BONDAGE…

Bondage is Truth corrupted

There is a warning that Christ gave us over and over again, which is particularly important to those just beginning the Christian life – and that warning tells us beware of false prophets. They are not all in the cults either, but many are a threat to the concept of liberty.

By definition a cult means control. By their fruits you will know them (Matthew 7:20). Once they get hold of you, they keep you under their thumb; control your money, what you do, where you go, what you think, and who your friends are. Their evil effect is to destroy self-reliance and breed dependency. Their leaders are not shepherds. They are wardens, religious policemen.

Some teach the Scriptures, but turn Bibles into chains, standing truth on its head, like the Scribes and Pharisees. They use the Gospel of deliverance to bind their converts, falsifying the very spirit and purpose of the message. There are sad souls who lack true faith and accept handcuffs to gain a sense of security.
Jesus was not a spiritual policeman. He did not discipline the disciples. That is not what disciple means. He never ordered them about, interfered, or dictated in daily affairs. They came and went as and when they wished. It was all left to their wisdom and discretion. That is how Christ deals with us. Give Jesus our lives and He makes them our own.

If we blindly obey a church leader, we are still responsible before God for what we do. No man should appropriate to himself authority over others. Scripture forbids leaders to be lords over those entrusted to [them] (1 Peter 5:3). Jesus said, “One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren” (Matthew 23:8). Truth comes from the Word of God, which sets us free. God is a deliverer. Laws, like the Sabbath, were made for us, not us for the laws. The Holy Spirit prompted me to send this Note today, and I do it because I love you in the Lord.

~ REINHARD BONNKE

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