Reorganising The Church: 1
God spoke to an apostle recently and told
him: "I'm preparing you for the Tribulation that is soon coming."
Not every time God speaks are His words
welcome! You might think that an apostle would be very receptive to
what God has to say. But apostles are human, too. Remember Peter? He didn't
like it when Jesus said He was going to die rather than establish the
Kingdom of God on earth at that
time. That wasn't what Peter wanted to hear.
Nor was it any different when God spoke these
words above. But they are for all who will accept them, and they are meant
as a loving but dire warning to prepare the Church for what is to come.
I mentioned in Newsletter 22 that we are very
close to the beginning of this catastrophic time -- the most terrible in all
of human history! It may be only little more than a mere couple of years
Most people are simply unaware that this
world is about to fall apart at the seams, that our society is near to
suffering a total economic collapse! Law and order will break down and
anarchy will reign in many quarters. The Church needs to be prepared -- not
merely physically, but more importantly spiritually -- so that she can go
through this time of intense trouble without failing.
We are already seeing an escalation in
troubles. The weather is only one aspect. Look at Europe now (written in
August 2003). Forest fires are out of control in many countries, burning
thousands of acres of woodland after an unprecedented long hot dry spell.
God gave an indication of this in a dream I received on 18th October 2002
(Newsletter 19, p 31). He conveyed that the weather would be unseasonably
warm before it suddenly changes and turns cold.
Another dream received on 18th February 2003,
foretold of a man's funeral (Newsletter 21, Dream Diary Supplement, p 6).
God was, in that, predicting the 'death' of Church leadership.
Church leadership is an institution that must
die if the Church is to
survive as it should!
That might sound outrageous. Well, I make no
apologies. God gave me the dream. I didn't contrive it. Jesus also spoke to
me when I was writing to a very prominent Christian ministry, run by a very
respectable and honoured man (whom I highly respected and honoured, I might
add) and said "I am not found in the institutions of men."
That evangelist has done much for the Church
universal. He has preached and taught on radio for decades, spreading the
Gospel far and wide into many countries in numerous languages.
But the problem with all he has done is that
he has become elevated. He is an idol to his followers. His ministry
has become an institution. Whenever that happens, Jesus is pushed outside,
surreptitiously replaced by the man whom Jesus called to represent Him. It's
a blasphemy that goes unnoticed by most Christians and which, if you point
it out to them, they don't even care about.
It's the same blasphemy that the Church of
Rome began in Christendom as it perpetuated the customs of the Babylonian
Mystery Religions. That's one reason why Jesus commands you, as a believer
and follower of Him, to:
Come out of her, My people, lest you
share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues (Rev 18:4).
You, if you are to fully follow Jesus, are to
come out of human allegiance to any man. This is a subtle psychological
loyalty, where you place the person on a par with Jesus, or even above Him.
You might not even perceive it. Many don't.
They go to church each week and worship; they sit and listen to a man who is
elevated before them, and without realising it, they have given him the
honour that should have gone to Jesus.
How has this come about? Very subtly, very
insidiously, when churches began to adopt a hierarchic mode of
operation -- where ministers became hierarchic overlords, instead of
shepherds or overseers.
When you read the New Testament carefully you
see that a 'bishop' or 'elder' was an overseer not an overlord. He had a
responsibility and duty to spiritually care for the flock, but not to rule
However, when the Church became corrupted by
human institutionalisation, especially from the time of Emperor Constantine
in the fourth century AD, a bishop was conferred with human authority to
rule over those in his 'bishopric' or diocese.
The Image of the Beast Emerges
Historian James Breasted explained:
"...as the Christian churches steadily
increased in numbers and their influence grew, they more and more needed
the guidance of able men. The management of the great Christian
communities and their churches called for increasing ability and
experience. Public discussion and disputes in the church assemblies
enabled gifted men to stand forth, and their ability brought them
position and influence. The Christian church thus became a new arena for
development of statesmanship, and church statesmen were soon to be the
most influential men of the age...
"These officers of the church gradually
devoted themselves more and more to church duties until they had no time
for anything else. Thus they came to be distinguished from the other
members and were called clergy, while the people who made up the
membership were called the laymen or the laity. The old
men who cared for the smaller country congregations were finally called
merely presbyters, a Greek word meaning 'old men'; our word
'priest' is derived from this Greek term. Over the group of churches in
each city a leading priest gained authority as a bishop. In the larger
cities these bishops had such influence that they became archbishops, or
head bishops, having authority over the bishops in the surrounding
cities of the province. These church arrangements were modelled to a
large extent on those of the Roman government, from which such terms
as 'diocese' were borrowed. Thus, Christianity, once the faith of the
weak and the despised, became a powerful organization, strong enough to
cope with the government" (J. H. Breasted, Ancient Times, A History
of the Early World, pp 762,763, emphasis mine).
This system of hierarchic government in the
'Christian' Church is not biblical. It was adopted from the Roman model. It
is an image of that system of human domination. Church 'officers'
were not meant to lord it over their compatriots (1 Pet 5:3; Matt
20:25,26), but to spiritually
"Thus the church was changing its nature,
making itself over into the image of the Roman Empire" (H. H.
Halley, Bible Handbook, p 770).
This was the prophesied image of the Beast
alluded to in Revelation 13:14.
Trapped by Wrong Church Structure
"But I don't worship an image of the Beast
when I go to church!"
You may not do so knowingly, but ignorance
does not change facts. Most Christians don't see that they are giving their
loyalties to 'their' church, and 'their' minister or church leadership,
instead of to Christ. But if the men who lead your church are in a
hierarchic position over you, you do just that!
Where a 'bishop' or church leader has an
elevated position, such that his congregation feels it must obey him,
the blasphemy has occurred.
The apostle, earlier, to whom Jesus spoke
saying: "I am preparing you for the Tribulation" has just such an elevated
position. That's why, although Jesus' words were welcome, their inference
was not. He dismissed the inference.
It's one thing to receive a prophetic word;
it's often entirely another to perceive its interpretation or inference, and
then apply it. Doing what Jesus wants is much more difficult than
hearing what He has to say. But it's not the hearers who are justified
before God. It's the doers.
James pointed out that it's easy to be
deceived just because we have heard (Jas 2:22). Whatever God says to us must
evoke action or the devil wins that round of the battle.
For the 'average' Christian to prepare for
the Tribulation ahead, he or she must relinquish reliance upon church
You must no longer regard them as if they
have divine rights or elevation or position over you. They are not on
a higher level than you, spiritually speaking. Authority in a hierarchic
structure is only human, not divine.
Only if and when they receive divine input in
prophetic words, dreams or visions (which must all be tested for divine
authenticity -- 1 Jn 4:1) do they convey divine authority. And such
prophetic input must never be used as a means of spiritual control to
manipulate you into submission to them.
ANYONE in the fellowship has equal spiritual
privileges! So, ANYONE can prophesy (as God gives them opportunity) where
truly converted people meet together for worship. Where the Spirit of God is
allowed to properly lead, there is no hierarchic 'pecking order' where a
'minister' or church leader is considered to hold pre-eminence.
pre-eminence should be given to the Spirit of Christ, not to any man or
The Church has got away from this, and it
desperately needs reorganising!
Men who hold control need to step down and
allow all (who are able) to take part in fellowship meetings instead of them
All brethren need to be taught to be able to
listen to the Spirit, and to accept spiritual gifts so that they can move in
the power of the Spirit. When they can hear from God directly, then they
will be better prepared to weather the violent storms that are ahead for
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Go into a regular meeting of the Church of
England, or other similar well-established church, and you will see
clergymen dressed up in 'funny' robes, standing before the congregation as
if more important in the worship service than those seated, performing
rituals exclusive to his elevated position. His appointment is from men
above him in a hierarchy, and he behaves as if he is more answerable to them
than to God or church laity. (Often, he is not answerable to the laity at
Reorganising The Church: 2
By contrast, go into the New Testament and
other early writings of Church history and read about the early Church,
which (after hostility from non-believers in the Temple or synagogues and
other public places) met in homes, where all could prophesy when
prompted by the Spirit (1 Cor 14:31) and where 'laity' had an equal and
active say in the commissioning of the 'ministry' and their activities (Acts
There a vast difference between what we see
in the institutionalised church of today and the true Church of Jesus in the New Testament!
Equality Substituted by Superiority
How was this NT spiritual equality lost and
replaced with the perversion we see today masquerading in churches as if it
were the scriptural norm? Here's how:
When Constantine founded the city of
Constantinople (Istanbul today in Turkey), he
planned a gigantic capital which he called New Rome... He built a new
and uninhabited city from the ground up. In it he commissioned the
building of pagan temples and something he designated as buildings for
Christians to meet in.
A pagan temple of that time was a small,
round building with stairs leading up to an altar in the middle....
Across the street from some of these pagan temples, Constantine
commissioned Christian meeting places. These were not shaped like pagan
temples, but like the government civic auditoriums. (Christians had met
inside for three centuries. But it was inside homes.) Here, for
the first time, stood officially designated places for Christians to
meet. This was a wonder which no Christian had ever seen before. Put
another way, it was in 323, almost three hundred years after the birth
of the church, that Christians first met in something we now call a
'church building'. For all three hundred years before that, the church
met in living rooms!
Constantine built these assembly
buildings for Christians not only in Constantinople, but also in Rome,
Jerusalem, and in many parts of
Italy, all between 323 and 327! This then triggered a massive 'church
building' fad in large cities all over the empire. Many thousands of
pagans came into these buildings. One could wish they had all become
saved and grown to maturity...
By now people were coming into the church
en masse out of paganism, following the strong example of their
emperor, Constantine. The church was changing to accommodate them,
introducing structure and ritual into the meetings, with chanting and
pageantry -- all things familiar to these ex-pagans. The clergy
-- this very word had previously been used to designate a pagan priest
-- began to wear strange clothing (costumes, if you please) to set
themselves apart from the laity. Church buildings sprouted up everywhere
on the crest of state tax money pouring into the church's coffers all
over the Roman Empire. Soon the living
room church meetings were but a memory, and even that memory seems to
have been stamped out.
Until that time, any tax money that went
to religion had been channelled exclusively to the pagan religions. By
AD 400 it flowed exclusively to the church. Pagan priests were becoming
'Christians' to keep up with the whereabouts of their money. Government
officials and politicians were becoming Christian priests in droves
because it was lucrative to do so. (Gene Edwards, The Open Church,
quoted by Timothy Sheaff in The Dollar and the Cross, pp
You don't have to venture into the huge
contemporary organised churches to see the several blasphemies that have
developed as a result of human interference with God's truth. It's evident
in thousands of daughter churches and separate ministries, too.
Try telling any man who uses the blasphemy of
'Reverend' before his name, that he should desist, and you will soon see
just how much these men of the cloth love the same elevation today that
their Pharisaic counterparts loved back in Jesus' time (Matt 23:6,7). Jesus
But you, don't elevate yourselves at all.
For One is your Teacher and you are all brethren (Matt 23:8
The one who genuinely serves others
without self-elevation is the greatest in God's estimation (Matt 23:11,
In contrast, we often see arrogant, pompous
leaders standing like demi-gods before those whom they profess to be
'serving'. Instead of lifting up truth and righteousness, most
seem glad that church ritual and tradition enhance their pomp and
position. And in the most wealthy churches, the lavishness and opulence of
such ecclesiastical embellishments are justified by the magisterial power
such offices hold in their system.
It is corrupt! God despises it!
Tragically, the same corrupt spiritual system
holds in its grip many who think they have already come out of Rome. In one
way or another, they are also still trapped in its satanic grip. The traps
can be very subtle! You don't have to wear long robes (which have their
origins in the elevated priesthoods of pagan religions) to be part of this
insuperable satanic corruption of the Church. By thinking you have
superiority over those to whom you minister, you have become fair game for
Equality, not superiority, is the hallmark
of God's system in the Church. It's not often seen!
The Money Factor
The motivation of money is a huge factor in
the apostasy that has taken place.
Paul and all the other apostles, evangelists
and pastors were not paid a salary 'by the Church'. It is clear from the NT,
however, that the Church was expected to remunerate them. Considerable parts
of Paul's letters to the Corinthians are taken up with this issue, and there
are telling references elsewhere in the NT to the failure of the Church to
properly consider the fiscal or material needs of those who laboured
spiritually for the Church.
Ministers were not paid a fixed salary, and
because they worked for God not man, they looked to Him to provide for the
Work to which He had called them. (Explained in Witnessing For Christ.)
Today, a reversal has occurred. Men of the
cloth look to others in their organisational structure to pay them, and
eventually to the church membership or other human means (investments, etc).
Thus, faith is often replaced by financial management. (That is not to say
that financial management is unnecessary. However, it must not take
precedence over faith.)
I knew a man who wanted to become a minister
because of the cushy job and regular reliable salary. I know of others who
found the appeal was one of power; or 'performers' who were unable to make a
living from acting, but who could do something similar before a congregation
and get paid for it.
None of those are genuine reasons for
handling the Word of God. True ministers don't seek the position, humanly.
They are called to it from Above. Some even run from it, but answer the call
because it is overwhelming! A desire for truth and what is of God must take
For the false minister, "the profit motive
and its drive have replaced the drive to become holy. Leaders have been more
interested in profits than in prophets. And most churches justifiably can be
described as non-prophet organisations" (The Dollar and the Cross, T
Sheaff, p 58) while they are very organised around profits!
For that reason churches will often pander to
preaching majority views and emphasise fiscal giving, with a strong accent
on retaining and enlarging church membership. A solid foundation of members
means a solid financial footing.
But the love of money is a root of many
evils. Those who covet money are impostors.
Those who desire to be rich fall into
temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which
drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root
of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in
their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1
Once again, it was Constantine who humanly
organised the Church with a salaried structure:
The church had always considered it
heretical to pay salaries to overseers and elders. However, when
Constantine offered salaries to the church leaders, the church
reconsidered the matter and decided to accept them... The church began
proclaiming that a new age had dawned for Christianity. The historian
Eusebius wrote, 'It must seem to all who duly regard these facts, that a
new and fresh era of existence had begun to appear, and a previously
unknown light suddenly began to dawn from the midst of darkness on the
human race. And all must confess that these things were entirely the
work of God, who raised up this pious emperor to withstand the
multitude of the ungodly.' [What deception!!] (Eusebius, Constantine,
bk. 3, ch. 1, quoted by David Bercot in Will The Real Heretics
Please Stand Up? pp 134-5, quoted also by T Sheaff in The
Dollar and The Cross, p 130.)
Constantine also instituted Sunday as an
'official' day of rest to substitute the Sabbath. Just as the profit motive
swayed opinion back then, it enters the equation very strongly today.
Theologians, deceived about their honesty and objectivity, justify
perpetuating this human tradition on the same grounds, though few will admit
Review Your View
The Church needs to get back to the faith
once delivered. It also needs to review its view. Instead of looking to men,
you should rely implicitly upon Christ. Both 'leadership' and 'membership'
need to reform. 'Leaders' should look to Jesus for their supply instead of
to their folds, and 'members' should look to Jesus for their lead not to
In both positions, it is a radical
readjustment. But if anything stands between you and the One who has called
you to be in His Bride, He adjures you to give it up.
To ministers: If He requires it of
you, will you give up position and salary to follow Him fully?
To all: Will you give up cherished
traditions and ways to obey all He lays down in His Word as a foundation for
Or do you still want to be in charge?
Reorganising The Church: 3
It's such a hard task weaning people off
reliance upon church leadership! I sometimes think it's easier walking to
Timbuktu! Why is it? Because people prefer to remain spiritually immature.
In a dream given several years ago, God
portrayed this immaturity and likened the immature to a slobbering baby.
Here is that account:
On 24th April 1997, my wife, Helena,
received a dream about a fat, ugly, spoiled baby. Instead of being
capable of feeding on solids, this large baby was still on milk! It was
sitting on the floor, waiting to be fed by mother. When feeding, it
slobbered all over the place, and made a real mess!
This repulsive child was twice the size
of a normal baby its own age, twice as fat, and incredibly indolent. It
would not bother to go anywhere by itself. It expected mother to carry
God then proceeded to give the meaning of
this dream. Before I relate that, may I say this? It’s certainly not
something I like to do, to cast aspersions on anyone, but when God gives
you a revelation that is meant to correct, the revelation is not meant
to be hurtful in itself. It is intended to bring the recipient to
repentance. That is the over-riding purpose of all prophetic utterance
So, in writing what I must write here,
please, I ask everyone who reads this to realise that it is not in my
heart to want to criticise, ‘judge’ (in the sense of seek out faults for
their own sake to put another down), or condemn. My desire is to live in
harmony with everyone. But that harmony is only possible where the
impenitent are brought to a state of repentance so that divisive rifts
can be healed by the presence of the Spirit of God.
As long as people stubbornly refuse to
accept correction when God gives it, harmony cannot prevail. Prophets
are seldom received with open arms, because the message they bring from
God is an uncompromising one.
The Meaning of the Dream
The dream depicts the Worldwide Church of
God in its present state [and many other churches have the same
problem]. Doctrinally, it slobbers everywhere. Furthermore, the WCG has
not taught its members to be active disciples so that they can disciple
others. It has not taught them to be independent. It makes them
dependent on ‘mother’.
Members expect to be carried, rather than
carry the gospel to the world themselves. In this highly immature state,
the WCG is useless to God.
Reform in the WCG?
Doubtless, some will object to these
words, saying the WCG is
now teaching its members to disciple others. However, there are several
drastic problems with this programme of ‘reform’ in the WCG. While the
church certainly seems to be reaching out more than it did in the past,
its approach is for what purpose? Is it:
1) to bring others into the same fold,
i.e. the WCG?
3) prepared to see ones it disciples go into other church organisations
The answer to the last question is "No!"
It has amply demonstrated that by resisting those who have resigned
amicably over the WCG's doctrinal changes, and who have gone to form
other churches or to join other groups. The WCG hierarchy has resented
their departure and resisted any co-operation with them.
It has even blackened the names of
ministers who resigned from the WCG by disfellowshipping them after they
handed in their resignations! Why do such a thing? Because it paints a
dark picture in the minds of WCG members about those ministers. It
polarises members’ minds against them. Thus, it lessens the chances of
members opening up to objectively receiving any information from those
ministers which could undermine the WCG hierarchy’s control.
Control is top of the agenda in the WCG.
It is their first unwritten law. The hierarchy MUST maintain c
trol over members’ minds if they are to
succeed in brainwashing them – sorry, conditioning them – to further
Few members ever see through the very
subtle psychological conditioning they are subjected to by WCG mentors
[it occurs in many other churches, also]. They have grown accustomed to
it. But control of this sort is spiritually perverse. It is actually a
devious weapon of the deceiver.
Make no mistake. Spiritual control
over the minds of others is satanic!
But the WCG has operated like this for
decades. Many cults use similar techniques. They don’t even have to know
what they are doing. Satan is the mastermind behind it all. He knows
what he is doing, even if the human perpetrators of such indiscretions
don’t. And the outcome is spiritual poverty. Babyhood. Tragic spiritual
immaturity. A ‘spirituality’ repulsive to God.
That is what the dream conveyed in
symbol. It’s time for members to grow up and leave ‘home’ to follow God,
not men (Acts 5:29). (Dreams From God About The WCG, p 13.)
The foregoing account may shock some. It's
meant to. That's why God gave it. He wants to wake up sleepy Christians to
their spiritual state!
This spiritual attrition has occurred because
ministers became lords over their congregations. The WCG had a very strong
leadership structure where ministers were overlords -- to such an
extent that any dissent against ministerial views was regarded as anathema!
Ministers had to be in charge! Members were
expected to submit to them as if to God. If they didn't, they were
That hardline treatment was devoid of God's
love, and little different from the way things work under a Communist regime
or police state. The WCG later realised that such an approach did not win
friends and influence people, but lost them, so it changed its tack and, out
of self-interest, put on a different facade. (God revealed their hypocrisy
in many dreams, recounted in the aforesaid book.)
To one degree or another, however, the same
rigid and wrong system prevails in many other churches. The church needs
Members need to be
weaned off dependency on church leadership.
Evil Church Leadership Dominating
In a more recent dream, this time centred on
a typical 'charismatic church', God
depicted the subtle grip of evil leadership control like this:
20th January 2003 H. Women threatened.
There was a threat to women. They were
gathered in a worship service, and men gathered around to protect the
women from the threat by prayer in a tight group.
The threat is God's judgement. The women are the churches and the men
are the human leaders who are trying to protect the churches. Their
prayers are ceremonial rituals which give them false security. Through
this leadership domination Jesus is isolated and the Holy Spirit is
Churches which rely upon human leadership
will face the tribulation like the rest of the world.
Why do leaders dominate like this? Control.
Self-interest. To keep you where they want you. To maintain their
control over you. It retains their pre-eminence (remember Diotrephes in 3 Jn
9?). It is a human (satanic!) way of securing stability and financial
security for them and their churches.
They will appear good and
well-meaning, as the dream showed. But God sees the heart.
Doctrines will also reflect equal deception
Most charismatic or Pentecostal churches
promote a pre-Tribulation rapture -- that you don't need to be concerned
much about the Tribulation because the
church will be raptured away before then, to be protected somewhere (usually
considered to be in Heaven), so only the wicked will remain.
Well, it's not quite
as cut-and-dried as that. Furthermore, the Bible shows many believers going
through the troubles and being purified by them. (Explained in the booklet
The Rapture Theory.)
domination is evil but it has many unseen tentacles. Their vice-like grip on
minds is held tight by pride and various fears. Fear to offend your friends;
fear to be different; fear to speak out against heresy or error; fear to be
considered a 'rebel'; fear to counter leaders who seem godly; fear to
'transgress' unspoken laws of conduct in your church set-up. Leaders promote
a false unity based on submission to man. It can be very subtle!
Some years back I
had dealings with a top evangelist who has probably reached more millions in
the world than any other. His ministry is highly successful in human terms.
And he has done much for God, too. I don't want to minimise that.
I contacted him and
presented him with all the truths which God had revealed to us, but of which
he was ignorant. Most of these are laid out in the booklet The Faith Once
Delivered To The Saints.
Guess what he did?
No prizes for answering correctly! He dismissed the lot! He even considered
my coming to him an intrusion. It's a pity he doesn't understand how God
works through prophets. If he did, and if he had more doctrinal courage, he
could set many more people free! (Jn 8:32.)
God gave me this
dream about that incident, revealing what occurred (written
29th April 2000):
29th April 2000. M. Dream of Xxxxxxxx
and Our Van.
Yesterday, 28th April, I was moved by the
Spirit to send God’s Church – Whose Authority? to a prominent
evangelist. Then, God gave me a dream to indicate the response, and the
immediate future of our ministry.
In this dream, Xxxxxxxx was temporarily
occupying a Council house. It was a very ordinary place. Our ministry
was represented as a small white van which was parked in the front
garden. It was squarish, small, and white, but nothing much to look at.
It was not an impressive vehicle.
There were meetings being held in
Xxxxxxxx’s Council house. They were very ordinary, and the material was
so familiar to us that they held little interest. I wasn’t sure whether
to stay or leave, but I showed respect by sitting down and staying. I
sat at the back. The meeting was soon over.
I got up and, on leaving, I passed
Xxxxxxxx, who was sitting in an empty room with only his chair and a
telephone. He was making a call to book his airline flight. I wanted to
stop and talk with him but he was busy, so I just walked by him and
left. Even if I had used sign language to him to acknowledge him and
smile, that would have distracted him from his call, because he didn’t
know me, so I said and did nothing as I went out.
I got in my small white van and drove
off. Before doing so, there was a pile of paving slabs outside which I
moved (supernaturally) from the place where they had been left to the
middle of the lawn in front of Xxxxxxxx’s Council house. They must have
weighed a ton or two, but they had been moved (not by human might, but
by God’s). Yet, they complained that I shouldn’t leave them there, the
grass would die underneath. I said “that’s not my problem; it’s yours”,
and walked off.
I drove off in my van. Not long down the
road, I noticed that I had a flat tyre. I wasn’t sure whether to go back
and change it or what. While I was stationary, considering what to do, I
noticed that there was a fork in the road. The road to the right went
past a nice new home some guy was building opposite a large mountain. He
had chosen this idyllic spot because he liked the view. The mountain
opposite his house was about 5,000 feet tall, yet it was in the
Chilterns! (Just a low range of hills in southern England.)
The other road was the road to the left.
That was the route I chose, but it was unclear what lay down that road
ahead. The dream ended there.
Xxxxxxxx’s Council house, and the
meetings: The more permanent physical nature or structure of his
ministry compared with ours, and the very ordinary teaching in his
The plane booking: Symbolises the large
finance Xxxxxxxx has compared with ours and what that makes possible in
his ministry. He can go places fast, unlike us.
My small white van: Our ministry is
nothing much to look at on the outside, but our teaching is practical.
It is not a ministry backed by large resources, so it reflects the
little backing we have, but it is going places by our efforts and with
The flat tyre: The obstacles we have to
contend with in doing this work. It makes it very difficult for us to
The stack of paving slabs which I moved
and left on their front lawn: Part of the work of ‘Elijah’ is restoring
the way, showing the path to walk. But it is others’ responsibility to
lay the pavers out and walk that route. We can’t do it for them. The
symbolism shows the unwillingness of personnel at his ministry to
incorporate the truth about Sabbaths and holy days into their Christian
Their being supernaturally moved: What is
to come in our ministry will make the truths about the Sabbaths so plain
to him and his ministry that they then have the responsibility to lay
those aspects of truth out, and put them into practice.
The nice house some guy was building: His
preoccupation with the physical. (Xxxxxxx and others like him who pursue
their own way, who go the way they want to.)
The left fork in the road: The way ahead
which is unclear and unseen. This is the faith walk.
God moved us to get in touch with the above
ministry, as He has done in many other instances, and in all cases the input
God gave us for them was trashed or shelved! And people still think they are
not affected by the Laodicean malaise of which Jesus' warns in Revelation 3!! Incredible!?
On another occasion
I wrote to the office manager of such a large international ministry,
notifying him of the upcoming resurrections. The guy was so spiritually
blind that all he could do in response was say, "Malcolm, if you are going
to make such predictions, you must first be sure that they are going to
That's why I was
telling him!! Clearly he lacked the faith! What did he take me for, an
idiot?! Either that or an impostor! It was an insult!
His problem of
spiritual blindness stemmed from his failure to listen to the Spirit and
follow Jesus. (See the warning in Acts 20:30.)
He thought he
was following Jesus. Many do. But he had only just begun the journey out of
deception; he hadn't got far. He was still following the man who was the
ministry leader. That idolatry blinded him to Jesus speaking elsewhere.
It's not much
different anywhere else you go. Throughout virtually all of the body of
Christ on earth, this somnolence exists. People are asleep spiritually. They
don't perceive when God speaks to them through prophets. Prophets are
rejected, except for the ones in their part of the body -- and it's
generally the false prophets who have acclaim and acceptance, or
those who should be learning from others. (God sends many prophets, but some
turn false when they become lifted up in pride.)
Yep, the door is
pretty firmly shut! And Jesus stands outside knocking.
can't hear His Spirit when you are following a man.
That's why it is so
essential that the Church be reorganised for Jesus to be given His central
place and for prominent ministers to step down from the limelight.
Truth Must Be Restored
Jesus said that you
will be set free when you know the truth and practice it (Jn
8:32). But in 99% of
the Church, they don't know enough of the truth, so they are still not as
free as they should be.
What is most
shocking, however -- as the example above illustrates -- people just don't
want truth! When I delivered a load of God's truth to one who is an A1
evangelist, he was not receptive.
He even argued
previously about this matter of church government. He argued vehemently in
favour of hierarchic rule in churches. I could hardly believe it!! Here was
a man of God, a top flight general in God's spiritual army, abysmally
ignorant of one of the most fundamental truths of God, and wilfully
resisting the 'new' revelation from God!!
It's enough to make
even Nicodemus turn in his grave!
God has given us so
many dreams about the pitiful state of the Church as a whole, and of the
spiritual impoverishment due to accepting false teachings. It is impossible
to list them all here. But here is one:
2nd May 2003. H. Spiritual Porn.
Pornography and sexually explicit films
are promoted by the media, where men and women prostitute themselves and
promote immorality and vile sexual perversions. These undermine true
happiness and family values. God showed me that, likewise, the Church is
prostituting itself spiritually by worshipping idols and pagan gods
through heresies. The Church plays the harlot and is not ready as Jesus’
Most believers don't realise how much God
wants us to accept the fulness of His truth. It hurts Him when some choose
to reject certain aspects. You need to view things from His perspective, not
your own, and learn to view new truth as desirable even though there is a
cost to you in accepting it.
Error and heresy are
like pornography. They are perverse and despicable to Him. Yet, virtually
the entire Church is gripped by fallacies. Worse still, most want them and
don't care! Deception births sleep! It's high time to awake!
Malcolm B Heap, September 2003