Part One: To Whom Are We Listening?

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On December 13, 2020 Beth Moore posted this on her twitter account. I do not have a twitter account and I do not follow Beth Moore, but this is an exceedingly rare voice coming out of the Christian community.

Those with ears to hear let them hear what the Spirit is saying.

I do not believe these are days for mincing words. I’m 63 1/2 years old & I have never seen anything in these United States of America I found more astonishingly seductive & dangerous to the saints of God than Trumpism. This Christian nationalism is not of God. Move back from it.

Fellow leaders, we will be held responsible for remaining passive in this day of seduction to save our own skin while the saints we’ve been entrusted to serve are being seduced, manipulated, USED and stirred up into a lather of zeal devoid of the Holy Spirit for political gain.

And, God help us, we don’t turn from Trumpism to Bidenism. We do not worship flesh and blood. We do not place our faith in mortals. We are the church of the living God. We can’t sanctify idolatry by labeling a leader our Cyrus. We need no Cyrus. We have a king. His name is Jesus.

Move back from it.

It is always difficult to hear a message that is contrary to what the many voices are speaking and even what we ourselves may believe. Keep in mind that the message Jesus came speaking was contrary to the respected religious voices at the time.

This is important enough to be prayerfully considered.

T. Austin-Sparks once penned or spoke:

the voice of the Spirit is to be taken account of rather than what is going on in the religious world…we see on the one hand in the religious world that which claims authority with power, position, and influence, which has established itself and taken possession, but which is shown to be something which is not according to the Spirit of God. On the other hand, over against that, we see what is brought out into such clear, manifest relief, that to hear and to take account of the voice of the Spirit of God may be, and very often is, another thing altogether.

Who are we listening to? Who are we taking account of? Is our occupation with authority, power, position and influence?

Jesus spoke and taught as having an Authority unheard of by His listeners (Matthew 7:29). He called the religious leaders blind guides leading the blind, and He advised His disciples to disregard them (Matthew 15:14). If that isn’t enough to give us serious pause, He also told us that His Kingdom was not of this world, if it were His disciples would fight for it (John 18:36).

Do not misunderstand. I am not anti-one thing and pro-something else as far as those terms are commonly understood. My heart is occupied with Christ, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, and we are encouraged to look away from ALL that would distract unto Him.

There is so much distracting the Body of Christ right now it should shock and astonish us.

This is a time for repentance.

May He lead us there in His kindness, humility and love.

Mid week the following showed up in my Facebook memories:

The interpreters and teachers of the Scriptures of old confronted Jesus asking why His disciples violate the rules handed down by the elders of the past. Jesus replied with His own question to them, And why do you violate the commandment of God for the sake of the rules handed down by the elders? He offers an example then adds, So for the sake of your tradition you have set aside the Word of God, depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect. You pretenders – hypocrites! The prophet Isaiah was right when he said, This people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me. Uselessly they worship Me, for they teach as doctrines the commands of men.

His disciples came to Him saying, Did You know they were displeased and offended when they heard what You were saying? Jesus replied, Respect them, listen to them, for there is nowhere else to learn the Scriptures, and you must attend their meetings. Then He went back and apologized.

No! That did not happen! Jesus said, Disregard them! He called them blind guides and teachers, saying they are the blind leading the blind. And if a blind man leads a blind man both will fall into a ditch. (Matthew 15:1-14.)

The seeing comes from Above (John 3:3). It is not familiarity with the Bible or its many stories or generational connection with a certain denomination. The most surprising thing is how good and proper and even ‘biblical’ a message may sound and yet be the traditions and commandments of mere men, religious men, highly educated and respected men, perpetuating spiritual immaturity in their listeners.

It is the full and accurate knowledge of Christ that keeps a person from being tossed about like ships to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every change of doctrine (Ephesians 4:11-14). A person may sit in a pew and be motivated or inspired, but are they coming to the full and accurate knowledge of Christ by the one to whom they are listening? Are they learning the Voice for themselves, being offered the Bread of Life for their own sustenance? Has there been a “going on” from the elementary stage and advancing towards spiritual maturity in Christ? (Hebrews 6:1-2.)

It most certainly is a disruptive thing, this seeing from Above. Look at the life of Paul, his was a disrupted life indeed! But it brought him along to a place of viewing all his religious pedigree that he left behind DUE TO THIS SEEING as garbage in comparison with knowing Christ. (Philippians 3:1-14.)

It comes with a cost, there are many who have been drawn away by Him who spend years in the unlearning from the religious indoctrination. But the difference is the Spirit of truth brings Life and Light and Rest and Peace and Liberty from all that once bound us, though we may not have known its grip on us.

He is faithful and He is true.

The thing about that memory post is how much has happened since then (December 2019).

To the, A person may sit in a pew and be motivated or inspired, could be added, A person may sit in a pew and have their opinions validated on the Covid-19 situation or have their particular choice for presidential candidate solidified or have their national patriotism fueled. And the question that follows remains a thousand fold, but are they coming to the full and accurate knowledge of Christ by the one to whom they are listening?

There are SO many voices out there today, there are SO many things being spoken of, SO many so-called preachers exalting politics rather than Christ, SO many so-called prophets prophesying the earthly rather than the heavenly.

In Hosea 4:6 it is written (as God speaking), My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (of Me); because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge (of Me)...

The word priest there is not a religious term as many have come to view it, though it certainly was under the old covenant. We have a Great High Priest in the Person of Christ, and if we look at 1 Peter 2:9 it tells us who this priestly nation is under the new covenant: But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

In God’s heart a priest is not merely someone in an official position in the institutional church or religious system but anyone who has been born from above who is setting forth wonderful deeds and displaying the virtues and perfections of Him Who called them out of darkness and into His marvelous light.

Indeed there are many who have been (and are being) drawn away from the institutional church system that have, not only been unlearning the religious indoctrination, but they have found (and are finding and will find) that they are coming, by way of the great Teacher Himself, to a full and accurate knowledge of Christ (as well there are those who were never a part of that system that find themselves coming to the same – praise the Lord!)

Let’s take a moment to look at 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

But relative to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and our gathering together to [meet] Him, we beg you, brethren, Not to allow your minds to be quickly unsettled or disturbed or kept excited or alarmed, whether it be by some [pretended] revelation of [the] Spirit or by word or by letter [alleged to be] from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has [already] arrived and is here. Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition),

Brothers and sisters, we are standing on the precipice of the great falling away at this present hour. This is not meant to point to to any single individual as the man of lawlessness that we have often done historically. This is about recognizing the spirit of anti-Christ that is almost tangible in the air among those who profess to be Christian. Do not misunderstand. This is not a spirit of anti-Christianity (as a religious system) or anti-church (as an institution) but of anti-Christ.

Let us go on to verses 9-11

The coming [of the lawless one, the antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels—[all of them] lying wonders—And by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition) because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false,

Father, we ask to be given eyes that see and ears that hear what Your Spirit is saying. We know we are living in dark & deceptive times and our hearts yearn for Your Light and Truth, which is Christ. Thank You, Father, that it was Your good will to make Your Son Christ Jesus be unto us our Wisdom, Righteousness, Consecration and Redemption. We accept and rely on Christ alone Who is our safety and shelter from the darkness and deceit that is both now and to come.

Since it is not His intention to overwhelm, and since there is more to be shared, there will have to be another post. Lord willing in the coming days.

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