Nov 09 2008

The Plain Vanilla

Published by at 10:18 pm under Spiritual

A mature sister gave me a couple of Kingdom Ministry articles to review. Buried within some lovely and enticing words I came to the following statements which are decidedly New Age:

“We are being awakened to Your LIFE.”

No, this word “awakened” is entirely New Age vocabulary. Please watch for it! We receive His LIFE by GRACE as soon as we are BORN from above or born again and grow into increasing revelation of it as we mature. The author was speaking to ALL people, both Christians and non-Christians. If they are being awakened to anything at all, it must be through a false light and not through the Holy Spirit.

A very close sister…mature in Christ…told me years ago that if anything sounded a bit unusual and especially enticing to “stick with the PLAIN VANILLA of the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST.” Amen and amen! I shall always remember those words. These are the days of the itching ears! “For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another in a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold.” (II Timothy 4:3)

Another statement in these deceptive articles was “I am my Father’s Body, so that makes me equal with Him.” Well now on the surface one could skim over that and think it sounded pretty good! We are NOT Father’s Body, but rather the Body of JESUS CHRIST. . .the “Body of Christ.” And even so, we are not EQUAL with Him even when we arrive at His full stature (Ephesians 4:13) as He will ALWAYS be the HEAD of the Body,

“We are ONE with the Father.”

Once again the writer was addressing both Christians and non-Christians. Those who have not been born again have no way of being ONE with the Father, and even Christians do not attain unto that status until they have matured unto FULL UNION with GOD. (Please see the teaching on Union with God on this website) These things are subtle as we know, and by intimacy with JESUS and time in the Word of God our discernment is sharpened to the point that we can separate the Truth from the lie. It is also important that we separate ourselves from the things of this world! We cannot serve two masters…God and Mammon simply do not mix. Make yourselves and your homes a consecrated place. We are a “city set on a hill.” This is in the Sermon on the Mount! “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 4: 14)  JESUS furthermore exhorts us: “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Next there are all of the articles on the power of positive thinking and affirmations in order to bring us what we want. Our Father will always give us what we NEED in order to fashion us into the exact replica of His Son JESUS. Paul does tell us to think on things that are true, worthy of reverence, honorable and seemly, lovely and lovable, kind and winsome, gracious, of excellence and virtue. (Philippians 4:8)  May we think of good and lofty things but NOT for the purpose of GAIN for ourselves!!

Another writer claims that Buddhists, New Agers, and those of any other religious persuasion are part of ONE MAN. This is a very popular deception, and it also sounds very nice. There is only ONE way to the Father, however, and that is through His Son JESUS or Yeshuah. “No man is able to come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me attracts and draws him and gives him the desire to come to Me, and [then] I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day.” (John 6:44)

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by [through] Me.”

(John 14:6) This, as we all know, is the “plain vanilla of the Gospel.” May we embrace it and BE CONTENT with it! We ought to thank God EVERY DAY for having chosen us!! Drawn and attracted us!!

And lastly a writer claims that becoming like JESUS is not a process. “We ARE in His image.” This is total error. Just look at the Body around you. Do you see one Christian who is NOW in the image of the Father? Hardly.

THE PLAIN VANILLA brothers and sisters.



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