A CONFUSION OF BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS: OUR CHRISTIAN TOWER OF BABEL (Part 9)
Those who create their own versions of Christianity which differ from the original are MOCKING GOD. They have no respect or honor for the Lord Jesus, WHO IS GOD.
Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking Him and beating Him, and they blindfolded Him and were asking Him, saying, “Prophesy, who is the one who hit You?” And they were saying many other things against Him, blaspheming. [Luke 22:63-65]
All the major denominations of first-century Judaism were not just wrong; they were operated by blasphemous pretenders who mocked God by creating their own distinct religious belief systems, fleshly interpretations of Scripture, and mental constructs based on wrong thinking due to their great sin and distance from the Lord. Everything they created differed significantly from the original. Their desire was not to be in good relationship with God and not to preach Truth but to gain earthly power and prestige, unbridled authority over people through the medium of religion, and enrich themselves monetarily.
Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him. And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.” [Luke 16:14-15]
“The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this: ‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” [Revelation 2:8-9]
THE REAL AND THE UNREAL
He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.” [Mark 7:9]
What possesses a person to make departures from Holy Writ? What causes Christians to reject the original teachings of the Lord and create their own? Why do they believe they have the authority to do this? Why do they think they can get away with it? What is so wrong with original real Christianity that they feel justified in rejecting it, or tweaking it, and changing it to better suit themselves? Don’t they know it is the responsibility of a follower of the Lord Jesus to conform to Him and His teachings rather than create offshoots merely based on His teachings?
There should be no Christian denominations. Every single one has departed from the original by their very creation. If all believers in the Lord would adhere to His curriculum there would be no need of another. Catholics fight with Protestants and Protestants fight among themselves and they both fight against the Pentecostals and Charismatics who also fight among themselves. There are even divisions within denominations. Churches split but so do denominations. Some of this is playing out right now. It is part of the reason they increase, at times exponentially. If they all abandoned their respective alternative Christian belief systems, slaughtered their sacred cow religious slants, and embraced the Lord’s curriculum only, Christian denominations would no longer exist.
OUT OF DARKNESS
On the other hand, Protestantism was progress. Some Protestant denominations progressed more than others. They were seeking greater Light. Most found some Light and were on a progressive spiritual track to gain more early on. Some continued. Some stopped at certain points. Wherever they stopped and set up permanent camp is when a denomination was formed. They deemed themselves in their own minds far enough down the road from Catholicism to justify discontinuing their spiritual progress. Instead of continuing onward through the fog toward the bright shining light of a new day they apparently still remained out on the vast plain of Shinar and proceeded to build their own Towers.
Here a Ziggurat, there a Ziggurat, everywhere a Ziggurat.
In essence, however, this was only an illusion. Roman Catholicism has long termed Protestants as “departed brethren.” If they truly departed, however, they would have departed completely and conformed to the Lord’s original. Most never did this. Maybe the Lord was leading them out. If so they should have kept going all the way—all the way back to the first century. But none of the major Christian denominations ever did any such thing. Therefore, did they really depart at all?
We know the Protestants retained some Roman Catholic doctrines. We know they maintained Catholic formats. They looked and believed different in part but they also continued to look very similar. The new Protestants felt more comfortable being “Catholic light” than embracing Acts Chapter 2. Sound familiar?
Keep in mind that the real Christians in the world, those who had forever remained faithful and true to the Lord Jesus, obviously still existed at that time five hundred years ago as they always had since the very beginning. But because they were obscure like their Master and preached the Truth like their Master and were never in it for power, prestige, authority, or money like their Master, they were also persecuted like their Master. They were looked down upon by this world like their Master. They were written out of perceived history like their Master. And they were rejected by denominational Christianity the same way their Master was rejected by denominational Judaism.
For those who may not know, I will say this again. The Lord Jesus will have nothing to do with halfway followers. He only accepts those who give their entire hearts to Him. What is the proof of this? How can anyone know who actually does this? What is the test? Here you go: They will believe and act exactly like the original first-century believers.
THE LOVE TEST
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” [John 13:34-35]
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” [John 14:15]
“He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me;” [John 14:21]
“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” [John 15:10]
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” [John 15:13-15]
“…Teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…” [Matthew 28:20]
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; [1John 2:3-4]
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” [John 8:31-32]
THE HATE TEST
One can discover the unreal by the way they treat the real. Unreal Christians are Christian persecutors. Real Christians never persecute anybody. Unreal Christians use fear, force, guilt, shame, anger, deceit, trickery, and insistence upon their various non-Scriptural traditional means, methods, and beliefs to get their adherents to conform to a common denominator. This creates their false unions (Towers). We know that great masses of people can be psychologically brainwashed, indoctrinated, conditioned, and programmed, even to their own detriment, in order to remain socially viable and accepted members within their group.
The Lord Jesus, however, never engaged in any of this and never taught such. He was forced by who He is to often remain a largely solitary Man even among His own. He also taught that His disciples would be treated as He was and they were. They had to learn to stand alone much of the time against the onslaught of those who bought into false paradigms and fruitless works who often resorted to force and hatred as means to compel conformity. The fearful always fell for such; they had no faith to counteract their fear. They found solace in joining such groups because they knew the leaders thereof would then leave them be and their social standing, low denominator as it was, would remain in place. Being part of such groups helped relieve anxiety and fear. It made them feel as though they belonged. They could thus relax within their faux social constructs, gain the support thereof, and not have to deal with their sin or the higher requirements of God.
The Lord Jesus, however, rejects such unrepentant cowards. He has nothing to do with these mulish misled mockers. He will not have in His Community anyone who refuses their entire heart.
He will never give His love to an unfaithful masquerading bride.
© 2022 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved. [To Be Continued]
 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.
A CONFUSION OF BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS: OUR CHRISTIAN TOWER OF BABEL (Part 1)
A CONFUSION OF BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS: OUR CHRISTIAN TOWER OF BABEL (Part 2)
A CONFUSION OF BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS: OUR CHRISTIAN TOWER OF BABEL (Part 3)
A CONFUSION OF BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS: OUR CHRISTIAN TOWER OF BABEL (Part 4)
A CONFUSION OF BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS: OUR CHRISTIAN TOWER OF BABEL (Part 5)
A CONFUSION OF BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS: OUR CHRISTIAN TOWER OF BABEL (Part 6)
A CONFUSION OF BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS: OUR CHRISTIAN TOWER OF BABEL (Part 7)
A CONFUSION OF BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS: OUR CHRISTIAN TOWER OF BABEL (Part 8)
Posted on August 29, 2022, in Current Events and tagged America, Book of Acts, Christian Denominations, Christian Pharisees, Constantine, Counterfeit Religious Traditions, Discipleship, False Forms of Christianity, If You Love Me You Will Keep My Commandments, Lord Jesus, Love, Mocked, Protestant Reformation, Real Christianity The Nature of the Church, Spiritual Warfare, The Day of Pentecost, The Great Awakening, They Hated Me Without a Cause, Tower of Babel, Unfaithful, Unreal Christianity, Ziggurat. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.
Every time I read something similar to your post, I am thankful once again to have been brought up by a pastor/father who was not an extremist. I did not understand every single thing he preached and taught back then, but I understand now that he was actually a man “before his time” in regard to divisions, sects, denominations. Guess what? He just taught the Bible! Pure and simple, he just taught what God’s Word said. Amazing!
Today when people ask me what denomination I am, I ALWAYS say, “I’m a biblicist!” I do have a preference, influenced all through my life, but I don’t harp on it or wear it like a badge. It happens to be, in my opinion, the closest that’s out there today that simply teaches, preaches, and acts out the Word of God. Sadly, not all churches who claim the name do such a great job of living out what they say they believe. One must use great discernment when it is necessary to find a new place in which to join with other believers. It is also important to remember that once you join the perfect church, it is no longer perfect 🙂
Thanks Linda. I appreciate your comment.
It is all about the Lord Jesus. It is all about being His disciple. It is all about doing our best to learn His teachings, know them, and apply them. It is all about obeying His commandments. He must be the only focal point, the only One we honor exclusively, and the only One we follow. He is the only Leader of the only real Church. We have One Shepherd and each real Christian is a member of His one spiritual flock. We work out all the details by studying His teachings and the way the originals carried out His teachings. He is our perfect example. They are the pure prototype. The Lord worked very hard to establish His original group which consisted of only twelve in the beginning. It was very important to create an original nucleus so to speak with Him at the center. And though He preached to tens of thousands and had great ministerial success over three and a half years He only managed to collect 120 dedicated disciples for the initial Upper Room Experience of Acts 2. This gives us all an indication of what is required and what He requires. Also, we know they got it right by the astounding spiritual success they achieved in their own generation which they then passed on to the next, and the next.
We thank the Lord for His love, His grace, His forgiveness, and His patience, but also for the ability, strength, and anointing He gives us to be the best we can be for Him first, for one another, and for all whom He may call to join His Community. He went to the cross for us. We owe Him everything.
Thank you for your life’s work thus far, and that of your Dad and family. We are all extremely blessed for the opportunity to serve the Lord.
Yes, we are known by our love for one another. As the word asks, if we don’t love our brothers, how can we love a God we have not seen? (paraphrase)
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Yes, Amen. Thank you Donna.
There is a perspective
Regarding a Son and His Father,
That the Father doesn’t go
To do the Fatherly thing
But sends His Son instead.
This doesn’t ring
What Father would send His Son to do what He must do?
And yet the Son was willing
To honor His Father
And die in His place too
As He did for you
And me, and us all.
In reality though
We must know
That just as the Lord told His disciple Philip
“If you’ve seen Me
You’ve seen the Father.”
I am the Father, Philip, my son
We are one
And the same
I did not go on this mission only in obedience to a command
But out of Love
On My own initiative
My Life to GIVE
So all can Live—
This is the Love
That marks those true
Who will do for Me
And do for you
What I came to do
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Well said as always.
I have always felt solitary RJ, even though involved in churches through life.
Solitary in the sense that when I stand before God alone after this life, there will be all kinds of hints of the familiar. I’ve been here before (only way more intense I’m sure). No one else walks my path with God. We all do alone even when together. If our togetherness is our sense of relationship with God, we are lost.
Good title I think for the church as a tower of Babble
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Thanks Gary. Amen. The Lord demonstrated what one’s relationship with God should and must be. Our relationship with Him is first and most important. Life is such that people come and go but the Lord Jesus is Always. I therefore fully understand your solitary feel. Horizontal relationships are great, of course, especially those of the spiritual kind, but one’s one vertical relationship is best and forever. It is a must.
Regarding your last sentence I must make it clear that it is only Unreal Christianity that has built a Tower of Babel. There is only one real Church, the Lord’s real Community, and no member within it would ever knowingly engage in tower building without repentance for it along the way.
Blessings to you Gary. Thank you for your work. You have touched many lives.
Good morning RJ, I had to come back and read this post again. My heart is in a bit of turmoil this morning and I am trying to make sense of it all. As I awoke to the news of mankind’s destruction yet again to creation, by way of the natural gas pipeline blowing up in the Baltic Sea. My first thought and feeling was disgust. That mankind has no regard to wildlife and our environment along with the safety of people as well. For me who tries every day to share the beauty of creation, to take care of creation the best I can because of my love for the Father and the gift of life He has given everything on this earth. To see it torn apart by man and their greed for What? Money, power, I just don’t get it. They are fighting for something that is so temporary and meaningless. They all will die with nothing and will have spent their lives trying to have everything. But their everything is materialism, their hearts must be empty, their hearts must be hardened to keep doing these atrocity’s over and over.
Your words above; One can discover the unreal by the way they treat the real. Is so true especially in today’s world.
I have total faith in our Father and His plan, I believe we are watching it unfold in real time right before our eyes. Thank you for this post, it helped calm my heart this morning to remember that He knows what is going on and we have to never forget that He is in control and to not let our own hearts harden towards mankind. The two sides of good and evil are more visible today than ever before, we must not let our own hearts be split in half.
Thank you RJ
Thank you for your comment, Sandra. I appreciate you and am thankful for your support here.
Regarding yesterday’s news, it was only a matter of time. They threatened to do this very thing several months ago at the beginning of the year. Europe’s dependency, especially Germany, on Russian energy sources must be severed, according to the perpetrators, even if it means not having the energy they need to function. It appears that the war on Russia is actually a war on Europe. The citizens may be finally waking up to the reality of what Green energy actually entails. It means ridding them of energy they need. Period.
There is no possible way oil, natural gas, and coal can ever be effectively replaced. It is impossible. Electricity generating power plants are fueled primarily by coal, natural gas, uranium (nuclear power), and water, as in hydroelectric dams. These can never be replaced by wind, solar, etc. Once people figure this out they will realize they have been deceived but I doubt they will ever get there. Far too many have been programed over far too many years. The pipelines that were blown up yesterday were supplying fuel primarily to Germany, which is greatly dependent on Russian energy. This did not stop the country from joining in the war effort against their main energy supplier, however. This proves Germany does not actually belong to the German citizens. Some of them are aware of this. Most apparently are not. Why would a country turn against their main energy supplier to their own detriment with no effective back up plan in place? On the surface, Europe bought into the Green energy program but continued to run primarily on non-Green energy from a “hated enemy.” Does this make sense?
It is as if a person convinces himself of one thing to satisfy a required notion or idea or religious principle or cultural demand and then, in an as much unacknowledged manner as possible, accept the very opposite as the necessary compromise in order to live. In other words, so many people of today have to say and do what is required to satisfy cultural demands so they can remain part of society with no one jumping their case (they fear this greatly) but behind their own back deceive themselves by doing the opposite because they cannot function practically otherwise. And then they absolutely hate it and get hysterical when someone points this out.
In Christian terms this is called conviction of sin. Many church-going Christians are sinners though they are either deceived or self-deceived. They can remain happy and secure in this state until their sin is pointed out, either by the Lord or others. Some then get hysterical and lash out due to powerful conviction. They do not appreciate being outed. Others who are convicted of their sin acknowledge it, repent, and get right with God. Those who refuse to repent do the opposite and dig in all the more.
Unless something changes dramatically for the good very fast and the people wake up, much of Europe will be without the energy it needs very soon. The same thing could happen here. THERE IS A WAR ON ENERGY. Those behind the scenes perpetrating the Green energy effort don’t actually care about the beauty of Creation, the environment, wildlife, or human beings.
However, our Father in heaven certainly does. He cares about all of these and those who give Him the opportunity to prove it know this. Your total trust in Him is what makes life work for you. It is what gives you great peace is these insane times. Our Lord Jesus is most worthy of our honor and praise and will always see us through. The key, as you stated, is to never let our hearts be divided. We must give Him 100% of our heart and never waver. This creates a strong, powerful, everlasting relational foundation, a Solid Rock. Good and evil have always been at war and in order to win we must side with good completely. Our Lord Jesus, our Father, is total Good. 100%. We must get close and stay close to Him, desire His will for our lives, and He will always see us through regardless of circumstances.
Thanks again, Sandra. Blessings to you this day
Thank you RJ, it does make sense, you explained a lot that I did not know about. I try not to watch the news all the time, just enough to stay informed on what is going on in the world. I appreciate this comment and it puts a better perspective on it all for me. Staying close to the Father is where I feel safe. Thank you.
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I am fascinated by this series. Thank you.
Thanks Jack. I appreciate it.