenant” – but the vial reads “Spirit of Prophecy”. Reading that, one would think that this specific blend would aid them in receiving the gift of Prophecy or in giving a prophetic word during prayer.
My husband and I began to use these during our prayers for the purposes listed on the vials. (Blessings, Strength, Protection and Healing being some of them) not realizing we had almost been deceived into practicing witchcraft.
ABBA is not the only company to sell oils such as these, there are others. Christian and Jewish gift shops carry them mostly. These are fine to use as fragrance oils to freshen up with, but I do not recommend using these during prayer.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
The brothers and sisters who are trapped in dullness and rebellion are victims of the opposing forces in the spiritual. They are victims, not mainly perpetrators. If we see them as evil, we are thinking evil of them. Humility is not as possible for some because of opposing forces, demonic principalities. Jesus sets us free, He is the only way out. Our understanding does not matter here, we must love the backsliding, proud, sinful brother. Love does not mean partaking in their sins, agreeing with their sin. We should also be following the protocol of 1 Corinthians 5:9-13. This does not mean we do not love them, this is a spiritual protection for ourselves – and, in a way, a spiritual protection for that brother. Love is trusting God with them, praying for them daily, helping them when they are in need – regardless of their sin.
In Christ, your sin is paid for, but any part which is not surrendered to Christ is open for devils to torment. Though the punishment for your sin is taken, eternal death, you will be tormented by the sins you hold onto, cherish and choose to commit on earth. Sin brings suffering and torment and is agreement with devils.