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DON’T GIVE ME THAT OLD TIME RELIGION!

Posted by Job on March 1, 2007

Acts 17:21 – (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)Give me that old time religion, give me that old time religion, give me that old time religion; it’s good enough for me! Great song, but bad doctrine! I did a web search on the televangelist Joyce Meyer so that I could find her website and sow a seed into her ministry, which had blessed me and my family (turns out it was http://www.joycemeyer.org, pretty simple enough). Of course, whenever someone does something good for God, the enemy tries to oppose and discredit it. So in addition to Joyce Meyer’s website, I noticed a site that purported to “expose the many changing views of Joyce Meyer.” I immediately began to have second thoughts about sending Joyce Meyer a contribution after seeing that website advertisement, which of course was the desired reaction of the demonic powers that motivated website’s creation and creators. But those demons immediately had to leave me, because the Holy Spirit took over and before I knew it I began PRAISING GOD for Joyce Meyer’s changing views! The notion that a minister who changes his views is somehow illegitimate is a device of the enemy designed to fool the weak and unknowing, which is very effective. But those of us who are elect and strong know better!  

Listen, God’s Word does not change. But the world changes, and man changes. You hear people talk about how they are solid rocks, unchanging. Well, rocks aren’t alive! We are supposed to be! Or maybe they describe themselves as trees. Well trees are certainly alive and can grow very tall, but are stuck in one place! We are supposed to go to and fro about the land, teaching all nations, subduing the earth for our Lord! If you are the same place that you were spiritually 50 years ago or even 5 months ago, you are not bedrock in your faith, your faith and spiritual development is stuck in a rut! You and your dry bones need to move to some place where the Word is being preached and the Holy Spirit is moving so that your dry bones can be made flesh! You are not the same person that you were back then. Just as you are supposed to be growing in knowledge, wisdom, maturity, and finances, you are supposed to be growing spiritually. You are supposed to be finding out that some of the things that you thought were true in the past are not true. You are supposed to be finding out that you were viewing a lot of your truths in the wrong context. You are supposed to be finding out that you have been ascribing to your truths the wrong meaning, that you are using them the wrong way, and that you are neglecting the big truths in favor of the little ones. It does not mean that God was wrong, it meant that you were wrong. And even when you were right, your accuracy was not as useful to you as it should have been because you did not know how to apply and exploit it, and many times it was even a hindrance to you. And a lot of the truths that were so pressing yesterday have been pushed back because the time for other truths have come. These are things that the Holy Spirit should be revealing to you on a continuous basis not only because of the changes in you and your situation but the changes in the times and in the world!  

This is the 21st century. We have the Internet, iPods, automobiles that run on sugar, and the ability to clone animals and to grow tissues and organs on them that can be transplanted into humans! So why are we still living on 15th century revelations? Of course, the Bible is still true. But when we read the Bible, the Holy Spirit should reveal different things to us than it did to Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Isaac Newton, William Tyndale, Smith Wigglesworth, Watchman Nee, William Carey, and Martin Luther (especially when you consider that THEY received THEIR revelations because THEY THEMSELVES were looking for something NEW)! Should we know MORE about God than they did? I never said that. I merely said that YOU should know more about God than YOU did five months ago! Rather, we should know DIFFERENT things about God than they did, and those DIFFERENT things ought to equip us to be where God can use us to project His Love and Power in this DIFFERENT world! 

When strongholds get broken down and breakthroughs come, you cannot just close your eyes and keep going on as if everything is the same. Living in denial does no good! Continuing on as if nothing changed will only hurt you. Because real Believers are out there with a hunger for knowledge and power. They are using that knowledge and power to draw the unsaved into the flock, and since the new Believers were brought in under the new revelation, they will actually start further down the line where you are! After spending a little time getting some background, grounding, and maturity, they will be doing things that people who have been in the church 60 years did not even think was possible! And when that happens, what do the old – timers say? “That ain’t of God! That’s false doctrine! That’s witchcraft!” Well, I have to tell you people, Bible codes that predict the future are real. Faith healing is real. Speaking in tongues and prophesying is real. The prosperity message is real. Spiritual warfare is real! The new insights into the Bible based on new archaeological discoveries and better knowledge of ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic are real! The “home church” movement is real. And the Christian movement to study and better understand Judaism to obtain more spiritual power and better Biblical insights is real! And if you are not familiar with these and many other happenings, then it obviously means that you are not a seeker. You are either content with where you are right now spiritually, or you think that by doing the same thing over and over again (following the same rites and rituals and saying the same prayers) you will get a different result. You need to come out of that! You need to have a hunger for more and more and better and better. You need to stop loving the things of this world, and that includes man – made religion, and become a lover of God’s Spirit. Ask God and you will receive. Seek and you will find. And what you will find is that change is good. 

Have you not read the Scriptures? Did you not understand what you read? If you read and understood, you will see that things were NEVER stagnant! Circumstances constantly changed, and with each change there was a new revelation to match the circumstance. Or there was a new revelation to bring about a new circumstance! (That’s right, Christians should not be reacting to change all the time, Believers should be causing the change!) After all, what was the New Testament but a new revelation, passing from the law to grace? And even that did not just up and happen. There was a steady progression from creation to Adam’s fall to Abel (who made the first acceptable sacrifice to the Lord) to Enoch (when men began to call upon the name of the Lord) to Noah to the Tower of Babel to Abraham to Jacob to Joseph to Moses to the Judges to David (who instituted worship) to Solomon (who built the temple) to the prophets! In the New Testament even, you had the apostles adapt from being disciples of Jesus to proselytizing the Jews to taking the gospel all over the world! When dealing with the unreconstructed flesh of the pagan Gentiles and the corrupting influence of Judaizers and legalists, Paul resorted to relaxing his prohibition against eating things sacrificed to idols in I Corinthians! And under the heel of severe persecution by the Romans and particularly after the deaths of Peter and Paul and the utter destruction of
Jerusalem, the discussion went from building and maintaining churches to individual Christian character and eschatology! Now it was all God’s Word, but it manifested itself in different ways at different times.

That is why we must seek to justify God’s power, love, and grace rather than our own heritages, backgrounds, and experiences. People living in other times and cultures with different challenges and experiences are not going to relate, and they are not going to find what we insist is part and parcel to Christianity the least bit useful or helpful. Seriously, think back several hundred years ago. Purchasing a Bible cost a year’s wage, and back then the books were not even divided into chapters and verses! And yes, there was the time when it was illegal in some places to translate the Bible into a commonly readable language, or to even read the Bible without permission from a church leader. So, our current Christian walk, based on memorizing specific Bible passages and applying them in our daily lives, would have been completely inaccessible to a Middle Ages Believer. (As a matter of fact, it is still inaccessible in the many nations either owning a Bible and Christian worship is illegal, or the Bible has not been translated into their language. The same goes for cultures, or where illiteracy is high.) So are we to still worship as they did in the Middle Ages? Of course not! So why are you going around pretending that Asuza Street never happened? Why are you ignoring the explosive growth in the number of Messianic Jews? Why are you going to a church that is not on the front lines in taking on the challenges presented by the changing political, cultural, and economic landscape?
 

When the Jews first heard Jesus preach and saw Him perform miracles, they said “What new doctrine is this?” When God enlarged the

territory of
Israel, the psalmist said “Sing unto the Lord a
new song for He is worthy to be praised.” When Moses was being challenged in the wilderness by insurrectionists, he asked for a new thing from the Lord to punish the dissenters and quell the rebellion. God specifically told Isaiah that the former things have come to pass and he will show him new things. Joel prophesied a new thing; the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that happened in Acts and has been repeated at various times throughout history. Jeremiah said that God had created a new thing in the earth. Paul said that if a man accepts Christ He becomes a new creature. And in Revelation Christ said that He would make all things new.  

Realize this: without faith, it is impossible to please God. So you must seek God’s face and have faith that the new revelation that He gives you, the new place that He takes you to is good and you will prosper there! The

Kingdom of
Heaven is not some old shoe! Do not get comfortable in your religion rut in the flesh. Seek a new thing, a new place, a new revelation in the spirit! So please today, seek a new experience in God. Take care that you not be misled or deceived. Follow no one who claims a “special unique revelation”, who seeks to mix or “enhance” Christianity with other things, or who denies that Christ is the risen Son of God through belief upon Him alone is how salvation is conferred. Accept nothing that cannot be supported by contextual Bible interpretation, but reject nothing that can be! Be encouraged, for Your God is Almighty, All Powerful, All Righteousness, and All Love. He will never leave you nor forsake you; He will not allow any sincere elect seeker to fall (lest that description dissuade you, if you are anything BUT a sincere elect seeker how will you STAND?). But with people who seek increase in their walk with God and who seek to be all that God has intended and ordained them to be through the Holy Spirit God will be very well pleased with and reward indeed! Remember, God doesn’t want much: just your body, soul, and spirit! After all, He owns those things already for they were bought with a price: His Beloved and Only Begotten Son on the cross! It is time to stop holding those things back and start finding
NEW ways to give God what is rightfully His! 

Prayer:

Father God in the Name of Your Son Jesus Christ, please instill it in your children to seek a deeper, more intimate walk with you so that you may lead them where You want them to go. May they not follow man or their own hearts but You. When new revelations or people who have received new revelations are revealed to them, may they not deny it but seek it and all such things that are good. May they have faith that You love them and will not allow them to be deceived and to fall. Rather, may they recognize that stumbling on the way to greatness is better than standing firm and remaining in mediocrity. Please Lord, raise up Believers who are willing to put themselves on the line and go the distance for you, and may others follow in their path, but may they not be following the Believers but the Holy Spirit that those Believers will have unleashed by breaking down strongholds and barriers and seeking Your Face so that you will open up the windows of Heaven and pour out blessings so great that we do not have room to receive them. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen! 

Deliverance:

The demons that work in this area are complacency, faithlessness, fear, false doctrine, and false teaching. Please read the Basic Spiritual Warfare guide to learn more about how to go against these demons to help set captives free and win battles in the name of your God through the power, authority, and victory given to you by his Son Jesus Christ and by his blood shed for you!

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One Response to “DON’T GIVE ME THAT OLD TIME RELIGION!”

  1. Joe Bedley said

    well, i would point out any of the articles that expose Joyce Meyer’s incredible greed, but i really think u are too far gone to even care…oh, what the heck, try this one Meyer’s $57 million evangelism empire
    St. Louis Business Journal – June 20, 2003by Heather Cole
    ….a quick internet search will turn up several well documented articles

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