Implosion

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Schizophrenia in the Church Prostitution in the House of God Idolatry in the Church Favoritism in the House Witchcraft in the Church The Pulpit: Use or Abuse of Power Now we see Through a Glass Darkly

Errors of the Church

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Schizophrenia in the Church

Schizophrenia in simple terms is disordered thinking. It is a break in reality.   Schizophrenia often affects a person’s ability to think straight.  Thoughts may come and go rapidly.  The person may be unable to concentrate on one thought for very long, be easily distracted or unable to focus attention.

People with schizophrenia may not be able to sort out what is relevant and irrelevant to a situation. The person is unable to connect thoughts into logical sequences as their thoughts become disorganized and fragmented. This lack of logical continuity of thought can make conversation very difficult.  This may contribute to social isolation.  If people cannot make sense of what an individual is saying, they are likely to become uncomfortable and leave that person alone.

Schizophrenia has lodged itself in the church.  The church experienced a break in reality.  Let me explain:

When we are born again we become a new creature.  We are a new creation or a species of being that never existed before.  Old things have passed away and all things have become new.  We become a child of the living God and are born into God’s family.  We have our Father’s DNA and literally become like Him.  The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death.  Jesus who knew no sin became our sin thus making us who knew no righteousness His righteousness.  We have been translated into the Kingdom of Agape love.  These are new creation realities.  These facts are reality to the born again person.

Jesus said that He came to fulfill the law.  He fulfilled it.  The Bible tells us the law or the Old Testament covenant is a shadow of things to come.  The Old Covenant is foundational to the New Covenant.  We cannot ignore the Old Covenant, however we must put it in perspective. 

For God so loved (Agape loved) the world that He gave His only begotten Son….  Agape love entered the world at this moment in time.  Agape did not exist in word or concept before God’s gift to the world.  The world had no way of relating to, observing or expressing this type of love before Jesus came.  But now we do. 

We who have made Jesus the Lord of our life and born of the Spirit of God have been made to be the expression of Agape love as was Jesus. Children are the fruit of the parents love. Therefore, it is foreign for us to act or conduct ourselves in any other way than the expression of Agape love because that is who we really are.  We are the righteousness of God.

Now we must go back to the contrast between the Old and the New Covenant to understand how we (the church) have become schizophrenic.

The New Covenant is revealed in God’s expression of love (Jesus Christ).  We are the children of God and God is Agape love.  Agape love is the motivation and inspiration for everything recorded in the New Covenant.    The Old Covenant is under the law of sin and death with fear as the motivation.  There is no life in the Old Covenant because it is based on fear. It is an accurate historical account of the Jewish history and prophetic words about Jesus Christ.

After Adam and Eve sinned, disobeyed God, and ate of the forbidden fruit, the first thing Adam said was, ‘and I was afraid.’   This fear is the terror type that only comes from Satan himself.  See Gen. 3:10.  Fear entered the world and became man’s motivational force.   The same type of fear entered the New Testament church after Acts 5:5 when Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Ghost.

The devil, a deceiver, has fooled many children of the Living God that they are still under the law of sin and death.  The deceiver uses how we relate in the sense realm to establish his plan.  Only our spirit-man is the real born again part of us.  Our soul (mind, will and emotions) needs to be renewed to the Word of God.  We relate to the world around us via our soul.  Even though we are new creatures in Christ and faith children, Eph. 2:8a “For by grace are you saved through faith” we still try to relate to the world around us the way we have all our lives, not by faith but by fear.

Because we try to relate to life and the things of God through fear we apply the same technique when it comes to reading and studying the Word of God.  In doing so we make ourselves subject to the law of sin and death even though we are born into the family of Faith.  Faith takes a back seat and is rendered impotent. 

The words preached from the pulpit exacerbate the problem because they are motivated by fear.  They are prepared in fear and use fear to motivate the listener to action.  An example: You break the law if you drive 90 mph in a 45 mph zone.  So I don’t drive 90 mph in a 45 mph zone because I’m afraid of getting a ticket.  Contrast that to: I’m not going to drive 90 mph in a 45 mph zone because I love the people in my car and I know I will get there in good time.  The first motivation to do the right thing is prompted by fear and the second example by love and faith.

How does this make the church schizophrenic?  While concentrating our energies on the dos and don’ts of the Old Covenant we lost sight of the fact that we have been delivered from the law.  We fail to realize the reason one does not steal from another is because of Agape love for you.  We apply the fear-based mindset to all life situations and to our studies.  Since we are proficient in evaluating life through the sense realm we spend more time and energy studying the stories and principles found in the Old Covenant.  Then as proficiency grows we start seeing the New Covenant through the sense realm’s tinted glasses.  An example:  A New Covenant verse reads, “…Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him,” (1 Cor. 2:9) and conclude it is impossible to know and understand the deeper things of God.  However the thought continues in the next verse, “But, God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” (1Cor. 2:10).

It is much easier to conclude that we cannot understand the mysteries of God (a sense-realm activity) than to delve into the realm of the Spirit which functions and is grasped by faith.  So we remain in the sense realm and fail to live the Christian life as God designed.  Sense realm wisdom is trusted rather than God’s Revealed wisdom.  James 3:15:  “This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.” 

The reality for the born again believer is that we are born into faith and are now creatures of faith.  We live in a reverse world with the faith realm being reality and the sense realm being the fantasy.  When we live and operate in the fear realm we depart from the believer’s reality.  The result is schizophrenia in the Church.  

One last example the Lord wanted to include.  Living in the sense realm is like employing a cement contractor to come and pour a foundation (represented by the Old Testament) and then moving in.  You move in and live on a patio, which is void of protection.  But when you build the structure by living a life of Agape love on the foundation of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit’s Revelation, you have a place of protection and comfort being protected from the elements.

Take these things to the Father and ask Him what He wants you to do with this Truth.  He has given you the Holy Spirit to lead you into all righteousness.


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Errors of the Church

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Prostitution in the House of God

God has called us to be one.  This call was voiced by the Lord Jesus Christ in His prayer to the Father as recorded in John 17.  This was before His death and resurrection.   The Apostle Paul voiced the same call when he addressed the church in Corinth.  We have read the admonishment in scripture and desire in our hearts to be one but are weak in ourselves.  We find it difficult to do what the Lord wants.  It takes courage to stand up and say, ‘I want to do the perfect will of the Lord’ or  ‘I want to be a part of the unity of the church and walk in holiness with the Lord.’  It is possible.   I know and truly believe it.

Everywhere we look we see disunity and confusion in the church.  There is a multiplicity of denominations with a plethora of names.  We wonder what to do.  Is it possible to see the church unified with so much dysfunction?  The answer is yes!  You can be a part of the answer. But you must be willing to let go of things that have you tied to religious disunity.  There are a few things I must point out, some of which you may not want to accept.  You may be hurt or even offended but if you love these things and insist on holding on to them, you will pay the ultimate price of being separated from the Love of God. 

·        The love of money must cease in the house of the Lord.  (The temple or building we meet in to worship, or within ourselves, as we are the temple of the Holy Spirit.)

The love of money blocks the unity the Lord wants to bring to the church.  According to the Word of the Lord you cannot serve God and money.  The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.  You will cleave to one and hate the other.   If you love money then you hate God!  The Lord states that there is no middle ground.  The church has seen this spelled out in the Bible for many years.   See the Gospel of Matthew.  The church has ignored these clear instructions of the Lord   Here is some of what our Lord has to say:

 Mat. 6:19-34:  “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

The first verse states that we are not to lay up for ourselves treasures upon earth.  However, the church does this today.  The result is compromise.  We compromise to maintain a tax-exempt status.  God never intended for the government to validate a ministry.  In our congregations we compromise so as not to offend those who give money.  We spare the Truth so we do not lose members or leave the hard sayings for the visiting speaker to proclaim.  You can see this in the church at large.  A wealthy church has a greater temptation to compromise the Word of the Lord.  After all, one must keep the support money coming in so additional buildings can be constructed to expand the ministry.

We think we have a word to preach and money is needed to get the Gospel preached.  So what should we do?  The Lord placed the following verse to answer that question.

Mat. 6:32-33:  “(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

The key for the church is identified by what we seek.  If we seek money God will not be added unto us.  If we seek only God money and the things that we need will be added unto us.   If we do not believe this scripture, we do not believe God and we call Him a liar.  How are we doing this?  We call Him a liar by our actions.

·        Buying, selling, merchandising.

One thing we must change is the notion that we have to buy and sell books and tapes to make money to preach the Gospel.  I am intensely concerned for the church whenever I see this done.  This practice snares some of the most spiritual men I have encountered.  I search the scriptures and do not see this being done with the exception of two occurrences.  The Lord put these in the scripture. These things did happen.

John 2:13-16:  “And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,  And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:  And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;  And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.”

We have a command backed up by a scourge of small cords with Jesus Christ on the other end.  It is not just a casual command.  Obedience to the command is required.  The Lord is saying, ‘if you do not stop selling and buying in my Father’s house then I am going to drive you out with a whip’.  There are no other commands in the scripture backed up by Jesus this way. 

This Word has now gone forth and it is in your hands.  Jesus has reminded you of the scripture that is part of your Bible.  He calls you to take the tapes you have been selling to supplement your ministry and those books you have written for the Gospel with the purpose of making money to supplement your ministry and give them all away! 

·        Selling doves.  

John 2:16:  “And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.

The dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit.  The doves were used in the temple as sacrifices.  This practice seemed to be a service to God to sell the doves in the temple to those who did not have them.  After all, by selling the doves they could make money for the temple and the people could worship the Lord by using the doves.  This principle is still going on today.  This is the attitude:  the pastor preaches the message and records it on tape.  The tape is sold because it helps the person to get closer to the Lord or worship Him.  The church is made richer and the person is made stronger in the Lord.   The Lord does not see it that way.  Take these things hence, make not my Father’s house a house of merchandise.

·        My Father’s house shall be a house of prayer.

Mat. 21:13:  “And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

The Lord reveals His will about the Father’s house.  It is to be called a house of prayer (the building and us - the temple of the Holy Spirit).  The moneychangers make it a den of thieves.  How does the Lord call buying and selling in the house of the Lord thievery?  Christian leaders and men or women with large ministry platforms practice thievery by demanding large honorariums as guest speakers.  It is thievery because the house of the Lord and the things of the Gospel have been given freely to us by God.  We did not buy these things.  These things belong to the people and should not be sold but given away!  You might reason if nothing is sold, then we will have to close down. Not so!   Take away the buying and selling and all that pertains to making money and profit off the Gospel and exchange prayer and Faith for money.  Make the Father’s house a house of prayer again and watch the Father provide for His house lavishly!

We must keep first things first.  The Lord wants us to stop merchandising the things of God.  He wants us to pray more, exercise our faith and to quit selling trinkets, snippets, Bibles, tapes, CDs and books, etc.  Perhaps most important is that conducting one’s Christian life and ministry by these carnal means requires little or no faith.   Heb. 11:6a: “…and without faith it is impossible to please Him.”.  Romans 14:23 tells us that whatsoever that is not born of faith is sin.  I therefore exhort you to live your Christian life and conduct your ministry to the Lord in a manner that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father.  Take these things to the Father and ask Him what He wants you to do.


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Errors of the Church

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Idolatry in the Church

Idolatry is defined by Simon & Schuster in Webster’s College Dictionary this way:  1. The religious worship of idols; and 2. Excessive admiration or devotion.  In the New Testament church there have been abuses on both counts.  Some groups have actually instituted the worship of a variety of idols, from statues, pictures and figurines to medals and mini-crosses worn around the neck as a necklace.  This error is blatant needs little comment.  The second definition has entered the Church much more subtly.  The Lord has expressed His desire to implode our thinking and to renew our minds. 

Paul writing to the Roman church saw the need to point out the obvious errors of worshiping idols in any form or by either definition listed above.  Read Romans 1:18-32.    Paul focused on the result of idolatry.  Rom. 1:29-31:  “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: This is a valid word for the church today as we observe many of the same consequences listed above in churches today. .

Jesus said we would know people by their fruit.  The fruit listed above is common in the church and among believers today.  This is an indicator that something is wrong, much like a sharp pain in the right side of your lower abdomen could indicate that your appendix may need to be removed.  The good thing is now that we see this error we have the opportunity to change our thinking and repent before the problem bursts and becomes lethal.

The church began to be ineffective after the entrance of fear.  We have only to read the letters Paul and the other Apostles wrote to different churches trying to teach and correct the people.  One of the most destructive problems Paul identified is discussed in 1 Cor. 1:12-15:  “Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.  Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?  I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.” Paul saw that God’s children were starting to follow other men and to depend on the revelation of others rather than seeking personal Revelation from the Father.  The people began to yield to the temptation and reverence an earthly leader. .

The elevation of individuals in the modern church is the accepted norm. The church does not perceive an error in following man’s plans or ministry plans created by an administrative team or organization.  Multiple denominations exacerbate the problem because they operate as democracies or dictatorships.  They have made the pastor or priest a career position.  God designed the pastor to be a gift, not for hire or salary as a hireling.    Many seeking the position of pastor choose the job as a career position.  In most of the non-denominational groups the people naturally follow the man of God’s vision and usually elevate that person as pastor.  This type of group is operated as a dictatorship.  Both elevate a person to the position of king.

Many justify this form of idolatry because they believe the five ministry gifts were only valid in the first century church or in extreme cases believe they have all five themselves.  Thus, justification is made for ignoring the Biblical imperative of the five ministry gifts given to the church.  This creates an opening for the enemy to firmly establish the leader as king and create strongholds of manipulation and control.  Some areas of deception the deceiver uses to establish strongholds are in the area of submission, chain of command, tithing, and authority over others, which is a subtle form of witchcraft.

When the five ministry gifts do not function as a plurality of leadership, one person or gift is deemed more important and demands and accepts worship.  That single person becomes the center of all group activities and is the one who does most teaching.  Have you ever heard someone say,  ‘I’ll have to check with the pastor about that.’ or ‘the pastor has to approve that idea’.  If you have, then you are involved with the deception.

In this scenario the pastor has become the king.  The position is further idolized by Pastor Appreciation day, which occurs in October.  This is a prime example of how much the church has deteriorated and disobeys the Word.  The deception is simple and subtle. 

“In 1992, laymen were brainstorming with church colleagues about how they might be of help to their minister when he glanced at a calendar and noticed that it was almost Groundhog Day. He thought, If they have a day for groundhogs, there ought to be a day for the 375,000 clergy people in America, So...for the last twelve years the second Sunday in October has been set aside to show appreciation for our clergy. The reaction from pastors has been the greatest thing. They are overwhelmed that their congregations actually do care about them.”  ~Source: The Saturday Evening Post, Sept/Oct. '96~

The devil does not want the church to become the Church and will attempt to block God’s objective.  Church members often give money to honor the king pastor on the designated Pastor Appreciation day.  One group presented their king with the proceeds of a $38,000 offering.  Giving gifts when led by the Holy Spirit is not a bad thing.  However, in this situation the gift was to honor the king, at the expense of fulfilling the Lord’s mandate for the church to feed the poor and to take care of the widows and orphans.  Some in that group would qualify as poor, widowed or are single women with children that are in need.  This group chose to honor a king rather than obey the Word of God.

We must fully understand the impact of these actions.  The fact that the leader accepts the honor speaks volumes.   By accepting this honor, which is a form of worship, this person allowed himself to be elevated above the Word of God.  God and His Word are one.  Therefore accepting this kind of honor endorses the people’s choice to elevate the man above the Word and above God. God’s intention was for Jesus to work with the disciples and ordain twelve as Apostles.  Luke 6:13: “And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles.”  The Apostles were to play a specific role in Jesus’ assembly of the Church.  In Acts 2-4 the Apostles were obedient to Jesus and His call.  Fear entered the Church in Acts 5:11 and God had to implement another plan which introduced the five ministry gifts to the church. 

In Eph. 4:11 we are told God gave ministry gifts to the church.  He listed five specific gifts: Apostles, Prophets, and Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers.  Each has a specific purpose.  His reason for giving the church these gifts is stated in Eph. 4:12: “for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry.”  He assigned no level of importance to any of the gifts but made them a plurality of leadership.  Each gift is equally important and needed.  He did this so the church would not repeat the same error the people in the book of 1 Samuel did and elevate a specific gift to a prominent position.  Read 1 Sam. 8:4-22 for the full account.  The people did not want to be led and guided by God but wanted an earthly king.  

God expected the church to utilize these gifts and to recognize His hand and direction working through them.  There are many built-in safeguards when the plurality of leadership functions.   Ministry responsibilities are evenly spread among the leadership.  The people get a balanced spiritual diet for each gift provides specific spiritual food unique to that gift.

Beyond the local body or church is the entire Body of Christ.  Jesus is the Head and we are members of the Body and members one of another.  Each local group is a cell in a body.  Each cell must function properly in its role.  If a skin cell started functioning as a fingernail cell, the body would not be whole.  He placed the five ministry gifts in the local cell to bring it to maturity so that it can connect to the Body in its functional position.  Most groups do no know which cell they are in the Body nor do they know their function.

By keeping man elevated, worshiped and idolized we frustrate the grace of God and literally fight against God’s design for the Body of Christ, which is to come into the fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ.  Let’s not fight against God.  Let’s repent and change our thinking.  Take this subject to our heavenly Father and ask Him how to personally deal with this error in the church.


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Favoritism in the House

Rom. 12:4-5:  “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”

1 Cor. 12:25-27:  “That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.  And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”

When we made Jesus the Lord of our life we were baptized into the Body of Christ and became more than just family to one another.  We are the same Body.   Each of us became a unique cell in the Body.  Just as a human body is made up of many cells, so is the Body of Christ.  We are brothers and sisters but even more we are cells of the same Body.

The question to consider follows:  Is one finger more important than another?  All would agree the answer is no!  Each part has a different function but no member is more or less important than any other.

We get into trouble when we act like the old creature we used to be, before salvation.  Rom. 8:6-8:  “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Rom. 2:1:  “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.”  God shows no favoritism toward any.   He sees each member or cell with the same Love.

James 2:1-4:  “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.  For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:  Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?”

Have you ever gone to church and felt as if everyone ignored you and stared at your long hair and torn jeans?  Have you noticed the well-dressed man in church frequently receives everyone’s attention? God has one word for this behavior – favoritism.  If partiality is shown in the place where you meet, then God is not in that place. God cannot go against His Word.  We have conducted ourselves in this manner at one time or another.  The bottom line is that we have violated Jesus’ commandment to love one another as He has loved us. 

Is that an unforgivable sin?  No, of course not.  We must acknowledge the violation of the law of Love, repent and change our mindset.  Most importantly  - STOP DOING IT.

James 2:5-6:  “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?”

Mat. 25:45-46“Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

My brethren if you are doing those things you are not a part and are not fulfilling the Royal Law in accordance with the scripture. You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself.

Luke 14:12:  “Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee.  But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

So what is the heart of our Lord?   Take these things to the Father and ask Him what He wants you to do.   The Holy Spirit will lead you if you have ears to hear what the Father is saying.


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Witchcraft in the Church

Many times when we hear the word witchcraft we think of the little old lady leaning over a boiling vat stirring something that looks like it could be used to patch holes in a street.  That is not the subject of this article.

Simon and Schuster New Millennium Edition, 2000 defines witchcraft as, “The art and practices of a witch, sorcery, magic and magical influence, witchery”.  A witch is defined as, “a person who bewitches another.”  Bewitch is defined as: “to affect by witchcraft or magic; cast a spell over; to enchant, charm or fascinate.”

The New Testament also addresses witchcraft in Gal. 3:1a:  “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you?”  The word bewitched as used here is:  “baskaino, bas-kah'ee-no; akin to (phasko, fas'-ko; prol; to assert:--affirm, profess, say.) To malign, i.e. (by extens.) to fascinate (by false representations)--bewitch.”  Malign means, “to speak harmful untruths about; slander or defame; evil in effect, pernicious; causing insidious harm or ruin.”  Fascinate means, “to attract and hold attentively or immovably by a unique power or special quality; to enthrall, to spellbind; to arouse the curiosity of, to allure.”

It is a fact that witches (persons who knowingly practice witchcraft) are assigned to attend Christian meetings and whenever possible set destruction, deception and ruin in motion.  Our discussion deals with what we read in the following scripture. 

Gal. 5:19-21:  “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”  The word witchcraft as used here is “pharmakeia, far-mak-i'-ah; from  (pharmakeia, far-mak-i'-ah; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extens.) magic (lit. or fig.):--sorcery, witchcraft.; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extens.) magic (lit. or fig.):--sorcery, witchcraft.”

This article is about exercising control over another person.  Paul wrote to the Galatian Christians because they were bewitched.  We aren’t told who bewitched them.  But the fact is these believers were under someone’s control.  Paul was concerned.  When you look at the contemporary church it has been bewitched by a far more devastating form of witchcraft coming from believers and from the pulpit.

Let see how this occurs in our lives and in the church.  Individually we have heard someone say, ‘You cannot do that!’ or, ‘S/he will never amount to anything.’ Or ‘You never know what God’s going to do.’ The preacher might say in a loud animated voice during a sermon, ‘You’re not getting it.’  These phrases sound innocent but in reality are damning.

We employ the force of witchcraft each time we say something contrary to the Word of God with the goal of getting someone to do what we want him or her to doThe power of witchcraft is fulfilled by demons.  Demons are released to fulfill our manipulative controlling words.    Prov. 18:21:  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.   This scripture does not mean that only Godly or good words are powerful.  Subtle curses are powerful too.  This is more than just the power of positive words.  Words consistent with the Word of God, i.e., ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me’ activates angels.  Angels hearken to and listen for the Word of God to be spoken so that they can perform what the Word was sent to do.  Conversely, demons or fallen angels hearken to and listen for words of death (cursing, destruction, deception, manipulation and ruin) so they can bring them to pass.  You may have the best intentions, but if you speak words that are consistent with death, you activate demons.

 The psalmist David understood this Truth when he wrote Psa. 107:20: “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”  David knew when God sent His Word he saw the result.  On the other hand, when Satan, who is the prince of the power of the air (thoughts) gives us a thought and we speak it out, the reverse of the scripture takes over: ‘he (this time the devil) sends his word (death) and kills them.’  Do you understand?

Mankind has been created in the image of God and after His likeness.  We are in the God class of creation.  He made us for fellowship and to be Family.  We share DNA.  So the way He functions is the way we function.   Gen. 1:3:  “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  He spoke and there was light.  When we speak, the answer manifests.  Life and death are in the power of the tongue; meaning the words we speak.

These are a few examples of the misuse of our tongues.  We are all guilty of misusing words.  Even while writing this article the author had to repent and restate things said in the past.  

Witchcraft is a deed of the flesh and is activated subtly and often hard to detect.  That is why you need to present the contents of this article to Him and ask our Father to reveal the Truth of this article and how to apply it in your life and ministry.  Each of us have destroyed or greatly cursed many others in our lives.  Now is the time to straighten it all out with our Father and with anyone we may have cursed with our words.


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Errors of the Church

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The Pulpit: Use or Abuse of Power?

For our purposes, we define a pulpit as the platform from which a person teaches or preaches.  This platform could be a stage with a podium, computer, a small group setting or a one on one conversation.  It doesn’t matter if you are in front or behind the pulpit.  This article addresses both the teacher and the listener.

The sole purpose of any of the five ministry gifts to the church (pastors included) is outlined in Eph. 4:11-14:  “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”

Using a platform for any other reason is in error.  If you do not hear and receive from the entire five-fold ministry gifts then you are not getting a balanced spiritual diet.  We are in error if programs are promoted.  Fund raising is in error when it is elevated to a primary position above teaching the Gospel of the Kingdom.  Ask the Lord to reveal to you more on this. 

The only Biblical purpose of the pulpit is to fulfill the scripture above.  The pulpit speakers need to speak Words of life and liberation, not bondage.  One can evaluate the success of the pulpit ministry by the degree to which we are set free and plugged in to the Body of Christ after we sit under the ministry of the Word.  Progression toward the Lord and being plugged in as a vital member will be evident if you are getting the pure Word of God.  The pulpit speakers should work themselves out of a job.  The pulpit is not the place to promote a person, ministry, church or a church program.  God says that He will do the promoting.  Prov. 18:16:  “A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”  1 Pet. 5:6:  “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” God does not need our help!

1 Tim. 1:4:  “Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.”  This error is common in today’s church because the person behind the pulpit doesn’t have fresh revelation from the Father.  Without fresh spiritual food the minister defaults to one of several choices: the standard three point sermon, a sermon issued by the denomination main office or a sermon is taken from a published book of prepared sermons.  None of these sermons contain the Word of Life.  The fruit of dead sermons is seen in a congregation of spiritual babies in the Lord.

The word you hear or speak is designed to either set you free or to keep you in bondage by manipulation and control.  This is a form of witchcraft.  Gal. 5:19-21 defines the deeds of the flesh.  If you speak manipulative controlling words stop, repent and change your thinking.  Speak the Truth.  If self-promotion is preached then confront whoever speaks those things.  If they repent you have won your brother or sister.  If they don’t repent then GET OUT OF THERE IMMEDIATELY.  Then ask the Lord to teach you the Truth


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Errors of the Church

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Now we see through a Glass Darkly

The title of this article is taken from 1 Cor. 13:12:  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”  This verse tells us there are things we do not see or understand clearly.  Paul wrote to the church in Corinth but this verse is applicable to the church today.  The following chart depicts Christian visual acuity.

Creation

Adam and Eve

After the Fall

Fear entered

Jesus on the earth

The day of Pentecost

Acts Ch 5

Fear entered the Church

 Implosion and beyond

(Personal and corporate)

 

Gen. 2:7-25

 

Old Testament times

 

Mt, Mk, Lk, Jn

 

Acts 2:1 – 4:37 Church infancy

 

Acts 5:1 to present day Fear entered Acts 5:5

 

The day of the Holy Nation

 

“I give you dominion and authority.”

The world in its pure state.

 

 

 

 

The Law is given; giving a shadow of things to come

 

Jesus brought purity to the world

 

The Church began with no visual hindrances; Revelation flowed

 

Now everything is seen through a glass darkly

We are Crucified with Christ.  We are New Creatures in Christ, the Righteousness of God in Christ, but cannot see the Truth clearly

 

Clarity is restored after the Implosion.  We now see Him face to face.

 

Adam and Eve saw clearly

 

Mankind was in a shadow

 

Jesus fulfilled the law

 

The Church saw clearly

Notice the attributes are listed but obscured.

 

Manifestation of the Sons of God.

 

Man had little or no sight

 

Implosion began.  Jesus destroyed the religious system

Now we see through dark glasses

Since the beginning of Acts 5 the church has been in the state described by Paul in 1 Cor. 13:12.  The church sees through the glass darkly or more precisely the church is legally blind or in a dark age.  The Lord has shown us the way out of this dark, distorted existence in which we try to live and serve Him.

In Acts 5:5 we know the terror type of fear entered the church.  This terror-type fear is from Satan.  His intention was to get the church off the foundation set by Jesus, out of operating by grace through faith, back under the law of sin and death, bound under fear and obligation living and making decisions through sense-realm knowledge.  The enemy succeeded.  Listen closely to and observe behavior as the messages from the pulpit are motivated by fear.  If the believer hears and receives the fear filled message, he is kept in bondage to religious duty, obligation and motivated by sin consciousness.

Fear has distorted our image of who we really are in Christ.  The Apostle Paul wrote several letters attempting to enlighten and provide us with the Truth.  Over the years a few have seen the Truth taught by Paul.  However, those who received this Revelation have been too few and far between to make a major impact on the world.

God never intended for the church, the Body of Christ to be an organization.  God’s intention was for the Church to be a living organism, a living Body.  Because Agape love has NOT been the church’s motivation, fear renders the church little more than a social organization.  The consequence is significant, as most members of the Body of Christ do not know what part of the Body they are or how to function.  Yet the Bible tells us in Rom. 12:4:   “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:” and in 1 Cor. 12:27:  “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.  God wants us to know who we are in Him and what we are to do.  2 Pet. 1:10:  “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.”   Notice the promise: ye shall NEVER fall! 

Time has come and we MUST take our place in the Body and become vital functioning members.  When your brain transmits a thought to your body to get up and walk to another room the entire body does its part.  Every member is committed to the same goal.  And so it is to be in the Body of Christ with Jesus as the Head of the Church.  The church today is not connected like it should be.  Each member is not hearing what the Head is telling it to do. The evidence is fragmentation and disunity.  The answer is very simple: GET CONNECTED.

In order to be vitally connected we must first allow the Lord Himself to implode our old traditional and religious belief system.  Jesus said that He would build His Church on the rock of Revelation.  You must seek Revelation from Him.  Then you will begin to look through the glass clearly.  You will see Him face to face through divine Revelation.


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