Living Storybooks

I had to chuckle the other day when I read a post that encouraged people not to read various books out there, but to read the Bible instead. I laughed because I had said the same thing back when I was “churched.”

I felt that people would be deceived if they read too much.

I understand the thinking to warn people because I was there, in the same position, wielding the same fear. After all, new information might undermine my dogma. Christians need consensus to feel safe. Without consensus there is fear. The Bible talks about reading too many books, that there is no end to it, which is true. But that same passage does not recommend reading only the Bible as the Bible was not in the form of a book back then.

We are encouraged however, to turn within to hear the still small voice of the Divine. We are living epistles, are we not?Once the voice of the Divine is heard there is no end to the revelation found within this church of flesh and blood constructed with bone and sinew. The ecclesia is commonly referred to the “called out ones” and is actually a reference to those that will trumpet the words HEARD FROM WITHIN and trumpets them out, or “calls them out” to the masses. This is the true form of evangelism and is what caused Jesus to change Simon’s (listening or hearing) name to Peter (which means “rock” or revealed knowledge).

“Peter” together with “Simon” means “the ability to hear revelation”, to receive and to “call out” Divine messages from within the hallowed halls of the biological church. Messages from the source of all, the Father, the creative source of all, are received on this “rock.” The Divine does not dwell in structures made by man – the church did not exist in its present form back then and neither did the Bible. I choose to read the Bible and other books and I will not fear those that say that there is deception out there. Any voice that incites fear is not speaking with the “called out” voice of perfect love, for perfect love casts out and away ALL FEAR.

The War and The Atonement of Christ

1) COSMIC WARFARE In Scripture:

The Old and New Testament depict a “cosmic war zone” in which humanity is being destroyed and held captive.

Satan is named as a regular character in the divine drama.Not only Satan, but hostile powers are regularly named. They are called the “rulers”, “principalities”, “powers” and “authorities”, who have “dominion”, who are “elemental spirits” and “spiritual forces”.

2) Spiritual Powers ARE REAL.

Missiologist and anthropologist Paul Hiebert claimed that the West suffered from “The Flaw of the Excluded Middle”, where we think that spirits, demons, curses, magic, and the like are all just fantasies and fairy tales.

In the West we tend to think of the world having two stories to it. The top one where God lives and the bottom one where we live.
But most of the world, and the biblical worldview, has three levels. The middle level is where all the spiritual powers dwell. And from this middle realm they harass and enslave humanity because of sin.

3) Jesus’ VICTORY over the Powers

For the Christus Victor view, it is not just the death of Jesus, but his life and resurrection, that impacts the spiritual realm on our behalf.

4) Why Did Jesus Die? Who Demands Death?

In the Christus Victor view, the death of Jesus was necessary, not as a payment of death for death, or the penalty for sin, but as the means by which God—who is LIFE itself—entered into the farthest reaches of the destruction created by sin—DEATH itself—so that God could begin renewing creation from that place.

1) Holiness
False Assumption: Holiness requires a penalty for sin.
True: God’s holiness requires our cleansing of sin.

2) Wrath
False Assumption: God’s Wrath is Connected to being a Judge.
True: God’s Wrath is Connected to a Covenant Relationship

3) Wrath and Sacrifice
False Assumption: God’s Wrath is Appeased through Sacrifice (the death of something).

4) Sacrifices and Substitution of Sin
False Assumption: Sacrifices receive the transfer of a person’s sin.
True: Only the Scapegoat on the Day of Atonement Receives the Sins of the People, and it wasn’t sacrificed.

5) Blood is Given as the Substitute of Death
False: Blood represents the death of one substituted for the death of another.
True: Sacrificial Blood is Given as a Gift of Life.

Primary Problematic Assumption
The primary problematic assumption is that penal substitution advocates see the main problem in the Bible as one of individual sin needing forgiveness.

But when you step back and look at the entire story of the Bible we find that our sin problem is not the main problem.

Rather we find that there is a PRESENCE problem, that humanity has lost access to the presence of God and have therefore lost perspective on the purposes of God in the world.

All Christians Are Faced With The Cross

All Christians are face to face with the Cross of Christ and we should never reduce it to a mere symbol. Instead we should accept the cross for what it was meant to be- a brutal instrument of terror, torture and death imposed by humanity’s propensity towards cruelty and violence. Before the cross was a symbol of our faith it was a weapon to foment fear and accomplish subjugation. This is the truth about the cross but because God in Christ accepted the cross and conquered it through his divine love, we Christians do not fear the cross, but instead we hold it up, display to all those worldly powers that would use fear and threats as a means of coercion and control. We hold up the cross, as a taunt to the fallen powers of the world proclaiming to them- you think this frightens us? God in Christ overcame the horror of the cross and in this sign the fallen powers of the world are subverted, sin, death and the devil are vanquished. It is in this sign, the sign of the cross, that we see the victory of God in Christ is assured!

Jesus and His Death Gives Freedom

Christ’s ultimate self-sacrifice as a servant-king entirely contrasts the sacrifices made on the altars of “public servants” and ruling kings over pagan nations. While those false gods sacrifice the blood of their subjects through taxation and inflation which lead to economic dearths and society-wide pestilence, and sacrifice the lives of their subjects through statute labor and military service which lead to lifelong slavery and literal death, Jesus Christ instead sacrifices His own life to rescue the lives of those who would follow Him as King, to liberate them from the kingdoms of bondage, and make them a prosperous nation as free souls under God.Colossians 213

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (worldliness, manner of life), God made you alive together with Christ, having forgiven us all our sins, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of legal demands against us and which were hostile to us.

And this certificate He has set aside and completely removed by nailing it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public example of them, having triumphed over them through the cross.

Scripture everywhere declares that the covetous practices that entice people to subject themselves to human authority through contracts to receive benefits at their neighbor’s expense are actually a self-destructive snare that makes them merchandise of ruling men.It is because they lack self-control that their flesh is not consecrated to God, and it is the pursuit of the comforts of the flesh that lead them into bondage.

Sin leads to death, so to speak, but Christ voluntarily subjected himself to the ultimate expression of that death: capital punishment. Even though He was an innocent man, Jesus of Nazareth underwent the worst of the torment that is inherent to all pagan governments so that those who found themselves under their power through sin by running headlong into destruction for socialist benefits would not have to experience such justice for their sin.’

The False Five-Fold Ministry

I laid down this mid-morning to take a short nap after a restless night, and I had a short but vivid dream. In the dream I was an outside observer and watched Jesus appear and hand a pastor this booklet. Jesus didn’t speak but just looked at the man and then looked down at the booklet. It was like I was given binocular vision and zoomed in to see what the title was: “The Rising of a False Five-Fold Movement in the Church”. This pastor/leader then turned to the next page which had 5 big bold chapter headings. Before I go on, the legit beautiful five-fold ministry gifts and their purpose are discussed clearly in Ephesians 4:11-16:

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
These servant functions are solely about love, maturity, true heart-unity and Christ being formed in His Victorious Church. When these servant gifts are functioning in healthy humble ways, all Heaven breaks loose. When they are unhealthy or false, all hell breaks loose.

Back to my dream, this seemed to be a training booklet warning (for we are not ignorant of Satan’s schemes, 2 Cor. 2-11) His Bride and Praying Church about a counterfeit-false movement that’s not coming from outside the Church but infiltrated from within.

The five chapter headings in big bold letters were these (I want to preface that I’ve never seen this before or heard these words and didn’t know they would line up exactly with the order of the five fold. In other words I’m not nearly clever enough to have thought about this and then dreamed about it LOL. I’m sharing exactly what I saw written… it was as though it was burned into my brain.)

  2. WITCH
    As soon as I saw this page I woke up and immediately wrote down what I had viewed and my sense from the Lord. All seeming God dreams, visions and prophetic encounters should be weighed, submitted, open to correction, and humbly given and absolutely should bear witness to and align with Jesus and His Word.
    My sense was that the DESTROYER was a counterfeit demonic anointing in opposition to the APOSTLE or mockery of the apostolic. The WITCH was in opposition and mocking the Prophet and the true Prophetic anointing. Charismatic witchcraft and false intercession is doing major damage to so many churches right now. The PREDATOR was mocking and counterfeiting the anointing of the Evangelist/Harvester. The MANIPULATOR was ousting true five- fold Pastors and trying to replace humble shepherds. The DECEIVER was mocking the Teaching gift and stealing their place of influence while convincing people to go after false doctrines. All five of these charlatans were trying to gain places of leadership and influence in order to oust the true and stop the move of God and hinder freedom.
    I humbly submit this and pray if it bears witness that it will be helpful for prayer and God-ward spiritual warfare. I’m an exhorter by nature but for months I have felt like the Lord has been warning Sally and I about a ‘false discernment movement’ that is destroying churches and ministries by attacking those walking in humility and a breaker anointing. This ‘movement’ is cloaked in religious prophetic language usually from very articulate ‘spiritual’ persons but the fruit of their “ministry” is people biting and devouring one another, turning against one another and becoming suspicious all under the banner of “holiness”. I can’t tell you how many pastors and leaders that Sally and I personally know from all different church backgrounds that have been displaced through the weirdest of circumstances in the past 12-24 months by a strong attack from within the body, yet it’s clear that the real source is principalities, powers and rulers of darkness…(Eph 6:12). Bottom line, the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. And he wants to destroy the thing most precious to the God-head… he’s coming after the Bride and the Harvest. And lastly if your default upon hearing this is to start a ‘case’ against the leader(s) or church your mad at, then possibly you’ve received this with a wrong spirit that probably is just a result of hurt or lingering offense/unforgiveness. Ask the Lord to root any portion of these out of all of us.