A Grazing Mace… ugh… I mean, Amazing Grace

.In the 80’s we had a phrase; “wolves in sheep’s clothing,” which inferred something might not be what it appears. I have a script which runs along the rearview mirror of my car, it states; Objects in the mirror are closer then they appear. If you take everything at face value you may be deceived, or at least disappointed. A chimera, is an anomaly, it is a creature with two different genetic characteristics, a mythical analogy might be, A two headed monster! Sadly, I must report that as I travel on a regular basis around this “big blue marble,” I am going toe to toe with quite a few of these creatures. The sad part is, they consider themselves “christians.” After 26 years of ministry, the term “christian” has taken on quite a different interpretation. Self seeking, elite, narcissistic, self promoting and phony are just a few of the “additives” that have altered the original recipe. Romans highlights this milieu in chapter 1, verses 18-32. (note vs. 21, although they knew God).

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” – Friends… I will let the text speak for itself.

Perhaps now you are wondering, “how can I know the difference, I don’t want to be deceived!” God would not have us be ignorant… however, few are employing one of our greatest gifts… DISCERNMENT, for the sake of redundancy DISCERNMENT.

This insane christian “circus” environment has been sustained by so-called “believers” Note: (even in the word itself, a lie can stay hidden in the midst of Be-lie- ver’s!) Isn’t it funny with all of this talk of Love, community and unity, there has never been a time in my walk with Christ where I have seen more polarization. If you post a FB post, which is your opinion, chances are you will start a venomous battle between christians all with a different opinions. No wonder the world remains confused and unchanged. By the way, the term “christian” is about as welcome in America as it is in the middle east, why? Because self seeking butchers called crusaders, burned and brutalized Jerusalem in the name of Christ (watch: “The Kingdom of Heaven”) it’s an eye opening film. Read the tabloids that brim with “Big” ministries and ministers found corrupt and dumb sheep continuing to support them. This isn’t FUBU (for us, by us) IT’S FOR HIM, BY HIM !!! READ COLOSSIANS 1:

5″He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created BY HIM and FOR HIM. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything HE might have the supremacy.

We call a normal meeting today, a “revival” not on the basis of God’s actual presence, but whether or not somebody “got” something. One of the more famous “fakes” is known to shout: “come get ya some!” DISCERNMENT FRIENDS… DISCERNMENT CHURCH! The Father says: My sheep know My voice. What have we been listening to, supporting, spreading like “strange fire” over the internet? For sure, THIS IS NOT MY FATHERS VOICE! IT IS THE REVERB OF MAN. Romans 8 will soon be fulfilled, as soon as a few more “high profile” charlatans and carpetbaggers have been exposed for who they are, Wolves in Sheep’s clothing! The truth tellers are coming, nothing can stop them, they have no fear of man, yet a healthy fear of God and His wind carries them and sustains them! The truth in a rebuke is its sting, it’s just enough to let you know it’s working. On the other hand, this religious spirit that buffets the truth teller is meant as a death blow to shut the mouth of genuine prophetic voices in our generation. 2 Corinthians 3:6

He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. One of the “perks” of being a “dead man walking” is, there is nothing in no way that can harm you! My suggestion: 1) Get DISCERNMENT or more accurately, engage the gift you have already been given 2) Repent for your foolishness and ambivalence toward the truth 3) Pray for those of us without price tags, that put our lives on the line to preserve the sacred trust of the first century church daily 4) If Christ is not enough for you, and you find yourself obsessed with gifts more than the giver of Life, stop going to conferences and get on your face where you are get in touch with JESUS who is MORE than enough 5) And finally, Learn the difference between, nice and kind, love (agape) and tolerance. Confrontation is never comfortable, however after studying my mentor, Jesus, I have learned that it is unavoidable. So I can say, without reservation, today I have told the truth in LOVE. Your Servant,

Michael

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