The Love Gospel

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You see my friends this is the word that best explains the true nature of the Gospel of God and of His Christ which is Love agape style!  The church has been running from the teaching and implications of this self giving love for far to long, and there is a movement afoot to reclaim the Gospel for Love!  Actually there have been people proclaiming this message since the beginning but they where always marginalized or worse, in fact the original messenger of this God message was crucified.  The last stronghold of the enemy is the same as it has always been fear, fear of Hell that is and judgment for not obeying the Gospel of Man in all it’s forms. 

Jesus said:  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.”   Remember these are not just the words of Jesus but also the mind and very heart of God a heart of unconditional Love.  I hope you see the implications of The Love Gospel here my friends for as the prophet said “Salvation is of the Lord.”

Jesus also said: As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”  Is it any wonder while many Christians are not really full of joy and peace of mind?   Believing as many do that God’s Love is so puny as to only rescue a few of his children the rest sadly to be tortured forever, with no recourse by the God of the universe helpless in the face of a Man made Gospel of religious works.

The Good News though is being reborn in the hearts of many who are beginning to speak up and reject with boldness the lie that has been told for so very long to so very many!  You see it is the Gospel that includes all although all do not know it, the enemy and well as the stranger in the land, it is beautiful because it is all big God Love of the Agape kind.  It’s a Radical Grace which rejects the notions  and theologies of men who would without hesitation by those same theologies, do condemn the whole world to save their own souls and the souls of their friends and family.

Jesus said this:  “For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  Now the perishing is here and now in this world for those who don’t understand that God’s loves the whole world, do you know that, do you believe that unconditionally, for the children of God surely do! 

Don’t you see any Gospel that is conditional, changing and self-seeking is a false Gospel as Paul so keenly warned us about in many of his letters. 

This false Gospel is conditional because it puts man’s ideas of God’s holiness and justice above the truth taught by Jesus, Paul & John. 

It is changing because as some believe you can gain it and loss it at your own choice, with God a mere bystander to the will of man.

It is self-seeking because in many places it has become all about going to heaven in order not to go to hell, what could be more self-seeking than that message?

The Apostle Paul teaches us that God’s love is self emptying in the Philippians 2, and it has always been this way before creation as well as in the eons to come, when all shall confess and finally know as they are known by God in Love. 

The beauty of this simple blog post is some will read this and for the first time get a taste of The Love Gospel, and shall repent for the Kingdom of God has come to them today.

ANZAHOLYMAN
a recovering Hell Fire and Brimstone preacher

The Original Gospel @ Mars Hill (my journey) part 4

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One thing we see in Paul’s Gospel message @ Mars Hill is the tremendous flexibility Paul employs when sharing The resurrected Christ Jesus with the Greek & Roman world of his time.  In fact a study of the early church shows a great diversity in thought and practice concerning this transcended Lord of the created Universe and His Father in the liberty of the Spirit. 

In Christianity today there are basically two methods the “born into” method and the “born again method, I had the benefit of experiencing both during my lifetime, being “born into” a Catholic family in upstate N.Y. and becoming a “born again” Christian in my youth in California.  It is this later method of God realization that I want to focus on for the purposes of this article today.  

Becoming a born again Christian was traumatic for my Father seeing it as a bit of a betrayal of our Families religious tradition, and in hindsight I wish I had been more sensitive to his heart.  It did not help that I was immediately taught to doubt the salvation of my entire family and that indeed their eternal destinies were on the line.  Is there any doubt that as a born again neophyte I was absolutely insufferable to be around, spouting bible verses at the speed the Thompson machine gun.  Not to mention my obsession with the ends a coming anti-Christ and Hell for all who defied this Bible inspired truth for these last days.  I think by this time you guessed that I was “born again” or saved if you like during the early 70’s in Southern California, the hot bed of pre-trib, Dispensational, rapture, end times madness country.  I share my story or rather my journey @ 56 because I believe many can relate to it and just maybe it might help whosoever put the pieces together in their own mind.  

Let me take a moment for me to share with you how I was taught to “share” our gospel and I say our gospel because I now understand it was not the Original Gospel.

1st You were born a Sinner & Dead spiritually

2nd God is Holy and can’t look upon any sin

3rd God sent his son to pay the price you owe Him

4th If you receive this gift then God can let you into His holy Heaven

5th if you don’t receive this gospel message you get the only thing you deserve, eternal separation from a Holy God in pain and agony. 

So you can see why I was so insufferable?   This is very serious stuff here and if you know me at all you know that I truly love people, especially the strays or what we called the lost.  I will tell you this with all my will power I proclaimed this message believing it to be part and parcel with the word and will of God.  What of the billions that would never hear of this Holy God who paid the price but needed them to confess he did it in order for them to benefit from it?  I wasn’t sure but it didn’t sound right but everyone I called friend assured me this was the Gospel Truth, bible verses included.  All the books I read told me this, the Pastor on Sunday told me this, as well as all the Anointed guys and gals on TBN.  How could they wrong and more importantly how could God’s word be wrong, I guess I better keep my doubts to myself and say amen.

It wasn’t until I began to study and read other points view beyond my biased presuppositions that I began to realize that The Gospel was a story of the Love of God in Christ and not His Holiness making demands on humanity they could not keep.  It was during this time that I say the Gospel of the Love of God in Christ was far more flexible then I had been taught or that I was teaching others because by this time I had become a Pastor of an Evangelical Church.  Now what was I to do, talk about being between a rock and a hard place I now longer believed what I was preaching?

The answer came to me but I knew it would be a long a painful journey I had to discover Jesus all over again, I had to unlearn and relearn, I had to ask better questions and think much bigger then my indoctrination would allow.  None of this of course can really occur in a bubble and you guessed it, I began to be watched as I searched for this Bigger Love Gospel I was sure was at the heart of God’s plan.  I was asked why had I begun to stray from the script, the one enshrined in the Church bylaws, with a long list of verse citations to back it up.  It all came to head one Sunday afternoon when while walking into my inquisition it came to me that I followed God and not man.  That I knew I had just begun to discover the real Christ the one my heart had desired for so many years, the Jesus Christ beyond doctrine and dogma and the certitude they create.  So I walked out unemployed by man but fully ready to follow the leading of the Spirit in my heart.  So this brings us to the flexible Gospel I actually promised to share with you from Paul’s Mars Hill Gospel proclamation, but that I am afraid will have to wait until my next blog. 

ANZAHOLYMAN

I’m not THAT Elijah!

So Jesus is traveling his last time to Jerusalem and things are going to get shook up big time.  In his journey his is denied a place to stay in a Samaritan village because he is going to Jerusalem, you see the Samaritans also had a temple and they wanted Jesus to go there.  Now the Brothers  James and John better known as the Sons of Thunder want to call down fire on these people, for disrespecting Jesus their prophet and the prophet of the god of their religious imagination.

You see these two apostles come from a very violent practice of faith, and quite frankly a very violent view of god.  They know god as one who punishes people for unbelief and according the stories of the Torah, is not a god you want to catch on the wrong side of the bed.  They believe if a person is blind, god must be punishing someone for something, this view of God was and is very common among all people even today.

They want to call down fire from heaven or rather the atmosphere and burn these guys to a crisp, they want wrath and they want it Now!  Jesus however knows something that the Prophet Elijah only learned after the fact, that is that God the Father is not in the Fire from heaven.  In fact the Fire from heaven is from Satan the prince or god of the power of the air, heaven or atmosphere.  Jesus knows He is going to Jerusalem and will suffer violence from the hands of people who’s god is violent and enjoys suffering and death.  This god we know all to well for he has come to kill, steal and destroy.  So the scripture records in the 9th chapter of Luke this simple phrase “Jesus turned and rebuked them”

You see Elijah called upon the wrong power to burn those soldiers who hand been sent by the King.  Later he learns God the true God is not in the Fire but is a still small voice.   Jesus having come from the Father knew this, that the work of God could not be accomplished using the ways of the violent god of Israels Past.  That they had it all wrong for a very long time, for you see the true God is a God of Love and it would be Love that saves the world and not violence.  And in there last act of commitment to their violent god they crucified the Prince of Peace.  Jesus this God in the flesh the one who if you have seen him you have seen the Father, His last words He give them mercy for all their violence and violent god.  Forgive them Father for they are trapped in a way of seeing you that is anything but Love which is what God is!

Jesus says to all of us I am not That Elijah and my father is not That god.

ANZAHOLYMAN

GRACE BEFORE TIME

GRACE BEFORE TIME audio message

Before time began Grace was in the wings, such is the Love of God that there was preparation for a wrong choice. God was prepared for the entrance of sin into this good world and redemption was in the wings. This is a continuation of our mini series in the book of Origins (Genesis) about our Dignity, Identity & Purpose.

(i) am Back (where (i) belong)

(i)

been searching

for a long

Time

Carrying a

Heavy Load

(i)

have

Found

(i)

am Good

(i)’ve

made

a

Choice

between

(I)

am

Good

and

(I) am

Evil

Core Issues

Foundational

Kingdom

Matters

that

(i)

once knew

before

all the voices

Evil

a Heavy

Load

but not

(i)

but

Voyeur

an

Opportunist

a

False

Echo of

an Ancient

Lie

always

Naming me

attaching

 Value

Heavy with

Burden

(i)

Declare

to Be

Untrue

(i) am

a Son

who

Bears

Loves Image

(i)

am

Good

(i)

am Because

(i) am

Loved

From

Dust

but

what a

Breath

(i) really

am

(i)

Hear

Love

Calling

my

Secret

Name

attaching

Value

(i)

Declare

to Be

Truth

Private

Core Issues

Foundational

Kingdom

Matters

(i) see

a

Gate

Wide Open

(i) am

Being

Called

back to

The Garden

again

Back where

(i)

Belong

back in

The Fathers

Love

ANZAHOLYMAN

Death & Life (The Great Drama)

As the Hebrew scriptures teach God creates a material world in balance with the Spiritual one (One Kingdom Under God), as He surveys all that flowed through His great Logos (Christ)  God gives it all a Value by calling it Good.  Then the story continues  and God makes Man & Woman in the Image of the Godhead, decrees they are good and will live as ever-growing reflections of His love and Creativity in the cosmos. 

Now death enters the scene through a side door from the trickery of a (The Jealous One) and as both the Hebrew and Greek scriptures teach creation is ruled by this great death principle.  Instead of Life alone there is Good and Evil, Love and Fear and all the great dualities death brings into the realm of Life.  Behind all that death there is a another more powerful principle which is the principal of Life, which always seeks to overcome and overtake death and all its forms & consequences. 

One day in God’s Good time, this Principal of Life is revealed in the form of a Man (Jesus Christ) and He begins to speak the mysteries of God.  That He is Life & The Resurrection and that all creation shall one day be resurrected by the power of His Life, which flowed through Him into being at the Point of Origins.  Death is revealed to be just a temporary interloper, which although greatly feared is a resting place for those who God loved and called to live in simple faith.  Death is but a veil that keeps us from seeing clearly our value to God, His Christ and Spirit.  At the Cross it is death which is defeated by the resurrection of the Last Adam and His faithful obedience, with the promise that He was the first but not the Last. 

Two resurrections sit out on the horizon for all Mankind, the first for those who believed the tellings of God throughout the ages and lived as stewards of life in this world.  They are Physical Israel and her descendants who are always first and then the Church which is the Body of Christ reflected in the gentile nations. 

Wait though there is more, for these elect are resurrected for a purpose and not for a proud boasting.  There is still a work to be accomplished for like the first Adam and Eve, life must be taken out into the world that it be transformed and death finally defeated.  This is the second resurrection where those privileged to be the first like their Messiah humble themselves, to bring Light and Life to those of the second Resurrection. 

When God has restored all he has a claim on in Love, then that which refuses life whether it be men or angels are destroyed, for there is no life in them anymore.  Then the begining of a endless unfolding of new beginnings begins, and Death is no more!  Worlds without end amen, and Glory to God in the highest and to His Christ by the Power of His Spirit.

ANZAHOLYMAN