CLEANING THINGS UP, 31.12.18
Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.
John Ramirez, johnramirez.org, https://youtu.be/cfVKKOmwqWk?list=PLFExJF2KBSH3Qp1pabagh2TMTF2a2-lGZ
We are instructed to walk in the Spirit, “seeking the things above—where Messiah is, sitting at the right hand of God. “Focus your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Messiah in God” (Col.3:1-3). And we are directed to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1). Leadership is called to uphold God’s Word; and, yes, walking in the spirit, walking in righteousness, is indeed part of God’s Word, the Holy Spirit (that’s Spiritual) being given so we could live in the Spirit, by the Spirit, and be the Spiritual beings He called us to be. If we are called to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth; if our lives are to be a form of worship to/of/for Him, then we need to be Spiritual, not carnal. The people of God must be separate from the world. May the Lord open the eyes of the ones that are mocking His Word by mocking the notion of being spiritual, as well as those who give credence to/promote false teachings and false prophets.
Much of the Church seems to be encouraging its members to become part of the world, joining with the world, instead of wooing the world to join with them. Yeshua/Jesus said: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18,19). “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world”(John 17:14-16). What more is needed to convince/convict those who keep insisting on being partakers of the world?! So-called Christians need to clean up their act and get things right; “Be not deceived; God will not be mocked” (Gal.6:7). “The King of Kings is Jesus Christ, not the the White House. .. .” says Ramirez (https://youtu.be/cfVKKOmwqWk?list=PLFExJF2KBSH3Qp1pabagh2TMTF2a2-lGZ).
Yeshua/Jesus said, “I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. . . . . I always do those things that please Him”(John 8:28,29), choosing, out of love, passion, desire, to obey His Father. Just as Yeshua/Jesus, and the Psalmist, from Old Testament to New, from Genesis to Revelation, we are called to do likewise. It is an act of rebellion to do otherwise. It is disobedience. And that is the opposite of demonstrating our love for the Father. We follow His precepts, statutes, laws, commandments, because those laws exalt Him, and should be in our hearts if we really love and desire to honour Him. Contrary to popular, post-modern false doctrine, obeying God’s commandments is not legalism. His Word is our guideline for living life according to His Ways, all of which comprise His statutes, laws, precepts, and commandments; they are all embodied in the Word; so they should all be in our hearts if the Holy Spirit truly resides there, for He brings God’s love, and His Word and our love of His Word right into our hearts. It’s time for cleaning things up, for “He shall clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the barn; but the chaff He shall burn up with inextinguishable fire” (Matt.3:12).
The world’s ways are Satan’s ways: “now the ruler of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30); “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). The Devil is the Enemy of our souls. The Enemy does everything to distract us from God’s Word, because he knows that if we walk in it, he will not be able to deceive us. So when leaders influence or caution their congregations to not over spiritualize, they are leading the sheep astray. “You have to watch what comes out of your mouth, because what you say can give the Devil legal rights . ….. . the Church is in bed with the Devil . . . . the church is a club . . . . don’t listen to that fancy Christian Dior preaching,” says Ramirez (https://youtu.be/cfVKKOmwqWk?list=PLFExJF2KBSH3Qp1pabagh2TMTF2a2-lGZ ), who proceeds to disclose a story of a Hotel Manager who identified that he had a list of all the Pastors who, while staying at his hotel, rented pornographic movies. We need to clean things up and get the Devil out of the Church.
We must “guard our faith” (Jude 3); “For certain people have secretly slipped in . . . who pervert the grace of our God into indecency and deny our only Master and Lord, Yeshua the Messiah” (Jude 4), of which Ramirez says, “they have created a system which does not include Jesus; Jesus was born outside of the system; Jesus died outside of the system. Why do you need to follow a weak church? God is not going to tolerate weak believers anymore . . . . you cannot eat from the demon’s table and Jesus’ table anymore; the greatest false prophet and the greatest false teacher is the Devil himself,” says Ramirez (https://youtu.be/cfVKKOmwqWk?list=PLFExJF2KBSH3Qp1pabagh2TMTF2a2-lGZ ).
“Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another” (Gal.5:16,17); “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Gal.5:25). We are to live our lives in the Spirit, not in the flesh, as the world does. So it must surely grieve the heart of God when He hears leaders of His Church today saying things that discourage, undermine, and call into question, even deriding, and holding in contempt, the concept of “being spiritual.” In Ezek. 34, God has some pretty harsh words for the Shepherds that misguide the sheep. They will answer to the Lord God Almighty for misdirecting and misleading, and/or failing to tend to the sheep which have been assigned to them: “Therefore, shepherds, hear the word of Adonai: as surely as My sheep became prey and My sheep became food for all the beasts of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My sheep,” therefore, thus says Adonai Elohim: “Behold, I am against the shepherds and I will demand My flock from their hand. I will dismiss them from tending the flock” (Ezek. 34:7-10).
Postmodernism with all its concomitant affiliations has infiltrated the Church, God’s leaders, and their people. Christian leadership are guilty of having allowed, even facilitated, New Age concepts, political correctness, sex as an idol, political leaders as gods, among other things. God’s people, all-too-eager to find excuses and justifications for carnal, fleshly indulgence, have jumped on the bandwagon. We are all responsible and will be held accountable, as those of us who know better have passively stood by, immobilized with fear of disapproval, persecution, immobilized by the status quo of political correctness. So here we are, with carnal christians in carnally led churches rife with doctrinal error and unholy living; congregations in bondage to all manner of addictions, lust, and perversion, and no one fit to address the matter because the leaders are as guilty and flawed and defiled as the congregants. May God forgive us all. It’s time for house-cleaning in God’s House.
God wants a pure bride, not a defiled one, “that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless” (Eph.5:27). “The condition of the doctrine of the church is prostitution . . . .. it’s about how I can pimp you, what can I sell you to get your money?. . … These people are preaching Jesus, but do not have Jesus preaching to them. . . . . Most of the Church is in bed w/the Devil ” (Ramirez, https://youtu.be/cfVKKOmwqWk?list=PLFExJF2KBSH3Qp1pabagh2TMTF2a2-lGZ ). “How is it that we allow these people to prophesy to us, and nothing comes to pass?” and he quotes “The prophet who has a dream may recount a dream, but let the one who has My word speak My word in truth. For what is straw compared with wheat?” It is a declaration of Adonai” (Jer.23:28). “When I was in witchcraft, I used to give people their fortune. . . . but who was speaking?” (Ramirez, https://youtu.be/cfVKKOmwqWk?list=PLFExJF2KBSH3Qp1pabagh2TMTF2a2-lGZ ).
“Paul was so sold out; be the Pauls of today . . . .,” encourages Ramirez. “The church has the wrong picture of Jesus. They think Jesus is a hippy, smoking a joint . . . . .” He talks about “sleeping with the Enemy” as part of what the church is doing when they accept and allow homosexuals (and/or others who are not of the right spirit) to participate as guest speakers in their Churches, etc., explaining how there is a transference of spirits, just as when one sleeps with a prostitute. “Don’t let people lay hands on you that you don’t know; be smart christians” (Ramirez, https://youtu.be/cfVKKOmwqWk?list=PLFExJF2KBSH3Qp1pabagh2TMTF2a2-lGZ ). He fooled many christians when he was in witchcraft, he explains, “because they are weak christians . . . I did more witchcraft on christians than anybody else. I would go to churches and do witchcraft on people in the church.” Ramirez proceeds to challenge: “What do you need to divorce? What rope do you need to cut? Grace is not a license to sin . . . . the false teachers use the loophole that because we all fall short of the glory of God, that makes it okay . . . Do you have the endurance to cross the finish line? What is holding you back?” As part of that “Church,” as part of that pure spotless bride, let us each examine our hearts today. God is waiting for His Bride to clean herself up and get herself ready for her King/eternal home with Him. “God is trying to wake up the remnant . . . People aren’t chasing the presence of God anymore; they’re chasing the gifts” says Ramirez. The Church needs to wake up and clean herself up and get ready for the coming King.
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