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You Know that human beings in their natural state are not
interested in God. They are really not interested in learning
about deeper spiritual matters. It is not part of our natures
that we are inclined to live in Godly ways or to seek after Him!
THEN DOES ANYONE BEGIN TO DRAW CLOSE TO THE
ALMIGHTY, HOLY, GOD OF HEAVEN? HOW CAN SOME
DARE TO TO SAY THAT WE PERSONALLY KNOW HIM?
HOW CAN WE
FELLOWSHIP OR INTIMACY WITH HIM?
to "The Gospel Without Religion"
do you think it means to be a Christian? How does Christianity
differ from other religious beliefs and worship practices? Are
you a Christian? What is your basis for making this statement?
Perhaps you are among those who has rejected Christianity because
you have found the forms and rituals of the institutional church
empty or uninspiring. Have you searched for proof that God is
real? Where will that search take you? What will be the end of
all of this? What will be the ultimate destiny of your soul? To
what extent does religion impact eternity?
who has ever entered a book store knows that there are thousands
of books written to address the questions above. Hundreds more
are produced and sold each year adding to the already glutted
archive called RELIGION. The motivations of such writers, however
motivated, mostly support traditional doctrines while sharing a
new precept or two that may have arisen through study or self
discovery. I believe that what I share here echoes many new
voices who are beginning to view the "spiritual life"
as something that can and should exist and flourish outside
But, make no mistake, I am one who became a Christian through the
grace and power of God, who has become a believer and student of
the Bible. Prior to this time I spent a life of being a partaker
of traditional institutional
can find also find links to several of my video commentaries on
essentials of the faith at
- - Do not consider these sermons. I would rather these short
passages be regarded as person to person sharing in a voice and
manner which is without sounding 'churchy.'
the Gospel Without Religion, I will examine some of the topics
Contradictions in the World of Christian Religion
What is A Christian
The Search For God
of the True Gospel?
must not discredit traditional forms of Christianity throughout
the history of the USA. It has been the sustaining foundation and
moral backbone of a great nation. For generations the values
system of Christian teachings and beliefs have provided a
positive moral framework and influence to the the nations. It is
apparent that Christianity as
Religion, even despite its
detriments, has provided moral goodness and a righteous social
foundation for millions for generations. Children are best
nurtured in a home where traditions of Bible based life values
the fundamental social foundations of Christian values are
rapidly dissolving in a nation that is speeding toward
secularism. The media for some reason has chosen to disregard the
moral judgments of past generations, omitting any allusions to
the truths of Christianity. Fewer each passing year, will say, I
am a Christian believer. Too few
even understand what that means.
Church houses are losing membership and seek new ways to attract
congregants. In so doing churches move further from the
essentials of the Gospel. Knowledge about
God will will not replace
knowing God. Those who know God
may testify that they've personally tasted of the Grace and
goodness of God through Jesus Christ the Messiah.
tens of millions of nominal Christians might be called faithful
church goers, but how many are really passionately interested in
God. We see too little evidence their lives are different from
the secular-unbelieving masses. The fact that few understand is
that no one turns to seek God unless God personally draws him/her
by His Spirit.
I have heard the stories of many who were
converted dramatically. They have a history similar to mine. I
found God or should I say God allowed me to find Him - at a time
in my life when I was experiencing a spiritual emptiness, a
hunger, a desperate need. It is at such times that we make our
first serious effort
to seek after God desperately, to ask, and to knock! The
quickening of this inner desire to know God may well be the
result of another believer's prayers on our behalf.
of God is set in motion by these
prayers. It is this Divine Grace (an enabling gift) from God
which brings us to a new human state of awakening.
It only takes a moment for God to answer our heart's cry and
bring us from darkness into light; but, in my case, it took years
to prepare my soul to be ready for this to occur. Pride and
idolatry have many forms that first need to be addressed.
Love for Humanity
has always loved us. John 3:16 can be used
to verify God's love toward us: "God
so loved the world that He gave His only begotten
son, That whoever believes in Him should not
die but have afterlasting life." Yet,
not all will acknowledge and receive this redeeming
love. Humanity is left with the consequences
of this decision, (John 3:18 He
that believeth on him is not condemned: but
he that believeth not is condemned already,
because he hath not believed in the name of
the only begotten Son of God.)
loves us all. The Father's heart grieves lost
humanity, their loss of understanding and their
weakness. He has made a way of rectifying this
fallen and alienated state. The way is through
Jesus the Messiah. God provides the necessary
'measure of faith' to help those who
seek to find the answer to their spiritual
hunger. This measure of faith is what draws
us to him and gives us the power to believe.
A supernatural transformation is available
once someone believes in the Gift of God with
assurance. If you believe in the Yeshua (The
Hebrew name of Jesus meaning Jehovah is Salvation,)
God's Son will open your eyes. He will speak
to you. Yeshua is the open door. It is through
him and him only that you will partake in the
wonders of the world to come. Through Grace
(the free gift of God) we experience that supernatural
event, the miraculous change in our spirits
called regeneration into "the new man,
the regenerated spirit, or the new creation.
Once we are re-quickened by Almighty God, we
are inwardly compelled to grow in the knowledge
of this life giver and lover of our souls.
We seize the life ring thrown to us. This is
the beginning of the Spiritual life. We have
opened the door of the Kingdom of heaven
and begin steadily but surely to discover our
status as a Son or Daughter of God.
this supernatural beginning we, new believers,
are as tender saplings that can be bent many
ways: Since we have so little understanding
of the Word
of God, we
can be easily be misdirected even taken prisoner
by those who preach other
gospels. We can
be snared by an incomplete "Gospel"
Or we can follow the spirit of Christ that
spirit of liberty which leads to accessing
the Word of Truth. With the fellowship of proper
mentors who have spiritual experience and knowledge
there is a whole new spiritual world OF LIFE
to discover. There is a life of blessing and
hope to access. (2 Corinthians 11:3)
true Gospel hasn't
changed but it has been dangerously distorted
or in some cases nearly lost by religious tradition.
The Gospel of
the Kingdom of
God remains that which was first taught to
the disciples by Jesus Christ. I will attempt
to share with simplicity without motive of
gain. I will try to frame the simplicity of
becoming and being a Christian. I hope it will
not be regarded as too
historically religion has made believing in
Christ into matters of theology and formalism.
Such things need not be so.
teachings I share on these pages will appear
meaning that it presented as accurate and factual.
While derived from study, this knowledge has
not accrued from second hand accounts or through
religious indoctrination, but primarily from
the serious study of scripture as well and
experiences that bear
the realities of Christ and the "Kingdom"
he rules. Study of Scripture illuminates the
believer as the Holy Spirit brings light and
understanding. Revelations eventually must
be measured in the light of the witness of
the total scripture.
commentaries are not the product of religious indoctrination, nor
of a denominational slant. I believe these precepts and
understandings reflect the truths revealed by the apostles and
prophets of Israel who proclaimed the True and Living Way. For
my part, these writings are only a part of the great revelations
of Truth contained in the Bible. These introduce Christianity in
its basic but essential form. (The faith first delivered to the
saints - - the faith for which we must contend. (Jude 3)
modern societies have grown to reject a world
governed by facts in favor of a cornucopia
of opinions. Black and white notions are rejected
in favore of the nuanced blend of infinite
points of view. The Gospel however, is born
out by first hand experience but more importantly
is verified by reliable witnesses. These
witnesses are the holy and long standing voices
of the Christian faith, recorded in Scripture.
These voices are a more sure testimony and
become the litmus test of any doctrine or experience
that one might promote.
truth of God is known in varying degrees by many, though
shockingly too few. The masses have been victims of religious
paradigms that have grown all too
familiar over the past 17 centuries. Christian theology today is
becoming increasingly a repudiation of Apostolic doctrine.
religious paradigm is now being challenged and is slowly passing
away. There is more hunger and thirst for spiritual fellowship,
more liberty, more simplicity and more power. Traditions are
being replaced by the living presence of God. Simply being a
spectator at a church service (program) is being replaced by the
desire to participate directly as a disciple following the Spirit
doubt what I write here will be challenged by religious experts,
theologians. academicians, and others who can embrace the
doctrines and dogma they were taught. Religious people respond
vehemently to any message that assails their religious paradigm.
Here is a profound Gospel fact, shared by the apostle called Paul
in his first letter to Corinth, "Man
through knowledge can not know God." But
the Spirit of God can turn ordinary people into instruments of
Faith and Belief
God an interesting subject? Yes, Infinitely. Do questions about
the reality of God affect us or impact our lives? Yes, absolutely
and eternally! Is the subject one that we should resolve within
ourselves? Yes, absolutely! Religion abounds in the societies of
the world. It is inextricable in the cultures of every nation. It
is a full time concern to many who see religion as a life style
or a career path. My definition of
is a codified belief system. It is the platform from which
debates and disagreements launch with the result too often being
from vehement disagreement to genocide.
of books continue to be written about God in an attempt to offer
spiritual answers to those who are seeking a spiritual life.
Subjects might range from World Religions, Comparative Theology,
Biblical Study or Analysis, and of course prescribed pathways to
enlightenment by self promoting gurus. This is not a book about
theology. I am not a theologian, I have none of the required
credentials, nor do I have any desire to become one, to seek
certification or to be validated or approved by theologians. I
am, therefore, one tiny voice in the marketplace of ideas..
another voice, crying out in the wilderness, So now I give thanks
to God the Father for allowing me to experience His living
presence and guiding hand. This is a testimony of God's
interaction with the human race we call 'grace.' Moreover,
his love and grace have empowered me both to seek him and
to know him and draw wisdom from His Word. Moreover, I
believe that this message can encourage and aid those thousands
who, like myself, were never given answers to deep spiritual
questions but who remain hungry, asking, "Is there is a God,
and if He is, how can I get Him to notice me."
in Dead Religious Tradition
questions and spiritual curiosity were not answered by
denominational churches that I attended from my youth to
adulthood. The services or ceremonies that were offered on
meeting days revealed nothing of God's reality nor demonstrated
his 'presumed' love and power. It was however, God whom I
ultimately met and who impacted my life, outside of
religion, personally and powerfully. I hope sharing these
experiences bring hope and assurance to others.
don't know how will you respond, whether with indifference or
interest. Some who are perfectly happy with their beliefs may
register mere disinterest, indifference; Others who have already
established their own theological conclusions, particularly
through formal theological training, may register disdain
believing that my assertions are un-scholarly, presumptuous,
misleading or even dangerous. Yet there may be some who have been
looking for a spiritual life without the flimflam of religion who
will receive this account with gratitude.
Gospel (good news) has always been gentle and peaceable,
it none the less, always been met with resistance and "offense."
It appears that a simple gift is too often rejected even when
wrapped in the promise of hope, love and comfort.
belief systems do not give up without a fight. Our highly charged
human egos are born and nurtured within the domain of
materialism, worldliness, and self-absorption. Religious
institutions today, are deeply imbued with values derived from
worldliness, worldly power, worldly recognition,
and earthly reward. The world's religious systems have their own
vested interests. To be blunt, religion as we know it represents
a significant economic and political power.
book is written principally for unbelievers.
Unbelief is still rampant in church-goers to
the extent that they have been blinded by orthodoxy.
For unbelief is the enemy of God's people as
much as for 'unbelievers.' Unbelief is not
limited to the un-churched but also remains
a constant foe in living the Christian life.
For church house Christians, both laity and
clergy it is a terrible thing to know only
religion and not God! The Lord declares, "Many
will say in that day, Lord, Lord -, but I will
say, "Depart from me I do not know you."
all the billions of people upon the face of the earth, it is
ultimately a matter of knowing God. Scripture teaches that
everyone will eventually be confronted by this reality as every
knee will bow before Him, the Lord of all life. But for millions
this knowledge will come too late and the door of life will have
been closed. There is a difference between knowing about God and
Confusing Disparities of Christian Religion
world of religion, What a world!
Almost everyone is in their own particular place regarding a
search for a personal belief system. How would we graph our place
as a believer or an unbeliever? Do you know what you believe? Do
you know why you hold these beliefs? Some have a belief in a God
of some description, others
may not. Some pray, some believe in an afterlife, while others
have no faith in any God nor any life following this one. There
are so many religions inside and outside of Christianity. There
are so many named Gods and paths to appeasing them. Within these
myriad forms of belief or worship some have developed a set of
moral values in accord with these beliefs. Indeed many of these
values promote peace and brotherhood toward the greater
community. Meanwhile, other religious beliefs may generate hatred
and intolerance toward those outside of that faith. Now some
religions compel its followers to convert the world to their
viewpoint and to, in a word, cause the whole world to believe
according to that religion.
may be an intellectual study for some, a mandatory career
indoctrination for others. From an anthropologist's point of
view, religion simply revolves around the belief in "spirits"
as defined by Margaret Mead. Religions lead to wars and conflict
The crusades were a demonstration of wrong Christian
beliefs. The inhumanities done were executed through a
form of religion and not in conformity to the Gospel of Christ.
The crusades and the inquisition were chapters in Catholicism
that further demonstrated an abuse of power that is presumed when
the rule of God on earth is already manifest in a
political church on earth.
in the age of grace presents a message of love, acceptance and
forgiveness. There is no violence or reprisal allowed in the
practice of Christianity. Destruction and judgment against
unbelievers has never been a part of the true Gospel. Where this
has occurred was not a conformity to Bible teaching. In the
Gospel of Grace, there is an invitation to come freely and
receive. We partake in the power of Jesus' love, and forgiveness.
There is no sword to convert the unbeliever, but rather the
demonstration of the supernatural power of God motivated by Love.
It is this power that converts the heart and persuades each that
there is a loving God in heaven. This is the loving Father who
desires that no one dies under condemnation. "God so loved
the world - - ," John 3:16 is the often quoted basic text.
is to reveal those who you can pray for. Condemnation never comes
from the hand of a believer who is commanded to walk in the same
love and forgiveness that Jesus modeled to all.
is still great ignorance and confusion about Christianity.
Christianity is something that has come to be viewed within the
limiting frame of institutional religion not its true spiritual
aspect which is both simple and
profound. The world knows Christianity as a system of belief but
more than that as traditions and lifestyles which surround
particular churches. America was founded as a Christian nation as
our founding fathers made clear testimony. The United States has
a history of goodness founded on the belief in, and standards of,
Biblical truth. But at the present time, if the truth were known,
I believe that we would have far fewer who would qualify as
Christians than census documentation reveals. Those who are
called Christians in polls and surveys most often reflect an
involvement with church organizations through membership and
activities. This, I assert, is quite irrelevant to the nature of
being or not being a Christian. Among those who profess to
believe in Christianity I denote three distinct breeds:
Christians: This category
designates to distinguish them from other ethnic or cultural
sects. We see these referred to frequently in the media to
designate the sects within countries or political regions. Most
of the time these are contrasted with contrary ideologies; often
at war, or embroiled in strife with other groups. Typical of
political religious rivalry is that of the current 1990s conflict
in the former Yugoslavia, dated back to the factional disputes of
the 15th century. Here were three ethnic factions, Muslims, Serbs
and Croats, religious- political groups seemingly without true
knowledge of a spiritual life that brings peace. In Ireland
divisions remain after generations of religious and political
strife, Irish Catholics in hatred and strife continue to war
against Irish Protestants and Protestants against Catholics. In
the decade prior to World War 2, so-called German Christians
began to commit outrages against German Jews in the name of
racial purity. A practice that was totally UN-Christian spirit.
in Earlier in the 12 and 13th
centuries 'Christian' crusaders waged Holy Wars against the
Muslim Turks in the Holy Land and at the same time thought it was
pleasing to God to torture and destroy any called Jews.
Christians are actively involved
with some form of institutional Christianity.
Within this group are tens of
millions of churchgoers who fill the pews in myriads of church
congregations each week. Each of these religious 'churches' or
denominations follows long-held traditions of their respective
denomination. Christian denominations have extensive power and
interests both social and economic. The business
of religion founded in an
orthodoxy that is morally well founded and righteous. These
traditions are rarely questioned within the established
clergy, religious leadership, has long been
esteemed has a high and noble calling, although
an occasional skeleton may turn up in the closet
of some clergy person now and then. The lands
and real estate assets of churches are immense.
Each denomination builds great buildings
as centers of worship and strictly supervise
and train their clergy to act as priests
or overseers of the faith. The sad reality
is that the denominations of today are little
different from any ancient priesthood, the
Scribes, and Pharisees of Jesus' day, of whom
the Lord Jesus had little good to say.
I believe that traditional forms of religious Christianity may be
the single greatest hindrance to effectively experiencing God in
this nation as well as in all the nations where that
institutional Christianity has been exported. Why?
Because the Gospel is not philosophy nor an intellectual concept.
It is rather the Power of God that impacts lives at the deepest
possible level; transforming a man or woman into an adopted son
or daughter of God. Church is not meant to be a place where
Christianity is practiced and administered by priests but a means
of growing through sharing your life and experience with others
as our knowledge of God increases (edification by/of the body.)
a metaphor: It
seems as though religious Christians have been injected with
something, call it religious formalism, which seems to make them
immune to experiencing the authentic Spiritual Life of the
Kingdom of God. Let me hasten to
say however, that there are
believers among the denominations, these men, women and children
have received the knowledge of God through the Lord Jesus Christ
in a profound and intimate way, not
because of their religious affiliations necessarily, but in spite
of that affiliation. The kingdom and the power of God are not the
privy to any brand of religion but work around and through it.
Category: True Christians
is A Christian?
Are we born Christians, Are we
Christians because we were not born Buddhist or Muslim? Are we
Christians because our parents were Christians? Are we Christians
because of a religious rite? The
Bible reveals that we become Christians not by a religious rite,
but by a spiritual encounter with God.
God receives us in "friendship" and extends fellowship
to us. This fellowship is granted in the name of the
son of God, Jesus, Jeshua of
is one thing but the actualizing power of Grace is quite another.
The Gospel is a gospel not only conceptual fact but actualized in
power. It is a life-changing, spirit-renewing power, that sets on
fire the love and life of God within a believer. This
life-changing encounter is central to what I hope to present in
this writing, and I will cover it broadly if the following pages.
A believer, in actuality, has no religious rites or obligations
or rules to follow in order to win God's approval. A believer's
job is to believe. Faith is choked by unbelief! Through faith we
gain access to the scriptural promises of God. These promises are
awesome and spectacular and when apprehended can lead us to
experiencing the kindnesses of God and entering into our divine
inheritance. That is the long and the short of it. Religion in
any of its many aspects has entered in obtrusively to complicate
or confound the simple way and truth that Christ has declared and
made known for all; that each man, woman, and child can know God
and experience wholeness through Him.
hope and prayer is -
- May those seeking truth,
both religious and non religious, Christian and non Christian,
continue in the Word which can open the door to the Kingdom of
God, with its power and glory. May the God of all creation reveal
Himself to you, draw you into His family, and bring forth his
kingdom, his love, his life and liberty in your life.
of the Human Spirit
Christians are created and established only by Divine will and
action. Those who constitute the membership of the Kingdom of
God, without regard to any earthly institutional affiliation. The
true church is a spiritual body, it is called the "Body of
Christ. " This body is
apart from any designation of race, creed or nationality, it is
without any denominational labels and without sectarian or
geographical boundaries. The Bible reveals that we become
Christians not by a religious rite, but by a Spiritual encounter
with the person of God. God receives us in "friendship"
and extends the fellowship of his family to us. This fellowship
is granted in the name of the Begotten son of God, namely Jesus,
Jeshua of Nazareth, Jesus the Messiah. Acknowledging this
doctrine is one thing, the actualizing power of it is
another. The Gospel is a gospel not only of historical fact but
of power. It is a life changing, spirit-renewing power,
that sets on fire the life of God within a believer.
is an admixture that infuses the gospel that confounds the simple
truth that Jesus Christ has made a way for each man, woman, and
child to know God and experience wholeness in Him; to experience
peace, joy and liberty in a meaningful life with Him. My hope
prayer is that those seeking truth, both Christian and non
Christian will continue in the life giving word which opens the
door to the Kingdom of God. May the God of all creation reveal
Himself to you in order for you to continue to bring forth His
and Byways in the Quest Some of
us, in our individual quest for truth, look for a religion that
will accommodate our own world view or moral viewpoint, though in
our natural state we are all morally distorted and unregenerate
in nature. Some others search for a religious form which promises
personal power and influence over others. This power quest has
one end; corruption of the soul. Personal aggrandizement leads
toward corruption and pride, the domain of the enemy of God,
Lucifer. Power to control or influence others, power to get
wealth for its own sake is as witchcraft, a rebellious snare.
Some search for a religious program which accommodates fame,
personal notoriety, adulation or self-worship. Self enhancement
is acquired at the expense of coming under God's dominion.
others the search is to find personal healing or inner
contentment to salve the aching of their souls. In Him we find
solace, peace, love and wholeness. There are numerous motivations
which lend themselves to religious choices. While we say we
search for God are we really
or insincere? In the final analysis it is we who must conform to
God's book and acknowledge His rules and plan for ourselves and
a Spiritual Search
we are shopping this smorgasbord of religion there are many
choices. How will you choose? What are your resources and
criteria to make these choices? Can we choose using our own
intellectual equipment? Those who are proud of their intellectual
choose wrongly; since they will choose to remain in control of
their own lives through the exalted faculty of reason. The wise
of this world say, "Only a fool denies reason."
religions make no demands upon us to give up anything,
idolatries, pride, sin, hatred, etc. When we are well satisfied
with who we are; when we are pleased with ourselves, with our
name, rank, and achievements; When we are puffed up with our own
sense of superiority, looks, talents or strengths; How can we
choose to believe something which asks us to, "deny
yourself, take up a cross and follow me?" How do we
choose a belief system which states, "In myself, I can do
nothing;" or " - unless a seed falls and dies it
abides alone, but if dies it brings forth much?" Is
there any beauty in sacrificing our selves? How can we as 20th,
soon to be 21st Century beings, choose to decrease to ourselves
and choose that which is meek and lowly of heart, not
arrayed the outward trappings of finery; not displaying
intellectual cleverness, nor personal flamboyance. "He
had no beauty that we should desire Him." (Isaiah 53:3)
So we seek. We shop and we look and we ask about. During this
time we continue to have as much power and self control, self
satisfaction, and personal liberty as any other human seeker.
When does the seeking come to an end? Is their a priceless pearl
to be found? What is the nature of this pearl which beyond price?
How do I begin my quest for God?
asks this question,
does a profit someone to gain the whole world but lose his or her
is a risk associated with a search thwarted or the search
incomplete. There is a risk associated with substituting the true
with the counterfeit and the living with something tainted with
corruption and death. There is indeed a true Gospel, having the
right Jesus, the right
Gospel and the
right Spirit. (2Cor 11:3)
is also a counterfeit gospel,
awaiting any who choose an alternative to the previous 3
criteria. Among these alternatives lies the way to deception or
this process of seeking, some who hear the message, come to
believe in the Lord Jesus, Jeshua of Nazareth called the Messiah
or Christ.) The Word of God declares, "Those who seek will
find." Those who seek and continue seeking, will find that
pearl of inestimable value. It remains hidden to those who are
lost. Great hunger is rewarded with satisfying 'manna' from
God and great thirst is rewarded with a satisfying drink that
Jesus called 'living water.'
others never come to believe in or profess biblical Christianity
but another belief system. The way of the Christian life once
discovered provides a feast for the body, soul and spirit, a
feast that brings eternal satisfaction, the knowledge of the
friendship of Jesus is thirst satisfying indeed.
Way, however, remains a narrow one, it is self limiting. It does
not accommodate those who wish to take their own intellectual
baggage in, this burden of extraneous stuff must be unloaded. Who
among the seekers is willing to do this? Who are really sincere
and not looking on a superficial curiosity level. Jesus has
counseled to walk the crucified life. Daily carrying our cross,
dying to self, turning from the raucous cries that would distract
us in this world.
am reminded of the interview which King Herod of Judea attempted
to have with Jesus on the occasion of Jesus' trial and Pilate's
disposition of this matter of legality. What possible need or
interest could this powerful, worldly, self indulgent, sensuous
monarch have in questioning Jesus, the Messiah of the Jews? Herod
had indeed heard of Jesus. He had heard of his influence upon the
people and heard of the signs and wonders worked by his hand.
Herod probably was reminded of John the Baptist whose head was
the price paid for his stepdaughter Salome's sensuous dance
performance. Vain curiosity was probably the motivating factor.
Herod may have had some guilt or even fears associated with
destroying the non conformist, unyielding, cooperative prophet,
John the Baptist.
interviews Jesus: The world against the spirit
was time for a confrontation, though perhaps not yet a showdown,
It was a face-off between worldliness, sensual opulence, and
temporal power and the veiled spiritual wonders of the Kingdom of
God; it was flesh against the Spirit. What happened in this
confrontation of flesh and spirit? How did Jesus respond to the
queries of the coarse and curious Herod, did they share an
intellectual discourse? Jeshua remained silent not a word was
offered. What place has the kingdom of God with worldliness or
idolatry? Jesus had not one word to share. There was no dialogue.
There was no effort made to plead the case for a religious or
political agenda. No. Jesus answered not a word! The kingdom of
God and Herod's world were irreconcilable, worlds apart, kingdoms
apart. You see, Jesus will not respond to those whose lives are
filled with surfeiting, with self importance or with insincere
curiosity. Jesus answered the worldly Herod, not a word!
doorway opens unto repentance
my case, I had reached a crossroad in my middle years that led to
'an end of myself:' When my need was greatest, ground down to
nothing, I finally believed, and was willing to take the next
step to cry out, "Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!"
So? Let us see where the inquiry will take you. Will it be into
the wilderness (outside of the distractions of worldly
distractions, where intimacy with God is finally revealed? Or
will you be lured into the another wilderness imbued with worldly
values having no intimacy with God, having no power to fulfill
Christ's hope and calling.
in "The Gospel Without Religion" is a series of
commentaries compiled from this believer's study of the "Word
of God" and his personal spiritual insights and experiences
thereafter. I was not always a believer. What was I before I
became a believer, before becoming a Christian? I was the same as
many of you are. Before becoming a believer I practiced a form
of Godliness; I too was religious. I was actively
involved in institutional forms of Christianity with its many
traditions, forms, and flavors and yet without knowing
Christ. Before becoming believers, we called ourselves by
any of hundreds of denominational names, not realizing that
Christ is One and can not be divided. If this state, we had no
true witness of the reality of God; we had no true witness of our
own spiritual nature and destiny. We may not have known that God
is real or that He rewards those who seek him with
wonderful gifts. Before becoming a partakers in the "gift
of God", we called ourselves Christians.
not knowing that being a Christian meant more than just attending
church, more than learning a catechism, more than going through a
rite of membership. Being a Christian is not an
intellectual assent to a doctrine or belief where you can
that sounds like it might be true, I guess I join up and become
one of those. "You don't join an institution or a church to
become a Christian, rather, you are "translated"
into becoming a son or daughter of God. You are translated into a
different kingdom and a different reality; You become a new order
of being. You are translated from death into life, from darkness
into light. We who once cared nothing for the life and properties
of God now share in that life and are consumed by it. It is a
work that God does in us and not one that we do on our own.
the True Gospel, 3 factors determine
right Jesus: Jesus the Messiah
is not an angel, not a mere prophet; not a great man, not merely
a teacher of moral excellence; Not a highly evolved illuminate;
only begotten Son of God, the Jewish Messiah.
right gospel; The Gospel is a
gospel of good news; that humanity may come to the giver of life
to receive a supernatural gift; eternal life and forgiveness
without cost, without the mediation of a priest; It is not a
gospel of works, nor is it a gospel of faith and good works; the
door is open to any who call upon the name of the Lord. The
source of truth and understanding of this gospel is the Holy
right Spirit; There are many
spirits in the world, some of God, others demonic. Spirits abound
in the atmosphere in individuals, in communities, of every
nation. The church houses of religions can nurture or teach a
doctrine which has a wrong, (un-Christ like)
sort of subtle spiritual influence has existed for thousands of
years leading people away from the God-life. The reality of
demonic spirits addressed by Jesus and his disciples are still
present to seduce, impede, and steal from the life, liberty and
spiritual potential of all.
kingdom of darkness has this agenda; to steal, to kill and to
destroy, especially a believer. The spirit of the world is
a spirit of self exaltation and pride. Of course modern thought
and psychology discredits belief in spirits as a primitive and
obsolete belief system. However, it is to be noted that Jesus the
Messiah came to "destroy the works of the devil,"
Satan, the ruler of all fallen beings. It is God's ultimate
purpose to restore the proper line of earthly rule under the
dominion of Jesus Christ. In due time, nations will recognize him
as the Holy One of God, appointed Lord of all things. Evil or
wrong spirits include, pride, rebellion, witchcraft, defilement,
gluttony, drunkenness, etc.
common Secular Argument: One god equals any other?
broad-minded, ecumenical world would like to assert that
any God is essentially on a par with any other. They declare that
there are many paths and they all eventually lead us to the
sublime higher One. Today, I am a Christian believer, but
was not always so. Disillusioned by religion, sensing its
superficiality, the hypocrisies, and lacking any proof in the God
of the Bible I went on searching and doubting, and trusting that
I was good enough not to fall into condemnation in if and
when I came face to face with my Creator. I had heard the term
"Good News" referring the Gospel of the Messiah Jeshua
(Jesus). But my experience in Christianity was valued only in a
sentimental way. I had memories of church experiences with my
family in youth. During these days I yearned to touch and
experience something that was real, powerful and persuasive.
This, I believe, is exactly where so many seeking people are at
today. Hopeful, wanting to believe, but without proof that God is
real or reachable. My religious experience offered no proof of
God's reality. Any Gospel expressed as the Power of God able
to transform human life, was outside of my religious experience.
Gospel, is denoted as the power of God,
(1Corinthians 1;2.5) powerfully persuades us to believe, in a God
of love and a God who can impact human lives in remarkable
life-changing ways that exist out of the realm of church life.
This Gospel is not a shallow, tradition-ruled religion. Rather it
teaches knowing God who reveals himself as Savior and sovereign
of the universe. Even more amazingly, the Bible proves itself to
be entirely believable and consistent in spite of its progressive
detractors. Theologians who work continuously to discredit
any belief in Biblical accuracy or consistency. Today when I hear
of a God who walked with man in a spiritually perfect world,
called Eden. I believe it; when I hear of a God who did wonders
in the days of Moses or the prophets I do not doubt that fact for
one moment; when I read the infallible prophecies of appointed
men of God who declare the end from the beginning I have no doubt
in the veracity of any of those words.
spoke through prophets with inerrant accuracy to declare the
coming Messiah and his mission to redeem fallen humanity and all
these prophecies came to pass. Jesus as the lamb of God came to
close the divide between God and humanity. The resurrection of
Jeshua, as irrational scientifically unsound it sounds on the
surface, remains the foundation of Christianity. Resurrection
establishes the "Power of the Gospel" and enables any
believer to partake in His divine nature.
of the world may vary in name and beliefs but all seek to
establish a worldly kingdom. They aspire to have a launching pad
to promulgate those beliefs and in many cases, beliefs that are
contrary to the Gospel. Christian religions sects, including,
Catholicism, LDS Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and most of the
protestant denominations distort the simple Gospel. They bring
forth errant doctrines, formalism, and human
the characteristics of Religion in book two. "The attributes
(buildings with congregations) are what people usually think of
when we imagine Christian practices. When ceremony and ritual are
the practiced, and where obligations or extraneous demands are
taught, these are contrary to the original Gospel, e.g. the
Apostolic epistles found in the New Testament.
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Understanding Home Fellowships
Frank Viola Interviews a typical church-goer
of Open Church)
Guest, George Barna
"Moving beyond the established church"
Interview 2/20/2006 http://www.sidroth.org
Tim and Katie Mather
Subject: Open Church
Author of Book: "Megashift, "
"Experiencing the fullness of God
outside of Institutional Religion"
Subject: Open Church