A NEW CHRISTIANITY
Before I can introduce you to this “New Christianity” let’s get a few things straight.
First, if you’re bristling with anger at the very idea of a “New Christianity”, good! And if you’re someone who has already discovered the extreme disconnect between what Jesus taught in the Bible and what Christianity teaches, and you’re excited about learning more, that’s even better! I’m looking for people who are passionate about truth. So anger is OK. But only if you’re willing to honestly consider what God has taught me over the past 43 years.
You heard that right. God taught me. Soon after I was saved I wanted to go back to school to get a divinity degree but as I prayed about it God said “No”, that I was to continue hearing and doing God’s will and through that process God would teach me heavenly things I could not learn in divinity school.
Actually, that process had already begun 3 months earlier. I was in a car with three of my closest friends when we were immersed in God’s light; a light so bright that it blocked out everything in this world; a light so powerful that it rendered all of us motionless and unable to speak. But while my friends experienced nothing further, I was taken to heaven, ordained by an angel and told that God had chosen me, that I was to bring change to the church and this change would come through the renewal of our minds, our gathering into community and our ability to abide in Christ and God.
In my Bible studies and research, I’d already discovered there were over 33,800 denominations and that each denomination focused on a few key scriptures, often taking them out of context or twisting their meaning so as to fit their precious doctrines. However, at the time I agreed to accept God as my teacher, I had no idea as to the width and breadth of Christianity’s deception, the degree to which it needed to change, or that it would take over four decades before God would give me the green light to launch this ministry!
The foundation upon which Christianity was built, was not Jesus and His Twelve Apostles, as Revelations 21:14 clearly reveals it should have been (“Now the wall of the [heavenly] city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”). The foundation upon which the religion of Christianity was built was Jesus and 13 Apostles. Paul was a self-appointed thirteenth Apostle (read the Biblical record; the remaining eleven got together and chose Mathias, NOT Paul, as the twelfth Apostle). As I later came to understand, and subsequent revelations from the Dead Sea Scrolls has revealed, Paul was a usurper who introduced a number of key ideas and doctrines that transformed Christianity into the institutional religion it is today.
If you’ll participate in an open minded study of Christ’s teachings, as I did, (now made possible through enrollment in “RENEW-GATHER-BUILD”), comparing what Jesus taught with the doctrines and traditions of Christianity, you too will discover how the early Church was deceived by Paul.
Christianity was deceived by Paul’s anti-Golden-Rule views: on women being sub-servient, forbidden from teaching or preaching; and on slaves and slavery, promoting the idea of remaining slaves and masters so as to win over the other to Christ.
And Christianity was deceived by Paul’s pro-Old Covenant, pro-government views: on the establishment of an ecclesiastic hierarchy [apostles, bishops, priests, deacons, elders, teachers] who ruled over a submissive laity; and on the establishment of that false idea concerning government leaders, an idea that led directly to the uniting of Church and State, and their 1400-year reign of terror, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God.” (Romans 13:1-2). No one in their right mind would agree with this premise, for that would mean dictators like Hitler, who killed many millions, were “appointed by God” as Paul claims.
Here are some of the things we believe and teach at RENEW-GATHER-BUILD:
1) We reject the Old Covenant religious structure that Christianity borrowed from Judaism.
We reject religion because Jesus rejected religion. The Old Covenant religious structure of Judaism was a continuation of that ageless desire to control people (the laity) by empowering its religious institutions and leaders. Christ’s, “Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees” teachings makes it abundantly clear that He viewed religion as essentially hypocritical. Here is a list of Old Covenant traditions Christianity borrowed:
a) Christianity likewise divided believers into clergy and laity, and trained the clergy to, “Serve the copy and shadow of heavenly things” (Hebrews 8:4-5).
b) Christianity likewise established similar physical, tangible substitutes for God’s invisible “heavenly things.” We call those substitutes “The Book” (the Talmud & the Bible), “The Body” (God’s physical Presence in Power; represented in Judaism by the Ark of the Covenant and in Christianity as Jesus, “God in the flesh”), and “The Building” (the Temple & the Church).
c) Christianity likewise set up an ecclesiastic hierarchy of religious middlemen, Apostles, Bishops, Priests (or Pastors), Deacons, Elders and theology Professors, to maintain institutional order and control.
d) Christianity likewise demanded that the laity obey and submit to the authority of those religious middlemen (as in Hebrews 13:17, “Obey those who rule over you and be submissive”).
e) Christianity likewise created doctrines that: 1) Forbids or limits access to God (in Judaism only the High Priest could enter the “Holy of Holies”; in Christianity, the doctrine of the Trinity says only Jesus can be one with God), and 2) Closes off their Holy books by declaring no one can add any new Word from God (in Christianity this doctrine is called “The Sufficiency of Scripture”).
2) We especially reject the Old Covenant need for religious middlemen, religious forms of Godliness and religious traditions.
According to Jesus, these are the things that contribute to, “Making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down.” (Mark 7:13). Jesus added at the end of that statement, “And many such things you do”, meaning that traditions aren’t limited to the small things religious men do. We know this because Jesus often railed against those traditions that formed the very structure of Judaism, including:
a) How they worshipped, “You Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship… ‘Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father… true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for… God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.’” (John 4:19-24).
b) How they kept or didn’t keep the laws of Moses, which Jesus summed up as, love God and love your neighbor, “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:35-40).
c) The end of their hierarchy of religious leaders, “Do not be called Teacher” or “Rabbi” (Matthew 23:8-10).
d) And their inability to see the scriptures as a guidebook to knowing God’s Spirit and experiencing God’s Power, “You do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Mark 12:24).
3) Christ’s teachings ushered in a New Covenant that is Spirit-centered.
In order to embrace God’s New Covenant, we must first understand that it is, “NOT of the letter but of the Spirit”! We believe every true believer who wants to grow spiritually has only one choice, to leave Christianity and its Old Covenant religious structure (“Of the letter”), in order to fully embrace God’s New Covenant “Of the Spirit”:
“God… has made us sufficient as ministers of the New Covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:5-6); and “None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.” Hebrews 8:11).
Christ’s teachings give individual believers direct access to God via our spiritual rebirth, the indwelling Holy Spirit as teacher, and our ability to Abide as one in Christ and God (read John 17!).
We accept the importance of the Biblical record of God’s word to man; we acknowledge that much of it was God-inspired and, “Profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). But though the scriptures can equip us for the work of God, it cannot empower us. This is why the scriptures says, “The letter kills but the Spirit gives Life”.
Christianity, as a religion, has chosen to focus on the scriptures to the exclusion of spiritual experience, therefore it does not understand the nature of the written word, that it can only instruct and correct but has no life in itself. It was this same focus on the scriptures that prevented the learned Pharisees from seeking the experience, life and guidance of God’s Spirit, prompting Jesus to say, “You do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Mark 12:24). Therefore, understanding Christ’s teachings are Spirit-centered, we reject the Church-centered Christianity of Catholicism and the Bible-centered Christianity of Protestantism.
4) We reject as evil and anti-Christ the two main doctrines of Christianity, The Trinity and The Sufficiency of Scripture.
For 2000 years the laity has been told they can never Abide as “One with the Father” like Jesus. But in John 17:22, we find Jesus praying, “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one”. The belief in the Trinity makes Jesus Christ a liar, for it denies Christ’s prayer on our behalf, and falsely claims that only Jesus can be one with the Father.
But just as we can abide as one with God’s Perspective, God’s Purpose and share in the receipt and distribution of God’s Power, achieving a unity with those three aspects of God but NOT a union, so it was with Jesus. As Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21), but entrance into the Holy of Holies, where God is Present in Power, is denied to those who believe that anti-Christ doctrine called the Trinity.
For 2000 years the clergy has been telling the laity they can never receive a new and living Spirit Word from God. But God’s Word is likened to a River of Life, “Proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Revelation 22:1), and we all know that rivers never cease giving their water of life. So it is with the living Spirit Word of God.
The doctrine Christianity created to prevent believers from receiving a new Word from God is called “The Sufficiency of Scripture”. Basically it says that once God completed the miraculous process of delivering the living Spirit Word to Jesus and His Apostles, and it was written down by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that was it! No more Word of God because everything that is needed for our salvation is in the Bible.
How convenient for the seminaries and Bible colleges and all the clergymen who must prepare sermons, since that doctrine locked up the existing knowledgebase and allowed it to be neatly divided into unchanging sections. There would have been no teaching schools if the scriptures could be continually added to and changed!
We know that Jesus said His disciples would be those who “Continue in my Word” (John 8:31). For 2000 years the laity has been told that this Word Jesus said we must continue in, is the Bible. But we know there was no New Testament writings at the time Jesus spoke those words. We know the New Testament scriptures weren’t written till decades after Christ’s death. And we know the Bible as we know it wasn’t finally approved (canonized) by the Catholic Church until near the end of the 4th century.
All of this is proof that the Word Jesus said we must continue in wasn’t the Bible. It was, and is, the living Spirit Word of God that Jesus claimed to continually receive from His Heavenly Father and to speak on the Father’s behalf (and Jesus said of this Spirit Word from the Father, “My words are Spirit and they are Life” - John 6:63).
Christianity’s false understanding about the word of God, when coupled with The Sufficiency of Scripture doctrine, ended any possibility that believers could receive a new and living Spirit Word from God. Thus, the Trinity doctrine prevented believers from seeking entrance into that Holy of Holies of God’s kingdom within; and The Sufficiency of Scripture doctrine prevented believers from hearing God speak a new and living Spirit Word, even if by chance they should find their way to the kingdom’s entrance within!
And so it is that I can repeat these words of Jesus, uttered so long ago against the religious middlemen of His day and the religion He was born into, directing them to every ordained member of Christianity’s clergy: “You do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Mark 12:24).
The truth is, in spite of these two doctrines we know that even today, especially in evangelical circles, Christians believe God has spoken to them in answer to their prayers. So Christianity has resorted to word games, calling such communications from God a “Word of wisdom” or a “Word of knowledge” (1 Corinthians 12:8). But once a Christian begins to receive God’s living Spirit Word, there is no longer a need for such doctrinal word games. If a believer receives a word from God, it is the Word of God!
5) Knowing these truths, and knowing from the scriptures that believers are kept in a permanent state of spiritual infancy, we choose to leave behind the hypocrisy of that religion called Christianity.
Christianity preaches over and over the same six “Elementary principles of Christ” outlined in Hebrews 6:1-2 (repentance and salvation, faith, baptisms, healing, the resurrection and eternal judgement). The writer of Hebrews, in chapter 5, verse 12, exhorts his fellow believers to grow spiritually: “By this time you ought to be teachers, [but] you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God (“first principles” are listed in Hebrews 6:1-2 as those six “Elementary principles of Christ”); and you have come to need milk and not solid food.”
Yes, spiritual milk is needed, as Peter makes clear, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2), but milk is only needed while we are still spiritual babes, “For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the Word of Righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:13-14).
What we learn here is that God’s solid spiritual food is the “Word of Righteousness” and since our ability to feed on God’s “Word of Righteousness” distinguishes spiritual babes from spiritual adults, we must ask ourselves: “What is this ‘Word of Righteousness’”? And how do we get skilled in its use, so that our senses are attuned to receiving it, so that we are able to better discern what is good and what is evil?
6) We acknowledge that Christ-centered meditation is the highest form of prayer; we acknowledge the Bible’s command to meditate daily; and we acknowledge this truth, that after 10 years of prayer for the best, most effective form of Christian meditation, God has given to the world, “Christ-Centered, Glory2Glory, Transforming Meditation” (CC-G2G-TM).
This meditation method was given to me by God, during a time of homelessness in my life and as mentioned, was the answer to my 10 years of prayer regarding the best, most effective way to meditate. CC-G2G-TM is how we become skilled in receiving God’s solid food, that “Word of Righteousness” which is God’s living Word, a Spirit Word that comes to believers who have “ears to hear”, who have exercised their spiritual senses by frequently entering God’s kingdom within, and spending long hours with God. Yes, “God is a rewarder of those who [by faith] diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6); but first one must have the faith to believe God still speaks His living, Spirit Word to those who meditatively listen, and that it is possible to Abide as One with God and Christ. If one accepts the doctrines of The Trinity and The Sufficiency of Scripture, this is not possible.
7) We understand Christ’s Parable of the Sower, which tells us the “Word of the Kingdom” (i.e. “Word of Righteousness”) is something a believer “Hears”, “Understands” and then multiplies.
The New Covenant tells us this “Word of the Kingdom” is written on a believer’s heart and mind (Hebrews 8:10); comes directly from the “mouth” of the Father to the believer’s spiritual “ears” (“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4); and this results in the ability to “KNOW the Lord”.
This KNOWING comes from the teaching of God’s Holy Spirit and is far superior to Christianity’s religious tradition of relying upon human teachers and the reading of scripture. For though the scriptures are inspired and useful “For doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”, they can only provide the believer with more information ABOUT God. What the Bible’s authors wrote ABOUT God cannot replace the believer’s first-hand experience of coming into God’s Presence and receiving the Power of God’s Holy Spirit Word! This is why the scriptures tell us that under the New Covenant, “No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.” (Hebrews 8:11).
The Bible should be seen for what it is, the truth about THE TRUTH. It is a guidebook, the word about the WORD of God. I have no objection to calling the Bible “The written word of God”, just so long as we understand it’s not all God’s word (some is the devil speaking, and Paul admits that some of what he’s written is his opinion), and that what is written is ALWAYS corruptible. The true and original Word that comes from God is written on the heart and mind of a believer, arriving as the life-giving, incorruptible, Spirit Word. And lest you still doubt this, read 2 Corinthians 3:5-6, “God… made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills [the Spirit], but the Spirit gives life.” Furthermore, the true Word of God can neither be destroyed, nor bought and sold as Bibles can.
8) We acknowledge “Christ’s 9 Principles” are His promised “Keys of the Kingdom”, that Principle #9, “Abide as One”, destroys religious mindsets, and this leads to True Spirituality and True Worship.
Dear fellow believer, as a Son or Daughters of God you have a responsibility to be the Priest of the Lord God called you to be, to enter God’s kingdom within, to immerse yourself in its River of Life, and therein to meditatively receive that living, Spirit Word that God desires to write upon your heart and mind today. This is how we are sanctified… this is how we are able to abide as one with Christ and with God. But this state of True Spirituality is only made possible by obedience to Christ’s seventh, eighth, and ninth Principles, “Hear God’s Voice” (Mt. 4:4; De. 4:10), “Silently Pray-Meditate” (Mt. 6:5-8) and “Abide as One” (John 15:1-8; 17:23). So, let us read and never forget Christ’s prayer on our behalf in John 17, a chapter that utterly destroys the false interpretation of John 10:10 (“I and my Father are One”), a passage that traditional Christianity believes to be proof that Jesus Christ is “God in the flesh”.
When we learn how-to “Silently Pray-Meditate”, when we are able to “Hear God’s Voice”, and when we seek to “Abide as One”, as Jesus tell us to do, then we are able to hear God’s Word and continue in it. This is how we achieve that Abiding Oneness Jesus prayed for us to experience: “Now I come to You [Father]… I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth… I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:13-24).
By now it should be obvious that this oneness Jesus enjoyed with His Heavenly Father was a shared oneness, a unity, not a union, a oneness with God’s Perspective, God’s Purposes and God’s Power, not a merging oneness. This merging oneness belief is held by those with an Eastern religious mindset, such as New Agers, and this mindset was reinforced by the false, LSD drug induced feeling of a merging, dissolving oneness with nature. But as I witnessed, when I was taken to heaven, my self-awareness and the better parts of my character were carried over to the other side (for upon entering heaven I was compelled by my own sense-bound, sinful nature to prostrate myself before God’s all-pervasive holiness, a holiness that we in this world cannot comprehend, and in an instant, to consciously choose to let go of my human nature and clothe myself with God’s Spirit nature). More important to my heavenly sojourn was the question I asked of God’s angels, for they formed a wall in front of me that stretched as far as I could see in any direction. In heaven there is an instantaneous thought transference, so I received an answer almost as soon as I asked, “Why have you formed this wall in front of me?” And an angel answered, saying, “It is for your protection, to prevent you from being immersed in the fullness of God’s light, lest you be unable to return to your physical body.”
In that moment I understood this truth, no flesh could survive the fullness of God’s light, as the vibrational frequency of God’s Spirit realm is incompatible with the vibrational frequency of our fleshly body, and this understanding provides further proof that the Christian concept of the Trinity and Jesus as “God in the Flesh” is a lie.
9) It is the experience of this Abiding Oneness that allows God’s people to truly fulfill these words of Jesus Christ: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
The Quakers of old understood how to truly worship God, like no other Christian groups before or since. This was revealed to me before I became a Christian, when God led me to help a Quaker family in a small Quaker community in Argenta, British Columbia, Canada. It was over three years later, after I became a born again Christian and was taken to heaven, that I came to understand the “Spirit and Truth” part of what I experienced. I’m not advocating for Quakerism (Religious Society of Friends), only that we adapt their form of worship.
The Quaker’s method of worship, which was established more than 350 years ago, is done in silent reverence (which is what happens to anyone who is immersed in the awesome power of God’s Spirit; something reinforced by my heavenly experience) and meditative waiting for God to speak (“Thy Word is Truth” John 17:17). The power of that worship service was far beyond anything I had ever experienced in any traditional church worship service. Occasionally a member of their Quaker fellowship would rise to break the silence, but only if they were certain they felt they had a word from God to share. What I noticed that day, besides the Power of God’s Presence, was a sense that God almighty was speaking directly to me. This was not some emotional high generated by a carefully programmed worship service, which focuses entirely on the words of man in their religious songs and their religious preaching. This Quaker service focused on experiencing the Presence of God’s Spirit and on the words of God. Even as a non-Christian at the time, I knew the power generated during that worship service was absolutely not man-made.