How often do we contend for the Integrity of the Word of God? This post is about something I’m currently dealing with. A back and forth so to speak with a ministry that has contacted me several times trying to get STIC on board with a “new” doctrine that Jesus has given. I don’t care about giving names and all of that, I pray that the Lord just removes all stumbling blocks that are in this person’s path, and also in the path of the will of the Lord, preventing his eyes from being opened to the truth.
All comes much easier when we just simply do what the Word says, and seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, and His righteousness, set our minds on the things that are above, having renewed our minds by the washing of the Word, and learning from the Father in Christ by the Holy Ghost’s lead. All these things are doable through prayer and study into the Word of God.
Why bring this up?
Like I’ve said, right now I’m in a spiritual battle with a minister that thinks the Lord is having him declare violence to his enemies, declaring death and torture to those who would do him or Christians wrong. He is promoting that we all do the same, and anyone who doesn’t believe him is spiritually blind and a slave to denominations (which he’s said to me, having no clue about any denominational position I take). He’s not talking about taking it to Satan or waging battle against spiritual wickedness in high places, but to men and women who have been deceived enough to become God’s enemies in one way or the other. Not waging war in a spiritual sense, such as prayers and declarations against the Kingdom of Darkness run and ruled by Satan, which is our real enemy. But instead praying for the death of anyone who stands against Christ.
Can you feel the love? I can’t. There are some things that the Lord wants for us to do to be more Christlike. I can’t find anywhere in the Word that we are to do anything like aforementioned to those who would stand against the Body of Christ. This teaching goes against all kinds of scripture, chief among them is the example that Jesus gave to his disciples:
54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
On every level Jesus addressed our behavior toward those who would be enemies in the flesh. Did he tell us to condemn anyone? Has he instructed us to pray death and hell fire against others? Here’s what Jesus himself had to say about these matters.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
My question would be this… Do we not obey this commandment because there are people out there that don’t deserve it, or because they have taken a position against the Body of Christ? Before answering that question, maybe we should think about a different question. Which one of us deserves to be forgiven by the Lord, or which one of us deserves to be saved? I’d answer and say not a one. I thank God that I DON’T get what I deserve, and that he’s saved me from having to receive what I do deserve. It’s by his love for us that we’ve been taken out of darkness, and into the light of God’s dear Son.
The integrity of the Word of God will outlast all of us. ~B.R.
But because this particular person swears up and down that Jesus told him so, he won’t listen at all to any sound way to approach what’s going on. Jesus isn’t about to say anything against what he & the Father has already established. So if Jesus isn’t saying what this person is hearing, then who’s saying it?
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Only two options. Either he’s talking to himself thinking it’s the Lord, or it’s the enemy. Considering that this person is talking about taking revenge against people and things of that nature, to me anyways this person is under demonic influence at the least. No doubt a massive spirit of religion, but to wish revenge against people, that’s a pride issue. And we all know who the Author of Pride is. And it’s not Christ. The Lord Jesus was on point when he said:
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
I’m beginning to believe that in that verse, Jesus is referring to those who should be abounding in love. Isn’t God Love? If we have God, don’t we have love also? And if we don’t have love, do we not have God? I’m starting to see that the Lord, when he used the term “many”, could have meant many believers. Iniquity is brought up here, which I’ve been teaching as a heart condition that is the root of sin. We hear this word iniquity again in another scripture, one of which we should beware:
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Check out a page in the Bible Study section for more about this topic titled I Never Knew You
At any rate, God doesn’t watch over his Word to make revisions, but to do what it is that he’s said.
Mingling Wine with Vinegar
What gets me is, and the reason I’ve brought this up, is because this particular person mingles what he feels the Lord is saying to him, with scriptures, making it all sound like sound doctrine. I’m not one to harp on a person’s belief that I find unbiblical. But this is something that is being taught through a particular ministry, and as far as I’m concerned, is a HUGE problem. It’s not just a problem for the people who heed their message and think it’s just in the eyes of the Lord, but for the people directly involved ministering this message out to people.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
How many people that this person contacts via his ministry with his “new” revelation and instruction from the Lord buy into it? I hope none, but he sure does talk a good game. Posting his doctrine sounds convincing enough until you hold up what he says against the Word. Doing so exposes the twisting of the Word and full on tossing aside the teachings of Christ (or any of the Apostles for that matter), then you find the real man behind the curtain, blending poison amidst Christian lingo.
I said somewhere (not sure whose post it was or even if it was on Google+, or may have been Twitter), that the deceptions are becoming more complex, more convincing, and more satisfying to the flesh of a believer that doesn’t have a firm grip on scripture. Satan has really been working hard to hone it all in. And who can blame him, he’s running out of time, and the thousands of years of experimentation as far as what deception will work on what type of person, is finding fruition for him in these last days.
In the days to come, so am I convicted to share, we will be seeing things that will shake not only our faith, but our whole paradigm, that is if we allow it to. Sinners that are not saved by grace are not the target in these matters, but it’s the sinners that indeed ARE saved by grace who are in the cross-hairs.
So what do we do?
First line of defense is to pray to the Lord to guide you through his Word and to ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth, and that nothing deceives you, and then open the Bible and read it. To know what the Lord didn’t establish, you first must learn what he did establish. Learn what he’s said and how he thinks. YES we can learn how he thinks about things, it’s all in there. And when someone presents something to you that is against the Word of the Lord, you’ll know it.
We learn more and more about how God operates, how he provided for Elijah for example. That’s actually a great example of being still and waiting for the Lord. Food being brought to him by supernatural means, being kept safe while it seemed the entire country was looking to turn him in, things of that nature. We should be constantly learning about Jesus. Not just the Lamb who was lead to the slaughter, but also who Jesus IS right now, in other words who he is post crucifixion.
If you were to hear a voice by any means that was disembodied; either inside of you that you know wasn’t you talking, or from an external origin, would your Biblical understanding give you clues to who it is?
I leave you with that thought to chew on. Learn the intent of scripture, not just the Book,chapter, and verse. Know what was intended behind it. When Satan came at Jesus in the wilderness, he came at him with scripture that was quoted well enough, but the context was wrong.
Jesus means every word that he’s said, enough for the Holy Ghost to make sure that it was preserved throughout time. The Bible begins at the beginning, and ends at the very end. So until there’s a new heaven and a new earth, there isn’t going to be anything different from the Lord concerning sound doctrine. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Heaven and earth will pass away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever. It’s already in there, we just need to prayerfully read it, digest it, learn it, know it, and live it.
Integrity of the Word of God – Conclusion
If anything, I pray that this post will give you some sound reasoning to get into the Word of God prayerfully with the intentions to learn what he’s got to say to you, and for you to get to know the real Jesus without being deceived by all of the other options out there that are created to trip you up, cause for you to stumble, and to fall short of the plan that the Lord has for your life. Jesus told us in Matthew 24 to, “let no man by any means deceive you.” That isn’t a piece of advice or a request, but a commandment. So do your due diligence to be not deceived, using the most powerful weapon against deception made available to mankind. And that is the Word of God.
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