Happy Fourth Birthday, Real Christianity!

         The great blessing of this blog is communicating with so many awesome people hard at work for the Lord Jesus! Very encouraging! Thanks to all of you for reading.

         Real Christianity is now four years old. I have posted 280 articles.

         You can locate every article prior to this year through the above Article Archives tab, organized both by category and calendar year.

         There is also the Reader Favorites tab right next to it listing links to the 30 most popular articles.

         All 2015 posts are in the Latest Articles—Feed Your Spirit column to the left (scroll down).

         On the top left is the About the Book tab which gives a brief description of the book I wrote that this blog is named after, as well as many comments.

         Speaking of which, there have been many excellent comments made by you guys through the years, including as of late, which are greatly appreciated. Actual real Christianity involves real community and all of us must communicate what the Lord has put on our hearts. The one rule I have is obey the Golden Rule.

         In my recent posts we have discussed the presence of spiritual strongholds and spiritual blindness. Loyalty is a great quality but loyalty to the wrong thing will cut one off from greater truth. One way or the other, for the real Christian and dedicated disciple, the Lord Jesus will eventually strip away everything from one’s knowledge base that is not true. THAT is a painful process. But much more painful is the loss of brothers and sisters who refuse the process.

         This dynamic is certainly Biblical. God sent prophets to correct Israel and Israel responded most often by killing them. Yikes. That’s a fine how do you do. We see it in the New Covenant also in the life of Paul, who suffered greatly at the hands of detractors. We apparently must be reminded continuously that all the original apostles except John died violent deaths at the hands of spiritual enemies, and this, of course, happened to the Founder as well. It is apparent they always put truth above togetherness, which is not at all the same thing as New Covenant fellowship, or koinonia.

         Perhaps that is why most Christians settle into denominations and/or denominational beliefs and forego the journey into greater truth and a closer walk with the Lord. Perhaps most Christians would rather surround themselves with a congregation of “like-minded” believers. The spiritual frontier is tough, and rejecting the spiritual frontier for a comfortable parlor back east is more socially acceptable. Rejecting an ever greater understanding of the Lord’s real curriculum—the real Word of God—that is not added to and subtracted from by religionists with an opposing agenda is much more comfortable.

         And then there is the absolute unwillingness to do the equivalent of what the rich young ruler was supposed to do. The Lord told him to sell everything he had and give the money to the poor and the man refused. So do Christians refuse the fact that they or their leaders, dead or alive, are wrong in some way. They would rather support a false belief and the mere humans who inspired them than scrap it all and learn directly from the Lord Jesus. Why is there this all-consuming need to stay grabbed on to a deteriorating life raft in a stormy sea while continuously rejecting the Lord’s seaworthy ship?

         It has been said that the price of freedom is death. Not only will the TRUTH make one free, it will also cause spiritual attacks, some quite severe. It caused the Lord’s death, but praise God He didn’t stay dead, and because He rose again we can all rise again, both in the here and now and forever.

         The TRUTH will cause backbiting, slander, gossip, and rejection. It will bring about a strong reaction from evil, unregenerate flesh. The flesh hates the TRUTH and is convicted easily. Most people would rather rage against the TRUTH, fight it, and go to hell than surrender to the Lord.

         There are a few well-intentioned Christians who think the receivers of these evil things are somehow responsible or have a screw loose, as they take a purely non-spiritual approach to perceived remedies. Their arrogance is solid, often off the scale, and they are sold out to any number of false diagnoses and relative witch doctor remedies.

         “Tell me, Jesus. How does it make it you feel when people hate you? Ahem, ahem… Does it bother you that people think you’re fake? Ahem, ahem…”

         But the Lord Jesus stated very clearly that whatever His enemies do to Him they will do to His disciples. It is therefore not the fault of the disciple to be the recipient of evil. It goes with the territory.

         It is enlightening to know that the Lord Jesus was and is rejected more than any man. During His time among us He was:

  • Accused of being an illegitimate child
  • Accused of being a glutton
  • Accused of being a drunk
  • Accused of being crazy, including by His own mother and siblings
  • Severely second-guessed by none other than John the Immerser
  • Accused of being demon-possessed
  • Accused of being a false prophet
  • Accused of being a false teacher
  • Accused of being a false messiah
  • Rejected by everyone, including His own disciples and close apostles
  • Rejected by the entire religious establishment
  • Rejected by His nation
  • Rejected by the world
  • Killed illegally by demon-possessed religionists whose father was the devil and who did everything in their power to rid the world of Him, including lying, cheating, character-assassination, and threatening Pilate to the point that the otherwise very strong man and Roman leader was reduced to a wimpy sissy completely under their demonic thumb. Their power trumped Roman power. Think about that.

         We could go on. The point here is that the devil threw everything he had at the Lord and not only did none of it work and never stopped Him, the Lord actually worked that much harder and fought all the more so that we could all be set free from the evil around us.

         He was thinking of you and me.

         Regardless of everything against Him, HE WON THE VICTORY.

         He never quit, would never quit, and walked right through all the sordid slinging flying garbage and innuendo that came His way to the great disillusionment of His many detractors. They wanted Him STOPPED but could not get the job done and it frustrated and scared them to no end.

         Therefore, one of the clear marks of a real Christian must be the same. One must have the same experiences. And one must overcome them all.

         We are fighting a spiritual war. If you want the Lord to be proud of you, you must fight. You must go forward. You must attack the enemy. You must overcome. You must do the job He put you here to do. And we will overcome if we do things His way, even in the face of the most vile and disgusting attacks, often at the hands of “friends.”

         The Lord found out who His friends were. They were the ones who repented. They were the ones who returned. They were among the relative few who showed up for Pentecost. They were the ones who put their lives on the line.

         We are getting closer to a time of Christian persecution in America like this country has never seen. We are also getting closer to the greatest Great Awakening this country has ever seen.

         You must remember, though, how things will go. At first, many people will appreciate it. Then, with the advance of greater truth, the resulting conviction, and the lack of desire to repent and accept the TRUTH, they will begin to get miffed. Then, they will do an about face and turn on you like a rabid dog. This process is perfectly captured in the following account:

         And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”

         And He said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’”

         And He said, “Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown.

         “But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; and yet Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”

         And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. [Luke 4:22-29]

         They loved Him and spoke well of Him but moments later tried to kill Him. Go figure. They failed to kill Him then and failed in every other attempt also. They only succeeded in finally murdering Him because He allowed it FOR THE SAKE OF OUR SALVATION.

         “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.” [Luke 6:26] [1]

         At some point, a Christian will have to make this connection and figure it out. Until then, such a one is subjected to deception by false prophets (alive or dead).

         Whatever the case, I am most thankful for all of you. We have much to do. May the Lord Jesus bless you abundantly.

         Onward.

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         If you’re interested in gaining some perspective regarding the last four years, I’ve included links to each prior anniversary, as follows. Thanks.

         Happy First Birthday, Real Christianity (5/10/12)

         Happy Second Birthday, Real Christianity (5/10/13)

         Real Christianity: Three and Free (5/10/14)

         © 2015 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.

Posted on May 10, 2015, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Happy Birthday!! I praise God for you and your boldness. I long to meet you face to face if not here in heaven, Amen!

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    • Thank you, James. I appreciate you, Brother. Would that the Lord could arrange it that internet communities could transition into face-to-face ones. I believe such a possibility could be in the Lord’s plan somehow, especially with the days approaching. Be blessed!

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  2. Excellent post.

    “Why is there this all-consuming need to stay grabbed on to a deteriorating life raft in a stormy sea while continuously rejecting the Lord’s seaworthy ship?”

    Here is a similar quote:

    “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

    –William Shedd

    If we are truly surrendered to Jesus Christ, the world will hate us. We are in a spiritual battle, so let’s get used to it. We are soldiers of Christ, not ecclesiastical bureaucrats.

    Back in February the Lord told me to put my post “Obedience: The Bondage Breaker” prominently on my blog. Within 24 hours Satan attacked me on at least three fronts. If Satan never attacked me, I would never know that I was working for the Lord. Satan is so clever, he is stupid. Satan always overplays his cards.

    “Obedience: The Bondage Breaker”
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/obedience-the-bondage-breaker/

    II Timothy 2: 4: “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

    “Life without war is impossible either in nature or in grace. The basis of physical, mental, moral, and spiritual life is antagonism. This is the open fact of life.”

    –Oswald Chambers

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    • Thank you, Tim! You’ve blessed us with a strong dose of clarity. I learned that about the devil also, many years ago, that he simply can’t stop himself. As you said, he always overplays his cards. If he would just leave well enough alone he would not get creamed so often. He went overboard in killing the Lord, with the help of all his human associates, because he smelled blood like a crazed shark and thought he was winning. Yet the Lord’s death knocked his teeth out. And the Lord’s rising from death completely obliterated him. The Lord Jesus, OUR GREAT CHAMPION, mopped up the parking lot with him.

      Some Christians, however, believe the battle is already won for everyone or that the Lord fights for them while they do nothing but sit on their hands. That attitude means they are not IN the fight, because when they get in the real fight they will have to be 100% involved and pro-active, attacking the devil, or they will get their butt kicked. Most Christians are on the sidelines in their little make-believe play world living for the world in love with worldly things and seeking approval from a pretty but totally corrupt exterior of unregenerate mankind—the world in New Covenant vernacular.

      When Christians figure out they must engage, and have no choice but to engage if they would do the will of God, then they either get engaged, go to war, and attend to their calling, or they quit. There are many, many “Christian” authority voices telling them to quit. For them, there is little or no battle because they are not only having no effect on the devil’s kingdom, they are often in league with it.

      Be blessed and be strong in your journeys, Tim. We are winning.

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  3. Some, not all, of the worse spiritual attacks I’ve had was by “good church folk”. That was during the time when I was “in church”, seeing things they, for some reason, could not see. It baffled me at the time, but later I realized it is just as you’ve been saying here. The Lord Jesus was opening my own eyes to some very powerful spiritual realities.

    God bless and thanks for the review… and the reminders of what we can expect if we continue to go on with the Lord…………………. the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s like a right of passage and proof of all the Lord Jesus warned us about. I love it when He validates our walk with these trials and it encourages me that I’m on the right track.

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    • Thanks Scarlett! Yeah, we can pretty much gauge when we’re on the right track by the fun things associated with that track. The real spiritual world is closed off to most simply because they do not join up with the Lord and obey Him. To them it is not only invisible but effectively non-existent.

      Watch out for those “Christians” who doggedly pursue building up a fake world and attempting to construct depictions of the spiritual world through material means. The devil knows people in general will succumb to such stuff especially when it includes a powerful human authoritative presence that causes people to be intimidated and afraid to buck the false Christian culture.

      We will know when we are getting it right, not only from the presence of ridiculous overblown attacks against us that make no sense otherwise, but also because we gain the Lord’s blessings through spiritual warfare and defeating the enemy. The spoils go to the victor.

      The Lord showed us this, in one very clear example, through the battle Abram fought against the evil ones who kidnapped Lot and ripped him off (See Genesis 14). The man who was a friend of God went to war and got his stuff back. We must never let the enemy get away with his garbage. The Lord has arranged for us to be equipped for warfare in a way that does damage to spiritual enemies, rights wrongs, puts the devil on the run, and allows us to strongly and powerfully be about our Father’s business regardless of attacks.

      The Lord Jesus showed how this is done. His followers illustrated it in the early community of the Lord. They also showed us how, and it is all written down for us to learn from and apply in the Book of Acts.

      I was telling a good friend the other day that the Lord decided long ago to have some fun with the devil by raising up a bunch of glorified mudballs to whip the devil’s sorry little backside. How extremely humbling it must be for him, a great powerful spiritual entity, to get defeated by lowly humans.

      Of course, such is impossible without such lowly humans being filled with the Spirit of the Lord Jesus, and by possessing all the power and authority that goes with that, included the proper use of His NAME, the Name above every name. The Lord Jesus is defeating His enemies through us and with us. That’s pretty cool.

      Be blessed!

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      • Too often, Christians have allowed the devil to come and beat the daylights out of them without even fighting back, It’s like it’s not permitted in churches to mention the name of the devil…or to acknowledge the existence of demons.
        Another thing I’ve noticed….. in foreign lands where there is a lot of persecution when churches are burned down or bombed, some “Christian” organization will come in with donated funds and build them another one, so the church faithful will have a place to gather together, making a very convenient target for the enemy to kill a bunch of birds in one fell swoop. Sometimes it is very hard for me to grasp how outlandish and foolish some of this reasoning is.

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        • Thanks. The reasoning is such that non-spiritual means are utilized even with good intentions because no other means are possible because such Christians refuse to utilize the proper spiritual means the Lord taught and gave us.

          I remember reading a book by a minister from India named K.P. Yohannan twenty plus years ago in which he argued strongly for the fact that indigenous ministers are the best ministers. He said rather than spend a ton of money preparing western ministers, who require much training, language-learning, and a relatively high-cost lifestyle, it is much better to spend all that money raising up indigenous ministers in their home countries, many of whom are pleading for funding, though it is bare minimum funding that western ministers could never get by on.

          It is the same anywhere. If those honoring and obeying the Lord and are sent (not just went), they know the lay of the land better than anyone else and will be most effective. If one wants to spend huge sums building unnecessary “church buildings” they are wasting the money that could be used to build PEOPLE.

          It is obvious that believers can gather and do gather pretty much anywhere. The early community was built this way. It was a building of PEOPLE, exactly as the Lord and the original apostles taught and practiced. Well-meaning, good-intentioned people often do (I’ll be nice) completely ineffective things simply because they are bound to doing “the right thing,” which is code for “their head-headed religious thing,” even though they know it may not work, but they don’t care. Their priority is to be religious and always honor their religious culture rather than obey the Lord Jesus and do the things that work and are spiritually effective.

          Blessings to you.

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  4. Happy Birthday to your blog, RJ! I appreciate the listing of all the ways that Christ was abused. Lord bless.

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