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    PICTURE OF A PROPHET BY Leonard Ravenhill


    The prophet in his day is fully accepted of God and totally rejected by men.

    Years back, Dr. Gregory Mantle was right when he said, "No man can be fully accepted until he is totally rejected." The prophet of the Lord is aware of both these experiences. They are his "brand name."

    The group, challenged by the prophet because they are smug and comfortably insulated from a perishing world in their warm but untested theology, is not likely to vote him "Man of the year" when he refers to them as habituates of the synagogue of Satan!

    The prophet comes to set up that which is upset. His work is to call into line those who are out of line! He is unpopular because he opposes the popular in morality and spirituality. In a day of faceless politicians and voiceless preachers, there is not a more urgent national need than that we cry to God for a prophet! The function of the prophet, as Austin-Sparks once said, "has almost always been that of recovery."

    The prophet is God's detective seeking for a lost treasure. The degree of his effectiveness is determined by his measure of unpopularity. Compromise is not known to him.

    He has no price tags. He is totally "otherworldly."
    He is unquestionably controversial and unpardonably hostile.
    He marches to another drummer!
    He breathes the rarefied air of inspiration. He is a "seer" who comes to lead the blind. He lives in the heights of God and comes into the valley with a "thus saith the Lord."

    He shares some of the foreknowledge of God and so is aware of
    impending judgment. He lives in "splendid isolation."

    He is forthright and outright, but he claims no birthright.
    His message is "repent, be reconciled to God or else...!"
    His prophecies are parried.

    His truth brings torment, but his voice is never void.
    He is the villain of today and the hero of tomorrow.
    He is excommunicated while alive and exalted when dead!
    He is dishonored with epithets when breathing and honored with epitaphs when dead.

    He is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, but few "make the grade" in his class. He is friendless while living and famous when dead.

    He is against the establishment in ministry; then he is established as a saint by posterity.
    He eats daily the bread of affliction while he ministers, but he feeds the Bread of Life to those who listen.

    He walks before men for days but has walked before God for years.
    He is a scourge to the nation before he is scourged by the nation.
    He announces, pronounces, and denounces!

    He has a heart like a volcano and his words are as fire.
    He talks to men about God.
    He carries the lamp of truth amongst heretics while he is lampooned by men. He faces God before he faces men, but he is self-effacing.

    He hides with God in the secret place, but he has nothing to hide in
    the marketplace.

    He is naturally sensitive but supernaturally spiritual.
    He has passion, purpose and pugnacity.
    He is ordained of God but disdained by men.
    Our national need at this hour is not that the dollar recover its strength, or that we save face over the Watergate affair, or that we find the answer to the ecology problem. We need a God-sent prophet!
    I am bombarded with talk or letters about the coming shortages in our national life: bread, fuel, energy. I read between the lines from people not practiced in scaring folk. They feel that the "seven years of plenty" are over for us. The "seven years of famine" are ahead. But the greatest famine of all in this nation at this given moment is a FAMINE OF THE HEARING OF THE WORDS OF GOD (Amos 8:11).
    Millions have been spent on evangelism in the last twenty-five years. Hundreds of gospel messages streak through the air over the nation every day. Crusades have been held; healing meetings have made a vital contribution. "Come-outers" have "come out" and settled, too, without a nation-shaking revival. Organizers we have. Skilled preachers abound. Multi-million dollar Christian organizations straddle the nation. BUT where, oh where, is the prophet? Where are the incandescent men fresh from the holy place? Where is the Moses to plead in fasting before the holiness of the Lord for our moldy morality, our political perfidy, and sour and sick spirituality?

    GOD'S MEN ARE IN HIDING UNTIL THE DAY OF THEIR SHOWING FORTH. They will come!
    The prophet is violated during his ministry, but he is vindicated by history.
    There is a terrible vacuum in evangelical Christianity today. The missing person in our ranks is the prophet. The man with a terrible earnestness. The man totally otherworldly. The man rejected by other men, even other good men, because they consider him too austere, too severely committed, too negative and unsociable.

    Let him be as plain as John the Baptist.
    Let him for a season be a voice crying in the wilderness of modern theology and stagnant "churchianity."

    Let him be as selfless as Paul the apostle.
    Let him, too, say and live, "This ONE thing I do."

    Let him reject ecclesiastical favors.
    Let him be self-abasing, non self-seeking, non self-projecting, non self- righteous, non self-glorying, non self-promoting.
    Let him say nothing that will draw men to himself but only that which will move men to God.
    Let him come daily from the throne room of a holy God, the place where he has received the order of the day. Let him, under God, unstop the ears of the millions who are deaf through the clatter of shekels milked from this hour of material mesmerism.
    Let him cry with a voice this century has not heard because he has seen a vision no man in this century has seen. God send us this Moses to lead us from the wilderness of crass materialism, where the rattlesnakes of lust bite us and where enlightened men, totally blind spiritually, lead us to an ever-nearing Armageddon.

    God have mercy! Send us PROPHETS!

    Prophets still speak
    You know not what you do because you know not who He is.
    - Paul Washer
    Satan is the angel of knowledge and he does not waste his time on anything for no reason.
    - Lou Newton

  • #2
    Paul was a prophet

    Thanks Julie and thanks Leonard.

    Paul was a prophet. Some do not see this fact because he was also a teacher and teachers act different than prophets when they teach. Paul was also a pastor and of course pastors care for the sheep with compassion. Paul was also an evangelist and they have a different ministry yet.

    Paul was an apostle. An apostle is one who is called to be a teacher, than a pastor, an evangelist, and then a prophet.

    One who is called to all four of these ministries is an apostle.

    I have seen men claim they are apostles while they live in mansions and fly in their own private jet. Even worse they allow people to treat them as Kings, while there is but One King that is worthy of The Title of King.

    Here is the signs of an apostle:

    1 Cor 4
    Apostles of Christ
    1 So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God. 6 Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, "Do not go beyond what is written." Then you will not take pride in one man over against another. 7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? 8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have become kings--and that without us! How I wish that you really had become kings so that we might be kings with you! 9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.
    An apostle will be treated like Paul writes above much of the time during his life. He will have spent decades being rejected by everyone.

    1 Cor 9
    The Rights of an Apostle
    1 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the result of my work in the Lord? 2 Even though I may not be an apostle to others, surely I am to you! For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. 3 This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me. 4 Don't we have the right to food and drink? 5 Don't we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord's brothers and Cephas ? 6 Or is it only I and Barnabas who must work for a living? 7 Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk? 8 Do I say this merely from a human point of view? Doesn't the Law say the same thing? 9 For it is written in the Law of Moses: "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." Is it about oxen that God is concerned? 10 Surely he says this for us, doesn't he? Yes, this was written for us, because when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they ought to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. 11 If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? 12 If others have this right of support from you, shouldn't we have it all the more? But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? 14 In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. 15 But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me. I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of this boast. 16 Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me. 18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make use of my rights in preaching it. 19 Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
    Apostles have to work to feed themselves while false prophets get thousands given to them during the same time and even while preaching in the same place.

    2 Cor 1
    . 8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead
    An apostle has been taught by God to trust in Him. Those who have been raised from the dead trust God not by any faith they have of themselves, but they have been dragged kicking and screaming through these experiences for God to GIVE them faith. It is NOT something they attain, but it is something that The Lord Jesus gives them by knocking them off of their horse and blinding them with His light.

    15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? 17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God
    2 Cor 4
    Treasures in Jars of Clay
    1 Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
    The ministry of an apostle is NOT what most men think it is. If these men who claim to be apostles knew what the life of an apostle was like, the ones who make the claim would be very rare indeed.

    2 Cor 6
    Paul's Hardships
    3 We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
    Grace to you
    Lou Newton
    Bond servant of Jesus

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    • #3
      Thank you, Julie and Lou and Leonard.

      I wish to highlight a thing for the sake of giving honor where honor is due, which is obviously the position from which Leonard also speaks.

      Leonard said, "He is friendless while living." I know he meant without friendship as man counts it. Even if, through the severity of his ministry, the prophet/watchman has lost the casual, common bond that men share, yet he has the best close friend anyone can hope to ever have. And he is a blessing to those graced with ears to hear.

      It is to the honor of these brethren--past, present, and future--I comment and give thanks, to the great glory and honor of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Baruch View Post
        Thank you, Julie and Lou and Leonard.

        I wish to highlight a thing for the sake of giving honor where honor is due, which is obviously the position from which Leonard also speaks.

        Leonard said, "He is friendless while living." I know he meant without friendship as man counts it. Even if, through the severity of his ministry, the prophet/watchman has lost the casual, common bond that men share, yet he has the best close friend anyone can hope to ever have. And he is a blessing to those graced with ears to hear.

        It is to the honor of these brethren--past, present, and future--I comment and give thanks, to the great glory and honor of our Lord Jesus Christ.
        Amen, amen, and amen Baruch. There is no friend like the Lord Jesus and to share the fellowship of His sufferings is the way to be the closest to Him. But we are still men of flesh and I certainly miss sometimes having the large number of close friends in the same way others have. While I have close friends, none live close to me. I can not spend time with them in the flesh. Over the computer or the phone is not the same as talking with someone face to face.

        Lou

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post
          Amen, amen, and amen Baruch. There is no friend like the Lord Jesus and to share the fellowship of His sufferings is the way to be the closest to Him. But we are still men of flesh and I certainly miss sometimes having the large number of close friends in the same way others have. While I have close friends, none live close to me. I can not spend time with them in the flesh. Over the computer or the phone is not the same as talking with someone face to face.

          Lou

          For some reason, this article reminded me of all of us here, and reminded me of this thread, so I guess I'll post it here. I believe it applies equally for friends as well as churches. I know I've lost a lot of (not really good after all) friends, and left several churches because they weren't really Christ followers.
          (I pray that it doesn't offend anyone )


          http://pimppreacher.com/post/1019664...god-called-you

          Have you ever sat through an entire church service and came away feeling like something was missing? Sure the church service included some of the best singing and musicians in your town, but you couldn’t really catch the same spirit / groove as the rest of the congregation. Did you come away from that experience feeling inadequate or like something was wrong with you?

          When you eventually left your church did you feel like maybe they’re right (meaning the Pastor & congregation) and you could be wrong? Did you feel like the “crazy one” and everyone else was sane?

          Well here is the Good News – You’re not crazy, but you did leave a crazy place.

          Unfortunately church has become a very weird and strange place with all of the spooky communion services, fake laying of hands, and dancing mimes (a fad that never seems to end). I wish I knew the Knuckle Heads responsible for reinventing our worship service by adding all of this non-sense, I would pay a month’s salary to have 20 minutes alone with them.

          At least if we could blame one particular group like the Catholics or Pentecostals for derailing true worship then maybe, just maybe, we could revisit that time in history, diagnose it, and fix it in real time. As for right now we are stuck with a confused church that suffers from spiritual amnesia, and paranoia, but it has succeeded in convincing you that you are the crazy one.

          The Way You Feel Shows On Your Face

          Long before you left your church the Pastor knew you were going to leave. From his Throne on-high he could look down and see all of the disgruntled Christian peasants separate from those who remain under his spell. When the spell was broken there was something about you that put him immediately on guard and defensive, being that you no longer looked like the others.

          You stopped amen-ing, clapping, shouting, jumping, fainting, convulsing, lusting, and running around the church upon the command of the Pastor. You simply stop everything as if something came over you, and it allowed you to view your church behavior in an out of body experience. As a result you became totally disgusted with Church – Not Jesus – Just Church. For the first time in your Christian life you asked yourself the questions that we all asked right before we left Gomorrah.

          What if Jesus appears right now and catches me in the place?

          What if Jesus enters the room and I am lying here on the floor because I just faked a “Slain in the Spirit” moment in order to stroke the ego of my Pastor?

          That’s The Way OF The World

          Pastors today are under increasing pressure to keep their church services intriguing and exciting. The fear is if their services are perceived as being boring, then they would lose their members to the new Bright Skin / Pretty Preacher down the street, and that’s why we have all of the theatrics. The pressure to compete with the surrounding churches has created a sort of arms race whereas one pastor tries to out saturate his opponent with his new secret weapon - Mimes!

          Some pastors aim to have the best choir in the city because the Preacher’s Guide to Pimping says that “Black Folk” love music. Many African American pew setters cannot sit in a church that does not have a choir, B3 organ, drummer, and a bass player. In my Lower 9th Ward community the churches that became mega churches had mega choirs, it’s truly that simple. Now they have added Mimes!

          I have come to the realization that the same supply and demand principal that dominates the business world also dominates the church world. Pastors will continue to give the pews what they want in exchange for what they want, MONEY.

          No you’re not crazy, but you did leave a crazy place. One of the members of Church Folk Revolution Radio said it best on the air “if you haven’t been kicked out of church then you agreed with everything.” Think about that for a second, you agreed with everything!

          Everything the pastor said, you agreed with. You agreed with your pastor every time he slept with a woman outside of his marriage. You agreed with your Pastor every time the church refused to pay the light bill for a member in need.

          You agreed with your pastor every time he said you have to give until it hurts. You agreed with your Pastor every time he taught that the tithe was a covenant connector between you and God. In sitting on your favorite pew quietly and calmly every Sunday, you showed your support by not saying anything at all about the sin your church was committing, thus agreeing with them all.

          You’re Shining Star No Matter Who You Are

          The reason God never allowed you to become too comfortable in your previous church was because he was going to have you confront your previous Church. What better person to deliver a word to Pharaoh than someone who once lived in his house. You had firsthand knowledge of how far off course your previous church really was – so what better person to confront the Pastor?

          The reason God never allowed you to get too comfortable in your previous church was because truth and lies cannot co-habitate in the same body or building. The spirit of truth entered you one Sunday while you watched the entire circus and you knew at that exact moment your church was all vanity. You knew that a 2015 Bentley was not the reason Christ gave his life, and at some point your ministry lost all concern for the poor.

          All you ever wanted was Jesus, not a synthetic version of him, but a true encounter with our Lord as you joined hands with fellow believers.

          Yes God called you out of there and handpicked you for a time such as right now, when you would stand nose to nose, and toes to toes with a preacher that you once looked up to literally and actually. No you’re not crazy – You’re called by God.

          That pastor did not throw you out of HIS Church, God pulled you out of HIS church through a painful experience that left you alone with God.

          No church friends, no church events, no church services, no church affiliation, no church pride, no church location, no church locations, no church boat cruises, no church comedy night, no church singles ministry, no church step team, no church fashion show, no church choir live recordings, no church revivals, no church conferences, no church 501(C)3 Shelters, no church directors of hospitality, no church minister of music, no church chief administrator, no church first lady, no church first children, no church picnic, no church youth ministry, no church Easter Sunday services, no church political endorsements, no church family life center, no church media ministry, no church ministers alliance, no church trustee boards, and no church satellite churches!

          Just Jesus, all by himself is now sufficient. You no longer need to be entertained, tickled or flirted with, just talk about the Free Jesus and that will tie you over until the next religious meeting.

          To all Pastors I leave you with the following; While you’re preparing your sermon that tells the story of what Jesus did over 2000 years ago, please allow me to share what Christ has done today – He called me out of a doomed Church - GLORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Psalm 42

          King James Version 42:1-5

          1. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

          2. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

          3. My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

          4. When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

          5. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

          TJ - Church Folk Revolution
          You know not what you do because you know not who He is.
          - Paul Washer
          Satan is the angel of knowledge and he does not waste his time on anything for no reason.
          - Lou Newton

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jules View Post
            For some reason, this article reminded me of all of us here, and reminded me of this thread, so I guess I'll post it here. I believe it applies equally for friends as well as churches. I know I've lost a lot of (not really good after all) friends, and left several churches because they weren't really Christ followers.
            (I pray that it doesn't offend anyone )


            http://pimppreacher.com/post/1019664...god-called-you
            Hi Julie,

            That reminds me of the times I went through years ago. Then I was sitting in a church watching all the things being said and the things going on, when I seen that most had nothing to do with what Jesus has told us to do. Right at that moment The Lord spoke to me, "Son do you need any of this". I said, No Lord, and I walked out. I have been to churches since then, but with a different mind set. I can walk out and never return with no remorse about doing so. Just as I would walk out of a bad restaurant that has nothing that I need to eat. I still might think of some of the people I met there, but I do not miss the place itself.

            The man who possesses Christ possesses everything and lacks not one thing.

            2 Cor 6
            Paul's Hardships
            3 We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
            Lou Newton

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            • #7
              Thank you, Julie and Lou. This is something I don't get to talk about often due to opportunity. I still have unresolved issues/feelings. A year ago the Lord finally flipped me out of a cozy hammock, so to speak. I turned up at a Baptist church, young in Christ, only "a few months old". After a few short months there, I noticed interpretations of the Bible that rankled me. Right away it didn't seem correct. Not long after, I discovered Dispensationalism, and suddenly I had a name for it. It wasn't long until I was pressed--probably in the spirit, but I'm too young/deaf/dumb/blind and worldly to know--but I was pressed inwardly to simply stop going. No fireworks, I just kind of needed to get away from the influence of this theology.

              I really liked the people and the pastor. And I miss them often. But that theology...I couldn't abide it and the errors it spawned.

              Periodically I feel a craving to go a-hunting churches. Amongst thousands in bicycle-riding distance, there's gotta be *one*. But the prospect of shopping at a thousand dispensational churches defeats me, and testimonies and articles bemoaning the harlot church dash any hope I may have had (realistically so, I think).

              I suspected the Lord would hook me up if it was His will. Since then I've grown certain that He would. He has done so much for me, and made it very clear it had nothing to do with my efforts because I honestly did nothing. He has given it all to me. So I let my craving slide and spent my "freed up schedule" learning from the Holy Spirit and the exceptionally blessed brothers and sisters He has given me. These experiences have blessed me, enriched my knowledge, and magnified Jesus in my heart more I than ever would have imagined. I cannot imagine that any church of man could have fed me like this.

              I used to be a loner. I could hole up for days, not see another human; I could go a whole day and not utter a word and be perfectly content. Though I was accomplished at making friends and keeping them, I relocated away from them and in later years I didn't seek people, and the very few friends I had--I could count 'em on one or two fingers--they just kind of happened despite me. It is ironic that at present I am at times very lonely, and I cannot find or keep a real, close, like-minded friend in the flesh. I empathize with you who are similarly afflicted. Especially you who have endured much longer than I. But we can look up.
              Last edited by Baruch; November 8, 2014, 12:01 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Baruch View Post
                Thank you, Julie and Lou. This is something I don't get to talk about often due to opportunity. I still have unresolved issues/feelings. A year ago the Lord finally flipped me out of a cozy hammock, so to speak. I turned up at a Baptist church, young in Christ, only "a few months old". After a few short months there, I noticed interpretations of the Bible that rankled me. Right away it didn't seem correct. Not long after, I discovered Dispensationalism, and suddenly I had a name for it. It wasn't long until I was pressed--probably in the spirit, but I'm too young/deaf/dumb/blind and worldly to know--but I was pressed inwardly to simply stop going. No fireworks, I just kind of needed to get away from the influence of this theology.

                I really liked the people and the pastor. And I miss them often. But that theology...I couldn't abide it and the errors it spawned.

                Periodically I feel a craving to go a-hunting churches. Amongst thousands in bicycle-riding distance, there's gotta be *one*. But the prospect of shopping at a thousand dispensational churches defeats me, and testimonies and articles bemoaning the harlot church dash any hope I may have had (realistically so, I think).

                I suspected the Lord would hook me up if it was His will. Since then I've grown certain that He would. He has done so much for me, and made it very clear it had nothing to do with my efforts because I honestly did nothing. He has given it all to me. So I let my craving slide and spent my "freed up schedule" learning from the Holy Spirit and the exceptionally blessed brothers and sisters He has given me. These experiences have blessed me, enriched my knowledge, and magnified Jesus in my heart more I than ever would have imagined. I cannot imagine that any church of man could have fed me like this.

                I used to be a loner. I could hole up for days, not see another human; I could go a whole day and not utter a word and be perfectly content. Though I was accomplished at making friends and keeping them, I relocated away from them and in later years I didn't seek people, and the very few friends I had--I could count 'em on one or two fingers--they just kind of happened despite me. It is ironic that at present I am at times very lonely, and I cannot find or keep a real, close, like-minded friend in the flesh. I empathize with you who are similarly afflicted. Especially you who have endured much longer than I. But we can look up.
                Amen Barry, the Lord will give us all family.

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