Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Churchianity vs Christianity

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The Bible is the most read, and most misunderstood, book in the world. Why is that?

Jesus gives us the answer: "For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled", which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive. ~ Matthew 13:12-14


To understand the Bible, you must realize that it is written on two levels.... physical and spiritual. Everything in the universe comes in "twos". The knowledge of good and evil, right and wrong, true and false grows on the same tree. It's the job of a Christian to know the difference and act accordingly.

Your brain is physical, your mind is spiritual. God is Spirit and the Father of Spirits. The only way to truly understand the Bible is to "have the mind of Christ*" and be led by the Holy Spirit who "will teach you all things". Read these Scriptures: Hebrews 12:9; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 2:16; John 14:26

*Having the mind of Christ means knowing the plan and purpose of the Gospel of the Kingdom.

There are two types of Christians… overcomers and non-overcomers. Non-overcomers believe the purpose of salvation is to populate heaven with “saved sinners”. Overcomers know the real purpose of salvation is to become like Jesus. Do what He did… crucify the works of the flesh, and get what He got… the crown of Life. Read it for yourself in James 1:12 and Revelation 3:21.
 


Knowledge is gained by studying God's Word. Wisdom is gained by understanding God's Word. The Truth often sounds very strange to Christians who only believe what their particular denomination teaches. As it is written: "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, But the honor of kings is to search out a matter". ~ Proverbs 25:2

God wants His children to learn by doing, not just hearing. Millions of Christians have heard about Jesus, but many still do not KNOW Him. As Job so aptly put it: “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye* sees You.Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.” ~Job 42:5-6

*Notice, "eye" is singular. Job sees with his spiritual eye.

Do you abhor yourself for falling for the deceptions of Churchianity? I know I did. I was shocked to learn that my denomination's doctrines were mostly false. From 1976 through 1979 I did a word by word, verse by verse study of the Bible. And I am still learning to this day.

I view denominational Christianity as a nursery for baby Christians. It is only necessary until we are "weaned from the milk" as the apostle Paul said:
"For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again which are the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil" (or true and false). 

~Hebrews 5:12-14

Satan is a very good counterfeiter. He takes the word of God and twists it into something that God never said, or never meant.


"Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth".
~ 2 Timothy 2:15 


So let's do some "rightly dividing". Let's begin with one of the most popular traditions of men... Easter.

Christ is our Passover Lamb, not our Easter Bunny
  
Tradition Deceives...
Organized religion observes Lent, 40 days before Easter.


Truth Transforms...
Jesus observed the Feast of Dedication (John 10:22), 40 days before Passover.

And He taught His followers to observe the Passover. ~Matthew 26:2-19


What About Acts 12:4?
And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions (4 squads) of (16 Roman) soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.


The Word Easter Only Appears One Time
The word Easter was inserted by the translators that one time in Acts 12:4. They knew the Greek word was Passover, but they chose to translate it as "Easter" instead.

Jeremiah 8:8
How do you say, We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes (translators) is in vain. (totally worthless)

2 Peter 2:1-2
But there were false prophets also among the people (in the time of Jeremiah), even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily (secretly) shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

How Jesus Describes Deception
 

And because iniquity (ignoring God's commandments) shall abound, the love of many (of the truth) shall wax cold. 
~Matthew 24:12

Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. ~Mark 7:7

Acts 17:30
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent. (turn in the right direction)


Acts 17:11
These (Bereans) were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Jesus' Own Words
If you love Me, you will be keeping my commandments. ~John14:15


Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: (not man's words) and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. ~John 14:21-24


“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide (popular) is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it". ~Matthew 7:13-14

Churchianity or Christianity
Why are man-made holidays so popular, and God's Holy Days ignored? MONEY! Easter and Christmas are huge money makers for merchants and Churchianity.

And He (Jesus) said to those who sold doves (and cards, candy, flowers, baby chicks, ducks, rabbits, toys, etc.) “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” ~John 2:16

Leviticus 23

The Feasts of the LORD are a statute forever. (Has forever passed?)

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