22. SKINNY OR FAT ON THE FOOD?
Pablum and milk is needed to help a young saint to grow. Soon with proper nutrition, the babe in Christ grows to eat the meat of the Word. Sometimes we find ones who have been saints (supposedly) for decades, and are not even able to swallow pablum or milk.
What has happened? Well, in some cases, it is due to them eating 'poison' instead of even the milk of the Word.
Poison food (spiritually) is called 'heresy'. The word "heresy" is from the Greek word "hairesis". It came from the root word "haireo" which means "to choose." Technically, a heresy is "a chosen doctrine rather than a God-received doctrine."
Some have a choice of the pablum, milk, and meat of the Word of God, and instead they choose some poisoned word to believe.
There is one goal, one truth for the Christian life. Any personal choice varying from that ONE TRUTH, and is inconsistent with that ONE GOAL given to us by God, is HERESY.
Heresy is a sin we need to beware, for heresies can damn the soul, they poison the saint. Any heresy that removes us from what the Lord said is necessary for salvation, can damn a soul. Heresies are not the minor doctrinal differences that can be found between most saints, but they are variances from what the Lord has shown is vital to salvation. Like the koolaid of the Jim Jones cult that killed the 900, so many doctrines of our day are killing the souls of those in religious groups.
Jannes and Jambres came into the camp of Moses, and perverted the truth whenever they could. They enticed the people to worship a golden calf, and not to await the "law and plan for the tabernacle" being received by Moses on Mt. Sinai. They encouraged the sexual license with the Midianitish women later. Both these sins, i.e. heresies, resulted in the death of many.
There are heresies today that are the poison koolaids of the day. Too many people in churches are drinking them, unaware of the death they possess. The poison kool aid is poisoning many in our day... oh, if we could
II Timothy 4:3
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears."
Our diet for our body enters through the mouth, and is digested in the stomach, and the parts not good, not beneficial, are expelled from a third part of the body.
Our spiritual food given to the soul and spirit enter through the eyes, ears, and heart, and are digested in the brain, and part is accepted and become a part of us, part is rejected, and expelled.
In the last days, we are told that the time will come when the pablum, milk, meat of sound doctrine will not be retained by some, and they will heap teachers, having ears desiring other messages that are not sound doctrine.
It is a shame that this day shows so much of the 'expelling of sound doctrine.' Truth is often rejected, false doctrines, errant teachings are sought and desired by many. The food that feeds the soul, is often poison, not nourishing.
"But they refused to hearken and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in His Spirit by the former prophets: therefore, come a great wrath from the Lord of Hosts. Therefore, it is come to pass, that as he cried they would not hear, saith the Lord of Hosts."
People, even in Christianity today, have made their minds as a hard stone, shutting out the Word of the Lord. The message in the Bible has been ignored, not heard, or rejected by those to whom it is given. They could have eaten of the pablum, drank of the milk, and chewed on the meat, but they spat it out, rejected it before it could nourish their souls.
The minds of many are "waxed gross", i.e. "made fat" with these teachings, ideas, and lies of the devil. The messages from God are expelled, and vomited up by many. When the truth is spoken by the Lord, through the Word, or through the ministers of God, or through the Spirit... the Voice is not heard.
"And He said, God and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and be healed."
There are spiritually 'fat', grossly fat, in the congregations, that are fat on the lies and false teachings of the devil.
Jesus validated this.
"Therefore, I speak to them in parables, because they - seeing, see not, and hearing - hear not. Neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, who saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand, and seeing, ye shall see, and shall not perceive. For this people's heart is waxed gross (Greek = pachuno = make fat, stupid, insensible), and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest at any time, they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears for they hear. For verily, I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them, and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them."
The disciples were warned often that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to be betrayed, crucified, and would then rise again the third day. Yet, they could not understand what the Lord was telling them. They heard the message, but did not perceive what was being told to them. Their minds were too full of the false expectations of a Messiah. They wanted Christ to overthrow the Romans and begin a new kingdom with Him as King.
When Jesus preached that they would "destroy this temple, and He would raise it up in three days...", some heard His message, but thought He meant the earthly Temple structure in Jerusalem. They did not understand that He meant His body.
When Jesus told them that He was the "manna" sent from heaven, and if they wanted eternal life, they must eat of Him... they took Him literally, and many of His disciples left, and never followed Him again. They did not truly "hear" Him.
Jesus, Moses, and Elijah spoke on the mount of transfiguration about what was about to happen in Jerusalem. Peter, James, and John were there, hearing part, but Peter did not truly hear.. for he wanted to stay there, build three temples, and let everyone come up there to worship Jesus.
Isaiah prophesied of that spiritual vomiting of truths, Jesus confirmed it, and the early church continued to preach it.
"For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles and they will hear it."
Some have spiritual bulimia, and vomit up truths they hear. After many years, they are not even sure if Jesus is coming again. They do not know for sure if they are saved. They do not know what 'sanctification' is. etc. etc. Have they not been fed meals that fed them that knowledge? Of course, most have, but they have spiritually vomited up those messages, and they were never able to nourish the soul and spirit. They are spiritually skinny of spiritual food. Some of them are likewise, at the same time, spiritual obese on the doctrines of devils. Yes, both can happen at the same time.
Why do some not realize this today? It is probably more true today than in Isaiah's time, in the first coming of our Lord, and in the early church. Truth is finding that people are already too fat on false doctrine to let truth find anywhere to remain to nourish the soul.
If people would hear from the Lord today, if they would listen to the real message of the Spirit today, what would it mean???
It would mean that they would be weeping for sins of the world, and not laughing their heads off in services that bring no souls to the Lord...
They would be seeking heavenly blessings, and not trying to intimidate God into giving them financial blessings on this earth...
They would be exposing the lies of false prophets instead of believing their lies and heresy.
They would be searching their hearts for sins, repenting of such... instead of judgmentally and falsely attacking other saints for differences they have...
They would not believe the lies hypocrites against the children of God...
They would not be taken in by the false doctrines of the apostate church of today... but be hearing the real message from the Spirit to the churches...
They would not believe the lies of abusive saints, and of their enablers... against the victims of spiritual abuse, and against those who have had the spiritual nerve to say the abuse in churches against young saints needs to stop...
They would hear the Spirit confirm with spiritual discernment who are the true ministers, and who are the false ministers of our day...
Some have sat through many prophetic messages and not heard them...
They have read the Bible, but not understood what the Spirit is saying...
They have ignored the truth, and the Spirit of truth, so long, that He has left, grieved, and vexed... They have heard false and lying accusations against some of God's children, and not understood or accepted what the Lord was speaking....
God tires of His good food for the soul being rejected, and finally decides to let the rejecters of real truth to go to bed and sleep.
"According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear; unto this day."