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Many who call themselves Christians steadfastly continue in the stubbornness of man's idolatry of mind (stubbornness is as idolatry) by continuing to follow what they want to believe: that THEY are "called to be" like God! There is no difference in God's eyes between trying to be "like God" and trying to be "like Christ" -both are just two sides of the same lie of the serpent: ye shall be as God..." By continuing in the idolatry of our own minds to follow after man's own beliefs (following what man wants to believe about himself) the people of God are in rebellion against the Truth by His Spirit (the truth that man is not now and never was called to be "like God") -the rejection of which truth in God's eyes is "rebellion" against God (rebellion against the Truth) and in God's sight: rebellion is "as the sin of witchcraft."
We (in the churches) readily acknowledge that man is not called to be like God, but then we turn right around and stubbornly choose instead to believe that WE are called, appointed and anointed of God to be "like Christ." Nothing could be further from the Truth! Though we claim to acknowledge the truth that we are not called to be "like the Most High God," we are unrepentant in our carnal minds because we claim instead that we ARE called to be "like Christ." In our own understanding of God's word, we THINK that's what God means when we read in scripture that God has called us to be "transformed into His image." We THINK that "transformed into His image" or going "from glory to glory" means that WE are called of God and are empowered by Him to become progressively more and more "like Christ" -and the reason we think that is what WE are called to be is because OUR focus is of course, as usual on: US! When we read the word of God, more often than not our focus is on what we think WE are called to be and/or what we think WE are supposed to do. By virtue of our anointing, -according to what we have re-interpreted as "our" own high calling (which WE THINK is "to be like Christ") we -in fact, flatter ourselves by what WE THINK WE are "empowered by God" to do! Our high calling is not to be "like Christ" but to be HIDDEN in Him who alone is above us all! If we would obey the admonition in God's word to lean not unto our OWN understanding, and if we would seek His Face concerning the understanding His word by his Spirit, instead of blindly following after man's perception of what it means, if we would just seek the Lord for His Counsel concerning His word, God has revealed throughout His word that what He really means by "transformed into His image" is that He has called us all by His grace to be "changed by exchange" (Adam is called to hid in Christ.)
The glory of God is "in our repentance." (Joshua 7:19 Rev.16:9) Jesus Christ came (John 17:1) that HE might save us from our sins -including our vanity and pride! Jesus Christ came to GLORIFY the Father by bringing men to repentance in Him! A major part of what it means to have repentance toward God means "to turn" away from fallen Adam's folly (of trying to be like God) and humble ourselves before God, to acknowledge that we cannot be like God, nor like Christ, and agree with God that Adam has already been judged and reckoned as dead (slain) in Christ. We are commanded by God to agree with Him: that we/Adam are called not to live for Him by trying to be "like Him" -but that we are instead called to be hid with Christ in God (Col.3:3) to the GLORY of God the Father (!) so that HE HIMSELF might LIVE HIS LIFE through us, and that by grace and not of ourselves, but by CHRIST in us, the Hope of glory!
To go from "glory to glory" means to repent of one glory, to repent of that glory which is earthly, terrestrial, i.e., our humanistic man-made glory (John 7:18 1Cor.1:29-31) to repent of man glorying in the flesh (1Cor.15:40) to or for the sake of another glory: (1Cor.15:42-52) the glory of God (1 Cor.6:20) which in Christ: which is of Him, in Him, through Him and by Him who worketh all things in Himself! (1Cor.12:6) Our subjection to God in all things is not to be in our (dead) works done in the flesh -not even in our so-called empowered works which are in reality Adam's conterfeit Christ-like-ness, (2Cor.9:13) but in Spirit and in Truth, by grace through the faith of Him: not by God empowering man, but by the power of God in and through the person of Jesus Christ, through Him and in Him -as we rest in His works, which He works for us by grace through the faith of Him, accepting our death AND our rest in Him, to the GLORY of God the Father, -even as Jesus' own death glorified the Father (John 21:19)
We are born again into His New Life, of which we become partakers by the adoption of His Spirit by grace through the faith of Christ. We are called "by grace" to agree "by faith" that we ourselves have been slain in Christ, i.e., and that our life is hid in the Life of Jesus Christ, by Jesus Christ: who is HIMSELF the Spiritual New Man, the Second Adam, in Whom and by Whom -we, the first man, must be both slain and hid!
Together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ is God, and we (Adam) are NOT called to be "like Him" -WE are NOT called to be "like Christ" but are called by God to INSTEAD be hidden in the likeness OF HIM: to be hidden in the likness of Jesus Christ, who is HIMSELF the express image of the Father! Jesus Christ is the Only New Man (Spiritual New Man, the Second Adam) who is HIMSELF the express "image and likeness" of God ("if you see me, you see the Father") and it is IN HIM (and by Him) that "all men everywhere are called to repentance" whereby THROUGH His death on the cross, we (Adam) are reconciled to God in Christ, (through,in and by whom) we are counted or reckoned as dead, slain and our life is hid!
note: capital letters HERE are not meant as yelling at you, just lifting up my voice to Zion, boldly screaming from the mountain top! Behold your God!
JESUS CHRIST CAME TO BE OUR ALL, AND IN ALL -ON BEHALF OF ALL, WHO HAVE RECEIVED HIM! REPENT: QUIT ASKING GOD TO EMPOWER "YOU" !!! GOD WORKS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST (THROUGH CHRIST, IN US -NOT US!) GOD WORKS BY HIS SPIRIT THROUGH JESUS CHRIST AND THROUGH HIM ALONE (NOT US!) REPENT: QUIT ASKING GOD TO WORK THROUGH YOU: QUIT ASKING HIM TO WORK THROUGH YOUR COUNTERFEIT "CHRIST-POWERED" ADAM! QUIT ASKING GOD TO EMPOWER "YOU."
PRAY THAT GOD WILL WORK ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSES BY THE POWER OF HIS SPIRIT THROUGH JESUS CHRIST -FOR YOU! REPENT: QUIT ASKING GOD TO MAKE "YOU" ABLE AND START ASKING HIM (THROUGH CHRIST) TO BRING "YOU" INTO THE REST OF HIM WHO ALONE IS ABLE!
APART FROM HIM, WE ARE NOTHING BUT UPPITY DUST! OF OUR OWN SELVES, WE CAN DO NOTHING AND ALL OF OUR STRIVING TO BE LIKE-CHRIST IS VAINGLORYING IN THE FLESH, IT IS TO OUR SHAME! GOD'S CALL TO THE CHURCHES TO REPENT IS HIS HEART CRY TO RESCUE US FROM OUR FOLLY, TO RESCUE US FROM OUR OWN SELVES! GOD IS NOT PLEASED WITH NOR IS HE AT ALL IMPRESSED BY OUR HEART-FELT CONTRITION FOR OUR FAILURE TO MEASURE UP TO THE FALSE STANDARD (MAN'S CHRIST-LIKESESS) THAT WE (NOT GOD) HAVE SET FOR OURSELVES. IT SORELY GRIEVES HIS HEART & IN FACT, ANGERS GOD BECAUSE THIS (OUR) FOLLY GENDERS PRIDE IN OUR SUCCESSES AND RESULTS IN SELF-CONDEMNATION IN OUR FAILURE -WHICH THINGS BOTH, ONLY RESULT IN ALL THE MORE MAN-MADE PROMISES TO BECOME MORE "CHRIST-LIKE" BY WHICH WE FOOLISHY BRING OURSELVES UNDER THE JUDGMENTS OF GOD BY IGNORANTLY OPPOSING THE PLAN OF GOD!
MAN'S ATTEMPT TO BRING HIMSELF INTO COMPLIANCE WITH MAN'S VIEW OF GOD'S REQUIREMENTS USING MAN'S SUPPOSEDLY GOD-GIVEN "GRACE-EMPOWERMENT" IS A LIE AGAINST THE TRUTH! ATTEMPTS TO ACHIEVE THE "GODLINESS OF MAN" BY VIRTUE OF GOD'S ANOINTING UPON THE FLESH OF MEN OR THROUGH OUR SUPPOSED GOD-GIVEN GRACE-POWEREDNESS IS A SAD PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN FARCE: A CRUEL HOAX THAT SUPPLANTS THE WORK OF THE CROSS, DOES DESPITE THE SPIRIT OF GRACE, ROBS US OF OUR REST IN CHRIST -ALL THROUGH THE SAME LIE THAT SATAN HAS PERPETRATED UPON MANKIND SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING!
YOU CAN HOLD ALL THE "REVIVALS" YOU WANT, BUILD YOUR SELVES ALTARS, CALL UPON YOUR GODS (FALSE DOCTRINES) CUT YOURSELVES TO THE HEART IN "CONTRITION" FOR YOUR SINS, BUT GOD-WILL NOT EMPOWER YOU TO BE "LIKE CHRIST." INSTEAD: BECAUSE WE HAVE REJECTED HIS COUNSEL & WOULD HAVE NONE OF HIS REPROOF (CHOSING INSTEAD TO CONTINUE IN OUR VAIN ATTEMPTS TO BE LIKE GOD) HE WILL GIVE MANKIND, INCLUDING HIS OWN PEOPLE OVER TO THEIR OWN WILL, COMPLETE WITH ALL SIGNS AND LYING WONDERS! IN HIS WORD HE DECLARES HIS SPIRIT WILL NOT ALWAYS STRIVE WITH MAN: THERE COMES A TIME WHEN THE JUDGE OF ALL THE EARTH WILL ENTER INTO JUDGMENT WITH ALL, RENDERING UNTO EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS WAYS. IN THAT DAY, BECAUSE MEN CLOSE THEIR EYES AND REFUSE TO SEE, SHUT THEIR EARS AND REFUSE TO HEAR, GOD SAYS: I WILL NOT HEAR YOU.
JESUS SAID MANY WILL SAY TO HIM: "LORD, LORD" AND "IN HIS NAME" "THEY" WILL CAST OUT DEMONS, AND "IN HIS NAME" "THEY" WOULD DO MANY WONDERFUL WORKS. NOTICE THE KEY WORDS HE REPEATED: "IN HIS NAME" T-H-E-Y WOULD DO ALL THESE THINGS! TO USURP THE THINGS OF GOD TO "OUR OWN SELVES" IS INIQUITY! IN THE END, HE WILL SAY TO "MANY" WHO REJOICED AT ALL THE "CHRIST-LIKE" THINGS THAT "THEY" WHERE ABLE TO DO "IN HIS NAME" -DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY : "I NEVER KNEW YOU"
BE NOT DECEIVED, GOD IS NOT MOCKED. REFUSE TO REPENT OF THE FOLLY OF TRYING TO BE LIKE GOD OR LIKE CHRIST AND YOU WILL FALL. GOD ISN'T LOOKING TO BLESS OUR VANITY OR ENCOURAGE OUR FOLLY: HE'S NOT LOOKING TO BLESS ADAM'S SECULAR HUMANISM NOR OUR "CHRISTIANIZED HUMANISM" BY EMPOWERING US IN OUR CHRIST-LIKE-NESS (OUR COUNTERFEIT CHRIST!) THE LORD IS NOT LOOKING TO GLORIFY MANIN CHRIST, HE IS LOOKING TO GLORIFY JESUS CHRIST (IN US) THE HOPE OF GLORY! (JOHN 12:28 JOHN 13:32 JOHN 16:14) GOD IS NOT LOOKING FOR "MEN" AS SERVANTS OF THE MOST HIGH, WHO SHOW US THE WAY OF SALVATION. HE IS LOOKING FOR CHRIST IN US, WHO IS THE SALVATION OF ALL WHO CALL UPON HIS NAME OUT OF A HUMBLE AND CONTRITE HEART.
GOD IS NOT LOOKING FOR SO-CALLED "OVERCOMERS" WHO BOAST HOW THEY HAVE THE VICTORY (BUT WHO USE THE CROSS OF CHRIST TO EXALT MAN IN HIS OWN CHRIST-LIKENESS) WHO CLAIM TO HAVE OVERCOME: NOT KNOWING "THOU ART THE MAN" -WE ARE THE IDOL GOD COMMANDED US TO OVERCOME! THERE ARE FEW WHO KNOW JESUS AS THAT VICTOR, IN WHOM IS THAT TRUE VICTORY!
THE LORD IS NOT LOOKING FOR EMPOWERED PEOPLE WHO EXERCISE THEIR SO-CALLED CHRIST-LIKE DOMINION OVER ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN THEIR LIVES. HE LOOKS FOR CONTRITE HEARTS THAT HUNGER & THIRST FOR HIM, HEARTS THAT ARE TOWARDS GOD IN WHATSOEVER CIRCUMSTANCES THEY ARE IN; FOR DESPISED CRIPPLES WHO ARE TOLD THEY "JUST NEED MORE FAITH" TO GET HEALED; FOR WIDOWS & ORPHANS NOT BEING HELPED BY THE CHURCHES FINANCIALLY BUT ADMONISHED INSTEAD TO HAVE MORE FAITH TO PAY THE BILLS!
HE'S NOT LOOKING FOR MEN WHO STAND IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD AND "THANK GOD THEY KNOW WHO THEY ARE IN CHRIST" -ANY MORE THAN HE WAS LOOKING FOR HOLIER THAN THOU, FRINGE-FLAUNTING, BIBLE-QUOTING, TITHE-TOUTING, WATER-WALKING PHARISEES! GOD IS LOOKING FOR HUMBLE SINNERS WHO'S CONTRITE HEARTS ABANDON THEMSELVES TO HIS MERCY! HE IS LOOKING FOR THE POOR IN HEART: PUBLICANS WHO KNOW THEY COULD NEVER MEASURE UP TO THE STANDARD OF CHRIST, WHO DARE NOT LIFT THE EYES OF THEIR UNDERSTANDING IN MOCKERY OF HIS HOLINESS, WHO FORSAKING MAN'S VAIN PRETENSE OF GODLINESS ARE PROSTRATE OF HEART AND MIND SEEKING ETERNAL REST IN GOD, BY GRACE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD!
GOD IS NOT PLEASED WITH OUR SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN" GODLY DETERMINATION OR OUR SO-CALLED CHRIST-ENABLED FAITH TO BE MORE CHRIST-LIKE! BOTH ARE AN AFFRONT TO GOD BECAUSE BY THEM, UNDER THE GUISE OF GLORIFYING GOD, WE MAKE A MOCKERY OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST! JESUS CHRIST DID NOT DIE TO MAKE "MAN" ABLE -GOD ALONE IS ABLE! JESUS CHRIST CAME TO GIVE "US" REST IN HIM WHO ALONE IS ABLE, THAT ALL THINGS MIGHT BE WORKED BY GOD THROUGH CHRIST -WHO, ALONE IS ABLE! ALL OF MAN'S SUPPOSEED GRACE-POWERED CHRIST-LIKE WORKS OF HOLINESS, OUR ATTMEPTS TO PERFECT OURSELVES THROUGH MAN'S MANIPULATIVE USE & MISAPPLICATION OF SCRIPTURE, TRAMPLE THE BLOOD OF THE SON OF GOD UNDERFOOT!
HE HIMSELF IS OUR "HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD." HE HIMSELF IS OUR "PERFECTION" FOR US! "THE RECONCILIATION OF MAN TO GOD" -i.e., WHICH IS OUR "PEACE" IS IN CHRIST! WE ARE CALLED BY HIM TO REST IN HIM WHO IS OUR PEACE. WE ARE CALLED TO QUIT TRYING TO BE "LIKE GOD" AND PRAY INSTEAD TO ENTER INTO REST WHICH IS OF HIM (OUR HEAVENLY DWELLING PLACE, THE ETERNAL CITY, GOD'S VISION OF PEACE/THE JERUSALEM OF GOD, THE SECRET PLACE OF THE MOST HIGH "INTO WHOM" WE ARE CALLED TO REST!) HE GAVE US HIS "PEACE" -NOT AS THE WORLD GIVES; HE GIVETH HIS BELOVED REST! WE ARE CALLED TO R.I.P. LIKE DEAD MEN: BY GRACE THROUGH THE FAITH OF CHRIST, WE ARE CALLED TO CEASE FROM "OUR LABORS" AND REST IN THE LIKNESS OF HIM WHO IS OUR LIFE!
Jesus Christ is the Spiritual New Man; He is The Life! Jesus Christ is the "brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person" (Heb.1:2,3) and it is Jesus Christ, in Whom, we -vain fallen Adam, must be hid! Jesus Christ is the New Thing (Luke 1:35) in Whom we all become new: by being hidden in Him, abiding in Him who has become our dwelling place. We are NOT the New Man! We are called to "walk in newness of life" -abiding (living, dwelling) in HIM by faith "putting on Christ" who is HIMSELF the Spiritual New Life; "walking by resting" in Him who is the new thing which God has done IN THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, through Whom the old thing (the old life) is passed away: slain with Him on the cross where we by grace through faith become partakers of Him, ourselves hid by grace through faith in HIM who is HIMSELF, the One & Only True "LIFE." In Adam all DIE, in CHRIST all are made alive, how? -by accepting Him as our new Life: by grace through faith dwelling IN HIM who is HIMSELF the New Life!
Our stubborn refusal to repent of our vanity of trying to be like Christ (that we may instead be found of Him hidden "in Christ") is the vain folly of man. We teach one another how we are supposed to be "like Jesus" and how to use the written word of God to empower ourselves to be "like Him who is God" when we ought to repent of trying to be like Jesus, and just ask "Jesus to be Jesus" for us; we ought to STOP asking Him to make "US ABLE" and ask Him to cause us to rest IN HIM Who Alone is Able! It is a burden too heavy to be borne to try to be like God, a burden He NEVER called us to bear! He NEVER said: Come and learn who you are in Christ and be empowered to be like Me, --He said: come unto Me all ye who are weary, learn of Me...and ye shall find REST for your souls! It is man's folly to try to be like God, striving to perfect ourselves in the flesh when we have been called instead to rest in Him who came to be Perfection in our place...trying to be holy, when we are instead called to be hid in Him and by Him who is our Holiness. Dead works done in the flesh, the culminative works of bewitched, beguiled, foolish Galatians led by supposedly super-spiritual carnal-mind Corinthians are cruel substitues for "that rest into Whom" we have been called.
In our refusal to be hidden by Him and in Him, we have in fact supplanted the "image of Christ" in us, with our own "Christ-like-ness" through the lie of the garden of Eden revisited upon us: the devilish wisdom of the serpent & the lust of man's eye (James 1:14) by which we attempt to walk in our own prideful perception of what seems right to us in our own eyes. It is the lust of man's flesh: the vain desire of man to be like the Most High God and it is the pride of our own "life" -by which we twist and pervert scripture to supplant (to put our own selves in place of) the LORD Jesus Christ, as the New Man (instead of us justly slain & hidden by grace in Him who is the New Man!)
The worldly, carnal desires of man (to be god-like) and the lust of our own eyes (by which we perceive oursleves to be wise in our knowledge of what God said) in OUR USE OF OUR knowledge of God's word, we have fallen through PRIDE. Through PRIDE Christians have usurped the "Life of Christ" to our own selves by proclaiming -contrary to God's word, -that WE ourselves are regenerated by Christ and have ourselves become the empowered "New Man" -and we have done so in spite of the fact that the scripture CLEARLY tells us that the Spiritual New Man is "the LORD from heaven" (1Cor.15:46,47) Oh, the VANITY of claiming that "we" are called by God to live HIS new Life "for Him" -instead of allowing Him to live His Life in us, to the glory of God the Father!
It is no wonder WHY in John's revelation of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God walks in the midst of the seven churches and testifies by His Spirit against us showing us that the Lord Himself is standing OUTSIDE the door of the churches calling US to repent! Our vain refusal -in effect, to be "re-pent up" in Him, to be hidden "in Christ" where God purposed before the Foundation of the world that we should be, is man's age old rebelliousness against God and His Christ! Our idolatry (stubbornness) of mind and rebelliousness of heart is as "the sin of witchcraft" in the Churches, -and it continues in the Churches due to the fact that the Churches steadfastly refuse to hear that we have in any way been deceived. The very elect of God have been deceived, we (the Churches) have been "beguiled as Eve was beguiled" and it has happened to us according to the scripture due to our own vanity & pride: by man's own vainglorious perception of what man likes to think he is called to be: mankind is STILL walking in the idolatry of our own stubborn minds!
Many who name the name of Christ, steadfastly refuse to see and stubbornly choose not to hear. We close our eyes to His judgments and shut our ears to what the Spirit saith to the Churches. Under the guise of teaching the truth, man is vaunting himself in the image and likeness of God, lifting up man's so-called Christ-like-calling, men teaching men all about "man in Christ" -under the guise of and instead of preaching Jesus Christ: Christ in us, the Hope of glory! According to the word of God, all who think they are called to be like God, (counterfeits of God's Christ) who insist that THEY are called to be like-Christ (man's Christ-like-ness) shall eat the fruit of their own ways and their own doings: thinking themselves to prosper in their ways will fall by them!
THESE are "our WICKED ways" from which in His word (2Chron.7:14) God is STILL calling His OWN people to turn, humble themselves and repent! Sowing to the flesh by refusing His counsel, sowing to the flesh by turning, twisting & perverting the "Word of God" in the idolatrous cousnel of our own minds, reaps moral and spiritual corruption (which is now and has for a long time been rampant in the Churches!) Even though some men seem to prosper in their vainglorious pursuits, as it is written: "the prosperity of fools" shall destroy them: "For the turning away of the simple (refusal to hear) shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them." We have foolishly sown to the wind and now the whirlwind is upon us (read all of Proverbs Chapter one!)
How can those who claim to know the truth have "scriputrally" strayed so far from it? "For the LEADERS of this people CAUSE THEM TO ERR; and they that are led of them are destroyed" (Isa.9:16) Notice that GOD SAID that the leaders of "MY PEOPLE" have themselves gone astray (albeit for the most part they have done so ignorantly) and they cause the people to follow them in their deception (deceived and deceiving many) and it is God who warned us to be watchful, and it is also God who warned us not to follow false teachers because: they which are lead of them are led to their own destruction! God Himself has given His people over to their own will, -He has given them leaders and teachers to rule over them according to their own lusts, according to their own stubborn minds and itching ears. In Jer.5:31, God who knows the intents of the hearts of all men, said: "MY PEOPLE" love to have it so! The Lord warns in His word: "The prophets prophesy falsely & the priests bear the rule by means; and my people love to have it so;..." People love to hear what they want to hear. But God has also said: "and what will ye do in the end thereof?" (Jer.5:31) Ask Him to reveal our idolatry, and our idols: the teachers & doctrines that we worship -which have become our "sacred cow" -our idolarous icons of the heart. Ask the LORD by His grace to grant us all repentance in Him, that all of His people will forsake the "golden calf" (of apostasy) for He will surely grind it to powder and give us bitter water to drink.
"My people have committed TWO EVILS: they have forsaken Me -the Fountain of Living waters and have hewn themselves out cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water. (Jeremiah spoke these words concerning the grieving heart of the Father in the face of Israel's apostasy when she departed from and rejected His counsel by His Spirit and the LORD now speaks these same words to His own people today (to the churches, et al.) concerning the world-wide apostasy of Christendom.
The apostasy flourishes in a "spiritualist environment" where many follow after and practice, the false teachings and doctrines (of men) that teach the release of our individual and collective faith for our own supposedly "godly" purposes. Even the most fundamental churches do error greatly in their carnal-minded interpretation & understanding of scripture -by which they mislead the flock of God. God's people everywhere are taught how to be LIKE JESUS, how to be holy -instead of resting IN HIM who IS our holiness (simply by asking "JESUS to be JESUS" for us.)
God's people are taught how to stand on "selective promises" and "believe God for" whatsoever things you desire (more twisted instruction based upon 1/2 truths.) Here is a news flash for you: if you truly delight yourself IN THE LORD then He Himself will be the "desire of your heart" -and you will ask NOTHING in His Name, that is not in Him and by Him and of Him -for HIS purposes, alone. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO "seek ye first the kingdom of God" and ALL THESE THINGS shall be ADDED unto you???
Could it be that all this word of faith and "believing God for" dung has been birthed out of our own failure to SEEK HIS FACE, and HIS KINGDOM and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS -birthed out of our own desire to avoid affliction & suffering, evade scourging & chastening at any cost? Aren't we glad we've decided that God doesn't send evil! -aren't we glad we've decided that God does not use illness according to His purposes (for good & not for evil)? God seems to have changed, -apostasy has always brought judgment: plague, pestilence, famine, drought, etc. Jesus Himself even mentioned earthquakes, wars, persecution --I suppose these floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, dirth and disease must all be the fault of that Hindu goddess "Mother Earth" after all!
Remember "waiting on God"? seeking first "the kingdom and His righteousness"? --Aren't we glad we know who we are in Christ now-a-days and don't need to wait for God to get around to ADDING the things we need? -we're thrilled that someone has finally come up with something else "that works!"
More and more of God's people are being taught to use spiritual gifts that we are supposedly EMPOWERED WITH to prosper ourselves so we can get whatever we desire "by believing God for" it. We're taught that developing the use of our gifts will help us come to the knowledge of who "we are" and help us realize & achieve the "full potential" of what we are called to be (supposedly) by virtue of our position "in Christ."
So far He has given us: A 1997 Year Long "Space to Repent" of Putting forth Darkness for Light, of calling Truth "Evil" & calling "Evil" Truth
And I gave her (those who stubbornly continue to follow the ungodly counsel of their own minds) space to repent & she repented not: Behold I will cast her (souls of men) & those who commit adultery with her (follow the counsel of deceived men/idolatrous souls determined to continue in their error) into a bed (of tribulation). THAT is His purpose for allowing the Tribulation: to bring her (souls of men) to repentance: to bring those who will re-pent (IN CHRIST) back to HIM who is the Truth! The church has joined herself to the harlotry of false religion through ungodly counsel of deceived minds -and she (the souls who follow her harltory) must needs repent of her idolatry.
In her apostasy (falling away from the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and stubborn refusal to turn back) she is described as Laodicean: in her harlotry she has become lukewarm. My Word is like a Fire -but the CHURCH has become lukewarm: half truth mixed with half error: neither hot nor cold, neither "all truth" nor "all error" -SO HE CALLS GER TO REPENT, TO OBTAIN COUNSEL FROM HIM! HE REBUKES & HE WARNS (AND CHASTENS) THE CHURCHES! He tells HER: she THINKS she is one thing: she perceives herself to be rich in knowledge etc. when in fact, she is something else altogether! HE CALLS HIS PEOPLE TO REPENT LEST HE SPUE THEE OUT OF HIS MOUTH!
He even said: instead of 1/2 truth & 1/2 error, He would that we were either all truth or all error, "all hot" or "all cold" BECAUSE "half-Truth" is FAR WORSE than "all error" --mixing truth with error disguises the error, and makes A LIE sound or seem like "the Truth"!
Take heed that the "light" that is in you is not darkness -if what you perceive to be the Truth, is in fact "a lie against the Truth," -then how dark is your darkness?
In the Light of Who HE IS: the false gospel stands in sharp contrast to, and is in direct opposition of, the true Gospel of Grace & Peace: the gospel of Christ, -wherein we are willingly (by grace) counted as "dust and ashes" members of His body: hidden safely "in Him" who is our Peace. The "ministry of reconciliation" is: the gospel of peace: the gospel of Christ who (by grace) is our PEACE. "Peace" is that reconciliation of man to God "in Christ" -by grace through His work on our behalf: which "HE" worked "in Himself" for us on the cross. "HE IS" our reconciliation TO GOD which is: "of Him in Himself." "HE IS" our P-E-A-C-E having slain us in Him, GOD has raised Him up; now HE (God) WORKS THE WORKS in, by & THROUGH JESUS CHRIST by GRACE which means: THROUGH THE FAITH of Him and by the POWER "OF HIM" -Jesus Christ, who is at work in us!
The word of God is not a "what" but a who -Jesus Christ is the Living Word! It is not WHAT WE DO with WHAT GOD GAVE US, but what GOD HAS DONE and WHAT HE WILL do with WHO He gave us! The true Gospel is not about "who we are in Christ" but who CHRIST is in us: what HE HIMSELF has become for us, having hidden us by His grace in Himself! It is not about what WE can be but rather who "HE IS" -it is the Gospel of God's Grace and His Mercy towards us: In Christ, by the "works of" HIM, by the "Faith of JESUS Christ" -which is the Gospel of Grace & Peace!
Even teachings regarding the gifts of the Spirit are thoroughly perverted by man in the conceit of his lusts. The OPERATION of the gifts of the Spirit -according to scripture are His. The gifts of the Spirit are not only from Him, they are also "by Him" and "in Him." Gifts of the Spirit operate "at His will" -by act of the Sovereign Will of God, not by the will & or whim "of men." The "gifts" operate only AT HIS WILL "in and through" the person of the Lord Jesus Christ -not the persona of man but in & through Jesus Christ. The gifts operate when & as He wills: in Him/of Him/by Him AS GOD'S SPIRIT WILLS in/by and through Christ, in us. The gifts are all "in the Giver" operating "by the will and the power of the Giver" who Himself resides "in us" -so that HE (GOD) works the working of the gifts of His Spirit IN and THROUGH "CHRIST HIMSELF." To put it bluntly: they are for HIS USE (ours, -yet, not ours but Christ's) at HIS disposal for HIM to operate (not by our will but) as HE wills.
All of HIM, none of us! God does His work by, through and in Christ -as we, as "dead men" (R.I.P.) REST "IN HIM" WHO HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE! As it is written: God was IN CHRIST reconciling the world to HIMSELF: the reconciliation of man to God is "in Christ" by HIS GRACE through the faith OF THE SON of God which HE works in HIMSELF on behalf of all who receive Him. By grace are ye saved through faith and that, not of your selves, -saving faith is of Him/in Him/by Him/by grace, it is the "gift of God" not of works, lest any "man" should boast. Hence: not I, not me, no my -but Christ, in us: there is absolutely NOTHING in which I can boast, except IN "THE LORD HIMSELF"! "TO HIM" alone belongs A-L-L the praise, A-L-L the honor, and A-L-L the glory! (Now and forever, Amen.) This is the "testimony of Jesus" -all else is a lie against the Truth.