Brethren, this is an extremely important article, it is lengthy but every line is vitally important because the subject here is whether we will obey God and receive eternal life or whether we will follow any other to reap eternal death.
Deuteronomy 30:1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
30:2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
30:3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.
30:4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:
30:5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
Below is the New Covenant prophesied by Moses and which was later prophesied in Jeremiah 31 and Ezekiel 36.
30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
30:7 And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
30:8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.
30:9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:
This New Covenant is also conditional upon obedience to every Word of God; yet God will strengthen his people by turning our hearts from stone to flesh and writing his law on our hearts, which hearts will be softened by the addition of his Holy Spirit as it is written in Joel 2:28
30:10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
If we commit to a diligent keeping of all of God’s commandments, we shall be given the Holy Spirit of God and strengthened to keep the Word of God.
30:11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
30:12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
30:13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
30:14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
Possession of the physical Promised Land is absolutely CONDITIONAL on our obedience to every Word of God! Therefore the lawbreakers: WILL BE DRIVEN From the LAND!
This practical physical driving out of the wicked is an allegory of the spiritual: possession of the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life, which is also absolutely CONDITIONAL on our passionate love of God and our diligent obedience to every Word of God!
30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
30:16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
30:17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
30:18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
God through Moses, set before the people a choice to obey to life or to turn away unto death.
Then the choice was theirs; today the choice is ours: Will we turn back to our God in diligent, faithful, zealous, passionate, obedient, enthusiasm to live by every Word of God; or will we choose the easy way of wickedness that leads to our correction and destruction?
30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
The “God’s Church: The Mother of Us All” Teaching
This article is not limited to UCG but is a widely held belief, yet this study was directly inspired by a recently published UCG Bible Study entitled [link] “God’s Church: The Mother of Us All”. [now removed by UCG]
The study begins with the premise that “God’s Church: [is] The Mother of Us All,” and is of course referring to the corporate CoG as “God’s Church.”
The study starts with that statement and never offers any proof of its validity, because there is none: Always “Watch That Premise!”
This Bible Study is really about justifying their rejection of the Holy Scriptures on the Biblical Calendar and exalting themselves above the Word of God with the Catholic Primacy of Peter claim that “we the mother church have decided”.
Herbert Armstrong adopted the Roman Catholic Primacy of Peter heresy in the early 1970’s, but avoided the name and notoriety of “The Primacy of Peter” by claiming that Peter was not the chief apostle and that James was; so the COG heresy is properly “The Primacy of James.” The heresy is not in the name but in the fact that the teaching sets up the Nicolaitane falsehood that the ministry comes between men and God and has the right to sit in judgment of God’s Word to decide what to bind [obey] and what to disobey [loose].
The Calendar Issue
UCG and NONE of the other COG Groups are able to refute the “UCG Paper: A Defense of the Biblical Calendar” submitted to the UCG Doctrinal Committee [a similar paper was submitted to the COGWA DC].
For recent Calendar Papers presented to major COG organizations by their own members; and for a two page list of links to our Calendar Articles please see the Sabbath and Calendar Study.
The COGWA Doctrinal Committee made themselves look foolish with their response to a Calendar paper presented to them and UCG has found it impossible to resist the Word of God; and the COG groups are now resorting to the Roman Catholic: “We are the church, we have decided, and you must obey us in all things” heresy [apparently they must be obeyed no matter how wrong they are].
Of course this exalts them above the Word of God and is a frontal attack on the authority of Almighty God!
God’s Church: The Mother of Us All?
In a study of this issue the first point is to define the word “church.”
In fact the word “church” is a deliberate mistranslation and is not even in the Bible, the biblical word is Ekklesia; meaning, in the spiritual sense, all faithful believers who are zealous to live by every Word of God. In Bible translations the scriptural word “Ekklesia” has been replaced with the improper word “church” which means a religious organization, something which the scriptural word Ekklesia DOES NOT mean.
Please visit this link for a good look at how the word church came to be substituted for the biblical word Ekklesia: What is The True Church?
After studying the word “church” and learning what God’s Ekklesia is, let us search the scriptures for the term: “God’s church: the mother of us all”.
The teaching that either a corporate church or even the biblical Ekklesia, is “The Mother of Us All” is nowhere to be found in the scriptures and is in fact just another Roman Catholic error designed to support the Primacy of Peter heresy and exalt the corporate church above the Word of God and above all else.
Search the scriptures from one cover to the other and you will not find any statement that “The Church is The Mother of Us All”, instead you will find a very different statement.
Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
The scripture teaches that God in heaven is our Father; and that the heavenly Jerusalem, NOT some corporate church or even the Ekklesia; is the mother of the Called Out and Faithful.
Nowhere in the Bible will you find the church or even the Ekklesia called; the mother of us all [all the called out]!
This is a false teaching designed to distract us from focusing on God our Father and our”mother” the heavenly Jerusalem above, down from which flows the Spirit and Word of God the Father, to turn us to the idolatry of focusing on and making an idol of men or some church organization.
What does the scripture mean: Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.?
First we know that if we are called of God and if we sincerely repent and accept that call making a baptismal commitment to “Go and sin no more” [which means to live by every Word of God], then the sacrifice of the Lamb of God will be applied to us and we shall be reconciled to God the Father and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, which is given to all those who obey God (Acts 5:32). From then on we are the sons of God and we must grow in the faith and Word of God and overcome until we are chosen and changed to spirit to become the sons of God in the fullest sense.
What about the “mother”?
Jerusalem above is our mother and like any physical mother, our spiritual mother nurtures and teaches us until we are spiritually full grown and fully mature. That is the job of the Jerusalem above!
Yes, leaders and elders and even corporate organizations can help with this; IF they are focused on God as our HELPS to keep us focused on God the Father, and not intent on coming between God and the brethren as they have been doing since the 70’s and still do today.
The Jerusalem above in heaven is the dwelling place of God the Father; it is the center of God’s authority and it is his capital over all the universe.
The heavenly Jerusalem is the place from which the Spirit and Word of God flows out to perform God’s Will throughout the entire universe.
A mother nourishes and teaches her children, how does the heavenly Jerusalem our mother above do that?
After God the Father calls us and we repent accepting his call, what happens?
The Holy Spirit of God is sent down from the Jerusalem above, to teach us all things and enable us to learn, retain, understand and internalize the Word of God; so that we, if we are diligent and faithful, we can grow in faith, knowledge, understanding, spiritual wisdom and spiritual maturity to become holy as God is holy!
It is because the Holy Spirit and the Word of God the Father; flow down to us from the Jerusalem above, that the heavenly Jerusalem above is called the mother of us all!
The Bible Study Presentation
The actual study begins with the stated false premise that the church is the mother of us all [meaning a corporate entity] and immediately begins to go into the subject of Gaul and France and his contention that France is one of the tribes of Israel.
What this has to do with the title subject is hard to see, and appears to be a defense of past false traditions in response to my writings on the subject. Indeed this whole study appears to be an attempt to defend past false traditions against the truth
This Gaul section is just as wrong as the “church being our mother” Catholic heresy.
This opening section begins by claiming that the Gaul’s were Celts and then claiming that the Celts were Israel. This is easily disproved.
The Celts and Israel: A Case of Mistaken Identity
1. The word Celt refers to many different peoples speaking related languages, and does not refer to any specific people at all. While the Gauls were Celts, they were certainly not the ONLY Celts. The word “Celt” refers to a wide variety of peoples who were quite different but had languages with some similarities, and who had lived in western Europe from the most ancient times.
2. The Celts inhabited Europe from soon after Babel and the word Celt does not refer to any tribe of Israel but to pre Israel Europe
3. No tribe of Israel was either Celtic or Gaul; except that the half tribe of Dan picked up the Gaelic language when they “abode in ships” and migrated to already Celtic Ireland during the period of the Judges.
4. The related Celtic languages and civilizations existed across Europe since at least before the time of Samuel, as early as the 13th century B.C., and well before the removal of the Ten Tribes of Israel from Palestine in c 721 B.C.
5. The Gauls also called Celts, also existed in Europe from the most ancient times, well before the migrations of Assyria and the Ten Tribes, in fact even before the captivity of the Ten Tribes.
6. The Gauls actually invaded Greece FROM Europe in 279 B.C., and then coming from Greece they entered Anatolia to establish Galatia: Heading EAST from Europe into Greece and Anatolia; not heading from Anatolia WEST into Europe as the UCG study wrongly claims.
7. Not all Gauls invaded Anatolia from Greece and the Balkans to establish Galatia; many Gauls remained in Europe their homeland, where later they were joined by the Hittites [Franks] to form France
8. The Gauls were Gentiles and not a tribe of Israel; some Gauls invaded Anatolia FROM Greece and the Balkans and established Galatia where they were visited by Paul the apostle sent to the Gentiles [who was forbidden to go to the Ten Tribes]; and to whom the Epistle of Galatians was written.
It is history and scripture which are correct; the ten tribes were taken to Assyria and Mesopotamia c 721 B.C. hundreds of years AFTER the Celts overspread Europe[Reuben did not overspread Europe seven or eight hundred years before the Assyrian captivity]; and then after the fall of Assyria c 610 B.C. the Ten Tribes migrated with the Assyrians North, past the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea region and then headed west into northern Europe from the East.
In 616, the Medes under Cyaxares conquered Ashur. In the year 612 BCE, Niniveh fell to the combined forces of the Babylonians and Medes. Haran, Ashur-uballit’s last stronghold, was taken in 610, ending the Assyrian empire.
The term Celts or Gaul’s was a generic term for the various races inhabiting Europe from times well before Samuel.
The Gauls entered Anatolia FROM Greece and Europe where they had lived for about a thousand years previously about c200 B.C. The Gauls were NOT a tribe of Israel just entering Europe generations after the Assyrian captivity.
The Franks and France
Many Hittites remained in Palestine, but the bulk of them migrated when Joshua entered Palestine (c 1400 B.C.) to form the kingdom of Troy of Homer’s Trojan War fame (the Trojan war came later in c 1200 B.C.), settling in Anatolia.
After the Hittites were defeated in Troy they migrated into southern Europe passing through the territory of the Gauls and continuing north where they became known as the Franks by the Romans, naming their new capitol after the king of Troy, calling it Paris, while the word France comes from the word Franks.
The Franks [Hittites] dominated Northern France, while the ancient Celtic Gauls continued to dominate the south of France.
The tribe of Reuben did migrate into Normandy France with the Norman invasions into Scandinavia and Britain by the tribes of Israel, but later, beginning with the discovery of the New World the Normandy Normans migrated to Louisiana and Canada. In short the idea that France is a tribe of Israel contradicts scripture and history and is wrong.
Modern France is the nation of the Franks and Gauls [Hittites and Gauls] and is not a tribe of Israel.
The Authority of the “Church”
From here the Bible Study quotes various scriptures and then makes the focal point climax in the concluding minutes: when he declares that the corporate church has the authority to call assemblies implying that they also have authority to decide the calendar and when the Feast days are to be kept.
This is Absolutely False!
They have no authority whatsoever to contravene the clearly stated Scriptures on God’s Calendar, the dates of the Festivals or ANYTING ELSE!
What did God say when the ancient Levitical priests of God went contrary to the Word of God? What happened to Uzzah when he tried to save the Ark? (2 Sam 6:7) What happened to Nadab and Abihu (Num 3:4) Were they not priests of God doing what they thought was right instead of doing what God has said was right?
The “church” has absolutely NO authority to decide on the Calendar and other matters, their authority is limited to teaching every Word of God [including the scriptures on the Biblical Calendar] and keeping what Almighty God has decided. To claim any authority to decide anything contrary to the Word of God is bold blasphemy, exalting men and the corporation above the Word of God by declaring that the corporate church must be obeyed above the Word of God [no matter how wrong they are] because they are Mama.
The teaching that “The Church is The Mother of Us All” is absolutely false, but let me run with that premise for a moment, because I want to demonstrate that the premise itself clearly contradicts Scripture.
Supposing that the “church” is the mother of the converted [which it is not]: How does that give the “church” authority to decide anything contrary to scripture?
Who is the head of the Ekklesia? God the FATHER! Who is to be obeyed above all else? God the FATHER! What is the mother commanded to do? Obey God the Father!
Does the mother have the authority to act contrary to the Word of the Father? or is she required to carry out the Word of the Father?
These folks condemn themselves with their own mouths for the mother is to obey the Father and women are to obey their husbands; and the “church” is to OBEY God the Father and every Word of God!
The “church” has absolutely NO authority to do or to decide anything contrary to the Word of God the Father, as the Word teaches!
The “church” is not even mentioned in this instruction, because even the Ekklesia has absolutely NO authority to teach or to decide anything contrary to the Word of God!
The authority of the Ekklesia exists to teach zeal to live by every Word of God! Not to decide anything for themselves contrary to the Word of God!
We are to love the truth and God’s Word is truth; therefore if we depart from God’s Word we are departing from truth and if we reject truth we are rejecting God.
I am sure that Randy is very sincere, but in saying these things he is blindly believing and parroting what he has been indoctrinated with; by men who are seeking to exalt themselves as the idols of the brethren.
This entire study is full of false assumptions, twistings and gross errors; and is a direct assault on the Authority and Sovereignty of Almighty God, making idols of and exalting corporate entities and mere men above the truth of the Holy Scriptures
If we obey man and not the Word of God we have made man our sovereign, for we are the servants of those who we obey.
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin [obeying corporate idols of men] unto death, or of obedience [to every Word of God] unto righteousness?
For the last few years we have been studying from Genesis through Second Kings and the one main point which is continually repeated is that: we are to live by every Word of God and to follow God alone. We are to never follow any man contrary to the Word of God, no matter what he seems to be.
Brethren, the Calendar and the sanctity of the Sabbath are TESTS to see if we will obey God or some man! It is as simple as that; God is testing us to see if we will be faithful to Him or if we will obey some impressive man or corporation contrary to His Word.
Jesus said that we are to judge our willingness to follow men by their zeal and fidelity to the Word of God. The wicked FALSE teacher says “We have decided”, and the godly man says “let us follow the Word of God”.
Serve God with all your hearts
Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
The Primacy of Peter or Primacy of James Heresy
If some man were to say, follow me for I am greater than God and I know better than God. He will have very few followers; very very few people would think that he was a sane and intelligent man.
Yet, large number of such people have been going around for hundreds of years; attracting hundreds of millions of followers. How can this be? Who would follow such a man?
It is because they are subtle and distort scriptures to deceive. And a person not grounded in the scriptures, not grounded in sound doctrines, simple cannot understand what is going on. These things simply can’t be discerned by anyone who is not grounded in the Holy Scriptures, and does not enthusiastically keep all of the commandments of God.
The primary scriptures used to deceive people is found in Matthew 16, where it is written Jesus says: “I say unto you that you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail again it. And I will give the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and whatever thou shalt bind on earth it shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
These people say: Peter and his successors [i.e.the church] was given power to sit in judgment of God’s words, to bind whatever he [the church] chose to bind; and to loose whatever he [the church] choses. They say that Peter [the church] was given the authority to decide for himself; which of God’s commandments he was willing to obey, and to enforce and to teach. And which of God’s commandment he [the church] could decide he did not want to support or obey or accept or teach.
They say that, Jesus Christ exalted Peter [the church] above God’s Word, setting him up in judgment of God’s Word, and giving him the authority to decide whether he thought God was right or wrong. In doing this, it is claimed that Jesus Christ made Peter [the church] sovereign and God his servant.
Is this true? For Jesus to exalt anyone over God the Father, Jesus would have to be in authority over the Father himself! Was Jesus Christ really in authority over his own Father contrary to scripture? Did Jesus have the authority to set up men over God the Father, when Jesus himself said “I can do nothing without my Father? I have done the will of my Father. I have kept my Father’s commandments.”
Jesus said when you pray; pray to the Father, thy will be done. Whose will,? the Father’s will! We are to pray Thy will be done which means that we must want that to happen. We must want to do his will. Why then would men be given the authority to change God’s word? to change God’s will at their own personal discretion?
Does Peter [the church] really have that authority and do his heirs and descendants ecclesiastically really have such authority over God the Father and God’s Word? Or is this a misreading of the scriptures? Is it a twisting of the words of God?
The Roman Catholic Church claims that Peter was the first pope, the successor of Christ. They say he is therefore Christ’s vicar and the visible and infallible head of the church, having power and authority over all the other apostles and the entire church. Catholic leaders also claim that Christ built His church upon Peter and gave him the keys to unlock and close the kingdom of heaven and hell to anyone as he chose. They assert that the popes in past history up to the present are Peter’s successors, and have the same power of the keys.
These far‑reaching claims are based on the verses found in Matthew 16:18-19. Let us make a careful and critical examination of these verses and see what Jesus said and what He actually meant. Here is the text: “Thou art Peter, and upon this Rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
The New Testament was originally written in the Greek, from which the Latin, English, and other versions were translated.
If you study the Greek text you will find that the word Peter and the word Rock on which Christ was to build His church are two separate and distinct words, each having a different meaning. The word Peter in Greek is petros, which means “a piece of rock; a stone; a single stone; movable, insecure, shifting, or rolling.” The word rock is petra, which means “a rock; a cliff; a projecting rock; mother rock; huge mass; solid formation; fixed; immovable; enduring.”
The word petros for Peter in the Greek is in the masculine gender and the word petra for the rock is in the feminine gender. Petros and petra are two distinct words in the Greek. Petros is a shifting, rolling, or insecure stone, while petra is a solid, immovable rock. In the English language the gender is not specified by the article. We say the fork, the spoon, and the knife. The three words have the same article. In the Greek, as in many of the modern languages, each noun and corresponding article is in the masculine, feminine, or neuter gender. In many cases it is an arbitrary arrangement, regardless of sex.
The article in Greek is important. If one noun is in the masculine it must have a masculine article, and if it is in the feminine it must have a feminine article. The text under consideration in the Greek shows that petros is in the masculine, and petra in the feminine, proving that they are two distinct words; and each one has a different meaning. Now the question is, on which of the two, petros or petra, did Christ establish His church? Was it on petros, a movable stone, or petra, an immovable rock?
Let us quote the text again: “I say also unto thee [to Peter], That thou art Peter [petros, masculine gender], and upon this Rock [petra, feminine gender] I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). The text indicates clearly that the church of Christ is built on petra [Christ] and not on Petros [Peter or any man].
Now, who is this petra or rock on which Christ built His true church?
Let the Holy Bible again give the answer. If the Bible gives the answer, we make no mistake in accepting it because the definition is authentic. Here is the Roman Catholic’s own Douay version “They drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock [petra, in the Greek] was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:4).
Here we have evidence that petra refers to Christ, and not to Peter, petros. Again we quote: “Jesus Christ Himself being the chief Cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20) “He is the Rock, His work is perfect” (Deuteronomy 32:4; 2 Samuel 22:2-3) (Douay [Catholic version] , 2 Kings 22:2-3).
Long before Jesus was born He was considered the Rock. Isaiah declares: “Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation” (Isaiah 28:16). Peter applies this prophecy to Christ. He wrote: “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief Cornerstone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded” (1 Peter 2:6). David said: “Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2) (Douay version, Psalm 60:3).
If the church was built on Peter, then Peter would be the head of the church.
However, Peter was not the head of the church in his day. Instead of having the disciples, apostles, and other believers call Peter pope, or Father Peter, or Holy Father Peter, Jesus said: “Be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven….
If Jesus delegated Peter to be the head of the church, why did the other disciples quarrel among themselves as to who would be the greatest (Luke 9:46)?
If this decision had already been made by Christ, why should the others fret about it? The other disciples would have submitted to the wish of their Master. Thus it seems evident that no such appointment had been made by Jesus.
Neither Peter nor any of his successors were heads of the true church. Paul explains this when he says: “The head of every man is Christ” (1 Cor. 11:3). God “gave Him to be the head over all things to the church” (Ephesians 1:22).
This explains that Jesus is the head of every person and also of the church. We are responsible to the head, which is Christ, and not to any man who tries to circumvent the work of Christ and take His place. Christ is the head of every person, and we are personally responsible to Him as individuals.
Jesus Christ was the Petra; the cornerstone of our salvation, and Peter was a petros, a small pebble and helper; sent forth to teach all things that Christ has taught and commanded: Not to change, but to teach the words and law of God, Mat 28:20; just like all the other Called Out human beings
Read in Matthew 18:15 where he said: Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
What is he talking about here? Is he not talking about sitting in judgment of disputes and the responsibility of the Church to properly apply the word of God to such disputes? For he goes on to say: Again I say to you that if two or three of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that you shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in Heaven for where ever two or three gathered together in my name there am I in them in the midst of them.
This friends, is talking about the responsibility of the Church, to be faithful and loyal to God’s words and to make binding decision based upon God’s word.
For Christ commanded: Mat 19:17 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments
Jesus Christ was not conferring upon Peter any kind of authority to change God’s word. To change God’s law; to bind, or loose, or sit in judgment of the will and the word of the Almighty God!
Jesus Christ was informing Peter that his authority was to properly apply God’s word in all physical disputes. That is the limit of the authority of Peter and of the Church. When we have disputes we should try our best to resolve them and if we cannot do so, we can appeal to the Church for a decision which MUST be based upon God’s word.
Was Jesus saying anything new here? Of course not! He was merely quoting the law given to Moses.
For it is written in Deuteronomy 17:8 “If there arise a matter too difficult for you in judgment between blood and blood, and plea and plea and between stroke and stroke, being a matter of controversy within your gates then shall you go to the place which the Lord thy God shall choose and there shall ye come in to the priests to the Levites and unto the judges that shall be in on those days and inquire and they shall show thee sentences of judgments and you shall do according to the sentence which they shall show thee and you shall observe according to all that they inform thee according to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee; you shall do.
You shall not decline from the sentence which they shall show thee to the right hand nor to the left. And the man that will do presumptuously and will not obey the priest that is there to minister [to serve God and to teach and judge by HIS Word] before the Lord thy God, or unto the judge; even that man shall die; and you shall put away the evil from the land and all the people shall hear and fear and do no more presumptuously.”
The authority in the ministry and in the priesthood is ONLY to make decisions BASED UPON GOD’S LAW!
There is NO authority to depart from the teachings and commandments of God!
Their authority and power is to teach, enforce and set an example by keeping the word of God, to teach all nations about the things of God.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Popes and priests no matter their beliefs have no authority to deviate from the word of God.
For it is written in Deuteronomy 13; “If there arise among your prophet or dreamer of dreams and give the a sign or a wonder and if the sign or wonder come to pass of which he has spoken and says go up after other gods which ye have not known and serve them, thou shall not harken unto the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord of God does test you to prove you; to know whether you love the Lord of God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord of God and fear Him and keep His commandments and obey His voice and you shall serve Him and cleave unto Him. And that prophet or the dreamer of dream shall be put to death because he has spoken to turn you away from the Lord of God that brought you out of the house of bondage.”
It is the Eternal God who is sovereign; not man! It is the Eternal’s will that we are to perform; not men’s will! It is the Eternal God that we are to obey and His words, not men’s words! No man has the right to change God’s word, to bind or loose God’s commandments.!
No men can exalt himself above the Great Majesty on High who has created the universe, who can hold the world in the hollow of His hands. And before whom a man, any man is a mere speck of dust in comparison, man is nothing he has neither the wisdom, nor the understanding, nor the knowledge, nor the ability, nor the right, nor the power to sit in judgment of God’s word and decide for himself what commandment men should or should not obey.
So, what then did Jesus really say to Peter in Matthew 16? He said: “Caiaphas, you are Peter, a petros, a pebble, a tiny stone; but it is upon this rock; that rock being Jesus Christ himself, the chief cornerstone, the foundation stone; that I will build my Church and you must bind and loose according to God’s law in heaven. You must settle all disputes and make all decisions based upon God’s commandments.
The foundation of the Church is the Rock, Jesus Christ, not the pebble Peter, not the pebble some other man who claims to be an heir of Peter. No man has the right to exult himself of above God. No man should be looked to as ultimate moral authority.
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners [from God, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets [the Word of God], Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
We become a Temple of God’s spirit ONLY by building our lives upon the foundation of God’s Word and the commandments of God; not by following mere mortals as they change and pervert the Word of God.
All men whether they be Popes, or prophets, or apostles, or ministers, or evangelists, or priests, or whoever they claim to be, MUST be tested according to God’s word.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things [by God’s Word]; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
As Paul said, “Follow me even as I follow Jesus Christ.” We are to follow God and Jesus Christ and keep the commandments and do God’s will regardless of what any man says.
1 Corinthians 11 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
No man, no one has any power whatsoever to change as much as a punctuation mark in the Law of God for it is written in Matthew 5:17, “Think not that I come to destroy the law or the prophets I am not come to destroy but to fulfill [to keep]; for truly I say unto you, that until Heaven and Earth should pass away one jot, or one title, or one punctuation mark; shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled [kept by all; peoples].
As long as the Heavens and the Earth exist; all the commandments, all the law; every Word of God: must be obeyed. No man can ever change any part of the teachings and commandments of Holy Scripture.
Verses 19: Whosoever shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least to the Kingdom of Heaven; [and I personally say to you; only if you repent will you even be in God’s kingdom].
But whosoever shall do and teach the least of the commandments, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I say to you, except your righteousness should exceed the righteousness of the priests, the scribes and the Pharisees you shall in no wise enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Indeed we were told in Daniel 7:25 That the great evil doers shall speak great words against the most high and shall think to change times and laws.
It is wickedness to change “Times [calendar and dates]” away from God’s Biblical Calendar that teaches us when to observe his High Days and Festivals
It is the son of wickedness that seeks to change the law of God, that seeks authority to decide for himself which laws he will obey and which laws should not be obeyed.
Remember how in the Garden of Eden the serpent beguiled Eve telling her she should decide for herself what is right and what is wrong. And in so doing, would become a God.
Man has been trying to do this ever since, to decide for himself what is right and wrong. To shove God’s word aside. Men do not have the wisdom, or the right; to change the law of their Creator. The Eternal is God; not man. The Eternal is sovereign; not man. The eternal law is His word.
God’s Law, His will; should be obeyed, for He is our Father; and the basic Ten Commandments tell us Honor thy Father and thy Mother that they life may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth. If you want a long life, if you want to live, you must obey God and keep his commandments for only those who keep the Commandments of God shall have access to the tree of life, shall have the right to eternal life.
Those who wanted to sit in the judgment of God’s word, who want to decide for themselves which of God’s commandments they should obey or bind. Or which of God’s commandments they may loose or reject. Those people shall not be in the resurrection; and shall not be in the Kingdom of God; they shall not be part of the first fruits.
Revelation 22:14 They shall have their part in the lake of fire; if they do not repent; and those who follow such people shall join them there.”
Do not follow such people, follow God and Jesus Christ. Keep God’s commandments, all of them and follow men ONLY as they followed Christ. Only as they keep the commandments. Always put God and His Commandments first in all things: ALWAYS.
A final Pope is soon to arise doing impressive miracles and claiming the power to bind and loose God’s Word, making himself a god unto himself and exalting himself above all that is called god by replacing the word’s of all god’s with his own teachings and moral leadership.
He shall sit in his temple in the Vatican and present himself as the ultimate moral authority to whom all men should look; so that he appears as a god sitting in the temple of a god. Teaching that all religions are but paths to the same god, he shall deceive all religions except the called out of the Father.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
This abomination shall have a maximum of 1,335 days in his position before he is destroyed by Jesus Christ at his coming.
Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. 13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot [receive your position of responsibility] at the end of the days.
Revelation 19:20 And the beast [the ruler of the New Europe called Babylon in scripture] was taken, and with him the false prophet [the miracle working Pope] that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. By Jesus Christ at his coming.
The signs and symptoms of the Nicolaitane type of behavior.
1. The Primacy of Peter heresy which exalts a Pope or any leader above the Word of God and any immoderate respect or love given to a physical human beings or religious organization. “Minister X says it is all right to do this,” or “the church says it’s okay even if the scripture says different, or that the scripture was only for the Jews, or for others and not for us”, or “I love the church so much, I would do anything for it”. This is idolizing men and the group. WE MUST do as God’s word commands regardless of what some man says. To do otherwise is to exalt a man over God.
2. Allowing a minister to dominate and abuse you into losing your zeal for God’s commandments; and allowing him to coerce you into giving offerings or tithes; beyond your means. (2 Corinthians 11:19-20).
3. Stating “God will take care of the problems in church leadership, and will correct them if they are wrong. You should sit back and do nothing; it isn’t your place to question church leaders.”
Remember that God always uses other men to correct those who have gone astray and that God calls his people OUT of slavery to men.
Remember Egypt? Remember Sodom? Who are the heroes of the Bible? Are they not the men and women who dared to stand up and be counted? Are they not the people who dared to stand on the Word of God? The people who dared to take a stand against tyranny and sin? Who dared to stand alone if necessary?
Dare to be like Daniel and stand on God’s Word and your light will shine brightly forever: follow the crowd, fearing men more than God; and your light will be snuffed out.
4. Approving of sins in the church and its leadership, but saying and doing nothing about it.
If you know that pointing out sin will get you kicked out; it is time to leave; for an unrepentant group will eventually be corrected by Almighty God and if you remain among them, or even desire to remain; you will be corrected with them.
REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE!
Where can you go?
Go to the ROCK of your salvation: seek him out: he is the one who will deliver you! Then begin to fellowship with others who are also standing on the TRUE FOUNDATION. Fellowship with them, but do not exalt that fellowship above God; so that you would be willing to compromise with God’s Word: to maintain such fellowship!
5. Those who Believe that all who leave a particular organization or corporation; are consigned to hell-fire because they are leaving “God’s church” have been deceived into believing a LIE!.
A man or organization is only “God’s church” if they are doing what God commands!
If they are keeping all of God’s commandments without subjugating God’s Word to the philosophies and traditions of men then they are the faithful of God!
Thinking that a corporation can separate us from the love of God; exalts that corporation above God in our eyes.
NOTHING AND NO ONE stands between us and our God, except our own rebellion and sins. There is ONLY ONE MEDIATOR between man and God: our High Priest, Jesus Christ.
6. Some minister LIE syaing, “I will lead you into the Kingdom of God.” It is only by following God the Father and his Christ that we may enter God’s Kingdom. Not by following any man!
7. Accepting church doctrines and teachings without Biblical proof, and/or accepting doctrinal changes without serious study and questioning. Not loving God and his Word enough to prove all things (1 Thes 5:21). And conversely, rejecting new biblical truth for past traditions and errors.
8. Fearing to openly disagree with church teachings. Fearing men more than God.
9. Keeping quiet so you can maintain fellowship, all the while knowing things are wrong.
If you are setting a wrong example by tolerating sin; how can that really help anyone? You can set the right example by fleeing the spiritual adultery of putting men and corporations between yourself and the love of God. The RIGHT example is set by doing the RIGHT thing; which is to avoid the unclean thing [sinful man or organization].
Paul tells us to mark [take note of] and avoid those who act contrary to the sound doctrine of the Scriptures (Romans 16:17). By continuing to associate with unrepentant Groups acting contrary to God’s ways, we are ourselves; breaking the Scriptures.
10. The giving of incentives to those who are wavering, so as to keep them from leaving.
If your church bribes people with social niceties, to keep them from leaving; that is wrong. Today this is most often done by compromising with doctrine to make things even easier on the people; such as watering down the practical applications of God’s commandments.
11. The leader, minister or member who knows it all, and won’t listen to God’s Word or keep God’s commandments, is unteachable, an idol to himself.
When a person or group knows it all and is no longer willing to continue diligently searching out the truth of God, they have become self righteous and full of themselves. If they say that anything not discovered by themselves is not important; because if it were important, God would have shown it to them first; their attitude is vain and puffed up with self importance. Such people and Groups are Laodiceans; and they are Nicolaitanes, because they think that they are better than the rest of God’s children, having the right to dominate and control others.
12. Sermons geared to getting people to “support the Work,” “stay in the body,” “don’t leave the flock,” and a failure to focus people solely on God and not on a church or man etc; indicate an apostasy from Christ.
Elders are to teach biblical spiritual principles, zeal for the whole word for God and sound doctrine; and are to reveal the true things of God while encouraging everyone in the enthusiastic keeping of all of God’s commandments, and diligently setting an example of practicing what they teach!
2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
13. A church where one single head minister has absolute control, coming between the people and God, the Primacy of Peter heresy, or any hierarchical, authoritarian Nicolaitane system.
14. A church that insists that it is necessary to believe the Bible as some man explains it, rather than believe what some man says, as proved from the Bible.
15. A religious group which imposes, directly or indirectly, its own ideas of manners, customs, dress, and tastes upon its followers, as opposed to a group which emphasizes clear Biblical principles and not such peripheral issues.
Such as; a church that teaches that it is wrong for men to wear colored dress shirts to services, insists on wearing a tie, or segregates its members by race or sex, or interferes in where people live or work, etc.
16. A church where “Bible Study” consists of reading church literature and looking up the scripture provided by the literature or minister; instead of searching ALL the scriptures and proving all things.
To study to “prove” preconceived notions is not seeking after God’s truth; it is seeking after support for our own pet ideas.
17. A church where the ministry objects to honest and sincere questions concerning doctrine, or the actions of the minister and the corporation. If they were above reproach; why get incensed over sincere questions? That attitude betrays; shame, cognizance of guilt and something to hide.
18. A church that secretly disfellowships people without an explanation to the other members; or a fair and impartial investigation and hearing. Justice should be seen to be done; and not done in secret! Only injustice seeks a place to hide!
COMMENT: If you see many of these symptoms in your group of fellowship, beware! Flee idolatry before it is too late. God will fight against the doctrine and deeds of the Nicolaitanes and correct them. If you cleave to these groups; you will also be corrected along with them.
How is it that the doctrine and deeds of the Nicolaitanes are mentioned in regard to Ephesus and Pergamos and not mentioned in the message to Laodicea?
They are mentioned in the message to Laodicea; not by name but by description! The Laodicean thinks that he is rich [spiritually] and has need of nothing. No one can tell him anything, he is totally self righteous and wrapped up in himself and his group. He thinks he is better than others! Therefore he wants to dominate, even his own brethren!
Brethren, there is absolutely nothing wrong with corporations and organizations. It is when they begin to focus on themselves or their leaders and turn away from focusing on God that a problem enters in.
These organizations should be always subservient to God and always be focusing the people on God; and NEVER on themselves. When they start to dominate and control the people, making merchandise of God’s sheep and exalting themselves; they have gone astray. When they compromise with God’s Word and claim they have a right to change God’s Word: it is time to leave.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Brethren shall we go aside to follow some who says that he has decided? or shall we live by every Word of God?
God tells Moses and tells us, how to discern the difference between the true man of God and Satan’s counterfeits.
Deuteronomy 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder [makes a prediction, or performs a miracle],
13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after [obey others (including any person) rather than the Eternal] other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth [is testing us] you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
These men today who say “We have decided” instead of following every Word of God have not even done any miracles and yet the people blindly follow these deceivers contrary to the Word of God without question.
GOD TESTS HIS PEOPLE!
God wants to know just how much we really love HIM! Do we truly love God enough to do what God says? or will we be turned aside by every person who claims to be of God?
13:4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
Those who seek to dominate the brethren to cause people to follow themselves and their false traditions in place of the Word of Almighty God will be destroyed by the Eternal if they do not repent.
Brethren, God’s Word is truth and we are sanctified, set apart to godliness, by the truth of teh Word of God; those who say “We have decided” have no love for the truth having nothing to do with godliness.
Brethren, Almighty God is the Decider; not any man!
Brethren that means that nearly every church of God leader and elder is facing rejection by Jesus Christ (Rev 3:15,) and stern correction in the soon coming great tribulation.
Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Few have the dedication to follow through with enduring and overcoming to become part of the chosen. God wants Kings and Priests for offices of responsibility for all eternity. He must be certain of our fidelity to him; therefore let us put him and his Kingdom FIRST at all times, and be passionate DOERS of his commandments. that you may have a part in the bride of Christ!
Like a marriage; salvation is a duel effort. God the Father must call people to the Son, and open our minds to Him and his Word; yet WE must respond! Jesus Christ as the espoused Husband leads and enables, but those who want a part in the collective bride must FOLLOW HIM!
We MUST sincerely repent and We MUST commit to keeping God’s Word; to “Go and sin NO more!”
We MUST make every possible effort to overcome; and we MUST diligently seeks God’s help!
We are called to a marriage to Christ! A marriage is a TEAM effort; two uniting as one. We as a part of the collective bride MUST do our part and that part is to follow Christ and obey God the Father; and we NEED their help to accomplish that!
We overcome through the power of Christ living in us through the indwelling of God’s spirit; we must also be willing to follow Christ and God’s spirit as it leads us to live by every Word of God.
The big problem in religion today is that people do not follow Christ and do not diligently live by every Word of God, instead they do what is right in their own eyes. We have become righteous in our own eyes! and are wicked in the eyes of Almighty God, by doing what we think is right; instead of doing what God says is right!
Our part is NOT to do what WE think is right! Our part is to do what God SAYS is right.
We are to seek to grow in knowledge and understanding of God’s ways; we are to seek to become like God the Father with ALL our hearts minds and strength; but not ALONE! We are also to seek God’s help, diligently and consistently; for we ultimately can overcome ONLY by God’s power.
As God delivered Israel out of Egypt, he can and will deliver us out of the bondage of sin!
Christ overcame this world, he WILL overcome this world living in you! Even in Egypt Israel had to follow God out of bondage! So we must be willing to follow God in whatever he commands; that is our part.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment.
IF we loved God: We would DO what God says!
We must be willing followers of Christ and willing DOERS of God the Father’s commandments; for the sacrifice of Christ the very Lamb of God will ONLY be applied to the repentant who are committed DOERS of God’s law [Acts 5:32)!
Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Yes we have our part; we MUST be willing DOERS of the law! We must diligently seek out God with all our hearts; and we MUST serve God ONLY! and not idols of men with their false traditions! When we are tempted to compromise with God’s commandments we must boldly declare in the name of Jesus Christ:
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, GET THEE HENCE, SATAN: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Yes we do have our part, yet we cannot do it alone!
We MUST seek our God with all our might, follow him in all things, trust and obey him alone and serve him with passionate love! We must ASK for his spirit of power to overcome, we MUST diligently seek knowledge of his ways and apply what we learn as we learn.
We must reject temptation the second it rears its ugly head and hide ourselves in the armor of God.
We must fight the good fight, but if we rely on our Mighty One we are not alone in that fight against temptation, compromise and sin!
Alone we will fail, for we are no match for Satan the god-king of this world, but TOGETHER with our Awesome Beloved Father; the god-king of this world is NO match for us!
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
It is our FAITH in our Great God, married to the action of faithfully FOLLOWING Him and living by His every Word, that makes us strong! It is our faithful service to our God which brings deliverance for us!
The whole armor of God is there for us; but we MUST put it on: We must USE it!
Ephesians 6:12 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
We MUST fight the good fight against the wickedness warring against us, USING all the help and strength that God provides!
Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
We MUST fight to overcome, but we shall overcome by the power and righteousness of God the Father and Christ dwelling in and strengthening us; actually living in us through the Spirit of God!
Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Righteousness IS the keeping of all of God’s commandments! We MUST live in and by the truth of God, which is every WORD of God.
Ephesians 6:16 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
The Gospel of peace between God and man, is the Gospel of repentance and reconciliation to God. It is sincere repentance, an unshakable commitment to faithful obedience; and the gift of atonement, reconciliation and empowerment with God’s Spirit of power and a sound mind; which enables us to overcome.
We MUST DO our part and God will DO his!
Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
If we are filled with faith in the strength of our God; and we depend and put our TRUST in our God and His Word, rejecting any temptation to compromise with God’s law; God WILL deliver us.
Brethren, it is this lack of faith which has caused us to compromise with the commandments; and to turn the Gospel message of warning and repentance into a lukewarm business model inoffensive message. This in turn offends Jesus Christ and we will be rejected by him until we repent.
Each year at Passover time we study the mighty miracles that Christ performed for his people; and then we go and compromise with God’s ways out of fear of persecution or lust for mammon!
2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Ephesians 5:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Let us cover ourselves with the gift of salvation; given to the sincerely repentant diligent commandment keeper; and fight the good fight, wielding the TRUTH, the WORD of God; which is the sword of the Sprit; for God is truth and his Spirit shall:
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
Yes we MUST DO our part, yet we NEED God’s HELP! We cannot overcome ALONE!
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
A wolf feeds himself first, and ravages the flock.
Ezekiel 34 the entire chapter is about those shepherds in BOTH physical and spiritual Israel who are wolves and feed themselves with all the good things of the flock while neglecting to feed the flock with the truth is due season.
Those who are political and seek the chief seats, who seek self aggrandizement and personal advantage; are the wolves hiding among the sheep. Today there are very many wolves who do not feed the sheep the true Gospel of: warning, repentance, and diligent faithful obedience to God and salvation. Which is the way of life, the very Word of God, and the way to salvation.
Ezekiel 34:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
If any man teaches tolerance for sin out of a phony false love; if any elder tolerates sin [the breaking of God’s commandments, not the breaking of some organizational edict] without rebuke; if any organization does not preach a message of warning and repentance to the world; They are corrupt branches that will be pruned off at the judgment!
The True Good Shepherd feeds the flock with the words of truth; with the teachings that lead to salvation; strongly rebuking all sin. We are to follow that true Good Shepherd with the diligent KEEPING of the whole Word of God, so that the whole flock internalizes God the Father and the Son; growing into a full spiritual unity with God!
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
The good tree is that Good Shepherd who is working to bring the whole flock into a fullness of unity with Christ and the Father! We are to follow that Good Shepherd who gave his all, his very life for the Father’s flock and did not seek his own.
We are to follow that example that was set for us, and faithfully serve the Father by feeding his flock with the very Word of God, the very nature of God; without fear or compromise; regardless of what men think or do.
There are some good shepherds among you even now, who teach the true way of salvation and are alert watchmen discerning the signs of the times. They may be kept down, ridiculed and even persecuted by others, yet the Father will reward them.
Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
43Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
44Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
The evil servant.
Luke 12:25 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
To abuse others and seek his own pleasures.
46The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
47And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
48But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
You shall know the good shepherds by their love of God and their diligent keeping and teaching of the commandments of God and by their diligence to do the will of HIM who called them.
Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Those who internalize the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ; who become one with them in total spiritual unity, through a deep love for God and all the things of God, those who love the passionate keeping of all of their commandments and who set a good example of godliness and FEED THE FLOCK with the good pasture of the Word, watering them with the Spirit of Godliness, are building on the foundation of the Word of God: Which shall NEVER be moved.
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Matthew 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
The words of Christ are not taught today, because they are NOT KEPT! It is because the Word of God exposes the many false shepherds among us! It is because the Word of God cuts sharply into the very heart and spirit of our organizations and convicts us of our sins and egocentric complacency; and our lack of Christ centeredness; exposing our almost total lack of Christ-like zeal for God the Father’s will and ways!
Jesus Christ stands at the door of each of those called to him; knocking (Rev 3), calling us to repent of our self righteous idolizing of our own ways; calling us to a diligent dedicated passionate obedience to the commandments of God; calling us to a zeal for the keeping of God’s Word and instructions; calling us to sincerely repent of our self seeking embracing of worldliness.
The wolves pretend to feed the flock; the better to ravish them.
It is only by reading and doing these words of Christ, that we begin to learn to discern between the holy and the profane; between the wolves and the true shepherds and sheep; for truly the wolves do disguise themselves diligently, and can only be discerned through a proving of all things by the scriptures.
Matthew 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Christ had the authority of the Word of God, because he taught, stood on and lived that Word!
Any person who teaches the very Word of God, has the authority of the Word that he teaches.
Christ said to keep the Father’s commandments! Christ’s authority was of God the Father, because he stood on and taught what the Father had commanded him!
As long as he taught what the Father had commanded; Christ was speaking in the Name Of, and by the Authority Of: The very King of the Universe!
John 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
I also have absolutely NO authority whatsoever! and neither does any man; no matter if ordained or not; and regardless of what office they claim!
Yet, if what is said is the truth, then it has the inherent authority of that truth! Therefore judge the words of ALL men by the whole Word of Almighty God!
More on: The Mother of Us All
The UCG study on “God’s Church: The Mother of Us All” has been taken down, however the following arguments are being made in response to questions put to them about material in my post and I want to deal with them so as to fully expound on the subject.
These arguments are chaotic and use a classic “bait and switch” technique, proving that the entire Ekklesia is the woman the bride [the bait] and then suddenly switching from that to claim without any proof at all, that the corporate leadership is the woman the mother of the church; which corporate leadership must be obeyed above the Word of God the Father. This is pure Roman Catholic Nicolaitane blasphemy
The New Arguments
There is a chapter of the Bible where God describes His people, as a woman, I mean Ezekiel 16 Eternal speaks of the birth of his people, the splendor and decadence, in verse 11. We can move beyond Ezekiel 16:11 the time when God, after making a covenant with Israel, after he does his people, notice how God loves his people.
Ezekiel 16:11 I adorned with ornaments, and put bracelets on your arms and chain on your neck. 12 I put a ring in your nose, and earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. 13 So you were adorned with gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, silk and embroidery; You ate fine flour, honey and oil; and you were exceeding beautiful, prosper into a reign.
The Bible repeatedly likens the Mosaic Covenant and the New Covenant to a woman and a bride, this has nothing to do with being the “mother” of the called out! instead this refers to the called out as the bride of Christ! How can the called out be their own mother?
In Revelation 12: 1, this woman is described having a crown of 12 stars, as one can understand from Genesis 37: 9-10, it would be the twelve tribes of Israel, here we see Joseph having dreams that account his brothers,
Genesis 37: 9 Joseph again had another dream and told his brothers. He said to them: “I had another dream. It turns out that the sun, moon and eleven stars bowed down to me”
One can understand that Joseph himself was the twelfth star, writing speaks of 11 stars inclined towards him, also here we can see that figures are repeated Revelation 12: 1 sun, moon, stars,
Notice that this is a prophecy that Joseph’s father, mother and brethren would bow down to or respect him. Nowhere does it say that Joseph would no longer honor [obey his father and mother as the law requires.
Genesis 37 is a prophecy that the literal physical father and mother of Joseph will bow down to him in deep respect for his accomplishments; and has absolutely nothing to do with any spiritual application of any church being a mother. The true spiritual application is that Joseph and Mary the assumed parents of Christ would bow down to Christ.
Consider this dream of Joseph: Was the mother exalted above the father? Think carefully, the commandment says to honor our father and our mother yes, which one comes first? We are to honor our fathers above the honor we give our mothers, because the father is the head of the family! and the wife [mother] is to be submissive to the husband [father]!
The wife [the woman the bride of Christ, the Ekklesia] is to honor the husband [Jesus Christ] and his father [God the Father]. The woman may NEVER exalt herself over her Husband [Jesus Christ] or above God the Father to decide for themselves, rather the woman is to live by every Word of God the Father (Mat 4:4) and by the Word of her Husband Jesus Christ.
Until this moment the simple understanding leads us to think that the woman would be the chosen people of God, but in what is known as the New Testament, also appear descriptions that seem to reinforce this understanding, as the symbol of the woman represents the Church, whose members are compared with virgins waiting for the arrival of the husband who is Christ, we can read later in Matthew 25: 1-13, but now we can go to Revelation 19: 7-8 where we see the time of the wedding lamb, here is the bride dressed composed of the resurrected saints or processed. A beautiful time in the future !!!
Rev. 19: 7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him glory; because they have the marriage of the Lamb, and his wife has prepared. 8 And to her was granted to be arrayed in fine, pure and white linen; for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
We see then that the woman represents the people of God in general, whether the congregation that was in the wilderness according to Acts 7:38 or the Israel of God which is the Church according to Galatians 6:16. That is the woman of Revelation 12: 1, whose members are that chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people synthesis described by God 1 Peter 2: 9
Notice that the above comments are absolutely true and are about Mosaic and New Covenant Israel being called to be the bride [wife] of Christ and are totally irrelevant to the “Mother” issue.
Now he goes off into fantasy, speculating that the church [Ekklesia] is the mother of the church [Ekklesia]. He then jumps the track, that the woman is the Ekklesia, and departs from the scriptures suddenly saying that the woman [church, Ekklesia] some kind of corporate entity and is the mother of the church [Ekklesia]!
What is the relationship of us with the symbol of the woman of Revelation 12 ?,
Recall that Satan’s hatred is not only against Christ or God’s people, the underlying reason is much more dramatic, let’s look at this in a script
In Hebrews 2: 6-8 the author of this epistle reminding us of Psalm 8: 4, reads as follows:
Heb 2: 6 But one has testified somewhere, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man that you visit him? 7 You made him a little lower than the angels, you crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of your hands; 8 All in subjection under his feet. For in that he subjected all things, he left nothing that is not subject to it; but we see not yet all things put under him.
Hebrews 2:6 is being misapplied here, for this is a prophecy of Jesus Christ the son of man having all things put under His the feet of Jesus Christ; this has nothing to do with putting all things under the feet of a corporate church.
This is not about the church being placed over all things but about Jesus Christ being placed over all things; including the church the Ekklesia. Far from saying that the woman is the mother or head of the Ekklesia; this says that Jesus Christ and God teh father are the head of the Ekklesia [the whole Ekklesia being the woman the bride].
Hebrews 2:6 . . . But now we see not yet all things put under him.
At this time Jesus waits at the right hand of God the Father UNTIL all things, except God the Father himself, will ultimately be put under the authority of Jesus Christ, who was resurrected to once again be a spirit.
Jesus Christ not only is a high priest but will be a ruler holding all things in subjection, under Himself, when the Father sends him to establish his Kingdom. Right now Christ awaits his inheritance of the earth which is not yet put under him fully.
2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
And it is also self evident that over all things does not include being over God the Father, for the Head of Christ is God the Father.
So far these comments and scriptures have to do with the whole Ekklesia being the woman the bride of Christ the brethren; and have nothing whatsoever to do with the woman [being a fanciful corporate church organization] being the “Mother” of the brethren.
The church as a woman is the bride of Christ; who is to be subject to Christ as Christ is subject to God the Father; For no woman or bride or mother is above the father which father is always the HEAD of the physical and the spiritual family.
The Mosaic Covenant Israel is the woman bride wife of Christ and the New Covenant converted are the spiritual woman bride of Christ. This is an instructional allegory that we are to be at one with and subject to Christ as a bride is submissive to her husband.
In Rev 12 Mary as the mother of Christ is the physical part of an allegory, that spiritually Jesus was born converted with the Holy Spirit as part of the Covenant people. In this instance the whole body of converted persons is the woman, NOT some corporate organization, but the analogy ENDS there: for the church is to be subject to Christ and how can the mother be subject to her son when the law commands that sons honor their mothers? and saying that the church [meaning corporate leadership and not the truth that the church is all of the faithful] is the Mother of Christ and all the brethren; and that he is the husband of the woman; they are saying that Christ marries his own mother!
Be careful not to carry this Rev 12 analogy so far that it becomes contradictory and inherently ridiculous.
Rev 12 is a specific prophecy about the birth of Christ and explains the two 1260 day flights into the wilderness, the subject is not the woman being the mother of the whole body; for how can the body be its own mother? The subject is Jesus Christ being born of a woman, that is born from the woman Mary; as an allegory that he was born into the assembly of the converted and that the woman is the is the whole brotherhood not some corporate mother ruling over the brotherhood and exalting itself above the Husband Jesus Christ and God the Father..
Conclusion: Here we can see the immense potential of the human being, Satan knows, he knows perfectly well that the human being is going to be greater than that ever was, because God has invited us to be part of your own family, Satan is against all that God loves or wants to love, as a result of this Satan has been declared our adversary and we must be sober and vigilant as the apostle Peter says in his first letter 5: 8 that child a woman has given birth, is the firstborn among many brethren (Hebrews 8:29), and we know that unless one is born again he can not see the kingdom of God, the church in that sense is our spiritual mother and baptism, our way of being part of it.
The conclusion is also wrong, for:
Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
The Holy Spirit of God is sent down from the Jerusalem above, to teach us all things and enable us to learn, retain, understand and internalize the Word of God; so that we, if we are diligent and faithful, we can grow in faith, knowledge, understanding, spiritual wisdom and spiritual maturity to become holy as God is holy! Then through the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit we can be quickened and resurrected to eternal life as a spirit
It is because the Holy Spirit and the Word of God the Father; flow down to us from the Jerusalem above, that the heavenly Jerusalem above is called the mother of us all!
What resurrected Jesus Christ? Tell me, was it the church of that day or was it the power of God and the Holy Spirit in him? Who and what will resurrect the chosen on that day? Some church group, or the power of God through the Holy Spirit?
Were the brethren including Christ conceived by the corporate church? or were they conceived by God the Father by the sending of the Holy Spirit from the Jerusalem above?
The mother of the converted is the Jerusalem above.
To say that a corporate church is our mother is to exalt men above the Holy Spirit and the Word of God sent from our Spiritual Mother the Jerusalem above; the seat of the throne of God the Father.
Will the brethren be born again by loyalty to some corporate church? or by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God?
If we are born of the Spirit by the gift of the indwelling Spirit of God sent from the Jerusalem above, then it is the Jerusalem above which is our mother and not any corporate church organization and not even the spiritual body; for the spiritual body is made spiritual and is quickened [given eternal life]; by the Holy Spirit from above and not by any physical church body on the earth.
It is the Holy Spirit which makes us spiritual and gives eternal life and not any corporate church or even the Ekklesia; and the Holy Spirit comes from God the Father and the Jerusalem above which is our true mother; The Holy Spirit does not come from a church organization, nor does it come from the Ekklesia; rather, the Holy Spirit comes from God the Father and the Jerusalem above, which Holy Spirit converts and creates the spiritual Ekklesia, thereby being the Father and mother of the Ekklesia!
Brethren, this is pure bait and switch double talk: first proving that the entire Ekklesia is the woman the bride, and after that switching to say that the woman is really the corporate leadership and is our mother which we must obey above the Word of God our Father in heaven! No corporate leadership or church is our mother! Absolutely NOT!
God our Father in heaven and Jesus Christ are our head, and our mother is the Jerusalem above, the capital of the universe from which flows the Holy Spirit and the Word of God!
If we exalt ourselves, saying that we can decide to do anything contrary to the Word of God: We have dishonored BOTH God the Father and our mother the Jerusalem above, including the Word of God and the Holy Spirit! and the Holy Spirit will depart from us!