Sunday, February 23, 2014

Veil that Hides Fading Glory

Morning Meditations
Religious veils keep you looking good---even build you mega churches---but they decrease God's glory in you. Remember the Kingdom principle---God's ways mixed with man's ways cannot result to God's glory. More so, anything purely of man, even "born-again" man.

The more you hide your true self, the more you lose glory. This was Moses' predicament. Yes, the ministry he received had tremendous glory so that the Israelites could not look straight at his face, says 2 Corinthians 3. But the glory faded the more he tried to hide the fact with a man-made veil.

Churches today, too, hide their fading glory behind veils of good Sunday worship programs, good and expressive singing, non-stop worship, overnight prayer meeting, good preaching, titles, degrees, concerts, seminars and conferences, feeding programs, and so-called "church planting." Once upon a time, when their ministries were newly born, they had awesome glory. Most new churches are like that---they start out wonderful and glorious. Everyone's excited and active and loving and caring. But the glory fades as time passes because they use man's efforts and ways--denominationalism. They all turn out this way.

The passage in 2 Corinthians 3 says glory that fades bring death [verse 7]. Moses' ministry was glorious but due to its fading nature, it brought death. Many churches today are like that. No wonder their members rot in character as years pass by. And no wonder many pastors rot in character as they age. They become difficult stubborn people to deal with, becoming narrow-minded and self-centered. They try to cover all this up with recognitions, awards, accomplishments, titles, degrees, and good programs and activities.

Soon, sin and worldliness creep into the church and become uncontrollable. First, the rebelliousness and insubmissive (but active) in church begin to flourish and occupy top positions. Then, they control the pastor---or kick him out. Then the church splits. Often, there will be incidence of adultery or fornication, and the church will cover this up, like it never happened. I've seen church people or pastors caught in adultery or fornication still doing active ministry without true repentance. They're even arrogant.

In fact, all these are covered up or "veiled" with lots of good programs and activities and ministries. Why the cover up? They don't like people to see how their glory is fading fast. Instead of putting everything in the Light, they cover it up. Thus, the more they lose the glory. Jesus said if a man in church sins, you must confront him. If he does not repent, tell it to the elders. If he does not listen to them, tell it to the church. If he still does not listen, treat him as a non-believer.

The point in all this is that, there should be no cover up. Instead, sin should be exposed. But how many divorced people today in church re-marry with their pastor's approval, for instance?

To keep advancing in glory, the church should be transparent. It should let people see its weakness, failures, errors, and even sins and follies--and then repent pronto and surrender to the full control of the Holy Spirit, repenting from all man's ways. It should allow itself to be seen by the public in all its unattractive aspects---"hard pressed on every side, perplexed, persecuted (or belittled), struck down, and always carrying the death of Jesus in our bodies" [2 Corinthians 4].

Paul goes even further with ministers. They should not cover up themselves in false glamor when they are in troubles, hardships, distresses, beatings, imprisonments, dishonor, bad report, accused of being impostors, treated as unknown, dying, beaten, sorrowful, poor, and having nothing [2 Corinthians 6].

Paul confronted Peter when he was acting improperly with Jews and gentiles. Paul had no attempt to cover it up. Judas was exposed as a traitor. All sins done by men of God in the bible were written down accurately for generations to see. There is absolutely nothing veiled or covered up. And God even showed how the old covenant was fading due to man's sins, and needed to be replaced with a new one.

However, whenever Moses is read, the veil remains covering the hearts of Israelites because they refuse to admit that the past glory is gone, and only in Christ is God's glory unveiled in ever-increasing glory.

What church today should realize and admit is that its glory is gone and what keeps its light flickering is man's artificial lights with bible verses on it. The problem is, what church today would admit that it has to dismantle to give way to Jesus' one glorious church? They will put a veil on all these truths to keep their people from seeing their real condition---and hide the fact that their past glory is gone.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

God Never Repairs

They say God repairs the broken hearted. Probably, if the heart break  is God initiated, like in the case of Lazarus dying so the glory of God may be revealed [Jn.11.14]. But most times he demolishes, not just repair what remains standing. And especially, he never repairs man's broken efforts. In the case of Lazarus, God demolished unbelief in his disciples that they "may believe." Redress like that are never accomplished with mere, skin-deep repairs. The remedy should deal with the foundation. Demolishing is foundational.

We often think God repairs problematic churches through the revival services we have. We pray for these services well, thinking God would use them to repair the broken lives of believers who fell into sin, or broken relationships gone sour. We imagine God doing a little bit here and there, tinkering with some parts of the body of believers, and eventually making it whole again. We don't like the idea of God demolishing our entire accomplishments just because of some little things that need repair.

We forget the bible truth that God uproots and tears down, and then destroys and overthrows before he builds and plants [Jer.1.10]. That's Kingdom building technology. That's God's ways. It's not his way to just repair. Just look at the temple in Jerusalem. It was his idea to build it. He let his glory rest on it. He put his Name there forever. But when man messed it up, no repair was sufficient. God had to destroy it using the Babylonians. When God wants to restore something, he never repairs. He destroys to build anew.

And mind you, he never even "rebuilds" man's failed efforts. He may rebuild his spiritual projects which man tampered with and ruined, but he never rebuilds man's failed efforts. He totally demolishes them and builds anew his own. God will never finish what he never started. What is born of flesh is flesh. What is Spirit is Spirit.

God's Wall and Man's Wall

In Nehemiah's and Ezra's time, the temple was not repaired. It was rebuilt. The wall was the one repaired. But there are two kinds of walls in the Spirit realms--God's wall and man's wall. God's wall that surrounded Jerusalem and which was destroyed in the great exile was repaired as per God's instructions. He repaired or rebuilt it because it was his own. God never does that with anything man-made or anything put up by man's "bright" ideas or anything built with man's effort. He demolishes them outright and builds anew his own.

The Jerusalem Wall he ordered repaired, but the flimsy wall in Ezekiel 13 he did not. In fact, it angered him so much when he saw that wall being repaired. Watch this carefully:

“‘Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is 
no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, 
11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. 

Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, 
and violent winds will burst forth. 12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you,
 “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?”

13 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, 
and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain will fall with destructive fury. 

And what was God's solution to the problem? To be sure, it wasn't repairing. 

"14 I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will 
level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. 
When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; 
and you will know that I am the Lord. 
15 So I will pour out my wrath against the wall and against those 
who covered it with whitewash. I will say to you, 
“The wall is gone and so are those who whitewashed it,
16 those prophets of Israel who prophesied to Jerusalem and saw visions of peace 
for her when there was no peace, declares the Sovereign Lord.”’

Man's churches and ministries, like church denominations, are all flimsy walls that easily crack. And church people think all they need to do is cover the cracks with whitewash or plaster. So, they hold revival services, summer camps, overnight prayer meetings, and non-stop worships for this--everything man's efforts [though prayed for], not realizing what God wants is to demolish their church denominations and build his own one, singular glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any blemish, holy and pure.

God will destroy both the flimsy wall and those who cover it with whitewash. There's no hint of repair or small touches of improvement in the Ezekiel passage. It's nothing less than total destruction. After that, genuine Kingdom building on earth happens. 

Yes, God never repairs. It's got to be God's own DNA stamped on the spiritual project. It's got to be God's flesh.

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