My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call insight your intimate friend, to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words. For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness. And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart. She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home; now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait. She seizes him and kisses him, and with bold face she says to him, "I had to offer sacrifices, and today I have paid my vows; so now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you. I have spread my couch with coverings, colored linens from Egyptian linen; I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love till morning; let us delight ourselves with love. For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey; he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home." With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him. All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life. And now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth. Let not your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths, for many a victim has she laid low, and all her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death. (Proverbs 7:1-27 ESV)
Some Thoughts to Close 2015...
To close out the year, and to oil the new year's gears as it were, I want to speak briefly about the fakery in the visible Church, the real threat it represents, and why it is so important that ALL believers, not just pastors, rise to expose both it [the fakery], and its practitioners.
Islam (which is a real threat, not only to Christianity, but to humanity as a whole), secularism, global governance, political and social upheaval, looming global war, apostasy and Christian persecution are on the rise, just as the Word of God announced would be the case in the very last days. One of the greatest dangers facing the Church today is the very same one which has plagued it from the beginning, and that is, the church itself. By that I mean, the 'church' pretending to be the true Church. Moriah Ministries Australia long ago joined the chorus of the fellow redeemed singing the song of the first century Church. Paul warned Timothy the wolves would come, and behold, like it or not, they are HERE - and they look Grrrrrrrrrr8... don't they? All tizzied up, snazzy suits, shimmering teeth, kingly chariots, putting on the Revival Ritz, popular, successful, respected, self elevated and peer esteemed... veritably exalted, and completely PATHETIC. Who, other than the spiritually blind could fail to see what is so clearly obvious? This is undoubtedly a great delusion, and explains much as to why the shallow, self seeking masses find such tempters to be so deliciously enticing. And it may also explain why the same clueless throng are so intimately and passionately incensed by anything tending to the slightest resemblance of 'criticism' toward these [self] exalted ones. Well might we all ask why do the increasing many stumble over that which the Word of God makes so clear. There is a gaudy, adulterous, synergistic counterfeit masquerading as the true bride of Christ, and she is drawing the moth-like masses into her own neon light delusion. Like the whore of Proverbs 7 crying out to the wayward traveler, enticing him into her well rehearsed adulteries - this arrogant, in-your-face strumpet leads to destruction the very ones she claims to liberate. Her tainted blood flows freely through the arteries of Arminian reason and Finney's folly. She is a vineyard filled with cluster upon cluster of unripe fruit illegitimately harvested. These are they who, with deafened ear and blinded eye, unknowingly seek to save themselves through their own works of righteousness... "For The Kingdom"... of course. This impostress is purpose driven not Spirit led, haughty not humble, arrogant not abased, loud and not still... And ever seeking the acceptance of a world for which she so desperately pines, yet with such a breathtaking cloak and a deafening silence in repenting of such. All this to place myself yet again in a nether land, caught evenly in between indignation and sorrow. It is truly an inescapable dichotomy. Indignation at the perpetuators of this great harlot, and sorrow for those mesmerized multitudes ensnared in her chameleonism.
Please understand this... it is not at all difficult to see when one knows where to look - and for what. Of course this presupposes ones eyes first being open.... There is not a breath of difference between those who promise healing for money and those who promise prosperity for money. There is NO difference. These are merely alternate sides of the very same coin. These people are of their father the devil. Jesus said to the Pharisee's, 'You are of your father the devil and his works you will do.' (John 8:44) Stated alternatively, The devil's kids do what their daddy do.
And how does Satan 'do'? How does he work? How does he get to human kind? Our brother the Apostle Paul told the Corinthian believers, (along with the Body corporate throughout the ages), that God's children are not ignorant of Satan's schemes. (2 Corinthians 2:11) The Lord has listed those schemes for us in His Word if we'd only take the time to look. We are not ignorant of the Devil's schemes! And, as we have seen, the same Word reveals that the Devil's kids do just as he does. They run the same game plays. We are not unaware! When you break it all down it's quite simple... he [Satan, through his richly reimbursed proxy's] appeals to those three fatal carnalities: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. He tried it on our Redeemer yet failed, and he tries it still, on the elect, too often succeeding. We are not above our master, indeed we are called to share in His sufferings - think about that some! And yet we are also more than over comers, not because of anything valiant in us, but because of Christ. All because of Christ. Nevertheless in our fallen-ness Satan appeals to the flesh simply because it works! It WORKS, even you know that... If this truth is a mystery, it is so only to one who is both willfully ignorant and deservedly deceived. We, that is ALL OF US, are terminally conceited, arrogantly self focussed, self obsessed, hypocritical and completely corrupt by nature, 100 percent of the time - even when we think we're doing ok. Joel Olsteen be damned. Galatians 1:8-9. This is what the Word of God teaches. Our evil deeds are manifestations of our evil core, so stop standing in on judgment of your own brothers - we are all the same - unworthy. But the judgment ban does not apply to the wolves. The wolves are not our brothers, they are our enemies; And we will know our enemies by their fruit will we not? What overflows the heart so as to form a teaching... or as the Word describes it a "doctrine"? Do you hear what I'm saying? We are collectively, completely and comprehensively corrupt, and our great God is so antithetically Holy. Seriously, the sooner we get a genuine clue concerning our own utter depravity and comprehensive inability to do or be ANYTHING even remotely acceptable according to the standard our Creator has set, the better. I mean really. We need to get OVER ourselves, rather than INTO ourselves as the wolves ferociously teach a growing many. Can you see it? Look closely. Sadly, in order to see, there may be some who will first need to remove their rose colored glasses. Thanks be to God the Father for sending His Son to be that standard on our behalf. Who lived that perfect standard, and imputes His own righteousness to those who believe in and on Him.
The food Satan has been granted to offer the flesh is the perfect menu and one recorded for us clearly in Scripture.
"These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.' - 2 Peter 2:17-19 (Emphasis mine)
Please take the time to read the whole of 2 Peter 2
The sensual passions excited by the lie delivered satisfies every part of the hearer's corrupted nature. We all crave it, despite God's Word declaring that sowing to the flesh reaps corruption (Gk: phthora, means - decay, ruin (spontaneous or inflicted, literally or figuratively), corruption, destruction, to perish) (Galatians 6: 7-8) That this is a strategy of Satan should be obvious to all, yet amazingly it is not. One is left to conclude that what we are in fact observing is, at least in part, that strong delusion God sends upon those who love not the truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:11) In other words, the Lord is giving them over to everything their carnal hearts crave and justify with all manner of heresy, so that they may condemn themselves. (Romans 1:18-32, Romans 2:1-11)
Keeping the Word of Truth
Jesus answered him, " If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father 's who sent me. John 14:23-24
What did Jesus mean by: "Keep my word"? téreó is the word translated here in both instances, a verb meaning to "keep watch over, to guard, to maintain, to keep intact". téreó comes from the primary word téros which means to guard. So the meaning of keep, sometimes wrongly translated: "obey", is a call to preserve the Word, to keep it intact, to watch over it, to guard and protect it, because there is a literal sea of wolves prowling around the visible church determined to shred it to pieces, along with those who hold to it... all the while keeping their itchy eared audiences distracted with all manner of flesh candy, having the audacity to justify it all under the banner of "evangelism".
We receive some criticism for outing the wolves and contending for the faith once delivered to the saints. And that's ok, it's expected. Ephesians 5:11 says that children of God are to have no fellowship with the unfruitful, or barren, works of darkness but rather we are to expose them! That doesn't mean we are to isolate ourselves from secular society, or to not befriend the lost. It means that we are to so cherish the truth revealed to us in the Word of God, that we instinctively take up the sword to defend it from marauders. Of course the sword of which I speak is the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12). This is a very real battle field, with very real casualties, not the least of which is our Savior's honor. The Greek word translated 'expose' in Ephesians 5:11 is elegcho. The word means: to convict, to admonish, to confute, to tell a fault, to convince, to rebuke, to reprove. In other words, you're challenging them. You're saying, 'No, NO! This is a work of darkness, a false teaching, a doctrine of demons, a deception, a delusion, and I'm shining the light of God's Word upon it. For the glory of His Name and for the love of my brothers and sisters in Him I will expose it for what it is.' Now, this is a command to all believers, primarily one of the duties of a Pastor (Titus 1:9) but not exclusively so. It is the responsibility of all saints to guard the Word of God and to warn of the wolves who seek to savage it.
The Silence of the Lambs
The visible Church appears to have digested a doctrine of demons which insists that unity at all costs must trump truth at all costs. "Judge not lest you be judged" they chant with ignorant confidence, with a zeal void of knowledge, completely oblivious to a context which reveals their own hypocrisy, namely, the context of the verse itself. To judge someone for judging another is hypocrisy is it not? Hypocritical judgment is the context of Matthew 7:1, not judging itself. Jesus was speaking of judging others while doing the very same thing. Roman 2 speaks of this also. Judge not lest ye be judged is by no means an avoid any kind of scrutiny free pass. 1 Corinthians 2:15 declares that the spiritual person judges all things. "Judge" here is the word anakrino¯ and it means "to scrutinize, i.e. (by implication) investigate, interrogate, determine:— ask, question, discern, examine, judge, search. 1 John 4:1 echoes the theme of judging. "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1. dokimazo¯ is the word here and it means: to test (literally or figuratively); by implication, to approve, to discern, to examine, to scrutinize (to see whether a thing is genuine or not). Bottom line, the judge not lest you be judged line used to shield one from the scrutiny and testing of their teachings is not a valid use of Scripture, it is in fact a twisting of Scripture and practitioners of this little antic, along with the touch not the Lord's anointed crowd, can expect a divine consequence.
How to Hide the Elephant in the Room
And so, rather than what should happen, what does happen? The wolves come in, and in order to protect their true identity they (again using their father's schemes) after having sensualized their gullible throngs, instruct them that no one is permitted to speak out against anyone because doing so is unloving, divisive and even demonic. This LIE of course morphs into what I just mentioned, the "Touch not the Lord's Anointed" battle cry, believing 1 Chronicles 16:22 refers to 'criticism of any kind of leadership of any kind'. The truth takes a back seat to the office in this belief system, just as it did with their Pharisee forebears. Even so, blind to this reality, whenever anyone does have the audacity to speak out against the "visionary" teachings of the spiritual elite, which are clearly contrary to that of the Scripture, they are quite obviously of the devil because "they're trying to stop this mighty work of 'God'' or other such flowery fluff. And I can assure you that is precisely what they say, with much misguided gusto, yet with ZERO support from the Scripture. But it works, people believe them and I am frankly amazed. There is a tragedy happening here folks, like seriously! People, who are more persuaded by signs and wonders, real or imagined rather than by Scripture, have no tether and will eventually become unreachable! It should be evident to all that sign chasers are not walking by faith, but rather by sight. These people are not pleasing God, they don't know Him. It is not because they 'won't' see, but because they can't. They are the unbelieving believing otherwise. The walking dead.
Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Isaiah 6:10 (ESV)
The Word teaches, the devil has blinded the eyes of the unbelieving (2 Corinthians 4:4). This verse says 2 things...
They can't see
Because they're unredeemed
AND THEY THINK THEY ARE SAVED!
This is a catastrophe! This is also a revealing of wrath...
The righteous (the redeemed ones), as I mentioned, are to walk by FAITH not by sight, that is to say faith in Christ, not faith in signs. It is an evil and adulterous generation which seeks after signs (Matthew 16:4). Note the word adulterous folks... It's there for a reason! We are to seek Him in His Word, that is where He speaks in this generation. The canon of Scripture is closed. There are no new revelations, and those who add or take away from the Scripture in this manner are warned that there are dire consequences for doing so (Revelation 22:18). The sign and the Word, both of whom are Christ, have already been given. Seeking after any other (sign or word) is idolatry, and believe it or not, idolatry is still forbidden.
Nevertheless the wolves weave their deceptive charm and we, the redeemed of the Lord, are seen as enemies by those seduced by them. But then, they who are truly of the Lord hear the Saviour's voice and follow Him alone... no stranger will they follow, no matter how alluring. It is because we are being guided by the Teacher, the Holy Spirit, rather than last night's pizza. It's tragic, and what really gets me is that those who get a taste of this version of 'Christianity' (which is not Christianity at all), then fall away in time thinking 'Well there's nothing left!'. And it's all fake, and it's all wrong. Fortunately, because this version of 'Christianity' is a lie, it will ultimately be exposed, but at what cost? That is what we each must consider. How many people's lives will have been shattered in the process? Believers are commanded to do way more than what is being done now to preach the true Gospel of the Kingdom, and expose these wolves and frauds making a name for themselves peddling something else entirely. The question inevitably arises, how can sons and daughters of the most High, recipients of His amazing mercy and grace, slink silently in the shadows while the wolves ravage the flock? These people need to be exposed and the Bible says that we are to do it publicly. We are to rebuke them publicly.
As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 1 Timothy 5:20
The church has largely abdicated its responsibility in this regard, and as a consequence it has left it for the lost to do. What a complete disgrace! Have any bothered to consider what happens when this occurs? Does not the heart of the unredeemed sinner become justifiably embittered with a church that has been grossly, so grossly misrepresented by these prancing salesmen and women? No, they are not excused by this, Christ is dishonored by this... that fact alone should be enough to move you. How many, after the never arriving promises mount, run from God altogether believing that He somehow approves of it? Or that this abomination somehow represents God? The damage they are doing is more than devastating. Many churches nowadays, particularly the larger ones, are filled to the lighting racks with goats who think they are sheep, thanks to Finney's number counting, altar call precedent, and the humanist concept of decisionism. Arminian - Semi-Pelagian - Pelagian, Universalist. That's the progression, that's the natural evolution of a lie - away from the light and into darkness, away from Christ and into error. John 10:1-42 illustrates how the wolves have entered the fold through the false teachings of heretics down through the ages. They have altered the Gospel and in so doing have created another way, which is no way at all. John 10:1-5 illustrates this well.
The whole human epic has never been, nor ever will be about you or me or ANY of us, this... ALL OF THIS is about God bringing glory to Himself in His Son Jesus Christ. It is all about HIM. Not us, not at all about us. Those who are redeemed are so, not by merit of something 'worthwhile' in themselves, but as with Israel, for His Name Sake. (Psalm 106) His name (Heb: Yahshua) means God is Salvation. This is all about Jesus Christ. And the sooner we bend our knee to that reality and live like we believe it, the better! Myself included.
This is not intended to be a guilt trip, but rather an encouragement for believers to stand firm, while fighting for the faith once delivered to the saints. (Jude 1:1-4). It is a call to come out from among the shadows and begin exposing the wolves, you won't have to look hard to find one. We must be like the Bereans and study what EVERYONE says in 'the name of God', comparing all to the Scriptures we know are true, as opposed to the conjectures we do not - and yes that includes us here. And while exposing the wolves in the midst is critical for guarding God's Word and warning fellow brothers and sisters, our primary concern must be preaching the Gospel to all. There are millions upon millions ensnared in this false 'Church', and the only way they will ever be led out, is by having the true Gospel preached to them, and by exposing the lies of their leaders. Only the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, not gimmicks... the Gospel alone! Most of these people have never heard the true Gospel, and sadly, as you will discover, many do not want to! They are quite content to further indulge their sensuality and call it 'a fresh move of the Spirit', when it is nothing more than a warmed over lie.
False prophets and false teachers abound, from Phil Pringle's C3 enigmatic empire, to Brian Houston's delusions of grandeur, to Steven Furtick's audacious ego-festivals, and every nutcase in between, the professing Christian Church is literally under heavy assault, infested with tongue wagging termites eating away at the foundations of the truth, leading the deceived away into eternal perdition. And we who see it are commanded to not be: 'judgmental' by mentioning the fact. Well, I am not beholden to any such command and neither are you friend, because the Bible doesn't teach anything like it. Speak out! (1 Timothy 5:20)
So, these are just a few thoughts to ponder as we enter into what is looking like increasingly dark days for the Church, but be encouraged, He has overcome the world and we also who are in Him. Faith in Christ, not in signs.
On another point, I apologize for the delay, however we are still in the process of putting together the framework of our multi informational Podcast which will deal with many different aspects of Christian concern and encouragement. It was a much bigger project than I imagined, but we're working on it. Thank you for your patience.
The lateness of the hour demands the attention of all believers everywhere to recognize the clear and present danger in the Church, and to preach the truth of God's Word in the midst of such. Moriah Ministries Australia is committed to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to exposing the wolves and charlatans, for the love of the truth, for the sake of the elect, for the sake of the deceived, and for the glory of God.
So, we are upping the anti in 2016, and we invite you to partner with us in this fight for the truth. May the Lord bless you as you do.