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.

4 Questions to ask before joining a Church

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8

This post is a response to this article by the “The Gospel Coalition”:

Link:  4 Questions to Ask Before Joining a Church

1. Is this a Church where my family will be safe from sexual predators? Is this a Church where my family will be safe from deceptive pastors who will do anything to cover up evil in order to protect and preserve what they have worked so hard all their lives to build?

2. Is this a Church where I am convinced I will not be lied to by the endless false doctrines and traditions of American Churchianity?

3. Is this a Church where my family will experience truth and freedom and love, and not shame, bondage, lies, oppression, condemnation and shunning? (And disenfranchisement if we question anything or speak truth?) Is this a Church where the PASTORS have accountability and do not circle the wagons in “good old boy” fashion to protect their kingdoms (Churches/ministries) and reputations, fame and income, at all costs?

4. Is this a Church where I am allowed to use my gifts and serve Christ and the saints by the leading and power of the Holy Spirit, as led and directed by God, without having my work and service nullified, shamed and disallowed by the Church Clergy hierarchy? Is this a Church where I am allowed to obey Christ above the Church leadership and not submit my service to Christ, my conscience and very soul to the “Clergy”?

Important final note: You and your family must understand that it is Christ who is your Lord, not the Institutional Church, not the “Clergy” (self-appointed pastors) and not the religion and hierarchy of Roman Catholic based Hierarchical Christendom. You must understand that you are accountable to Christ Jesus who leads you by His Spirit. You must understand that you are not under the authority of “local shepherds” you are under the authority of Christ. And understand that YOU, saint, also have authority in Christ not just the “Clergy” which is a man-made construct of the Roman Catholic Church, based in ancient paganism and religious Old Testament Judaism. You have authority; you are a priest of God, yes you. This wonderful truth is brought to you by the Kingdom of God, in Christ Jesus our Lord. The Kingdom of God is within you.

You must understand this hierarchy, with men lording it over you, is not of Christ, that you are all brothers, equals in Christ and free in Him to love God and neighbor and serve according to the leading and power of the Holy Spirit. You must all submit to one another, it is not about the lowly “laity” submitting to the higher ranking “Clergy”. You must understand that men requiring you to be under them in an authoritarian hierarchy of lordship over you, is sinful and not of Christ. Watch out for men who want you to submit to their “shepherding” (control and dominance and suppression) of you.

You must understand that it is being IN Christ that makes you part of the flock, not attendance at an institutional, man created, 501c3 Church business franchise. You must understand that Jesus Christ Himself is the real Shepherd and you all are the church (ekklesia, the called out assembly) and wherever you are, with other saints, there is the church, there is the people and flock of Jesus Christ. You may meet in a dirt floor shack, a coffee shop, an empty lot, at a kitchen table, on the street corner or in a prison cell. Christ is with you and in you (Christ in you hope of glory) and there you have the church, wherever YOU are, dear saint of God. Do not let the hireling “shepherds” lord it over you, shame you or stop you from being who you are in Christ.

Do not let them lie to you and deceive you. Do not let them shame you. Do not let them turn your joy of your first love (Jesus Christ) into a lifetime of oppressive bondage to serve them and maintain the existence of their man created, business marketing managed, flesh powered organizations. Do not let them turn your first love joy and Christ Life into a lifetime of serving, slaving for and financing a “Thing” to keep it going. (The man created Church System is a “Thing”, an “it”.)

Therefore friends, do not join a “Church”, join Jesus Christ and stay joined to Him. Listen not to Churchmen who are NOT focused on Jesus Christ, they are completely focused on The Institutional Church, especially THEIR CHURCH and making it “successful”. Jesus Christ is your Shepherd and you are in His flock. He will lead, guide and teach you. HE will care for you. Listen to Jesus Christ and continue in His word. You will know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free. Peace in Christ, my beloved brothers and sisters.

In the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk!

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. Acts 3:6

Silver and gold have I none, but what I have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk free from what hurts, deceives, confuses, cripples, binds and hinders you: that 501c3 Government controlled State Church. You are now free to follow Jesus Christ!

You are now free in Christ! You are released from bondage and lies! Be healed in the name of Jesus Christ!

You are now the temple of the Lord!

You are healed: rise up and walk on out of that Babylon Church!

Walking leaping and praising God! Jumping with joy!

(Please see video in comments.)

One master

Love the Lord your God with all your heart… and love your neighbor as yourself.  Luke 10:27

If The State or The Church tell me or suggest that I must look to them for salvation, I will disobey The State and The Church.

If The State or The Church tell me or suggest that I must be enemies with Iran or Muslims or anyone else, I will disobey The State and The Church.

 

Dear new believer,

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Gal.2:20 nas

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Gal.2:20 kjb

New believer, if I met you on the street and I only had 10 minutes to give you guidance before we had to part, what would I tell you? What can I leave you with today? I’d need all day to share all I would like to say to you. But here are a few quick things to begin with:

1. Follow Jesus, not the Christian Leaders. Follow Jesus, not the organized institutional “Church”. Listen to Jesus, not the Institutional Church men. Jesus will tell you the truth; the popular Christian leaders lie about many things. They lead astray. Their teachings and practices are not faithful to Christ, although they appear so successful and impressive. Many in Christianity will invite you to participate in practicing manmade “religion and traditions”. But He has invited you to relationship with Himself. And with the others that He has called out. Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him. Where does Jesus lead us to as we follow? His narrow path leads to denying our self;  it leads to His Life. A sublime journey awaits you.

2. Understand your salvation is in Christ Jesus. It is not in the Church System. Jesus Christ is your mediator (your way to God), not The Church. HE is your salvation, not organized, man-led religious systems of Christianity.

3. The hard truth is, the Church System is completely corrupt. There is no cure, it can’t be fixed. There are many false teachings, many which go directly against what Jesus Christ has said in the scriptures to the disciples. Realize you ARE the ‘church’, that is, you are the called out people of God — you who are now in Christ’s flock, redeemed by Him. It’s not about “going” to a physical place to meet with God. Christ is in you wherever you are, it is about “being”– His life is now being lived through you, 24/7. He will lead you to gather with other brothers and sisters in different places. You are not alone, you are part of His called out people, His kingdom. You are part of the ONE flock that He has, the other believers are all over the world. You will find His people in various places and you will find that He has special work for everyone to do, to serve one another in love. In other words we all have different functions. He guides everyone by His Spirit as to what He wants them to do to serve and help the others. Sometimes you will have fellowship (togetherness,communication, sharing life) with others. Sometimes you will feel lonely. But He Himself will always provide for your spiritual needs.

4. Focus on your relationship with our Lord Jesus. Develop and grow a relationship with the living Christ,  your Savior and Lord. He has planned, a love relationship. Spend time with Him, talk to Him and listen. He will speak to you also by the Spirit. Listen to Him. Do what He says.

5. Watch out for cults. Even outside the corrupt Church System there are many cults. Pray for discernment, that you will be able to spiritually see and know the truth about what someone does or says or promotes. One cult says that we must become devoted to the Old Testament Law and rituals and we must call God by Hebrew names, or “sacred names”, observing special days, rituals and such. This is not true. He is your Father, you can call Him your Father. You can call Him Jesus. He leads you by His Spirit, you need not a list of religious rules and rituals. He will lead you from within you by His Spirit and power. Let no one put you under bondage to religion. Another cult is what is called “shepherding”, this is when the leaders tell you they require a leader (shepherd or “father”) over you to rule your life, to whom you are accountable in everything. This is a multi-level hierarchy system of external control. They will control your life! With this, you must submit to and obey your leader over you. It’s all about submitting to the leader. Again, this system is a cult; you need no external control system of men over you, Christ Jesus is your Shepherd and head, your shepherd, priest and leader. We do not we submit our will to a man. These authoritarian systems and men seek to make themselves substitutes for Jesus Christ. Accept no substitute for Christ. Jesus Christ alone shall rule in your heart and guide you by His Spirit.

6. Ask Him to teach you; He will teach you Himself. If  you love the truth, He will show you the truth. Truth is revealed to you by the Holy Spirit of God.

7. What He wants you to do will be revealed to you by Him. He will let you know. He will teach you and show you. He will make you into what He wants you to be. Remember it is about “being” in Him, and living out your identity in Him. One thing we all are is, we are His witnesses. You are a witness of Jesus Christ. You are His witness by His power, to do and speak what He has planned for you to do and speak. Your witness, by the power of His Spirit, will give glory to Jesus Christ. Your witness  (your words, actions, your witness, your living a holy life devoted to Him) will earn you scorn, mocking, ridicule, abuse, hate and rejection by the world. It will also bring you great joy and blessing in Him.

8. Know that you are now a part of His Kingdom. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” You are no longer a part of the kingdoms of this world, you are in the Kingdom of God. Though you physically reside on the earth, spiritually you are no longer a dweller of the earth. Spiritually you have been transferred to the Kingdom of God through repentance and faith, through the blood of Christ, through the power of God, and you are no longer a member of the kingdoms of this world. The kingdom of God is within you; Christ is within you. Jesus Christ is our kingdom and He is our King. Understanding your citizenship in the kingdom of God is so important; it helps you understand that your loyalty and allegiance lies with Christ. You belong to God!  It helps you understand that your identity is in Him. You are a child of God! Having firm conviction of this will help you make many decisions as you are faced with choices in this world. You have been bought with a price, the price of the precious blood of Christ. You are now a member of His kingdom. Jesus is now your King!

There is so much more I hope to share with you, next time we meet.

ALL

For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 1Cor14

Not a male? Not a Clergyman? Not a Theologian? Not a pastor? Not an MDiv? Not ordained? Not an owner or employee of a 501c3 Church business? Not an owner or member of a recognized tax-exempt Ministry? Not “accepted” by the inner circles of Ecclesiastical Power? Not a graduate of systematic theology school?  Not a problem!

You may ALL prophesy!

You have no need of permission from someone above you in some hierarchy.

You also are ekklesia. You also have the Holy Spirit. The Lord also speaks to you. He also reveals to you. You also have a part to play. You also have something to contribute. Yes, you also may participate, along with all the others. You may speak to others what He has given you to speak. You may edify and exhort and proclaim.

That all may learn, and all may be comforted.

You have permission FROM GOD to prophesy. That Christ’s flock may be edified, taught, warned, comforted, encouraged, exhorted.

You are a member of the Kingdom.  His Kingdom is a Kingdom of priests. All the saints in the Kingdom are priests.

The ekklesia, His Kingdom, is made up of ALL the saints. You are a member of that ALL.

voluntary

The people will volunteer freely in the day of Thy power.. Psalm110

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses… Acts1:8

Going to baseball games (Masonic “philosophy of life” metaphor rituals) and football games (pagan “sex” metaphor ceremonies) is currently voluntary. Voting is voluntary. Going to Church is voluntary. Pledging allegiance to the flag is voluntary. Watching TV shows like the satanic “Superbowl halftime show” is voluntary.

What if they started coming around like they did in the 1st century, with mobile altars where you had to pledge allegiance and declare loyalty to say, the pope, or the USA, the president/king/dictator, the UN Charter, the Agenda 21, the global one world federation, Humanity, the Earth(Gaia), the gods, the new Earth Constitution (Global Law), the New Global Moral Commandments(Global Religion), or something like that?

What if tossing in the incense and saying, “ceasar is lord”, or something to that effect via modern means, was reinstated? What if this act proved a person’s committment to world peace and security? What if they said it proved allegiance to the “god” of the global government or global religion? What if it were required of every person, not voluntary? Are we prepared spiritually today, right now if need be, like they were in the first and second century Roman Empire?

The witnesses thru time since the giving of Christ’s promised Holy Spirit power, were volunteers. Because of love for Christ, they voluntarily chose to make their witness for Him. They voluntarily chose to say “no” to demonstrations of loyalty to this world system, and “yes” to demonstrations of loyalty to Christ Jesus. Their witness was voluntary, motivated by love. Their power to be witnesses was from the Holy Spirit.

Now you voluntarily choose to say ’no’ to demonstrations of loyalty to other gods and the kingdoms of this world. Now you voluntarily choose to demonstrate your love and loyalty to Christ and His Kingdom, which is not of this world.

That great cloud of witnesses from Hebrews 12:1 is not only a past event, describing only ancient saints from two thousand years ago.

How sweet that Jesus has spoken many words to us, and continues to speak to us through the Holy Spirit, to prepare us for our own part in the great drama. As you take your voluntary active and verbal stand for loyalty to Jesus Christ and His Kingdom, you become a witness. As a witness of Jesus Christ, you too become part of that great cloud.

my dominion mandate to you

“And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom” Dan.7:14

My dominion mandate to you:

It is not, “take dominion of the 7 mountains of culture”.
it is not, “be a crusader and take over the world in the name of Christ”.
it is not, “go against the heathens with the military if necessary”.
it is not, “take control and domination of others”.
it is not, “Christianize the world system”.
it is not, “convert the nations (collectively in groups or political nations) to Christianity”.
it is not, “rule over the Church and the State with strategy, polity, military and all carnal power”.
it is not, “build the kingdom of God through any means necessary”.
it is not, “make disciples by subjecting them to the Rule and dominion of Christendom”.

It is, “walk with Christ your Lord and your God”.
it is, “follow Jesus your Shepherd “.
it is, “do what He did, and what He said to do, and do whatever He says to you now”.
it is, “yield yourself to Him, that Christ’s life be lived through you, in His power”.
it is, “pick up your cross and follow Him”.
it is, “repent” and “be transformed” and “walk according to the Spirit”.
it is, “listen to HIM, He is speaking to you”.
it is “be filled with the Spirit” and “do what pleases HIM”.
it is, “deny self”.
it is, “submit to one another (in Christ), and humble yourself”.
it is “die to sin and abide in Christ”.
it is, “rule over your flesh with the Spirit and Power of God”.
it is, “know Christ’s dominion is in you, for His kingdom is within you”.
it is, “build the kingdom of God through the preaching of the true gospel” (that Jesus Christ taught and demonstrated).
it is, “make disciples by witnessing/ evangelizing/ preaching the gospel, and then instructing them to follow Jesus, to love and obey Him, and teaching His words and His way”.
it is, “make disciples of CHRIST” (not disciples of Law based-Theonomist-political-cultural-militaristic Institutional Christianity) “teaching them (individuals) to observe whatsoever things HE has commanded you”.

Now go forth in love, His life living through you, and serve Christ to His glory, making disciples.

doing what pleases Him

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Heb.13:20-21

Legalistic, externally religious(2Tim3:5), political and culture-obsessed Evangelical Christianity will sign up for the one world religion the minute it is presented to the world as a neat and tidy set of moral laws that must be obeyed.

But you will keep following Jesus Christ by the Spirit of the living God, doing the will of the Father. Doing what pleases Him!

listen to Him

And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. Luke 9:35

Following Christ, listening to Him speak directly to you… vs listening to the theologians argue and fight……. we all have choices to make.

Listen to His invitation: “Follow Me”.

Hear Him. Listen to Him.