“By his stripes we were healed”
Sometimes in Man’s seeking of knowledge and to be seen and respected, they lose themselves to complicated theories and create their own Doctrines. This has been the path for thousands of years. Because of this, we have today what we see now…Denominations that stretch from one end of the earth to the other. As I have mentioned in my previous entries, I seek Christ without Man’s Theology. The Christ seen in the bible had no such requirements as man has placed on the church throughout the world. Everything from added requirements of Salvation based on creeds, rituals, to the suits and ties that are worn in service have nothing to do with your salvation. Now, this doesn’t mean that there are no requirements from you for your salvation. You still must accept Christ and his sacrifice and resurrection and as he says himself, “if you love me, keep my commandments. There is no such scripture that teaches you that those who are really for his kingdom got to continue in their sin’s and live for their flesh. “Be Holy because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). But where does the Salvation begin? It begins with one simple question? “Who do you say that I am?”. This is the knowledge and statement that the entire true church is built off of, as Christ said himself. The Author and finisher of our Faith have already told us the requirement of his Church, so who are you to add more. Have you thought about the simplicity of this question? Or have you allowed others to add more than what even Christ asked of Peter for your salvation? Look at this verse! Look at 2 facts about what the statement doesn’t say compared to man’s requirements.
- Peter was not asked if Christ was God or a god.
- Peter was not asked to believe in or explain Christ as apart of a Trinity
Nothing about these issues ever came up during the whole ministry work of Christ. No one time did Christ bring to the table the concept of the Trinity, Him being God or a god, and or any other Theology debate that separates our churches from being one because of our denominations. The answer Christ looked for was very simple, He IS the Son of the Living God, the Messiah!
Let’s look at the Just and Merciful God we serve here, the God that is against confusion and look at our denominations that spread across this earth. We don’t represent anything close to what he describes as his Church. If one was just to use the scripture without trying to come up with theories and Philosophies to try and do God’s work for him we would be better off. What if you only quoted the scripture and lived by that scripture regardless if it interfered with Man’s ways, creeds, and theology? If I did that I can stand in front of God without fear of anything. If his scripture says Christ said “The ONLY True God is the Father” (John 17:3)and I quoted that scripture and taught that to others because that is what is said instead of trying to read into it and create other concepts, The God we serve wouldn’t and couldn’t condemn me for that. But if I take that same scripture and start creating other thoughts and basis for that statement elsewhere, then I’m doing something that isn’t needed or required of God and then it’s me who is doing this. This leads to sin and judgment especially if I’m wrong about that path. This is something God could judge me for. Where we fail is that we as a man, have to be able to explain everything(pride) to make it fit our comfort levels, the way our society operates now 2000 years later, etc, etc. We take that scripture and then put it up against another scripture in an effort to try and make it fit Man’s reasoning. And while this is needed sometimes, it isn’t when it comes to the requirement of man to do so connecting it to your salvation. Example: Isaiah 9:6 says Christ would be Called Mighty God. What man does is takes that scripture and John 17:3 and they try and make sense of the scripture’s seemly conflict. This then creates a theory base that spreads into other areas and before long what you have is a denomination based on two or more different ways to look at those scriptures instead of just accepting that they say this and leave it to God to explain once you stand in front of him. During my walk, I have found that if you look hard enough and unbiasedly, you will find something in scripture that could be used to support every single theory in every denomination on the planet. But the simple truth is the words in the scripture never change even if they go against those theories and denominations of others. The Words in the Scriptures are the same for the most part(different translations, of course, play a role) and if you can ever see that there is safety in them over trying to battle through the creeds and doctrines of man, you will find peace. Again, keep in mind, if you believe in only his Word and quote his Word for your direction in life, God will not Judge you for this. But if you theorize and create different thoughts and doctrines in your attempt to show you have figured it out and are wrong, you can be judged for this and God have mercy on you if you have led others down that road as well. Salvation begins with Christ being the Son of the living God and The awaited Messiah. It is completed in the faith that he died for your sins and rose 3 days and 3 nights later. Not one single scripture requires you to explain Christ as God, a god, trinity or anything more for your salvation to count.
the study of the nature of God and religious belief.
religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed.
Is it possible? Can we have this world please? Do you remember when you were saved by Grace and faith? Before the Greek and Hebrew text studies? Before the definition and need to say and repeat phrases like ontological Trinity, Oneness, and Arianism belief systems. Before you went out to debate with Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses because you just thought you really had them trapped in the corner, all the while you still had bones in your closet that you still needed to uproot causing them to represent a better view of God than you did. Long before you needed to be up front or have a position of authority in the church. Way back when you confessed Christ as you Lord and Savior? When you accepted him into your heart and all you wanted to do was to be closer to God through his Son and live holy? Remembering what it felt like to help others that needed help without judgement or shaming. Before you signed up for biblical study classes and studied prophecy meanings. Before you ever knew that there was anything called a literal translation of bible. Or before you even knew there was so many different bibles at all. You see, if you are like me, then you do remember these things. And if you are like me, you might have forgotten about what it was like back then because we are so weighed down with theology and man’s allegorical interpretations of scriptures. Now, that which is pure, innocent, and loving has been tied into Man’s attempts to define the One being that can’t be defined. What we had prior is what initially saved us. It is what is pure from Him. I personally have never felt a stronger connection to God than before theology became the center piece. And the biggest fact is that God never once required theology from us to be saved or to be his children. I just don’t see the need for a “Religious belief” if God seeks a “Relationship” with us.
1 Cor 8:6( it flat out says The Father, not the Son, is the true God)
6 there is actually to us one God, the Father, from whom all things are and we for him; and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are and we through him
Over and over again the scripture makes this fact known so many times. If it’s not Paul’s writing it’s John’s writings in John 17:3 – Revelations and many many other’s. Scriptures like this are found throughout the Bible in the NT of the scriptures. You read them and don’t think twice about them until it’s really put into your view. Praise be “the GOD” and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Clearly showing that the two subjects aren’t the same and clearly pointing out that one of the Subject is the God over the other. Now, what man has come up with ( which Scripture NEVER, I repeat NEVER says itself) is that the reason scripture says this is only because this addressed Christ as a human and being Born a man, it automatically creates the relations between his Father as his God because he was a human being. This, like I said above is never, ever, never said as the case. This thought is known as Theology ( Trinity or even possible Oneness if you believe Christ to be the Father) but it isn’t scripture stated. Nowhere does the bible support Christ having a God strictly because he was born a Man. I repeat again, Nowhere does the scripture ever define roles of having a God being placed on a man simply because he was born as a human. In fact, God says in his word, over and over again, that the God of you is who you choose to make it so with. A man can make a cow, money, even Satan his god and anything else if he chooses to. Another fact that is consistent is that we see no such requirement in scripture that defines God only to humans. Angels have their God as we see in Heaven. So different plains of existence would never automatically create relations of a God over a being. It didn’t matter where Christ was prior to earth, while on earth, or there after, Yahweh is and has always been the Head, Father, and God of Christ. If it wasn’t so, the moment All power and Authority was given to Christ and he returned to Heaven risen, Yahweh would no longer be presented as Christ’s God. But in Revelation, we clearly see the same role and submission of Christ still in the hands of his Father and God Yahweh in Revelation 3:12 and especially 1 Cor 15:24-28
This is Christ talking directly to John(in Revelations). He declares, once again, while in heaven long after his return from Earth, no longer human, that he has a God over him that will give them a new name like He(God) will do for Him(Christ) as well. Christ specifically calls the temple his God’s Temple. And no matter what you feel and try to explain away, these are the words from the scriptures and original text. Unlike other scriptures out there that are debatable base on hermeneutics. Nobody disputes these statements in any translation. The True God has no Father or God over him, doesn’t need anyone to give him power and never prays to another or even calls another HIS God. These are pure facts, not opinions and theology made up rhetoric biasedness. These are the words from God’s directed Holy Spirit upon the writers of the Scripture, not doctored up to support man’s theology. Man will try their best to try and explain away something so simple and clear, from saying this is not submission, or that Christ did this out of love for the Father like a gift, or something else that helps them ease their minds that the word says that this was “Submission”. Submission isn’t something given as a gift by a God. Submission is given as owed because someone has Authority over you. The Bible words used here have direct meaning and purposefully are pointing out that the Son is under the Father’s rule and ONLY the Father stands as True God and Master over All things, people, and or beings, even the Son. This also put to bed another false Creed theology that tries to say that instead of the Father Being God himself, that he only has a portion of God of him. No scripture interpretation of God herr is ever looked at or translated to mean that this was not The Father alone in this verse. God doesn’t exist inside the Father, he is The Father through and through. Even most Trinity believers don’t know this about their creed. The average Trinity believer believes that the Father is Yahweh, the God, Father and Creator of all things. Most trinity people never look at the Father as to say that he has yet Another portion of the Being called God inside him but this is what the Doctrine of the Trinity really is. If you don’t believe look it up. Don’t go ask your pastor, your family, or friend. Look it up for yourself and know what you say you believe in. You will be surprised.
As most Church news have reported and talked about for a while now, Fred Price Jr stepped down from his position because he made mistakes that he believes disqualified him from being what he was called to be and was doing very well in, and that is being a teacher of the word of God. Fred Price Jr actually did something that most other ministers and positions holders in churches today don’t do. He didn’t hide behind his title and just ignored things. He didn’t continue to lie about things and didn’t make them go away with money. He made a mistake and he paid the price for it with his position, respect and family pain.
Unlike a lot of people, I truly know what goes on in most if not all churches that bring in money, and it isn’t pretty. Beyond the curtain call for Sunday morning lays hatred, jealous acts, sinful backbiting, and flat out plannings for how to gain more money from members by having more services and setting up fake coincidences to make people believe in the audience that the pastor just so happen to be talking about the same subject the choir just song about it, when it was set up like that for weeks. Yes, it’s ugly. It always is ugly because the same people that you work with that cursed you out are the same people going to the church down the street and working at the church. Whatever you see on Sunday mornings aren’t what is going on behind the scenes( I would never mention what churches). I remember when I first was exposed to the truth over and over again in different churches( it wasn’t just one). It almost destroyed me. They say the top two things you don’t want to know is how they make your beef and how the church is truly run. This is very true. So understanding that human nature exists and will always be the source of everything on this earth until the flesh is put away for good is key. Only small churches or denominations like the Jehovah’s Witness have the best setup in place to remove this temptation from the people that run the church. And even then they deal with it on different levels else where. In life, it’s the same. Where you find one sin and point, you find two more against yourself. The very fact that other people especially black men and ministers find it their business to post video’s about it and trying to come up with what they believe the reason is and continue to gossip and put down this man, is a sin itself. The bible actually places you into the same category as some of the most hateful sins in God’s eyes.
Not only are these same people accused of such sins equal to or possibly worse than Fred Price Jr by continuing to gossip about this, but all the people out there that find pleasure and or support them in their actions are all guilty. So people should really be careful trying to bury someone that already took his punishment and stripes like a True Man of God, but they really need to look at themselves in the mirror. These same people smoke, drink, watch porn, look at sister Jones’s butty on a regular basis, fornicate, cheat, Molest or rape either physically or mentally. Somewhere, something stands against these people and instead of trying to make themselves feel better about their failures in their spiritual lives by gossiping they should find a message and lesson of sure encouragement in this tragedy. If this man can step away from all that he had by owning up to his mistakes and seek to become better, where can I apply such grace and mercy in my life or others?