Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Iron Sharpening and Earthen Vessels

"Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." Prov. 27:17

Whenever I read this verse, I automatically think about the Iron Sharpens Iron Conferences. The ecumenical ministry offers conferences to men and women, with their goal being to mold the Christian's worldview, and encourage them to become leaders in their family, community, and nation

If you were able to pick up the Dominionist overtones in this ministry description, you know that their intentions aren't completely honorable. Christian worldview is an element of Dominionism, and it is tied to the way Christians think about political involvement - and politics has nothing to do with being a Christian.[1] [2] Believers are essentially being used as pawns to support a political viewpoint to gain votes. 

The Lord Jesus Christ didn't want his followers to become involved in the affairs of this world. We can observe this when He told Pilate:
"My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from here." John 18:36 (KJV2000)
In John 15:19, the Lord tells us that believers are not of the world, implying that there should be separation between the affairs of the world and how the Christian lives in the world system. 

Imagery develops a physical battle, not a spiritual one. 
Satan's Conspiracy
When I first started the Kindred Spirits Journal nearly 10 years ago, I didn't know a thing about Dominionism, the New Apostolic Reformation, the ecumenical synthesis through Reconstructionism, Communitarianism (the Third Way) through the Emergent/Missional movement, Freemasonry, and all the other evil deceptions that have infiltrated the institutionalized Church. As I did research for my journal articles, I stumbled upon these movements within the Church. Each new discovery about how the Word has been twisted ever so slightly and used for the preparation of the New World Order (and the Antichrist), has been one punch in the gut after another. I began to realize how we've been completely fooled by the face of the institutionalized Church, with its books, seminars, and preachers.  They all tote and sell exactly how we are to think, act, feel, and our involvements.

As many of us have tried to warn our loved ones concerning the apostasy in the Church, many have rejected our attempts as foolishness. When our warnings to stay away from the apostates preaching and materials aren't heeded, it subsequently causes them to be sharpened by the iron instrument of the Enemy, leaving them to be none the wiser.  

Even though each of us is thankful that the Lord has opened our eyes to the lies, the end result if often the whittling away at our perspective of the power of God. It can go as far as believing that the Lord really isn't in control at all. But at the same time, we know that the mission of the Enemy is to keep men in ignorance so he can succeed with his plan. Ultimately he spares no pain to keep men from the truth. Not only concerning the conspiracy, but also the Gospel.

Standing alone in our viewpoints and understanding is a lonely place to be. It can at times seem to be a burden. For His glory, God uses earthen vessels to carry the light of Christ with the message of the Truth. The Bible says:
"But we have this treasure (the Gospel) in earthen vessels (the Christian), that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body." 2 Cor. 4:6-10
Then in verse 17 of the same chapter:
"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;"
Having your eyes open to Satan's conspiracy may seem at times to be an affliction. But God has an excellent plan, and He needs His people to be awake. The Church must survive this next step in His plan, and he has appointed us as His messengers.

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