Friday, December 6, 2013

A Temporary Virtue of God

WASHINGTON -  In our continuing series on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ let's now seek to gain just a fragment concerning the knowledge of the Holy.  When we think of God most of us rightly consider Him in eternal terms.  That is, in our understanding we attribute to God the personification of timelessness.  To us He is an everlasting Being with neither beginning nor end.  He is Alpha and Omega; the first and the last.

However, where men tend to err is when they associate all of the LORD's characteristics and virtues as eternal also.  While the Scriptures teach that God is love, they also teach that He is vengeance, retribution, and wrath, (ref. Nahum 1:2-3, Romans 1:18, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).  Simply because one attribute of God is love does not necessitate that this is all God is and will ever be; for we know that God is many other things so that He may be all in all (ref. Ephesians 4:6).

Likewise, when we think of God's love we're told it lasts forever, as does His mercy and grace, (ref. Psalms 136:1+).  Yet, there is one attribute of the Maker of heaven and earth that is not eternal.  One part of of Him is everlasting in the sense that is in an integral part of His Infinitesimal Glory, yet this certain part is temporal relative to His judgments concerning the affairs of man.  The element of the Most Holy One which has an end is His attribute of patience.  

While patience is a fruit of His Spirit, (ref. Galatians 5:22) - it is a characteristic of God that is temporal.  

We read in the Old Testament that many times the LORD became wroth with His people, Israel.  Time after time they disobeyed Him and time after time he forgave them and endured their falling away with a certain degree of mercy.  But His patience did not abide with them forever.

Nebuchadnezzar carrying the Jews into captivity
There came a point in time when the sins of His people had reached their apex and no longer would they continue on without recompense for their disobedience.  We can see this clearly in their captivity to Babylon.  

In the fulness of time when Christ Jesus appeared He, again, bore with much long-suffering the sins of His people, Israel, (ref. Matthew 23:37-38, Luke 13:22-30).  Yet, the time came when Christ said enough is enough and His patience came to an end.  He became wroth with the disobedience of those who claimed to belong to the Father and in His vengeance He destroyed the Jews and their temple along with the entire city of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.   

It should be a very frightening thing to fall in the hands of the Living God, (ref. Hebrews 10:31) Today, though, the majority of the churches which bare His name seem to have no righteous fear of the LORD. They continue in sin and idolatry as though the forbearance of God will always be present when they inquire of it.  It seems they've forgotten the promises of God which states He will take vengeance upon those which fail to keep His commandments.  The greatest of the commandments are these:
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."  (Matthew 22:37-40)
Today, the great majority of Christian churches claiming to be 'people of the Word' have only seemed to pay lip service to these heavenly commands, (ref. Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 5:7-9). They've elevated their understanding of God's love to encompass everything they hear, see, do and believe to such an extent that they've become so disgustingly politically correct that no longer can they discern right from wrong, evil from good, and light from dark.  In their ignorance of what God's love truly is they've replaced the void with human tolerance.  To such people God's love has become unoffensive and universally accepting of any and all behaviors.  Those who have actually taken His Name in vain often times refuse to be the salt and light of the earth even to the degree that presently, especially in America, no one wants to 'rock the boat' nor appear quarrelsome or accusational. They have become the very image of their ancestors who beat and killed the prophets of God.

As a result, they have lost their righteous witness.  The lost can see right through their religiosity.   Consequently, they lack true understanding when it comes to comprehending just what it means to love God with all their heart, soul, and mind.

For the past two decades Zephon Ministries has sought to awaken some of the LORD's pasture from their blatant disregard of certain of His commandments.  At this particular time of year this ministry makes light of the fact that most people professing themselves to be Christian are only "playing church", just as the ancient Israelites did through their continual rebellion and stubbornness which ultimately led to their destruction by God in the wilderness.

It's not this writer's intent to falsely accuse the brethren nor become overly critical in spirit toward those who may yet still be ignorant in their understanding of the Scriptures.  With such people we're commanded to  be humbly patient and loving as we seek to admonish them of their errors, (ref. Romans 13:9-10, Colossians 3:12-15, Galatians 6:1, James 5:20).    

However, just as the ancient Israelites, there are many within the churches today who are proud and haughty.  They are not teachable nor open to rebuke.  They stand firm in the belief that they are correct in their interpretations and are above reproach, (ref. Proverbs 21:24, Matthew 23:28, 1 Corinthians 2:14).  Such as these do not understand that their continued rebellion has sent leanness into their soul and they know not that God's patience has run out and His Spirit has forthwith rewarded them with a seared conscience in many avenues of thought, ability, and spiritual perception.  That is, they profess to be wise but are merely fools, (ref. Matthew 15:10, Romans 12:3, James 4:6-8).  

Most Christians today, at least in the United States, are worshiping and praising the spirit of Jezebel.  Sometimes ignorantly other times purposefully.  They believe they're honoring their heavenly Father above when in all actuality they have left His presence and have fashioned unto themselves a god of their own making.  That is, they go to church, they clothe the naked, they feed the hungry, they pray and read their Bible.  Yet, inwardly they are still self-willed and seek to be their own god.  They do what is right in their own eyes and believe what they choose to believe rather than test all things and firmly hold onto the Truth, even when it means pain and suffering in so doing.  Such people as this do not fear God - they fear man, (ref. John 12:43).

Case in point, recently this writer and his wife visited a local church body near our neighborhood.  The moment we stepped into the sanctuary we were met with an elegantly adorned Christmas tree decorated with globes of silver and gold.  The walls of the sanctuary were strewn with boughs of evergreens interlaced with glowing white lights.  Next to the pulpit stood an Admiralty flag of the United States and opposite this was the flag of Christendom.

Now, it is not this author's intent to disparage those who attend this certain church nor dishonor their pastor (who seemed to be a meek man with genuine concern for the souls under his care).  The young pastor prayed often and always seemed to be inviting the Spirit of God to lead the service.  Likewise, many of the parishioners under his care appeared quite friendly and hospitable and offered up a loving hand of fellowship.  It is without doubt that inside this small gathering were faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.  

However, it also appeared there were those present which may have sincerely believed they were worshiping the One true God, both in Spirit and in Truth, yet the idolatrous symbols present betrayed any vestige of biblical discernment and spiritual purity they may have perceived themselves to possess.

At one point in the service the song leader made an announcement elaborating that the Body of Christ had lost a dear brother 'in the Lord' the previous day whose name was Paul Crouch, the founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, (TBN).
Paul & Jan Crouch with Billy Graham

It was at this point that I glanced at my wife with eyes full of pity and sadness.  For it was then I realized this "church" was just like hundreds of thousands of others across America; spiritually dead and biblically ignorant.  

Simply because one or two may not know the truth about charlatans and apostles of Satan parading about as ministers of righteousness is not warrant enough to dismiss a body of believers as apostate.  Nor is it wise to lump the righteous in with the workers of iniquity.  But when a church, as a whole, sits in silence as idolatry surrounds them and heresy permeates through the pews what can be the outcome other than another tragic loss to the new age gospel of ecumenism and adulterous sin with the world?

Chris Tomlin accepting secular Grammy award
My heart truly bleeds for the pastor as he seemed to be a man with noble aspirations with, what outwardly appeared to be, the commendable intent to turn the hearts of those in his congregation to a fuller understanding of the Truth.  

Yet, even this man was seeking to introduce the subtly of Satan, through worldly and generic "Christian" music, into his congregation.  Once a church uplifts men and women who've sold their very souls to the Adversary for the measly reward of Mammon any remaining ability to discern evil from good tends to fall by the wayside. There is a reason older saints tend to resist the newer music and lyrics of the younger generation today, especially when it is slowly assimilated into the praise of God.  The reason is because they know there is a different spirit behind these songs but for fear of being "prudish" and divisive they sheepishly choose to remain quiet instead of boldly protecting that which is holy. 

The writer of Hebrews harshly chastised the Christians of his time for failing to grow in their knowledge of the Holy.  They, like so many today, grew lazy and comfortable and did not even realize they were near to being 'cut off.'  Faith without works is dead.  These first century believers had no works thereby rendering their faith virtually useless.  Not only was the writer's patience with them extinguished but he warned that they were in grave danger of actually being destroyed.  Instead of being stalwarts of the Faith ready to teach and disciple one another in the "meat" of the Word, the writer of Hebrews admonished these believers because they were still like little babies who indefinitely continued drinking milk.  They had absolutely no spiritual discernment, (Hebrews 5:11-13, 6:1, 1 Corinthians 3:2, 14:20).

In like manner, American believers in Jesus Christ today fall into two groups:  the wise and the foolish.

Christians today cannot claim ignorance when it comes to understanding what kingdom the American flag represents.  It does not represent true freedom in God's kingdom from spiritual slavery, but death and servitude to a kingdom of darkness, (click here).  The 50 pentacles adorning the 'red, white, and blue' are demonic symbols signifying the worship of a false god.  Such insignias originate in Babylon.  The star is nothing less than the representation of Nimrod. 

As we'll address in a future writing, LORD willing, the reason America has been blessed materially and abundantly in a plethora of ways is not because the God of the Bible has shown His grace upon the United States, contrary to the lack of discernment of most Christians, but because this country was founded by men who did not resist the temptation offered them by the Adversary.  Jesus Christ refused to bow down and worship Satan nor accept his offering of the kingdoms of this world.  America's founding fathers, however, did accept the Devil's offer - albeit he transformed himself into an angel of light in order to better deceive them.

Most professing Christians today are so inexorably blinded by their love of this world and the United States of America, in particular, that they do not even realize the spiritual darkness that permeates their congregations as a result.  

On one hand they have the Christian flag, which is typically understood to represent Christ and His teachings.  The 'red cross' signifying his blood, the blue, in which it is placed, signifying the waters of baptism, and the white - the purity of Christ's surrender of Himself through His resisting not the Cross of Golgotha.

The churches today, with minuet exception, writhe in lukewarmness.  They have called evil good and good evil.  They worship the darkness encompassing America while at the same time proclaiming the light of Christ's gospel.  This ought not to be.

Furthermore, they have nearly no biblical discernment remaining.  In other words, professing Christians today in most evangelical, protestant, and Romanist churches are spiritually blind because they are willingly following those even more blind then themselves.

Year after year, decade after decade, century after century, professing Christians continue to defile the Holy Sanctuary, (ref. 1 Corinthians 3:17).  And as previously mentioned, it is because they do not love the LORD God with all their heart, soul, and mind.  Instead, they love themselves.  They have reverenced the adoration and acceptance of their peers more than they've feared the LORD and sought to keep His commandments.

Those who've been following the writings of Zephon Ministries for the past 20 years cannot claim to be ignorant of the devices of Satan.  For there is one topic we've covered from top to bottom, so to speak. 

It's a sad thing to see people writhe in wickedness, being ignorant of how they've been led captive by the Adversary at his will.  It's another thing completely to witness open rebellion against God by those claiming to be enlightened by His Word and instructed of the Holy Spirit, (ref. Romans 6:16, Ephesians 4:17-27, 1 Corinthians 10:20-22, 2 Corinthians 6;14-17, 2 Timothy 2:25). 

Disguised by the Knights of Columbus as:  'Christ in Christmas'
It's Christmas time again.  But one thing hasn't changed for the past 1700 years.  The celebration of winter is still entirely pagan and adulterous.  Not even one Christian church in America dared celebrate 'Christmas' prior to the influx of apostate Roman Catholicism in the 18th century.  In fact, the ancient Roman celebration of Saturnalia (called Christmas today) was non-existent in the churches of Jesus Christ for over 300 years after His Ascension only to start being observed when Emperor Constantine melded the pagan Saturnalia celebration with apostate Christianity in the 4th century.

From this author's own experience, I've found most professing Christians stubbornly celebrate Christmas for no other reason than they love their own lives more than they love Christ.  They fear man, not God.  Sadly, this is why they suffer tremendously by lacking the spiritual development, not only to be able to biblically discern evil from good, but also the ability to produce fruits of righteousness worthy of repentance from dead works.  This is one more reason why the churches are mostly dead or dying spiritually today.  While filled with missions and outreaches, they're entirely built, in the majority of cases, by a gospel that sounds biblical but is not.  Most in our present day do not teach the Gospel of the Kingdom that Christ taught and preached but preach a spurious gospel filled with Christian rhetoric and tradition which seeks converts who simply say a 'sinners' prayer thereby seeming to move their eternal destination from hell to heaven.
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God is grounded in obedience.  It is proliferated by creating disciples who've had their consciences trained to discern both good and evil thereby enabling them, by the power of the Holy Ghost and the grace freely given by God, to obey His commandments.  How can one sincerely love God if they only feign love of their neighbor?  The 'love' which permeates the churches today could more aptly be called 'tolerance.'  Sin of all sorts is tolerated rather than admonished.  It does not matter which side of the pulpit one finds themselves on in the churches today - the sins of the flesh abound.
The ecumenical gospel being taught and promulgated  in the present hour is sensual and earthly, not holy and heavenly.  It is a gospel of tolerance and brotherly love rather than a gospel of division, offense and Agape.  

Did Christ come to unite or divide? (ref. Luke 12:51)  Did he come to bring men together in social and planetary causes of justice and equality or did He come to separate His people from the worldly and religious?  Did he come to bring peace on earth or a sword? (ref. Matthew 10:34)  Does he tolerate and overlook disobedience as Evangelicals are most often taught to believe?

It has been the conclusion of great and Faithful men of God that those who adulterate the Scripture, defile the Temple, and commit fornication with the world are not to be considered true Christians. Christ states such persons cannot be his disciples; for they do not obey Him.  

Calvinist and Lutheran teachings of Protestantism, as well as Romanism convince men they can sin without fear of retribution for the god they've fashioned unto themselves is a god of love, not retribution and wrath. Little do they realize how true this is . . . except the god of love they're ignorantly following is better identified as a goddess.  Her name is Venus.  Her sensuality permeates the churches whether one addresses her as the virgin in Catholicism, or as Faith and Freedom in Americanism.  She is the repressed hidden wisdom of the ancient mystery religions.   And it is this Babylonian whore that is sweeping hordes of professing Christians toward certain destruction.  Lust, envy, and pride thrive inside many churches today as no one, it seems, has the desire to appear unloving by calling sin out and preaching against hypocrisy.

Sadly, this is a direct result of bad doctrine.  The love many proclaim to be of Christ today is actually unbiblical.  The love of God is preached as though it is an alternative to godly living.  Is it any wonder pastors and parishioners alike continue to fall headlong into the snares of the enemy?

This author does not write these things to prematurely judge nor spitefully demean those who may hold different perspectives but only to call them back to their first love before they have to encounter an excruciatingly painful end to Christ's patience in their lives.   Pride always precedes a fall, and sin always follows the pursuit of the flesh.  If we are truly loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind and loving our neighbor as ourselves then why are churches continuing to self-destruct into sin and idolatry of all sorts?

Could it be we have a distorted view of Jesus Christ and what He's called those to who go by His name?

All of us have fallen short in varying degrees when it comes to being conformed to the fullness of the stature of Jesus Christ.  However, not all of us continue to resist the Holy Spirit nor rebel from the statutes set forth in Scripture.  We have tempered our consciences with the holy fear of the LORD and in so doing have been given the ability to discern good from evil.  We seek to walk after the spirit so we will not fulfill the deeds of the flesh, (Romans 8:1).  How many today sadly do not realize they remain under condemnation for failing to walk after the spirit?

For this writer, the current season is most disheartening.  I can only imagine what it must have been like for Moses to descend from the heights of Sinai, after having conversed with the Only Righteous God, to find his people bending their knees to a false image of another god.

This writer could aptly have been called "Mr. Christmas" decades ago.  No house seemed brighter lit, or tree more creatively decorated, nor gifts more generously given.  Red and green holly was strewn beautifully about with a sprig of mistletoe even, to lighten the mood. Truly, the Christmas spirit was alive and well in this household.  Feelings of love for family, good will toward his fellow man, and the warmth of friends gathered around the fire singing carols in the snowy cold of winter abounded.   The spirit inducing these feelings was divine.  At least, it seemed to be . . .

Yet, one day he awoke to find out that there truly was a 'spirit' of Christmas.  It wasn't just make-believe.  Even so, abrubtly and without resistance one Christmas became his last.  He parted from family and friends only to be looked upon with pity and shame.  The candlelight services, the gingerbread cookies and the presents under the tree instantly lost their luster.  The spirit of love and warmth, of joy and compassion, comradery and excitement strangely disappeared as well.  The spirit of Christmas instantaneously vanished.  The Jesus he thought he knew to be reverencing at this most wonderful time of year turned out to be a "Jesus" he never wished to offer obeisance unto again.  The space Christmas once held in his heart suddenly became empty and void. 

In it's place was left revelation of such magnitude that this writer not only condemns his past celebrations as the deceptions of a lesser god posing as an angel of light, but without apology, states undeniably that not one thing about the Christmas season is holy.  Not one thing about it is righteous.  Not one thing about it is good.  And not one thing about it should ever be heard to be praised from the lips of a genuine Christian disciple of Jesus the Christ.  The 'spirit' of Christmas so often invoked was now shown to be a lying spirit.  A spirit which lies in wait seeking those to deceive with its religious sounding piety, materialistic greed, and sensual love.

How many of you this holiday season will ignorantly repeat one of the most pagan salutations of the ancient world?

Instead of Merry Christmas . . . I leave you with this: repent - for the kingdom of God is at hand - only, in order to reach out and grasp this kingdom you must take up your cross and follow Him, forsaking all others if need be . . . for His patience is now razor thin and His vengeance upon all that is ungodly sleepeth not.

Please Christian, be not deceived.  It's still your choice.   But the day is coming when you will no longer have a choice.  Because of your refusal to believe the Truth the very God you seek to serve will cause you to believe a lie.  And the door will be shut.  It does not matter how much you think you love your Savior or how much you perceive He loves you - what matters is do you love Him with all your heart, soul, and mind and if so how do you know?  Well, He makes it quite simple . . . (ref. John 14:15, 1 John 2:3-6).

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