One of the most exciting times of the year begins on Nov. 15 where I grew up. It was two weeks of time with my dad in the woods. And we usually had friends come up from the city to spend time at the house and go out to the woods with us. It was such a popular time that many employers made this day, a paid holiday. Even the schools knew that it would be a time of increased absences. What is Nov. 15? The first day of deer hunting season in Michigan. Hunting in Michigan is considered to be “harvesting” in that too many deer will deplete the food supply for all of the rest, resulting in widespread deer starvation. At the same time, too many deer will also result in massive crop damage for the farmers. Like my family, many other families prefer the leaner venison over beef. Not really something that would appeal to vegans, but I know of vegans who accompanied hunters just to enjoy the time together and the woods.
We would wake up before dawn, drive to one of five prime hunting areas we knew about, and get ourselves set and ready for deer to wander by. The first day was the best time to bag a deer. After the first day, the deer would be wary of any strange noise in the woods and someone, (usually me) would have to hike through the woods to get them to move. Dad and I would have scouted the areas long before hunting season. We watched for deer all summer long and noted where they came out of the woods and at what time they moved. Our friends would stay out all day long. Dad and I would go out early in the morning, return home from about 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, then go back out to a different area until dark. If we didn’t get our deer during the first three days, the rest of the hunting season was more about spending time together than bagging a deer. We knew we could get a deer at any time, but the chances of getting one declined each day during the hunting season as the constant shooting will have spooked the deer long before the end of the first week of the season.
There are deer all through the woods in Michigan. In fact, more deer are killed by automobiles each year than by hunters during the open season. But the deer are very afraid of humans for good reason and generally try to avoid us. Hunters in the woods have to know the habits and moving patterns of the deer in order to find them and bag one. Hunters use a powerful weapon to bring down a large animal that is aware of its surroundings and anything different that may also be present. Humans are not the only predators hunting deer in Michigan. There are also natural predators: wolves, coyotes, bear, and large cats like cougars and bobcats. So deer are always cautious and aware of the sounds and smells around them.
So what’s the significance to all this with our spiritual walk as Radical Christians? A lot when you consider the fact that the world hates us and wants to avoid us, just like the deer. And we are called to bring the Gospel of Salvation to the world. Believers have to know the habits and motivational patterns of people in order to reach the world with the Gospel of Salvation. Believers have to have a level of compassion and empathy, What believers have forgotten, is the truth that God is powerful and that God works through believers with the Holy Spirit to release His power to the world. Here are the similarities.
- The Hunter is like the believer in that we have to find the called of God from among the unbelievers of the world. We are called “fishers of men” in Scripture.
- The Deer are like the called of the world in that only the ones destined for Salvation will respond to God’s call. The entire world is called to be saved, but only those who will answer that call will respond.
- Hunting Deer requires knowledge of the animal being hunted just as believers need to love and have compassion on the world in order to reach the lost with the truth. This is not a job for ministers alone, but a ministry that every believer shares.
- The Weapon hunters carry doesn’t really kill the deer, but the bullet fired from the weapon does the killing. A weapon that is not used and empty is harmless.
- The Holy Spirit doesn’t really affect the world, it is present (or carried) by the believer, it is the spiritual power released by the spoken word from the believer that affects the world. If we never use the Holy Spirit, we are harmless to the world.
- The Bullet fired from the gun touches or kills the deer. A hunter can bag a deer only when the weapon is armed and fired with skill and precision.
- The Power of the Holy Spirit released by words of prayer, the commands of the believer, or the love expressed by the believer is the only way to touch the world.
- God’s Power at work in the lives of spiritually sharp believers reaches the called from the world to bring new life and salvation to the lost, and for anyone searching for truth and answers.
So Dad and I went out when deer were moving, to the places where they moved in order to get one. But today, everyone is told to keep away from one another because of Covid-19, reaching the world with love and compassion is much more difficult but not impossible. It’s the words we speak that primarily carries the power of God, but unless we speak, no power is activated and God’s hands are tied.
Nothing changes in culture quickly and easily. The seeds of hatred against the truth has always been present in the world. The world tries to teach that men are inherently good. So when we choose to believe scripture when it says “men are evil,” we automatically place ourselves in conflict with the world. This is the spiritual battle every believer faces. We are at war against the world and the world hates our gospel of salvation. It hates the gospel because our gospel clearly states that there can never be peace without Jesus Christ. It goes even farther when the simple acknowledging of “believing in Jesus” isn’t enough.
James 2: 19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
The Jewish Body of Christ knew how to walk by the Spirit because it was led by people who walked and talked with Jesus and understood the power of God by the Holy Spirit. The Gentile Body of Christ did not have the history of God’s power at work with those believers that the Jews had. The Gentiles came into the Body of Christ with a history of devilish, spiritual influence and carnal ritualism instead. The Messianic Jews lived the love, compassion, and power of Jesus Christ in their lives. They knew how to walk in faith by the Holy Spirit with God. And they knew what the Word of God said so they could discern the difference between Jesus’ voice or a deceptive spirit trying to masquerade as Jesus. This is what the original, Messianic believers brought to the table that the Gentile believers didn’t understand. Messianic believer understood the importance of Jesus’ Lordship. They made Jesus Christ their Lord as well as their Savior and they cultivated their spiritual relationship with Jesus by the Holy Spirit. They understood that Jesus was with them through the gift of the Holy Spirit, which they knew was the Comforter.
Jesus fully explained the meaning and importance of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to them in John chapters 14 – 16. The word “comforter” is only found eight times in the entire Word of God. Four times in the Old Testament where it is always used in the sense that there was no comforter, and four times in the New Testament. Every New Testament of “comforter” is found in these four chapters of John. But there is also one additional occurrence of the Greek word that is translated “comforter” in John. That occurrence is in 1 John 2: 1 where the Greek word paraklētos G3875 is translated “advocate” and refers directly to Jesus Christ. Messianic Jewish believers knew the importance and significance of keeping their faith in and obedience to the Holy Spirit, a.k.a. the Comforter, a.k.a. the Gift, who is also identified as Jesus Christ. Obedience to the Holy Spirit is the same as obedience to God or obedience to Jesus Christ Himself. This is how you make Jesus Christ your Lord. Obedience to the revelation given to you by the Holy Spirit is obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.
When the two bodies of believers separated by 96 AD and all of the original apostles had died, ritualistic Christianity became the rule instead of spiritual Christianity. So today’s lack of understanding the spiritual walk of Faith has a long and established history. To change a strongly religious, and Christian based belief structure took more than 100 years of progressively sowing doubt against religious beliefs. It took the work of two Christians who converted against God, by rejecting Biblical truth, (or spiritual revelation to holy men of God), to start the process during the 1800’s. These Christians forgot how the written Word of God came to man in the first place and consciously chose to reject spiritual truth to accept the testimony of the flesh instead.
2 Peter 1: 21 “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
They broke off communication with God and became traitors to the truth. They committed the “unforgivable sin” and all of Christianity has been suffering since then.
Hebrews 6: 4 – 6 “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”
These two Christians are Charles Darwin, who propounded the Theory of Evolution through faulty logic, and Karl Marx, who co-wrote the Communist Manifesto with the influence of Hegelian and Luciferian friends. Marx sought to impose Scientific Atheism as the standard of truth through Socialism. Darwin sought to apply the observations he made, (which are true for micro-evolution), and applied those observation to the entire plant and animal kingdom. There is no supporting evidence for macro-evolution and any evidence that refutes the Theory of Evolution is suppressed from the public school curriculum. These are the two most powerful seeds of unbelief that have taken over our culture today and is taught openly in our schools.
But there was another Christian who converted and made the greatest impact of the 20th Century by propounding the New Age philosophy of peace through the United Nations. This former Christian was Alice A Bailey and she chose to accept Witchcraft as her “truth” as she was the High Priestess of the American Theosophical Society. If this conversion alone wasn’t enough to convince you that she committed the “unforgivable sin,” then consider this statement from the Introduction of her book, “An Unfinished Biography.”
“It might be useful to know how a rabid, orthodox Christian worker could become a
well-known occult teacher.” Alice A. Bailey
So it took the work of three Christians who all committed the “unforgivable sin” and became traitors against Jesus Christ to change the world we know. The important values we hold dear today are very different from the important values we held dear a century ago. The family structure is different, freedom and liberty is different, patriotism is different, and even the employer/employee relationship is different. All of these changes came about in the last 150 years and is very different from the values taught throughout the rest of human history.
New Age Socialism, or world peace is the promise. A human utopia based on Scientific Atheism and built upon the evolution of human goodness coming into fruition in these modern times. This is the devilish lie being taught to our children in public schools. “Mankind can solve every problem and usher in world peace, safety, and prosperity for everyone through unified world government, a controlled global economic system, and good genetic engineering.” It is the same lie the serpent told Eve:
Genesis 3: 4, 5 “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
The serpent directed Eve to trust her senses, (science). Our children are also being directed to trust their senses, (science). And in the process, are being led away from trusting the true God altogether. Meanwhile, those who propound all this trust in the flesh, (science), are themselves motivated by spiritual sources working against God Almighty. They are placing their trust on counterfeit spiritual sources of evil while teaching everyone else to place their trust on them. The world’s top leaders know they are serving a spiritual god that is opposed to the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. They have a fully developed support structure that has progressively taken over every facet of life and living. All of it points to trusting the “wisdom” and “light” coming from these few “enlightened” individuals.
There is no support structure for any individual to learn Christian, spiritual principles in the church setting. Biblical consideration of spiritual matters is strongly discouraged because a close consideration of spiritual issues would reveal the true level of carnal religion and spiritual emptiness in Christianity. So anyone who desires to learn how to walk spiritually with God is actively and greatly discouraged from doing so. It places too much stress on religious, doctrinal instruction to allow true spiritual growth in individual believers. Spiritual growth cannot be mandated and controlled by the rules of religion. When God instructs a person to act, and it conflicts with the manner of action supported by church doctrine, confusion is the result. Do we dare to obey God, or continue to obey the doctrines of the church? This is the change that we have to do as individual believers.
The only way to turn the ungodly, or paganistic unbelief of the world, is by doing the same things that the original Messianic Jewish believers in Acts had done. Gentiles believers need to step up to the plate and learn how to walk in faith, with the power of God, by the Holy Spirit. We have to become bold enough to learn how to trust God directly in order to turn our culture around. We don’t want to stop with religious Christianity, which is a proven failure, but to go all the way to the spiritual walk of faith with God. Believers simply need to learn how to walk with God in order to bring the Gospel of Salvation to a world that is tired of the religious talk about salvation. We need to be able to demonstrate the spiritual power of God that the Word of God promised we can do. Then we will be living the walk and proving the talk, which is entirely different from talking the talk, but living just like the world in religious unbelief of God’s spiritual ability to walk and talk with us directly.
This is why I wrote the book below. I wanted to experience God and His power just like the Bible promised I could do. I wanted to understand why I could do everything right and follow all of the rules, but still get wrong results. I wanted to know why my desire to know God was ignored in church, but anyone who could play politics well, could rise in church authority. I wanted to hear and recognize God’s voice so I could learn how and why I should obey it. In the end, I wanted to be able to teach anyone from any denomination or Christian belief how they could do the same. The world has always sought to deny God and silence Radical Christian voices, voices that are tapped into God’s Spirit. They cannot stand to acknowledge God or the work of redemption through Jesus Christ alone. They believe they have legally succeeded in stopping conservative and Christians voices while allowing their gospel of Humanism flourish and infect our children. Only a power filled demonstration of faith with the glory given to God will change this trend and get the world around us curious enough to want the same for themselves. 2000 years of religious Christian dominance proves that the power of God can change the world. It worked once before in the past, the same tactics can work today in the present.
We haven’t lost the world yet. It is evident because Jesus still hasn’t returned. We can’t act as though all hope is lost, because as long as we are alive and Christ hasn’t returned, there is hope to deliver the world, and our culture, from darkness. Even if the world doesn’t want to be delivered, God can lead us to those whom He called, that can be delivered from darkness to light. Not the counterfeit light that the world has to offer, without Jesus Christ, but the genuine light of fellowship with God Almighty in daily life and living. Miracles will not be an illusive promise, but a daily reality. God wants us to live in the realm of miraculous spirituality and full fellowship, placing our trust in Him. We please Him as we learn to trust Him more and more. It took me a lifetime of searching and mistakes to put this book together for your benefit. You don’t have to make the same mistakes, believe me, there are plenty of other mistakes that you’ll have to work through to understand how God walks and talks with you. He has His own set of miracles for you to experience and discoveries for you to find so you too will be able to hunt for the lost, to deliver them from their blindness and bring them to the spiritual light of Christ with the Holy Spirit from God. Are you ready to go hunting? As individuals, we are weak and divided, but as a spiritual household with Jesus Christ at the head, we are stronger than the principalities and powers of the world.
Ephesians 6: 12, 13 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”