CHRISTIANITY IS SIMPLE, BUT NOT EASY... BUT FIRST WE MUST UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF SATAN !!!
People that claim Christianity as their chosen persuasion are faced with many impediments which with non believer need not deal. First, and most powerful of these problems is Satan and his successful attempts to influence all Christians into believing all sorts of incredible ideas that are totally against Christian doctrine. The problem with this and the success of Satan is that he has convinced many people that this is not true. Satan is involved in the lives of every, and repeat, every Christian far more than we realize. He is our greatest enemy and the most subtle and intelligent individual on earth with abilities that most people cannot even imagine. Believing that he has little or no affect on our lives is a grave mistake and a great success to the abilities of Satan to make us do and believe whatever he wants. The only chance we have to overcome these attacks is to believe the immense power that Satan has and accept that fact before we will ask for intercession against this enemy…
The second impediment to a fruitful Christian life is other Christians and their belief that they are blessed with some sort of special spiritual gift of understanding. These “enlightened” individuals spout all sorts of incorrect interpretations of biblical doctrine and tend to confuse the weaker believers, and they are actually unwitting helpers of Satan. This fact they will never accept and therefore never correct their errors. If these people are so “enlightened”, which is incredible act of self pride, than they would be familiar with the warnings of Paul, who tells us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. Humility does not seem to be a part of the inventory of these people, but it certainly is a great part of demonstrating true belief in the teachings of Jesus. And, it also shows the power of Satan to convince people that Satan is without power, which makes him very happy…
Finally, we ourselves create certain roadblocks to proper understanding of true Christian beliefs. Many “claiming” Christians read different bibles saying that they are merely looking for different points of view when, in fact, they are doing this until they find one that satisfies the interpretation for which they are looking. Their claim that it gives them other points of view is ridiculous as well as confusing especially when we are already given four different Gospels concerning the same circumstances, however from entirely different points of view. The Bible was not written as a list of suggestions from which we may pick and choose those with which we agree and disregard the rest. The Bible is absolute and there is no option for interpretation for convenience. The Bible gives us information for Christian behavior, and we will all be judged on the basis of how intently we attempted to adhere to these rules.
This site has recently been attacked by Satan without the knowledge of the members. At first, he would do obvious things like page loading, which we overcame. We were then warned that he was preparing a major attack, and he succeeded because few people believed or disregarded the warning. His method was simple, and that was to turn members against members until no useful information was being posted. Christian doctrine tells us that we never openly criticize a brother or sister, but that became the way on the site. If we disagree with another, a private note may be in order, but never do we publically attack the honest attempts of others to offer useful information just because Satan has caused us to become biblically incorrect in our actions…
Christianity is very simple, but not very easy. The rules for admission into New Jerusalem are given to us and are not subject to interpretation. Our behavior in public demonstrates our commitment to these requirements and although we will never totally succeed in attaining to perfection, the intensity of our attempts to keep the rules will overshadow all of our words about how sincere we are to the Words of God. And, as we try harder to overcome the satanic influences that permeate our lives, we will find that our earthly journey will become easier with greater contentment and joy. Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow, if you believe Him, you will find your life becoming more peaceful. If you do not, then stop complaining about how hard your life is just because you did not trust in our Lord !!!
If I read you post correctly, the second paragraph is the sterilization of the rest when you yourself also perform the same “gift of understanding”?
You are very good at understanding, and I’m sure could count on you clarifying for those same “weaker believers” the difference between authentic and counterfeit or manufactured “gifts”.
The understanding of Christianity is simple, I agree, and His “burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). But when the burden He does allow to come in our path, rest in assured vigilance, He knows perfectly well what false motives in our heart would give the devil an advantage. Sadly, your right, we may not have sufficient awareness to guard effectively in our individual process while growing in Him, but remember, it is God who also supports the weak, and “he shall stand: for God is able to make him stand” (Romans 14:4).
So what is the end of what you state for vulnerability to our mortal foe, Satan? Is it not an elementary exercise in the word? Even if we didn’t have half of those passages, could we still count on God’s help with such a weak showing?
'But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them-- I place no other burden on you. (Revelation 2:24)
Jesus defeated the devil, he no longer has any control over believers that have accepted Christs' finished Work. James 4:7 verifies this point "Submitt yourself therefore to God; Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
I prefer to focus on The Lord Jesus, then to worry about sin and the devil. I don't have to worry about sin, Jesus fulfilled the Law and is the end of the Law for believers. Guess what that means, it means the sin issue is dead. I am the righteousness of God through Jesus! You are mixing the old wine with the new wineskin. I've got well over one hundred and 70 scriptures that verify this. Jesus completly fulfilled the law and left nothing undone. To state that I quote "and we will all be judged on the basis of how intently we attempted to adhere to these rules". Is to attempt to do what Jesus did for us and that places us back under the law. On the other hand when we focus on God's Love for us and then His Love flows through us, we are then walking in the spirit and living a life acceptable to Christ. There is consequence on earth for sin, but as Paul so adequately puts it, if we are walking in the spirit we will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. Oh as for publicly mis-informed brothers or sisters. Paul confronted Peter publicly more than once. Paul also names names of those he corrects in his public letters. Also, Jesus publicly rebukes the disciples many times. See the scripture below, this is King James Version and clearly shows the difference between the old and new covenants.
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in thelawof Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep thelaw: to whom we gave no such commandment:
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of thelaw, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from thatlaw; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to thelawby the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Well, this is ironic..."If we disagree with another, a private note may be in order, but never do we publically attack the honest attempts of others to offer useful information just because Satan has caused us to become biblically incorrect in our actions…" And what is above my comment? Three public attacks that reveal the power of Satan and validate the entire blog.
Secondlife, true believers are bold in the truth. Correcting is not an attack. As I stated the Apostle Paul, publicly confronted the Apostle Peter on two occassions. Paul in public letters openly corrected individuals and whole cities. I nor did any of the others attack the person of the blogger, simply his message which was submitted publicly so it is open to all, to contest the validity of the statements. When I post a blog, I welcome all views and opinions. The biggest difference is the blogger uses very little scripture to back up his statements. Those replying use scripture to validate their points. In fact he doesn't even quote the scripture he is using to say and I quote " Christian doctrine tells us that we never openly criticize a brother or sister, but that became the way on the site. If we disagree with another, a private note may be in order, but never do we publically attack the honest attempts of others to offer useful information just because Satan has caused us to become biblically incorrect in our actions…"
Really show me this doctrine! In fact, he openly criticizes christians as a whole. " then stop complaining about how hard your life is just because you did not trust in our Lord !!!"
Yet, when others (using scripture) give constructive correction, it is suddenly an attack from the devil. Really??!!!!