Teachings of Jesus: Matthew 10:23-27

Jesus offers a fundamental image of His Kingdom. You cannot hope to understand the Covenant, Jehovah, the Messiah or following Christ unless you understand the concept of eastern feudalism. The primary issue in eastern feudalism is that everything is personal. It’s all about people, not physical property or ideas. The core of Creation’s truth is the Person of the Living God.

The Lord told His disciples that they need not worry about leaving an unfinished task in any town or village. Don’t think in terms of performance, with scheduling and checking off each task in each place. If persecution arises, hit the road and visit the next place on your route. If the Twelve spent their whole time running from town to town, they still wouldn’t have time to finish the mission before Jesus was ready to reveal Himself as Messiah. The mission actually didn’t rest on their shoulders; they were merely participants in something too big for any human or group of humans to accomplish.

What did they suppose was the point of this exercise? It was to learn how to be like their Master. Here’s the very soul of feudalism in a Hebrew society: seek to emulate your Lord. Insofar as it is possible, a disciple would become a carbon copy of his teacher. It was the same with the sheikh and his household. The duty of anyone serving someone else was to absorb the character and purposes of their master. How do you suppose you get promoted to those plum assignments? You think and act so much like your master, instinctively representing his interests, that he could trust you with great measures of his authority.

Then Jesus makes a sarcastic comment about how the Pharisees accused Him of being Beelzebub (a nickname for the Devil). If they called Him Beelzebub, whatever it is that earned Him that label should characterize His disciples, too. Let these men learn to emulate Him by going out among their nation so that when the Messiah declares His reign, they can be ready to assume high positions of authority in His domain. It’s more important that the disciples do the job right than rush to do it everywhere they could possibly go. Don’t worry about resistance to the message.

This is not some secret mission on behalf of a secret plot to overthrow the current government of the Jewish people. There’s no reason to sneak around; be bold. The only reason this might appear covert is because nobody seems to understand the Covenant any more, and they certainly wouldn’t recognize the Messiah, the guy they keep calling Beelzebub. It’s more important that the disciples do the job right than rush to do it everywhere they could possibly go. Don’t worry about resistance to the message. Publicize everything about the Messiah; hide nothing. Promote your Master’s reputation.

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His Work in Us

We are up against one very massive barrier in American society in particular, and it’s a major problem within the broader Western world at large. A critical element in Western thinking is to deny anything above the intellect, to deny that there can be anything above it. In the context of Western Civilization, nobody is going to take us seriously when we talk about the heart-led way.

You would think their brains have died, been cooked and pickled, no longer able to grow. Most of the time you can’t even discuss it without losing them. Even among fervent American Christians, there is a weird psychological trick that happens when you say, “You gotta have faith.” Most serious believers get that part about not trusting their feeble intellects, but then, because there is no place for heart-led conviction, “have faith” means spook-ifying the whole thing. There’s no space above the intellect, so the issue is thrust into spooky territory that equates to superstition.

They can sense Christ calling, and they can feel the pull of conviction, but their minds can’t process how to proceed because the mind has no concept of authority without the reflexive insistence on logical proof. So we have this vast library of Christian self-help books that build a psychology of believing things out of sheer discipline. They try to create something that doesn’t exist, cannot exist because it relies on the fallen intellect. They remain sensitive to the accusation that faith is not reasonable. They seek to defend faith on the grounds of reason, and it’s just not there.

It’s not there as long as they allow non-Christian Westerners to exclude a vast wealth of non-Western scholarship. As soon as you go there, most Western Christians balk. They’ve had it so deeply drummed into their heads that this is barbarism, stepping down from the lofty heights of firm scholarship. They can’t seem to break the mental association that if something isn’t resting on reason, it can only be resting on sentiment and emotion. The word “mysticism” takes on the connotation of lacking the solid ground of reason.

And they keep reading this back into the Bible. They don’t understand how the ancient Hebrew intellectual culture would reject the Western bias toward reason. If it were possible to interview people like Abraham in English, he would struggle to work past the intellectual barriers inherent in the language due to closed definitions. In his ancient world, Abraham would have considered a whole separate category of “reason” that rests on a faculty above the intellect, that is not merely sentiment.

And Abraham would rely on parable to discuss these higher things. Parable is not mere metaphor; it’s more than a figure of speech. It’s an intellectual approximation, an approach to higher truth that indicates something without neat intellectual boundaries. The whole point of parable — parabolic language — is to signal to the brain to refer back to that higher faculty, to allow truth which it cannot itself handle directly.

This brings us back to that fancy word “epistemology.” It’s a word that arose in ancient Greece from the philosophy of folks like Aristotle and Plato. It asks a double-pronged question: (1) What can we claim to know as truth (2) such that we can act on it? What is valid knowledge; what’s real? He was aware of mysticism — it was all around him. He was forging a novel approach by denying mysticism as a valid source of “knowing.” It was he who cast all revelation and faith down into the pit of mere sentiment. In his arrogant trust of intellect, he created a false god of reason.

His new deity was imaginary; he made the mistake of thinking it could be infallible. He imagined that the mind could be separated from emotion and sentiment. This is utterly false. Human emotion is a part of the intellect. This is why people can observe the same phenomena, presume that it can be objectified, and still come up with different evaluations. It’s why debate itself even exists. No two of us will have the exact same desires attached to our human existence in terms of objective outcome, because no two of us can ever quite agree on what is good and right about something, since it affects us differently. In other words, we each have an instinct to preserve our personal interest, and we deceive ourselves into imagining that our personal desires are the most reasonable option. You cannot have intellect that isn’t tinged by sentiment.

But you can have the voice of faith coming down into your mind from the heart, a higher faculty that deals in things the mind cannot handle. This is a wholly different epistemology; it is a valid approach that everyone prior to Plato and Aristotle understood and trusted. This is the thing that will remain a barrier every time you seek to engage anyone who stands in Western epistemology. Even when you talk to Christians about faith, something inside of their heads diverts the nature of the discussion into false territory. The translation is largely subconscious and reflexive.

If we are going to continue building this religion of Radix Fidem, we will have to gather a body of scholarship that is non-Western. We need a wholly different psychology that includes mysticism as, not just valid, but more valid than reason. Honestly folks, I’ve been looking for this and haven’t found much out there. That means that we have to create our own parallel civilization, no small task. This will be our gift to future generations of believers whose hearts are awakened and called by God. This is His work in us.

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The Hedgerow of Lies 4

It’s not necessary to dig any deeper into the debate about Judaism and Jews.

God has said repeatedly to His Chosen that He longs for them to return home to His revelation. We would love it if Jews would return to their ancient Hebrew roots and live the Covenant as Jesus their Messiah taught it.

But their animosity toward the genuine Hebrew mystical approach Jesus taught is long forgotten by Jews because it’s long forgotten by Christians. I doubt there are any sage Kabbalistic elders keeping an eye out for what we teach here. Instead, it’s a broad general instinct to take it as an insult when anyone doesn’t swallow their claim to still be God’s Chosen people. This claim stands despite having long forgotten what the Covenant of Moses requires of them, the covenant upon which they stake the claim of their identity.

As noted in The Cult, our problem today is not Jewish religion. Our problem is the single biggest element of Jewish politics: Zionism. Yes, we know that those who scream about antisemitism have agreed to protect Zionism. Still, there are way too many Jews (both religious Jews and merely ethnic Jews) who could care less what I think or teach, but Zionists have shown themselves to be a real threat. In particular, our biggest problem will be Zionist Christians.

Throughout history it was always the proto-Zionists and their false Messianic Expectations. This is what Jesus faced and fought in His own disciples. The Messiah came to die for sins, not to grant the Pharisees their dream of conquering the world and enslaving Gentiles. He had no intention of making the world a better place, but of teaching people how to escape it. He warned very early that following Him meant facing the hatred of the religious and political establishment. Today we who follow Him out of this world still face hostility from the same source, the religious and political establishment.

Today’s Pharisees are Zionist Christians. They have taken up the mantle of legalism in reading the Bible. They are today’s Judaizers hounding any Christians who are insufficiently enthusiastic in supporting modern Israel. They insist there must be a literal apocalypse so that Christ can return, and the key to bringing that about is having the whole world gang up on Israel. Thus, they encourage everything Israel does to provoke the rest of the world. In their eyes, the most insufferable whining and spiteful abuse Israel can dish out is not just good, but utterly necessary. It didn’t matter to the Pharisees of Jesus’ day that they had long completely departed from Moses, and it doesn’t matter to Christian Zionists today. They believe God is over a barrel on this because He left a prophetic word that could be twisted this way.

Our position is that we don’t take Israel seriously in her claims. If she doesn’t adhere to the Law of Moses as taught by Jesus, then it’s just another example of utterly fallen human politics. Her claims to biblical promises are merely noise. Worse, it is patently transparent that Zionists are playing their Christian friends, and the Zionist Christians return the favor, both in the most cynical way possible. Meanwhile, Satan smirks at how both sides have managed to grab the whole world’s attention and bring about the most inexcusable human suffering. Everybody is forced to deal with the “Jewish Question;” Zionists won’t allow anyone to escape it.

Nobody’s attacking Israel; most of us could care less what she does, but Israel is attacking the whole world using false shame, constantly demanding tribute for the privilege of sharing the same planet with her. See it for what it is, folks: the biggest lying distraction Satan could have ever cooked up to keep folks from pursuing genuine biblical shalom.

Unlike the populist conspiracy theorists, we see no need to act, no need to defend ourselves against this madness. Sometime in the near future, this corrupt racket will reach a fever pitch as the resources will be exhausted and the extravagant waste will run out. Just when the Zionists think they have their final victory in sight, it will disappear. Israel is going to do something utterly insufferable, something that shocks the conscience of the whole world and be justly destroyed for it. This will be the New Holocaust to justify another century of whining and manipulation.

Meanwhile, this mess will provoke an exodus from Zionist churches here in the US. It will be a crisis that could destroy American Zionist Christianity, in the sense that there will simply be no money and people. They’ll have to abandon their massive facilities and the vast money empires will evaporate.

This is what I see coming. The only reason it’s important to share this is so you’ll see this train wreck coming and step aside. Let the Zionists take their headlong rush to destruction. Don’t engage them if you can avoid it. If they try to shove it in your face, ask them what happened to the Covenant of Moses:

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

That sounds nothing like the Talmud, yet it applies to any entity claiming the name of “Israel” today, as it sums up the Covenant upon which her identity stands. What happened to the mission to reveal God’s mercy and love for His Creation? What happened to the mission to show the light of revelation to the world? Where is the reverence for a holy God? Have you seen the moral filth that characterizes modern secular Israel? Jesus didn’t call us to war, but to go into all the world and share the gospel.

And we lovingly share it with Chrisitians and Jews along with everyone else.

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The Hedgerow of Lies 3

The fall of Hebrew religion broadly follows a path we can recognize.

First was the inherent issue of henotheism: There may be other gods, but ours is the one to whom we are responsible. The notion that all deities are tied to the land, or a particular activity, or a particular nation/tribe — that notion goes all the way back to the beginning just east of Eden. This makes our Creator one of many, and denies that He could be the one true God of all things. So the single biggest problem of Israel during the Exodus, Conquest and the initial period after was henotheism. They kept fearing the various deities they might be offending by not giving them their due worship as “owners” of the land and various activities. How could Jehovah object? The whole concept of monotheism went right over their heads despite pointed words from Moses (Deuteronomy 4:35, 39).

Second was the general trend that, before Christ, the awakening of the primacy of the heart was inherent in the culture, but didn’t filter down that well. So Scripture assumes heart-led consciousness, but notes how poorly it worked out in actual practice. This was a problem across the entire Ancient Near East (ANE); the learned knew it well, but commoners struggled with it, at best. On top of this, God notes through His prophets that Israel was probably one of the worst among nations He could have offered His covenant.

So the history of Israel post-Conquest is a roller-coaster ride of limited obedience punctuated by periods of idolatry. Finally it became so endemic that He kept His threat to send them into exile, sold into slavery under pagans. In Babylon, they were introduced to materialism as a part of religion. In Babylon, the concept of material wealth as the primary mark of divine favor was a bedrock of Babylonian culture and religion. It was simply the way things were done in Babylon.

The Medo-Persian conquest of Babylon brought no relief from that. Instead, it reinforced the ancient henotheism as a doctrine of the imperial Zoroastrian teachings. In the minds of Hebrew people, the position claimed for Zarathustra was associated with Jehovah, and the ancient image of God was covered in a lot of pagan concepts. Meanwhile, the Persians did little to mitigate the materialism of Babylon.

Coming home to Judea, we see in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah the results of how they were infected with these pagan influences. These two men of God constantly faced basic false assumptions about what God expected and how He operated. Further, the image of the nomad shepherd man of God was gone, replaced by the hedonistic Persian potentate as the symbol of manhood. It’s not that the Persians were so hedonistic themselves, but it was the net effect they had on the Hebrew people. We also see the Babylonian and Persian cosmopolitan mixing was misunderstood, and brought misty visions of Solomon’s profligate pagan marriages into the picture again. You may recall in Esther how the Persians demanded that a woman must forsake her background and adopt her husband’s religion and culture (a man is master of his household), something already part of Moses’ Law. But this was largely forgotten among the Returnees who mixed with local pagans and made no such demands of their local wives, but played it off like Solomon.

Again, it was not so much what Babylonian and Persian cultures actually were like, but the peculiar mixture of moral flaws in those cultures that the Hebrews picked up. The Hebrews were impressed by certain external impressions of those cultures. This shallow absorption left them wide open for the next wave of influence, Hellenism.

I’ve hit Hellenism hard enough in my writing here, so all we have to do here is note that it’s based largely on the impressions left on the Greeks by Plato and Aristotle. Again, it’s not so much what those men taught, as what the Greeks made of it. So it was in turn that Hellenism as an influence on the Hebrews was another layer or two removed from the actual teachings of the Greek philosophers. The primary outcome was the emphasis on logical analysis of the Torah versus the ancient Hebrew mystical approach, with the resulting legalism. They knew better than to abandon the written Scriptures and Jehovah, but they began making of it something those Scriptures never meant to say. The image of God was redefined by Aristotelian logic, so that He was nothing more nor less than their logical construct of Him. He was no longer a Person, but was a concept, a collection of attributes. The only characterization they had of Him was a smart-aleck Jewish rabbi.

And the mystical law expressing the will of a real Person became a tome of objective truth subject to semantic wrangling. The whole idea of Scripture as “propositional truth” comes from this concept. Thus, Old Testament religion was replaced with Judaism, something entirely different from what Moses taught. But to ensure no one dared question their new religion, they came up with the wild lie that their crap was a separate oral teaching of Moses not written down. Further, it took precedence over the written record. There were two Torahs, the old written and the newer Oral Torah. Jesus called this the “tradition of the elders” and it was eventually codified as the Talmud.

How do we explain the hostility and tactics of Jews in persecuting the early churches? In their eyes, Jesus justly died for blasphemy. Because His teachings rested on the Old Testament, the whole thing becomes Jewish property. To the Jews, there was no such thing as a secular citizenship. If you mucked around in the Old Testament, you were messing with their national identity. The very public insult that they had murdered the Son of Jehovah was very much under their legal authority under Roman Imperial law, even if Rome limited the penalties they could use. As you can see, it wasn’t a matter of religion, but of politics from the beginning.

Jews converting to Christ were still Jews, and subject to Sanhedrin power to punish. Gentiles were a more difficult matter. At first, Judaizing was simply an attempt to bring Jewish Christians back under Judaism. Force quickly failed, especially as Christianity spread among Gentiles, so they began sending out fake Christian teachers who would start off with the common teachings of Jesus and slowly move the ideas back toward various aspects of Talmudic teaching. These teachers went all over the place behind the Apostles.

From there, we see the blossoming of Gnosticism as closely related to the Jewish insistence that Jesus could not have been the Son of God. Records indicate that there remained a core of Jewish spies working to pervert Christian doctrine in different ways. A major inroad was the rise of Alexandrian Christians, Jews who converted to Christ with a very strong background in the very core of academic Hellenism that had taken root in Alexandria, Egypt. Some of them made the full conversion, as evidenced by the Letter to the Hebrews. Many did not, and these others became part of the Early Church Fathers, whose writings show a drift away from heart-led faith into cerebral reasoned religion.

You could connect writings of the Early Church Fathers with some of the rabbinical writings about Christians at that time. It requires reading between the lines sometimes, but you can detect a sense of Jewish scholars ready to engage in outright espionage against the early churches. To the degree these rabbis still clung to the false Messianic Expectations of ruling the Gentile world, their favorite target was Christianity. If they couldn’t be captured and enslaved, then the only thing left was to destroy the one thing Jews threw away and insisted that no one else could have: genuine ancient Hebrew mysticism, particularly as Christ taught it.

Taking advantage of their initial success from the early days before the last Apostle died around 100 AD, they helped to provoke several early debates about doctrine. As a hierarchy evolved, they infiltrated and steered things anywhere but back to the actual teaching of Jesus, focusing instead on governing the religion. At several critical points in Church History, major decisions showed the same kind of influence preventing genuine reforms and repentance, and we have evidence that Jewish agents were working in the shadows. We know the names of some of them, but there is plenty of historical debate to obscure the issue, in part because too many historians regard Jewishness, and even Kabbalism, as impertinent to their actions.

As you surely know from my teaching against activism, nothing in this summary here is meant to provoke hostility against Jews. Rather, it is to note their institutionalized hostility to Christianity.

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The Hedgerow of Lies 2

I’m hoping to connect the dots here so that you’ll understand the confusion in our world today.

Refer to my long paper The Cult [PDF]. That paper was a condensed version of my book, A Course in Biblical Mysticism, but with a narrow focus on understanding how Judaism was used by Satan as his greatest tool. This series will in some ways parallel The Cult.

Let’s review the nature of the Fall: It’s closing off the supremacy of the heart over the intellect. Thus, in Eden the intellect was enthroned in human decision as the new god of moral truth. In essence, it places human frailty above revelation, since reason is not eternal, but a part of the ephemeral fleshly nature. We had to leave the Garden.

The Flaming Sword restores the primacy of the Creator by requiring the death of that kind of self-worship. The whole point of written revelation and Law Covenants is to manifest the nature of self-death and restoring faith/conviction as the source of moral truth in human decisions. You cannot obey Biblical Law without first reawakening the supremacy of the heart over the mind.

So Satan, having once in Eden taken us down the path of false self-reliance, now strives to keep us on that path. He will offer anything at all, whatever it takes to keep you deceived about the nature of the Flaming Sword.

There are some fundamental principles of how he operates among us today.

1. False dichotomy: false binary thinking. This is the most common thing about American culture in particular. So we have only two political parties, for example, and most folks will categorize you as one or the other. Everything is reasoned in two dimensions.

2. Anything but Christ: an appeal to whatever one internal barrier keeps people from embracing the Covenant of Christ. It seems there must be hundreds of different religions, many that claim His name, but always bearing under that name some peculiar things they do that prevent a heart-led pursuit of genuine faith.

3. Divide and conquer: combining the previous two items. First, create as many different kinds of religion as necessary to appeal to almost everyone. Then, establish the principle that everyone is either in or out based on some peculiar requirement with each religion. “You aren’t a Christian unless…” The Devil will feed folks different lies to build partisan animosity (false tribalism).

4. Bypass the Flaming Sword: Satan offers all different ways of crawling back into Eden, but by any means except the Flaming Sword. But instead of seeking the real Tree of Life and the lost fellowship with the Father, it always portrayed as some magical place of power over the natural world, including power over other people to bend them to your whims.

We have hints in the narrative of Noah about people trying desperately to find some competitive advantage over their fellow humans, some way of gaining leverage and control over the factors of this life. Sometimes it was some alleged secret knowledge, dark lore that was hidden from the rest of the world. It always led to some kind elitism, that those on the inside were somehow special, different and better than everyone else.

Thus, for example, Kabbalism is about manipulation of Creation using a false power of words and ritual magic (law magic as ritual magic). “Word Faith” Christian religion (name-it-and-claim-it) is Kabbalism in disguise. Using law magic, Kabbalists and others would seek to compel demons and angels to do them favors. The angelic beings are lower emanations of God, one step above humans. This hearkens back to the Gnostic notion that God is pure ideal. This gave birth to the heresy that Jesus was either too holy to be real, and thus a phantom who left no footprints on the sand, or He was too real to be holy and was just a wise man. The notion of multiple layers of emanation from God is also connected to Aristotle’s classified layers of reality.

Kabbalists claim that Jesus used the Tetragrammaton (four-letter Name of God) to perform miracles. This is the source of the supposed prohibition of speaking God’s Name when reading the Old Testament. There’s even supposed to be a secret name for God not in the Bible, but there is no agreement on what that is. The point is that Kabbalism asserts that what seems to work in this fallen world (science) should be the basis for understanding the Bible. This stands things upside down.

Virtually all Western occultism seems to have come from Kabbalism, in the sense that some of their basic ideas appeared first in the Kabbalah. That stream of common thought runs all the way down to Scientology, New Age stuff, and a lot of bogus modern “witchcraft”. The Kabbalah gave birth to a lot of strange children. These numerous paths claim to offer ways to cling to mystery and mysticism.

It’s not as if some secret human council or cult knowingly ginned all this stuff up; it’s the result of Satan working through people who saw only some measure of truth and felt the need to run with it. However, there does seem to be a common thread reaching back to the Judaizers of the New Testament days.

This is where it gets a little dicey writing about such things. A great deal of our references and factual information comes from sources who are either defending Judaism, or those deeply hostile to Judaism. Critical analysis is typically published most loudly by various antisemitic groups, even if the author is not one of theirs. It seems there is no safe place to stand and simply point out the obvious flaws without being targeted as the nastiest enemies of Israel. This kind of hysterical propaganda is typical of all-or-nothing, scorched earth tactics of Zionism. There is no room for friendly dissent.

Still, we have to tell the story.

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The Hedgerow of Lies 1

My soul is provoked about something.

Teaching is a major element in my mission; it’s a major element in how I serve as elder. Were there no virtual parish at all here, I would still consider myself a teaching elder. It would be in the sense of a very gossamer fellowship of belief, mere associates in the realm of ideas. Thus, you need not be a disciple of mine to find any of my stuff useful. I’m far more concerned with helping you get free from bondage than I am with building a community. That a community has formed is most gratifying and I take seriously the sense of duty that comes with that, but I would be driven to write some of the same stuff either way.

A ceaseless care that provokes me is people in bondage to Satan. Just a quick review of what I mean by that — God portrays Himself as an eastern feudal lord, and Satan is His faithful Punisher. All of Creation is our Lord’s domain, and all within His dominion are subject to His will as Owner and Lord. He has revealed that will sufficient that we could obey and satisfy Him; there are no tricks or secret plots involved. Those under His dominion who reject His revelation are consigned as wards of His Punisher. We can’t possibly comprehend how it all works, but we can offer this parable to indicate something useful and actionable. Satan is in some way enriched by this punitive servitude, so he is motivated to make the most of it. It’s not enough that he holds a majority of humanity, but he zealously prosecutes in the Heavenly court every family member of God who falls short of divine will.

Satan’s mission is to deny us shalom, the privileges of God’s family. He’s no kind of threat at all to God; he is a faithful servant, rather like Potiphar serving Pharaoh. He is a serious problem for you and me. That’s a reflection of the holiness of our God, in that He demands we treat Him and His Word as holy. But another element of that holiness is His mercy and compassion on those who simply cannot rise to perfection. We are fallen creatures, after all. So He sent His Son to more clearly demonstrate our duties, and the Son now stands in that same court to defend those of us who love Him and He moderates Satan’s legal maneuvers.

Thus, following Christ means striving to reclaim the divine heritage as Children of the Father, adopted brothers and sisters of Jesus the Son. This is all clearly stated in terms of eastern feudalism, and we live in a world that rejects the whole image as God revealed it. If you were born in America, you have to struggle against a head full of false ideas — a whole orientation, a mental map contrary to what God revealed. This same problem is a reflection of a much broader failed mental map common across the whole of Western society. The Western mind fundamentally rejects the feudal nature of God’s revelation, which feudalism is the very nature of God’s entire Creation. You simply cannot comprehend reality until you embrace eastern feudalism (Ancient Near Eastern feudalism, to be precise).

So I teach about that feudalism and make it the basis for my Bible commentary, because this is one of the best ways I know to help people get free from Satan’s clutches. You cannot walk in the full power of our Creator in this world until you understand Him and His revelation. I don’t pretend to know all there is to know on this subject, but it’s a life-consuming work just to get human minds started down the path of truth. And just this little bit of knowledge is such a big leap for most folks that, without the Holy Spirit driving people to embrace it, I don’t think it’s possible to get anywhere at all.

But that same Holy Spirit often reminds me how He has to work through the mental associations already in the human mind to lead them from truth to truth until they begin to live a life reclaiming the promised blessings of God’s revelation. A critical element in that learning process is helping you to see what’s false, and how it is false. That means we have to understand the nature of the prevailing myths that bind people under Satan’s authority. So I wrote a couple of books tracing how the West was born and the long saga of how Western Civilization arose and ran pell-mell away from the revelation in Scripture. I strive to depict where and how Western thinking is false, a barrier to walking out of Satan’s clutches.

Again, that’s more complicated than any one man could handle alone. There are plenty of folks who know far more than I about all of this. I’m praying that some of them will join in this task and we can have a body of teaching that can serve this noble cause. Meanwhile, I’m doing what I can with my limited learning. One of the biggest problems I run into is helping people work from existing mental maps to build new associations in their minds that extend their mental reach back to the revelation of God. You see, I cannot avoid using those existing associations, despite knowing that there is a risk that they’ll never move from them. There’s a lot of good truth that has been woven into big lies. When I try to extract those truths, I often end up with people coming here and clamoring for me to keep that crap associated with those truths.

Satan cannot remove God’s truth from this world. What he has done is broken it up and scattered it around in fragments and bound the bits and pieces up with nonsense. All of God’s truth is out there, but pulled in different directions so that competing opposing groups each have their own bit of truth held captive with lies. This leaves me with pointing out the truth of things as best I can while also pointing out the lies wrapped around it. All I can do is trust the Spirit of God to confirm what I say for those of you called to His mission, while fending off the idiots sent by Satan to confuse things and keep it all covered up. It’s tiresome, but I can’t be silent.

I may hold off sharing some things until the time is right, but sooner or later I have to address the issues despite knowing it will provoke Satan’s willing minions.

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The Light of the Day

Here is the heart-led way: Get to know reality; it’s a person like you and I, but without the fallen nature. It won’t be quite the same for any two of us because it is alive and has a personality. Your reality is just as good as mine, and really should be somewhat different.

You get to know reality through your convictions. Your reason sets your opinions and beliefs, but your convictions existed before you were conscious. They are seeds of God’s moral character planted in the soil of Eternity for you. So you should get into the habit of bouncing your thoughts off your convictions via your conscience. The whole thing is alive and dynamic, so it will appear to you to change over time. Convictions grow, and your conscience — as the point of awareness of convictions — will grow and change with them.

When you are confronted with someone demanding you change your beliefs and thoughts, it doesn’t matter what power or logic they marshal; stick with your convictions. Your convictions are the voice of God in your heart. They are an indicator of His calling and mission for you. No other being has the authority to make changes to your conscience. Your convictions are the real you, the person God made for His purpose.

God does speak through His servants. Your heart will recognize His voice, just like a sheep born under a good shepherd. That voice can even come through people who don’t know Him, simply because He reserves the prerogative to speak through whom He wishes. Regardless of what message people intend, He can use it for His glory. The difference is that His servants are blessed by His glory, and they know it. They revel in the shalom of conscious obedience. Everyone else is used for His glory like unwitting tools.

And because this is all growing and living, yesterday’s lie might become today’s sweet truth. As long as you don’t take yourself too seriously and you walk humbly before the Lord, you’ll be ready to hear sweet music that once hurt your ears and jangled your nerves.

Walk in the light you have today.

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