Deceived Unto Death!
I awakened by The Spirit this morning and was given the following to speak to The Body about this very URGENT need to rightly “Discern” the “things” that are being passed off as to be things of “Christ”.
There is a saying that’s been around a little while that we are to “eat the whole chicken and then spit out the bones”, and that saying has been used a LOT in matters concerning “The New Things” that are happening with in The Body of Christ. We heard it an awful lot during the “Lakeland Revival”, and those in “Leadership” told the Body to do that any time they are pushing something “different.
Without getting into a lengthy discussion on the “Lakeland Revival” and the eventual demise of it, it is necessary that we look into this teaching of “eating the whole thing and spitting out the bones”
The Plumbline of God is the ONLY place that we should “measure” ALL teachings by. We are to just “Blindly go by” the teachings of people because of a “Title” or that they are “Over’ some “Large Network” of “Apostles and Prophets”, or from some “large mainstream denomination.
In 3 of the 4 Gospels, Yahushua tells us “ many will come in My name, BUT, do not believe them!!” [Paraphrase mine- Matt.24:5, Mark13:6, Luke21:8]
I want to tell you a story, a “parable of sorts”.
There was a young wolf that found himself to be very hungry, for it was a hard cold winter. The scenery was pretty to many people, BUT to the wolf, it was the cause of hardship. Food was in very short supply. One day while out hunting he got the “scent of blood” and took of to find it. He was so hungry and “starved”, that he took of without thinking of anything but to get “to the food”. After quite a rough little trip, the little wolf got to his “prey” and found what he thought to be food. After all, it looked like a bone that had fresh blood and even a little bit of meat. The wolf started lapping on the “bone” and the more he lapped the “better it tasted”. Little did he know, that the bone was a “Popsicle of death”, a very sharp knife, dipped in blood and frozen just for him. As the wolf lapped on the “bone” it was soon his own blood he was tasting, and soon his own “desire” for this “food” led him to his death.
In Paul’s letter to the Church at Thessalonica, he gives them many warnings, especially in chapter 5. The first SEVERAL verse speak to be careful of those who come in to the fold, and then Paul tells them these words that most have heard over and over, yet miss the meaning because they miss the “whole context” of the letter in chapter 5.
1 Thessalonians 5:21-23 (King James Version)
21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I want to address these 3 verses in the context of Paul’s writing and then make it applicable to these claims of “eating the chicken and spitting out the bones”.
Verse 21 tells us very clearly to “Prove all things”, which is to test by the written Word of God and By The Holy Spirit using discernment. The word “all” in the Greek means exactly that, “ALL, the whole of a thing, all forms of declension”. Just because it may have the “endorsement of someone” or the backing of some “network”, doesn’t mean that we should “blindly accept it”, to be the “truth”. The second part of that verse says, “hold fast that which is good”. Beloved the ONLY way to KNOW something to be good is to know it to be GOD! “My sheep KNOW My voice”
Verse 22 says, “Abstain from all appearance of evil”. The problem here is, evil can come in many forms, even in the form of a tasty, blood soaked “Popsicle of death”. Notice the word “ALL” is used again and is directed to the word “Appearance”, which in the Greek means, ” a view, ie; FORM, fashion, shape or sight”.
Read these words to Timothy from Paul;
2 Timothy 3:4-6 (King James Version)
4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5Having a FORM of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
Notice verse 5, that these people have a “FORM” of godliness.
Now back to the text of 1 Thess.5 and looking at verse 23;
Paul tells them as he starts to pray for them, that “the very God of peace sanctify you wholly”. Beloved, as we run to these “New Things”, one of the first things we should have in our “spirit man”, especially if we are “Born Again” and Living by The Spirit, is “peace”. The kind of peace given to us by “the very God of peace”. If you have an uneasy feeling about something, you should “Prove ALL things”. Just because it looks good, sounds good, and may even “taste good”, doesn’t mean that you should “eat the chicken and then spit out the bones later”. Just like the hungry wolf, for him, “later was TOO LATE”. He had been “Deceived unto Death”.
Any good “Vet” will tell you “don’t give chicken bones to your dog, because they splinter easy and could choke them to death, lodged in their throat”.
Beloved, DO NOT go around eating “the whole chicken”, it could be a “Popsicle of Death”!!