Mad and furious !
Not towards anyone, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world – Ephesians 6:12, for manipulating the unsuspecting Christian leaders to blur the line between truth and falsehood. Taking advantage of the credibility the flock has for these leaders, they unintentionally mislead the flock, with all the seemingly biblical jargon. How manipulative, cunning and subtle is the devil’s schemes to steal, kill & destroy using something that sounds so right … something that pleases God.
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 NLT
Scheming to play with the word of God on gullible flock, the devil also exploits the influence, the position, the credibility of unsuspecting Christian leaders who are soft-hearted towards God’s Word, but not discerning. Taking advantage of our vulnerability, the greatest copycat steals the word of God for his manipulative and self-seeking agenda, kills the the trust and destroys relationships, but he cannot shake the vigilant righteous who set their firm foundation on the Rock.
TWILIGHT ZONE ?
Something bizarre happened to my laptop as i was all ready to write more about the above-mentioned about a week ago. 2 years ago, i replaced my “faulty” laptop keyboard. My ordered 2nd replacement keyboard was fixed yesterday, meaning, the current one is my 3rd keyboard, ever since i started YFBRC outreach.
Felt a strong resistance, stopping me from writing. It may seem like coming out from Twilight Zone. i, literally, saw this article being auto typed repeatedly & auto deleted non stop before my eyes. i swiftly switched off the computer. Thank God i saved them in other location. i used my phone notepad to write some of this article.
FAITH WITHOUT GOOD DEEDS IS DEAD
14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?
15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing,
16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
James 2:14-17 NLT
The devil messes up the mind of believers using the very Word of God. Yes, faith is that something that pleases God. Now, i am going to share with you how the devil can play around with faith; faith that has no divine wisdom, one that is disastrous and harmful. Understanding the word of God is all about reading within context.
FAITH WITHOUT DIVINE WISDOM IS DISASTROUS
It is irresponsible, dangerous and cultish to preach faith to convince or hook followers into doing something proven to be harmful to life. There is such a thing call COMMON SENSE, wisdom, a gift from God should prevail. Use it.
Faith pleases God,
but what kind of faith pleases Him?
My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.
Hang on to them,
Proverbs 3:21 NLT
Yes, faith pleases God, but what kind of faith pleases Him? Devil is the master of deception & confusion. Faith has been the tool used by the devil, subtly on some church leaders/ cults to manipulate the innocent flock. Faith is used frequently in the wrong context or situation. This faith is portrayed so harmless, and packaged in the most biblical way. It sounds so godly, so correct. But if you look deeper, between faith and common sense lies discernment. 3 gifts are from God. Let’s depend on the Holy Spirit to teach us, wise faith, equals discernment, not blind faith.
i am talking about any person who uses faith behind a pulpit to say it is ok to come to church, even when Covid-19 case indicator has broken earlier record many times from 1st wave and lockdown, is very disturbing. Otherwise, please attend church services as usual. Perhaps, a repentance is necessary ? No one is perfect, neither am i. We fall short of God’s glory and are in constant pursuit of His holiness & perfection.
YOU ARE NO LESSER A CHRISTIAN
i wrote and published HIS NAME IS ABOVE DISEASE on 2020/10/29 at 12:55 p.m.
Tolerance for pandemic severity has been shifted negatively. No lockdown when indicators now are showing worse than earlier lockdown. What is the church doing ? Are you going to be dictated by the world pattern ?
My frustration had already grown then when i asked this question,
What is the church doing ? Are you going to be dictated by the world pattern ?
The world is watching the church’s response. Will the church be responsible ? Forget about the world, God is watching Christians, that is more important. If you do not go to church during this time of pandemic, it does not make you a lesser Christian. Do not be deceived into believing you are incomplete if you do not attend church during this time ! Just for this difficult time when we cannot meet physically, we should make every effort to meet virtually. Use the technology, it is God’s gift !
WHO SAID YOU CANNOT JUDGE ?
This section is about understanding within context. Let’s zoom out. Just like faith, even though the fruit of the Holy Spirit sounds biblical, you must ask yourself,” What kind of love, patience, kindness, etc pleases God ?” Do not be easily carried away, swept away, smitten by the face value of someone’s biblical action, speech or idea. Jesus instructs us to judge beneath its surface,
Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.
John 7:24 NLT
His Father also said the same thing when choosing David,
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 NLT
So if you who have been taught Do Not Judge, please delete, erase and unlearn it from your memory. Under what circumstances did Jesus ask us not to judge ? Do your own research. i unlearn this years ago when i read the Word myself with the Holy Spirit as my Teacher. People confuse being destructively critical or condemning with judging. Every time, your mind forms an opinion, you are judging. Imaging a world without judges. If you have not been reading the Bible yourself, would it be possible all your decision that you have ever made, based on what you heard about biblical principle, could be erroneous. Tips of the iceberg ? Huh ?
Hear is another example of context. You are probably going to dispute with me with this verse about hearing,
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
Romans 10:17 NLT
GOSPEL MADE EASY
God always think about making the Gospel accessible to all, including the vast majority of the uneducated illiterate fishermen, farmers, during biblical time. Parables and analogies were used so that people can easily relate. Hearing was the simplest way they learned, besides seeing the miracles of God, NOT READING. Reading was for the elites of that time.
Since most of us can read nowadays, reading the Word of God requires you to understand the background and culture of biblical time. i do not claim i know all, but this is the approach i disciple and coach people to read the Word.
READ LIKE A BEREAN
You must read the Bible yourself, do not just quote others; dangerously, it can be a case of the blind following the blind, IF you do not read the Bible FOR yourself. Only yesterday, i discovered a false teaching from YOUTUBE. If i had not read the Word for myself, i would have been tricked into believing what the speaker said. It was obvious enough to raise my internal red flag because i read my Bible, what about those subtle and wrong teaching that may not be so obvious ? How dangerous it can be if someone have not read the Word himself/ herself ? Could you imagine young believers associate themselves with these false Christian teachings from the Internet ? He/ She would not even realise it. Can you not see that reading the Word for yourself is so, so important ? Do not believe and trust everything i write here, read like a Berean,
And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.
Acts 17:11 NLT
BE WISE, BE VIGILANT
i am well aware that those who teach are accountable to what they teach; teachers will receive heavier judgement -James 3:1. Teachers of the Word of God understood that they are putting themselves under the wrath of God, the risk of being judged heavily by God if they teach wrongly. They teach because they love the flock, and God sees their heart.
Nothing escape God’s attention,
even people’s intention.
Please stay safe, stay strong in this troubling time. A relationship with the Word promotes transformation. It is your only salvation.
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