Religious Theology – The wide gate!

 

The following statement is taken from the book of Alcoholics Anonymous; and although written by a secular author, the point of the statement itself unfortunately substantiates the position many Christians have taken concerning the New Covenant grace of God!

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”

There is a common thread amongst the religions of the world, and that thread is an adherence to a certain set of moral or ethical principles that either maintain or substantiate a person’s relationship with God. These principles and standards vary from religion to religion, or from denomination to denomination; but at their core, they all have one thing in common – They are all based on a law relationship with deity. True Christianity on the other hand, which by the way is not law based, is the only way in which man can actually and completely be united with God relationally. Yet the majority of Christian teaching not only runs away from this principle, but bolsters it at every occasion by proclaiming abstinence from sin as its main theme rather than the finished work of Christ; which in the grand scheme of things only serves to incite sin in the life of the believer! This, my friends, is the wide gate of religious theology, and many will go in through it.

So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations– “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” which all concern things which perish with the using–according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. ~ Colossians 2:16-23

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. ~ Romans 3:19-20

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ ~ Matthew 7: 21-23

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. ~ Proverbs 14:12

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. ~ Matthew 7:13-14

Author’s note:

Writings like these are bittersweet. Bitter because I know so many people caught up in religious theology; sweet because I know the unfathomable love and mercy of the One who is the solution! The One who watches over His people! The One that has victory in the end! Christianity is not an advanced course in behavior modification, with all the behavior verses in the bible plus the law as a tutor. Christianity is about a person working with our person that we may learn to walk together in love – That person is Jesus Christ Himself!

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

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Fellowship or dictatorship – You decide!

 

Over the course of the last five or six years, my wife and I have continually been subjected to making choices and decisions which have left us in a position of very little to no fellowship with other believers. At least not face to face; which is to say that most of our fellowship is done via the internet. My wife and I do not make a lot of money, and I had a stroke several months ago, which means that we cannot drive all over southern California in an attempt to find a church whose leadership can keep the message of Christ straight. And by this I mean, a church that teaches and preaches the finished work of Christ; i.e. the New Covenant. I’m sure someone reading this commentary at this point would say that I am just being too dogmatic; that I need to compromise, etc., etc. And my reply to that is simply, there is only one gospel message; and the glue that holds it all together is Christ Himself via the New Covenant! If the pastor i.e. leadership of a particular denomination or institution does not have at least a basic revelation or understanding of New Covenant principle, that institution, pastor, congregants will not receive someone that does. Because the message of the old does not blend with the new! In other words, the message of a New Covenant believer will be in direct conflict with those that are under sway of a mixture; and they will not put up with it! Which of course means that they will not allow you to preach and teach the message of grace as the apostles did, (or even Jesus for that matter!)

The following statements are just a very small example of the arguments these folks, these institutions will use in an attempt to dictate, and thus squelch the message; as well as eradicate you, the New Covenant believer from their presence!

If I say that we have been eternally set apart, cleansed, and forgiven, (Col. 1:14), they will say, ‘Yeah but… What about 1 John 1:9’ If I say the law is the ministry of death and condemnation, (II Cor. 3:7-9), they will say, ‘Yeah but…. We need the law as a moral compass for life.’ If I say that we have a new heart that we can trust, (Eze. 36:26), they will say, ‘Yeah but…. What about Jeremiah 17:9? Doesn’t that say that we have a deceitful and wicked heart that is beyond knowing?’ If I say that God remains faithful to the covenant that He swore by Himself; not only to fulfill but to uphold, (Heb. 6:13-20, II Tim. 2:13), they will say, ‘Yeah but…. You better do your part, or you will lose it.’ And if I say that we have peace with God, (Romans 5:1-2), they will say ‘Yeah but…. You better not get too comfortable.’ And the yeah but’s go on and on until there is nothing left but unfruitful contention!

‘But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonishing; knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned. ~ Titus 3:9-11

Authors note:

My friends, true obedience to the gospel message is a relationship with reality! If you are unable to present the gospel of Christ in its pure form in your church, you are under a dictatorship!

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

P.S. To gain a better understanding of the position I have taken in this commentary, please look up the scriptures I have cited to substantiate my point!

The whiskey and water gospel!

“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book; and if anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the book of life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:19-20

It took me a few years to actually grab a hold of what John meant by the whole adding to and taking away from thing in the preceding verse. But when I finally did get a hold of it, I said to myself: “Wow; this thing has some very serious, wide reaching application and consequence!” What I realized is that you cannot add to something without taking away from the components of its origin; which in the case of Revelation 22:19-20 would imply the entirety of the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Now I know that whoever is reading this right now is saying, ‘Who in the world would do that? A person would have to be outright evil to even consider such a thing! That would be blasphemy, etc., etc.’ But the real truth of the matter is, that the principle of adding to and thus taking away from the gospel of Christ is being applied daily, weekly to a very large percentage of our most widely recognized and well respected churches around the globe. Now you say, ‘Well how can this be?’ And I say quite simply, through adding law to grace many of our pastor, teacher, leaders have effectively attempted to bring the entire body of Christ under the curse of the law, (Curse-plague)! Notice I use the word attempted, as I am by no means talking about the loss of salvation on anyone’s behalf. I am simply saying that adding conditions to the free gift of salvation, i.e. life; is to take away from, to denigrate the finished work of God in Christ in us!

‘I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.’ Galatians 1:6-8

‘O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain – if indeed it was in vain?        Galatians 3:1-4

For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse; For it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all the things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.’ But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for the just shall live by faith. Yet the law is not of faith, but the man who does them shall live by them. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, (‘for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’). Galatian 3:10-13

 

Authors note:

When you mix good sippin’ whiskey with water, you ruin its aroma, its taste and its strength! When you mix law with grace; you ruin both the stringency and purpose of the law, as well as the power of God’s grace in the life of the believer!

‘No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wine and skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.’ Luke 5:36-38

‘Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord; shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:21-23

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

P.S. Anyone that approaches a relationship with God the Father by means of the law is walking in self-righteousness! And walking in self-righteousness is to practice lawlessness!

PC Christianity!

With all the hub-bub surrounding the issue of political correctness on our college campuses and in our politics, I can’t help but see the same movie being played out in modern christianity. The church has become an institution full of men and women afraid to speak their minds and hearts concerning what is truth and what is not. For instance, folks will sit back and listen to a fear-based message regarding taking or not taking the mark of the beast. The pastor clearly warning everyone that to take the mark, even if it is to feed their starving family, in lieu of the world economic system being overtaken by a global bank; would mean the loss of their salvation. Everyone of course saying, ‘Amen’; while simultaneously trying to convince themselves that they would rather die, take a bullet, etc. before making such a terrible choice! The whole time knowing deep in their hearts, where Christ dwells, with the perfect love of God, that the message is nonsense! Unfortunately, what this really means is that folks are willing to die rather than face the pastor and tell him that he is not teaching truth.

Now I don’t know about anyone else, but what this clearly says to me is, that if a person is unwilling to face the pastor of his or her local church; how in the world do they expect to face down one of the devils henchmen and say, ‘Go ahead and kill me; but I refuse to take the mark!’ Unfortunately, this is political correctness at its best!

Matthew 15:1-6 – Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, “Why do your disciples transgress the traditions of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” He answered and said to them, ‘Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, “Honor your father and your mother”; and, “He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.” But you say, whoever says to his father or mother, “whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”- then he need not honor his father or mother.” Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.’

Colossians 2:8 – Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

John 5:39, 40 – You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

Author’s note:

My friends, let us not be afraid to challenge tradition with truth. That we may keep our eyes, our ears, and our hearts firmly fixed on the life giver and finisher of our lives who dwells within us!

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

P.S. I challenge anyone who has not only looked at the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the lens of scripture, but who has also received his life, to tell me that He was traditional or politically correct!

 

 

The bible is not God!

Over the course of the past five years, I have been involved in countless debates over the scriptures regarding their proper interpretation on various subjects. And what I have found through it all is this: There are two approaches in regards to the observation of the bible. The first approach is to consider it a moral compass or guide for life. The second is to discern through it that we as believers have apprehended the actual giver of life. The first approach will produce a never ending barrage of rule keeping and unfinished business; while the second will produce a life of rest and peace. The bible is not God, and it was never intended by God to be the source of life. The word of God is all about and directed towards the only true life giver – the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus put forth the following words to the unbelieving:

You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. ~ John 5:39-40

Jesus put forth these words to the believing:

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. ~ John 17:3

The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. ~ John 14:17 (Side note: This statement was before the cross! It has been fulfilled! Christ dwells with us and in us!)

Authors note:

My friends, the bible did not make God real to me; the Father made Himself real to me! Remember, Abraham had no bible! Melchizadek had no bible! The apostles had no bible! The early church had no bible! Yet all these people remained in a relationship with God. My point is not to bash the bible; it is simply to point relationally and directly at the author! God bless!

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

 

 

God is not mad!

Good morning everybody! This is what my loving Father has asked me to put forth today: He wants everyone around the world to know that He is not mad at you! That in fact, He loves you beyond measure. That if you think He is mad at you, it is only because you do not know Him. The desire of the Father’s heart towards His creation can be summed up in the following words:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promises, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. ~ II Peter 3:9

For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. ~ Romans 10:13

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. ~ John 17:3

In this the love of God was manifest towards us that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. ~ I John 4:9, 10

My friends, God is not mad, and He wants you to know it to know Him. Please meditate on these things; and if you have any questions about getting to know Him, please ask! You will not be judged, you will only be loved.

Sincerely,
George L. Miller

Stuck in the seat of Moses!

One of the most profound errors in modern Christianity is its failure to recognize that the New Testament did not come into effect until the cross; which means quite simply, that the gospels are in fact Old Testament; and Jesus was teaching under law.

The following passages are taken from the New Testament letters and should substantiate the two points I am trying to make. #1 – The fact that Jesus was born under law and therefore taught under law. #2 – A will does not come into effect until the one who made it dies.

Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. ~ Gal. 4:1-5

And for this reason He is the mediator of the New Covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. ~ Heb. 9: 15-17

My friends, if we are unable to discern what is old and what is new, how in the world can we even begin to discern things like proper interpretation, let alone fruitful application? Let’s make no mistake here, if we don’t understand the timeline between the Old and New Testament, our understanding of the entire bible will be jaded. You will have one piece over here, and another over there; and none of them will fit together as a cohesive unit. The worse part of this confusion is that by nature this teaching can do nothing but put the saints directly under law.

The following verses are an example of how easily this law based nonsense can get stuck in the heart of the believer:

Enter Matthew 23:1-3 – Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.”

Now upon close examination of these verses, it is very clear that Jesus admonished the multitudes, as well as His disciples, not only to observe the law of Moses, but to perform it as well. Now let’s take a look at modern christianity! Making statements such as the Ten Commandments are the christians moral standard for life; and wa – la! Everyone is quite effectively placed under law.

Authors note:
There are very few pastor teachers that teach the gospels are Old Testament. Therefore, as a result, they themselves remain in the seat of Moses. My advice my friends is that should you discern your pastor, your teacher, or even your best friend attempting to bring you under law; that you do exactly the opposite of what Jesus told His disciples and the multitudes and do neither what they say nor what they do. Lest you find yourself stuck in the seat of Moses with them! God bless!

Commentary by:
George L. Miller

Subsequent reading:
Hebrews chapters 7-10
Romans chapters 5-8
II Cor. chapter 3 verses 4-18

P.S. Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. ~ Gal. 5:1