I was listening to a well respected, God fearing, wonderful pastor today. I will not name – not out of shame but so as not to give a finger to point at or hand to applaud. This pastor would agree any applaud belongs to God, and finger pointing can only and ultimately be resolved by approaching God as well. Listening to Him speak into things that rub us the wrong way, make no sense, or challenge our memory banks of beliefs, morals, and wisdom is the cure for finger pointing 🙂
The pastor was speaking about the church. He gave a list of things that should be found within it. All Biblically based, on both old and new testaments, all full of Wisdom. These pointed to the only Reliable Resource that exist. Elohim, Adonai, God, Yeshua, the Spirit of the Living God – I Am. There were 6 points made. The last was that the church should be a source of trustworthy, reliable truth. Who can argue with such? Not me.
The challenge for me is; what should the church encompass as reliable resources of truth? Just spiritual? As a matter of priority I’d say absolutely. Then question becomes;
“What effects and involves all things spiritual?”
I know of one church, one, that has found a list so expansive it is hard to argue that it thrives as it does. That’s not to say there are not more, I’m one individual, with, in true perspective, a very small view of the entire world. Though I try to be very thorough in my research and time spent “turning rocks over” in diligence to seek the truth, I’m human and therefore limited beyond reckoning.
The resources at our disposal today are so vast it’s mind boggling. Its safe to say we don’t have the time to make use of them all. Yet, still, if one desires to find out the truth about anything, it’s just a few hours and a click away from many many of us.
For those who Follow Yeshua (Jesus), most of whom attend some church, this should be a place where the truth about everything under the sun is available. Everything about the Son too. The latter the priority, but no less important as the former. If we are following Yeshua, we see His example and do as He did. He taught about everything emphasizing the heart in right standing with God, teaching who He is – this was first and foremost. But no less important than the things that effect our everyday living on this earth.
Here is where we find the gaping holes in the reliable resources given to those who attend churches today. It’s a “stay safe within the bounds of doctrine” mentality. Not without its importance this, but going nowhere outside of that is a weakness. The truth about the world’s and societal effects that we live in is crucial to the body of Yeshua. Where are the lies, all of them, that have bound us in our everyday living? What does God have to say about them? There are so many it’s overwhelming. Perhaps that’s why the church fails so dramatically. Things like:
– What does the effect of political and policy making within our governments have on our ability to discern right from wrong (or almost right)? This one gets hit on mildly but at best it grazes the out-skirts.
– Within the context of the above there are so many facets. The food industry. The medical industry. The standards for law making and keeping order in society. In American, these things effect everyone to such a degree that it effects our ability to take in spiritual truth. As Yeshua said, if we pray for someone but leave them hungry, sick, and needful, how can the truth of the Spirit be heard? Here’s an example.
According to a report released yesterday by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the rate of antidepressant use in this country among teens and adults (people ages 12 and older) increased by almost 400% between 1988–1994 and 2005–2008.
The federal government’s health statisticians figure that about one in every 10 Americans takes an antidepressant. And by their reckoning, antidepressants were the third most common prescription medication taken by Americans in 2005–2008, the latest period during which the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) collected data on prescription drug use.
Here are a few other stand-out statistics from the report on antidepressants:
23% of women in their 40s and 50s take antidepressants, a higher percentage than any other group (by age or sex)Women are 2½ times more likely to be taking an antidepressant than men (click here to read a May 2011 article in the Harvard Mental Health Letterabout women and depression) 14% of non-Hispanic white people take antidepressants compared with just 4% of non-Hispanic blacks and 3% of Mexican Americans. Less than a third of Americans who are taking a single antidepressants (as opposed to two or more) have seen a mental health professional in the past year. Antidepressant use does not vary by income status.
What is causing such an epidemic? Is this not a legitimate question the leaders/shepherds of flocks should be asking? One out of every ten people sitting in the crowd on Saturday and Sunday are taking these medications.
Are we taught in the church how these drugs effect the ability for those taking them to hear and understand the Greatest Truth about the Great Physician who cures depression? Is this not a hugely important relevance to the body of Christ? Look at those percentages, one out of every 10 persons sitting in the pews at church are effected by this! Why isn’t this addressed as a reliable resource, relevant to our walk with God? Health and nutrition, how God designed the body and what He provided to make it functional? How can this be overlooked as relevant to the body of Messiah? What is going on in our governments to “pull the wool over our eyes” with basic stuff like how we eat, health care, and the industry that fuels these things? Why is this not spoken of in churches today? There is one as I said that I know of. One. Did not God address every detail to our daily living and interaction within the culture and society we live in in the Bible? Read Deutoronomy, Leviticus. Read Matthew 5 and 6, Yeshua did. Saul (Paul) went into great detail about such things. What has happened to our ability to discern what’s relevant to the body of Messiah? To learn these things one must go home and research these things outside the church. If a church is approached by such a question it responds with excuses and religious verbage that leaves the inquirer feeling shamed for their boldness for asking. If God is the Author of All truth, it stands to reason that in His house of worship and teaching all truth should be a topic for continual discussion, learning, exposing and therefore a place to release prisoners from the bondage of the lies that have snuck in and invaded the very basics of how people live. Right? Or almost right? I leave the question (s) in your very capable hands. Yeshua, the Father, and the Spirit all say “If you seek the Truth, you shall find it.”
Here is a piece of information that can help one see the relevance in connection to the information above about those on antidepressants. So when you look over to the tenth person from you next time in church you can ask yourself legitimately;
“How is this truth of the Messiah our Savior able to be taken in, if that person is on a drug that can literally block the message?”
《FDA Black-Box Warning
Over time, the FDA has examined many cases regarding the suicidal risks involved with antidepressants. Based on studies showing some link to suicide, the FDA has made several changes to the labeling of antidepressants.
FDA Changes on Antidepressant Labeling 1990 FDA considers risk of antidepressants increasing suicidality in public hearing, but does not find enough evidence to change labels. 1996 FDA researcher writes to Pfizer to note the increased frequency of reports of suicidality in young patients during Zoloft clinical trials. October 2003 FDA warns doctors that studies cannot rule out increased suicidal thinking in children taking antidepressants.December 2003 British drug regulators advise doctors not to use certain antidepressants in children. Oct. 12, 2004 Former FDA chief safety investigator testifies even before Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft were on the U. S. market, he believed these drugs could cause mania, leading to violence. Oct. 15 2004 FDA orders all manufacturers of antidepressant medications to add a black-box warning that they may increase suicidality in children and adolescents. 2005 FDA sends out a public health advisory, warning that all antidepressants increase suicidal behavior in adults and announcing that studies of the effects of antidepressants would be under review. FDA goes on to review 295 individual antidepressant trials of 77,000 adults with major depressive disorder. As a result, health care professionals are informed of risk of suicidality. 2006 FDA recommends that children should not take Zoloft, as it increases suicidal thinking or behavior in 1 out of 50 young patients. FDA advises doctors to observe pediatric patients taking antidepressants once a week, face to face. 2007 FDA adds to the black-box warning on certain antidepressants, cautioning that increased suicidal thoughts and behaviors are a possible side effect of the medications for adults ages 18-24 during initial treatment. 2010 A study of nine years of data, published in 2010, shows that the suicide risk is the same across SSRI drug types.》
Is the church really honoring God’s call to be a reliable resource for Truth today? It’s a question that weighs heavy on my heart. We have an enemy, whose sole task is to blind, and make lame in any way he can the people God has created to thrive in truth. He hates with a hatred that is inconceivable to mankind. He doesn’t stop. On the other hand, we have a God who says the truth can set us free, and He is that truth. He is bigger than the lies, and futile attempts to obscure Him. Yet we are called to be seekers of the truths that can free us. Love does conquer lies.Yet the information to do so must be made available to those for this to happen. If the church is where one is supposed to be able to go for such, why then does it skip such vital areas? We must hold ourselves accountable to such questions. Lives depend on it.
Rest assured God is in control, His plan is sure, and we need not react with alarm within the boundaries of such questions. But seek Him, and answer His call to act as He leads. This is a reliable resource, that He can speak right into our lives today and lead us in the way everlasting. There is no aspect of life He will not shed light into, if we seek, we shall find, and thereby be freed.
♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
The biggest lie ever told:
“Oh, you are forgiven and saved because you believe in Jesus, but you’ll always sin.”
Let’s be clear about what sin is. Sin is a thought or deed we KNOW is wrong and we do anyway. Sin is repetitious, like chronic fatigue syndrome. We say sorry but use our “fallen state” as an excuse to keep doing it. USING Christ’s forgiveness as a tool to keep doing it.
Mistakes, we will make. But sin we do having been unwilling to learn from a mistake.
We have been given Christ’s forgiveness to give to others. We have been given the Spirit of the Living God to teach us how to learn from mistakes, and sin no longer has power from that point. Sin is habitual, mistakes are part of life.
Repented sin, cleans conscious’s, having confessed and turns away from and does the opposite of the original deed.
A liar, tells the truth, both outwardly and inwardly – repentance.
A thief, works for all they get, and gives from then on – repentance.
A fornicator, stops trying to get for themselves from others and serves/sacrifices for others – repentance.
An adulterer, stops taking selfishness to bed and starts being faithful especially to those who are faithless to them – repentance.
A repentance that cost you nothing, is not repentance.
A love that gives nothing, is nothing.
It takes God to correct the “flow” of right action. Saying sorry takes nothing but wounded pride.
Don’t be a “sorry sinner”.
Let Christ’s power flow through your weaknesses and become a sanctified Life learner.
There IS Power in His Blood, its the power of protection, not surrender to sin.
Don’t believe the lie. Christ’s forgiveness sets us free. Sets us free to make mistakes but be unshackled from their repetition. Sin. Sets us free from condemnation because it unshackles us from a repetitiously guilty conscience. Its the power of God come down from heaven to make us stand before Him with the costly blood of His Son to present us spotless. It is true power. Power of true freedom. Not of having rights, and lives and hurts. Instead having a humble spirit, with only His Life as our Life-force and the power to turn hurt into love. Hurt done to us – into love. Now that’s power! It comes from its Originator, the first One to take hurt and turn it into love, forgiveness, grace, mercy, compassion. True Action. Righteous deeds.
Mistake makers ask for feedback and reproof, and receive Life-giving rewards of freedom. Sinners are those in bondage to the lie above. Worse, because they take the Name of God with it and render it powerless. This blasphemes the Holy Spirit.
Yeshua (Jesus) had a message. Open up your Words and read anew.
“Turn from your sin and return to God.”
Go ahead, open up to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; read it for yourself. It wasn’t, “say your sorry, and believe that I will forgive you as you stay as you are because you’ll always be a sinner.” What a human, pitiful rendition of His mission! There’s no such power of God unto Salvation in the flow of that blood. His blood flows with the Power of His Spirit to keep us learning as we walk with Him. Like children learn how to walk. Watch them. They fall, assess, learn, get up. Fall, assess, learn – walk. Talked to, corrected, coached and encouraged along the way. This is the Spirit of our Mighty Living God! The One who keeps us from sin! Knows we must learn. But teaches the difference between sorry sinners and forgiven mistake makers.
May we find our peace in such truth! May we LIVE this power unto Salvation everyday! What a Light He shall be in such vessels of turning!
♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡