IT'S NOT ABOUT MAN'S CHURCHES
IT'S NOT ABOUT SPIRITUAL ORGANIZATIONS
IT'S NOT ABOUT PHILOSOPHIES
YOUR MONEY HAS NO VALUE HERE
KNOWING FOR YOURSELF is being restructured focusing on God's pattern for His Church and Families to awaken Christians and Christian leaders for the need of change; as we face ever increasing spiritual deceptions and begin the final battle for the minds and soul of mankind.
God willing, I hope to have the site reconfigured by November 18th 2018.
Then I will begin correcting text errors and clarify sections that may be out of place, repetitive, or confusing.
Thank you for you patience; best to all and your loved ones. Daniel
MAY WHAT YOU FIND HERE ENCOURAGE YOU TO READ GOD'S WORD, PRAY, AND COME TO "KNOW FOR YOURSELF" OF GOD'S LOVE AND PLAN TO ADOPT YOU AS HIS SON OR DAUGHTER TO DWELL WITH HIM THROUGHOUT ETERNITY .
No-matter who you are,
No-matter where you are,
No-matter what your condition,
God is there for all who truly seek to know Him.
God provided five points of reference to guide us on our journey:
Read what is written, read what is not written, and read what is between the lines.
Hear what is said, hear what is not said, and hear the message within the silence.
See what is, see what is not, see what is hidden within the shadows and darkness.
We live in a world of lies, delusions and deceptions inspired by
the Prince of this world. Stay strong; fight the good fight.
THOSE who choose to live immoral lives view Christ as judgmental.
THOSE who choose a life of lies and treachery view Christ as their competitor.
THOSE who choose to live by the law view Christ as a stumbling block.
THOSE who choose to trust in man's wisdom view trust in Christ as foolishness.
THOSE who choose to acquire money, power, & rule over others view Christ as weak.
THOSE who choose to live as unbelievers view Christ as their enemy.
We now endure suffering by faith which we shall come to know is for our understanding and benefit!
Where once there was deception and darkness there will be light!
What is now beyond our comprehension will be revealed!
What seems impossible with us is possible with God!
What appears unjust will be justified!
What is unclear will become clear.
Truly we are not without hope
Remember Gods ways are above mans ways.
Life's adversities and our redemption are reconciled within
God's Eternal Love, Holiness, Righteousness, Wisdom, Justice,
Mercy, Grace, Redemption, Power, and Glory.
It's not about.......
Mans churches, denominations, spiritual organizations, or philosophies.
It's about Jesus Christ and being Born Again.
It's a personal relationship and Knowing For Yourself.
“It’s not about man’s religion, Churches, or Denominations - it never was”.
Dear Reader keep reading and you will soon understand why.
God: Established the Priesthood of Believers’. The Church: Jesus Christ, and Born Again Believers having the indwelling the Holy Spirit, our True Comforter, our True Teacher, our True Guide, His written Word and the Testimony of Creation.
The Church: The Family and Assembly of Fellow Believers.
The Church: Not about buildings, man’s priesthoods, or denominations.
What If: - Pastors no longer have to neglect their own wives and children?
- Pastors no longer have to fear preaching the truth to their church members?
- Pastors no longer have to be concerned with raising more and more money for the Church?
- Pastors no longer have to babysit those who never grow spiritually?
- Pastors no longer have to become involved in “church politics”?
- Pastors no longer have to deal with are the seats comfy, preparing perfect sermons to increase offerings, additional funding for building programs, daily expenses, oversee worship music, visiting the sick, parking lots, finding greeters, counseling church members, establishing sports and activity programs, summer bible schools, deal with hurt feelings, backbiting, planning building maintenance, just to name a few things pastors are responsible for.
What If: - Fathers were truly the spiritual leader of the Family as taught in Scriptures?
- Fathers provided for and protected their Families (spiritually and physically) cherishing their wives and children?
- Wives stood with their husbands co-equal in their responsibilities as ordained by God as clearly taught in Scriptures?
- What If: Wives and Husbands brought up their children as God instructed?
- Children absolutely knew their parents loved and cared for them?
- Children learned by the example of Godly parents?
- Children were taught to read and understand the Bible at an early age in the home, rather than from someone else?
- Children were instructed in the home how to discern truth and think for themselves. (Think about how this would form bonds between family members.)
How can a pastor or minister with a family truly be effective managing all of the above? The short answer they cannot. Why? Because it can only be achieved by following God's pattern for His Church and His Family.
"God's Church is the people of God organically connected to God. At Pentecost, when the Spirit breathed upon God’s people, this organic connection came to life. Thus we see terms for the church like: ‘living church,’ ‘body of Christ,’ seed planted that produces fruit 30, 60, 100 fold.’ When church is understood this way, its development becomes less about planning ‘how to build’ and much more about learning to facilitate the life cycle that is already inherent within it. The simple DNA of the living church is evident:
1. Intimacy with Christ. The abiding living relationship with God is at the core of our life with God and the life that grows out of the church (God’s people). Jesus did not invite us to follow a religion of rules, nor did he mandate an order of service or church structure to follow. He did ask us to follow him. Out of that flows all of the life, joy, and power that we need to live fully in him and for him.
2. Reaching out with love. The experience of being loved by the God of the universe produces an outward desire to love and reach others with the same Gospel love. This is not a project nor a program, but a way of life that involves an outbreak of Jesus’ love toward others.
3. Disciple making as a lifestyle. This is not about what we have to give to others, but it is about relationships in which we come alongside people while they discover that God speaks directly to them. We walk with them but the word and the Spirit of God become the teachers. The Bible, indeed, is far more powerful than we realize. It has the power to transform hearts and lives, all by itself, through the energizing of God’s Spirit.
4. Gathering simply and in a participatory manner. Gatherings are family-based and allow every person to grow spiritually, care for one another, and exercise spiritual gifts. Healthy missional-family gatherings continue to encourage the upward, inward, outward processes of loving God, blessing one another, and reaching out to others. What we do see in Scripture are many different types of gatherings which took place frequently, naturally, and often spontaneously… They took place in normal, everyday settings and they fit into the rhythm of everyday life.
5. Empower others to go, reach, disciple, and gather. This is the function of ‘leadership’ as it seeks to serve others who are becoming fruitful, vibrant, and reproductive. Everything is given away: spiritual authority, recognition, encouragement, opportunities to minister and serve. This leader empowers others so well that his or her own ministry goes virtually unrecognized. Where does one begin? It is difficult to get away from the idea that there must be a one-two-three blueprint to follow that will allow me to facilitate the growth of ‘a church.’ But it is more about lifestyle than planning and more about listening to God than following someone else’s map. Still, there is an intentionally that can move us forward. These five rhythms become essential to discovering how God would have us walk with Him in the growth of His church. There are many tools and methods for walking out each of these rhythms (perhaps a subject for another post), but through prayer and listening, God is able to lead us to those tools and methods that will be best for our context
These are the Five basic DNA elements of the living church and five rhythms to help guide us and when we are diligent about walking out these rhythms, God will lead:
1. Godward Rhythm: How can I root myself more deeply in His love?
2. Missional Rhythm: What field(s) am I assigned to sow in? Where is my Calcutta? Who is my next 'person of peace?'
3. Discipleship Rhythm: Who has God provided to mentor/disciple me? Who can I invite into a discovery, encounter with God through His word to walk alongside as he/she learns to follow God for himself or herself?
4. Community Rhythm: Who am I called to build one-another community with?
5. Reproductive Rhythm: How am I empowering my disciples & community to do the same (#1 - #4)?
Quotes are from the Simple/House Church Revolution book. Posted by Roger Thoman March 01, 2017
Time is running out for the traditional family not to mention God's pattern for His families. Both will view God's way as foreign and not workable in todays world. Yes even Christians, Pastors and Churches will more than likely say the same. How great will be God's condemnation upon Churches and Pastors that view this as a threat to their "profession" (or money raising) rather than what God would have for His Families of Believes (The Body of Christ) as we enter the latter days.
TO ALL DENOMINATIONS AND PASTORS - BEGIN TEACHING THIS NOW!
" Fathers, it is an honor and your responsibility from God. Teach and read daily from scriptures in the home. Pray with those in your family members together and individually. Administer blessings with the laying on of your hands in times of special needs and illness. Fathers baptize those in your family and others you have lead into the Body of Christ."
MEN, IF YOUR CHURCH, PASTOR, OR SPIRITUAL ORGANIZATION IS NOT TEACHING WHAT IS WRITTEN ABOVE, THEN BEGIN YOURSELF.
GOD ORDAINED YOU AS THE SPIRITUAL LEADER OF THE HOME. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AND OBLIGATION. IT DOES NOT REQUIRE OR DEPENDED ON ANY CHURCH OR ANY SO CALLED SPIRITUAL LEADER. THIS CALLING IS FROM GOD. NO APPROVAL FROM OTHERS IS NEEDED. Amen.
“ What we now accept as Christianity is vastly different from what first century Believers practiced and believed. Mans "Churches" have been instituted by men who "assumed to themselves authority" and "ordained one another" with their "priesthoods" to control others. Scriptures clearly teach the Church is: Jesus Christ, Believers, and their True Teacher, Comforter, and Guide, God's Holy Spirit! "
"Why then do we go to a mere man, when we can go directly to God through His Son, our High Priest?
We need to return to the pattern of the church as followed by first century Believers.”
WORKING OVERVIEW OF GODS PATTERN FOR HIS CHURCH AND FAMILIES:
Jesus Christ is born and begins His ministry fulfilling those things that were written of Him in the Old Testament.
Christ calls his apostles, The Gospel is preached by the Apostles (men who actually new and walked with Christ). The priesthood of Believers is established, Believers are the Church whom gather in homes with Christ as their High Priest and Saviour.
The Church Of God Is Formed:
Which is, Jesus Christ and Born Again Believers having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Our True Teacher, Our True Comforter, Our True Guide, with God's Written Word and the testimony of Creation.
Note: Use a search engine and look up how many times in the New Testament the "Church Of God" was used to identify Believers.
The Gospel of Repentance and Salvation is proclaimed to mankind down through the centuries but not all are reached.
We are saved by faith through Jesus Christ, are Born Again, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and are adoption as Sons and Daughters into the Kingdom of God. The early Church begins.
Believes grow in the gospel teaching their children and one another.
Men are the spiritual leader in the home supported and assisted by their wives who are their confidants, helpmates and partners.
Fathers teach, bless, and baptize their wife and children.
Families observe the lords supper in the home.
Families share the Gospel in their daily lives and when associating with others. Others accepting Christ then duplicate what they have experience, with others. Believers’ begin sharing the Good News, house to house, community to community, region to region into the known world.
Believers take care of their families in sickness, in health, and as they advance in age and come together (as an Assembly or group) to do the same for fellow Believers. Believers teach, help, and assist family members (and others) to become self sufficient and not to be a burden on others.
All of which is done in Christ name, in humility and grace, in such a way as to unite families and communities.
Much more can be said here but I leave it up to you Dear Reader to continue and come to know the ways the Family and others can benefit when God's Church is lived.
Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world. Apostles not understanding scatter when Christ is though dead.
The Temple Vail is torn (by God) from the top to the bottom signifying that we may approach God ourselves without the need of Priest, Ceremonies, Old Testament covenants, sin sacrifices, or Temples.
All of which and now fulfilled in Jesus Christ who was sent to reconcile us to God.
Apostles then gathered after the resurrected by Christ; Christ gives final instructions before ascending into Heaven; Apostles boldly teach throughout the world; Two were replaced by who had known Christ while He walked upon the earth; Priesthood of believers and church houses; First century Believers’ Assemble in house churches; Wolves and false teachings enter the Church; Believers go underground; Generations pass; and we now witness the decline of man centered Churches.
We now enter the end of the church age and have been warned to flee mans godless churches and the coming World Religion. Study the Scriptures “prove all things holding fast that which is good’, be not deceived, and be convinced yourself about these matters and their spiritual significance. Then armed with God’s truth and The Holy Spirit (our true Comforter, Teacher and Guide and the Written Word) you may stand against the Prince of this present Age and his followers.
Dear Reader, you should no longer be deceived by the failings and heresies within today's worldly compromised Christianity. Do we continue as in the past? God forbid. We have been admonished by God to flee Babylon so that we are not overcome by the deceptions and judgements which are coming upon the world. Do we fabricate and piece together yet another man made Church with self-ordained institutionalized priest and pastors....who in the end will be promoting a One World Religion?
Do we bow to a mega religion which morphed into some kind of hybrid spiritual philosophy, science based trans-humanism, gender neutral, progressive, all inclusive, emotion driven, there is no sin, truth is relevant, right is wrong, technocracy? Will you join the coming Unified World Religion Alliance,? God forbid.
Dear reader do you recall what occurred when Christ paid in full for our transgressions when he cried out “It is finished.” "After this Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." John 19:28-30 (KJV)
The Gospel of Repentance and Salvation is proclaimed to mankind: We are saved by faith through Jesus Christ, are Born Again, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and are adoption as Sons and Daughters into the Kingdom of God.
God's pattern for the Family and His Church
Our Creator, Our relationship Him, Our Families, Our Extended Family, Friends, Those Next Door, Communities, Towns, Cities, Nations, and the World.
The Family and Believers are under attack. Husbands and Wives divorcing leaving children to suffer the consequences "into the third and fourth generations." Families were a long ways from being perfect but it was better than the alternative.
Those who teach Fathers are not needed or the traditional family (one man and one women) is no longer acceptable are tragically un-informed. They are deluded, lack common sense, or are inspired by the Prince of this present world.
TO ALL FATHERS, MOTHERS AND CHURCHES:
IF YOU WILL HAVE IT HERE IS HOW THE FAMILY CAN BE RESTORED.
Make no mistake there has been a powerful, planed, well funded, deliberate, and successful effort to destroy Families. I am full persuaded that what you are now going to read is our only hope to save the traditional Family. Indeed, the traditional Family (especially a Biblically based Family) is so held in contempt and openly ridiculed one wonders if it can be restored?
The that said; Those coming from a loving traditional home cannot understand the emptiness of a home without a father or mother. There is no way of truly communicating the impact upon children. It would be like trying to explain to natives living in deepest part of a jungle that men and women are walking on the moon, sail in metal ships beneath the sea and have weapons that can instantly destroy great cities killing millions of people.
Being a good father can only be learned and truly understood by having a father who “lived it into you” so that you as a father, in turn “live it into the next generation.” Oh, you can read about it or see it in others but it requires experiencing a good family life to truly comprehend all the intricacies, emotions, quarreling, inter-relationships, lies, sacrifices, competition, disagreements, hurts, healing, name-calling, love, forgiveness, etc. all of which is to be kept under control, and shepherded by Godly parents. Oh, you didn’t know that?
Family life is not for the inexperienced, week or simple minded. Experiencing a good family life where “growing pains” are properly contained, dealt with, and used in the maturing process is critical to raising children. Without a good family life with its failures and successes a person from a fatherless home will experience years of immaturity with inherited negative effects of growing up without a father. The traditional family unit of one man and one women is now looked up as outdated and marriage is being re-defined to accept group marriages, same sex marriages, and adults marrying children, as equally valid.
When I think of those who have suffered because of broken homes and violent upbringing it brings great sadness and anger. I am astounded to see or read where supposedly educated people (including many churches) who define the modern family as any multiple of persons regardless of their sex (male with male or female with female) or their perverted carnal predispositions now having the legal right to adopt babies and children. If you disagree with this folly you will be sharply criticized. If you do not support this new definition of family you are labeled as intolerant and by law need to be re-educated.
Dear Reader please follow me here. I am now going to present something which we have lost relating to how men (after God’s own heart) bond to wives and children establishing a loving enlightened home. And how boys become men and how a men becomes a Father.
The family has been under attack for so long one wonders if we have lost the ability to adequately define it. Is it still possible to re-establish the essential spiritual elements of family life? Do we have the discernment to recognize the importance of family as God views it? Are we ready to do what needs to be done to save it?
The following analogy is based on Scriptures and given for our edification.
HOW CAN BOYS BECOME GOOD MEN AND GOOD MEN BECOME GOOD FATHERS?
WE SHALL BEGIN HERE:
We hear today of women being ordained as priest, ministers, Bishops and other positions or starting their own Churches with their priesthoods. The scriptures give examples of women anointed and chosen by God to serve in various capacities and callings but not ordained as a Minister or in positions of Leadership over Believers. If a situation arises where a women have accepted Christ and there is no existing believing man to function as a pastor then a woman may serve as a coordinator and teacher sharing and teaching the plan of salvation until a man who is a Born Again Believer is found to teach the True Pattern Of Gods Church And Family.
Like many others I often wondered why only men were ordained as pastors and leaders in the church. Truly God does not do things haphazardly. There must be reasons why He establishes boundaries and defined responsibilities? What could they be? Women have one of the greatest gifts granted from God. They are called to participate with Him in delivering a new life (a spirit, mind, body) into this world. The birthing process lasting nine months with all its emotional highs and lows, trials, and trauma of giving birth, establishes a lifetime bond between mother and child which a man cannot experience nor truly relate to. He can only remain near offering what comfort and support he can. Here we may understand why in Gods eternal plan men are ordained and are held responsible to be the Spiritual Father of the family and serve as Pastor/Leader “Father” to the body of the church.
Why you ask? "And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Luke 1:17"
Because this is how a man participates in the birthing process. Now please consider carefully. The Mother is ordained to bear, give birth and sustain her children participating with God in His eternal plan of bringing souls into the world. The Father is ordained to be the spiritual leader of the family providing protection and spiritual instruction to the family with the end result being that they understand their relationship with God, are spiritually Born Again and have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit all of which are explained in Scriptures by which Fathers (men) participate in God’s eternal plan of bringing souls into the world and the Kingdom of God.
Now we see how a man becomes a father after Gods own heart. By teaching and being with his children, modeling his life based on faith in Jesus Christ and keeping the commandments. Through “living” these principles the Father now truly bonds with his children and Mother remains near offering support, advice and comfort. He is the true Father we would like to have and a blessing to the Mother and their Children. It is here men also mature socially becoming an asset not only to his family but to all those around him.
In Gods wisdom men are called as the spiritual leader of the family responsible to love, teach, and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ together as a family adopted into the Kingdom of God. This responsibility reaches beyond to extended members of the family and those unaware of the promise of salvation, to be shepherded “Fathered” and “Born Again”.
When it’s done Gods way the bond between a Father, Wife and Children will stand the test of time. With homes such as these Wives, Sons, and Daughters will respect and honor their Father and the wisdom they inherit as they are loved, taught and witness to his walking sincere commitment to Jesus Christ. They will acknowledging him before men and God. I invite you to study this matter until you are fully persuaded of its validity and need to be followed in Christian Churches.
Mothers by their God give instinct take naturally to caring for their child.
For Wives: Fathers (who would do what has been written here) need your support because of how they may have been raised and because secular society war against the family and in particular men to deliberately destroy the family.
He will make mistakes along the way. He will lovingly care for and discipline the children (especially the boys) differently than you which is natural and how God intended it. Be ready to step back, observe, support him and give advise in private, in humility, and then step back.
But know this: Your children will turn out for the best as long as you "both" overcome your shortcomings and walk in the light of Christ. Do not expect perfection, it will not happen in this fallen world for Him, You, or the Children. But then you knew that?
* By the end of the first year children are able to eat solid food, have begun to talk, and possess cognitive abilities. They are ready to be instructed as appropriate for their age continuing to the age of accountability being about eight years dependent on their natural abilities. Having been spiritually shepherded by their Father and Mothers children will be ready to exercise their decision to join the body of Believes.
Dear Reader this is a serious matter. I hope you will forgive my shortcomings in addressing such a important subject. Please prayerfully consider what has been written and search the Scriptures so that you may Know For Yourself. Any other way is of Men, and will fail.
An open letter to all Christian Denominations, Pastors, Priest, Seminaries, Church Leaders, other Religions, spiritual organizations, and philosophies, including non-believers.
The need for returning to God's Pattern for His Church and Family (not mans) is of great importance. The falling away of Christian Churches is undeniable to Believers and non-believers.
WHAT IS WRITTEN IS NOT SAYING CHURCHES CANNOT BE USED OF GOD. "NO". GOD CAN AND WILL USE WHOM HE CHOOSES (INDIVIDUALLY OR COLLECTIVELY) TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSES AS ATTESTED IN WORD AND DEEDS IN BOTH OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT WRITINGS.
THAT SAID, WHAT WE CALL CHURCHES HAVE TRAGICALLY FAILED BECAUSE THEY CHOOSE NOT FOLLOW "GOD'S PATTERN FOR HIS CHURCH AND THE FAMILY". WHICH HAS GIVEN RISE TO BELIEVERS BEING DIVIDE ONE AGAINST ANOTHER (DENOMINATIONS) THEREBY PREVENTING BELIEVERS FROM COMING TOGETHER AS ONE ASSEMBLY (BODY) AND (FAMILY) IN CHRIST OF WHICH WE HAVE BEEN WARNED IN SCRIPTURE. DO NOT BE DECEIVED THE PRINCE OF THIS WORLD WILL USE SPIRITUAL DISUNITY AND THE DESTRUCTION OF THE FAMILY TO ESTABLISH THE COMING END TIME GODLESS WORLD RELIGION, OF WHICH WE HAVE BEEN FOREWARNED.
EACH DENOMINATION HAS IT"S OWN "ASSUMED" MAN ORDAINED PRIESTHOOD (AUTHORITY), DISTINGUISHING DOCTRINES, AND TRADITIONS. ALL OF WHICH IS IN DIRECT VIOLATION TO CHRIST COMMANDMENT AND TEACHINGS ADMONISHING CHRISTIANS TO BE AS ONE, AS HE (CHRIST) IS ONE, WITH THE FATHER.
I ADMONISH ALL TO TRULY AND PRAYERFULLY SEEK THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OUR TRUE GUIDE, OUR TRUE TEACHER, OUR TRUE COMFORTER, ALONG WITH GOD'S WRITTEN WORD. SO THAT YOU MAY "KNOW FOR YOURSELF" REGARDING WHAT HAS BEEN WRITTEN HERE.
DEAR READER, THESE THINGS ARE NOT HIDDEN AND ARE CLEARLY FOUND IN GOD'S WORD. IT'S ALL THERE JUST AS SALVATION BY GRACE WAS CLEARLY GIVEN.
BUT BECAUSE OF THE HARDNESS OF THEIR HEARTS, PRIDE, GREED, MEN'S DESIRE FOR PRIESTHOODS AND POWER OVER OTHERS, IT TOOK OVER ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED YEARS TO PIERCE THE DARKNESS FOR GOD'S GRACE AND FORGIVENESS OF SIN (NOT BY WORKS, RITUALS, OR PRIEST) TO BE FULLY UNDERSTOOD, AND ACCEPTED. Unbelievable!
I HAVE NO "DEGREES" AND AM NOT SKILLED IN THE ART OF WRITING. BUT IF YOU (I HOPE HAVING GREATER ABILITIES) FIND YOURSELF FULLY PERSUADED OF THESE MATTERS I ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO BETTER. SHARE IT WITH OTHERS. FEEL FREE TO USE ANYTHING ON THIS SITE IMPROVING UPON WHAT I HAVE TRIED TO SHARE. REMEMBERING IT'S ABOUT SHARING GOD'S PATTERN FOR HIS CHURCH AND CHRISTIAN FAMILIES. NOT MAN'S CHURCHES, SPIRITUAL PHILOSOPHIES, OR MAN'S FORMULAS OR REASONING.
THESE THINGS HAVE BEEN UPON MY SPIRIT, MIND, AND HEART. THIS IS MY STAND, MY CALLING, AGAINST THE PRICE OF THIS WORLD. God is my judge. Amen.
The (two) post below "Returning to God's Pattern for His Church", and "Returning to God's Pattern for His Family", are the most important on this website and are provided to shared with Believers, Evangelist, Christian Leaders, Seminaries, Pastors, Elders, Teachers, and non-Christian. May they awaken Believers (and non-believers) as to the seriousness of what is now happening in the world and the need to return to God's ways not man's.
The Message Of God's Plan of Salvation is being redefined by false teachings within man's Churches by those seeking to re-image God and the world after their own making. What then shall we do as Christians, Parents, Church Members, Pastors, and Church Leaders?
We must return to God's pattern for His Church which is - Jesus Christ and Born Again Believers having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Our True Teacher, Our True Guide, Our True Comforter, along with God's Written Word and the testimony of Creation. This is The Church and Kingdom Of God on earth.
This is the order of the Church and how Believers participate in sharing God's word: First our relationship with God, Second our Family, Third our extended Families, then Neighbors, Community, Nation and the World. This then is God's plan for us (individually and collectively) to take part in the Great Commission.
Ponder this carefully to truly understand and apprehend the wisdom in Gods Pattern. How it endows men and women with the knowledge, testimony, spiritual understanding, and boldness to share the message of salvation "BECAUSE IT WAS LIVED INTO THEM."
Mans churches failed the family.
Men's Churches appropriated to themselves what God foreordained were the responsibilities of the Father as (the spiritual leader and teacher) and Wife as Mother (and first counselor) in the home.
The True Christian Church is the Body of Believers, Families in Christ, the Living Breathing Church of God.
1 PETER 2:9 K.J.V.
BUT YE ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION, A ROYALL PRIESTHOOD, AND HOLY NATION, A PECULIAR PEOPLE; THAT YE SHOULD SHEW FORTH THE PRAISE OF HIM WHO CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT;...
Man's end time Churches, Religions, and spiritual philosophies, are filled with Pride, lust for Power, False Teachings, False Worship, Idolatry, Blasphemy, and all manner of grievous sins of the flesh, of which we have been forewarned.
Again, what is the Biblical definition of the Church of God?
The Church is: Jesus Christ and Born Again Believers having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit , Our True Guide, Our True Teacher, Our True Comforter, having God's Written Word and the Testimony of Creation.
It is not about mans religions, mans self defined spirituality or ornate buildings to worship in. Christ did not say build wood and stone buildings to worship in, construct meeting halls, basketball courts, set up special events and soul winning programs designed after man's ways. Have Christian rock music festivals, promote superstar pastors, conferences, establishing and organizing so many programs that they detract from our first responsibility, our family. Such "programs and formulas" are man's ways shadows and substitutes for what God truly desires.
Which is? That we abide in Him and He in us, that we may be one. Jesus Christ did not come to establish a Religion He openly taught against Religion. The Church is defined in Scripture as Individual Believers having a committed personal relationship with Jesus Christ the head of the Church who fellowship with one another. The Church today would do well to consider the early Church grounded in Jesus Christ, keeping His commandments, based on the family (ordained by God) with the Husband as the spiritual leader with his Wife at his side. Together as one, instructing their sons and daughters, their extended family, sharing the Good News with others and fellowshipping together. "For we are laborers together with God. You are God's husbandry, you are God's building (His Church)." Please read I Corinthians 3:4-11 and know for yourself.
"We must have a new reformation. There must come a violent break with that irresponsible, amusement-mad, pagan type of pseudo-religion which passes today for the faith of Christ and which is being spread all over the world by spiritual men employing un-scriptural methods to achieve their ends." "A Church fed on excitement is no New Testament Church at all. The desire for surface stimulation is a sure mark of our fallen nature, the very thing Christ died to deliver us from. Aiden Wilson Tozer
Jesus Christ is the Church and all who truly believe and follow Him are it's members.
History reveals to us that from the beginning (and now) evil men (children of the Prince of this fallen world) seek to compromise and destroy Christianity causing terrible spiritual and physical suffering by deliberately withholding God's plan of reconciliation, peace, and redemption through Jesus Christ. Truly this is not what God intended or what true Believers should do.
Wolves have entered the Church, Seminaries, Bible Colleges, and Christian Organizations thereby leading many astray. I do not write these thing to be unnecessarily negative or discourage you but to awaken you, to the seriousness of the spiritual warfare which is now being waged for men's souls, minds, and bodies.
Do not be deceived by those who deliberately teach false doctrines openly rejecting the plain teachings of Jesus Christ. They seek to establish "there religions", priesthoods, philosophies, spiritual organizations and governments. They "knowingly" reject truth then using deception and flattery deceive even the elect, of which we have been forewarned. If you find yourself in such an organization, which after being shown their errors will not repent, humbly bear witness of man's Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and that we are to keep His commandments. Not that we are saved by good works for we are saved by the Grace of God which now by our good works bear testimony of our new life in Christ. For those good works we now do come freely from our Love of God, not by fear of the need to follow the Law. Consider this carefully. Pray for Church leaders, it's members, and depart in peace.
Are we saying not to join a church? We are saying before joining any church, religious organization, or spiritual philosophy, pray, search the scriptures, understand the principles of salvation and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Carefully research their fundamental beliefs. Do they follow the teachings of Christ? Is the Bible used as the final authority for sermons and other instruction? Is the Bible being taught book by book, chapter by chapter, line upon line, precept upon precept? Do they modify or reject the clear teaching of Scriptures in order to be more accepted by the world? Is there a sense of reverence, order, love, and a passion for the truths of God's Word? Do they acknowledge the fundamental principles of the Gospel: The Deity of Jesus Christ; The Virgin Birth; Christ Atoning Sacrifice for our sins; Christ Bodily Resurrection and His returning to establish the Kingdom of God? The gift of the Holy Spirit, in-errancy of Scriptures; that we are to keep God's commandments (knowing that all will fall short and rely upon God's plan of salvation), the need to be Born Again, the Resurrection, and that each of us will stand in judgment before God to give account of our life upon the earth?
Trust your eternal destiny only to God, not churches, spiritual organizations, pastors, priest, spiritual leaders, philosophy, astrology, reincarnation, emotions, works, occult teachings or power, traditions, man's writings, signs, wonders, spirits, secular leaders, or mans so called science. No, none of them! ONLY GOD. And most importantly do they teach the Priesthood of Believers, that Fathers are the Spiritual Leader of the Family, that fathers should council, teach, baptize family members, bless members of their family, pray for those who are sick by the laying on of hands, and other fundamental truths regarding God's pattern for the Christian family which are not taught in mans churches, of which you will become aware as you explore this site.
If they do not and will not, does this mean God cannot use them? God forbid. God in His infinite wisdom can and does further His plan of Salvation despite man's corruption and open defiance. Nevertheless they have taken upon themselves a calling and responsibilities that God ordained fathers (and their Wives) are ordained by God to do, thereby preventing God's Pattern for Christian Families from being established.
Do not be deceived. If Christians (and non-Christians) do not stand against the organized promotion of evil, deception, corruption and death that is no spreading throughout the world, they like first century Christians will need to leave man's fallen churches and establish Home Churches. Then as persecution increases they will be forced to Assemble secretly (Underground Churches) to fellowship with other True Believers (risking imprisonment or death) which is now happening and will increase.
Returning to the original pattern of the Gods Church will be the Last Revival and Reformation before the return of Messiah.
IT HAS BEGUN
It's Not about Religion And Never Was.
How did it happen?
Those who teach all religions lead to the same God serve the Prince of this world. Such teachings are derived from feelings or by design leading to a misdirected desire for a new-age-humanistic "oneness." Is it any wonder the world is spiritually destitute and plunging into moral oblivion?
Nonetheless it was agreed by those in positions of influence not to hurt anyone’s "feelings". They have been very careful not to define what "is" actually “is”, or what is real or what is an allusion, what is true or what is not true, or what is right or wrong. We have been taught truth is relevant. My truth is not necessarily your truth therefore we must be tolerant regardless of how many truths are found, or how we feel about them, whatever they may be?
The Prince of this world and his followers teach if you do not “feel” or “believe” something is true than for you it’s not true. It is your right to define truth as you think, believe, or feel it is, and it is your right to define, teach, and defend your truth regardless of the same self-reasoned truths of others because each is as valid as yours and everyone else's.
There now. We can all safely go back to our self-defined comfortable deceptions and everything will take care of itself. Everything will be just roses and we will all be happy? Of course we all know “it's” not true? Don’t we?
Sadly many go through life believing truth is relevant never asking the question: Is that true? The statement that truth is relevant declares itself as relevant, therefore has no validity.
Consider the following poem that was written in - 1936.
“The Church and the World walked far apart; On the changing shores of time, The World was singing a giddy song, And the Church a hymn sublime. “Come, give me your hand,” said the merry World, “And walk with me this way!” But the faithful Church hid her gentle hands And solemnly answered “Nay! I will not give you my hand at all, And I will not walk with you; Your way is the way that leads to death; Your words are all untrue.”
“Nay, walk with me but a little space,” Said the World with a kindly air; “The road I walk is a pleasant road, And the sun shines always there. Your path is thorny and rough and rude, But mine is broad and plain; My way is paved with flowers and dew, And yours with tears and pain. The sky to me is always blue, No want , no toil I know; The sky above you is always dard, Your lot is a log of woe. There's room enough for you and me to travel side by side."
Half shyly the Church approached the World And gave him her hand of snow; And the old World grasped it and walked along, Saying, in accents low: “Your dress is too simple to please my taste; I will give you pearls to wear, Rich velvet's and silks for your graceful form, And diamonds to deck your hair.”
The Church looked down at her plain white robes, And then at the dazzling World, And blushed as she saw his handsome lip With a smile contemptuous curled. “I will change my dress for a costlier one,”
Said the Church, with a smile of grace; Then her pure white garments drifted away, And the World gave, in their place, Beautiful satins and shining silks, Roses and gems and costly pearls; While over her forehead her bright hair fell Crisped in a thousand curls. “Your house is too plain,” said the proud old World, “I’ll build you one like mine; With walls of marble and towers of gold, And furniture ever so fine.”
So he built her a costly and beautiful house; Most splendid it was to behold; Her sons and her beautiful daughters dwelt there Gleaming in purple and gold. Rich fairs and shows in the halls were held, And the World and his children were there. Laughter and music and feasts were heard In the place that was meant for prayer. There-were cushioned seats for the rich and the gay, To sit in their pomp and pride; But the poor who were clad in shabby array, Sat meekly down outside.
“You give too much to the poor,” said the World. “Far more than you ought to do If they are in need of shelter and food, Why need it trouble you? Go, take your money and buy rich robes, Buy horses and carriages fine; Buy pearls and jewels and dainty food, Buy the rarest and costliest wine. My children, they dote on all these things, And if you their love would win You must do as they do, and walk in the ways That they are walking in.” So the poor were turned from her door in scorn, And she heard not the orphan’s cry; But she drew her beautiful robes aside, As the widows went weeping by.
Then the sons of the World and the Sons of the Church walked closely hand and heart, And only the Master, who knows all, Could tell the two apart. Then the Church sat down at her ease, and said, “I am rich and my goods increase; I have need of nothing, or aught to do, But to laugh, and dance, and feast.” The sly World heard, and he laughed in his sleeve, And mockingly said, aside: “The Church is fallen, the beautiful Church; And her shame is her boast and her pride.”
The angel drew near to the mercy seat, And whispered in sighs her name; Then the loud anthems of rapture were hushed, And heads were covered with shame. And a voice was heard at last by the Church From Him who sat on the throne: “I know thy works, and how thou hast said, ‘I am rich, and hast not known That thou art naked, poor and blind, And wretched before my face;’ Therefore from my presence cast I thee out, And blot thy name from its place.”
Matilda C. Edwards Best Loved Poems (Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing, 1936), pages 345-347. Not listed among those that required reprint permission.