Layers and Tones of REPENTANCE

Layers and Tones of REPENTANCE: Jesus preached Repentance to ALL – but his tone was always harsher to the oppressor than to the oppressed. He excoriated and embarrassed those who abused their religious and political and financial power. He even called them mean names sometimes. But to regular sinners He called them “sheep without shepherds,”and said: “Go and sin no more.”

Christians today have the opposite Spirit concerning repentance. Most are scared to preach repentance at all. They think grace means no confrontation with sin at all. The ones that do preach repentance are much quicker to assume the worst of those that are wounded, hurt, weak, and/or don’t know any better.

Unfortunately, most are scared to demand any accountability for the transgressions of those with the actual biblical knowledge & responsibility, or the actual governmental authority & finances to affect everyone. Honoring authority has never meant turning a blind eye to accountability.

Most are scared to confront the sins of the oppressor because they are rich and powerful. It’s so much easier to point out the sins of the weak who can’t buy lawyers or purchase manipulative media propaganda. A true prophetic voice does not turn a blind eye to the transgressions of the powerful and then throw stones at the weak and wounded.

Proverbs 31
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb
in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously,
and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Isaiah 11
2 and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
3 and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord:
and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes,
neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4 but with righteousness shall he judge the poor,
and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:
and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

Luke 4
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

If You Follow Fake Bishops, You get Fake Fruit

Biblical Christian Leaders

1 Timothy 3

1 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Who are the real elders: bishops and deacons, official pillars and elders of the church family? Is it anyone who gives themselves a title?

No. We have so many titles, and so little fruit.

Why can’t we have female bishops? Because the Church is a family. My wife can have all the talent and gifting in the world, but she’ll never be a Father, Husband, Uncle, or Grandfather.

Elders are more than a gift, they are an office that give structure to a church family. Most gifts are for function, they are what your gift does. Gifts do not discriminate between male & female. Elders, Bishops, and Deacons are Offices. Offices give structure. (Yes, there are female deacons in the bible, in Romans 16, 1 Corinthians 1, 2 John).

Why can’t we have Bishops with disobedient children, single bishops, divorced Bishops? Because the Church is a family that leads by example. Bad leadership creates bad fruit.

Why can’t we have Bishops that love money and power and status? Because the Church is a family not a corporation all about profit and the bottom line. Corrupt leadership creates corrupt fruit.

No Need For Great Orators

All the qualifications of a bishop, not one thing has to do with being a great orator, awesome speechmaker, or having a big stage or crowd. The fruit that a biblical spiritual leader has is transformation, and the ability to transform others by teaching AND example.

There are so many professional pew sitters that have no power to live right because they are following great professional speechmakers instead of true leaders with fruit. You can only reap what you sow into. (Galatians 6)

People are chasing the power of titles but they are not chasing the cross of Jesus Christ.

There are no shortcuts to a sacrificed life, and there is no power that can substitute for the power of a sacrificed life in obedience to Jesus Christ.

Follow leaders that not only have the gift or talent, but the example and the fruit. Follow men that hazard their own lives for the Lord Jesus Christ and take up their cross.

Occupy Jesus Christ (Behold My Servant) | Countdown to the Call Detroit 11-11-11: Day 26 –

OCCUPY JESUS CHRIST(Behold My Servant) – Justice for the Nations

I was at an amazing prayer meeting the other day. I’m not sure if anything like this has ever happened before, but one of the top leaders in the COGIC denomination, one of the top leaders in the AOG denomination, and many pastors in the city of Detroit held a unified prayer meeting and started a 21-day fast. COGIC and AOG split racially (black & white) after Azuza Street, so the spiritual significance of the unity was amazing. The Prayer was for the poor, and all types of revival in Detroit.

But anyway, I just want to share a quick blog inspired by a 5 minute sermonette by Stuart Greaves on the Kingdom Justice Movement that is based not on political and social causes, but on Jesus Christ. True effective Justice only comes from God, and is centered on Jesus Christ. We are expounding on Isaiah 42:

1 Behold – [You have to BEHOLD Jesus Christ if You want Justice, or True judgement. This is the main thing, and the first and last priority.]

 my servant,– [Jesus is GOD’s servant, he proactively fulfills God’s every practical desire

whom I uphold – [GOD supports, upholds, undergirds, and sustains His servant] ;

mine elect, – [God’s servant has been chosen and endorsed by Him, he is confident in God’s decision to choose him]

in whom my soul delighteth – [God delights in Him, God has pleasure in His servant Jesus.] ;

I have put my spirit upon him: – [ God gave Jesus His power and His spirit to do great exploits]

he shall bring forth judgment  to the Gentiles. – [ Jesus is the only person qualified to bring judgement to the people of the earth ]

2 He shall not cry , nor lift up , nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.  – [ Jesus preached His message with boldness, but He didn’t strive, debate, or argue. ]

3 A bruised reed shall he not break , and the smoking flax shall he not quench – [ Jesus didn’t do much violence, He was gentle in the physical realm, but violent in the spiritual, through fasting, prayer, and preaching/speaking]

: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. – [ Jesus’s social and political causes are for truth to reign, not for strife and gain.]

4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged , till he have set judgment in the earth: – [ Jesus is not in a rush. He wasn’t rushing then, and He’s not now. He knows He won’t fail, and He won’t be discouraged. Its just a matter of time until He executes His decision on every cause, on every case, and every injustice in the earth.]

 and the isles shall wait for his law. – [ Every group of people down to each island community will end up looking to Jesus Christ Himself, to find out what He has to say about their society and community.]

Isaiah 42

BEHOLD GOD’S SERVANT!

Justice comes from beholding Jesus Christ. So if you have a heart for justice in the earth, or you need justice in your own life… look for and expect Jesus Christ.

And if you too are a servant of God, laboring for justice, then BEHOLD how the Chief Servant, Jesus Christ does his justice work. Justice only comes from Beholding Jesus Christ. If you are chosen, elected, supported, empowered, and delighted in by God thru Jesus Christ, then you will have the confidence, patience, and endurance to wait on God, work for God, and receive His judgement based on Truth. If you want to OCCUPY anything… make sure you are Occupying Jesus Christ! He has all true Justice and Judgement under His Authority.

Judgement:

Definition
  1. judgment, justice, ordinance
    1. judgment
      1. act of deciding a case
      2. place, court, seat of judgment
      3. process, procedure, litigation (before judges)
      4. case, cause (presented for judgment)
      5. sentence, decision (of judgment)
      6. execution (of judgment)
      7. time (of judgment)
    2. justice, right, rectitude (attributes of God or man)
    3. ordinance
    4. decision (in law)
    5. right, privilege, due (legal)
    6. proper, fitting, measure, fitness, custom, manner, plan

Make your way to Detroit on 11-11-11 for The Call. Pray with us. Join people all over Detroit that are fasting and praying in preparation for God to do something BIG in our city, nation, and world… NOW. Yes, NOW.

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