Thursday, November 17, 2005

Subtle Deception

Prayer With Knowledge
Matt.6:9-10, 17-18
When Believers gather we pray and someone quotes, ‘let us agree together’, or, we bind or loose…’ and, ‘wherever two or three agree it shell be done’ from Matt.18:18-20.The context of these phrases comes from Jesus answering His disciples’ question about the Kingdom, 18:1. Peter, James, John, and Jesus descending from the transfiguration find the other disciples unable to deal with a demoniac. Jesus releases the boy.Traveling to Capernaum they are asked to pay taxes. Jesus asks Peter if those who collect taxes collect from sons or strangers. Peter answers the question, strangers. Jesus tells Peter to pay. After these incidents: reveling of the unveiled glory, inability of the disciples to command the demonic, and reality of their status as strangers in the world’s system, Jesus answers their question about ‘Kingdom’ status. He explains entrance is conversion from an independent state to a dependent state becoming childlike, humble, vulnerable, and dependent on someone greater and under His protection (as children).

Jesus is making it clear; the very nature of this world’s lifestyle is a stumbling block. Teaching about temptation He emphasizes the measures needed in resisting this world’s drawing of our attention away from the Kingdom lifestyle. Temptations away from The Kingdom must be treated as unwanted refuse Phil. 3: 7-8. Comparatively, casting away temporal body parts, which represent activities that separate us from the Kingdom, is so imperative in understanding Kingdom living that following Christ would make us appear lame, crippled, or blind to inhabitants of this world because their perception of life is so at deference to the Kingdom they can not perceive a life without their sin Matt.18: 7-11.

Establishing this Jesus speaks of the Kingdom’s purpose, ‘to save the lost’. He illustrates this with the one lost sheep Matt.2-15. Concerning the order of government for His Kingdom on earth, Jesus turns to Numb.35:29-34, Deut. 17:2ff, Deut.19:15 ff. Going first privately establishes ‘two or more in agreement’, when offender and confronter are agreed this leads to repentance/ restoration. The next steps are spelled out as needed. Instead of stoning as in the Theocratic state of Israel, since we are ‘strangers’ as Jesus just informed His hearers, we proceed to determine the truth of the situation on testimony ‘of two or three witnesses’ acting according to their evidence. Based upon the response to the founded charges by the accused, the binding or loosing of these charges become acknowledged in Heaven as established on the Earth, when based on the directives of Scripture. This mode of operation contrasts Matt.6:10, therefore these two patterns can not be instruction for the same activity. Verse 19, Jesus emphasizes that as we righteously establish a thing as a matter of Kingdom order and truth He acts along side us.

Peter asks how often do we do this? Jesus’ response, each time there is confrontation and repentance.1st John 1:9,

‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’.
The verb is imperfect, meaning a continuous open action, repeating Jesus’ answer; a continuous open forgiveness offered to any who confess ‘agree’ with Yahweh, His word, and those gathered on Earth who represent His word. Even though we want to turn this instruction into our decisions influencing Heaven to act on our behalf because a magic number of people have come to agreement, this is not true! The procedure described pertains to righteousness within the Church not as influence over the world.
This teaching has to do with discipline not intercession. Commentators such as Lightfoot, John Gill, Adam Clark, and others have taught this viewpoint. Beyond the exegetical evidence these scalars explain this echoes Rabbinical ordination and Talmudic instruction concerning discipline among believers - Israel. Adding to this other places from Scripture, the use of either the exact wording or the implementation of the principle we are amiss to continue to use these concepts as proof texts trying to establish some type of majority rules prayer system, Isaiah 9:6-7 & 22:22,John 20:21-23, 1st Corth.5:4-5 “binding” 2nd Corth.2:5-11 “loosing”- following the rabbinical pattern (this is strong evidence),Rev.1:18 & 3:7.
The idea of men agreeing together having power enough to move the King of kings to act as a result of the weight of that agreement directly contradicts Jesus’ own teaching on prayer not to mention His Sovereignty! When asked about prayer and how to properly pray, His response included the pattern of action that is pleasing to Our Father, ‘On Earth as it is in Heaven.’ Therefore prayer that is answered affirmatively must agree first, foremost, and exclusively from hearts submitted to and schooled in the desires of the Father’s heart and Sovereign authority. Yahweh spoke through Isaiah,

‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares Yahweh. For as the Heavens are higher then the earth, so are My ways higher then your ways, My thoughts then your thoughts.’
Isaiah 55:8-9

He was speaking to people who had given their thoughts and ways such elevation of importance they assumed they could move Heaven by the force of numbers. What the Scriptures are communicating to us is that the Kingdom citizens on earth are strangers/ambassadors, 2nd Corinthians 5:20 not rulers at this time in history. Ambassadors influence the countries they reside in they do not rule them. Once an ambassador receives their ruler’s instructions (agreement) his job is to influence the government in understanding their ruler’s desire. Our foundation of agreement is finding out His views, ‘the truth’ defined as, ‘thy word’ John 17:17. Once we understand we can then, we can rightly, apply this understanding.
Instruction concerning prayer originates out of a different impetus then consensus among men.

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you. By this is My Father glorified…
John 15:7-8a.
And this is the confidence which we have before Him,That,If we ask anything according to His will,He hears us.And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask’We know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
1st John 5:14-15

The subtlety of the difference escapes many and has allowed Lucifer in his scheming to twist these two concepts together. The outcome has created rifts within the Body of Christ and at their fullest placed a dark deception upon men dragging them away from Yahweh’s Kingdom. We will look into these in the future but at this time let me say; the concluding of the outcome of this scheme, weakens the authority of Christ’s Body through diverting the discipline into prayer. This deception has also turned prayer into a democratic activity where the people rule through mass agreement. Both of these subtle deceptions have birthed and bore fruit appealing to immaturity causing spiritual retardation with teachers tickling ears, 2nd Timothy 4:3-4. More later.
Pastor Art


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