Authority & the Cult Christian

Do Christians believe in cults? Do they participate in cults? But do they believe they are involved in cults?

A cult isn’t always obvious…in fact, they are usually sneaky, which makes sense considering the source. ‘Strange Fire’ was addressed early in the Scriptures [Lev 10:1-3] to let the reader/believer know that bringing anything before the Lord that isn’t holy [false doctrine] will not be recognized by Him. The work of one’s hands is not of Faith, it is worthy of damnation.

The flesh is an ugly thing; God addressed this in Leviticus essentially saying that nothing unholy can be in His presence:

“Aaron therefore went to the altar and killed the calf of the sin offering, whichwas for himself. Then the sons of Aaron brought the blood to him. And he dipped his finger in the blood, put it on the horns of the altar, and poured the blood at the base of the altar. But the fat, the kidneys, and the fatty lobe from the liver of the sin offering he burned on the altar, as the Lord had commanded Moses. The flesh and the hide he burned with fire outside the camp.” [Lev 9:8-11]

The Prescribed Order of Victory, Christ’s finished Work, does NOT include or allow:

  • Perverting the Truth [2Pet 3:17-18, Acts 13:10]
  • Faith turned into law [Gal 1:6-7]
  • Arrogance, personal agenda, pride or self righteouness [1Tim 6:3-4, Neh 9:16]
  • Ignorance [2Tim 2:22-23]

Matthew 26:41 says, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Too many Christians are tempted to add to or subtract from Christ’s Finished Work. It is tempting to abuse our authority in Him to exalt ourselves, but we are called to ‘watch and pray’ rather than divide and conquer.

There are Christians that believe in the Prosperity ‘Gospel’, Calvinism, Mormonism, keeping the Sabbath, etc. But what they are really saying is that what Christ did at the Cross was NOT ENOUGH. They have to add to it to suit themselves, they bring outside authority to it rather than the Godly authority we have in HIM.

Why do Christians add to or take away from the Finished Work of Christ? Even Christians who sit under correct teaching sometimes stir in their own personal authority – or superiority – to what they are being taught, unbeknownst to the teacher/preacher who purports Truth. The teacher/preacher cannot control what the Christians thinks they hear from the pulpit.

Do we have authority or a false sense of authority regarding the word of God? Then, do we abuse the knowledge of the Finished work of Christ by adding our own salt? This why many Christians don’t have or walk in victory.

Christians have authority in the name of Jesus and believing in His Finished Work at the Cross. We do not have authority in changing His Word to suit our agenda. We cannot put our Faith in anything but the Finished Work of Christ or we add salt to an already Perfect Truth.

It is an abuse of power and authority that can make a cult out of truth! Adding your own salt is an improper authority called PRIDE & SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS. We humans are so imperfect that we continue to follow paths that Cain followed. Improper authority killed Abel, improper authority cast out and marked Cain [Gen 4:8-15].

“But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” [James 2:20]. AND works without Faith is empty and has no power, only a presumed authority that is not of God.

WE HAVE TO DIE TO SELF [Romans 6], ‘allowing’ Jesus to do what He was called to do by the Father, dying for a people who abhorred Him, spat on Him, abandoned Him. How can anyone add one extra grain of salt to that? How is that NOT enough?

IT IS FINISHED. Once and for all, forever and ever.

 

*EMPHASIS MINE.

The Jezebel Christian

The story of Jezebel is much more than just another account in the Bible. Her spirit is in the Church today and seeks to divide and conquer. A woman that believes she has authority in her church or marriage can have this spirit. Generally the Jezebel Spirit falls upon a woman that is ‘closet’ insecure but domineering; believes she deserves more attention to themselves and their piety. Today’s Jezebel looks like the most faithful of the faithful and is usually a part of the hierarchy in her church.

“And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that Ahab took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him.” [1Kings 16:31]

Contrary to what most people think, today’s Jezebel Spirit is not always sexual in nature, although pride and lust is: “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” [1John 2:16]

The Jezebel Spirit is seductive, an emasculator of men, jealous, egomaniacal, evil, gratuitous, pious; she is very religious in nature so that the snare looks beautiful, righteous and virtuous. She feeds on others that are much more insecure and immature than she is. More often than not, she is hiding an outward sin that is kept in secret that her ‘followers’ cannot see; i.e.: drinking alcohol, smoking, adultery, spousal abuse, gambling, etc. She is very selective of the people she associates with and has grandiosity issues; no one is more right about anything or better at anything than she is especially when it comes to the things of God. A woman with the Jezebel Spirit will always be a usurper of authority particularly in their own home. She typically runs the household and wears the pants in the family with finances, children and her husband. She buys the houses and cars. The Jezebel Spirit starts at home and gradually goes to Church.

“For so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water.)” [1Kings 18:4]

The Jezebel Spirit is part of what is very wrong in the church today. Women were never meant to take authority over her husband, according to Scripture. Instead of going to church to worship she comes to dominate and make a show of it. The rest of us come to church to hear the message and glean from it. Jezebels are part of what Satan does to keep our concentration off the pulpit and on the caste system of the congregation.

“25But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up. 26And he behaved very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.” [1Kings 21:25-26]

What are the idols in the church today? Lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the PRIDE of life [1John 2:16].

There is only one solution to this evil spirit – pray. And pray hard. The Jezebel Spirit will always be a part of every church; learning to recognize her is the first step before she can get the better of you.

And finally, Jesus found this spirit of Jezebel so important and grave that He mentioned her in the fourth of seven letters to the seven churches, the Church at Thyarira, considered the corrupt Church. These letters were to warn these churches that time was about up and there was a lot to clean up. The churches were woefully out of order and had forgotten the first love, Jesus Christ.

“Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.” [Rev 2:20]

What ought did Jesus have against Jezebel? The same problem we have today, false prophets and false prophetesses purposely steering people away from Christ. Eve took the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil AND offered it to her husband Adam because of free will. Jezebel used her free will to seek other gods that complimented her evil nature and took an entire nation and husband along with her; they NEVER go alone. Eve was deceived, was Jezebel deceived as well? To answer that, you would have to prove that Jezebel once knew God.

Jesus loved and held women in such high regard that he remembered the Woman at the Well, the Woman that touched the hem of His garment AND Mary Magdalene, a known woman, who proclaimed Him LORD at the Resurrection. But Jezebel He remembered differently, as an example of false idol worship and non-repentance.

The Bruised Christian.

As we journey through this Life, we encounter many people, places and things. However, as Christians we will meet and befriend other Christians and other Churches besides having to deal with the secular world. Sadly, people of the Church are much like the unsaved – rude, indignant, haughty, vain and arrogant; precious few Christians, it seems, are loving and giving like the Scriptures purport what we are to be…‘Christ-like’.

When you read the Gospels, look at how Jesus walked with everyone. He never wavered on His belief or faith; He became our example of how Believers are supposed to walk, talk and work on this earth until He comes back. While Jesus was here, there were no ‘churches’ – Believers instead met and congregated to pray, serve and worship. It didn’t take long for fakes to arise to pull Christians from Jesus and focus on another gospel, another Spirit, another ‘Jesus’:

“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” Matthew 24:4-5

And the Apostle Paul said:

“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-9

How many churches and/or ministries does the average Christian belong to and give to in their lifetime? How many churches does a person ‘visit’ before selecting one that satisfies what they want in a church? The true Church is harder to find than you think. Real born-again Christ-centered Christians want to go to a church that loves and shows love, is bible-believing and charitable. You would think that should be easy.

Look at this survey by ChurchAbuse.com:

  1. Does your church tightly control the flow of information within its ranks?
  2. Does your [church/staff] spiritual leader use public shaming as a method to gain the compliance of followers?
  3. Is your [church/staff] spiritual leader intolerant of questions or critical inquiry?
  4. Is your [church/staff] spiritual leader the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation?
  5. Does your [church/staff] spiritual leader have unreasonable fears about the outside world such as evil conspiracies or persecutions?
  6. Are you discouraged to associate with former members, being warned that they are “evil” or “defiling”?
  7. Is leaving your group to join another church equal to leaving God?
  8. Does the surrounding community view your church as a cult?
  9. Does your [church/staff] spiritual leader consider it evil persecution when criticized or questioned?
  10. Do the goals of your [church/staff] spiritual leader seem to supersede any personal goals or individual interests?
  11. Do you fear being rebuked, shunned, or ignored for expressing a different opinion?
  12. Do former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances?

Worse yet is a congregation that mimics what it sees and calls it normal. Church members get ostracized and spoken of in tight-knit groups as if we’re still in middle school. Making another Christian to stumble is outlined in the Book of Mark:

“…But whoever causes one of these little ones [new Christians] who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.”Mark 9:42

Any church or ministry that has spiritually abused a member of their congregation or organization is preaching another gospel, another Spirit, another Jesus. Spiritual abuse causes those that suffer from it to be paranoid, immobile, untrusting, angry, physically sick, indifferent and worst of all, without a church and perhaps eventual apostasy.

The Jezebel Christian

The story of Jezebel is much more than just another account in the Bible. Her spirit is in the Church today and seeks to divide and conquer. A woman that believes she has authority in her church or marriage can have this spirit. Generally the Jezebel Spirit falls upon a woman that is ‘closet’ insecure but domineering; believes she deserves more attention to themselves and their piety. Today’s Jezebel looks like the most faithful of the faithful and is usually a part of the hierarchy in her church.

“And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that Ahab took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him.” [1Kings 16:31]

Contrary to what most people think, today’s Jezebel Spirit is not always sexual in nature, although pride and lust is: “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” [1John 2:16]

The Jezebel Spirit is seductive, an emasculator of men, jealous, egomaniacal, evil, gratuitous, pious; she is very religious in nature so that the snare looks beautiful, righteous and virtuous. She feeds on others that are much more insecure and immature than she is. More often than not, she is hiding an outward sin that is kept in secret that her ‘followers’ cannot see; i.e.: drinking alcohol, smoking, adultery, spousal abuse, gambling, etc. She is very selective of the people she associates with and has grandiosity issues; no one is more right about anything or better at anything than she is especially when it comes to the things of God. A woman with the Jezebel Spirit will always be a usurper of authority particularly in their own home. She typically runs the household and wears the pants in the family with finances, children and her husband. She buys the houses and cars. The Jezebel Spirit starts at home and gradually goes to Church.

“For so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water.)” [1Kings 18:4]

The Jezebel Spirit is part of what is very wrong in the church today. Women were never meant to take authority over her husband, according to Scripture. Instead of going to church to worship she comes to dominate and make a show of it. The rest of us come to church to hear the message and glean from it. Jezebels are part of what Satan does to keep our concentration off the pulpit and on the caste system of the congregation.

“25But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up. 26And he behaved very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.” [1Kings 21:25-26]

What are the idols in the church today? Lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the PRIDE of life [1John 2:16].

There is only one solution to this evil spirit – pray. And pray hard. The Jezebel Spirit will always be a part of every church; learning to recognize her is the first step before she can get the better of you.

And finally, Jesus found this spirit of Jezebel so important and grave that He mentioned her in the fourth of seven letters to the seven churches, the Church at Thyarira, considered the corrupt Church. These letters were to warn these churches that time was about up and there was a lot to clean up. The churches were woefully out of order and had forgotten the first love, Jesus Christ.

“Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.” [Rev 2:20]

What ought did Jesus have against Jezebel? The same problem we have today, false prophets and false prophetesses purposely steering people away from Christ. Eve took the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil AND offered it to her husband Adam because of free will. Jezebel used her free will to seek other gods that complimented her evil nature and took an entire nation and husband along with her; they NEVER go alone. Eve was deceived, was Jezebel deceived as well? To answer that, you would have to prove that Jezebel once knew God.

Jesus loved and held women in such high regard that he remembered the Woman at the Well, the Woman that touched the hem of His garment AND Mary Magdalene, a known woman, who proclaimed Him LORD at the Resurrection. But Jezebel He remembered differently, as an example of false idol worship and non-repentance.