Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Out Of The Belly, Flowing The Rivers

This post belongs to a series and in the previous posts we have talked about how the living water in heaven has come down to the world, and how he has gotten for himself a body through which he would pour out himself to fill the whole world with life. We have also mentioned how individual Christians receive the living water as it gets settled in us, and how we must learn to constantly draw from the water in us, until the whole of our being be filled with life. And now we must move on to the last topic of this series.

"On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, 'If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.'” (John 37-38).

It is not enough to have the living water filling you with life, we must also desire to see the life flowing out of us in rivers of living water. As a Church we are the vessel for the rivers of living water and the world must come to experience this living water through us. The water must gush out of us filling everywhere it touches with life.
"And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.” (Eze 47:9-10, 12).

The water must flow out of us and give life to our surrounding environment. This is who we are, we are the vessel through which the rivers of living water would flow, we would never be fulfilled until this life is flowing out of us. As a Christian you will never truly experience the fullness of the Christian life until you learn to let this life flow out of you. I use to think the Christian life is simply about you and your relationship with God. But if you continue to drink from this life and have yourself filled with life you will not feel fulfilled. The life that you are filling yourself with needs to also go out of you and touch others. You will continue to experience this frustration and restlessness in your spirit until you learn to allow the life flow out of you in rivers of living water. Water cannot be trapped in a place, it continuesly looks for ways to flow out. The living water in you is looking for ways to find expression and touch the life of others.

You must let it be free, release the life in you, let it flow freely and you will enjoy satisfaction in your Christian life. Paul said we feel more blessed and happier when we blessed others (Act 20:25). The most happy Christian are those who are being a blessing to others. But do not seek to bless others by the flesh, the flesh can only produce dead works and giving people death will do them no good. You must learn to draw from the life in you and let it, by the Spirit, flow out in rivers of living waters. God has called you into that fellowship of pouring out life to the world. He wants you to join Him in His mission to pour out life into this dead world. You will never enjoy the fullness of relationship with God until you learn to fellowship with Him in this area. Come to the Father and let Him teach you how to pour out the Son in rivers of living water, that the world might come in contact with the Life.

This post belongs to a series, and here's the full series:
Christ Is The Living Water
The Well Springing Into Life
The Vessel For The Rivers
Out Of The Belly, Flowing The Rivers

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The Well Springing Into Life

"Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:13-14).
Our Lord is the living water and those who come to drink will have this water living in them. If only we would drink, this water will come in and become a well in us. The well is the living water making a home in us, but it is not enough that the living water resides in us. We must allow him bubble and spring into eternal life.

"But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 4:14).
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10).

The purpose of the water being released into this world is to keep filling us with life until we have this life in abundance. There are those who receives Christ and just leave the well there, undisturbed. They become born again and continue to live like sinful people. They do not care about the water living in them, they do not trouble it enough to make it bubble and spring into abundance of life. Yes, they have the life but they are not filled with it, they have not gotten themselves abundantly full. You meet them and you do not see any sign of the living water in them, they have subjected the water to stillness. No! You must continue to press in until the life become evidence in you. You must continue to disturb this well, continue to draw from it until it bubbles and gush out to fill your whole being with the life. Let every of your action be a reaction to the life in you.

"For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death." (Rom 7:5).

Before we receive Christ we wear drawing from the death in us and producing dead works. But now we have the life living inside us and we must go to it, and draw from it in everything we do. Let everything we do be a product of the life in us, let us continue to draw from that well and produce living works. You cannot live the Christian life without the life from the well in us, you must learn to be utterly dependent on the well of life in order to live the Christian life. You must rest on the water, always disturbing it, always seeking to draw out life as you strive to live the Christian life. The more we continue to disturb that well, drawing and drawing life from it, the more likely we would experience the well gushing out and filling the whole of our being with life in abundance. When the well finally gushes out inside of us we would realize that everything we do is filled we life. We would effortlessly produce fruit of life; love, righteous, holiness, gentleness, peace, grace and so on. People would look at us and see life evidence in us, the well will continue to gush out in us filling all of our being with life. But this will not happen if after receiving Christ we abandon the well and continue to live in the flesh, yielding to death. As a Church we are the vessel for the river of life and the world must see life in each and every one of us.

This post belongs to a series, and here's the full series:
Christ Is The Living Water 
The Well Springing Into Life
The Vessel For The Rivers
Out Of The Belly, Flowing The Rivers

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Friday, 30 March 2018

Christ Is The Living Water

At a time I traveled far north of Nigeria, this was my first time in the north. I arrived there during the dry season; everything was so dry, all the plants were brown and yellowish. Miles after miles, and I could hardly see anything green. All I saw was dead grasses and desert lands. Everything was so dead that it was hard to believe life could ever come out of that land. I stayed till the rainy season, rain fell heavily, and then there was green plants shooting out of this dead land. As water filled the land, it came back to life. Everything was so green, so alive, you could hear the crickets, the frogs, life was resounding everywhere. I never thought this land can be so alive, every was totally transformed all because of water. This experience revealed to me how powerfully water can bring life. Well, that is ordinary water, but we are here to talk about a more greater kind of water, one so powerful and filled with the bursting energy of the most supreme life. And this water is a person (John 4:10).

"And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb." (Rev 22:1)

Out of the throne of God comes Christ, pouring out in a river of living water. This river penetrates into the realm of men, giving life to those who will come to drink.

"Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, 'Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink!'" (John 7:37-38).
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10).

The water of life has come to a dry land and he is here with only one aim, to give life, and to give it in abundance. The land ruled by death will now experience life. Out of the valley of the dead will rise a new life. That which was once dead will hear the voice of the water and spring back to life.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son." (John 5:25-26).

The era of death has ended, and a new era has began, it is the reign of life. Yes, life has defeated death, and he is now sitting on the throne. The place governed by "the law of sin and death" will now be ruled by "the law of the Spirit of life" (Rom 8:2). A new season has began, one that will last till eternity. Let those who hear the sounds of the water come out to drink, let them drink until they are filled with life in abundance.

This post belongs to a series, and here's the full series:
Christ Is The Living Water
The Well Springing Into Life
The Vessel For The Rivers
Out Of The Belly, Flowing The Rivers

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The Stronghold Of Bible Worship

Christians have been enslave in various strongholds and the problem with this is that you never really know that you are enslave in a stronghold until God opens your eyes to see it. It always happen gradually, little by little bricks are laid till it becomes a mighty wall. Over the years we are gathered letters, books, and documents together to became a book we call the Bible, it became the official religious book of Christianity. Over the years Christians have come to see this book as sacred, in fact we have come to believe God that handed us the Bible Himself.

The devil has created all kinds of vain imaginations in our heart and various unholy thought had developed to become mighty walls. Walls that imprisons us and these walls are guided by huge armies of fear. Threatened by this terrible and mighty armies of fear we are forced in this unholy act that we cannot break free. We found ourselves constantly bowing down and worshipping the Bible. But it is time we break free, it is time that our eyes be open and see that we have been enslave and we need to break free and protect the freedom that Christ has freely given us.

"But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jer 31:33-34).
"He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." (2Cor 3:6).

The apostles are not Moses, God didn't call them to a mountain and handed them a book. In fact everything about the new covenant is spiritual. When Jesus was speaking about the new covenant he said "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24).

The Bible didn't drop from heaven and it is not the authorized or anointed book for the administration of the new covenant. The new covenant does not have such a book, God doesn't anoint books in the new testament, He only anoints people with His Spirit. The Bible didn't fall down from  heaven but yet we worship the Bible, singing it praise and saying things like; 'the Bible is God breathed word', 'it is complete and perfect', 'it cannot contain error', 'there is no book like the Bible' and 'it is the only book approved from heaven specifically to lead God's people'. Please do not misunderstand me but those statement sounds like worship and it shows that  we have been worshipping a book, we claim we have no idol but the Bible have become an idol.

We compose and sing songs of praise to the Bible, we preach about the sacredness of the Bible and the Bible had become the identity of Christians; you could only recognize a Christian when he carries a Bible (this is contrary to the reason the apostles were called Christians). You hear people say things like; 'don't let the Bible fall down or even touch the ground!', 'don't sit on a Bible', 'don't tear the pages of a Bible or else you go straight to hell', 'don't even dear to burn a Bible' and with fear Christians ask 'how can I dispose an old Bible in a way that it won't cause me to go to hell?' Open your eyes brothers and sisters, the Bible is not a god. It is just a book, yes it contains inspired words from God but a book is still a book and nothing more than a book.

Some of us point to things, miraculous things that God had done through the Bible and we use that to conclude that the Bible has some kind of power. We use this to justify our unholy act of worshipping the Bible. We are behaving like the Israelites who worshipped the brazen serpent that Moses made because God used it to save them when they were bitten by serpents. Does the brazen Serpent has any power in itself? Does the rod of Moses have any power in itself?  Should we go and start worshipping them because God used then to do mighty miracles?

Look at the Israelites, they carried the Ark of the covenant to war thinking that it would help them win the battle. But what happened? They were defeated, the Ark of the covenant was captured by the Philistine and God proved that He is not some wooden box. The Israelites thought by bringing the Ark of the covenant into the war they have brought God to come fight for them. They forget that God is not some wooden ark, the Ark is just a thing and God is spirit. We Christians are doing the same thing today, we carry the Bible thinking that it would protect us from the devil. God does not live in a box so also, the Spirit or the power of God does not dwell in a book, not even the Bible. God can use anything but that does not justify us worshipping it.

Well, we may say we do not worship the Bible. But what make the Bible so special than other Holy Spirit inspired books? Were they not inspired by the same Holy Spirit? Why then did we distinguish the Bible and set it apart from other Holy Spirit inspired Christian books? Why do we have Bible study in churches, why can't we take other Holy Spirit inspired book and start studying them in the church the way we study the Bible (I'm not saying we should start doing this)? Why do we treat the Bible as if it dropped from Heaven? Isn't this Bible worship! We need to open our eyes and see that this is idolatry and we need to repent from this sin. Repent Church and come to God, then He would set us free from this stronghold.

Please do not misunderstand me, I'm not against the Bible. But in other for us to move forward into God's fuller thought for us as a Church we must take our eyes away from every idol and focus completely on Christ. Let Christ be central and supreme. For Christ is the word of God not the Bible. The word of God is alive, it is a spirit, a being, a person and not the letter; "for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." (2Cor 3:6). We've focused too much on the letter and it has caused so much death in our midst. Look at the division, the confusion, the conflict, the anxiety and the insecurity that characterize Christianity. Isn't it because we've abandoned the person of Christ and focus on the letter of him. Oh, that we might adore, worship and be obsessed with Christ and not this book and its letter.

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The Warlord Of Hero Worship

The devil is only able to touch us or harm us in the realm of the flesh, outside that the devil has no power. Hero worship is something embed in the nature of the fallen man. As the feeling of our weakness overwhelms us we search for someone we would like to perceive as being stronger in the area of our weakness and venerate such a person. This becomes dangerous when it limit us from growing stronger and causing us to remain in our weakness. This is the root of religion, in fact people worship gods because they feel these gods are big and mighty while they are small and weak. It's an unhealthy projection of out weaknesses. This is just the way fallen men deals with their weaknesses. The devil has capitalize on this aspect of the nature of man and has used it to rule over man for ages.

Hero worship started attacking the Church when Christianity was brought to the highly paganized Gentiles and after the death of the apostles. It gain a stronger grip when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. The Church degraded and there was hardly any miraculous signs and wonders in the Church. This weakness and many other factors cause the Church to turn to the apostles and start worshipping them. Worship here is not just calling them gods and physically bowing down to them, but any unhealthy veneration. They paint pictures of the apostles with light on their heads (to indicate divinity) and they call them saints. They build cathedral in the name of the apostles, made images and status of them and started saying prayers to the apostles and Mary the mother of Jesus.

Well, I think we know the rest of the story... Catholic still exist today. But before we start pointing fingers and saying "yes it is over there among the Catholic and it has nothing to do with us", let us examine ourselves properly. It may not be pronoun as it is among the Catholic but it is there, yes the warlord of hero worship has a grip on us all. You hear the Protestant talk about Paul: "Oh! the great apostle Paul, look at all the powerful things he wrote", "who is like Paul?", "No one could ever be like Paul", "Look at all the revelation he had, tremendous!" and they go on and on, bowing down to worship the great apostle Paul. And not just apostle Paul but also other writers of the Bible, we debate about which writer is better and whose is our hero. Isn't it true? Have I in anyway make a lie? Look carefully, didn't you see how obsess the Protestant are about the writers of the Bible? "Oh! They just wish they could be like them but they are just too weak, these writers are divinely ordained, they are special people and non of us could ever write like them neither can we have the kind of revelation they had. In fact when they were writing God took hold of there hands and wrote by Himself, such thing doesn't happen again in our time because we are too weak and too unholy." Isn't that the thought that runs through our minds? We idolize the writers of the Bible and there works. What makes them so special, are they not Christians just as we are Christian, isn't it the same Christ that they had that we now have? We worship not just the apostles but also our pastors, our so called father in the Lord and some important man of God in history. I heard somebody saying that the general overseer of their church is no longer a human being, he had become something else, blah... blah... blah... What then has he become? A god? Another pastor even said he wish he could worship his general overseer.

Open your eyes! these people are mere mortals, they are human being like you and I. They have the same Holy Spirit that you and I have, they serve the same God that you and I serve and they are followers of the same Jesus that you and I follow. They are just our fellow brethren. No one was specially ordain to write the Bible, in fact God didn't intend for us to have a religious book. The only thing that God gave us is Christ, He didn't give us any book. He gave us Christ so that Christ might become our all, Christ is our religion book, he is all that we should read.

"clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.... 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." (2Cor 3:3,6).

The New Covenant has nothing to do with letters that kills, rather it is utterly Spirit. The apostles are not Moses, God didn't call them to a mountain and handed them a book. We need to wake up from the clutches of hero worship. These people are men just like us and they wrote the Bible the same way a man of God today writes a Christian book. God didn't take hold of there hands but He inspired them through His Spirit the same way He inspires His children to write Christian books today. They were merely instrument of God and God can use anybody, but it is unholy for us to go and start worship the instrument that God uses.

Remember the Israelites, how they worship that copper serpent that God instructed Moses to make and lift up so that those of the children of Israel that were beaten by serpent can look at the copper serpent and be saved. That copper serpent was an instrument that God used to save His people but the Israelites turned it into an idol and started worshiping it. Brothers and sisters we are making the same mistake today. We have taken the instrument that God uses to bring salvation to us and we have turned it into an idol. There was nothing special about the copper serpent, it is just an instrument, so also the apostles were just instrument and they do not deserve our worship.

So let repent from this unholiness, for it has stopped us from growing the way we suppose to. God want the Church to grow, He wants to give us greater revelation than what Paul or any other writer of the new testament had. But we limit ourselves when we say "there can be nobody as great as Paul and we can never have the kind of revelation that he had". This warlord of hero worship has imprisoned us, put us in bondage and stop us from growing the way God wants us to grow. But we won't remain captive, for we must break free and defeat this warlord. Yes we would come to see the apostles as they really are: our beloved brethren in Christ whom God had greatly use for our salvation. For the writers of the new testament are nothing more than that.

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The Warlord Of Papacy

The greatest weakness of man had always been pride, everybody has a degree of pride and that seems to be the inroad of the devil into our lives. The nature of the falling man is to rule over his brothers. Everyman wants to rule over the other, to be ranked above the other. This is an in-depth constituent of a falling and carnal man. And as a result you find that there can not be equality in this world, in fact it is impossible for equality to exist. Everybody has someone who is rank above him and everybody wants to be rank above somebody.

But when we got born again our nature was changed and we were transited from this world and it system into Christ and his kingdom. In Christ there is no rank but perfect equality. Nobody is set as head over the other but we are all brothers and sisters in service. As we serve Christ our head we serve each other because the body of Christ is Christ himself.

"Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant." (Matt 23:0-11).
We are all servants and we are all in service to each other, there is no rank but perfect equality. Equality doesn't mean we have all attain equal spiritual level, yes some may be spiritually matured than others but there is no one vested with the power to exercise authority over the other.

Over time as Christianity began to form we started bringing in things that are of the world into the Church. In Christianity today we see a phenomenon that is alien from Christ. It is the papacy, an alien phenomenon that have invaded Christianity. We try to prove that this phenomenon is from the Bible but is not what Christ preach. The papacy originated from ancient Rome. The founder of Rome, Romulus chose the first settlers of Rome to assist him in ruling. These men were called the Senate (Senate is from a Greek word that means the old men). The descendants of these Senate were called the Patri i.e papa or fathers. When Constantine became the first Christian emperor in Rome he gave the church leaders one of the greatest and ancient political and social status - the Patri. Church leaders were now refer to as fathers. Still today Church leaders still carry this status. 
However the Bible reveal that Christ wasn't planing to anoint some people with power in order to rule the Church. Such concept can only be found in the world. God didn't want Israel to have a king but He wanted to rule them Himself. Although the Israelites had elders, leaders and judges (Jos 23:2) but non of them were anointed rulers. The different between one who is anointed to rule and one who is just a leader is that the one anointed to rule is carrying out a mandate and authority had been given to such therefore others are obligated to obey him.

But the other that is just a leader is carrying out a service, he has no delegated authority and people only obeys him out of respect. Israel had these leaders but they look into the world and said "appoint a king to rule over us, so that we will have a king, as other countries have.” (1Sam 8:5). God was trying to use Israel as a prefigure of how His kingdom would be when it is established on earth.
"And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev 5:10).
This is how the kingdom of God is: a place were everybody is king and there is no inequality. And Christ is the kingdom of God on earth, for anybody who is in Christ now enjoys the reality of the kingdom. Therefore we are all kings and there is no head except Christ the head of the Church.

The devil, that serpent that entered into the garden of Eden to deceive man always find his way into the midst of God's people to corrupt them. Yes, the warlord of papacy charged into the Church and messed up everything. He took God's people captive and they began to crave for authority. They delegated authorities to themselves, anointed themselves in the name of God and started ruling over their fellow brothers and sisters. God's people became enslaved by this warlord and his system. Generation after generation the warlord of papacy reigned and his system became the norm of the Church. We have little consciousness of our enslavement and we just continue to do what our fathers had taught us to do. We continue to anoint leaders and put people in place of authority, and we call those in the place of authority "papa", "father" etc. This is in contrast with what constitute Christ and therefore it is unholy.

Look at the Church, dirty politics in the house of God. Greediness, envy and pride has taken over God's people. Brethren getting drunk with power and doing unthinkable things; brethren worshipping fellow brethren as if they are gods; children of God being mislead in the name of submission to authority; strife and conflict in the midst of God's people. Everybody wants to have a position, we struggle and compete: you find the law of survival of the fittest among people who are suppose to be a new creation. New creation behaving like animals, carnal men, men of the old creation. What then is the difference between the Church and the world? Is this the testimony we are called to bear?

We must purge ourselves of this unholiness and fight against this warlord of papacy. Open your eyes and see that this is not normal. Yes it is true that Paul once said to the church in Corinth "For even if you have ten thousand guardians in your Christian life, you have only one father. For in your life in union with Christ Jesus I have become your father by bringing the Good News to you." (1Cor 4:15). The King James Version put the b part this way: "for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel." Paul was talking about a service, he didn't say he was there father because Jesus appointed him as there father but that through his service he has begotten them and therefore they should respect him as their father. He wasn't exercising an authority vested in him through the anointing but he was demanding a respect that he has come to earn through service. Paul later told this same church that "We're not in charge of [or dominate] how you live out the faith, looking over your shoulders, suspiciously critical. but [rather that we work with you as] fellow laborers [to promote] your joy, for you stand by your own faith, not by ours." (2Cor 1:24).

  Let not confuse service for appointment and respect for authority, there is a huge difference between them. Let not take that which is of the flesh, carnal and worldly and bring it into the Church. You don't need to be appointed to serve among God's people, we are all given gifts by which we can serve one another and these service is what the Bible calls ministry. Ministries are not anointed positions and ranks but are services among brethren.

Now I think I have gone far enough in clarifying things so as to avoid attacks from my beloved brethren. Nevertheless my message is that we need to be awaken to the reign of the warlord of papacy in our midst and we need to fight against him. And the way we do this is my acknowledging the constituent of Christ and try to do things as it is in Christ. And victory will be ours for we are overcomers.

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The Warlord Of Polemics

It is time we become more conscious of the raging battle, for we have loss so many territories to the devil. And these territories had been subjected to paying tribute to the devil's warlord. Little do we know of our enslavement to these warlords and it is time for our eyes to be open to the reality of the situation of the war. As we all know there have been this great and persisting division among God's people and every attempt made for reconciliation has failed. Yes we have a combine Christian Association but such union is not truly the unity the Lord desire for His people.

The division all started or rather became more pronounced when Christianity descended to a point of decay. This happened at the peak of the reign of the Roman Catholic, were men became gods and ruled over the Church that belongs to our Lord. The people of God wanted to break free from the clutches of men and they wanted true Christianity. The search for true Christianity lead the people to discover that they have not been following the Bible. This brought about the cry for 'Solo Scriptural' — the agitation that we should return to the Bible and be true to the word of God. This agitation sparked the division that continued till today. Everybody is trying to be true to the Bible and each group or denomination thinks they are the ones that are doing it correctly while others are not truly following the Bible.

There, the spirit of pride rage into the Church and strike down many of our people and that is when the warlord of polemic took over. He captured the heart of God's people and exercise his reign upon them. As a result brothers begin to fight against each other because of doctrine. Division became more pronounce as pastors climb the pulpit mainly to criticize another ministry. There are those who's ministry is to criticize others; criticism and attacking fellow brethren has become a ministry to many. Even the very elect are falling into the trap of this warlord.

Once God opens a man's eyes to a truth in the Bible he runs off with it and start feeling like he is higher than his brothers. He goes about debating and arguing with his brothers, and in his eyes everybody had gone astray except him. Oh, how he criticizes and find fault in every ministry that is not his and in his eyes his ministry is the only one that is genuinely from God. The holiness preachers believes the prosperity preachers are deceivers, the faith preachers says the spiritual warfare preachers are extremists and then the 'win souls' preachers accuse the spiritual growth preachers of not fulfilling the great commission. And each one of them thinks they are the general secretary of God - they alone possesses the knowledge of God's heart and follows God's will perfectly. It is nothing but pride and the manifestation of the reign of the warlord of polemic. It is as a result of the absence of love.

"We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know." (1Cor 8:1-2).

Yes, that is just the problem, knowledge without love. It causes one to rush at his brother with heavy stones of criticism. Love may criticize and rebuke but he does it with a heart pierce with many sorrows. Love can't stand to watch his brothers being criticized, it provokes him and when love rebukes he does it with grief. Love doesn't want to see fault in his brothers, he is not quick at finding fault in others and when he does find fault he seeks to correct and not to condemn. Even if the brother refuse to accept correction love would never condemn.

Love is the way we can defeat this warlord. Do not just seek for knowledge and revelation but seek for love or else you would end up as a captive of this warlord. We must learn to emphasize love over and above knowledge if we are to win this battle, for this battle is real. Check yourself, don't you feel the huge to place your doctrine over and above that of others? Don't you feel like your church preaches the truth that many churches haven't realize? Aren't you having that huge to criticize others? To boast and say "yes others haven't realize this and that" and "look at how knowledgeable I am and all the truth I have come to discover". Come to think of it, what good are all those knowledge to you? Many of us are not allowing these knowledge impact us but yet we boast of it. Open your eyes! Can't you see that raging battle in you. A battle to bring you to criticize and attack your brothers. It's the warlord of polemic trying to maintain the division and cause even more division in the Church. We can't have this, we won't allow the devil defeat us and we must break free from this warlord. But the weapon to defeat him is love, yes love above knowledge and we would humiliate this warlord. We would break free from him and bring him to his knees and then he would be abolished from the Church - from the midst of the people of God.

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