Voice of the Kingfisher speaks out …from a different perspective
by Elinor Montgomery
December 21, 2012
It is extremely simple! As long as you have the god of religion before God Almighty, you have other gods before Him. His first and foremost commandment was that you should have no other gods before Him. The Pharisees thought themselves to be righteous as the teachers and custodians of the Scriptures. They worshiped the true God and He was one God and there was no other, yet they were ruled by religion and pride, and Jesus told them so, in no uncertain terms. He declared that they were sons of the devil.
What do you think He would tell the Christians today? Would He thank them for the churches and cathedrals they have built in His name? Would He thank them for their fund-raisers and continual forays into the business world of success as financial planners? Would He thank them for the breakdown into many denominational groups, which could provide a menu of choice that would allow them, one and all, the comfort of pews in which they could practice religion in the way that would best suit them?
Would He make an exception for the religion of Christianity because it is in Jesus’ name, though Christians rarely speak His name, other than to curse Him outside of their Sunday church religious worship? “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved (Matthew 10:22).”
Have you ever noticed how the preachers of Christianity are chosen for their church office by the degree of likeability for their messages? They respond to a church call, preach a sermon or two, and, if the people feel comfortable with them and they ruffle no congregational feathers, they will likely receive the call to preach in that church on an on-going basis. In being sent out by Jesus to the world to preach the gospel of truth, how many of His twelve apostles, do you think, would have received a call to fill our Christian pulpits today?
“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.’ And ‘a man’s foes will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it (Matthew 10:32-39).”
Which one, if any, of the Christian churches that you know, has recently preached this message about peace at Christmas time? Are they not busy drawing families together for one of the two religious holidays of the church year – Christmas and Easter – to put aside differences, regardless of any truth, which may divide them, and simply be thankful they can come together?
This message extends in principle to putting doctrinal differences aside to create smooth, ecumenical get-togethers where there is no doctrine or offense created by the name of Jesus. After all, have the military chaplains not agreed to not mention the name of Jesus at all, lest it should offend anyone, and, in so doing, allow everyone to pray together to the god of their choice? Did Jesus ever ask His apostles to compromise themselves in any such way as that of the ecumenicity of religion? Did the apostles bow to the demands of the religious leaders of their day, even when under the threat of stoning by them?
Where is there any commonality between the Christian Church of Rome and the apostolic church of Jesus Christ? Are Christian-pledged members not willing to bow to the Pope and Caesar in a way they are called to bow only to the High Priest and King, Jesus? Do they agree to Caesar’s demands of silence when it comes to affecting the direction of a nation under God in order to receive government money as a bribe in the name of tax-dollar exemptions?
How would your Christian church line up with Daniel and his three friends who chose to eat the food prescribed by God rather than that prescribed by the state? Would Christians bow down and acquiesce to the enemy of God, or do they stand tall in truth when the state forces such issues as those forced upon them by Obama? He has forced the Roman-Catholic-run organizations to provide contraceptives to women, even though doing such a thing comes against church doctrine, which, surely they believe, comes from God or why would it be doctrine in the first place? But, then, the Roman Catholic Church has a major problem of hypocrisy in taking a stand on this issue, when its own priesthood is heavily into the protected sexual abuse of young boys. How do you think God computes this form of Christianity?
Christianity is just another name for organized religion, a mocking name at that, which came out of Antioch, and never came from Jesus. It uses the name of Christ, but, at the same time, it is a religion set on a foundation other than that of His church, which is built upon a foundation of truth. “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 7:22-23)!’”
Has the Christian church generally not been made up of those lawless ones who have refused to love the Lord with all their hearts, souls and minds? Are they not the breakers of the first and most important Law of the Ten, which is the true tithe of spiritual Israel, the true church of Jesus Christ, for which He is searching? He does not want your money or sacrifices; He wants your hearts and total commitment.
Jesus will carry the burden of the Law for you, but that of the first commandment rests with you to keep and hand back in covenant to Him, Jesus the Christ, not of Christian religion, but of truth. He hates religion just like the Father hated Esau who cared not a fig for his eternal inheritance from Him when he could satisfy the flesh in the here and now at the expense of his inheritance.
There is no religion, absolutely none in truth. Religion begins with the first belief system introduced to Eve in the Garden of Eden. It has plagued man, ever since that fateful moment in history, by culminating in the formation of the religious states, which would become the religious/state empires of the world. Man rejected the rule of God in truth for the rule of religion under Satan, and, in so doing, welcomed the pain and suffering of war, violence and terror to come. The sword of Jesus is truth and He will slice away and separate His own from the world of religion in order to bring them back into the kingdom where truth reigns; there will be no sickness of the flesh, pain or suffering there.
Is your Christian church leading you to an ecumenical pot of religious stew like that Esau chose? God makes no bones about it; He hated Esau for rejecting His inheritance, the same inheritance Jesus offers at the cross, one of everlasting life and joy inexplicable. Would you choose religion or truth, when God’s Word tells us God is the God of truth only? One must worship, not in religious Christianity or in religion of any kind; one must worship God in spirit and in truth.
As we stand at the gate of the year, are we preoccupied with lighting lights for which the source of power is a battery, or are we putting our hand in the hand of God, which is better than a light and safer than the battery way? The power of light lies in Him, not in us; without Him we cannot light up spiritually for there is no energy source for spiritual light, other than that given in the Spirit of truth and life, breathed into us by Him.
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24).”
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: 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. He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Revelation 22:17-21).
Have a blessed New Year!