Exposing falsehood within the churches does not cause ostensibly good people to find it harder to be Christians and, therefore, fall further away from god.
And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables. (John 2:15).
If exposing falsehood causes good people to fall away from God, then Jesus drove more people away from God then anyone. This notion that the truth drives good people away comes out of the house divided. If falsehood comes from Satan, how can exposing falsehood so people can move away from Satan make it harder for people to be Christians and, therefore, cause them to fall away from God?
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. (Matthew 12:25).
If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. (Luke 11:18).
Satan is not torn between right and wrong, good and evil. If a person falls away from God upon learning of falsehood within the churches (or within nations, cities, or families), then that person blamed God for the falsehoods of Satan. Rather than being glad that more truth of God has been revealed, he or she quits in disillusionment or slides back into complacency or a noncommittal false comfort zone. Doing that is lack of perseverance that is required of all Christians. It is, among other things, that which separates the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the tares.
Jesus came to divide the current world in order to save the sheep from the goats, thereby saving the world. The sheep will be divided from the goats, even when the sheep and goats currently attend the same church or live in the same country, city, or are members of the same flesh-and-blood family and even live under the same roof. The kingdom of sheep and the kingdom of goats are two different kingdoms and cannot remain standing in the same world. That kingdom shall be brought to desolation. It is irreparable, and the sheep will be raised up as the one kingdom.
Those who truly hear the truth know this and know that exposing falsehood only helps those who love the truth and wish to be closer to God. It is unsettling, just as Jesus unsettled the den of thieves in the temple building, which could not, and did not, stand. It is necessary that falsehood be exposed on this public level.
The truth will penetrate all barriers and all secrets. No government will keep out the light and survive. All governments that try will be torn down and will not be rebuilt ever again. The truth warns. It warned earlier. It is too late for the current system. It was too late before it started. People convert.
Hating falsehood at the national level is Christian. Hating falsehood at the level of the individual human being is also Christian. Taking pity upon the demon emotions that possess nations and individual people is to be tricked by evil. Do not take pity upon spirits such as cause people who profess Jesus to break his commandments and rather follow the commandments of men into greed, war, and other lusts. Have compassion on the ones possessed but not upon the evil that possesses them. The essence of evil deserves no mercy. It was never, is not, and never will be redeemable. Drive it out to stay by filling your heart with love. To take pity on unclean spirits is to open the gate of heaven to those unclean spirits to ruin everything. The real Christian will not baulk at this. They will understand that it is part of the separation of the goats from the sheep. Real Christians don't need comfortable lies in order to stay the path to God. Real Christians don't supply such false comfort to other ostensible Christians.
Explaining about the very essence of evil presents no pitfall. This is not to say that discretion is ill-advised. Jesus was exactly as discreet as he had to be so that the prophecy would be fulfilled.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. (Matthew 10:16).
But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Mark 13:11-13).
Therefore, no matter how wise or prudent you imagine yourself to have been, be now prepared for martyrdom and what otherwise would prove disappointing in your relatives and others were it not for what is told you by the Holy Spirit that explains why things are the way they are, have been, and will be. Also be prepared with understanding of liberty and the true liberalism to not confuse them with villainy, else then you really will present falsehood and pitfalls leading the gullible away from godliness.
For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. (Isaiah 32:6).
As has been discussed earlier, much of the confusion stems from a false interpretation about that to which Paul was referring when he wrote about liberty. It all must be kept within the whole context of the Gospel. Liberty is freedom from the domination of evil. It is also freedom from the bondage to human-only traditions (religious and otherwise) that run contrary to the precepts of God and cause or allow procrastination. The ritualistic, ceremonial cleaning does not remove demons. It was always symbolic of the contagious disease of selfishness and doubt.
Jesus didn't avoid speaking this truth. No doubt there were those who thought that by speaking such truths Jesus was causing people to fall away from God. Of course, they were wrong.
The real liberty is being free from superstitions. Food sacrificed to idols does not really do anything to the food substance. Idols have no power over the food. It only does something to the mind of those who partake of the superstition. Those who deliver it up to idols are deluded into thinking that such food is altered in some way, unless they covertly do some physical thing to the food. A believer cannot help even once in sacrificing to idols knowing that it has no effect upon the food without doing wrong. At the very least, such things facilitate the idol worshipping of others. It is misleading. Above all, God wants us to come to God, for that is goodness.
So when Paul wrote about being at liberty, he was not suggesting for a moment that all those who profess Jesus are given a license to do just anything they want just so long as those weaker in the perceived faith are not presented with a stumbling block as a result. He would never say that they can commit adultery for instance. Also, even concerning those things which have no power over adults in the faith, there is, after all, always the impressionability of children to consider. Many adults also remain impressionable by evil suggestions. This is evidenced by the hardening of hearts as iniquity rises. Therefore, it is better to do righteousness and explain it clearly rather then leave people in a tenuous position. Make it plain to the children and to those adults who need it so they will not be ill prepared.
Paul had heard from the disciples the teachings of Christ. He had also read Isaiah and the other scriptures. He was studious and picked up on much subtlety and nuance. He was not Jesus however. None of the disciples were Jesus. Paul was repentant though and asking, seeking, and knocking at the door of righteousness. Take care not to read into his words, for the sake of your own selfish desires, a license for leading others down a path other than righteousness.
Righteousness is freedom from the bondage of evil. This includes all addictions and excess feeding of the appetites. This covers money, material possessions, power, control, violence, sex, drugs, food, laziness (not being the opposite of the industriousness of greed), entertainment, games: All appetites. It includes all these and fantasizing about them, for what one fantasizes, one does in one's heart.
Fantasizing about the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life prepares the soul for caving in to temptation. It means that when one is directly presented with temptations or circumstances to do those things about which one has fantasized, one has been conditioned, made readier to cave in. One is well practiced in one's heart, just as with anything one has practiced over and over. One is rehearsed in one's mind. It has been printed and reinforced over and over in one's brain circuitry. Selfish desire and selfish reward then physically transforms the brain, increasing the selfish regions and decreasing the unselfish regions, conditioning (programming) one for selfish responses, making one vastly more amenable to evil than one who practices denying oneself, decreasing the appetites, fasting from them in full awareness of practicing unselfishness.
Just as Jesus didn't avoid speaking truths even though there were those who thought that by speaking such truths Jesus was causing people to fall away from God, neither should there be any sacred cows among the human doctrines that have taken over the churches leading them down the false paths. The churches need to convert to denying themselves.
Denying oneself is the practice of self-restraint. Denying oneself in one's deeds, words, thoughts, and lustful emotions helps lead one out of temptation and makes one less susceptible to caving into temptation when it does present itself. Lustful and pride-filled fantasizing is temptation already caved into in one's heart.
This is why the US military and many capitalists, especially the young ones, love the greedy, empire building, violent, video games. Many also love the magical (un-attributed supernatural power) and iniquitous video games. So many men, women, and children are now addicted to them. It is a self-perpetuating system. Selfishness has created the entire matrix and is in a frenzy to reinforce it. People are making millions off creating and reinforcing confusion in each other's minds. This is also why the military and so many capitalists love all sorts of competitive endeavors over cooperation without competition. Well, there is only one real competition afoot, and that is the competition of selfishness versus cooperation. The competitive are duping each other, rationalizing the insatiable feeding into their lusts and pride.
Here's a blunt reminder.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:6).
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. (Matthew 5:29-30).
The tempted pedophile, for instance, at this point, would be better off castrated than to act out his lust. He must overcome and transform from such sexual cravings through fasting and prayer and striving mightily to comprehend the revelation. If unsuccessful and before he acts out, he must self-sacrifice by obtaining the surgeon's assistance.
Pedophilia and other confusions are forms of selfishness aided in part by falling into fantasizing and acting out such fantasies. That falling must be overcome or the danger of damnation will remain.
For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it. (Matthew 19:12).
Of course, this saying of Jesus was not aimed at one sin. Whatever the sin, if the absence of even a physical body part would render one incapable of the sin, pluck it out, cut it off, throw it away. The word "eunuch" for the kingdom of heaven's sake also connotes "celibacy" and "singleness." The very subject of eunuchs in the scripture came up within the context of a discussion about marriage and divorce. It does not necessarily mean nor preclude physical castration.
There are those who would attempt to sugarcoat the message here. They find the concept shocking. This would be one of those subjects that some would advocate not be discussed for fear of losing ostensibly good people. It has to be remembered though that Jesus transcended the flesh. He was beaten mercilessly, far worse than under going humanely performed castration. After his resurrection though, Jesus could take on the real flesh and transform beyond the flesh upon the will of God. From this perspective, what is humanely performed castration when it is for the sake of no longer falling into sin? This subject matter does not shock the real Christian. The Christian focuses upon saving the sinner's soul and keeping the innocent from being offended. The Christian doesn't focus upon worrying about what is fit for so-called polite society at the expense of truth.
Now, you should be aware that Canon 1 of the First Council of Nicaea (from whenst came the Nicene Creed) states that anyone who self-castrates, meaning under goes castration as an elective procedure, may not be a member of the clergy. This runs diametrically opposed to what Jesus said and clearly meant. They couldn't bring themselves to stop their own pedophilic acts by sacrificing their own testicles for the sake of righteousness, for the sakes' of the children on whom they should have shown compassion and mercy, so they devilishly outlawed the law of Jesus.
[I]f anyone in sound health has castrated himself, it behooves that such a one, if enrolled among the clergy, should cease [from his ministry], and that from henceforth no such person should be promoted….
Down the path of error they went right through their history up to the present, as we have seen with their recently revealed epidemic of pedophilia and their massive attempts at long-term cover-up and facilitation.
They were also in error concerning the nature of Jesus. He was both from the beginning and created in as much as he was fully sharing with our Father and was also fully human. Contrary to how they approached the matter, it was not an either-or proposition.
They were being just as the Pharisees were about washing hands and not working on the Sabbath and all the other things they fussed over while not taking care to do the weightier things.
We don't raise these things to judge and condemn but rather to say to the people that we cannot continue on in that darkness.
That's why we are getting all of this out of the way, because we are going to move on to standing in the gap for the land and on to feeding the lambs and the sheep through the new Christian commons.
The problem with the findings of the council is that they didn't see their way passed the seeming paradoxes in the language that they set up for themselves by loosing focus on the message. They became hung up on tradition; power; punishment; bureaucratic policies and procedures; caving into temporal, violent, greedy, and otherwise lustful leadership; and, arrogant, semantical hairsplitting. They lost it. It is why they never brought forth. They did not do what Jesus said to do. This is not a judgment or condemnation. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. They were misled and they, in turn, misled. We can change though. We can see it and change course. We can be organized while we also do what Jesus said to do.
God made all substance. God can take us out of any form or level of substance and put us back at his will.
For this reason, the Holy Spirit is strong enough to heal any sinner provided the sinner has enough faith to repent and leave sin behind turning to God for forgiveness and transformation. Nevertheless, to offend one of the little ones who believes in Jesus is so egregious that self-sacrificing part of one's own flesh to avoid such sheer evil is acceptable to the LORD. The rest of humanity must accept that.
Denying oneself goes much further than this though. When we look at the connections between denying oneself (fasting from lust) and all the positive health consequences, we see the benefit of unselfishness. However, the health gains are a consequence and should not be the direct selfish motive as in to gain recompense; otherwise, it destroys greater healing.
Denying oneself leaves more of the fat of the land for all to share. Fasting from all appetites while the mind is set upon repentance and unselfishness transforms the body, mind, and soul into a spirit that is less stressful upon the earth and more willing constantly to give and share. This is the plan. It is the opposite of the devouring, consumerist spirit that drives the engine of capitalism: Greed. This truth is consistent with what holding all things in common is all about. This is why self-sacrifice is atoning. This, among all the other things, is what Jesus demonstrated. This is what loving one's spiritual family is all about.
Which churches are spreading this message? Very few churches understand fasting. They don't place it in the big-picture context. They don't really know why they fast. They know it is denying oneself, but they don't understand and, therefore, have not been able to teach how denying oneself fits into the whole revelation. Look at it this way, when one fasts for one day he or she leaves a day's worth of the produce of the earth for someone else. If one fasts one day a week, that's fifty-two day's worth of food for others. If everyone does that, those without food will have food. If everyone who has plenty cuts back on everything he or she consumes including beyond food and drink, there will be that much more for those who have nothing or not enough. If everyone cuts back on all lusts particularly having so many children, then the whole planet will have a chance to catch up on the rest it needs to heal and be in the position to bring forth abundantly.
Also, the appetite in general is decreased and self-control is enhanced. So when one eats, one tends not to eat as much, especially during the first few weeks coming off a fairly deep fast.
Look at what Jesus did when he fasted for forty days and nights. In one fast, he denied himself thereby leaving forty day's worth of food for others. From another perspective, consider that by virtue of his fast, the planet was not forced to yield forty days of provisioning. Consider that in contrast with those who selfishly consume and reproduce to excess to the detriment of the planet and by extension all other life that must share what the earth yields.
That is only the mundane or common aspect of what would happen. Add to it that the more people there are who deny themselves across-the-board, the more that God will make things happen above and beyond what is common.
Consider Jesus's fast again. Cut back the size of each meal. Working down to one meal a day. Go without food a whole day. Then contemplate continuing building up to forty days. There is more to it than this. Learn about fasting from the real Christian perspective. Check the index so you read everything about it first.
Getting up slowly can be important to avoid lightheadedness due to sudden changes in blood pressure in the brain. Fasting during cold weather can add to cold extremities (hands, feet, knees, nose, etc.). Ramping up with choices of foods (fiber) will reduce difficult evacuations is wise. Likewise, very gradually reintroducing foods is wise. Just one piece of fruit the day of breaking a fast may be plenty, then two pieces the next day, and three the next. Vary physical activity with the depth of the fast. Feel your way.
Fruit-juice fasts are very easy. Water-only fasts are magnitudes of order more purgative. It isn't pain free though.
Liquid intake is something you gauge by the humidity, temperature, your body temperature, etc. If your mouth is moist as it always is and your eyes are moist and you have no sensation of thirst, you be the judge. You may find yourself forgetting about food and water for much longer than you thought possible. Use your sense.
Depending upon the length of your fast, perishables won't keep. They won't wait for you to break your fast, so plan ahead. If you're going to leave a freezer running during your fast, have some fruit and juice there. You may feel too feint to shop for food before you've had something to eat. Unopened fruit and vegetable juice in bottles or cans may allow you to turn off your refrigerator/freezer while you fast, depending upon whether or not you've gradually eaten everything first. You'll save energy and ...continues... Click next page number below.