A Letter from Kabwata
I must admit that I have been a bit flabbergasted, these last few months, at how BRAZEN the Prosperity/Word-Faith teachers have become, as of late. I have also been pondering on how to talk about this in a more loving way than how I naturally react inside myself to these things I watch happening. These “leaders/teachers” (I do refuse to call them Pastors, as they do not qualify for that role according to the Scriptures) are actually letting their “true colors” (New Age / Pagan roots) be seen by all…!
Sadly, I was once in this very camp, and am still mortified by this, at times. Regardless, I am most grateful and humbled that The LORD saw fit to slap me upside my head…! He woke me up to the fact that I really had just slid from my New Age Spirituality, Witchcraft, and Law of Attraction camp (actually calling it, for what it really was), into EXACTLY the same things in the Word-of-Faith, Prosperity, and Positive-Affirmation camp (although there, it was “cloaked” in Christian sounding terms)!
The link to the article below was “the straw that broke the camel’s back” for me, very recently. It shows just how MUCH the visible “church” has let things “slide” (in order to be “accepted” and liked by the world)… Oprah will be opening for a conference that is being billed as a “Family-friendly Christian” event? Really…?
Additionally, the visible church has continued to lower their view on the Authority of Scripture, and what is ACTUALLY said, and to WHOM in The Bible. WHO is the Bible actually about (hint: it is NOT about YOU, and how you can actually live out the life of a Bible “character”)? We need to get back into keeping things in context, Context, CONTEXT!
Finally, they do not even take into account the TYPE of literature that each book and/or chapter of the Bible is written in! Any other form of written literature would NEVER be treated the way that God’s Word is treated by these people, secular society, or even the Church-at-large…!
Have we really lost the ability, as Christians, to think in a logically consistent, and doctrinal manner (as the Bible tells us to do, by REASONING one with another)? Instead, we are craving and running after the emotional “highs” in every wind of doctrine, dynamic motivational teachers, and anyone else who just “claims” to be a Christian or had a “vision” of some kind… Just like the rest of the unregenerate world… We are no longer a “people set apart”, on the whole.
There are men here, from different Christian denominations, discussing what unites us as a body of believers, from the Gospel of John.
The final episode will be uploaded today – Resurrection Sunday! Their audio discussions are always excellent.
Christ Is Risen! 💛
He Is Risen Indeed!
Christ TOLD us (MORE than once) that the Old Testament Scriptures are about, and point to HIM! Why do we keep ignoring that fact? If we study/read only the New Testament (or portions of it), we have an incomplete Bible!
The day my eyes were really opened to this, and I began reading the Scriptures that way (SEEING the many types and shadows of Jesus, and WHY many were looking forward to The Messiah, and that we each NEED a propitiation for our sins, and that all of those “Bible stories” also show us the genealogy of The Messiah and that they are NOT stories (or promises to me, personally) for ME to pattern my life after…), was the day that almost ALL Scripture began to REALLY make SENSE and has only served to increase my sense of wonder and Faith. I can see God’s “signature” ALL OVER the pages of Scripture, and that there is NO WAY that ordinary human beings “came up with it to “control” the masses” (a lie I believed many years ago)…!
~[Jesus speaking] You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. I do not receive glory from people. (John 5:39-41 ESV)
~And he [Jesus] said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. (Luke 24:25-27 ESV)
~Then he [Jesus, after His resurrection] said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:44-49 ESV)
My prayer is that MANY more souls will actually see this in the reading of their Bible, and have their minds opened in this way also!
May the Peace that only The Lord can give (shalom), be with you,
We all know them, the kids who were raised in church. They were stars of the youth group. They maybe even sang in the praise band or led worship. And then... they graduate from High School and they leave church. What happened?
It seems to happen so often that I wanted to do some digging; To talk to these kids and get some honest answers.
So I will start by saying that this is our first year (ever) that we are celebrating Reformation Day. I must admit that it wasn't until recently that I even knew what Reformation Day WAS (funny as it is that our family has claimed to be reformed for the past couple years, LOL). This is our first year in an actual reformed church as well, so all of this is new to us.
For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. ~Jude 4-11 ESV (emphasis, mine)
I come to all of you, with a very heavy heart and under great conviction, right now.
Back in August of 2010, I did an online radio program testimony, that is probably still “out there” on the internet “somewhere”… It was my story of getting out of Neo-Paganism and New Age spirituality, and then, sliding right on into the Word-of-Faith movement, as a brand new Christian. I then was able to gradually, by reading God’s Word for myself, get out of the WOF, also. Unfortunately, at the time of that interview, my mind still was not totally out of all of the erroneous teachings that I had learned while in the WOF church, and under those teachings. I am sure I will continue to find even more of those beliefs, that may still be lingering in my mind, as I continue in The Lord’s Word.
The teaching that I am apologizing, and publicly repenting for, is that of railing against the devil, and his demons. I cannot, in good conscience, say that there is a solid biblical precedence for doing such things, if the scriptures cited by those teachers are taken in their full context! If even the archangel Michael (in his undefiled form) as a finite (a created being, having a beginning), but glorious angelic creation of God‘s, dared not to do this… I do not think that it is any coincidence that this little, but powerfully packed, book of Jude is placed right before The Revelation with its many strong warnings, to us! What in the world made me think that I should do such a thing?! The only thing I could come up with was a deafening, resounding answer… It was my own irreverence, arrogance, and PRIDE! One of the things God hates the MOST!
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. ~Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV (emphasis, mine)
As a matter of fact, looking back, pretty much everything I learned (and allowed myself to continue to believe, and “buy into”), in that church (and the teachers they subscribed to), was from a self-centered, feel-good, prideful, arrogant, man-centered, scripture-twisting, meetings out-of-order and chaotic, chasing after signs/wonders/miracles/visions, point-of-view (may sound harsh, but it is the truth)…! Even now, when I happen to hear any of these types of preachers on the TV, radio, or internet, I am continually appalled at the lack of humility, or any semblance of a reverential fear of The Lord! The longer I have been out of the WOF, and into The Word of God, the more I see it.
Also, I helplessly watch how the errors inherent in these teachings, and the “different” false Jesus that they offer, ruins the minds, hearts, and spirits of so many of those who follow, previously followed, or just happen to “run into” these false teachers. So many of these damaged, and broken, people are practically unreachable, because of the inherent spiritual abuse, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, longings for a “Word from the Lord” (outside of the Bible), dependency on “feelings” and emotions, the addiction of chasing “signs and wonders”, and sometimes even deep brainwashing (mind control) that they have gone through! It is an ongoing, dark, and terrible, travesty…!
One thing that these misled individuals REALLY need to know, is the following truth:
And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. ~2 Corinthians 11:12-15 ESV (emphasis, mine)
I daresay, and testify, that since totally abandoning the practice of “railing” (along with teaching my children to stop this, also), the demonic activity, AND horrific nightmares, have almost COMPLETELY come to a halt in our household (after so many years of wasted, railing battles)! What we DO need to do is continue to be subject and obedient to The Lord, continuously keep on the armor of God, and proceed in His righteousness!
I (and my children) now simply either say, “The LORD rebuke you” (following the archangel Michael’s example), or simply call on the name of Jesus Christ!
It IS a battle we are in, but it is a “different” kind of battle. An individual, spiritual battle. Not a battle where we need to shout, and rail against the devil and his demons. It is a battle to keep ourselves (through the help of the Holy Spirit within us) in the ways that are listed in the scriptures below. It is from a place of making sure that we are in right-standing subjection and obedience to The Lord, that we are even able to resist the devil, so that he cannot get an easy foothold (or open doorway) into our lives.
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. ~James 4:4-10 ESV (emphasis, mine)
Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. ~Romans 13:11-14 ESV (emphasis, mine)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, ~Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV (emphasis, mine)
It really is simple, yet not always easy to do. With the help of the Holy Spirit, though, it does get easier, as each day goes by.
Even if after all of this, I find that the Lord lets the devil have his way with me, I now know that it is only to keep me humble (not just because I did not have “enough faith”, or I am “not doing something quite right”, or I do not have the “right positive confession” or “life verse”, or a myriad of “other” reasons I was given, by the WOF followers, and leaders), and to refine me by fire (to see if I really do stand with God), like silver is refined to become pure.
The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts. ~Proverbs 17:3 ESV
First, apologies to my “regulars”! The past four to five months have been both harrowing, and very physically painful… I have learned a lot about how our spines work, and what can happen when something is NOT working right! I also learned a lot about our medical system… The good (even sometimes great), the bad (sometimes horrible), AND the ugly (what it is like to have to be totally dependent – even in toileting… Yikes)!
I went from a very active, spur-of-the-moment woman, to feeling like I was almost twice my age! I was rapidly reduced to only being able to walk with a wheeled walker, when two canes were no longer enough! Actually, my Neurosurgeon said that when they opened my spine up, they all gasped, and she could not believe I was still able to walk, AT ALL! It was only by The Grace of God, and the tenacity He has given me, because I was in SEVERE pain with every move I made!
Anyway, if you want to see what happened from my spine operation (which was on October 28th), forward, here is the link where my husband and I put updates about the experience, for friends and family… It starts just before the surgery, and I still update it, periodically. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/annettehobart/
So, I am now still in the healing process, and ready to start blogging, again. If you just hang in there, with me, I do have a couple of blog posts I am already working on. One, having to do with believers in Christ needing to use critical thinking skills, and the other on some of my other past experiences. I have also realized that I need to continue our family story of how we arrived at where we are now, in the first place!
Hmmmm… I better get busy this next week… One thing about it is, I DO have to sit a lot, with all of my restrictions from the surgery. Now that my pain medications have been able to be reduced to a low roar, my mind-fog is also beginning to clear! So…. I guess I may as well be blogging! I can do that while sitting in the same room with my kiddos!
Hope to be posting something very soon!
“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28 NASB)
The title question is just as much for myself, as it is for my readers! Are we, as ADULTS, really even ready for what may be coming down the pike? Keep also in mind that Jesus said, ”For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:25-26 NASB)
We live (especially here in the USA) in such a pampered, spoiled, feel-good, “best-life-now” society! Most people here think we have religious freedom, and that persecution could never really happen here… I can tell you, undoubtedly, that mild-to-moderate persecution is already here, and we had better brace ourselves for the possibility of much worse, to follow. As the old saying goes, “prepare for the worst, and hope for the best”!
The Holy Bible teaches that persecution, for being a Christian, is to be expected. One such passage (and this is only one), taught by Jesus Himself, is as follows (with my own emphasis):
“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also.” (John 15:18-23 NASB)
As I look around and see how things are changing in this country (and yes, even worldwide), I believe that it is quickly coming to the point that we each had better know where stand, in Christ Jesus, and prepare ourselves now. We also have the responsibility to prepare our own children for rejection and/or persecution, for simply being an uncompromising Christian. They need to be prepared for these times, just as much as we do! Things of this manner will come as a real shock to MOST of our sheltered society’s children… leaving them VERY vulnerable to crumbling, under even the slightest pressure!
I do not know about you, but I do NOT want to be held responsible, in front of the Almighty God, for not taking the time and energy in preparing myself, and my children! Plus, I cannot bear the thought of Jesus denying them, because they denied Him (Matthew 10:33 and 2 Timothy 2:12), from my own lack of preparing them for the days to come! As Jesus said, ”For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:25-26 NASB)
Okay, now I know what you are probably thinking… “How in the WORLD am I going to be able to do this without scaring them to death?!” I have some good news! I have found some tools, that others have put together, that should be able to assist you in this most worthy endeavor! I would suggest that you go ahead and print these out, so that you have them on hand, just in case the internet were to ever be shut down on us (and yes, that IS a strong possibility)…
This first link is to stories for children, about other children, who took a stand for Jesus. They all have three sections as follows: The story, scriptures relating to the story, and ideas for discussion. Some also have new word definitions. As a homeschool mom, I really like the setup of these! http://www.crossroad.to/Persecution/stories/contents.html
This second link is for you. You need to prepare yourself. http://www.crossroad.to/Persecution/persecute.html Dig around on here. There are scriptures, stories, and situations to think through.
The final link I am leaving you with is very heavy, but rich in preparation! It is titled “Preparing for the Underground Church“. If we are able to mentally prepare now, I believe, this will help us to be able to let The Lord’s Grace take over, when, or if, the time comes. http://members.cox.net/wurmbrand/prepare.html
My prayer for you is that these resources, that some godly people took the time to put together, will provide you with the time and ability (during your busy daily life) to prepare yourself and your family. I do pray that we will never have to face most of this, but if we do, I know that I will always try to keep the following passage in mind:
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. (1 Peter 3:14-17 NASB)
May God Bless you and Keep you. ~Annette