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Spiritual vs. Religious Fellowship

- Who is the HEAD in Spiritual Fellowship? In Religious Fellowship?

- What is the presumption in Spiritual Fellowships?

- Can any congregation conduct Spiritual Fellowships?


Apr 14, 1998

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SPIRITUAL acid tests in our time 1

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Jesus Christ quoting one of the Ten Commandments and told His listeners: Exo 20:12 “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Mat 15:4 “For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.” In another instance, Jesus Christ as if contradicting Himself told His listeners: Luk 14:26 “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” “The adults” Again by demonstration, our Lord exposes the two classes of listeners. The “adults” would read the Holy Bible by verses and taking the context of the story from where they draw their conclusion. Mat 10:37 “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me...” Thus, their explanation: “I think the answer is "first priority". We have to put service to God first, above everything, above every relationship, even before the will of our parents. Yes, we must honour our father and our mother. But if they are a hindrance to serving God, meaning they do not allow you to serve God in Spirit and in truth but instead they drag you into idolatry, then the second scripture is applicable. That's how simple it is.” "God must have first place in your heart, first place in your life, first place in everything that you do or what you are. God must be first. He doesn't want the second place. He doesn't deserve the second place. He deserves the best, and the first, and all that we got. He deserves it. Blessed be His holy Name. Oh, we need to seek the will of God, not the favor of your neighbor, not the favor of your children, not the favor of your husband or your wife; but seek the will of God. You do that first. Then everything else, the will of the wife and the will of the children, will fall right in with it. But place God first.” “Christ never meant to hate your parents, but to love what Jesus said more than anyone else in what they said, including your parents. Remember what Jesus saying about He came not to send peace, but rather a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter against her mother in law, and a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” The “adults” missed the point. It concerns love and hate, and not just loving more or loving less. The “adults” cannot accept the following that as God is a Spirit, and He represents Himself with His words, so are His “words spiritual” or in parables. Eze 20:49 “Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?” Psa 78:2 “I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old.” Everybody reads this in the Holy Bible! Mar 4:34 “But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.” Did Jesus speak except in parables? • Were Peter, John, James, Paul, other apostles and Disciples authorized to expound on the word? • Can modern apostles claim this authority to explain the words that are expressed in parable? “The babes” The “babes” with humility, totally submit to the direction of our Lord as He did to His Disciples: Luk 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Thus, “not leaning unto their own understanding” (Prov. 3:5) simply wait for God’s way in reading the Holy Bible: Isa 28:10 “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” “Honour thy Father” The “babes” would not attempt to comprehend what our Lord said regarding “honour thy father,” but wait for our Lord to reveal the real “Father” in the following: Mat 23:9 “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” Very clearly, “father” refers to the One True God whom the chosen have clearly identified by divine revelation: Very clearly, “father” refers to the One True God whom the chosen have clearly identified by divine revelation: Mat 16:15 “ He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Joh 8:19 “...Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.” Joh 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” Mat 11:27 “...no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” 1 Cor 12:3 “...and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” In effect, the command “honour thy Father” refers to the following: Mark 12:30 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” Accordingly, “to honour thy Father” refers to several commandments in The Ten Commandments all pertaining to God introducing Himself and His demand to love Him, for having delivered them from “spiritual” slavery. Examples of “Dishonouring Father” Judas Iscariot, a chosen and an apostle of Christ, we all know how he sold our Lord for 30 pcs. of silver. But more than this was when he “dipped his finger in the dish” of our Lord. Mar 14:18 “And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me. 19 And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I? 20 And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish.” This sin of Judas is like that of Lucifer who wanted to be on a par or on the same level with our Lord. For the real Christians, very clearly stated in Mark 4:34 that only our Lord can “expound on His words that are expressed in parables.” Therefore, taking this authority is like “dipping the finger in the dish.” Look where “dishonouring the Father” ends: Act 1:16 “Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.” Heb 6:4 “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” As it is written, “he that curseth father...let him die the death” and that is what happened to Judas. No wonder the chosen are very careful not to explain the great spiritual message of the “letter” of the word – only God by divine revelation: 1 Cor 2:13 “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 2 Pet 1:20 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” “Prophecy of the scripture” is the words of God in the Holy Bible that are being fulfilled, not with the “letter” that the Natural Man understands, but spiritually: Mat 5:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Mat 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
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