Another Victim Of Christian Complacency
Denise Mafi had to flee her home along with her children (see Woman abandons home to escape public schools ), because modern Christianity is not a religion -- but rather, a philosophy. And the plight of this latest victim of the Church goes to the very core of the difference between a philosophy, and a religion -- but what is the difference? A philosophy is an abstract opinion or a belief -- whereas, a religion is the lifestyle and associated mindset necessary to prove one's philosophy and beliefs. And herein lies the problem as seen in the fact that few Christians even understand that it is man's innate ability to do as Paul commanded when he stated that Christians should "prove all things" (1 Thes 5:21). But because, under the Roman Emperor Constantine, and later Martin Luther, Christianity became an institutionalized philosophy -- one of blind faith in the doctrines of men -- modern Christians don't even understand the fundamental tenets of a religion vs a philosophy. And because the Church has been turned out of TheWay, and is spiritually impotent, innocent mothers such as Denise Mafi regularly fall victim, when they attempt to actually follow the tenets of the teachings of Jesus.
If Christianity was a religion, then the practice of religion would protect the congregation from infringement from secular authorities such as Judge Scott N. Johansen, who allegedly made the statement that "...homeschooling fails 100 percent of the time and he would not allow it." Fails to do what? Program the thinking and lifestyle of the child to utter spiritual failure? And while Secular Progressives would counter that there is no proof that the public schools destroy the life of the soul of the child, it is their fascist mindset -- and their desire to force their way of thinking on others -- that inhibits them from knowing the Truth. But admittedly, the cultural war against fundamental God-Given Religious Rights has been brought about by the Church, which has failed to establish the very essence of the practice of religion, as the right to think and live in accord with one's religious teachings.
If Christianity was a genuine religion, it would be an established Constitutional Right to not only choose a child's type of school -- but the right to homeschool would not be challenged by either local school authorities, or the courts. And because of their spiritual complacency, Christians ignore the warning in the very Bibles they champion, that their fate is worse than that of the unbelievers (see http://disciple-of-the-way.com/complacent.htm ). Further, from a purely biblical perspective, the requirement to "do unto others, as you would have them do unto you", begins with building and maintaining the necessary communities where others can mature and evolve in the proper spiritual environment. And this is one of the most important teachings for seekers to understand. As you can see in a recent letter to Bruce Shortt, a Southern Baptist who advocates pulling their children out of the secular schools ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EbioniteNazireneIssues/message/21 ), the modern Christian Church as a whole has spiritually disenfranchised itself from the Knowledge of the Kingdom and TheWay, because they have not only permitted government to define religion, but they have surrendered their children to be sacrificed upon the secular altars of public education which deprives them of the Life of their Souls. In their complacency to the Living Word, they crucify Christ daily. And in the same way that believers of the simple faith can call upon the name of Jesus until they take their last breath, they will remain spiritually flat-lined at an entry-level understanding of the Gospel, until they learn the true reality of the words do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. Since it is very difficult to help those who have become imbued with the thinking and lifestyle of this world -- the primary equation should begin with the seekers concern for rearing and educating the children in order to make them the "good ground" within which the Living Word of God can grow, mature, and evolve to maturity as taught in the parable of the Sower and the Seed ( http://SowerAndSeed.com ). Does it not warn that it would be better for a millstone to be hung about a person's neck, and he be thrown into the sea and drowned, than to permit one of the "little ones" to be defiled and overcome by this world? And we can see in the Book of Acts, that the primary concern of the followers and disciples of Jesus was to set up spiritual communities where young children and their families could be reared in the necessary spiritual foundation of the New Covenant? "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you" (2 Cor 6:17 KJV). This commandment can't be accomplished while sending one's children to government schools where they are indoctrinated into the thinking, mindset and lifestyle of this world. So, in the same way that the Church has failed to provide for the souls who have been placed in their care of Christian parents, the Laws will inhibit their own growth and development beyond a certain point.
The Church has made itself the modern money changes who peddle Messiah/Christ for the profit of the clergy. Forgotten are the words: "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46 KJV). And while they call upon the Lord with their lips, the manner in which they live their lives is far removed from actually doing the Will of God -- i.e., "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'" (Matt 7:21-23 NKJ). And because of their wholesale indolence of the teachings of the Gospel, and the living of the required lifestyle in TheWay, their eyes have been blinded, and their hearts and minds have been hardened, to the spiritual meaning of the written words of the Gospel that gives Life.
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