Again this morning, as I think about the cause and effects of these new movements, I look at the Body of Christ, as a whole, who has no one to blame but ourselves.
We have either financed or supported these false teachers, or we have neglected to finance and support teachers of the Truth.
Either way, we have collectively become a living message. But is it the Truth? Are we witnesses for the Living Christ?
Are we living in the light of the Gospel?
Are we seeking God’s will, daily, in all that we do?
Are we truly following the guidance of the Holy Spirit daily, who will lead us into all truth or are we following after our own selfish desires and our own will?
One cannot bypass the daily work of the cross of Jesus Christ in their lives and following after their own worldly, carnal desires.
Bypassing God’s method and plan for mankind, that of making Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and taking up our own cross, daily dying out of our own passions, desires and worldly influences will only open doorways into Satans deceptive ways.
Their is no other way to God, the way of the cross of Calvary of Jesus is the only way. We overcome by the blood of Jesus and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Simply put, when we surrender our heart; mind, soul and spirit to our Savior, Jesus, His blood washes away our sin and we receive a new Spirit, new desires to follow Him. We begin a new life in Him. As we daily follow this new life, this new spirit leads us into the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His will and His work fulfilled in the believer.
Another aspect of false teaching is, of course, the teaching that demands that it is always God’s will to heal you instantly or when we command it and it is always God’s will for you to be rich.
Remember, it is always the work of God, Jesus in us that any and all healing comes from. I do believe God wants us to be healed of our various ailments and we are to always ask in faith believing for the end results that of healing of our bodies. Yes, He is “the God that healeth thee!
Throughout the years I have experienced various healing in my own body and seen healing in family and friends when they have prayed with faith believing the Word of God and His promises.
God has given the church the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and when used properly we the church will see great results. But I believe the utmost importance to God is the Salvation of the souls of all mankind.
God wants a relationship with His creation and that will only come when we have a personal relationship with Jesus, accepting Him as our personal Savior.
Let me say, Eternal Life with God is to be the ultimate goal of every human being, for we all will die one day and meet our maker at judgement day. Now is the time to say, yes to Jesus.
Now, with that said, more of the false teaching that says if you are a “little god”, and have all the power of Jesus, then these things ought to be at your command: teachings such as, if you, “plant a seed of money into a ministry,” that God will give you a big harvest.
This false teaching is probably the one that is the most visible one today. If you give to (their) ministry what they will do is pray a prayer of blessing of 100 fold or 1000 fold, a blessing because you gave to the ministry.
Don’t get me wrong, it is important to support and give to the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Supporting your local Church which supports Ministries (Missionaries) that reaches outside of your community is a good investment into the kingdom of God.
Not only do these New Movement teachers say that we will have what we say – because our authority is in our words – they say this is true even if what we say is wrong, or bad.
In other words, are we to believe that we can use the authority we have in Christ to do bad things? If you really are a little god, and we do have the power to create reality with our words, then this is true – this is exactly what these people teach!
But this simply takes me back to the point I’ve been trying to make: Yes, God truly wants to work in you through the power and authority of His Son, Jesus.
Let’s make it perfectly clear. It is God’s will for any power that comes through you to be according to Christ in you. As Christ is in you so will His power work through you, not according to what you have done, but according to the righteousness of Christ in you.
Somehow in all of this, these New Movement teachers have completely lost sight of the very meaning of the cross and Christ in us. In fact, I don’t think they ever knew the meaning of Christ in us.
Without the cross, Calvery and Christ there would be NO New Spirit in the believer. There would be NO Eternal Life with Christ after death.
Mankind was headed toward eternal damnation, a soul forever lost, BUT God through His love and grace made a way through His Son, Jesus; simply, believe in His plan of salvation and you shall be saved. Forever with Him.
This is “Christianity” Christ in us means change IN US. It means the work of the Cross in us. It means being made weak in ourselves, surrendering our own will unto His will. Unless that is going on, daily, there can be no authority flowing through us.
Another misunderstood scripture is in Rev. 3:21, that states, To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Once again we see that authority is dependent upon something. Jesus says it is dependent upon OVERCOMING. But overcoming WHAT?
Many of the New Movement teachings would say that in order to exercise the authority of Christ, we need to overcome the unbelief that would suggest we cannot exercise the authority of Christ.
But the problem is, as I have stated before, they make faith a force, rather than a relationship with God. And their teaching on positive confession makes believing, sound more like self-brainwashing than the result of a revelation of Jesus Christ in the the deliver.
Born-again is simply, receiving a new spirit of righteousness to live a holy and pure life. This experience truly will change the believer for you might say it changes the DNA spiritually speaking of every believer with that of a new spirit.
This can only come through that of receiving the Gospel of Jesus Christ into your heart, body and soul. We are made ANEW in Him, in Christ. A new spirit to do right and live right. We cannot make our spirit anew, only Christ can and than it is always Him in us working through us.
Are you getting this? Yes, Christ Jesus living in us and Him working through us as a believer.
The revelation of Jesus Christ is that of Him crucified to bring us eternal life and a new spirit within the believer. Christ in us is the hope of glory!
As Always, Love in Christ Jesus,