Monday, November 21, 2011

Artificial Testimonies

Artificial testimonies--it's amazing how people can twist things and then believe in them. I've heard lots of phony testimonies like that, nice sounding, very spiritual, but in the end you'd see how things had actually been twisted around to sound good, and then believed by the testifier as real. How did I know that they were phony? Wasn't I just being too judgmental about them? 

It's easy--just be sharp spiritually and you'd see that they are artificial testimonies. Jesus gave us the hint--you will know them by their fruit. They say a lot of nice things happening to them spiritually, how they're growing in their spiritual lives, how they heard God tell them this and that, and how they spend much time with the Lord. But later you see how they really live and behave and react and think, and you'd know that everything they said were just artificial testimonies.

It isn't just a one-time slip into error or misbehavior. You'd see that it's a lifestyle. They tell wonderful artificial testimonies but they live their daily lives differently. During testimony time they sound so inspiring and many people even get "blessed." They know the right words and have a special skill of composing them well so that they form some kind of a spiritual facade, a spiritual mask. And people buy it--both the naive and those benefited by such artificial testimonies. And then the whole tale begins to come alive and circulate around church so that the guy begins to have a religious "reputation." The guy actually becomes a faith icon in that church.

"Beware of wolves in sheep clothing..."

I've seen how people testified of having been blessed by a church person who was a real "blessing" to them. Familiar with the scene? They say a lot of nice things about the guy--a whole lot of them--pastors, church leaders and members, friends, etc., and if you're not spiritual and mentally sharp and careful, you too would be duped. Lots of people in church are easy to deceive. Religion is a deadly opiate. Now, as you see things clearer as time passes by, you'd see the whole picture. They like that guy because they get some benefits liking him and talking good about him. They tickle his weaknesses and he in turn gives them favor. They see it as good, but it's really nothing but corruption.

Thus, as the thing goes on--he favoring them and they liking him--the tale of his goodness goes around and is reinforced and becomes "real." Then naive people who hear about it easily believes, and the guy becomes a church icon. Nobody has enough good sense and sharpness to see what's really going on. They just go along the tide. Now, what happens next us is that the good guy bestows his favor only on his avid fans. If you're not an admirer, you don't just get nothing, you suffer his disapproval. And when you're disapproved by him, other people see you as bad, miserable, and not growing in the Lord. That's what artificial testimonies do to their detractors.

Wise are Serpents, Innocent as Doves

You should be wise as a serpent and innocent as doves. Wise in the sense that you can discern what's really happening. Innocent in the sense that you don't take part in the corruption (also, innocent in the sense that you yourself are not guilty of the same sin, or any sin). Don't applaud fake or artificial testimonies. It's idolatry. Yeah, they will later attribute the "greatness" of the guy to God's doing and praise him for that, but it's all mere lip service. You can see how their egos are being fed well. Artificial testimonies feed the testifier's ego.

Now, do you have to be suspicious of everyone's testimony? Nope. Just be deep in God and the Word of God and spiritual and mental sharpness regarding what's fake or real becomes automatic. The Spirit of God will tell you what's right and wrong, according to how He sees it. A lot of times, the corruption is obvious but church people have become blinded by the god of this world. They don't see in the spirit anymore. All they see is what happens in the material world. They're of the flesh. So they see achievements, accomplishments, awards, recognition trophies, big churches, big income, big membership, big this and that. But they don't see the spirit behind the actions and accomplishments.

Like this guy I know--a church pastor. He's been a rotten church leader, rotten in character and very immature in relationships. He's fond of putting people to shame publicly, disciplining people who's not under his authority, and manipulating people so that they become guilty of not joining his denomination. He even sometimes manipulates his children to forget about their families and join him in what he's doing--like manipulating his daughter so that she joins his ministry even if her husband has his own church ministry.

But a lot of people like him. They say so in their artificial testimonies. Now, if you see what's really going on, you'd see that these are the people who benefit from his doling out money. Yeah, he's a giver, but he sometimes uses it to manipulate you. I've seen him do it. He gives you help but then keeps reminding about it whenever he wants to make you do something for him. You're a victim as long as you receive something from him. Some people like it though, and they are his propagandists come testimony time.

Beware When Invited to Dinner by a Stingy Man...He Counts the Cost

So this guy sometimes invites you to his special occasions to hear you say something good about him in church, an artificial testimony during testimony time. He invites people so they'd say something nice about him, and then they'll later "praise God!" I'm invited to such occasions and I go (often you never know if its an artificial testimony service until you get there), but never to give testimonies like that. I just go and eat and listen to the phony claims and laugh inside, but also shake my head in dismay--these people will do anything just to be rewarded by the world. And they will use and eat each other in the process--and they use the church doing that.

Genuine testimonies are never done by people "invited" to give them in a pre-arranged program. Genuine testimonies just happen spontaneously. In Jesus' time, people just shouted their praises to him from the crowd. There was no invitation or program that says, "And now, we come to our testimony time. Are there any testimonies?" It's so artificial. So man-made. So phony. Sometimes they appoint people who'd give their testimonies. I even saw a pastor once who got angry with his congregation because no one would give testimony during testimony time. So, to please him, they assigned testifiers the next time around. Hahaha.


Should You Be Critical? 

Should you be critical during testimony time? Aren't you just supposed to listen and feel good about everything and praise God? Being uncritical is what leads many people to deception. Nope, you should not be critical if your life in Christ is the pits. But if you're deep in God and in the Word, it comes automatically. It's called spiritual discernment. It's how true prophets of old saw fake prophets and boldly declared and denounced them so. When it comes you have no choice but to get it. No, you cannot will to be spiritually critical and sharp. It happens as the Jesus LIFE gets duplicated in your life--as you live the Jesus LIFE and get his DNA. You should be deep in God and in his Word, living it powerfully daily. That's God's flesh.

Meek Criticism

Prophetic criticism happens as you  become meeker in Christ. You don't mean to be critical--it's just that the judgment or Word of God comes to your hearing and you hear God speak his judgments. And the first thing you do is make sure that you're not yourself being like the guy being hit by the criticism. It's not your own personal opinion of the man; it's how you see the Word of God judging the man. So you pray for yourself and for the guy. And you don't announce to all the world how the guy is in error. You only talk about it when asked to by the person involved--or talk about it without mentioning names for others to learn about--like what this blog, God's Flesh, is doing.

Believe me, a lot of what people are doing today in church are nothing but garbage. They're too blinded by their denomination to see truth. To them it's all spiritual, and they think God is pleased. But to the spiritually discerning, it's demonic. One pastor I talked to says we should be active in church to please God. And probably, he says that a lot of of times to his congregation as a testimony. But how do we please God? By our works? The last time I looked, "It's impossible to please or get God's approval without faith." And many active people in church does not know what faith here is. In its context in the book of Hebrews, it has something to do with Enoch's walk with God. He walked with God 300 years and God snatched him to heaven. And then it says, it's impossible to please or delight God without faith.

You see that? That's the faith that pleases God--walking with God. Not being active in church. Many active church members have never experienced really walking with God--the kind that gets you snatched away to God's very presence, pronto! Even many church pastors have never experienced this. Yeah, they pray a lot and get some of their mundane prayers answered (it's the general blessings of God to both the righteous and the wicked), but many of them have never experienced being snatched away from this life and get a taste of the spirit realms. Anyone who experiences that becomes radically different. And the first thing he does is get out of denominationalism. 

This shallowness in spirit is what makes them fall victims to artificial testimonies. Just attend prayer or testimony time in most churches today and you're likely to hear them--fake but nice sounding religious stories of people's greatness in the guise of praising God.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hebrews 8: A New Covenant with God's Law

The superior church ministry of Jesus--which is based in heaven and totally free of anything man-made--is premised on a new covenant. If you don't have this covenant with God then you are not in the Jesus ministry and if you're not in the Jesus ministry which is heaven-based (not earth-based) you are not in covenant with God. It's as simple as that.

If you're not faithful to God's covenant, he "turns away" from you [Hebrews 8.9]. And many Christians, even those active in church, do not realize this. You have to be found faithful to God through his new covenant. And the new covenant has a lot to do with God's law. And here's the problem--many churches teach that because you have received salvation by grace and not by works of the law, you can relax on the law. Thus, you find many Christians weak in the Old Testament, especially on the Law. 

Worse, I even see Christians ignorant of the New Testament. They're just kept busy in church.

But the new covenant is heavy on the law. Watch this: "This is my new covenant...I will fix MY LAWS into their hearts and minds...then they will become my people...then all of them--least or great--will know me," [Heb.8.10-11]. This promise is given to the new Israel, which is part of the glorious church of Jesus Christ.

You see that? The new covenant is when God supernaturally fixes permanently into hearts and minds his law so that we become masters of it. It's only then that we become "God's people." We give flesh to it. Remember, Christ is the end of the law. If we want Jesus Christ fully manifested in our bodies and in our lives, 100 percent, we have to see Christ and his beauty in the Old Testament, especially in the law. 

Without effort, we should have and develop the love for the Word--both Old and New Testaments, deeply. And this is something the church terribly lacks today. Check your church members--adults and young people--if they love the law with all their hearts and all their minds. Chances are, you'd be frustrated to know they don't. Because many churches teach that our salvation is New Testament based. So they lax with the Old.

But my Jesus stressed that he didn't come to cancel out the law but to fulfill it. If you really have Jesus in you, your desire should be to fulfill the law in your life through Jesus by his grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, though you are saved by grace through faith. The terrible lack of mastery in the law by church members is a sign that man's church is going backwards, and may in fact be already in rebellion. 

The Old is Obsolete

Hebrews says when God called it the New Covenant, the Old became obsolete. Many people think God here was referring to the Old Testament. The "Old" here is man's ways, not God's law, because God's law will be placed permanently in the hearts and minds of newly covenanted people. What will soon disappear and is now rejected by God are human ways and efforts and achievements, though they all pretend to use God's words. 

For starters, the "old covenant" used "worship regulations" and an "earthly sanctuary" (Heb.9). Many churches today still use worship regulations (programs, denominational doctrines, policies, and manuals) and earthly sanctuaries (they magnify the importance of buildings they call "church" and spend millions for them). They're all still operating under the old covenant and they will soon be obsolete together with it (if they aren't already). Though they are weaklings when it comes to the Old testament and law knowledge, they're really still a part of the old covenant. 

If you're deep in the Word--the Old and New Testaments, and the law--giving them fulfillment in your lives through Jesus Christ in you, then you're part of the new covenant. Jesus said there are 2 keys to this:
  1. Love God with your all.
  2. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
You do these two, you fulfill the law and the Old Testament (the prophets). That love should be based on the teachings of my Jesus, and his teachings are all based on the law and the Old Testament. You are saved by grace alone--but after that your life in Christ should fulfill the law. Or, the Jesus LIFE in you should be living out the principles of God's Kingdom found in the bible, through the power of the Holy Spirit without human effort.

Why without human effort? Because it is God putting the law into our hearts and minds supernaturally. When you meditate the Word, it is Jesus in you doing it, not you. 

Is your life this rich in God's spoken Word--New and Old Testament, including the law--giving them flesh in you? This has nothing to do with those who are good in arguing and debating the Word. It has to do with producing the Jesus LIFE, the Jesus DNA--being God's flesh on earth--and reproducing the same in others through the radical Jesus discipleship.

The new covenant is mastering the law supernaturally. All the work of God in you.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hebrews 8: The Superior Church Ministry

It's the superior church ministry. The only true church recognized in heaven is the Glorious Church of Jesus Christ, without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. It has a high Priest--Jesus, of the Melchizedek Order. He serves in the sanctuary of the true tabernacle (or church) set up by God himself, and nothing in it is man-made--because anything man-made is collapsing, especially in our time.

If you're not a member of this church, you're nothing, zero, pffft! All your church accomplishments are garbage. Jesus ministers in a sanctuary in heaven which the Father Himself has set up. You should be in this church. We all should be oriented in the spiritual set up of this church. Our mindset should have nothing but the mindset of this church ministry--the superior church ministry. And this church should be the one you're attending now, in this life, in this world. Remember?--"Your will be done on earth as in heaven."

If the church you're attending is man-made, it's not Jesus' church. It's man's church, and it's being prepared and conditioned for 666, man's number--to deceive even the elect. Man's church is like Moses' tabernacle--that tabernacle was made strictly according to the pattern Moses had seen in heaven, and yet they all died in the wilderness. The tabernacle was glorious, but the glory faded and ended up being a ministry of death (see 2 Cor.3.7-18). 

A lot of man's churches today are like the Moses ministry--it came from God and had God's glory, but only for a while. The glory faded and everyone connected with it died in the wilderness. It became a ministry of death, although it originally came from God. No wonder they say that church before was better than the church they see now. It's because the glory of man's church fades and ends up in death. 

Not Just a Pattern

Don't feel comfy having a pattern or copy of what's in heaven. It should be the original, the very thing itself. That's why I don't go with "Christ-likeness" or being just a copy of Jesus. It should be Jesus himself really living your life 100 percent daily. Today's "Christ-likeness" mania in church is just the beginning of the deception. This "Christ-likeness" may even give way to "another Jesus" in church that Paul talked about in 2nd Corinthains 11, a modern-day another Jesus, one that is like Jesus but it's not really Jesus. This is the Anti-Christ--a "Christ" but a fake one.

We have to have the real Jesus, not just a copy. The genuine Jesus Christ--my Jesus--the real Son of God, should be seen in you 100 percent. It's that or nothing. You've got to be God's flesh on earth.

We've seen in Moses' case that having a mere copy or pattern can end up in wrong hands and become deathly. No wonder many "Christians" in church today are dying spiritually though seen very active in church and even receiving citation and recognition and awards for "excellent" performance and "faithfulness," whatever they mean. Why are they dying? Because all they have is a copy--they're just trying to imitate what they think is happening in heaven. They don't have the actual event. Tragically, they end up imitating the world in their guess work instead and looking more worldly than the world. They end up being a ministry of death. 

Here's an example of how a ministry of death looks like. If you have (1) worship programs in church and church policies and manuals and plans, plus (2) if you rely so much on your church building (which all church denominations do), you belong to the obsolete covenant which the bible says is fading and will soon disappear (Heb.8.13). You have nothing but a ministry of death--no matter if so many people are getting saved in your church and your membership and income is increasing.

The old covenant was characterized by the following: "The first covenant had an (1) earthly sanctuary and (2) regulations for worship," (Heb.9.1). You see that? "Earthly sanctuary" means churches made by man or church buildings. "Regulations for worship" means worship programs and church policies and manuals. If you have them, you're obsolete and will soon disappear. No wonder many church denominations today are failing miserably. They just hide the fact. But nothing hidden will remain hidden. God will expose everything.

And then, Hebrews says if Jesus were here with us he wouldn't be recognized by the church as a high priest or church leader. The worldly church recognizes only people with earthly credentials. Well, first, Jesus is not from the tribe of Judah, so he wouldn't be a high priest (8.4-5). Second, Jesus is not after a man-made church, because the ministry he got from God is the superior church ministry (8.6) not made by man.

You should be in a church ministry not made by man. Well, too bad that majority of Christians today identify with churches made by man, though using God's words in the bible. It's a dead ministry. And everyone there will eventually end up dead in the wilderness, not reaching their promised land. Will they be saved? I believe God is faithful and will still receive them in heaven. But they will never have the kind of glorious victory God wants us to have to be in his glorious church, without spot or wrinkle. They lose the glory, and God's glory is everything in life, here or in the hereafter.

But Hebrews also warns of those who backslide all the way. It's better for them not to have heard of God's salvation than to hear and receive it and then trash it away. And this kind of reversion begins in a ministry of death. Look for a God's flesh church--the Jesus church.

Monday, November 7, 2011

No Fruit Equals Hell

It's really all so simple, but man's theologies and doctrines complicate it to powerlessness and uselessness. Salvation is really this: No fruit equals hell. 

Here's how my Jesus put it: "Unless you (really) change--the change that's very radical that you almost turn into a child--you'll go to hell (or never enter God's Kingdom)." Another time, he put it this way: "You will know the genuine from the fake by their fruit."

No fruit equals hell. Many churches only emphasize the "accepting Jesus" part and make it sound like bearing fruit is secondary or worse, optional. They stress that it's all by grace, as if bearing fruit and radical change are not by grace alone. You can never really change and bear fruit unless by God's enabling grace. They also maintain that we are only human and God understands our propensity to sin. They've been making "sound doctrines" out of these garbage so that more souls march to hell straight from church than from the world.

Receiving Jesus Christ into our hearts as Savior and Lord is only a means to an end. Salvation may begin there if the receiving is genuine, and "genuine" means the fruit naturally manifests. No fruit, no salvation. This truth should never be compromised. I don't care how active you are in church or how long you've been a "Christian" or how many recognition or awards you got from your church--no fruit equals hell.

Fruit is the fruit of the Spirit, or simply put, the LIFE of JESUS CHRIST. Some Christians think having the fruit can be based on one's "choice" or "strength." Some of them have love, joy, and peace, but patience is, well--they're not so keen on that. They weren't created to be so patient--probably a little bit, yes. But patient all the time? They're not perfect and they're only human.

Well, if your thinking is like the above, then no fruit equals hell. Is salvation then based on fruit or receiving Jesus? No one should separate the two. You cannot choose between receiving Jesus or bearing fruit. Each supports the other. God designed them to always go together. Without the one, it means you are a fake and would end up in hell unless you genuinely repent and change and bear fruit--and anyway, you cannot bear fruit without receiving (or surrendering fully to) my Jesus.

Here is what Bearing Fruit is NOT:
  1. Formerly you attended some other churches but now you're attending a born-again church.
  2. You're so active in church.
  3. You're involved in a lot of church ministries.
  4. You hold positions in church and are looked up to as an elder.
  5. You are a pastor or church leader and your ministry is really growing.
  6. You have a lot of church members.
  7. You head the worship team or choir.
  8. You sing so well in church that people go to the altar and repent.
  9. The pastor likes and approves of you a lot.
  10. You look and sound so formal in church.
  11. You're so expressive in worship and you even dance and speak in tongues.
  12. You always quote verses and post verses on Face Book and never post anything there except Godly things. You use church lingo so well.
The above are just examples of what most church people and leaders think as bearing fruit in Christ. If you think like that and all you have are the above, then you're a fake. No fruit equals hell. You are not yet saved! Many so-called Christians would be shocked to find themselves in hell after death or Judgment.

Here is what Bearing Fruit is really all about:

  1. You have the LIFE of Jesus in you.
  2. Effortlessly, the Jesus LIFE manifests in you.
  3. The world hates you and rejects you.
  4. It is Jesus Christ Himself literally living your life. It's no longer you but Christ who really, really lives in you.
  5. Everyday and every moment the Jesus character, power, ministry, and authority naturally manifest in you. Why? Because it is Jesus really living in you 100 percent. And you? You have died with Christ on the cross.
  6. You don't have any religious spirit in you, even a tiny little bit. All you do are the Word and ways of God.
  7. The Word of God is made flesh in you, because of Jesus (The Word) in you. That's being God's flesh on earth. That's having the Jesus DNA genuinely.
  8. You are so deep in the Word and you eat the Word daily, really eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Jesus.
  9. You realize that no deed or church activity you do would ever please God. God is only pleased by the Jesus faith alone.
  10. You are NOT DENOMINATIONAL. You have renounced all so-called Christian denominations because you sincerely believe what Jesus prayed for in John 17--that all believers be completely one just as the Father and Son are one.
  11. You give up everything.
The above are just some of the fruit of the Spirit. Remember, no fruit equals hell. 

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