Why Have We Made Idols Of Men?

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This is a question I have been forced to ask myself again lately given the recent trends within the body of Christ especially as it pertains to our leaders, i.e., those who operate in the ‘five-fold’ ministry. Please hold your horses I say as I begin to perceive the ‘die hard’ ‘pastorians,’ ‘prophetorians,’ ‘teacherians’ rising to defend and attack, with the oft-used ‘Touch not my anointed, give honor to whom honor is due,’ etc… But actually, if we examine the modern-day church we will find that some of us have turned our leaders into ‘gods’ and have placed them on pedestals, expecting them to walk in shoes that they obviously cannot and should not be expected to fill. We have exalted them as the principal characters in our lives, sadly sometimes to the exclusion of what is ‘written.’ This awful trend is evidenced by some of the things we do, and what we excuse in the Church today.
Desirable Character traits such as integrity, faithfulness, godliness, charity, and TRUTH both in the leader’s lives and their preaching of The Word has been overlooked in favor of man’s favor and ‘the anointing.’ This is no more than cheap matinee-idol worship! A whole lot of puff without substance or eternal value. I am aware that this may come across as a sweeping statement, but for the sake of this article, I will do just that, to bring home this truth. Over the years the church has lost some undesirable elements of religion like not allowing women to minister, congregational segregation, etc. but we have also picked up a whole load of baggage and junk that we need to divest ourselves of. This baggage, junk, and ignorance of The Word that we have also allowed to bog us down is evidenced by (in some cases) dependence on the clergy with regards to basic daily decisions to the point of being pathetic and sickening: i.e. “should I or should I not travel?”, ” Pastor please tell me who should I marry?” It is like stumbling on to a horror movie while flicking channels, being terrified with what you’re seeing but unable to shake your morbid fascination with the gore displayed. Our phraseology has changed and subtly morphed over the years to reflect dependence on man’s opinions rather than the infallible Word of God! For example, when I became a Christian we were encouraged to get to know God for ourselves, and we were taught from day one how to listen for the voice of the Spirit. These days, in some gatherings, the members of the congregation know more about what their pastor says, than about what the Word says; And the term ‘ My pastor says this or my pastor says that’ is the best selling refrain in the pop-gospel ‘Top ten’ hits on their charts…
This ought not to be so!
Matthew 15: 1-3, 8, 9, 13, 14
1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 13But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
Have we given the devil ammunition to accuse our brethren?
Have we given him the right to petition for their destruction because they now qualify as idols because we have made them so?
I am not attempting to vilify our leaders…. I honor all church leaders, but I do so, only as far as is congruent with scriptures and only under the Lord Jesus Christ.
Scripture says:
Leviticus 19:4
“‘Do not turn to idols (One that is adored, often blindly or excessively) or make metal gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.
Deuteronomy 4:14-16
And the LORD directed me at that time to teach you the decrees and laws you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.
You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore, watch yourselves very carefully, 16 so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman,
There is only one King in the Kingdom, and He alone is the principal player!
This is the time when we need to turn back to the Lord and to seek HIM and not his people, not men, not the traditions of the church, nor the traditions of men, not even His hand, but His heart… HE is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of His hand… Our leaders are there to give structure and order and also to minister, (minister: to serve as an agent for another or to attend to the wants and needs of others by carrying out specified orders or functions) to serve and not to be served.
Yes, we should honor leaders, but most definitely not praise or revere them They deserve respect, but they should not expect or demand personal allegiance at the expense of The Cross.
1 Peter 5: 2, 3
Feed the flock of God, which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.
All the glory must be to the Lord!
Revelation 3: 18 – 20
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Jesus proclaimed in the Word
Luke 18:8
“When the Son of Man shall come will he find faith in the earth?”
The faith that Jesus Christ is referring to at this time and In this passage is the word of God. He is, in essence, saying When the Son of Man shall come will he find THE WORD in the earth, or will he be met with the will and the laws of men?
We need to destroy the golden calves that we have made with the ‘gold’ that God blessed us with and lift up Our Savior Jesus Christ, having no other gods but HIM.
This is a word for the ‘now’ and as The Bible says:
Mark 13:5b
… “See to it that no one deceives you.
My friends, let us not give place to the devil.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Jesus came to redeem our souls!
What comprises the soul is the will, the intellect, and the emotions correct? So if that is the case, Jesus Christ, in essence, made the ultimate sacrifice so that He may birth The Church. A people who are aligned with, and are faithful to His will which is The Word, and who are also independently thinking, emotionally stable citizens of the Kingdom and of the world, brought alive not by the will of man, but God’s own breath.
The Lord will build His Church upon the revelation of Truth, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!
Amen!

Journeymen.

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We are all sojourners in the passage of time – to and fro, is to be, now is, has passed through… All in constant motion; in consonance or diametrically opposed we wade through the waters of life. In all that we do let us keep in mind that no matter how dark or bright the hues of our lives, we are still all **journeymen working our way through our own puzzles, tasks and battles. And as we pass through let us reserve our energies for that which will propel us forward rather than that which will pull us back. As with the moving escalator, as long as we are moving in sync and in the same direction that the operator has set, we progress. But to try to walk against the tide or to look back will most definitely not result in forward motion and may result in disaster. We are all **journeymen and onward and relentlessly we must push until we get to the end of the moving walkway. And that phrase echoes: “please watch your steps; you are approaching the end of the moving walkway”. Let us be mindful how we walk… Peace.
 
** A journeyman is a skilled worker who has successfully completed an official apprenticeship qualification in a building trade or craft. They are considered competent and authorized to work in that field as a fully qualified employee.

Of The Kingdom, Daddy Freeze And The Tithe

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The following narrative was my response to a Facebook post written by a dear sister on the issue of tithing, I begin by quoting one of her statements:
“You are not their judge God is?” – Speaking of the ministers who insist on the validity of the tithe and who live lavish lifestyles presumably off the tithe.
I am sorry to make this statement… Actually I’m not: A lot of ‘Christians’ tend to be lazy about the pursuit of knowledge, sadly ignorant of God’s ways, followers of men instead of the Word, judgmentally biased, and mediocre in their outlook, behaving more like servants than like sons. This is why the so-called ‘unbelievers’ are thriving and doing so much better than the children of God! Because sadly sometimes they are actually more knowledgeable about the principles of God then we the children of God are.
I believe that this issue of the tithe is a simple one. It constitutes one of the most fundamental principles of Christianity that Paul enjoins us to move on from, onto maturity. The Old Testament depended on The Law, and it failed which means that the ‘tithe’ as it was, under the old testament failed but the New Testament is a testament of grace and actually demands a lot more then The Law does, in that it is based on RELATIONSHIP. THIS is one of the reasons why the Bible says that the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of God. Do not get me wrong, I absolutely believe in Kingdom giving, but the giving should be solely directed by the King of our hearts who is the Holy Spirit. He is the one who should, and who speaks to our heart about the things we should do and the way that we should go, in all things.
Furthermore, The Kingdom of God is an eternal kingdom, and it is limitless, boundless, endless, without beginning and without end. Anything that is sown into the Kingdom with the right motive regardless of its value takes on that eternal quality of God’s Kingdom and becomes limitless, boundless, endless, without beginning and without end. This means that regardless of whether I give one dollar or $1 million, it matters not a thing unless I give with the right mindset – not by power, nor by might, but by the Spirit of the Lord.
This is for me and not for everyone: If The Lord asks me to give more than I feel that am able to give, I should feel comfortable giving above and beyond, trusting that God will provide for me according to his HIS riches in glory. On the other hand, when he tells me to rest in HIM and refrain from giving, I should also be comfortable in this, trusting that HE knows best, because He sees all things, and knows the beginning from the end.
Again the kingdom of God is based on The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus and does not follow the law of this world including the law of seasons and times, and that of seed-time and harvest. Though these entities exist and will not cease, as long as the earth remains, in the Kingdom which is in this world, but not of this world, seasons and times, seed-time and harvest exist, but they do not follow the laws of the world, but rather the laws of the kingdom of God.
What I’m about to say here can only be understood by those to whom it is given to understand, and that is that in the kingdom of God, seed-time may precede harvest-time, seed-time may come after harvest-time, and may also occur at the same time as harvest-time. This is because, in God’s Kingdom, time is not a dimension. As a matter of fact, time does not determine what happens in the kingdom of God. This is why Sarah had a baby at age 90 years, out of sync with the timing of the world, and why water could be turned into wine in a moment, out of sync with the seasons of growth and maturation.
 
The kingdom of God is based on the will of God and not on time. So whether you reap before, or after, or at the same time as your seed, it matters not except as it fulfills God‘s will! In addition, he who gives because he expects a return does not understand Kingdom principles which are based on the belief in, allegiance to, and submission to the will of the King. This means that everything in the Kingdom gets its sustenance and its ability to thrive from The King, and He who sees all things will make sure that all everything flourishes and grows in His presence.
 
Psalm 92:13
“Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.”
If we are still grappling with the issue of money in the Kingdom which is milk at most, how can we handle the weighty issues of the kingdom, i.e., Strong meat?
Hebrews 5:12 -14
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Anyone who uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness for he is a babe.
Let us move on from being babies who cry over not getting milk or having to give milk, and move on to the meat of the kingdom where our will is to do The Father’s will, and to finish His work. Only servants argue and vacillate over what and what not to give to their master; The heir of the house, however, knows that The house belongs to him and he must preserve it to be able to enjoy his inheritance and to preserve it for future generations. Jesus said that he no longer calls us servants, but he calls us friends and joint-heirs with him. This means that he has given us the privilege of being one of the ones to take care of his Kingdom and to preserve it till he comes again. Let us stop behaving like servants, arguing about whether or not to maintain to maintain the assets of The Kingdom. He that is of the Kingdom will be about the business of the kingdom. And as for not judging, we should judge! God has made us stewards of his assets as Jesus demonstrated over and over again, in the parables. God only rewards the stewards that ‘do’ Kingdom business with the assets that the master has given them. These are the ones The master Rewards.
We must be about the Father’s business.
PS The first mention of the tithe originated from the heart of man and not from God’s heart. It was an expression of honor, gratitude, awe, and the cementing of the covenant between the blessed and the ‘blesser’. Contrary to what is now preached, Abraham gave a tenth AFTER, and not before Melchizedek blessed him.
Genesis 14:18-20
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High,
19 and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand. Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free! I apologize for the long post, God bless!!!

The Written Introduction of Man to God: Who Defies Definition But Himself Defines all things By AdePero Mettabel Okulaja.

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The scene is set with a homogeneously universal welcome to the service. In some places with a booming voice scattering the demons of hell before ushering in God’s presence, others with catchy and techy millennially appropriate entrées into the service after the coffee and donut appetizers in the foyer; and others yet with hushed ecclesiastical tones ushering God’s people in terms apropos for such a ‘holy’ convocation. I veer from generalities to focus on my fork at the crossroads the nondenominational arm, which by its very appellation is dissonant with the message of The Cross by its non-committal stance with regards to radical faith, which is the hallmark of Christ’s ministry.
Now please ‘hold your horses’ defenders of the faith and walk this path with me.
After sparing an appropriate 10-15 minutes for worship music which today, minus some phenomenal minstrels of God is more about who God is and what He does for us, rather than magnifying Him so that we can press in beyond his arm, to His face. Then comes the announcements and never to be omitted offering time, the latter which is sacrosanct lest one becomes relegated to the dungeon of poverty for a lifetime sentence. Never mind that the richest people in the world regarding monetary wealth are not Pentecostal, denominational or non-denominational Christians (Figure that one out) and lest you miss out on the transfer of wealth that is soon to happen – hogwash!
Then (drumroll please!) Comes The Sermon, which in many cases regardless of the topic, invariably incorporates painting you as a heretical villain if you do not part with a percentage, or all of your dollars. Then comes the wrap-up: a climactic or anticlimactic as the case may be, benediction and closing.

At this point, please nod your head once (to avoid detection) if the above is a true representative of the state of affairs.

Now, this is my question – Where stands The Bible in all this? Is it in Homogeneity or diversity, Conformation or Reformation, Dogma, or Spirit?

Do we come away from these gatherings full of God or fed with what God can do for us? If it is the former, I have no iron to sharpen. But if the latter, please let iron sharpen iron because my dear friend that profile may need some chiseling!

God cannot be homogenized into formulaic worship sets. He needs to be known before we can FULLY experience Him…

The Bible – is it a promise book/ slot machine/ solution finder/pillow augmenter? Yes, yes, yes and yes! But The Bible is so much more! This fact we know, but in what way?

As I sat here a few minutes ago, the title words floated into my mind, and I immediately knew that The Spirit had something to say and it is this: The Bible is not a way for us to learn about God, it is an introduction, yes! An INTRODUCTION to who God is! The limitations of my ignorance and experience hinder me from full expressivity regarding this topic that has chosen me, but The Spirit of God is speaking so I will write.

God cannot be homogenized into formulaic worship sets. He needs to be known before we can FULLY experience Him, and the only way is to have a personal relationship not with our pastor or church members or even God’s promises, but a communion with the mind of God, and introduction into the holy echelons of The deep things of His Spirit. The same ‘Deep’ that He spoke of in Genesis. The same Deep that remains dark to earthly existence unless He makes the pronouncement “let there be light!” And illumination is that which then illuminates the deep things of God as it hovers over the Waters (Word of God) to create out of the deep and unseen the things we come to perceive in the ‘seen’ realm. This knowing cannot be apprehended except in and through the solitude of communion with God. It is not in the thunder; it is not in the rain, it is in the still small voice whispering mysteries of God and His love for us into our ears.

To know God is to walk alone with Him Like Abraham, Jacob, Paul, and the earthly Jesus did, and as our souls yearn to do because we KNOW, it is the only way.

So today I hear the Spirit saying, “Come away my beloved, away from the noise and the things that clamor for attention in your souls. Come away and spend some time with me.” If you each come away with me and then come together to fellowship with your brethren, imagine how glorious it would be as we each begin to unwrap our treasures and our experiences with Him. What days of rejoicing we would have and as The Bible says there would be no need for any man to say “know thy God” for we would all know Him in our own personal way, from the least to the greatest.

Step aside as Moses did, take off your sandals – that which signifies our walk on physical earth and stand on Holy Ground, unhindered by anything man-made (sandals and all). Spend some time with The Word as revealed by His Spirit so that we may begin to know as we are known.

Selah.

© AdePero Mettabel 05.29.17.

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Never apologize for being the ‘you’ God has made you… The incontrovertible truth is that God knows what He’s about. We – each and every one of us were created artfully, masterfully, intentionally, purposefully, delightfully, and forethoughtfully, to live worshipfully and powerfully as we were destined to ‘BE’!

A MOTHER IS WHO YOU ARE!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there! I am celebrating every woman who has birthed a child and those who WILL in time birth their children in its own beautiful time.
Every year in congregations, we celebrate this day, and I hear a lot of speeches that celebrate mothers and pray for all the ‘mothers to be,’ or ‘seekers of the fruit of the womb.’

In God’s Kingdom, however, there are no ‘mothers to be’ or ‘seekers of the ‘fruit of the womb’ (yeuch – don’t like that phrase sorry 🙂 ) this is because God finished the work of creation in The Beginning. He has ALREADY created every human being that will ever live!

So my dear mom out there, whether your child is on yet on earth or not. If God has called you a mother, you ARE a mother!
This faith that we have is the reason why God did not tell Sarai to call herself ‘Mother of all nations TO BE,’ He told her to change her name to reflect who she is – SARAH – Mother of all Nations!

In God’s Kingdom everything is timeless, so if you are a mother in God’s eternal Kingdom you are a mother on earth.

This is your reason to judge Him faithful by calling yourself who you are, calling those things which be not (but ‘are’ in God’s Kingdom) as though they are (on earth). Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!

I pray Kairos moments today for every woman who needs to give birth, (either through their birth canal or another’s determined be God to be destined to them) to realize that TODAY, they CAN ‘birth’ those children by declaring the Truth of who they are.

Again Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there! And that includes you, ma’am, because a mother is not who you WILL BE, a mother is who YOU ARE!

Please share with all the mothers you know… Thank you.