"It is written..." on the tables of the heart

Romans chapter 3

   The word authority means, “from the Author”. We identify our responses to words from others who represent, and misrepresent, what we should do to survive and live; not live to survive. Resentment against respect for obedience to a word comes from the inadequate witness of humankind’s imperfections. Since we cannot trust absolutely ourselves or anyone else without trusting God through others and ourselves, we need to rely through faith in Him Who’s Word comes to us in a natural pattern for everyone to follow.

   That pattern is based in responding to God in the position(s) we, and each of those around us, naturally have. Because the primary foundational reason any church has in its community function is to share, teach, and uphold the values of marriage and family structure it can be readily seen that most church organizations are anti-Gospel stores for social adherence to training local populations about the rules of publicly shared conduct.  In this, the ‘world’ has more clearly defined a working knowledge of right and wrong than does the ‘church’ because it is not inundated with religious clutter.

   However, the ‘world’ as well as the ‘church’ teaches the right things for the wrong reasons. Sorely lacking throughout the bringing of the Gospel message to the people is the core teaching of the structure and purpose of marriage and the family. We have places of authority over people in daily life and people have places of authority over us in daily life. Honoring God, through the structure of our positions in family and society, is done by doing for those in authority as we see fit to please God with respect for who they are in Him over us.

   We do not need to die and go to heaven to know the glory of God. That is what Christ did for us. In the here and now we are responsible, in Him, for what it is we are concerned about with ourselves and others. His way is different than, or from, ours in His trust of grace from Him we are able to extend to those who seemingly are disinclined to our own will of judgmental thinking. Nothing exists without His will of Truth no matter how small or large it is. We like to slot others into doing what we believe they are responsible for doing because we do not follow God’s leading.

   In that we are thrusting upon those others ways, means, and positions our Father above does not intend. “Pass the buck,” is most often passed to someone else who we think is passing the buck. And, many of them are, but it is not our place to say except to help them with what and where they need our assistance. It is not for us to determine why because the will of God in their will to be who they are unto Him tells the difference. Overextending our presumptions into others’ lives then causes us to feel as if the fight we bring to the arena of ultra protectionism is justified by demonstrating our care and concern.

   When it comes to shirking responsibility we categorize ourselves and others in ways that speak to who we believe we and they want to be with regard to not their behavior but what we believe their behavior means - and/or what they owe or do not owe - whether to us or someone else. That denies and ignores to deny Who God is in Christ and makes of us, as said elsewhere, little demigods requiring others to also fulfill that role. We, as well as them, pattern habits so self-consciously blameworthy over belligerent positioning we fail to see we have… failed to see God’s glory in Christ around us. Thus, we walk about according to that old cliché, “Here comes a fight waiting to happen”.

   Communion is at the center of Christ’s Church. When He says, “…as often as you do this…” He is referring to the daily meals we have to participate in sharing our sustenance in living. The deceiver muddies the waters of Truth in livelihood by confusing the direction of our objectives. “Examine yourselves as worthy” is a Christ personified admonition, it is not a human personified call to righteousness by works. With our sights on Him, partaking in meals with those around us with whom we have various levels of authoritative respect, makes our saying grace over the fellowship a faith-active commission of us in Christ; rather than the distorted self-debasing rating tag of Christ’s presence of purity in us.

   When we do what we do for the ones who hold positions of responsibility, we are responding to the heart of God. Marriage is the moderation in all things concerning the idols of self sufficiency and group dependence. No matter the denomination or flavor of faith-based Christian religious teaching from the pulpit, Sunday school, college or the seminary, education has systematically fallen into mirroring a person’s involvement with the orders of social prominence and community integration of non-religious dealings. Being the ‘light of the world’, as the commission not only requires but gives the joys of realistic awareness, puts men and women straight into carrying the moment by moment choices of gratitude for redemption vs. the pride of self-accomplishment.

   There are, if one can afford the price and time, retreats and seminars available to encourage excitement with personal devotion to God in Christ as an individual who trusts in his or her self-esteem in the place of the very God who provides His Son’s witness of His Spirit of Truth. The ‘get something out of it’ message that pervades those types of ministries leads straight away from the purposes the ‘active faith encounter’ is touted to deliver. It is a mechanistic fuel tank of separate will from Christ that exemplifies the ‘me’ of proceedings instead of the Him of proceeding – all the while drawing from the instinctual ‘magic’ of emotional cleansing called commonly ‘the Spirit’.

   And it is a spirit of sorts; a sorting out of reliance in Christ’s alive personage in ways that emulate His direction of wholesome ways without accepting His leading. There are admonitions from all the various leadership guidance sales-craft entities to hold onto and keep for one’s own a faith in making changes that lead to devotion to dignity and pride for God that is not of God-kind or Christ-like but of mankind. He Himself, via His promised Word of life, ‘installs’ not once what must be maintained thereafter by trying to be who it is believed is needed to be through what is expected in His principles of accepted responsiveness.

   That is where deception runs rampant. We make pomp and circumstance to serve ourselves by believing serving others is our ticket to heaven. Thus, we climb the ladder of adherence to righteous acts, in faith, to fall when we realize there is no way to measure up to the heights we have climbed. The fall comes about from our interest in the levels of faith-active works we look to find around us from others. We do not realize those others are putting on a social necessary front, whether consciously or not, that we project our own desires to comply with goodness onto.

   When we do fall from our ladder’s rung of impossibility to once again see our personally decrepit self that needs God in Christ, usually we get back on the religious party bandwagon where we are told our failure is because of some lack-of-faith sin or another. That happens because we are guilty of not trusting our complete exoneration in Christ; combined with the confusion about the Law of Moses being of Christ's Cross and the Law of freedom through redemptive justification, His Resurrection, that negates adherence to the letter of His Law.

   As we read Scripture we forget that Jesus Christ is the actual Word of God because we attribute our culture language training to find the strengths of satisfaction through humanly physical confirmation. We think of thought/emotion validation of self-focused rights to be and be accepted by others as God’s goals for us in achievement the same as we watch television because it tells us to. We are followers in our egotistical pride of socialistic individualism by adapting our energies to compensate for what it is we find ourselves unable to counteract or rise above. Thus, we get over concerned about how we can keep discouragement and everyday pressures at bay from draining off our enthusiasm.

   Because we are set up by false Messiah directives to work our salvation as if we need to justify ourselves to God to obtain salvation, we think of worldly cautions such as, “No one can stay on a spiritual high, but downfall experiences can move you to new spiritual depths.” Words are cheap, functionally manipulative to bring a ‘us over you’ schism between practical wisdom and a seeking heart, and most often subvert the Word of creation exactly where it needs be realized. Psalm 16:8 says to “set the Lord always before me” – not “set the Lord before me at church, a retreat or school” as they will tell us.

   Religious institutions, no matter how small that are not respectful of the priorities of marriage and the family being Christ’s true church, will deftly cross back and forth over the line(s) of truth to weave a garment of associative stability they believe is their place to build for God. Most are confused into believing their own rhetoric as revelation from God simply because they have yet to personally meet the Man. They pass along what was done to them to do to us the same so that their shame of insignificance before our Father in heaven seems… insignificant.

   We usually believe it carries the power of self-awareness to make straight, defend, and sustain our instinct in emotional desire, our intelligence in sorting calculations, and our communal spirit in rating the worth of people with whom we associate. It gives a “common practical sense” standard of deductive reasoning behind our striving efforts in dependence upon peer-pressure group-therapy style “equality” that masquerades as mutual faith in God. This influencing forth false heart makes division among us by its impersonal answers to personal questions, and is in opposition to our true being in God’s intentions.

   Who we are with respect to our married partner, our children, relatives, neighbors, and publicly shared understanding has a much different order of concerned loyalty regarding money; as if money answers our questions (prayers) to God. A good habit to actualize better decisions is in asking ourselves who it is we put first after God,  who it is we put first after that, and who it is we put first after that… not because of what they do or do not do, but for who they and we are in Christ, for Christ’s sake. It is best to remind ourselves that God loves us beyond our understanding in ways where our yearning for Him has a planned “process”.

   That process is allowing our humble realization that He always knows better than we do in all things. The words, ‘humble’ and ‘humility’ are not references to a groveling submission to an all powerful angry god where we reject anyone who does not fit our personal desires. ‘Humble’ is comprised of ‘human’ and ‘able’ as ‘humility’ is comprised of ‘human’ and ‘ability’ in seeing that God is God to lift us into His creative attentiveness.

   To search for His leading from a point of view found in our ideas, dreams, and emotionally changing responses to our and others influences, causes a false spirit of control over circumstances, at the very moment where God is with us to guide our hearts with His loving-kindness. He certainly does not want us to slander our commitments to marriage and family in what we allow. But, He is with us even then, to guide our wrongdoing into doing what we do for the right reasons.

By request:

   Like any profession, doctors are people with differing motivations. Not to categorize, but for explanation, there are physicians who approach their work primarily with concepts about their patients being biological mechanisms. Others maintain an equilibrium that focuses on a person’s personable living and do respond to complaints with compassion. To get an understanding about medical professions, here is the modern version of the Hippocratic Oath:

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

I will not be ashamed to say "I know not", nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

 If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, be respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

The Public Haven

   Traditional church houses are properly and logically configured in the floor plan that represents a cross. The sections on either side from the entry at the foot of the cross holds the ‘Body’ of believers. Some service attendees are accepting and some are presumptuous but all are redeemed by His sacrifice… whether or not each has asked God for His grace of mercy for acceptance unto His salvation.

   The horizontal crosspiece to the cross is the altar area where a collection box may be affixed at the right side wall. The altar itself is the dividing point between Christ’s death and His resurrection. On the altar, rather than sacrifices of emotional regret and repentance, is placed the wholeness of any person’s trust of faith in a way where recognition of Who Christ is unto God allows understanding that the congregation is gathered to honor family structures and private dealings.

   Wedding ceremonies properly take place between the altar area and the the pulpit below a front wall where cathedral organs usually stand, at the head of the building’s focused design.  Funerals are properly situated with a casket or other type of vessel contained remains placed between the congregational pews and the cross’s crosspiece altar. That procedure is to respect a person’s rights of God given will to choose life in Him, by Christ’s authority.

  In both cases of marriages and funerals the direction of reverence by planning functions that way finds its foundation in respecting Christ’s will of determination; whether or not any relatives, community members, or others hold such person(s) in esteem.

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Spiritual Authority Chart

   A bent toward self-focused intellectual interpretation of Scripture leads to esteeming Scripture above Christ, combined with the emotionally confused chaos that presents itself as spiritual stirring. Dishonest words and actions are symptoms of lies, but they are not what a lie is. Dishonest words and actions are used to conceal the truth of a matter, opinion, or belief. When one is used to using words and actions to cover their inner fears, defenses, and beliefs, he or she will interpret what others say and do as if there is no real importance; except for a self-directed choosing whether another’s words or acts either cause emotional upset or emotional pleasure.

   This hidden fiend of dishonesty is revealed in noticing whom anyone is giving attention to, openly or in secret, as different from who legitimately expects to receive such attention. Giving attention to church denominational doctrines in priority to the marriage, family, and wedding reasons a church exists diverts any church’s focus into self service in the guise of finding God by going to church instead of parishioners rightfully bringing their godly faith witness into the church. God’s leading of a man and woman in marriage is interwoven, and/or directed, by pastoral leadership opinion and echoes the intrusive materialistically oriented will(s) of community order that includes any other ‘professionals’ who feel they have a right to involve their decisive will into and between a husband and wife.

   These pressures to please reasonable logic based in emotionally loaded intellectualism feeds the religious churching of decisions… while scattered attention giving seeks monetary stability through coercion of empathy and devotion. It removes the will of God from a marriage designed to serve Him in spirit and in truth. Thereby, improperly placed attentions wrongly places God’s Authority in the hands of social manipulators – in the name of righteousness and good works. Popular revivals are too often carried by appeals to the imagination, by exciting the emotions, by gratifying the love for what is immediate, exciting, and startling.

   As the spirit of revivalism is used to bolster interest and involvement in keeping established religion’s law abiding guidance to a population, converts to faith thus gained have little desire to listen to Bible truth as Bible truth leads to listening to God’s Truth in Christ through togetherness with one’s mate; rather a togetherness with a congregation instead of, or in understanding the congregation is actually designed by God to represent family prominence in community worship. Reverence is not the monastic quiet self-controlled contemplation institutions use to gain crowd focused attentions. Reverence holds one’s attentions toward enthusiastic appreciation for respect in where, or with whom, a person belongs.

   In a way where people blindly seek props for emotional practicality, wherever and with whom-ever may be available, and unless a religious service has something of a sensational character that provides an escapist’s illusion away from the responsibilities of life’s troubles; it has no attractions for people who have yet to be saved from giving and receiving attentions from anyone who pique their searching curiosity. A message, which appeals to unimpassioned reason, awakens no response when it respects a man’s and a woman’s will of determination for each other and their families. The reason? We do not appeal to Christ because we have questions. We do so because He has answers.

   The plain warnings of God’s Word, relating to their eternal interests, are unheeded. However, with every truly converted soul, the relation of attention to God through the relation of attention to a married partner, and the relation of their children to their parents, and all of those things in relational order to eternal things, will be the great topic of life. But, where, in the popular churches and free association relationships of today, is the spirit of consecration to God? Because God’s Salvation is given in Christ through faith, consecration to God is found in our tending to how we devote our attentions to our husband, wife, children, other family members, work associates, friends and neighbors according to His created levels of privacy and openness.

   When people are not versed in the principles of tiered authority as God intends, converts to Christ through faith witnesses do not renounce their pride and love of the world. They are no more willing to deny self and their consequential use and abuse of others, to take up their cross and follow the meek and lowly Jesus, than they were before their conversion. Religion has taken the place of reality and has become the sport of infidels and skeptics because so many who bear its name are ignorant of its principles. The power of Godliness has well-nigh departed from many of the churches because the power of Godliness has well-nigh departed from marriages and families (who make up the church) where respect for who should be giving whom attention has lost its honor before God.

   There is a distortion in understanding our oneness in Christ as a type of “be nice to make it” socialism, a compensation for the lack of a true acceptance of Him, as Who He is alive and well and who we are unto Him as a result. Picnics, church theatricals, church fairs, fine houses and furniture, fancy cars and pleasure travel, personal display, music, charitable works, status through God blessed prosperity, and meddling into the affairs of marriages and their families have banished realistic thoughts of God.

   Lands, goods, and worldly interpersonal occupations engross the mind, and swell the emotions; and things of eternal interest receive hardly a passing note. This does not mean to say all the good materialistic things and experiences of life and living, are somehow evil. They are not. It is the perspectives our misplaced attentions bring by disrespecting our right associations. Indiscriminate sharing the good things of living, in dishonor to whom we should be sharing our time and desires about the good things of living, put what we do and have for the wrong reasons above who we are to the ones we love for God’s sake for the right reasons.

   Living a Christian lifestyle is not living a life of Christian faith. If it were, the witness of the churches throughout the centuries would have made this a vibrant and perfect world of peace and loving-kindness. Most times throughout history, the people have been subject to the church by patronizing influential control for power and profit instead of the church being subject to God and the family. The same is with the argument of purposeful management between churches and governments to oversee commerce and direction of personal objectives.

   Proper schooling of our children is where these personal and social responsibilities converge. Most independent and organized churches in the world today base their belief systems on woven tapestries of out-of-context Biblical passages much the same way as the Pharisees and Sadducees used when Jesus was teaching in the Temple, then under the hand of Roman government. Ideally, in the minds and hearts of a society’s expectancy of life and living the realities of Christian faith, both the churches and governments would do well to recognize an order of priority.

  The ‘chain of command’ is: God, Family, Church, Commerce, Community, and Government as a constructively healthy arrangement for applied authorities. It is the only order for a sensible strength of peace. Anything else causes a disordered disarray of factions and contrary discord. Rather than the business economics of church planting, providing conclaves of organized ‘way of Christ’ oriented entertainment facilities, there are those who are concerned with, in truth, spreading the Gospel.

   Even with socially constructive motives, faithful Christians have a better chance to reach their goals by upholding and esteeming the strengths of privacy in faith-active determination only marriage and individual family structure can accomplish. As each sphere of significance properly should hold in respect various levels of interdependent place(s) of priority, individuals involved in their own work (employed) can retain their attentions of integrity in positive accord to their responsibilities.

   Keeping the order of authorities, Governmental services are subject to the authorities of general community interests. Community ventures are subject to the authorities of commercial and private business welfare. Trade and industry is subject to the authorities of the collective organized church’s specific needs. Community church collective cooperation is subject to the authorities of individual church/family requirements.

   And, pre-adult children are subject to the authorities of their parents who, together as one where the wife is subject to the authorities of the husband, are subject to the authorities of God (the Generating Creator) through Christ (the Word of Generation) via the Holy Spirit (the Truth of the Word that causes what is to be). Lifestyles are a matter of devotion to choices of being and are dedicated involvement in worldly life; whether or not religious.

   The traditional church setting, sad to acknowledge but delightful to experience, is a social club designed to give individuals freedom of expression through song, drama, and community bond. When a man extends his sense of duty by teaching, preaching to, and praying for people, from a platform in front of a group of others, he provides an environment set aside from the usual interactions of a person's life. Many times one’s healed or 'saved' get sick again and/or 'backslide' being told they do not have enough faith or it is not God's will for some reason.

   The misinterpretation as a result most often opens a false theatrical trusting in the setting and process - the involved one’s and spectators believe certain settings and conditions are required to connect with the power of God - a sense that meeting God happens in a sanctuary with a particularly blessed leader. The extension brings people to home and to business not expecting to rely on God except in 'church'. Church members many times are asked to discontinue participation with the congregation when expected social standards are not kept to support the doctrine will.

   A variation is to view the power of God as greatest the closer one gets to the church and/or blessed leader and particular emotional/environmental attachments such as music. Music has two basic aspects in our practices. The first, and possibly only, true purpose for music is our spontaneous expressions from the heart of joy and appreciation. True uncontrived worship is our naturally soul-felt thankfulness and gratitude that wells up in our being-ness.

   It bursts forth with glad triumph in Christ, and is not used to create mood altering atmosphere even though the witness does create mood altering atmosphere. That is our basis for evangelism.  The second is our use of music as a means, a tool, where worship is commonly misunderstood from our instinctual/emotional submissive subservience to an all powerful vengeful God. We become compulsive in our determination to “get God” through the music and our mortal condition is turned into forced requirement.

   It feeds offense against ourselves, by seemingly diverting negative pressures into a positive, and thereby builds ambitious arrogance over bitterness. When an individual responds through simple faith to the message and from genuine need of God, to God; salvation and healing is real. Salvation (healing) is a walk of faithfulness being complete in Christ; but our completeness in Christ is only entire when we are out of this mortal flesh existence. The witness of Truth becomes misunderstood through pastor's and onlookers' pride and the false church loop continues.

   Many times the emotional sensations of cleansing become the perceived goal of salvation. It leads to compulsions to 'get dirty' to re-experience another cleansing by indulging ever more deeply the sins that brought us to the cross in the first place. This is because we have been deceived into believing our walk of faith is more experiential instead of positional. Praise and worship service to God, then, becomes arranged, calculated, and programmed in response to a planned community social structure.

   The true Church recognizes that genuine need is not properly a making right of health and happiness for flesh life, while response to Who God is will bring healing and joy in flesh life as a positive symptom of life through faith. True praise and worship is spontaneous thankful joy of appreciation for our realized realities of life in Christ. All religions, including Christianity as served in religious ways as religion, are by their very existence and functions idolatrous endeavors to answer life’s conditions with social controls.

   The reason that is true is found through intellectual/emotional desires to get a handle on God by bringing Him and His heavenly beings down among us and/or lifting us up among Him and his heavenly beings. The enemy of God and humankind works not only in the bad side of the knowledge of good and evil; but, uses the darkness of evil, as a diversion, to hide behind his cultish false light of religious piety in the good side of the knowledge of good and evil. Blindness is from assuming God is not with everyone through Christ, at all times, in everything everybody does.

   A cult is a mockery by the adversary within people through the emulation of spiritual realities. Any church or collective centering attention any place (including mind and emotion) but in response to God’s design of family structure can be classified as a cult. Especially, and probably most important, including an acceptance of the concept that pastoral leadership and ways and doctrines not central to Christ's redemption brings one near to God in priority to the togetherness of a man and woman in marriage.

   A cult is the deceptive belief that doctrine, dogma, and religious principles and traditions found in organized church are God’s blessed will of contact and contract for robust, healthful, special set-apart saintly livelihood. Christ transferred the dispensation of the Prophets under His Law, which ended with His Resurrection, to His Truth of Spirit in and through a man's authority with his wife, to their family, under His Grace. The focal point for identifying all religions, or any religion, in its idolatry against God’s will and ways is not the reality of God manifested in and through the Crucified and Resurrected living Man, Jesus Christ.

   It is, One: found in fear of and fury against “the world’s ungodliness” by and through escapism into religious orientation aside from “lesser inhabitants”. And, Two: condemnation of any peoples of “the world’s ungodliness” by and through self-protective separation, and condescending self-deifying charitable works, which deny those helped the necessary means to respectfully honor their own marriages and family success.

   The natural and instinctual emotions of love commonly held as right are not the same as our feeling response to the Love of God through His unchangeable patterns and openly honest ways of marriage sharing and family togetherness as a result. Most people come to think love from God is a validation of emotional security as somehow separate and compartmentalized from an appreciation of their loved ones. This leads to the serving of the self, through the emotions and thoughts, in what is believed to be the service of God.

   Sensationalized Reality becomes a farce - making contrived experiences appear to be happenstance from God. We are told by pastors, priests, evangelists and the like that we must face our sins to be accepted by the grace of mercy of Christ in God’s benevolence. Such is not the case for most of us. We are well aware of our sins and face them in their significance daily. The devil’s collateral damage is not only in our face ever-presently for many of us, it carries the moments of what we believe we are able to accomplish.

   Frankly, and regretfully, facing sin religiously is not to renounce it but to embrace it in such a way we believe Christ Himself is our sin by His acceptance of responsibility for us in His crucifixion. We fail to realize the cross has its completion and is no more. Death, along with sin itself, was overcome by the power of God’s Word of promise. Along the way we have come to compare our failures with blasé complacency as we look for others who fit the bill of sinfulness we know we are ‘unable to fathom’.

   Nevertheless, many of us blindly do the very things we see in others while passing off our own debachery as resonable in the face of what could transpire if we were worse the way another seems to be. However, when we face the resurrected Christ in faith unto our wholeness and restitution before God we are turning our back on the very sinfulness traditional churching as much commands us to hold onto.

   People want the joys, the blessings, and the good life. Nevertheless, they do not want the longsuffering battle in bringing people into light out of darkness. It is astonishing how many people understand the Gospel enough to accept the Truth of life unto personal salvation but are not willing to defend their very existence to give up entertainment and convenience for the sake of others. Faith in the power of money, as what money can do in representing God’s Source of supply, is deceptive where our responsibilities in companionship lose respect to valuing positions and alliances according to cash flow ability – as if any lack of funds is somehow a chastisement from God for faithless ill-concern.

   Self protective emotional security in God’s name is used to offset fears of falling to evil sway from others who are searching (in the wrong times, places, and ways without guidance) for the joy of discovered life God provides for everyone. This is precisely where Satan moves in as an angel of light to divert the dynamic responses of reality into a religion of fantasy – deceiving the found and the lost. It is the obsession with entertainment, the self-edification (pride over concern), which becomes a priority over respect for duty. Enjoying security, well being, and material satisfaction are not sinful. It is not wrong to fully enjoy life within the necessities of faithfulness.

   Since the right of the world is not the same as the right of God, the enemy has deceived people into accepting self gratification in thought and emotions as if it comes from God - as if it is love. Love, according to the Word of God, is a commitment of responsibility to lay aside the very self one has come to know as what is right according to the world in the tending to their responsibilities with respect to others. One may surmise any good is a good of God, but then one would find life by doing good for (or, rather ‘at’) others and self without accepting Christ and His work as our work.

   A community spirit and interaction for the goal of the common welfare of human-kind would be enough to satisfy any eternal rest. Clearly, when the good of man is thought to be the good of God, an association is made in the mind to believe good works are Godly works. Jesus Christ, of His own desire of will, applies to us all complete redemption from evil influences as we trust Him in faithfulness during the pitfalls of life. We, meanwhile, in our self-righteous indignant pride of acquired holiness unto God through Christ, stand in fierce opposition to anyone who does not suit our way – as if our choice of exclusive right-of-way is God’s way.

   The concept of communal separation has its roots in limiting influence from the “enemy” through the environment of the world. Surely, the world is at odds with living in Truth of Reality and children learn to resent and reject their training because of it. The paradox of protection and involvement (the always impossible tension of balance between growth and change and the permanence of who we believe we are) brings one to deciding how much of one’s-self one is willing to give to God. Devoting time away from environment to God in an effort to limit influence from the enemy has the effect of taking from the world the witness and interaction God's call on life asks. Working within the world requires a strength and reliance on God to keep us safe from downfall and an often fierce rejection and mockery of Him in a life.

   It is true it appears others do not listen or take heed to efforts extended but it is not our duty to stop and reflect about the results. The results we may be looking for may be our own standards and forms of belief instead of God's since we cannot determine another's position and purpose relative to the extended needs of the situation and moment. This is precisely where dark persuasions seem to be light. A generalizing catch-all ideal has pervaded evangelism to compensate for trust in God - "after all, if you were to die tonight, are you sure you will go to Heaven?" This question asks another to put his self-consideration in priority to responding to Who Christ is, and is contrary to His aliveness in them if they accept Truth with understanding.

   The core of the true Church is the family. By this, it is not meant the local congregation as a church is made of families of believers, even though it is; the family itself is the Church. The man/husband carries the role of Christ while the woman/wife carries the role of the Church. He is responsible unto God for service to the woman and children - she is responsible through her husband unto God for service to the man and the children. Marriage is the only human bond that holds the unifying commitment: "for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health". Part of God's design in marriage is for a woman to bring her concerns to her husband - not anyone who happens to be convenient.

   It is a matter of upholding trust in our faith unto God and His patterns of living. Consequently, the only right (rite) place for personal and physical intimacy is within the marriage as a celebration of creation. Children need parents in their parents, not pals and peers of alliance that undermines a child's responsibility to mature. The oneness of the resurrected body of Christ negates any thought or secular consideration of divorce. We like to think of some people as 'misfits' to feel like we are better ourselves. But, everyone is a misfit in some way or another.

   When a woman marries a man, she is given in marriage, takes on a new name, and becomes a member through her husband of a new family Church. Her new in-laws now are her priority after her husband and children in honor to her husband and the vows of marriage for God's sake. An unusual attachment to the family left means a less than honoring commitment to the new family of bond. A community church building is a meeting place necessary to provide room for a collective of marriage churches. The extended family of parents, in-laws, grandparents, etc. are the wider church that represents the body of Christ; as elders and experience provide strength of support for young family churches.

   Direction and control of the collective church in each family Church's business is at a minimum since authority of strength in the single family structure resides in faith unto grace in rightly honored positions of respect. The delegation of authority from God is accordingly through the man to the woman in marriage and, together, through them to their children. No other has the place or right to tell a woman what a man has to provide for his wife, and no other has the place or right to tell a man what a woman has to provide for her husband. Such interference causes strife and discord directly where God is the presence to make the two as one.

   If a family and/or certain members of the family live unto the self seemingly without regard to righteousness, grace and longsuffering must be extended without reserve. After all, God is God and gives us all the freedom we need to be aware or deceived. The witness of others, passive or directly, has its place but the power of prayer and trust in Truth gives the family the strength to not condemn but lift up errant ones.

   At times, to reduce mockery and exploitation by an errant family member or members, it is necessary to distance, or sequester, self serving manipulators in order to uphold the respect and dignity of a marriage bond. It is to uphold a man and woman recognized as one in body and spirit through the power of faith in God‘s promises, just as the Church is Christ‘s body through His resurrection. Patience truly is a virtue. Every meal is Communion just as Jesus said: “As often as ye do this...” means as often as we gather to eat. And, though He knew who Judas Iscariot was, Jesus did not exclude him from communion.

   Once one discovers Who Christ is and why, a choice to accept His life is always present in the living out of each day. When a moment finds us dwelling unto ourselves - immersed in our thoughts and emotions - we are serving the enemy in that our attentions are held captive from accepting Life in the giving up of self. Who Christ is, is the essence of who we are whether we are in His life or in His death. We are either being persuaded through the world and our surroundings, to continue in the dying of our temporal existence unto the destroyer (folded into Christ's death on the cross); or we are living by the giving up of ourselves as we accept the life Christ claimed for us in His resurrection.

   In Life as part of Christ's resurrection, we have Truth coming from within as God intends. We can live in self - the pleasures and resentments and fineries and poverty of the flesh - having a full and robust time doing it because God gives us the will and opportunity to continue on as we wish (or at least when we know we are accepting deception as a way of life, we have the knowledge we are living grandly unto ultimate death - John 3:12-21).

   We, in Christ's resurrection, can be living in luxury or not - having the same appearance as a worldly one - but our conditions are influenced in another way. The enemy surely does not play favorites; wishing none should find Truth in Life and attacks the earthly bounty one may attain in service to God. People, having been taken with worldly delights, must endure battles of personal magnitude - for one living unto the self, a worldly loss is a catastrophe.

   One living unto Christ understands the evil of loss but has joy in knowing a worldly loss is of no consequence compared to the overall outcome of staying through to the end of the battle of ages. Seeing others' misfortunes gives an opportunity to help them, pray for them, and lift them up as we can - we cannot in right deem others as not being 'right with God'. Only One is right with God and His Life extends grace and virtue in measures to surpass any petty or diabolical wrongs we may point out to see ourselves as somehow better or worse, more holy or evil, than another. Faithful living is not as much what we know and do as it is where our heart is in response to God’s promises.

I Corinthians chapters 9 - 10

"Do not do what you need to do so that you can be together. Be together to do what you need to do."

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