To repent means to change one’s mind. It means one must allow for new Truth to update one’s mindset. Unfortunately, this demands a commitment many cannot make.


Gonna change my way of thinking

Make myself a different set of rules

Gonna change my way of thinking

Make myself a different set of rules

Gonna put my good foot forward

And stop being influenced by fools

                                             Bob Dylan [1]


The Lord Jesus taught that real salvation demands radical change. He expressed a true turn or burn message. He actually stated this literally. He said His own nation would eventually burn due to its refusal to repent. He did everything He could to get this message across.

And following Him was a large crowd of the people, and of women who were mourning and lamenting Him. But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’” [Luke 23:27-30]

This prophecy points directly to the Sixth Seal of Revelation:

Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” [Revelation 6:15-17]

One might say the Lord failed in His warning. In reality, though He knew the nation was at an end and would cease to exist forever in forty years, and that it would actually involve destruction by fire, He never came to His people to save the nation itself. Why would He try to save a nation that was already destined for destruction? He certainly wanted His nation to be saved and preserved. Again, He did everything He possibly could to gain that outcome.

It must be remembered, however, that He had been fighting that battle of preservation for multiple centuries. He was the one who created the nation in the first place. It was His nation. It began with Abraham. He called out Abraham for this very purpose. He created the miracle child Isaac to exist as the first generation of His nation. Thus, the future nation of Israel was founded on a miracle. And there were untold miracles performed by God to preserve the nation throughout its long history. No one was more involved in creating, preserving, and blessing the nation of Israel than God. He loved Israel with all His heart.

Therefore, no one was more saddened by what ended up happening to His nation than the Lord. His heart was broken. You can see this in the words He spoke to those women lamenting Him. They were words drenched in pathos. He had done everything He could over the many centuries of its existence to keep what ended up happening from happening, but to no avail. He lost the battle. Ironically, those who won the battle against Him destroyed their nation. They destroyed His nation.

And He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time. At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him some of the produce of the vineyard; but the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. And he proceeded to send another slave; and they beat him also and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed. And he proceeded to send a third; and this one also they wounded and cast out. The owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others.” [Luke 20:9-16]

And it was all because they refused to change their minds. They refused to allow for new Truth to update their mindset. They had already committed to a different mindset which they adhered to totally which left no room whatsoever for the introduction of anything else. Though absolutely nothing the Lord Jesus taught was ever refuted by His enemies according to the Law of Moses and objective truth, they rejected Him anyway. Why? Because their minds were made up. They were stubborn as mules. Not even the Lord could get through to them. They were obstinate, hard-headed, religious rednecks. At one point their off-the-scale close-mindedness caused the Lord to exclaim the following:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ So you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers. You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?” [Matthew 23:29-33][2]

Even then the Lord was thinking of their souls and their eternal destination. Again, He knew they were lost and many were filled with the devil. He knew they were the religious leaders of the most wicked generation of Israel to date. And that is saying a lot in light of so many evil generations of the past. Their world class obstinacy was one thing, but something even greater was the abject weakness of all those who submitted to them. Almost everybody in Israel was scared to death of those guys. There was such rampant fear in the nation drummed up by its leaders, next to no one was willing to challenge them. They knew they would be destroyed if they did. They knew their evil leaders controlled pretty much everything and could make their lives a living hell. How did such an outcome ever transpire in a nation created by God? How could a nation founded on spiritual freedom devolve into such a hellhole? To save their nation, all the people had to do was turn to God and repent. All they had to do was change their sorry way of thinking and get right with God, and then God would have taken care of the rest.

BUT NO! This proved there was something more than simple fear of religious leaders going on. It proved the majority of people actually preferred being led around like a bunch of stupid morons by idiots in charge. Otherwise they would have to do what God required. And what God required was crucifixion of the flesh. He required an elimination of sin from their lives. He required that they quit engaging in sinful practices. He required a total clean up on Aisle One. He required a circumcision of the heart. And though the sins of the average Israelite was less than that of those who led them, they still preferred a life of sin (though often sins of omission) to making the necessary changes that God required.


Keep in mind most of these people went to church every week (synagogue). They did what they were told by the leaders thereof. They bought into the program. For many, however, they never actually gave their hearts to God. They only obeyed because they were required to do so. To do otherwise would put them on the outs in society. Doors would close. They would be looked down upon. They would no longer be welcome at the cool kids table. Their popularity would plummet. They would be cancelled. They would get stuck with a low social credit score. Yet as long as they continued to surrender to the religious leaders in charge and obey the main prerequisites they could otherwise sin to their hearts content. The main prerequisites were based on:

(1) We are in control here and you must surrender to our control. (2) What we teach is what you must believe. You are to have no other teachers or doctrines before you. You must have no independent religious or spiritual thought. What we say is what goes. If you don’t understand it you must believe it anyway. (3) In order to be in good standing you must make a full commitment and dedicate yourself fully to our program. If so, all will go well with you. (In other words, you will avert our wrath and the possible disfellowship which could break your back socially.)

The people of the nation thus discovered that as long as they paid the proper obeisance to the religious leaders they could be free to do what they wanted within the set parameters. Some freedom was better than no freedom. As long as they deferred to them, genuflected before them, and essentially kissed their ring then all would go well. Whether they saw themselves as religious sellouts is another issue. There were certainly some who were completely brainwashed and actually believed all the tripe presented to them. Maybe this was the majority. It probably was because over time the constant pontificating from those who dwelt on high would have had an effect. The total lack of any alternate viewpoints would also serve to cause most to become indoctrinated. The fact that no one could ever stand up to the idiots in charge would eventually remove the backbone of the nation and cause it to become docile and subservient toward them. Once the big boys were successful at eliminating any testosterone directed in their direction, the men of the nation were made impotent toward them. They thus couldn’t change their nation for the better if they wanted to.

All the ultimate testosterone and manliness was thus reserved only for the religious elite in charge. Only they were allowed to throw their weight around. Only they could do whatever they wanted and get away with it. The law didn’t apply to them. Only they had no accountability except to themselves which was a circle to nowhere. Sound familiar? And because they controlled the rage factor they could draw up a rage response among those they controlled at any time. Because the men were held in estrogen prison they were ever-burning to get out and allowed the opportunity to vent. Then, whenever they got the word from on high they could be easily directed to enter into instant rage response mode and attack whoever they were directed toward, which were always those with the audacity to question “the elders” and “our tradition” or (aghast!) whoever may preach or teach a different message.

The Lord Jesus had managed to subvert this demonic process much of the time because the people in general were overcome by His great love and compassion, and His willingness to do miracles in their midst to help them. He would heal blind eyes, eliminate their illnesses in a flash, bless them with everything their souls were longing for, forgive and remove their personal sin, assist the poor on a grand scale, and even raise their dead on occasion. He was a force! He was winning hearts and minds!

In the end, however, everyone realized they would also have to change their ways, repent, change their way of thinking, love their enemies, change their hearts, submit fully to God, change their minds, and stop engaging in dead religion.

It was simply too much. There would be way too much to change. Their entire lives would be affected. They would have to start over. It was just too much. It would require way too much faith and too much effort. It would be much easier to simply continue on as before. And that’s the choice they made. They declined the great spiritual power the Lord offered them to make changes for the better.


This was not the case for the Remnant. There were some, many untold tens of thousands of Israelites, who actually did obey the Lord Jesus. They recognized Him as their Messiah. They saw that He was the great I AM. They became aware of just who this Man was and the great privilege they were allowed to know Him, be with Him, and honor Him. This brought forth the very first Great Awakening! For forty years the Lord’s new born again Spirit-filled people continued to work toward the salvation of as many of the people of their nation as possible. Many were saved, taught, and made secure. Many developed and came to full spiritual maturation. It was the greatest thing that had ever happened to Israel in all its history, even though the good guys, those who believed in love and loving, were outnumbered and always had to face the incessant hateful wrath of the bad guys.

But the wrath, rage, and hate of the rebellious religious tyrants along with those under their control—the unrepentant majority of insincere, spiritually lazy, surrendered silent sellouts who chose to continue being influenced by fools—caused them all to be without the one thing they needed to save the country: None of them were saved. How could they therefore save the nation or anything else? Their lack of salvation and lack of saving ability left only one other outcome: Their national rebellion and sin content insured they be destined for destruction.

And it was all because they refused to repent.

They refused to change their way of thinking.

They refused to allow for new Truth to update their mindset.

© 2022 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.

[1] Copyright © 1979 by Special Rider Music

[2] 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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  1. So correct RJ
    Those who turn and follow Jesus with their whole heart become the stated scourge of society when society is run by the god of this world. That power is bigger than the will of mankind without help.
    It is not a matter of misunderstanding truth. They bump into love and feel its glory and respond to Gods outstreached arm like a hissing cat.
    On our part we need to salt the oats before leading the horses around us to water. Only the thirsty will drink.

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    • Amen. Thanks Gary. An illustrative comment. That first sentence is a sad but true reality. Well put. One cannot have one foot in the world and the other one in the Kingdom. It’s one place or the other. All in or all out. Friends with God or enemies against Him.

      Unreal Christianity, however, begs to differ. Those who are all in can only fully relate to others who are all in. One’s salvation must be absolutely and clearly defined. All of the Lord Jesus or nothing. He demands this.

      The nation of Israel failed for love of this world. Unreal Christianity is also an ongoing failing enterprise for the same reason merely masquerading as a deceptive counterfeit which draws in the non-fully committed to the Lord Jesus.


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  2. People are being tempted and distracted every day to stay in this world instead of following God. Why is it people have the want to have more and the thing to me is they want more of things that are not important at all, things, they want things. Like you said they want to be a part of something, afraid to walk away from what man is telling them on how to live. Many years ago I was looking for a church that would teach me how to understand the bible. I kept going from one to another over the course of some years. I happened on this one that I had to take a test and do some bible studies to become a member. So that was a red flag right away. Why do I have to be a member I thought, I just wanted someone to teach me how to understand the word. Then they came up and said this will be your Deacon to talk to if you need anything, well at that time I did not even know what a deacon was. So one day I had a chance to talk to the Preacher himself and I was asking about his sermons, why are they always the same and why he only actually taught for about 20 minutes during the hour. He told me he had to follow a pattern and he could only do what the congregation wanted him to do. So, how did so many different churches come to be and they all have a pattern they have to follow. Over the years I have found teachers that have helped me a lot in understanding the word, but more over I have learned more by just talking to our Father and asking Him to help me understand the bible when I am reading it. He never meant for it to be so difficult.

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    • Thank you Sandra. In almost twelve years here and thousands of comments this is one of the best anyone has ever made. What you have experienced in your life regarding reaching out to churches is a very sad commentary on the nature of Christianity in America. I support you for trying so hard. It is for so much of what you have described here that I wrote my book Real Christianity. I also had my journey through a few churches and was a member in very good standing. Though I belonged to good churches with good people and ministers, and though much of what we did lined up with what the Early Church practiced as taught by the Lord, I saw that some of the things we were doing did not. I learned that most churches and denominations deviated, and some greatly deviated, from the Lord’s teachings. I knew there was no way they could all be right but could certainly be wrong. The Lord anointed me to teach and write about this but it has been a tough fight when so many refuse to see things from a Scriptural perspective.

      I’m glad you found some good teachers and have a good relationship with the Lord. I thank you for the opportunity to add to your Biblical knowledge. This format at WordPress is good but can only go so far. My overall theme throughout my life and ministry is to teach that we as Christians in the present MUST return to our roots in the first century AD and follow the example of the original Christians who obeyed the teachings of the Lord Jesus. They had great spiritual success in the world. Multiple millions of people came to life in the Lord through them. If we did what they did we could also have great success. Those who are getting it right in the world prove this.

      But this is a very difficult thing to do. People are stuck in their Christian traditions and denominational beliefs. It is as you say for so many churches: The ministers must do what the congregations want or they will be out of a place to minister. They are, of course, both wrong. We should all obey the Lord Jesus. Church members should not dictate and neither should ministers. We must obey the Lord and do what He says. Those who do are spiritually successful.

      You have been on a journey and have done your best. You still are. There is still more to learn. Keep up the good work Sandra. The Lord has so much for you. Keep maintaining a good heart toward God.

      For a good elementary summary of the Early Church in action, I recommend my series Early Church History 101. These are roughly short one page summations of the first two chapters of the Books of Acts. We had just started following each other’s online work about that time two years ago when I wrote the series. You can find Part 1 here: Early Church History 101: Introduction.

      Thank you for reading Sandra and for your comments. You are a valued reader and friend. Blessings to you


      • Thank you RJ, I will read your other post. Thank you for the link. I feel learning is never ending, I have a need to keep learning and understanding. The more we want to know, I believe the more He opens our hearts and minds to Him. It gives me goose bumps to say those words. 😊

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  3. You certainly have a way with words, RJ. Almost anyone can relate, even the kids in grade school wanting to sit at the cool kids’ table. I love your descriptions.
    Having said that, as a woman I’m not sure I appreciate the “testosterone vs estrogen” analogy. Lately I see a lot of push-back against the evil establishment coming from mothers, especially in the area of education. I think between the “remote learning” during the pandemic that gave moms a window into what exactly their children were being taught and the brazenness of the “Woke” agenda being brought into the schools, we’re seeing a lot of “mama bears” standing up and declaring, “Not with MY kids!” It’s even to the point where these moms (and dads) have been declared “domestic terrorists.”
    Women may come across as meek and delicate, but once the evil influences start coming near their offspring – watch out.


    • Thanks Ann. I appreciate it. And I appreciate mothers willing to fight the devil himself on behalf of their children.

      Regarding “testosterone vs estrogen,” it is a fact that in that culture at that time women were perceived as veritable second class citizens. This was likely true of most cultures then. However, the Lord obviously did not partake of that worldview and it was thoroughly rebuffed and refuted within His Kingdom, which, of course, made His Kingdom that much more dissimilar from existing cultures. I often quote the apostle Paul in this regard:

      There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. [Galatians 3:28]

      The above otherwise exclusionary parameters have no place in His Kingdom. There are no divisions or preferences/partialities/favorites concerning nationality, political status, or gender in His Kingdom. I wrote about this extensively in my book Real Christianity. The Lord’s model promotes absolute equality among all members. The only difference in status is His very high and lifted up status as the Almighty, yet He also became as one of us.

      This does not mean, however, and I know you agree, of course, that there are not physical differences regarding gender. There was a reason the Lord chose men as His original twelve. But again, when the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit took place in the Upper Room on Pentecost, the room was filled with both women and men. There were likely young and old. There may even have been children. The Lord did not discriminate between genders. On a spiritual level everyone was essentially the same, the only difference being spiritual maturity level.

      Therefore, a woman intercessor praying intently in her prayer room could move mountains the same as men, but in my experience, it seems there have been more women doing this than men. As far as the school boards situation goes, how can one not be inspired by the mama bears standing up for their young children? I’m glad a relative few are standing up in this country, male or female. It is certainly part of the Great Awakening.

      Yet, if so many had not been sleeping for so long, especially within traditional Christianity, there would be no need for a wake-up call. The devil would not have gained so much ground. The Lord has been warning and trying to wake people up for a long time. It is finally starting to happen on a nationwide basis. (The Lord told me in late August of 2010 that America was in the early stages of a national Great Awakening.)

      Thanks again Ann, and for your witness. Blessings!


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