Friday, August 19, 2011

The Sword of the Spirit Against False Prophecies

I was pondering, this morning, Adventism. As I often do, for it is my ministry from God.

Reminding myself, "It is against spiritual, dark forces we fight as Christians, not people." Oh, my soul cries out for help to God, “Maranatha, Lord, Maranatha!” The world is plummeting into a true Dark Ages as never known before.

People, in general, are sheep. With every ounce of my body I try to remember this, so as never to draw the sword of the Spirit against my fellow humans. I fervently pray everyday that I may intercede for others and draw away the Devil's attempts to spiritually strangle them. I pray to drown others with a flood of God's love and grace and mercy.

Yet at the same time, I pray for courage to speak truthfully, boldly and storm the gates of theological hell. For, I see certain doctrines as destroying the unity of God's Body and setting up pride and fear. It is plain to most Christians that certain false beliefs terrorize and hold a Christian hostage. It is not okay for us to walk by without attempting to rescue those enmeshed in false doctrines.

It can be quite a tightrope to walk, to see Christ in everyone and truly love them for who they are and at the same time, desire with all your heart to strike the tight chains enslaving them. For it is the Father of Lies who stands there with his angelic grin holding onto the chains-- frightening the poor soul by rattling them with his despairing prophecies (and slyly blaming you for the fear!). What is unthinkable for most of is is that the people seem all too happy to be enslaved.

My enraged posture, with sword drawn high above these vassals of demons awaiting the moment I can slash through the chains and release them, is always misunderstood as wanting to strike them! And I can certainly understand their perspective.


“Lord God Almighty, break the lying wretched siren song of demons that has lulled so many of us into soulless corpses. We have been sedated in a troublesome nightmare that we cannot awake from. Open our eyes Lord, open our ears Lord, open our heart Lord that we may be obedient. That we may stand together and fight the last battle raging unseen.”

The abominable loathing that the Devil has for Christian unity-- that he would so cunningly slice the Body of Christ up into little factions that fear each other-- with such a horror show of a prophecy vomited and spewed forth by Ellen White.... AH!

To take the precious Body of Christ and set it against each other by teaching that Christians who worship God on Sunday will one day turn on their Best Friend and Savior and on Adventists! That one day, ME and YOU (if you are a non-SDA Christian) WE who love Jesus with all our hearts and souls, who pray and study scripture, who have a vibrant and close relationship with Jesus will one day turn on our most beloved of family and friends to torture and kill them. This is the anti-Christ. This is the abomination of desolation WAY before the day you go to church.

That my SDA nieces and nephews are being brought up in a church that would have them fear me and believe I will one day willingly accept the Mark of the Beast and will turn and persecute them--that is more than the heart of a believer can bear.

If you bring this up to an SDA, they will look at you with a blank stare. They cannot imagine the depth of hurt it can cause the heart of Jesus in HIS WHOLE Body of believers, to teach such a reckless, anti-biblical doctrine.

They may try and comfort me saying that they believe I will return to the truth--attempting to assure me they don’t think I will be deceived, but that is not the problem. It is the doctrine that is evil, not judgment of specific people. It is in no way more godly to cull out certain members of the family of God from a prophecy while retaining the original doctrine of demons.

They cannot see past their own church. They do not understand why it is a big deal. The do not understand the darkness of teaching that Christ's disciples-- innocent people--are guilty. They do not see the horror of a prophecy that turns righteousness into evil and evil into righteousness. They are biblically comatose, poisoned by a little group of 19th-century New England illiterates.

That is why I pray for them. That is why I pray for us. For we Christians have abandon those struggling on the outer periphery of Christianity. We have given precious souls enough theological rope to hang themselves under the excuse of political correctness. And we are responsible for the chaos that is now Christianity and Christian relativism. The blood of the souls of all those murdered by SDA doctrines cry out from the grave. I can even hear Ellen’s too! She is crying out for us to undo the damage she unknowingly did.

I don’t think all are summoned to this battle against theological lies, but some are. We should pray for them. Fight for them on our knees and fasting.

In the end, I pray that God will miraculously open Adventists' and our eyes so we can fully see the outrageous savagery of teaching that Christian brothers and sisters will one day morph into the Devil and hunt SDAs down to kill them. How utterly self-centered, paranoid and against all that Jesus taught. It is a shameful doctrine.

Have mercy Father on us all! May we use as the sword of the Spirit, as Christ taught us, with the wisdom of serpents and harmlessness of doves. (Matt. 10: 16).

Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Christian Guard and Comforter

I have seen these two types of Christians in all the denominations I have visited. Of course, I have generalized in my labeling of them as Guards and Comforters, but you will recognize the stereotypes anyway.

These two types of Christians play important and complementary roles in the Body of Christ. And often they become leaders in the different churches.

Something I have noticed. No matter WHAT the doctrine being taught--whether it be the terrors of hell or the great mercy of the Cross these types will present it in an opposite way.

The Guard:
These Christians tend towards wanting clarity at the expense of anything else. Clearly give them the rules, the boundaries, the doctrines and that is what makes them feel safe. St. James' epistle seems to indicate that he was a guardian.

When Guards are in charge of children, they can spend more time dealing with the negative consequences of the wrongdoing than the positive, (as often, when they were young, they tried to get away with things). So they can be suspicious and feel that the way you keep other's in line is to tell them the worst case scenario. While they are excellent at clarity and actions, if you give them the sweetest doctrine on the planet, they can then turn around and make it sound stern. They are often mislabeled "legalists" because they need structure. They are often misunderstood as not comprehending the gospel.

However, when you get to know the perspective and motivation of Guards, they are really trying their best. They fear loved ones not making it to heaven and truly believe that "scaring the hell out of them" is the most effective way of getting through to other's hardened hearts.

Many guardians are in their late fifties and older and grew up in a Guard authoritarian culture. Guards worry a lot about young people not taking sin seriously enough. (Although after the laxness of the 1960 and 1970's, there are many countercultural Guardians in this upcoming generation!)

The Comforter:
These Christians can make hell look like a blessing. They don't focus on any boundaries and always encourage and sympathize with people. They preach grace, grace, grace and that God is good and nothing more. They are often mislabeled as those who preach "free grace." If you tried really hard as a kid and were conscientious, my guess is you grew up to be a Comforter.

They believe everyone is nice and trying their best. They are sensitive and discourage easily with criticism or confrontation. They are the type that do not work well under the threats of the Guards and fear never motivates them. Because of this this, are voracious advocates for the underdog. They want all people to just get along.

Whether an Adventist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic.... any of these, your view of your church was shaped by one of these types. Usually, those raised or taught by a Comforter will not understand the negativity of their church by someone raised or taught by a Guard.

That is why there are Adventists who can look at Ellen White's writings and see nary a thing wrong. Because she was presented to them by a Comforter. Everything was in the context of love and mercy. These people do not understand Former SDAs. They actually believe that the doctrines of Adventism are faith-oriented and merciful. And if you had been taught by the same people you probably would too! I know I was brought up in this context. They can't imagine seeing anything within Ellen's writings that might be negative. Their Comforter teachers gave them rose-colored glasses.

These Comforters are in every single denomination and religion. So, if your religious instruction was from these people, my guess is that you love your religion. One of the problems with this is that you can't test the doctrines for biblical accuracy, because you were taught to see them in a very positive light.

If your teachers were the Guards, then you might always associate oppression and darkness with even the most positive of beliefs. Nuns could have rapped you on the hand and told you that you were going to hell if you missed Sunday mass. You could have had a Calvinist Grandmother who was as mean as a snake and when she read the Bible, her interpretation made you shake in your boots. Sabbath might have been the day from hell for you because your parents were Guards.

In fact, as Christians we need both Guards and Comforters to balance each other out. However, we need to recognize which type raised us and take off the glasses--either pinky positive or dark and look at the doctrines themselves.

Be aware that night vision googles given you by Comforters can make even the darkest doctrines look clear and bright. Also, some of the most luminous and precious doctrines can be clouded by welding googles given by the Guards.