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Is There A Hidden Gospel?
The Gospel of the Kingdom
Missing Piece: The Extension of Jesus' ministry by each who believe
on his name and becoming a disciple.
Now the church age had begun and the manifestation of the power of God to change the vary nature of a human being. The church age of the called has continued since that day and the required enduement has not been changed for it was required to continue the ministry of Jesus.
great commission was announced by the resurrected Messiah. It was
to make disciples and empower these disciples with the Power of
the Holy Spirit. To repeat, this empowerment enables us to accesses
the things that belong to Jesus and makes them available to us.
Any teachings that the Holy Spirit is limited to the days of the
first apostles is promoting a false and anti-christ doctrine. The
gospel is the Power of God. It was then and it is today.
Christian life begins with an encounter with God through the experience
of being "born again" (John 3.3). This refers to the supernatural
regeneration of the dormant human spirit, literally reborn from above.
This is a distinctive supernatural event, not just an emotional moment
nor a mental assent to a belief or ideology. It is a divine transformation
in which ordinary persons are begotten by God through the
Churches today are living with a religious Christianity
overburdened by tradition, an institutionalized religion with written
and unwritten doctrinal rules and formalities. The original Church,
called out ones of God, bore little resemblance to Christianity
today. First century believers had a fresh knowledge and witness
to the Risen Jesus. They were directly connected to the apostle's doctrines
and the purposes and power (dunamis) of the Holy Spirit which
made them witnesses. The Hidden Gospel connects us to the family
and fellowship of Jesus who came so we too could call God "Abba"
Father, for truly, before the Resurrection and the commissioning of
a believer to become a Disciple and a Son or Daughter of God, we were
in fact cut off to the fellowship of God, the fellowship of Israel.
We had no access to the God the Father Almighty. The Hidden Gospel is
the Gospel of The Apostles, The Hidden Gospel is the Gospel of the Kingdom
the rule of the present and future King of the Heavens and the earth.
That king presides over the affairs of the whole earth and has been
given The Name and the authority above all gods and all human
authority. The authority of his name and his position in heavenly places
has been given to all those who believe. Not just a select individual
or body of religious authority.
The Hidden Gospel expands the the role of God's sons and daughters who now inherit the same role in this world as Jesus himself in his earthly ministry. This is what I call the Gospel of "Extension." It extends the hand of God through each believer. The great commission extends Christ's authority to all who believe. Intimacy of being in the Father and in Christ, is allowed for all who believe.
The authentic Christian life that is modeled by the Scriptures, can only begin with an encounter with God through the experience of being born again or born from above. This is a supernatural event not an emotional moment. Nor is it A mere mental acceptance of a belief.
Following this beginning, we face three alternatives: We can either continue to grow toward the fullness of Christ, as we learn of him through the word of God; we can sidetracked into religious traditions and formalities of one variety or another; or, a third possibility is that we can be seduced back into the world from which we were delivered.
The Gospel of the Kingdom
We are told by the Gospel writers that Jesus, Yeshua of Nazareth, came teaching and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom. The Lord frequently made references to the "Kingdom of God" and the "Kingdom of Heaven." I was always intrigued about the double usage and found it confusing. With the Kingdom of Heaven being at hand it was clear that God's Kingdom was being demonstrated and experienced with results of a special divinely empowered kind: The blind were healed, the lepers cleansed and the good news was taught to the poor. (Isa. 61:2) The disciples had been sent out by twos to the people of Israel and were to declare, "The Kingdom of heaven has come to you." The sent disciples were acting under the command and authority of the King, the Messiah of Israel. It is this Messiah who came unto his own but was not received by them. The King was in their midst.
On that day we commemorate as Palm Sunday, the children heralded Jesus as Messiah. His coming was prophesied by Daniel and could be calculated to the very day he made that triumphant entry into Jerusalem, seated meekly on the foal of an ass. The religious authorities, panicked at the sight of the multitude waving palm fronds which symbolized the acclaim to a ruling dignitary. The rulers of the Jews panicked at hearing the laud and acclaim that the people offered Jesus. They acted with alarm to hush and settle the crowds. The Roman authorities must not be led to believe that a political revolt might be brewing. It was a week of fateful decision for Israel and Jerusalem.
Jesus already had foreseen what the outcome of that week would be. He wept deeply at the destiny that lay ahead for Jerusalem, and for Israel. He knew what the future would hold. Jesus knew that His Day would eventually come. The King would not be entering meekly seated on a donkey but would come in a blaze of heaven's power and glory. Old Testament prophecy is filled with the time of the "Second Coming." This long awaited day will preceed the arrival of the King of Kings who will return with fiery judgment over all evil and destroy all that offend. Then he will take his seat upon the throne of David. The "Meshiac David" will come in glory and power as the conquering Lord of Sabbaoth. We do not have an inkling of the immensity of that power which will be deployed against the proud and defiant idolators who hold on to their last moments of receiving the honor of men and oppressing the simple. Satan's character which infused the earth for six thousand years is about to be extinguised.
Praying for the Great Day of God's Kingdom to Come
Each day Christians are asked to pray, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Who knows that we are actually adding our petition for Jesus' return and his kingdom rule to be hastened. Do you have this urgency in your heart? Have you had enough of crime and immorality? Have you had enough of lies and deception? Have you had enough of political corruption and intrigue and the tyrannical rule of despots? Are you growning within yourself yearning for the day that evil will be vanquished forever from the face of the earth? Then you have God's heart when you pray the prayer Jesus asked all of his disciples to pray. How sad it is to imagine that some are so connected to this present life and its pleasures that it is only this world's life style they long to preserve. (Remember Lot's wife! Luke 17:32,33.)
The Kingdom of God, at the present, has been given to us only as a token, a down payment. It is a token of better things to come. We await a day when righteousness shall reign and peace shall be the heritage of every child in every nation. We are seeing through a darkened lense but soon that darkened view shall be replaced by the glory and splendor or our complete redemption. Then we shall know even as we are known.
Jesus is the Promised Messiah,
The Son of David, Jesus Christ the Son of God
Jesus submitted to the Father's Will
Jesus Christ, The Word Made Flesh
Reincarnation or Resurrection?
No Resurrection means no Gospel!
Jesus Was the Lamb of God
Abraham's Faith to Sacrifice his Only Son
Jesus Blood purchased our Souls
Blood bought the Provisions of the Gospel
Notable Encounters with Jesus
Liberty to the Children of God
A New priesthood, A New Form of Leadership
GOSPEL IS ABOUT ONE MAN
of Nazareth, The Jesus of the Gospel
It seems that in the course of living
a "religious" life, we tend to lose
ight of some of the most basic essentials
of Christianity, essentials which contain
within them foundational truths and
indispensable revelation. Among these
essentials truths is the fact that the
Christian faith is built upon a man,
one man who is the only begotten
son of God.. Who
is this man and what makes him special?
Did he come to teach about love? Did
he come to model a moral lifestyle?
Did he come to found a religion replete
with ritualistic protocols? Who do
men say that I am?, Jesus asked
his disciples. If we do not get the
correct answer to that question, you
can not avail yourself of the 'gift
of God' which he brings.
the Spirit of Prophecy is the testamony
of Jesus, (Rev.19) God's prophets
were afforded no misses in their predictions.
A prophet who missed only 10% of the
time was declared a false prophet and
subject to death by stoning.
are many interesting books and commentaries
which biblical scholars have written
which detail the hundreds of specific
prophetic scripture and their fulfillment
pertinent to the life of Jesus. Though
the study of prophecy per se goes beyond
the scope of this writing, it is important
to note that the birth, ministry and
death of the Messiah was foretold by
Jesus was conceived by the Spirit of God. This makes him the only begotten son of God. He is the seed of the woman who is mentioned in Genesis 3:15. It is important to understand that the father's blood line of Jesus' parental inheritance is that of God himself who was and is sinless and undefiled. Yet within the human seed is the nature of humanity, weaknesses, want and human emotion. The life that Jesus lived was a life lived within the limits of the human condition. Yet scripture states that He knew no sin, and though he was tempted in all areas just as we are. He remained undefiled and separate from the sin nature which is particular to all of the natural born human race. (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26) He was a man, but certainly unlike humanity in a special way. The human race according to the bible, has an Adamic hereditary line or genealogy, descended from the line of Adam. Since Adam the human race is under a curse. The fall and the curse is portrayed in the first chapters of Genesis. At the moment, you may not believe in Adam or in any kind of curse, but for the time being, set that argument aside. God can work that issue out with you at a later time. It is necessary to believe that the Bible is not a fable or fiction. To argue against the Bible is to lose the blessing of believing in it, both in small questions and in larger questions.
Jesus submitted his will to God the Father
The Jesus of the Gospels demonstrated meekness, submission and servant-hood. He did not present himself as a worldly leader, nor a member of the religious establishment. Jesus did not demonstrate God-like powers at will from his infancy onward, though some apocryphal tradition stated this. Scripture indicates he did no miracles until his baptism in the Jordan river by the prophet who announced and made the way for Jesus' ministry, John the Baptist. After his baptism at the age of 30 the Spirit of God came upon him and filled him with the necessary endowment of miracle-working power. Even with supernatural spiritual endowments there were times when Jesus himself was not able to heal or do mighty works, this was owing to the belief or unbelief of those he ministered to. While Jesus did not flaunt God-hood it would be an error to say that he did not know of his DIVINE nature or of his divine calling. He spoke of being about his Father's business even as a child. Jesus was filled with grace and wisdom, both of which are spiritual enablements given by God. Jesus was the Logos (the Word, the whole counsel of God) made flesh. A movie which came out a few years ago, The Last Temptation of Christ, portrayed Jesus as mostly human and flawed with the worst of human weaknesses, dark passions, indecision and unbelief. It is a depiction of a Jesus with no apparent divine or supernatural attributes, whose only vision was of some kind of vague personal sacrifice. Though this is interesting fiction it is blindly ignorant of the real person of Jesus Christ, his transcendent divinity or his sinless nature. The true Jesus was a perfect lamb for a perfect sacrifice for impacting humanity with eternal consequences.
Jesus Christ, The Word Made Flesh
The Son of God, the Word was made Flesh. He was born into human form but he also had pre-existence with God. This can not, however, be said of the rest of the human race. Jesus spoke of His own glory which he had with the Father before the world was in his prayer recorded in John chapter seventeen. From this it can be stated with certainty that Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God was also God. This becomes one awesome mysteries of the nature and person of God. I find it beyond my ability to comprehend but I expect that it will be revealed to my understanding at another time. Because Christ was pre-existent some may conclude that we all pre-existed. The question is appealing in some ways, curious and interesting at least. It is argued as a reality by those who have received spurious, demonically inspired revelation. But let it be said by a person who once thoroughly believed in reincarnation, that I have set that belief aside in favor of the bibleís teaching. It is appointed unto man to die once, and after that the judgment.(Hebrews 9:27). The three natures of God have always been associated from the beginning of time. Three agree in heaven, The Father, The Word, the Spirit.
Reincarnation or Resurrection?
The doctrine of resurrection which is taught in the Bible excludes the possibility of reincarnation. One life is promised, one body, followed by eternal judgment for that one life at some time in eternity. The resurrection of Jesusí own physical body from the dead, will be replicated for every living human soul, both the good and the bad, righteous and unrighteous.
Jesus was called, ñthe first fruits of they that sleep (1Corinthians 15:20.) The doctrine of the resurrection is given so much attention in the New Testament especially in the epistles that I could quote texts by the dozens, but at this reading it would be beyond the scope of this writing. Yes, it is unreasonable to the rational mind, to assert that a body which is dead or has even returned to dust can be brought forth alive out of the dust. But that is in fact the teaching of scripture from the prophet Daniel to Jesus, and restated by the apostle Paul in particular. The man Jesus, will be presented as he was already presented to the disciples in Gospel accounts, alive in the flesh, bearing the same nail scars and the same spear wound in the side. As he left in a physical body ascended into glory, he will also return in a physical body. As he departed from the Mount of Olives he will also return in glory to that same spot to begin his reign.
No Resurrection, Without it There is No Gospel!
The doctrine of the resurrection is the proof-test and the cornerstone of the Gospel. Jesus had to rise again, having defeated death, alive with the keys to hell and the grave. The gospel which the apostle Paul presented stated this, If Jesus Christ is not risen from the grave, then all of our preaching, is for nothing and our faith is for nothing; furthermore our futures would hold only misery. (1 Corinthians 15:17-19 paraphrased) We could not have a supernatural Gospel without a supernatural Christ. We could not derive supernatural spiritual benefits from believing in a Gospel presented by a mere man, even if he was a great man! If this were the gospel we followed, the best we could do would be to try to live an honest and moral life with the limited powers of our own willpower, but we could not have received total acceptance by God without Jesus Christ's sacrifice. Because he was the Lamb of God. How many churches could exist and perform their programs perfectly well without a resurrection?
day, we will all fall before Christ, the Righteous Judge. But for
now Jesus still offers to bring us gentle compassion, forgiveness,
restoration and blessing to those of us with a need. He is extending
a hand of friendship to those who need a friend. Jesus'
friendly and compassionate personality is described as a friend to
sinners, one who went out of his way to meet and have fellowship with
those that the religious community had excluded (Matthew 9:10-13.)
Jesus was known to have been in the middle of fun and frolic where
there was feasting and drinking. He said of himself, that he was accused
of being a glutton and a wine bibber, but in spite of this Jesus,
declared that wisdom is known by her offspring. (Matthew 11:19
are numerous where men or women who were considered 'the wrong sort,'
received mercy from the Lord's hand of compassion and acceptance:
LIBERTY OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is There is Liberty" Questions pertaining to liberty tests our insights.
What is this liberty? How is this liberty to be expressed in the new testament church?
What is its implication in terms of headship or leadership?
When is it evident that Christian liberty is impeded or has been violated?
God grants and imparts a particular kind of liberty. It is in accord with His nature, His Word. What ways is this liberty expressed? "And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts." ( Psalms 119:45) God's desire for his people is freedom from bondage or liberty is announced by His prophets.
"This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim LIBERTY unto them;" (Jeremiah 34:8) "But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom he had set at LIBERTY at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids."
(Jeremiah 34:16) Jesus announces God's desire for his people is freedom from bondage or LIBERTY.
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised," (Luke 4:18).
Jesus criticizes the scribes and Pharisees for their placing burdens upon the shoulders of the people. "For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them - -." ( Mat 23:4 The Apostle Paul addresses the matter of LIBERTY, frequently. "Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God." (Rom 8:21) Is it only freedom from following religious laws or does it pertain to the expression in worship and fellowship also?)
"Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?"
(1 Corinthians 10:29) "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
(2 Corinthians 3:17) False Brethren began to place the children of God into bondage again.
What is the nature of this bondage?
"And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privately to spy out our LIBERTY which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:" (Gal 2:4) "To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you." (Gal 2:5) "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." (Gal 5:1) Peter addresses liberty in his epistle, evidently having learned some lessons from Paul.
"As free, and not using your LIBERTY for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God." (1 Pet 2:16) Burden bearing is ministering to people so that the yoke is made easier. "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." (Gal 6:2) Self exaltation is a spiritual deception which causes certain people to suppress others. "For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself." (Gal 6:3) "But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another." (Gal 6:4)
"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." (Rom 12:3) "Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another." ( Gal 5:26) "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;" ( Eph 4:2 "Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Eph 4:3)
Where does edification come from in the new testament church?
Is it from the teachings or preaching of a single authority? The body provides a variety of gifts in the person of other believers for the mutual gain and edification of all.
"Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God." (Rom 15:7.)
"For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:" (Rom 12:4) "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;" ( Rom 12:6 "Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching;"
(Rom 12:7) "Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness." (Rom 12:8)
The body of believers comes together for mutual edification. This is how Paul describes this gathering and its purpose: "How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying." (1 Corinthians 14:26)
us therefore follow after the
things which make for peace,
and things wherewith one may
Leadership according to Jesus,
should not be like that of the
rulers of the gentiles, (worldly
rulers) scribes or Pharisees.
These "Lord it over"
or dominate their subjects. Rather,
true leaders are to recall the
principle of gentleness and meekness
and servanthood. "
- -They who would be great in
the Kingdom shall be the servants
of all. Churches today assume
different degrees of control
over the membership. Great leaders
remember that they are not the
source of truth but one of the
gifts whose purpose is to facilitate
the growth of the body toward
maturity and ministry.
Jesus' Blood: Shed for
( Was shed, when He sweat drops blood in the Garden of Gethsemane, gripped with the terror of separation from his Father, who turn from him, abandoning to death; and the prospect of being made a Curse separated from God by the sins of the world.
- -Was shed, when the servant of the high priest smote him upon the face.
- - Was shed, when the Roman soldiers ridiculed him, mocked him, stripped him, buffeted him and torn out His beard.
- - Was shed, When he was flogged with the Roman flagellum, the deadly scourging with the lash, Each of the nine strands were tipped with an object which cut or wounded.
- - Was shed, when the crown of thorns was plaited upon Jesus' head.
- - Was shed, when Jesus hands and feet were penetrated by the spikes which would hold him suspended above the earth upon a Roman cross (the curse of hanging on a tree.)
- - Was shed, when the Roman officer pierced his side with a spear and blood and water flowed out upon the ground.
Discussing the blood of the lamb may strike you as something primitive, strange or disgusting but it is the fact that it is the living bloodwhich makes a sacrifice spiritually effectual. From the writings of Moses we learn that the Life is in the blood. Blood is the life of the soul and holds potential for both blessing and for defilement. Innocent blood is said to cry out from the earth. The blood of victims of war and of violence cry out with a certain voice from the earth.
Jesus' blood was blood untainted by sin or the curse or death. It is 100 per cent imbued with the power of life. This blood had within it perfect eternal life; it still has, in the present, perfect eternal life. That blood that sprinkled the earth from the Mount of Olives, to Pilate's hall of judgment, to the via Dolorosa, to the hill called Golgotha, is still nurturing the whole earth. As Jesus was dying the death of crucifixion upon a cross, he declared the sentence which his blood would continue to enforce, Father forgive them, they do not know what they do. Jesus blood purchased the price for our sins, sins past, sins present, and sins future.
forgive them, Among
the last words
spoken by Jesus
upon the cross
is the legacy which
any person whose
soul is in want
as his or her own
and legacy, eternal
It is written in the law of Moses that we should make no graven image. Among all of the ten commandments this one may not lend itself readily to application although the first references seem to figure in the question of idolatry. I think, however, it has much more to apply to our present knowledge or lack of knowledge about God. One of the characteristics of human nature is to draw inferences and conclusions based upon things we see with the natural eye. The life of God draws its strength, faith, through not relying on the eye to inform or validate our understanding. Portraits of God or Christ become in a real sense a kind of icon. This icon restricts our knowledge of God's reality.
Throughout the nearly two thousand years of Christian tradition we become the victims of iconography, Icons which in some manner or another depict God or the Son of God. Any of us who have ever been to a major museum have seen depictions of Jesus Christ created during different historical eras. The characteristics of portrayal is to make a presumptuous statement about the personality, the humanity or the divinity of the subject that is being portrayed. Iconography has colored our interpretation of who Jesus is. Some of these images are very static with a very narrow portrayal. A sense of Jesus Christ's humanity was not apparent for centuries. When he was depicted by the first Christian artists there was not a trace of life or humanity. For the period from the 4th century until the 14th, he was no more than an stylized icon, lacking any features which would make him like us. Later, after the fifteenth century, he was portrayed as very human in works by Rembrandt, or Caravaggio, Rubens, and others. The point that I am making is in respect to narrowness and misunderstanding of who Jesus was. Religious traditions sometimes portray Jesus in such a narrow light that we can not associate him in all of his attributes, human and divine.
The human quality of Jesus needs to be preserved. I think the phrase "Jesus was a nice guy," may strike a negative chord among some who are religious and formalize so much of Christian life into liturgy. But I say it for a reason. We need to de-mystify Jesus and make Jesus accessible to people, especially in the now of the Gospel rather than the then of religion. The Lord is not someone who placed himself out of the reach of humanity.
To think of Jesus as a friendly, loving and kindly person does not interfere with his divinity nor his sovereignty.
There are other aspects to Jesus too, as depicted by the Hebrew names of Jehovah: Nissi, Tsidkenu, Rapha, Shamah, Jireh, Sabaoth, and numerous others, as well as: the 'Righteous Judge', the 'Captain of the Army of God', or as the 'Ancient of Days', and many other powerful and illuminating titles. One day, we will all fall before Christ, the Righteous Judge. But for now Jesus is still bringing gentle compassion, forgiveness, restoration and blessing to those of us with a need. He is extending a hand of friendship to those who need a friend.
Jesus' friendly and compassionate personality is described as a friend to sinners, one who went out of his way to meet and have fellowship with those that the religious community had excluded (Matthew 9:10-13.) Jesus was known to have been in the middle of fun and frolic where there was feasting and drinking. He said of himself, that he was accused of being a glutton and a wine bibber, but in spite of this Jesus, declared that wisdom is known by her offspring. (Matthew 11:19 paraphrase).
Stories are numerous where men or women who were considered 'the wrong sort,' received mercy from the Lord's hand of compassion and acceptance:
Zaccheus the publican; (described in Luke 19:2-10)
The Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar; (John 4:5-30).
The woman taken in adultery; (John 8:4-11).
Mary, a former prostitute anointed Jesus feet at the house of Simon the leper; (Luke 7:37-47).
Jesus who came to the grave side of Lazarus and wept; (John 11).
Jesus who consoled the man healed of blindness after the church council expelled him; (John 9).
At a certain future day when Jesus will be the host at a great feast and serve all of those attending. (Luke 12:37).
The friendship factor as it pertains to the person of Jesus is something that must not be lost. There is a proverb that states, There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) This is the love and friendship of Jesus Christ.
are so many hurting,
there are man who
are bruised, and
there are man needing
a friend. The love
and power of the
Spirit of Christ
Jesus can supply
this. It is a kind
miracle that someone
who needs and asks
believing can receive.
are some indicators
which we can use
in testing Christian
beliefs and doctrines.
Use these to gauge
when in doubt?
Perhaps these are
a little like the
The universal view that God is in every person and only needs to be actualized, is not Biblical. Man is not a divine race but a fallen race. All Human lives require the work of redemption through faith in the Redeemer.False Prophets in the Last Days
Matt.7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Matt 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
think it is time
to tune up our
the final days
approach. It has
always been a quirk
of human nature
to be misled. Charismatic
leaders both Christian
and Non Christian
rise up and deceive
many. The problem
with making judgments
is that we have
our eyes on Religion,
men or ministries
more than our eyes
upon Jesus who
is the author and
finisher of our
Evangelicals are typically guarded toward anything that expresses a "spiritual" manifestation, for fear that it is demonic or out of order. They "resist the Holy Spirit" as Stephen declared to the Religious leaders who stoned him calling him an apostate. Their discernment was totally inaccurate!
Charismatics, on the other hand, may allow Spiritual manifestation but have difficulty discerning that which is Soulish and that which is Spirit. High emotion or energy has come to become itself an indicator of Spirituality. However, Spirit is not of the mind or emotion though it may be viewed as very emotive.
and the True Apostles
must always be
the role model
and the rule of
letter to Ephesus,
in Chapter 4 indicates
that we one day
grow and mature
into a perfect
man in the exact
facsimile of Jesus
Christ. This is
a key Scripture!.
2. Denying self and taking up the cross:
Any person who becomes a big name or a superstar, a kind of spiritual idol is quickly on the road of becoming a false prophet or false teacher. Jesus corrected the early disciples who he sent to minister in "his name" they came back full of self exaltation, Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. Jesus took the focus off themselves. They had learned their lesson by the time Peter and John met the crippled man at the Gate: Acts 3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
3: Selling out to the world and FAME (The error of Balaam
a false prophet
who "sold out"
to the pagan world
system. He was
willing sell his
gift for gain and
bring a curse to
the people of God.
NT writings remind
of this danger.
2:15)Jude and the
4. False prophets bring in Doctrines of Demons
of the varieties
and flavors of
which are not governed
by the meekness
of Christ and Jesus'
selfless love of
. There is a list
of behaviors called
the works of the
5: 19 Now
the works of the
flesh are manifest,
which are these;