Monday, June 28, 2010

Genuine Born Again (Part 1)

What really is a genuine born again Christian?

Most “born again” Christians are mass produced, a result of commercialized evangelism and church recruitment systems. Churches aim at being full-packed with members, or being the biggest church, or being instant mega churches, and hasten Gospel sharing using instant evangelism formulas that oversimplify salvation. A quick-fix or some sort of salvation for idiots book. Just ask forgiveness and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and wham! You’re a Christian! Then join the church and be active.

It’s been producing rotten churches that sprout everywhere, at every corner, and even big showy cathedrals (but often snobbing each other). You see them in stiff competition side by side on the same street or area, each bringing a different version of the Gospel but using the same Name, Jesus Christ. Today, you see showbiz folks whose marriages fail, families disintegrate (but glamorized on TV), and showbiz sexy female stars who wear dresses that show half their breasts in public, claim they’re born again

I saw a male showbiz guy do a sexy commercial—half naked with pants worn too low his sex organ almost showed—claiming to be born again. Many pastors also circuitously endorse marriage annulment, saying after you get your annulment legit you may marry somebody else because it's allowed by human laws. And how many Christian weddings happen where the bride has already had sex prior to marriage, or gotten pregnant, or even had an abortion? How about pastors in sexual immorality? These happen due to lack of insight about being God’s flesh on earth—being a genuine born again.

The above sorts of “Christian churches” propagate worldwide and they say they’re preaching the Gospel all over the world so that few countries in the world are left unevangelized. Most surveys like this are utterly inaccurate because born again Christianity like the above doesn’t count in God’s eyes. Probably only 3 to 5 percent of churches in the world is genuine born again Christian—real God’s flesh on earth.

So, what is genuine born again?

First, evangelism should never be in haste. We should not waste time but neither should we be in a frenzied hurry—especially in a commercialized way. Lots of evangelism programs are really founded on the-more-members-the-more-tithes agendum. Dress up an electric post or fire hydrant to look human and capable of giving tithes and offering and they’re gonna share the Gospel to it.

A genuine born again lives a commitment—a covenant with God—never to go back to worldliness again, in any form. It’s like Jesus calling the first disciples and the latter “immediately leaving everything and following Jesus.” Genuine born again is always, and permanently linked to, carrying the Jesus cross. Salvation is free. But after getting saved there’s a cross to carry immediately

It’s not a gradual growth to holy living—it’s being a new creation NOW! And progressing in ever-increasing glory onward. And that cross, though light, costs life. It’s total life surrender. TOTAL. And this is something they do not stress in evangelism—they’re just after a person’s (or a victim’s) “yes” to their gospel, which sometimes has become another gospel. Without carrying that cross you cannot follow Jesus. And if you cannot follow Jesus—who is the only Way—you will never end up in heaven—even if you have asked forgiveness and "accepted" Jesus. Most Gospel presentations today are half-truths and half cooked, designed solely for denominational expansionism.

In a commercialized church recruitment (evangelism), you are always urged to attend church activities and programs. That’s their only way of growing spiritually. Thus, you see them faithfully attending church (or more accurately, going to their church buildings) and wear their Sunday best there. They say without this church attendance, you’d die. And then they support that with Hebrews 10.25 on not neglecting fellowship. But actually, what they want from you is your church attendance—so they can report something plausible in their church assemblies—and your additional offering—because more attendance means more offerings.

Tithes and offerings are needed, but it’s wicked having them as incentives for evangelism. Or, evangelizing people just because you want more people packed in your church. Some evangelical Christians even hate seeing their members or other people attend other evangelical churches. The concept of Jesus’ prayer for unity for all true believers should be made a major part in presenting the Gospel to people. By God’s grace, I tell people that after being born again they should be part of the one universal spiritual church of Jesus, and this is not just something you profess to believe in—it’s something you should live out daily. Be part of it now! Look for a church serious about Jesus’ John 17 prayer—that all believers be completely one as the Father and Son are one. No denominationalism. Look for Jesus' glorious Church, no less.

Being born again and then becoming denominational is tantamount to the Israelites leaving Egypt and yet still cherishing Egypt in their hearts. They will never cross their Jordan and reach their Promised Land—no matter how spiritual or formal they look or how “sound” their doctrines are. They’ll die in the wilderness while still being active and devoted in church—or no matter how often they schedule revival meetings. Anything that goes contrary to God’s will is bound to self-destruct. Yes, it will look like it flourishes and is so, so blessed, but they are really white-washed tombs; white outside but nothing but death inside. 

I’ve seen ministers faithful to their denominations unwittingly offer their sons and daughters “in fire” to a denominational Molech figuratively. Their children end up rebellious or with rotten spiritual lives and characters or spoiled or with rotten marriages or families. The sins of the fathers are punished to the third and fourth generations of those who hate God and do not follow his Word.

Many say I can never grow mega churches with this born again or ministry concept. Well, so be it. It’s not how big or grand or glamorous but how faithful to what God wants. If I disciple faithfully only 4 or 5 people in my lifetime (and that's what God assigns me), that’s all I need. I don’t care about mega churches or magnificent church buildings. I want to see Jesus’ glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What's Neuroplasticity?

What is Neuroplasticity? What has it to do with being God’s flesh? Is it about having a plastic mind? Umm…yeah, somewhat. And it has lots to do with a powerful faith.

Neuroplasticity is the brain cells’ potential to grow and ramify, increasing the brain’s power and capacity and actually making it grow in size. Formerly, brain scientists believed the brain stopped growing during adulthood. They added that the brain deteriorated progressively at age past 50. However, a recent study on Neuroplasticity shows that the brain can actually increase in size and power, and God’s Flesh believes this can go even to the extent of literally commanding the body to perform astounding feats—like heal itself, repair injuries or defects in and on the body, and do incredible superhuman exploits. And in an extreme sense, (God’s Flesh loves being extreme!) even affect or control things outside the body—like command mountains to be thrown to the sea! Sounds cultic, huh? The more I love it, then! Well, it’s not really cultic. Remember, only God has power; the devil has none. So, being powerless is cultic. Powerless churches are cultic!

How does this development fit into our spiritual life and ministry? Fits a lot! Remember, God is The Life Author. He is the Author of Neuroplasticity, and with an urgent reason: so we can go back to our original call in Genesis, which is to be created in the very image and likeness of God. We are designed to command creation (have dominion, remember?)--through the (spoken) Word--and make awesome and supernatural things happen--first to ourselves, to our immediate surroundings, then to the environment at large. All through God’s powerful and creative spoken Word (rhema and dabar), straight from God’s mouth to us, and now, through a little help from Neuroplasticity, which is God's scientific gift to us. This is powerfully God’s Flesh!

Neurons and Electrons Grow

What is Neuroplasticity? Brain cells can grow and multiply. Brain neurons can proliferate and produce (or create) other neurons more powerful than the original ones—if used right. When new neurons are produced, new cell networks or pathways are established so that a new and probably more radical way of brain wave transmission can become possible. Simply put, in a road network, the more roads built, the farther we can travel, the more places we can reach! Hence, a paralytic, when practiced repeatedly to walk and move, is able to do so eventually. Brain transmission to the body blocked somewhere along the traditional brain routes (so that brain signals to command limbs to work are hindered) are now given new paths to travel. Healthy and more powerful brain signal transmission is then re-established, reaching limbs, and making them work again. It's some kind of a brain signal transmission bypass.

As this progress is taken to the next level through more practice (and as the brain wills incapacitated limbs to work), the brain's capacity and size enlarges, making the process of commanding limbs more powerful. We’re not aware of it, but our mind works extra hard when we’re trying to perform physical feats. Restoration and healing are thus effected. This can also be applied to athletic performances. With more practice, the brain's power to command the body becomes stronger, so that the body is able to perform etraordinary feats.

Apply That to Faith

Faith is believing, especially the impossible. The impossible is something beyond what traditional thinking can imagine. The road to impossibilities has never been passed through by a traditional mind. Thus, the brain needs to build new paths to the impossible. Jesus said, nothing would be impossible for us, if we believed. NOTHING! Now, “If we believe” means we have to build a new brain network to reach the new brain capability for the impossible. The reason why many supernatural acts of God in the bible are nowhere in church today is because our brain is suppressed to think radically and limited to think only in terms of traditional patterns acceptable to church denominational norms. The brain is brain-washed by human denominational theologies to strictly think earthly and shun or fear anything supernatural (like how they say that spiritual gifts are "dangerous" or "demonic").

When the brain cells are not challenged and merely take the same old traditional paths or routes daily--like, we just do the same things or think the same things daily, year in and year out--its capacity and size will never grow. It may even shrink—thus the narrow-minded or short-sighted folks. Pray all you want and even cry; if the mind cannot believe and imagine the impossible really happening, nothing will happen. Jesus asked a sick man, "Do you believe I can do this?" It was like saying, “Can you build new paths in your brain for this thing?” Hebrews 11 says, Moses saw the invisible God. 

While still young, we "dare" do things and are bold to try new and radical things, so our brain cells are active and ready for expansive growth. But growing old (and being fed trash by human norms and expectations which enslave), we begin to hold on to traditions or "accepted" norms, or what they call “safe and sound doctrine—which is really nothing but men’s comfort zones) or form inhibiting ideas about life, and these hinder us from trying new things, from becoming more radical,  and from challenging our brain cells to work in different or improvised ways. When you begin to be too careful (in short, you begin to love your comfort zone), your neurons stop growing and re-producing. You begin to be an old dog with only old and musty tricks to show. You become old wine that cannot be put into new wine skins. 

A traditional mindset has limited brain cell networks to work with. There aren't many transmission pathways except one or two routes used for years or a lifetime. Pretty soon, when a road is overused, it wastes and becomes impassable. Faith is affected in this way. The brain cannot believe what is beyond the acceptable. It cannot imagine beyond what it sees physically. Remember, faith for the impossible takes seeing a vision. Do you see it happening in your mind (or in your spirit)? If not, then forget it. It won't happen. 

Elijah told Elisha that if Elisha saw with his eyes the radical and out-of-this world supernatural chariot of fire taking Elijah up to heaven, then the double portion would be his. He saw it. Under Elijah's discipleship, he was trained to think beyond what was the norm. Prophetic discipleship should b radical.

What Do You See?

For instance, God kept asking Ezekiel and Jeremiah, "What do you see?" If your brain is not trained to get used to seeing and believing things other than what is physically seen, it won't have any vision except what pictures or concepts the world has "downloaded" into it. Many churches are like that today. All they see and believe is what can be seen around them (what the world has downloaded into their minds), like money, sound systems, microphones, and church buildings and properties and material possessions. Jesus says this is spiritual blindness. 

But once you train your mind (with the Spirit's power) to think beyond earthly standards and images, your brain cells will produce neurons more powerful than their original sources, build extensive and radical brain networks, and begin to "command" faith that easily moves mountains. The key is to have the brain capacity of God's mind—or have God’s brain cells, as it were. To have His mindset, His imagination. That’s why God’s Flesh believes in getting Jesus’ DNA! Can you imagine that? And we can never get this if we go on thinking traditional human patterns. Or, if we remain human in thinking. The bible says, have the mind of Christ. 

"My thoughts are not your thoughts." 

The above popular verse is a clear pronouncement that we can never do God's Will unless we begin to think like He does. So throw away all your earthly mind patterns and begin to get used to thinking beyond earthly dimensions. Jesus said, "If you do not believe my earthly teachings, how can you believe my heavenly teachings?" 

We begin with His earthly teachings, and then onward to His heavenly teachings. We DO NOT stop with Jesus’ earthly teachings. “Let’s forget the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity…” says Hebrews.

His earthly teachings are NOT the same as our views of the world and the life here. It's NOT the same as how denominational doctrines see life, and the world, and ministry, and the church, and God. Jesus' earthly teachings are super radical teachings, though still earth-bound. And they were so radical that Nicodemus, titled and degreed, initiated in primitive and below-earth’s-surface teachings, scratched his head in confusion and asked, "How could this be?" Jesus told him, "You dare call yourself a religious teacher of Israel and not know these things?" Today, many denominational pastors and theologians always scratch their heads and ask, “How could this be?” but still feel very intellectual about it all. 

In short, Jesus was saying, His earthly teachings can be grasped only if we think radically like God does. And applying the principles of Neuroplasticity to our faith can help tremendously. After all, God is its Author. The devil owns and authors nothing. So, what is Neuroplasticity? It is God’s mind, the Mind of Christ, working in human minds. It is getting God’s DNA cells—as it were—so we can be God’s flesh on earth!

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Nation Without Sense

A nation without sense (Deu.32). God was talking about a nation led by no less than Moses, a man who saw God in person. He really saw the invisible God (Heb.11.17). That's being God's flesh! However, God performed awesome wonders for them all in Egypt, in the desert, and in the Promise Land, and yet they were a nation without sense. Amazing.

I wonder what becomes of churches led by pastors and leaders who derive authority from mere men's churches? Unlike Moses who derived power and authority straight from God. Their titles and degrees were given to them by man-made institutions. You derive power from who gave you authority. And men's institutions follow a worldly pattern of education, not God's pattern. Thus, its a church without sense. It cannot be God's flesh on earth.

When anything is without sense in God's eyes, it means they have not done things in God's ways. God had been urging the Israelites repeatedly to love God, which  meant "to walk in his ways" alone. Because his ways are his commandments and decrees (30.16). Instead, they belittled God's ways and followed the ways of the nations around them---like what denominations today are doing--they seriously follow worldly systems and trash Kingdom principles. 

They thought the "vines" and "wine" of pagan nations were better than God's vines and wine--and lots of times they mistook them as being the same. Says Deu. 32, their wine comes from Sodom and Gomorrah and their grapes are filled with poison--the venom of serpents and poison of cobras. In clusters, the grapes are also filled with bitterness. Deadly. Yet, they really believed that these were the sound doctrine.

It's hard to think why the Israelites remained stiff-necked when the fact is they often saw God's awesome power and were led by no less than God's anointed servant, Moses, whom he met face to face. Yet, they were a nation without sense. But seeing today's church denominations, it becomes easy to understand why the Israelites were that senseless. A wrong thing repeated over and over becomes sound doctrine to men. They had been seeped in Egyptian wisdom for 4 centuries and deceived by paganism for 40 years in the desert. And while trekking the desert their hearts were still filled with Egypt.

However, having Moses as their leader helped them somewhat--it enabled them to see truth a bit and leave Egypt and proceed to the Promise Land. They also crossed the Jordan and took their inheritance in Canaan. But apparently Moses was not enough. God's power displays were simply ignored. They were still a nation without sense. In Joshua's time they disobeyed God's instructions through Moses and failed to wipe out the Canaan inhabitants. And they did even worse in the Book of Judges. They were, indeed, a nation without sense. 

Now, imagine how a church stands in God's eyes if it does not have a Moses to lead them--a genuinely anointed man of God, anointed supernaturally (not through man's institutions) as Moses was--in fact, as Jesus was, and as Peter, John and even Paul and all the Acts apostles and prophets were. If your church is headed by a mere bible school or seminary graduate, even with titles and degrees, your church is one without any sense, and that's to the maximum sense!
Man's church (denominations) feeds its members with vine and wine and grapes from spiritual Sodom and Gomorrah--full of venom and poison from cobras and serpents--or devils and demons. Thus, there's today a systematic poisoning of the church, making it more without sense, making it worse as it does more things "for God." And the only thing that will rescue it is when it goes back to doing everything in God's ways alone--becoming authentically God's flesh on earth.

Friday, June 18, 2010

True Church Fathers

It's Fathers Day once more. And for sure many churches will base their Sunday worship programs on this occasion, recognizing fathers in their church, and of course, God the Father, to make everything sound spiritually legit. It's all a waste of time and money. How I hope it's really about true church fathers.

However, let's say Fathers Day is a legit event in God's eyes and not just a scheme of businessmen to jack up their profits. How would God want Fathers Day to be? What kind of fathers are true church fathers?

First John 2 says it all. True church fathers are those who are spiritual and raise up strong spiritual sons and daughters. They are not just biological. Most "fathers" in church are merely biological--they're called fathers because they're able to impregnate their wives and have children. And some of them are "fathers" because they provide well for their families. These are all good and apt, but this is not what God means when he talks about true church fathers.

"I write to you fathers because you know Him who is from the beginning," says John. He was addressing true church fathers God would've recognized gladly if there was then a Fathers Day. True church fathers personally know God who is from the beginning. The term "who is from the beginning" denotes a deeply rooted and personal knowledge of God. And this was the valid and strong reason why John took the trouble to "write" them. 

According to John, true church children were those who had been "forgiven of your sins." And this happened because of the fathers' knowledge of the One who is from the beginning. When fathers serve as real models of Christianity (knowing God who is from the beginning), church children repent of sins. And because fathers then were deeply rooted in their knowledge of God, church children did not remain just forgiven of their sins; they grew spiritually to having "known the Father," (2.13). 

When fathers in church are true church fathers in God's eyes, there is always an ever-increasing glory. Children, after being forgiven of sins, turn into God knowers, and then into young men who "have overcome the evil one." This is a strong statement--genuine church young men are so strong spiritually they overcome Satan. And this all begins with true church fathers who know Him who is from the beginning.

Later, John reveals the next level of ever-increasing glory for young men--they "are strong, and the Word of God lives in you, and have overcome the evil one." That's triple glory. This is how church growth ought to be--in ever-increasing glory--if fathers obey God's ways, will, and Word.

If you're just a biological father, how are you any different from fathers of other religions?

Monday, June 14, 2010

See God Now!

There's a future time of seeing God. But nonetheless, we should see God now--or we won't see him at all in the future. Whether we see him then depends on whether we see him now.

It's something like the sowing principle. What small thing you have now ascertains what you will have and reap in the future. It's not a desire to "want to see God someday;" It's seeing him now. God should be so real in your life right now. He is not just a future or past God--he is very much a present God. A "now" God. In him we move, and talk, and perceive, and understand, and have our being. 

The disciples asked Jesus: "Show us the Father." They thought God was still to be seen. To see God now is very important--or you miss all the glory moments. So Jesus answered something like, "You mean, you've been seeing me and yet you still ask to see God?" Sometimes, it's possible to see and yet not see. You drown in all the busy activities and miss seeing God right under your nose.

The awesomeness you imagine God to have when you face him in heaven should be the very same awesomeness you see in him right now--each moment, everyday! And that awesomeness should be increasing each day--otherwise, there isn't any hope of seeing him in the offing. 

Not to see God now means allowing oneself troubles--perhaps troubles in work, home, church, etc.--and failing to see it all--especially God. Thus, "Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me." If you don't see God now, it only means you have nothing but heart woes. Seeing God makes you do as Jesus had done. You relax and do only what Jesus did. 

See God now--and be delivered from man's church activities.

Spoken Word is Spirit and Life

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life. - Jn.6.63

I cannot over-emphasize the extreme importance of the spoken Word. Jesus says anything outside the spoken Word is flesh, and they count for nothing. Zero. Pfft.

Spoken Word is Spirit and Life. What God speaks from his mouth to us comes from his heart. It should go down and take root in our hearts, so when we speak from the heart, that same spoken Word issues from it and gives life to the dead--like what Ezekiel saw in the vision of the valley of bones. 

Spoken Word is the breath of life. It is the breath that gave life to Adam in all perfection. It is the breath of spoken Word that created the earth and the universe, and now sustains them. It is all-powerful! God gives it to us freely! But we must never take it for granted.

Word Becoming Flesh

Giving flesh to the spoken Word (obeying and living it) is what matters. All others are garbage--church activities, programs, titles, degrees, etc. These are all works of the flesh and they count for nothing in the Spirit world. 

The devil knows the Word. He knows it very well. He's been around for centuries, studying the Word. Remember how he quoted Scripture when he was trying to deceive Jesus in the desert? 

How long have you studied the Word? Say, you got born again when you were 20 and now you are 60--that's 40 years. And you feel proud and powerful having studied it in depth for 40 years.

Well, sorry to disappoint you--but the devil has been studying it for centuries. That makes him more powerful than you are, doesn't it. But what was the difference between Jesus and Satan? Why was Jesus able to defeat him in the wilderness when they both knew the Word?

We cannot say that Jesus defeated him because Christ is God. Well, Jesus is indeed God, no less. But he faced Satan then, not as God, but as a man. Jesus had to be a man to save humans--God's anointed man, that is. The Christ. Satan was goading him to prove that he was the Son of God (If you are the Son of God turn these stones into bread...) to disqualify him--because only Jesus as man (approved by God) could save us from sin. 

How to Defeat Satan

When he defeated Satan in the desert, Jesus was both God and man--his deity never left him. But he didn't think being equal with God was something to be grasped (Phil.2.6). He made himself nothing, being found in the form of a servant (man). Jesus never used his being God to defeat Satan, showing us that man can easily defeat the devil, as long as the spoken Word is made flesh in man!

Hence, Jesus defeated Satan in the wilderness because: first, Jesus was and is the Word of God. And second--listen to this--the Word was made flesh in Jesus! That's the key! Satan knew the Word but it never was made flesh in him! Can you see this?

The devil fears, and is defeated, ONLY by the spoken Word made flesh. Nothing more, nothing less. All others are trash! The flesh counts for nothing! I don't care how good you are in the bible. I don't care what titles or degrees you hold. I don't care if you can memorize the whole bible. If the spoken Word is not made flesh in you, you are nothing.

Covenant is Centered on Word Made Flesh

Our covenant with God is hinged on the spoken Word made flesh in us. Exodus 19.5 says: If you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

Obeying God fully and keeping his covenant means we have the spoken Word made flesh in us. Only through this, by God's grace, can we become his treasured possession.

Worship Should be Grounded on the Word

Most times we think we ought to worship first before the Word can come to us. Well, in a way, yes. But everything really originates from the Word. In the beginning was the Word...and nothing was created without the Word. God sends his Word first for a revelation, then we worship. Worship should always be a result of God's revelation.

Some say worship precedes the Word. Even if this were so, who urged the worship? Of course, the Holy Spirit. When the Spirit speaks and urges us to worship, that is the spoken Word. So the spoken Word still precedes worship. 

People may indeed worship even without the Word, even without revelation. This eventually leads to idolatry. When church worships just imitate the latest trends in music and what singing styles are plausible to the world, they fall into idol worship. Worship can never be compatible with the world's ways. Worship should always be grounded on God's revelation, power, and timing.

You must not worship the Lord your God in their way (Deu.12.31).

Accuracy all depends on the spoken Word being made flesh in us. When the Word is not lived out, no accuracy is possible. Accuracy is not mere precision in syntax or literacy; it is accuracy in living the life of my Jesus.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I Don’t Go To Church Anymore

Sometimes it’s shocking for some people to hear that I don’t go to church anymore. It’s unthinkable. It’s heretic. It’s mortal sin. Most people know me to be spiritual. I’d been an exemplary elder in church before—and was leader of its young people in my younger years. No wonder they frown at the idea. Well, it’s been an empowering experience really—that I don’t go to church anymore.

Now, by “church” I mean the church that man has established through centuries and now is nothing but man’s ways, programs, activities, gimmicks, theology, and denominations. I don’t mean the genuine, spiritual church Jesus Christ is building. When talking of Christ’s spiritual church, the one he said he’d build in Matthew 16 when he was talking to Peter, the one that the gates of hell can never prevail against, then yup, I enjoy going to church. But when talking of man’s denominational church, no, I don’t go to church anymore.

One reason is that man’s church has utterly lost connection with the Head. That’s why I don’t go to church anymore. If you attend a church like that, you’re just wasting time because you won’t ever connect with Heaven, no matter how biblical or spiritual you sound, or no matter how “blessed” you get. No matter how solemn or sacred the worship services are. No matter if people get "born again" there, crying at the altar. When it speaks it talks about entirely different things than what the true Jesus church talks about. Just watch this:

Evangelism. When man’s church talks about evangelism it means expanding their denomination. They have to be bigger than other denominations, and it’s a race of who has the most number of churches. Then they train their members how to be distinctly of their denomination. Each denomination has a different doctrine, and you often see them bickering about their distinctive denominational doctrines.

When the true Jesus church talks of evangelism, it means ushering people into the Jesus Life, holy, through a totally submissive relationship with Jesus, and ushering them into the one glorious church of Jesus, which has one doctrine and believes everything in the bible. They are also ushered into God’s Kingdom so they can accurately live and operate in its spiritual realms. Denominational people are at a loss how to operate in Kingdom principles but they know their denominational manuals and policies.

Discipleship. When man’s church talks of discipleship it means how to keep their members loyal to their denomination, molding them to have their distinct denominational traits—so other denominations cannot snatch them from it.

When Jesus talks about discipleship he means molding all believers to be Kingdom people, in complete unity, looking like him, having his character, mindset and heart, and living his life.

Worship. Man’s church deems worship as a program presentation which the audience or congregation will like so they’d go back next Sunday and not look for another church. So they practice hard each Saturday night. If people want something spiritually touching, the worship team will aim to produce that—anything to keep their congregation and even grow it—because the more people, the more church income. 

They may appear spiritual in their worship expression and even experience some power, but it’s all nothing but Babel worship—when man desires to reach heaven using his own Babel tower. In the Genesis account of the Tower of Babel, God’s presence indeed came down, but only to confuse man further.

When the true Jesus church worships it’s solely to please God—without any thought about how other people will think or feel about it.

Prayer. Prayer to man’s church is always asking God for blessings. If you attend their prayer meetings they have nothing in their list except their needs. Man’s church is need oriented. It always asks what the church needs and wants—because it dreads so much losing its membership. They say you have to be specific about what your needs are. But they don’t stress being specific about what God wants. And oh, they want to say long prayers, babbling like pagans, using high-sounding words, and I don’t know why they “open” and “close” in prayer.

The true Jesus church always asks what God wants. It does not bother so much on specificity about its needs or wants—a simple, short, and generalized sentence about “give us this day our daily bread” is enough for their needs, and devotes the entire prayer session to exalting God and asking what He wants and that His will be done on earth. And yes, real Kingdom people pray short but powerful prayers—like Jesus did.

Fellowship. Man’s church thinks of fellowship as nothing but a program with songs, special numbers, games, a speaker who will give a “short” devotion, and some more games, food, and of course, opening and closing prayers. In church services, “fellowship” is when they say “Hi!” to each other and shake hands. They say, without that “fellowship” they would be weak. A church fellowship often means a fellowship with people of the same denomination.

The true Jesus fellowship is an intimate meeting in spirit, of spirits, and by the Spirit. It’s also a life-to-life meeting with the LIFE as the center. It’s not just saying “Hi!” and shaking hands and shallowly talking a bit. Always, it’s a fellowship totally free of any denominational barriers. I can fellowship with any Christian in worship services. True fellowship also includes appropriate and right amount of discerning of spirits, prophecy, and the gift of service. It’s a fellowship of the Father and Son in the believers’ lives. This is the fellowship we should not forsake, says Hebrews 10.

Bible Study. In man’s church bible study is what study materials or Sunday school lessons teach them, aided by a teacher or leader. Of course they pray for the leading of the Spirit, but it’s all the work of the materials. The Acts church didn't have any BS or Sunday school materials. Neither did Jesus.

In a true Jesus church, bible study materials are unheard of. Everything is through the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit—as Jesus and the Acts church did it.

So now you see why I don’t go to church anymore. It’s a total waste of time. I’d rather stay in the Kingdom on earth. That's what being God's flesh is all about.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Accurate Kingdom Building: The Bronze Basin and Altar and The Courtyard

When you stepped out of the tabernacle tent you saw the bronze altar and bronze basin in its courtyard. The bronze basin was placed between the temple and the bronze altar.

The courtyard was covered with a perimeter fence made of wood frames where curtains were affixed. The bases of these frames were also of bronze, and the fence's height was 7 and half feet.

Courtyard Happenings were Special

What happened in the courtyard was for a select few to witness. The fence was taller than the average Israelite to make sure that none in the crowd outside saw what happened in the courtyard. 

The priests offered the people's offerings at the bronze altar. They would wash themselves at the bronze basin before they did anything at the altar. Holiness was vital to avoid being killed by God's wrath. Whole burnt offerings were offered at the bronze altar--often numbering countless slaughtered animals which were without defect. Only perfect offerings were allowed.

For each aspect of their lives a suitable offering was required. The main offerings were the guilt, sin, whole burnt, and fellowship or peace offerings. There were many other offerings, but these were the major ones. You see, these principles are still intact today. We no longer deal with the specifics, but the principles remain.

You cannot enjoy God unless your guilt and sins are dealt with at the spiritual altar--the heart. Only then can you truly devote your whole self (whole burnt offering) for God and enjoy genuine fellowship with him (fellowship offering). There's no other option but to devote the entire self to God—whole burnt offering.

"Burnt" offering means the flesh is burned—the flesh or ego is destroyed. That is God's requirement, no less. You can never truly enjoy God with your ego still intact. 

In the Old Testament, perfect animals were offered. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ is the perfect offering for all time---especially today, that is, Jesus Christ in you. Jesus urges us to follow in his footstep. He died on the cross--but we also need to carry our little crosses--not for salvation--but for dying to self and letting Jesus live in us fully. We need to be whole burnt offerings, too.

Paul said, I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God---present yourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God. This is you spiritual worship.

Now, if you're still part of the Crowd, you will never see all these things taking place in the tent courts. Many churches today are mere Crowds--content at staying outside the courts, seeing nothing but the smoke from the burnt offerings and smell of flesh and fat burning. 

They think a beautiful Sunday worship service is the way to gain entry into the courts--because they read in Scriptures that we enter his gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and his courts with praise. Correct, but the thanksgiving and praises should come from holy lives. The requisite here is life, not any worship program.

In the church God gave me, we don't have any program. We have the LIFE, by God's grace.

No animal with defect was allowed to enter his gates and courts. Beautiful singing and beautiful worship programs—but with rotten spiritual lives—have no place here.

The Crowd Got to See Only Bronze

In front, at the east side, was the main entrance to the courtyard. When the priests opened the main gate, the people saw a glimpse of the court--that was all. All they saw were the bronze things there. And then the gates were closed.

Bronze is a likeness of gold. It can shine like gold--but it is NOT GOLD. The crowd saw the bronze for a short time and was satisfied. Once, they told Moses that they didn't want to hear God's voice; they asked Moses to just relay to them what God had told him. They were content at seeing bronze, and this in a mere glimpse.

The crowd is not even deserving of bronze. All they deserve is the fence. Yes, they saw how the cloud of God's presence descended the tabernacle, but only from a distance. 

When Elijah was taken from Elisha, Elisha got the double portion--because he saw everything that happened up close. The 50 prophets who merely watched from a distance got nothing. Jesus gathered his core group near him to hear the Word up close. The crowd stayed at a distance. When he was done speaking, the crowd went home. But the disciples remained for more. Jesus said, the secrets of the Kingdom had been given to them, but not to those outside. The Crowd never gets any revelation (a people without a vision perishes). All they get is the fence—or man’s programs.

It's very important to be inside the tent courts.

But We Have to Leave the Elementary Teachings About Christ

But being in the courtyard is not enough. Hebrews says we have to leave the basics on Christ and go on to maturity. Bronze is not the target; gold is. God hid the gold from the crowd because the flesh does not know how to handle God's gold--they'll sell it for their own benefit in God's Name. They use God’s gold to build their denominations.

Many successful pastors and preachers today were once Godly, but later began building their own empires, their own petty kingdoms—their denominations. These people cannot be trusted with God's gold--they always sell it to build their own. Thus, gold is reserved for the eyes of the genuine priesthood--the Jesus priesthood.

A lot of churches today think they experience God and even declare that God is here! in their services. What they do not know is that they have seen mere bronze--a likeness of God.

What visions of God Ezekiel saw at the Kebar River was a likeness of the glory of the Lord (Ezk.1.28). It was extremely awesome and yet it was just a likeness of God's glory. Awesome things can happen in an anointed worship service led by an anointed man of God, and yet everything could merely be bronze. Bronze is good but we should aim for gold.

Good and Better is the Enemy of Best

Some churches stop at seeing bronze. For a while bronze is good. But whenever you stop at a certain point in your experience or relationship with God, God's present move leaves you behind. We should move in ever-increasing glory, said 2 Corinthians 3 and 4. God’s present Move always moves. It’s ever-increasing.

Moses' bronze snake was once God's move. But later, God abandoned it. Years after, in Hezekiah's time, it (called Nehushtan) was still standing and worshiped somewhere in Jerusalem (2Kings 18). If you stop, your natural tendency is idolatry, no matter how biblical you seem to be. Many today are denomination worshipers. 

We should leave the elementary teachings and go on to maturity. Maturity is not going to the seminary to study theology and earn titles and degrees. Maturity is going after God in the Holy of Holies--and burn there. Soon you become part of the Fire—not anymore the offering. And this means forgetting anything of the crowd and of bronze. Paul said, forgetting what is behind and pressing towards the goal. 

Entering the Tent

Once you enter the tent, it's a different world. All you see is gold. Before you enter the tent you need to wash at the bronze basin--like cleansing yourself of all the activities and realms of bronze. 

What happened inside the tent was what mattered. The quality seen outside the tent (the cloud of God's presence descending on the tent) depended on the quality inside it. 

In fact, the presence never descended because of what was offered on the bronze altar. The offerings made on the altar were good, but they came from the resources of the Crowd. God didn't like that. His presence only descended on the tent after the tabernacle was completely set up. 

Right after Moses finished setting up the tabernacle and the courtyard, then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle (Exo.40.33). You see that? The presence descended when the tabernacle was completely set up, NOT when the offerings were offered.

In Solomon's time, when the Ark was brought inside the Holy of Holies (when everything was set up), it was then that the glory of God descended and filled up the temple (1Kings 8). The animal offerings came much later. Worship (offerings) is good but God delights in a vessel filled purely with Jesus--so filled the vessel later becomes unseen and only Jesus is seen. This is what really matters. Nothing more.

In the tent you saw the gold table, incense altar, and lampstand. In Solomon's temple, even the floor, walls, and ceiling were wrapped in pure gold. Only the priesthood got to see these. Only the priests, sons of Aaron, were trusted with pure gold.

In Moses' time, the sons of Aaron (priesthood) wrapped the gold furnishings first in blue clothing and then covered them with sea cow skins before the Kohathites (Levites but not priests) were able to carry them. The Kohathites, God-assigned carriers of the tabernacle furnishings, were not allowed to see the gold furnishings---they'd die on the spot if they did! God's gold was exclusively for the priesthood. 

Priesthood is not a pastor or the board members elected in church. Priesthood is a result of Godly sonship--of spiritual fathering. You have to be a son or daughter of a spiritual Aaron. True sons and daughters are raised up and trained spiritually by spiritual Aarons or spiritual fathers, as Paul raised up his sons Timothy and Titus. Churches today elect pastors whom they order around and later kick out of church. Most of today's pastors are checked by their co-equal, the church board. This is demonic.

If you were able to see the gold in the Holy Place, you'd pity those who only saw bronze at the courtyard. And the most pitiful was the Crowd who saw only the fence. What do you see today? 

God enables those who willingly separate themselves for God to enter the Jesus priesthood and see these things. When you separate yourself, you become radically unique for God. You do not look like common worshipers who stay outside the courtyard and are content just to provide offerings at the gate, merely catching a glimpse of bronze.
Freedom From The Religious Spirit

The priesthood wore garments that were unique. They looked different from common Jews who were outside the fence.

However, being in the Holy Place, though great, is not really the idea. Better is better than good, but remaining merely better becomes bad later. God's move, says Paul, is ever-increasing glory. We should aim for God's best!

The Jesus High Priesthood

Few understand the entrance to the Holy Place; fewer still are aware that there is a Jesus priesthood we should aim for. This is the high priestly anointing. This anointing enables us to enter the Holy of Holies in spirit and see the Ark. Many so-called worship teams and leaders today do not know anything about this. All most churches know are their denominational activities and programs, and how to sing with good voices and play instruments to touch people's hearts.

If you understand the high priest calling of Jesus and hear and answer that call, God gives you the enabling grace to enter the Holy of Holies. There you see what no eye has seen, hear what no ear has heard, and conceive what no mind has conceived. There you start becoming unique and radical like my Jesus. 

There you leave all traditionalism and human ways, concepts, and policies--you reject anything denominational. There you understand and live the covenant. There you begin to be genuinely Kingdom people. There you start being difficult to please in spirit—because you settle for no less than Jesus and his Life and genuine Kingdom things. There you don't settle for copies or likeness--you settle for God alone. Period. If it isn't God, I better not see it! I don’t want any part of it!

Because we see the Ark (where the Testimony is), we get fresh rhema Word anytime straight from God's own mouth. You get it and floods you to extreme fullness even while you sleep, eat, brush your teeth, laugh, talk to people, ride a bus, take a walk, exercise, surf the net, watch TV, read other books, etc. 

The truth that God is everywhere becomes extremely real to you. You hear God speak through trees, the wind, rush of water, a child, a sigh, a tear, a laughter, etc. Getting God's fresh rhema Word is never a struggle. You hear and see awesome wonders and deep truths that make you soar in spirit each minute--no dead moment! Jesus says, I give them eternal life; they shall never perish.

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