After having listened to a series of teachings from a variety of preachers who all strongly believe that people should 'join a local church' (ie theirs)........come and be fed (ie by their particular brand of doctrine) ....submit to the leadership (ie them)....and of course, pay your tithes to 'support the work of God' 'in this place' (ie where they determine how the money will be spent)....I found myself asking God if I needed what they were offering.
Shortly thereafter I had a dream which was repeated 3 times though the night....prophetically this indicates that it is emphatic....about the dangers of building our lives on another persons foundation because any foundation other than a direct and personal one with God in Christ Jesus IS based on a requirement to drink 'tainted waters'
The dream revolved around me trying to rebuild houses among the ruins of an old village which appeared to be of possibly Roman origin.....its foundations were so ancient. Many of the foundations however were still intact....as was the water supply which came through ancient pipes from the hills. As I worked my way through rebuilding the city I was stopped with a two part question....."Why had this village come to an end?....why had it not continued and flourished?"
Twice more through the night I found myself in the dream, rebuilding....and coming to the same question. The final time the answer came to me in a flash. The water which fed the village came through ancient lead-lined canals......this lead was what crippled the 'reproductive capacity' of the men in the village....in time every civilisation there just died out because they were drinking 'tainted waters'.
We as christians need to tap directly into the source....Christ himself! He is the one who gives us 'living water'......
John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water ." NKJV
and soon we will find that 'out of our hearts will flow river of living water'
Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water ."
39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. NKJV
Brethren we all need to be fed directly by God's Spirit ....study the scriptures like noble Bereans.....spend time praying .....and listen to the Spirit of Truth within you before you receive what is 'served up' by anyone. Jesus made a statement that the church today fails to understand as they claim to 'feed the sheep'
John 4:34 "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work". ... We are not called to sit in pews and listen to endless teachings. We are called to LIVE to do his will..... to reach the lost in our worlds with HIS love....and our resources!
By drinking water that others serve up we will never grow up and reproduce.....we will always be stilted because of what they put in the water to 'control us'. Pastors and church leaders in the main want tame and compliant sheep who will line up to be fleeced each week...and year after year as they build up 'their' churches! ... ie those who will support their visions......and their lifestyle!
6 Then Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees." .......12 Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees. NKJV
Luke 11:52 "Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered." NKJV
Matt 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. NKJV
This warning is as relevant today regarding what is preached by religious leaders....as it was when Jesus spoke it!
24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man. NKJV
Most 'pastors' require people to 'commit' themselves to them...rather than just Jesus himself. Ask yourself 'What would Jesus do?' before committing to men....or 'submitting your life' to them....only CULTS require this.
and whatever you do, DO NOT DRINK THE 'KOOL-AID'
This is far worse than a mere 'sedative' ....it IS toxic
Teaching which is laced with the Law will bind you in legalism and it is toxic. Through guilt manipulation and condemnation you will find yourself dying on the inside.
Rom 3:19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. NKJV
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. NKJV
1 Cor 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. NKJV
2 Cor 3:5-9
.. our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. NKJV
Live by the glorious revelation of HIS grace and the righteousness that IS yours in Christ ....Legalism will bring 'death' and bondage and condemnation.....rather than the life in abundance which Jesus came to give us.....along with freedom!
2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. NKJV
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.