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Horrible And Shocking

January 1, 2014


“A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way.”  Jeremiah 5: 30-31

Wow!  I find it amazing how this Old Testament passage just pegs most of the modern Traditional/Institutional “church”.  Much of what is being taught and “prophesied” in the “church” at large these days falls way short of the truth in love.  Nowadays we see “The Purpose Driven Life” being lauded as the way to go;  instead of the Spirit led life.  We see the extremes of works righteousness and total, ultimate grace being presented as the truth with very little balance to be found.  As always the three fold mantra of “Go to church, pay your tithe, and read your bible” seems to reign supreme.  Along with “submit” to the Pastor’s authority.  Reading the bible can be an extremely productive thing except when they say it must be read always and solely through the lens of proper “church” leadership and doctrine.  To them the top down hierarchy of leadership must always be preserved and by doing so they cripple the Body of Christ.   They teach primarily the things that lead only to being in bondage to the modern “church” system of doing things.  Sure there may be some exceptions, but on the whole many lies are being shared and propagated in the “church” today.

Priests, Pastor’s and others who rule by their own authority are holding the Body Of Christ back in numerous ways.  Ruling is a major problem in the “church” today.  Because in the New Testament those who God calls to help lead the church are supposed to do so by serving and NOT by ruling.  And they should serve only by HIS authority and NOT their own.  The only chain of command found in the New Testament is that JESUS is the ONLY King, Ruler and Head of His Church and we all follow Him.  True servants serve in the Body of Christ and we should only follow them as they follow Christ.  I will not follow a human Leader, but I will follow the Christ I find in other sisters and brothers in the Lord as they go about following Him.  

Does God ever get sad?  I know that Jesus wept and was a man of many sorrows.  I think it is very sad that God’s people love that prophets prophesy lies and that Leaders are doing so by their own authority.  How dysfunctional is that?  A church that fosters co-dependency on it’s human Leaders instead of full and total dependency on Christ and Christ alone; is a very unhealthy church indeed.  I often weep for the Church and pray that it shall one day return to Jesus who is it’s first and only true love.  Don’t settle for human substitutes!  Claim only Jesus as your King and follow only Him first and foremost.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !






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One Comment
  1. Skylla Moon permalink

    Hard to accept, sobering and true. Hard because the false religious system that most of us grew up on or in, is a big, fat lie. It’s what Jesus railed against in Matthew 23, remember the “woe to you blind guides” narrative? Not flattering. Not emotionally flat. Passionate and “mamaBear” in protecting the truths of reality they could not see. Same today. We’ve been duped, deceived, betrayed, mislead, beguiled, deluded, hoodwinked, bamboozled, and double-crossed. These verbs mean to lead another into error, danger, or a disadvantageous position by underhanded means.

    Deceive involves the deliberate misrepresentation of the truth: “We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know, because they have never deceived us” (Samuel Johnson).
    Betray implies treachery: “When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself” (Isaac Bashevis Singer).
    Mislead means to lead in the wrong direction or into error of thought or action: “My manhood, long misled by wandering fires,/Followed false lights” (John Dryden).
    Beguile suggests deceiving by means of charm or allure: They beguiled unwary investors with tales of overnight fortunes.
    To delude is to mislead the mind or judgment. The government deluded the public about the dangers of low-level radiation.
    Dupe implies playing upon another’s susceptibilities or naiveté: The shoppers were duped by false advertising.
    Hoodwink refers to deluding by trickery: It is difficult to hoodwink a smart lawyer.
    Bamboozle means to delude by the use of such tactics as hoaxing or artful persuasion: “Perhaps if I wanted to be understood or to understand I would bamboozle myself into belief, but I am a reporter” (Graham Greene).
    Double-cross implies the betrayal of a confidence or the willful breaking of a pledge: The thief double-crossed his accomplice.

    And to the degree that we (before we woke up) encouraged others to join in – to Christianity as it is today – we joined in the beguiling. 😦

    Horrible and shocking true that. But in this I am eternally thankful……”I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

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