a mother’s love for her children

The State is a bad mother; she is cruel and she does not love you. Likewise,
The Church (or The Caliphate or The Lubavitch Chabad, etc) is a bad mother; she is cruel and she does not love you. These mothers most definitely will not protect you.

Oh Jerusalem Jerusalem, how Jesus longs to gather you under His wings, but you are not willing. Unlike those other ladies (actually they are impersonal corporations), He is, nurturing, warm, compassionate, faithful and loving to the little chicks. Are you still over there trying to get love from those substitute mothers? They will betray you before long, lead you astray and hurt you. Those women don’t care about you! Little chicks, Jesus longs to gather all of you, His children, under the loving protection of his wings.

Unwittingly putting self at the center

Originally posted on Ian Vincent:

The trap the “mystics” fell into was they made their personal experience with God the ultimate goal of their life, and hence, unwittingly, put self at the center and became self-serving. Many modern charismatics have fallen into the same deception.

Perhaps some would be shocked to learn that spiritual experiences, though important, are not the ultimate goal of the Christian life. To love and glorify God, to know Him by faith, and to do His will is the ultimate goal: something for Him, not something for me: THIS is the ultimate goal.

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Yemen

Dear powers that be, leave Yemen alone. I know you have your big plans and all, but, see,I had tea and cookies with these beautiful (completely veiled) Yemeni women, I played with their sweet little children, and I have empathy and affection for them. I also observed the kind behavior of their husbands, sitting at a distance from us. And while you are at it, also leave Liberia, Albania, Russia, Ukraine, all of Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Palestine and Syria alone too. “Kill them all”, women and babies, you say, as this is your will. And like psychopaths you don’t care you have no empathy. But Jesus has empathy and He is not defeated. He does the will of His Father. He is the savior of all these very precious little sheep and it is His will that He lose none of the sheep given to Him, but raise them up on the last day.

The Ministry Loyalty Contract and the seduction of evil

But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a complete and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Cor:11:3

But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a complete and pure devotion to the Christian Ministry Organization, Policies, Contractual Requirements and Leadership.

But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a complete and pure devotion to The Church Membership Contract and The Pastor.

Wait, what? That’s not what the verse says.

The serpent deceived by means of the lie. The lie was the foundation of evil. The lie is evil because it seduces God’s people away from pure devotion to Christ.

Many Churches require members to sign a loyalty contract. Some of these are online; go see for yourselves. One extremely successful International Christian, Neo-Evangelical/ecumenical ministry requires their staff members to agree to or promise to submit to certain behavior, for example, not ever being critical of the ministry or the leadership.

A quote from one ministry policy handbooks states, “A critical attitude of fellow staff, of the — ministry or of other individuals or groups shall be considered as evidence of disloyalty to Christ, and shall be accepted as an act of resignation.”

(The previous phrase was bolded by myself.)

So basically, if you are a member of this Church or Christian Organization, you better not question it! You better not disobey it! You better not critique it! You better not examine it! You better not discern it! You better not think critically! You better not ponder your unquestioned loyalty to it! Because if you do, this proves your disloyalty to Christ!

If you have to agree to requirements such as these, or sign any Church loyalty contract or any Christian ministry loyalty contract, in which you covenant your allegiance and obedience and submission to the organization, and to the Leaders,

you simply are not free in Christ.

If you have to agree to or sign a contract in which you covenant yourself to not criticize, or question or challenge the group, then you are not free in Christ! You are bound.

Dear ones, Be free! This is why Christ set us free! For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1.

Loyalty and devotion to Church Inc., or Ministry or Christian Organization or Leaders is NOT equal to loyalty to Christ.

If you are told that they are equal, you are being LIED TO. You are being asked to submit to evil, for evil is always founded on a lie. The mind must be seduced for one to agree to and submit to this lie. The seduced mind has therefore been deceived into believing and accepting a lie. The lie is then put into practice (translated into actions or obedience to the lie), and the mind is bound to evil, no longer free in Christ.

Remember: lies=evil.

Submit not to evil; rather submit to Christ. Be devoted not to evil, be devoted to Christ. Be loyal not to evil, be loyal to Christ.

new wineskins for new wine

New wine must be put into new wineskins. Luke 5:38

Jesus, the new wine!

The old wineskins: Religions, Churches, Pharisees, Legalists, Leaders, Experts, Theologians, Religious Professionals, Gurus, Gnostics, Scribes, Monks, Councils, Creeds, Synods, Authors, PhD’s, Clergies, Consultants, Seminaries, Institutions, Organizations, Ministries, Movements, Buildings, Traditions, Laws, Contracts, Conferences, Committees, Conventions, Conclaves, Seminars, Advisory Boards, Panels, Governments, Parties, Societies, Philosophies, Plans, Kingdoms, Nations, Cities, Merchants, Armies, Family Empires, Financiers, Corporations, Business ventures, …..

The new wineskins: you and I!

exhortations from the Kingdom of heaven

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:14

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. Mark 10:15

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, 2Tim.2:8

Sitting on the 3rd floor balcony of my motel room, having a morning cup of coffee, I saw her walk into the parking lot below and enter the trash bin shed. There she changed clothes and re-arranged her packs of stuff, then started rifling thru the trash, collecting paper takeout boxes of discarded leftovers and putting them in a plastic bag.

She saw me and walked over towards me and spoke first. She was physically vulnerable. She was humble and gentle. She was homeless. She was a middle-aged female. She was like the kind of person that many would disregard as completely insignificant and of no value to “society” whatsoever. She spoke as a child. Some would say she sounded “crazy.”

“Watch out for my husband, if you see him!” (she described what he looks like.) “He is a pedophile and an abuser, he gave me AIDS. I met him at Church and he fooled me and hurt me and my children bad. Be careful and watch out for the fake Christians.”

Then she said,

“Remember Jesus Christ.”

She identified herself as in Christ, to me, first. She bore witness to me and gave me exhortation before even first knowing that I am her sister.

We spoke a few things to each other, I up on the balcony looking down at her with all her belongings in bags, her day’s food someone else’s discarded leftovers.

I told her, yes I will. (I will do what she told me. I will be careful of the fake Christians. I will remember Jesus.) She started blessing me in the Lord and telling me she will pray for me in Jesus name. I told her I love her and she told me she loved me. We said a few more things to each other and she went on her way.

When Kingdom love means choosing to say no

I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. Rev.1:9

John got in trouble and suffered because he spoke of the word of God and his testimony of Jesus. He said “no” to a law or someone’s command that he shut his mouth about Jesus. But the love of Christ compelled him. This is similar to what happened to Jesus; the Pharisees tried to silence Him, but He kept on preaching and living the Kingdom of God. And this resulted in His suffering. His living the Kingdom and His suffering death were and are now both borne of love. Early believers in Rome chose to say “no” when the Empire demanded that they make a confession that ‘Caesar is lord’. They in love said “no” to the authorities and instead confessed, “Jesus is Lord.”

Have you ever had to say “no” to something because of your love for Christ? As we walk in our bodies through this world, the Kingdom of God is within us. Conflict is inevitable. Our response to this conflict of kingdoms, is due to our love for Christ, and His love for us. Our mutual covenant of love, necessitates having to make difficult choices. The kingdoms of the world want us to make one choice, but the Kingdom of God within us leads us to a different choice. The reason for saying “no” to what the world wants us to do, is always because of love. Our “no” is not a result of us being unloving; on the contrary, it is a result of a great love in the Kingdom of God, our union and communion with Christ. Our “no” is thus a great witness to the world.

People and things I have said “no” to (short list):

  • A teenage boyfriend who challenged me to choose between him and Christ.
  • College professors who required the reading and acceptance of occult books to graduate.
  • A Church that had patriotic nationalist songs as part of the song worship service.
  • A Church that practiced pragmatism, CGM, TQM, lying, and “New Age lite”.
  • Saying the Pledge of Allegiance (to the USA Gov.) at Christian school events.
  • A preacher teaching us that we should reverence and honor a political nation.
  • Ministry leaders and pastors that taught fear of “the heathens” and “war against enemies is necessary”, at a Christian conference.

This is just a sample of some times I chose to say “no”. I said no to these things because His life in me compelled me. Choices to say no are personal matters of obedience to Christ, a matter between you and God, as they are done because of His personal, individual leading in our lives by His Life, as He is our life (Col.3:4). Kingdoms are in conflict and sometimes saying no to certain activities or people’s demands is living the Kingdom love of Christ, as well as a witness to the world. Saying “no” to something in favor of the Kingdom of Jesus sometimes brings backlash and suffering from “the world”, but it always brings righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom.14:17).  When and why did you choose to say “no” to something out of love for Christ and His Kingdom?

we hear and heed our King

“You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 18:37

As we live in the realm of our King Jesus, we hear Him and obey Him.

We do not break civil laws, (unless we must in order to be faithful to Christ) or trust civil documents or civil leaders to be our salvation or means of life. We do not pledge oaths of allegiance to the State or Church, for we have made our covenant of allegiance to Christ.  We do not kill supposed enemies of God (whether evil religious or civic leaders, supposed heathens or Christians who are deemed “heretics” by theologians). We do not kill or destroy to solve political disagreements, we do not riot, protest, march for our so-called rights, seek revenge, rebel against the government, or foment violent revolutions.

We live by the instructions and Spirit of Christ. Our Kingdom is not of this worldly realm. We live by the Way of our Kingdom. We are strangers and pilgrims while here in this world. We offer the peace of God to both the oppressors and the oppressed. We are peacemakers with the peace of God. We hear and heed our King.