Jesus said that you will know them by their fruit (their results). He also gave us certain commandments to do and teach.
We have written much now, and we will be negatively criticized for rambling and being redundant among other things. That should make some feel justified in claiming that we should never have spoken out. They are wrong. They have not produced the fruit worthy of repentance else we would see their evidence in the real common abundance for all. It is not in evidence. So while they may negatively criticize this writing and attempt, thereby, to turn people from the message based upon their negative criticisms, they will appear transparent and shallow in their selfish designs. Not only can the devil quote scripture, but he can write following all the arbitrary traditional so-called rules. The truth though is in the motive and the deeds worked. All the scripture quoting and writing in the world, no matter the style, won't be anything more than dead if the deeds worthy of repentance are left undone.
We are to magnify the real Church throughout the world everywhere we are able. That church must be founded upon precepts that cannot be realized (made manifest) without the members having all things in common as did the original church members. The impetus for this shall transcend the underlying self-centeredness of some socialists. The impetus for this shall be in the furtherance of all the divine precepts discussed in this work and the more that are revealed in the Gospel and that come from the Holy Spirit. The impetus shall be completely unselfish and not in condoning or violently resisting the selfishness of others.
To explain about socialism, per se, versus Christianity, the vast majority of those who join socialism, while often not without compassion, join with the primary selfish motivation of becoming one of the haves by equally sharing the ownership of the means of production. They do not want to remain without that share. To them, it is better than being a wage or salary slave with the value of their labor being skimmed off the top by even passive investors. Those passive investors are capitalists who do not have to work to produce but, nevertheless, take profits. They do that simply because they and not the workers were positioned with accumulated money. They accumulated that money through inheritance and other means used for investment, further entrenching their economic dominance and the dependency of alienated workers. The workers feel valued less under capitalist circumstances.
Christians, however, will share out of no such self-focused impetus. People don't become Christians so that they may get a share. They become Christians among other reasons so that all others may have their fair and equal share based upon needs and abilities and not private, special advantage and privilege simply taken at the expense of others and the planet and the whole universe if the greedy were to get their way. Motivation is all the difference.
The family in spirit under God becomes beyond sufficient. They bring forth the fruit. They become truly bountiful working not against God but for God in service to all really if you see it. This is the task. It is our job everywhere. The Lord's Prayer says, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10).
Jesus gives us the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever we bind on earth shall be bound in heaven. Whatever we let loose on earth shall be let loose in heaven. (Matthew 16:19) Our standard will be the one to which we will be subjected. What we say we ought to do, what we forgive, what we hold up as the standard, the standard we live up to, whoever we say is our master, will be the same in the kingdom of heaven. The converse is true. Anything that comes out of us that is evil makes us impure. We open the gates of hell on earth.
Anything that comes out of us that is good makes us better. Heaven flows. Anything that comes out of us that is bad makes us worse. Hell flows. Evil is toxic. Even every evil word (selfish word) that issues from one's mouth is auto-toxic (self-poisoning). It is also contagious. It is literally a contagious disease that the non-immunized catch and spread. These things are manifest here on earth and within us. Let us have only good things issue forth from our hearts, minds, and souls. Let us do that with all our being and strength. This is the real sense of the expression "As above, so below." It is also as below, so above, per Jesus Christ. The keys to the kingdom means that the spirit, emotion, heart, mind, soul, brain, thought, word, deed, all are necessarily reflected in the fruit, result, effect, manifestation.
What has humanity manifested? Is this world your idea of heaven? No. Yet, we cannot fall into imagining that we can do anything about it alone without God. What we can do is not magic, wizardry, conjuration, sorcery, witchcraft, or anything of the dark spirit that does not use the transformative power of God for righteousness, unselfishness, and in full and exclusive credit for all power emanating from God alone as the sole and ultimate source.
What about the Harry Potter series of book and movies, etc., then? Well, Harry Potter's power is not credited to God. Yet, the stories have strong ethical overtones. They are, thereby, misdirecting. Harry is a warlock, the counterpart of the females in the stories who are witches: A faith breaker, a liar about the faith, a deceiver, one who spreads falsehood. The books call him a wizard, but his bloodline is that of a warlock.
The Bible is loaded with prohibitions concerning magic and the like; however, Jesus practiced thaumaturgy, which is the working of miracles—supernatural feats many people would say were magic. The difference is attribution. Jesus never took credit and made it clear that all the power he showed was God's working.
All things not on the narrow way are of the wide path to hell. Harry is not on the narrow way.
Does this means someone cannot read the Harry Potter books or see the movies, etc., or read or see anything that isn't directing one on the narrow way, per se? What is temptation?
The authoress says she's a Christian. Where is Christ in the books? Where is the credit to God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit for the new commandment and all that it means as the meaning of life? Is it there in the books? No. Can someone read the books to see that it is not there and come out the other end untainted? What is temptation?
Temptation is not all the same to everyone. Children are impressionable (as are adults), and caution is often lacking with adults who don't explain how Harry Potter, if followed, will lead away from heaven.
Will Joanne Rowling (J. K. Rowling) have Harry find Jesus? Is Harry of the lost fold? Is he a fallen angel who may be saved?
This position does not put us in league with the false Christians who attack Joanne Rowling. Those false Christians complain about Harry Potter but then turn around and support the war. We have no part in them nor they in us.
Many will criticize that Jesus did not do fundraising, per se; however, the disciples had their treasury. Jesus said it is on the path of perfection to start by giving all for the poor. Earmark everything for the cause. It all belongs to God. People put their proceeds into the common treasury of the disciples.
Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need. And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet. (Acts 4:34-37).
The Gospel makes clear that the group (Jesus and the disciples) had money for the poor. The disciples clearly speculated that Jesus had sent Judas Iscariot out to give money to the poor.
For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor. (John 13:29).
They used the money to pay for their needs such as dinner and they gave to the poor as Jesus directed them. The Apostles took their living from those proceeds, as every worker deserves his wages. Jesus said as follows:
The workman is worthy of his meat. (Matthew 10:10).
The labourer is worthy of his hire. (Luke 10:7).
Paul echoed as follows:
Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. (1 Corinthians 9:14).
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. (1 Timothy 5:18-19).
When the ox is working for you, do not make it so he cannot eat. Without what the worker needs for the effort, he will not reach those whom he would otherwise reach. Withholding makes one culpable, in some measure, for souls not found therefore.
Rather than parting everything immediately upon receipt of contributions, contributions will be used in the manner describe in this work for, among other things, farms, vineyards, orchards, forests, streams, lakes, and the like for places for the poor and to use surpluses and further contributions to create more such places until all is distributed freely to all in the world.
All that is necessary for people to live and share all while working the farms and vineyards and orchards and the rest will come from the communes and contributions, of which we will also consider proceeds from this work and all other endeavors that follow.
There will be all sorts of structures one would expect where people live and work: Outbuildings, houses, cottages, or cabins, class rooms, libraries, study halls, offices, kitchens, dining halls, etc. We will strive to build more and more ecologically as we learn more and grow more.
We will be sure to continually improve our water usage as we receive the assistance and resources to make that happen. We will employ what is called ecological sanitation (eco-san). Urine-diverting, dry composting toilets are not approved everywhere. The local health department, building code, zoning laws, etc., must be consulted. Any contract for the purchase of land must include a statement that the RLCC will purchase subject to approval of composting toilets and other enumerated ecological and environmentally friendly processes (renewable energy, etc.).
We will have to study the proper use of humanure (human manure). It the diet is strictly organic, there should be less concern over heavy metals in the remains. There are established techniques for composting to ensure that pathogens in the remains have died.
There are better uses of freshwater than flush-toilets and their accompanying greywater plumbing systems often leading to extremely inadequate sewage-treatment plants.
As soon as possible, with the alms and mental and physical assistance of the compassionate, whatever gifts they can bring to all the tasks before us, we will use environmentally sustainable and even beneficial organic products when producing greywater that comes from showering, bathing, laundering, and dishwashing, etcetera. That way, topsoil, groundwater, and beneficial flora and fauna will not be damaged by industrial pollutants found in many commercial cleaning products. To direct freshwater to highest and best uses, we will also move to less water-intensive cleaning equipment, processes, and techniques.
It must be understood that the world is past peak freshwater, given the current bad-stewardship spirit of the world's coercive leaders and followers. Groundwater is being tapped out. Wells have been drilled deeper and deeper, and at accessible depths, the ground is running out of water. A different source of freshwater will be required and soon to water the world's crops for food to feed the billions. Otherwise, mass starvation on an unprecedented scale is on the way. How can the world obtain enough sustainable, safe and usable energy to desalinate enough ocean water to replace the use of fresh groundwater and even to recharge the ground with freshwater? After all, extracting all the oil and water from the ground will leave it dry and subject to the resulting pressures. The ground cracks and sinks just as dehydrated skin, which it is. Add to that pressure the pressure of global warming and melting icecaps and rising sea levels and the conditions for global selfish-human-caused catastrophes will all be in place. Water and energy wars will ensue that will increase the temptation for spiritual wrath.
Peak water was reached some time ago. As the water table lowers year after year, water quality becomes lower and lower as well. It becomes very briny with many different minerals some of which are highly toxic with unhealthful levels of arsenic, chromium, lead, manganese, nickel, uranium, and other elements. The lower water tables also allow for the infiltration of saline water.
Food pressures are causing more and more river and stream water to be diverted to irrigation of crop lands. This is robbing the natural water systems of the earth. Trees and other vegetation that once depended upon freely flowing freshwater are deprived and die. This causes desertification that further promotes global warming. It is a vicious cycle all caused by humanity's unbridled selfish lusts.
Everyone will help freely and joyously. All in the service of God shall own. All as friends and in the unity of spirit shall own. The members will decide. Their collective consciences moved by the Holy Spirit will dictate.
About happiness, with so much misery in the world, how can we be joyous? Happiness the scientists are telling us breeds success and success breeds happiness. What form of happiness are they talking about? How do they define happiness? Unfortunately, they define it from selfishness. Success is having one's rewards here and now despite the plight of others is what they are teaching.
Jesus though taught us to be joyful and zealous concerning what? Unselfishness is the answer. If you are saddened by all the greed in this world, you are right. That though does not preclude joy at doing God's work that is bringing forth real success (the opposite of that greed). There is rejoicing in heaven when people turn from greed to giving and sharing in continuity with God.
With tribulation and persecution coming, how may we be glad? The good news is that there will be deliverance. It will be dark, and we should take no pleasure in the pain and suffering of others. We are right to be glad though that a new day will dawn after the darkness lifts. Jesus takes no pleasure in the wailing and gnashing of teeth. He takes great pleasure in the finding and saving of lost souls. This is how we are all supposed to feel. It is not something over which to feel guilt.
We will not sprawl out, but at the same time, we will not join house to house or field to field but will leave uncultivated and unmolested space for people and all other living things. We must do this even in the face of the need for food for the hungry from cultivated lands. It is a long-term vision, but it will also be of immediate benefit in ways not seen or perceived except from the divine perspective.
Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth! (Isaiah 5:8).
We need natural space in our daily lives. Even science is beginning to appreciate this, albeit without placing it into the big picture. We need the daily connection to the uncontrived. We need our periods to separate ourselves unto the LORD.
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD. (Numbers 6:2).
I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together. (Isaiah 41:18-19).
The shittah tree (also shittim) is the acacia tree, and the oil tree is the olive tree. This all is required for the future. Atone for the damage to the planet. Do all the really liberal things so that the real bounty will come. Stop the rape and destruction of the inheritance. Shine this light into the whole world.
Contributions shall remain confidential accept as required under the mundane law. Also, people should not go about bragging that they are helping. When asked, they simply ought to tell the truth. If you are evangelizing and telling people to give to the cause, people may ask about your own giving. Don't worry about it. You won't be telling them for the sake of being rewarded with accolades from them. If they glorify your efforts, the credit will go to God.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16).
Planning and organization will remain in the forefront without undo procrastination. There are people dying, lost every day. Jesus said as follows:
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:28-33).
This lesson must not be lost on us. It points out that Jesus counted planning ahead as plain common sense: Having foresight concerning completion of a project. Of course, one must also act on faith. Before one begins working for God, one must deny oneself including in all worldly possessions and flesh-and-blood familial ties if those restrain the work of God. It means do not let close genetic family members dissuade you from doing the work of God. Obviously, this sentiment was clear to the disciples who after Jesus went to our Father, held all in common in the church with none claiming individual possessions for self or flesh-and-blood family members. Many of them were married and had children yet followed Jesus. To undertake being Jesus's fulltime follower, it will cost each everything he or she has for completion and success. Jesus cannot use fulltime, and build his church upon, those who cannot grasp this or follow through.
It is better than not that people do as Zacchaeus did who said to Jesus, "half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold." (Luke 19:8). However, those upon whom Jesus founded his church had to be even more righteous than Zacchaeus became. They had to give all. They had to, and still have to, serve completely. Zacchaeus kept back half of whatever was left after making fourfold amends, which was certainly laudable else it would not have been written into the Gospel as a good example of turning and repenting. Zacchaeus was not though drawn to Jesus by God to be one of Jesus's fulltime disciples forsaking all else for the sake of righteousness.
Jesus admonished the Pharisees as follows:
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the ...continues... Click next page number below. [If you would like to see the full text on one page (helps with searching for text on the page), use the "No-Graphics Print Version".]
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)