THE PROCESS OF
As Genuine Christians we are not only intended -- but actually required -- to see and move within the Presence of man's Higher Source of Being! This fact is clearly presented to us in the Bible in the requirements: "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Cor 4:18 NIV). The problem is that we are afraid -- afraid to embrace the unseen that is beyond the vision and hearing of our physical senses -- afraid to loosen the bonds that the material and cultural elements of this world has upon us -- afraid that we might suffer loss, if we actually do what the Bible we profess to champion very clearly demands of us!
What does the Word of God say is required of a genuine believer and follower of the Lord? "Then he said to them all: 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?'" (Luke 9:23-25 NIV). Thus, genuine Christians are required to be in the world and not of it, which can only be accomplished when we totally transform our carnal nature and transmute the flesh into spiritual, is seen in the words: "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world -- the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does -- comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever" (1 Jn 2:15-17 NIV).
That Christians today do not comprehend the meaning and depth of these words with respect to the need to be truly "born again" -- and attempt to replace the process of rebirth with a philosophical prayer, song and praise of adoration of a God they only vaguely have begun to know, is merely evident of how far we have been turned out of The Way by the fourth century Church of Rome which so altered the essence of the teachings of the New Covenant, that those who have called themselves Christian have wandered in the wilderness of darkness and despair for nearly seventeen hundred years. Ask yourself: Where does it say in the scriptures that one is born again by reciting a prayer? It does not! And the common philosophical re-birth that is practiced today among those who call themselves Christian, has absolutely no basis in biblical fact!
When the Jews of a carnal mind asked Jesus when the expected kingdom would come, the very words he spoke angered them because they demonstrated the falseness of their doctrines of belief -- doctrines which are still embraced by carnal Christians today. To their own demise he spoke of a great truth that has been continually ignored by the false prophets and watchers of the people of the simple faith who have permitted themselves to be strongly influenced by the manmade doctrines of the Church of Rome. Jesus said that the kingdom will never come upon the earth in the manner that carnal men predict, because it is “inside of you” (Luke 17:20-21). And to our own detriment today, the process of enduring the next stage of birth that Jesus said was required in order to enter into the Kingdom, cannot be accomplished until the believer endeavors to open the "strait gate" within them.
the disciples of the Lord experienced these “pangs of birth” when
they were themselves born into the kingdom, can be seen in the words of Peter at
Pentecost when he said:
“Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you;
listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s
only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘In
the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and
daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will
dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit
in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will
be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and
glorious day of the Lord’”
(Acts 2:14-21 NIV).
What Peter is describing is the proverbial Armageddon -- or second coming of Christ. In the comprehension of this eminent truth pertaining to the absolute necessity of our striving to be born a second time, we can begin to perceive the great difference between the teachings of The Way, and the doctrines and dogma of the Roman Church which we unknowingly continue to cling to in our present time. The Bible warns us that we will know the false prophets -- and detect what is spurious -- by judging the tree by the fruit it bears. It is easy to observe that the Emperor Constantine was not a great spiritual leader who desired to lead his fellow man along the narrow path of The Way, and into the birth of his soul and spiritual natures. Constantine was a man who desired to rule over his fellow man -- and in the symbolism of the teachings of the New Covenant, he saw a means to accomplish his goal.
The holy men and women who composed our scriptures comprehended that when the Bible conveys to us the great reality that “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen 1:27 KJV), that God Himself possesses these same Male and Female polarities that are manifest throughout all of Creation. From the perception of the spiritual language that is employed in the scriptures, in the same way that a fetus dwells in the womb of its mother until it has reached the necessary stage of maturity where it can be born into this world, the ancients understood that the three-dimensional world in which we presently dwell is very much as the womb of Mother-Earth. Moreover, the Hebrew holy men and women understood that because man possesses three natures -- i.e., physical, soul and spirit -- his birth into this physical world is only the first stage of birth.
The implications of this spiritual reality -- though absent from our comprehension today -- are profound with respect to our understanding of life as we know it. Moreover, what this means is that the very people who are often called "right wing extremists", are not extremist's what so ever!
In the same way that the body of a fetus is formed from an embryonic state, we are ourselves in the process of being born into the next level of Creation. What this means is that our psyche must be perceived in a similar seed-state of mind development. While this fact was extremely difficult for the fourth-century Roman Church who laid the foundation of what modern Christians believe today to comprehend, this is no longer the case in our present time -- i.e., science has well established that man in his natural state uses less than ten percent of his true potential of mind. Moreover, Jesus knew this -- and so did his faithful disciples who composed the scriptures we use today.
What this means is that man in his natural organic state of being is only capable of utilizing less than ten percent of his potential of mind because his physical-consciousness is embryonic -- and in the same way that the physical body of a fetus must develop to be born into the kingdom of man, our mind and it's associated level of conscious awareness must develop in order to be born into the kingdom of our soul and spiritual natures. Once this fact is understood, the implications of this long ignored reality is truly profound -- i.e., because those who fail to be born into the Kingdom while still alive in the physical body cannot accomplish what is required in an after-death state. They will not "go to Glory", and neither will they go to the Heavenly Kingdom!
Once we begin to comprehend this higher reality, the whole of the Gospel message begins to take on a new life that is not perceived from the perspective of our present day doctrinal and quasi-Darwinist mindset. Because we exist in an embryonic and incomplete state, the purpose of the teachings of The Way is to first awaken a person to their soul and spiritual natures, and then develop their true essence and maturity so as to enable the person to be ultimately born into the Kingdom. Throughout the scriptures it is continually suggested that carnal man dwells in a kind of stupor -- hypnotized by the forms and sensual realities of this world. Some places in the Bible represent this condition as sleeping, others as death -- i.e., “Another disciple said to him, Lord, first let me go and bury my father. But Jesus told him, Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead” (Matt 8:21-22 NIV).
If those who are not following in The Way are dead, then what is their fate when they eventually physically die? Taking this still one step further: In the case of a person who professes to believe in Jesus with his lips, but remains firmly anchored in this world, they too are dead. This reality is further expounded upon in the Gospel of Philip which is found in the Nag Hammadi Library where it reads: "A Gentile does not die, for he has never lived in order to die. He who has believed in the truth has found life, and this one is in danger of dieing, for he is alive". When we understand that the Gentile is the person who is of the world and worships the sensual, materialistic and elemental gods of this world, and apply this to Jesus words when he said: "...Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead”, we can begin to see that those people who are of this world have never even begun to live.
Throughout his Epistles the Apostle Paul writes that the carnal mind is dead to
man’s spiritual reality.
In this respect, we can see the concept of waking up from this stupor,
sleep, or death, in the words: “But I say unto you, That every idle word
that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment”
(Matt 12:36 KJV). It must be
understood that to be consciously aware of “every idle word”
requires one to be in total control of their mind.
That this total control of one’s words begins with a total control of
one’s mind, can be seen in the commandment of the Apostle to “…take
captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor 10:5 NIV).
James, Jesus’ brother, the first leader of the New Covenant Church who
was known as a true holy man, wrote that in order to fulfill the vision of the
Gospel, one had to “…bridle the whole body” (James 3:2 KJV).
The Apostle Paul confirmed these words when he wrote of the necessity to
“…beat my body and make it my slave...” (1 Cor 9:27 NIV).
And commanded the followers of Jesus to “Put to death, therefore,
whatever belongs to your earthly nature” (Col 3:5 NIV).
The problem is that these biblical commandments have absolutely nothing
in common with the doctrine of faith that was developed by Martin Luther in the
Do modern Christians use the Bible as a foundation for their life?
Many would like to think so, but the problem exists where these biblical verses
are rarely used today because they represent concepts that would be considered
extreme and fanatical from the perspective of both believers and non-believers
in our modern-day culture. In
fact, everything in our present-day society has been engineered by what the
Apostle calls the god of this world, to inhibit the fulfilling of these
necessary ingredients in the process of the next stage of birth that the Bible
states is absolutely necessary if we are to enter into Life.
In our search for truth it is important that we pose the question: Are these
requirements that are very clearly set down in the scriptures really extreme and
fanatical, as we believe today?
If it is true that our natural seed-mind is
embryonic, and if we do not succeed in being born we will fail to inherit the
eternal life that is promised in the scriptures, then there is a whole other
dimension to the controversy that few believers or non-believers today have even
begun to contemplate.
If our failure to develop our seed-mind to where it is able to be born
into the Kingdom is synonymous with a fetus that physically fails to develop,
then our fate will be similar to that of an embryo that has miscarried -- and
from the perspective of our absolute need to be born in order to enter into
Life, then the warnings with respect to Armageddon are neither extreme or
Moreover, the above requirements where we are told to be conscious of
every word, and capture every thought to Christ, and bring the natural passions
of the physical body under total control, would then be understood as being
absolutely necessary to the development of mind in order to embrace the next
stage of development and eventual birth in spirit.
only has to open the pages of the Bible to see that the whole of the New
Testament teachings is concerned with the way in which we live our lives --
i.e., ethics, morality, and the manner in which each of us treats our brothers
The ultimate requirement that has been set forth in scripture is that we
must be perfect, as our Heavenly Father is perfect (Mt 5:48).
This state of perfection is referred to as the fulfillment of the Royal Law of
God, and is measured in our forgiveness, acceptance and love of our fellow man.
From a New Covenant perspective, whatever is divisive, and not in accord
with the Royal Law, is of this world, and is an obstacle to our birth into the
Kingdom. It is from this
perspective that the requirement in the Book of the Revelation is set before us
in the words:
“Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or
(Rev 21:27 NIV). This same
truth was expressed by Isaiah where it is written: “And a highway will be
there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on
it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on
it” (Isa 35:8 NIV). And
this same truth is expressed in the words of Jesus when he warned: “Enter
through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads
to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the
road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matt 7:13-14 NIV). Once properly understood, the “narrow gate”
that Jesus makes reference to is very real -- and is a passageway that we must
open in order for us to be born into the Kingdom. Moreover, this
passageway that enables us to enter the Kingdom, has its parallels in the birth
canal that serves as the gate that each of us has emerged through when we
physically entered into this present world.
That the next stage of birth has its similarities, is merely the result
that all realities are designed in accordance with the same Divine Pattern of
What is truly important for us to see in these solemn words spoken by the Lord,
is that only those who “enter through the narrow gate” will enter
into Life -- i.e., it is not those who claim to believe and remain anchored to
the culture of this world -- but rather, those who follow in the footsteps of
the Lord and make themselves Genuine Christians.
The people who embrace the culture and thinking of this world, even when they
call themselves Christian, are those who walk the “broad… road that leads
What Jesus warns us is that we cannot walk two paths -- it is either the one or
the other -- and philosophical Christians will neither go to Heaven, to Glory,
or inherit eternal life -- without entering through the narrow gate that is the
entrance to the Kingdom.
Moreover, if this is not accomplished while we are alive in the physical body in
which we presently dwell, then in the manner of the embryo that miscarries, we
will have failed to be born into the next stage of Life.
The Bible continually warns us that the path
or the second birth and entrance into the Kingdom is not easy.
The strife of the inner war within ourselves as embodied in the symbols of
Armageddon is seen in the words: “We must through many tribulations enter
the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22 NKJ).
Thus, in the same way that a woman travails in labor to bring a child
into this world, we must ourselves endure the “…many tribulations”
of spiritual labor to be born into the Kingdom of God.
Since the Kingdom is within us, and Armageddon is therefore not an
historical event -- but more factually, a spiritual event in the life of the
disciple in search of Truth -- we must then totally re-evaluate everything we
think we know about both the Gospel Message, and the life we are presently
In fully comprehending these biblical statements in relation to the whole
purpose of the teachings of The Way, let us again examine the definitive
statement which conveys to us the very essence of the Gospel -- and especially
the Revelation of John: “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that
they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates
into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and
murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie” (Rev
the text of the Revelation represented the end of the world, as is commonly
believed by the majority of Christians today, then why are those who remain
outside the city portrayed as “dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and
murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie”?
Just as important is for us to recognize the constant requirement throughout the
teachings of Jesus for his followers to "...do His commandments".
Armageddon, then, indicates the disciples personal tribulation described
in the scriptures as "pangs of birth”, as he endeavors to overcome
his own lower carnal nature through the crucifixion of what is symbolized by the
flesh, in order that he can possess the Knowledge of the fruit of the Tree of
Life, transcend the natural barriers of this world, and “enter through the
gates into the city”.
When he accomplishes
the next stage of birth which permits him access to the Kingdom, those who are
“dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and
whoever loves and practices a lie” will remain in this world of the
When he accomplishes the next stage of birth which permits him access to the Kingdom, those who are portrayed as “dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie” will remain in this world of the "outer darkness".
From a biblical perspective, Truth matters -- and when those people who are called by God ignore His Ways, deviate from His Word, and teach and live in accordance with the traditions and customs of other men, then great suffering befalls those who call themselves the people of the Lord. In view of the fact that there are no accidents or chance occurrences, and everything in life is preordained by the Hand of God, then you must entertain the very real thought that you have accessed this web site because the Lord desired you to be confronted with the Truth -- received directly from His Lips -- and brought about directly by His Hand. What this means, then, is whether you believe, question, reject or condemn, what you will find here will alter your life and destiny forever.
Modern Christians have adopted the doctrine that once they say their prayer to Jesus -- calling upon the Son of God as their personal Lord and Savior -- they believe they are saved from that point by the blood of Christ which was shed on the cross of righteousness. They reason that, since they are saved by faith and not by actions or works, their name will be written in the Book of Life regardless of what they do. Yet, it was the Apostle of Faith who warned the Gentile believers of the fallacy of this belief when he wrote: "You will say then, Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in. Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off" (Rom 11:19-22 NIV).
Why would the Apostle of faith warn Christians who are supposedly exempt from the requirements of works to "...be afraid"? Why would James, the brother of Jesus and the first leader of the Jerusalem Church warn us that we must “…bridle the whole body” (James 3:2 KJV)? If all that was required was a prayer to be born again and inherit eternal life, then why would Jesus warn us against speaking even a single idle word, as seen in his statement: “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matt 12:36 KJV)? Further, if we understood the doctrine of faith from the same perspective as Paul, the Apostle of faith, then why did Paul command us to: “…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor 10:5 NIV)? Why did Paul further write that we must: “…beat my body and make it my slave...” (1 Cor 9:27 NIV). And commanded the followers of Jesus to “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature” (Col 3:5 NIV). The problem is that these biblical commandments have absolutely nothing in common with the core doctrines that we have inherited from the Church of Constantine -- they have nothing in common with the concept of faith that was developed by Martin Luther in the Middle-ages -- and they are diametrically opposed to the religion that is preached from our pulpits in the name of Jesus today!
If it is true that all that is necessary is to repent, say a prayer calling on the Lord as one's personal savior, then we must ask the question: How could Paul warn that if the Gentiles were not faithful to the Lord, and did not live in accordance with His Will, they "...also will be cut off"! Why didn't Paul acknowledge the doctrine that is preached among people who call themselves Christians today -- i.e., that once they repent and say their prayer, that the Lord will never leave them. The idea that they "...also will be cut off" if they fail to remain totally faithful to the Living Word -- rejecting the doctrines and culture of men -- is a reality that modern-day Christians close their hearts and minds to their own destruction today.
Thus, the Apostle John warns: "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother" (1 Jn 3:2-10 NIV).
With respect to the modern church doctrine that believers are saved regardless of the manner in which they live, the Apostle of faith warns: "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom 6:1-23 NKJ).
Going still one step further, the Apostle of faith states that when a believer continues to sin, he makes Jesus a public disgrace: "It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace" (Heb 6:4-6 NIV).
That people who sin are not the children of God -- that they cannot be born again, as the term is commonly used by modern Christians -- and neither can people who sin be born of the spirit -- and because they are children of this world, being carnal they are not of the Spiritual Nation of Israel -- is seen in the words of John when he wrote: "Jesus replied, I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:34-36 NIV). While modern Christians will claim that it is impossible not to sin, I will not dispute them, and they are in fact correct -- i.e., it is impossible for carnal man who clings to the things of this world, and does not follow in The Way, not to sin. If the believer of the simple faith were to truly seek the Truth and the Light -- reject the culture and thinking of this temporal world -- they would be freed from servitude to sin, because in the true rebirth, their carnal nature, will have been transformed into spiritual, and having been taught by God, they will know everything and do everything that Jesus did and knew.
Man sins because of his divided nature! It is impossible for the people of the simple faith not to sin, so long as they remain divided with respect to their inner soul and spiritual natures. Why? Because in his divided state, natural organic man's lower nature rules over his body and mind, and must express itself in the manner of the beasts and lower life forms of this world. It is not until natural man begins to shift the flow of his vital life-force within himself, and begins to overcome his own divided nature, that he can live in accordance with the Royal Law of the Most High, and cease to be ruled over by his carnal animal passions and feral instincts.
From a biblical perspective it is clear that Christians today should "...be afraid"! Contrary to what we choose to believe, what the Apostle of faith warns those who call themselves Christians is that if they continue to sin after coming to the Lord, that the saving grace of the blood of Christ is negated, and the Lord will move upon them with the same vengeance that he has upon the counterfeit Jews who crucified the Christ: "For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, 'Vengeance is Mine'; I will repay, says the Lord. And again, The Lord will judge His people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Heb 10:26-31 NKJ).
It is common to hear modern-day clergy preach that the Lord's Supper is for the remission of sins -- and while there may be an element of truth to what they say, the manner in which the Lord's Supper is presented today is in total opposition to its intended purpose. The Lord's Supper is for those who desire to walk in The Way, and are striving to live in accordance with the Royal Law of the Most High. The idea that the Lord's Supper is for the forgiveness of those who continue to sin -- as is preached today -- actually brings the condemnation of the Lord upon the people, as seen in the words: "Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged" (1 Cor 11:27-31 KJV).
Why do our modern-day preachers and sectarian prophets expound a gospel where once a person professes his prayer, and claim the philosophical status of being "born again", that believers are saved regardless of the manner in which they live? Sadly, this spurious doctrine is preached among the people, because it is the Christ of Constantine and the fourth century Pagan Church of the Roman Empire that is still being propagated to this very day!
How can this be, you will ask? Thus, the Lord has said: "O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths" (Isa 3:12NKJ); "For My people are foolish, they have not known Me. They are silly children, and they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge" (Jer 4:22NKJ). Though they claim with their lips to believe in the Son of God, in the manner that they think and live, they walk in the ways of the Nations. They therefore reject the witness of the Watchers that the Lord has sent to them -- clinging instead to the doctrines and traditions of men.
Unlike the Nation of Israel, the people of the Nations did not need a watcher because they had no standards -- they had no allegiance to the Truth -- they believed whatever would accommodate their lifestyle and did not prove their beliefs, but merely followed the doctrines of other men -- and they were swayed to and fro by the currents of worldly culture that arises out of the abyss of ignorance, depravity and despair -- i.e., the temple of darkness where the god of this world dwells. They were dead! Organic man who lives as part of this temporal world, and has no continuance or permanence!
Who is a Watcher of the Lord? A person who the Lord Anoints as a Watcher over the House of Israel was often a prophet or seer because his mind, having been Anointed, was opened to the vision and understanding of man’s higher reality. But, as the scriptures confirm, with all gifts there is an obligation: As a watcher who has been sent by the Lord to make known the essence of The Way in our present time, if I fail to warn you of the impending doom, then the blood of the people will be on my hands -- whereas, with this present undertaking of the restoral of the teachings of The Way in their pure form contained within this web site being placed in the hands of the clergy and shepherds of the Lord's flock, I will have fulfilled my obligation as a Watcher, and therefore will have saved myself from debt of the blood of the people.
And what is it that I have come to warn you of? Actually, nothing more than what the Apostle of faith himself warned you of -- i.e., the very warnings that modern believers continually ignore because they permit themselves to be ruled over by the culture and thinking of this world -- as seen in the words: "...For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body."
This same reality is presented by Jesus to the sects of the carnal Jews known as the Sadducees and Pharisees when he said of them: "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin" (John 15:22 NIV). Why? Because by living in accordance with the Royal Law of the Most High, and walking in The Way, it is within the means of every person to come into the Presence of the Lord, and confirm the Truth for themselves. The whole essence of New Covenant thought is the declaration that we do not need a teacher -- we do not need to learn from other men -- we need only to live in such a way that we can draw out the Knowledge of our Heavenly Father where it is indelibly inscribed upon the core of our own hearts and minds -- i.e., "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them" (Heb 8:10-11 NKJ).
The sin, with respect to the people of the New Covenant which the modern Christian presumes and claims to be, is seen in the violation of the foundational essence of the teachings of The Way, when we create manmade doctrines, and teach others. The true shepherd of the New Covenant flock is the one who teaches the people the means to come into the Presence of the Lord, and learn the Mysteries of God from the Source of all Knowledge.
In the same way that the Sadducees and Pharisees could not be held accountable for the blood of the people if the True Word of the Lord had not been revealed to them, the same is true of the leaders of the Church today. Because the essence of the Word of God has been obscured by the doctrines of men -- and even the written word has been altered from its original format and condition -- it is truly difficult for those who lack genuine spiritual vision to perceive the Truth and the Higher Reality of Man and the Kingdom. The objective, then, of creating this web site and associated book that will soon be published, is to restore the essence of the teachings of The Way -- not so the people can believe -- but rather, so they will themselves be able to pick up their own cross, and travel in The Way, and learn the Truth from the Source of all Truth!
While modern Christians are often of the opinion that they understand the word of God with clarity, the Apostle warns that only those who have endured the necessary spiritual transformation -- having put to death their carnal nature, and are no longer entangled in the desires and thinking of this world, can receive the Genuine Knowledge of the Living Word: "For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God… Therefore, brethren, we are debtors-- not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live" (Rom 8:5-13 NKJ).
In no way does the Apostle even remotely suggest that those who live in accordance with the flesh, and with their lips call upon the name of the Lord, are approved by God! The problem is that until the flesh is overcome, and the transformation is complete where the believer is no longer in servitude to the god of this world, the believer is merely "babes in Christ" who can receive nothing more than the "milk" of the Gospel: "But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Cor 2:14 NKJ). They may call themselves "born again", and see themselves as being saved -- but until the transformation of the flesh takes place, they will continue to look upon the Mysteries of God as "foolishness". You know you are reborn and saved, when you are able to transcend the three-dimensional limitations of this world, and you have been permitted to worship in the True Spiritual Temple of the Lord in the Presence of the Most High God. This is the true objective and potential of the teachings of The Way that the Son of God revealed and ordained to the Children of Israel.
You say you don't believe that man can enter and worship in the True Spiritual Temple of the Lord that exists in a parallel dimension which can only be accessed by men and women who are truly spiritual! When you die and come before the Lord's Judgment Seat, you will be judged and evaluated in accordance with your faithfulness to the truth you have received. If the means to learn and acquire the Truth has been passed on to you, and you failed to seek out the Truth, then you will be held accountable. What will be your excuse? That you could not live in accordance with the Royal Law of the Most High! That you adhered to the doctrines and concepts of other men, and did not make yourself teachable with respect to the instruction of the Lord. What modern Christians fail to realize is that, because they cling to other men's interpretation of the written word -- rejecting the spiritual Christ who is the only True Source of Knowledge and Truth -- our churches today are functioning in an Old Covenant manner. How can this be, you ask? The concept of religion that requires you to believe and embrace the religious traditions and doctrines that have been handed down to you by other men, is very much of an Old Covenant mindset -- which the Apostle has rightfully proclaimed was done away with. That the Christian Church presently functions in an Old Covenant mode, is because the Church has been alienated from its own spiritual essence by the doctrines and traditions of men -- and especially the fourth century Church of Constantine. What can be done? While it is therefore not your fault that the essence of the teachings of The Way have been obscured by the carnal men of the past -- unless, of course, you do as the Sadducees and Pharisees and ignore and condemn the revelation when it is placed in your hands and presented to you!
What am I telling you to do? I am not telling you to leave your present church -- convert to some other religion -- or do anything other than get very serious with your walk with the Lord! Open you mind that you might become teachable, in order to permit the Lord to instruct you! Sanctify yourself, and live every precept of the teachings of the New Testament.
If we are to use the Bible as our guide into the Kingdom, then it must become an intimate expression of our life and being. Once we begin to truly believe what the Bible teaches, and not only admit that this inner door to the Kingdom exists within us, but begin to explore the means to open the "strait gate", then the whole focus of our religious experience must be altered in the endeavor to prepare ourselves to make ready to hear the voice of the Lord knocking. While our faith confirms that Christ is there on the other side of the door, it is the manner in which we live that will permit the door to open, and give Christ entrance.
From a religious perspective, we commence to worship in the spirit rather than
the flesh. We begin the
process of spiritual preparation by ridding ourselves of the doctrines of the
false christs -- for the Lord warned: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know
them, and they follow me” (John 10:27 KJV). We truly begin to understand the concept of cleaning
house, because we recognize the fact that we cannot hear the voice of the Lord
when we cling to the doctrines of this world.
John 14:23 makes it plain that the very means by which we open the door to the
spiritual Temple is by “obeying his teachings”.
In a Living religion, each believer will equally have direct access to the Lord
via this spiritual door.
Genuine Church leaders in this world are not those who preach the Good News of
the Kingdom -- but rather, those who demonstrate the path to The Way, by
manifesting the Light for the faithful flock to see, and perceive the means by
which they too are to enter within the Temple.
The Lord has commanded us to be a Light in the darkness of this world -- that we might show the lost sheep The Way into the Kingdom. We are to teach them with our actions and deeds -- i.e., the manner in which we live our lives, and not with the doctrines and traditions of men: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matt 5:16 NKJ). In order to accomplish and fulfill this Commandment of the Lord, a combination of faith, works and Divinely Received Knowledge must function together in a manner that sets the Christian apart from the rest of the people of the world.
This sacred truth that is a foundational principle of the New Covenant, is
especially seen in the words of the Apostle Peter when he advises believers to
study and follow the teachings of the scriptures when he wrote that: “we
have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay
attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and
the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Pet 1:19 NIV).
The key phrase here is “and you will do well to pay attention to it”
-- and this attention must be on a physical, mental and spiritual level in order
for the morning star to rise in the heart.
It is reported in the Acts of the Apostles that the Lord communicated to Peter
during instances when "he fell into a trance" (Acts 10:10 KJV) --
and this same direct communication within the mind of the believer was
attributed to Paul when it was related that “I fell into a trance and saw
the Lord speaking"
(Acts 22:17-18 NIV). This
same condition is also attested to by John when he wrote: "I was in the
Spirit on the Lord's day" (Rev 1:10 KJV).
This phrase "in the spirit" is that condition when we have
moved our consciousness beyond the three-dimensional barrier of this world, and
are on the other side of the door that only the Lord himself can open to the
Kingdom. The word trance is
indicative of an experience where our vision is no longer focused in the
physical -- but rather, a realm that is not envisioned through our normal
senses. It must be remembered
that throughout the scriptures the thought is conveyed that God communicates
with His chosen people through visions and trances -- directly, through a means
that is not experienced in the normal course of carnal man's daily life.
That modern Christianity has lost this vision and direct communication is easily seen in the schismatic nature of the present day church. If the Apostle Paul were with us today he would condemn us in the same manner that he did the believers at Corinith. “I appeal to you”, writes the Apostle, “…that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought” (1 Cor 1:10 NIV).
What we fail to realize today is the fact that there can be no divisions and
sects in a Living Religion -- where there is One Leader and One Teacher that all
genuine disciples have access to. By Divine Decree, the followers of Jesus were to have
no divisions, sects, or independent opinions among the believers because the
Lord promised that each “…shall hear my voice; and there shall be one
fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16 KJV).
It is for this reason the Apostle cautioned Titus to “Warn a
divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing
to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is
self-condemned” (Titus 3:10-11 NIV).
The Greek meaning of the word divisive is “one who promotes a sect”.
It was for this reason the religion of the Christ can have no worldly name, and
this is seen in the fact that it was called “The Way”.
Paul was so adamantly opposed to schisms and opinions that he chastised the
believers at Corinth that they were not men of the spirit -- as was evidenced
that they had divisions among them. He explained that the carnal, or “natural man
receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto
him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”
(1 Cor 2:14 KJV); and informs them that they are too “carnal, and walk as
men” (1 Cor 3:3 KJV) to open the inner door of the mind and learn
directly from the Lord via the spirit.
From his perspective, the very existence of these divisions was proof the
believers at Corinith were too carnal to experience direct communication with
the Lord -- which opening of the inner door to the spirit was the whole essence
of what Paul taught.
Writing about schisms and divisions, the Church Father Turtillian writes:
“On this point, however, we dwell no longer, since it is the same Paul who, in
his Epistle to the Galatians, counts 'heresies' among 'the sins of the flesh,'
who also intimates to Titus, that 'a man who is a heretic' must be 'rejected
after the first admonition,' on the ground that 'he that is such is perverted,
and committeth sin, as a self-condemned man.' Indeed, in almost every epistle,
when enjoining on us (the duty) of avoiding false doctrines, he sharply condemns
heresies. Of these the practical effects are false doctrines, called in Greek
heresies, a word used in the sense of that choice which a man makes when he
either teaches them (to others) or takes up with them (for himself). For this
reason it is that he calls the heretic self-condemned, because he has himself
chosen that for which he is condemned”.
In the Genuine Spiritual Gospel which was preached by Paul, heresy is considered a “sin of the flesh”, because schisms and divisions are the result of natural man clinging to ideas of a carnal nature. If you claim to believe in the Son of God -- then you must ask yourself, in what Son of God you believe? The idea that we must believe in the doctrines of a church with respect to an historical revelation of the Son of God, is of an Old Covenant state of mind. The idea that if we so align our thinking and lives with the teachings of The Way, and walk upon the "narrow path" of life that leads to the "strait gate" that enables us to enter the Kingdom of Light -- as seen in the words of the Lord: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" (Matt 7:13-14 NIV).
Directly after these words the Lord himself warned the believers: "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash" (Matt 7:15-27 NIV).
The true prophets of the Lord are those who teach and demonstrate the manner in which we are to "hear these words of [the Lord] and puts them into practice" -- which enables the believer to walk in The Way and enter the inner Kingdom while still physically alive in this world -- thus, fulfilling the requirement to be in the world and not of it. The false prophets are those who preach the Good News, but in the manner of the Sadducees and Pharisees: "Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered" (Luke 11:52 NKJ). Whereby, instead of using the Key of Knowledge to open the door to the Kingdom within themselves, they preached to the people the doctrines and traditions of men!
We must therefore turn from the understanding of the flesh, or in the words of
the Apostle: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually
minded is life and peace”
(Rom 8:6 KJV). The religion
of Christ was one of the spirit -- and Paul taught the Gentile believers not to
look to the historical man Jesus, but rather the (transcendental) Living Christ
as their savior and revealer of truth: “Therefore from now on we recognize
no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according o the
flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer” (2 Cor 5:16 NAS). This spiritual Christ, over the historical Christ in
the flesh, was what biblical scholar Rudolf Bultmann was speaking of when he
concluded that the “…Christian faith is, and should be, comparatively
uninterested in the historical Jesus and centered instead on the transcendent
Christ” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1998 electronic edition).
In the eyes of Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, the church of our present day
has been turned out of The Way. In a spiritual religion there can be no schisms and
divisions, which are “sins of the flesh” -- but rather, spiritual
unity must prevail because the true Christian disciple has opened the door to
the Lord, and is the student of “the true light which... enlightens every
man” (John 1:9 NAS).
In this respect, the perspective of the Apostle Paul is very clear -- i.e., one
cannot cling to the “Christ according to the flesh”, and be in
harmony with the Living Christ that calls to us from beyond the door -- the
transcendent Christ -- who calls out from the other side of the gate that leads
to the Kingdom.
Again we are confronted with the revelation of a great truth that we do not
In acknowledgement of these words of the Apostle, the concerned Christian
should immediately ask: What is it
that Paul is talking about that the carnal or natural man cannot comprehend?
Why can't the Apostle just tell us in plain language what he is referring
to? Throughout his epistles
Paul constantly refers to the true Christian doctrine as concealed mysteries
that can only be learned via the spirit.
Of these hidden Christian mysteries Paul says: “Let me tell about
the visions I've had, and revelations from the Lord. Fourteen years ago I was
taken up to heaven for a visit. Don't ask me whether my body was there or just
my spirit, for I don't know; only God can answer that. But anyway, there I was
in paradise, and heard things so astounding that they are beyond a man's power
to describe or put in words (and anyway I am not allowed to tell them to
others)” (2 Cor 12:1-4 TLB).
What great mysteries can the spirit impart to the believer that are “so
astounding that they are beyond a man's power to describe or put in words”?
And more importantly, why would Paul say that he was “not allowed
to tell them to others”?
In light of these rather profound statements, every believer today must ask what
the relationship of these secret mysteries is to the gospel?
The Apostle warned the believers at Corinth that “I gave you milk,
not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not
ready” (1 Cor 3:2 NIV).
This means that the religion which was preached to the masses -- the doctrine
that Paul refers to as milk -- is merely the elementary principles of the gospel
-- i.e., entry level teachings -- which are a form and pattern, and the true
gospel of the Christ was those mysteries that he was “not allowed to tell
We must then understand that the whole focus of New Testament theology is
to prepare the disciple to perceive the great spiritual truths that can only be
revealed through the opening of the spiritual door within us.
It is also easy to realize why this Sacred Knowledge of the Kingdom was lost
when the teachings of the New Covenant was abducted by the Pagan Emperors of
Rome, and redefined as a secular institution.
It is also easy to realize why this Sacred Knowledge of the Kingdom was lost when the teachings of the New Covenant was abducted by the Pagan Emperors of Rome, and redefined as a secular institution.
Show me a Christian today who says that he believes a certain thing because it
was written by Paul, and I will show you a babe in Christ who is nourished by
Do you not see what the Apostle warns: “I gave you milk, not solid
food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready”
(1 Cor 3:2 NIV). This means
that there was another -- more superior Gospel -- a Gospel that was not written
in the manner of the Old Covenant -- and Paul can only allude to this more
perfect Gospel in his letters.
In view of these biblical facts, this means that no man can find the Truth of
the Gospel in what Paul wrote literally in his epistles -- but rather, this
truth is only revealed by the transcendental Christ that Paul wrote is unveiled
only to those who were able to put off their carnal nature, and receive the
mysteries directly from God.
This is the essence of New Covenant thought!
If the witness of the Apostle is true, and man's higher reality is not only beyond his carnal comprehension, but beyond his ability to even put into words, then we must recognize that what ever we think we know pertaining to both the Gospel and Life itself, is only a fragmentary form of Genuine Knowledge. That we at present only receive from the Holy Spirit in part, and are limited to a very partial perception and comprehension of the Living Word, is because of the limitations that have been placed upon our thinking by the traditions and doctrines of men! All I am stating is that if you live in accordance with the Royal Law of the Most High -- open your minds to His instruction -- and seek out and embrace the Truth that is given to you -- that you will experience the Truth for yourself as the inner gate to the Kingdom is opened to you. The Genuine Children of Israel do not worship in a temple made with hands (Acts 17:24) -- but rather, as the body of flesh is overcome and transformed into spiritual, you will be permitted into the True Spiritual Temple of the Most High -- and all the Mysteries of God that is beyond the comprehension of carnal man will be revealed to you.
How can this be true, you ask? The words of Paul are very plain: That we have a higher reality that is beyond even the imagination of mankind in his natural organic state of being, is clearly portrayed in the visions and experiences described by the Apostle Paul: "Fourteen years ago I was taken up to heaven for a visit… I was in paradise, and heard things so astounding that they are beyond a man's power to describe or put in words (and anyway I am not allowed to tell them to others)" (2 Cor 12:2-4 TLB). Thus, that those who are permitted to gaze upon this higher spiritual reality of man cannot convey what they see in words that carnal man will comprehend, and are not even permitted to speak of their experiences to others, is the thought expressed by Paul with respect to those who are still of the simple faith when he warned: "And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know" (1 Cor 8:2 NKJ).
Where our modern-day theologians, clergy and teachers of the gospel get themselves into serious problems, is when they ignore the implications of these words. The Son of God did not walk among men to give them a new philosophical system of belief -- but rather, to give them the Key of Knowledge that they could use to open the door of the "strait gate" to the Kingdom within themselves. What this means is that in order to bring about the necessary spiritual transformation, we cannot interpret man's higher reality from our present carnal perspective of life.
Where we create heaven with a set of pearly gates and golden streets -- or any other perception of the hereafter we choose to imagine -- what the Apostle states is that the Heavenly Kingdom is beyond even our ability to put into words or portray from a human perspective. Once this reality is comprehended, only then are we able to begin to realize why the teachings of the New Covenant does not attempt to teach us what to believe -- but rather, the manner in which we must live in order to manifest Higher Truth into our lives. In such a religion -- i.e., a spiritual religion -- there is no room for manmade doctrine and dogma as is prevalent in our churches today.
A person in search of truth will ask: What could the higher reality of man possibly be that it would be "...beyond a man's power to describe or put in words"? Why would Paul write to the believers at Corinth that he was "...not allowed to tell" others what he saw? What is the nature and substance of the Mysteries of God which Paul speaks of in the first three chapters of First Corinthians, that baptized and committed believers would view these Mysteries as "foolishness"? And why would Paul warn baptized and committed believers of the faith that if they think they know, they "...know nothing yet as they ought to know"?
To the Ephesians, Paul speaks of himself as an ambassador in bonds -- asking the believers to pray for a door of utterance to be opened so they might be able to comprehend the Mysteries of God: "And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak" (Eph 6:19-20 KJV). And to the Colossians this same message was repeated in the words: "Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak" (Col 4:3-4 KJV). Thus, we must understand that there were two separate elements to the teachings of Paul -- i.e., there was the religion of the simple faith which Paul referred to as the Testimony of Christ (1 Cor 1:6); and the Mysteries of God that the believer could only comprehend after the spiritual transformation had taken place, and the believer was transformed into a Disciple of Light that enabled them to learn directly from the Source of all Truth. To anyone in search of Truth, these questions are of the utmost importance to fully understand and answer.
Contrary to what is preached from our pulpits today, the next phases birth -- that of the soul and spiritual natures in the life of the transformed believer -- is accomplished in the same manner as our physical conception and birth -- i.e., incrementally. Therefore, truth is revealed to us one step at a time, and each of us is held accountable for the level of truth that has been revealed to us. That the entry level teachings are what the Apostle refers to as the "milk" of the Gospel, which he portrays as the "testimony of Christ" 1 Cor 1:6), and that the opening of the mind to man's higher reality must be accomplished in steps, is seen in the words: "Whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast? For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little" (Isa 28:9-10 RSV). Why? Because our carnal nature must be transformed into spiritual -- which transformation will permit the genuine disciple to use their indwelling soul and spiritual mind to interpret man's higher reality that is beyond the comprehension of man in his natural organic state of physical being.
With each step we take in our endeavor to walk in The Way, we must not only put our faith and knowledge into practice, but we must prove ourselves worthy prior to being given more. Thus, the advice of James, the brother of our Lord Jesus, was that: "Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly" (James 3:1 NIV). Thus, more will be required of those who assume the role of a teacher or preacher, than those who are the people of the simple faith. As teachers and clergy we have an added burden -- i.e., unless we teach and preach the whole truth, we will be judged no differently than the Sadducees and Pharisees who taught the doctrines and traditions of men, rather than the Pure Word of God. The problem is that we cannot know the Truth, until we become the Truth -- and we cannot become the Truth -- i.e., "having no part dark" (Luke 11:36 KJV) -- until we purify ourselves from the defilements of this world, and become disentangled from the doctrines and traditions of carnal men!
Today we hear Christians asking others if they are saved? Yet, what they fail to understand is that the Bible clearly confirms that even the body of believers have greater requirements placed upon them than the unbeliever: "That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked" (Luke 12:47-48 NIV). What this means is that those of us who have been found worthy, and have been permitted to take the initial steps of following in The Way, are held accountable to Higher Standards than those who are lost in this realm, and are therefore required to manifest the Light in this world of darkness.
Even the mere casual contemplation of these words of Jesus should provoke us to conclude that something is missing from our present-day understanding of the Gospel message. Why would the believer be beaten with many more blows, than the sinner who is not saved in accordance with our understanding, and does many "...things deserving punishment"? The implications are profound! What this means is that those who have never come to Christ, and lived as a sinner, will be punished less than those who came to Christ, and did not ardently observe the Commandments of the Lord. How can this be, you will rightly ask? How can those who claim to be saved, be not only accountable to a higher set of standards, but could very well endure the greater punishment than those who are not believers? What this means is that at present, we neither have a very clear perception of what is required, and neither do we understand what it truly means to be saved.
This same exact void in our doctrinal thinking is again demonstrated in the story of the man who asked Jesus what is required to receive the gift of eternal life: "Now behold, one came and said to Him, Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?" (Matt 19:16 NKJ). Yet, every aspect of Jesus' answer is contrary to our doctrines of belief today. In the first instance Jesus refuses to even be called good, as seen in the words: "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God" (Matt 19:17 NKJ). From a doctrinal perspective we would have Jesus replying to the man: Yes, I am God, and I am good! Again, contrary to our present-day doctrines of belief, Jesus then states to the man: "But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." This can't be! Once again the problem is seen in the fact that we don't believe that man can be saved by keeping the commandments. Thus, the great void in our doctrinal thinking is demonstrated in our inability to comprehend why Jesus did not admit that he was God -- how a man can be saved apart from Jesus -- and how Jesus could teach that men can be saved by merely keeping the Commandments of the Law that we claim has been done away with.
The answer to the dilemma will be even more discomforting to the modern day clergy and shepherd who, as a watcher over the flock, has made themselves personally responsible for the blood of the people. But even this statement we must question from a doctrinal perspective, asking: How can this be? All Christians, and especially the clergy, can be held accountable for the blood of the people, because we preach a gospel that we only understand in part. Because of the infusion of manmade doctrines into mysteries that are beyond carnal comprehension, there is an important element of New Covenant teachings that Christians do not possess today -- an element of truth that we no longer possess because it was removed from Christian doctrine by the Pagan Emperors and the Church of Rome! Moreover, because Christians are not accustomed to thinking in a spiritual manner, they will immediately reject this missing element, and the words of the Apostle will be fulfilled when he warned: "But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Cor 2:14 NKJ).
Do you want to know what that missing element is? Actually, you don't -- because it's revelation will required you to perform a total doctrinal about face once this missing element is presented to you. You will have to reject the Christ of Constantine! You will have to overcome the flawed perception of the Christ of Luther! In fact, you will say: This can't be! This can't be the true essence of the teachings of The Way! And you will be angered! You will be greatly troubled! And because of the limitations your doctrines of belief impose upon your thinking and comprehension, a great number of you will refuse to open your hearts and minds and search out the Truth! But when the day comes that you come before the Judgment Seat of the Lord, you will see that this day was the great turning point in your life where you were confronted by the crossroads where the one path leads to Life, while the "broad-way" leads to the promised destruction!
In our search for the Pure Word of God, we must ensure that we do not permit ourselves to become victims of the god of this world who has the power to seduce people of faith into believing a lie. Thus, the question that every believer must ask today is how pure is our system of beliefs? The alternate side of this question would be: How corrupted and contaminated has the message of Christ become after its long residence upon the earth when it was placed in the hands of mankind? In a letter to Pope Leo X on September 6th, 1520, Martin Luther wrote of the Christianity of his day, that the church, "…once the holiest of all, has become the most licentious den of thieves, the most shameless of all brothels, the kingdom of sin, death, and hell. It is so bad that even Antichrist himself, if he should come, could think of nothing to add to its wickedness" (Quoted in: The Great Thoughts; compiled by George Seldes).
When it is realized that Martin Luther was merely confirming the very biblical prediction made by none other than the Apostle Paul when he warned that, in the very near future the Prince of Darkness would be worshiped as God in the church which would call itself Christian, the present theological position of the modern church is totally undermined by the lawlessness that prevails. Of this future diabolical ruler of the church, the Apostle writes that he "…opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God" (2 Th 2:4 NKJ).
While Christians proclaim themselves free because they are faithful to Jesus, we must ask the question: Which Jesus are we faithful to? The Jesus of Constantine who is worshiped as God? Or the Jesus who is a pattern for all of mankind to follow in the footsteps of The Way -- i.e., the Jesus who replied to the man: "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God" (Matt 19:17 NKJ). Further, it is beyond our doctrinal perception to comprehend how man can be saved by keeping the commandments -- as seen in Jesus' words: "But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."
If these things are true, then we must ask the question: How, then, are we able to recognize the doctrines of Satan who rules over the Church which calls itself Christian? The answer is simple -- i.e., the Prince of Darkness wants you to reject the words of Jesus when he said: "Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee" (John 5:14 KJV). The Prince of Darkness wants us to continue to live in sin, because: "He that committeth sin is of the devil" (1 Jn 3:8 KJV). In order to deceive you, the Prince of Darkness creates a false savior who redeems the people regardless of their faithfulness to the Word of God -- regardless of their desire to live in accordance with the Commandments -- regardless of their hunger for Truth and Light. Thus, since the creation of the fourth century church, in Martin Luther's own words those who called themselves Christian, were in truth the ministers of Satan! More importantly is the reality that Paul confirms that the god of the Christians will not be God -- but rather, the Prince of Darkness.
HAS THE WORD OF GOD BEEN PRESERVED: While the answer is yes, its preservation is not in the manner that believers of the simple faith can understand today! Most modern Christians have been led to believe that their church has escaped the far-reaching influence of the Synagogue of Satan by an adherence to the scriptures. Is this true? In our failure to comprehend the spiritual essence of the teachings of The Way, we are literally begging to be seduced by the Prince of Darkness when we promote the commonly preached modern Church doctrine that the Bible was preserved from the corrupting element that pervaded and consumed all of Christianity for over a thousand years. Was the Bible preserved from corruption, as the majority of Christians believe today? One modern sect which routinely stands on street corners claiming to be "in the truth" proclaims that the New Testament was preserved in immaculate condition -- faithfully protected and preserved from corruption by the Hand of God over the last two thousand years. Yet, the famed biblical scholars Wescott and Hort who are the translators of the biblical text they use, were of the opinion that due to a conspiracy in the fourth century, the original text of the Bible has been forever lost. Another group that does not appear to explain the great variance and corruptions that undermine the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts from which we make our English translations, claims that God wrote the King James Version of the Bible. What this implies is that the King James Bible is infallible -- being not dependent upon traditional biblical texts and manuscripts -- but rather, was an independent revelation produced in the native English language which was received directly from God.
One of the most common biblical manuscripts used to make our modern English translations is known today as the Nestle Text. Yet it was Prof. Eberhard Nestle himself who warned us in his Einfhrung in die Textkritik des griechischen Testaments: "Learned men, so called Correctores were, following the church meeting at Nicea 325 AD, selected by the church authorities to scrutinize the sacred texts and rewrite them in order to correct their meaning in accordance with the views which the church had just sanctioned."
When the Church of Constantine endeavored to make the teachings of the New Covenant in sync with fourth century Roman Pagan thought and culture, to ignore the facts with respect to the manner in which the corrupters of the Word recreated the message of the scriptures in order to make it compatible to church doctrine, is to make oneself an enemy to the very Son of God to whom we proclaim to be faithful to.
The truth and the facts to the matter is very clearly expressed in the words of Prof. Bart D. Ehrman in his book, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, where he warns us that: "...theological disputes, specifically disputes over Christology, prompted Christian scribes to alter the words of scripture in order to make them more serviceable for the polemical task. Scribes modified their manuscripts to make them more patently ‘orthodox’ and less susceptible to ‘abuse’ by the opponents of orthodoxy" -- which orthodoxy was to bring the text of the Bible into conformity with the doctrines and tenets of the Church of the Roman Emperor Constantine. To close our hearts and minds to the facts, and ignore the truth, is from a New Covenant perspective synonymous with relinquishing any claim whatsoever with respect to being a follower of Jesus.
With regard to the condition of the Bible we presently use: The surviving Greek texts of the book of Acts are so radically different from each other, that it has been suggested that perhaps there were multiple versions written. In his book The Text of the New Testament, Dr. Vincent Taylor writes that "The manuscripts of the New Testament preserve traces of two kinds of dogmatic alterations: those which involve the elimination or alteration of what was regarded as doctrinally unacceptable or inconvenient, and those which introduce into the Scriptures proof for a favorite theological tenet or practice".
To put Dr. Taylor's words in perspective: What Dr. Taylor is stating is that, whatever doctrine Jesus taught which the Church of the Roman Empire did not agree with, there is overwhelming evidence that the church corrupters removed what was objectionable from their perspective. In like manner, whatever (Pagan) doctrines the Church regarded as being true, regardless of whether that belief was supported in the scriptures, the Church inserted this belief into the Bible in an attempt to make (that belief) authentic. What Dr. Taylor is warning us is the fact that there is good reason to conclude that our scriptures have been rewritten by the Church of Constantine. Now the question that is being posed here is whether you believe the theological tenets of Rome, or the disciples of Christ -- because the two are not the same. With respect to the text of Codex Bezae Dr. Taylor writes that: "It is characterized by a series of remarkable omissions in Luke, especially in chapters XXII and XXIV, and by many striking additions and variations in the Acts" (The Text of the New Testament, Dr. Vincent Taylor). How would these "remarkable omissions" and "striking additions and variations" effect our present-day doctrines of belief? We don't know, because we only translate what supports church doctrine and agrees with what we want to believe. From a biblical perspective, this is not only spiritually dishonest, but could well be detrimental to our spiritual well-being!
When confronted with the facts, church authorities become angry! Predictively, the modern Christian clergy and believer will often resort to the same defense as did the Roman Church during the Reformation -- i.e., they counter that to believe the scriptures were corrupted, means that you don't believe in the Bible. After all, if God wrote the King James Version of the Bible, then who are we to question His infallible work? This same allegation was used against the Protestant Reformers when they questioned the blatant Paganism of the Middle-Age Roman Catholic Church -- i.e., when they questioned the worship of saints, idols, Mary and the doctrines of the Pope, it was alleged that the Protestants were heretics, and did not believe in God and His Church.
That those who call themselves the followers of Christ ignore all biblical manuscripts that do not conform to what they want to hear -- that they choose to continue to use the Bible which was written by Constantine -- causes them to use the same exact defense as did the Church of Rome when the Protestant reformers questioned the source of their doctrines of belief -- i.e., where one said you don't believe in the church, we now defend that same Church's Bible when we accuse those who present us with the facts which we close our eyes to and say: You don't believe in the (church's) bible.
The answer is no! I don't believe that anyone can call themselves a Christian, and maintain a belief in the doctrines of Pagan Rome, or adhere strictly to the Bible that Constantine rewrote to make it reflect the philosophy of his Church. To be called a Christian, one must not only be Christ-like, but they must live in such a manner that they are able to receive the Anointing of the Light.
ARE THE SCRIPTURES CORRUPTED? The answer to this question is not easily understood. Once again the true problem is that because we are imbued with the cultural thinking and the doctrines of carnal men, we fail to understand that even the corruption of the scriptures was permitted and brought about for the good of the believers. How can I make such a statement? For the exact same reason why Jesus told the man who asked him about eternal life to observe the commandments! In their pure form, the New Covenant scriptures never would have been acceptable to the Gentiles who were of a heathen mindset -- and thus, the scriptures themselves had to be altered to further the Word of God. Further, for the same reason that Jesus taught in the parable where the Lord permitted the tares to grow among the good seed (Matt 13:24-30). The corruptions cause the genuine faithful believer to look beyond the written word, and in their search for truth, the Lord opens their minds and permits them to view the Spiritual Gospel which remains in a pure and perfect form.
The lesson is seen in the fact that, in the same way that the true followers of Jesus cannot be faithful to two masters, neither can Christians be faithful to the written word of Constantine's Church, and be faithful to the Lord. It is the Living Word and the Living Scriptures that the true people of the Lord must endeavor to adhere to. Regardless, then, of what they say with their lips, so long as they continue to cling to what is of this world, while rejecting what is Living and Spiritual, they cannot be genuine followers of Jesus.
With respect to the allegation of those who close their hearts and minds to the facts presented by modern textual criticism, we must pose the question: Can you believe in the Bible and still question those parts of it which were either edited out or added into the text by the Church of Constantine? Perhaps it would be best to answer this question by putting it in a way that we can understand the implications on our lives: If we entered a time of (world) conflict, and martial law was invoked, and Congress passed a law suspending the Bill of Rights, would you still be an American and believe in the tenets of the Constitution? And, after the conflict had passed, you recognized the need to do away with the limitations imposed, and stood up and demanded that the Bill of Rights be restored, would you still be an American and believe in the Constitution?
Why do I use the Bill of Rights as an example which I portray as being synonymous with those teachings and concepts that were removed from the Bible? Because in the same way that the Bill of Rights is the declaration of the God-given unalienable rights of the individual American, what was removed by Constantine was the biblical teachings which taught and demonstrated the means by which the follower of Jesus was to PERSONALLY walk in The Way, and individually come into the direct Presence of the Lord! The Bible, like the Constitution, possesses great wisdom throughout its written text. But in the same way that it is the Bill of Rights which makes each person a sovereign individual, it is the teachings and concepts which were removed, that enables the believer to PERSONALLY open the inner door to the Temple of the Soul -- i.e., "Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" (1 Cor 3:16 NKJ).
In our search for truth we should have known all along that important elements of original New Covenant thought was suppressed -- and that in the recreation of the Church as a secular institution ordained through a covenant with Pagan Rome that much was missing -- and this fact is easily confirmed in the witness of the biblical scholars who warned us: "Biblical scholars were not disturbed by what they found in the Dead Sea Scrolls because they had known all along that the origin of Christianity was not what was commonly supposed to have been" they had known all along that the origin of Christianity was not what was commonly supposed to have been" (quoted by Millar Burrows in More Light on the Dead Sea Scrolls).
This fact was further attested to by Prof. Elaine Pagles in her assertion that the church arose out of a political struggle where it could be said that Jesus was abducted and made a subject of the Emperor of Rome, rather than a spiritual revolution where Pagan Rome was converted to a spiritual people. What this means is that the condemnation of many groups of Christians who refused to adhere to the doctrines of Constantine, was founded upon "...political implications". Why? What Prof. Pagles found was that the condemnation of many sects of Christians who did not agree with the Roman Church was "...crucial to the development of Christianity as an institutional religion. In simplest terms, ideas which bear implications contrary to that development came to be labeled heresy; ideas which implicitly support it become orthodox" (The Gnostic Gospels). The problem is that the teachings of the New Covenant are Spiritual, and these sacred teachings cannot retain their Living Essence when limited by the worldly structure and tenets of an institutional religion!
In the same way that the U.S. Constitution takes up many volumes, while the Bill of Rights is only a very small portion -- without the Bill of Rights and its declaration of God-given unalienable rights, the Constitution and our form and structure of law and order could be easily manipulated by government officials to serve their own needs over that of the individual. It is the Bill of Rights that defines freedom from the perspective of the sovereign individual -- i.e., freedom of religion; freedom of speech; freedom to live in accordance with one's own conscience and pursuit of happiness -- it is these same Bill of Rights that must be undermined by such systems as Communism and Socialism, in the endeavor to shift the balance of power and make the government sovereign over the people.
Like the Bill of Rights, in the original teachings of the New Covenant the essence of thought is the individual's relationship to his Creator God. The focus of the teachings of The Way was to prepare the individual to open the indwelling gate to first the soul and spiritual natures, and ultimately the Kingdom of God within -- i.e., "Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, See here! or See there! For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:20-21 NKJ). While this verse still remains, the same cannot be said of the many other similar teachings where where more explicit. Those teachings which instructed the individual what they must do -- and the mindset they must have in order to open the gate to the indwelling Kingdom -- were removed. Why? Because in order for the teachings of Jesus to be useful to the politicians and false priests of the fourth century Roman Church, the secularized quasi-religious institution created by the Emperor Constantine had to be inserted between the believer and God.
If we therefore pose the question: Is there any validity to the allegation of many modern Christians who claim that, if you state that the scriptures have been corrupted by the Pagan Church of Rome you don't believe in the Bible? In the same way that the very essence of the U.S. Constitution is the Bill of Rights, those teachings which assisted the individual in learning directly from God -- the teachings that were the foundational principle of the commandment: "You must not be called ‘Teacher,’ because you are all brothers of one another and have only one Teacher" (Matt 23:8 TEV) -- and this ultimate spiritual reality is further declared in the profound words: "It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me" And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me" (John 6:45 NKJ) -- and it was the means to bring this about that was removed when, in the words of Prof. Eberhard Nestle when he warned: "Learned men, so called Correctores were, following the church meeting at Nicea 325 AD, selected by the church authorities to scrutinize the sacred texts and rewrite them in order to correct their meaning in accordance with the views which the church had just sanctioned" (Einfhrung in die Textkritik des griechischen Testaments).
When the Son of God states that "...everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me," this in no way conveys the idea that we will join a church -- or glean from the written word our interpretation of what the Father instructed -- or that we will believe in a certain creed or doctrine -- but rather, that our hearts and minds will be opened to the Light beyond the barrier of this realm of the "outer darkness", and we will perceive, comprehend and experience the Truth with the Anointing of our Mind as we literally dwell in the Temple and Presence of the Lord!
How will Christians be judged? If you were a genuine believer and follower of the Christ, then you would reject the doctrines of men even when they have been written directly into the scriptures, and you would strive to re-establish the Bill of Rights of the New Covenant! Is is within your ability to do this? The answer is yes! But it is necessary to "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good" (1Thes 5:21 KJV). How can we do this? By rejecting the cultural and philosophical Christ that has been handed down to us and preached in our churches today, and intimately embracing the Spiritual Christ. This preparatory process is begun by totally immersing ones life in the teachings of Christ in word, thought and deed, and picking up our own crosses in the process of walking in The Way.
As a Christian it is important for us to understand that we are charged with the responsibility of seeking out the Truth! It is the people of the Nations who can worship and believe in God in any manner of their choosing! Jesus said: "And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men" (Matt 15:9 NKJ). Thus, we are neither faithful, nor worship the God of Jesus when we permit our beliefs to be colored by the doctrines of other men. Jesus said: "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:23-24 NKJ). This cannot be accomplished in our present day because, though we possess the Constitution of the New Covenant, the Bill of Rights that teaches about the Spiritual Sovereignty of mankind that enables the vision of the New Covenant to manifest in the requirements that: "if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation" (Exod 19:5-6 NKJ).
That the Lord for a long time has been attempting to guide us into a more pure understanding of the teachings of The Way, and we have been for the most part ignoring what has been placed in the hands of the Church, was well established by biblical scholar and Dead Sea Scroll expert John Allegro -- who was at that time a Professor at Manchester University who worked extensively on the scrolls, where he was quoted in the August 1966 issue of Harpers Magazine as stating: "The very scholars who should be most capable of working on the documents and interpreting them have displayed a not altogether surprising, but nonetheless curious, reluctance to go to the heart of their matter. The scholars appear to have held back from making discoveries which, there is evidence to believe, may upset a great many basic teachings of the Christian Church. This in turn would greatly upset many Christian Theologians and believers. The heart of the matter is, in fact, the source and originality of Christian doctrine" . How can these words be true! Isn't Jesus the truth and The Way? The answer is found in the fact that while we worship Jesus with our lips, in not using the Key of Knowledge to open the inner door of our soul and spiritual natures, we have failed to make Jesus the pattern for our lives that we must intimately imitate in our quest for Truth and Knowledge!
What Prof. Allegro is conveying to us is that Church authorities have rejected what the Hand of God has in fact placed in their hands, because there is no doubt that the essence of Christianity has very little in common with the secular institutionalized Church of Rome -- very little in common with the Bible the correctors of the Church of Rome rewrote -- and very little in common with what is believed by people who call themselves Christian today.
Do you believe in the Bible? Ultimately, those Christians who claim that the Lord preserved the written word are not entirely wrong. While it is true that many important New Covenant teachings and concepts were altered and removed from their original context, it is also true that enough remains intact to guide us in our journey into The Way. The crux of the problem is not so much with the condition of the scriptures, as it is that we have not only adopted the Roman manner of interpreting the Bible, but we have for the most part adopted the Roman lifestyle and manner of thinking -- i.e., a lifestyle so immersed in the fulfillment of carnal lusts and desires of the flesh, that there is no way for the seed of truth to become fruitful within us. Thus, while we call upon the name of the Lord, because we remain carnal, and unfaithful to the essence of His Teachings, the Lord proclaims to us: "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46 NKJ).
With respect to the carnal manner in which we comprehend the scriptures, and our inability to perceive the spiritual language in which the Sacred Writings are composed, perhaps the nature of the problem was best presented by the Church Historian Eusebius when he wrote: “Many were led astray by reading the allegorical contents of the scriptures literally in the method of the Pharisees and Sadducees”. That our method of reading and perceiving the scriptures is fatally flawed was again something we should have realized when biblical scholars such as Andre Dupont-Sommer warned us that the documents from Qumran do not support our present-day system of beliefs. Why? Because in adopting the theology of Rome, we have in fact alienated ourselves from the very core of Gospel thought and purpose. Thus, with respect to the very essence of New Covenant thought Dupont-Sommer wrote in his book, The Essene Writings From Qumran: "The documents from Qumran make it plain that the primitive Christian Church was rooted in the Jewish sect of the New Covenant, the Essene sect, to a degree none would have suspected, and that it borrowed from a large part of it's organization, rites, doctrines, patterns of thought, and it's mystical and ethical ideas."
Perhaps the more profound warning was raised by Edmund Wilson, another expert who worked on the scrolls, when he wrote in his book The Scrolls From The Dead Sea: "Jesus... had been trained in the discipline and imbued with the thought of a certain Jewish sect, and that he had learned from it the role that he afterwards lived..." What are the implications? From a New Covenant perspective they are devastating! Because we have rejected the original New Covenant Spiritual concepts of life, the scriptures, and our relationship to God and His Messiah, and adopted the very carnal Roman Pagan concepts of life, the scriptures, and our relationship to God and His Christ, we have in effect alienated ourselves from the very essence and purpose of the teachings of the Son of God we claim to believe in.
What is the difference? Simply ask the average Christian if they think they will go to Heaven, and they will express the belief that when they die they hope to be found worthy to inherit the promise of eternal life -- whereas, the original people of the New Covenant understood that one must enter into the Kingdom and inherit the promise of eternal life while they are still alive in the physical body.
Thus, perhaps the very essence of the problem is captured in the words of biblical scholar and Dead Sea Scroll expert Professor John Allegro where he wrote in his book, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of Christianity: "It is a fact that the Qumran Library has profoundly affected the study of the Johannine writings and many longheld conceptions have had to be radically revised. No longer can John be regarded as the most Hellenistic of the Evangelists; his gnosticism, and the whole framework of his thought is seen now to spring directly from a Jewish sectarianism rooted in palestinian soil, and his material recognized as founded in the earliest layers of Gospel traditions."
What are the implications of these words? What does it mean to the modern believer who quotes John with respect to the need to be "born again", when the evidence points to the fact that the writings of John must be seen as the most Gnostic of the disciples, and the "whole framework of his thought... springs directly" from the "...doctrines, patterns of thought, and it's mystical and ethical ideas" of a very Gnostic and mystical sect of Jews who held totally opposite beliefs about God, religion and the purpose of life than we do today!
What difference does it make if the original religion and teachings of the New Covenant was of a purely Spiritual nature -- i.e., Gnostic? How does this impact the belief that Jesus was the Son of God and all those who believe in him will inherit everlasting life? From a doctrinal perspective, the difference is profound! While the Roman Church has attributed many seemingly un-Christian doctrines to those who were labeled Gnostic -- and some of their allegations of heresy were undoubtedly true -- when Prof. Allegro speaks of the Gnosticism of John, he is making reference to the purely spiritual nature of the Gospel associated with his name. The word Gnostic is drawn from the Greek word "gnosis", meaning experiential knowledge received directly from God.
Under the heading of Gnosticism, the Encyclopedia Britannica states:
“Among the majority of the followers of the movement, 'Gnosis' was understood
not as meaning 'knowledge' or 'understanding', in our sense of the word, but
These little Gnostic sects and groups all lived in the conviction that
they possessed a secret and mysterious knowledge, in no way accessible to those
outside, which was not to be proved or propagated, but believed in by the
initiated, and anxiously guarded as a secret.
This knowledge of theirs was not based on reflection, on scientific
inquiry and proof, but on revelation.
It was derived directly from the times of primitive Christianity, from the
Savior himself and from his disciples and friends, with whom they claimed to be
connected by a secret tradition, or else from later prophets, of whom many sects
boasted. It was laid down in
wonderful mystic writings, which were in the possession of the various circles”.
The Gnostic does not worship in a temple made with hands -- for he is the Temple of the Living God. The Gnostic does not have a teacher or leader in this world -- only God is his Teacher and Leader. The Gnostic believes that each of us possesses a direct inner connection to God, the Source of all Knowledge, and all we need to do is live in strict accord with the Royal Law of the Most High, and this inner connection will open wider in accordance with the level and purity of Truth we can manifest in our lives. The Gnostic does not cling to the doctrines of men -- but rather, fulfills the Commandment of the Lord in his endeavor to call out and learn the Mysteries and Sacred Secrets of Creation directly from God. Therefore, when mystical Jews who authored our gospels compose scriptures in the sacred language of the soul, what appears to be historical events is written in such a manner that they can be applied within us and simultaneously understood as spiritual events in the life of the disciple in search of the indwelling Kingdom.
When we begin to understand the threefold nature of scripture -- i.e., body, soul and spirit -- we can then begin to comprehend the means by which the modern believer must pick up their cross and walk in The Way. When we read the scriptures from an historical perspective -- i.e., looking for the Christ after the flesh -- then we are the people of the simple faith which Paul referred to "babes in Christ" who were too carnal to comprehend the Mysteries of God. When we begin to understand that the authors of our Bible composed the forms and symbols of the written word so they could be turned within ourselves in the endeavor to overcome our carnal nature, then the Bible itself becomes our guide book that directs our path into the inner Kingdom that exists as a parallel dimension of being.
Modern science has demonstrated conclusively that man in his natural organic state of being uses less than ten percent of his potential of mind. Why? Why can't we simply go to school and learn more, and use a greater part of our mental resources? The answer is simple -- i.e., we exist consciously across the spectrum of a multidimensional reality, and those higher parts of our mind that we can't access do not correspond to this realm. Thus, the dilemma can only be overcome when we begin to live our lives in a manner that is conducive to overcoming our own inner states of division. The original people of the New Covenant knew this, and they created a religion and a lifestyle that opened the door to their soul and spiritual natures that is not of this world. Jesus knew this truth, and he embraced the Royal Law in such a perfect and complete manner, that he became the very pattern of all mankind in search of Truth to imitate and follow. The problem was that the Romans did not desire to become Christ-like -- but rather, they wanted a Savior who would permit them to indulge in every carnal and sensual desire, and bestow upon them absolute forgiveness for their sinful ways.
The beauty of the New Covenant teachings is that you, as a reader, need not believe a single word that I am saying. Why should you? Jesus said that we are to believe in him -- and learn only the pure teachings that he will impart to us. What this means, then, is all we have to do is live our lives in such a way that we do and fulfill the Lord's Commandments -- open our mind to the religious and philosophical possibilities of life and permit the indwelling Word to be our teacher and instructor -- and seek the Light of our Heavenly Father in everything we think, do and say.
Why is it necessary to open our minds to the religious and philosophical possibilities of life? Ask the question: What prompted Paul to write that while "...in paradise, [he] heard things so astounding that they are beyond a man's power to describe or put in words (and anyway I am not allowed to tell them to others)" (2 Cor 12:2-4 TLB). Thus, that those who are permitted to gaze upon the higher spiritual reality of man cannot convey what they see in words that carnal man will comprehend, and are not even permitted to speak of their experiences to others, is the thought expressed by Paul with respect to those who are still of the simple faith when he warned: "And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know" (1 Cor 8:2 NKJ).
Paul really mean what he wrote?
In the Martyrdom of Ignatius (first
Century Overseer of Antioch), Ignatius speaks of himself as a disciple of John.
In his Epistle to the Ephesians he writes that he has been “initiated
into the mysteries of the Gospel with Paul, the holy, the martyred”.
In his Epistle to the Trallaus he speaks of the mysteries and writes:
“Might I not write to you things more full of
But I fear to do so, lest I should inflict injury on you who are babes.
Pardon me in this respect, lest, as not being able to receive their weighty
ye should be strangled by them”.
Ignatius also writes that though he is aware of the mysteries, he is not
yet “by any means perfect, nor am I such a disciple as Paul or Peter”.
What preacher of the gospel today warns his congregation that if he was to
reveal the true teachings of the New Covenant -- the Gospel of God -- he would
“inflict injury on you who are babes”
in Christ? What teaching of
the Lord could a present-day preacher of the gospel reveal that the congregation
of believers are not “able
to receive their weighty import”?
If Ignatius was with us today, what profound mystery could he speak
regarding the true teachings of Jesus that believers today would be “strangled
What must be immediately recognized is that when we speak about the Christianity
of the first three centuries, we are not talking about the same religion that
That's right! Because
of the political agenda and doctrines that were forced upon the church in the
fourth century by the emperor and politicians of Rome, it is easily demonstrated
that the Christianity we know today is a mere shadow of what Jesus taught and
was believed over the first three centuries of our Common Era.
Moreover, we can never even begin to move beyond the entry level milk,
and partake of the solid spiritual food that enables us to embrace the Gospel of
God, until we come to terms with the fact that the Christianity of the first
three centuries was so profoundly different than what remains today -- i.e., a
truly Spiritual Religion that transports the believer/disciple into the Presence
of God -- that what is practiced as Christianity today must be recognized as a
new religion that came into being in the fourth century, and was revised into
still an almost totally new form at the time of the Reformation.
We cannot today even relate to sacred teachings that would “strangle” the common believer, because we no longer possess the Gospel of God -- and have only the good news that was preached to the multitudes. Because the Church became carnal, and of the flesh, we have only preserved the doctrine that the Church Father Origen spoke of as “preached in the Churches… for the simpleminded and for the ears of the common crowd who are led on to live better lives by their belief”.
I understand that these words of Origen will be viewed as being objectionable by many believers today! But before we ignore the witness of early Christian holy men such as Ignatius and Origen, shouldn't we admit that their witness is no different than the Word of God where it is written: "Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech: How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you. But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand, since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you--when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm" (Prov 1:20-33 NIV).
Again the modern believer will ask how these words can apply to them? After all, they reason, they believe in Jesus and worship God. The answer is seen in the reality portrayed when Jesus replied to the carnal Jews that the Kingdom will never come upon the earth in the manner they look for it, because it is within them (Luke 17:20-21). What this means is that we cannot gain entrance to the inner Kingdom my merely believing or physically dieing -- but rather, by picking up our crosses and walking in The Way while we are still physically alive. Faith and belief from the perspective of the original teachings of the New Covenant, means that you are prepared to be in the world and not of it!
As Christians, then, our sin is exemplified when we fail to live our life in
such a way that the inner connection to the Kingdom begins to open -- where we
overcome and transmute our carnal nature and the desires of the flesh become
transformed into spiritual -- and this process, which is the next stage of
birth which Jesus states is absolutely necessary in order to enter into the
Kingdom of Heaven -- opens and permits our mind to become Anointed, whereby we
are able to be taught directly from the Son of God who dwells in the Temple of
our souls. In order to do this, we must not only become teachable,
but we must begin to apply the seemingly historical events of the scriptures to
the carnal/spiritual conflict that rages within us.
Fundamentally, what it means is that our present-day belief in the gospel message is misdirected, because we have redefined important essential points in the teachings of The Way, Jesus, the purpose of religion, and the requirements of life itself from a Roman perspective, and we expect God to adhere to our perception of the gospel as we have redefined it! Thus, we reject the whole New Covenant concept that we must be in the world and not of it, and have replaced it with the Roman theology that we can live in accordance with the culture, lusts, desires and materialism of this world, so long as we praise God and proclaim His greatness. More than anything else, what the biblical scholars and Dead Sea Scroll experts realized when they saw the writings of the people of the New Covenant, was that our modern-day religion which we call Christianity, has little in common with the teachings of The Way which Jesus revealed to mankind!
While it has many times been proposed that the original Messianic followers of Jesus were too Jewish to comprehend the essence of the teachings of The Way, modern archeological findings have not only proven this well published doctrine of the Gentile Church to be in error, but the reverse is actually true -- i.e., that the Gentiles were for the most part too pagan and heathen in their thinking and customs to walk faithfully in the purity of the Word.
Where we get confused over a very partial understanding of the past and the events of early Jewish and Christian history, is seen in the fact that the true Nation of Israel and the original people of the New Covenant -- i.e., the Essenes -- were edited out of both the Bible and the history books. Thus, when we open our Bibles we not only get an erroneous sense of historical events, but also the Roman Church has made it difficult for us to get a proper sense of what is required of us in order to be a genuine believer from a biblical perspective. We therefore exist under a cloud of unknowing, which was created by the removal of many important elements of biblical events and teachings. The true Israelites never rejected Jesus! The true Israelites never worshiped in Temples made with hands! The true Israelites never performed ritual sacrifices in the Jerusalem temple. Neither did the true Israelites perform physical circumcision, or require a literal observance of the Law of Moses!
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