IN THE BEGINNING
Darkness For The Occasion
Let Us Make Man In Our Image
26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness... 27So God created man in his own image... Gen. 1:26-27.
God, indeed, made man in His image and after His likeness; and man has the same ability to make things in his own image and likeness, of which, he exercises often. Before noticing some of man’s handiworks, however, let is first note what the image and likeness of God was. The Hebrew word for image in this verse is tselem and means an illusion, a shade, or a phantom. God was not referring to a ghost, as we often think of the word. It speaks of something which is intangible, such as that which was created in spirit in the Beginning. Neither is an illusion tangible, nor is a shade or a shadow. Therefore, we could see the verse as saying, "Let us make man using our intangible image as the pattern for that which is to come." The next phase for man is in the likeness of God. The Hebrew word is demuth and means resemblance, shape, or a model. Therefore, when man was shaped in His likeness, he was a model that resembled what was in God’s mind.
A model is usually built before the real prototype is made, such as cars, airplanes, rockets, etc. For example, a model of the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile was crafted before any were actually built and put into service. The model was the same shape of the real rocket. It resembled that towering space-probe; but the model was never confused as being the Minuteman. It was not the unveiling, the manifestation of the designed purpose, and so it was with man who was created in the image and after the likeness of God. Before he was a physical form, he was intangible in God’s creative mind. He was then given a shape in the form of a physical model. The image was the blueprint, and the likeness was the model. And the prototype, the finished product, the first of its kind, was Jesus. Moreover, He was the express image of God His Father, and each man born of God afterwards would be in that same express image.
Although this is elementary, many today believe Adam, the model, was exactly like Jesus. If we follow this thought to the end, everyone born after Adam would, likewise, have been exactly like Jesus. Quite a number of people embrace this as truth because wise men say it is so. It is also said that since Adam was never awakened after being put to sleep, he has dreamed the whole thing, that everything we see is nothing but a dream. It is true that there is no scripture that says God awakened man after putting him to sleep, unless we consider his eyes being opened after eating the forbidden fruit as being awakened; but that would not be awakened spiritually. In one place, Paul said, 14...Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. Eph. 5:14. Regardless of whether asleep or awake, the story has it that every dark and evil thing in the earth since then has been nothing but a dream, an illusion of man’s sleeping mind. Wow! What a long 6000 year-old nightmare that would be!
Even though man’s eyes are fixed upon many things which are illusions, his being made after God’s likeness is not a dream. Although man without Jesus Christ is only a model, he is not an illusion. He is real. He was first made in the image of God, which speaks of an illusion, a shade, or a phantom, i.e. that which was in the mind of God. However, this is not referring to man being in a dream world, nor does it suggest that God was not seeing clearly.
Man does imagine things which appear to be real but are not; but this is a part of the temporary darkness in which he lives, a real darkness which remains for the occasion. It is a part of the dark occasion which serves to help bring us into a far more weight of glory than we could obtain without it (2 Cor. 4:17). It is a part of the tribulation that works for the occasion of patience (Rom. 5:3). It is part of the dark tribulation which is necessary for us to enter the Kingdom of God. "And that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). Most people do not understand the necessity of tribulations, and they will do just about anything to escape it, even if by no other means than to convince themselves that it doesn’t exist, and this is while they are being swept away by the storms of adversity. Mental persuasion is powerful; but it will eventually give way to reality.
In the face of all the momentary light afflictions which are refining us, there is a revival of the "faith" message that swept the country in the early 1970s. Some labeled it the name it and claim it or the bless it and confess it doctrine, because it was said that all a person had to do was to "name" what he wanted, and then "claim it" (in the name of Jesus), and God was bound by His own word to bring it to pass. Or the person could bless it by praying in the name of Jesus and then confess it as being a reality. A couple of derogatory terms were coined — "Blab it, and grab it" or "What the heck, write a check." Notwithstanding, this is still being taught in many churches and by a number of TV evangelists; but the revival I speak of is in the ranks of those who saw the pride, greed, and fallacy of that message and left it. They embraced Kingdom truths. They heard the groan of creation which is waiting for the Manifestation of the Sons of God. They were humiliated, they suffered great loss, and they willingly laid down their positions of glory among men. They took up their cross and followed Jesus. But some, it seems, have grown weary in the journey. They found an island in the midst of the great sea and camped there, and rather than continuing on, they revived the faith message, only to call it by other names — "It Is Finished," "Mistaken Identity," "Illusions," "Paradigm Shift," and others.
There is truth in each of these names, and should not be dismissed just because the term is often associated with error: For instance:
It is finished: In the Beginning, in Jesus Christ all things were created. All of God’s works were Finished (Heb. 4:3). Everything in the heavens and the earth, and all their generations were created in the Spirit; but they were not all manifested at that time, and they are not all manifested at this time; for there is an appointed time for everything that is finished to be seen (Job 7:1, 14:14, Hab. 2:3). It matters not how much presumptuous "faith" is marshaled, not one iota of the finished work will suddenly appear by merely declaring it. If you can call tomorrow into this present today, I may believe it. Otherwise, I will wait for it’s appointed time.
Mistaken Identity: It is necessary to know who we are in Jesus Christ. It is essential for us to know that God is our Father. To believe other wise is truly mistaken our identity. However, the awareness of who we are cannot be taught. The carnal man cannot confess it and make it so. It comes by revelation and relationship, and even when we know who we are, there is a process of growing, and there is also an appointed time for His Sons to be manifested. Until then, we, together with creation, groan.
Illusions: We have spoken at length about Illusions, and this is what people see when they are enticed by the serpent of the mind and eat the fruit of "I will be God." But reality is not an illusion. Death and darkness are real, as some are denying today. Four of our dear friends died recently within a month of each other (Clydean Echols, Jimmie Sutton, Maxine Martin, and Ruben Galaviz). If you believe their passings are nothing but illusions, see if you can convince Brother Echols, Daniel Sutton, Paul Martin, and Margie Galaviz otherwise. Brethren, it is important to distinguish which is the illusion. In doing so we will be dis-illusioned.
Paradigm Shift: There is nothing wrong with having a Paradigm Shift to sweep through our minds, which is a complete change of thinking; for every time a revelation comes, it causes a complete change of thinking. It changes falsehoods to truths, illusions to realities, fictions to facts. True Paradigm Shifts, those which are the result of inspiration by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, do not come by carnal persuasion or deep philosophies. They are not the product of reading the Urantia Book, the Bhâgavad Gîta, A Course In Miracles, or the wise sayings of Buddha. Watching movies such as The Matrix and The Matrix: Reloaded won’t make the grade either. Hollywood’s greatest carnal minds cannot unlock the mysteries of God. They’ve been colossal failures in their attempts to do so with their messed up movie plots of Jesus and the Bible. Now they are attempting to write their own Bible, i.e., the movies of The Matrix. Paradigm Shifts of thinking often come by reading the Bible, that is, when the word blazes alive in our hearts by the quickening of the Holy Spirit. And I must say, not one time did any of my shift of thinking cause me view myself, or any others, as exalted gods worthy to worship. Come on, folks. See it for what it is!
The error of those teachings, not the truth of them, but the error of them, leads us from the cross of Jesus and down the primrose path of delusion. For instance, one Kingdom minister teaches that the cross was not necessary, saying that God never desired it, never planned it, nor ever sanctioned it (see Pub. #142, booklet free upon request). And it is sad that those who are vacationing on the island in the midst of the sea are landing short of the glory of the prize of the high calling found in Jesus.
Please, brethren, let us never think of the Cross of Jesus as having no value; for it is by His blood that we are justified (Rom. 5:9). Think not that it is something we have outgrown; for our identification with Jesus is not only His life, but also the cross. It brings us to nothing so He can be all things in us. When there is no cross in our lives, we stand tall in our own might and wretched glory; this while He is laid deep in our earth and unknown to anyone. Moreover, without the cross, our humility will digress and be replaced with pride, and when the cup of pride is full, we will become "gods," in our own eyes — the very thing man was tempted with in the beginning stages of his darkness. Declarations such as, "I AM that I AM" will be heard from the lips which had once reverently worshiped the Lord Jesus.
Let Us Make
The next phase for the "gods" is to make others in their own image and likeness while dwelling in darkness for the occasion. However, it is not only those who grasp after and claim their godhood who make others in their own image and after their likeness. Such is part of the very nature of man; for he was made in the likeness of the One who is the Creator.
Therefore, it is not necessary to rise up in such pride to create others in our own image, or at least to try. It is done day in and day out by the vast majority of those in the world and in the church, especially in the church. Let me explain. Just about every church in the world has its laws, by-laws, doctrines, ordinances, creeds, and standards by which to live. The church leaders have the task of making each member into the likeness of their created image, and their laws, by-laws, doctrines, ordinances, creeds are elements of their blueprint. They form their creations in their own image by writing and sewing their religious blueprints into the fabric of their souls. And after the work is finished, each church will have a congregation of people who looks, acts, feels, and smells just like their creators. They are in the likeness of Pentecostals, Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Catholics, Unitarians, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Agnostics, Atheists, Satanists, etc. Every one of these churches will assert that their religion sets their members free; but it is clear that they are free only as long as they remain in the confines of their guidelines, which is in the likeness of that which they were created. Moreover, most of what they call freedom is nothing more than prisons. Oh, sure, they are free to move about; but so are inmates in state penitentiaries. They can move from one side of their cells to the other, and they are free to use the toilet when nature calls. But freedom? Ha! Not in a millions years, and so it is with church institutions. The people are free as long as they abide within the bounds and bonds of their formation. If they deviate from the image of their creators — they are rebuked, maligned, hated, cast out, and finally made a laughing stock. If their creators are not pleased with them, be sure to know, they will be utterly destroyed if at all possible. There is little wonder why the religious systems of the world have such an evil image of God; for they have created Him in their own image as well.
Many of the things which eventually deliver some of the greatest grief and pain are deep rooted illusions. It is in the midst of illusions that we often place our trust in others, trust which is based on misconceived ideas. It would be wise, of course, to quickly dispel these illusions from our sight; but that is not always so easily done. Nevertheless, when we refuse to be disillusioned, suffering will be the fruit thereof. If we love someone apart from the love of God, we are likely to demand total perfection from that individual, with ourselves being the standard by which they are judged. And when we do not see them manifesting "our image," we can become extremely cruel and vindictive. The scenario is generally the same — we demand something which is humanly impossible for them to deliver, and that is because we have replaced the Living God with a "human god," and all gods, of course, must be perfect in our lying eyes. This image making goes the other way, as well. Rather than us making religious leaders our god’s, religious leaders make us their workmanship, or pawns.
When people make others in their image and after their likeness, it is essential for such creations to perform according to the desires of their creators. And as mentioned above, if they don’t, they are ridiculed, broken, crushed, cast out, ostracized, maligned, wrecked, and made the offscouring of the earth. Unlike the true Creator, nothing is more devastating to a human god than to have its creation to perform other than what it was created to do. Their retribution can be unparalleled. Such vengeance escalated to enormous heights of insanity with the Inquisition when the Catholic church slaughtered millions in the name of Jesus, and please know that the Protestants were just as guilty at times when they had power. For instance, John Calvin, had his share of blood on his hands as the mayor of Geneva, Switzerland. Under his rule, "Ministers had the spiritual weapon of God's word... the ordinances of 1541 were maintained; the clergy, assisted by lay elders, governed despotically and in detail the actions of every citizen. A presbyterian Sparta might be seen at Geneva; it set an example to later Puritans, who did all in their power to imitate its discipline. The pattern held up was that of the Old Testament, although Christians were supposed to enjoy Gospel liberty. In November, 1552, the Council declared that Calvin's "Institutes" were a "holy doctrine which no man might speak against." Thus the State issued dogmatic decrees, the force of which had been anticipated earlier, as when Jacques Gouet was imprisoned on charges of impiety in June, 1547, and after severe torture was beheaded in July. Some of the accusations brought against the unhappy young man were frivolous, others doubtful. What share, if any, Calvin took in this judgment is not easy to ascertain. The execution of however must be laid at his door...moderate men opposed to extreme views in discipline and doctrine, fell under suspicion as reactionary. The Reformer did not shrink from his self-appointed task. Within five years fifty-eight sentences of death and seventy-six of exile, besides numerous committals of the most eminent citizens to prison, took place in Geneva. The iron yoke could not be shaken off. In 1555, under Ami Perrin, a sort of revolt was attempted. No blood was shed, but Perrin lost the day, and Calvin's theocracy triumphed." (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume III))
Our own country which was initially formed by those seeking religious freedom had their hay-day with fire. Their infamy is known as the Salem Witch Hunts. The Muslims can be just as ruthless, perhaps more so. Their members who step across the line of their religion will suffer at hands of their creators. At this very moment, there is heinous crime being committed in the name of the Muslim religion against a young Nigerian mother. Her sin is adultery:
"Amina Lawal, a 30 year-old Nigerian woman, sentenced by a Shari’ah court to death by stoning (August 27, 2003). Amina confessed to having had a child while divorced. Pregnancy outside of marriage constitutes sufficient evidence for a woman to be convicted of adultery according to the new Shari’ah-based penal code for Muslims, introduced in Katsina state. The man named as the father of her baby girl reportedly denied having sex with her, and his confession was enough for the charges against him to be discontinued..." (Amnesty International Australia).
We all have a tendency to create people according to our image, or imagination, and if they do not measure up to our likeness, we will judge them. Such judgment carries with it the spirit of self-righteous, legalistic, policing condemnation. However, we should know that not all judgment can be placed in that category. One type of judgment is simply to discern by the Spirit what is or is not, and there is no condemnation in seeing clearly. Making a decision is another type of judgment, and when we see by the Spirit, understand by the Spirit, and Love by the Spirit — righteous judgment can be made. It is then that we can act, or manifest that which we know by the Spirit. This type of discernment and/or judgment is not being a "Kingdom Cop," as I wrote about a couple of years ago, which is judgement with condemnation. And that spirit can surely rise in us at times. When this happens, we become "Kingdom Cops." It is then that we will have a tendency to ignore many things Jesus said, one being — "Judge not, that you be not judged" (Matthew 7:1).
That self-righteous spirit was never in Jesus, and it should be the same with us. If we can hear His voice, I believe we would hear Him saying, "If you bring My own under dominion, let it be the dominion of My love, but never under the dominion of your religious precepts. Let not the scriptures be used to condemn and imprison, but to lead to Me and make men free." Christians, including Kingdom folk, can be the most critical creatures known. Criticism is common among people of the world. It is one of the ordinary, everyday activities in which they indulge. This is to be expected, even though nothing is accomplished by it. However it should not be expected in the ranks of those called by the name of Jesus Christ, and especially not in the Kingdom of God. It serves nothing except to weaken not only the one being criticized, but the criticizer as well, and the Body as a whole. Our Lord is the only one who is in the place to criticize, and only He can reveal the wrong without hurting and wounding. When we criticize by any spirit other than the Spirit of Jesus Christ, we become as gods, elohim, judges of them. When I criticize, I pray that it will be in His Spirit and not my own; but I, no doubt, fail more than I should. If I have hurt you, or made you to feel less than you are, please except my deepest apologies; but if I have made you mad, I am glad; for truth will anger those who abide in and love darkness. They need to be angered, and for that, I do not repent or apologize.
If we expect to enter into fellowship with God, we must shed every form of personal criticism; for that is darkness, and let us be sure to know, there is no fellowship between light and darkness. Criticism can make us hard and crusty, conniving, cruel, and vindictive individuals. It will leave us with the idea that we are superior to others and worthy to judge and set them in their place, which happens to be the place we create for them.
We must keep in mind, however, not all judgment is bad. Only when it is self-serving and is the fruit taken from the tree of knowledge of good and evil is it to be avoided. Righteous judgment should be embraced. Judgment which proceeds from the tree of Life is essential in the Kingdom of God. Without it there would always be a lack. This judgment is good, it is righteous, and righteous judgment heals. Sometimes righteous judgment comes in sharp rebukes, and if you doubt that this is true, for starters, notice a few verses written by the apostle Paul:
7For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 10For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. 12One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 13This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith...16They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Titus 1:7 -13, 16.
We are also told that we will judge the world and also the angels: 2Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? ...3Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 1 Cor. 6:2-3. This will never be, however, as long as we have failed to cultivate a spirit that is never self-righteously critical. And although we may be quick to agree to this thought, don't be surprised to find the reality of it not happening too quickly. It is something that generally develops over time, and it is the cross which develops it, bringing to nought any fragment of pride or notion that we are superior to anyone.
Frankly, dear friends, there is no escaping the piercing spikes of the cross in our life in Jesus, and until that work is finished, imperfections will surface from time to time. If I see the little speck in your eye, it means that I have a log in mine. Without the work of the cross, I stand guilty of every thing that I see in you that I would deem as wrong. Every time I judge with criticism, I condemn myself, and so do you. Brethren, it is of utmost necessity to discard our measuring stick for others. We may have given it little thought; but there is always some situation in everyone’s life which we know nothing about, and if we did, I am sure are hearts would embrace them with compassion as prayers of deep intercession poured from our spirits. Shine light in the darkness when necessary. Reveal stumbling blocks so others can see to walk rightly; but keep it in the perspective of Christ’s Spirit, void of criticism.
Criticism has no room on the cross, and after that stake has worked its perfect work, there is no possibility of pride remaining in us which would desire to pass judgment upon others. Even so, I must confess that I have met a few people who I had a hard time reconciling the fact that there is hope for them; but as I become one with the cross, pride is crucified, and my heart weeps for them.. With the effects of the cross, I can say that there is not one person I can despair of, or lose all hope for, especially after knowing what is in me apart from the grace of God.
Let our motivation never be that of belittlement, condemnation, or from the bitter well of accusations. Let us see, let us discern, let us be straight forward, and let us judge righteously; but let us never condemn and dash anyone's hope to the ground. Let us shine a little ray of light into people’s dark nights. Let us illumine their path so they can see the way of Life. Let us help to show the way, rather than condemning them for not walking as we think they should; for they are not our creations made after our likeness. If we must correct them, let it be with love. Let us be light-bearers and show the true Way. And this is my desire as I touch upon these temporal things of darkness which are for the occasion. It difficult to do at times; for there still rises in us, on occasion, the idea that they who believe such things need to be spanked soundly and sent to bed. And again, those who lead others astray, shall we pat them on the head, and say "Bless you brother. Go your way. All is well with thee and me?" I think not! Jesus did not deal that way with serpents, and neither should we.
Let us face it, there are some who are foes of
Light, and they are not going away until the true Light shines and reveals their
darkness. They are either willingly ignorant or they are in delusion, and they
make a pretense of being light themselves; but that is all it is, a pretense, a
facade, an illusion, if you please. Jesus called them serpents and ravening
wolves in sheep's clothing. Regardless of their claim, they are enemies of
light, and when the true Light comes, they will try to destroy it, as they did
with Jesus. Some will hide themselves from its presence the same way Adam and
Eve did when the Voice of God came walking in their garden. These have not
hardened their hearts to the point that they cannot fear God or feel shame. They
are not like the gainsaying Korahs of today. (19And
Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle
of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the
congregation. 20And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
21Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may
consume them in a moment. 26And he spake unto the congregation,
saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch
nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins. 30But if
the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up,
with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit;
then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.31And
it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the
ground clave asunder that was under them: 32And the earth
opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that
appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. 33They,
and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the
earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.
Num. 16:19-21, 26 , 30-33.)
Therefore, what do we say of all this? Namely, God made man in His image as spirit in Christ, who is the Beginning. He also made him after His likeness, as a model of the real working prototype — Jesus Christ. And man likewise, although in a fallen state of being, has the same ability to create in his own image and likeness.
The Prototype, Jesus Christ, would not take the fruit from the tree in the midst of the Garden and live unto himself; but the model did. The Last Adam was not the model, and the first Adam was not the prototype. They are similar to one another, but they are not the same. To say they are the same would be to say the desk model of the Minuteman is the same as the 80,000 pound missile which speeds to 15,000 miles per hour, pierces 700 miles into space, and travels 6,000 miles to another continent with a payload that could wipe out a large city. Therefore, let us never equate the first Adam and Last Adam as being one and the same. Although similar, they are as far from one another as the model rocket and the finished product.
It took much tribulation to make the towering 60-foot tall Minuteman, and it was the same in making the Prototype of the Last man, and all those made after Him who are in His express image, or expression of His substance. There are 500 Minuteman missiles in reserve, but 70 times 70 Last man missiles, if you please. The tribulation of both is the process of building and testing the products.
After the creators of the Minuteman had made their first model, they did not name and claim the finished product and have the model to suddenly appear as a towering 60-foot mass of metal, fuel, and 200,000 pounds of thrusting rocket engine. No amount of faith by itself, or declaring it to be so, made the missile. The creators had to have faith, this is sure; but there had to be great planning. Every nut, bolt, and wire had to be designed with great detail. Not only that, every part, including the nuts, bolts, and wires had to be tested under extreme conditions. Testing is tribulation, and it was of utmost necessity for the missile to work. For if one bolt snaps under pressure as the missile is lifting off or in flight, the Minuteman will become unstable and have to be destroyed, and the entire project fails. And it is the same with those who are members of the Last man. Each one is carefully designed to fit into the body where it serves our Creator’s purpose. There may be 20,000 "nuts" and bolts just like us; but we can be assured, each one is of utmost necessity. Moreover, not one of those pieces will be placed into their strategic places until they are thoroughly tested. For 22...that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Acts 14:22. Tribulation is not arbitrary, my friends — it is a must!
Therefore, never believe reports that say tribulation is not necessary, or that all the finished works of God are for the taking. We cannot by presumption enter the Kingdom of God. It takes tribulation! We cannot by positive thinking be rid of hardships, nor will confessions transport us into the holy of holies. It just doesn’t work that way, folks. And whether we believe it or not, reality will prevail. Jesus assured us that we would have tribulation in the world. It is a way of overcoming the world as He overcame it John 16:33. Tribulation works patience Rom. 5:3, we are companions in tribulation Rev. 1:9, and if we do not suffer tribulation, we are not in companionship with the rest of the body. The crown of life is given to those who are faithful and endure tribulation to the end Rev. 2:10. And the ones who are arrayed in white robes are they who comes out of great tribulation Rev. 7:14. So, name and claim it otherwise if you will, but it will do you no good, that is, unless you are not called to Sonship. If that is so, the Dale Carnegie and Earl Nightingale courses work wonders; but don’t use them as Kingdom principles.
There is a truth to the wave of teachings we hear today, but much of it incorporates a revision of the old faith doctrine. As mentioned earlier, it has to do with presumption which is called faith, realizing or believing it is finished, mistaken identity, illusions, paradigm shift of thinking, I am God, etc. I would have no problem with anyone who might teach these thoughts, that is, if they were taught by the Spirit of Truth; but almost without fail, these things are taught from the platform of the first man, Adam, and this burdens me. Let those who seek the truth not only rightly divide the word of truth; but let them discern the spirit. Let them discern whether it is the Spirit of Truth or it is the spirit of the lie. If that is not done, they who teach the lie will by default make you in their image and after their likeness. Whatever image they have in their minds as being truth will be the blueprint from which they will form you. And if you do not conform, you will be broken and cast aside. Although you may be heart broken, it will be a good thing; for you can then learn of Him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
We should never be critical of anyone who is beguiled by the subtle lies of serpents; but there is a time to rebuke the serpents, those of authority who are robbing the innocent and unsuspecting of Life, especially those who usurp their sonship, those who revolt against the King, and who claim that they are God. Brethren, don’t believe them; for their sweet words drip with poison, and their days are numbered with Korah and all his house. The fact is, the earth, everything that is carnal, has already opened up and swallowed some of them. There is nothing of Christ left to be seen in them. But I know you are not of the seed-sowing wicked one, are you? Praise God — He who is the True Living One!
To be continued...
Elwin R. Roach
In The Beginning
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