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Who Do I Think I Am?

19But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. 20For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:)

27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. (1Cor 12:)



There are Pastors who dedicate their lives to their flock. I know of Pastors who will get up from their sick bed and endure pain in order to visit someone in need (even those not of their flock). There are Pastors who pray for the sick and wounded, and those they pray for are made whole.

I hear Pastors preach messages that bring me to tears they are so well spoken. I hear Pastors who can give a sermon that is right on when it comes to seeing the Scriptures in a true light. I hear Pastors who encourage their congregation to repent and get themselves straight with the Lord or there will be consequences to be paid.


I see and hear these things. And I believe them to be truly spoken and from the heart.


So, who am I to criticize these Pastors who are doing such a fine job of fulfilling their responsibilities? Who do I think I am that I should speak as if these Pastors are not all they should be?


We know, you, me, all of us, that all Pastors are not like the ones described above. There are those only concerned with their own reputation, or the money they can receive from being a preacher, or who have merely selected the pastorate as an occupation out of a list of jobs available.

But none of these are my concern.

When I teach a class, I teach to those who have signed on as students wanting to learn. I don't teach as if to someone who wanders off the street.

The Bible also does not speak to those of the World, nor to the scoffers, but to the Body of Christ, the church.

But while the Bible speaks to the Church, it also speaks of, and warns against those who have joined into the Church as if one of them, and tries to undermine the Church.

The Bible also speaks to those who are sincerely working to further the Church and direct the Church to the Lord.


In this same way, I speak to Ministers of the Word.

It is those Ministers who are seeking the best for their flock, and who are striving to seek the Lord to whom I write.


Paul said there are various gifts, that is jobs, given to various people in the Church. Not everyone is to be an Elder. Not everyone is to be a Teacher. And certainly not everyone is to be a Pastor.

An usher in the Church responds to, and follows the direction of the Pastor. He does not collect an offering whenever he feels like it, but waits until he is told to collect the offering.

Depending on the church, a Pastor does not rule the church, but is either a part of a headship who rules, or is hired by that headship. In other words, the Pastor is not an emperor, but he is part of the body the same way as is the usher.


In the body of the Church there are those who have been given feet, that is they are chosen by one means or another to be Missionaries.

Another in the Church body is given the power of Prayer. That person can move a congregation with their prayers or their singing.


In the Church body there are also those who have been given ears, and those who have been given eyes. We refer to those with eyes as Prophets, in other words, they have been given the gift of seeing what God is doing, and what He desires of His Church.


Moses stood in the stead of God. But though He was as God to the people, he did not speak to the people. Moses had someone who represented the "mouth" of God, Aaron, the High Priest.

Aaron, as the Minister to the people, or the Pastor if you will, although he spoke the words of God, he was unable on his own to see or to hear the words of God. Before he spoke to the people, he had to wait until Moses told him what God wanted him to say.


In the Bible we have many examples of Prophets. And within these examples we have examples of what a Prophet's job is, what is expected of him.

We have Elijah, and Elisha, and Ezekiel: all the way up to the last of the Old Testament Prophets, John the Baptist.


There are certain patterns we see in the lives of the Prophets. The first pattern we see is that their job was to instruct the headship of God's people and get them back on track. And we see in this headship, that whatever they choose to do or to teach, is the direction God's people go. So in order to get His people back on the straight and narrow, God dealt, not with the people, but with the leaders of the congregation.


The second pattern we see presented by these Prophets is that the headship of God's people did not listen to the words of the spokesmen He sent them. We also see this exemplified in the many parables Jesus spoke to the headship in His time.

Not content with merely ignoring the words of the Prophets, thereby the Words of God, these leaders found it necessary to persecute, and even try and kill the Prophet sent to them.

And we find in the Old Testament that the more corrupt and self-directed a leader of the congregation was, the more power they held.

Again, we find this so in the time of Jesus. Although we know that not all Pharisees and Rulers were in opposition to Jesus, and in fact some were secretly His disciple, their fear of the corrupt and the most powerful of the Pharisees kept the believers in the background.

Elijah, hiding for fear of his life because as he saw it everyone was corrupt and out to kill him, was told by God that He had 7,000 reserved in Israel who did not fit this category.


All in the Church are not ears or eyes. Not all are Pastors or Preachers. And not all Pastors are Prophets, that is, although they have the mouth to speak the Words of God, they are not the ones who necessarily have the understanding of the Words God wants the Pastor to preach.


4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. (1Cor 12:)


17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. (1Cor 12:)


There is an abundance of extraBiblical literature being passed off as being sent by God that supposedly supercedes the Words in the Bible. And the World (and many of the churches) run to these for guidance into the ways of the Lord.

For fear of falling into this same trap, and for even more fear that their parishioners will fall away from the "truth" of the Gospel, parameters are set within which all must remain.

On the surface, this sounds like the correct procedure to follow. However, if this were true, then there would only be one church and set of beliefs that have existed since the founding of the Church. Seeing that each denomination has seen fit somewhere in its history to break away from its parent church and the set of beliefs it follows, this is essentially proven a misnomer.


By the mere evidence that we are not all Roman Catholic (or whatever the Church might have been called before this), and that even the Roman Catholics are constantly changing their views, it is a relatively indisputable fact that the churches believe in further enlightenment on the Bible.

We, those of us who "supposedly" do not use extraBiblical texts, acknowledge the fact that the Bible can not be altered or reinterpreted. Because of this fact, whatever doctrines are originally established for a church or denomination remains essentially the same until it is changed (consider the Lutheran and the Episcopal churches of recent days).

Due to these tight restrictions in any church, all gifts of the Spirit (except tongues in many) are allowed and encouraged. This is especially true of the "mouth," that being the preaching and the teaching of the Word.

However, there is one gift not allowed in any of the churches because it does not fit into the parameters of the church doctrines, and that is the ears and the eyes of the Church.


Jesus and the Apostles had to deal with the leaders not allowing a clarification of God's Word being presented, neither to them, nor to the congregation. The tight understandings of tradition must prevail at all costs was the view of the church fathers. The result of such a view can easily be seen by observing history.

As I have shown above, it is evident that all churches believe in new enlightenment on the Scriptures, just as long as those enlightenments remain securely in the boundaries of their doctrines.

God does not see boundaries. Nor does He regard our doctrines, regardless of how fine we think them to be. Jesus made it perfectly clear what God thinks of the traditions and the doctrines of men.


In Daniel we read this, a declaration of what is to occur just before the Tribulation. And I think we all agree that these are the days just before the Tribulation (except those who believe this is the Tribulation, or who believe we are in the Millennium).


4But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (Dan 12:)


Knowledge shall be increased.

Of course we assume this to mean Worldly knowledge will increase. But this is not necessarily so.

Before the twentieth century little thought was given to the end times or the Book of Revelation because nothing existed that seemed to indicate such events could ever take place. Today this is no longer true. In fact, we now have so much evidence that everything of eschatology can take place, we wonder why it hasn't happened already.

New situations create new a awareness. And new a awareness causes us to reevaluate what we know, and to concentrate our attention on elements of the Bible that we passed over in previous readings.

Someone who has been diagnosed with cancer suddenly finds themself gleaning every word they can regarding hope, healing and prayer.


In the past God has apparently "winked" at the church's failure to drive their congregation to repentance and perfection. Then, during the latter part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20st century a new enthusiasm was instilled into the church, which some refer to as the "Latter Rain." During this time sermons took on a "fire and brimstone" atmosphere, while prayer, healings and intense calls to salvation were in abundance. There was a drive during that time to bring people to salvation, and to thrust those who were saved toward perfection.


In the natural, after a strong rain, and the floods subside, what is left is desolation and decay. We see this exemplified time after time in the Pentateuch and the Book of Judges. God will do a mighty work, and when He lets up His restraint, everything falls into disarray.

The Modern World, in spite of our thinking otherwise, is no different. When the Latter Rains had passed, so had the determination to serve God and follow the road of perfection. The sermons lost their flare and their fire, and became directed toward filling the pews, and to this end: what God could do for Man, rather than what Man must do for God.

When little is expected, little is forthcoming.


The churches that had been created during these times of enthusiasm are divided into two camps. One of these camps is referred to as "Cults" by the "Traditional Churches" (even though many of these "traditional" churches were created at the same time or far later than the "non Traditional" churches). For the most part the "unacceptable" churches have a far stronger missionary zeal and drive toward obedience to God than do the traditional churches, many of which who are sinking into an attitude of permissiveness in both their laity, and in their leadership.

After a storm, things begin to rot.

Unfortunately, when confronted with an environment of corruption, we tend to accept our circumstances, and to make the best of what we have available. Over time, we become so accustomed to making do with what we have, that we create a home for ourselves in that environment.

Wives continuing to live in an abusive situation; The little boy found locked in a box and left in the desert by his parents, who refused to be taken away from his parents; The Catholic church and its history of devolvement into corruption. These illustrate man's nature to reach to the bottom when released from tight restrictions and given no further light to follow, or who deny the light they are given. Again: Jesus, the Light, rejected by those in leadership over His Church.


In these days of corruption, in the World, in the government, in the schools, in the media; we find this same corruption has been creeping into the church while backs were turned. Now, no longer wishing to keep our backs to the situation, we see little that can be done about the World other than to possibly cry out against what we see, or/and to cling to our parishioners in effort to save a few from that corruption.

In the natural we move in the direction we are facing. If we stare at the refrigerator we are trying to avoid, we will eventually end up in the refrigerator. As we concentrate on the World and its problems, we become unaware that we are slowly rolling toward the same predicament as the World has fallen into. We see churches daily falling farther and farther from the standards they once set, and deeper into waters they cried out against in the not to distance past. And we wonder how this could happen, not aware that we are not far behind these very same churches.

The frog in the boiling pot.


With all sincerity we can do that which we would never allow in ourselves and others, because we have taken a tiny blind step in the wrong direction, that ultimately ends up as a leap into oblivion.

And if that step is taken by a leader, the Pastor, the one who is proclaiming the dictates of God, where must we expect their listeners to find themselves?


It is the sincere I speak to in my studies. Those who blatantly follow their own ways I can do nothing about. My hope is that someone will, by reading these studies, see where he or she has gone a bit off the straight and narrow because they have been locked into the doctrines and the traditions of the church.


I seek to disclose the blind spots all of us have. Being human, we have human weaknesses. But the Pastor of a church is not allowed to have intentional blind spots in their understanding and the preaching of the Word.

My concern is that those who are ministering to God's people are not seeking the Truth, but are content to preach that which is easy, that which has been established and acceptable by others rather than allow the Holy Spirit to direct them into Truth.

It only takes a pebble to knock a bicycle off the road. Train robbers used a slight loosening of spikes, unseen by the engineer, to derail a mighty freight train. A tiny defective seal explodes a rocket ship.

In this same way what might seem as a Pastor's minor "explanation" of the Word, a clarification of God's meaning, could very easily be seen by the congregation as God's true meaning. We use this method, called fables or nursery rhymes, but what the Bible calls "old wive's tales" to explain difficult concepts to children.

One little alteration of the truth leads to another. Eventually rather than clarification of the Word, we have entertainment presented to the congregation under the guise of God's Word. As an excellent example of how extreme this can become, and how sold even the Pastors can become on obvious myths, read: Fantasies, Fables and Traditions: Lucifer, the Making of a Doctrine.

Realize, that if any part of a concept is a falsehood, then the validity of all other doctrines held by the preacher of such a doctrine comes into question. Those who question the veracity of the Pastor or church doctrine, yet remain a part of that church, will likely give little credence to anything stated by the church or the Bible. Those who recognize the falsehood of what they hear, but do not question it, will have the same regard for the Scriptures as a child does for the Easter bunny. And those who do not recognize at all the false claims of the church are not listening or simply don't care because they are not truly a part of the body, but rather they are merely doing what they see as their duty by attending church.

Who are you preaching to?

Jesus berated the elders of the Church, not for murder or theft (which He well could have), but for the washing of cups and the wearing of enlarged borders: small things that helped cover the Truth:


23Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. (Mat 23:)


Jesus spoke in parables. It is easy to suppose that we too may speak in "parables." However, when we tell a story as if that story is the very words of God, or that relate an explanation as if it was God's intent, yet it is not clearly stated in the Word, then we fall into preaching entertainment, and not the Gospel:


2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. (2Tim 4:)


Applause and laughter in the church often distresses me.

I love a good sermon, and some of the best I have heard were by preachers who spoke with a bent toward the comedic. However, when it is the Pastor who is giving his sermon who induces the laughter, I sometimes cringe.

Laughter and applause causes our ego to desire more of the same. For this reason the sermons are very likely to take on an air of entertainment rather than the Word. Also, a bit of humor can steal the nugget of the message that is being preached from the listeners of that message.

Along with this, while the Pastor is professing that his sermons are coming from God Himself, they are obviously being written by man when they induce in the hearer that which brings forth human responses rather than the Spiritual.

The preacher of such sermons are very likely to fall into a habit of preaching to those with "itching ears" rather than to those seeking the Truth.

Does the above mean I am against levity? Not at all. But it should always be kept in mind the reason for the body coming together: not to satisfy the flesh, but rather to be with one another in the Spirit.

Bible readings and singing performed by the choir and the laity that is applauded robs the effort of its Godly intent. Is the song and the reading to the Lord? Or is it to the congregation? If the intent is that it should be to the Lord, then the applause of the congregation becomes its reward.

I have seen churches where applause has become such a mechanical practice that even slide presentations and movies were applauded by the entire congregation. This inert behavior that is a part of just about every church: canned sermons, sleepy-eyed attendees, ritualistic readings from booklets and bulletins, domination of social events, and many other such "niceties" have reduced the churches to no more than a PTA meeting or a talent show.


9A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.(Gal 5:)


Leaven permeates. In order to do its work, which is to expand itself, it rots. In a loaf of bread the intention of leaven is to cause the bread to look bigger than it actually is, and to appear more pleasing to the eye and the taste. But leaven has no healthy substance in itself.

We are told to beware of leaven. We think of leaven as sin. And sin we think of blatant disobedience to God. But sin is "missing the mark." As a Pastor, what is the mark you are to hit? Are you deviating at all from the purpose you are given to accomplish? And just what is that purpose you have been given? Have you bothered to define it?


33Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. (Mat 12:)


6Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. . . . .12Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. (Mat 13:)


In the days of Jesus it was the leaders, the teachers, the rulers of the Church who were spreading the leaven Jesus warned about. If you are teaching any form of falsehood, even though it seems to help direct the congregation toward the Truth, you are in fact spreading leaven. And keep in mind, the congregation will cling to the leaven, and miss the substance of what you are preaching. One example of this is in that you, as a Pastor, can preach a perfectly clear message on a topic, and do so many times, but what the congregation will remember is what they heard in a song, or saw in a movie.

This is also true of their reading of the Bible. Although a parishioner may read the Bible many times over, what they read is not what is before them, but rather they read into it what they have been taught by the church the passage's meaning.

I am sure you, as a Pastor, have seen many preachers and leaders of various churches who have been indoctrinated in this same way by a school they have attended, or by the church they grew up in. You recognize the error in their thinking.

But, have you considered that you have also been so influenced by your own circumstances? Have you bothered to reevaluate all you have been taught in the Light of the Lord's guidance through the Holy Spirit?

The log and the Mote. Our physical eyes face outward and judge what they see; but our Spiritual eyes look inward and judges what It sees. Which eyes are you making use of?


It is important that Pastors remain right on track when they preach the Word. It is possible that a very small percentage of the congregation could glean something from what you say. But whether they do or not, when you stand before the Lord, at least you won't have to fear Him pointing an accusing finger at you for poor Sheparding.


13But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. (Mat 23:)


There is an ever-expanding tendency for the churches to teach that when a person has been baptized and repeated the sinner's prayer that they are part of God's family, and can never depart from that position, even if they become corrupt criminals. Some preachers try to work around this doctrine by stating that God desires our heart and soul, and that nothing less is acceptable. Some preachers will also state that our lifestyle is either conformation that we are really saved, or that we did not mean, from the heart, what we said at our baptism. This sounds proper and strict on the surface, but we must hear such a message as the congregation hears it, rather than what we mean to say and what we know ourselves to mean.

To begin with, I have rarely heard a preacher who hasn't intimated in their sermon that everyone (at least the members) in the congregation is among the saved. Therefore, rather than preach a sermon intended to convict a lost sinner and bring them to repentance (what used to be called a fire and brimstone message), the preacher gives either an interesting story, usually from the Bible, or presents something like a page from a self-help magazine.


What is our best? If our "Best" is to devote all our spare time to the reading of the Bible, or service to the church, then those parishioners who feel they have no time to offer will be confident that they are fulfilling their responsibility to God by offering nothing. And someone with time on their hands, or who wishes to do as is expected of them will feel they are serving God when they serve the church.

The Bible teaches that we are to become like Jesus: that we are to be lead by the Holy Spirit: that we are to learn to listen to the voice of the Lord. The Bible does not teach that we are to serve the church. If we are serving the Lord, then we will be given a part in the body, a place where we may serve the body of Christ. But serving the church is not to be our goal. Following the Lord is the goal. What we do should be the fruit of our labors: not our goal.

Telling the congregation that lack of evidence of their salvation indicates that they were likely not sincere in their confession of faith, therefore not saved, flies in the face of the concept of "Once saved, always saved." If a person who is truly saved can backslide into perdition and still be saved; yet a person who is not truly saved in spite of the fact that they are doing all that is required of them: then how is a person to know which category they fit in to? The sinner who was never saved will likely not worry about their sins because they have confidence that they were saved when they were not because they have been taught such by the preaching of eternal security. Meanwhile, the one who was saved worries about their sin, then feels guilty about their worrying because worry is a sign of a lack of faith and confidence in their salvation.

This should not be the case if the one truly saved has in fact received the Holy Spirit. One who is of the Spirit will be convicted of that which the Lord desires the believer to be rid of, and instructed toward that goal. Guilt then will become a motivator, not a state in which one lives. This is in contrast to the one who was not truly saved, in that such a one will feel no burden to be free of their lusts (which is all too commonly taught in the churches, that is: that we should not accept guilt because God desires us to be free of guilt.)

Converts should be taught that they should pray for the Holy Spirit to inspect them and disclose their failings so they can be uprooted, rather than be taught that suddenly they have become perfect just as they are.

Remember, I am looking at the Doctrine of Security, as well as all other doctrines, from the point of view of the listener, not what the Pastor means.

Regardless of whether or not the doctrine is true, it is a one difficult at best to uphold in the minds of the congregation.


There is another aspect of eternal security, and all other such doctrines that causes a person to do less than their best, that may very likely close the door of Eternal Life. The attitude taken by so many of the churches is that God is standing at Heaven's door, arms outstretched, welcoming all those have had, or who have taken, the opportunity to join a church. I don't suppose this is your attitude as a Pastor, but it very likely is the attitude of those who hear your message.

The Bible, especially Revelation, speaks of the need to be an Overcomer, in the same way Jesus was an Overcomer. The chances are you preach that if a parson has been baptized, and has said the sinner's prayer (in earnest) that they automatically become Overcomers, riding on the coattail of Jesus' success.

What if you are wrong? What if the Bible actually expects each and every person who is called by His name to struggle with all their being to overcome their flesh? Wouldn't you think, if this is the case, that by not preaching such a message you are hindering your congregation from entering in?

For myself, I would rather be accused of being too demanding, requiring too much of the people, than to be accused of being too permissive. (The which, as I understand it, is the charge the traditional churches are making against the "modern" churches).

It could be said that Jesus condemned the Scribes for laying heavy burdens on the people, therefore it is wrong to do so. However, what Jesus condemned the leaders for was laying burdens not in God's Word on the people, and for not following those rules themselves.


Narrow is the way, and few who find it. It is hard enough to find a narrow road without having to dig through the weeds of doctrine or to find oneself journeying down a road called fantasy.


15Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. (Mat 23:)


All churches send out missionaries. Spreading the Word is an important part of the Gospel as seen by the churches. The "Great Commission," if no other commandment, is accepted and followed by every church, liberal or conservative.

But, what is the message being spread by these missionaries? Is it truly the Gospel that is being preached throughout the world?

Of course you would say it was. But consider: if you are an Evangelical, what would you say of the message the Catholics, or the Jehovah's Witnesses, or the Mormons were preaching? If you are a Catholic, what do you think of the message of all the other churches?

It is not the Gospel that is being preached throughout the world, but rather conflicting and contrary doctrines and denominationalism that is being taught. The World is a battlefield where hundreds of camps follow one another and set up where another has had success in effort to steal converts from the established church.


In fact, as I see it, very few churches even know what the Gospel is that Jesus wants to be preached. I would highly suspect that if you were asked what Gospel Jesus wanted preached you would say the message of the cross, of salvation, of the Church. Of course there is truth to this, but is this the Gospel Jesus was referring to?


15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:)


8And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


Is this the message your church is teaching? If it is, then you have a rare church. Most churches, it seems to me, are preaching that Jesus fulfilled all the commandments, and there are no commandments to obey. And, I hear time and again, that "works" is a naughty word, and that we are not to go by our works, even though it is our works that will either cause us to be sent to hell, or be rewarded with Heaven.

In spite of the fact Jesus told His disciples to teach something that is apparently not clear to the churches, since there is such a broad view of what is taught (and not taught); there is one thing He told them to do, and this on many occasions. This thing He told them to do is, I believe, the one thing none of the churches do teach. In fact, the only time I hear of this one thing taught that Jesus said was the reason He came to earth mentioned is in fairy tales and misconceptions. I have printed here just a very few of the Scriptures that describe what Jesus expected His disciples to preach:


17From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Mat 4
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5These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Mat 10:)


12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Mat 24:)


42And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them. 43And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. (Luke 4:)


Are you preaching the Kingdom of Heaven? If I was to ask you what the Kingdom of Heaven was, could you give me a solid answer?

The chances are you would not be able to answer this question. The reason why you would have difficulty is because there has been nothing presented in any of the churches I have seen, or any of the doctrines touted by the Theologians that adequately describe something so important that Jesus would state as His mission here on earth. We have several simplified, abstract concepts given to us through doctrine. But the doctrine of Heaven has been pretty well relegated to Sunday School class since we have given it so little substance.


The Kingdom of God is just one of the many concepts that have been sidestepped, brushed aside, or relegated to the fairy tale department of church teachings. Other important issues such as the immortality of the soul; The New Jerusalem; the role of Satan; the Promises of the Bible; the "Rapture;" the person and purpose of the Holy Spirit; and many other such issues have been corrupted or demeaned.

[For more on the Kingdom of Heaven see: Fantasies, Fables and Traditions: The Emperor's New Clothes, as well as: The New Jerusalem when it is completed.]


On the surface it would seem a small thing that falsehood is preached as fact, and that fact is ignored or not recognized. What is important to the churches is that seats are filled (God wants numbers rather than quality syndrome), and that people are baptized. As long as the message of Salvation and the cross is preached, what difference does it make what means are used?

Such reasoning, of course, justifies the cults, and the modern churches. They are getting people baptized and into the churches.

But none of this is getting people straight with the Lord, or is it getting them what they are told they will be receiving: Eternal life.


I began this piece asking the question: Who do I think I am to tell highly respected Pastors that they are on the wrong track and leading people astray?

My answer: I am a nobody. But for some reason totally unknown to me, God has given me eyes to see what His Word is actually saying. He has given me a means by which to relay this understanding to the world, and to the Pastors.

And that is what I do.



Blind spots


11But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

13I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: (1Tim 6:)


12These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. (Jude:)


18How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. (Jude:)


25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Eph 5:)


BLIND G5185 tuphlos toof-los' From G5187; opaque (as if smoky), that is, (by analogy) blind (physically or mentally): - blind.


SPOT G4696 spilos spee'-los Of uncertain derivation; a stain or blemish, that is, (figuratively) defect, disgrace: - spot.


 

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