We have tended to re-write the Bible and to make God responsible for our changes. We have watered-down love as to be an emotion rather than a decision for which we will be responsible for as Jesus taught us. We have adjusted faith to give us what we want, when we want it, and are upset with God when it does not happen. We have totally ignored humility as foolishness. And as for obedience we are not even concerned to find out what Jesus really commanded and expects us to obedient about. And as far as Unity, that is a complete mystery as we have created now about 45,000 so called Christian denominations around the world in HIS name. and this, even after we have HIS prayer for our Unity in John 17. We should treat differences as a wonderful opportunity in Love to find more of God’s eternal truth. But in pride, we agree to dis-agree, and make another division in HIS Church and go our way. And as to forgiveness, only if we feel like it. And we wonder why we feel so heavy spiritually most of the time. Remember the LORD’S Prayer, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive the sins of others against us.” So as to Truth, like one of our politicians once said, The “Truth is what I say it is.” Does this not sound like the social christianity that we find a lot of today? But as we get into the Word of God, we find that God’s Truth is also confirmed by HIS Power in healing and setting folks free. 2 Tim. 3:5…
One of the definitions of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different results. Yet today, we really have no expectancy of enjoying a New Testament type of Church like the Book of Acts Basically many are prone to lie when they leave Sunday services and tell the Pastor what a great message when actually they slept through much of it. And really could not share much of it at all. And really were glad to have paid the dues to GOD, and church is over and now all can go have a good lunch.
My personal vision is to be a part of a New Testament Church that looks, Acts and smells like the Acts 5:16 church. Or enjoy fellowship like the folks in 1 Cor.14:26-33. And it would be good to read 1 Cor. Chapters, 12, 13 & 14, like enjoying a good sandwich with 12 & 14 being bread and 13 being the meat. And Eph. 4:11-16 is also very POWERFUL in seeing how God’s wants to perfect us.
From my point of view, I would like to be received by all men so that I might by all means win some to Jesus as LORD. But that can also become superficial as I am really taught by the Holy Scripture to become like Jesus and not this world. And from my perspective, it seems to me that Jesus totally avoided the traditions of the Jewish Elders of HIS day and that is what eventually got HIM crucified. Several times I have tried to replace some man made church traditions with the New Testament guidance and was shot down. Jesus did not at all bend to any of the vain traditions of pride. But HE was totally submitted to the Word of God in the O.T. The man made traditional house is coming down and is under the judgment of GOD (Rev. 17 & 18.) for trying to do physically what only the Holy Spirit can only do spiritually. “It is not by power nor by might but by my Spirit, sayeth the LORD.” In many of our so called Churches we have traded the Power of the Holy Spirit in for the vain traditions of men.
My vision is to help in seeing a New Testament Acts Church restored to life again like started by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. I am way tired of trying to make the one established by men work at all. Just too many vain (prideful) traditions. It can putt putt around on the ground, but it has lost it’s freedom & power to fly. WE need to go back to the original drawings to build in the Holy Spirit one that will fly. Line upon line and precept upon precept, Isaiah 28:9-20. God will only validate, HIS TRUTH, in power. None of the vain traditions of man can assist, they only get in the way. If we even create another denomination it will only be full of paper work, enlarge ego’s, and not much else. Just one more division of 45,000. Christian Divisions that are in our world today that are supposed to be in a Jesus Unity of John 17? The core Biblical faith has to remain as essentials and could also include the Rapture as the 5 wise virgins of Matt. 25. All else need to be in Love. But Unity is a must.
Seems to me that we are getting deeply in the Lord’s Prophesy of Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 21… ( 3 accounts of the same end time prophesy. ) Here we are planning to have an open house here on my 90th Birth Day Celebration. Perhaps even a camp out this year on 9/24-25 for family and friends here in Kealia, Lord willing and the lava don’t flow ? So please let me know if interested?
From my study on the missing factor of the power of the Holy Spirit, Really, it is really up to us to plow up the weeds and false traditions of our Pride that make the Word of God, in-effective. And get into the New Testament for ourselves and find out from the Holy Spirit how we can be fitly joined and compacted as in Eph.2:21, 3:14 & 4:16: And also in John 17:20-26, “I do not pray for these alone [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for [all] those who [will ever] believe and trust in Me through their message, that they all may be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe [without any doubt] that You sent Me. I have given to them the glory (power) and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected and completed into one, so that the world may know [without any doubt] that You sent Me, and [that You] have loved them, just as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given to Me [as Your gift to Me], may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, because You loved Me before the foundation of the world. “O just and righteous Father, although the world has not known You and has never acknowledged You [and the revelation of Your mercy], yet I have always known You; and these [believers] know [without any doubt] that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them and I in them.”
What the Holy Spirit does in these days as the “Age of the Gentiles” comes to a close is unknown. It will be a brand new wine skin with a brand new wine. So don’t look at me as to how it really comes together but to the Holy Spirit. HE was sent to earth at Pentecost to build the LORD’S CHURCH. But I do know some of the basics as they are given to me. And I will try to pass them along even if not very popular.
Yours, in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace & Mercy, Ken<>< www.OhanaChurch.Life
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