15082. EVERLASTING FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF REST ROUND ABOUT, THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THE ENEMY OF OUR SOULS TO SHAME.
15083. DELIVERANCE FROM SLAVERY OF RELIGIOSITY (PART 2) – THE MYSTERY OF FOLLOWERSHIP
GOD IS AWESOME AND CANNOT BE FATHOMED. YOU CAN ONLY DEFINE GOD AS FAR AS THE LIMIT OF YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH HIM.
JOHN 14:6 (KJV) – “Jesus saith unto him, I am THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
MATTHEW 4:19 (KJV): “And he saith unto them, FOLLOW ME, and I will make you fishers of men.”
LUKE 5:11 (KJV): – “…they forsook all, AND FOLLOWED HIM.”
1 CORINTHIANS 11:1 (KJV): – “Be ye FOLLOWERS OF ME, even as I also am of Christ”
CHRISTIANITY WAS NOT CALLED CHRISTIANITY AT THE BEGINNING. THE CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT BEGAN WITH A NICKNAME. THEY CALLED THE EARLY CHRISTIANS “THE FOLLOWERS OF “THE WAY” (ACTS 9:2; ACTS 18:25-26; ACTS 19:9, 23; ACTS 16:17; ACTS 22:4)
THE WAY OF GOD, THE WAY OF CHRIST, THE WAY OF TRUTH, THE WAY OF ETERNAL LIFE! THAT’S HOW CHRISTIANITY BEGAN.
THE EARLY CHRISTIANS SAW THEMSELVES AS TRAVELLERS ON THE “NARROW WAY” TO HEAVEN. THE EMPHASIS OF THE EARLY CHURCH WAS “THE WAY… THE WAY… THE WAY”
CHRISTIANITY WAS FOUNDED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF FOLLOWERSHIP. OUR LORD JESUS DID NOT GO ABOUT PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, FROM PLACE TO PLACE, WITHOUT CULTIVATING, MENTORING AND CONSECRATING FOLLOWERS.
THEY WERE NOT CALLED CHRISTIANS IN JERUSALEM, JUDEA, SAMARIA OR IN ANY PART OF ISRAEL. THEY WERE MOCKED, RIDICULED, PERSECUTED AND NICKNAMED “THE WAY” OR “FOLLOWERS OF THE WAY”
IT WAS IN A GENTILE CITY OF GREECE CALLED ANTIOCH THAT FOLLOWERS OF JESUS WERE FIRST CALLED CHRISTIAN
ACTS 11:26 (KJV): “…And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And THE DISCIPLES WERE CALLED CHRISTIANS FIRST IN ANTIOCH.”
15084. FOLLOWERSHIP CARRIES BLESSINGS OR CURSES, DEPENDING ON WHOM YOU FOLLOW.
“He that WALKETH WITH wise men shall be wise: but a COMPANION OF FOOLS shall be destroyed.” – (PROVERBS 13:20 KJV)
I HAVE NEVER HEARD ABOUT FOLLOWERS OF PAUL, PETER, JAMES AND JOHN. ALL I READ IN MY BIBLE IS ABOUT DISCIPLES OF JESUS. THE ONES WHO MADE THE MISTAKE OF CALLING THEMSELVES FOLLOWERS OF PAUL AND APOLLOS WERE SEVERELY REBUKED BY PAUL HIMSELF.
A DISCIPLE IS A FOLLOWER, LEARNER AND STUDENT AT THE SAME TIME! IT TOOK PAUL AND BARNABAS ONE FULL YEAR BEFORE THEY COULD DISCIPLE THE FIRST SET OF FOLLOWERS IN ANTIOCH.
IT IS CARNALITY TO CARRY THE NAME OF YOUR PASTOR, APOSTLE OR BISHOP AS A RELIGIOUS LABEL. IT IS BABYHOOD SYNDROME OF MILKY CHRISTIANITY TO BRAG ABOUT YOUR FOLLOWERSHIP OF ANY DENOMINATION OR ANY MAN OR WOMAN OF GOD! YOU DISGRACE GOD WHEN YOU SAY “I’M A METHODIST, CATHOLIC, PENTECOSTAL, BAPTIST, PRESBYTERIAN, ETC ETC.”
OUR MANDATE IS TO DISCIPLE YOU FOR CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR AND HIS KINGDOM, NOT TO DISCIPLE YOU FOR OUR DENOMINATION AND MINISTRY! IF YOU LOSE YOUR INDEPENDENCE TO MAN, YOU WILL FOREVER BE DEPENDENT ON THAT MAN, EVEN WHEN THE MAN IS GOING TO HELL FIRE, YOU WILL FOLLOW THAT MAN THERE. CAN I HEAR YOU ROAR A THUNDEROUS “GOD FORBID RELIGIOUS SLAVERY IN MY LIFE IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME!!!”
STRONG MEAT AND SOLID FOOD CHRISTIANITY IS FAR ABOVE DENOMINATIONALISM AND RELIGIOUS BORDERS AND BARRIERS. IT IS EVEN WORSE WHEN YOU PROFESS THAT YOU’RE A DISCIPLE OF BENNY HINN, KENNETH HAGIN, KENNETH COPELAND ORAL ROBERTS, BILLY GRAHAM, T.D JAKES ETC. ETC. AND ALL THOSE GREAT NAMES AND MINISTERS IN MODERN DAY CHRISTIANITY.
I’VE WARNED YOU THAT THE MYSTERY OF FOLLOWERSHIP IS STRONG MEAT CHRISTIANITY. SO, IF YOU’RE OFFENDED BECAUSE I BRUISED YOUR DENOMINATIONAL EGO, I AM UNAPOLOGETIC BECAUSE I TEACH THE UNCOMPROMISING TRUTH BY THE HOLY GHOST!
THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH WAS A CHURCH SWIMMING IN THE RIVERS OF CARNALITY AND, PAUL BY THE HOLY GHOST, SCOLDED THEM. WE HAVE MANY MODERN DAY VARIANTS OF THE CHURCH OF CARNALITIES FLOODING THE MINISTRY OF THE GOSPEL ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE CHURCH OF CARNALITY IS AN APPRENTICE OF DIVINATION AND SORCERY!
1 CORINTHIANS 3:1-9 (New Living Translation)
1. Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or AS THOUGH YOU WERE INFANTS IN CHRIST.
2. I HAD TO FEED YOU WITH MILK, NOT WITH SOLID FOOD, BECAUSE YOU WEREN’T READY FOR ANYTHING STRONGER. AND YOU STILL AREN’T READY,
3. for YOU ARE STILL CONTROLLED BY YOUR SINFUL NATURE. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? AREN’T YOU LIVING LIKE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD?
4. When one of you says, “I am a FOLLOWER OF PAUL,” and another says, “I FOLLOW APOLLOS,” aren’t you acting just like people of the world?
5. After all, WHO IS APOLLOS? WHO IS PAUL? WE ARE ONLY GOD’S SERVANTS THROUGH WHOM YOU BELIEVED THE GOOD NEWS. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us.
6. I PLANTED THE SEED IN YOUR HEARTS, AND APOLLOS WATERED IT, BUT IT WAS GOD WHO MADE IT GROW.
7. IT’S NOT IMPORTANT WHO DOES THE PLANTING, OR WHO DOES THE WATERING. WHAT’S IMPORTANT IS THAT GOD MAKES THE SEED GROW.
8. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.
9. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. YOU ARE GOD’S BUILDING.
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