The Church

The true church is the body of believers marked by The Holy Spirit as belonging to The Kingdom of Heaven and not a member of a Church or denomination but members of these might belong to the true church.

What does the church offer that Satan does not offer?

How does the church show that what Jesus offers is greater than what Satan offers people?

Do people see in your Faith something that attracts them to join you in a church so that there is a desire to go to it or does your church appear irrelevant to them

Many churches try to attract people through worldly activities like concerts, game nights, imitating a coffee shop and because the use the world’s methods achieve little. This is because they no longer have the Authority of Jesus being expressed in them to attract people to Him.

You are to go out and demonstrate The kingdom of God is stronger and better than what Satan offers or you may as well be a social club to most which has higher morals than most people. Although given the scandals involving ministers in the western church even that is now a doubtful possibility.

What is the church?

Where is the church found.

There are two churches in the world:

That which the world sees found in denominations and buildings Satan has a form of control over to hide that it is not the true church

That which The Kingdom of God on earth found in its citizens which may be in denominations..

Is it found in a denomination, a house church, a meeting of Christians, in a small prayer group or other types of Christian gatherings?

It is found in a gathering of two or more people that meet for the purposes of The Kingdom of God.

Jesus said that His Followers would live in peace and unity with each other showing His Love to each other and relating to each other as His followers should, expressing His love and service to each other.

Denominations divide His People into factions as do house church groups and similar activities that are regulated by man.

So man’s organisation or activates or other man regulated organisations do not mark a person as belonging to His Church!

So what marks a member of His Church?

They have an intimate personal relationship with Him

They do His Will over that of their own or religious organisation.

They live in peace with all believers promoting only His Kingdom.

They server and help each other in His Quality of Love

They unify to do His work and reach the lost and destroy the works of Satan.

Where two or three are gathered together for His purposes there is His church and buildings are irrelevant for this to happen.

What is the purpose of the church?

The Body of Christ is God’s representative on earth and is used by God to further His Kingdom and also to worship Him Showing God’s love and grace in all they do as well as the manifestation of The Authority of Jesus on earth and by this bring Him Glory and Honour.

Everything a church does should be directed at furthering The Kingdom of God or it will result in glory and honour to man and be a form of idolatry.  Churches do not do God’s Will if they do not demonstrate, preach or teach the Kingdom of God, of which the church is suppose to be an example of in this world. 

A church not doing this is not part of The True Body.  Individuals in it may be but not the congregation as a whole and in serious cases may have its candle (light in the world) removed by Jesus so it no longer is His as it no longer represents Him and His Kingdom.

It is worrying when Jesus told someone that 80-% of people who call themselves Christian will not go up in the rapture when He comes and that if He came now it would be 90% would not go up.

It is all there in The Bible so a denomination not doing these things or not teaching these things to its ministers does not believe The Bible so cannot be a follower of Jesus.

A church must demonstrate the Love of God and the Authority of Jesus over Satan or it has no real purpose and becomes just another social club or charitable organisation having the appearance o Godliness but not of its demonstration.

Until a church can show these things it is not going to do the work of Jesus, hinder Satan’s Kingdom, rescue people from it’s influences or destroy his works. It may as well  be a social club of high moral standards or a secret society for a few who know the ritual and language of the church.

Paul stated this principle clearly as being an important part of his evangelistic ministry:

1Co 2:4-5  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

In otherwords it demonstrates the authority of Jesus over Satan and his works and unless it does that it is really little different to other religions that have similar morals.

People reject the church and follow white witchcraft and similar because it appears to have good morals and appear to have the spiritual power the church lacks. And the church does nothing to demonstrate it is superior spiritually to them.

It is this expression of this Authority over Satan that is the only real difference between what the true church offers and Satan offers through his belief systems.

Where The Kingdom is demonstrated the church us growing.  In the west where it is not demonstrated by most churches it is dieing and people are turning to religions and cults that Satan controls which appear to have spiritual power..

A church must demonstrate the Love of God and the Authority of Jesus over Satan or it has no real purpose and becomes just another social club or charitable organisation having the appearance of Godliness but not of its demonstration.

Until a church can show these things it is not going to do the work of Jesus, hinder Satan’s Kingdom, rescue people from it’s influences or destroy his works. It may as well  be a social club of high moral standards or a secret society for a few who know the ritual and language of the church.


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What is the purpose of the church:

Is it to build up denominations?

Is it to build bigger and better churches?

Is it to set up organisations to help the denominations members?

It is to pay people to do the work the members of denominations should be doing?

Is it to train people to ministers or people on behalf of a denomination?

Is it to demonstrate the spiritual Authority of Jesus or the authority of the denomination?

What is the purpose of His Church?

The purpose of the church is to serve Jesus and to protect and expand His Kingdom, demonstrating His Authority (and thus the authority of His Kingdom) removing people from the kingdom of His enemy, freeing them from the enemy’s influence as well as destroying the works and plans of His enemy.

It is t o demonstrates Gods Love to the world and free people from the enemy’s kingdom then teach them how to live as a citizen of The Kingdom of God.

Being a member of a denomination does not make you a citizen of His Kingdom because denominations are set up for the purposes of man’s control and Jesus does not need them andalso they divide His Kingdom. They also perform the work of the denomination as it seeks to preserve itself.

Denominations are a master stroke of Satan because as he divides the Church he can more easily influence and conquer it.

So when a denomination is not serving Jesus and expanding His Kingdom, demonstrating His Authority and removing people from the kingdom of His enemy, it is not part of God’s Church as it is not doing what He commanded it to do in The Bible just before He left earth.

Jesus commanded you to love Him and others in the way He Loves you. Many people in denominations have enough difficulty loving each other let alone those they are sent too help.

The summary of The Commands Jesus gave just before H left are as follows:

All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,

Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

And these signs shall follow them that believe;

In my name shall they cast out devils;

they shall speak with new tongues;

They shall take up serpents;

and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;

they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover

and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

Citizens of The Kingdom of God which are members of His Church will be doing these things when they have the opportunity to do so given to them by God.

(It has been suggested that the passage giving us authority over Satan is not said to be in the Greek texts used by modern translations but it was in them and was removed before the Greek texts were published.)

Not doing these things when given the opportunity to do them is disobedience which is a form of rebellion against God so people need to be either doing these things, learning how to do them, teaching others how to do them or resting from doing them. In a sense it is denying Jesus not to do them when told too by Him and He said that if you are deliberately not wholeheartedly trying to do any of the above when He asks you to do them then He will deny you before The Father so that you do not enter heaven. After all, you are rebelling and rebellion is sin.

By deliberately rejecting doing these things or being indifferent to doing them you are denying people from knowing who He is and what He has done for them. He will deny you before The Father so you will not enter heaven

So are you doing His Purposes by doing the above or are you being a good member of a denomination serving the denomination instead of Him and The Kingdom of God.

Salvation is a relationship and if you have a relationship with Jesus, which will be a result of your love for Him and appreciation of what He and The Father has done for you, you will be willingly doing these things when Jesus gives you the opportunity to do them.


How should the church be run

How was the early church run? In acts 6 we are told how it was to be run.

Act 6:2  Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 

Act 6:3  Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 

Act 6:4  But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 

Note that the spiritual and the administrative were kept separate. Both types of tasks were to be filled with people led by The Holy Spirit. So every important role in the church has to be filled by people led by The Holy Spirit not just people who have studied how to do the roles they have and have the appropriate denomination or church qualifications or are relatives.

Note also that churches were not expected to form large organisations but be small compact local groups like house churches are.

You can see that the spiritual side which the ministers carry out is separate to the administrative side which deacons or their equivalent carried out.

The letters Paul are considered to have written do not have this structure of minister in charge or and controlling everything but the ones others are believed to have been written using his name have it in them. So was written about by someone who had not been taught by Jesus. In fact books written by other apostles mention minister only in the form of serving another but do mention elders. So it appears t he church is to have mature people guiding it spiritually with Jesus as its Minister (1 Pet 2:25).

Too many ministers do both jobs. They Minister spiritually to the church and run it when the Bible clearly shows these roles are to be separate. By the Minister doing the administrative work or controlling it he stops people in the church ministering in the areas the minister should not be controlling and also limits his discipling ability.

Unfortunately it is a pattern the Lord Jesus hates which is that of the Nicolaitans (Rev 2:6)

The Name ’Nicolaitan’ basically means “one who rules or conquer the people” In otherwords one who controls the people, or in this case the congregation. This occurs in churches where the minister’s word is law and what he says goes. There may be a church board but it answers to him and does what he says.

In its most excessive case is a cult where the leader controls everything and rules everything and what he says must be done.

Unfortunately many churches have a Nicolaitan tendency and the congregation really have little say in what happens and the church board defers to the Minister who controls everything.

In the early church there was a moderator who kept the peace, ensured there was order, and the meeting was led by The Holy Spirit. Unfortunately many Western churches do not bother to ask The Holy Spirit what to do so in a sense cannot really follow the this New Testament pattern because they have to use man’s organisation in which there is a leader who controls everyone with the help of assistants and a denomination that controls these leaders.

This is Satan’s method and the church no longer being guided completely by The Holy Spirit have defaulted to man’s way of doing things.

Because they do not listen to The Holy Spirit even though they say they do, the church is not led by The Holy Spirit but by man’s methods and so does not usually do the work of The Kingdom but does the planning of the denomination, church board or minister. This is why so many modern business practises are used by churches instead of what God said they should be doing.

This is why so many churches have financial problems. They are doing what they believe they should be doing and it is not what God usually desires them to do so He cannot fund it (Matt 6:33 applies).

The church is not guided by The Holy Spirit and is not growing or doing much for God (compared to what it can do) and so uses the proven methods of Satan to attract people and grow. Remember Satan guides modern business practices and not God

The greatest need of the church is to hear The Holy Spirit and be guided by Him and not be guided by man’s methods or agendas. Then it will do the work of The Kingdom in the Authority of The Kingdom and the world will see the church is different to what normally passes as religion.

The Body

The Body of Christ consists of people who are marked in their spirit by the Holy Spirit as belonging to The Kingdom of God. A lot of people who go to a church believe they belong to The Kingdom of God. Satan goes to church so that is not a criteria.

This is why being a denominational member or going to Church does not mark you as a Christian or member of The Kingdom of God.

What the church does not do usually

Jesus said to do some things that would prevent the people in the church being deceived and maintain a their salvation

We are always to listen to the Guidance of The Holy Spirit

We are to do things that will Glorify God and promote His Kingdom (Matt 6:33) as well as express His Love toward them

We are to tell others about Him and what He has done for them and demonstrate He and His Kingdom are real through the use of His delegated Authority over Satan and his works.

We are to pursue Holiness which is an expression of His Lordship over us.

These are rarely done or even thought about or taught by ministers or people in churches.

The Letters to the Seven Churches

When writing to the churches in the book of Revelation why does Jesus address the church as a whole and not individuals in each church?

He is looking at the church in terms of the requirements of The Kingdom of God and how it impacts on the society around them because of what it preaches and how it demonstrates Jesus and The Kingdom.  The church and their representation of The Kingdom reflect the leadership of that church and in a way these letters are comments on the leadership in these churches.

In a sense it shows the importance of the church as a local representative of the Kingdom of God on earth.  There is no longer a temple, synagogue or other places of worship mentioned in the New Testament as each person in The Body now is a temple and is able to worship God personally. 

The temple is mentioned in Acts as that is where they preached it is not mentioned in any other context in regard to the apostles

People, in their normal daily activities, cannot see The Kingdom except through the life of a citizen of The Kingdom or when they make as a group, a part of the Body known as a local church that expresses the Authority of The Kingdom over the works of Satan.

Ministers are usually responsible for what the church does so if the church does not do the will of God it is probable that they will have the greater condemnation.  Perhaps this is why the Nicolaitans are amongst the first mentioned problems in the church and are amongst the first to be condemned.

If a church is not doing the work of Jesus it may not be part of the Body.  It could be in the category of one of those churches that God says will be removed and people in it may lose their salvation.  This church loses its status of being a member of the Body of Christ and its members may be in danger of going to hell.  This is not to say all the members have these wrong attitudes but many do and they allow the church leadership to make it the way it is.

The minister can only really do things if the church agrees with them in their heart.

The church is the sum of its members so the local church that Jesus condemns is because of what most of its members do or accept.  The condemnation is also of the church’s leadership that guide the members so that they do what they are taught by the leadership which a reflection of what the leadership believes and does.

In a sense these letters are a judgement on the official and unofficial leaders in the church.  So these letters are to leaders who are recognised and appointed as such and those that assume leadership unofficially in a church.

What were and still are Nicolaitans

The root of the word Nicolaitans comes from Greek ‘nikao’, ‘to conquer or overcome’, and ‘laos’, which means ‘people and which the word laity comes from. The two words together mean ‘to overcome or rule’ the people and refers to the earliest form of what we call a priestly order or clergy which later on in church history divided people and allowed for leadership other than those led by the Holy Spirit. A good translation of Nicolaitan would be “those who prevail over the people”

These leaders destroyed the flat structure of the Body of Christ where each person is directly answerable to Jesus and not to another and replaced Jesus as its bishop (1 Pet 2:25).

This structure is not in the letters that scholars believe Paul wrote. However there are some doubtful letters written by others using Paul’s name as an act of homage that have the Nicolaitan structure in as well as the spiritual headship over women. This ties in the fact that Jesus never taught these things and did not teach them to Paul which is why he did not write about them.

If you study 1 Pet 3:1-6 you can see that headship can only be domestic and this would be how Jesus taught it. If Jesus leads both spouses then He is the spiritual head and they will always ask The Holy Spirit what to do so there is never any arguments over a matter or activities they submit to Jesus by obeying what The Holy Spirit tells them to do.

Spiritual authority over another in the Body of Christ is only for the purposes of helping them in their spiritual life as a mentor and then it is not control type authority but a servant type serving the spiritual needs of that person.  This true authority last only as long as Jesus desires you to minister to that person: to guide them, help them mature, to meet any of their needs you need to or to teach them what Jesus desires them to be taught.

Ministry is the expression of God’s love in you to another and to express it any other way than helping them because Jesus has asked you to is to take over the role of Jesus and The Holy Spirit and declare you know what is best for a person.

To take authority over the physical side of a person is wrong unless Jesus appoints you as steward over them for the purposes of the laws of the land and then it is only legal authority. Legal authority are the laws of the land to guide and control an area for the benefit of all in that area as well as enforce these laws.  Servants meet the emotional and physical needs of others and do not control them and so it is with all who are citizens of The Kingdom, that they meet the needs of others and not seek to have their own needs met unless they need help meeting them or to control others for their purposes.

After all the nature of Love is that of God and is that of a servant.

Background

Chapters 2 and 3 of the book of Revelation deal with letters to seven churches in Asia Minor. Why were they all in Asia Minor?

We are told in the Letter to Pergamos that Satan had his throne (seat) there so he ruled from there and these churches were all in the area of its influence and of the influence of the people who served at his throne.

The chief spirit over Asia Minor was not a lower territorial spirit but Satan himself.  So the churches were prime targets for his attacks and illustrated various ways he attacked the church.  So these Letters are to seven churches to illustrate the effects of Satan attacks on churches.

It is interesting that after these letters to the seven churches the focus changes from these churches in the area Satan controls to God’s throne in heaven as if to remind us that Satan is controlled by God so that these churches are only in danger if they do not follow Jesus as Lord!

Ephesus 2: I-7

This was the seat of the worship of the Goddess Artemis who was worshipped throughout the then known world. The demon behind Artemis would probably be working directly To Satan and if Satan did not have his seat there this demon would have been the most powerful demon in that area.

The Ephesians were doing all the correct things as Christians, but from wrong motives. They had left their first Love, Jesus (v4), so love for Him was no longer their motivation. The legalism that was involved in the cult of the goddess Artemis had somehow crept into the Christians so love was no longer a motivation for service.

They tested the spirit behind things v2

They could not stand evil people v2

Laboured to serve Jesus and endured in this labour v3

But their motive for service was wrong so Jesus could not have them as His representatives and would close the church down rather than have it minister in a corrupt way. Even though they were preaching the correct gospel of salvation (as they followed the Bible v2) legalism and ritual had crept in and replaced love and grace.  They were not serving Jesus out of love for Him but for the sake of service.

Legalism could only have crept in if The Holy Spirit was no longer in charge or being ignored and not manifesting in their midst with His guiding gifts.

They were commended, however, because they hated the priestly structure associated with the Nicolaitans.

The Ephesian church had the truth but did the right things but for the wrong reasons. They had lost their love for Jesus so it was just ritual and legalism, the same as it was in the Temple of Artemis.

It was a church society could not see as being really different to what they were doing already and in many ways represents many churches of of today. Doing things to satisfy denominational or Church requirements and not because of their love for Jesus and not demonstrating the authority of Jesus over Satan.

Smyrna 2:8-11

The church at Smyrna is commended for its endurance against Satan’s attacks on it. They are encouraged to continue in their endurance until the trial is over and they will be rewarded with eternal life.

They are told not to be afraid as Jesus is greater than Satan and they can never lose the gift of eternal life He promises them if they endure to the end of the trial.

This is the type of Church that resists the evil around it and is not compromised by this evil in any way.  Its members would rather be imprisoned and die than to give in to the forces of evil around them. They pursue holiness in all they do and what the do is done in God’s Quality of Love.

They had not lost their first Love for Jesus and endured because of their love for Him and His Things.

It was a church that represented The Kingdom of God in all it did and is typical of churches in persecuted countries.

 Pergamos 2:12-17

In this city Satan had his seat (throne) and from this earthly throne he could monitor Rome, Jerusalem, Ephesus, Egypt. Africa, Asia because Pergamos is near the centre of the earth’s land masses.

The church in Pergamos was once godly and they had people who had died fighting for the faith in that city.  But they had become compromised in two ways:

They had allowed a priestly structure in the church (with all the results that follow this type of structure). 

They had also abused the forgiveness and freedom the Grace of Jesus allows a Christian. They had compromised their faith through allowing things of Satan’s world system to be an acceptable in the belief they could repent afterwards because of Calvary and the forgiveness that was there.

After a while this worldliness became a natural part of their lifestyle and they no longer repented.

The Nicolaitans were there because the church had accepted things of Satan’s world, because they had lost the ability to Hear the Holy spirit so adopted man’s system of doing things like many modern churches have.

This church did not fight evil but compromised with it and lost its love for the truths of God as well as its ability to hear the Holy Spirit and had adopted mans methods of doing things.

It was a church that was irrelevant to the society around it and is also representative of many churches today that have lost the leading of The Spirit and look to mans ways of leading and guidance.

Thyatira

This is the longest letter to any of the seven churches. Jezebel was the problem. in this church.  Jezebel is part of the unholy trinity: Jezebel, Death and Hades, and Anti-Christ so a victory over her is important.

This church showed Gods’ love in its ministry but had Jezebel in its midst using Christians for her purposes.

Each person in the Thyatira church would be judged according to their service of Jesus.  Those who allowed Jezebel to use them would be destroyed. Those that resisted her would continue in their relationship with Jesus (salvation) and would rule the nations with Him.

Jesus placed no other trial on them than to resist Jezebel and obey His revealed Will (truths). This is the church that seeks to do God’s Will and resist the things of Satan but the leadership does not remove those people Satan uses from within its midst so it sends mixed signals to society around.

This is a church that is too busy trying to please man and so ignores what God wants it to do.  A church that tolerates evil in its midst for the sake of peace and so called unity and sends a mixed message to the world of what Christianity is.

Jezebel is a major spirit in the world today which is why we have feminism, womens rights and promotion of women in ungodly things.

Sardis 3:1-6

Sardis was a Church that had forgotten its beginnings so the foundational teachings it had received were badly compromised or forgotten. Things were so bad that many would lose their salvation. They were told to restore (strengthen) the Truth that they still had left (and Jesus would build on this and their desire to hold to these truths).

As always, there was a faithful remnant who had held to what they were originally taught.

This is a church that compromised its truths and salvation because they allowed into their belief system things that were ungodly and had embraced them.  They had salvation (were in the Lamb’s book of life but if they did not repent their name would be blotted out of and these would lose their salvation (v5). In otherwords Jesus said that you can lose your salvation.

They did not have a Bible so it was not compromising Biblical truths but the spiritual truths they had been taught.

Can you lose your salvation? Yes (v5), through deliberately unrepented disobedience, according to this letter.  Deliberately ignoring what God says to do is a form of disobedience.

This church did not represent God or His Kingdom so was of none or little use to Him.

Many churches today in the west represent their denomination and not God’s Kingdom so are of Little use for Him

Philadelphia.

Jesus had been watching them as they had been faithful to the point of exhaustion (had little strength) and had obeyed Jesus completely (there was no condemnation to them).

Jesus set before them an open door (of service and ministry) as they had proved their worth to Him through their faithfulness to Him. Their enemies would bow before them and admit their error of faith to the Philadelphians.

They are encouraged to endure to receive their rewards.  It is only as you finish the race do you receive the prize. Jesus said:

He that overcometh to the end the same shall be saved”

This church represented Jesus and by their faith and lifestyle attracted people to Him and His Kingdom.

The people in this church had passed all the tests necessary to prove their faith in Jesus so they could be used by Jesus as He desired too use them so He would give them no other burden (trials).  Satan had been allowed to sift them and had failed.  Through the way they had handled these trial of Satan they had proved to Satan they were worthy of doing the work Jesus had called them to do.

You do not become great in the kingdom of God through studying the Bible at seminaries, Bible colleges etc..  You become great through applying the Bible, and faithfully enduring every trial Satan places on you.

Laodicea 3:14-22

This is the lukewarm, worldly, wealthy, comfortable church - A comfortable social club, having all the trappings of Christianity but none of the fruit of it.  It is of no spiritual relevance to the world around it as it makes none or little spiritual impact on it, having little of any real spiritual worth to offer them.  Appearing to be little different to the world, or to other religions and cults having little impact on the world.

If your church makes little impact in the society around it, perhaps it is this type of lukewarm church.  If this is not this type the church, you had better find out why Jesus is not using or cannot use your church to impact the people around you.

Jesus hates comfortable, lukewarm people or churches so much He spews (violently vomits) them out of His Body into Satan’s world as He will not use or tolerate hypocrisy.  This is the hypocritical church that says they are Christ’s, but pay only lip-service to Him and are too well off and comfortable to do His work being too wrapped up in their activity to maintain their lifestyle and wealth.

If any repent and obey Jesus (v20) their Salvation relationship with Jesus will be restored (Jn 17:3) and they will be restored to fellowship with Him and The Father.

They had not blasphemed The Holy Spirit so they were able to be restored so that it was more comfortableness and disobedience rather than maligning or calling into disrepute (blaspheming) The Holy Spirit and His Things. Deliberately Ignoring the Holy Spirit is disobedience and not blasphemy. Blasphemy occur when you ridicule The Holy Spirit or call Him into disrepute.

This church was hypocritical saying they served God but ignored what He wanted them to do so they were of no effect on society and even gave a bad impression of what Jesus wanted to tell society and would be vomited strongly out of His Kingdom if they did not repent.  He had nothing good to say to this church but still gave them hope if they repented.

Some of the lessons to learn from these letters

It is interesting that no other churches were written too but only those around the throne of Satan as it so show that in these churches were all the basic problems that could affect a church.

You can lose your salvation (Rev 3:5)

Only in obedience to Jesus and His truths is their salvation

There are rewards for overcoming the attacks of Satan. And only if you endure to the end will you receive a reward (Matt 10:22,
1 Cor 15:58)

Lukewarmness (comfortable Christianity) is hated by Jesus .

The Nicolaitan church system is hated by Jesus (people controlled by ministers who are not allowed to minister unless qualified by it).

You must reject the world and all it offers not to be compromised by it.

God is Love and readily accepts the repentant person back into fellowship (Salvation,).  It is obvious these people had not blasphemed The Holy spirit or they would not have been able to repent.

You must be led by The Spirit to avoid the traps these churches fell into. You must be Led (guided) by The Holy Spirit of you want to be a follower of Jesus and child of The Father.

Each of these churches would have shown the Kingdom in a different way but only those that obeyed The Holy Spirit would be showing it correctly.  Those that showed a church structure or lifestyle little different to the religions around them would have little impact on the society they lived in but those that had people willing to stand up for Jesus and die as well as express the Authority of The Kingdom of God would have changed the society they lived in.

Only as you show your life is different to those around you as you demonstrate the presence of The Kingdom of God in the world and that you are willing to die for Jesus will you impact society in a way that will change it.

Remember, that these churches reflected the attitudes of the minister(s) and/or denomination over them and Jesus will hold ministers accountable for the way they led the people they had control of.

Closing Comments on the letters

As I was discussing the purposes of these letters a prophetess I was discussing this with was given the following by Jesus:

They were written to the people in those areas professing to be of Christ yet not willing to open their blind eyes or their ears.  Had they been willing to listen to the Holy Spirit, certain letters would not have been necessary.  They are also an example for churches employing those same practices today.A

These were written for Christians to examine their heart and see which one of these types of churches they are attending.  They were written for leaders of churches as well as all the people in them.

Conclusion

A citizen of The Kingdom of God will be Kingdom focused and not church or denominationally focused.  Examine your focus.  It will be found in how you represent The Kingdom or your lack of representing it.

Only citizens of The Kingdom get to heaven so you better be sure you are living as one and demonstrating and living The Kingdom as Jesus desires you to live it.

 Ecumenicism

Ecumenicism is an attempt by Satan to form a one world church in preparation for the appearance and worship of the Antichrist and subsequently of him.

Ecumenicism is the attempt to have different belief systems worship and fellowship together. You cannot worship with people who do not follow Jesus.  Liberal Christians worship with them and say nothing about the fact these people do not worship Jesus but unknowingly follow Satan and by showing apparent approval of the beliefs of these people (given to them by Satan) they imply there are other ways to heaven that God has declared.

This is in conflict with what the Bible says and indicates these liberal Christians do not follow Jesus or are very naive and it is very like they are not His representative but representing their own idea of what Salvation is. There is also the possibility they are heading to hell because Jesus is not their Lord or they would not fellowship those who do not follow Jesus and appear to condone the faith of those people as being salvation faith. Socialise yes! Fellowship No!

Socialising is a meeting for pleasure. Fellowship is a meeting for he purposes of The Kingdom of God.

It is to be noted that the problem is not to do with assimilating or accepting biblical doctrine, but doctrine resulting from the pronouncements of man or from tradition.  The basis for these practices will not be found in the Bible as they are man made which is why they are not observed by true Christians and which is why true Christians do not belong to the ecumenical movement.

It is only when traditional or man-made doctrine modifies, changes, deletes or negate Scripture that they can promote Ecumenicism.  Remember that Ecumenicism then deals with what a man says is there and not what God says is there and must modify Biblical principles for it to occur.

Interfaith fellowship cannot even be considered as possible between a true Christian and anyone who does not follow Christ in the same way.

However liberal Christians who follow the doctrines of modern Bibles have no difficult in compromising doctrine so that Jesus is little different to the founders of other religions. In fact modern bibles have been altered to promote ecumenicism by the way the deal with whom Jesus is.

How to stifle a church

Do not make God a personal God

Do not make Him relevant for daily living - only for special occasions such as Easter and Christmas

Do not make His miracles to be for today, but only for the time of Jesus

Do not believe or teach the personal guidance and power of the Holy Spirit

Do not make The Bible more important than reason, tradition or denominational rules

Do not make the work of God personal - use agencies for charity and evangelism and not church members

Do not show the Authority of the Kingdom of God

Do not war against Satan.

Commercialism in the church

What did Jesus think of Commercialism of any sort in His place of worship

Mat 21:12 And Yeshua entered The Temple of God* and cast out all of those who sold and bought in The Temple and upset the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.

Mat 21:13 And he said to them, "It is written: 'My house will be called the House of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers.'"

One must not confuse a church building which is used in various activities which may not be Christian with people meeting together for the purposes of God and His Kingdom which is called an assembly.

When an assembly is meeting it is a holy place because Jesus is in their midst and there should be no commercial activity because it will distract from the worship of Jesus. Because an assembly can meet anywhere what is a holy place varies according to where two or more people are meeting for the purposes of The Kingdom of God.

So there is nothing wrong commercial activities as long as they do not intrude or hinder the worship that is going on so it is best these activities to be done separately worship meetings and the identified as not being part of normal Christian worship.

Why do people go to church?

When you go to church why do you go there?

People go to church as a habit and not to meet God usually or they would behave differently in church and before and after the service and show more of God’s Love and acceptance to people. They would not gossip form cliques or promote worldly things but keep the time as being holy to God.

Do you go to meet God?
Do you go because of the social life?
Do you go for the singing?
Do you go for the sermon?
DO you go to learn more of what it means to be a Christian.

Why do you go there?

Remember Jesus is there because wherever two or three are gathered in His Name He is in the midst of them.

So why do you go there?

Do you acknowledge God’s presence is there or do you concentrate on other things more worldly in nature.

Remember Christianity is a relationship so God expects you to relate to Him when you go there.

So what do you expect when you go to church?

Is meeting with God your objective when you go there or do you go there out of habit and just do what they do there because you find it enjoyable?

Remember you go to church to meet with others for fellowship with them and also with God.

So if God is not the focus for your going to church you may as well be going to a social club.

The problem with most churches is that people know of Jesus but do not personally relate to each member of The Trinity so do not go there to meet a precious friend but to meet an impersonal God.

A true story

Someone I know went to Church and the sermon was so boring she use to count the bricks behind the altar.

The minister has a responsibilities to preach in a way that is meaningful to those God has placed there to hear him and not just parrot sermons prepare by others. This does not meet their need. He needs to listen to The Holy Spirit so He knows what God desires preached so it will meet the needs of the people listening.

The Father weeps

The Father looks down from heaven at the church and sees what a wonderful time they are having. It is doing all the things good church people should do:

Maintaining thier denomination or Church

Building funds

Social groups

Praising each other

Even praising Jesus and The Holy Spirit at times, though rarely The Father

Paying others to do what they should be doing

Holding social gatherings to present The Gospel under the guise of evangelism but really to satisfy their belief they are doing God’s work

But The Father says they do not do what He desires them to do.

The Father says:

They ignore Me. Every good and perfect gift they have is from me and they do not appreciate that or thank me for them.

They ask Jesus for it when He said to ask Me for it.

When they get a chance to tell others what Jesus has done they often do not do it for fear of rejection or lack of knowledge and often they do not even think of doing it also many do not even know what to say to these people.

They ignore all the people around them going to hell being satisfied with the fact they believe they are going to heaven even though they are not doing what I want them to do but satisfying only the denominational guidelines. Remember the warning in Revelation 3:5 which applies to many in the church.

They ignore My Kingdom of God replacing it with the denominational church.

They do not battle for My Kingdom or defend My Glory. Many even do not realise they are at war with my enemy to even considering battling him.

Most of them know of me and My Son but do not have a personal relationship with us. They are not taught that salvation is a personal, intimate relationship with Me and My Son.

They do not love others as I desire them too or represent My Kingdom in the way they should. Unfortunately most western churches do not believe in the things they need to do to demonstrate My Kingdom.

What really saddens me is that they do not even know the basics of The Gospel to be able to present it when they need to:

Everyone has deliberately disobeyed God at some time

I am King and disobedience is treason and results in physical and spiritual death

Jesus died on a cross to take the punishment for your rebellion

I see that the payment for the rebellion has been met by Jesus

I now treat you as if you had never sinned and welcome you into The Kingdom provided you wholeheartedly try and obey God. Remember that Jesus declared my Will to you which included what I desired you to do and obey.

When you die and Jesus asks you:

How did you tell others about The Kingdom?

How did you defend The Kingdom of God and God’s Glory?

How did you plunder The enemy’s kingdom and free people from it?

Did you develop the intimate relationship you needed to have with The Father and I?

What Did you do to obtain any rewards in Heaven?

How did you relate to others in My Kingdom?

What have you done that I should allow you to enter heaven?

What will you say?

People think going to church once a week, hearing about God and doing what the church requires satisfies my requirements.

Intimacy takes time to develop. An intimate relationship is one when we share our hearts, spend time with each other, learn about each, talk to each other and listen to each other. It is a relationship that exists outside church and does what I desire regardless of what the church desires.

If people loved me instead of just knowing about me they would desire this intimacy and spent time developing it.

I made you to have an intimate relationship with Me and My Son and to enjoy all I had created for you! We still desire to have this relationship with you and for you to enjoy what we have created for you. But My church does not teach or encourage this.

They do not teach people to see things as they really are spiritually because Satan has taught them to look at things in a worldly way.

I am a God of Love and Mercy and not anger or wrath or you would all be dead. Remember that!

Many who say they are of my church will not go up in the rapture because they know of me but do not know me personally and do what the church desires and not what My Son has commanded.

Do you know what I want you to do? Does your church tell you what I desire you to do?

Remember that demons know more about me than you do but do not know me personally. I do not ask you to do any thing that has not been revealed to you by The Holy Spirit as I would not be a God of Love if I did that.

It is not what you know or do but what you do with what has been revealed to you and the attitudes in which you do them.

Remember that I Love you as you are and not as you or others think you should be and I never ask you to do more than you are able too. Then why are you not doing what I asked you to do?

My promise is to provide all you need if you seek to develop the personal relationship you have with Me and Jesus and do the work of The Kingdom. Then I will bless you as you desire to be blessed and you will truly be a citizen of My Kingdom.

The Father

Personal Comment

The Father reminded me He is a God of Love and Mercy and not anger and wrath. I could hear the sadness in His Voice as He gave me this through The Holy Spirit.

He said that He had so much to give us but we prevent it and not Satan by our wrong attitudes and that it is all there waiting for us. All He asks us to do is His Will and to develop the relationship we have with Him and Jesus (Matt 6:33).

He asked me to quote these verses:

1Ti_6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Php_4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
1Ti_6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
Heb_13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Be satisfied with what you have because if you need it God will supply it when you let Him.