Though most of the trend of my blogs is toward the things that are uncharacteristic to the Church’s presence here, I still need to affirm the glory that is in all who are God’s offspring. So I brought an excerpt from an older book that I wrote in 2014 called God’s Power Revealed as I believe it is relevant to our present status in the war of the spirit.
Everything God has purposed to be revealed on earth by His sons and daughters in Christ is for abiding in the spiritual laws present here. One of the reasons we were born again is to fulfill the laws of God both spiritual and natural. Now do not get legalistic on me I am not referring to keeping the laws of Moses as some believe. But keeping the laws that God has placed here for the purpose of stabilization of the spiritual realms. Jesus who is our example in all things relevant to our physical existence, as the Son of God knew that spiritual and natural laws exist by the governance of God’s word. And that they must be observed since any violation of such laws causes disruptions in spiritual places which in turn disrupts into our natural realm.
The laws of God are both spiritual and supernatural in working and maintain all things as He established in the beginning. Jesus knew He was the ultimate sacrifice for man, and as such, He knew that He could not violate the laws of Moses or any spiritual laws established by God. That is why He told John that He must be baptized by him for them both to fulfill all things regarding the law. Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. Math 3:13-15. He also knew that He would do all things by the anointing of the Spirit of God while He occupied a fleshly body. How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Acts 10:38.
He submitted himself to the governance of the spiritual laws declared by His Father at creation, as well as any natural laws invoked by the fall of Adam. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Gen 3:18. The fall was a giving up of sovereign authority by God for man’s dominion to the curse. Our enemy who is evil in nature knows that God will enforce His own laws, he uses the curse against us. Though God is bound by His word, He does not do so because of the devil, but because He is God.
The laws God has spoken are enforced by the Spirit of God. Like Moses who was to reveal righteousness with God to Israel showed that abiding by them it would make them counted as righteous until the time of Jesus fulfilling God’s plan of eternal salvation. And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us. Deut 6:25. God has His attention focused upon the earth, not specifically on man’s conflicts or the economic conditions, but the results of poverty, sickness, and diseases, seen by God upon those who are under the yoke of sin promoted by the evil one. And the fact that somehow they have managed by the work of the Spirit of God to focus on Him, as God.
In essence, they have come to realize, or have great reverence that He as God is the one who can deliver them from such sin. For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. Isa. 66:2. This verse refers to individuals who are by the curse spiritually impoverished, and unable to change their condition because they are in essence spiritually dead because of Adam’s fall in the Garden. They are as the word illustrates spiritually maimed, mutilated by the works of darkness like you and me before Christ when we were spiritually incapacitated. But just like us when they humbly come to the word of God and are now fearfully focused and reverent of the truths therein. They see how the God of that word by authority and power can change their spiritual condition. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, Prov 1:7(a).
Anyone who is in Christ is being brought up by the Holy Spirit as a son or daughter of God having rights to an inherited promised possession, eternal life in Christ. Our heavenly Father has delivered us out of the judgment and punishment of the curse and has done this so that we can be His spiritual offspring on this earth today. And through Christ submission to the laws of God we are no longer spiritually incapacitated, but fully restored to be spiritually prosperous in the earth. No believer is left here to somehow survive on this earth under constant influence from spiritual forces that are not of a Godly character or purpose. Something that many have yet to fully perceive.
A believer is the very presence of God, who is Spirit, on this earth today. Our spiritual presence even though contained in a fleshly body is purposed to to be an influence here with a force, God’s authority and power. An authority and power that is greater than the forces of hell occupying this earth. Jesus said that His Church is greater than the gates of hell, which are just spiritually enforced partitions of evil. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock (revelation knowledge) I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. Math 16:18. Such enforcements are not strong enough to hold back the power of God inherent in the authority of His word.
I believe we are that generation that will rise to greater heights by our witness of truth revealing the kingdom of God in this earth. But taking possession of the things of this earth in the authority and power of God through Christ Jesus our Lord requires equipping us for the good work He has created us for. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Tim 3:16-17.
There is a “VOID” that I talk about in my latest book that reveals there is a disconnect between pulpits and congregants in the Church today. It exists partly because many leaders only see their members as a resource for the ministry, and no longer as a living part of the Church. And partly because many congregants now view the pulpit as no longer being relevant to the work of the Spirit of God. This presents a serious spiritual problem that will not simply go away or rectify itself over time within the body of Christ. Since the issue now becomes how is Christ going to fix the damage the enemy has done to His spiritual bridge used to maintain the unity of pulpits and congregants while still on the earth.
The following excerpt is from a recent book out of a chapter called “Cultural Caveats” where I bring to the forefront issues regarding the latest trends in the Church. So in looking at this issue I hope you see that the enemy the devil is having a field day in many churches doing what comes naturally to him. Clearly seen in how our acceptance of peer influence has now gone beyond ourselves and is steadily trending toward his evil mannerisms. Like it or not we are all part of a greater vision than that of ourselves or any local church or ministry. And the very fact that we are all a part of a requiem of believers that are to reveal a spiritual culture representative of the kingdom of God in this earth bolds that it must be done.
The word of God will always be contrary to the world’s ways and never be conformed to secular social status. Meaning all of this cultural pandering that is occurring is not a result of any doctrine that God has ever rendered for transforming His spiritual offspring. Just one look at what is happening in these churches and we see changes in the culture of the church to be as that of the culture of the community or social groups around them. The thing that becomes clear is that the past spiritual forces that were at work in bringing salvation to the masses no longer holds premise with those who have been raised up in a societal atmosphere where peering is an authority greater than the council of Almighty God.
In 2 Chron 10:1-11 is a story about Rehoboam the son of Solomon who became king after his death. Tells us how he rejected a plea from Jeroboam who was the king of Israel. This plea was focused around the past treatment of Israel by Judah and how Israel would come and serve them if he would treat them rightly. But Rehoboam rejected the counsel of the elders and all of Israel and listened only to the voices of the peers he socialized with. They were of a culture that was unlearned in God’s purpose of Israel and Judah. The fact is these young men were of a generation of Turks that had no consciousness of the Judaic heritage of Israel. So out of ignorance, they provoked Rehoboam to engage in evil activity towards Israel, an activity that would further separate the two kingdoms under his leadership. 10:16 Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying: “What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. Every man to your tents, O Israel! Now see to your own house, O David!” So all Israel departed to their tents.
Historically evident facts that cultural issues such as socialism, feminism, liberalism, and environmentalism, etc., are all the results of beliefs, customs, arts, etc. exhorted by those who see things in a way that is not common to the nature of the whole of creation. A similar thing is happening within the churches where the cultural premise is now the norm, and no longer the traditions and culture of those who preceded them. When social exegeses are greater in purpose in the Church than the culture of God’s kingdom the environment is too diverse for a flow of the Spirit of God. And as congregations become more divisive in character you have those who still want to believe and act on the past foundations, and those who now want to believe in the present-day culture of social acceptance. No wonder an exodus is occurring in the Church, one that may be on a scale much larger than we know. Clearly, pulpits and congregations cannot both be vying for the flow of the Spirit of God from two entirely different cultural perspectives.
As I’ve said He will only operate where a presence of the character of God is revealed by a culture that is common to the kingdom He represents. It does not take much spiritual sense to know that if one bases ministerial efforts on the secular activity within a community or grouping of people it must be applicable to or accepting of every ill-mannerism present. Meaning that the efforts of the ministry must present every aspect of it in a way that is culturally appealing to those whom they are focused upon. The error in this is that many of these cultural mannerisms are out of character to the Spirit of God. Leaving us to question just how will He fulfill any work of revealing the truth that must occur?
Paul the Apostle ministered to people having various cultures in his missionary works throughout Asia minor and other areas. And nowhere in the scriptures does it reveal that he did it by aligning to some manner of social peering. What is clearly seen is that He often suffered because of his continued willingness to present, by the Spirit of God, the culture that only reveals righteousness. Acts 17:22-30 (AMP) So Paul, standing in the center of the Areopagus [Mars Hill meeting place], said: Men of Athens, I perceive in every way [on every hand and with every turn I make] that you are most religious or very reverent to demons. 23 For as I passed along and carefully observed your objects of worship, I came also upon an altar with this inscription, To the unknown god. Now what you are already worshiping as unknown, this I set forth to you. 23 The God Who produced and formed the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade shrines. 25 Neither is He served by human hands, as though He lacked anything, for it is He Himself Who gives life and breath and all things to all [people]. 26 And He made from one [common origin, one source, one blood] all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth, having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitation (their settlements, lands, and abodes), 27 So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us.
No matter where Paul went the message and the presentation of it was always the same, Christ and Him crucified. He did not conform himself or his ministry to pander or appease any specific group, especially any that had been socially labeled solely to promote generational diversity by any social activists. 28 For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring. 29 Since then we are God’s offspring, we ought not to suppose that Deity (the Godhead) is like gold or silver or stone, [of the nature of] a representation by human art and imagination, or anything constructed or invented. 30 Such [former] ages of ignorance God, it is true, ignored and allowed to pass unnoticed; but now He charges all people everywhere to repent (to change their minds for the better and heartily to amend their ways, with abhorrence of their past sins),
The only cultural representation that brings anyone to Christ is a true presentation of the kingdom of God that is forever. And any peering that must occur does so because there is an alignment to Him and His character of love by the Spirit of God revealed in each sibling. This present aspect of some anomaly being revealed as a schism in the social culture of the Church is a clear work of our enemy the devil. He is by secular expressionism attempting to socially disfigure the real body of Christ. And the fact that there are pulpits that are eager to align themselves with this façade of secular indulgence disguised as some needed spiritual change in the cultural presentation of the Church reveals it is being done so that they appear as normal in the eyes of their ministerial justices.
Look at the previous verse 30 again, it says that in the past there was an age of ignorance that God clearly allowed to occur, but now He is holding charges against everyone everywhere to repent and make amends for past sinful ways. Has God somehow today thrown out this truth from His word for the sake of this pandering to secular conformity. Don’t bother to answer that you know He has not done such a thing. So why are the churches and ministries of today doing a makeover to what Christ has historically ordained? It is because they are more fearful of their reputation among their peers than any fear of the God who created them. And they seek honor not from the one they praise, but from those who praise them.
I know all of this cuts right to the core of any right for one being born again. But there is no way we can ignore the very actions of those who are accepting of this diversity of ministry culture revealed in such things as church auditoriums that were once brightly lit are now so dimly illuminated you need ushers with flashlights to get to a seat. Just as I illustrated in a previous blog you know exactly where this stuff comes from, you only need to go to the local night club or secular concert to see the same flashing lights, strobes, smoke, and media hype. Now I’m not knocking secular concerts they do very well in their performance arenas. But it is just that; they are secular performances designed to arouse the soul and flesh in order to obtain an attraction from the audience solely purposed to maintain an increase of paying fans.
In summary: Is this the new culture of Christ Church? Where we now attract people through popular cultural secular activities in order to bind them to Christ by a love of soul. John 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. The God of the pulpits who no longer fear Him will have the final say about what is going on within Christ Church.