by John Greene
Christians live in a modern world that is built on the appearance of approval, alongside the ‘rule of law.’ This approval is an integral part of life in this world, no matter your social station or where you live. You are expected to approve – to consent, to cast a blind eye towards sin, to reject discernment for fear of judgment. You are expected to keep ‘standards of good’ based on your local culture. This is despite the lies, deception, negativity, anger, strife and war that are grounded in the same bedrock. As a result, many Christians live in the deception of the world, with an illusive emphasis on happiness and grace over discernment, or the insight of the Holy Spirit [Dedicated, Set Apart Spirit]. A misunderstanding of what love really is also plays into the mix. Professed Christians have been hoodwinked into the same systems of approval and confusion as the world, learned through the blind acceptance in most of mainstream Christianity. The ‘church’ has even willingly put government above ‘God’ [Elohim, YHWH] Standards are considered to be legalistic or intolerant, as Christians adopt the moral codes of the world. Most have lost sight of what sin is and why sin is. (“Understanding Sin“; “Attack of Advertising & Propaganda“; “Is the Bible Losing Influence in the United States?“; “Are You a Christian First or Last?“; “Deceptions of Ages: How People are Deceived“; “Shining Love Toward Others in Righteousness“)
The truth is that sin doesn’t change because people or culture changes. Why? Your Heavenly Father has established what righteousness is, His track of righteousness. This is established in scripture. Through the Set Apart Spirit [Dedicated or ‘Holy’ Spirit], a disciple is fully able to exhibit the fruit of obedience. YHWH’s righteousness in life is strengthened through the Holy Spirit, as well as through the example and love of Yahshua [Jesus]. Elohim’s righteousness doesn’t change. It is eternal and established. YHWH’s righteousness isn’t the morality or ethics of the world, nor is this righteousness simply religious patterns of thinking. The Holy Spirit brings true spiritual insight, discernment toward what is needed in a given situation. This doesn’t place an emphasis on the flesh or the leaven of the world. Sin isn’t minimized. Disciples don’t worship rules, ritual and personal appearance as righteousness. These things are not righteousness, the righteousness of Elohim. (Matthew 5:20, 9:10-13, 23:25-28; John 5:29; Romans 2:5-6, 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Ephesians 2:10; Titus 2:7, 14; James 2:14-24; Revelation 22:12; Psalm 62:12; Proverbs 24:12; “Discernment the World Doesn’t Have“; “Vanquishing Sin and Oppression“; “Understanding Sin“; “Being Set Apart Makes You Aware of Sin“)
Disciples of Messiah do have ‘standards.’ We are commanded to live in Elohim’s righteousness, to know what He expects. Through this knowledge and the Counsel of the Holy Spirit, disciples comes to understand and live Elohim’s righteousness. What you do becomes established through this mindset, a mindset of freedom, but not a mindset of the world. (John 3:19-28, 12:36; Isaiah 9:1-2, 58:8; “What is the Standard of Life Conduct in a Disciple of Messiah?“; “Blind to Righteousness“; “Justice & Righteousness“)
“…the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, and upon those who sat in the land and shadow of death, light arose to them.”- Matthew 4:16, HRB
Many call for ‘grace,’ advocating that Christians can live like the world. Grace is Elohim’s influence of your heart, His reflection in your life through the new man of Messiah. Grace is the period of time that you live, privileged to live in His freedom. Grace is abiding in the truth of the Yahshua [Jesus] through the Holy Spirit. Grace is learning and understanding what you need to know. Grace is learning to operate like Him.This may be radically different from the understanding of ‘grace’ where you come from. Grace is NOT the control of the church or the hierarchy of man. This makes every disciple directly answerable to Elohim. There is not a man in the middle. (“The Grace of YHWH’s Vineyard“; “A Matter of Grace“; “Knowing Where You Stand of YHWH’s Threshing Floor“; “Disciple of Messiah: Wavering Between Two Opinions“)
According to Yahshua [Jesus] and New Covenant [New Testament] scripture, a disciple is the light of the world.
“Then Yahshua again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world. The one following Me will in no way walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.’” – John 8:12, HRB
“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt becomes tasteless, how shall it be seasoned? For it is no longer of any use but to be thrown out and to be trodden down by men.You are the light of the world. It is impossible for a city to be hidden on a mountain. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it shines to all those in the house. Let your light so shine before men, so that they see your good works and praise your Father who is in the heavens.” – Matthew 5:13-16, ISR98
Being an advocate of Elohim’s Kingdom sets you apart from the world, set apart to the Father. Disciples are set apart to YHWH through Messiah and the Holy Spirit. (Romans 12:1-2; 1 John 1:5-10; Ephesians 5:8; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Psalm 119:105; Isaiah 42:16) Brotherly love does not say that disciples must not speak the truth, but quite the opposite. Disciples are the mouth of the Messiah, provisioned through the Holy Spirit. We need the same Messiah and Holy Spirit that we advocate because we all are imperfect men that fall short. We sin. We need the provision of our Father because sin isn’t righteousness. (“The Dream: Christians & the Great Humanitarian Age“; “Redefining Good“; “The God of General Goodness“)
Christians must speak and stand for truth, specifically for Elohim’s righteousness. The world seeks to normalize behavior, broadcasting sick behavior in order to desensitize those that witness it. It deceives. It is a sociopathic, abusive system that seeks to dominate and control. Yet, for a disciple of the Messiah, catering and bowing to sin isn’t a valid choice, but a road to destruction. (“Christians, Tyranny & the Man of Lawlessness“; “Blind Leading the Blind“; “Balancing Authority & the Road to Enslavement“; “The Secret of Dedicated Disciples“)
“Enter in through the narrow gate. Because wide is the gate and spacious the road, put to death through destruction, and many, by their reason, agree to enter. For narrow is the gate and troublesome is the road, the one that leads to life, and few agree to obtain it.“ – Matthew 7:13-14, direct translation
Disciples don’t dumb down sin. We help ourselves and others to see what sin truly is.