The Jesus Proposal II by Rubel Shelly and John York
This is a quick review of a summary of the Jesus Project by Rubel Shelly and John York.
See the BOOK page 30 and Page 114-115 how Luther is perverted because Rubel Shelly and John York have new glasses for getting a NEW VISION. Furthermore, they claim to be IN PARTNERSHIP with God working out a new plan of salvation.
Gregory Kouki warned that about Easter we would see the launching of another new stab at the heart of the Bible. As the feminist and lesbian Methodists termed their new scheme RE-IMAGING THE CHURCH, Rubel Shelly was original and called his RE-VISIONING THE CHURCH.
AMONG THE SCHOLARS they call theirs THE JESUS SEMINAR and Rubel Shelly removes his to a safety zone by calling it THE JESUS PROJECT.
The "Jesus Seminar" is a group of self-described scholars who have determined Jesus probably only said 20% of the quotes attributed to him by Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John.
Brace yourself. With Easter just around the corner, we're about to see a flood of articles in the news weeklies and local papers about a very specific kind of missionary group.
What Does the Jesus Seminar Believe?
The Jesus Seminar meets twice a year to dissect biblical passages. Their goal: separate historical fact from mythology.
So far, they have rejected as myth the resurrection of Jesus from the dead,
the virgin birth,
all Gospel miracles, and a
full 82% of the teachings normally attributed to Jesus--
all dismissed as legendary accretions with no historical foundation.
For example, only two words of the Lord's Prayer survive as authentic: "Our Father."
More and more people in the United States seem to have decided they can live without church. But be careful that you don't misinterpret the meaning of that fact.
It means something different in a postmodern world
than it would have meant to someone rooted in modernity.
The church which belongs to Christ as Father of His family has almost no connection to the church which Rubel Shelly has founded. Jesus died to eleminate the LADED BURDENS or ritualistic religion and built an ekklesia or synagogue (both Greek). The synagogue was a SCHOOL OF THE BIBLE where people gathered to hear scriptural prayers and hear the Word read through in three years. "Preaching" was simply explaining any foreign term or concept without "allegorazing" and without "further expounding" as Peter clearly prohibits as PRIVATE INTERPRETATION. The word exegesis means "magica" or "musica" and was considered sorcery and its practicioners (including singers, musicians and expounders) were parasites.
Jesus promises to GATHER with two or three where we "come learn of me" as He speaks as the Spirit of Christ even as He spoke in the beginning.
The meeting is defined by the Greek ekklesia. This meeting of mature, males was like a county court or to select leaders. It was called on demand and the members did not suggest anything and only responed to specific questions needing settled.
The synnagogue was a SCHOOL OF THE BIBLE and a place of prayer. It was normally opened and ready to instruct students in the deeper meaning of the Old Testament. The synagogue had no instruments, no praise singing and nothing which could be defined as RELIGION any more than the local public school could be called RELIGION.
The Pharisees asserted that God could and should be worshiped even away from the Temple and outside Jerusalem.
To the Pharisees, worship consisted not in bloody sacrifices--the practice of the Temple priests--
but in prayer and in the study of God's law.
Hence the Pharisees fostered the synagogue as an institution of religious worship, outside and separate from the Temple. (Britannica Members)
One of Dr. Shelly's writing stable mates explained to me that truth had gone into a black hole, was travelling through a worm hole and would come out in a white hole. Until then, all truth has been lost in the POSTMODERN WORLD of which Dr. Shelly is a "Baited and Switched" at philosophy school.
Many people in the Old World also decided that they could live without the church when church became pagan worship center and as a "venue for Rock and Roll" and the preachers got short sheeted on the Bible and spiritual insight and FILLED UP with the spirit of a virtually insane notion about truth suddenly shifting.
Those "mega churches" which had preachers repudiating the Great Commission because postmodernism had made them into infidels will die and be turned into museums and dance halls just like the grand buildings of Europe. The church grew in Europe when Luther and Calvin repudiated a hireling clergy and evangelists went out preaching "that which had been written" and seeing it do its spiritual work without too much MINISTRY PYRAMIDAL POWER GRABBING from them.
Rubel Shelly: True enough, there are larger-than-ever numbers of Americans who say they are agnostic or atheist with regard to the existence of God. But those numbers still remain relatively low. Depending on the poll you cite, somewhere between 90% and 96% of people in this country still say they believe in a personal deity.
So how does postmodernism make something of that when probably the same percentage believes in UFOs? The numbers expand here and shrink there. Don't forget the vast influx of people from other nations who are not nomimal Christians. But how are we gonna attract Muslims with a TRIAD GOD and taking the Lord's Supper with pork in our teeth and women theatrical performers?
Rubel Shelly: Yet church attendance generally and identification with particular denominations hardly reflect so high a percentage of citizens. Only about 30% to 32% attend religious services on a weekly basis.
It has been estimated that a million Jews perished in the destruction of Jerusalem. And the Jewish population may have been several millions. However, it has been estimated that only about 10,000 were active CULTIC Jews concerned with the Temple as the capital of the Jewish state and center of NATIONAL animal sacrifices. Therefore, we should not worry about numbers IF the evangelists are going into the world to EXPOSE people to the gospel without bearing the personal burden of trying to SAVE them.
Rubel Shelly: Significantly higher percentages say they read the Bible or pray regularly. People are telling us they believe in God, read their Bibles, and pray; those same people who say they cannot live without God are nonetheless telling us they can live without church. If such a thought was foreign to moderns, it is not at all intimidating to postmoderns.
That is a result of the internet and not a radical, organic restructure of the human brain claimed by hallucinating scholars. Yes, they say that the brains of younger people have actually EVOLVED so that they cannot DO words but must have symbols and images RE-VISIONED by Dr. Shelly and Lynn Anderson. 75% of Americans are on the internet and OUR mission is to make the truth available and warn them not to trust their soul to "da company sto" as most secular institutional churches have become.
And that is good news: Jesus didn't say "go found mega-institutions with a mega, pyramidal MINISTRY system riding on the backs of widows." He said GO PREACH. Now, anyone can preach the word almost anywhere they have sunlight or a cable in the world. If they need to be baptized then according to the pattern, they will ask for it. And you won't have to send a baptizing priest to do it. Undoubtedly YOUR children are asking me for help on a high school progect on the Ancient Near East. Perhaps while they are cutting out and pasting up or clapping hands in church they are learning how to be pagans on the internet. Or, better yet, how to detect gross error in the teaching role of most churches replaced by "holy theater" to lead you into the presence of God.
People can establish "synagogues" and study the Bible and teach the death of Jesus through the Lord's Supper and never be told that the Supper is some kind of magical ceremony.
Rubel Shelly: So what are we to make of these facts? Are they simply a jumble of inconsistent statistics? Perhaps the category "spiritual but not religious" that was used in a January 2002 USA Today/Gallup Poll helps a bit. It was a growth-group in the survey.
If you are building mega structures then don't expect that the faithful will seek you out. There is some doubt that there will even be enough faithful to be found by Gallup:
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8
The image of Isaiah is "a drop of good juice out of one rotten grape off one bare cluster off one dead vine out of one vineyard from which God has broken down the watchtower and broken down the walls so that the BEASTS (people) can come in and EAT YOUR LUNCH so that you hunger and thirst for the WORD but can no longer hear it."
Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: Ro.9:27
And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. Ro.9:29
John defines Jerusalem as Egypt and Sodom. The implication is that most of the world will be trapped in goddess worship of the Babylonian Whore with music and sexual perversion. So, if you are popular or seek numbers just understand that you are pursueing the wrong "god" and you will not like it if you ever "dare to dance with the True God."
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed,
which keep the commandments of God,
and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Re.12:17
Postmoderns claim to have the "spirit" as one third of the Godhead thrashing around inside of their bodies. Therefore, they can repudiate the old Jesus and His old Word because they are apostles or prophets or even christs.
However, the MARK of God is having the SPIRIT of God which is the TESTIMONY OF CHRIST;
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Rev 19:10
If you do not have that MARK then you have the MARK of ZOE the Lucifer character known as the BEAST: she is the "female instructing principle" and forces the minor "jehovahs" into forming musical worship teams. Remember that Jesus as the TRUE Logos was believed by the Greeks whom Rubel Shelly appeals to to be the male and therefore inferior or more ignorant side of ZOE. When the clergy tried to get Jesus to sing and dance the homosexual choral dance of Dionysus, they were tryiing to MARK him with the BEAST symbol.
Rubel Shelly: Spirituality is growing in America, but church attendance and membership generally are not. In one of the regions of the country where religion -- defined as an organized denomination or faith-group -- has the lowest percentage of involvement, one 31-year-old churchgoer has offered an explanation of the behavior of his peers. "I totally understand my friends who hate church or think it's boring or react negatively because of the formalities and customs," he said. "They think it's strange, stuffy, weird and ritualistic."
Testing spirituality is pretty hard to do since the human spirit is the mind and the mind is most deceptive.
What is the SPIRIT? In Hebrew it is not Rubel Shelly's little man inside of the big man but:
Ruwach (h7307) roo'-akh, roo'-akh; from 7306; wind; by resemblance breath, i. e. a sensible (or even violent exhalation; fig. life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extens. a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (includ. its expression and functions): - air, anger, blast, breath, * cool, courage, mind, * quarter, * side, spirit ([-ual]), tempest, * vain, ([whirl-]) wind (-y).
Therefore, to be SPIRITUAL is to be rational and able to understand the Words of Christ which He said are "Spirit and Life."
Ruwach (h7306) roo'-akh; a prim. root; prop. to blow, i. e. breathe; only (lit.) to smell or (by impl. perceive (fig. to anticipate, enjoy): - accept, smell, * touch, make of quick understanding.
Did the Spirit prophesied to rest UPON Jesus appear in the form of a PERSON or member of the God family or committee? No!
AND there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: Isaiah 11:1
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; Isaiah 11: 2
And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: Isaiah 11: 3
- But with righteousness shall he judge the poor,
- and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:
- and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth,
- and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. Isaiah 11: 4
In the New Testament, God only accepts SPIRITUAL worship in our own spirits or minds:
Logikos (g3050) log-ik-os'; from 3056; rational ("logical"): - reasonable, of the word.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Ro.12:1
This does not mean found a ministry to homosexuals: it means that for a person to offer SPIRITUAL WORSHIP they have to be "in the Spirit on the Lord's day." IN THE SPIRIT means "in the mind" or innermost being.
This demands that the body be sacrificed
Thusia (g2378) thoo-see'-ah; from 2380; sacrifice (the act of the victim, lit. or fig.): - sacrifice.
Now, when the victim ia ACTING it doesn't sing, act, dance or wave its arms in the air like the sodomite worshipers of the goddess. Remember that the effeminate priesthood tried to force Jesus into action as they "piped."
The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: Ac.8:32
A Christian is a DISCIPLE of Christ and not a RELIGIONISTS of Christ. Therefore, a Christian imitates His only example and does not allow their body to struggle while the spirit is thinking about God as Spirit.
The BODY of the victime is totally deadened to its own activity and comes before the Throne of Grace in dark silence:
Thuo (g2380) thoo'-o; a prim. verb; prop. to rush (breathe hard, blow, smoke), i.e. (by impl.) to sacrifice (prop. by fire, but gen.); by extens. to immolate (slaughter for any purpose): - kill, (do) sacrifice, slay.
Paul insisted that those who believe that SPIRITUAL WORSHIP is something done in the rituals at the architectural point of the High Place are still in their sinful nature and therefore do THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS to satisfy the lust of the eyes, ears and nature:
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires;
but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Ro.8:5
Rubel Shelly sees the Corinthian church as a model of 'unity in diversity' and Shelly and John York believe that the Corinthians were BAPTIZED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
However, Paul thought that they were so wicked that he could not preach beyond the MILK of the word which they did not desire.
AND I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 1 Cor 3:1
SPIRITUAL is not exhilarated or enraptured but:
Pneumatikos (g4152) pnyoo-mat-ik-os'; from 4151; non-carnal, i.e. (humanly) ethereal (as opposed to gross), or (daemoniacally) a spirit (concr.), or divinely supernatural, regenerate, religious: - spiritual. Comp. 5591.
Psuchikos (g5591) psoo-khee-kos'; from 5590; sensitive, i.e. animate (in distinction on the one hand from 4152, which is the higher or renovated nature; and on the other from 5446, which is the lower or bestial nature): - natural, sensual.
Therefore, the spiritual nature is the mental nature and you can FEED the mind only with spiritual or mental wisdom
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1Co.2:14
If you find yourself not believing the Word it may be that you are from a different family and CANNOT believe it perhaps because you have made a soul-destroying decision and cannot repent.
They were still infants and Peter said that:
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 1Pe.2:2NIV
Neither a sacrificial victim or an infant decides to DO spiritual growth for someone else by singing, dancing or tossing out the carrots and eating ice cream.
Rubel Shelly: People who are searching for God don't sense they are being helped in their quest by the church.
Then maybe we need to dispense with Doctors of the Law and people trained in worship facilitation though singing, clapping, instruments and drama: Yea, even "christian" colleges imitating gargoyles or demons and clowns as an "evangelistic tool."
Fools can't be fooled all of the Time according to Abe Lincoln.
In Canada: Now, for the first time in three decades, overall attendance among the mainline Protestant denominations -- Anglican, Presbyterian, Lutheran and United Churches -- has remained stable instead of declining.
More significant is that in these mainline churches, the percentage of teens attending worship services has increased from 17 per cent in 1984 to 23 per cent in 2000. Among mainline Protestant 18- to 34-year-olds, attendance also increased, from nine per cent in 1990 to 13 per cent in 2000.
"To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumours of the death of mainline Protestantism in Canada appear to have been greatly exaggerated," says Mr. Bibby.
In Canada it was not the people who failed the church but the leaders who failed because they believed that if they made worship powerful enough they coul lead the people by the nose:
Rev. Jean Ward, who is in charge of urban ministries for the United Church of Canada, says many church leaders lost their way during the 1980s when the dream of perpetual progress died, and it became clear the world was not necessarily going to get better.
Consistent witht he entire Bible, what works is making the church more like the synagogue as a place to learn and not CIRCLES OF MEMBERSHIP in a purpose driven cult:
Attendance at his church has tripled from 200 to 600 in the past 10 years, and he says it is because the church has simplified its worship and proved that seekers can come and ask questions and learn without being pressured to make a commitment. Resources
Then, the advice might be to quit holding rituals of which music is the most ritualistic and Word starving.
We told you in the first section that GOD ISN'T LOST. Therefore, you cannot PURSUE GOD THROUGH THE PSALMS or perform the musical rituals which have meaning only for the perverse religions where the once-human and somethimes-evil "gods and goddesses" were SEARCHED FOR through what the Bible calls spiritual adultery.
We quoted Paul who said that the CREATOR of the world isn't likely to get so lost that He provided a COTTAGE INDUSTRY for God finders and god manipulators.
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth,
dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Acts 17:24
Neither is worshipped with mens hands,
as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; Acts 17:25
How can you PEDDLE the messiah claim that your musicians can LEAD the worshipers into the presence of God when God is NOT THERE. So, you make false promises when Paul said that if we want to meet CHRIST we have to GO OUTSIDE the camp or city. Isn't playing instruments, clapping hands, raising hands like antenna to suck God in trying to worship with MEN'S HANDS? Sure.
God did not intend that people have to fight like animals because He created all MEN alike so that they CAN seek and find God. This does not mean that Satan didn't try to destroy God's plan by introducing his own host of ugly demons including the UNKNOWN ONE who was later big time in Gnosticism:
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; Acts 17:26
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: Acts 17:27
Rubel Shelly: The church has become an obstacle to them rather than a guide to God or a meaningful herald of the kingdom of God.
Doesn't this sound like blaming postmodern's problems on modernism? Why would we blame our failures by believing that Paul Revere did not herald the British troups? Why would we try to announce the kingdom when Jesus said "don't even look for it because the kingdom of God is within you."
Heralds fail and are worthy of death when the tamper with the message sent by the king. Here is where the HERALDS who tried to rewrite the message for the KING got themselves into trouble which they probably CANNOT get out of:
The preacher is most explicitly called a herald; that is, the deliverer of a message. Now, the herald does not make his message, he merely transmits it.
He has nothing to do with judging its wisdom or fitness; let him simply proclaim it as it is given to him. This was God's command to an ancient preacher: "Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee." (Jonah iii. 2.)
1. Not only must Bible topics form the whole subject matter of preaching, but they must be presented in scriptural aspects and proportions.
God made the Bible for the people; not raw material which the religious philosopher is to work over into new forms.
Here is a simple and admitted fact, which is full of neglected inferences. The book of God is not like the book of creation, a mixed and crude mass of the ore of knowlege, which must become the subject of scientific re-arrangement, to become intelligible to common minds.
The Bible is for the people; this is the great principle of Protestants.
"... a herald dare announce only what he is ordered to announce, no more and no less; he must also word it just so and not otherwise. The herald is only the loudspeaker of the radio... God wants heralds, he supplies the grand announcement to be made, and no herald can improve upon it... This God who sends his heralds with his announcement and the people to whom he sends his heralds are not expected to pay those heralds." (Lenski, 1 Thess., p. 250).
A Christian is a Baptized Disciple. A teacher is NOT a Christian if he does not believe the teachings of Christ but is peddling some kind of magic.
Rubel Shelly: Citizens of a modern world criticized the church, sometimes switched churches, but most often accepted the conclusion that God could not be found apart from the church; "spiritual but not religious" would have smacked of self-contradiction.
This has nothing to do with the radical restructure of the human brain and everything to do with communication. If the preacher quite literally CHAINED the Bible to the pulpit by making it off limits without the "priest's certificate" then he could get by with saying as I remember it:
If you want to meet God be here at 6 this afternoon.
My brother in law: "Guess I will miss God because I cannot be here."
The Bible was written and evangelists went everywhere preaching what others could not read. Gutenberg came and the preachers stayed. Now, the Internet is here and people who claim to have the TRUTH CORNERED are no longer feared because the threats are found to be all lies. And making themselves in a hirtorical HAMMER to try to bust up the Old "Anvil" will just wear them out and burn them up:
"According to Marshall McLuhan in his theory of communication, hot communication is communication that has content, that appeals to men and moves men through the mind on the basis of that content.
Cool communication is a kind of personal first-order experience wherein one is moved but without any content passing through his mind, his reason. Click for more.
This failed because it did not have the SPIRIT of God or the MIND OF CHRIST in it. Just got an e-mail from a "musician" who claims to be a "co-creator with God." Now, fools may enjoy being fools but the postmodern mind is the same as the modern mind and decides to quit being fools and paying a tithe for the pleasure.
"Father John Culkin, Director of the Communications at Fordham University, a follower of McLuhan, says this: 'Gutenberg came and the Reformation came.
Electronics comes and the ecumenical movement comes.' He means that
the ecumenical movement is rooted for its unity in the midst of a contentless situation,
a situation that is completely cool and has nothing to do with objective doctrinal truth.
No rhetorical actor or musical performer can any longer compete with the ability to STEAL CDs off the internet. That is why the old apostasy which replaced DIALOG with performance preaching may have somewhat worked for a thousand years will not longer work just as it did not work very well B.S. (Before Shelly) and the insanity of the postmodern stuff which we suspect was invented to make fools of fools.
"Equally, the new existential theologians in our churches live only in the area of cool communication. They have denied content--content is not important to them...T.H. Huxley in 1890 saw that the day would come when
theology would be separated from everything that has anything to do with fact and as such would never be open to challenge." (Schaeffer, Francis, The Church before the watching world, p. 68).
Lynn Anderson: Sounds right to me, Mr. Huxley! Something like this can happen to faith as well. The rational, informational, and linear-sequential worlds of productivity tend to dominate in our lives these days.
Consequently, the rest of our worlds suffer neglect, and we are losing touch with much of what it means to believe.
The rest of the story told by Huxley includes just this:
"Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art (preaching) is in no sense cathartic; it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession.
Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process. From Source
Rubel Shelly: Not so for postmodern men and women; "spiritual but not religious" makes perfectly good sense to them -- and is even a desirable option for increasing numbers of them. The problem is serious enough in today's new thought categories that the following question has been raised by the press:
"Will religion survive the spirituality boom?"
We challenge any postmodern to produce any "new thought category" which was not anticipated 2,000 years ago.
But "postmodern" sounds just quacky, querky and jerky enought that it can be sold like HAIR RESTORER which was "seen of Oprah." That is why most "scholarly" writing can be shown to be mostly error because it quotes quotes from quotes and has never read the ORIGINAL.
Hmmm? Sounds like Postmoderns just caught up with the ORIGINAL Jesus project. Rember the Martha, Martha "church"? Well, Jesus said that He came to bring the "Mary" church for those who "choose the better part" by just sitting at His feed and learning. Therefore, the masculine Martha Marthas who just make you tired have no role to play in the Christian religion.
The Old Jesus repudiated prophesying which was pagan music and said:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Mt.7:21
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? Mt 7:22
Prophesying was using music or drugs to create an EXCITEMENT so that the song or sermon could be huckstered as NEW TRUTH. Music or charismatic preaching creates endorphins which create the effects of FIGHT, FLIGHT or SEXUALITY. Bring on the women to "preside over" and you exercise Paul's authentia which is both EROTIC and MURDEROUS. Modern hate mongers truly enter into the OCCULT to cast out old "rotten and harmful" brethren who will not BOW DOWN to the piper.
"In cultic action music was used in preparation for prophecy. Julius Firmicus Maternus refers to this fact in his remarks on an African cult.
- With the air full of flute music,
- the priests would put on women's clothing and
- then call on the goddess so that,
- filled with a wicked spirit, they might
- predict the future to foolish men.
"In considering this cultic background it is necessary to understand the
- view of music as dispositive to divination,
- a view which derives from pagan philosophy. (Quasten, Johannes, pg. 40)
44 And Satan said: If I were able to go forth by myself, I would have destroyed the whole world in three days: but neither I nor any of the six hundred go forth. For we have other swift ministers whom we command,
and we furnish them with an hook of many points and send them forth to hunt, and they catch for us souls of men, enticing them with sweetness of divers baits, that is by drunkenness and laughter, by backbiting, hypocrisy, pleasures, fornication, and the rest of the trifles that come out of their treasures. (Lat. 2 amplifies enormously.)
3 And Bartholomew saith unto him: What is the sin against the Holy Ghost?
4 Jesus saith unto him: Whosoever shall decree (decide) against any man that hath served my holy Father hath blasphemed against the Holy Ghost:
For every man that serveth God worshipfully is worthy of the Holy Ghost,
and he that speaketh anything evil against him shall not be forgiven.
5 Woe unto him that sweareth by the head of God, yea woe (?) to him that sweareth falsely by him truly. For there are twelve heads of God the most high: for he is the truth, and in him is no lie, neither forswearing.
6 Ye, therefore, go ye and preach unto all the world the word of truth, and thou, Bartholomew,
preach this word unto every one that desireth it;
and as many as believe thereon shall have eternal life.
The word religion simply means 'ceremonial observance." However, Jesus fired the "doctors of the law" as people who burdened the people down like pack animals.
However, Jesus died to TAKE THE BURDEN on Himself: He has been mocked by the musical clergy, sacrificed on the cross and gone into heaven to complete the "religious" transaction once and for all.
Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Mt.11:28
The burden is:
Phortizo (h5412) for-tid'-zo; from 5414; to load up (prop. as aa vessel or animal), i.e. (fig.) to overburden with ceremony (or spiritual anxiety): - lade, be heavy laden.
The Rest Jesus gave us: Anapauo (g373) an-up-ow'-o; from 303 and 3973; (reflex.) to repose (lit. or fig. [be exempt], remain); by impl. to refresh: - take ease, refresh, (give, take) rest.
Pauo (g3973) pow'-o; a prim. verb ("pause"); to stop (trans. or intrans.), i.e. restrain, quit, desist, come to an end: - cease, leave, refrain.
When Paul speaks about "worship" he says that it is IN SPIRIT or in his mind and not in ceremonial rituals. When he speaks of praying he says PRAY IN THE SPIRIT. That answers to the direct command of Jesus to pray in private and it answers to the command to worship IN SPIRIT by giving heed to the Word.
Only dominant clergy load the people down with ceremony and "programs" trying to do what the little Jesus was not able to do in social religion.
Conclusion: the Biblically literate gave up religion even in the ancient MODERN period.
Spiritual on the other hand, means rational or IN THE MIND. A person can worship IN SPIRIT in a quiet, dark place: a person CANNOT WORSHIP with the "musical worship team" polluting the Holy Place claiming to be mediators between men and God.
The early church met informally, the elders and deacons were the only SPIRIT FILLED teachers and the Lord's Supper did not involve 3,000 people normally so it did not create "spiritual anxiety through religious rituals."
Rubel Shelly: "Will religion survive the spirituality boom?"
Lord, Lord we earnestly pray not. But it will be interesting to see how these preachers are able to EXPLOIT spirituality which can be done without a priest or animal-sacrifice worship noise team.
Know a guy who had a seminar on developing spirituality. Sound like the old joke about my book "Humility and How I developed it." But I am absolutely certain that someone is marketing a spirituality seminar.
I have noticed that slick hucksters have learned how to SELL free internet E-mail service. That is slicker than selling the FREE Water of the Word (Isaiah 55).
"Those who lord it over the people will soon begin to destroy Them. The word Balaam means 'the destroyer of the people.' If we turn back to the history of this strange figure as recorded in the book of Numbers we find that which clarifies three passages in the New Testament where 'the error of Balaam' (Jude 11), 'the way of Balaam' (II Pet. 2:15) and 'the doctrine of Balaam' are discussed." (Barnhouse, D.G., Revelation, Zondervan, p. 54
"Give money to make poor pious youths learned clergy, or vain pretenders to erudition; and they pray that they may preach to you; yes, and pay them too.
Was there ever such a craft as priestcraft? No, it is the craftiest of all crafts. It is so crafty that it obtains by its craft the means to make craftsmen, and then it makes the deluded support them!" (Campbell, Alexander, Christian Baptist, Dec. 1, 1823, Vol. 1, p. 91).
Both Mormons and Catholics shudder because they both depend on forced giving
"Nay, rather, to speak out more truly, the augurs, the dream interpreters, the soothsayers, the prophets, and the priestlings, ever vain, have devised these fables; for they,
fearing that their own arts be brought to nought, and that they may extort but scanty contributions from the devotees, now few and infrequent,
whenever they have found you to be willing that their craft should come into disrepute, cry aloud, the Gods are neglected, and
in the temples there is now a very thin attendance.
Former ceremonies are exposed to derision, and the
time-honoured rites of institutions once sacred have sunk before the superstitions of new religions.
And men--a senseless race--being unable, from their inborn blindness, to see even that which is placed in open light,
dare to assert in their frenzy
what you in your sane mind do not blush to believe. (Arnobius Against the Heathen, Ante-Nicene Fathers, VI, p. 418)
When the WATER OF THE WORD is "free" (Isaian 55) and from God, why should we PAY for someone to "wine it down"? Jesus is our ONE AND ONLY MEDIATOR and to found an institution built EXACTLY LIKE THE TEATER OF APOLLO (Abaddon, Apollyon) the founder of the Seeker Center at Delphi in order to strip wealth from a WIDOW'S PITTANCE is obscene and people are catching on and we intend to help the world catch on to the fact that:
The GOSPEL Jesus preached frees us from Doctors of the Law and demands that we send out teacher to the FISH who are never going to be so attracted by your net or HOOK that they will come to you, pay you and get their nerves frazzled by music and, yes, Pay the Too.
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