(/sigh…)  Toned down a little…

As I sat on that ledge up in the Angel Court with my compy in my lap, and began to type, to try and spell this out… I realized that maybe, just maybe, He agreed with me! Well, I try to read His words carefully and a lot, and… Why can’t we see this?!?!?

Ok, so we have all heard this from “Christian counselors” before, maybe a few times…

“It is good for married couples to fight. It is healthy, a healthy part of marriage. They just need to learn how to fight fair, but still.”

Excuse me, but this whole concept is… Are you serious, you are actually telling Christian couples to fight? Animals fight to establish dominance, and if you think for a minute that couple has any other goal… Are we animals?

Go back and read the Negedi post as well as the previous supporting posts. Do you honestly think that two Believers in Yahweh God in Jesus’ name, who have found in each other their Neged, their “always right in front of you” man or woman, do you think they EVER even WANT to fight? This is the LAST thing on their mind, they would, will NEVER fight, and telling them they SHOULD fight is such nonsense!!! (They know that!) But this same concept, this fight stuff, this standard fare that gets spewed like candy in marriage seminars and books and radio programs… It is so patently false… What in the world are Christian leaders today thinking?!?!?

This is NOT rocket science! Let me try and explain how, why this is happening…

a. Believers in Jesus MUST put their flesh in the grave, give up what they want, and deliberately, intentionally and more consistently insist that Messiah Jesus and Yahweh God occupy their rightful place on the throne of our daily lives and choices. That flesh, it is the I, the me, the me first, the self, the what I want. That is the root of sin that required Jesus’ death for salvation in the first place. It MUST go! (The Salvation Is post talks more about this.)

b. What is one of the most amazing things that happens from this? Such a Believer puts Yahweh God first, and then quickly, begins to put others around them second. They become servants, doing everything they can to help others. They become lovers, doing anything they can to meet the real needs of the people around them. (The Salvation Does post addresses this.)

This is Spiritual Life 101, the goal and most basic task of every believer in Messiah Jesus. Servants of the Most High, followers of Yahweh God in Jesus name, this is our calling, every believer’s calling. There are no exceptions.

(Bleh…) Oh, but some have had a better idea! Ok, so modern science has given this a bunch of “psycho…” names, and called it science because it is based on research, well somewhere. Were the originators of this stuff friends of Christianity? Absolutely not; if anything they were trying to prop up alternatives… What was one of the main outcomes of their work? The Id, the self must be protected… It might need some direction, some adjustments, and we may need to look at the distant past, just so we can, ahem, understand… But the Id is basically ok. Does this sound like anything that the Bible talks about? Of course not… But it is so popular! It has to be… And Christians who don’t know any better keep trying this psycho stuff out, and finding “amazing results…”

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What has happened?

Like I said, this is not rocket science. We are living in a time where true spirituality, falling on our faces at Yahweh God’s feet, such devotion is not popular, viewed as extreme, and just too much work. Besides, I appreciate having my heavenly insurance policy, but I rather like calling my own shots on a day to day basis, too. And I blend in better that way. The Church of Messiah Jesus today is pathetically lukewarm, and more content with appearance than substance. We don’t WANT to depose the flesh, the self, the Id… so we don’t, we just don’t. We dress the flesh up in church clothes, thats what we do, all we do…

…and modern “Christian counseling”, based on modern psycho stuff has absolutely rushed in to fill that void. Since so many Christians today are harboring the flesh anyway, guarding it, protecting it, this psycho stuff seems to work rather well! The vast, modern church, it is really just a sea of Ids that need “Christian counseling” to help them all adjust to each other’s presence, to get along with each other better…

…forget about Yahweh God’s transforming work…

…forget about Yahweh God DEMANDING His rightful place on the throne of our daily choices…

All we need is more secular science based Christian counseling, big names, big price-tags and all…

…and THAT is why we hear such stuff… like it is healthy for married couples to fight… There’s lots more…

Like I said, this whole thing is just… a serious problem…

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And this sea of Ids picture, let’s throw it under a microscope for a closer look.

Ok, there is this thing called discipleship, whose goal is to take a babe in Christ and bring him or her to spiritual maturity. The flesh, the “I want”, the Id — that rebel gets canned at the front door, and the disciple walks with another godly person to learn how to walk with Yahweh God in Jesus’ name. After 6 months, 2 years, this disciple “connects” with Yahweh God on their own; the disciple matures, becomes mature, and… Ka-boom, MINISTRY! This mature disciple plugs into Yahweh God through Messiah Jesus, and Yahweh God does whatever He wants in him or her, can do amazing things through him or her! From salvation, the discipleship process takes the new believer to maturity where Yahweh God Himself can use him or her. And, guess what? Not too far down the road, Yahweh God can use this mature disciple to disciple another babe in Christ to spiritual maturity. This is growth! This is the growing body of Christ in all it’s glory!!!

What do we see? The church today resembles more and more an ocean of little self-fish, wallowing around, trying to look christian, while still allowing the rebel flesh (Id) to live on and prosper inside. And when they run into a snag, they go get some “christian counseling” (ka-ching), then wallow back out and try some more. But this whole process is very frustrating to the self-fishie because he or she is living in a world filled with other self-fishes who always whine about what they want… And it’s… back to the “christian counselor” (ka-ching) again… and again… and again…

Are you beginning to catch on to what is happening?

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Let me get this straight. You are telling me that I need to take time away from studying Yahweh God’s word, just so I can try to follow a veritable waterfall of modern, largely secular psycho opinion??? And all this smells like… Wait, so you are also telling me that I need to access this “inner ring” of modern psycho theories, and stay “in the know” about current psycho research, or get “counseling” from someone else who is… in order to be all I can be as a Christian? Isn’t that how… Gnosticism worked?

For the Christian, for just about any issue, there is really only one main source for “counseling” — your local Bible-believing church Pastor! Although others in the local church can, he should be the one who can lead you to the foot of the cross. He should be the one to help you grow in grace by putting Yahweh God in Jesus’ name more frequently on the throne of your life. He should be the one to help you grow into a Servant of the Most High by obeying Yahweh God, His word, following His Son, based on the Holy Spirit’s leadership, so you can more effectively serve the people around you. Yes, this is Spiritual Life 101, true discipleship, and it is available from your local church Pastor or others there, generally for free. Wow, the local church, novel concept!

And the bottom line… God’s truth for living is found in God’s word. Don’t tell me I need to waste my time looking elsewhere… There is a reason why Theology is the queen of the sciences…

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Ok, so you consider yourself a Christian, but maybe you don’t want to surrender your self, your flesh, your Id. Well, that makes you a rebel against the cross, but that’s your choice, I guess. If you want help, you can pay for counseling, but it might get expensive. But it is not “christian” counseling, regardless what they say it is. Ask your christian counselor if the flesh, the self, the Id should be protected or abandoned. That will tell you a lot about where he or she is coming from. Or, maybe you just don’t care…

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And if you consider yourself a “Christian counselor” remember this. If you really are a believer in Jesus, you are going to have to answer for everything, every last word you have said, no matter which unbeliever’s idea it was, even if you did it in Jesus’ name. A huge mountain of lies might be reason enough to disrupt the revenue stream, but that is between you and Yahweh God. And I know a bunch of you are absolutely furious with me. “But I have seen this stuff really help people!” you protest… Well, you need to be honest with yourself about this. Is the focus and direction of your counseling to get people to depose the traitorouos flesh, that Id, and surrender to and live supremely for Yahweh God, then be discipled (which might be a good outreach model)? If not, then you are just helping rebels cope, get better at doing what they enjoy doing. I wouldn’t want to stand before the King of the universe and have to try and explain that… But stop telling married couples fighting is ok… That IS a lie…

— ACR, c2018

 

Some additional comments:

1. If we believe that a Christian is a new creation, then the past is largely irrellevent, and mostly a muddle of sin anyway. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. The transforming work of grace is a new creation, a NEW CREATION, the old has passed away! Do we believe that? Then why drag the past back into the picture? And what about all those verses about putting others first? Does that sound like advocating fighting? Paul even writes “Why not rather be wronged?” (1 Corinthians 6:7) Do we believe that verse?

2. Standing back some, let’s note the ultimate focus of these drastically different approaches to daily living!

True Godliness: Yahweh God Himself, and HIS Holiness!

psycho coping assist: Information about… myself…

3. The New Testament and Old Testament alike forcefully support the divine order in the home, NOT because the man is superior to the woman. It IS because Yahweh God just ordained that things be that way, not that this gets obeyed much. Still, placing one person of the marriage as the “head” (under Christ) is precisely so there won’t be any fighting!

4. Secular thinkers may not like this, but behind our backs most would probably agree… Properly understood, New Testament Christianity turns people into loving servant hearts, intent only on obeying Yahweh God and serving the needs of those around. This is infinitely better than trying to accept the task of managing an ocean of contradictory, fighting ids, no matter how much an hour… Wait…

5. But that is just the thing! Modern psycho stuff will NEVER, in fact CANNOT deal with the REAL problem — a self-centered heart! These modern psycho teachings don’t WANT to eliminate the Id, the flesh; they just try and control it, tone it down with… ah, yes — information…

6. As a field, modern psycho theories are less than 200 years old… Hmm…

7. Maybe you are reading all this, and you are not a believer in Yahweh God, in His Son, Messiah Jesus. Well, I feel for you because the feeble, temporary hope offered by modern psycho opinions may be all you have. And this world is a complex, often hostile even dangerous place… Messiah Jesus feels for you to. He says still:

“Come to Me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy, and my load is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Yes, we need to accept His yoke, that is a part of the deal. But even after carrying that yoke over 40 years myself… Jesus keeps that promise. I will never look back.

8. But I will quickly point out that the Christian life is not pain free, trouble free… In fact, every Servant of the Most High has a bull’s eye on his back, and will face an unrelenting stream of opposition, seemingly from all directions. Pain is real for the Beliver in Messiah Jesus… However, since we are to live all our lives surrendered to Yahweh God in Jesus’ name, placing our daily living on the alter for Him, all that pain needs to be understood, and accepted as part of the outworking of God’s plan in our lives. And He promises to never give us too much! Yes, some days I live barely clinging to the foot of the cross; but that is the safest place in the universe, and has been for… millennia!

 

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