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Published On : October 13, 1997

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The Resume For The Spirit-Filled Christian
And An Expose On Worldly Theologians

Recently while reading through some FidoNet message areas, I
came across the following humble yet very inspiring
testimony written by a Messianic Jewess which I would like
to share with my readers:

"When I sought out rabbis for answers and discovered they
really could not answer, I learned a valuable lesson about
faith: if you want to know anything, it is up to YOU to
learn/discover things for yourself. There are no shortcuts
-- including asking a so-called "sage" ... I had to study on
my own and draw my own conclusions ... So, in my ignorance,
I turned to a fabulous reference known as The Holy
Scriptures & read them for myself -- I read my little Jewish
Bible, and did so without viewing it through the "window of
the Talmud" ... I was untainted and free of all influence --
it was up to me, an atheist on my own, to decide IF I would
believe, and to what degree I should believe. I believe that
due to my own honesty in seeking to know the Truth, that G-d
blessed and led me with His Ruakh HaKodesh (Holy Spirit),
and revealed that Truth to me... So, I went from atheist to
Messianic Jewish Believer -- and it has now been over 20
years since that time."

----- End Of Quote -----

WOW! What a touching story! I can really relate to it! Much
like myself, here is a person who didn't rely upon
established religion or the wisdom of men to teach her The
Truth; but rather she went directly to the Lord and His
Word, despite what others might have thought or said about
her unorthodox method of learning. Sadly, in our modern
world, it seems that many have fallen into the bad habit of
judging others by their physical appearance, or by how many
educational degrees they possess, or by what kind of a car
they drive, or by what kind of a job they hold. The people
of the modern world have indeed become a shallow judgmental
people. This reminds me of something the Lord said to the
Prophet Samuel thousands of years ago when he was sent by
God to annoint David as the next king:

"But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance,
or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him:
for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the
outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."
(1 Samuel 16:7)

Many today have fallen for the very things which the Apostle
John warned against in his epistle when he said:

"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 2:16)

Tragically, these same sins of pride and vanity exist within
modern-day Christianity as well. Like the Scribes and
Pharisees of old, some Bible scholars just love to set
themselves above others through their vain boasting. The
Apostle Paul cautioned us against making such comparisons in
his letter to the Corinthians when he said:

"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare
ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they
measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves
among themselves, are not wise." (2 Corinthians 10:12)

This whole attitude of bragging about our accomplishments is
in direct contradiction to the Scriptures. It is a worldly
attitude which has absolutely no place in the life of a true
Christian. Over and over again we are told to humble
ourselves before the Lord, to take the lower seat. Here are
a few very good examples from the Old Testament:

"The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and
saveth such as be of a contrite spirit." (Psalms 34:18)

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit
before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18)

"Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before
honour is humility." (Proverbs 18:12)

"...but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor
and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word."
(Isaiah 66:2b)

In the New Testament, Jesus continued to teach this same
principle such as in the following verses:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom
of heaven." (Matthew 5:3)

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
(Matthew 5:5)

"Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen
of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is
in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not
sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the
synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of
men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."
(Matthew 6:1-2)

"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites
are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in
the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.
Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."
(Matthew 6:5)

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and
lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
(Matthew 11:29)

"Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little
child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
(Matthew 18:4)

"But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he
that shall humble himself shall be exalted."
(Matthew 23:11-12)

The Apostle Paul likewise echoed this same sentiment in many
of his writings:

"Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many
tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait
of the Jews:" (Acts 20:19)

"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in
lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than
themselves." (Philippians 2:3)

James and Peter also had a few important things to say on
this matter:

"...Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth
grace unto the humble." (James 4:6b)

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall
lift you up." (James 4:10)

"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder.
Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed
with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace
to the humble." (1 Peter 5:5)

Contrary to Biblical counsel, some of these self-made
religionists will brag about their theological credentials.
They will list the seminaries they have attended. They will
boast about how many books they have written, or how many
speaking tours they have been on. They will declare unto us
the 'glorious' history of their church. In short, they will
do anything to try to appeal to the common man and to
impress him with their so-called 'importance'. While they
claim to possess such a deep knowledge of the Scriptures,
they are exposing their very ignorance of them through their
proud behavior. Paul exposed this sin of knowledge-induced
pride very well when he said:

"...Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth."
(1 Corinthians 8:1b)

"Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary
humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those
things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his
fleshly mind," (Colossians 2:18)

This attitude is nothing new. As I have pointed out in other
articles, God's chosen servants and mouthpieces have been
despised for thousands of years; and quite often by those
who claim to be his 'authorized' representatives. Noah must
have been considered some crazy old fool. When Moses forsook
the riches of Egypt and became a humble shepherd under
pressure from the Lord, some must have thought he had a few
screws loose. Powerful Samson was fooled by the beauty of a
woman, scoffed at and blinded; but the Lord still gave him
the last laugh when he brought down the temple of the
Philistines. The mighty prophet Elijah who called fire from
Heaven and stopped the rain, fled from the face of evil
Queen Jezebel. Goliath laughed at and scorned little David
until a small stone sunk into his forehead. Many of the Old
Testament prophets were rejected, persecuted and killed by
the very ones they were sent to save. When Jesus blasted the
religious elders of His day, He accused them of this very
thing when He said:

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye
build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres
of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our
fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the
blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto
yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed
the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the
damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you
prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye
shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in
your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That
upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the
earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of
Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple
and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall
come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that
killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto
thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together,
even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye
would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For
I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye
shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the
Lord." (Matthew 23:29-39)

Consider how our Saviour was received by the self-righteous
religious scholars of His day:

"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and
acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from
him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not."
(Isaiah 53:3)

"He came unto his own, and his own received him not."
(John 1:11)

"But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour,
but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his
own house." (Mark 6:4)

"After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would
not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him."
(John 7:1)

The proud self-righteous religious giants of the day
rejected their very own Saviour. They accused Him of being a
drunk, a glutton, a deceiver, a blasphemer, a liar, a devil,
a false prophet, and more. His followers received the very
same treatment; and Paul was even accused of being a
ringleader of the dangerous sect of the Nazarenes:

"For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover
of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a
ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:" (Acts 24:5)

Eventually, most of the First Disciples suffered martyrs'
deaths at the hands of their accusers; just like their Old
Testament counterparts. The very same accusations made two
thousand years ago by the religionists are still being made
today against those who claim to have an anointing from
God. They say, 'By what right, and by what authority do you
preach the Gospel? How dare you to say that you hear from
God! Shame on you for teaching these things. According to
our church fathers, these are false doctrines! You are a
false teacher! We are commanded to rebuke people like you!'
And on and on they go whining and hissing with their
snake-like tongues and gnashing with their viper fangs. Is
it a coincidence that we find these very same accusations in
the Gospels and in the Book of Acts?:

"And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and
the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching,
and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who
gave thee this authority?" (Matthew 21:23)

"And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and
Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high
priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they
had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by
what name, have ye done this?" (Acts 4:6-7)

"And when they had brought them, they set them before the
council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we
straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name?
and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine,
and intend to bring this man's blood upon us."
(Acts 5:27-28)

"This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler
and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a
deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in
the bush." (Acts 7:35)

Believe me folks, I know exactly what I am talking about.
There are some people who hate what I preach because it
exposes them, and they know it. They try to come across in a
respectable manner with this phoney attitude of 'Oh, we just
want to 'discuss-s-s-s-s' things with you. As God's church,
(so they say), it is our responsibility to question your
doctrine to see if it stands us to Scriptural scrutiny.'
Well I am sorry, but I am no fool. I see right through such
things and choose to ignore these false shepherds, these
blind leaders of the blind. I have enough spiritual
discernment to know how to tell the difference between a
sincere sheep and an argumentive goat who only wants to
waste my precious time, time which I can better use feeding
the Lord's real sheep!

Personally, I am only a high school graduate of many years
ago. I don't have any theological degree from some seminary
to proudly hold up. I don't belong to some big powerful
religion. I've done my share of jobs over the years, but I
don't have some spectacular resume to point to. I am
definitely not an eloquent speaker. It is only by the Grace
and Spirit of God that I do the things that I now do. I am
actually a rather shy, soft-spoken very private person. In
short, according to the standards of the world, I am a
nobody. I am a failure. I am a loser. But do you know what?
There was a time when I was a lot younger during which I was
very proud and very self-righteous about some things. I
thought I was such a saint. I thought I had such a great
understanding of things. The Lord had to break me and humble
me and let me make a few mistakes in my life so I could see
what a clod I really am. He had to show me how little I
really know. It is only when we come to the end of ourselves
and realize our true miserable condition, when we stop
boasting about ourselves and start uplifting what the Lord
is doing in our lives, that the Lord can truly begin to use
us in any measureable way; just like the potter with the
clay in the Old Testament. As long as we are full of
ourselves and our own accomplishments, we can't be full of
the Lord. There simply isn't room enough for both. One has
to die to make room for the other.

Being as I don't have some great theological background from
some established seminary, like the person whom I quoted at
the beginning of this article, I have to rely directly upon
the Lord's Spirit to teach me; and I believe that He has.
Because of my hunger and thirst for Truth, because I have
tried to remain open to whatever He wants to show me, He has
blessed me with so many precious jewels from His Word. Some
people consider it junk; but as far as I am concerned, that
is because of their own darkened minds. They don't know how
to recognize the true spiritual riches.

So then, now that we know what kinds of people the Lord
can't use, why don't we take a look at a few additional
verses in order to see what are the remaining qualifications
and requirements to be a minister of the Word. As you will
see, the Lord normally chooses the social rejects, the
nobodies, the little people, to do His work in order to show
His Power and His Greatness. This way, when something good
happens, He alone receives all of the glory and all of the
credit. Here are a few verses I hope you can relate to:

"And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man
letters, having never learned?" (John 7:15)

"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained
you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your
fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the
Father in my name, he may give it you." (John 15:16)

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and
bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said
unto you." (John 14:26)

"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and
perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they
marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had
been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13)

"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to
confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of
the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base
things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God
chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought
things that are: That no flesh should glory in his
presence." (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

"Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the
world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day."
(1 Corinthians 4:13)

"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for
my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly
therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the
power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure
in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in
persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am
weak, then am I strong. I am become a fool in glorying; ye
have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of
you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles,
though I be nothing." (2 Corinthians 12:9-11)

"For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it,
but by the revelation of Jesus Christ." (Galatians 1:12)

"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the
knowledge of him:" (Ephesians 1:17)

"How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery;
(as I wrote afore in few words," (Ephesians 3:3)

So as you can see, what is most important is not that we are
full of the wisdom of men, or that we have received years of
theological training, but rather that we are full of God's
Spirit; for if we have the Lord's Spirit, we have
everything. He can and will teach us directly through His
Word. He will give us revelations. In fact, all of this
wisdom of men with their church doctrines and 'glorious'
church history can actually be a hindrance to being used by
the Lord. Before the Lord can teach you The Truth, He has to
throw out all of the junk which has cluttered your mind and
poisoned your Spirit for so many years. As a former Pharisee
himself who had been brought up under strict adherence to
The Law, Paul knew exactly what he was talking about when he
said we have to have our minds renewed, that we have to put
on the mind of Christ:

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
(Romans 12:2)

"For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may
instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."
(1 Corinthians 2:16)

As long as you are unwilling to dump all of that garbage
which has been pumped into your brain over the years by your
church or organization, the Lord will never be able to show
you The Truth, because you will see everything through
filtered glasses. When you come to Jesus, you need to
forsake all. That doesn't just mean the physical things in
your life; it also means the things in your mind and in your
heart as well:

"So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all
that he hath, he cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:33)

In conclusion, if someone comes to you questioning your
right to preach the Gospel, just say, 'Here's my
credentials,' and then sock it to them with some of the
verses contained in this article. Tell them that you can go
into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature
because the Lord has chosen you, taught you and sent you by
the Power and Annointing of His Spirit. That is the only
Authority and Permission that you need, no one else's. If
they don't like it, don't worry about; and don't waste your
valuable time arguing with them. Remember, you are in good
company; because all of the Lord's messengers before you
were also rejected by organized religion and worldly people.
Your job is just to be faithful. As far as everything else
goes, just leave it in the hands of the Lord. Be obedient!
Preach the Gospel!:

"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and
doctrine." (2 Timothy 4:2)

I hope that this article has been a help, a blessing, and an
inspiration to many.

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