Upon This Rock

There is a horrible and devastating misuse of a single Scripture that has been infamous for centuries.  It’s not hidden, it has been carved in stone lifted up on high and declared openly in plain sight.  It can be seen scrolled on the inner ring of the base of the great dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.  Hundreds of millions of people have been deceived by it, for centuries.

It is a hijacking of the words of Jesus telling His disciples that His being the Messiah is the Rock of Revelation that He will build His Church on.  In the Scripture, Jesus didn’t ask who Peter was. He asked who do you say that I am. The twisting of this verse is the basis of all authority the Catholic church claims for itself.  The Catholic church like so many cults of Christianity misappropriated Scripture for its own purposes.

They have kidnapped these words from Jesus and changed them to say that Peter is the Rock that Jesus will build His church on – and it’s all a Lie.  Every bit of it.  As Peter was one of the Apostles, by perverting the Scripture and substituting Jesus with Peter they claim “apostolic succession” from Peter.  It is a term for an idea they made up. Making disciples is what Jesus commanded, they replaced it with apostolic succession.  Anything that opposes Christ or what he said is antichrist. The word Antichrist also means instead of Christ. If they admitted the error, the Catholic church would collapse.

No such succession exists anywhere in Scripture, not a little, not even a word – it’s all made up.  They practice and preach what they said themselves instead of what Christ said. This succeeding an apostle is one of several titles the pope claims, and it is the main title he proclaims – to be Peter’s successor.  Don’t be fooled by the gold and the glitter and everything shiny; the lovely buildings with stained glass, the marble columns the high altar. Don’t.  It’s all man made, and it’s all going to burn. Don’t be surprised when it does.

Peter was an apostle, but there were 11 others.  Paul was one after the 12. All of the apostles had disciples – just like Jesus did.  We know the names of many of their disciples, they were recorded in early Christian writings.  Some are named in the Bible.  Discipleship was the way ordained by God to expand and birth Ministry – it’s in the Scripture.  There is not some other way. Making disciples is the Great Commission that Jesus commanded. Not all are called to ministry, but everyone has to Grow Up in Christ.  Discipleship makes you grow up and become what you’re supposed to be in Him.  I’m an apostle with 12 disciples, but I’m not The Apostle – Jesus is. There are many others. Many apostles were prophets and teachers before becoming apostles, both in the Bible and today. You cannot Call yourself, the Bible says that very clearly.

If you are Called to ministry or any kind of leadership in the Body of Christ, it’s not for prestige but for service.  Service to the Master yes, but it is still service.  Leadership is not for privilege, it’s for responsibility. How refreshing the Truth sounds. Everything else is a bunch of self promoting, self aggrandizing glory robbing megalomania. In other words, the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher are there as Gifts from God to deal with Believers, or those who become Believers. By training them with the Word of God to do all the services [themselves] that build up the Body of Christ until everybody reaches the same level of Faith and Maturity. Which is a standard set by Christ, not you feeling that you’ve had enough. All of it is in the Bible, go look it up.

You can start by reading Ephesians 4: 11-24, and read it in several good translations, until you get it. I suggest the Amplified, NIV, Complete Jewish, God’s Word, and the Wuest translation, to name a few. If you put it in military terms [as the Bible often does] you have to go to bootcamp to be of any use as a soldier because you have to be trained. And no, going to church is not bootcamp – Discipleship is bootcamp. The church is filled with people who claim to have been in His Army for 20, 30, 40 years – and they don’t even know how to march! They have no weapons, some have only parts of a uniform, most have no uniform at all – and they don’t even know how to fight the Enemy. So most just shoot at or sabotage each other.

Reading the Bible yourself strengthens your Belief and builds up your Hope, but you have to hear the Anointed Preaching or Teaching of the Word to get the Faith you need. Many have thought for years that Faith came from reading the Bible – but the Bible doesn’t say that. If you read Romans 10 where this is talked about it covers Belief, Faith, Preachers and preaching – and what they’re preaching . . . the Word of Christ. And remember Christ isn’t Jesus’ last name, it’s the Greek word for the Hebrew word Messiah [Meshiac]. Both of which mean the Anointed One and/or His Anointing. It’s referring to those who are Authorized by God [not themselves] to preach and teach His Word. Which Authority is proven by the fact that they have the Anointing. Which not only makes you want to listen, it changes you while you do. But it only changes you a little bit at a time because that’s all we can handle. Teaspoon by teaspoon, brick by brick.

When you tie that in with Ephesians 4, you get a clear picture of what the 5 fold ministry is Called [Authorized] to do. But it’s your choice whether you submit to that Authority, or not. God will not make you. He’ll just look at the choice you made when He gets here. Discipleship is a getting up under someone with real Authority [from God], not just someone who says they have it. You can tell if they have real Authority because if they do – they will also have the Anointing. Which is power. Power to change your life, power to change the lives of others. This power comes from God’s Word, the Holy Spirit and the 5 Fold Ministry working together. All of which have been Ordained by Him in His Word. Your job is not to do the changing. Your job is just to stay plugged in, and let the power change you.

If you’ll look at the relationship between Moses and Joshua, Elijah and Elisha, Paul and Timothy [as well as Titus and Luke], Peter and Mark, John and Polycarp – the Scripture is filled with examples of Discipleship. It is the Biblical model, there is not something else. It’s like a Jedi padawan getting up under a Jedi Master. You don’t want to get up under just anybody, only someone who has the power of God’s Word and His Spirit working in the office of Ministry they stand in. With regular multiple signs miracles and wonders occurring as the Holy Spirit wills. These are called confirming signs in multiple Scriptures. Demonstrating both the Call by God to Ministry and His Approval of what is being ministered. Which is the only acceptable proof as set forth in the Bible, that God is behind you and what you are doing. People don’t like that because it eliminates the validity of most of the institutionalized religious church.

Any church or ministry that does not have the signs miracles and wonders demonstrating the active presence and power of God is pretending. I didn’t say that, the Bible does. If you don’t have the Anointing, get under someone who does so you can get it. Most of the ordained ministers in modern religious christianity only have a piece of paper. Ordination is not on paper, it never has been. Ordination is in power. The power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not go to seminary, nor did any of His disciples. In fact, they were completely rejected by the religious establishment of the day and their self appointed authority, who were devoid of any power. Just like today. These self ordained religious priests were the ones who actually killed Jesus. And the Bible says they did it out of Jealousy. They wanted what He had, but they didn’t want to do what He did to get it.

Religion is what man gives instead of coming up into the Relationship that only God has. For all who will let Him be God. In this life that relationship is called Salvation. It is a process not an event. You must decide for yourself if you want the dead dry religion of the world and it’s way of doing things, or true Faith in God. Which is the only way He does everything. Making disciples is the Great Commission. This whole thing is not about what you think you know, it’s about doing what you’re told. Which of course nobody wants to do. We need help.

All of us must learn to do what the Bible says instead of doing what we want. To live for Christ instead of living for Self. It does not sound very attractive to the Selfish nature of our Flesh, which is dying as we speak. Like all biological life, it’s time is very limited. All of the Time being given has been for one purpose: To give you a chance to join the Lord’s side, so that He can give you everything that He has. Here’s some of the best advice I could ever give you – always stay on the Lord’s side. The Bible speaks of a time before Adam and Eve, and there will be a time after this one. But the only ones who will be with Him there, are those that are with Him here. Who are you with . . .

Brother Greg
Full Grown Ministry

http://www.fullgrownministry.com

St. Peter's

The Fall Of World Religion (part II)

Mormons are not some higher form of Christians as they think themselves. They are followers of a dead man named Joseph Smith who was murdered by a mob of his own followers and whose own parents described in detail what a deceiver he was. Jehovah’s Witnesses are not a witness for Jehovah, they’re followers of a convicted perjurer named Charles Taze Russell. The modern ones try to distance themselves from their founder, but it’s all a Lie. Like the Mormons they have written their own bible, which has absolutely nothing to do with the Holy Bible of Christianity. Their version the New World Translation is an absolute fabrication. Stay away from it.

Calling them Russellites [as I do] would not only be more accurate, it would be telling the absolute truth! Christian Science isn’t the scientific branch of Christianity, there isn’t one. They’re followers of a woman named Mary Baker Eddy, who like so many cult leaders was an apostate of Christianity, not an Apostle of the Faith. I’m moving fast here so don’t get lost. Scientologists aren’t a blend of religious mixologists living in some colony on South Beach who delved into science in their spare time, like some upstanding bartenders who became religious investigators to lead people to the truth at the bottom of a new cocktail (sound silly – so is the religion).

They’re followers of a foolish old science fiction writer named L. Ron Hubbard, who before his death, publicly confessed to his scam. He wasn’t just a pretender, he was a bad pretender. Talk about a cheezy B movie. And now some professional pretenders in Hollywood can’t get enough of him. When you die, you go where your god is. You follow him after death the same way you followed him before it. There is no Allah or Buddha or Krishna. They are all pretend. None of them came from God and none of them went back to Him. You have to go through Christ and only Christ to get to Heaven. It is not an argument, the Bible is the Instruction Manual. It is not a plea for your agreement it is terms for your surrender. You either followed the Instructions or you did not.

Catholics aren’t followers of Christ, most don’t even know Him. Because they don’t know His Word. They are followers of a man called the pope who [along with the institution he heads], pretends he has the power to let them in or keep them out of Heaven. Which hardly qualifies as a really bad joke. Until about 50 or 60 years ago they were called papists, because he is the one they followed. His title[s] pope sounds oddly unchristian because it isn’t Christian at all, and is not in the Bible. Neither are the others, Pontifex Maximus or Vicar of Christ. Jesus did not call anybody these things at any time.  These men call themselves these things.

Mary isn’t the Mother of God, it’s blasphemy just to say such a thing. God doesn’t have a mother, or don’t you read the Bible. This Queen of Heaven she’s been made into and the image of mother and child were taken directly from the Cult of Babylon. Their addition to Christianity did not improve it, they Corrupted it. The hybrid that Catholicism made out of  it is a complete perversion. Mary was a teenage virgin Hebrew girl like many of her day, that God Almighty chose to use as a vessel to bring forth the physical body that His Son would use when He became a man 2000 years ago in Palestine. We honor her just as we honor all believers who came before us and did their part, but she has absolutely no Divinity whatsoever. Except the access to Divinity that we are all offered in Christ – if we Obey Him.

You can’t just make stuff up as you go and call yourself Christian, nobody can. Christians believe what the Christ said. Believers believe the Bible. If you don’t believe the Bible you are not a Believer. You might as well join the gay church or the church of Satan, they have much more in common with each other than anything to do with Christianity. Error is error, and God has one answer for all of it. A very hot fire. But no one has to go there, unless they insist upon it.

The pope isn’t a successor of the Apostle Peter, but of the Roman Emperors morphed into religious authority. The emperor just changed clothes, that’s all. Nuns didn’t come out of any part of Christianity, they don’t even exist there. They are a continuation [ideologically] of the Vestal Virgins of the Roman Empire, pure paganism. Born out of Babylon. It’s exactly the same with the celibate Priesthood living as monks while forcing their sex on each other and the children of their followers. The priests of the Babylonian cult had everyone confess their sins to them so they could know what was going on in the village, and better control or influence events. Direct predecessors of the cult of Catholicism.

None of that has anything at all to do with Biblical Christianity, none of it. It is to be found nowhere in Judaism or the Christianity that fulfilled all the prophecies of Judaism. Such things don’t even exist in the Scripture. Yes they can [and do] take fragments of Scripture out of context, and like all religious people twist them to their own ends. The Bible itself speaks of people doing this very thing 2000 years ago. Anyone could make any book say anything they wanted by doing that. We look at Scripture in the Light of other Scripture, remember. That’s the key to a proper understanding. You have to both look at it [in the micro] and take it as a whole [in the macro] because the whole thing is saying something. God has been saying for a long time. Nothing in the earth is more important than what God is saying. Right now.

to be continued-

Brother Greg
Full Grown Ministry

http://www.fullgrownministry.com

The Fall of World Religion

Listen, catholic is just a Latin word that means “universal.” It is not the name of the first church, the original church, and certainly not of any Christian church. There is a distinction between Catholic and Christian to this very day because there has always been one. The word catholic in the first several centuries of early Christianity was used the same way we would use Body of Christ, or the Church at large, or the global Christian Fellowship – referring to all believers everywhere. Long before there was ever an official church by that name. I’m talking centuries before. This isn’t something hidden, it’s just something not talked about. Among clergy theologians scholars [on both sides] or just good students of the Bible and Christianity. It is well known, and always has been.

These practices [of Catholicism] are nothing more than religious tradition which are actually part of a much older pagan religious system called the Cult of Babylon, or Babylonian Cult System. Which is actually the oldest religion in the earth. Don’t mistake Religious Tradition as something light or harmless, it is nothing of the sort. The religious tradition of men is the the chief enemy of the Word of God in the earth. Jesus said the traditions of men make the Word of God of no effect. And He said it several times.  That means it makes the Bible useless. You don’t have to believe me, go look it up in the Bible yourself.

I realize much of this might be new to you if you haven’t studied these things, but the knowledge of it isn’t new. It’s just another one of those things not talked about. In case you didn’t know it they worship Mary and the saints as well. Which is strictly forbidden by Scripture. It is nothing short of blasphemy. And you can’t say “no, they include Jesus too!” Cause I’ll just tell you what the Bible says – God is not worshiped when He’s worshiped also, He’s worshiped when He’s worshiped Only! Worship is and was always meant only for Him. That’s why everything else tries to get it from us – to take it from Him.

The dominant religion in Rome before it’s conversion to Christianity in the 4th century was the Cult of Babylon. When this Cult began to fade in popularity most of its core practices were attached to and blended with the rising Christianity. Effectively making it not Christianity at all. The Emperors of Rome were the de facto head of the religion [for centuries] until the late 4th century when the Emperor Gratian refused to carry the mantle the previous emperors had commonly worn, that of the high priest of this most ancient religious system. Whereupon a slim shady character named Damasus, who was the head of the Christian church in Rome at that time [also called a Church Father], immediately took advantage of the opening – bam! Giving us the birth of the Catholic church.

Now it took centuries for it to organize and grow into the religious system it became, but like all cults (offshoots, perversions) of Christianity, it began with a person. In this case a man who actually had some authority within and knowledge of [real] Christianity, combined both that and his office of a church father with that of being the high priest of the cult of Babylon – and gave us the largest, longest running, most powerful christian cult in History. Don’t despair, the Mormons are catching up quickly (proportionally)! Both of which are completely devoid of any true power [which is all Spiritual, and only comes from God – to do only what He said]. Yet they do have a lot of power in a political sense within their own worldly religious camps. True Christianity had been here since Jesus started it, and still flourishes today. Uninterrupted. It did not come from Catholicism, it was never a part of it.

The protestant reformation is something that happened within the Catholic Church itself, when a bunch of their own people walked out. It had nothing to do with Christianity. Which had already been in full swing for centuries. Martin Luther was a Catholic professor in a catholic seminary before he repented, and became a Christian. He didn’t start something, he left something, and took a bunch of people with him. After this devastating blow of the loss of so many people and so much income they had to come up with a new marketing strategy. So they decided to lean further toward their pagan roots and add five books from the apocrypha which were never part of the Bible, to make their version unique. An invented corruption. Less accurate and more pagan mythology. All catholic bibles should be burned.

The popes aren’t successors of Peter, they are a continuation of the Roman emperors morphed into religious authority.  An authority they claim is from God, but which they only gave to themselves. To untangle the mess of world religion you can keep it very simple by remembering that they are all followers of a person, or lesser still [for many] what a person had to say during the short time they were here. Well they all had something to say, but only One had any power. In fact, now He has all the Power. That was Jesus. Those who really follow Him walk in that Power today on some level. One of the many facets of that Power was the ability to overcome Death, which He defeated when He came back from it in the Resurrection.

That’s what the pagan celebration of Easter was attached to on the Christian side. The Resurrection of Christ. He died so we wouldn’t have to. He didn’t do it for Himself – He did it for us. No one else came back from the dead! None of these other fools who started their own religions. None of them. There are many Christians raising people from the dead today. Not a single person in these other religions heals the sick, casts out demons, or raises the dead – because they can’t. No one in their religion has any power, and you either have the Power or you don’t. The rest is just talk. The power is the proof. If you don’t have the power you’re just pretending. Now for those of you really searching for the Truth – you’ll key in on what I just said. For those thinking this was written for their Approval, it’ll go right over their head.

part I of a 3 part series

to be continued –

Brother Greg
Full Grown Ministry

http://www.fullgrownministry.com

[an abridged excerpt from a chapter in my coming book]  Quo Vadis