Is the Church Leadership, or Jesus, the Focal Point to Heaven’s Entry?

I read this article and was rather taken aback, but not so surprised.

Pope Says Having A Personal Relationship With Jesus Is Dangerous And Harmful

John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

In this video the Pope says that the “only way” to connect with God is through the church. And that a personal relationship with Jesus is wrong. Which is incorrect. To have a personal relationship with Jesus wherever you are is Bible Scripture truth!

Here is what he said:

“There is no “do-it-yourself” in the church, no “freelancers.” How many times did we hear Pope Benedict Describe the church as a “we” church? Sometime you may hear someone say, “I believe in God, In Jesus, but the church… I don’t care.” How many times have we heard this? This is wrong. There are those who believe you can have a personal, direct and immediate relationship with Jesus Christ outside the communion and mediation of the church. These temptations are dangerous and harmful. They are, in the words of the great Pope Paul VI, “absurd dichotomies.” It’s true that journeying together is challenging, and sometimes it can be tiring: it may be that some brother or sister (in the church) makes us face a problem, or scandalizes us. But the Lord entrusted his message of salvation to humans, all of us, as witnesses; and in our brothers and sisters, with their gifts and limits, who come to us and make themselves known. This means belonging to the church…”

I don’t know about you, but I was taught that there is but one mediator between us and God…and that is Jesus the Christ! Not any of the Angels, nor the saints, nor even Mary (the Virgin). The bible is quite specific that Jesus is the only way to the Father:

 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” ~John 14:6

No one can lead us to God except His Son! No one…not even the pope, or priest, or bishop, or pastor, etc. God grants us the Spirit that illuminates and highlights and piques our interest and desire to follow our Creator! It is only that Spirit of God that will push us onward to following Jesus.

“And those who stood by said, “Do you revile God’s high priest?” Then Paul said, “I did not know, brethren, that he was the high priest; for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’”” ~Acts 23:4-5

““You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.” ~Exodus 22:28

Of course, these were the other scriptures that came to mind when I read this article. Now, I do not see the Pope as the leader of the Christian people, but rather as the head or leader of the followers of Catholicism. However, the Church is the focal point here on earth of the Christian people, and because there are so many different variations of the Christian Faith and hence a multitude of different leaders. Therefore, the only thing that remains constant is the actual church…not the brick and mortar building, but the people.

But, on the other hand, were we not also told to question and test every Spirit? Which also means that we should question even those who are our leadership when they have overstepped their boundaries with respect to the tenets of the bible which they are purportedly teaching us.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” ~1 John 4:1-3

Even though people in leadership positions are teaching something, does not mean that what they are teaching is right and proper according to the scriptures, eh? Does this not mean we are to test those teachings? Testing those tenets? It is our job to ensure we stay on the straight and narrow path! It is also our job to ensure we follow God’s word, not the Church leadership’s teachings, not the church’s doctrine, and not just take something as the Gospel truth without checking or testing it!

We all have a job to do, we as leaders within our homes must ensure that our spouses and children are learning what is right. We have that obligation and mandate of God!

May God Richly Bless You ALL!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

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…a still small voice

“Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”~1Kings 19:11-12 NKJV

  

God’s power is seen in so many things. Hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, earthquakes, blazing fires, even in the warfare that men wage, and the list goes on forever. But most importantly, God’s power is noted in the smallest of things as well…consider the rose or any other flower; perhaps even that still small voice that you can hear in your heart!

God speaks to each of us differently. Some with that still small voice, others in their dreams, others are tugged a certain way, and all of us are spoken to through His word in some way or another. Either by aiding us in understanding, wisdom, or prophetic revelation. Each in his own way, each through his own way, each is drawn to God’s ultimate end & will bow to His will.

We are each both blessed and cursed with those times where we, can and cannot, hear that still small voice. I know that I am always asking to hear God’s voice, and answer to a question, the guidance to a prayer, the sense of wisdom & understanding, that only He can provide. BUT it should seem as though we are all at a crossroads with respect to this, in-that, we do not always give the time to hear God. The necessary quiet time, the needed time in prayer, the meditative time in God’s holy word.

If we are unable, or unwilling to give the necessary time to those things that promote our ability to hear that still small voice, how can we expect God to respond to us with His answer?? We live in this “microwave world” of today in which we expect our answers NOW! Sometimes God is blatantly saying NO, but we cannot hear because we are not paying attention.
Instead of expecting an answer here and now, maybe, just maybe, we should spend more time in prayer and silence waiting for God’s answer. And just maybe, we will get some better responses which are more in tune with God’s will and desires for us. Think about that for a moment, or two…it may be worth two moments, don’t you??
May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 
 

just think about it…

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I was listening to an interview with Dr. Scott M. Sullivan the other day and he and the interviewer brought up an interesting point:

“…if God stopped thinking of you, stopped loving you, you would cease to exist…” (refer to: The Importance of St. Thomas Aquinas)

Just consider that for a moment.

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The Son of the Most High was hung on a cross for our sins! Would you like you, in a good way if you were hung on a cross the same as Jesus was for the failure or sins of others?  Especially, being hung on a cross the way the professional Roman Soldiers did so? Remembering that they were professional and proficient at their jobs in the business of torturing and killing people! And they were especially good at doing so to those who were deigned enemies of the state!

When you think about it all, by simply looking in the mirror, you have seen the face of at least one person who placed Jesus on the cross! You have seen at least one who shouted, “CRUCIFY HIM! CRUCIFY HIM!” You know someone intimately who cost someone their life! Someone who was innocent of everything they were accused of.

Do you know what it is like to be crucified? READ THIS, and you will see ; perhaps even understand the concept a bit better! The article was written about 1986 by Mayo Clinic Doctors, who reviewed the data and biblical account and made their professional determination based upon the facts as they were made known through research. ON THE PHYSICAL DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST is a bit technical, but is very informative and very blatant on the brutalities against Jesus or any other person who was the recipient of crucifixion as a judgement.

plan-of-salvationSo, just consider this for a moment, if anyone had any reason at all to not like you and not think about you, or any other member of the human race, it would be Jesus! And yet, God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus loves each and every one of us. God wants us to choose Him and follow Him and to obey Him! Considering all that we have done to Jesus, is it all that bad to choose life and salvation?

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This was a short one, but pointed & specific! I just ask you to think about it.

May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

“God isn’t fixing this”

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The blatant view of the liberal mind is that God should be fixing this and therefore we should not believe in His existence because He is doing nothing about the problems WE people create. Is God suppose to fix this? Or did God give us the tools and the ability of heart, mind, and soul to fix these problems ourselves?

My personal opinion is that God gave us His word and teachings that we should train our mind and children up with that which is good and righteous. In so doing we would embed within our hearts and minds the commandments, laws, and statutes with which we can be guided to make all of the right decisions. We were promised that if we acted such a way, that we would receive such great things and lives; but we haven’t acted as we were told to act.

“Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.” ~Deuteronomy 11:18-21

Many of us did not act or train up our children as we should have, many of us as children weren’t raised in such a way. Just because you were raise in a Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, or even a Baptist home does not guarantee you are acting or even living as such. I was raised in a Catholic home, but we were told to act such a way, but not trained to do so; nor were we even trained into understanding why we believe the things that we supposedly believed. You might say that we were “weekend warrior of the faith.” Like so many other people, who were late bloomers into the faith, out there Sunday was the only day of faith, so we were all prepared to sin throughout the week! Does that sound familiar?

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God” ~ Deuteronomy 28:1-2

While at the same time we were promised a great life, we were also promised what would happen if we did not abide by God’s will and follow His commandments, laws, and statutes. We were shown what was behind both door #1 and Door #2 prior to choosing…but we chose the wrong direction any way. Despite all of the warnings!

“But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you” ~Deuteronomy 28:15

Man has this problem with faith. He cannot stand to wait for something which he feels he should have despite his actions. A life of faith is not an easy one and is not for the one who expects quick results and pleasure on demand. Faith is a life of discipline and a strong heart.

What I am getting at is that God could, if He desired to, fix everything in our lives with one word. But the problems within our lives are the byproducts of the decisions we or someone else had made and we must live with the consequences of those decisions. We can make something good come of it by using it as a learning moment in our lives. Sometimes what had occurred was there to teach us something, other times they were springboard moments of greatness for us because we chose to use it to do something great for mankind in general that spread the love of Christ to others — that they may come to know Him in a more personal way. God is not there to pick up all the pieces and make it all better. But through steadfast prayer, study of the scriptures, and keeping our hearts open for the love of God — God’s will can be expanded through our meager existence.

People always seem to fail to realize that we must repair and fix our lives by applying God’s word, by emulating the life of Jesus through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If we do not realign our lives to God’s plan, we as the species of man are destined to doom & desolation. We as man & as a society have spent so much time kicking God out of our lives the we as both man & society have utterly become hedonistic in nature. Sodom & Gommorah are really not that far fetched just by reading the news, or by seeing the transformation of this world. 

You cannot fix this world without first fixing the heart of man. And that begins with our own heart first!

May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD