|Remaining in the Faith - abibing presence of the Holy Spirit|
Kum Ba Ya - Come by here by Lord
(Mat 24:5 NIV) For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the
Christ, ' and will deceive many.
A dear City Harvest friend recently said that he has abdandoned his Christian Faith. It was not that he had turned to other religious faith, but was influenced by a trend to worship extra-terrestrials which denies Jesus Christ as God, but paints religions and creation as having outer space origins. The worldwide recent interest in the end of the world in end 2012 based on a Mayan Calendar shows their seemingly religious pull putting fear in the hearts of many.
The attempt to class all religions as extra-terrestrials is an indirect categorization to generalise all religion as "one". Hence, the gods that the Mayan worshipped somehow become one with Christianity simply because they are "supernatural", regardless of the vast differences of beliefs and practices. Perhaps the "aliens" were not extra-terrestrial from a far off universe but were actually the local Principalities of the Air, the spiritual and angelic realm. The bible talks of the fallen angels being in bed with mankind producing giants and that great evil roam the land before it was destroyed in the great flood.
The purposes of such conspiracy theories is to distract Christians from their faith in God. There is a dark spiritual influence to blame aliens. For example, it is said that creation is by alien intelligence as there is a jump in evolution process. This is partially true as evolution is like a warehouse full of raw materials being transformed to a 747 jet by itself. When we deny the God of creation, we deny Him the Glory and Honor due.
We are vulnerable as there is an emphasis on tribulation, an anti-Christ like the Roman Emperor of old who will hunt down Christians. Persecution did come to the early Christians (Mat 24:9) who escaped to Asia Minor. Later, Jerusalem was destroyed in AD70 with Christians continuing to be persecuted especially after they were outlawed in AD60 (when they had previously been protected as a sect of the Jewish Faith). The Church was brought into the Roman Institution through Constantine in AD313. Hence today, most of the persecution is our own doing, with the church persecuting others as seen in the dark ages.
The strategy of the Principalities is to be a mystery, a secret, the hidden mentor appearing as if they do not exist. We were waiting for persecution, yet what is often subtle is far more palatable. The "Transformation 2009" movement now almost universally embraced by the mega Churches is but a name given to the Dominion and Prosperity theology of Christians staking a major claim and influence to all sectors of the nation and wealth including the Government. The temptation of power and wealth is too juicy for us to reject like Jesus did in Mat 4:9,10.
We often blame the scapegoats - Jews and Gays so that the Principalities were not suspected and it become sin to us before God. That was why Hitler killed 6 million Jews and more than a hundred thousand gays. For the predominately Lutheran, and Catholics Germans, their worship of Hitler was sealed by the blood of the innocent in their hands. Innocent blood takes away the cover of grace as we are made to be aligned with the works of the dark ones. When Focus on the Family blame Gays for destroying the family unit or bringing down the nation to the slippery slope of immorality, this becomes "sin" in the church for which we are liable for judgement.
(Mat 16:18 NIV) And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock
I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
It is said that God so love the church that He will not let the churches fail. But the bible says otherwise, that God has done His part in giving us the rock Jesus Christ, which upon we could stand upon in prayer as keys to bind and overcome the gates of Hades. It is evident that the church would be attacked spiritually which can only be overcome when our focus is on Christ, standing fast in prayer on the authority we have in Christ. For many the battle is over by default for we don't even velieve that there is "Hades", the gates of Hell trying to engulf the church, trying to make us become one with it.
Today, individually we are battered and bruised spiritually sometimes even without knowing it. Many in the GLBT community is so bashed up by the Church, that we have forgotten Jesus Christ. Today, God has given us the key of redemption, it is faith in Christ - the ummovable rock of ages, faith in the abiding presence of love and fellowship by the Holy Spirit of God.
Our faith is often on an intellectual idea, or alternatively law based adherance to religious laws. But when trouble comes, when dissapoinments in life and deep struggles come, they don't stand much above the flooding waters of our struggles. We are easily swayed by whatever that comes along, even the mob persecution of gays to blame for all of our sins because we knew we could not keep God's laws.
We need the Lord to "Kum by Yah", to "Come by Here". Our Faith must go much beyond an intellect or a religious sacraments/law based adherance. For the Christians gays to survive and not leave the church in droves which they have hitherto, it has to be a deep spiritual abide and fellowship and communion with the Holy Spirit.
Our lives are short. Once, we reach 40, our last tommorow is not to far away. We may lament and cry in our hearts of unfilled dreams of prosperity that the churches' prosperity theology has taught us. Little did we know, we have already made it in life, when we believed by faith that Christ Jesus is our Lord and Saviour through God's Grace and mercy. We have made it, for our future abode is in heaven, and our current abode is in fellowship and communion with that precious Holy Spirit whatever our circumstances may be, even if we were gay. There is a sweet contenment, a walk of simplicity and a huddling beside the camp fire praising God.
Kum Ba Yah Lord, Come by Here Lord, we seek Your Face, this day.