Have you noticed that the Christian Church has changed to imitate the protocols and methods of the world? More and more churches are seeking Pastors with Masters and Doctorate degrees. They are more concerned about the prospective pastor’s credentials than they are about his morals and his salvation. Some even set the pastor’s salary according to what level of education he has achieved. This is worldly and has no foundation in Holy Scripture. THIS IS NOT OF GOD!
Education is good. We should get as much education as we can afford or that is afforded to us. The more tools and skills that we have to use for the work of the kingdom of God the better. BUT DON’T GET IT TWISTED! We cannot qualify or certify to be God’s Preacher and Servant through Bible Colleges or Seminaries. God is not impressed with your diplomas, degrees, certificates or any such man contrived prerequisites.
You must first have heard and believed the TRUE Gospel of Salvation through Yehowshua HaMashiach – Jesus the Christ). ( Mark 1:15)
You must be born-again of the water and of the Spirit according to the scriptures. (John 3:3-7 and Acts 2:38)
You must spend time in the presence of GOD and with the Messiah – God’s Living Word.
You must wait to be sent by God and not by man’s institutions of religious organizations. (Romans 10:15)
Then you must go forth in the assurance and power of the Holy Ghost – being led by the Spirit and not by the flesh. (Acts 20:28)
These five points do not take the place of an education but place education in its rightful place.
The Authorities of the Christian religion are so very sure of themselves with regards to knowing what is sin and what isn’t and who is anointed and who isn’t that many of them question and openly challenge the authority of a divinely sent messenger of God and his right, power and authority to speak as God’s AMBASSADOR.
Based upon their own humanly contrived theologies, traditions , fabricated suppositions and prerequisites and credentialing policies – which have no basis in HOLY SCRIPTURE nor is sanctioned by Yehowshua or His Apostles – many deceived, arrogant and self-assured “Christian Leaders” have challenged and disqualified the ones whom Yahweh has sent unto them.
They are the Pharisees of contemporary Christianity and the watchdogs of their denominations’ pulpits and churches.
But this is not a surprise to the saint’s of GOD. Christ told us to expect this for if they persecuted the head of the house, they will also persecute its members. (Matthew 10:25 and 2 Timothy 4:3)
Yehowshua’s (Jesus’) divine authority was challenged by the religious leaders in Matthew 21:23-27.
And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”
Jesus replied,“I have a question for you. If you tell me the answer, I’ll tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things.Where did John get his authority to baptize? Did he get it from heaven or from humans?”
They argued among themselves, “If we say ‘from heaven,’ he’ll say to us, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But we can’t say ‘from humans’ because we’re afraid of the crowd, since everyone thinks John was a prophet.” Then they replied, “We don’t know.”
Jesus also said to them, “Neither will I tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things.
Every since the beginning, The Messiah and those who genuinely follow and obey The Messiah, have defied the established religious institutions and their authorities and stood boldly in the AUTHORITY and POWER of THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE of Yehowshua HaMashiach (Jesus The Christ). They boldly and upon threat of torture, death and excommunication, preached, taught, evangelized and baptized without any human agency’s approval, license, ordination or sanction. And because of their HOLY BOLDNESS and defiant disregard for the religious authorities of the traditional mainstream religion, the religious powers sought to silence, persecute, torture and kill all saints of the ALMIGHTY YAHWEH who held to the gospel and name of CHRIST. (Acts 4:18)
There is nothing new under the sun. Many mainstream Christian religious authorities are still persecuting, excommunicating, torturing, murdering and threatening the God-sent messengers of Yahweh today. Ambassadors of Christ are still having their divine authority questioned, ridiculed, challenged and their divine power diminished by the wicked ones. (Mark 6:5)
Many messengers of FATHER GOD endure having their divine authority challenged, questioned and dismissed as lacking in merit because they don’t comply with or meet some arbitrary and humanly contrived prerequisites for Preaching and Pastoring in the churches and Christian organizations of the lost and deceived.
Please don’t get it twisted. God never sends His Shepherds to pastor in the churches of Satan. God never sends His Shepherds to pastor goats but sheep. Therefore, if the goats are butting (challenging/questioning/ doubting/disqualifying and dismissing ) the saintly and divine authority that we received from Christ through His Spirit, they have not injured us but themselves and have counted themselves unworthy of Christ and salvation. (Luke 10:16 and Matthew 22:9)
For them (The Pharisees of Contemporary Christianity and Professional Pastors) it is not about being genuinely saved in accordance with HOLY SCRIPTURE and being authentically sent by FATHER YHVH with HIS divine message of salvation but it is about conforming to their perverted and preconceived Protestant denominational and/or Catholic philosophies or doctrines whereby one may be sanctioned by their religious agencies to serve in their agency’s churches and organizations as an organizationally sanctioned, licensed and/or ordained Pastor, Preacher, Elder, Bishop, Minister, Deacon¸ Reverend, Evangelist or some other ecclesiastical title and position.
Mankind and her Christian Religious Sects and Denominations Have Assumed Divine Prerogative and Have Set themselves up as judge and LORD over authorizing Ambassadors and Messengers for CHRIST in their houses of worship. But YHVH Has Not Commanded nor Authorized Them To Do So.
BECAUSE OF THIS PERVERSION, MANY ARE CHURCH AUTHORIZED, CHURCH LICENSED AND CHURCH ORDAINED BUT STILL ARE A CHILD OF HELL.
Personally, this is proof positive that what folks habitually and traditionally refer to as the “Christian church” isn’t the Body of Christ at all but the religious institution of man. (Matthew 7:21-23)
Today it is common place to challenge and question GOD’S Messengers by asking them where were they licensed and ordained or who licensed them and ordained them or from where did they receive their credentials and/or titles and “By what authority are they doing these things and who gave them this authority?”
The pharisees and religious bigots are not questioning our salvation or our veracity and commitment to the authentic doctrine of Christ and His Apostles. To the contrary. They are examining our conformity to their doctrines and assessing whether or not we hold suitable ordinations and human credentials. (2 John 1:10)
This brazen disrespect for the authority of GOD has only resulted in the demise and downfall of the CHRISTIAN FAITH whereby the saints who were sent to deliver the final warning before Christ’s return were not heard or given space to be heard because they were not of this world or its mainstream Christian belief system but of Yehowshua and the authentic HOLY SPIRIT. (John 15:19)
We are of the Ruach HaKodesh (HOLY SPIRIT) as opposed to the counterfeit spirit of holiness that we see DEMON–strated in places of Christian worship all over the world.
I strongly suggest and urge that everyone please examine and search the HOLY Scriptures for yourselves for they point to CHRIST and not to Christian Religions or denominational or Catholic authorities. (John 5:39)
I also urge everyone to please change their ways, REPENT and HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING UNTO THE EKKLESIA OF CHRIST AND THOSE WHO EARNESTLY SEEK TO BE SAVED.
TRUE AUTHORITY AND POWER ONLY COMES FROM GOD THROUGH CHRIST.
OBEY ACTS 2:38 AND ENTER INTO THE EKKLESIA OF THE LORD.
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Ok, let’s examine how some confusing stuff gets started.
One day you are just minding your own business and somebody comes along and says that you look like an evangelist or a preacher.
Now you know that you are not saved. You know that you have not been born of the water and of the Spirit as Christ commanded in his discourse with Nicodemus. You know in your inner most soul that you are not sent by God to say anything on God’s behalf. You know that you have not spent any significant quality time with God and you know that the only thing that you know about God is what you heard from someone else.
But since folks are saying that you look like a preacher or an evangelist, you start claiming the title for yourself.
Now because folks have said that you look the part you begin to associate the part with the way that you look instead of with genuine salvation and re-birth.
In addition, the media and entertainment beasts have propagandized preachers and evangelists in ways that makes one think that all preachers and evangelists must look like the ones on television or in the movies. And all of these fictitious characters become preachers and evangelists without ever being born again of the water and of the Holy Spirit. (John 3:3-7 and Acts 2:37-42)
Our whole focus is on looking the part, sounding the part and acting the part. It is all about playing a role for the very ones who placed you in the role to begin with. It is not about being called, anointed empowered and sent by God. It is not about authentic substance and character but about satisfying the prejudice expectations of those who presume to know what an evangelist or preacher should look like. Umm?
The devil has cleverly painted an image of what a preacher or evangelist should look like in our minds and many of us have bought into that stereotyped and propagandized imagery of Christian ministry – playing the role, dressing the part and reciting the prescribed script expected of us.
We need to remember that Jesus didn’t come imitating the Pharisees. Christ and his Apostles didn’t take on an image whereby anyone could tell who they were and what their ecclesiastical titles were just by looking at them. They were never burdened with trying to fit into an evil world’s prescribed roles for them or with trying to accommodate societal expectations of them or with trying to emulate some fabricated imagery of who they should be.
They were persecuted and some were tortured and murdered because they didn’t conform to what the world and her religious leaders thought that they should be.
Christ was even numbered among gluttons, sinners and drunkards. (Matthew 11:19)
From a totally Christian perspective, it is alright not to fit in with everything and everybody else that may call themselves Christian.
Just be who God called you to be and be like God called you to be. You don’t need to impress anyone or prove to anyone who you are in Christ. Just keep it real.
We need to remember that we are different by re-birth and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We should not be made ashamed of our divine uniqueness. And just because we all don’t look like what some people think that we should look like, we are no less Kingdom Children and we are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are a chosen race who serve as Priests for The Kingdom, a holy people, a redeemed assembly; boldly proclaiming the praises of him who called us from darkness into his excellent light.
Therefore, we “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but are transformed by the renewing of our minds. Thus we are able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
The sad truth is that many Pastors, Bishops, Elders, ministers, preachers and evangelist along with many professed Christians will go to Hell. They will be damned because they will not hear what the Holy Spirit is saying and teaching and they will not repent. It is more important for them to be right and justified in their own minds and in the sight of their fellow man than for them to stand corrected in the sight of Almighty God.
Don’t allow your pride and the embarrassment, shame and humiliation at being rebuked keep you out of Heaven. We all need to make serious adjustments from time to time.
No one is 100% correct but God.
Stay humble my friends!
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“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” ~ Matthew 5:10-12
Have you ever noticed that God’s Way and his choices in leadership and messengers aren’t subject to man’s scrutiny or assessment? God doesn’t subject Himself or His decisions to the wisdom of man. GOD Is GOD ALONE!
Often God’s chosen and sent emissaries are rejected by the world and its systems of organized religions and Christian churches. Often God’s true servants must stand alone, preach alone and endure a very lonely life.
Look at Jesus’ earthly minister. He was not supported or endorsed by any mainstream religious sect or organization (denomination). To the contrary, because he preached differently from the recognized Jewish religious organizations and was not sanctioned by them nor did he submit himself or his message to them for their examination and approval, he was ostracized, ridiculed and marked for destruction and death by them.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
~ Isaiah 53:3-5 ~
If you aren’t a part of the good old boys network and if you don’t play politics and kiss butt and pay monetary tributes and give praises to certain persons who deem themselves entitled to decide your fate in ministry, you will be ostracized, ridiculed, despised and rejected by men and marked for destruction and death by them.
You will often stand alone! But be encouraged because you are not alone. Rejoice! You are in the divine fraternity of God-sent messengers who were also rejected and despised by men but remembered by God.
It is disturbing to think that folks will ridicule and ostracize us if we say that we don’t like Tyler Perry’s movies, plays and television shows because of some of his questionable Christian themes, messages and views. It is unsettling to think that some people will think negatively of us if we dare to voice that we can’t stand Denzel Washington or George Clooney or that we don’t like gangster rap music or the music or Celine Dion, Frank Sinatra, Beyoncé Knowles, Bobby Jones Gospel or Yolanda Adams. It is frightening to think that some folks will seek to do us harm is we dare call T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen or some other preacher a false prophet.
Yet these same condemnatory folks will not ridicule, criticize or ostracize those folks who dare say that God is wrong for condemning homosexuality. These same censorious individuals withhold condemnation from those who condemn God’s Word of righteousness, holiness and sexual purity.
Through their silence, these same disparaging spirits give consent and support to those who brazenly oppose God, redefine God’s institution of marriage and promote the legalization of sexual perversion.
These folks don’t belong to God. Their father is Satan and they rejoice in his desires.
Whereas everyone is entitled to various tastes in actors, singers and artists, there is but One choice for Eternal Salvation—Christ Jesus—The WORD of God!
God’s Way Is The Only Way. And anyone who dares to oppose God’s Eternal Moral Law must be exposed, admonished, rebuked and challenged to repent.
It is easy to go along with the popular trends and keep silent in the face of moral controversy but authentic children of Yahweh will always speak out and stand up for Father God and His righteousness.
For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. ~ Luke 9:26
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21-23)
“In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:9)
I was wondering has anybody noticed that many of today’s “churches” and “Pastors” aren’t what God ordained but what religion created.
I am baffled at some of the things that are being done and celebrated in the name of Christ but have nothing to do with Christ. (Matthew 7:21 & Matthew 15:9) Have you noticed the trend also? It has been going on in one way or another for generations.
Just the other day I was listening to a church announcement inviting everyone to a “Pastor and Co-pastor’s Pastoral Anniversary Celebration.” The event would last several days. The emphasis and focus were being placed on honoring the Pastor and his wife as “Pastor and Co-pastors” of a church – a phenomenon that was unheard of in the original Church of Christ and His Apostles.
The “Pastoral Anniversary Announcement” advertised that there would be several guest preachers for this celebratory event. All of the invited preachers are expected to bring an anniversary message that honors the honorees and their ministry. All attendee are expected to bring monetary offerings to celebrate the honorees. (((idolatry)))
Which one of Christ’s Apostles ever celebrated a pastoral anniversary? Which one of God’s New Testament Pastors/Bishops/Elders ever shared their pastoral call with his wife as “co-pastor?” And how would such a celebration serve the cause of the KINGDOM OF GOD and the SALVATION MESSAGE OF CHRIST?
The Apostles of Christ would rent their clothes and throw dust upon their heads at the notion of anyone celebrating /worshipping them (Acts 14:13-15). They would remind us that it is God’s power and the blood of Christ that sustains us, saves us, forgives us and ministers to us daily – not theirs. They are only men and as such should only be treated as men and not “celebrities” or “gods.”
How many actually see that many things called Christian aren’t Christian at all but anti-christian?
How many see how far we have wondered away from the TRUTH and embraced the lie?
How many see and understand that many of our so-called Christian churches, institutions and ministries have imitated the world’s way and dismissed God’s Way?
How many really see that the majority of so-called Christian churches have dismissed or perverted Christ’s message of salvation, sacrifice, suffering and holiness in favor of traditions and gospels of men?
How many of us have really taken notice that churches and pastors aren’t what God called them to be but what religion has created them to be?
We are living in the age of the prophetic. That is to say THE END-TIME where what was prophesied regarding man’s rebellion against God and His divine order is coming to pass in our lifetime. (Unlike what the false prophets call the prophetic) There is no time left. The kingdom of God is literally at hand. And it is the Kingdom message that I am totally concerned with. I sleep, eat, drink, talk, think, dream, walk the message of Repentance, Obedience and Submission. God is the BOSS. And I am happy to work for Him. There is nothing mankind can do for me that my God cannot supply. The Lord has provided and continues to provide.
I was once a slave to religion, denominationalism, theology, societal trends and political correctness. But I have been set free by the TRUTH. I am free and I am never going back into slavery again. Although my way may be rough, I have joy. Although my friends may be few, I have a better friend in Jesus. Although I live in poverty, I am rich in the Kingdom of God. I have the hope of eternal life in Christ Jesus because I do those things that please God and bring Him Glory. I have no love for the world for the love of the world is enmity against God. My eyes are cast toward Heaven where my treasures are stored.
I thirst but water doesn’t quench my thirst. I hunger but food doesn’t satisfy me. My flesh and my heart fail but medicine doesn’t revive me. God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.