Saturday, April 21, 2012

How The Bible Kills You

How the bible kills you. Wow, what a title for a Christian blog article. Are you shocked? I bet you clicked this article real fast to see what this heresy is all about. Well, don't blame me--the apostle Paul wrote about it and I'm merely writing it here in my own plain version. Go check it out--the bible can kill you.

"I realized that the very Word or commandment that was designed to give me life actually brought me death," [Rom.7.10].

See? How is this possible? It happens when you study or meditate the bible while still in sin. Say, you're now a so-called born-again Christian, even very active in church, but you still harbor or enjoy a little sin here and there because, anyway, silly preachers say you're saved by grace (so you don't have to tire yourself trying to be ultra good and clean) and impress on people indirectly that being in sin is okay because anyway, you're saved by grace and God understands you. We're not saved by works or by being good. And no one is perfect. Well, we are saved by grace alone. But after that salvation--when my Jesus lives 100 percent in you--then comes perfection and true holiness.

Going back to using grace as a license to sin. So, you buy that and other human theological garbage and then read or study the bible, even indepth, while in sin. You know what it will produce in you? Hellish DEATH! It will kill you. More plainly, God's Word will kill you spiritually and produce nothing but hellish death in you. That's how the bible kills you. While you play religious in your evangelical church and lead the worship and preside and teach Sunday school and quote verses here and there like you're so spiritual, what really happens in the spirit is that you lose genuine connection with God and the personal relationship you think you have with Jesus gradually disintegrates. Watch this:

"Because sin in me, taking advantage of the opportunity given by God's Word, made a real fool of me without my noticing it, and through God's very Word put me to death," [Rom.7.11].

Paul later reminded his readers that God's Law is really holy and righteous. But it will kill you if you don't get out of sinning, exactly how God's Law killed people who approached the Ark of the Covenant unworthily. That Kingdom principle is still very much alive.

Now, why did people die when they approached the Ark unworthily? It was not the Ark itself but what was in it--God's 2 tablets where he himself wrote the 10 commandments, the staff of Aaron that budded, and the jar of manna that fell from heaven--which all symbolized my Jesus, and Jesus is the Word of God. See the connection? And that's how the bible kills you, too. You partake of God's Word while sinning, you die.

Paul told the Corinthians, you cannot eat at God's table (communion) and eat at the devil's table too. He added that, the reason many of them fell asleep (or dead) was because they partook of the Lord's supper unworthily. It's not the communion bread per se that really does the killing; it's the Word. Following God's Word--like taking communion--without genuine repentance can kill you. For instance, if you take communion but are guilty of praying to Mary or praying to saints' statues or images, you die spiritually without knowing it--fact, you may even feel blessed. Bread is just flour and oil and water, and the wine we drink is just red grapes. These won't kill us. But the desecrated Word will, especially spiritually.

How the Bible Gives You Life

However, when studied with the holiness that the Holy Spirit powerfully provides to all serious believers, God's Word produces life, abundantly at that. And that life is Jesus' own LIFE. After all, that life is in God's son.  The more you "eat" of the Word the more Christ is formed in you in ever-increasing glory. Even your casual reading and browsing of the bible can result to tremendous feasting for your spirit. Holiness and the Word are inseparable for LIFE..and being God's flesh. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Death that Destroys the Devil

Hebrews chapter 2 is full of powerful Kingdom principles we should discover for ourselves--like the death that destroys the devil. They're hidden deep in the words and only the Holy Spirit's power can open our eyes to them. Like the power of Jesus' death. That death destroys the devil [2.14]. Hebrews declares that the devil holds the power of death, but Jesus' death destroys the devil. And that death can be ours.

How can death be victorious over anything, especially the devil? We picture death as the end, and often, an end that is anything but glorious. It's defeat. We cry over people who die. Even Christian churches do it. They follow solemn funeral and interment programs with very formal eulogies because no one dares laugh during those moments. Well, some do laugh, but not out of victory but out of fond memories with the departed. Few deeply realize that death is gain. 

Paul told the Thessalonians that they shouldn't be like those who were ignorant about who had died [1 Thess.4.13]. He told them not to grieve even like those who have no hope. And yet, that's what Christians do. They grieve over their dead loved ones and even highlight their grief. 

Anyway, death destroys the devil. And why not? How can the devil tempt you anymore when you're dead physically? How can he ever win against you? But Hebrews lets us peek into a very powerful Kingdom principle--only spiritual death can destroy the devil, and this was powerfully demonstrated by my Jesus. His death disarmed and destroyed the devil and made a public spectacle of them [Col.2.15]. 

Furthermore, through his death, he tasted death for all believers [Heb.2.9]. And that should make us all "dead." Exactly what Colossians says [3.3]. And that kind of death--dying the death of Christ--should make us so powerful as to destroy the devil. It's Christ's death that destroys the devil.

But the question is, have we died? Have we truly died Christ's death? Or are we (our egos) still alive? If we're dead, we should be able to declare with Paul that I'm not the one who lives but it's really Jesus living in me 100 percent. If we can, then we possess the death that destroys the devil. That death scares the hell out of them. 

But then, dying that death produces a fruit. The fruit should be naturally evident in us daily. And the fruit is "suffering" [Heb.2.9]. It's not about having so many problems in life so that you suffer. It's not about suffering problems in ministry either. Problematic suffering like that produces only stress. And neither is attaining power or strong faith an ego-tripping arrogance of showing off how you're more financially well-off (or "blessed") than poor or marginalized believers. Jesus' death produces power over the devil and the ego.

So what is this "suffering death" all about?

Jesus' Death that Destroys the Devil

In Jesus' case, it was about suffering meekly a penalty he didn't deserve. It wasn't really just the physical death that produced the awesome universal victory of my Jesus. It was the whole process of dying, a lifestyle of dying to the world, sin, and ego. The devil couldn't touch him with anything. Yes he was tempted in all ways but he never sinned. He never gave his flesh or ego even one bit of feeding. 

In a way, his ego died. He was God and yet didn't count that as something to be asserted [Phil.2.6]. Instead, he lived as low as a slave. His powerful death didn't happen only on the cross--it was a way of life for him. He lived dying to flesh (ego), sin, and the world daily. He started with perfect and became more perfect each day, from glory to glory, in ever increasing glory. He lived this to demonstrate to us how a genuine spiritual life in Christ should be--or how we ought to live in Him. That's the "death" that destroys the devil. This is how dying is gain.

That death is attained through suffering. And suffering, as exemplified by the Jesus LIFE in Scriptures, starves the ego (the flesh) to death. That death causes the resurrection of Christ in us. Suffering here is not suffering because of sin or ambition or materialism. Suffering here means starving the ego. Your ego wants to complain and get comfy about life, but you starve it to kill it. Only with the death of your ego can Christ be formed and live in you 100 percent. 

Your ego craves to be angry when hurt or offended, assert itself, complain, use your rights and privileges, do illegitimate shortcuts to make things easier, to think sexually immoral about the opposite sex, to malign, to be malicious, to be boss and throw your weight around and show everyone who's the leader, to get more positions (especially in church), to be elected because winning elections prove your popularity and that feeds the ego, to be seen on the church stage performing (leading in praise and worship because that earns you applause), to be busy in church so you'd be recognized. etc.

All the above are pure evil and feed the ego. The reason why Jesus said we should not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing is precisely to kill the ego. It wasn't just about giving that Jesus was concerned of--it was starving the ego. The ego MUST die. This is the only way the devil can be defeated for good.

The devil is not destroyed when you're active in the church or occupy position or you're popular and seen on stage preaching or leading in good worship. You should live Christ's death daily, the death that destroys the devil and demolishes all demonic strongholds that protect your ego (or self importance). 

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