Authority Figures

It was a church youth group that I had been invited to when I was about 10 years old.  About 50 or 60 kids of various ages had gathered in a room of the church where a teacher was about to begin a lesson on some topic none of us children would ever remember. 

Since it was a large group of kids, I had chosen to sit in the back of the room near a couple guys I knew, and about mid-way through the lesson one of the guys I was sitting with, for no apparent reason, started to leech saliva on me.

If you’re not familiar with the action of leeching saliva, it’s when someone opens their mouth then presses their tongue on the roof of their mouth to literally shoot a stream of saliva in the direction of an object or person.

It’s disgusting.

Therefore, me being repulsed and not wanting to interrupt the speaker, I tried to be as quiet and nonchalant as possible by telling the kid to stop and then sliding a few feet to the left from the guy who was continuing to leech on my person; but the leecher kid didn’t stop.  Matter of fact, he decided to slide over as well and continued his disgusting onslaught of leeching.

Once more, I quietly slid a few more feet away hoping the kid would get the hint and stop…but the leecher followed.

Yet again…I quietly slid a little further away…but to no avail because once again, the leecher kid followed.

By now I was really frustrated, so I sternly looked at the kid and whispered, “Knock it off!”  Consequently, it was louder than I had expected and after the words left my lips I turned back towards the group only to see that everyone in the room was now staring directly back at me.  Including the pathetic teacher.

I didn’t mean to make a scene, I really didn’t!  And at that moment I had a deep yearning to be someplace else. . . Even better. . .someone else . . . because it was an extremely uncomfortable situation. 

Regrettably, I didn’t have the ability to transform into someone else, nor did I have the ability to teleport someplace else; so I was stuck.  And quite sadly, that wasn’t the most pathetic part of the story.

To this day, I still don’t remember the topic the pseudo teacher was sharing with the group; however, I do remember the conversation that he and I had after I disrupted the lesson he was attempting to convey to the class. . .

Teacher: “Umm, is there a problem back there?”

Me:  “Yes.  (pointing directly at the leecher)  This kid is spiting on me!”

Teacher:  (with surprised look on his face) “Well. . . You do know it isn’t polite to be a tattletale?  Try to keep it down.”

At that moment I went through a number of emotions.  Anger, disbelief, confusion, shock, disappointment, frustration, sadness and regret. 

I couldn’t believe that I was reprimanded for trying to stand up for myself and this leecher kid was left unpunished.  More than anything I was left with a lot of disappointment and anger because the teacher called ME out for being a tattletale and didn’t stand up for me when I needed someone to help, protect or stand up for me.

If the the roles had been reversed and this sham of a “leader” were in my spot, would he call out the person for the wrong they were committing towards his person?  

Would he want to get rebuked for standing up for himself?

Would he expect the “authority” of the group to come to his aid?

After all, shouldn’t the authority figure in the room do something to balance the scales and provide some form of protection against those who were causing discomfort towards others? 

Additionally, I sat there for the remainder of the lesson getting leeched on by a horrible kid and wondering how this pseudo “leader” could call me out on being a tattletale and not reprimand the leecher for spitting on me.

In that moment I was hoping for someone to stand up for me.  To provide protection from that kid who was making me uncomfortable.  To balance to the scales….To do SOMETHING to help me. 

At the very least the pseudo leader could have moved me to the front of the room to save me from this torrential downpour of saliva. . .But sadly, he did nothing.

Well…that’s not entirely true.  He did leave me with an empty feeling of dissatisfaction, a label for trying to right a wrong being committed against my person, and a lifetime of regret and distrust towards others. 

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Brav – – – –  

 

yeah…not so much… 

Pseudo leadership is not only frustrating and annoying, but it’s extremely pathetic.  

 

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Pseudo – “Christians”

 

Hirelings didn’t enter the leadership of the church by the Holy of Holies…the True Door, but instead, climbed over or dug their way under a wall. 

And from the very second they made their way into the pasture they have been hard pressed to indoctrinate the weak and feeble minds of the naive into thinking that the “church” wasn’t meant for those who follow Jesus and truly want to worship Him, but instead is meant for the non-believing and seeker of some strange message that tickles their ears.

These hirelings have slowly planted their yeast into an unleavened flock, infecting it with a warped sentimentality that has spread through the masses of God’s children and destroyed the very essence of God’s leadership.  Therefore, many of those who were genuine in their faith and trust of Jesus as LORD, were pressed into converting into a new way of thinking or forced into leaving the church they thought was safe and secure.

These so-called “leaders” of the church are not willing to stand up for the absolute truth of scripture, but instead malign it with their own hypocrisy and beliefs that tickle the ears of the masses but are far from the truth of God’s inspired word.  “Church” leaders have all but isolated God’s true worshipers into small groups that get ushered into a little corner of the building with the twisted plan of eventually leading them out of the pasture entirely.

Therefore, many of those who were forced out because they would not conform to the new-age doctrines and false beliefs, were left to wander in a barren wilderness searching for food.  A wilderness that has brought doubt, fear, confusion, worry and unbelief to many.

These who have been shunned by the false worshipers and systematically extradited from their places of worship, still believe and trust in God to spare them of their plight.  They believe that He will provide for them and care for their wounded hearts, and they trust in the scriptures to be their source of nourishment and the reminder that God never fails…even in the midst of impossibilities. 

Those scriptures, have never changed.  The message that leads to life, has not changed.  The meaning of the gospel, has not changed.  However, what has changed are the people who sit in the pews and the depth of their belief.

But just like the people of Israel, while wandering in the desert, they begin to grumble and complain.  They forget the promises of God and they wonder if they should return to the places they were driven out of, to conform with pathetic teachings of pseudo-christians who’s words are sweet as honey, but who’s motives are as bitter as wormwood.  

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The church has never been perfect.  In years past the message that was preached was a message that reminded people of that very thing, but it was also to remind them that God the Father makes everyone who believes in Jesus a new creation, and for that reason they have every right to call themselves “perfect” because of His redemptive work on the cross.  Because of regeneration of the heart and soul through the blood of Jesus.

Those people who heard that message understood that they had been placed in a pasture of loving grace and truth and surrounded themselves with others of the same mind…the mind of Christ Jesus.   I know, because I used to associate with them on a weekly basis.  We not only met Sunday mornings for a time of biblical lessons, prayer and worship, but we also gathered on Sunday evenings and Wednesday nights for a time of praise and quiet prayer directed with our hearts and minds towards a loving, compassionate God.

We would spend hours in prayer…trusting and knowing that God would hear our every word because of our RELATIONSHIP with His Son, Jesus. 

Today, that practice would be considered a “waste of time” or “boring”.

Prayer takes a back seat to the musicals, dramas and video presentations of today’s “church”.  God and Jesus are mentioned as being a part of the entertainment, but it’s more about keeping the pew sitter interested or making it fun and entertaining so they don’t get bored, and that leads me to ask…in all that huff and fluff, where does that leave room for God the Father to show up and LEAD His people?         

The fact that prayer is shoved into a couple of minutes before the offering or a few seconds after the sermon, tells me everything I need to know about where the treasure of today’s “church” really is. 

Oh..and on a personal note…let me tell you…if you think talking or communicating with the God of all creation is boring or a waste of time, then you don’t know the same God I know.

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Today…that lack of prayer and true worship by MANY who sit in the pews of “churches” has proven to me that their faith and trust in a God to provide for their needs completely, is absolute lip service.

They don’t seek Him with humble hearts, they don’t have long, deep, meaningful prayers with the One who has told them He would never fail them, always be their rock and would always hear them from Heaven and answer their prayers.

The reason behind their lack of humility and prayer is ultimately because of the person who stands behind the pulpit.  The messages and teachings are a “new and improved” ideology that has been thrust into the forefront of “churches”, leading masses to their demise down a broad road of despair and misery that has been disguised and concealed by the prince of the air as a message of hope and freedom.

The messages that are preached in most churches seems very kind and down right biblical…”love your neighbor”, “love your spouse”, “love, love, love”, “grace, grace, grace”, “don’t judge”, “don’t be a pharisee” …

but the underlying message is false in meaning, false in doctrine and false in theology; and the more the message is preached, the more it falls in line with its originator.  A master of lies and deceit, murder and mayhem…

That originator, is Satan.

He has slowly scattered weeds among the crop and infiltrated the field that was intended to bring a harvest of 30, 60 or 100 fold to the farmer who planted it, but the weeds have robbed the true crop of water and nutrients until it has accomplished its ultimate goal…to kill and destroy the crop so the Farmer has nothing left to harvest.

This is why many believers in God begin to have doubts.  It’s why they are eventually led into phases that ultimately steer them into questioning their faith and relationship with God.  It leads to hurts and pains, making mountains out of molehills, getting angry with God for not answering prayer, asking with wrong motives, isolation from people and studying scripture and then complete unbelief.  And it all begins with a simple message being sown in today’s “church” by pseudo-christians who are being led by their earthly father who seeks to destroy everything that God has made. 

Satan is a devious creature and after thousands and thousands of years…(“billions and billions” for you evolutionists)…he knows exactly what to say and how to say it to persuade people into doing his biding and fulfilling his plans, so he infiltrates the “church” and puts his own workers in leadership positions. 

They water down the messages just enough to make them sound biblical, replace prayer with announcements, videos and dramas and direct the lyrics of songs to point at the feelings of the singer instead of directing them at God. 

Subtle? 

   …   yep.

Pathetic?

    … extremely!

Am I finished?

  … probably not!

 

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