The Missing Piece To The Puzzle: One of the most disturbing questions that has
continually divided the opinions of the church almost since its very inception, is the
two great conflicting biblical doctrines of Divine Providence versus freewill.
Which of the two paradoxical opposites are correct? When one group of sincere believing Christians read the Bible to learn
the Word of God, they see in the scriptures very plainly that God Ordains all
things in this life -- i.e., not only all things good and evil, but also each
and every event that mankind experiences.
Yet, when another group of equally sincere Christians open and read their Bibles, they
conclude that people have freewill, and are therefore required to make the
proper choices in life. Which
position is true? The problem is
that if you can't answer this paradoxical question and derive the proper answer
which demonstrates that both paradoxical opposites are equally true, then you
will find yourself spiritually flat-lined to the degree that no real progress
can be made beyond that point, until you possess the missing piece to the puzzle
of the equation of freewill vs Divine Providence. Why can't
you make any progress beyond this point? Because
those who preach the gospel are missing one of the most important keys to
understanding the very nature and purpose of life itself, in many instances we
can observe the modern preacher doing a juggling act -- i.e., on one had they
attempt to preach to the people that they must make the proper choices in their
lives, while attempting to balance the uncountable number of passages of
scriptures that openly state that everything in life is pre-ordained by God.
How important is it for us to rectify these two
conflicting doctrines that are well represented throughout the scriptures?
It is so important, that the Rev. Charles Spurgeon, one of the foremost
respected Christian authorities, sincerely put the matter in the proper light
when he wrote: “The system of truth revealed in the Scriptures is not
simply one straight line, but two; and no man will ever get a right view of the
gospel until he knows how to look at the two lines at once… Two truths cannot
be contradictory to each other… and it is only my folly that leads me to
imagine that these two truths can ever contradict each other” (Charles H.
Spurgeon, Autobiography Vol. 1: The Early Years. pp. 173, 174).
Very truthfully, Rev. Spurgeon is correct, and they form the foundational
principle of the Apostle Paul’s rather profound statement to the people of the
common faith when he admonished those who think they know the true Gospel
message: “And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet
as he ought to know” (1 Cor 8:2 NKJ).
Yet, to the demise of the faithful flock of believers, religious
authorities ignore the great profound wisdom that is being presented.
Why do they ignore what the Rev. Spurgeon portrays as his folly because of his
inability to comprehend what brings these two lines of biblical truth together?
Because when truth be told, they simply do not have an answer to the problem?
So they preach a doctrinal account that is openly rejected in many important
biblical teachings and concepts.
Why do they ignore what the Rev. Spurgeon portrays as his folly because of his inability to comprehend what brings these two lines of biblical truth together? Because when truth be told, they simply do not have an answer to the problem? So they preach a doctrinal account that is openly rejected in many important biblical teachings and concepts.
While we hear many Christians today proclaim that Jesus
is the truth, they ignore the problem that unless we can faithfully and
sincerely manifest the teachings and the Word of God in our daily lives, Jesus
himself warned us: “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!’”
(Matt 7:21-23 NIV). The
problem that confronts each and every person today is that, unless we can bring
these two lines of biblical truth together, and then act accordingly, there is
no way that we can manifest the
“…will of the Father” in our lives.
While Christians today are correct in their proclamation
that Jesus is the truth, the problem remains that these two paramount lines of
truth that even the Rev. Spurgeon, one of the most respected of Christian
biblical authorities could not merge into One, remains the great flaw in the
thinking of the Church today -- a flaw that is the root cause of all modern-day
conflict in doctrine. Paul and all
the biblical authors emphatically warn believers with regard to natural man’s inability to utilize a
greater part of his potential of mind (see
Mystery Of The Gospel) -- and to a
great degree, it is man's powerlessness to merge these
two truths that is at the center of our problem.
Such sects as the Jehovah's Witnesses, Evangelical Christians, and the
mainline Protestant sects are unable to agree on even the most fundamental of
theological points -- and this is again due to their inability to merge these
two great biblical truths.
The harsh reality with which the modern believer is
confronted with is seen in the fact that, because what Paul portrays as
"natural" man cannot merge these
two lines of truth into One, believers in effect alienate themselves from the very Word
of God which they proclaim to champion.
This is especially seen in the fact that modern believers do not at all
believe in the same
manner as the disciples and followers that Jesus personally taught -- labeling
them heretics who were too Jewish to understand the Gospel Message.
But is the
condemnation of the Gentile Church valid?
Modern Christians fail
to understand why the first century disciples and followers of Jesus believed
differently than they do today -- yet, when properly understood, the looming
problem exists because the modern believers cannot merge these two great
paradoxical truths together.
In like manner, it is this same inability to merge these two lines of
biblical truth that causes believers not to comprehend the importance of the higher
Christian Knowledge -- a Knowledge that the first Gentile believers who were the
disciples of Paul, claimed was absolutely necessary to man's salvation.
The Great Void That Mentally/Spiritually
Flat-Lines Seekers: The missing piece to the puzzle has created a void --
and this great void in the believers perception of life, themselves, and their relationship to our Creator God.
This void places an almost insurmountable obstacle between us and the
Lord's Anointed -- the Messiah/Christ -- who we desire to have a personal relationship
with. It is this same void
that inhibits our ability to understand the deeper meaning of the scriptures --
the higher teachings of the Gospel -- and the perception of man's true spiritual
While on the surface this void is demonstrated in the believers
inability to harmonize the biblical doctrine of Divine Providence and freewill
-- what we fail to realize is the fact that this void has been brought about by
a still greater emptiness that has rendered every manmade doctrine that man
concocts to explain the world in which he dwells, desolate and barren.
In First Corinthians, the Apostle Paul calls the wisdom of this world
foolishness -- which is fundamentally the same as what was spoken by Solomon in
the words: “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death” (Prov 14:12 KJV).
The great truth that the Bible is attempting to caution us about is again
seen in the warning: Because human reasoning is based upon the limitations of
the physical body in which we are presently dwelling, every lofty idea that we
conceive of -- whether religious or non-religious -- is so limited in its scope
of vision, that it is man's very own religious and social philosophy that causes
his own demise! The truth of
the matter is that where we view ourselves as an enlightened and knowing people,
we are actually appallingly ignorant with respect to the very reason, essence
and purpose of life itself.
In recognition of these biblical assertions that
inhibit believers from comprehending man’s own higher reality of soul and spirit,
man in fact sever himself from
a true personal relationship with the Son of God when he routinely attempt to
explain away many of the most important New Covenant concepts that Jesus himself
openly taught. Thus, we
ignore the words of Jesus when he said we must be as perfect as our Heavenly
Father (Mt 5:48) -- we ignore the many statements of Paul that tell us that True
Wisdom can only be spoken among those who are perfect -- and we are unable to
perceive the true depth of the biblical commandment that we must be complete in
all of our being.
It is not that we ignore many of the most important
teachings of the New Covenant consciously -- i.e., no church authority opens the
pages of the Bible and intentionally attempts to explain away many of the most
important elements of New Covenant teachings -- the problem is that we just lack
the foundational mindset to perceive the Mysteries of God that Paul warns is
perceived and rejected as utter "foolishness" to the natural mind of man
(see Mystery Of The Gospel). The result is that, in place of true spiritual wisdom
which is an outgrowth of one’s own personal experiences and interaction with
their indwelling soul and spiritual nature, carnal man creates doctrines
intended to explain mysteries that are beyond his organic carnal comprehension -- and as with
all manmade doctrines, what would appear to be the conclusions of brilliant
minds attempting to assist others in their endeavor to better understand the
Word of God by conveying to them their vision of what the message of the
scriptures states, it is these doctrines and explanations that in essence
obstructs the very path that leads the flock of believers in their journey into
The problem is that no philosophical or quasi-religious
explanation can possess even a shred of validity, until it is perceived within
the original spiritual foundational mindset from which the scriptures have
emerged -- which mindset must begin with a proper concept of our true beginning
and source of being as envisioned within the framework of our eventual destiny.
And thus the true nature of the problem that confronts even the most brilliant
of minds of organic man, is seen in the fact that
that this higher vision of man's greater reality is impossible to
behold from a carnal perspective.
It is because Christians have closed their minds to the
biblical assertion God is not mocked (Gal 6:7), and each of us inherits the
result of our own past actions and deeds -- and what we perceive as Divine
Providence has been brought about by a series of pre-existent conditions --
which means that the gift of freewill is dependent upon the manner in which we have
conducted ourselves in the past -- that we have brought upon ourselves lives of
very limited spiritual growth and understanding in our quest to see the Face of
If asked, all men would quickly answer in the affirmative
when the question is posed to them if they would like to know the Truth and
Mysteries of Creation. Yet,
in truth, few would men would be willing to pay the cost with regard to time,
desire, perseverance and dedication.
Why? Because in order
to know the Truth, it is absolutely necessary to become an Expression of the Truth.
The result is that in our effort to explain what we perceive through our
physical senses, we fail to embrace the fundamental principles upon which The Way must be walked and transcended. Instead
of doing what Jesus did, and adhering to biblical commands, we replace the
teachings of TheWay with philosophical beliefs, and express our faith in the
traditions of the Church as in the manner of the religion of Constantine and a
Pagan Roman Emperors who forced their doctrines upon the Church -- i.e.,
believed that the heretics, who presumed to dispute his opinions or to oppose
his commands, were guilty of the most absurd and criminal obstinancy... Not a
moment was lost in excluding the ministers and teachers of the separated
congregations from any share of the rewards and immunities which the emperor had
so liberally bestowed on the orthodox clergy. But as the sectaries might still
exist under the cloud of royal disgrace, the conquest of the East was
immediately followed by an edict which announced their total destruction”.
Thus, in the same way that whoever did not embrace the religion of the emperor
met with the sentence of death -- i.e., After becoming the head of the Church
Constantine issued "...an edict which announced
[the] total destruction” of those Christians who refused to accept
the religion of the emperor -- and futher, whatever scriptures did not conform
to the approved version, was immediately destroyed (see
Once our flaw is properly understood, it can be observed
that everything in our modern-day society patterns itself after these same
concepts that are foundational to the New Covenant theology. A person cannot obtain a license to practice medicine, law,
or any other profession, without learning from the masters of that profession,
and meeting their required standards.
A person can believe they are a healer, or a legal expert, or any other
profession, but their belief does not make it so. In the same way, the essence of New Covenant teachings
is to enable the disciple to overcome the three-dimensional limitations of this
realm, and learn directly from the Master of The Way. That men who have failed to accomplish this requirement
have created churches and doctrines without having learned directly from the
Master, is as counterfeit as a layman who declares himself to be a licensed
A profound biblical doctrine that is neither recognized,
nor understood by the greater number of believers today, is that God only
reveals His Truth -- which Truth includes a more enlightened understanding of
God's Plan for the eventual destiny of mankind -- to a certain select group of
people. And what is the
requirement? It is no
different than the same criteria that we expect of the professionals in our own
society -- i.e., that the disciples and seekers apply themselves to the commandments of The
Way, practice the teachings of the New Covenant in their life, and learn only
from the true Source of Knowledge, and then use their proficiency to heal and
guide the people.
Regardless of the fact that many people of the simple
faith claim to know the Truth, the Bible states that the Higher Truth is only
revealed to the very few in number who are willing to embrace the Light in its
fullness. The scriptures warn that
unless the necessary process of spiritual transformation has been brought about
-- even by baptized and confirmed committed Christian believers (see
Mystery Of The Gospel)
-- that the congregation of believers and their leaders will remain blind to the
true meaning of the written word of the scriptures. If, then, it is our
desire to move beyond what is counterfeit by virtue of its incompleteness, and
begin to embrace what is truly genuine, it is absolutely necessary for us to
comprehend the criteria that God uses in His choice as to whom He will reveal
the Higher Revelation of the Mysteries that the Bible makes reference to.
The Problem Of Organic Consciousness:
While believers would like to think that they understand what the scriptures
warn that organic man is profoundly blind to on the basis of a profession of
faith and allegiance, the problem is in fact brought about by the very
limitations of the body and physical human consciousness. And
this is why Paul warned in the foregoing link, that even baptized, committed
Christians will be incapable of comprehending the higher reality of the soul and
the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God. Paul further warns of the
absolute need to bring about the transformation of the body and the physical
organic consciousness (see
which is the result of acquiring a mature understanding which imbues the person
with Spiritual Knowledge imparted to them directly from God, and the necessity
of living this Knowledge and the Truth wholistically in our daily word,
thoughts, desires and deeds. Our quest to merge the two biblical lines of truth
that the Rev. Spurgeon portrayed as his folly to understand -- bringing these
two lines of truth into
One -- must therefore begin with the realization that the shadow church which came
into existence in the fourth century under Pagan Rome, brought about a total
reinterpretation of essential spiritual concepts and requirements in an attempt
to empower the manmade quasi-religious institution which Constantine created.
In order for this shadow church to be successful, it became necessary to
re-establish the criteria for man’s salvation in accordance with the vision of
the ruling political authority of the empire.
Thus, if you professed your allegiance to their god -- generously
contributed to the church’s collection plate -- and were a member in good
standing -- then you met the criteria, and you were said to be saved.
In order for the church to exist as a means to empower the ruling
political structure, the whole concept of the believer walking in TheWay in
order to overcome the physical organic barrier of this realm, and enter into the
actual Presence of God,
had to be suppressed. When
the genuine spiritual Christians refused to pledge their allegiance to the
shadow church created by the political power of Pagan Rome -- claiming that to
be a Christian, one must live in accordance with the criteria of Christ -- they
were condemned as heretics and killed.
It can be easily observed that in today’s culture the
tenets of humanism has been thoroughly incorporated into our very politically
correct society. In an
uncountable number of ways, this is good.
All people should be treated with Godly respect and dignity -- all people
should be free to pursue their goals and aspirations in life -- all people
possess the unalienable right to embrace the American dream in the reality of
their own individual perception of the pursuit of happiness. The problem is that because we have attempted to close
our eyes to reality, and ignored the fact that equality does not mean that all
people are the same, we have not only destroyed the very fabric and essence of
our Constitutional form of government, but we have further undermined the very
foundation of the Church.
If Jesus was to return to this world and once again walk
our streets, he would not only be rejected by the majority of people in our
present-day culture, but he would be vehemently opposed and even killed by the
very churches who proclaim their allegiance to the Word of God.
The problem would immediately come to light that Jesus could not embrace
the all-inclusive politically correct culture that is prevalent today -- and
though he would exhibit great compassion, he could not interact with all people
as if they were the same. In
this respect the Bible is not only very selective in it’s criteria as to who
will be approved by God -- who will receive the knowledge with respect to the
meaning and purpose of life -- and who will succeed or fail in their endeavors
that they pursue -- but appears to even employ a very selective process that is
not only predetermined for each individual prior to their being born into this
life, but further embraces the doctrine that each and every one of us has a
different destiny that cannot be changed, and was brought about by controlling
forces that came into being prior to our even being born into this life.
The modern church is founded upon the principle that all
people have the ability to come to Jesus and be saved. To even question this doctrine of all-inclusive and
universal salvation, would in effect bring into question the very purpose and
validity of the church itself. From
the perspective of the modern church, it is taught that all people are sinners -- all need to
repent and come to Jesus -- who will universally save all who believe.
And while there is a basis to admit that this foundational doctrine of
the church is fundamentally true, the church has redefined from a very carnal
perspective such concepts as faith, belief, repentance, and even what it means
to come to Jesus. Moreover, there is another aspect to the equation that
modern believers are simply not equipped to deal with -- an important element of
the Gospel message that the uninformed will even find frightening. And in
order to understand the essence of both the Gospel and the purpose of life
itself, it is necessary to open our minds to the assertion of men such as the
Rev. Spurgeon who warned us that the scriptures very clearly exhibit two lines
of truth which totally contradict each other with respect to the issue of
freewill and predestination.
A profound biblical doctrine that the majority of
Christians today simply cannot accept is the biblical assertion that the playing
field of life appears very uneven when the idea that God predestines some people
to destruction, while others He predestines to glory (Rom 9:21-23) is entered
into the equation. And if we
ask why the knowledge of these very paradoxical truths are important?
Because very little can be understood with regard to walking in TheWay
and making any real spiritual progress,
as well understanding the true depth of New Covenant teachings, without a thorough
comprehension of these truths upon which Paul's doctrine of faith is founded.
In fact, it can be asserted that Paul’s doctrine of faith is founded
upon the idea that since everything in life has already been predetermined
before even the founding of the world, that the believer must have faith that
God has pre-chosen them to be saved -- and there is nothing they can do with
respect to works or deeds that can alter God’s Will.
What I am saying is that the core vision of Paul's
doctrine of salvation through faith can only be perceived and embraced when the
believer possesses a very clear understanding of the inter-workings of Divine
Providence and freewill. How
important is this vision of the workings of these two principles? The fact that salvation through faith and Divine
Providence versus freewill are both contained in Paul's Epistle to the Romans,
is because they are directly related one to the other.
Moreover, it would be near impossible to inherit salvation through faith,
without a very clear perception of how the Hand of God moves the hearts and
lives of man with respect to Divine Providence and freewill!
When the Bible attempts to convey to us -- the reader --
that what is contained in the pages of scripture is beyond human reasoning, this
great truth is based upon man's failure to embrace First Principles.
There will come a time in the existence of every soul that has ever
existed where they will gaze upon the most Sublime and Secret Truths of Creation
-- but in the manner of the man who receives his college diploma, that day can
never arrive until the man has embraced every single level of knowledge along
The Way. In the same way that
a college diploma cannot be received by all, but only by those who are worthy,
the great Truths of Creation cannot be received by all, but only by those few
souls who have undergone the transformation and rebirth from a natural to a
A fundamental principle upon which the Bible is written
is that only those who have proven themselves, and have been found worthy, will
be able to gaze upon the scriptures and perceive the Spiritual meaning of the
Word. What is clearly stated
in the body of the text of the scriptures is that only a chosen few are given
this Sacred Knowledge -- Knowledge that is often concealed from the very people
who believe they are the chosen of God -- as seen where it is written:
answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries
of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given… Therefore speak I to
them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not,
neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias,
which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye
shall see, and shall not perceive... But blessed are your eyes, for they see:
and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and
righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen
them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them”
(Matt 13:11-17 KJV).
What should be particularly disturbing to the modern
believer is the fact that this handful of men whom the Lord revealed these
sacred truths to -- truths that “many prophets and righteous men have
desired to see” -- truths which the Bible refers to as the Mysteries of
God that very few men and women have ever been permitted to gazed upon -- truths
that were the foundational principles which one must possess a comprehension of,
in order to merge the paradoxes of both the scriptures and life together -- were
themselves condemned as heretics by the Gentile church which history proves was
very Pagan and heathen in its perception and manner of worship. Yet, without the knowledge that these Hebrew Holy men
possessed, the Christian world has paid dearly as the church was plunged into
the all-pervading darkness that controlled it for over a thousand years.
Even today the legacy of the Roman Church continues to plague us when it
is realized that we cannot possess a vision of the Divine Plan, when it is
beyond our ability to even comprehend why Jesus taught in the manner that he did
-- revealing his Sacred Truths only to a very few, while concealing the very
spiritual essence of his teachings from the majority of people who listened to
The Diabolical Church: In our manner of present-day reasoning, we have no means
to explain how God would permit the church to become so corrupt as it did under
Pagan Rome -- corrupt to the degree that it could be said of this church in the
words of Martin Luther 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)? Moreover, throughout most of Christian history it was
against the law -- punishable by death -- to even make the Bible available to
the common people to read, that they might know the Word of God.
It is a fact that the first man who translated the Bible from Latin into the
language that the people could read, was burnt at the stake for such a defiance
of Church authority which banned the common people from having access to the
Therefore, reasonable people will have to acknowledge that throughout
most of Christian history, the genuine Word of God in the form of the written
scriptures, could not have been made
available to the people through the church.
If we believe the biblical doctrine that God sees and
knows all things from the beginning of time to the end, then we must pose the
question as to why God would reject the Jews -- hardening their hearts to insure
they rejected Christ -- only to espouse a church that embraced every sort of
evil that man could possibly conceive of?
In fact, history demonstrated conclusively that whatever sins the Jews
committed throughout all of their history upon this earth, pales in relation to
the inhumane atrocities committed by the Church of Constantine and the long
succession of Roman Emperors, Popes and church authorities that followed in his
footsteps throughout one of man’s darkest periods in his existence in this
We are talking about a church that was spiritually and
morally bankrupt, literally licensed sin, ruled over the people of
earth with impunity, whereby a class of pseudo-priests corrupted and subverted
the very essence of New Covenant principles -- and yet, the priests of this
Church called themselves the
people of God.
What becomes truly difficult for the skeptic to comprehend, is that when
it is realized that this apostate Church of infidels was predicted throughout
the New Testament -- and especially by Paul (see
Church Of The AntiChrist) who
stated that Satan would be worshiped as God by the Church which proclaimed
belief in Jesus -- it is important that we understand why God would move in the
manner that He did in His seeming rejection of the Jews, and His adoption of a
truly depraved church of heathen worshiping Pagans?
What becomes truly incomprehensible is the biblical assertion that it was
the very Hand of God that hardened the hearts and minds of the Jews to reject
Jesus, so He could embrace a heathen people that He knew before hand would
violate every element of standards that He (God) ever set before man.
It has been said in a countless number of ways that the
manner in which God moves are not easy for man to comprehend. The element that complicates the problem, and places
reality beyond the scope of human thought, is man's inability to perceive the
criteria that God uses in His infinite Wisdom -- i.e., why God approves one
person, while rejecting others. The
task becomes almost insurmountable when we acknowledge what the Bible itself
says with regard to the very selective nature that Jesus demonstrated in
choosing his disciples, and especially the criteria used in his choice of who
would be permitted to hear and receive the higher Mysteries of God.
Traditionally we have been taught the position of the
Gentile Church that the disciples of Jesus were too Jewish to embrace a correct
sense of the Gospel message. It
was therefore a commonly held opinion expressed in many of the early church
writings that only the Apostle Paul was able to perceive the true gospel of
Christ. Yet, from a biblical
perspective, the fallacy of this assertion is easily demonstrated when it is
realized that from an historical point of view, Jesus did not choose his
disciples from among the religious Jews -- but rather, he chose fisherman, tax
collectors and men from the common experience of life.
On the other hand, Paul referred to himself as a Jew among Jews -- a
Pharisee who Jesus condemned, and who persecuted the followers of Christ -- a
man who did not follow Jesus of his own accord, as did the disciples -- but
rather, had to be forcibly converted through what would be considered an extreme
religious experience while he was on his way to stone the followers of Jesus,
and kill them.
If, then, there is any validity to the assertion of the
Gentile converts, then what they are in essence saying is that God made very
poor choices with regard to the criteria He used to choose the disciples of
Jesus. In the first place it
was the Father-God who chose those who would be the followers of Jesus, and this
fact is clearly seen in the many biblical statements which convey:
revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you
gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you”
(John 17:6-7 NIV). If these
men who were chosen by God, and taught and brought into the presence of God by
Jesus could not understand the true message of the New Covenant -- men who were
Anointed by the Holy Spirit -- then as modern believers today, we can be sure of
Going still one step further: In view of the fact that
the Bible clearly states that God knows the future of all men throughout all
time yet to come, then there is yet another problem that enters into the
equation. Since none of the
original disciples of Jesus was drawn from among the religious Jews, as was Paul
-- and if it is true that only Paul was able to embrace the genuine gospel
message, then from the reasoning of the Gentile church, the paramount reason why
the Jews as a whole were unable to come to Christ, was because of the poor
choices with regard to those who was chosen to be the original disciples of
Jesus. If it is true that
Paul was the only one who could understand the genuine gospel message, then it
can be demonstrated that the flaw was due to the fact that Jesus should have
chosen his disciples from among the religious Jews who he condemned, instead of
from among the common people.
From the Jewish perspective it can be maintained that if
the Gentile church is correct in their assertion that the Lord rejected the Jews
and chose the people of the Nations to replace Israel as the people of the
Covenant with God, then again we must observe a series of greatly flawed
choices. Even at their very
worst, the Jews never embraced and permitted themselves to become totally
consumed in the ocean of satanic evil that was commonplace among the Gentiles
after their conversion to Christianity.
They never converted people with the sword -- never outlawed the reading
of the Bible with the penalty of death -- never held inquisitions where they
routinely tortured and tormented innocent people -- never burnt women and
children at the stake -- nor did they ever permit their thinking to become so
superstitious, that they brought about the Black Plague which decimated up to
two thirds of the European population.
In view of the fact that it is easily understood why fallible people make
bad choices -- it is unacceptable to attribute this same inferior condition to a
Supreme Being who knows even the thoughts of all men who would live at a future
If it is true that the rejection of the Jews and the subsequent adoption of the Gentiles was a conscious choice on the part of God, then mankind should be afraid, and truly fear the fate that possibly awaits him. The Jews may not have been a perfect people, but they never once were consumed by the satanic evil that became the depraved reality of the Gentiles who called themselves Christian. If the Bible is true where it states that God hardened the hearts of a more righteous people, in order to knowingly and consciously chose the most evil, Pagan, and heathen people of the earth, then we cannot say with any certainty what our future is. At present the Southern Baptists are known for their fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible -- yet, in line with the above reasoning, this fundamentalism could be interpreted as a form of modern-day Phariseeism -- which strict observance of the scriptures God supposedly rejected. On the surface it would appear that God loves sinners so much, that He exalts them above those who at least attempt to live a Godly life -- to the degree that this is exactly what Martin Luther based his doctrine of faith upon. By embracing the doctrine of faith regardless of actions which was instituted by Martin Luther, the Christian world that emerged into modern times have totally failed to maintain the necessary biblical standards which are required in the Gospel teachings. And while Christians are critical of the thinking and lifestyle of others, Christians continue to promote the doctrines of Martin Luther -- a Roman priest who embraced the Augustinian doctrine of Original Sin who failed to understand the doctrine of Divine Providence. Luther went as far as to actually promote a life of sin as evidence of faith. Luther rejected over half of the New Testament -- and in total opposition to the teachings of Yeshua, Martin Luther actually promoted sin as proof of salvation. In Luther's own words: "Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides... No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day." ('Let Your Sins Be Strong, from 'The Wittenberg Project;' 'The Wartburg Segment', translated by Erika Flores, from Dr. Martin Luther's Saemmtliche Schriften, Letter No. 99, 1 Aug. 1521.) Luther believed that man is a congenital sinner because of the Original Sin of Adam and Eve, and that only those who God saves, will receive salvation. Luther even went as far as to state that those who attempt to live a pious and holy life, have themselves rejected Christ: "Those pious souls who do good to gain the Kingdom of Heaven not only will never succeed, but they must even be reckoned among the impious; and it is more important to guard them against good works than against sin." (Wittenberg, VI, 160, quoted by O'Hare, in 'The Facts About Luther, TAN Books, 1987, p. 122.). Like Calvin, Luther did not understand the doctrine of Divine Providence because key teachings had been removed from the scriptures by the Church (see Bible Corruption), and in their reactionary doctrine to the corruption of the Roman Church, the fathers of the Reformation plunged Christianity into an even greater apostasy to the true teachings of Jesus and the essential teachings and objectives of TheWay.
Thus, as sincere seekers of Truth we must pose the question: Why would God reject a people such as the Pharisees who
were at least attempting to live in accordance with a higher set of standards
set forth throughout the scriptures,
and embrace a totally diabolical people who, though they seemingly called upon
the name of Jesus, continued to worship and live in their Pagan and heathenistic
way? Thus the problem --
i.e., that we do not comprehend the criteria which God uses is apparent in our
inability to understand the manner in which the Hand of God moves the hearts of
men. This inability to
perceive the designs of God is the result of a flaw in our thinking -- a flaw
that we espouse when we refuse to embrace the biblical concept of man’s
paradoxical reality. In our
blindness we label the original Ebionite Nazirene followers of Jesus as being too Jewish -- and
yet, there is overwhelming biblical evidence to support the position that it was
God Himself who wanted them to remain faithful to the Law of Moses.
In analysis, the thinking of the Gentile church was
reactionary -- in that, it took a position opposed to the Messianic followers of
Jesus because it was unable to perceive two lines of truth working harmoniously
on a cosmic scale as envisioned by God --- with the result being the depravity
that it very quickly became immersed in.
In much the same way, one of the major flaws in Protestant thought as we
have come to know it is seen in the fact that it was again reactionary -- and
thereby, it was molded by an extreme position that was formed against many of
the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.
Generally, all reactionary positions are doomed to failure because they
take a very narrow position against another position, regardless of the element
of truth contained in the original position.
One of the faults that Martin Luther and the Reformers of
the Middle Ages saw in the Roman Church was their doctrinal position that man is
saved by a combination of both faith and works. It is clear that in Luther's rather parochial
reactionary position, he was not disturbed by the doctrinal conflict that is
easily observed in the Epistles of Paul with respect to every other biblical
authority. He simply stated
that Paul is right, and all the other inspired men who were themselves Anointed
by the Holy Spirit were wrong. It
is for this reason that the Encyclopedia Britannica repeats the warning of many
of our scholars and theologians where it is stated:
“…Paul so changed
Christianity as to become its 'second founder' - the real founder of
ecclesiastical Christianity as distinct from the Christianity of Jesus.
They say, 'either Jesus or Paul' it cannot be both at once’”.
In the same way that the flaw in the thinking of the
Middle-age Reformers is seen in its reactionary position against that of the
Roman Church, we cannot even begin to comprehend the shortcomings in the
Epistles of Paul until we understand the framework of thought these religious
concepts were written in. It
is therefore important for us to realize that Paul was ordained with the task of
converting a people of a heathen mindset to that of a spiritually cultured
manner of thinking. Again,
returning to the eleventh chapter of Paul's Epistle to the Romans with regard to
his position on the Jews where Paul asks the question: “I ask, then, has
God rejected his people?”
which Paul answers: “By no means!”
In explanation Paul then writes: “God has not rejected his people
whom he foreknew.”
The rather strange doctrine that Paul then conveys to the
readers of his Epistle, is that God ordained and planned all the events that
transpired in the New Testament scriptures, so as to raise up the heathen
Gentiles from their Pagan ways -- and this can be seen where he wrote with
respect to the Jews: “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that should
not see and ears that should not hear, down to this very day. And David says…
let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see… So I ask, have they
stumbled so as to fall? By no means! But through their trespass salvation has
come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. Now if their trespass means
riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how
much more will their full inclusion mean! …For if their rejection means the
reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the
dead? …If the dough offered as first fruits is holy, so is the whole lump; and
if the root is holy, so are the branches. But if some of the branches were
broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in their place to share
the richness of the olive tree, do not boast over the branches. If you do boast,
remember it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you.
You will say, Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in. That is
true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast only
through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe. For if God did not
spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness
and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's
kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you too will
be cut off… for God has the power to graft them in again. For if you have been
cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature,
into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be
grafted back into their own olive tree”.
That God personally orchestrated all the events that
transpired is seen in the words of the Apostle:
“Lest you be wise in your
own conceits, I want you to understand this mystery, brethren: a hardening has
come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles come in, and so
all Israel will be saved; as it is written, The Deliverer will come from Zion,
he will banish ungodliness from Jacob; and this will be my covenant with them
when I take away their sins”. The
really perplexing statement of Paul is then found in his words:
has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all”
(Rom 11:1-32 RSV).
What is Paul saying in this rather profound statement?
In order to even begin to get a sense of the wider scope of the gospel
message, it is truly important that we acknowledge what the Apostle is stating
-- i.e., that God has forced all people into lives of disobedience -- even
blinding their eyes so they are unable to see man's true spiritual reality --
dulling their understanding so they are unable to reason at a higher level --
and hardening their hearts so they will sin and embrace the darkness of this
world. And what is the reason
the Apostle gives that God has forced man to live and dwell in this manner that
is called sinful? Paul writes that he has ordained this so
he may have mercy upon all”.
Of the word that is translated
i.e., “For God has consigned all men to disobedience…” -- the
commentary Barnes' Notes writes of this word that “It is properly used in
reference to those who are shut up in prison”.
Regarding this same passage, the Wycliffe Commentary writes:
conclusion is that God imprisoned them all in disobedience in order that he
might have mercy upon all. Each all in this verse refers to both Jew and
Gentile. God shuts up men for the purpose of setting them free”.
Hospitals are taught to be on the lookout for this same condition
inherent in some parents -- i.e., where they inflict harm on their child in
order to save them from their impending fate.
As much as Christians neither like to admit nor understand what the Bible
actually states, what Paul conveys to the reader is that it is God who forced
mankind into these existences of disobedience in the manner of a physical,
mental and spiritual imprisonment. Moreover,
the more sinful a person becomes, the greater their need for redemption, the
more they are bestowed with the favors and grace of God.
The problem is that because we possess a different vision
of the Gospel than did Paul, these biblical doctrines are near impossible for
the modern church to understand. On
the surface it would appear that God purposely makes choices from an opposite
perspective than man -- often ordaining the evil over what appears to man as
good. Yet, the essence of the
problem is seen in the fact that we do not understand the criteria that God uses
in His choice of people -- and especially the criteria with regard to whom the
Knowledge of the Mysteries of God will be revealed to.
In this respect, the modern church is unable to ascertain
the reason why Jesus chose certain people over others. Because the modern church is unable to understand the
criteria that was used, and the reason why Jesus acted in this very selective
manner, the modern church has basically refused to acknowledge the biblical fact
that Jesus taught two doctrines -- one to the common people -- and another in
private to a very select few? Why?
Because we want to create a level playing field where one does not exist
-- i.e., doctrinally, we want to see God in a pre-defined image -- as being
all-inclusive -- insuring that the Word is made available to all people in order
that they can choose and be saved. Yet,
we ignore what the Bible itself proclaims -- and in so doing, we alienate
ourselves from a more enlightened perception of the gospel message.
If God was not all-inclusive, we reason, then we cannot
be sure of our own salvation. If
there were two doctrines -- i.e., one for the people of the simple faith, and
another for an inner core of initiates, then we could not be sure that we were
able to perceive the most important aspects of the Gospel Message.
From a church perspective, this would not be good.
So we create in the minds of the people this false image of God, and
assure them of the guarantee of their salvation.
Yet, in creating this false image, we simply ignore the reality that the
Bible actually portrays.
If the body of believing Christians were to honestly
acknowledge what the Bible very clearly states -- i.e., that the true teachings
of Jesus were concealed from the understanding of the multitudes, and revealed
only to a very select few -- the acknowledgement of this very clearly defined
biblical fact would be horrific from a church perspective. Why? They
would be forced to admit that the Word was never made available to all people,
which means that the church today does not possess a clearly defined
understanding with regard to the doctrines and truths that Jesus taught only to
a very exclusive group of men. What
the acknowledgement of this truth would in fact accomplish, is to affirm the
words of the Apostle when he warned believers that they only possess a very
superficial understanding of the Spiritual Gospel of Christ, as seen in the
second and third chapter of First Corinthians.
Modern church authorities fear to acknowledge these
biblical facts because they would then have to admit the truth -- i.e., that the
Gospel message which is preached today is very much an entry-level religion
designed as an elementary set of beliefs intended for the multitudes who were in
need of spiritual healing. Further,
these same church authorities refuse to acknowledge this same truth that is well
established in both the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Library of early
Christian scriptures. Because
the original image of Christ does not fit their present-day patterns of belief,
they choose instead to promote the vision of a Jesus who was born in the image
of their own doctrine -- i.e., Jesus is the savoir of all people -- what he
taught was very plain and clear -- that Jesus was all-inclusive -- and every
believer is therefore assured of their salvation through faith in Christ.
This all-inclusive doctrine that man is saved by faith is
in fact the very problem that effectually alienates the modern Christian from
the genuine essence of the Word of God.
In order to cling to this doctrine, the modern believer is literally
forced to close their eyes to the genuine message of the scriptures, and affirm
the position of Luther and the Middle Age reformers when they proclaimed: There
is nothing in the gospel message that is very complicated -- no mystery --
everyone can hear the Word, proclaim their allegiance, and be saved.
Why? One of the
primary reasons is that if what the Bible states is true, and the essence of
Christian teachings are immersed in a mystery that can only be revealed through
man's individual spiritual nature and intimate connection with Christ, then the
leaders of our churches would no longer be viewed as an authority.
This problem is not new.
This same point was very much the essence of the argument that was
leveled against the Spiritual Christians by those who called themselves Orthodox
over the first three centuries of our Common Era.
The idea that man could circumvent the political structure and leadership
of the church, and communicate directly with Christ, was simply unacceptable to
the very carnal and politically motivated self-ordained leaders of the Gentile
If we accept what the Bible says with regard to the fact
that the Secrets and Mysteries of God that Jesus taught were concealed from the
majority of people in the form of two doctrines -- a simple doctrine for the
multitudes, and a very spiritual and complex doctrine that could only be
revealed to the chosen few who were worthy to receive it -- then we would have
to admit and come to terms with the rather profound message that the Apostle
Paul very clearly warns us of: i.e., that we really don't know the spiritual
essence of what Jesus truly taught. The
revelation of this fact would re-ignite the problem that has existed since the
very beginning of the formation of the church itself -- i.e., how could modern
church authorities confirm the message of the scriptures, and admit to the world
that they do not understand the Mysteries of God?
The truth of the matter is in fact horrific from the
position of those who control the church!
Why? The mere
acknowledgement of this biblical fact would undermine the whole structure of the
modern Christian religion -- and this is exactly the reason why the church has
not embraced what has been revealed in such archeological discoveries as the
Dead Sea Scrolls. It must be
understood that from a church perspective, the continued survival of the
institutional manmade church, is more important than truth.
How can I make this rather profound statement? The facts are very clearly presented with respect to
the churches rejection of the Dead Sea Scrolls which was documented in an
interview with John Allegro, who was at that time a Professor at Manchester
University, and an expert who worked extensively on the scrolls. In the August 1966 issue of Harpers Magazine, Prof.
Allegro is quoted as saying: “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”.
What is it that Prof. Allegro is saying? Once we acknowledge the mystical and Gnostic roots of
Jesus' teachings, and the fact that he was not all-inclusive in his revelation
of the Word to the people, our whole understanding of the Word as it relates to
the reality of man in our modern day would have to be severely altered from its
current doctrinal perspective. We
could no longer say with certainty what people should believe -- what is proper
with regards to our manner of worship -- or whether a person was truly saved.
The ramifications are so great, that to even acknowledge this rather
profound biblical teaching -- a teaching that was openly embraced by the first
Christians, and now supported by the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls -- would
in fact undermine the whole foundation and structure of the modern church.
How could we have leaders in a church who preach to the
people what they should -- or should not believe -- and yet acknowledge the
words of the Apostle Paul who warned believers that: “If any one imagines
that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know” (1 Cor
8:2 RSV)? If both our clergy
and body of believers do not yet know as they ought to know, who then could
stand before the world and preach that the Christian Church is the one universal
religion for all mankind? How
can we preach the Good News, when we are not quite sure exactly what that Good
News actually is? We can't!
So we promote manmade doctrines, and close our hearts and minds to a
number of very important key fundamental concepts and realities of life that the
Bible very clearly states is true.
What all the many recent archaeological discoveries have
confirmed and demonstrated is that Prof. Allegro was correct in his assertion
that our modern-day understanding of “the source and originality of
Christian doctrine” is defective.
Why? Because the Bible
does not support the tenets and structure of an organized church as we have
today. In the words of Prof.
Elaine Pagles, in her book, The Gnostic Gospels:
“It is the winners who write history - their way.
No wonder, then, that the viewpoint of the successful majority has
dominated all traditional accounts of the origin of Christianity… It suggests
that these religious debates - questions of the nature of God, or of Christ -
simultaneously bear social and political implications that are crucial to the
development of Christianity as an institutional religion.
In simplest terms, ideas which bear implications contrary to that
development come to be labeled as heresy; ideas which implicitly support it
What we are talking about here is a matter of life and
death from the perspective of an institutionalized church -- which by necessity,
must have a fixed message upon which a hierarchy of clergy and religious
authority are able to function in a quasi-political position. In order for an institutionalized church to grow and
survive, it must be founded upon a series of embedded and established doctrines
that cement the whole of the structure from top to bottom in the eyes of the
If a person, a group of clergy, or a church, is to
maintain a stature of pre-eminence in the eyes of the adherent parishioners,
then the church and its religious authorities must possess a commanding
political position before the multitudes of believers.
In the case of the scriptures, what can therefore be used and even
enhanced beyond biblical importance by the religious authorities, are affirmed
in an institutionalized church -- what cannot, is ignored and lessened.
In the case of the Bible, because the fundamental teachings of the New
Covenant do not even support an institutionalized church and clergy, the most
important concepts of the Word had to be literally edited out of the scriptures.
The great dilemma confronting Christians today is that,
in order to begin to truly comprehend the spiritual nature of the scriptures,
and understand the mysteries the Apostle could only allude to when he warned
they “cannot be told, which man may not utter” (2 Cor 12:4 RSV),
Christians must do as the Bible commands, and open their mind to higher concepts
of reality that is simply beyond the comprehension of both the carnal believers,
as well as the leaders of the institutionalized church.
To accomplish this, the genuine Christian must move his thinking beyond
the limitations of this physical realm -- beyond the political limitations of
the established church -- beyond the counterfeit tenets of our present-day
politically correct cultural philosophy -- and learn to see all the many
paradoxes and inconsistencies in both the scriptures and life itself, as we
endeavor to seek the higher answers that only the Anointing of the Lord can
reveal to the faithful disciple in search of Ultimate Truth.
Only when we are ready to come to terms with this reality
that is present in our own lives, are we able to see that the church itself not
only followed in the footsteps of the Jewish sects of the Sadducees and
Pharisees who Jesus condemned, but in going beyond a political and worldly
mission that even these carnally minded Jews could imagine, the church itself
became the tool of Satan -- as was very clearly portrayed by Martin Luther and
the Reformers of the Middle-ages. In
this respect, the time has come where we must work to re-establish the spiritual
foundation of the Church, so that our Heavenly Father can answer our prayers for
greater understanding of the Mysteries of God. We do this when we begin to open our minds to all that
the Lord will reveal to us, and make ourselves teachable.
In order to even begin to comprehend the Mysteries of God
that Jesus only taught to his faithful disciples, it is absolutely necessary to
understand why only a very few were chosen to hear these unutterable words,
while the multitudes of people who themselves came to hear him speak and teach
were not. Just as important
is the acknowledgement that our thinking is flawed with respect to the popular
idea that God moves in an unpredictable manner.
Spiritual growth requires that we must seek to learn the criteria that
God uses with regard to His choice in whom He will reveal His secrets to.
To once again return to the great wisdom that was
exhibited in the words of the Rev. Charles Spurgeon, lets examine the whole
concept of what he wrote in his autobiography: “The system of truth
revealed in the Scriptures is not simply one straight line, but two; and no man
will ever get a right view of the gospel until he knows how to look at the two
lines at once. For instance, I read
in one Book of the Bible, The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him who
hears say, Come. And let him who is
athirst, Come. And whoever will,
let him take the water of life freely [Rev. 22:17].
Yet I am taught, in another part of the same inspired Word, that it is
not of he who wills, nor of he who runs, but of God Who shows mercy [Rom 9:16].
I see, in one place, God in providence presiding over all, and yet I see,
and I cannot help seeing, that man acts as he pleases, and that God has left his
actions, in a great measure, to his own free-will.
Now, if I were to declare that man was so free to act that there was no
control of God over his actions, I should be driven very near to atheism; and
if, on the other hand, I should declare that God so over-rules all things that
man is not free enough to be responsible, I should be driven at once into
Antinomianism or fatalism. That God
predestines, and yet that man is responsible, are two facts that few can see
clearly. They are believed to be inconsistent and contradictory, but
they are not. The fault is in our
weak judgment. Two truths cannot be
contradictory to each other. If,
then, I find taught in one part of the Bible that everything is fore-ordained,
that is true; and if I find, in another Scripture, that man is responsible for
all his actions, that is true; and it is only my folly that leads me to imagine
that these two truths can ever contradict each other” (Charles H.
Spurgeon, Autobiography Vol. 1: The Early Years. pp. 173, 174).
Do we have free will?
In many places of the scriptures it appears to suggest that we do.
And yet, in many other places the Bible reveals that Divine Providence --
which is the Will of God -- totally rules over every aspect of our lives.
If, therefore, we profess to believe in the Bible, and we desire to
embrace the Light, we must not accept one of these paradoxical realities while
rejecting the other. We must
instead embrace the premises that both are equally true.
Perhaps even more difficult to understand is the fact
that the Bible clearly teaches that we are responsible for the Divine Will that
God exerts in our life. In
the words of Jesus: “Woe to the world because of the things that cause
people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they
come!” (Matt 18:7 NIV). Why
must they come? Because God
has willed it. Again we must
admit what the Apostle tells us at Romans 11:32 as seen in the commentary
Barnes' Notes which writes of the word that we translate concluded, shut up,
bound, committed and consigned: “It is properly used in reference to those
who are shut up in prison”. Only
when we begin to accept the fact that the life we are presently living has been
individually designed to meet our personal needs, and it is as if we have been
imprisoned by a Higher Spiritual Power to live out the circumstances and events
in our life, are we able to get a sense of the purpose of life itself.
In the same way that
“Even after Jesus had done all
these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in
him…”, we can progress no further in our own walk in The Way until we
first understand why these people did not believe in Jesus, as seen in the
words: “For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says
elsewhere: ‘He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can
neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts’” (John
12:37-40 NIV). Contrary to
what we want to believe, it is important for us to realize what the Bible
actually states -- i.e., that the people who did not accept Jesus did not reject
him of their own accord, but because God did not permit them to believe in
Jesus. The problem is that, from a church perspective, when we
acknowledge this very clearly defined biblical fact, we not only undermine the
whole political structure of the church because what the Bible is actually
confirming is that man not only does not possess the freewill that gives him the
ability to choose to come to Jesus, but we further destroy the popular idea that
Jesus was the all-inclusive savior that modern Christianity portrays him to be.
How can Jesus be all-inclusive, when the Bible itself
clearly teaches that only those who were pre-selected will not only believe in
the Son of God, but will inherit the promise of salvation in the scriptures?
Using the Jews as an example: From a biblical perspective, it is of the
utmost importance that we begin to recognize the reason why there was a
pre-existent basis that caused the Hand of God to harden the hearts and minds of
the Jews, and not permit them to believe in Jesus.
Moreover, if what the Bible states is true, and it was the Hand of God
that hardened the hearts and minds of the Jews, then how can the Bible be
correct in its assertion that it was the Jewish people themselves who were
ultimately responsible for the conditions that God brought about in their lives
with respect to the rejection of Christ?
It is important, because these same conditions exist in our own lives as
a paramount truth that we must come to terms with if we are to continue our walk
in The Way. If, therefore, God forces each of us into a certain
role that causes us to either sin or embrace the Light, we must ask the question
as to what was the cause that is/was responsible for these events?
In answering these profound biblical questions we must
steer clear of the pitfall of traditional church thinking, and insure that we do
not make the mistake of adopting one biblical truth over the other.
In this respect, we must refrain from asking which is true -- and instead
open our minds to the higher understanding that merges the two truths into
harmony. The answer cannot be
found until we realize that we must not choose one truth over the other -- and,
in the words of Spurgeon: “it is only my folly that leads me to imagine
that these two truths can ever contradict each other”.
We must begin the process of embracing the Higher Truth
by taking the words of Spurgeon to heart, and recognize that the fault in our
failure to understand is of our own doing.
What this means is that if we are to find the answer to the dilemma, we
must refrain from questioning which passages of scripture is correct.
Do we have free will? Or,
is the Apostle Paul correct when he states: ”For he says to Moses, ‘I
will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have
compassion.’” -- wherein the Apostle then explains that “It does
not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy” (Rom
I acknowledge that it is a difficult task, but in order
to begin to embrace the Mysteries and Higher Wisdom of God which the scriptures
speak of, we must come to realize that one biblical truth does not negate the
other. Paramount to
understanding the Mysteries of God is the absolute need to further realize that
our present-day doctrine that Jesus was all-inclusive in his revelation of the
Good News, is fundamentally flawed and defective.
Jesus was not all-inclusive! He
taught the multitudes in parables, and reserved his instruction of the Mysteries
of God for those who were worthy of receiving their revelation!
If we, therefore, truly desire to be one of the few who are chosen to
receive the Mysteries of the Gospel, then it is paramount that we first
understand why the multitudes were rejected and only certain pre-selected
individuals were chosen for this purpose.
In the words of the Rev. Spurgeon, we must open our minds
and learn to grasp the two lines of truth simultaneously. Though we may not initially understand it, we must
begin to recognize that all things are preordained -- and even though our lives
are preordained, we are responsible for not only the result, but also the very
events that the Hand of God has brought about in our daily lives.
Further, we must acknowledge the truth of those biblical verses that
teach that some people do not possess free will at all -- that what appears to
be choices for others are actually foreordained -- and that these people are
also ultimately responsible for what God has brought into their lives.
In order to accomplish this, we are going to have to open our minds to
concepts that far eclipses present-day human comprehension with respect to
everything that we think we know about life.
I understand full well that these spiritual concepts are
not in accordance with our perception of an all-inclusive Gospel that was, and
is, made available for all people to believe and be saved.
While it is true that God is all-inclusive, the paradox to the equation
is that He is not all-inclusive in the manner that we think.
In the same way that our system of public education is all-inclusive --
in that, everyone has an absolute right to access the system -- it is also true
that everyone does not have the right to access the system at any level of
instruction they choose. Thus,
each of us is entitled to access the system only at the appropriate level that
is determined by our own level of maturity and achievement.
We would no sooner permit a kindergarten student to attend college, than
we would provide a graduate level curriculum to an elementary school level of
If we truly desire to move beyond the elementary
teachings about Christ and “go on to maturity” (Heb 6:1 NIV), we must
begin to acknowledge that this is exactly what the Bible states.
The Mysteries and Spiritual Gospel of Christ was only revealed
selectively to a chosen group of people who were predestined to be taught what
was concealed from the eyes and understanding of the majority of people who
listened to Jesus teach. When we begin to acknowledge this biblical fact, only
then can be begin to understand the criteria that was used to select these few
from among the many. Ultimately,
only when we comprehend the criteria which the Lord uses, are we able to move
ourselves in that direction, and become the chosen who is deserving to receive
the Spiritual Gospel of the Light.
To contact the author: Allan_Cronshaw@nazirene.org