Readying for Battle

As a younger adult fresh out of the Word of Faith cult-movement, lingering ideals still prevailed. That religious group even taught at their school that the strongholds we must overcome are rooted and grounded thoughts and ideas. To them, you as an adherent were to replace YOUR thoughts with THEIR thoughts. Any deviance from their doctrine constituted correction.

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In the information age that we live in, we are faced daily with thoughts and ideas that may line up with ideas we have already in our minds or we may be challenged with new ones. As Christians, we should hold absolute only Gods word and the person of Jesus Christ. Not only do we see a war between the flesh and spirit as mentioned in the previous post, but we also see a war of ideas, even daily.

I have learned through time to become independent in my thinking and to speak against things I disagree with especially dealing with religious situations and doctrines. Other instances that warrant my opinions are in business. Being opinionated does have its disadvantages. Often when I expressed opinions I was met with strong resistance immediately. Other times I would get the brunt of lingering emotions held onto for decades. With each confrontation or rebuttal to my words I was faced with this decision FIGHT or FLIGHT. Some situations require a fight. Others require “cooler heads”.

1 Corinthians 6:6-8

King James Version (KJV)

But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

It is a natural reaction to lash out when challenged or confronted about our words or actions. Naturally we do not want to just let something go. Turning the other cheek or walking away is not what justifies us or so we think.

Romans 12:17-19

King James Version (KJV)

17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

We must choose our battles.

Escaping Reality

What a tangled web we weave. Beyond a cliche, the statement is true of humankind. We look for ways to avoid reality. Consider this. We all have an out. A fix, if you will. Some turn to narcotics or alcohol. Some over-indulgence in eating. Some in hobbies. Others into their careers. Some turn to pornography or sex. Some indulge in holy-ghost charismatic meetings that appeal to feelings.

All of these indulgences are ways to escape reality. Before I begin to sound like we should not enjoy anything, Relaxation or enjoyment is something that God inspired as long as it is in the right context. Over-indulgence of anything can and likely will become at some point detrimental. Some of the above-mentioned things are illegal because they alter behavior dramatically. Others like pornography and false doctrine imprison the mind and hinder.

For myself, escaping reality comes naturally. I am a visionary or a dreamer. Be it conquest, materialism, arrogance, or what have you. These are the workings of the human mind. It is fabricated by what we see. Images build the persons we are or the people we will become. Daily we must remember to check our feelings or our thoughts with the ultimate reality- The Bible.

Hebrews 4:12

King James Version (KJV)

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Romans 12:1-3

New International Version (NIV)

A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

So then reality for us as Christians is determined by the Bible

 

Been some time…..

It has been awhile since I posted. It seems like I am reminded of the dangers of the Word-of-Faith when I am confronted with it. If  I am perusing channels and come upon some spiritual sludge that a WOFer is vomiting. I am reminded often at church of how far-reaching this WOF false gospel goes. My current church is a Grace church and I really enjoy it. The message is righteousness by faith and focus on the work of the cross and on loving people. Unfortunately many of my fellow church-goers are enamored by a new WOF guy that teaches righteousness much like our pastor. He has charisma and captivates with every word. Most do not go about researching every preacher/doctrine like I do. (1 Pet. 5:8) We are to be diligent. Further looks at his website reveal that although he preaches “righteousness by faith”, he also mixes in WOF doctrines. Making the Word-of-Faith palatable is in my opinion one of the strongest tools utilized by these false teachers.

I was given the opportunity to speak at a local church recently. This was not something I’m familiar with anymore. It had been 9 or so years since I had spoken before a congregation prior to this. I really enjoyed it. I was able to speak to the group about a situation I had shared with them some 15 years ago about the same time as my Rhema experience. A con-man had been invited to the church to speak. No one knew who he really was although he had performed short series on TBN. He had a fancy suit and rolled $100 bills through his fingers like a casino pit boss. His limousine dropped him off at the front door. He made unbelievable promises to the congregation and raised $16,000 for himself that night. A very hard-working man in the congregation spotted him from afar and made the statement “this man has never worked a day in his life”  No truer words had been spoken.

His promises stated that within 30 days a great number of the congregants that gave would see unusual and rare financial blessings greatly exceeding the gift amounts. After the 30 days were up the pastor spoke to all those present and not one had a miracle of any type done. The pastor repented before the congregation and vowed to never allow another WOF conman to return.

Situations like this are all too common in the WOF realm. Those that gave are warned that if they question God or man they will lose the promises they once believed God for. Blame is always placed on those at the bottom and those at top positions never share nor apologize. These are the ways of the WOF. They love other people only for their money, the hours they volunteer, or so they can count numbers of those people in their ministries.

Thankfully amidst all of this garbage, a true people of God exist spreading the love of God abroad. If you are reading this and you are involved in the WOF and recognize the improprieties or doctrinal inconsistencies, you are not alone. God has brought many out and will continue to do so.