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The Parable of the Vineyard, Pt. 2

In Mark 12:1-12 or Matthew 21:33-41, you can find Jesus’ parable of a landowner and his vineyard.  It can also be found in its entirety in part 1 of this blog, posted on 04/04/2013.

I have found that Jesus never wasted words, so each of the things in this parable represents something important.  It’s also important to notice that the Bible specifically mentions Jesus spoke this parable to and “against” the Pharisees.  Therefore it’s has an anti-religion meaning, which the Pharisees represent.

The landowner represents God Himself.  The vineyard represents the area where God’s seed has been planted.  The seed represents the word of God, His voice (Jesus said seed represents the word of God in Luke 8:11, as did Peter in 1 Peter 1:23).  The hedge around the vineyard represents an established  boundary between the vineyard (immature kingdom of God) and the rest of the world (the kingdom of darkness, devoid of truth).  The winepress represents the ability to contain, process and obtain new revelation of Truth (wine represents revelation of Truth).  The tower represents the ability to discern and fend off enemies of the Kingdom.  All these things God built Himself, with the primary goal of producing and protecting fruit.

The vinedressers represent religion and law, typified by the Pharisees in Jesus’ day and Christians in ours.  Their only task was to ensure the newly-planted seed matured into fruit while the landowner was away.  Notice, the landowner leased the vineyard to these vine-dressers, for a set time.  He never intended for them to inherit it.  So too, religion and law was “hired” by God for a season only, but will not inherit His Kingdom.  Paul wrote of this in Galatians 3:24-26 and elsewhere.  These vinedressers had no real relationship or communication with the landowner.  The servants of the landowner represent the prophets.  These men weren’t a part of the vineyard (religion of Christianity), but had something better – a relationship with the landowner.  They cared about His desires and were sent directly from him.  Their task was to check for ripe fruit and report to the landowner.

When the servants arrived, the vinedressers beat, murdered, insulted them and sent them away “empty-handed.”  Interestingly, Jesus doesn’t say why they responded so violently, but it’s obvious they had strong feelings toward these servants.  I believe the vinedressers, lacking a relationship with the landowner, didn’t believe these servants were truly sent from him.  Second, I believe the vinedressers acted violently because these servants exposed their failure – the fruit they were supposed to nurture never matured.  I think also the watchtower was unmanned, the hedge was broken allowing pests and thieves in, and the wine-vat was empty.  As a result, the vinedressers feared losing their position and security.  Fear, stemming from a lack of relationship and concern for the landowner was behind all of this.  Their vinedressers were only concerned with themSELVES.

Similarly, many Christians oppress the true prophets of God today because they don’t really know or care about God.  They just like what He’s given them and can do for them.  When the Bible says the vinedressers “shamefully treated” the servants, the Greek word literally has the idea of insulting and discrediting them.  Many do this because their message is so contrary to what they know and hold dear, and they love the security of tradition over the pursuit of truth.  Religion hasn’t changed in 2,000 years.  God’s prophets are still in effect”beaten” or “killed” by religion, with the same goal in mind – SILENCE.  The prophets expose the failure of the religious to nurture the seed to fruition and their ignorance of the landowner’s heart.  Selfish religion just wants them silenced.  Jesus was saying an encounter with the “hired” religious establishment leaves the prophets wounded, silenced, and discredited.

The son of the landowner represents Jesus Christ.  Jesus tells us the vinedressers, in accord with their selfish nature, saw the son’s appearance as another opportunity for themSELVES.  In the parable, their twisted minds reason since they were hired to care for the vineyard, if the landowner’s only son was killed, they would by default inherit the vineyard for themselves.  They recognized him as truly teh son, but they killed him and threw him out, just as they had the servants.  I don’t believe it ever occurred to them that the landowner could instead give the vineyard to foreigners.  But He will.

The sobering truth is that the vinedressers in this parable mirror the religious within Christianity today, full of traditions of men, hypocrisy, blindness, and selfishness.  Christianity has a lot of “good,” so it’s easy to overlook their lack of true perception, but  atheists, Mormons, New Agers, and whatever else often labor diligently for “good” causes.   That’s not the issue.  The issue is producing sons of God, devoted to Him alone, with no selfish motive, who think like Him and have His spirit.  The walk in the spirit, which requires diligence and self-denial, has been shunned in favor of easy formulas and false guarantees.  Religion is based on fear of punishment, desire for reward, and enjoyment of blessing – not love for God.  It’s become about self-improvement, not self-denial and knowledge of the Father.  For the institution of “church,” it’s become about being attractive to the world and gaining “nickels, noses, and numbers.”  But God doesn’t care about any of these things like religion does. 

In part 3, which I will post soon, I want to look at where we are today and what Jesus prophesied is soon to happen.  A revolution is coming and the kingdom of God is going to truly be seen again.  Christianity as we know it is going to be destroyed and lose much of it’s influence as the body of Christ begins to follow the spirit of God, not the religion of Christianity, once again.  Amen.

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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Sin, Self, and God’s Kingdom

I noticed and found this very interesting this morning: sin is called deceitful and is subtle, but the “works of the flesh” are evident and obvious.

Sin is characterized by deceitfulness.  It’s often undetected, even by those who are looking for it.  It’s subtle and crafty.  Satan’s primary activity appears to be that of deception.  Deception is simply perceiving things differently than God without acknowledging so.  I believe that sin, wickedness, and evil, as God sees them, don’t really look like what we would call “evil” or “sinful.”  Sin and evil are subtle, that’s important to keep in mind.

Starting in Matthew 16:21, Peter tells Jesus that he shouldn’t go to the cross.  Rather than acknowledging his concern, Jesus  rebuked Peter and actually referred to him as Satan!  Peter, in his great distress and concern, was just trying to protect Jesus’ flesh, but Jesus immediately rebukes him, stating Peter was using a natural, human perception of things rather than a spiritual view of things, and that one has to deny himSELF and take up his cross to follow Jesus. Peter was trying to protect Jesus’ self, and Jesus saw this as evil, as a hindrance to God’s will.  Jesus had to die, this was his mandate from God.  We too have to follow in his example.

I believe the primary meaning of sin is to “miss the mark” of God’s will and guidance, which, if yielded to, will lead to inward purity and the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth.  In that sense, something we might call “good,” if not done in obedience to God, is actually “sin,” because God had no part in it – it originated in our own mind or heart, not His.  In a similar way, the word “wicked” in scripture comes from the idea of twisting, as in the “wick” of a candle being made from twisted-together strands.  Thus any sort of perverted or misapplied understanding or mindset is wicked, as are the actions that may result.  Scripture declares: “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”  ONLY as we understand in our heart and apply what Jesus and the apostles really meant, can we be righteous, meaning “in a right standing and relationship,” before God.  Wickedness is empowered by deception.

(Hebrews 3) 12 “Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

(2 Timothy 3) 13 “But evil men and impostors will proceed to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

(Revelation 19) 20 “And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image…”

(Revelation 20) 7 “When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations…”

Many things we call “sin” are really what scripture calls “the works of the flesh.”  In contrast to subtle, deceptive sin, the works of the flesh are “evident,” meaning they are obvious, easily seen and recognized.

(Galatians 5) 19 “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality…those who practice such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.” 

The reason practicing the works of the flesh will keep one out of the kingdom of God is simple – the flesh, or your SELF, is opposed to God, and to follow it is to establish the kingdom of SELF and to make SELF your God.  Everything labeled as a “work of the flesh” is aimed to gratify oneself.  There is no consideration of God, no self-denial in sexual immorality, anger, strife, divisions, envy, drunkenness, divisions, etc. Sin has to do with independence from God – acting from or for self rather than God.  When we establish the kingdom of self rather than God’s kingdom, we commit treason, mutiny.  This is sin, this offends Him.  More than watching a bad movie or kicking the dog, establishing self is the real offense. Salvation, which we are told to “work out,” has to do with being delivered from the influence of self.

Conclusion:  If you want to be righteous, free from wickedness or evil, then completely let go of all that YOU have acquired in terms of your beliefs and understandings, and let God’s spirit teach you.  If you want to be pure and without sin, then do nothing from yourSELF, but learn to discern the Father’s will and follow Him.  Seek God, get quiet and still, ask Him to reveal Himself to you, TRUST Him to do it, look for His guidance, rely upon Him.  1 John 2:27 is a confirmation of this.  Remember this – if you humbly, before God, acknowledge that you lack sight and clarity, you cannot be deceived.  I believe God gives grace to the humble.  Grace is the influence of the spirit of God which will teach you.

Galatians 5:19-21  Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,  (20)  idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,  (21)  envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Jesus’ Advice to Laodicea

(Revelation 3:18-19)  “I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.  (19)  ‘Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent.

(1 John 2:27):  “And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.

 It’s critical to keep in mind that Laodicea, who Jesus speaks to, is a “church,” a congregation of believers in Jesus Christ.  As I discussed last time, Laodicea means “righteous people,” referring to their self-perceived righteousness.  These “christians” believe in their heart they are “rich” by believing in Christ, have “abundance” by their good works, and have “need of nothing” because they are saved and on their way to heaven.  However, Jesus exposes their true condition as deplorable, pitiful, and bankrupt.  Keep in the forefront of your mind that Jesus is speaking of their spiritual condition.  It’s a grave and common mistake, especially with Jesus’ words, to read scripture in a “natural” sense all the time.  He said he spoke in parables and his words were “spirit” and “life.” He also reminds Laodicea that his harsh rebuke and discipline is a sign of love, and he encourages them to zealously repent, which literally means to zealously reconsider their belief systems and to begin to perceive on a deeper level. 

Jesus first counsel is to get “gold refined by fire.”  This refers to gold that has undergone intense fire, which melts the gold and allows the impurities within it to be seen and removed.  Once Laodicea has this refined gold, Jesus says they will truly be “rich.”  The gold Jesus speaks of is simply that which is precious and leads to increasing wealth in the kingdom of God.  In scripture, gold is compared with wisdom, but wisdom is said to be far superior and God alone knows where it is hidden.  Wisdom and understanding are the “gold” of God’s kingdom

When you are taught by Jesus Himself, through the Holy Spirit (see 1 John 2:27 above), you can access this gold (wisdom) and become rich in the sight of God.  God doesn’t regard much of what men do, including religious men.  The gold Jesus counsels Laodicea to buy is imperishable and has been purified not with physical fire, but with the fire of God’s judgment which consumes and separates every spiritual impurity.  If this comes to our life, it can be painful and a cause for “fear and trembling,” but it’s also a cause for great rejoicing, because it means God receives us as His children. (Hebrews 12): “For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.”  …But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.”  And as Jesus reminded Laodicea: “those whom I love, I reprove and discipline…” 

When we undergo this fire, that which is not from God is consumed or separated from the truly precious “gold” of all which was from Him.  I believe this primarily takes place within our heart, which is the core of our thoughts and beliefs.  In 1 Timothy 1:5, Paul says the goal of his teaching is “love from a pure heart…”  What “pure heart” means is one’s core of thought and belief (mind) which is untainted by the traditions, teachings, religious ideas of men and is therefore “purely” of God.  It isn’t having no desire for sinful things – that would be better called a “clean” heart.  I believe many well-established religious ways of thinking and their resulting “good” works will be burned up in this fire, because they were not based on God’s mind, but the minds of men.  We can only access God’s mind by Spirit-to-spirit revelation of truth and wisdom.

The second thing Jesus says to buy is “white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed…”  The purpose of a garment is to be a covering.  What needs covered?  The natural realm mirrors the spiritual realm.  In the natural, the shamefulness of our naked flesh is covered by our clothing.  In the spiritual, the shame of our “flesh” is also covered by spiritual “garments.”  Flesh in this case speaks of the focus on and obedience of SELF.  When self is the focus and is served, self is god and king.  Self/flesh is permanently opposed to God and must be crucified.  (Romans 8): 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,  7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so…  13 … for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die…”  (Galatians 5)17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh…”  24 Now those who are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” 

I believe the “white garments” here represent the righteousness and purity of Jesus Christ Himself.  Jesus became radiantly white when he was transfigured.  Angels who appeared to men were brilliantly white.  The “overcomers” (of self) in Revelation 3:4-5 are said to be clothed in white.  Once the pride of self in its good or its knowledge (see: the Pharisees) is humbled and the flesh is crucified, then one can receive the white garment of Jesus Christ himself.  God recognizes nothing else, as everything good that is of man is, according to scripture “wood, hay and stubble,” “filthy rags,” and worthless. 

Finally, Jesus counsels Laodicea to buy “eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.”  Our natural eyes give us sight and perception of the physical realm.  We also have “eyes,” or faculties of perception, into the invisible realms of soul and spirit.  Paul spoke of the “eyes of your heart” in Ephesians 1:18, which he prayed would be “enlightened” by the Spirit of God.  In  Matthew 6:22-23, Jesus spoke of the singular “eye” (referring to one’s perception of the spiritual realm) which gives light within, which can be “clear” or “bad.”  Jesus says this “eye” should be “single” (KJV).  The word “single” is the Greek word haplous.  It literally means “without folds or braids,” in the sense of whole, single, uncomplicated, simple.  I think Jesus is saying that one’s spiritual eyesight/perception needs to be without any mixture of darkness caused by the traditions and teachings of selfish, fearful men, which causes confusion.  Jesus then warns that if the “light” (truth and understanding) we claim to have is actually darkness (error and confusion), then this is the most extreme darkness there is.  This is why saying one has “need of nothing” is so dangerous.

The “eye salve” Jesus counsels them to buy and to “anoint” their eyes with is the Greek word kollourion.  It actually comes from a base word meaning “glue,” and refers to a thick glue-like paste that would be applied to eyes to soothe them.  “Anoint” is the word egchrio, has some interesting possible meanings, but likely just means to “rub in” with the idea of “receiving.”  Priests were “anointed” with oil as a symbol of their intended function before God.  I think a literal translation of Jesus admonition here is to buy “eye-glue to rub in your eyes, that you may see.”  The idea is our natural, carnal eyes (human perception, often based on fear, tradition or confusion) being covered or glued shut, with the presence of the Holy Spirit covering them.  Again, 1 John 2:27, which I quoted at the beginning, says: “you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie…”  To perceive spiritually based on the “sight” of this anointing, which John spoke of, requires first that “eye-salve” be applied to glue shut or negate one’s natural, carnal perceptions.  If this is not done, then the carnal, religious perception will remain the “light” within, which Jesus calls the most extreme darkness.  God forbid.

So, Jesus says to Laodicea, the self-righteous and spiritually satisfied and complacent, that if they want to have anything of spiritual value, they need three things:  1). Wisdom which is set on fire and requires a process of burning and separating impurities, 2). the righteousness of Christ himself which requires true humility and self-abasement, and 3). spiritual perception which requires the “gluing shut” of one’s carnal eyes.  My counsel for us all is to take Christ’s counsel earnestly, and to desperately cry out for wisdom, true righteousness, and clear sight.  Let us be still before God to learn of and be equipped by Him.  God bless you.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Unity God Desires

A thought came to me last night: God gave what we know as the “leadership positions” in the body of Christ with an end in mind of UNITY, among other things.  Sadly, this isn’t what is readily apparent on the surface of things within the visible “church.”  I believe this unity is in spirit, not doctrine.  This unity is in Truth, not dogma or scripture.  This unity is with God, not other men.  This unity can’t be forced and is not all-encompassing.  This unity is not fully manifested yet, but is coming, and those in this unity are patient and loving with others in hopes they come as well.  The Father Himself will facilitate it in His time, through the revelation of Christ in his body, the church.

(Ephesians 4): 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—…

You probably noticed “pastors” in verse 11 above.  I was surprised to learn recently that this is the ONLY use of the word “pastor” in the entire New Testament.  Some translations read “shepherd,” which is closer to the intended meaning.  In a typical “church” as we know it today, why aren’t teachers, prophets, apostles, and evangelists as distinct, noticeable and revered as pastors?  All these things are just various functions in the body of Christ.  Nothing more, really.  And they all serve to, in selfless love and humble service, equip all those who have been set apart for the Father’s use by faith in Jesus Christ to then minister to God themselves.

All these functions are only temporary, you’ll notice.  In verse 13, Paul writes all these functions are given UNTIL…  There is coming a time when they won’t be needed anymore, because the body of Christ has manifested “perfect” and complete; this time in spirit in a worldwide, corporate body – the Church.  Christ will literally walk the earth again as a corporate body made up of many “members.”  This is the Church as God sees it.  It’s coming, praise God.  But first, much of what we know and see will have to be destroyed or removed.

A “pastor” is nothing more or less than a member of the body of Christ who is called of God to care for God’s people, as a shepherd.  Not to lead them in the sense of hearing God for them or teaching them (“teachers” are listed as a separate gift), not in the sense of  heading up a “church,” preaching weekly, etc.  This is shepherding in the sense of bandaging wounds of soul and spirit, serving selflessly with zero notoriety or recognition, protecting the weak and wounded from wolves, showing love, etc. – all to lead these sheep back to the fold of their shepherd in good health, to then hear and be led of the Shepherd himself.  An important function, for sure.  But nothing like many Christians know it today.

I simply pray we will all unify under the headship and “pastorate” of Jesus Christ.  This was a prophecy of Paul the apostle and a prayer of Jesus himself.  It will come, but woe to those who oppose it, even though this opposition was inevitable for a time.  A body works in unity when all members respond to the head.  Jesus Christ is the head of the body the church, but many members of it have lost connection with him.  I beg of anyone who believes in Jesus Christ to “forsake all that you have,” as Jesus said (Luke 14:33).  In this case, I ask you to forsake the doctrines you’ve been taught, the way you’ve known “church,” the way you want or think things should be, for whatever reason.  If you don’t do this, you CANNOT be a follower of Jesus Christ.  Jesus himself said this, as plainly as he could possibly have said it.  

Let me repeat this exclusive demand of Jesus (Luke 14:33 ESV): “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”  Did Jesus demand that every follower of his for all time sell every material possession they have and live on the streets, with friends, or in homeless shelters?  Should we all right now put our homes on the market for sale, then give all the proceeds away?  Or maybe we should, right now, leave our computers behind and walk out the door, leaving our homes, cars, and everything else behind, permanently?  No, that is not what Jesus was talking about.  I believe he was speaking of things deeper than the physical world, as he always did.  I believe he was saying that we must “renounce” everything that is of US.  Everything that WE have accumulated in the invisible realms – our beliefs, preconceptions, religions, doubts, resentments, etc.

To be a “disciple” is to be a “learner and a follower.”  One who follows and learns from their master so closely that they come to look exactly like them.  This is the call of Jesus – to follow him in his example of pursuit, devotion, submission, and obedience to the Father.  If we don’t give up what WE have gathered, how can we follow Jesus?  Either we are going to serve what we have come to know, or we will forsake it all and follow Jesus Christ into ever-increasing knowledge of the Father.  When all do this, true unity begins.  Amen.

“In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” –Eric Hoffer

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Recommendations

I thought in this post I’d change the format a bit and share some links to various ministries, websites and people that have edified and challenged me.  I hope they will be a blessing to you also.  We are all of one body if we are of the faith of Jesus Christ, so if one part is edified, the body is edified.  God bless you.

Dan Gochnour at Scent of Water Ministries:

Dan is one of the only people that I without hesitation would call a prophet.  I have been greatly blessed and edified by his teachings, and really stretched and challenged to go deeper with God and seek Him with no selfish motive.  Some concepts he’s helped me form are the distinction of spirit and soul, truth as a path that is to be followed, truth as the present voice of God, sonship vs. servanthood, sin awareness vs. God awareness, the kingdom mentality of Jesus Christ, the perils of self-focused religion, the need to hear the voice of Jesus Christ, man having been given authority on earth, Jesus Christ as a warrior, true humility in God’s eyes, salvation as freedom from self-influence, self vs. God, looking deeper at the words and meaning of scripture, good and evil in light of the kingdom, and lots more I can’t think of off the top of my head.  This blog is actually named after one of his teachings.  If you want to hear his current sermons, please let me know in a comment or e-mail at immaculated.r@gmail.com and I’ll get you on the free CD mailing list in which you can get his most recent sermons mailed to your house for free.  He doesn’t have a facebook or personally get involved much in self-promotion.  Dan, I honor you and thank you for your service to the Lord.

Links (I don’t think Dan himself is involved in any of these, but you can hear his preaching through about September 2012 at the first link below):

HallVWorthington:

I don’t know a lot about this person or ministry, but it’s still been very challenging to me.  From what I know, Hall V. Worthington is a man who, as many of us, was seeking truth and his search led him outside of mainstream Christianity.  He came across the writings of George Fox and other of the early “Quakers,” which he found to be very edifying and sound both scripturally and in spirit.  Much of his HUGE website consists of teachings of the early Quakers (which are amazing), but much of it is also his own teachings and “words” he says he was given directly from Jesus Christ.  Of particular interest to me have been the idea of the word of God as God’s voice, the need for silence to listen for this voice, and the need to be taught by Jesus Christ himself, not any man.  The teachings on purification from sin are very challenging, although I’m not sure I agree with them totally.  I’m still chewing on some of them.

Steve Bray

I don’t know a lot about this brother either, and am told he died in 2003.  He appears to have been a simple, humble brother who wanted truths of the deeper Christian life to be made available to all believers.  I have found his teachings on the believer’s union with Christ, the divine life that we are to live by, etc. to be very enlightening and encouraging.  Highly recommended.

Phil Drysdale:

I recently came across this person and ministry.  Seems to emphasize grace and viewing oneself in light of the freedom and purification of the gospel.  Also teaches against the deception and inadequacy of religion and works.  I don’t know too much about it, but have found some of it to be very edifying.

Rory Moore/Prepare His Way:

I have known Rory “at a distance” for quite a while, and have been blessed by his ministry on facebook.  We have had some facebook discussions, and he has always been gracious.  There are some things I distinctly disagree with him on, but that’s not the focus here.  I have found his teachings on the errors of tithing, errors of the modern pastorate, church government, marital headship and unity, and some prophetic words to be very good.  I’d also recommend adding him on facebook.  He lives in California.

Watchman Nee:

Again, I don’t agree with everything he teaches, but I have been very edified, challenged, and informed by many of his teachings, and I believe his love for the Lord was true.  He is a famous minister, and you can easily find many of his works and biographies of his life quite easily online or in bookstores.

A Wilderness Voice

From what I know, this is a ministry of two friends and brothers in Christ, who simply share truth as God has given it to them.  Their writings have been very enlightening for me, although there are several I still haven’t read.  Their site links to other ministries and writers as well.  They seem to focus on being free from “institutional” Christianity and the deeper truths of the life of a disciple.

  • Awildernessvoice.com

Feel free to share more if you know of them.  God bless you.

 
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My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.

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