Monday, July 29, 2013

Discerning Spiritual SPAM

How do we determine what is SPAM and what isn’t?
1) It makes me feel a certain way: mad, glad, sad, bad.
2) It has nothing to do with me.
3) I don’t know. Depends on how I 'experience' it.
4) I’ve learned to distinguish 'what it is.'  

           How do we determine spiritual SPAM?
           Do we go by 'feelings' 'emotions' or "discernment of truth?"

If a friend of yours is caught up in something that you know is spiritual SPAM, do you try to help them recognize it for what it is?
What if they reject your help?
And, the SPAM snare works.
They reject you in turn!
The devil wins and you lose a friend?
God's witness is lost in the world of spiritual SPAM?

"It is quite difficult to share 'right division' with people who not only preach topically, but women teachers, because they tend to appeal to the emotions and feelings instead of teaching 'sound doctrine'."(Josh Strelecki, 'Rightly Dividing The Word Of God')


I asked a man recently,  "What is the Gospel?"
He answered, "The Word of God."
I thought, "True, but which Word of God's Gospel are you talking about?"

There is only 1 Gospel active today: The Gospel of Christ given to Paul for 'whosoever' will receive it as Gospel Truth!

What does this mean? “See what God’s doing and do that.”
Answer: "Find out what the rightly divided word tells you God's program is today and walk by faith in applying it to the daily details of life." 
The 'Gospel of the circumcision' is different from the 'Gospel of the uncircumcised!'

There many words of God in Scripture; blessings and curses, which are to you?
There are different Gospels in the Bible, all of which are HIS Word!
BUT there is only one Living Word Gospel for us today! and that’s no SPAM!

Can our sinful nature discern God’s Word?
Spiritual SPAM says “Yes”.

God's Word says: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15

This speaks of "Rightly dividing" truth from truth not truth from error! 
There's a significant difference!

If your following SPAM doctrine you most likely don't know or realize it!

BUT, if the Spirit of God resides in you He will lead you to practice "right division of the Word of God" (resources listed below). Then it's your choice to discard the SPAM or continue in it = which is not pleasing or honoring to God; nor good for you.

Romans 10:16   But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
  • Paul is our Apostle today, in this Age of Grace.
  • We are not under the Kingdom Gospel BUT the Gospel of Grace. ('Thy Kingdom come' is not our prayer today - different doctrine)
  • We are in the mystery program of God that was kept secret from the foundation of the world:
Romans 16:25   Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, [KJV, bold emphasis added]
  • The 'gifts' God gave at a particular time and for a particular reason, are not for today or for us in this Age of Grace.
1 Corinthians 13:10   But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

2 Corinthians 12:9   And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Galatians 3:3   Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Ephesians 4:13   Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Colossians 1:28   Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
 
1 Thessalonians 3:10   Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
  •  All the Bible is for us, but not about us or specifically to us!
  • If you're reading a different Bible version than KJV you're not reading the preserved Word of God.
  • SPAM doctrine and teachings, are designed to sway you away from the meat of God's Word and feed you fluff, feel good emotions, high imaginations, keep you on milk and keep you ignorant as a babe - ineffective, unlearned and immature!
Break free of entanglements and false doctrine, learn the truth! Study to show yourself approved God's Way!


Resources: http://shorewoodbiblechurch.org/
http://www.youtube.com/user/BookstoreAtShorewood/videos
http://graceimpact.org/
http://www.twincitiesgracefellowship.com/
http://helpersofyourjoy.com/
Free download book: The Bible: The Big Picture