It’s synthetic, but the mainstream media (MSM) is telling you this is a “hoax”. This is anything but normal. Wigington says, “The bottom line in regard to the flash freeze that Texas was just hit with, we can debate the agenda behind these operations, but the fact that this was not an act of nature is beyond scientific question. . . .Those neck deep in the weather modification program are dictating what the scheduled weather will be. Because of the illegal federal gag order on the National Weather Service and NOAA, our nation’s weather people are actually reading scripts given to them by the geo-engineers themselves. We announced on February 6, almost two weeks before this event happened, that this was coming. So, there is no question this was a massive act of weather warfare. This is only a mere extreme example of what’s been occurring all over the globe for decades. It’s getting worse all the time because the unfolding climate collapse is getting worse all the time. It’s being further fueled by climate engineering. Expect such events to continue and worsen rapidly.”
Snow that doesn’t melt? What a great story, and, yet, we hear nothing in the news except it’s “fake” or a “hoax”. Weather people must be getting lots of videos showing the Texas snow that won’t melt. Why the silence? Why is the (MSM) calling this a “hoax”? Don’t believe your lying eyes says the MSM!! Wigington says, “All these weather agencies and (MSM) sources’ main job is to cover the tracks of the geoengineering (artificial modification of the Earth’s climate). Can you imagine if people all over the globe woke up to the fact that their weather has been completely hijacked and derailed? Then every single weather cataclysm becomes suspect as a result of these operations. This is toxic. We are breathing in these particles of heavy metals, polymers and surfactants. This hurts our immune system and makes us more susceptible to pathogens like CV19. Can you imagine if populations were awakened to the fact that they were doing this to them without their knowledge or consent? They are subjecting them to an experiment for which there is no return. GeoengineeringWatch.org is not a political organization. We are only trying to awaken people to the fact that we are under a very real and immediate assault. . . .The Texas Gulf Coast was recording temperatures that were 30 degrees colder than what was being recorded at the North Pole, and we are not being told that.”
Just when you thought it could not get worse, it does. Did geoengineering (commonly referred to as chemtrails) play a role in the CV19 so-called “Plandemic”? Wigington says yes, and he says, “Just look at the facts.” Wigington explains, “When you look at this statistically, you had 85 countries infected over the course of three days. That does not fit into any known model for a pathogen to spread that rapidly. There were different strains showing up in different regions. . . .The notion that this just spread by itself to that degree does not match any statistical possibility.”
Wigington backs up what he says with data, video and pictures of extreme weather caused by geoengineering. Wigington cites just one of thousands of examples on his site and says, “At GeoEngineeringWatch.org, you can search the ‘engineering winter’ section and look at the images we have. For example: 75 pound ice balls that are perfectly spherical ice balls on the shores of Lake Michigan, Baltic Sea and Arctic Sea in waters that are far too warm to support ice. In Lake Michigan, we had 40 pound ice balls in water that was 40 degrees. How can that possibly happen? We have pictures of Boston Harbor slushed over with ice where the sea water was 40 degrees as well. Sea water does not freeze until 28.4 degrees. How can this happen on this water body? It’s because of chemically nucleated dispersions. We are simply asking people to look at the data. Look at the patents. . . . One of their primary goals is to mask the severity of the environmental collapse from the population until the last possible minute to keep the population from panicking. They are so desperate to do this. . . .”
It is interesting to note that Matthew contains 6 out of the 7 instances where OUTER DARNESS is mentioned. The context surrounding the first instance is found in (Matthew 8:5-13) in the story of the Centurion’s slave being healed. Here we learn, the Centurion understood authority and told Jesus that He did not need to actually come to his home in order to heal him; Jesus only needed to speak the word and it would happen. Jesus’ response was as follows…
“He marveled and said to those who were following, ‘Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”(Matthew 8:5-13)
The first thing to notice is that the thrust of the warning concerns being rejected for participation in the banquet of the heavenly kingdom. It certainly includes the dire consequences of that rejection, but the focus is on what they are missing out on, which is why there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. It is a picture of mourning and great regret. Again, they are weeping for what they missed out on, not for what they are enduring.
The second thing to notice is that it concerns (at that time) God’s People! It was not a warning to the godless pagans. Rather, it is a warning to His followers, who had utterly neglected something very important that God requires from His children. The Jews were rejected by God for their stubborn refusal to share their revelation of God with outsiders. In fact they ended up crucifying their own Messiah out of their jealousy over Him welcoming outsiders. Christ came to show that God’s heart is for all people, the Jews however wanted to keep God and His promises all for themselves and see the rest of the world shut out. Just a cusery read of the jewish Talmud will reveal their hatred and disdain for any non-jew and especially for Jesus Christ their Messiah.
John Lightfoot in his Commentary on the New Testament From the Talmud and Hebraica, Volume 2, pg. 163 says the following concerning this verse and specifically the phrase “outer darkness,”
“For whatsoever ‘outer darkness’ signifies, whether the ‘darkness of the heathen’ (for to the Jews the heathen were ‘those that are without’) or the darkness beyond that…our Savior clearly intimates the Jews were thither to be banished.”
This is important because Scripture does not convey the idea that outer darkness is Hell, but rather the idea of being rejected and cut off from God, the true light. In the kingdom of Christ upon the earth, when the NEW JERUSALEM comes down to reside on earth, in that celestial city there is no TEMPLE for the Lamb will be light, and no one who is defiled or failed to live a sanctified life will ever be permitted to enter that wonderful place. Revelation was considered ‘light’ and the Jews prided themselves as being in the light, having received up to that point, in Jesus time, the greatest revelation of God. They considered all others to be blind for all the heathen see is darkness, they don’t have the light of God’s revelation. Which I might add was Israel’s very calling, to bring the light to the rest of the darkened world. Therefore, this parable has a dual application. It concerned the physical jews in Jesus day, but also applies to those of us who are born again through the seed of Christ (spiritual Israel).
Revelation 21:22-27 I saw no temple in it , for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple. The city has no need for the sun, neither of the moon, to shine, for the very glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk in its light. The kings of the earth bring the glory and honor of the nations into it. Its gates will in no way be shut by day, for there will be no night there, and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it so that they may enter. There will in no way enter into it anything profane, or one who causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. WEB (World English Bible)
Soto be cast into the outer darkness signified that the Jewish nation at that time was going to lose what little light they had. They were going to be in the same boat as the rest of the lost and darkened world. The Jews were very shortly going to reject their own Messiah and miss out on the next stage of the Kingdom of heaven (the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost and the subsequent fellowship of God in the Church Age). And ultimately they will miss out on the fullness of the Kingdom when Christ Returns.
I believe that the outer darkness is not speaking about Hell, but being “outside” of the privilege of God’s illumination, or revelation. And it is this warning that we ought to apply to ourselves as Christians. We cannot treat these warnings as if they only apply to the lost and unsaved, for they are already in the outer darkness. No, this warning, once given to the Jewish body, now applies to the Christian body at large.
Even children of God, His people, His body – the Church, believers, Christians, etc… will be held to a certain level of accountability. What that entails exactly will not be addressed here, but it should be the concern of every serious follower of Christ.
It is not my intention to scare anyone, nor to cause those who might be weak in faith to become anxious with fear. The issue that I really want the reader to come away with, in understanding what is really being addressed in these phrases – is that this warning is directed towards followers of God, not the unbelieving world, and as such holds a very real application for His people. Because of this fact it therefore does not fit with our modern concept of Hell. And as you will see, every single instance where Christ refers to “weeping and gnashing of teeth,” “the outer darkness” or “the furnace of fire” – concerns what we would call “God’s” people – not heathens.
The King’s Wedding Feast
Lets look at the next instance of this phrase, which is found in Matthew 22:1-14. It arrives in the midst of a particular parable that Jesus was giving to point out the fact that those who think they are part of God’s Kingdom will soon find that they were left out due to their inability to honor God by putting Him first. It is the parable of the wedding feast, where those invited made excuses not to come, so the king, being offended and dishonored, decided to open the banquet to those who would do anything to come – the poor and homeless. Since they were not people of privilege, they would see it as a great honor to be invited and would certainly not refuse. The rest of the text is as follows,
“But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
This again is not addressing heathens, but those who are called of God. Jesus was saying that being called isn’t enough, b/c of those who are called, only a few will actually be chosen. Not only were those originally invited excluded (which I believe refers to the “calling” on the Jewish nation, for they were certainly “called”), but even this unworthy fellow who was given such a privilege and even called a “friend” showed no respect to the King by his refusal to dress appropriately. This is a highly effective example of dishonor. Anyone in that culture upon hearing this parable would instantly recognize the offense. For them, dishonoring your host, especially if he was royalty, was incomprehensible. In that day you wore your best when invited for a feast, the fact that this man did not, especially for the King, showed his complete disrespect for all that the King stood for.
The parable is meant to show what disqualifies one from participation in the Kingdom and their sorrow over what they will lose, not what they will suffer. And those of us who have been blessed to be part of the ingathering of the Gentiles must be aware that we too can lose our calling through dishonorable actions and attitudes.
The Talents and the King’s Servants
The next reference is found in Matthew 25:14-30 where Jesus is again giving a parable. This parable concerns 3 servants of a certain man who gave each servant a certain amount of “talents.” Luke records this same parable with different details in 19:11-27. In Luke’s account the man is a nobleman, or royalty. In other words he was a potential king. He then goes on a long trip to a far away place to receive a kingdom (read Jesus and His going to heaven until His Return). On His Return He examines His servants’ use of the talents. 2 were wise, 1 was foolish. In the parable, the King then judges His foolish servant. Here is the end of it as Matthew records it.
“Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’ For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
It is not difficult to notice that this parable concerns servants of a King, not enemies. God’s children are the servants, not unbelievers, not the secular population, but Christians! It once again is not a threat of judgment on the unsaved populace, but upon God’s own people who have been given certain talents to invest in a hostile environment until His Return.
In Luke’s account the conflict of the parable concerns the servants who, in dealing business in their King’s name, will invite trouble upon themselves. Their environment is hostile b/c the parable makes it clear that the townsfolk did not want Him to reign over them. The townspeople were hoping that the king would not win the petition to inherit the kingdom. So during His absence there was a lot of tension between those who supported the possible future King and those who did not. The potential King would have most assuredly taken His army with Him, which would have left the servants in a somewhat defenseless position. The foolish servant was being selfishly wise by refraining from making his allegiance public. He was trying to remain neutral in order to survive. But this proved to be to his detriment. That is why the king praises His servants for their faithfulness, not their success. He was testing their allegiance to Him in the face of great hostility.
The application is obvious. We are the servants who have been left on earth to occupy and invest with His down payment (the Spirit; see Ephesians 1:14; 2 Corinthians 1:22, 5:5). The townspeople symbolize the unbelieving world; which do not want Christ to reign over them. If we, His servants, choose to remain inconspicuous to the world, refusing to take a stand for our King and His agenda, then we will lose out on inheriting the world when He returns.
This interpretation is confirmed by the fact that the “King” (Jesus) puts the wise servants in charge of cities, for we will inherit the earth and rule with Him over it (see Matthew 5:5; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 5:10, 20:6 and 1 Corinthians 6:2). Furthermore there is a definite difference between the judgment upon the foolish servant and the judgment on the townspeople who didn’t want Him to reign over them. The foolish servant gets the outer darkness, while the townsfolk get gathered together and slain in the King’s presence!
For those interested in a superb exposition on this parable, see Kenneth Bailey’s remarkable book Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, pgs 397-409.
While Matthew excludes the detail about the man being a king as well as the details about the townsfolk who don’t want Him to rule over them, Matthew’s record immediately follows this parable with statements from Jesus concerning His Return and His enthronement, which is a very clear picture of Kingship (vs. 31-46). Christ then proceeds to declare that from His throne He will judge the sheep and the goats. This is probably the most popular portion of the Bible mistakenly thought to prove an endless judgment (we will look at that in greater detail in the next series, which concerns judgment).
The only problem is that sheep and goats are both clean animals! They are both types and shadows of Christ, and by extension His Body. Nothing can be considered clean unless it has been cleansed by the blood of Christ. The goats are also a part of God’s body, cleansed like the sheep, albeit more rough. They did not understand His heart and mind towards the lost.
In this study of Scripture we see that the “outer darkness” rather than being a reference to Hell, is referring to losing the light of God’s special revelation (which is progressive). It is not a reference to some dark aspect of Hell, for Hell is a place of fire not darkness.
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“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13, 14).
There is a form of Christianity that professes to be evangelical and fundamental, but is dedicated to being an easy form of Christianity— in order to find acceptance among half-hearted and sin defiled modern church-goers. This “easy Christianity” has developed doctrines that smooth off the rough edges and right angles of genuine Christianity. These doctrines are very popular and are easily accepted. Why shouldn’t they be? They cater to the natural carnal human nature, which hates self-denial and especially loves the worship of pleasure—which are earmarks of this world’s modern day culture that has also crept into the present day Christian culture.
But know this: that in the last day’s perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money…without self-control …lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2 Tim 3:1-5)
It is because of these deep-rooted carnal tendencies found in humans, mentioned in the above text, that many are deceived into thinking that this “form of godliness” or easy Christianity is authentic. Jesus himself warned against it by telling us that genuine Christianity would be difficult to enter into and unpopular (“small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it”– Matthew. 7:14), whereas its counterfeit would be easy, popular, and ultimately be damning (“wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it”– Matthew 7:13). Therefore, we must ask ourselves… is MY Christianity authentic? Or, is it the easy, popular, and damning counterfeit version?
Easy to swallow False Doctrines
One popular false doctrine of “Easy Christianity” teaches that staying saved is all up to God—there are no “works” needed for salvation. This doctrine leaves professing Christians believing they will be saved irrespective of how they live. This doctrine is known as “Eternal Security.” Also when it comes to getting saved, another false teaching of “Easy Christianity” says, all we have to do to be saved is simply make a decision for Christ (this is the false doctrine of many modern popular evangelists—thanks to Billy Graham). Quite obviously, this approach to salvation makes Christianity an easy religion to embrace. Those who want a salvation they can get easily and keep even more easily are accommodated by these false doctrines of “Eternal Security” and “Salvation by Decision.”
However, the Biblical truth is that “Easy Christianity” is a counterfeit form of godliness, wrong about both getting saved and staying saved, since both are all up to God and His sovereign grace, even though both involve the intense activity of our hearts, minds, and wills. The Lord Jesus struck this balance on the matter of getting saved. “All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and the one who comes to me I will certainly not cast out” (John 6:37). The balance is perfect. The Word of God carries this balance into the matter of staying saved when Paul says, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12,13). There are “our works” that we must do, but it is because God works in us that we have the will and the ability to work out our salvation!
This balance is critical for avoiding an “Easy Christianity” while maintaining an authentic Christianity.
Cast Your Ballot!
“God has voted for you. Satan has voted against you. You must cast the deciding ballot.” By teaching this, many Evangelicals encourage people to believe that “getting saved” is simply a matter of making their decision for Christ by their own free wills. Such teaching is imbalanced and harmful!
What is wrong about teaching that “getting saved” is all up to our free wills?
It is wrong because it encourages proud self-sufficiency in the sinner. Everything is made to depend on his crucial decision for Christ, made by his unassisted free will. How flattering and inflating is this opinion of ourself! This is precisely the opposite of the attitudes required in response to the gospel! The Bible’s evaluation of the sinner is not so flattering! Jesus asserted, “No one can come to me, unless the Father who sent me draws him” (John 6:44). Paul tells the Ephesians that before sovereign grace they “were dead in their trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). Dead men do not decide for Christ! Such Biblical teaching is important, because there is hope in Christ only for those who find no hope in themselves.
It is in error also because it lowers the demands of the gospel and obscures the difficulty of true conversion. By making conversion at the crucial point dependent on unaided free will, this teaching encourages men to think that it is something they are able to do. Biblical faith and repentance are lowered to a decision for Christ because the demands of faith and repentance are more than free will can meet. The truth is that only God by mighty grace can enable men to believe and repent (Acts 5:31; 2 Timothy 2:25).
Do not rest satisfied and deceived by a decision for Christ that falls short of the faith and repentance bestowed by the free grace of God!
“Easy-believism” is one of “Easy Christianity’s” popular teachings. Like other false teachings “Easy-believism” is a perversion of truth. The Bible teaches–as Martin Luther and the Reformation proclaimed–that we are made right with God by faith in Christ alone. I agree that salvation is by faith alone, however the question is easy-faith or biblical faith!
Biblical faith demands and produces costly and radical changes in one’s life. Its essence is supreme commitment to Christ. “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37,38). Its Siamese twin is repentance. “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance… The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire” (Matthew 3:8,10). Its distinctive mark is that it produces good works. “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26). “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision, nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6).
If you’ve been told that you can have Christ as Savior without having Him as Lord; if you’ve been told that salvation is as easy as ABC; if you were assured that a momentary decision would save your soul, you’ve been taught “Easy-believism”. If you think that such believing will save you, you are deceived!
Free from the Law
This phrase from a popular gospel song epitomizes another teaching of “Easy Christianity.” The song has been pictued as follows: “Free from the Law! O happy condition! Sin all I want and still be forgiven.” Sadly, being free from the law means exactly this in “Easy Christianity.”
But aren’t Christians free from the law? Of course! They are free from the judicial and ceremonial law given to Israel. They are free from the moral law as the way to merit salvation. Thus, Scripture says, “you are not under law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14). But Christians are under the moral law as revealed in the Ten Commandments as a rule of life. In other words, they keep the law as the authoritative instructions of their Savior for living.
The New Testament demands such law-keeping!
“Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts” (1 Corinthians 7:19).
“Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law” (Romans 3:31).
“So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good” (Romans 7:12).
“Easy Christianity” offers freedom from the law, but such freedom is slavery to sin! The genuine Christian says, “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts” (Psalm 119:45).
Modern “Easy Christianity” – dedicated to effortless and carefree religion- has invented the doctrine of eternal security or “once saved-always saved.” With such insurance one who has boarded the “train bound for glory,” may relax and go to sleep. Having made his deposit in the bank of salvation, he may spend the rest of his money as he likes.
This is false doctrine! The Word of God nowhere teaches that once a man is born again he may give free rein to the lusts of the flesh and be as worldly as he pleases, yet still be sure of getting to heaven. Rather, it teaches, “If you live according to the flesh, you will die” (Romans 8:13).
“If anyone does not remain in me,” Jesus said, “He is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned” (John 15:6).
The Apostle Peter remarks, “It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to have known it and then to turn their backs…of them the proverbs are true `A dog returns to its vomit,’ and, `A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud'” (2 Peter 2:22,23).
Is there no assurance for the Christian that he will make it to glory? Of course there is! But it is found in the Reformation doctrine of the “Perseverance of the Saints.” Scripture teaches that all those who are once saved persevere in holiness and are finally saved. This is great comfort for the true Christian, but none to the one who wants carefree Christianity.
If your hope is in a decision or experience long past, but not followed to the present by a new life, your soul is not safe! Do not let such false assurance destroy you!
The “Carnal Christian Theory” is another of the teachings of “Easy Christianity” designed to take the pressure off the average church-goer… The “great” thing about this teaching is that it also takes pressure off the teachers of “Easy Christianity.” Time was that if “converts” went on in or went back to their ungodly lifestyles, they were labeled hypocrites or apostates. Now they are called “Carnal Christians.” This looks much better for the evangelists’ statistics and avoids painful evaluation of his message and methods.
What is the “Carnal Christian Theory”? Those who promote this say … “After you have invited Christ to come into your life, it is possible for you to take control of your life again. The New Testament, (1 Corinthians 2:14-3:3), identifies three kinds of people… These three kinds of people are “the natural man”,“the carnal man”, and “the spiritual man”. The carnal man is the “Christian who has invited Christ into his life,” but “is not trusting God” and in rebellion against the lordship of Christ has “taken control of his life again.” This is the theory as it is taught in the notes of a popular study Bible and the tracts of a well-known evangelistic organization. Many regard themselves as Christians because of it who are nevertheless under the wrath of God. Like false prophets its teachers cry, “Peace, peace; where there is no peace” (Jeremiah. 6:14 and 8:11).
Don’t you be deceived by them! Examine the Scriptures. The entire New Testament testifies against this theory. Read Romans 8:1-17, Ephesians 5:3-7, Galatians 5:19-26. Galatians. 5:24 epitomizes their teaching, “Those who belong to Christ have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” If your sinful nature has not been crucified by the grace of Christ, you are not a carnal Christian. You are not a Christian and need to become one.
The idea that a man may have Christ in his life but not on the throne of his life is the heart of the “Carnal Christian Theory.” We noticed already that this dangerous doctrine is contradicted by the entire New Testament. What about (1 Corinthians 3:1-4), its supposed proof-text, does it teach this theory?
The Apostle Paul was not only divinely inspired, but also perfectly sane–not given to contradicting himself in the space of a few lines. In the same letter he made perfectly clear what he would have said about this modern theory.
“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral not idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
What Paul says in (1 Corinthians 3:1-4) is that Christians can and do at times live and act like unconverted, worldly people. But when this is brought to true Christian’s attention, like it was in the text below, it is to expose how their carnal nature is leading them into sin. “Are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? for when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos, ” are you not mere men?” (1 Corinthians 3:3,4).
It is one thing in some areas at some times to falling into acting like unconverted people, but it is quite something else to be an unrepentant carnal person and have the carnal nature rule one’s life. Of such the Bible says, “their place will be the fiery lake of burning sulfur” (Revelation 21:8). May God deliver you from going to the place where all “Carnal Christians” will go!
Health and Wealth!
The drawing card for “Easy Christianity” is the gospel of health and wealth. This gospel teaches that because God loves His children it is not His will that they be poor or sick. All Christians could be healthy and wealthy if only they knew that God wanted them to be and had the faith to claim His promises! Some actually think that a luxurious home complete with swimming pool will be theirs, if only they believe God for it. Others are certain that terminally ill loved ones will get well, if it is claimed by faith.
Of course, false doctrine is often truth (added to) and taken at an extreme. There is an element of truth in the gospel of health and prosperity. It is true that God may make us healthy and prosperous in answer to our prayers! But the heart motivation for such requests must be pure and especially not based on false teaching. It is also true that godly living does have a general tendency to produce both healthy bodies and prosperity. Scripture warns against many sins that undermine health including the intemperate use of food, alcohol, and tobacco. The fruit of the Spirit is self-control (Galatians. 5:22). One who has been a Christian from youth often looks remarkably younger than his classmates at the 25-year reunion!
Scripture also teaches diligence and the avoidance of folly and excess in the use of money. Such qualities tend to produce prosperity. “Diligent hands bring wealth” (Proverbs 10:4).
Health and prosperity are good. They are produced by godly living. This is taught by the Word of God. The gospel of health and wealth is not. It has nothing to do with the gospel of Christ who warned men to count the cost before taking up their cross to follow Him (Luke 14:25-33). False prosperity teachings contradict the pure realities of the Word of God
Then there is persecution. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10). Persecution often ruins both the health and the wealth of the righteousness.
There is the sin that remains in every Christian thus wealth and health may not be in our best interest! Are we more holy that the Apostle Paul? “To keep me from becoming conceited…there was given me a thorn in my flesh…to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).
Ultimately, the problem with “Easy Christianity’s” gospel of health and wealth is a matter of timing. After Christ’s return, God does will perfect health and unimaginable wealth for his sinless people. When, however, such blessings are taught as present blessings for the Christian, the results can be cruel! Such teaching raises false hopes. When such hopes are smashed, such teaching adds to the burden of sickness and poverty -the false guilt of being told that only their wicked unbelief stands between them and healing or riches. May God deliver you from the cruelty of this false teaching of modern “Easy Christianity.”
Prophecy and the Tribulation
Another characteristic of the “Easy Christianity” is its fascination with prophecy. Other important topics may not draw the crowds, but prophecy will pack the house! The fact is, the popular, prophetic scheme panders to the carnal itch of many so-called Christians. Some who believe this scheme are serious Christians, but the scheme itself is made to order for “Easy Christianity.”
This is the case because this enemy tactic teaches that Christians won’t go through “The Tribulation.” The Bible teaches that just before the end of this age a short period of heightened wickedness, violence, and persecution will occur before Christ returns to rescue his people. This period is often called “The Tribulation.” From the earliest period of church history till the middle of the last century every Christian teacher taught that the church would go through “The Tribulation.” This did not surprise the church since it had known all along that “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).
Such a prospect, however, was totally unacceptable to the followers of “Easy Christianity.” Thus, the teaching became popular that Christ would secretly come before “The Tribulation” to take the church out of the world. Thus “comforted” those “Christians” who felt free to indulge their curiosity about prophecy secure in the knowledge that it would all happen after they were gone. Such curiosity was worse than useless, of course, since it could by definition have no personal application.
Amazingly, this teaching became popular despite the fact that the Bible never asserts it and, in fact, teaches the opposite in the clearest language (cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; 2:1-12; Matthew 24:29-51; Luke 17:22-37).
Oh, the power of the heart to deceive itself! Do you have the kind of Christianity that can enter the kingdom through many tribulations? Only such Christianity will save you!
Prophecy and the Judgment
Many followers of “Easy Christianity” love to study prophecy. But biblical prophecy has an annoying habit of returning again and again to the subject of the coming judgment. The words, “every man will be rewarded according to his deeds,” are often repeated in the Bible. For the uneasy consciences of many “form of godliness” Christians (1 Tim 3:5) such reminders spoil all their fun! To the rescue comes the popular, false prophetic teaching, found in the notes of a well-known study Bible. It assures them that their deeds will not be the standard by which their eternal destinies in heaven or The Lake of fire will be determined. Oh, no! If they have once made their “decision for Christ,” they will go to a judgment reserved only for Christians. Their deeds will only determine how big their bag of rewards will be. If they are content with a modest palace in the New Jerusalem, they need not worry about a holy life or good works.
Such teaching obscures and perverts the Biblical teaching on judgment and endangers the souls of men! We ARE judged by our deeds, because our deeds show our characters! Those whose deeds and character are bad have never become a Christian! Jesus said, “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree rotten, and its fruit rotten; for the tree is known by its fruit…And I say to you, that every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned” (Matthew 12:33-37). There is one judgment at which our deeds will determine whether we are authentic Christians and whether our destinies will be heaven or the Lake of Fire (Matthew. 25:31-46; Acts 17:31; John 5:28,29; Romans 2:7-10; 2 Peter 3:3-13).
More than ever we are taught to be a tolerant society. Even sin does not anger most Christians anymore. Nothing, that is, except someone who is not as tolerant as we are! people can tolerate anything except the person who won’t tolerate sin! No wonder their favorite Bible verse is (Matthew 7:1), “Judge not that ye be not judged.”
The new “unpardonable sin” is “judging.” What a blessing this “new commandment” is to “Easy Christianity.” Hypocrites can flaunt their violations of the Word of God and yet parade unchallenged as Christians. No one dares call them sinners or worse yet hypocrites for (“Oh, Horrors!”) that would be “judging them.”
Tell anyone nowadays that he or someone else is sinning and you will be immediately rebuked, “Don’t Judge!” Is such a use of this verse proper? It clearly is not.
It can’t mean that we must give up all spiritual discernment in order to be “loving Christians.” Five verses later Jesus says, “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6). This command assumes the exercise of spiritual discernment. A few verses later Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets…You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15,16,20). Again Jesus demands spiritual discernment. In Jesus’ view it is not “judging” to conclude that someone is a false prophet.
Is it, perhaps, our duty to keep such discerning conclusions to ourselves in order to avoid “judging”? Emphatically not! (Matthew 7:1) does not teach that it is sinful to confront sin and, if necessary, publicly expose evil. If this were so, how could Jesus say, “And if you brother sins, go and reprove him…?” How could Jesus go on to say, “And if he refuses to listen…tell it to the church”? (Matthew 18:15,17). How could Jesus’ apostle, Paul, say, “Do you not judge those who are within the church? … Remove the wicked man from among yourselves” (1 Corinthians 5:12,13).
(Matthew 7:1) does not forbid us either to form or express our opinions about such hypocrites. Jesus expressed such an opinion in this very verse. In (Matthew 7:5) He said, “You hypocrite.” John the Baptist expressed his opinion of the Pharisees publicly to their faces, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” (Matthew 3:7). We must do the same. Jesus in this very chapter (Matthew 7:15,16,20) commanded, “Beware of false prophets…you will know them by their fruits.”
It’s time for Christians to stop being bound by such false interpretations and to start dealing with sin. “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive with them” (Proverbs 28:4)
The refusal to exercise moral discernment is a confession of moral bankruptcy! May God embolden us to stop tolerating sin in ourself and others!
1 Corinthians 11:31-32
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
A long-time employee of Walmart contacted me to tell me about a direct link between Walmart and the government. We’ll call him Frank. (I generally hate those “unnamed source” articles, but occasionally the option to share someone’s name just isn’t there. I know this fellow personally and he has no reason to make this up.) Some people will dismiss this article because I’m unable to disclose the gentleman’s name or the store where he works. That’s totally up to you. Now, according to what Frank told me, it looks like Walmart’s world domination plan may (go way beyond) housing people. The following italicized text is Frank’s own words.
The connection between Walmart and the government
So where do I start? I still work for Walmart, but I’m not sure for how much longer. I’ve been employed by them for 25+ years but may not survive the next restructuring.I have seen many things and have witnessed a clear connection between Walmart and the government. Remember after the tragedy of September eleventh all the Walmart TVs had the “if you see something say something” commercials playing 24-7. That’s an example of those connections I was talking about.Going back to the early to mid-1990s, the US military studied Walmart logistics system and implemented that technology in their own logistics network. Walmart is a facilitator. We’ll talk more about those logistics in a moment.
How everything came to be made in China
Why do you think everything is made in China? Walmart approached China in the ’90s to build products. Then they went to the vendors telling them we want you to build your items in China. That way you can make more $ and give us a cheaper price. We know people and will introduce you.
This has influenced other large American businesses.
Then other companies followed suit. The same goes for managing their employees. What Walmart does, other companies follow.
Here’s how Walmart is tied into national preparedness
Now let’s apply that philosophy to preparedness. Walmart wants more business, right? Well, if you’re the only store open after a disaster you will have business up the ying-yang.Walmart’s logistics network is coast to coast with its own trucks, warehouses, supply networks, and retail stores. If the power goes down and Walmarts still can operate (with government help and security) how much money will they make?
I do believe Walmarts will be used as a distribution hub in local communities for essential goods like food and medicine. All of this would be under government control and protection. Need your prescription after an EMP? Stand in line at Walmart with Humvees keeping order.
Then there is the psychological aspect. After hurricanes local governments want the Walmart’s to be the first businesses to reopen. Why is that? To restore a sense of normalcy to communities and get people to move on. Walmart will most certainly be part of a post-event world. Their warehouses will collect goods, their trucks will deliver under government security, and their stores will provide the distribution place for your food and medicine. All under the watchful eye of the authorities.
How Walmart could play a key role in restoring order
There is also market saturation. Many communities have a Walmart, but larger cities have several at key locations along major highways and intersections. Perfect places for checkpoints to keep things under control. There are Walmarts everywhere so they could be the face of restoring order.
Let me also touch on civil unrest. If an area is acting up, they’ll close the Walmart to force compliance.The camera systems in stores are everywhere and those images pop up everywhere. How many times have you seen a picture of someone stealing or something and have seen this person on FB or some other platform? So that system could be used to identify trouble makers and is, therefore, an intelligence-gathering device. This system is already well known to local law enforcement as a tool of identification. The connections are already in place.
Remember, Walmart is a facilitator.I believe the things I have mentioned are one major event from becoming a reality. The systems are in place and the planning becomes more refined every day. -End of quote-
What if you could only buy supplies in one store? Imagine a world in which there was only one place you could get supplies. This store is backed and secured by the United States military. This store still has cameras everywhere, it has all the essential supplies like food, medicine, hardware, winter coats.
If Frank is right about all this, imagine the level of control that kind of monopoly could provide. If you don’t behave, you can’t get into the store to get the things your family needs. You will be surveilled constantly when you’re in the store. (Heck, you’re already surveilled constantly in Walmart.)
Maybe while everyone has been worried about Big Tech and Amazon controlling the country, what we should have been worried about is Walmart. Perhaps Walmart has been quietly positioning itself to be the only source of food, medicine, and supplies available in the aftermath of a national SHTF event.
Talk about power. They wouldn’t need FEMA camps if all the merchandise available is owned by one company and that company is in cahoots with the government.
The ability to be self-reliant will never be more important than during a time in which distribution is centralized. When you must have a certain life-saving supply, like antibiotics for your child, you will have no option but to comply with the rules of those who hold that merchandise.
Many of My children are concerned for their futures…what they will eat, where they will live, what they will wear, but I am guiding My children who can hear Me now…some to store up grain, some to build shelter, some to become skilled farmers and hunters.
A time of great hunger comes in the future for all the world. Wild beasts will not roam the earth abundantly as they do now, for there will be no food for them and there will be a great dying off.
NOTE: I saw in the Spirit that something happens to the oceans as well where the fish in it cannot live as before. Something makes the water unlivable for them and they die.
Precious little food shall abound and what is (available) will be controlled by the wicked. In this time, you must guard yourselves against turning away from Me (I saw He meant denouncing Him in return for food) in exchange for food for yourselves and your little ones. If you will instead focus on believing in Me more, I will supply you with food far superior to what you could get yourselves.
When that time of great hunger comes, I will guide each of My children to where they should be and there will be no lack for those who truly believe Me and walk in My ways. Focus on Me, and I will guide you. Focus on Me.
Obama has succeeded in his attempt to position the government to control all food through nationalizing the resource, the forces to eliminate the ownership of family farms is underway. The purpose is to allow whoever is the President to be able to use food against the American people as a weapon as did Stalin, Hitler and Mao and so many other despotic dictators. The cherry on top of this new attempt in using food as a weapon is the new Biden 45% capital gains tax. This will eventually force a transfer of the control of family farms to large corporate farmers beholding to the new administration. And are they ever getting desperate! The globalist minions 0f 2013, known in part as the Obama administration, do not want the public reading about the NDAA, Executive Order 13603 (EO). Extreme censorship, today, is partially responsible for the repression of this truth. The truth is that Obama created a framework from a future President, originally planned to be Hillary, would fully enslave America and remove the Constitutional Republic once and for all. Biden is the second attempt in this endeavor.
While we are at it, do not forget that the meat packing plants are still closed and the food supply chain is still broken. If you have not been storing food, you might be too late!
Lying In the Bushes
Obama’s EO 13603 has been lying dormant for nearly 8 years. Some have said that if Obama was going to act on his EO, why would he have not done it before leaving office? The answer is so painfully obvious, Obama did not have the support he needed to act against the very people that he is Constitutionally sworn to protect. Are we really supposed to believe that Obama would codify, through administrative fiat, on his own volition, the governmental blueprint to seize every asset in the country, including you, if he was not going to use this self-appointed authority at some point in time? Perhaps he is simply laying the groundwork for the coming dark days of a Hillary Presidency or whomever will be the next globalist minion President and now, we know that to be Biden-Harris.
The fact remains that during the tenure of Obama, the NDAA was passed which can snatch you off of the street with no due process. So, when we consider the context of EO 13603, we should all be nervous.
Re-Introducing Slavery to America
According to EO 13603, the President, or the head of any federal agency that he shall designate, can conscript “persons of outstanding experience and ability without compensation,” in both “peacetime and times of national emergency.”
Sec. 502. Consultants. The head of each agency otherwise delegated functions under this order is delegated the authority of the President under sections 710(b) and (c) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2160(b), (c), to employ persons of outstanding experience and ability without compensation and to employ experts, consultants, or organizations. The authority delegated by this section may not be redelegated.
This means that any President, thanks to Obama, and their fellow communists, can seize any resource, property, or person at any time for any reason, including being able to force that person to perform assigned labor without being paid. There is only ONE word for forced, “uncompensated employment”. That would is slavery. Congratulations President Obama, you have effectively repealed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Section 601 of the act specifies, in part, how far the government can go in terms of making you their slave.
Sec. 601. Secretary of Labor. (a) The Secretary of Labor, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of other agencies, as deemed appropriate by the Secretary of Labor, shall: (1) collect and maintain data necessary to make a continuing appraisal of the Nation’s workforce needs for purposes of national defense; (2) upon request by the Director of Selective Service, and in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, assist the Director of Selective Service in development of policies regulating the induction and deferment of persons for duty in the armed services; (3) upon request from the head of an agency with authority under this order, consult with that agency with respect to: (i) the effect of contemplated actions on labor demand and utilization; (ii) the relation of labor demand to materials and facilities requirements; and (iii) such other matters as will assist in making the exercise of priority and allocations functions consistent with effective utilization and distribution of labor; (4) upon request from the head of an agency with authority under this order: (i) formulate plans, programs, and policies for meeting the labor requirements of actions to be taken for national defense purposes; and (ii) estimate training needs to help address national defense requirements and promote necessary and appropriate training programs
If the above section was merely going to be a military draft, then the Secretary of Labor would not have to be involved. However, as you will note the “Secretary of Labor, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense and heads of other agencies, as deemed appropriate by the Secretary of Labor, shall… assist in the development of policies regulating the induction and deferment of persons for duty in the armed services;… formulate plans, programs, and policies for meeting the labor requirements of actions to be taken for national defense purposes; and (ii) estimate training needs to help address national defense requirements and promote necessary and appropriate training programs…”. Refer back to section 502 of sections 710(b) and (c) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2160(b), (c); these are the people that the Secretary of the Labor will conscript in order “to employ persons of outstanding experience and ability without compensation and to employ experts, consultants, or organizations”. This, my fellow Americans, is a civilian conscription and this is why the Secretary of Labor is in charge instead of the head of the Selective Service! Under these provisions, the government believes that they can send you anywhere, to work on anything of their choosing.
So far in this series, we established the fact that this new administration is planning to implement the worst of the Holocaust and a whole lot more as evidenced by the following:
The use of genocidal language by senior government officials (re: “Enemies within”-“Trump supporters are going on a list.” This is the language of Nazi genocide.
The destruction of the American economy through the use of lockdowns and the quarantining of the healthy for the first time in American history. The net effect is a destroyed economy. The military is significantly weakened and makes America much more vulnerable to attack. The citizens capacity to resist is weakened due to the state of the economy. The public has been placed under control, in a state of soft martial law.
In the past several weeks, the FBI has released MAGA impersonators, armed with explosives and these same types are known Antifa types who were subsequently removed from the Terrorist Watchlist. Major false flags are coming. This will provide the pretext to place the entire country under extreme martial law and Executive Order 13603 will be implemented by Biden or Harris. This will effectively eliminate all resistance.
This article established, through a review of EO 13603 and its reintroduction of slavery, demonstrates that Nazi-style labor camps are being planned for.
I have very bad news America. This is only the tip of the iceberg for what is coming and it is all codified into law in one form or another and this will be the topic of the next installment of the CSS.
God’s people are feeling it. But it is not just dark weather. It is a spiritual invasion that was prophesied in the Bible. It is now here with an assignment to destroy the Church and God’s people which include God’s remnant elect. It is attacking with confusion, deception, discouragement, and it wants to destroy with sadness, depression with the agenda of causing the self destruction of God’s people through suicide.
Brethren, the darkness that has overtaken our nation is here, and I am sounding the alarm about it. It will seek to destroy all Christians through deception, as well as their households, their marriages, and their lives.
I recommend watching the video OPERATION RESCUE, it will explain the present spiritual emergency and present God’s remedy. This is a very important message that everyone needs to hear. Please share it with everyone that you know.
One last thought … don’t be deceived by False Ministers who come Wrapped up in some Truth, for ANY “little leaven” will spoil you! So make sure that you …
Dear beloved Body of Christ! PLEASE PRAY FOR GOD’S MERCY UPON Becky, my ex-daughter-in-law of 25 years. She became a prodigal child and is now walking through the reaping season of some bad choices that she sowed as seeds of destruction. She is now the first to admit this, but it has brought her back home to the Father! She was the head intercessor for our ministry for many years, and has a POWERFUL anointing for prayer, that the enemy wanted to destroy. Through her writings on her Facebook page at: VISION‘S EXPRESION she is being given many opportunities by the Lord to again pray for others. My prayer is that God will RESTORE her completely. She now suffers with seizures, crones disease and severe emphysema. Thank You…Karen
By Becky Butler
God has awakened me unto another day. Will it be a struggle, or will it be blessed in His Grace?
That decision has a lot more to do with me than it does with Him. It is a reflection upon me on my relationship with the Lord that I adjust and tweak until Grace can flow more freely throughout My day.
This is the Day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! It doesn’t say to be glad just on good days or ok days, but this is THE day that the LORD has made, today, THIS Day.
-Psalms 118:24 This is the day that the Lord had made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.
A nod to taking one day at a time. It doesn’t say these are the days; it says this is the Day. Today. Get THROUGH today. That’s it, that’s all we have to do. I know those days contain an absolute plethora of scenarios, but God has made the day. God, the Father, MAKES OUR DAY! literally and spiritually. He makes our day. Thank you, Jesus. You always make my day.
On days that I can dance in Your presence, or when I’ve collapsed and need You for support and Your hand to lift me up. You Do just that. As you never leave or forsake me. You are with me in my ups and downs to get through when I need to, which is at times minute by minute, hour by hour, or day by day, through prayer by prayer.
Hebrews 13:5 I will NEVER LEAVE you, or FORSAKE you.
Lord, Jesus, I will never forget you in my hundreds of falls, for You never forget about me ever. Period. Over. Done. You helped me up every time I have fallen and with a seizure disorder that is ALOT. This past year has been so difficult on so many days.
The unknown beset me and in the shock of the unfamiliar, I had to make my way to You. As you are always right there with me. I just need to collapse before you and dwell in your presence and rest in Your strength.
I Praise and Thank You, Jesus, for making my way straight, even if I have hundreds of falls, literal, spiritual, or physical; You arise in the midst of me and make a way where is no way. Thank you, Jesus, for Your love, Your Grace, Your Strength, and Your ways to get us through.
Because very few, if any, ever completely rise above the background of the age in which they have lived and the society they grew up in, our background and culture becomes huge determining factors in how we as Christians interpret Scripture, or what we choose to believe and practice, according to our Biblical understanding. Unfortunately, if much of what we understand as Biblical truth has not come to us as a direct inspired revelation from the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ, who posses the Spirit of truth, we are subject to error and deception because we are not able to understand and see things as God does, so in our natural mind things can and do get all twisted.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil (bad) good, and good evil (bad); Who put darkness for light, And light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, And sweet for bitter! WEB (World English Bible)
As carnal human beings we are blinded by our own ignorance; we are led astray by our own prejudices; our minds and eyes are darkened by our own errors (many of which we are blind to) and by our own passions. When this is the case, only Jesus, through His Holy Spirit of truth, can open our eyes until we are able to see the truth.
When the Apostle Paul was inspired by God to write what the Holy Spirit had revealed to him, as a founding Apostle of the Christian Church, he made it very clear, that what He wrote would also be received and understood by those who also had the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ residing in them. Many had a hard time understanding or even believing what God’s Holy Spirit had revealed to Paul. Thus, many started their own followings on their own private twisted interpretations of the Scriptures. Thus, many truths that Paul was given at the time did not become part of their Christian belief system.
(2 Peter 3:15-16) “…our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given to him, wrote to you; as also in all of his letters, speaking in them of these things. In those are some things hard to be understood, which the ignorant and unsettled twist, as they also do to the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.” WEB
Likewise, those who profess to be a “follower” of Jesus, but do not have the Spirit of Christ residing on nor in them, will again remain ignorant regarding the truth when it is proclaimed by those being inspired by the Holy Spirit. Those void of the Holy Spirit’s insight cannot discern spiritual evil from Good.
(1 Corinthians 14:37-38) If any man thinks himself to be a prophet(i.e. speaking what God has spoken), or (thinks himself to be) spiritual (i.e., possessing the Spirit of Jesus Christ) he will have superimposed knowledge (from the Holy Spirit) and will recognize the things which I write to you (i.e as being from the Holy Spirit), and that they are the commandments from the Lord. But if any man be ignorant (lit: lacks information or ignores the Holy Spirit),let him be ignorant(This is also translated according to Vincent’s Word Study: “he is one whom God knows not.”).ALT (These verses are an Alternate Literal Translation from the Greek interlinear Bible)
It is also worth noting that ONLY true disciples can have their eyes opened to the true understanding of the Scriptures by Jesus Christ who posses the truth.
(Luke 14:45) Then (i.e., because they were disciples) he [Jesus] opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures.
This then, brings me to a very important aspect of the gospel preached by Jesus Himself, and one which is often glossed over by many, who are trying to reconcile sinners to God. I am referring to what Jesus said is REQUIRED of ALL who want to become a DISCIPLE (i.e. meaning, one who is taught the Scriptures by the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ). I want to more closely examine what Jesus preached concerning what was required, He said:
(Luke 14:26) “If anyone comes to me, and doesn’t hate his own father, mother, wife (i.e., spouse), children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also (NOTE: having to HATE these relationships mentioned above, requires renouncing these things as sin if they are more important to us than our relationship with Jesus Christ, this means we must repent for not “hating” these other relationships, otherwise, Jesus says if a person won’t do this…), he can’t be my disciple.
In order to get us to understand the impact that true discipleship is to have on our lives, Jesus said we must HATE what our carnal nature LOVES, when it comes to all human relationships and especially our own relationship with our worldly carnal life! When we don’t understand what Jesus is really telling us, this very first requirement for genuine discipleship cannot be met. So what does it mean to hate ourselves and other carnal human relationships?
The Greek word for HATE is NT:3404 miseo (mis-eh’-o); which by extension means: to love less; the CWSD (Complete Word Studies Dictionary) states: “hate” is used in an exaggerated and relative sense to express how much we must hate or detest our strong preference of loving something (i.e carnal human relationships) more than another (i.e., Jesus)… as also stated in:
(Matthew 10:37-38) He who loves father or mother more thanme(G-NT:5228 huper) is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me isn’t worthy of me… He who doesn’t take his cross (i.e., die to self) and follow after me, isn’t worthy of me …
As a counselor and teacher of God’s Word, I have found very few who are willing to choose to become a serious student who will obey and put into practice what they learn from the Word of God (i.e., Jesus – the Word of God).
Please understand that a TRUE DISCIPLE is not just a FOLLOWER of Jesus Christ, as many simply define discipleship. By that I mean, it is possible to be a follower of JesusChrist without being a disciple; its like being a camp-follower without being a soldier of the king; or to be a hanger-on in some great work without pulling your own weight. Once I heard it said that someone was talking to a great scholar about a certain person attending his lectures. He said to the scholar, “So and so tells me that this person was one of your students.” The teacher answered sadly, “He may have attended my lectures, but he was not one of my students.” This has always been one of the supreme problems in the church, there are so many distant followers of Jesus and so few real disciples.
Many professing Christians love to hang out and follow “Christian events” that are happening, (e.g., in conferences, local churches, or even home Bible studies etc.) because it inspirestheir emotions or entertainstheir carnal nature or meets their desire for “socializing.” However, not many are willing to make being taught and becoming obedient to the Word (Jesus) their # 1 priority in their life. Jesus also faced this same thing when He began teaching the people and with the many signs and wonders He performed. But when it came time to receive what he taught them, many could not receive it.
(John 6:60-61,64,66) Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying! Who can listen to it?” … But Jesus knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? … At this, many of his disciples went back, and walked (followed) no more with him. WEB
Counting the Cost of Being a True Disciple
If your read the context of the above text, revealing that many followers of Jesus walked away from Him, you will see it was due to the fact they could not understand what He was teaching them, and it actually offended them. True Disciples have the willingness to trust the Lord, even when they don’t have the ability to understand all the Word of God, because they know who He is, the revealer of all truth to those who seek Him.
John 6:67-69 Jesus said therefore to the twelve, “You don’t also want to go away, do you?” … Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life… We have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Those who continued on as true disciples, were the twelve who had genuinely “counted the cost” for becoming a disciple, and were ultimately given the gift of God’s Holy Spirit, which is another proof or should I say reward of true discipleship
(Luke 14:27-28) Whoever doesn’t bear his own cross, and come after me, can’t be(Literal ALT: is without authority, ability or strength to be) my disciple … For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough(i.e., authority, ability or strength) to complete it?
Being a true disciple is not something that can be accomplished through our own authority, ability or strength, because it requires that we become a martyr. A martyr is one who is willing to lay down their own life for a cause. All true disciples are willing to die to self in order to crucify their human carnal desires, and even be willing to be murdered for the cause of Christ if need be. Without being given the Holy Spirit from Jesus, a disciple will not have the strength or ability to do so, because Satan’s spirit of fear rules their life more than the Holy Spirit of Christ. Thus, the fear of dying to selfish desires (which may look good and even seem nobel but in reality are for self’s pleasure, security or comfort). Having to suffer the loss of these desires for the cause of Christ, is offensive to our carnal nature. It is only through the gift of God’s Holy Spirit’s dunamis power, which is God’s ability, power and resources given to us, which enable us to live the life of a genuine Christian disciple. When this is the case, all fears of being deprived of or laying down self’s desires, no longer rule the life of a true disciple.
Followers Do Not Have God’s Power but True Disciples Do
(Acts 1:8) But you will receive power (GNT 1411 dunamis: God’s power, ability and resources) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses(GNT:3144 martus a “martyr”) to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.”WEB
This is why we see so many professing “followers” trying to live the Christian life, but only through their own human strength or will power. Sadly, they only keep falling back into their “old carnal sinful ways” and struggle with all kinds of unhealed issues affecting their mind, will and emotions. All because they are not willing to renounce and forsake what they love and desire more than obeying Jesus Christ, so they can be filled with power from God’s Holy Spirit.
Matthew 19:21-22 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, (lit: become fully matured) go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me(Jesus was inviting him to become a disciple). But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sad, for he was one who had great possessions.
Being a disciple leads to living a sanctified life producing spiritual fruit that is proof of our spiritual maturity and wholeness, so we can then qualify to receive our inheritance as true saints of God.
Ephesians 1:17-18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you (i.e., as disciples) the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 so that the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened; that you may experience the hope of(lit: a total expectation to fulfill)His calling(i.e. to become a saint and receive), what are the riches of that glory of His inheritance through the saints(expanded literal meaning of this phrase says: saints serve as instruments to accomplish His ultimate goal).
It is a Christian’s first duty then, to count the cost of following Christ. We must honestly ask ourselves these questions:
“have I really been willing to pay the price of death to self?
2. Do I love other things or people more than I love God’s Word and truth (i.e. Jesus who called the “word of God”) and lastly…
3. “am I really a true disciple who has forsaken all, or merely a “follower?”
If we are intimated by the high demands of Jesus Christ that require forsaking all to become a true disciple, we must always remember that he has not left us to fulfil His requirements on our own or by our own power. He who called us to His steep and narrow road will walk with us every step of the way and be there at the end to meet us with our heavenly inheritance, that all saints, who are the mature Christians, ware going to receive.
Hebrews 13:5-6, 8 Let your conduct be free from covetousness (i.e., self’s desires); be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” … So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear … Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. NKJV
If this truth is not a reality to us, we will give up our quest for maturity through holiness and there will be no building up of or maturing in, our Christian life. The sad truth is that a carnal (self-indulgent) Christian is a spiritually INCOMPLETE or immature Christian with (i.e., an un-healed/un-sanctified) areas in their life and cannot properly represent true Christianity to a lost and dying world. When a person is not spiritually maturing, they will have no power to remain steadfast in the true faith. Instead, they will be double minded (i.e. spirit led one minute, carnally led the next), disobedient, compromisers who become candidates for deception and back sliding. Those in this place become a humiliating affront not only to the body of Christ, but to God Himself, when there is no progress or fruitful growth in their life.
(Luke 14:29-30, 33) Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, but is not able (literally means: having no “dunamis” or supernatural power/ability) to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him, … saying, ‘This man began to build, and wasn’t able (literally: had no dunamis power/ability) to finish… So therefore whoever of you who doesn’t renounce(lit: reprioritize) all that he has(lit: posses), he can’t be my disciple. WEB
Those of us who are true disciples are in fellowship with God through Jesus Christ (the word of God). We have all we need to not only run our race, but to finish our race victoriously. Our partnership with Christ, God’s anointed… will keep us strong and blameless to the very end of our life.
(1 Corinthians 1:7-9) You have every spiritual gift you need, as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ… He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, for he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. NLT
Jesus said to those who had believed in Him …
(John 8:31-34) AMP If you abide in My word and hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them, you are truly My disciples… And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free… Jesus answered them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, whoever commits, and practices sin is the slave of sin… So if I the Son liberate you, I make you free men, then you are really and unquestionably free. AMP
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