Rejecting Truth That Demands Repentance

         A common, timeless, under-the-radar, and for the most part unspoken catch phrase often threatens emergence from larynx’s everywhere in response to a single catalyst—rising up and forming as a thin film on the edges of tongues and lips and threatening to bubble and babble forth at any given time.

         It reveals clearly and unmistakably the thinking and makeup of those confronted with and easily irked and tested by Truth:

         “Don’t confuse me with facts!”

         The majority of those who refer to themselves as Christians of one form or another are particularly notorious for this expression and the misguided thought behind it, as are they guilty of grossly and adamantly violating the Golden Rule whenever their beliefs are revealed as false or incomplete.

         This denotes two things: (1) It denotes religious pride that should not be there because religious pride cannot survive the crucifying of the flesh; and (2) It denotes a lack of love for the Truth which all real Christians readily embrace regardless of what it costs them personally.

         Unreal Christians are also notorious for passing personal conviction off onto others (“You talkin’ to me!?”). Anger begins to boil slowly and can become a seething cauldron if not held in check for fear of confrontation, though sometimes ironically because they wish to obey the Golden Rule. Go figure.

         It must be remembered, though, that innocent real Christians throughout the last 2000 years have had no desire to elicit such anger, and this includes the Founder Himself. He never tried to anger people on purpose, as far as I can tell, simply for the sake of making them angry. Yet, His preaching drew huge amounts of anger and vitriol, meaning of course, that the problem was without question in the ears and minds of the listeners.

         Now, it is certainly true that many so-called Christians have no problem provoking others for all the wrong reasons. It is not that difficult to get people into a thick lather regarding their beliefs if that is the goal.

         But that was not the Lord’s goal. Nor was it the goal of the early believers who turned the world upside down.

         Their goal was to preach the Truth that sets people free from the power of sin, and break them free from the clutches of evil and the evil one, that they might possess and live in the abundant life and freedom of the Lord.

         But that which became one person’s freedom became another’s reason to fight. Why? Because the Lord and His disciples preached the Truth. And the Truth often hurts. Especially when it reveals false beliefs.

         Nevertheless, then and now, the majority would apparently rather stick to their false beliefs, though such may be couched in warm, traditional, family-oriented, culturally-derived, and religiously-dependent benchmarks, including, and somewhat especially, those of the Unreal Christianity variety.

         Rest assured, if the Lord arrived for the first time among Christian adherents as He did among His own, it would certainly be Christian adherents who would reject Him and crucify Him. And there is an entire plethora of such “Christian” adherents willing to stand up and do the dirty deed. We know this because it is exactly what such are doing at the moment (and have been for centuries) to real Christians worldwide.

         Though most Christians insist on church attendance as a mandatory practice, and while some houses of worship are generally good places with good people, churches in general contain some really bad people. Actually, some really vile people. Actually, as did some of the synagogues of the Lord’s time as told in the Gospel accounts, some churches contain demon-possessed people and some of these devil-hosters run the show.

         Of course, this always refers only to other churches and never one’s own.

         The point here is that if church attendance is mandatory then it is also mandatory that one had better watch one’s backside while in attendance. Many a church member has exited with long-term knife-in-back syndrome that often never heals because they (first) never prepared for such a possibility, (second) still get no sympathy from said members who always blame the victim, and (three) usually never find a way to extract said knife and often are not aware of the cause of their pain.

         It is simply a very sad fact that many forms of Christianity had begun or morphed into hateful culture clubs against the full Truth of the Lord, even to the point of making the early Pharisees look like sashaying sissies in sundresses. History books are filled with such tales.

         But if one is willing to peel back and lift a corner of the this world’s present false overlay and take a peek at spiritual reality, one would see it happening right now as well, and in many cases just as bad if not worse than ever.

         Christian persecution is rising because it always rises as Light grows brighter and God’s people become bolder in preaching the Truth. And it is not God’s fault that a person must often become a slobbering mess of repentance to gain salvation (something prideful people abhor), in order to make a strong and clean break from sin and deception.

         Let us always remember that illicit agendas are universal and that such agendas exist only at the expense of Truth, which allows one to see and understand why concealing evidence that conflicts with Truth is tantamount to the devil’s and this faux world’s survival.

         Rejecting facts that challenge beliefs thus becomes a life and death issue for those who built and invested their lives on shifting-sand foundations and the bare ground of dartboard-derived locations. Though their house is destined to fall they never see such nor acknowledge such and fight anyone who thinks or says otherwise.

         Pre-conceived notions and belief in false premises and data thus drive a man to protect said data, and many will stop at nothing to rewrite entire books of truth in order to alleviate it and prop up their own false version of events.

         Deception is the name of the enemy’s game—that is, the enemies of the Lord Jesus and real believers—and every effort must be made to get out of it if one is in it, and resist it once one is free. Otherwise, the Truth is impossible to behold and hold and one will end up crucifying the very thing and the very One who can set them loose.

         So, rather than professing and embracing in one’s heart such inane statements as, “Don’t confuse me with facts!”, let us all take a good hard look at our particular beliefs and see just how closely they line up with the Lord’s teachings. Test everything you believe against the Lord’s curriculum and commandments. An excellent starting point is the Golden Rule. He commanded us to love one another as ourselves and to treat others they way we want to be treated.

         Better to resolve the issue now before it’s too late. Better to become a slobbering mess of repentance in the here and now rather than a slobbering mess of regret at the Judgment, when the eternal fate of our souls is decided upon based upon our own obedience or disobedience toward God and actions toward our fellow man during our sojourn breathing air.

         After physical death, the blood of Jesus can no longer be applied and cannot cleanse. One’s eternal fate has been sealed.

         “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

         “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

         “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.

         “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?

         “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.

         “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.

         “Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?

         “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.

         “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” [Matthew 25:31-46] [1]

         © 2014 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] 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 October 24, 2014, in Real Christianity and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Like I’ve heard it said about walking the Christian road, “If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.” It’s paradoxical, but walking the Christian road is at the same time both easy and difficult. Easy at times because of the LORD JESUS’ grace poured out on us, and prayer needs answered, healings and blessings bestowed, but hard when the enemy accuses us through our own brethren, just as Jesus’ brethren did. Hard, because the enemy of our souls is forever lying in wait to ensnare, or tempt to fall down in the battle.

    Thanks for the thought provoke, Brother Dawson.

    May grace and peace be muliplied to you,

    Scarlett

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    • Thanks so much, Scarlett. The easy/hard synthesis you describe here reveals the nature of the actual Christian walk all real Christians partake of, but also reveals those who predominantly live by the former and rarely the latter. Easy believism creates an easy road, but such a road goes in the opposite direction of heaven.

      It also seems that the early saints had it very hard most of time but this cannot be true. It seems that Paul was suffering and getting beat up most of the time but this can’t be true either. As you state, they experienced both—the highs of walking very close with the Lord and working with Him to achieve incredible spiritual accomplishments and victories—and the lows of being treated like garbage by this world and suffering on so many levels.

      The worst suffering, though, in my opinion, is that of betrayal by one’s own. Some Christians always manage to find the proper reasoning for treating their own as, in Paul’s words in the KJV (quoting Jeremiah)—the offscouring of all things, as he illustrates the hard road in the following passage:

      Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; and labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day. [1Corinthians 4:11-13]

      Be blessed, Scarlett. Battle forward.

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  2. In my area we are seeing the Jezebel spirit and religious spirits, pride and jealousy coming out like crazy. As the Holy Spirit begins to move in and through believers, all those “enemies who have lived long in the land” (like when Israelites came into the Promised Land) come out to fight. They don’t want to give up their territory and they won’t submit to the true Lordship of Jesus Christ. Sadly, as you said, many of these are IN THE CHURCHES.

    Lord, help us to walk in the Spirit and see things as they really are. Help us to wield the sword you have given us with the authority we have in you to defeat these enemies.

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    • Thanks Natalie. You bring up some excellent points on the nature of spiritual reality regarding the enemies of Truth and Christian discipleship.

      The Lord illustrated all this so well with the early Israelites. He blessed them out of their slavery in Egypt, a type of this fallen world, and gave them passage out of that bad world into a place of freedom. But the freedom was for the future and for spiritual discipleship. Having overcome “the world,” the first enemy of the real Christian, the Sinai desert was the place to learn to overcome “the flesh,” the sinful and rebellious human nature, replete with the enemies you mentioned—pride and jealously, to name only a couple—and in Israel’s case, so many more, even to the point of wanting to return to slavery! This is the intention of religious spirits, which Unreal Christianity is saturated with.

      In ancient Israel’s case, the collective human nature of that first generation was so bad the entire generation had to be allowed to die off in the desert—a form of national circumcision. Having thus defeated the second enemy of the real Christian, “the flesh,” and with the Lord in charge, it was time to go to battle with the devil himself, as typified by the evil Canaanites, a people responsible for some of the most evil practices known to mankind.

      Yet, at present, rather than being against such powerful enemies and all the demonic forces associated therein, Unreal Christianity is actually in league with the devil. It has never left the world and never crucified its flesh, and as a result could never defeat the devil.

      Ugly flesh eruptions are thus common with all unregenerated human beings who have never surrendered their lives wholesale to the Lord, and outbreaks always happen when great Light and Truth are presented. We all must learn that the only options are either going to an altar of repentance and following the narrow road—escaping “the world,” crucifying “the flesh,” and being filled with the Spirit of the Lord Jesus to defeat powerful evil forces—or eventually going to hell.

      Israel as a nation did the right thing in the beginning so long ago but later in their history were defeated and came to nothing, having allowed the flesh to rise again and turning against their only hope. May we each understand the stakes and know how the enemy fights, and also understand the counter-intuitive nature of spiritual battle to achieve real victory for the Lord Jesus. This world is upside down and backwards and the Light and Truth of the Lord is actual reality—the great, awesome, and loving reality that all long and hope for but that His enemies have cloaked with deception.

      Keep shining your light and teaching the truth, Natalie! Blessings on your family. Thanks again.

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  3. All that you have said just drives me back to the Word. It is the ONLY source of unpolluted truth.

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    • Thank you, Linda. I agree with you wholeheartedly.

      Yet so many interpret the Word to their liking. The real Word comes with evidence—miraculous evidence—and great power over sin and the enemy. If the evidence is not there, then someone’s messing with the Word.

      Rather to be comfortable at the Judgment then in the here and now. And it won’t be only Lucy with a ton of ‘splainin’ to do.

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