FEAR OF BEING THROWN OUT OF THE SYNAGOGUE
BY: LINDA KEITH
John 12:42-43 “NEVERTHELESS AMONG THE CHIEF RULERS, ALSO, MANY BELIEVED ON HIM: BUT, BECAUSE OF THE PHARISEES THEY DID NOT CONFESS HIM LEST THEY SHOULD BE PUT OUT OF THE SYNAGOGUE; FOR THEY LOVED THE PRAISE OF MEN MORE THAN THE PRAISE OF GOD”
This brings to mind, the word about the blind man that Jesus restored sight to.
John 9:1-7 “….vs 6 “WHEN HE HAD THUS SPOKE, HE SPAT ON THE GROUND AND MADE CLAY OF THE SPITTLE, AND HE ANOINTED THE EYES OF THE BLIND MAN OF THE CITY. (VS 7) …HE WENT HIS WAY, THEREFORE, AND WASHED, AND CAME BACK SEEING.”
Now, the blind man’s parents knew who had healed their son, who had been blind since birth.
John 9:18-23 “vs 18… UNTIL THEY CALLED THE PARENTS OF HIM THAT RECEIVED HIS SIGHT..(VS 21)..WE KNOW NOT (WHO HAD HEALED HIM), ASK HIM, HE’S OF AGE.”
VS 22 “THESE WORDS SPAKE HIS PARENTS, BECAUSE THEY FEARED THE JEWS; FOR THE JEWS HAD AGREED, ALREADY, THAT IF ANY MAN DID CONFESS THAT HE WAS CHRIST, HE SHOULD BE PUT OUT OF THE SYNAGOGUE.”
They feared being put out of the synagogue!!
We see with Jonah, at first Jonah refused to go where God wanted him to go. (Jonah 1:3-11) then when he did go, he had his own thoughts of how God should handle things. (Jonah 4:1)
We see people going off to seminary schools to learn the Bible. And that’s just what they do, learn the bible. These seminary schools have been teaching the same old dead letter word for years and years. With nothing changed. No growth in revelation of the word. Denominational Headquarters dictate what can and cannot be preached and taught. If Father gives a revelation of deeper truth on something, if it isn’t fit their doctrine, then it’s not preached or taught.
I do realize that Father has called preachers and teachers to specific areas of His Word. Billy Graham is called to preach salvation. And he is loyal and obedient to that calling. BUT, he doesn’t just keep on preaching salvation to the same people, year after year. He directs those who come to salvation, to a local body, where they are to be taught, and encouraged to grow, in the next steps that are to be experienced in Father.
I am finding that most preachers, teachers and pastors, WILL NOT take these babes past Pentecost. (and some not even that far). There are 3 feasts in the OT that are types and shadows of the 3 experiences in God. WE are to experience all three!!
EVERYONE has a responsibility for THEMSELVES, as well as to Father, to obey what is written in Hebrews.
Heb 6:1-3 “THEREFORE, LEAVING THE PRINCIPLES OF THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST, LET US GO ON TO PERFECTION.”
How do we do this?
“NOT LAYING AGAIN THE FOUNDATION OF REPENTANCE FROM DEAD WORKS, AND OF FAITH TOWARD GOD, OF THE DOCTRINE OF BAPTISMS, AND OF LAYING ON OF HANDS, AND OF RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD, AND OF ETERNAL JUDGMENT.”
Every pastor’s job is to preach and teach himself right out of a job.!
Here are several reasons why they DON’T:
1) The $$–plain and simple 1 Tim 6:7
2) Their holy image they have of themselves. Jon 16:1-2
3) They’ll lose their # of people in attendance (and Headquarters wouldn’t like that) John 9:22, John 12:42-43
4) They don’t know Father’s Plan John16:3 (little do they realize that other babes will come to take the place of those who have gone on to maturity and are teaching and preaching themselves!!) Heb 5:12-14
If you notice , the Word speaks of the levels, realms , whatever you want to call it, of His Word (1) Milk, Heb 5:13, (2) Bread , John 6:32-33, (3) Meat, even strong meat, Heb 5:14.
Folks, we are told to go on to perfection. That means, allow Christ to manifest through us. Before anyone gets the idea that I’m talking New Age, Christ = His anointing or anointed one,
Rom 8:29 tells us MANY are predestined to come into the image of Jesus. That He is the FIRST-born of many!! So my prayer is for the leaders in the church: Have the boldness to allow your sheep to grow. Have the boldness when Father gives a deeper teaching to YOU – that you give it to the people… give it! Most of all, follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, not the man-made doctrines that are putting many sheep in the grave, when they have the right to live, IN HIM!!
And to all my brothers and sisters, no matter where you are in the Lord, there’s a higher place that He wants you in. Meditate, study, ask Father about Heb 6:1-3. Grow, Grow, Grow right into His image. I’ve been called everything from, cult to New Age, simply for these words, that are OF and GIVEN by God. But the way I look at it, they’re real close to blasphemy!! When someone calls Father’s Word in my mouth, or anyone else’s mouth, anything except the Word of God, they’re calling the Holy Spirit that very name!! He inspired the Word, not me. So look at Mt 12:31-33.
Please grow in Christ!!!
All my love in Christ,
“One man manifesting Christ is better than 100 men preaching about Him. May Christ Manifest in You, Daily.
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