Heresy Revisited

Posted: November 11, 2012 in Faith, Heresy, Heretic, Salvation

It’s been a few years since I really visited this blog. I was surprised to see that it still gets many visitors everyday, and a number of comments. I apologize for not responding to all of the questions. Perhaps I will address some of them as time permits.

Life is a journey. I’ve had many questions along the way, but one thing I’ve always had confidence in was my Father’s ability to keep that which I committed unto Him. My life started with Him and it will end with Him. He is the author of my faith. And He alone is the finisher of it.

I’m no where close to where I was when this thing started. In fact, I’m not even real sure where I would stand today concerning some of the topics I had previously wrote on. I’ve even considered removing some of the posts. Especially the one entitled “Jesus Didn’t Die For You.”

Today I would say the opposite, He did die for me. And if I was the only one He would have still died for me. He was crazy about me. He loved me so much that He came and died for me.

But, I think I’ve decided to leave the article up, because it sparks soul searching. Seeking the truth. It was a stop on my journey, and maybe I wouldn’t be where I am today without that message.

Some of my thoughts contained in this blog are now even a bigger part of me. But the revelation that consumes my life right now is His righteousness. That I can stand before the Father perfect – with no consciousness of sin because of the finished work of Christ. And this righteousness has nothing to do with my works. It is the antidote to sin. His righteousness. It is the mystery revealed. It is the word made flesh in my life. It is His spirit incarnated in my being that makes me one with the Father.

I’ve never been more free. I’m free forever. Sin has truly lost its power. The fear of pain and death has lost its sting. And I did absolutely nothing but respond in faith to the grace of God.

The funny thing is how much resistance I’m receiving about this message as well. But to those who have ears to hear they are walking into freedom. But to many this message is heretical, because they can’t hear what I’m saying. They hear a cheap grace and pride.

But the message of righteousness is one that has been strangely absent from the churches and schools I have attended. But it is the Good News! It is the truth about who I was created to be. God’s son. Restored unto right standing before God. Restore unto relationship with the Father. Perfect and holy. Without any blame. Able to come boldly before His throne of grace and let my requests be made known. In faith believing that I will receive. That the Father might be glorified in the Son an in this son.

I am the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. His workmanship created for Good works. And worth every drop of His blood just because He said so!

The Wrath of God – Redefined

Posted: November 10, 2012 in Judgment

We hear a lot about the wrath of God. How He is so angry with sin that He is pouring out judgement even now on the sons of disobedience. Remember how he opened up the ground and swallowed those people? Didn’t He swear in His anger that His children would never enter His rest? What about wiping out entire people groups who were breaking His laws? And don’t forget Ananias and Sapphira. God is angry! Right? I mean doesn’t John 3:16 state: “For God was so angry with the world . . .”

Wonder if we’ve failed to understand the concept of God’s wrath? Wonder if we’ve mis-defined His wrath through the feebleness of our human languages? Wonder if His wrath is only the removal of His sovereign hand over our lives? Wonder if the moment He removes His hand of protection the enemy has access to do what he loves best – “to steal, kill, and destroy?”

This looks pretty apparent in His wrath and judgement on His own people in the Old Covenant. Whenever they broke the covenant, He removed His blessing. His blessing could be defined as His protection, His provision, and His presence. Whenever His people turned their back on Him, He judged them with military takeovers, famine, and disease. Wonder if this was simply the removal of His hand over their lives, and the enemy came in like a flood bringing all sorts of evil with Him? Wonder if the Lord in His sovereignty hired the enemy to attack His people, or if they simply worked as a team? Or maybe God simply let them to their own devices and the natural laws of sowing and reaping overtook them?

What about His wrath against other people? The law states that without the shedding of blood their is no forgiveness of sins. The law doesn’t state that repentance is required. The only element required for covering sins is the shedding of blood. Wonder if there was some sort of redemption in the heart of God when He was judging a people in the old covenant? When He required that all of the blood be shed – from the oldest to the youngest – male and female – even the livestock? Wonder if the livestock were required in some instances because the sins of the people were so grievous or great that more blood was necessary of the sin covering? Wonder if this is what Peter was speaking of when he said that Jesus went into hell and preached to those who were held captive?

And in the New Covenant we have the strange story of Ananias and Sapphira? The language could be interpreted like the Holy Spirit was sent to attack them. That He was set loose on them like some kind of wild angry animal. Or maybe, God removed His hand of protection over their lives, and the enemy so anxious in his attempt to stop the redemption of men raged in a murdered them? The enemy is so desperate to stop the work of God that he thought killing people following the Good News would benefit him when he got the chance. The funny thing is that this is the only incident we have of this kind of behavior in the New Covenant. And the Word says that the result was that the Fear of the Lord spread throughout the whole Church. Wonder if the enemy’s plan backfired and produced the opposite result then what he was hoping for? Wonder if he was anticipating many turning away from God because He was wrathful or a hard master? Wonder if the opposite happened and God worked all things together for the good of those who love God and who are called according to His purposes?

God’s wrath is against sin. Not sinners. John 3:16 says that “God so loved the (fallen, sinful) world that He gave . . .” Gave what? Judgment? Wrath? No that “He gave His only Son. That whosoever might believe in Him should never perish, but have everlasting life.”

Jesus said in John 5:22:

“For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son.”

Then again He says in John 8:15:

“You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.”

And then back to John 5:23:30

23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. 24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. 30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

Jesus is saying that the Father is judging no one. That the Father has given all judgment into the hands of the Son. And the Son says He is not judging either. That men are already judged because of their unbelief. They do not enter into the New Covenant because they don’t believe on the one the Father sent. So they are already judged. But there is a day of judgment coming when the Son will judge men as the father directs Him, but that day is not yet.

The Holy Spirit is come to convict the world as seen in John 16:

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

But notice that He convicts the world of sin – and their sin is unbelief. He convicts His sons of being righteous. And He convicts the ruler of this world as judged already – he is defeated.

Maybe God’s wrath is not being poured out on our country as we have heard so many prophets speaking of? God has rested from all of His works according to Hebrews 2, and He has dealt with sin once and for all on the cross. The work of God is finished. Wonder if the wrath we speak of is only the law of sowing and reaping, and we blame God, because like Adam, men do not like to shoulder the responsibility for their own actions.

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
-1 John 4:8

The Kingdom Has Come

Posted: December 12, 2007 in Kingdom

There is ample evidence within the scriptures that the Kingdom has come already. That it is not so much a future event as it is a present-day reality. Let’s take a look at a few of the passages that support the idea that the Kingdom has already come.

And Jesus was saying to them, ” Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.” (Mark 9:1)

This scripture has puzzled many, because we’ve always thought that the Kingdom’s coming was equivalent with the second coming of Christ. However what didn’t make any sense was the fact that Jesus said to His disciples and followers that some of them would not die until they had seen the Kingdom of God after it has come with power. Now either some of those present when Christ spoke those words are still alive today, or the Kingdom has already come. The obvious answer is the latter. There is a key within this statement and it is this: “after it has come with power.” This event is clearly referring to the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon those in the upper room – the fulfillment of Christ’s promise that they would receive power from on high (Acts 1:8).

Transition

Posted: December 12, 2007 in Christianity, Church, God, Gospel, Heresy, Heretic, Kingdom

I’m in the process of transitioning this site over to a new host.  The site should pretty much look the same, but the new host gives me more powerful blogging options.  You can now view this site @:  http://churchpress.org/hereticconfessions.

I’ve recently added two more posts entitled:

I may still update this site with the new posts later on, and I’ll make sure that any comments made here get there and vice versa.

Thanks for all your support (and criticism!) on this journey and I hope to see you soon at my new home!

Blessings!

Ok, so I’m going to revisit the prosperity gospel. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently about the Gospel of the Kingdom. The Gospel that Jesus preached. He always told the people that the Kingdom of God was “at hand.” Meaning that it was close by.

We’ve been taught that the Kingdom will come – some day. Upon Christ’s imminent return. But until then we are destined to walk this God-forsaken planet that is clearly under the enemy’s control – and “hold on” till He gets back. However I don’t think this is what Christ had in mind when He taught His disciples how to pray.

Christ said that we should pray that His Kingdom would come on earth as it is in heaven. My question is this: “Why would Jesus tell his disciples to pray an unanswerable prayer?” Think about it. If God never intends to answer this prayer before the imminent or unavoidable return of the King, then why would Jesus teach them to pray this way? Unless, it is possible. That His Kingdom can come on earth – here and now – as it is in heaven.

What message did Jesus preach – the good news of the Kingdom (of God). And what was this good news? That the King had brought the Kingdom with Him. That the Kingdom had come! The Kingdom’s coming was evidenced in signs, wonders & miracles – good things. Whenever the Kingdom came near to the people, good things would happen. Someone would get healed, delivered or raise from the dead. And then Jesus would say – the Kingdom has come near to you.

I have too much to say on this topic at present, so I’m going to pause here.

I used to be pretty anti-prosperity Gospel.  I never subscribed in a “poverty Gospel either,” but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the subject after reading the following (found here):

Anyone who knows me, knows of my disdain for the prosperity gospel. The people who preach this gospel are wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Watch this video by John Piper and may it touch your soul as it did mine!

After watching Piper’s video, I have recently begun to reconsider my position.  However, I will quailify that statement by saying that prosperity as defined by God and His kingdom is not the same as how the world has defined prosperity.

Here is my response:

I respectfully disagree.

Prosperity is what God is about. However I will qualify that statement by saying that prosperity in His true Kingdom is not the same as prosperity in the kingdoms of men.

God is not anti-prosperity. He is the God of abundance. He lacks nothing. He is good. He gives good gifts to His children. When they ask Him for bread He won’t give them a stone.

If He can’t or He won’t, then He’s a liar. If He can’t or He won’t then He’s not all powerful. & If He’s a liar and not all-powerful, then He’s not worthy.

Jesus came that we might have life, and that more abundantly. He came to set the captives free, to proclaim liberty to all who are oppressed. Here and now – TODAY! That is the message of the Gospel of the Kingdom. That is the good news. The Kingdom is not coming, it is here now. It is not just in word but it is in deed and displayed in power. Not for the glory of man, but for the glory of His name!

Jesus didn’t die for me or you. He died that He might bring glory to the Father. He died that all men might be reconciled to God to the glory of His name.

He came to bring prosperity of soul to all those who chose to live in the one true Kingdom!

Blessings!

The other day as I was sitting in “church,” the thought came to me, “this just isn’t practical.” The message was on spending time with God early, every morning. The pastor talked about how important and vital to life this discipline was in becoming more than an overcomer.  But instead of feeling motivated to go out there and make my morning quiet times just like his, I felt rather condemned.  Why?  Because my quiet times did not even come close to the bar that he had set.

The problem with the message was not that the the content wasn’t true. He was right.  That’s what we needed.  But at the end of the sermon, how many people were able to effect change in their daily devotional life? Probably less than 1% -especially by Wednesday.  So my question was:  “is this the most practical way to deliver this message?”

The answer seemed to me to be – “no.” 

Why? Because we’ve never seen what it’s like. We don’t know what it looks like to pursue God until we apprehend Him. We’ve not seen it modeled. Even if the pastor is good at it, we’re not going to gain his discipline through his message on Sunday morning.

What does being the “church” look like? I don’t know. I don’t believe we’ve seen a good model in America. That’s not to say that all church’s are evil, but I think that we live substandard of what God originally envisioned!