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Has the True Messiah and his Message been Lost?
Christ was a man who has stood the test of time. His teachings that came from his Father in heaven have had a positive effect on many peoples lives around the world from his time on earth to this very day. Most have positive things to say about him and the things he had to say resonate not only with his followers today, but many other people groups as well.
However, why is it that people do not have a lot of positive things to say about those who claim to follow him?
I don’t know about you, but if you really take a step back and take a really hard look at the behaviours of those who call themselves Christians with their many elevated platforms and media endeavours, they do not represent Christ at all. The fact is, Christ in his day was the most critical of the religious elite, but had the most grace for the humble, even for the greatest outcasts of society.
To be brutally honest, most who call themselves Christians today claim to follow Christ, yet put him to death in their lives just like the whitewashed religious people did in his day.
The ministry of Christ lasted about three years where he started out with twelve followers, yet his message has survived beyond his death, resurrection and transfiguration passing on to his living remnant today. Scripture testifies that many lives were transformed to the point of willingly selling their own assets and properties to feed the poor and needy because of the love of Christ that they shared for one another. The impact of Christ proceeding to the movement of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was kind of like the Golden Age of the early ekklesia where many signs and wonders were happening confirming that God was moving in their midst. The testament of their faith and the great miracles that happened can be read about in Scripture.
The ekklesia of Christ were the result of a fulfilled prophecy of an anointed man who would come to be the vessel for God’s purposes for His people.
- What Happened to the Biblical Saints of the First Century?
Some two-thousand years later with many claiming the continuity of the saints, there is really no resemblance to the manifestation of the Holy Spirit today with the events of the first century.
A Paradigm Shift
If we fast forward to about three-hundred years after Christ, a huge paradigm shift took place where the ekklesia of Christ almost altogether disappeared, or changed into what is called the church today. Walking in the example of Christ by resembling the image of him was completely discarded and thrown to the wayside as the institutional church became the new boss in town.
Church manifested into conforming to man-made institutional doctrines and creeds and learning about the right way of understanding them. The call to repentance and transformation was replaced with acceptance of dogma without question. This system was set into motion during the time of Constantine. A deceptive religion with a dark underbelly was created that claimed to associate with Christ, but in reality was created by men for control over others. The rise of the Roman Catholic Church led to the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition where many people were slaughtered, tortured and murdered for not conforming to those who held religious power. Even those who were a part of the Reformation were no different putting to death those who opposed their different brands of theology.
Today, we have the marriage of church and state with 501(c)3 status churches and nationalism where many cannot separate following Christ without patriotic and nationalistic agendas. Religious dispensational propaganda has taken over North America where most equate eschatology based on what is happening in America.
The sad fact is that deception runs rampant, but no one has the eyes to see or the ears to hear that Christ is not the Head, but man is control in a system called they call church.
Just ask anyone, 'Who is in charge at your church?'
If you take a look back down the historical timeline all the way back to Christ and the apostles, do the behaviours of what is called Christianity look like the testament of scripture today?
If you are truly honest with yourself, looking back would be like trying to look through dense fog and you will have a difficult time seeing any resemblance of Christ at all.
To see who the true Messiah is, we must throw out and get rid of the things that have distracted us. Today, it is popular man-made religion and politics. These things have been around for thousands of years and have not changed. There will always be men upon their platforms and podiums telling people where to go, what to believe and what to do.
To the contrary, the greatest man in the world did not come to stand upon an elevated platform, but sat and taught and defied the religious hierarchical systems of his day.
- The Importance of Repentance
The purpose of this article will attempt to clarify the word “repent” by letting Scripture itself define the word to delineate it in its proper context.
The Message of Christ
Christ was a man who brought a message. If you ask anyone today in the institutional church system what his message was, you would probably get whole pile of different answers, yet his massage was crystal clear. Today, the religious fog machines have obscured and confused many via indoctrination.
Christ had a message that was the Good News, or the Gospel, but today many religious men also have their own brand of good news and their version of the gospel they preach, but it has really nothing to with what Christ proclaimed.
How can we discern between the real and the counterfeit?
It is by not letting yourself be spoon fed, but actually on your own initiative read the four Gospels in chronological order with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Many do not equate proclaiming repentance and seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness as the Good News. In fact, I bet if you went and asked a pew warmer what the Gospel message is, they will say something completely different because they have no clue how to live out the good news of the Kingdom. The indoctrination of their religious man-made institutional denominational kingdoms have taught them to be good passive pew warmers who are supposed to sings songs, listen and agree with whatever their hirelings tell them without question, and put money into the offering plates at scheduled times during the week.
Be honest with yourself, do these types of behaviours proclaim the Kingdom of God?
And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about PROCLAIMING THE KINGDOM will see my face again. – Acts 20:25
When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, TESTIFYING TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. – Acts 28:23
He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, PROCLAIMING THE KINGDOM OF GOD and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance. – Acts 28:30
Paul rented his own house at his own expense and welcomed as many as who would hear the same Gospel that Christ preached.
There are many Scripture references that show the Good News has something to do with the Kingdom of God.
A Kingdom has a King
All kingdoms have a king. If you are living in, or a citizen of a kingdom, then you are going to have to do what the king says. If you ask anyone what church they go to and who is in charge, they will always give you the name of the hireling pastor; he is their king.
However, if you ask a citizen of the Kingdom of God who is in charge, they will tell you that their King is Christ. Each group will follow the will and desires of their king. One king exploits, controls and manipulates requiring their mandated taxes, but the King of kings and Lord of lords says that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. No taxes are required, as access to Kingdom storehouse is available to all, not to the select few in the religious worldly kingdoms.
The Kingdom of God does not look like the status quo, or the way the world is doing things. Its economy is completely different. In fact, it is so set apart that many consider it backwards and upside down, but really it all comes down to perspective.
The Humble Road
And HE SAT DOWN and called the twelve. And he said to them, “IF ANYONE WOULD BE FIRST, HE MUST BE LAST OF ALL and servant of all.” – Mark 9:35
Have you ever thought that by humbling yourself, you will be exalted?
The modern hireling pastors cannot preach this because it exposes who they are. This makes no sense in their world where you are groomed to be the most esteemed and influential, being the star of the show. Their perspective is the world that they were born into, not being born again and transformed. Entering the Kingdom of God requires humility, denying yourself and taking up the cross and following the Way of Christ.
Who is your king?
Where is your kingdom located?
To follow Christ, one must take the humble road.
Many ask, where do those who have left the man-made institutional church go to?
Where do you find them?
Their address is on the humble road. That is where you will find people of humility. You must enter the Kingdom with nothing and you owe nothing. The terms of surrender are dependent upon each individual. Everyone has their idol and must let go of their crowns by letting Christ be Lord.
Think about what Christ said,
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ AND NOT DO WHAT I TELL YOU? – Luke 6:46
This is the clear distinction between what is called a Christian and a follower of Christ as it comes down to obedience to doctrine of either a religious worldly king, or a heavenly one.
We are not to be just hearers of the words of Christ, but to be doers also. It is not about believing and conforming to church doctrines and creeds. Reciting a canned prayer at the feet of a hireling is not the same as submitting and allowing Christ to wear the crown.
Looking at the teachings of Christ reveal that he taught in parables that were meant to convey a particular theme that was about things that pertained to the Kingdom of God. The secrets of the Kingdom were hidden within them so that truth would be revealed to some and hidden from others. Even today, many do not have the eyes to see or the ears to hear the principles of the Kingdom of God. Understanding the teaching of Christ in his parables comes down to an issue of the heart.
But blessed are your eyes, for THEY SEE, and your ears, for THEY HEAR. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. – Matthew 13:16-17
Many people’s hearts have grown dull as they cannot perceive or understand the secrets of the Kingdom. If we do not follow Christ and his walk of faith as a called out separate people from this world, then what think you should be looking for will have no resemblance to the genuine Christ in scripture.
Christ healed the man that was born blind, but to those who won’t admit they are deaf and blind will not be able to hear and see the Kingdom of God. In this day and age, those who claim that they can hear and see are lost in a fog of man-made doctrines and ideologies. They are really not interested in what Christ, or his followers have to say because many have already made up their minds what they don't want, or desire to truly hear and see. They are not hungry and thirsty because they are constantly being spoon false doctrines.
The puzzle and mystery of the Kingdom is about finding truth and solving it with the help of the Holy Spirit. Finding truth is something that we can find and take ownership of it for ourselves. It has much more value than everything being given to us on a silver platter. Hidden treasures of the kingdom are there to be found as we learn to ponder, meditate, study and step out of our comfort zones to look for them. Some things take time to grasp, but it is well worth it. The keys to the Kingdom don’t just fall on our laps. They are not just handed over to us, but must be searched for and dug out. Christ gave us clues, yet he will not give what is holy to dogs. Seeking first the kingdom of God is following, listening, practicing and obeying along the humble narrow way. 'The kingdom of God is like' leads us to an understanding of our eternal purposes in God’s plan.
Do you believe that the church system today resembles the Kingdom of God?
- Entering into the Kingdom of God
The Gospel is about transformation, but also about deliverance and transference from the dominion of darkness into the Kingdom of God becoming citizens with the light of Jesus Christ within us.
- Can You "See" the Kingdom of Heaven?
There are many man-made ideas that attribute themselves to the Kingdom of God, or Heaven, but Scripture should take precedence in answering and defining what it truly is.
- The Kingdom of God vs.The Kingdoms of Men
There is a striking dissimilarity between those who are citizens of the Kingdom of God and those who are members within the kingdoms of men.
- The Kingdoms of the Church Pastors
In the kingdoms of the pastors there is a tradition of converting people to membership to an institution and a life of giving their time, finances and abilities under the control of the their kings.