mikehill4jesus “The ongoing SPIRITUAL war within Christianity”
30th July 2016 (9.42) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
It all started because of what the Lord Jesus commanded
After the Lord Jesus had risen from the dead, that is came back to life after being killed by the Jews and Romans. He met with those disciples who loved Him and wanted to obey the teachings and commands that they had learnt from Him. One of these commands was for them to Matthew 28:19 ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’
Now the Jewish Leaders were suppose to be God’s People, and Jesus was God. But it was clear, by how they had treated Him and how they were treating his disciples, that many hated God. So God decided that he would offer salvation to everybody on the Planet who loved his Son, Jesus Christ. The sign of this love, was their obedience to his Sons teachings, described in John 14:23.
When the disciples sought to carry out this making of new disciples, just as with the Jewish religion, haters of God infiltrated the Fellowships created by the first Disciples. Thus, Christianity was created. A religion based on mans idea of how disciples should behave. This involved the creation of Church and the many varieties of Christianity. Some of these versions of Christianity actually competed with each other for power in their Nations and other Nations.
These forms of Christianity had nothing to do with the Lord Jesus and His Teachings. Therefore, they operated without the Holy Spirit of God that had empowered the first Disciples, followers, of the Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
So what is this ongoing War in Christianity?
It is a battle, a struggle, between those two totally incompatible groups of people within what is called Christianity:
- Those who love and obey the Lord Jesus and are seeking to make true Disciples of Him. John 14:23.
- Those who hate and disobey the Lord Jesus and are seeking to make new members of their version of Christianity. John 14:24.
Group 1, are members of the Body of Christ. A Spiritually connected group of people who have God living with them. John 14:23. They truly aim to follow the direction of the Holy Spirit and die to the selfishness that seeks to control them.
Group 2, are members of the various Christian Churches. A Religious group of people who are not connected to Jesus because they do not have God living with them. John 14:24. They do not have the Holy Spirit and their selfishness is in control of them.
Group 2 far outnumbers Group 1.
So where do I fit into this?
The Lord Jesus chose me back in 1948. He, through the power of the Holy Spirit, fulfilled his Fathers wishes that I would give my life to Him in 1977. He, again through the Holy Spirit, has used me, not me used Him, to witness for Him and for his Father God. The Holy Spirit has worked tirelessly to sanctify me that I may increase the denying of my Flesh. YET, most of Christianity does not love me! So I am in Group 1 and seeking to help members of Group 2 join it. But Group 2 distance themselves from me and wish no contact unless I join their Group.
The Lord Jesus and Mike Hill
I am in Him and he is in me, John 14:23. I am yoked to Him, Matthew 11:29 ‘Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ I, with all my love, seek to give Him ownership of me, first claim on my time, to use my spiritual and other gifts to witness for Him around the world as he commanded of me in 1987.
There is great danger in confronting those in Group 2
The Lord Jesus confronted the Jewish Leaders who confronted him and said in John 8:44 ‘You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.’
Spiritually Unconverted Christian Leaders act against Him, the Lord Jesus, today, in that they hate those Disciples whom He and his Father have come and made their home with. They themselves don’t want to be saved from Hell and the Devil’s control. And they work to stop others from joining Group 1 and being under the control of God the Holy Spirit.
These Christians need evangelising! Is that not ironic? Members of Christian Churches NEEDING EVANGELISING !!!
What is to be done by the members of Group 1? John 14:23
Paul the Apostle taught that those who are used by the Lord Jesus as part of His Spiritual Body here in the world must “Watch your own life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16. Yet, even this will fail if those in Group 2 choose not to listen to me or the Holy Spirit of God.
Let’s be perfectly clear, it is not a war that has just started, but one that has been going on since the Holy Spirit of God was sent to those people chosen by the Lord Jesus to go out into the world and make disciples of Him. It is not a war where some on both sides do not know why they fight each other. You can tell this by the way each side interact with each other, in that they are incompatible. Christianity allows people to call themselves “Christian” whether or not they are lovers of the Lord Jesus.
Beware of allowing the unsaved Christians in the Christian Church, Group 2, to have control over you and your life with Jesus.
Some teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ
2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common. Or what fellowship can light have with darkness.
Matthew 7:21 (True and false disciples) ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.’
Luke 14:26 ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even their own life – such a person cannot be my disciple.’
Luke 14:33 ‘In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.’
Matthew 10:38 ‘Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.’
Professing Christians who are as described in John 14:24, can’t obey these examples. Their Churchianity wont allow them to. Why, because they do not have the love of God given through the Holy Spirit of God as described in John 14:23.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The fruit of the unconverted Christians in Group 2 is hate, misery, conflict, impatience, hardness, evildoing, unrighteousness, sternness and indiscipline.
This is a war that will only end when the Lord Jesus returns to earth in power.
So, the problem is
How shall those in Group 1, win those souls in Group 2, wholly to Christ who don’t love Him? Charles Finney teaches that certainly we must win them away from themselves.
God can do anything that is in accordance with Moral Law
When in Switzerland, God told me how He could do anything. I have seen Him do so much, but I would love Him to do so much more in Birmingham, England and the rest of our sick and decaying Nation. Not in the small doses as I have done, but in the Power of the Body of Christ, not false Christianity. My calling is to mobilise the True Churches for Spiritual Warfare that will result in the Holy Spirit overcoming the Flesh. I am calling for a mighty increase in our witness for the Lord Jesus who wants to set people free from the Devils influence.
As I pray for the Churches while on my Ministry Walks, I truly desire to see stubborn hearts and minds conquered. Christians who need to repent of their sins, that the Holy Spirit may no longer be quenched by their fleshly wants. Time is running out for them as the Day of the Mighty Lord’s return nears. Amen.
I AM HERE TO HELP BOTH GROUPS
I know in my heart that many Professing Christians will not submit to the will and teaching of the Holy Spirit. But with His strength and guidance, I will do all that God has called me to do in order to save obstinate members of the Body of Christ and help those outside of the Body. For that is what the Holy Spirit wants me to do at pain of my own punishment should I refuse to do it. I have been struggling to do it for 39 years and to my joy and utter relief, the Spirit is still with me.
The Encouragement of Rev. Ken & Jean Newton once of Wholeness Ministries International in Southport, Australia.