The Greatest Secret
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.
“Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” [Matthew 10-13]
In my previous article, I made an attempt to reveal a little light regarding Secret Societies, those mysterious behind-the-scenes organizations often composed of very powerful people.
The United States of America was in part founded by members of such groups. Our first president was a member in good standing of one such Secret Society and never absolved himself of his lifelong membership.
Though not all of those who played principle roles in the formation of this country belonged to secret groups, those who did seemed to play a larger role than those who did not. Such was their power at that time.
Two questions: (1) Because of such facts does it somehow lessen both the necessity and pertinence of the founding this nation, or diminish the individual freedom gained as a result? And (2) What does this have to do with real Christianity?
Glad you asked (or possibly thought of asking).
First of all, in order for a group to be established, stay in existence, and remain viable, it often has to use some form of tact or secrecy. For Christians, such secrecy stems from the very parables the Lord Jesus taught. Rather than a cut-and-dried formulaic approach, He used a parabolic form of revealing truth that demanded the direct participation of His followers.
Instead of the passive forms of indoctrination used by the majority of teachers, religious hucksters, gurus, mystics, and even many philosophers from ancient times to the present, the founder of real Christianity preferred not the usual indoctrination process of forced dogma and non-interactive “sermons,” but alive and lively mutual and reciprocal communication. He wanted discussions. He wanted His listeners to engage, to use their minds, to consider His sayings and respond.
When this form of teaching is not being used, one can rest assured that a method of instruction designed to bypass critical thinking is being applied in an effort to have maximum impact on impressing relatively unused hard drives and create anything from a shallow-minded cult to a universal sect.
This method may be fine when properly teaching first-graders how to read or use basic arithmetic. The young ones have no established data bank to accept or refute such instruction and such instruction in its purest form utilizes hard facts and fixed fundamental absolutes. One can thus afford being dictated to somewhat, but later interaction with parents and loved ones regarding such instruction is a must.
Now, the Lord certainly taught facts and He certainly used and supported the Mosaic code. He never spoke against the Law of Moses but did allude to its misapplication and misinterpretation by certain religious leaders who taught according to rote and demanded unconditional acceptance with no dissent.
Thus, the casuistic method of the Pharisees appears much like the methods traditional, institutional unreal Christianity has used throughout its long heyday. It is a teaching method that has an answer for everything, down to the atomic level, and engages in dogma-domineering of both large block fundamentals, the smallest minutia, and everything in between.
Such teaching not only does not need an interactive, responsive discussion, it condemns it.
The reason most Christians do not see this is because they have been conditioned to accept a false modus and consider the Lord’s actual method as inappropriate at best and outright disrespectful at worst.
And there’s your problem: “If you do not listen to me properly, give me the floor, and never question my core beliefs then you are disrespecting me as a teacher/minister/reverend/priest/pastor.”
Such a response usually reveals a person so insecure in his religious beliefs and practices that he must have large artificial constructs all around him to support his standing, rank, status, and stature, and to enforce his absolutist all-encompassing theology and doctrine.
These people are playing hardball with no ball on a fake field and when they get on a real field with real players they are exposed for the jacked-up pretenders they are. Without such great Hollywoodish props to fake people out they would be standing alone in the midst of people with lively brains who would undoubtedly take issue with their false religious clothdom and hardwired casuistry.
By the demanding of total allegiance and professing an answer for everything, a prospective disciple (student, congregant) is cut off from hearing God.
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.” [Matthew 23:13]
The counter intuitive nature of such religious indoctrination, which seemingly exists openly and without guile, must actually depend on secrecy to remain outwardly legitimate. Otherwise, it would not be issued forth as something never to be questioned, and it would not treat dissenters with the vile disgust and anger it is historically known by.
So, what am I driving at? I’m driving at the actual need for secrecy in many pursuits, such as that used by the Lord (and including the need for it in the founding of a free republic), whether or not some use it incorrectly or for sinister reasons.
If not for the tight-lipped secrecy and strong organization employed by Secret Societies and others in the founding of this country, there might possibly not be an America. The American Revolution happened with their direct involvement for better or worse as a matter of historical record.
What this portends is simply the fact that some had one agenda and others had another, but all such agendas agreed on the need for FREEDOM. This is how Great Awakenings work. The real ones begin in the spiritual sphere and ripple out from there.
During the American Revolution, one man wanted religious freedom because real Christians were denied such freedom for many centuries by evil demon-possessed religious autocrats and pinheaded inbred monarchs in Europe. Others wanted political freedom. Most wanted economic freedom and the liberty from being taxed and regulated to death by those mentioned above.
In the early centuries real Christianity had no choice but to use secrecy simply to stay alive, since the community of the Lord was made illegal, both by the Jewish ruling authorities and later by the dreaded iron-fisted Roman Empire. Our forebears were wanted men and women, and they had to use tact and genius to do their work of evangelizing the world, often behind the scenes. Many were caught though, and many were killed, but the movement was never stopped.
As we fast forward to modern America in the last one hundred years or so, we see that much of that which refers to itself as Christianity has indeed been stopped, and has become relatively dead and useless. Nevertheless, the witness of real Christianity has thrived though greatly persecuted. At the height of America’s material wealth and prestige, many Christians succumbed, and wanted no mention of the Lord’s real teachings.
But now, as America is descending into a moral and economic abyss, a curious and wonderful event is taking place: Real Christians are coming forth. A Great Awakening is happening. What has been done in secret for the last half century or so is now beginning to produce fruit outwardly. The ones formerly involved in the hardest foundational work will be the greatest recipients of the outpouring and the ones most used of God within it.
I’ll have more on this theme in the immediate future. But for now know this: The Lord Jesus is in charge. He never uses force. He has granted and respects free will. He expects us to use our free wills and our brains. He expects us to utilize every gift and blessing we’ve been granted. And His greatest blessings come to those who do things His way, because His way is the best way. This has been proven historically.
But those who refuse a closer walk with Him, many “Christians” included, will end up joining the bad guys against the Lord’s people. And most will think they’re doing God a favor:
“They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.” [John 16:2]
(Many Christians in western countries historically blow off such pronouncements because they do not seem to apply. But we better start paying attention.)
There is nothing to be done about those who refuse to see. They are engaging in willful blindness. They have either been indoctrinated to the hilt, something to which they freely submitted, or they are simply apathetic toward truth. Not even the Lord was all that concerned about healing their blind eyes. By His behavior and teaching method, it was up to them to hear Him. And until they did they were given a steady diet of parables that they neither understood nor applied to themselves.
But those with eyes to see will know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. Revealed truth will fill them, and they will be the recipients, on this earth, of the oracles of God, especially the greatest secret of all:
…The mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. [Colossians 1:26-27]
And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. [Acts 4:31]
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” [Matthew 5:8] 
© 2014 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.
 Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
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Posted on January 5, 2014, in Current Events and tagged American Revolution, Christian Persecution, Infilling of the Holy Spirit, Lord Jesus, Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, Parables, Real Christianity, Secret Societies, The Great Awakening, Yehoshuah HaMashiach. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.
Wow, RJ. We are tracking along today in the Spirit, for sure. I read Matthew 6 this morning and was struck by the contrast between the Pharisees that did everything in the public/open (charitable deeds, prayer, fasting) and the authentic disciple who did things in secret. Jesus was teaching His followers that what they did in their alone time (privately, secretly) was what had real value – where the treasure that does not decay and cannot be stolen lies. Let us go into our secret place with God…walk with Him closely, listen to His whispers, do what He says. In this way, we will have more and more…more fellowship with Him, more love in our hearts, more of the life He came to give, more peace and joy. We will also see more clearly God’s plan and what is not from Him. I could go on and on. Thank you, RJ, for sharing with us what He has whispered into your ear. You are His faithful servant. Glory to God!
Thanks Natalie. Tracking is good. I appreciate you bringing up these other aspects of secrecy regarding one’s walk. Real Christianity is the actual antithesis of ShowTime, and/or parading oneself as a religious actor before the world. In fact, that is exactly what the Lord called the Pharisees when He called them hypocrites. The word means “stage player.” It was all an act…
Another excellent post, RJ. Spiritual boldness is indeed around us, and there are a number of us who walk with Jesus and not with denominations that all think they have all the answers. Nonsense! Only God has all the answers, and you rightly say that we all need to interact with Him to receive understanding. That’s part of what being spirit-led is all about.
You have intrigued me with this “Great Awakening” thing. I look forward to hearing more. And, yes, there is a cost for spiritual boldness. If what I or anyone else says is God’s way and conflicts with society’s direction and definition, there is persecution. We know that a greater persecution than this is yet ahead. It’s a persecution where it will be illegal to share God’s absolute truth. Will that stop me? Nope. Will that stop you? I truly don’t believe so.
Thank you, Sharon. I appreciate it. Yes, the Lord wants us to walk in the Spirit and allow His input at all times. He never gives everything to anyone, so those who profess to know it all don’t. We can know what He wants us to know whenever He wants us to know it if we are willing and exercise faith.
And the Word is clear that Real Christians don’t quit. Ever. We learn that from both His teachings and example, and the example of the first believers long ago who would not be stopped at anything. Such persistence and perseverance pays big dividends in God’s timing.
Regarding the Great Awakening, I touched on it in my book (written in the 1990s), and received a greater revelation over three years ago. I was told then that we are in the early stages. Everyone I talked to at that time, including ministers, did not see any fruit, but many have seen some since then, which confirms the speed of the Awakening coming forth. I have mentioned it often in my blog posts. Be blessed.
Because I am blogging through the book of Matthew right now, I’m fascinated by the way Jesus debunked all the high and mighties of His time. They couldn’t understand the parables because they were too concerned with every jot and tittle of the written and oral, traditional law that often had no foundation in the written law; their whole focus was on finding some way to accuse Him successfully of not keeping the Law. They had to pay people to lie to accomplish their aim; they had to turn Him over to Rome to make sure He was executed.
And look where that got them 🙂
And the Lords of Christianity continue in the same vein today. The majority of that named as Christianity today is not Christianity—the majority. This is easily established by simply comparing the real and total teachings of the Lord and their evidence in the lives of real believers, as opposed to partial and false teachings. The majority of “Gospels” in the world stemming from unreal Christianity are the “contrary gospels” warned about by the apostle Paul:
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! [Galatians 1:6-9]
We are now seeing the results like never before of what happens to Christian denominations and offshoots that deny the real teachings of the Lord. They preach watered-down garbage, are infused with false doctrines that many continue to insist upon and support, and generally reject the real Christianity of the first century for their chosen counterfeits. And because the majority of those in America still call themselves Christian, there is no doubt the decline of America is directly traceable to the false gospels the fake Christians put forth.
The Good News (Gospel) is that the ONE AND ONLY Gospel of the Lord Jesus our Messiah is still here and still works. Those who apply it as instructed by its Creator see the same evidence that existed 2000 years ago. Yet, the proponents of false gospels continue to act as the old Pharisees in that they cannot successfully refute the truth, so they attempt to kill it. This approach works at first but then causes a huge advance in the real gospel. In other words, persecution works to spread and expand the gospel instead of eliminating it.
We are now at the forefront of a Great Awakening in America and part of that is due to outright persecution of real Christianity in this country. And the main persecutors are not other religions or the government, but UNREAL CHRISTIANS WITH FALSE GOSPELS fighting against the Lord Jesus to establish and maintain their own turf.
Thank you for the great comment. Please consider purchasing my book for much more information and detail regarding this phenomenon.
The parable of the mustard tree pictures all you have said. The tree grows all out of proportion to its normal size, representing Christendom, which shelters many birds. Birds are always a negative in biblical symbolism, and these birds represent all those who claim to be part of Christendom but do not truly know Jesus. Nothing new under the sun.
Thanks again. But birds do not always represent a negative. Much of the time they are simply generic. I think birds represent a positive in the mustard tree parable. They represent a negative in the Parable of the Sower. The Parable of the Wheat and Tares, etc. is more in line with your valid point. Thanks for reading and for your comments. I appreciated it.
Well, I can see that we can cordially disagree :)There are times, true, when birds are just birds. But in the parables, they’re not friendly little guys. But you know, RJ, these are the kinds of conversations that send us back to the Word to make sure of our ground. It’s a beautiful thing.
I completely agree, Linda. And it’s also the kind of thing that makes for informed, mature Christians. Dialogue is a great and necessary component to arriving at truth. Historically, though, Christians in general have the decided tendency to pick up their toys and go home instead of trying to arrive at the truth of the Lord’s Word through open discussion and dialogue, something the Lord often used in the spiritual development of His disciples. I already started checking out the birds, by the way! Thanks.