23rd December 2020 - The Culmination Of The Journey
Few people would dispute that our World is in a perilous state today: from the devastating
effects of climate change to the horrendous toll of deadly viruses, from potentially
disastrous Worldwide Economic Downturns to the inherent dangers posed to
all of us
by the increasing number of dangerous, despotic dictators emerging as Leaders in so many
Nations across the Globe the future looks increasingly grim for each and every one of us,
no matter who we are, no matter where we live.
Only God can help us now, only God can stop such a
colossally fraught situation from spinning catastrophically out of control and potentially
resulting in the Biblical ‘End Times’ coming upon us far earlier than they should.
God is Good and God is Gracious but He Will not intervene if man is knowingly, willingly and with evil motivation and intent causing the desecration of this Planet and ultimately the destruction of his own World. Freedom of choice and consistently making the wrong choices has resulted in the appalling state of our World today; a great many people will have to ARISE and DEFEND our Planet, stand UP against oppression and bad choices and GENUINELY turn to God with humility and repentance for their own sins and the parts they too have played, whether through oversight or neglect, in the destruction of the wonderful World He Created for us BEFORE He will intervene in this horrific situation. The choice lies with us - as indeed it always has - will man choose God or mammon?
“Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matt 7:1) has become
the favourite Scripture of sinning Christians the World over, many of whom would seemingly
far rather bring the Name Of Our Lord into disrepute than acknowledge the blatant sin in their lives.
If cornered they quote this Scripture triumphantly as if it were some kind of Biblical
“Get Out Of Hell Free” Card they can produce that
‘excuses’ them for their sins and prejudices, however,
Christ was speaking to people who were neither CONVERTS nor SAVED, nor members of any
‘Christian Church’ since no such thing existed in those days. The Apostle Paul, who wrote three-quarters
of the New Testament, makes it abundantly clear in all his teachings but particularly in
1 Corinthians that whilst we cannot judge people outside the Church, we are certainly EXPECTED to judge those inside the Church who flagrantly and sometimes even contemptuously flout Biblical teachings.
I earnestly seek the Face of God before I put anything on these websites and whilst writing this introduction to Thy Word Is Truth Christian Ministries a prophetic Word from The Lord has come through to me and I am going to share it with you now in accordance with His Will: it is for those who describe themselves as ‘Conservative’ Christians in America and some other parts of the World. Thus saith The Lord:
“Instead of calling themselves ‘Conservative’ Christians why don’t they just admit they are not real Christians at all? Their hearts are full of bitterness and hate and no follower of Christ can harbour such feelings in his heart. They believe such ‘faith’ in Me as they have will save them from the fires of Hell but it will not…many will cry unto me Lord, Lord!
Do they think I do not see the hatred in their hearts saith God? Do they think I do not understand how very much more they are serving their own agendas and not Mine, and answering their own wants and needs that are entirely contrary to the teachings of My Word? These people do not KNOW ME at all!
People are FREE under My New Dispensation to decide what they do to themselves and their bodies – who are YOU to deny them the CHOICE I have not denied them! All will answer to ME for ALL their decisions at the End, including you. Do not think you will escape My Judgement for all the wrongs that you do, many of which you have done in My Name. You will see where My Judgement falls saith God, My Ways are not your ways, neither are My thoughts your thoughts as you will soon discover.”
“An oasis for believers in need of encouragement and support; those who love Me and follow Me,
those who need to pause for a few moments by the Well and drink once more of the water that brings Eternal Life,
water that refreshes them and enables them to continue along the path I have set out before them.
Create for them a resting-place where they can dwell with like-minded people and know that those people
understand the journey, and will pray for them and lift them up before The Lord Their God, Who Will See,
Hear and Answer their prayers.”
This is the vision God gave me for founding Thy Word Is Truth Christian Ministries. It is the aim of this ministry to not only offer support and encouragement to those who are already on the path but also to act as guides for those who are earnestly seeking it, for as the Bible warns us “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matt 7:14 (KJV)
I believe there is an aching need in the World today for a
SERIOUS Reformation Movement within
the Body Of Christ -
we need to go back to basics, BACK to New Testament style ‘Churches’
which consisted of small groups of believers in every area who stood together, uplifted
one another and each individually functioned as THE BODY OF CHRIST within their communities -
dedicated people, people with callings and spiritual gifts, people who were led by
the Holy Spirit and didn’t demand money from others to support them and their grandiose ideas but
earned their OWN money and used it to support OTHERS and spread the word of God.
Far too many serious, committed Christians now find themselves OUTSIDE todays ‘trendy’ new Ministries, OSTRACISED by fellow ‘believers’ because of their ‘unfashionably’ strong beliefs and strict adherence to the teachings of Our Lord and Saviour. As Believers we are CALLED to serve CHRIST, who was HUMBLE, UNASSUMING and COMPASSIONATE, we are CALLED to take care of the POOR AND NEEDY in our communities - we are NOT CALLED to place ourselves in bondage to Pastors and Ministers intent on building edifices that bring far more glory to themselves and their Ministries than they ever do to God, nor were we EVER meant to place ourselves back under bondage to OLD TESTAMENT and therefore OLD COVENENT tithing to provide them with the funds with which to do so! Far from being used to meet the needs of the poor and underprivileged within their communities the vast proportion of tithing money is used to finance large ‘Church’ buildings with huge state-of-the-art auditoriums, enormous stages, horrifically expensive Studio Lights, microphones and cameras AS WELL AS to satisfy the decidedly UNSCRIPTURAL and VERY WORDLY DEMANDS of todays’ Ministers for extravagant homes, ‘film star’ wardrobes, expensive jewellery, personal aircraft and flashy cars! The Word Of God however, tells us to behave SOMEWHAT DIFFERENTLY! 1 John 2:15/16 says “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:4+6 “He that saith I KNOW Him and keepeth not His commandments IS A LIAR, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM. He that saith he ABIDETH in Him, OUGHT HIMSELF ALSO SO TO WALK, EVEN AS HE WALKED”
Needless to say, it is always these particular “men and women of God” who
ARE all still bound to Old Testament TITHING
and were not FREED by Christs
Sacrificial Death to be able to freely operate in generous, ungrudged New Testament GIVING,
was always so strongly advocated by the Apostle Paul! Never ONCE in all his writings on the subject of
GIVING did Paul in any way imply that Old Testament tithing
was still an ‘obligation’…neither by the
way did any of the other Apostles! A strange OVERSIGHT for those who walked and talked daily
with Christ who would surely have broached the subject had He Himself believed that such a
SHOULD live on after His Death! We can only assume then
that these fervent advocates of Tithing
genuinely BELIEVE that not even the Precious Blood of
Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour could redeem us from that particular Old Covenant requirement
– a belief which is most certainly sacrilegious in itself!
Matt 7:21/23 “Not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall
enter into the Kingdom of Heaven: but he doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven:
many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name cast out devils?
And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU,
DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY.”
None of us were put on this Earth to gain “Followers” for ourselves and our Ministries! WE ARE HERE TO POINT THE WAY TO GOD, to enable man, through our Spirit-led works and good deeds to truly FIND HIM and to once again become reconciled with his Creator. We are meant to live humbly, not glorify OURSELVES! Matt 18:4 “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
If Christians today would only
STOP pouring money into high-profile ‘SELF’ idolising
STOP glorifying people who
IF EVER hear from God and
RARELY share any
recognizable teachings from the Bible,
we could all INDIVIDUALLY achieve so much more
FOR OUR HEAVENLY FATHER and VASTLY REDUCE the number of homeless and hungry people on our city streets!
As Believers we must actively REJECT the lies and deceptive teachings pouring out of so many of our Churches today and show the World what it REALLY means TO FOLLOW CHRIST and actually MERIT the name ‘Christian’! 2 Tim 2:19 “The Lord knoweth them that are His. And let everyone who nameth the name of Christ DEPART FROM INIQUITY!” We need to create our own NEW TESTAMENT OUTREACHES, based on New Testament teachings…the teachings of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His Apostles, not FAKE CHRISTIANITY based on Humanism, Greed and the worship of ‘The Self’!
We can start changing our World TODAY, each one of us operating our own New Testament style outreaches from our own homes, a small group of fellow-believers reaching out to those in need in our own communities. The poor are NOT hard to find, it is NOT hard to TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE in ordinary peoples’ lives! That is the way hearts are touched and lives changed, that is the way people are genuinely inspired to reach out and search for God for themselves.
“Thy Word Is Truth Christian Ministries” is not just about my ministry, and my calling BUT YOURS TOO! I believe that as support for this vision for a New Testament Church grows THOUSANDS of us all over the World can UNITE under this banner and through this unique ministry we can pray for one another daily, SUPPORT one another daily, OUR PRAYERS can make the difference between LIFE and DEATH, SUCCESS OR FAILURE, FOR SOMEONE WE DON’T EVEN KNOW and ALL OF IT achieved by Gods Holy Spirit directing OUR PRAYERS OF FAITH to areas of need all over the World and utilizing modern technology to do it! I have FAITH that this can happen and that it is Gods’ Appointed Time for such an Outreach! IF YOU AGREE, JOIN ME! Your part is just to pray AS YOU FEEL LED while you are on this site, your obedience to such a leading will play a crucial role in enabling Gods Holy Spirit to operate freely in someones life and situation that very same day, and REMEMBER that as you are praying for OTHERS, others will also be praying for YOU! Let us all UNITE and achieve something WONDERFUL for our Heavenly Father and make A REAL DIFFERENCE in our World today and let this Psalm of Praise be our Unifying, Joyous Song, our declaration of our service to Him!
May God Bless and Guide you all as you faithfully follow your own individual callings!
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Matt 7:13/14 KJV
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Part of my own journey along the ‘narrow’ road.
The Narrow Road
To be human Father sometimes seems more of a Curse than a Blessing: there is a constant war
between my spirit and my flesh and I’m never sure which side is winning this never-ending Battle!
Lord, nothing in me is GOOD! My natural inclinations take me FAR from the road You would have
me travel so I struggle along it - waging war more with MYSELF than with Supernatural foes!
Can I really be of any benefit to You when even my smallest ‘triumph’ can be seen as yet another
defeat when viewed through more ‘enlightened’ eyes? Impure motives in an impure heart
strive to pay tribute to Thee!
I see now that NOTHING can come from my OWN striving. Even the humblest progress can be made only when I have seen myself as YOU see me – not simply with Love but with YOUR eyes of penetrating CLARITY and TRUTH…TRUTH that seeks out every impure thought and endeavour! How vain it is to seek to elevate ourselves when we KNOW our imperfections and weaknesses and have viewed them through YOUR Eyes! Only by Your Precious Holy Spirit can we dare to serve, else it is a tainted offering, besmirched with ego and self-love.
Help me Father find the TRUE PATH, leaving behind the flesh, heeding the voice of the Spirit and turning deaf ears to the cries of my wayward heart. For Father, I now KNOW I have a wayward heart, it seethes with anger and resentment, and glorifies ‘self’ at the expense of others. How then may I serve You, for even if I hide my faults You see them still?
Only through the Righteous Blood of Christ may I approach You. Through the ministry of The Holy Spirit I might come to know how it is that I can please You. For by Your Grace, I can still serve, my human frailty does not discount it, but only through Your Holy Spirit can I be a blessing to You and to those to whom You would have me speak!
How Patient and Gentle is Thy Spirit! He ever wars with man, not with rage but with reason, not with accusations but through awakening our own remorse, for He puts His Holy Finger on the pulse of our wrong-doing til we see it as You see it and cry as You Cry.
© Sylvia Darling 1986
Reflect upon these Scriptures when reviewing the actions of your leaders.
Matt 7:15/18 KJV
"Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit: but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit…Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
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A Journey of Discovery
Those of us who have been Blessed with a wonderful, life-changing Revelation of God are very often filled with a burning desire to truly know Him and to learn all we possibly can about Him and His Ways, but in our enthusiasm to know and also to serve our Heavenly Father many of us, (both old and new believers alike) soon find ourselves completely immersed in “works”! Suddenly it seems to be more important to do things FOR Him than to spend time WITH HIM but this is a trap we MUST NOT fall into! RELATIONSHIP is SO much more important to God than service! He DELIGHTS in our loyal and loving hearts - He DELIGHTS in us – He sees us as INDIVIDUALS, not as ‘EMPLOYEES’ - our ‘work’, although important, will always be secondary to Him!
There are very many occasions during our walk with God when we must give ourselves
time to pause for a while, time to ‘rest’ in His Presence and ‘dwell’ in the moment.
We have to learn to separate ourselves from the hurly-burly of life and give ourselves time to
mentally and spiritually ‘digest’ everything He has shown us, His thoughts are so very different
from our thoughts and His Ways so very different from our ways. We must ABSORB all His wonderful
spiritual truths and allow them to BLOSSOM and GROW and bring forth fruit in our lives.
Scripture clearly warns us that we cannot be pleasing both to God and man and this
is a lesson we must learn VERY EARLY in our Christian walk! There comes a time when we have
to start BELIEVING IN OURSELVES, believing that we ARE called of God and TRUSTING that
we do indeed HEAR that “still small voice” within, steadfastly guiding us along the path He would have us take.
THAT is the moment our ‘journey’ REALLY begins!
© Sylvia Darling 2021
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Beyond The Moulding Machine
“Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee;
and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
(Jeremiah 1:4/5 KJV)
Join me in the next leg of my journey as my period of separation from Churches, Ministries and ‘works’ brings forth wonderful ILLUMINATION from Gods’ Holy Spirit that sets me FREE and places my feet firmly on the path He had ORDAINED for me to follow.
© Sylvia Darling 2021
God is Love and Strength and Beauty
He is Holy, Just and Kind
He is the Origin of all Virtue,
The Source of all we could desire.
© Sylvia Darling 2017
Oh Father, how deceived I’ve been! I’ve tried to be ‘holy’ and ‘righteous’ as though either of
these things could be achieved by my own efforts! In trying to please You I slipped into ‘works’
striving to do whatever I could to make myself more ‘acceptable’ to You and of course,
I soon found myself at the end of my own resources, exhausted, bewildered and lost: further
away from You then than I had been at the start. How foolish, when it really was SO SIMPLE!
You called me to ‘BE’ not to ‘DO’! You called me to revel in YOUR Righteousness not fret
about my own! We are saved by GRACE, never by works! You accept me as I am, not
because of what I might become through striving: You accept me because of the
Shed Blood of Jesus Christ, not because of any ‘Cloak’ of righteousness MAN would have me ‘assume’ -
YOU ARE MY RIGHTEOUSNESS! Man puts on fine robes that speak of splendid things yet belie what lies in the soul.
In this difficult and perplexing time I have hesitated and sometimes even feared to call upon Your Name so great has my confusion been, yet all the while You have been Watching over me, Guiding me, Encouraging me, Willing me to find the way YOU want me to progress and grow, and warning me to be far less influenced by the opinions of others! Truly Thou Art Worthy to be Praised! You seek to release us from the burden our own foolishness puts upon us when we seek to win for ourselves what you have freely given by Your Grace! We strive to do what cannot be done by our own efforts but can only be worked in us by Your Precious Holy Spirit! Our part is merely to BELIEVE and to enter into FELLOWSHIP with You, we must let Your Word LIVE in us, for it is YOUR WORD operating in our lives and living in our hearts that brings forth righteous fruit, nothing good can ever come from our own fleshly efforts.
Oh what a foolish thing is man
Who will ever try to do in his own strength
What You would have him do in Yours,
Forever collapsing under a burden
You didn’t give him to carry!
© Sylvia Darling 2016
Help me Father to revel in the FREEDOM You have given me and not to assume burdens of my own. Help me delight myself in the pure, unselfish nature of Your Love, for You desire to release man into realizing the fullness of himself – his ultimate spiritual potential – whilst here in the flesh. Until then he cannot even glimpse the true wonder of Christs’ Great Redemption, its’ meaning has been watered down through the Ages ‘til we perceive but a fraction of Your intended Glorious Blessing. We kick and scream while You struggle to release us from bondages’ we didn’t know we had into realms we never dreamt existed! We attain all through the Fruit of Your Holy Spirit, nurtured in us by Your Holy and Forgiving Hand!
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Please Note all Scripture references are from the King James Version of the Bible.
As many of you will know, there are times in our walk with God when He will illuminate a particular Scripture to us, bringing it vividly to life before our eyes and leaving us with a greater insight and depth of understanding than we had ever had before. It is as if, for a brief moment, He permits us to see that event as it happened, through HIS Eyes, and it is a LIFE-CHANGING experience! One such moment in my life occurred early one morning when His Precious Holy Spirit led me to open my Bible at the Book of Genesis, at the Creation of the World and of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; I would like to share everything I learned that day with my reader. I hope it will be as big a Blessing to you as it was to me.
As I read Genesis Chapter One that day the first thing that was HUGELY EMPHASIZED to me was
that the whole process of Creation occurred
IN A MANNER and within A TIMEFRAME of which we have absolutely
NO COMPREHENSION! Moses, who wrote the Book of Genesis, could have had no
concept of ‘a day’ of Creation being any different from the 24hr day he had always known,
but the words he wrote under the inspiration of Our Living God conveyed a truth he could not
possibly have fully understood HIMSELF at the time! Let me share with you what I saw and understood
‘in the spirit’.
Genesis 1:1/2 starts with the creation of heaven and earth, “the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters”. Verse 3/5 “And God said let there be light and there was light, And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night”. It is at this point that the confusion for mankind generally begins, for Moses then writes: “And the evening and the morning were the first day”, BUT THERE HAD BEEN NO “EVENING”, THERE HAD BEEN NO “MORNING” - there had only been LIGHT and DARK, DAY and NIGHT, CO-EXISTING in the heavens!
The DIVISION of light and darkness that God then called ‘Day’ and ‘Night’ did not IN ANY WAY represent the 24hr period we now classify as ‘a day’, it meant ONLY that the LIGHT is now called DAY, and the DARK is now called NIGHT, nothing else had changed, they STILL both CO-EXISTED, one with the other. It was the SECOND DIVISION between Light and Dark, Day and Night, that gave us ‘days’ as we now understand them to be, we know this because the Sun, the Moon and the Stars weren’t created until some point during the fourth ‘day’, and it is the rising and setting of the Sun and the onset of darkness that reigns until the Sun rises again that defines our 24hr day.
Gen.1.14/19 “And God said, Let there be lights [plural] in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years”. And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; He made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day” So it is clear that the first three ‘days’ of Creation, right up to the moment God Created the Sun, the Moon and the Stars, were not 24 hour periods and that the whole process of Creation up to that point occurred over an UNKNOWN and therefore UNDEFINED period of time! I saw, with the breath-taking clarity that only comes with the illumination of Gods’ Holy Spirit, that ALL the massive changes to the Planet that Scientists calculate took place over millions of years WERE PART OF GODS’ PROCESS OF CREATION and that God actually WATCHED OVER every change our planet underwent! He watched it CHANGING, ‘EVOLVING’, right before His Eyes, occasionally PAUSING IT ‘momentarily’ and INTERVENING as He saw fit! WHAT HAPPENED PRACTICALLY INSTANTANEOUSLY FOR HIM, DWELLING AS HE DOES WHERE THERE IS NO ‘TIME’, TOOK MILLIONS OF YEARS TO OCCUR IN ‘TIME’ AS WE HUMANS UNDERSTAND IT TO BE!
Beauty such as God created on Planet Earth doesn’t just ‘happen’ as Scientists would have us believe - it hasn’t just ‘happened’ on any of the OTHER planets that surround us, all of which are extremely inhospitable and naturally uninhabitable! Scientists have only recently concluded that man has actually become EXTINCT SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE AGES! Releasing such a statement must have been quite problematic for them since it is common knowledge that GENUINELY EXTINCT LIFEFORMS DO NOT COME BACK AGAIN! It is only by the Hand Of God, OUR CREATOR, that what was once extinct can live again, and it is only by HIS Intervention and in accordance with HIS Will that man has RE-EMERGED time after time, era after era, each time with subtle improvements, ‘upgrades’ that enabled him to survive, albeit temporarily, the challenges of his new environment as they existed at the time! There was something in Early man that peaked Gods interest and it was something He had never seen before – Early man believed in a Creator! We see evidence of this in early rock-paintings, carvings, sculptures etc and it is this singular trait that the Spirit of God has shown me caught Gods attention and caused Him to develop man further. MAN, ALTHOUGH ‘EXTINCT’, HAS KEPT MIRACULOUSLY ‘REAPPEARING’ THROUGH THE AGES, SOLELY BY THE GRACE OF GOD!
THANK GOD FOR HIS PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT WHO DOES INDEED LEAD US INTO ALL TRUTH! (John 14:16/18) “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you.” (John 16:13) “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine and shall shew it unto you.”
Scientists, Theologians, Religious Institutions and Seminaries must STOP trying to put God, His Holy Spirit and Our Lord Jesus Christ into neat, carefully defined little boxes – THEY WON’T FIT! Many scholars and theologians, trying in vain to explain a World made in six ‘days’ in a way that doesn’t challenge various other Church doctrines, choose to focus on 2Peter 3:8 which says that “a day with the Lord is as a thousand years”, a Scripture which, if taken literally, solves none of the issues about the period of Creation or the age of the Planet! Peter had, I believe, also received a revelation of the TIMELESSNESS OF GOD, for when we read this Scripture in context it is clear that HE HAD TO USE A COMPARATIVE FIGURE that people of that era would have been able to COMPREHEND! He was not intent on establishing a rather wobbly foundation upon which assorted religious doctrines could be based! HAVE FAITH IN GOD AND THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD, walk hand in hand with Him and, in accordance with His Will and Purpose, ALL things will be revealed unto you!
Another wonderful illumination of Holy Scripture came that same morning as I went on to read more about
Gods Process of Creation and about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
I suddenly saw that there is a distinct DIFFERENCE between what
we are commonly taught on this subject and what the Word Of God actually SAYS about it!
With many teachers and theologians apparently being unable to ACCEPT what to some seems to be
an unpalatable truth, any blatant ‘discrepancies’ between
their interpretations of Scripture and what the written Word of God actually says are
glossed over and we are rather dishonestly taught that in Genesis Chapter Two Moses was merely
repeating what he had written earlier in Chapter One and ‘expanding on it’, the inference
always being that Moses had apparently become a little ‘confused’ in the process since the two versions
are entirely contradictory! Gods’ Holy Spirit has shown me however that Moses, far from being ‘confused’,
was describing TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT STAGES IN THE CREATION OF MAN, the first being natural man
of whom the Apostle Paul subsequently writes* and the second being spiritual man, formed of the
dust of the ground BY THE HAND OF GOD who inbreathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became
a living soul! (Gen 2:7) (*1 Cor 2:14)
We should have no problem acknowledging the existence of a ‘natural man’ since it is an indisputable fact that man has existed in some form long before the Bible as we know it today was ever written, HOWEVER, with the wonderful enlightenment of Gods’ Holy Spirit, I suddenly realized the significance of the fact that our Holy Bible SPECIFICALLY BEGINS WITH THE FIRST CREATION OF MAN “MADE IN GODS OWN IMAGE” – not early or primitive man. I saw and understood for the first time that man has always been ‘a work in progress’, which of course is exactly why Scientists will never find the ‘missing link’ they seek between man and apes…THERE ISN’T ONE! Man was ALWAYS a SEPARATE CREATION and GODS’ HAND WAS ON HIS ‘EVOLUTION’ GENERATION AFTER GENERATION!
Let us study the FIRST Biblical Creation of man anew, this time with ‘unblinkered’ eyes! God created man, both male and female “in his own image” THEY WERE BOTH CREATED SIMULTANEOUSLY BY HIS WORD. (Gen 1.26/28) “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over every creeping thing that creepth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it…” All these things happened on the evening and morning of the SIXTH day. (Gen 1:31)
This Scripture was absolutely illuminated that day when I was blessed with the answer to what has always been a perturbing question for me, “In what sense was natural man “made in Gods’ own image”? It was certainly not in a physical, intellectual or moral sense: man has MANY FLAWS, he is IMPERFECT, MORTAL and made of flesh and blood, whereas GOD IS SPIRIT, HE IS IMMORTAL, WITHOUT BEGINNING AND WITHOUT END, HE IS PERFECT, RIGHTEOUS, PURE AND HOLY! THERE IS NO COMPARISON, NO SIMILARITY WHATSOEVER BETWEEN NATURAL MAN AND GOD! With the enlightenment of Gods Holy Spirit, I saw the answer was right there in front of me in Holy Scripture! There are two key words within Genesis 1:26/28, these are ‘dominion’ and ‘subdue’ and THESE TWO WORDS identify THE ONLY ASPECT in which ‘NATURAL’ man of the FIRST BIBLICAL CREATION was made “in His image”! Just as GOD has DOMINION over ALL things and can SUBDUE all things – so too did He choose that day to give NATURAL MAN DOMINION over HIS ENVIRONMENT, over every living thing and along with that He gave him the power and authority to SUBDUE the earth! This certainly explains the otherwise mystifying Scriptures that say “I have said ye are gods”, God had indeed made man ‘god’ of his own environment!
(John 10:34, Psalm 82:6)
The use of the word ‘replenish’ in these verses in Genesis is also important in that it confirms that God had indeed watched over all the different Stages of every transition Planet Earth had undergone during the process of Creation, NONE OF WHICH ‘EARLY’ MAN HAD SURVIVED, but this time God had ensured that ‘natural’ man ‘made in the image of God’ would no longer be a ‘victim’ of his environment as all his predecessors had been! He provided man with “herb bearing seed, trees bearing fruit” and everything that had LIFE, every animal and every bird, lived on the vegetation which flourished all around them! In other words, there were no meat-eating predators to hunt and kill him, neither were there any extremes of weather to harm him as the weather must also have been perfect to ensure the year-round availability of food. In addition to ALL THESE THINGS man now had POWER and DOMINION, and the AUTHORITY to SUBDUE THE EARTH and change things as he saw fit! God had given him TOTAL CONTROL over the PERFECT world in which he lived! WHAT A SHINING EXAMPLE THIS WAS OF GODS’ GOODNESS, MERCY, COMPASSION AND GRACE! Throughout the generations mans’ continued belief in a Creator had invariably ended in some form of pagan idolatry, whether it was the worship of Nature itself, the Sun, the moon, the Stars, or even making his own false ‘gods’ to worship: what could possibly have been MORE OFFENSIVE to the One True God who was still consistently trying to reach out to him, generation after generation and yet here He was giving man yet ANOTHER chance to SURVIVE, yet ANOTHER chance to find Him!
Genesis 2:1/3 “Thus the heavens and earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it; because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made”.
After an unspecified passage of time, but definitely AFTER THE SEVENTH DAY OF CREATION,
the situation on Earth had changed so DRASTICALLY that it prompted God to
form SPIRITUAL MAN “from the dust of the ground” with His own Hands! In Genesis 2:4/5 I believe,
with the illumination of Gods Holy Spirit, that Moses is recounting what had taken place previously,
PRIOR to the first Creation of man “made in Gods image” and that he then writes of CHANGES that had
subsequently taken place on Earth, the perfect environment God had made for man, full of vegetation
that had not even existed before, he then goes on to reveal the circumstances that led to the
SECOND BIBLICAL CREATION OF MAN.
IT IS ABSOLUTELY INCONCEIVABLE THAT MOSES WAS NOT ONLY
COMPLETELY ‘REWRITING’ THE STORY OF THE CREATION OF MAN, BUT ALSO INFORMING US THAT THE GOD WHO HAD CREATED
THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE HAD ‘OVERLOOKED’ THE FACT THAT ALL THE PLANTS HE HAD PUT ON PLANET EARTH NEEDED MOISTURE
I.E. RAIN TO SURVIVE! OUR GOD IS ALL KNOWING AND ALMIGHTY,
THAT IS NOT A FEASIBLE INTERPRETATION OF THIS SCRIPTURE!
(Gen 2:5/7) “…for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living soul.”
Throughout Scripture we read of God withholding rain to punish man for his sins and to bring him to a place of repentance and into relationship with God, so it is evident that natural man had been leading a life that was ENORMOUSLY displeasing to God. The gravity of the situation is quite obvious when we realize that God had to cause “a MIST to rise from the earth” just to make the ground moist enough for Him to be able to form man from the DUST! The drought had been so severe that the former lush, green vegetation He had created for man had withered and died and the ground had turned to DUST, but even then God would not cause it to rain, He brought forth only enough water to enable him to achieve His Purpose; but why did God choose to create a SECOND man, a SPIRITUAL man, at THAT moment “to till the ground”? We know natural man was still there and that he was more than capable of ‘tilling the ground”, but ‘tilling’ dry dust and planting anything in it is pretty pointless! As Angus Buchan, author of “Faith Like Potatoes” well knows, it takes a miracle to grow a crop in the dust!
We know natural man still existed outside the Garden of Eden when we read about Adam and Eve: after Adam and Eve were forced to leave the Garden of Eden, their children [Cain and later Seth] married women from the land of Nod, a region ‘on the East of Eden’ that was already in existence BEFORE God Created The Garden! (Gen 4:16). When we read the story of Cain and Abel we see that Cain says to God “it shall come to pass that every one that findeth me shall slay me. And the Lord set a mark on Cain lest any finding him should kill him”. [Gen.4:14/15] Had Adam and Eve, and their sons, Cain and Abel, BEEN THE ONLY PEOPLE IN EXISTENCE there would have been no-one around to injure Cain in any way at all! The people in the land of Nod could only have been descendants of natural man, the male and female God had previously told to “go forth and multiply”, as indeed they had! THESE ARE INDISPUTABLE FACTS WRITTEN IN THE WORD OF GOD, AND AS SUCH ARE UNDENIABLE PROOF THAT ADAM WAS INDEED THE SECOND CREATION OF MAN AS RECORDED IN THE BIBLE AND THAT GOD UNDOUBTEDLY CREATED HIM TO BE VERY MUCH MORE THAN A GARDENER!
Adam in the Garden of Eden
(Gen 2:8/10 +15) “And the Lord planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed.
And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;
the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river
went out of Eden to water the garden: and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads…And the
Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden “to dress it and to keep it.”
God Created a whole new environment for spiritual man, with different trees, precious metals and gems, presumably using the rivers as both barriers and boundaries. “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads…” He was clearly determined to keep Adam separate and apart from EVERYTHING He had made in the first creation until He felt Adam was ready to “till the ground” but Adam was NOT there to “till the ground” of the GARDEN, he had only “to dress and keep” the garden, IT WAS THE GROUND OF EDEN ITSELF HE WAS MEANT TO “TILL”, the ground from which he had been formed!
By creating spiritual man God had made it possible for ‘natural’ man to find Him. On the surface, natural man would see a man just like himself, someone with whom he could talk, and to whom he could relate, but Adam being ‘spiritual’ would know God and be able to lead natural man into a knowledge of Him, natural man could then make BETTER choices, the RIGHT choices IF HE SO DESIRED, but that depended on SPIRITUAL MAN making the right choices too! Adam was meant to “till the ground” of the heart of natural man, he was meant to plant the seed and water it, cultivate it to enable it to BLOSSOM and GROW. Adam would certainly have had more than enough proof of the truth of his words had he ever seriously attempted to reach out to natural man about God! What could possibly have been more astonishing than the beauty and perfection of the Garden of Eden miraculously appearing in the midst of their dry and barren land? IF EVER THERE WAS A CONFIRMATION OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD, THAT WAS SURELY IT!
During this extraordinary period of revelation, I also saw something that had never even occurred to me before, which was that although the Bible records events consecutively, we cannot and indeed must not ASSUME that these events occurred immediately one after the other! The Holy Spirit will always lead us into understanding the profound truths concealed within the pages of our Bibles and I have come to understand many things about Adam and Eve and the meaning of all that happened in the Garden of Eden. We do not actually know, for example, how long Adam lived in the Garden of Eden before God created Eve as a companion for him, but the WHY, WHEN and HOW of it is in fact hugely important and we need the illumination of Gods Holy Spirit to truly grasp the significance of what was in fact a crucial period in the history of man and his relationship with God.
There was a reason behind Gods decision not to create a companion for Adam at the same time He created Adam himself, and it WAS a DECISION not an ‘oversight’ or ‘happenstance. When God created The Garden of Eden He created it away from people, with NO distractions whatsoever because He intended Adam to lead a life ‘separated unto Him’. He wanted Adam to learn directly FROM HIM, He ALONE would be his GUIDE, his MENTOR, his TEACHER and his FRIEND! God knew how essential it was that He and Adam form a strong, long-lasting and unshakable bond, but although God played His part, Adam did not: the divide between spirit and flesh was too great.
We know that God was in the habit of walking and talking with Adam in the cool of evening*, but we must not assume that was the only time of day He ever visited Adam, it is merely the only recorded time of day He visited AFTER the Creation of Eve, which is in itself significant as we shall see. We can be certain He appeared to Adam in human form on such occasions as there was no other way for Him to WALK and talk with someone who was flesh and blood and not pure Spirit as He was. (The Bible shows us that God took on human form when He appeared to Abram, who was described as ‘a friend’ of God.) ** It is so very important when we read about Adam that we REMEMBER that even though God had 'breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and he had become a living SOUL', he was still HUMAN, he was NOT PERFECT! Adam was flawed, he was also highly intelligent and egotistical in that as with all humans, ‘The Self’ became more and more predominant, so much so that it eventually dominated even his SPIRIT, a spirit that had previously been at one with God! Knowing this, we must certainly acknowledge that Adam would undoubtedly have considered the possibility that the God who walked and talked with him in the Garden each day, as a human, could actually BE A MAN, JUST LIKE HIM and that the only REAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM was that HE had all these strange, ‘miraculous’ powers, the secret of which HAD TO BE concealed in the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, BECAUSE THAT WAS THE ONLY FRUIT IN THE ENTIRE GARDEN HE WAS FORBIDDEN TO EAT! Spiritual mans’ separation from his Creator, in his heart and mind, began the day he first gave serious consideration to THOSE thoughts, and that undoubtedly happened LONG before the Creation of Eve!
(*Gen 3:8) (**Gen 18:1-33, James 2:23, 2Chr 20:7, Isaiah 41:8)
Adam may have lived a life ‘separated unto God’ for a few months or for several years, we have
no way of knowing,
but what IS clear is that at some point God realized Adam
was no longer happy and that in his heart he was beginning to rebel against Him. I believe
it was THEN that God said: “… it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help
meet for him.” *
Only problems in His Relationship with Adam could
have caused God to so abruptly terminate Adams period of seclusion; we know from everything
that followed that Adam certainly wasn’t ‘ready’, in any sense of the word, to undertake the task for
which God had been preparing him, indeed he “fell at the first hurdle” as the saying goes, although he
didn’t so much ‘fall’ as totally capitulate!
The Battle for the Soul of Man
was beginning in earnest, but God had long since decided that THE CHOICE of whom he would follow
WOULD ULTIMATELY REST WITH MAN HIMSELF: this had been the point of placing the Tree Of The
Knowledge of Good AND OF EVIL in the Garden.
He had given man FREEWILL and THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE!
God IS SPIRIT, He meets ALL our SPIRITUAL needs so CLEARLY NONE of Adams’ ‘needs’, or should we rather say DESIRES, were SPIRITUAL! The rebellion in Adams’ heart had nothing to do with loneliness or the lack of companionship, but stemmed from a burgeoning ego and a burning ambition to be ‘like’ God, God however, knew what lay ahead and that Adam would soon come to need many things he had not needed before…but that moment had yet to come to pass. It was then that God did something that once again reflected His Extraordinary Grace and Mercy as well as His Love and Compassion, He used His Wonderful Powers to create new animals and birds especially for Adam! Some of these would undoubtedly have been the predecessors of our domesticated animals today; some would be ‘pets’, some would later be consumed for meat and others would work for him by literally and not at ALL symbolically, ‘tilling’ the soil of Eden to enable him to grow enough food to survive! (Gen 3:19)
This time, instead of creating more animals and birds by His Word as He had in the first period of Creation, God formed these creatures by HIS OWN HAND ‘out of the ground’, just as He had formed Adam himself! He created each of these things INDIVIDUALLY, undoubtedly bearing in mind Adams future needs, and then brought them to Adam to name. “And OUT OF THE GROUND the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them; and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.…but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.” (Gen 2:19/20) None of these beautiful, unique creations quietened the unrest in Adams heart however, so God once again did something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT for him! He decided to make a ‘woman’ for Adam, but He did not create a ‘female’ or ‘mate’ solely for the purposes of procreation as He had by His Word for natural man, neither did He create one “from the dust of the ground” in the same way He had created Adam himself: with Profound Understanding God chose instead to create A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TYPE OF ‘FEMALE’ FOR ADAM AND HE USED ONE OF ADAMS’ OWN RIBS TO DO SO! She would literally be ‘a part of him’ and thus be able to more closely meet his needs. “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof: And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and He brought her unto the man.” (Gen 2:21/22)
Adam immediately understood how different this creation was and that she was completely able to meet all his needs, for when God brought her to him he said: “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” [Gen.2:18/25] Notice here the reference to “father and mother” and “leaving and cleaving”, Adam CLEARLY had a level of knowledge and understanding that could only have come directly from God, for Adam personally had never experienced ANY of those things. A superior intellect and an extensive vocabulary were also evident in that he was able to classify and give names to all the different life-forms God had created for him: his time with God in the Garden Of Eden had been FRUITFUL and he knew and understood many things without ever having eaten from the Tree of The Knowledge of Good AND EVIL!
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the Garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.…she took of the fruit thereof and did eat, and gave also unto her husband WITH HER, and he did eat.” (Gen 3:1-6) Emphasis mine. Many people ask: Why did God make the serpent? Wasn’t He ‘setting man up’ to fail? NO! SATAN ALREADY EXISTED, EVIL ALREADY EXISTED, which was the very reason God had CREATED spiritual man: he was to help FIGHT the evil that was already RIFE in the World! It was part of Gods Quest to help mankind FIND HIM and enter into RELATIONSHIP with Him! He did it for the few who were TRULY SEEKING HIM, for even amongst the ‘spiritual’ many would fall, as did Adam.
In this World we are, and always will be, surrounded by temptation, our Christian walk is a lifelong battle between our spirit and our flesh, and choosing between the two is exactly THAT - our CHOICE! Adam had lived a life of SECLUSION, in PARADISE, WITH GOD, WHO IS PURE, RIGHTEOUS AND HOLY yet he still FELL …it is evil residing in the heart of man that causes him to stumble, not God! * Adam had not needed to be ‘tempted’ into the rebellious thoughts that already lay in his heart! Satan simply took the form of the serpent (which was just one of many creatures God had created for Adam that day, each one of which had a different nature and personality) because it was more devious than the others and he used it to give VOICE to Adams’ own thoughts! If that were not the case WHY did Adam stand quietly by, watching ‘the serpent’ deceive his wife? Why wasn’t he OUTRAGED by the mere SUGGESTION that they disobey God and eat of the forbidden fruit? Eve had not lived a life of seclusion with God, she did not know the ramifications of “eating of the fruit” to the extent that Adam did, she was a pawn in a game that Satan was playing with Adam, offering him the secret desires of his heart if he would rebel against God AND, because ‘Eve’ was offering him WHAT HE IN FACT WANTED BUT HAD NEVER DARED TAKE FOR HIMSELF, Adam ate of the apple! Satan’s words had ‘confirmed’ his darkest suspicions… that to eat of the fruit was to be as God, and now he could lay the blame for his sin ON EVE, and that is PRECISELY what he did! (Gen 3:12) (*James 1:13/15)
Adam KNEW that to eat of the fruit was to openly DEFY GOD! He KNEW that eating the fruit would change his life FOREVER. He KNEW it was an ACT OF REBELLION and he KNEW that to eat of the fruit meant CERTAIN DEATH - yet still he took it and ate! As soon as he had eaten of the fruit however ADAMS’ EYES WERE OPENED and instead of discovering the ‘GLORIOUS TRUTH’ he had imagined would be awaiting him HE SAW FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME THE EXTENT OF HIS SIN AND UNRIGHTEOUSNESS… he saw his LOWLINESS before God!
Through the enlightenment of Gods’ Holy Spirit, I have come to understand the purpose of the
Garden of Eden and the creation of the first spiritual man, Adam. I have seen that natural
man bears no resemblance to God in any way at all, THAT HE NEVER HAS, NOR EVER WILL!
The Apostle Paul wanted us all to realize something EXTREMELY IMPORTANT when he wrote these words:
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”*
He prefaces this by saying: “Now we have received,
not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God:
that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak,
NOT IN THE WORDS MAN’S WISDOM TEACHETH, BUT WHICH THE HOLY GHOST TEACHETH:
comparing SPIRITUAL things with SPIRITUAL.” (1 Cor 2:12/13) Emphasis mine. Natural man
IS STILL WITH US, and it is important we remember that, along with Our Lords Warning
“Give not that which is Holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before the swine, lest they
trample you under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” (Matthew 7:6)
This is becoming an increasingly dangerous world for TRUE Christians: there are MANY claiming to be ‘Christians’ who are really FAKE CHRISTIANS pretending to be ‘believers’ because they think they are ‘safeguarding’ their Salvation, but they do not follow THE TEACHINGS of Christ AT ALL, which is a prerequisite of Salvation! “From such turn away!”* “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven: BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN:”** Walk your own walk with God, and find your own path. Do not allow FAKE ‘CHRISTIANS’ to lead you down paths of UNRIGHTEOUSNESS! Let us always remember, with all due humility, that even spiritual man has a chance of Salvation only BY THE GRACE OF GOD and through the Supreme Sacrifice of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
(*2 Tim 3:1/5) (**Matt 7:21)
In closing, I would like to say this: many of us have been misled our whole lives through listening to and blindly accepting what have always been deliberately ‘blinkered’ interpretations by many denominations and Religious Institutions of what the Bible actually SAYS. These teachings actively encouraged man to have a GLORIFIED VIEW OF HIMSELF, particularly in regard to his importance in the Universe AND HIS STANDING WITH GOD! THE ‘GLORY’ IS NOT OURS! All GLORY belongs TO GOD for seeing something in us that He thought worthwhile and for preserving our species generation after generation, for He perpetually holds out His Hand to man, trying to save him from the disastrous fate that awaits him if he continues blindly along the path he has chosen …a fierce belief in HIMSELF, not in God his Creator.
© Sylvia Darling 2021
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© Sylvia Darling 2021
This is available as a free download here. Number 6 of 11
One of our biggest problems in modern-day ‘Christianity’ is that we have far too many FAKE CHRISTIANS
and ‘natural’ men,
“WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING” in our pulpits!* These people preach
for MONEY, FAME, PRESTIGE and POWER…they plainly neither KNOW God nor fear Him!
The Apostle Paul speaks of such people often in his writings:
“THEY PROFESS THAT THEY KNOW GOD: BUT IN WORKS THEY DENY HIM, BEING ABOMINABLE,
AND DISOBEDIENT, AND UNTO EVERY GOOD WORK REPROBATE.” * Such people are CHARLATANS and FALSE PROPHETS,
they present themselves as ‘Believers’ but
whoever or whatever they REALLY ARE they are certainly NOT GENUINE
“YE HYPOCRITES, well did Esaias prophesy of you saying, This people
draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME.
BUT IN VAIN THEY DO WORSHIP ME, TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN.”
(*Titus 1:15/16) (**Matt 15:7/9)
(*See also Acts 20:28/30)
“WOE UNTO YE, SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleaness. EVEN SO YE ALSO OUTWARDLY APPEAR RIGHTEOUS UNTO MEN, BUT WITHIN YE ARE FULL OF HYPOCRISY AND INIQUITY.” “Let everyone who nameth the Name of Christ DEPART FROM INIQUITY.” **
(*Matt 23:25/27, **2 Tim 2:19)
Our ‘Christian’ Ministries are also choc-a-bloc with people who are nothing more than “Self-help” Gurus dedicated to serving the ‘Me’ generation and making them all feel better about themselves! Their emphasis is always on the well-being of ‘The Self’, but CHRISTIANITY is not about US, it’s about GOD and Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour! JESUS CHRIST ALONE IS OUR TRUE HEALER AND REDEEMER, NOT ANY MAN OR WOMAN ESPOUSING WORLDLY TEACHINGS BASED ON HUMANISTIC BELIEFS AND VALUES! All many of them are really fostering is devotion and reliance on them and their Ministries, and promoting the sales of their books and assorted merchandising paraphernalia: God is practically an afterthought! They will certainly teach you to FEAR GOD to make sure you TITHE, but they won’t help you GENUINELY FIND HIM and enter into RELATIONSHIP with HIM! OUR GOD IS NOT JUST ‘A MEANS TO AN END’, A WAY TO GET WHAT WE WANT! Our God is PURE and HOLY and RIGHTEOUS, HE IS BEAUTIFUL, JUST and KIND! KNOWING HIM AND HAVING A REVELATION OF HIM IN OUR SPIRITS, IS EVERYTHING! IT IS ALL THAT MATTERS, the rest will follow! “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matt.6: 33) I know from personal experience that it was only when I was fervently seeking God, yearning to know Him and understand Him that I achieved a real breakthrough in my prayer life and entered into RELATIONSHIP with Him and through that personal relationship came inner healing.
WHERE ARE THE VOICES OF HIS TRUE FOLLOWERS, those who LIVE according to His Word, those who BELIEVE in Him, TRUST in Him, those whose lives should be SHINING EXAMPLES to those around about them? This is not a NAÏVE IMPOSSIBILITY; IT IS HOW CHRISTIANS ARE MEANT TO BE! We don’t have to shove our beliefs down everybody’s throats but we do have to be SHINING LIGHTS* in todays’ dismal World, we DO have to WALK THE WALK, not half-heartedly or falsely TALK THE TALK! ARISE O YE OF FAITH AND LET YOUR LIGHTS SHINE!
©Sylvia Darling 2021
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AN EXTRACT FROM
“What The Bible REALLY Says About TITHING!”
“AND YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.”
[John 8:32] KJV
Please note that all Bible quotations in this book are taken from the King James Version of The Holy Bible.
It is quite obvious from the Scriptures we have studied exactly what GOD intended the time of the tithe to be like, and the purpose HE intended it to serve in our lives. This was not an act born of fear, nor was it a casual giving of money to others in the often vain hope that the recipient will meet the needs of the underprivileged with it, NO, we were to care for the needy OURSELVES, directly, not indirectly! There was to be personal involvement, and personal caring in our giving. This personal caring was an external demonstration of the worshipful spirit that was to lie behind the physical act of tithing.
God cares DEEPLY about the needy, no matter WHO they are, in Deut 4:28/29 we read:
“At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year and shalt lay it up within thy gates: and the Levite (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come and shall eat and be satisfied: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou does.”
Notice here that the Levite, the Stranger, the Widow and the Fatherless were “to eat and be satisfied”, where normally they would have had to be “satisfied” with whatever they were given to eat! Even so however, none of these needy people were permitted to carry away the tithe, keeping it entirely for their own use, it was to stay within the tither’s gates so that he too could draw from it according to his own needs, still celebrating God’s Provision for him as he did so.
This is an important point, for in 1 Sam.12/17 we read that the sons of Eli the Priest caused the Children of Israel to sin, and subsequently incurred the Wrath Of God because they were taking whatever they wanted from any of the sacrifices offered to God by the Children of Israel. They took whatever cut they desired and whatever quantity they desired, in direct contradiction of Gods’ Holy Laws, neglecting even to first offer the sacrifice in the manner prescribed by God. Their arbitrary and greedy handling of Gods’ sacred offerings subsequently cost them their lives – does it not occur to any of todays’ men or women of God (who presumably believe what they preach i.e. that tithing IS still required of us today) that if they are right in their beliefs they too, by commandeering the whole of Gods Holy tenth for themselves may be found guilty by God of misappropriating His Tithe?
According to the Biblical Concept of tithing their actions have deprived the tither and his family not only of a period of much-needed rest, but also of a time of separation before God! God too has been denied the chance to receive that family’s worship! In all probability, even the Widows, the Fatherless and the Stranger have been denied the portion that should rightfully have been theirs, since most Churches donate only a miniscule amount if anything at all of their total incomes to the needy in the Community, sternly insisting that such dire and extensive needs MUST be met out of separate EXTRA “donations” over and above tithing.
Who then should be MORE afraid of Gods’ Judgement? A tithe-hogging Pastor, or a believer who cannot possibly pay the full ten percent of his Gross Income demanded of him by some Churches? (In all truth, one cannot even GRACE such sterile legalism with the name ‘tithing’ since it certainly follows neither the letter nor the Spirit of the Law!)
Should the already hard-pressed tither and his family, not to mention the Widow, the Fatherless and the Stranger, be forced to foot the bill for the rather Worldly aspirations some Pastors have for themselves and their Ministries? Should they have to pay for the HUGE auditoriums, elaborate Church buildings, expensive homes, private planes, TV Studios, fancy cars, etc. etc… ad nauseum, ALL of which glorify MAN far more than they glorify God and NONE OF WHICH are of ANY use or comfort to the hungry and homeless wandering our streets?
True Believers need to examine themselves AND their individual walk with God today. They need to separate themselves from the Vaudeville ‘performances’ complete with strobe lights, cameras, elaborate sound systems and ‘stars’ (singing or ‘preaching’) that we see all over the World in Theatres or Auditoriums purporting to be ‘Churches’! Do Christians seriously BELIEVE they are following Christs’ example, doing what He would have them do when they’re supporting THESE edifices? Where is Christs’ example to be found when the poor and the homeless sit outside wondering what it’s REALLY all about when THEIR lot never changes, when the light and love of Christ that is supposed to emanate from these ‘Palaces’ never meets THEIR need?
We need a REFORMATION in the Church Of God today - we need to make it HIS Church AGAIN, NOT MANS, and we must create a Fellowship that TRULY meets the needs of the people. We need to go back to the Church of the New Testament when groups of believers gathered in their homes, sitting together, sharing the things of God together, pooling their resources, (NOT PAYING FOR SEMI- RELIGIOUS EDIFICES) and going out and meeting the needs of those around about them, praying for the sick, helping the poor – then, and only then, will people know there IS a God, and He DOES care.
PLEASE, let no-one tell you that you are “partaking of the tithe” when you attend the Church Buildings your tithes are currently being used to finance, it is NOT the same thing at all, as all the aforementioned Scriptures have surely proved! Using Gods’ Holy Tenth in any manner other than that previously described is WRONG! Nowhere in the Word Of God does it say that the tithe is to be used to build Churches – in fact quite the opposite is true! It is to be used for PEOPLE, the New Testament ‘Churches’ consisted of PEOPLE, NOT BUILDINGS and any money those people had to spare was to go to help OTHERS, not for erecting buildings!
God ‘allowed’ Solomon to build him a Temple because his father, King David had wanted to build one for Him but He had not permitted David to do so. God did not tell Solomon to carry on building ‘mini’ Temples all over the Country after that! Buildings, be they ‘Churches’, Bible Colleges or Youth Halls should always be paid for from separate funds, NEVER FROM TITHES! TITHES ARE TO BE USED FOR PEOPLE BY PEOPLE THAT Gods’ Name might be glorified by their rejoicing, by their giving, and by their caring for others. Legalism and greed have most dreadfully perverted the whole concept of the tithe, squeezing out all that was beautiful and that once ministered to both man and to God, leaving us merely a dry ritual that not only answers none of the spiritual, physical, or emotional needs of the tither (as God intended it should) but instead actually ADDS to the heavy burden modern life already places on man’s bowed shoulders. Remember, tithing is about YOU and your relationship with God – it’s purely personal, and purely DEVOTIONAL and it isn’t about MONEY at all!
© Sylvia Darling 2019
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