Why Churches Don't Spiritually Mature
Once this virus-crisis is behind us, people will say we should have allowed it to run its course, rather than shut down the economy until
the world dies and accept the consequences.
A short E-mail conversation
Dear Mr. Michael
Johnson [The creator of the WEB translation of the Bible], I had the NASB on my website for a few years and then contacted them for more permissions and they started talking about taking away permissions they had previously given to me, telling me how to design my website and basically becoming my boss. Then I discovered WEB; I replaced the NASB with it. It's a good translation; I like it. Now I don't have to worry about anybody telling me what to do with my website: jeansbiblestudy.com. Thank you so much for the work you put into it.
The Internet needs a contemporary translation within public domain.
What About Tariffs?
This was written before Trump imposed tariffs on China
Imposing tariffs on U.S. imports would virtually solve every economic problem of the United States and of other nations around the world, and help return our sovereignty. This simple solution is so foolproof that it proves conspiracy does exist by the very absence of this term on the table of negotiations, and it proves that fools in Washington and the mass media are in bed with the ultra-rich. Try to recall the last time you even heard the word “tariff” mentioned by the president, by a senator or congressman, or by anyone in the media in the last ten years? This word is completely off limits. A tariff tax, used by any nation would help pay off its national debt, and if foreign countries refused to sell us their goods it would heal our GNP problems almost overnight. If real solutions are not soon applied, civilization as we know it will no longer be feasible! Critics of this idea say this would cause a product vacuum, and our store shelves would suddenly be empty, but these are merely hardships associated with making right decisions to get U.S. production markets up and running again. Critics also complain that tariffs would destroy the global market, but whose global market is it anyway? It’s not ours; it belongs to the ultra-rich, who decided for everyone that it would be in their best interest to establish a one world economy. Their next move will be to impose a one-world government to manage their one-world economy, and then how will we stop them?
From spiritual faith to great courage
From courage to liberty
From liberty to abundance
From abundance to complacency
From complacency to apathy
From apathy to dependence
From dependence back into bondage
The Pig in the Kettle
Carl Marx said, "Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed."
Heb 12,25-29 “See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken-that is, created things-so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire."
In a very short time God intends to turn this world upside down and shake it over the bottomless pit. Whatever falls into it has judged itself unworthy of the kingdom of heaven, but those who steadfastly hold to the grace of Christ will prove themselves the true children of God.
Acts 12,5-17 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. "Quick, get up!" he said, and the chains fell off Peter's wrists. Then the angel said to him, "Put on your clothes and sandals." And Peter did so. "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me," the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to himself and said, "Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod's clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating." When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!" "You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "It must be his angel." But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.
This story in Act 12,4-16 bears a close resemblance to the carnage that is happening in our churches today. Peter was miraculously delivered from prison by a personal visitation from an angel. By the power of God he walked past his enemies with no one challenging him through unlocked doors that led to the great city. All these things God did through prayer, yet the very ones who were praying for him would not believe God had set him free. In their prayers they must have been asking God to replace Peter, not to save him. They clearly wrote him off as dead.
Peter anticipated telling his friends the details of his freedom and expected them to rejoice with them, but when he came to them, he was met with rejection and unbelief instead of faith and love, except for Rhoda who answered the door (she was the only mentionable person by name in the group). It never occurred to Peter’s friends that God was listening to their prayers. In the same manner, pastors throughout America stand behind their pulpits fervently preaching the word of God, yet they don’t have enough faith to believe that anyone would ever be set free through their ministries, apparently because they have not experienced the freedom of Christ for themselves. “It is his angel,” was their theological explanation, belittling the power of God. It is questionable whether pastors really want freedom to be a product of their ministries. After all, what would they do with their parishioners if they started obeying Christ instead of merely believing in Him? Pastors know what to do with people in bondage – preach at them. Those who enjoy the freedom of Christ become a menace, because they want an opportunity to share their freedom with others. There is great responsibility with freedom, in that ministers would need to learn to help those set free to develop their ministries to help them reach as many people as possible. Delegating authority to people in a growing church scares the clergy, because it makes them feel less in control. This is opposite of faith. The more authority they delegate to others, the more they receive to continue freely giving. It works the same as their "Give to Get" theology they have jammed down our throats; only instead of money, it works with authority.
Why Churches Don't Spiritually Mature
The spiritual health of a church can be compared to the economic health of a nation, in that they both stand or fall by the same principles. When there is incentive to make money in an economic system, the country prospers, but when greed takes over, it causes everything to come to a screeching halt. Likewise, if there is incentive in the church to spiritually grow, people will do so, but if leaders hoard the ministry and oppress the gifts by suppressing the truth (the ministry actually belongs to the people), it eliminates the need for spiritual maturity, hence there is no longer incentive to pursue it.
"Man’s chief urge is to improve his lot and capitalism is the only system by which this urge can be realized. Communists, socialists and other collectivists do not agree that anyone should progress ahead of his fellows. History proves, however, that when individual thrift and initiative are unrewarded, a low and declining standard of living and culture is inevitable. Under socialism and communism, sooner or later the real workers rebel against having to support those who shirk their responsibilities and then the structure becomes paralyzed and collapses."
Speaker’s Desk Book of Quips, Quotes and Anecdotes
Jacob M. Braude 1963
This explains why there is so little giftedness in the church today: it is working under a communistic theology. Most of those who try to rise above the system eventually wear-down from the struggle against indifference and submit to living like everyone else, spiritually impoverished. People in charge don’t think anyone should progress ahead of their fellows, teaching that unity is a matter of equality, and those who seek higher levels of maturity are considered renegades. The Book of Acts paints the opposite picture, that of incorporating the ideals of communism into the church’s economy by “having all things in common,” while allowing capitalism to dictate the level of the spiritual maturity in each person. As It is written, “To everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away” (Mat 25-29). American Christianity has it backwards: outwardly they are capitalistic but inwardly they are communistic. No wonder Christianity isn’t working!