10
Jun
09

"I Am the Way…:" There Is No Other!

This is a quote I found on Beyond Church Walls.

Stanislav Mishin, a blogger and columnist for the Russian newspaper Pravda recently wrote a very sobering article regarding “America’s decent into Marxism”…

Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different “branches and denominations” were for the most part little more than Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more than happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the “winning” side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the “winning” side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power.”

(emphasis added)

It’s a really sad day for the US institutional church (Christendom), when an atheist/communist can see, to a great extent, what many American church goers and their (un-scriptural) denominational hierarchies (clergy, church boards etc) can’t or won’t.

This Russian journalist, of course, is merely making a political statement here. And it is directed only towards the United States and its institutionalized and politicized religiosity. If he had wanted to be fair, he would have mentioned world wide Christendom, since the entire “church,” as it is called throughout the world, is guilty of this apostasy also!

What this atheist described is, sadly to say, not totally false. And if an atheist can see this religious hypocrisy (apostasy: the falling or turning away of believers), then there must be something horribly wrong with the religious institution that exhibits it. Didn’t Jesus and the apostles warn of false teachers and prophets arising in the last days?

Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “So then, you will know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7: 15-20)

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. (2 Peter 2: 1)

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4: 1)

Sounds to me Like the Lord, Peter and John are warning us to be critical, through our spirit’s leading, of those who profess to be of God: whether they be an individual, minister, evangelist, pastor, priest or pope!

{Without doubt, this includes anything I say or write also! I am truly seeking the Lord, but that doesn’t mean I’m incapable of making a mistake or even being deceived at points. We must always test the spirits, just as we have been commanded to do. In fact, this is what I am trying to exhort everyone to do here! The Lord (the Logos: Word), when it comes to spiritual matters, is our only authority!}

There is a better way to experience the Lord than the traditions, or religiosity, of man (Christendom: “Churchianity”). The better way is the Body of Christ (the true church), as described by the writers of the new testament.

Jesus said emphatically,

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14: 6)

The Apostle Paul stated,

Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?

Paul warned the Body of Christ about being divided (“factions:” denominations etc):

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4: 1-6)

Paul also exhorted,

we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. (Ephesians 4: 14-16)

Note that Jesus said, “I am the way, truth and life…” He didn’t say the Baptists, Catholics or Presbyterians (or any other denominations, or “factions”) were a replacement for Him on the earth. In fact, Jesus commanded his disciples,

But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. “Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. “But the greatest among you shall be your servant. “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. (Matthew 23: 8-12)

How does this verse fit with the pomp and circumstance and world wide admiration (idolatry) that follows the pope and other wealthy and powerful church leaders? Isn’t this how the pagan leaders of this fallen and corrupt world carry themselves?

The Apostle Paul makes it clear that the Body of Christ is not to be “yoked,” or actively involved, with the unbeliever and his worldly ways, needs and desires: politics, social issues, money making schemes etc.

Christendom is totally involved in the secular cares of this world and always has been: just look at the wealth and political prominence of Catholicism and the United Methodist Church, as just two examples. How does this religious and worldly economic and political power reflect the teachings and life of our Lord and Savior?

Also note that Paul describes a Body of Christ that is knit together and functions as one with Christ as its head! These verses (there are many more) in no way describe the institutional church (Christendom) whose extravagant buildings sit on almost every street corner in the United States and the rest of the world. Christendom is not the Body of Christ, nor does it function as the Body of Christ! Christendom (“church”), as opposed to “growing up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part (sons and daughters of God), causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love,” divides believers into doctrinal and dogmatic factions, so there can be no real “walk (ing) in a manner worthy of the calling with which you (we) have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Christ is our only way, our only truth and our only life! Until we discern this truth, and come out from the deadness of Christendom, and seek the Lord with all of our strength, mind and heart, we, most likely, will remain in a form of spiritual immaturity (arrested development). And the effects of this immaturity will impact our lives now and in the age to come, as the word of God warns.

I’ll close with some scriptures that speak of spiritual maturity and immaturity:

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God (Romans 8: 14)

And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? (1 Corinthians 3: 1-3)

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12: 1-2)

“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man (the Bema judgment: believers judgment) according to what he has done. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city (New Jerusalem). (Revelation 22: 12-14)

The entire article is here:

via Beyond Church Walls.

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