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Character Deficiencies Within and Without the Church

We are seeing something today in the church and in our society at large that I have not previously witnessed to this extent in my lifetime. Deficiency in the character of people. Personality disorders are increasing in the general population. One of the main personality disorders arising in our time is narcissism. This occurrence is having a very adverse effect in our world and in the church. People with functional narcissism often seek positions of power and influence. They are found in greater numbers among CEO s, politicians, ministers of religion, and in other positions of decision making and authority. Scripture says that in the last days people will be given over to a reprobate mind because they will not accept the truth but prefer to believe a lie. I think that we are into those days now.
Narcissism is filtering down to the average person in our day from upper echelons. People are engrossing themselves in the culture and the often perverted teachings coming from places of higher authority in our lives. People do this seemingly unquestioning, even in the church. Christians are accepting of any book, any new thought, any teaching, as long as it has the ‘christian’ label.

People having narcissism personality disorder are looking for power, control, and ‘food’ to feed their need. This requires that they put on a false personality before others. What you see is not them. You see the false person. This person does not have normal human emotions. They mimic emotions that they have seen on other people’s faces for particular circumstances in their own lives. This narcissistic condition emerges in their very young years. Emotionally they remain very young and self-centered throughout their lives. They make extremely poor marriage partners because whoever marries them marries an emotional child. They can make the ‘hard’ decisions because they do not feel guilt or remorse for their actions. They cannot love as a normal person can. The main emotions that are real for them is anger and rage.
When we think of this type of person being a pastor, a government leader in a position of trust, a company manager or owner making decisions that affect hundreds maybe thousands of lives, we get a picture of the devastation that this personality disordered person makes on society. Church leaders with this condition are no exception. Many other church leaders are following them because these people may be successful by worldly standards.  Pastors who are their followers then lead their own flocks into error and possible destruction.
We are currently living in extremely precarious times as Christians. We are going to have to exercise judgment and discernment within and without the church. We have the authority to do so according to scripture. We must judge the spirits. We must look at the fruit. We must analyze the lives of our leaders to see if they are being true. To not do this is foolhardy in our day and time.

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The Modern Church and It’s Structure

In reading about the apostles and prophets in the New Testament,and how they taught about Jesus after his ascension, we see that they went to the synagogues outside of Jerusalem and initially to the temple itself in Jerusalem to proclaim their message and teach their understanding about Jesus. I think of Paul on his missionary journeys entering into the synagogues, standing up by invitation from the synagogue ruler, to speak openly to the assembly if he had something that he wanted to say. This custom or system provided a way for Paul and for others to speak to the Jewish people in the synagogues.

Our modern church does not have a good system or custom for those attending congregations (never mind visiting guests) to set forth their understanding of scripture openly to people, or to challenge leadership concerning their teaching. Today’s church leaders think of this provision as rebellion and division against them and against their organizations. We have very controlled religious establishments in North America today. Church is a highly structured and controlled event on Sundays and leaders are not open to having anyone other than select and chosen persons minister. The average believer cannot exercise their Holy Spirit gift under this kind of system.

Believers are truly under the control of these religious leaders whether they are good or bad. The system we have for churches in North America is a protective womb for cultist like errors and false teaching. People are now questioning more and more about how much ‘truth’ is actually being taught in our churches today.

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The Promise Of His Rest

I came across this devotional from the ‘Daily Word of Righteousness’ web site posting dated 2017-03-05 titled ‘The Promise of His Rest’. I am recommending this devotional site not because I believe that everything written by the author is indisputable, but because I think that he has some essential truths about the Word of God that are not commonly taught to believers. If we disagree with some of what is said in his teaching then we must have two or three Scripture references or a couple of principles seen in the Word of God in order to disprove this thinking. There is nothing wrong with having questions or doubts, but we must have several things that we can see in the Word that contradicts what he is saying before we can say that he is mistaken or wrong. The web site address is as follows.

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Lord Jesus Christ

There are Christians today who are changing the name of Jesus Christ. I believe that they are using some version of a Hebrew name. I’ve noticed this occurring in some modern worship and spiritual songs. Scripture declares that his name is Jesus. God gave him this name. Do we Christians change it now ourselves? Jesus will be given another name as stated in the book of Revelation, but we Christians will not be giving him this new name as far as I know. The name of Jesus has stood the test of time throughout history. I know that I have spoken the name of Jesus many times in my life when I was afraid, sick, fighting sin, looking for God to work changes in me, seeking his help, his deliverance, his wisdom, his understanding, his protection, etc. This new Hebrew name of Jesus is unproven. Is this Hebrew name the same Jesus of the Bible? Maybe not. I am quite satisfied that the name of Jesus Christ is effective for the believing Christian. There is no reason to try to change this name for the purpose of aesthetics, to be cool, to relate better to the Jews, etc. I’m not seeing the purpose or the need to make this name change other than to confuse and undermine his God given name,Jesus Christ. Do we have liberty as Christians to change the name of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in scripture? No, we do not. God made name changes as he saw fit. God was the one who changed Jacob’s name, Abram’s name, Sari’s name, Cepheus’s name, Saul’s name, and so on.

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The Situation of our Times

As believers we need an understanding of our current times. In our day we have a system called Globalization working effectively in our world. As I understand it, Globalization is a ‘vision’ of utopia that cannot be fully accomplished unless there are significant changes that take place in the world. This is a system that has been working in the background of global politics, economics, education, and social justice,for decades. The hope of this global system is for equity among people groups. Inclusion or acceptance of ‘authorized’ moral and lifestyle behaviors for all people is an eventual goal as well. This includes homosexuality, abortion, and other liberal thinking. This entity strives to network local city governance (to them) through a covenant that has apparently now been established today as binding and that now needs to be followed diligently by the organizations, churches, local city governments, and companies who have signed up as a member of this system. There are a number of cities in the USA and a few in Canada who are current active members of this global system. The local government of a city can sign up their community without national approval or any other approval being needed. This bypasses any controls the government of the USA or Canada have put in place to protect their citizens. A particular city government can decide who’s rules and goals they will be following. This system is global. There are many places and cities in the world who are a part of this network. Other goals set into place by this global system include environmental, social ideologies such as ‘correct thinking and attitudes’ that are expected to be put into effect more fully in the future.

How this concerns the Christian is that Christianity does not meet the requirements of this global system. Consensus and compromise are the pillars of this global system. We will not be able to claim that Jesus Christ is the only way for men to be saved. We ill not be able to claim that other faiths are incorrect or faulty. We cannot think differently than the global system wants the people of the world to think and behave. We will not be allowed to share the gospel with others. Spirituality in this global system will encompass many different things including New Age occult practices, indigenous beliefs, other religions and belief systems of the world, etc.

Some church leaders have become members of this global system involving their congregations or denominations. These leaders are now required to follow this system and not Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ will not be accepted. The Bible is not accepted in this global system as an authoritative influence for people. This global system defies the status-quo of our western society, including Christianity, by introducing changes that are set out before people as a better way to go forward into the new realities of our world. Church leaders who have joined this system will likely be powerful. They may be leaders of large church denominations or leaders of large groups of people that attend their ‘church’. These church leaders have become members of this system because they have been offered a benefit by this global system. As Christians, we need to be aware that our ‘church’ may not be our church anymore, and we may be serving and supporting something quite different than we think.


The Bible, is it correct information?

I read some regular news mostly from CBC here in Canada. I also read some alternate media sites on the Internet. What I have found for myself is that there appears to be error in both camps of news. On the Internet there are opportunistic web sites, propaganda sites, gossip sites, false teaching sites, exaggerated and hyped up sites, and so on. We have ongoing nuclear disaster problems in our world that are not mentioned in regular news broadcasts. We have important news that happens in the world and in our governments that is not covered by regular news outlets, we have news that is reported incorrectly, and so on. Where can someone get reliable trusted information in our day?
In my mind the Bible is the only correct information that we can rely on and depend on in our day. There is so much confusion, disinformation, false teaching, biased propaganda, deception, and outright lies in our day. The average person is changing into thieves, liars, and brutes. Scripture says this about the Cretans during the time of Paul the apostle. There comes a time in society when things are turned upside down and inside out. I think this is what is happening today. We in the world are being shaken. Everything we’ve known and believed in the past is being dismantled and questioned. Someone recently said that you read what the left news is saying, then you read what the right news is saying, and choose something to believe that is in the middle somewhere. I don’t think this is where a person finds truth either. This position is just more moderate thinking about untruths. Is everything we hear and read a lie? No. But how does one know what the real truth is? We don’t know. This is the reality in our day and time.
The Bible is also being questioned and dismantled in our day. This assault is coming from Biblical teachers,and preachers. The Bible’s truthfulness is being questioned today. We are being told that we can believe some of the Bible, or maybe even most of the Bible, but some parts of scripture are unreliable. Scholars say that there were wrong translations made in the past and so what the Bible says today can be questioned or set aside. I believe it is the Bible that will keep the believer on the correct path and will teach the believer what truth is. We absolutely need the Holy Spirit in our day, but we absolutely need to trust what the Bible says as well. Jesus says in the Bible that he is the TRUTH. Where else could we find this information other than the Bible?

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The Two Covenants in Hebrews

Hebrews (chps.7-10) talk about the reasons that the covenant with Jesus and his priesthood is superior to the covenant with the law and Aaron’s priesthood. The tabernacle set up in the wilderness by Moses was a shadow of the true tabernacle that is in heaven, the book of Hebrews says. The regulations for the earthly tabernacle in the wilderness were external and could not change the heart of the worshiper. The worshiper failed in their obedience to God under this covenant. This failure caused God to deny the people access to his rest. They died in the wilderness. It was their children who entered the promised land with Joshua, the Bible says.

The new covenant with Jesus clears the conscience and sets the worshiper free from sin. He did away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. There are realities under this second covenant with Jesus available to the worshiper that are superior to first covenant. The new covenant with Jesus requires the worshiper to be called. The worshiper is made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ. This sacrifice does not need to be performed over and over again. It was a once for all sacrifice at the end of the ages made by Christ. The first covenant is a system of religion. The second covenant with Jesus is a restoring of a relationship with God. It provides an eternal inheritance to the worshiper as a son of God.

The book of Galatians makes it clear that if the worshiper tries to mix the first covenant with the second covenant they will be required to keep the whole law for their righteousness with God. Hebrews states that God has now written the law in our minds and on our hearts in his second covenant with Jesus. We have an internal ability to discern good from evil. We have an internal ability to fight our sin and defeat it by God’s Holy Spirit. We have grace to help in the time of our need. We have access to the presence of God through Jesus, the mediator between God and man. What this means is that the worshiper who is under the second covenant with Jesus can obey and please God. We are not at the mercy of sin under the second covenant. We can make choices to obey God, take up our cross, and die with Christ. In fact, these choices are not optional for the worshiper under the second covenant. The Bible says we must make them. This is the measure of the second covenant with Jesus. Christianity is dying to ourselves and living for God. Leave behind the foundation teachings of Christ, the book of Hebrews says, and go on to maturity. For the sake of God and eternity…..are you willing? God will make it possible for you by his Holy Spirit. A truly magnificent gift.