5/28/2024

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5/28/2024

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May 28, 2024

Does our heavenly Father accept "egg salad" Christians?

Dear Friends in Christ Jesus our Lord,

We first have something for you to seriously consider. Many years ago we heard an insightful metaphor distinguishing between people who embraced the false gospels developed by anti-Semitic (Older Testament ignoring) theologians and are just satisfied complacent believers, versus people who've forsaken the values and goals of this world and demonstrate love-grounded, trust-based obedience to our Lord Jesus, an unwavering trust akin to Abraham's.  "Believers" are like egg salad — the chicken merely made a contribution which cost it little and its life was unchanged by the act. In contrast, followers of Jesus whose lives reveal trust-based obedience are like chicken salad — the chicken forfeited its life to serve its purpose – total  commitment  (see Matthew 10:34-38; 16:24).

•Which one do you think you are? 

•Which one does our heavenly Father see you as? 

•Are both the "egg salad" life and the "chicken salad" life acceptable or even pleasing to Him?


To download our next 5-28-2024 Prophetic Insight, please click on the title: The New Covenant: Our Father Offering You A Personal Relationship. We want to help you if you or those you deeply care about are among the bamboozled in Christianity — the "egg salads" who were not discipled to study the Older Testament with the profound intent to understand the New Covenant which our Father offers you in Christ. After everything we learned about the foundations on which our Lord's first followers established their faith walk in Him, we don't believe that the "egg salad" life was ever acceptable to our heavenly Father. But sadly, "egg salad" Christianity has been far-reaching for centuries. It was initially propagated by the Roman Catholic hierarchy and continued into Protestantism. Keep in mind that religious systems which substitute beliefs and practices which stand apart from an individual being born again of the Holy Spirit are deceptions cultivated by Satan and the spirit of Jezebel which he controls. (We'll discuss this more fully in our next Prophetic Lament.) 


📌We want to reaffirm for you that it matters not if you consider yourself an acceptable "Christian" from your own frame of reference. The essential question is this: Has our heavenly Father revealed to you by His Spirit that you do belong to Him in union with Christ? Is there bona fide evidence, which our Lord's first followers experienced, that our heavenly Father has consummated His relationship with you by the noticeable presence of the Holy Spirit? Because of the many counterfeit "gospels" in Christianity, it's crucial for you to ask if He has accepted you as His child, and to receive His answer. For the God Who spoke the entire universe into existence, don’t you think He’s able to answer you when you ask if  you are His child by trust?


‍ "We do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God" (2Corinthians 2:17). 

"We do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God" (2Corinthians 4:2)


We take very seriously the privilege and responsibility our Father has given us to freely share with you the truths and insights His Spirit gives us. It's been a wonderful and at times painful reality for us to be used by the Spirit to "set forth the truth plainly" as our Lord has sent us to do. During the past 40 years the writings which the Holy Spirit has given us to make known haven't catered to the “egg salad” people in Christianity. Nor do we seek to derive any personal profit or benefit out of our labors. We know that our materials have a prophetic Source (Revelation 19:10), with a far different goal than the Humanist-influenced religious teachers who cater to the self-willed and self-absorbed who populate much of today's "egg salad" Christianity. 


For the older generation, please take this warning to heart. 

There's an eternally tragic consequence if you have chosen to not turn from sin in your own life and have therefore decided to ignore sin in your children's lives. You may find them spewing out their rage at you at the Judgment Throne as they are sent into the fires of hell by their own rebellious sin which you never confronted while they and you were still alive. Then it will be too late for you to ask their forgiveness for not loving them as Jesus would have, because you didn't speak up for righteousness when you could have. Out of fear of angering them, you permitted them to live by the immoral standards of this world without warning them about the painful consequences of violating God and His righteous commands. And even if the ones you love have stopped their ongoing sin (whether they consider themselves "Christian" or not), have they humbled themselves to ask our heavenly Father for forgiveness, a forgiveness which comes only from the reconciling presence of Jesus through their being born again (2Corinthians 5:17-20)?


There's another unChristlike snare which you may have set for your offspring as well. Many in our senior generation assented to and even encouraged their children to be successful and happy by the world's standards no matter what unrighteous decisions that goal took. But keep in mind this tragic truth: in so doing you made them enemies of God (James 4:4). You role modeled for them that the values of this world are far more important to you and therefore to your children and grandchildren than doing Father's will is. You willfully violated His Word: 

"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world [its values, goals, way of life], love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever" (1John 2:15,17; see also Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 12:15-21).


To our own heartbreak we've sadly discovered during our years of ministry that our generation of seniors is extremely reluctant to acknowledge that they violated God's Word themselves by either •straddling the fence of worldliness and religiosity, or •by ignoring their responsibilities as parents (and grandparents) to instill within their offspring the values and goals of following Jesus as Lord of their lives (see 2Corinthians 5:14,15). Nor has it even occurred to them to ask forgiveness of their children for having raised them to be enemies of God in their worldly self-obsessed pursuits, and for failing to role model themselves for their progeny what it is to love our Father and carry out His will. 


🫵But it's not too late for you to repent yourself and ask your children's forgiveness, and be an instrument of reconciling them to our heavenly Father through Christ. If the older generation would humble themselves and make known to their offspring the grievous sins they themselves have committed, even having lived as God's enemy themselves, possibly their children would also repent so they could collectively pursue God's righteous way for their lives. 


Maybe you can identify in some way with our own family situation. Several years ago we were compelled to flee a number of our relatives who were unabashed in living as God's enemies in the world even while attending Sunday services. It was emotionally tearing at us to hear about those who were unwavering in raising their kids to be God's enemies by focusing on worldly success and material security. No matter what we shared about the Hebraic foundations with the few who cared to listen, they were too enamored by what this world offers. You might say that the Humanist worldview and self-pleasing values they embrace are like ice cream to them, while the biblical responsibilities and privilege in Christ to live to please our Father by fulfilling His purposes are like lima beans.


After several decades of having encountered the same resistance in sharing the Hebraic foundations around the country — truths which our Father gave us to share that would turn many from the broad path to destruction — the Spirit of our Lord revealed to us this understanding: Many self-identified Christians in the US have lived bamboozled by decades of the SELF-serving objectives and values that are supported by the all-too-prevalent influence of Humanism within their religious circles. God has been squeezed out of His place of sovereign rule by the very people who say they know Who He is. But we are living in desperate times, times which parallel the rebellion and lawlessness and tolerated wickedness of ancient Israel. They closed their ears to the righteous commands of God, a pattern which is so common today among "Christians" who have fashioned their concept of God after how they want Him to be. And because God's ancient people remained unrepentant in their ongoing darkness, what did He command His prophetic messenger? 

•"So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with Me, for I will not listen to you" (Jeremiah 7:16). 

•"Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me, My heart would not go out to this people. Send them away from My presence! Let them go!" (Jeremiah 15:1). These are heartrending words to us, yet words for both of us to obey regarding those who refuse to repent. 


In the past we cared deeply in trying to reach everyone we could with the Hebraic foundations. But Father has shown us that He has given the reprobates over to judgment unless they repent and earnestly seek a relationship with Him in union with our Lord Jesus in love-grounded obedient trust (see Jeremiah 18:7-10). Until the Holy Spirit  revealed this to us, we were concerned that our years of sadness and frustration had been producing "cold love" in us (Matthew 24:12). But then He graciously helped us realize that it wasn't cold love developing in us; rather, we were no longer being overwhelmed with emotional concern for those who are delighted to go on living as hell-bound reprobates with religious camouflage. It's such great comfort to us that by the power of the Holy Spirit and the grace that's given us, the key character qualities of our Lord Jesus — love, forgiveness and compassion — continue to prevail in our hearts.


But maybe you're an authentic "chicken salad" follower of Jesus who's reading this! If so, here's a sad reality which will surely pain your heart. Much of today's organized Christianity has embraced a "God of concession" who has been created by people-pleasing theologians and by popular desire. This self-gratifying concept of Deity has been readily accepted by many Christians because they've heard it taught from the pulpit or have been duped by TV "Bible" teachers who connive them into believing that they can construct "God" in their own image. There's at least one common identifier of those who profess that God concedes to their desires: they view grace to be our heavenly Father tolerating their unconfessed sin. But their unbiblical view of "grace" greatly minimizes or completely eliminates His righteous standards. And their view of God espouses that He caters to them. As we talk with these "Christians", we can hear the demons of Satan, who is at work here on earth, speaking through them with deceits which oppose biblical truth. 


$$$We recognize that one popular source to this deceived viewpoint that excuses sin and perverts authentic grace is supported by a vast number of TV preachers who need to make money in order to stay on the air. It sickens our hearts to hear about such teachers who blaspheme our God and His unalterable righteousness. The "egg salads" who look to our holy and righteous God to serve them are incapable of having testimonies which reveal how their lives please our heavenly Father — because they've been bamboozled to believe that their ticket to heaven is punched by a "God of concession" and they can live as the world does and He will overlook it. 


👍🏼The truths which the Holy Spirit reveals to us to write are intended to encourage and build up and confront if need be those whose core motivation and love for our Father and our Lord Jesus is to be "chicken salad" – called, chosen and found faithful (see Revelation 17:14). These earnest followers of Christ are the genuinely born again who take to heart our Lord's warning, "For many are called, but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14; see also Matthew 7:13,14 and Luke 13:24). They refuse to be bamboozled by the many false gospels put out today which are bereft of the authentic Gospel that's contained within the New Covenant.


Consider this about yourself. Are you more content with reading various Scriptures and taking part in a Bible study or attending a church service than you are in experiencing being used by the Holy Spirit in a divine encounter or intervention or a miracle or however He chooses to work through you (which is actually putting God's Word into action)? Then your spiritual priorities are out of whack. Father intends for you to serve as "chicken salad", a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Him so that His will can be enacted through you! (Take seriously these urgent commands that are expressed in Romans 12:1,2.)


We've previously emphasized this dramatic contrast on several occasions: Both Catholics and Protestants have been subjugated by the Nicolaitan clergy system into being self-satisfied "egg salad" Christians. They feel good about themselves and pleased by kind acts they choose to do — BUT they are not kingdom hearted as our heavenly Father intends for the genuinely born again. For many years now we've tried to convey through many diverse means just how different the Hebraic foundations are from both Catholic and Protestant persuasions. We've presented the analogy of two men who are late for a flight, one five minutes late and the other an hour late. The reality is, just like Protestants and Catholics without the Hebraic foundations, they've missed the "flight." We also produced this illustration below to convey how far away the Hebraic foundations are from the deceits which are embodied in much of both Catholicism and Protestantism. 


For years we have encountered the same resistance and the frustration which the prophet Jeremiah experienced when God used him to convey the steps that the Israelites must take to save themselves from disaster: "This is what the LORD says: 'See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death. Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague. But whoever goes out and surrenders to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; they will escape with their lives'" (Jeremiah 21:8,9). The people falsely believed that the walls of Jerusalem would protect them. But their disobedient, false-hearted confidence didn't protect them — and their men were slaughtered, their women raped and the pregnant had their babies ripped out. Although He is indeed longsuffering, the unchanging holy and just nature of our God hasn't changed. And His painful and at times catastrophic ways of chastising the reprobate who refuse to repent are fraught with devastation. 


🆘 In the past, God unsparingly chastised corrupt European Christianity so that they might repent. During the fourteenth century, because of the widespread toleration for sin particularly among religious leaders of the time, God sent the bubonic plague (Black Death) which killed more than one third of Europe, 25 million people. Anyone who claims to be "Christian" and yet tolerates ongoing unconfessed sin should be fearful of the consequence. No one, absolutely no one, can continue to sin against Him without dire repercussions, whether individual, nation or continent. Are we willing to individually and collectively humble ourselves in the pattern of 2 Chronicles 7:14 when we witness such catastrophes worldwide and recognize the sovereign hand of an aggrieved God behind these disasters?


Please take this exhortation to heart. If you aren’t living a life that's actively submitted to the loving rule of Jesus as your Lord, and if you aren’t guided by His Spirit’s rhema which breathes into your own spirit His specific direction or action for you to take, then you are living for yourself no matter how “Christian” you seem to yourself. There's a significant upshot if you aren't cherishing the trust-based relational intimacy with our Father and Lord Jesus through the indwelling Spirit which is an integral part of the New Covenant: You'll frequently find yourself prone to fret and worry (Matthew 6:25-34). This is no light matter! Fretting opens you up to further sin, like doubting the Father's love for you and even the arrogance of portraying Him as unreliable. Take to heart this warning: “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret — it leads only to evil” (Psalms 37:8). In other words, if you keep fretting, you'll find yourself on a path that leads to more sin. If you're prone to fretting and worry, then you're choosing to forsake trust in the Only One Who has the right to control our lives. Or maybe you've never embraced the true Gospel. We encourage you to repent if you need to and renew your loving trust while there is still time!


The odyssey into ever-increasing spiritual darkness has become more heavily entrenched throughout institutionalized Christianity over the centuries. Bereft of understanding the nature of God's covenants throughout Christianity, all too many have given way to the exaltation of human rule which began with Adam and Eve and grew exponentially with the ecclesiastical dominance of Roman Catholicism and has continued with the pervasive impact of Humanism within church circles. But these lies have jeopardized the eternal destination of many who think that "God's concession" will be to accept them into heaven no matter what. Please don't be one of the bamboozled! Choose the "chicken salad" way of love-grounded obedient trust and die to yourself so that you can fully live to love and serve our Father and Lord Jesus. Earnestly seek the Spirit of Christ to live through you. When you live to love our Lord in obedient trust, then you can relate to our heavenly Father in the intimacy which is revealed in the Gospel contained in the New Covenant.

Mike & Sue




May 7, 2024

Our Lord gave you authority to evict demons, do you?

Dear Friends in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Please download our next Prophetic Insight of Lament, 5-7-2024: Christians In Captivity Concede Defeat To Satan. For decades we've observed that multitudes of Christians are deluded by 👎🏼their captivity to demonic influence, 👎🏼their own sin nature, 👎🏼their failure to live repentantly, 👎🏼their acceptance of Humanism and its ‘me-first’ values. We've sadly concluded that demons operate equally unopposed both within Christendom and outside it. That's why we've written this next Insight to encourage and embolden you in your walk in Jesus as your Lord to get totally free to love and serve Him—and stay that way! Please prayerfully read the above linked Lament and discuss it with those close to you in Christ.


In this Lament Mike discusses his experience and frustration in perceiving that demons have more sway within institutional Christianity than these essential Bible truths: 💠our heavenly Father's purposes, 💠the Lordship of Jesus enacted in love and obedient trust, 💠the absolute need for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and empowerment. Too many within Christianity are influenced by the same demonic captivity they were in before conversion. It's time to ask, "Why was the first authority which our Lord Jesus gave His disciples the authority to use His Name to evict the demons?"


"[Jesus] called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits" (Mark 6:7). "The Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go....The seventy returned with joy, saying, 'Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your Name!'" (Luke 10:1,17). 


Failing to appreciate the spiritual authority our Lord entrusted to all His followers, many theologians have tried to put a first-century time limit on the reality of Satan and demonic eviction, even discounting the devil's very existence. But as you read this email and the Prophetic Insight, your confidence must be in our Lord's assurance that "Whoever trusts and is immersed will be saved; whoever does not trust will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who do trust: in My Name they will drive out demons..." (Mark 16:17). If you wonder why this authority which was given to you by our Lord Jesus hasn't been instilled in you by clergy, it's because of Cosmic Dualism and Nicolaitanism. In order for the clergy system to maintain its centuries-long domination over the "laity", deliverance was reserved for the "holy man" to use exorcism to drive any demons away. Over time the clergy institution replaced the authority of our Lord's Name with ritual incantation. Even today a number of deceiving "deliverance" ministries replace the power and authority of our Lord Jesus with ritual formulas to "deliver" people from demonic presence.


Yet too many individuals and families within Christianity are afflicted, agitated, influenced or tormented in some way by a demon or demons. The attacks aren't necessarily from outside themselves. Rather these people have made themselves vulnerable through going outside God's parameters in their mind, will, and emotions. Giving way to their sin nature's desires, they open the way for demon(s) to operate there. It's time to evict the demons and experience the spiritual freedom which our Lord Jesus promised to those who love, trust and obey Him! Consider this reality from God's Word: “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons” (1Corinthians 10:21). Since any demons lurking within your soul sound just like the inner voice in your mind, we want to admonish you: "You can't listen to both the voice of the Holy Spirit and the voice of demons too." Not only does everyone who claims to belong to Christ need to evict the demons by His authority; they also need to "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2Corinthians 10:5). Bringing your thoughts into conformity with our Lord Jesus will help speed up your transformation into His character.


Mike writes this Lament out of love for our Lord Jesus so that you and those you deeply care about don't continue to  listen to demons speaking through each of you because of your self-willed disobedience instead of hearing only the Spirit of our Lord. Use the links included in the Lament and experience the lasting freedom our Lord promises by casting out the demons He's given you authority to evict. Please use our Demolishing Your Strongholds Online Form to discern if you might have any demons operating out of your soul. You may want to also forward this form to people you care deeply about, and even let them know which demonic influence(s) you discovered and rid yourself of through the power of the Name of our Lord Jesus! 

Mike & Sue