Tuesday, 06 November 2007

A Little Confused Post # 3

In trying to find answers to some of the confusing issues that I find in the church I have been following and reading a number of blogs and it would appear though that this is probably more confusing. I have grown up in a religion that speaks about laying down ones life for a friend, correcting mistakes in love and generally just trying to be more like Jesus. From what I have seen and read it is no wounder that so many people are not interested in the church at all. Blogs like: http://thinkerup.blogspot.com/, http://www.apprising.org/, http://www.extremetheology.com/, http://reformedvoices.blogspot.com/ which in some cases maybe right are written with a measure of arrogance and contempt which in my understanding, is not in line with the teachings of Jesus. I have been part of the church for almost 35 years now and what I read in these blogs particularly the way things are written and the attitude in which they are written in know way draws me closer or encourages me in my relationship and walk with Jesus.
If this is my experience, what do these kinds of posts do for those who are looking for the truth.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Neil,

    You said of many of us in discernment ministry we are: "not in [your] understanding in line with the teachings of Jesus. [As you] have been part of the church for almost 35 years now."

    Please know I am not offended in the least by what you said. 8^)

    However, let me run something by you as to why you might be in that "holding pattern" you speak of. Perhaps God wants you to know that those of us you mention in this post are ministries which coordinate with each other almost daily.

    In this Truth War we are answering Christ's call and are "laying down ones life for a friend, correcting mistakes in love and generally just trying to be more like Jesus." However, we are in a time in the American Christian Church not unlike Matthew 23 and Luke 3:7-9.

    Those of us compelled to do discernment work, and I don't know of many who "want" to do it, spearhead Special Ops forces in this Truth War, which is in all honesty a spiritual version of the Vietnam War.

    Since we flank the enemy and also hit his troops from behind their lines sometimes things seem too controversial for some. So be it because this goes with the turf. The good thing is often by drawing enemy fire down upon us we get them to expose their actual positions.

    God can then move His heavy artillery like the MacArthurs etc. in closer because they won't be as concerned with causing controversy. Sort of like moving the battle closer toward Satan's own camp. However, it isn't an easy line of ministry. But you see Neil, for some of us the Truth War is not just a nice metaphor; it is quite real.

    And if I didn't care I wouldn't make the time to speak with you. Please consider that the fact I am bold and direct most certainly does not mean I have no love for the people I speak out against.

    My brother quite the contrary; I spend hours and hours studying their materials, which I often purchase out of my own pocket, to try and understand their views from their perspective.

    This is not an attempt to convince you. It is a prayerful hope that you'll consider these things from another angle as well. I pray you'll come to understand that this is no game and this is certainly no time for a "business as usual" (e.g. the last 35 years) approach to the Christian faith.

    Our Lord is at war and I am a soldier doing what I am personally asked to do for Him. What others do they will have to one day stand for themselves before God, as will I. The following link will fill you in on the actual scope of the labors Christ has literally given to me. I never asked for any of it:

    http://www.apprising.org/archives/
    2007/09/jesus_i_know_an.html

    May the Lord open your eyes Neil that you might see the dark red sky this morning and recognize the time in which you live. I am afraid this is only the beginning and should the Lord tarry things are going to get mighty rough spiritually in the days ahead.

    You may believe me when I tell you that I sincerely wish I had better news. And Neil *whispering* Don't tell anyone; but I'm really not a machine with no feelings, might ruin my rep. 8^)

    For Christ's honor I labor,

    Pastor Ken Silva
    President
    Apprising Ministries
    http://apprising.org/
    Ezekiel 3:7-14

    Owner/General Editor
    Christian Research Net
    http://christianresearchnetwork.com

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