DANGER WITHIN by Bola Olu-Jordan
The Lord is revealing the danger an average Christian is exposed to from within the Christian fold. From ages immemorial, Christians have been faced with more dangers from within than outside. For instance, The ‘Church’ (of England) accounts for the greatest murder of Christians in history during the dark ages. Millions of Born Again Christians were cruelly murdered by church authority just because they did not believe the Priest more than the Bible, neither did they believe in the infallibility of the Pope nor subscribe to church creeds and dogmas and doctrines which the Bible calls ‘the letter’ that kills.
These are ‘saints’ whose life was a beacon of hope to millions and who believed more in revelation than zeal. They were tortured, martyred, fed to lions in the coliseum, burned at stake, declared heretic and killed all ‘in the name of the Lord’ by ‘Christian leaders’ clutching the Bible like Saul clutched the letter of authority in his hands to kill Christians. Jesus also was killed by religious leaders of his days, i.e. the priests and the high priests with the same authority- the letter that killeth.
We erroneously think this practice has been abolished today and that it’s no longer an issue in the church but the leopard never changes its skin. That is why God is not interested in organization. They tend to do the same over time. Having a sincere desire not to derail, they end up being guided by laws, constitution, creeds, etc which makes them more man led than spirit led.
Through out the church history, no sooner than a movement became organized that the Holy Spirit leaves to begin a new work. The Holy Spirit cannot be ‘caged’. He does not leave in Houses, groups or organizations regardless whether it is called a ‘church’ or something else. God is a God of individuals. He lives in individuals not organizations its only when such individuals gather together only can they be referred to as a church. He is not the God of Methodist or of Anglican, CAC, Baptist, RCCG, Apostolic or Deeper Life. There will be none of this group in heaven. Congregations will not find their leaders to line up behind them because they will be somewhere awaiting their own fate. Heaven will be full of surprises. Every MAN'S work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 1Cor. 3:13-15.
Ironically today, denominational spirit is being energized in every church. There are different stickers on our cars and houses which identifies us as belonging to a particular denomination with less regard whether they belong to Jesus or not. This is Satan’s strategy. We have less church, more denomination. Those who have zeal are decorated with titles. It is ridiculous to know that the population of deacons, deaconesses and elders in many churches is almost half. The motive is just to ‘tie’ people down and denominationalize them.
Those who dare to come out from among her and be separate are judged as rebels at best. Pentecostal has fallen far shorter to the very ‘sin’ they seek to correct. Only the spiritually attuned would understand the signs of the season like the children of Isacchar to know that the cloud has departed to begin a new work while many are still busy building false empires in the old movement. When such work is newly began, it is unnoticed, known only to the few elects, the Remnant according to the election of grace. Student of church history will agree that at the advent of a new work of the Holy Spirit, previous movement increases both in population and might so as to fight the new movement. It is a spiritual thing. It is the spirit of Herod that seeks to kill the Christ’s spirit. It is happening in our time.
Israel was warned to live in tents and never in permanent buildings so that when they see the cloud move, they can move with the cloud. But the Pentecostal has entangled herself with impediments far greater than what she can easily abandon to move with when the cloud moves. It will only take the grace of God for many right and left ‘reverends’ to abandon such great titles for ordinary cloud, let alone bishops or archbishops with diocesan commands and designer’s regalia with all its paraphernalia.
Sometimes ago, the spirit of the Lord spoke something strange to my heart. I was as confused as Peter was when he was asked to eat every manner of four footed beast which he had never eaten before. He said ‘No Lord’. Many times the Lord wished to speak His truth into our hearts but we do not possess enough spiritual stamina to receive it because such does not align with our denominational beliefs and so we are robbed of the divine revelation from God because of creed, dogmas, laws and church doctrines.
The Lord told me that it is time Christians are evangelized, especially! We think we know, but we know nothing and we don’t know that we don’t know. Many think they are Christians. Others think they are born again. Some think they are Pastors, but they are not and as long as they think they are, they will never be. Satan is making everybody to think they are Christians, born again, etc. ‘Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth’ Jn. 9:41.
Satan has put lying spirit in the mouth of many prophets like it was with Kings Ahab and Jehoshaphat. It will take an unpopular prophet to declare the truth which will not be adhered to. The truth is always bitter.
Open your hearts to receive divine truth and revelation from God.