Faking It

I’m not essential to Radix Fidem; I’m just the guy who kicked the door open so everyone else could find out what’s been hidden from them for ages. Over and over again, folks, you are the apostles and missionaries and prophets and spiritual giants. I have the privilege of making a lot of noise early in the game to help break up the fallow ground of human awareness in divine matters. The real genius here is revelation and what it makes of you. Once we open up to what’s already there waiting for us, it changes everything.

I want to offer a warning about a counterfeit to the real thing. The single greatest growth sector in mainstream evangelical Western religion includes the neo-charismatic revival mixed with Dominion Theology, so-called “spiritual warfare,” with the slickest of technology use and persuasive mass psychology.

I’ve been reading about this huge and powerful religious movement that a lot of people haven’t noticed. That is, most people who see the various fronts for this thing aren’t aware of the links in the background. These people who get their face on camera are freaking liars; they have set out to deceive by hiding the true nature of their work. Not in the sense of secrecy, because they’ll admit it if you know enough to ask. But they’ll downplay it, especially in their most public presentations. They present the image of excitement and challenge using something that draws all kinds of people, including a lot of celebrities. It’s high grade music and theatrics, and once you’ve been pulled in, the entrapment and abuse starts building slowly.

But they sincerely believe this is how God works. They are so deeply deceived themselves that it takes serious personal tragedy to shake them loose, if then.

They appear to be heart-led, but they almost never end up the same place the heart-led way takes you. It’s a mixture of cerebral and emotional appeal that feels spiritual to a Western soul. And it seems to answer that instinctive search for a tribal identity. It’s a fake covenant that feels like the real thing. I seriously doubt the leaders and folks who dreamed up this stuff had any conscious intention of faking our primary markers from Biblical Law, but you can bet the Devil knows about it. Satan knows what we are hard-wired to seek when faith starts to blossom.

Do I need to name names? This thing has bound together Life Church, Daystar, Hillsong, and any number of other huge monster churches/franchises too numerous to name. It includes a huge portion of the Assemblies of God, Youth with a Mission, American Family Association and includes such luminaries as TD Jakes, Rick Warren, David Yonggi Cho, and so forth. One of the names under which they associate is New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). You’ll see terms like Latter Rain, Joel’s Army, Toronto Revival, Vineyard Fellowship, Third Wave (Pentecostalism), and a whole industry under the guise of Christian Counseling (though not yet having hijacked the whole range of Christian Counselors).

I’d rather not chase down all the ugly details of their abusive deliverance ministry stuff, except to point out how it echoes Scientology and all of the manipulative and authoritative dominance you would expect to go with it. Instead, I’ll note here that Radix Fidem teaches you to chase your own demons out with only the slightest guidance from someone with a little more experience. We cut through the voodoo crap and point out how embracing and digging into Biblical Law on your own terms, in accordance with your mission and calling, is the most powerful spiritual weapon in the universe. We teach that demons are bound by God’s Law, not silly rituals.

But you might have noticed how often I’ve tried to make our Kiln of the Soul virtual parish collegial. My position as elder is contextual; as long as you are on my turf, I’m in charge. If I visit your turf, you are in charge. Otherwise I’m just a sign posts telling what you are likely to find if you choose to explore something I’ve marked. The last thing I want to do is foster dependency in anyone.

Still, the scariest thing about this massive movement now counting millions of members is that they have concrete plans to take over the world. Read that again; that’s what Dominion Theology is all about. These folks have invested in schools and colleges in order to inculcate a potent counterculture of sorts that seeks to displace secular leadership or other brands of religious leadership in arts, entertainment, business, government, etc. Some of it hasn’t worked out as planned, and right now there’s a lot of discussion among them about how to come up with something that works better.

Part of that something better is promoting the current rightward shift in politics all over the West. As you might expect, that means a huge part of this movement is Christian Zionist. In case it’s not obvious to you, that’s not quite the same thing as plain old Zionist. Rather, it’s the Left Behind kind of hysterical End Times Zionism. March to the drums, O vast army of Christian troops!

Granted, a lot of people find some useful discipline in all of this. However, this whole thing strives mightily to keep up a false front, so that discipline tends to be somewhat artificial. It’s not internalized because it’s not consistent with Creation and God’s divine moral character, so a major element in their religion is this regimen of constantly refreshing the controls and conformity. Pay attention to how they do worship; it’s always top-down. It’s very moving and all, and they love to get everyone participating, but that participation has zero effect on what happens up on that stage. The presentation and sound system is designed to drown you out; you can’t even hear yourself singing and it’s likely no one near you can hear you, either. Your talents mean nothing in the corporate structure of religious activities.

So all the members are clients, nothing more. All of the attention is focused on the staff, who may in turn be nothing more than well-trained drones who draw attention higher up the chain. The local staff are little more than agents for control, bright workers whose ideas and creativity are channeled into sales and profit. Volunteers need only be able to participate in that control system.

This kind of churchianity is prepared to survive the demise of the West, and rests increasingly on the Internet, so you should expect to see them around for a long time. The other branches of evangelical mainstream religion will fade, though only a few will outright die. So this oddball mix of Dominionist Charismatic stuff will dominate until there is a major exodus out of Christian Zionism. After that, I have no idea what will happen to them.

You and I are not interested in captivating millions. We aren’t keeping count how many join in our walk of faith. That part is in God’s hands. Our mission is merely to live what we believe and let the Lord add those He wants to call. And we will avoid everything that characterizes the mainstream churches with all their abuses. Not so we can trumpet how special we are, but because when anything we do starts to look like them, we know we are on the wrong track. I suspect it will take a full generation to lose all those bad habits we carried with us escaping that system. All we want is fellowship with heart-led people of faith, not control and conformity.

Lord, keep us honest. Amen.

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Discerning the Times We Live

It’s not that Christians can’t do politics, it’s that politics can’t do Christianity.

On the one hand, there is no way we could have a genuine Christian government. There is simply way too much distance between what the Bible requires and where the rest of the world is. A Christian government requires the covenant of Biblical Law, and we can’t even get any government to take Noah seriously. You cannot call it “Christian government” without a valid biblical covenant. Christians were seduced from that position around 300 AD and have never gone back to it, so we’ve had a bunch of horrible government with the label “Christian” slapped onto it.

On the other hand, we have several examples of soldiers and political figures who joined the First Century churches and aren’t required to quit their jobs. Nothing prevents anyone from being called by God to engage those kinds of positions. There’s a place for that, as long as you never pretend that government is going to actually do the right thing with any degree of consistency. You will be obliged to do the right thing within the constraints of secular government, just as Joseph did in the pagan Egyptian government.

Now, it’s pretty obvious from Paul’s letters that resisting government is generally wrong. There’s nothing wrong with fleeing an evil government. There’s nothing wrong with using loopholes to avoid injustice and persecution, as Paul himself did, but the idea of outright rebellion was always a big risk against the message of Christ. You don’t have to stay completely out of government activity, but you also can’t fight it. Don’t betray your government to the enemy. If you find the enemy morally superior, migrate and obey that one.

But what if your government is at war with itself? That’s what we face here in the US. We have factions fighting for control and it’s likely to get bloody before long. Our problem is that neither of the main factions is morally right. There is no clear good side. We can’t rely on moral principle to establish a clear path here.

In this case, all we have is the prophetic word. If you have your own discernment, then follow that. Otherwise, I’ve tried to offer my best explanation of why I plan on one particular side in this war winning. In a prophetic sense, then, that side is the valid government. And if I’m wrong, I’ll accept the consequences. But I assure you that the faction I see winning soon will later also lose in some other kind of conflict, and I’ll be obliged to show loyalty to yet another government.

It really doesn’t make a whole lot of difference in one sense because only a covenant government can hold my true loyalty in the first place. What’s left is a provisional loyalty. It’s a loyalty that generally tries to meet valid demands and prepares for persecution in the matter of invalid demands. If the Lord wants me to move, I’ll do that. If He wants me to stay and prophesy against sin, I’ll do that.

Meanwhile, win or lose, the government I consider prophetically valid today is the one I’ll defend. Yes, I might be ready to take up arms against the other faction. But there are limits. I suppose it really depends on how things progress, but my sense of calling doesn’t forbid it. And farther down the road, when my prophetic sense tells me the time is right, I’ll transfer that same loyalty to whatever God brings along to replace the one I’ll defend today.

And I’ll offer that same level of provisional loyalty. There’s nothing partisan about this. I expect both major parties to survive, but not everyone in them, and not the false government. My eyes are on the mission and calling to something none of these factions are ready to understand. Whoever wins, they will have to accept my limited loyalty because that’s what God demands of me. I am fully confident that my Father will carry me through all of this.

I’m not asking you, dear readers, to do anything, except to understand how I see these things.

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 19:3-12

Let’s remind ourselves that Jesus keeps calling for a return to the Covenant. What will Messiah’s reign demand of His subjects? The problem addressed here is the long and deep drift of Israel from that Covenant. The Jews no longer knew God in terms of His divine moral character, and so misconstrued the Law of Moses based on their own perverted legalistic reasoning.

This legalism turned patriarchy into privilege, instead of a burden of responsibility. There was some debate among rabbinical scholars, but the broad practice of Jesus’ day was that a man could divorce his wife for any petty reason at all. Typically this meant that a man already married found someone who pleased him more, so he sent the wife packing and married the new girl. So far as we can tell, the typical father of the rejected bride would be in a hurry to offer her to another man for a far lower bride price. It became rather like a market in breeding stock.

Jesus had already addressed this question before in the Sermon on the Mount. Thus, these inquisitors thought they knew what to expect. Their intent was to get Jesus to say something that would be very unpopular with the crowd, as this kind of arrogance toward women was common even among the peasants. They were hoping to trick Jesus into attacking this socially acceptable privilege of Jewish manhood.

Jesus answered from not merely the letter, but the intent of the Scripture. That intent is painfully obvious to a proper Hebrew mystical approach, but the Pharisees had long been perverted by the foreign Hellenistic logic. Jesus goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. His point in partially quoting from the first and second chapters together is that no other creature was declared as male and female on the same grounds as humans. It wasn’t a mere matter of reproduction, but of partnership in building shalom. There were things each could do best for the glory of the Creator, things the other could not do.

Then Jesus notes that the bond between husband and wife is stronger than that of parent and child. Yet we have that command to honor father and mother, so this transcends even the Ten Commandments. It’s something so fundamental to human existence itself that it wasn’t formally stated in the Law. It’s implications were too obvious. Even before the Fall, the two became one flesh. This statement provoked profound moral implications that would fill whole books. What Jew would dare to profane the original work of God from before the Fall?

Those inquisitors knew exactly what Jesus was saying. But they pressed the issue by asking if Jesus was suggesting Moses defied God on this issue. Why did Moses make it permissible to divorce? Catch what Jesus says here: Moses was pampering the most difficult bunch of whiners on this earth. Of all men, Moses was intimately acquainted with how hardhearted the Israelis were. Had he not given them this out, Jewish men would have abused their disfavored wives to the point some would simply kill them to be rid of them. What Moses commanded was an act of mercy. The only justification for divorce was a woman who was unfaithful; that kind of woman was a threat to covenant shalom. Otherwise, it pays to be far more circumspect in choosing a bride in the first place, because there was no other justification for divorce.

After the inquisitors left, even the Twelve showed how they struggled with the depth of this moral issue. Their comment was the same kind of childish arrogance typical of most Jewish men of their day: If I can’t have it my way, I refuse to play at all. Jesus answered from His own personal experience. Precious few are the men God chooses to remain celibate. There is a place for that — men whose calling and mission would be hell for a family. But obviously there would be no covenant nation if at least some men didn’t marry and raise families.

The whole point of the Covenant was to raise men above the worldly standards. Yet, if a man could absorb the moral character of God such that all he accomplished was divine justice in keeping peace in his own home, that was more than most of humanity could manage without divine revelation. That was the work of God, a work He would support by miracles unimaginable.

Trust the Lord to prosper what He commands.

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Small Parts

Stuff is happening, but much of it is behind the scenes.

We are in a time of winnowing on the blog here. Some of it isn’t voluntary, I suppose. I suspect the search engines aren’t entirely favorable to the content and placing us progressively lower on search listings. Either way, I’m not upset with anyone if they decide this isn’t for them. We don’t want everyone and we surely cannot help those whom the Lord has not drawn. There is always a mass of people just hanging around for the sake of entertainment.

As always, the one thing I want most for you is that not need me. I feel certain that the hand of fascism is already slowly tightening its grip on the Internet. It doesn’t matter if you imagine it as right or left fascism; it’s all the same to us because it all seeks to silence our message. If your faith rests on my blather, then it’s not faith. Calling it Radix Fidem is just a label we’ve plastered on it for the sake convenience. There’s nothing sacred about this online parish except you, the followers of Christ.

That said, the desire to be with you burns brightly. That’s how the Holy Spirit works, drawing us together as one people. And I could use a little more feedback and fellowship from some of you, to know how you are faring early in our tribulation. Don’t throw flowers and tell me how great this blog is; tell me how great your faith is. Tell me of the miracles you’ve been granted. Those of you who participate in the forum are already a huge blessing to me. Let’s hear from some other folks.

If you do join the forum, perhaps you’ll find out that we are praying specifically that we can join hands with other folks out there who have found the heart-led way of Christ. Not so we can boast in our traffic on the forum or this blog, but we want that fellowship of folks who know the power of communion with Creation. It doesn’t matter if you need us — we need you. Even if you don’t invest the time it takes to chat on the forum, a word in the comments from time to time here would help us handful of active participants realize we aren’t alone.

In other words, we want to be a part of your church, and participate in your religion. Maybe just a small part, but our God is the One who deserves all the attention in the first place. And just because this is my blog, don’t think I’m the only one paying attention here. I’m the one with the most time to devote to making noise and trying to formulate ways we can subject our flesh to our hearts. And as for me being an elder, it really boils down to being elder of my own household and little more. If you like the idea of having me as virtual elder, fine, but there’s nothing stopping anyone from being elder in their own domain in the real world. Either way, if you make some noise here or on the forum, it’s not a question of feeding my ego.

The question is whether you are ready to pull in the harness and bless others. Let’s take advantage of this moment to offer our gifts to each other, because there may not be any warning before someone pulls the plug. And, Lord willing, if we get the right kind of attention, we may be protected from the worst of it. Pray with us, and let us know you are praying.

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Don’t Lay up Treasures in This World

Of course, globalists are not the only problem we have to deal with here in the US. Having an empire in the first place is a major issue, even without the hijacking.

I’ve already discussed here on this blog God’s laws for empire specifically, and how the Covenant of Noah applies to all governments in general. The point here is that our current ruling regime is serving another false god, though a different one from the globalists: Zionism. This is pretty much the same false image of Jehovah that arose from the Hellenized perversion called the Talmud. It’s why they could murder their Messiah: They didn’t know their own God and couldn’t recognize His Son.

For now, most of the imperialist energy is absorbed in cracking down on the globalists. This is no small task, but the regime expects to be mostly finished breaking the globalists by the end of this calendar year. This is in part because the globalists remain a threat until they are completely broken. Please, forget about Republican and Democrat; there are some of each party in both globalists and imperialists. D versus R is just a misdirection to hide the real game. God is using the Zionists to crush the globalists.

As that task winds down, more and more resources will be aimed at the ultimate goals of Zionism. Those goals include things like dispossession and displacement of the previous inhabitants of Palestine. Along with this is the weakening and destabilizing every neighboring government that doesn’t also serve Zionism. But even those who are currently friendly or tolerant toward Israel will someday be expected to prostrate themselves before the altar of Zionism or likewise be broken up. Israel is entirely untrustworthy.

You should consider this the official religion of the US military leadership and some of the agencies that aren’t currently run by the globalists. But there is a surprise coming: By the time the globalists are no longer a problem, a functional majority of US military and civilian folks may refuse to fully subject themselves to Zionism’s demands. Thus, the turmoil of choking out the globalist threat will continue as Zionism becomes an even bigger threat for abuse and slavery in the US. It will provoke resistance. This is likely what will destroy the US government. The pig-headed Zionists among the government elite will not listen to the voice of the people. Thus, God will also break down the imperialists/Zionists.

If you walk with me in my rejection of Zionism, you will risk taking some significant persecution until things settle down in the new regional governments that arise from the ashes of US defiance of God. Zionism’s obscene demands will divide families, churches, businesses, schools and clubs — every thing we do will be polarized in the extreme. But Our Lord always provides a way for us to keep His message alive in this world until He’s ready to bring us Home.

So our shalom depends on us learning how to rebuild our earthly lives into heart-led covenant families. We’ll need to be willing to let go of a lot of things dear to us because this world will simply take them away. Don’t lose heart; all of this is merely temporal and disposable compared to the Kingdom of Heaven. This otherworldly focus is what distinguishes us from most of the mainstream churches in the US. Let God handle the big stuff in this world; our existence is His glory.

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Don’t Go Along with It

Isn’t this Internet thing just dandy? All of us living all over the world and we can openly share as if we were just next door. Okay, it’s not the same as face-to-face, but it’s a whole lot better than just a couple of decades ago when most people had no access to the Net. Now I can make friends and even develop a pretty close fellowship with people I may never see in the flesh.

One of the main problems with using the Internet like that is how it can bend our thinking out of shape. It provokes a tendency to believe that we could all just move into the same neighborhood and feel right at home with each other. I’m not saying it won’t work at all, but there is a high probability it won’t work well. There is really so very much about each of us that simply doesn’t come across in virtual space.

Biblical Law says that a cosmopolitan society is an abomination. Not directly, but it points this out in subtle ways. Start with the Tower of Babel. In the end, God clearly demands that we all spread out and live in our little enclaves with different languages, cultures and customs. We are supposed to find the place on this earth to which God calls us, then live there and adapt our lives to the conditions there. If the customs we bring with us hinder that process, we drop them and make new ones. And once we get a stable situation, we pass that on to our children.

All throughout the Bible there is this very solid expectation that you would expect to live with folks a whole lot like you. It’s a vital necessity for keeping a stable society, which is part of shalom. God’s promise of blessings assumes a stable, close knit extended family setting. It also assumes a covenant binding everyone together, a tribal feudal structure of government.

That is utterly hostile to a cosmopolitan society. In a mixed society of that sort, one culture will be favored against the others. Otherwise it will be chaos and warfare. That’s human nature, and you cannot educate it out of us. It’s hard-wired. One group will always prey on another based on differences that are regarded as weaknesses. The situation cannot remain cosmopolitan without a pretty firm and harsh government that sides with no group. But then that government is poking its nose into things God forbids.

We’ve been lied to about this. The lies have been so huge and now so old that most simply don’t question them. Here in the US, we should have been multiple independent states all along, but we have been herded into an empire that sticks its fingers in place where no imperial government has any business touching our lives. That imperial government has morphed over the years. Truly evil groups of people have taken advantage of this massive power.

One particular bunch has developed a hideous idolatry about keeping us under the lies and taking total control. They tried to seize the empire only so they could destroy it and build their own Utopian dreams of power over the whole world. There is evidence this cabal was plotting to set off nuclear devices in a false flag operation to provoke a nuclear exchange with Russia, and perhaps China. Their communications were leaked and talked of seizing control in the ensuing power vacuum. It was all for the good of humanity, of course.

We call that religion “globalism.” Whatever it might have been, and whatever it is now hiding under that label, it has become a complete abomination to God, perhaps even worse than the original Babylon of Nimrod and his ziggurat. Of course, they would have ensured their own lives would be spared and safe in bunkers and such, but they wanted hundreds of millions dead so they could enslave the rest of humanity. This current Babylon will fall just like the ancient one.

This doesn’t mean you can’t be friendly to folks who are different, folks who aren’t a part of your covenant. The Old Testament refers to such folks as “strangers.” And Jesus answered the question, “Who is my neighbor?” He described someone belonging to a different, and even somewhat hostile national covenant, but not a direct threat. If they act neighborly, treat them accordingly. Don’t assume the worst. But by the same token, don’t hesitate to defend your own mission and covenant blessings.

In our case now, it’s not as if we could go to war with globalists. It’s enough to expose their evil. It’s enough to awaken people to lies by speaking the truth. That’s because the globalist plans require us to go along with their lies. It’s the primary weakness in their plans; we don’t have to go along with it.

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Your Living Treasure

This business of following Jesus is all about breaking apart the false assumptions this world has fed you.

Here’s one false assumption: The basic purpose of a business is to make a profit. That’s so obvious that most people take it for granted. It’s also completely evil. In Christ, the whole purpose of a business is to provide for human existence. Don’t assume that wealth is inherently good (Luke 12:15). Material possessions are merely tools for the glory of Christ.

So the revolutionary radical truth here is that, in Christ, you start a business with the goal of employing as many people as possible and providing them a living wage. People always have priority over profit. A business has to make a profit in order to grow, not in terms of revenue itself, but revenue as the means to adding staff.

And the way to do that is to serve human need on the other side of the business: the customer. Seek to meet human needs and God will be inclined to prosper your business. The whole point is making things better for as many people as possible.

Of course, “making things better” does have a distinct definition that is also radically different from what this world wants you to believe. That’s the whole business of understanding the otherworldly goals of our faith in the first place. God calls us and awakens our awareness to the higher realm so that we can recognize what it’s all about. Nothing in this world is a goal unto itself — nothing. We aren’t trying to make this world better; we are trying to show why this world is so awful. We are trying to highlight the difference between sin and righteousness, to clarify for folks what makes our Creator happy.

So you want to serve the customer first, and that means you fatten your lower staff first, not the management. You add management when the staff gets unwieldy — and you prefer promotion from within the staff. Invest in the people. If your company seems to serve the purpose of training people only to lose them to other businesses, fine. It’s all about the people, not your profits. If they won’t stay to enjoy your people-oriented atmosphere, you didn’t need them in the first place. Bless them as best you can and send them off.

But the bottom line is people, not property. Make those employees your family. Their welfare is your welfare. Make sure your accountants understand that you don’t worship Mammon. The whole purpose is to have a place where people can grow and prosper, to become strong enough that they managed to do well even if you someday have to shut it all down. View the survival of the business as something beyond your control and handle well the things you do control. Do what’s right and trust the Lord.

This is a part of the wider context of what it means to follow Christ.

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