MAKING DISCIPLES OF ALL BELIEVERS
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.
Religion is an admirable study for some, a obligatory
doctrine for millions. Religion in general revolves
around the belief in "spirits" as defined
by Margaret Mead, the anthropologist.
The crusades were a demonstration of wrong
Christian beliefs. The inhumanities done
were done in accordance with a form of religion
that was not in conformity to the Gospel of Christ.
The crusades and the inquisition enacted through
Catholicism demonstrated an abuse of power that
is presumed when God's rule on earth is assumed
by any political religion or church
on earth. Christianity has always been a message
of love, acceptance and forgiveness. Enacting judgment
against unbelievers is not to be exercised by believers
in the true Gospel.
In the Gospel there is an invitation to come freely
and receive, partaking in the life changing power
of Jesus' love, and forgiveness. There is no sword
to convert the unbeliever, but rather the demonstration
of the supernatural power of God that converts the
heart and pursuades each that there is a loving
God in heaven who desires that no one dies under
condemnation. "God so loved the world - - ,"
John 3:16 is the often quoted basic text. 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.
has a simple and wonderful Gospel that is:
are eternal consequences to ignore it.)
It is verifiable - - meaning
it works; (It has the power to change lives)
It's entirely free
to any who are willing to believe and ask.
and commission of this Gospel of Jesus Christ is
to bring people together in oneness as a righteous
human family living in harmony in the world.
This true gospel has 3 requirements that
determine its authenticity:
(See 2Corinthians 11:vs.4)
right Jesus, not an angel, not merely a prophet
nor a good man, not a teacher, but the only begotten
Son of God, the Jewish Messiah.
The right gospel, it is a gospel of good
news that humanity may come to the giver of
life and receive eternal life and forgiveness freely,
without the mediation of a priest; nor is it a gospel
of works, nor is it a gospel of faith and works;
the door is open to any who call upon the name of
The source of truth and understanding of this gospel
is the Holy Bible.
The right Spirit, there are many spirits
that have influence in the world. These spirits
are both Godly and demonic. Spirits (not visible
to the eye) occupy the atmosphere (mid heavens)
and the earth and have impacted human life for thousands
of years. Evil spirits described by Jesus, his disciples
and apostles remain to seduce and steal from the
life, liberty and spiritual potential of all, even
believers. The "spirit of the world" is
a spirit of self exaltation and pride. Of course
modern thought and psychology thoroughly discredits
any discussions involving spirits as a primitive
and absurd belief system. However, it is to be noted
that Jesus the Messiah came to "destroy the
works of the devil," (1John3:8) Satan, the
"god of this world" rules all fallen beings.
It is God's 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, sensuality, gluttony, drunkeness, etc.
These are not merely negative human behaviors
or attributes but are energized by the demonic.
God equals any other?
The broad-minded, ecumenical world would like to
assert that any god is essentially at par with any
other, or declare they all are expressions of the
same sublime higher One.
now a Christian believer, but was not always
so. Disillusioned by religion, sensing all of the
superficialities, the hypocrisies, and the lack
of 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 the hereafter in
event that my presumptions were wrong. I had heard
the term "Good News" referring the Gospel
of the Messiah Jeshua (Jesus). But experience in
Christianity was only valued in an institutional
and sentimental way. I knew the memories of a lifestyle
in my childhood. 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, but
without proof that God is real and reachable. I
was not taught that God was a reality to be experienced
and the Gospel is the Power of God to effect human
life in many profound ways outside of my religious
An important breakthrough in our understanding is
that The Gospel is the power
of God. This power persuades us to believe
and transforms us into a whole new person. A God
of love can impact human lives in remarkable life-changing
ways that may not even exist in the realm of traditional
church life. This goes beyond religion to
knowing a God who reveals himself as Savior and
King of the universe.
more amazingly, the Bible proves to be entirely
believable and consistent in spite of its well educated
detractors, who work continuously to discredit any
belief in its accuracy or consistency. Now when
I hear of a God who walked with man in a spiritually
perfect world, I believe it; when I hear of a God
who did wonders in the days of Moses or the prophets
I do not doubt for one moment; when I hear the prophecies
of the appointed men of God to declare the end from
the beginning I have no doubt in the veracity of
any of those words.
God spoke through prophets with inerrant accuracy
to declare the 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 vary in name and beliefs. Establishing
worldly kingdoms as the launching pad for those
beliefs is contrary to the Gospel. Christian religions,
including, Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses,
and most of the Protestant denominations have distorted
the simplicity of the Gospel greatly, making it
formalistic and religious. Churches (Buildings
with congregations) are now what people think of
when we imagine Christian practices. When church
leaders act as priests that control a laiety;
When ceremony and ritual are the practiced; and
where obligations or extraneous rules and obligations
are taught; these contradict the original Gospel,
i.e. the Apostolic epistles.
New Testament Epistles define the nature and scope
of being a believer and how to function in the fellowship
of other believers. The realization that these plain
and effective practices of the first century of
Christianity were distorted and lost is now being
rediscovered by many writers. God is now taking
us back to the beginning and the basics which we
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