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Mixture Is The Scourge of Christianity

A Hybrid is the offspring of two plants or animals of a different species. The mule is a hybrid; it is sterile, and as such cannot reproduce. In agriculture the seed provided to growers today has been modified. Hybrid seed if eaten will make you ill. It is designed to produce for just one season. Its own demise is genetically guaranteed. Every denomination sows modified seed into the hearts of their people thus producing gatherings of sterile saints. History stands mute testimony to this fact. The original seed was the word of God. Men have mixed the original seed with their own to produce forms of Godliness that are sterile and lifeless. Leaders devoid of spiritual insight have become the cutting edge. These men solicit money from those into whom they have sown their lies. They hold conferences that keep going over the same old ground repeatedly. God hates mixture because it produces confusion, division, pride, and the kingdoms of men Leviticus 19:19.

You don’t have to be rocket scientist to discover a problem. Websites around the world are bleating about faults in the old order. It doesn’t take an ounce of spirituality to see that, so please tell me something I need to know? It takes true humility to put aside what we think should be done, and start listening to God. However it’s not in our nature to do that, we prefer to take up causes and in so doing it invariably compounds the problem.

It seems many writers out there have little more to offer than a personal synopsis on what’s happening. These overviews do little apart from satisfying our morbid curiosity. As a spiritual exercise they are of little value, yet Christians fawn over their statements.

Proverbs 8:34 “Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors”. To wait means just that, do nothing until He comes and tells you what to do. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

It is not “what can we do about it?” but “what does He want us to do?” Until He tells us to do anything, do nothing. The servant’s prayer, “What do you want me to do?”

“And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he says, I cannot; for it is sealed: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he says I am not learned. Isaiah 29:11-14

Except He teaches us; then His ways are past finding out. It will come to pass in the last days, many people shall go and say, come and let us go up to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths. Isaiah 2:2-3

Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakes morning by morning, he wakes my ear to hear as the learned”.

Wherefore the Lord said, forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid”.

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Genesis 48:20 “And he blessed them that day, saying, in thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh”.

Ephraim means doubly fruitful, he was the second son of Joseph born to him in Egypt. Given preference over the first born. The second born becomes the firstborn. Blessed in the crossing of Jacob's hands. Here Ephraim is far from fruitful although he is in line for blessing since Jacob laid his hands upon him.

When I would have healed Israel, the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered, Hosea 7:1, 8-11.

Ephraim mixed himself among the peoples; He is a cake not turned. He is half-baked; neither hot nor cold. Rev 3:16.

Strangers have eaten up his strength. He has grown weak and doesn’t realise that it is because he follows the counsel of strangers. Therefore truth is foreign to him.

Grey hairs are here and there on him, yet he knows it not. He has grown old and stale; the freshness of his spiritual walk with God has long gone.

Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart; they call to Egypt (the world); they go to Assyria.

Psalm 78:9 “The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows turned back in the day of battle”. He’s a gutless coward, faithless, and unreliable. He is not to be trusted.

 

4 things are the reason for his failure
Decline Fruitfulness
Mixture Purity
Lopsided Balanced
Dissipation Divinely ordered priorities
Staleness Freshness

 

Mixture: Deuteronomy 22:9 “You shall not sow your vineyard with different kinds of seeds, lest the fruit of your seed which you have sown and the fruit of your vineyard be defiled.

If you think the only reason for the bible is so you can find verses to hang your theories on your wrong; but preachers do it all the time.

Because 95% of a prophecy sounds scriptural people readily swallow the poisoned balance. Or just because they addendum what they say with, “Thus saith the Lord” don't be gullible, prove it. It only takes an ounce of leaven to puff up 3 lbs of flour. Just one sniff of cyanide is enough to kill you.

The original seed was the word of God. The vineyard, which is the body of Christ, right now is being defiled with diverse seed. We have made our ineffective traditions more important than God’s commandments. I venture to say that in a few years people will be asking, what happened to the “Church Planter Movement?”

Characteristically most Christians think that if something is trumpeted loud enough and long enough, and if it’s well funded then it must be God. John says try the spirits and test them, because Satan is very adapt at assisting carnal efforts. It's one of his most effective means of deception. There is only one way to know the truth, and that is to know the living Word. Truth is a bi-product of a life in union with Christ. Like Father, like Son.

Deuteronomy 22:10-11 “You shall not plough with an ox and an ass together.” The Ox must be broken in before it can become useful. How do you know a broken man? He's meek, reasonable, approachable, and truthful. Matthew 5:5 Meekness is not weakness; it's strength under discipline.

Isaiah 1:3 “The ox knows his owner and the ass his master's crib”. The intelligence of animals may be limited, but they use it; and we have the audacity to call them dumb. The nature of the Ass is stubbornness. Jesus could ride the Ass because it was tamed. We too need to be broken. King Saul the peoples’ choice kept Asses.
We need to be careful about whom we are yoked to. Take a look at Ephraim, and as we do we should think about all those prophecies over him?

Ephraim joined Ishbosheth the son of King Saul in the first division of Israel while Judah followed David. 1Samuel 2:8-11.
Ephraim joined the revolt against David under Absalom 2 Sam 17:26.
Ephraim revolted with the ten tribes against David in the matter of jealousy over bringing him back after Absalom's death 2 Sam 19 & 20. Ephraim were leaders in the final revolt against the house of David in the last division of the Kingdom of Israel.
Ephraim was a half-baked cake.
Unbalanced. On one half he’s overdone and the other he’s tacky. Balance is critical. Don't be a prisoner to the expectations of men and movements. Hosea 7:8

Song of Songs 1:6. Most Christians think that by working in vineyards owned by ambitious men they are serving God, but all the while their personal vineyard is being neglected. Be God’s servant and not another’s 1 Corinthians 7:23.

A brother proudly told me that he was armour bearer for a particular NZ Pentecostal movement’s mucky muck. I told him how pathetic he sounds, and suggested that he tell his lazy boss to carry his own armour.

Dissipation. Strangers had devoured Ephraim’s strength.
A stranger is an outsider, not a family member. He is alien to the will of God. There are certain things that belong to the family. We must learn to live by divinely ordered priorities.
“ Thou shall not wear a garment of diver’s sorts, as of woollen and linen together”. Clothing speaks of enduement of power and virtue like Elijah’s mantle, a cloak of ‘zeal’, and the garment of ‘praise’. Deuteronomy 22: 11 Wool speaks of soul power, human effort, sweating it out to put it across. White linen speaks of “righteousness”.
We have the double check; the Law and the Prophets. The prophets underscore the Law, and they too are subject to it. If they speak not according to this it's because there is no truth in them. In other words they are liars, should not be listened to or feared. In the New Testament we have the law of the spirit of life written in our hearts by the finger of God.

Heb 10:16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them”.
Romans 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”.

1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which ye have received of him abides in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him”.

Believe His Prophets but don’t swallow everything; examine what they say. Grow up, be discerning. Be available, but don’t be gullible.

Can God give you something prophetically you never thought of, yes He can, but usually it's out of prayer and the preparation of your heart before Him.

Truth and Tradition

The problem with Christian doctrine is our tendency to fail to discern between the truth of the ‘Word’, and the ‘traditions’ we develop around them. Tradition is an unwritten body of belief handed down from generation to generation. Traditions are not evil, unless they conflict with the Word. They present a problem to all denominations being their greatest stumbling block.

Mark 7:9 “And he said unto them, full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”
Vs 13 “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition.”

The temptation when confronted to ignore truth in favour of our tradition is very real. Tradition plays a bigger roll than most of us realize with regard to what we believe. What follows is that we allow our traditions to shape our theology rather than Scripture.

Jeremiah 23:29
Is not My word like a fire says the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

Man can violate any law to his own satisfaction.
Luke 5:39 “But no one after drinking the old wine seems to want the fresh and the new. The old ways are best, they say”.

We have an embedded resistance to change. We don’t object when other people change, but don’t try to change us, just leave us where we are thank you. Visitation brings confrontation, so if we want God in our lives (and we admit they’re not perfect) then He is going to challenge what we do. Everything that God created, and all that is born of the Spirit is always moving into new phases of maturation, and man is no different. In other words, man was not placed in the garden to become stagnant. God had a purpose for him just as He has for everything. He had one for Adam, He had one for Israel, and He has one for you and I, His body. God is not static and the man He created was not to remain static. I cannot think of anything more self destructive and boring than an inert existence. People say to us. “Don’t you get sick of what you’re doing, always moving about?” And I think to myself, “Will they never get sick of what they’re doing, attending a church that lives in the past; religiously embalming memories of a bygone era when their movement was vibrant and fresh. So we tell them, “Absolutely not, we love doing God’s will.” A living body is always moving into new phases of maturation. “He is not here, He is risen,” was the message to those who came to embalm the body of Jesus. Their intention was pure and noble but the body was no longer there. We all have memories that we have embalmed but we must keep moving on. Find out where the living body is and join it.

All movements have supposed that because they have received something from the Lord then that gives them permission to formulate it into a rule for others who; if they wish to join, they must accept that it is to control everything. They have succumbed to the temptation to distrust the Word of God and follow tradition, forgetting that we not only live by what God said, but what He is saying also. And we are not talking about anything extra Biblical. The temptation is to dogmatically reject what we may not understand rather than humbly pray about what we might learn. We don’t want to rock the boat. We would rather be left alone than confronted. How quickly people forget that their movement was initially born out of obedience to the truth and rejection of tradition. The temptations are many and varied that oppose any Christian that wants to serve God with integrity, particularly for preachers. They have the most to lose.

Visitation brings confrontation:

  • Seeking a method that will serve our purpose, without seeking the Lord to find out how He wants us to serve Him
  • Feeling comforted in the weaknesses or failures of fellow servants, rather than prompted to pray for them.
  • To reject dogmatically what we may not understand, instead of seeking what we may humbly learn
  • To make “position” the ground of our authority, rather than “being given it” as a stewardship from the Lord

God is more concerned with value than volume.
There is the tendency to gauge fruitfulness by numbers that attend, rather than by the standard of scripture Christ like character Gal 5:22. Other issues do exist, like doctrinal error, but they are usually less of a problem than imagined. What can be a difficulty is to imagine our doctrine will save us from fanaticism. Doctrines and creeds are safeguards against error, not fountains for life. They are hedges against heresy, not bases for unity. They are there to help protect the flock. They are barriers beyond which men wander at their own peril. Sadly they also are walls through which truth seems unable to penetrate. These tenants are cast in iron. I do not know a single denomination that doesn’t claim the scriptures as their only source of faith. Yet they are bound to creeds influenced by some experience that gave birth to their movement, in some cases a hundred years or more ago.

Ephesians 4:15.
That we be no longer children but grow up into Him in all things.” We all have areas in ours lives where we need to grow.

History shows that God has been restoring truth since the reformation. Hindsight proves that statement to be correct and God hasn’t finished yet.

When your position is challenged don’t just dismiss the message by attacking the messenger, show some integrity please.

Matthew 11:18-19.
“ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.”

1 Corinthians 5:6.
“ Don’t you know that just a little leaven will ferment a whole lump of dough?”

Matthew 16:11, 12.
“ The leaven of the Pharisees is wrong doctrine.”
Every move of the Spirit must come under the discipline of the Word. If you come into the realm of the Spirit which is life and power, without relating to the intelligence of the Holy Spirit which is the Word, then you are in danger of becoming spiritually, morally, and socially irresponsible.

Looking back we can see that many times the Spirit moved but there was no teaching priest to give direction and intelligence to what was happening. People who don’t read history carry on repeating it.

 
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