U.S. Left Suffering From Stockholm Like Syndrome

It really could not be classified as Stockholm Syndrome, the psychosomatic disorder of trying to relate to captors, even to the point of defending them, but it is closely related in that they are trying to defend the indefensible acts of hatred and terrorism that went on on 9-11. I call it Ground Zero Syndrome.
It is based on three associated symptoms:
A hatred for anything that they perceive coming from conservatives, a self-loathing for their particular race, and an unhealthy belief that if something bad happens it is America’s fault.
The three symptoms are the only explanation for the lefts support of an Islamic Center so close to Ground Zero, the area still not built back again from the rubble of the World Trade Center Terrorist attack of 9-11-01. It also explains why the left has such vitriol against Americans who are against the Islamic Center.
The left in this country are against anything that is good, right and just. You would wonder how they have managed to get to such places of influence such as the liberal main stream media.
Well, the blinders are off for the rest of us about who these America Haters are and their ratings are tanking because of it.
Hopefully they will try to get some help or medication for their ailment.

Have the Gifts Ceased? Part One

Did the gifts cease?
Conservative Christians, with much consternation, have come to the conclusion that the spiritual gifts ceased in the first century. There are several theories as to when, as bulleted below:

->They ceased when the first apostles died. There is really no scriptural justification for this, however, it is taught as fact. (there is no need to address this Biblically since they do not address them.)
->Sometime after Paul became the apostle to the gentiles, this is a doctrine to those who teach “Acts 9 dispensationalism” (although there are other vignettes of dispensationalism, I will focus on Act’s 9 dispensationalism here because most dispensational teaching use the same verse references to conclude the gifts ceased.)
->After the Bible was completed. This is based on one spurious verse that does not even mean what it is said to mean. I will address this verse in the body of this argument, really there is only an need to challenge the Acts 9 dispensationalism argument against the continuation of the gifts.)

Firstly, I want to give a brief historical reason for the opposition to the gifts. In the early 1900’s and after the Azusa Street revival, fundamentalists who had built their “Fundamentals of the Christian Faith” in response to the liberal theories of Biblical interpretation of the original languages, were concerned with some excesses and abuses of the gifts. Similar to what is happening today in some of the so-called revivals that are happening in various areas here in North America, Pensacola, Toronto, and Southern Florida, unbiblical excesses were rampant in some that came out of that revival. However, the recoiling into totally rejecting the Spiritual giftings was just as unbiblical as the excesses that caused the fundamentalists of that day-even to the coming down to today-was just as reprehensible.

Some of the loudest fundamentalist voices would make outrageous statements in regards to the gifts, some were still being taught when I attended a fundamentalist Independent Baptist Church. One example was, “If Jesus is still healing, why are not they going into the hospitals and emptying them?”
Of course, for those who so loved the Bible, and claim they know it better than anyone else, to make an unbiblical and unsupported statement like that was either purely rhetorical or was steeped in biblical ignorance, for JESUS DID NOT HEAL EVERYONE. In fact, he only healed ONE man at the pool of Bethesda.

I could go into the excesses and misinterpretations of some in the Gifts movement, but that is not in the scope of this argument.

With this light history in mind, I will now delve into why the Spiritual giftings have not ceased.

I will go into 3 areas of proof.
1.Biblical- I will list scripture that proves the giftings are for today, and in some cases show why the fundamentalist views on them have no bearing logically nor contextually.
2.Historical- I will show how differing giftings were associated throughout Christian history, focusing on different revivals.
3.Modern- I will show through those living today, how giftings have effected their lives.

Biblical evidence of gifts for today

I want to say this before I get started. The Holy Spirit is the producer of these gifts. Those who say that people who speak in tongues are demon possessed are seriously getting close to what Jesus warned the Pharisee’s about when they claimed he was casting our demons by the power of Beelzebub. That would be blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Paul stated in one of your proof-texts 1 Cor. 14

39Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

Which of course is well after Acts 9 AND after the Holy Spirit chose Paul and Barnabas to be APOSTLES to the gentiles (some forget that Barnabas was also AN APOSTLE).

One of the verses that is glossed over by fundamentalists is Acts 19. Here we find some Christians who were converted under the preaching of Apollos. This was something that always bothered me even when I was a cessationist myself. It is an out of place artifact, something that just did not fit into my nice little fundamentalist box. It was not preached on, for it through a wrench in the works of cessationist fundamentalist dispensationalism. They were BAPTIZED INTO THE HOLY SPIRIT AND SPOKE IN TONGUES. It didn’t fit the predetermined idea, so it was glossed over.

The KEY verses for cessationists is 1 Corinthians 13:9&10:

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

The cessationist takes this to mean the closing of the cannon of scripture. This is very reaching to conclude , in fact there is no evidence for it to mean that, except for forcing a meaning to prove another point.
“For we know in part” has biblical evidence to mean now, today, and in part of the future. In fact contextually speaking Paul addresses the WHEN of what is perfect in verse 12.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

We are not currently face to face with Jesus, that will be a future time for us, when we will KNOW those secret things of God that we are not capable of handling today.

Tony Warren, a cessationist, shows this argument is not valid:

A question that is frequently asked by Christians is, “how are we to understand the passages of 1st Corinthians 13:8-13.” Theologians over the years have answered this query in many different ways. Some say that it means miracles ceased when the Bible was completed. The conclusion that miracles ceased at the close of Holy Canon I do not deny, but I do not believe that these verses prove that. These passages declare, “that which is in part” shall be done away with. This is identified by God as knowledge and prophecy (1st Corinthians 13:10). Thus, that which is perfect cannot refer to the written word being complete, because Holy Canon has been complete nearly 2000 years, yet we still have imperfect or “partial knowledge.” And that this “partial knowledge” would cease, is a requirement for that which is perfect to come. It would seem then impossible for these passages to mean that the perfect coming is the completion of the Bible. For we still have knowledge in part. We grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2nd Peter 3:18), but we do not yet have complete knowledge. Else we wouldn’t be continuing to grow in knowledge.

See whole of his argument at this web address: mountainretreatorg.net

Paul uses a lot of ink to address the proper use of the Spiritual giftings in 1 Corinthians. This would be wasted space for God to have Paul write about if in just a few years these gifts would cease. Then, like today those gifts were being abused and some were claiming to have the gift of tongues more than others. Yet he chose to argue that the Holy Spirit gives certain people some gifts, some he gives others, if everyone has the same gift, Paul likens that to all the body being a hand. It would be an odd person to just be a hand, in fact it would be a dead person for there would be no heart nor lungs to give the blood life. This is one of the areas I mean when I say the gifts were abused.

Throughout Acts, and well past Acts 9 we find SOME who receive the gift of tongues at their conversion when they receive the Infilling of the Holy Spirit, in Acts 19 we find those who were saved, but had not YET received the infilling of the Holy Spirit speak in tongues when the Holy Spirit filled them. This is A gift of the Holy Spirit to some. It is the one that seems to be more outward than say healing or prophesying as an evidence of this filling, so I think it is used as an example of the Holy Spirits filling believers with his power. Never do we find a person who is filled, who does not receive a gift. I know my Pentecostal brethern teach that all should receive the gift of tongues when the Holy Spirit fills (as opposed to the earnest gift of the Holy Spirit all receive at the moment of Salvation, there is a distinction between that and being filled with the Holy Spirit.) a person.

These tongues were UNKNOWN to those who received them, in fact Paul states they are unproductive to those who use them if there is no interpreter present. Some argue that these unknown tongues or languages are KNOWN languages of that day. In other words, they were HUMAN languages that were extant to the time. They base this on the Day of Pentecost message that Peter and the other disciples preached, and which those hearing heard in the list of languages that Acts 2: (I am using the NIV hear as it uses “languages” instead of “tongues” (I find it curious that the King James Only (Of which I am one) spend a lot of ink as to why this word is “language”, which of course it means mens languages as the context states it does, not all tongues are men’s, 1 Corinthians 13 has a proof texts that Angels have a language and men can speak it, though without understanding.) Here is the list of languages in Acts 2:

5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11(both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

NOTE WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT SAY’S IN VERSE 6: When they heard this sound. NOT “when they heard this speaking”. The Holy Spirit calls it a “sound”, then HE, the Holy Spirit made all of them hear in their own native languages, what Peter was saying in Aramaic or Hebrew. The Holy Spirit gave them the gift of HEARING in tongues, you could say.

Some argue that Paul knew many languages, and this is what was being talked about, but that would be a logical non-sequitur and would be a pre-text, not in context to what Paul is addressing in 1 Corinthians. If a language is KNOWN, it cannot be at the same time UNKNOWN. In fact, Paul blows this idea out of the water by stating this:

1 Cor. 14:2For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him;

NO MAN, means NO ONE of ANY KNOWN LANGUAGE.

I was going to bring you a study of Gifts Throughout Church History, however, I have found that Mel Montgomery has done an excellent work on this subject that I cannot even touch. Please follow the link to Mel’s Study.
(I will continue with proof 3 later)

Being A Christian Isn’t Easy

I do not know how the myth was arrived at that all your troubles would vanish away the moment you accept Christ. This is SO far from the truth that it makes one laugh.

Hebrews 11:37 states of those of faith “….they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, they were tempted, they were slain…”

It is absolutely NOT a crutch religion, for that would make life nice and safe, however, we have an adversary, as 1 Peter 5:19 describes:

“Your adversary the Devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Now, I will say this, actually I am issuing a warning, about some who claim Christianity, if your life NEVER seems to have opposition, then your enemy must not be too worried about you and what you are doing for Jesus. If you actually do submit your life to Christ, then you will find “in this life you will have trouble”. Your family will come under attack, some friends might leave you, even some family members might abandon you. But, that is OK, for you will have “one who sticks closer than a brother”, at your side.

There are some speaking today in a group called the Emergent Church, who are speaking lies in hypocrisy. One such is the Pastor of Solomon’s Porch in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Doug Paggit. In this interview we hear him saying what seems ALL will eventually make it to heaven. This in DIRECT opposition to the one whom he claims as savior said, in Matthew 7:13:

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:”

He does not believe in Heaven. He equates all religions as viable, however Jesus stated in John 14:6:

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

The reason I am stating this is because if you oppose this modern, Laodician church age in which people do not want to hear that God will hold them accountable for their actions, and beliefs, by finding those who teach what they “FEEL” God should be like. They are creating a god in their image and after their likeness, which is idolatry, and God will not hold them guiltless.

The indication of what Jesus said is EXCLUSIVE, in that there will NOT be many who find the way to salvation. This is one of his, so called, “hard sayings”.

We are in the “People Choose” age, where the Bible is condemned, condensed, contaminated and co-opted. In which all those parts that make people feel bad are thrown out, never preached on, and are condemned by liberal theologians. It has been called a “Hate” book by Jesus Seminar’s John Shelby Spong because it condemns homosexuals who do not repent of that sin to the lake of fire. Actually Spong hates it so much he removed it’s LOVING warnings to adulterers, homosexuals, liars and murderers, from it’s text. In Fact, since Spong has removed warnings from the Bible, the Book of Revelation states he will be condemned:

Revelation 22:
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Before you spout the often liberally spouted: “judge not” misquote, I am letting you know this, God has sent prophets to WARN of the impending judgment of Almighty God. He has also given us HIS word of those warnings as well. If a person does what the Bible states emphatically NOT to do, they will receive in themselves the condemnation that God has warned them about. It is a dangerous thing to call what God condemns as sin, as not sin. You make yourself an enemy of God when you do so. I don’t care if it makes you feel good inside to justify sin in your heart, God WILL NOT BE MOCKED, and there is a lot of mocking going on in our western culture.

If you do not repent of your sin, and your toying with sin, and your mocking of God, you will be judged by Jesus, you will be found wanting, and you will be tossed into the Lake which burns with fire for eternity. It will NOT be his fault that you are placed there, it will be YOU, and YOU alone who made that decision. Put another way, in American Jurisprudence, and American Law, you can be put to death for spying, if you CHOOSE to spy, and you are condemned as a spy and you are put to death, it is YOU and YOU alone that is the cause of your death. You knew before you did it what the consequences would be if you were caught. It does not matter WHY you chose to do it, even if you DISAGREE with the government on that secret, you will still bear the consequences of YOUR action. The same is true with God, he warned you, you chose to disbelieve him, so it is NOT HIM to blame for what happens if you disbelieve his warning. Because he carries out the sentence that he warned you about before hand, it is still YOUR fault you will go where you go.

May God give you eyes to see and ears to hear.

Israel Brings Out the Racism of the Left * Update @ Bottom

I love it when Israel defends herself. It brings the racist liberal majority out of the woodwork. Today I was listening to a Wisconsin Public Radio show and ALL of the liberals were against Israel. Some facts that were not brought up.

American Terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorhne are behind the “Flotilla” http://forum.starnewsonline.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1310&p=11362

The 10 year “Cooling Down” that the Hamas supporting first guest talked about is to allow Hamas to have open borders, mainly to rearm against Israel.

Hamas continues to shoot missiles into Israel.

Israel closed the border due to homicide bombers coming into Israel and blowing themselves up for maximum damage to civilians and tourists.

Two Israeli airplanes were shot at TODAY.

Israelis and Christians were not the religion of the terrorists who flew the airliners that flew into OUR U.S. buildings, that beheaded Daniel Pearl (a liberal reporter, to bad he was of the race liberals hate), Paul Johnson, 10 Philippine Marines who were trying to free a Priest, Aasiya Zubair Hassan. I could go on and on. You liberals have got a screw loose in your cognitive machine. If it were not for the fact that your beliefs are so dangerous, I would just go by you like I do with those with the Obama stickers and just shake my head in pity.

What I cannot for the life of me understand is this, how can those who call themselves Jews support administration after administration here in the United States who do not support Israel? It makes no sense. Why would you vote for someone who puts your people at a disadvantage?

HELEN THOMAS PROVES THE TRUTH OF THIS BLOG

She says the Jews should go back to Germany where 6 million of them were killed. Please read the linked article and watch the imbedded video there. Likely she will NOT face ANY sanctions for her racism:

Helen Thomas: Jews Should Go Back to ‘Germany’ or ‘Poland’ and ‘Get the Hell Out of Palestine’

Ari Fleischer (Former Bush administration Press Secretary) is calling for Hearst Newspapers to fire her.

The fact that she even said this shows the left have a hatred for other races. What is even more insidious is the fact that the “press” has convinced blacks and Hispanics and poor whites they are their friends. There are MANY blacks that are living in squaller in inner cities that live in fear every day of being gunned down in drug violence, yet every election they are bussed into polling places to vote for liberals who TALK about helping them, WHEN WILL THE HELP COME? The same can be said for poor whites and Hispanics. There are more people killed in these populations than in Afghanistan and Iraq combined every year, yet the LOVING LIBERALS that they elect DO NOTHING TO STOP IT!
People like Helen Thomas who are in the press ARE THEIR ENEMIES the problem is they don’t realize it.

Why the Climate Change Hoax?

By now you know that the whole climate change thing was a ruse. The question is WHY did they do it. Distort and manipulate data to come out with a desired outcome. (Like the word play there?) What would be their motivations? Obviously money is involved in their motivations, perhaps fame, now, it seems infamy. Yet the some in the WILLING press still are saying MAN-MADE global warming is still real. And some in Congress are still pushing taxes as the answer to stop what is NOT a threat.

So what is the reason that a certain TYPE of person would manipulate, and the same TYPE of person would push, and the same TYPE of person would accept that which is NOT TRUE? And what would cause them to still push it when the fraud was found out?

This is an intriguing set of questions. One which I think I have found through reading a book that is over 50 years old. It is called Miracles by C. S. Lewis . In the first chapter he describes, in a cogent manner, the two opposing views of naturalism and supernaturalism. Basically the naturalist believes that all things consist and depend upon another, that all events are a result of the whole of nature, and that there really is no “Free Will” because “Nature” plods along and causes the results that we now find ourselves in, therefore “Nature” causes us to choose what we choose. He also explains that if there are “gods” like those of the Romans, they would also be INSIDE of nature, because they were made gods after nature existed, they use (manipulate) natural forces like lightening, earthquakes, etc., just like we manipulate the same electrons to produce radio signals. On the other hand, Supernaturalism, has something, some first cause, that is outside of naturalism, which can bring into naturalism things that would manipulate nature itself, although this “something” created all the laws of nature, it could cause a temporary change to it.

While thinking on these things it dawned on me why the naturalists who DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE MANIPULATION of “nature” are pushing the fraud of Man-made Global Warming.

It is NOT just about the money, although that is a big part of it. It is about the continuing of the bigger fraud of naturalism. Most of the LIBERAL atheistic scientists and philosophers who are doing their best to disprove something that cannot with empirical science be dis-proven seem to be socialistic in their political views. Therefore they are ANTI-Capitalism. Yet capitalism is where the real money is made. These scientists are AT THE MERCY of capitalism in order to gain grants to support their work at their tenured Universities. Because so many of these tenured professorships are filled with those who hate God, freedom and capitalism, they teach with that world-view and are filling corporations with brainwashed liberals who further support their favorite professors with endowments.

Unfortunately for these naturalists, every time socialism is tried, it fails financially, yet succeeds in bringing those who had freedom into bondage. We could go into the failure of the USSR, North Korea, and China of the last century. With the exception of North Korea, the other communist countries either failed or moved away from communism towards a more capitalist economic strategy. Europe, which blossomed after WW2 moved towards socialism and as we see now, the EU is suffering from an implosion of debt that is caused by it.

So, with that in mind, why was the fraud perpetrated? Since universities depend on public funding for their survival, and since they are anti-capitalist in make-up of their faculties, and since many feel the crunch from boycotts from time to time due to economic downturns or because corporations find they cannot support the anti-capitalist nature of some universities, a plan had to be put in place to manipulate governments to tax businesses to help fund those socialist universities. Thus the idea to manipulate data on climate, to make it a crisis. Thus the Carbon Tax on all businesses, and in turn governments would fund “research” that would curb the “man-made” global warming.

Remember these two quotes:

Follow the money trail.
If it is complicated, there is a buck in it.

Why did these scientists manipulate the data? When you pull the onion back to the basic core, it is because they hate God. They see no problem using fraud to further that hate. They also know that most people do not have their world view, therefore it is O K in their minds to commit fraud for the furtherance of their cause. They use the fruits of that fraud to corrupt the minds of their students against an understanding that there is indeed a “first cause”. Unfortunately for them, they are being manipulated themselves by the god of this world. They are “enlightened” by the one who appears as an angel of light. Thinking they are free from the reigns of the God of the Universe, and can do what they please, they have instead stepped into the trap that was set for them, and have become slaves to deceit, and have learned that deceit is the way to get what they want.

This or That

God has been guiding me into a much deeper place in Him.

Even as I type this I am having trouble expressing what I mean by that. I tend to get right to the point in whatever I write, but am trying to give more than “just the facts, ma’am”. So I hope you can bear with me on this excursion into a more meaningful discourse. I hope I don’t bore you!

For most of my life I have tried to research things before I make a decision on it. At that point I would be like a man whose feet are in hardened concrete, no swaying, no turning, no straying from that belief. I guess in some instances this is the right way to think of things. Do research, come to a conclusion, live by that decision. However, in some areas, this is a very narrow way of being. God has shown me this just recently. It is causing me to question myself.

What I am NOT saying is to have a feeling and go with it without researching if those feelings are valid or not. I know people can’t help how they feel, but if you base your belief system on feelings instead of facts, that will lead you down a very wicked and illogical path.

However, basing your actions only on the cold hard facts leads you into a rigid, unfeeling life. And this is exactly where God has been leading me lately. Facing the other side of belief.

It started a couple of weeks ago when I was praying for my lovely wife. She was going through a tough time in her faith, due to our having less funds because I have been working in the construction field and have taken a large pay cut. That and the fact that bad weather means I don’t work, has really taken a toll on our finances. I am also looking for a job that will get us into a better financial place. What intrigued me about her is the fact that God has come through financially in miraculous ways for us this year, so I prayed for her, that God would come through again.

Then God said, “Do you want me to come through for her faith of yours?” It was a hard question for me to face. Facts state that He is a good father because His past actions showed Him faithful. Yet, when He asked me I felt a tinge of a lack of faith. I have been faced with many more of these questions for the last few weeks. It seems I have discovered a coin CAN and DOES have two sides.

I am faced with a new life now. One that is going to be much more intriguing. One of questions instead of facts. Questions like:

Do I really believe this?
Why do I believe this?
Why do I do this?
What could be the outcome for others?
Do I pray this to manipulate God?
Do I pray this to manipulate others?
Am I a good man, father, friend?

Where do I go from here? Do I remain the same? Will I be able to change? Am I capable of changing? These are the questions I have been asking of late. All because God asked me what my motives were when I prayed for someone else! ?

Fallen and Domesticated

Ranchers have long known that castrating a bull would tame it.  As you may have read in “God Loves Wild Men” you know that God created us in a wilderness- wild, unharnessed, dangerous. However, we lost that aspect of our lives-though it still lurks under the surface- in the fall.  Before sin entered the picture, man was in total control of the animal and plant kingdoms, nothing was held back from him.  But he lost it.  He was tamed.

In our lives we are now controlled by our emotions- pride, jealousies, weakness.  Almost immediately after the sin of Adam, we find that God’s warning was indeed true, that man was now finite, and could die. But this was a brutal case of sibling killing, in which blood was spilled, and God states that blood cried out, cursing the ground even more than it had already been.

Man also started forsaking the wilderness for living together in a great city, and with that, their ideas and knowledge became corrupted, so much so that God stated,

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Gen 6:5

How far had man fallen from his former self- one of communion with the Creator/Father God.  A communion where God initiated the relationship, where God’s voice (Jesus) walked in the garden with open communication with Adam.  He had everything he could ever desire, until a serpent planted a seed of doubt about God’s truthfulness in Adam and Eve’s heart.  A deceiver, the first liar!

The taming of man had begun.

As men, we KNOW there is more to life than we are living now.  It is “common” to all of us.  We are told not to covet, desiring that which is someone else’s.  Why?  Because it is a false desire, it is a conquering that leaves the pursuer unfulfilled and desiring more.  God knows that it is an empty pursuit, because he knows what we need.  We need what he originally gave us, and we willingly gave up.  Fellowship and adventure rolled up into one.  Now we are nomads in search of that elusive Oasis of cool water, date palms, and gentle winds.  It is always just a little further than we are able to grasp.

Even as we do come into right relationship and fellowship with Father God through the sacrifice of his Son Jesus, we still tend to feel something is just not right.  Though it is a little closer.  We get there by realizing we don’t measure up to God’s standard, and he lifts us up.  But we are still a “little” lower than we should be.  We still long for that home where the Wild Man is free to be whom he was meant to be.  What we come to realize is this place we are living looks like home for the most part, but there is something out of place- something is askew- something is missing, but it is hard to put our finger on just what that is.  It seems that this place is cursed (it is) and we just can’t seem to fix it.

We want adventure, but we have been domesticated.  We want to run and not be weary, but we are exhausted by life.  We want freedom, but we settle for security.  Why?

Even our church experience has become dull.  We sit through sermon after sermon and our minds wander.  We settle for traditionalism over trailblazing, for law keeping over freedom in Christ, for busyness over creating.  We are very busy, but what are we busy about?  Every day we go to the same old job, and come back to the same old home and watch the same old thing and go to bed at the same old time, to do the same old thing tomorrow.  It is torturous, it is mundane, and it is killing us- well most of us.  Some have escaped this “rat race”.

Why do you think you have Billy Joel singing, “I would rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints, the sinners are much more fun”?  Because it is the truth, we have lost our way, we have made the wild to be tame.  It was the same when Jesus walked the earth, the tame, “educated” religionists did not know what to do with John the “Wild Man by the Jordan”!  They were accustomed to being looked up to, to being respected in their position, but this guy was calling them snakes, and worse yet he was instilling this in the hearts of those who followed him, he ate bugs for crying out loud, he was, well, WILD.

But John the Baptist communed with God—-IN THE WILDERNESS.  He had found what he was looking for, and he was happy and comfortable in it!  He wasn’t perfect, but he was doing what made him happy.

There are others who have found it as well; Samson (at least for a while); Elisha; Joseph; Daniel.  And more recently; Jonathan Edwards; the Wesley brothers; William Boothe; Bonhoeffer, C.S. Lewis; Watchman Nee and Witness Nee; John Eldredge.

The interesting thing is this, none of these men were or are, extraordinary-  they are common folk who have listened to the instructions on how to get back to where man had fallen from.  None of them are perfect, but they are good at listening to the call of the shepherd.  Jesus said, “My sheep KNOW my voice”.  They willingly sacrificed the ordinary, to be able to throw off the shackles of the mundane, to break out of the pin, and run wild!

Domestication is for farm animals, we know it, we don’t like it, but we maintain a heard mentality, because of FEAR.  It is a shame that we fear to capture- no- recapture the FREEDOM we once had.  And Church does not help us to recapture it either in many instances. In many cases it helps to ensnare instead of set free.  The Bible says, “Those whom the Son sets free, is free indeed.”  Who in their right mind, would want to endure that for eternity?  The world THINKS that they will be the ones partying, while the saints will be bored out of their minds!  Why?  That is what the Church is portraying for them in most cases- Pure Domestication Indoctrination!  But it is a FALSE picture, WE WILL BE AT THE PARTY-THE WEDDING FEAST OF THE LAMB-WHERE THE FATTED CALF WILL BE SERVED!  We need to LIVE and BREATH in the Freedom that this encapsulates.  We, AS THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD, need to learn to LIVE, and invite others to enjoy real freedom.

You CAN be free, but you must choose to be.