Have you ever witnessed a tornado up close? When you do, it will make a lifelong impact that never leaves you. My personal contact with a tornado happened in Grand Rapids, MI when I was only four years old. The day began just like any other day until the tornado sirens went off. It tore through our neighborhood and missed our house by only one block. My dad couldn’t make it to the basement to shelter with my sister and me. He had an operation and couldn’t get out of his bed so my mother stayed with him and my sister and I were alone in the basement. We were under the steps and covered with mattresses. My job was to protect my sister. I was the big brother. I heard the wind and crashing noises, after a little while, my mother came down to the basement and we all went back to bed. The next day, I remember seeing the houses on the next street all destroyed. What began as a normal day ended up with a terrible storm and many homes blown apart only a block away from our own house. Nothing happened to our home and we remained safe in the midst of the storm. The people who lost their homes on the other hand thought they were safe, but were caught off guard.
Christian religion has placed every Christian since the first century into a similar situation because none of us are taught how to develop our spiritual relationship with God Almighty. Though it is possible for every believer to learn how to walk by the spirit, church leadership do not know how to teach this walk. Every church leader is saddled by their allegiance to the doctrines they were trained.
Doctrines are not designed to teach how to walk by the spirit in obedience to God.
Doctrines are designed to teach obedience to church doctrines in obedience to men. This is the manner that churches use to instill doctrinal conformity and impose a form of authoritative order of allegiance. This form of church order and allegiance is a direct carryover from the Jewish church order and even mentioned in the book of Acts. It is the walk of the Law.
No matter which church you attend, every church teaches its followers to walk according to the law. It is this confusion by calling “doctrine” spiritual and the Law of Moses, the law, that has defined Christianity ever since the end of the first century. The reality is this, church doctrine is still a law of the flesh because it controls habits and beliefs of the flesh. We’ve been taught a form of “spirituality” that is really un-spiritual because it has nothing to do with building a relationship with God first but with building and maintaining our relationship with church leaders first.
The apostle Paul understood, demonstrated, and taught how to walk by the Spirit of God. This is why his epistles, (letters), to the churches are called the Doctrinal Epistles. Yet, if we really compare the teachings of the church against the teachings in the church epistles, there is an obvious disconnect that nobody really wants to address within the church. We’ve learned to “cherry pick” the lessons we want to learn, based upon the doctrines we want to support or conversely deny. We’ve learned to study the Bible in light of our church doctrines to support acceptable beliefs, habits, and traditions and “prove” unacceptable beliefs, habits, and traditions.
Those beliefs, habits, and traditions we call acceptable are also called spiritually sound. Those beliefs, habits, and traditions that are deemed unacceptable are called heresy. From the end of the first century to the present day, every church has learned to judge one another from this basis of acceptable and unacceptable instruction. We are allowed to study acceptable doctrines and teachings in any manner we choose and as much as we choose. However, we are also taught to avoid studying heresies or any other unacceptable belief structure. In this manner, Roman Catholics only knew the acceptable teachings of the church, the acceptable habits of the church and follow the acceptable leadership of the church. In this manner, church structure and traditions are always supported and dissension is minimized or eliminated. It is a completely “one sided” form of instruction, but effective for maintaining order and obedience with a group of illiterate peasants. This was good until peasants became educated and began to question wrong habits and traditions in light of doctrines and eventually Biblical reading. This is why the church resisted the translation of the Word of God to the vernacular, (common), language of the people for so many years.
The beginning of the Reformation was first a function of priests working to restore Biblical authority to the church. As it progressed, it became, and still is, a function of educated and non-conformist people working to justify their various new, and sometimes non-Biblical habits and beliefs. What began as a way to cleanse the church has digressed into a way to justify all forms of living both Biblical and pagan. There is complete and total confusion within the Body of Christ.
If we choose to believe only the words of people we support, we learn only their second hand teachings. If we choose to study the words of heretics, we risk adopting and living by unacceptable instruction. Sooner or later, our heretical habits will make itself known to church authorities and we run the risk of excommunication. On the other hand, if we choose to learn the Word of God directly, we haven’t been prepared to know what pitfalls to avoid in our study. Within the Protestant church, we’ve been taught a manner of Bible study that practically insures the support of Protestant doctrine, but still denies an understanding of a Walk of Faith with God. Even to this day, in the 21st Century, the Walk of Faith with God is still confused with the walk of obedience to the church.
While the Catholic church resisted the translation of the Bible from the Latin to the common language of the congregation, the Protestant church resists teaching the congregation how to study the Word of God directly. In this manner, obedience to the church is insured, but obedience to God directly, is “hit or miss.” We have multitudes of Christian followers who are trying to learn how to walk in faith, but confused about the nature and manner of that walk. We are so conditioned to put our trust in our ministers, and haven’t been shown how to listen to God, that learning how to hear and obey God is totally foreign. So we go to the Word of God to learn what to do, and get confused by the Word itself even more because different versions of the Word will conflict.
For most Christian followers of the church, studying the Word means, reading the Word. Then it’s qualified even more, depending upon the church you attend, to the version or translation of the Word that is authorized or supported by your church. If you’re fortunate enough to attend a church or fellowship that actively teaches you any principle or manner of Bible study, then the Word of God will reveal more. However, here are some questions for you to consider about Bible study.
- Who is the author of God’s Word?
- How did the original Word of God come to men?
- What are the three languages represented in the Word of God?
- Is the Word of God and Eastern book of instruction or Western?
- Are the habits and traditions taught in the Bible agricultural or urban?
- Are the capitalization, punctuation, italics, chapters, and verses authoritative?
- Are we searching for original understanding or doctrinal understanding?
- Does the entire Word teach about Jesus and the Walk of Faith?
- How much of God’s Word do you need to know in order to recognize God?
- Do you need to be born again in order to really understand God’s Word?
There is a huge spiritual storm brewing. There are many believers who truly know how to walk in faith with God. There are many ministers who know how to walk in faith with God. However, there are very few resources and teachers willing to share how to walk in faith with God. If you choose to believe that a particular ministry can teach you how to walk in faith, then follow that ministry. Along the way, apply the teachings of that ministry in your life. If you hear from God, check what you hear against the doctrines and teachings of the Word you know. If it checks out, then obey what you heard by the spirit. Finally, pay attention to the result in your life as it affects the Kingdom of God.
The single hardest thing for every believer to learn is “God’s point of view.” His point of view is spiritual while our point of view of physical. He judges by the spirit, while we judge by the flesh. He understands the spiritual battle against Satan. We understand conflicts against men. The storm that is brewing is spiritual. Satan knows he has lost the war against God because Jesus fulfilled all the Law, every jot and tittle of the Law is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. How do we know? He rose from the dead after His crucifixion on the cross. We don’t have only the eye witness accounts of His resurrection, but the Holy Spirit is our witness of the resurrection. My book wasn’t written for the Christian who has no doubt in their relationship with God. My book was written for the Christian who has doubts and wants to erase their doubts.
As the spiritual storm intensifies, the need to have a strongly developed relationship with God in the Spirit will also intensify. We can’t afford to live by the flesh in obedience to the doctrines and traditions of men any longer. We need to have a strong and sure relationship with God by the Spirit. We need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is real, God loves us, and that we walk in faith in obedience to Him by the Holy Spirit. The spirit of the world works within every unbeliever. But this spirit of the world is not the same as the Spirit of Truth, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. Followers of the church need to become obedient followers of God as well in order to prevail and survive as this storm intensifies. We don’t need to be like my family during the tornado, living in fear during the storm and hoping for survival. We don’t need to be like my neighbors during the tornado, sheltering in place, but caught off guard. God has warned us about the coming storm. But He has also provided the means for us to prevail in the midst of the storm.
If you believe you are ready to weather this spiritual storm being leveled against God’s children, you may have no need to get my book at all. But if you want to teach your family and friends how to develop their own spiritual walk of faith with God, then my book will still be a beneficial resource for you. It reveals a practical method to build your own personal relationship with your loving heavenly Father. It shows the entire process to learn how to walk in faith with God. It won’t matter what Christian church you attend. My book wasn’t written to promote or deny any particular doctrine. It does expose wrong habits that are presumed to be Biblical, common in religious Christianity. If you want to succeed in your spiritual battles against the enemy of God, you need to know your tools, armaments, and tactics for spiritual warfare. You need to know why your church is still important for your life. You need to know why imperfect doctrines are still beneficial for you. All of this is revealed in my book. Click the link below to get my book and thank you for your vote for my book as well in the Author Academy Award site. You can be successful fighting against the devil himself, but only with the help of God Almighty through the Holy Spirit.