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Biblical exegesis

 

Real Christianity and New Reformation (part 1)

 

 

Gabriel Baicu

11. 11.  2012

     

This reform involves replacing institutional authority with the principle of Christian love which is the exact opposite of this type of authority, enjoyed by institutional churches. In other words, religious institutions, as such, will not disappear but will be counted in, more and more, as a secondary factor for human salvation. The main factor is very God, direct and personal relationship with Him and He shall occupy the chief place in the life of the believer and not institutional churches. Church is not an intermediary between man and God. The true Church of God is constituted by all the saved and all individuals are firstly saved, than members of the true Church of God, and not the other way around. The path to salvation is Christ, but not only as a mean but also as a purpose. In order to be saved, one has to be like Christ, willing to live and to die for the ‘other.’ The church is not giving us salvation, but Christ, who lives in us, leads us to His only Church and gives us salvation. If someone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. (Romans 8, 9) Love of divine nature is the opposite of authority, in spiritual matters, as it is based on self-sacrifice and not on imposing religious doctrines or dogmas on others.

The institutional structure of the Churches is not necessary, it is sometimes even dangerous, because religious institutions tend to usurp the privileged place that only God deserves to have in our consciences. These religious institutions squeeze us any kind of spiritual vigour, by proliferating their institutional interests ahead of our spiritual salvation. Institutional churches overlap our consciences, informed directly by God and lead us where they want and where our presence may be useful to them. The true Church of God is a spiritual entity and not an institutional one and consists of all those who are born again of God, which are written in the book of life, from the foundation of the world and who love each other as we had Christ loving us. There is only one Church of God and at the same time there are many religious institutions which are fighting each other to attract members for their organizations.

   Institutionalization of the Christian Church has not always existed; it has a historical character, has a beginning and has an end. (Revelation 17; 1) It shall be an end anyway and John's Revelation book tells us that religious organizations character, hardened into a religious complex will ultimately be responsible for persecuting spiritually regenerated Christians. (Revelation of John 17, 6) The time will come, when God's people will have to live Babylon, a symbolic name for the institutional churches, because there will be no longer any place for them. These truths must be told now, because then, when the times will be on, they will be very hard to be said. Let's imagine, for a moment, the Kingdom of God! Will the saved have authority over each other? Will be priests or bishops, pastors or with other words church functions, and the majority will be just a passive viewer? Surely not, because the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the ocean is, by the waters that it covers it. (Isaiah 11; 9) Do not forget that the Kingdom of God is within us and is not in the system of any Christian religious institution. (Luke 17, 21) We do not need to seek God outside of us if He dwells in us. (John 14, 23) Whoever doesn’t have God in him or she uselessly endeavors to find Him in institutional Churches. God does not dwell in buildings built by human hands, but only in human beings. (1 Corinthians 3; 16) God doesn’t address us as undifferentiated masses but as individuals. Salvation is linked to spiritual progress of our consciences and internal transformation of man and not with the development or numerical progression of religious institutions. We do not have to be good Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Greek Catholics, Protestants, Baptists, Pentecostals, etc. We must be just good Christians and sometimes between these two levels there is inconsistency; for example, when there is division between the various Christian denominations and intolerance and when we want to monopolize certain truths, which we consider to be the exclusive preserve of  the Christian confession of which we belong. Some of us, the Christians, believe that the power of the Holy Spirit and its manifestations are only possible to be experienced by the members of the Pentecostal institutional movements. This is a serious error, with dramatic consequences for many believers. All Christians, regardless of their denominational allegiance are invited to enjoy the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit and conditioning that with the appurtenance of some Christian denominations, is more than harmful. One should not become a Pentecostal Christian in order to be endowed with the Holy Spirit and to do miracles. An Orthodox Christian, Roman Catholic Christian, etc. has everything he or she needs in order to be born again and that through it, to fully manifest the power of God. If someone has the personal conviction that it is necessary to move from one Christian denomination to another, it is another matter and no one can prevent or hinder anything to the freedom of conscience of someone else. What matters, however, before God, is not to belong to a particular Christian denomination, but to belong to Him. If, for example, a Roman Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant Christian, rather than leaving the denomination in which he or she was born, after he or she had received the filling with the Holy Spirit remains among those with whom he or she lived until then, the scale of the spiritual work can be grater. This spiritual and practical work, essential to Christianity will develop an unprecedented scope, with enormous benefits for many believers. We will see a genuine spiritual reformation when we will stop putting the interests of the Christian denominations before the interests of the people of God. Please visit www.theonespiritualchurch.com

 

Content of messages

Model of the first Christian communities (12. 03. 2013)  The distinction between institutional and non institutional Christianity, consists in the fact that, in the early Christian Church, the spiritual element was more present than the institutional one. It was a time when the institution was not there, it only started to be formed gradually. The Christians were persecuted and their communities were based on the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit, rather than on the exegesis of the written texts of the canonic Bible. There was a risk being Christian. I refer to the risk of martyrdom. During the apostles’ era, only people truly called by God came to God. ... (read more!) Knowledge puffs up, while love builds up (12. 03. 2013)  Although the existence of a single Church of God is a fact well demonstrated in the Bible, we can not accept the principle of the uniqueness of the Church of God if we don’t accept the validity of the water baptism of the young children. Why? This is because, otherwise, we have to ask all Christians to be baptized at maturity, and where, most likely, that this does not happen, many Orthodox Christians and not only would remain on the outside. If our own salvation through faith is a gift from God, what right have anyone to judge whether a person is saved or not, regardless of the age when the water baptism took place, as long as that person has personal faith in God? ... (read more!) Faith without love is dead (12. 03. 2013)  Jesus died for us on the cross. What does this mean? He sacrificed Himself voluntarily for us and for our benefit. What for? This is the big question: What we gain from His sacrifice? We gain a justification, a grace, not depending on us, but which becomes effective for us when we believe in this grace. From this point of view, grace is universal in that it applies to all those who believe in God. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." (John 3, 16 NRSV) In other words, we have access by faith to God, free and guaranteed full access. This access does not mean automatically that all they have it is using it correctly. The gift of God is dependent on our faith, but we have to receive correctly what we are given ... (read more!) It is more blessed to give than to receive (12. 03. 2013)  What kind of God do we have? It is one who believes that "giving" is more satisfying than “receiving.” (Acts 20: 35) From this we can draw many conclusions. Firstly, the image that God is an absolute master, requiring blind obedience from us, proves, once again, to be a false one. God does not expect us to give him anything, but he wants to give us its treasures of wisdom and knowledge. God needs people who know how to accept and appreciate what they get. The heavenly Father is not a selfish Person who expects us to give him glory, praise and other forms of recognition that they produce complacency. ... (read more!) Turning to Christ (12. 03. 2013)  I advocate a return to Christ, not only to the Bible, not just to the first Christian communities, the so-called apostolic Church. Why? I found that it takes a continuation of the Reformation, a New Reformation even, in order to deepen what others, in the past have started. Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and others reacted correctly to the development of Christianity in its almost one and a half millennia of history. The problem is not how far they went with their Reformation, but from where they started it. In the mean-time almost another half millennia passed away and many things have changed in the way that humanity perceives the possibility of the existence of God and the right approach to Him, but most importantly in the interpretation of the biblical texts ... (read more!) Born from above or sinners (12. 03. 2013)  No man on earth can stop sinning as long as it is still motivated by his human nature. Why? This is because every man is a sinner in God's sight precisely because of his human nature. Sin dwells in us, in our genes, in our most profound structure. I don’t refer here to facts considered criminal or offensive by the society, which are also sins in God’s eyes, because all this can be prevented by education. There are many citizens all over the world, who never performed any crimes or offences, in their entire life. Nevertheless, this time I want to speak about the interior movements of any human being and to the visible sins. Hard to be seen from the outside, some sins, such as: malice, hypocrisy, envy, greed, indifference, selfishness etc. ... (read more!) Looking for the true Church of God (07. 10. 2012)  In the context of the existence of so many Christian denominations the question about the true Church of God is entirely justified. Each and every Church presents us with the claim that it is the true Church of God and that its doctrine is the correct one and maintains that all other Christian doctrines are marred by mistakes. It is understandable that the universal spiritual experience of Christianity is mirrored by the cultural traditions of the receivers and that these traditions leave their marks on the particular mode of expression of faith. The forms of expression of Christianity in Brasilia, in Siberia, in Africa or in North Europe are not the same. The way I approach the subject is not so much influenced by this acknowledgement, because I am not concerned primarily by the modes of manifestation, individualised by cultural expressions, of the Christian movement. I am mostly concerned with the doctrinal differences of diverse Christian denominations, inscribed in their doctrines and dogmas and which differentiates them. The acceptance of certain specificities doesn’t affect the unity of Christianity if there is an accord on the principle of the imperfection of human knowledge, concerning the issues of faith. There are two kinds of unity, spiritual unity and institutional unity. ... (read more!) Is the Church One or many? (Part I.) (07. 10. 2012) The unity of the True Church of God is not only a past or future event, it is a present, and actual reality. This is one of the best demonstrate teachings, in the New Testament, but also one of the most neglected. Why is so neglected? Because many see a possible threat to the stability of the religious institutions, and prefer not to speak at all about that. What are then the biblical foundations for the thesis that, in the present time, there is in fact One true Church of God, and many religious institutions? The whole development starts with the text existent in the gospel of John, chapter 17, where we learn that, before being crucified, Jesus prayed to the Father that all Christians to be one. I have to say that there are at least 15 years that I maintain that this is a very important set of teachings, ... (read more!) Is the Church One or many? (Part II.) (03. 11. 2012) The relationships which binds together the born again Christians, from all over the world, and all times, it is not a conventional or organizational one, in the sense of the religious organizations or institutions, it is not even a connection based on the same cultural values. I will try to describe this relationship through an analogy. Let’s say that a very influent, and reach person organizes a party. The reach person knows many people, but the guests themselves don’t know each other, at least not all of them. All the guests will arrive at a certain point to know each other, when the party will be on, but this was possible by the initiative of the influent person, not by the actions or decisions taken by the guests themselves. Something similar happens with the Church of God. We don’t know each other, but Jesus knows every one of us. ... (read more!) Real Christianity and New Reformation (part 1) (11. 11. 2012) This reform involves replacing institutional authority with the principle of Christian love which is the exact opposite of this type of authority, enjoyed by institutional churches. In other words, religious institutions, as such, will not disappear but will be counted in, more and more, as a secondary factor for human salvation. The main factor is very God, direct and personal relationship with Him and He shall occupy the chief place in the life of the believer and not institutional churches. Church is not an intermediary between man and God. The true Church of God is constituted by all the saved and all individuals are firstly saved, than members of the true Church of God, and not the other way around. The path to salvation is Christ, but not only as a mean but also as a purpose. In order to be saved, one has to be like Christ, willing to live and to die for the ‘other.’ The church is not giving us salvation, but Christ, who lives in us, leads us to His only Church and gives us salvation. ... (read more!) Religious intolerance in Christianity (11. 11. 2012) I can not say, with absolute certainty that the best option for water baptism is the child or the adult, but I can safely say that we must respect the beliefs of everyone in this and in all other aspects of spiritual life. Christian faith is based on their beliefs and not "absolute truths." Certainly any Christian believes that Jesus is the Way, Truth and Life, for them, that is a truth with absolute value. But I do mean to relative doctrinal truths that claim to be "absolute truths." Latter does not exist and everyone who says that he or she has such "absolute truths" lies. In the Bible, in Mark 16 to 16, says that he who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the text does not exist in the first manuscripts of the Gospel of Mark and hence in the original manuscripts, after which, receive copies were made. The original text of the Gospel of Mark was lost. As there are no other NT texts to confirm that Jesus said these words, those in Mark 16 to 16 must be put in question. We know we have to go through water baptism, but to be honest, outside our inauthentic text of the Gospel of Mark 16; 16, we have no Biblical basis requiring firmly the principle that water baptism of adults is the norm. ... (read more!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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