Journey to Micro Church – #5

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“Wherever we went, the soldiers came to kill us, and it was all our own country. It was ours already when the Wasichus (white man) made the treaty with Red Cloud, that said it would be ours as long as the grass should grow and water flow. That was only eight winters before, and they were chasing us now because we remembered and they forgot.”

Do we think we’re different now? White man found yellow metal in those hills, and nothing, not their word, not laws or right or wrong would stop them. Are we saved today by the teachings of Jesus? Then why do I see the same in the Church!? Have we forgot? Have we forgot what Jesus said and did? Hey Preacher living in your wealth! Have you forgot? Have you distorted what Jesus said and did? Have you distorted his Word? Have you twisted the truth until it is true no more?

These are but a few of the things that drove me out of of our modern Churches to begin a simple path in which two joined me. One had been a devout Catholic all his life, and never baptized in the way the Bible actually says. He asked me to baptize him, and we did. It was simple, meaningful, and my great honor to do so.

So we started a small group of three, called it a “Fellowship”, and named it “Fellowship of the White Path”, because Jesus walked the red path of his own blood, so that we might walk the white path of his own righteousness.

We also began having a proper Passover every year, according to what your Bible still says, and I believe God is very pleased in our effort to do the best we can with what we have learned as we study early Church, those first 300 years, of which man seems to have tried to muddy the waters of history, so it can be difficult to see. But once the maze begins to open up, a lot of light begins shining in very rapidly, even as a flood!

How much of what we did to the native American Indian is still in us? We try to deny it, but what do our actions so plainly reveal? Our actions betray us! They betray our words to be nothing but lies! When will our hands be clean? Not till we actually live what we profess, and flee those leaders who do not!

I see so much greed in the Church where it should never be! But it is. Where are the Pastors living on faith and love offerings today? Where are the Pastors developing disciples ready to split a group and multiply, for the sake of keeping it as family, and the sake of Gospel Propagation as the early Church did? No group should be bigger than what a Pastor can properly pray for, and a family atmosphere can maintain. We are the family of God, not a copy of worldly ways who love money, numbers, and an image of success.

As mentioned before, I am working towards starting a Podcast on this subject, as someone suggested I should do. We have our equipment now. We have downloaded “Audacity” and hooked up to it. We slowly progress, but I still have things to learn before we achieve this goal, and these technologies do not come easy for me, but if God’s will is in it, it shall be done.

I think it’s pretty obvious now how my trip to the Black Hills seeking God, and God leading me to a book by a very wise man named Black Elk, has helped confirm many things to me about a path I was already seeking, and had begun, without even knowing, and how I eventually discover we are very similar to what is now being called Micro Church. I need not write more on this at this time. It was a strange path perhaps, by what would be modern standards, but it has led here, nonetheless. It amazes me.

I have it in me to begin a series called, “The Covenant of Darkness”. It’s about the Old Testament and how from the beginning it was designed for man to fail, and God to fulfill, so that we might have a covenant actually bringing salvation. Jesus not only saves us from our sin, but also the judgement of the Old Covenant, an eye for an eye. For us to drag anything of law from that covenant is as a slap in the face of Christ, and what he died for, to bring us the New. It is as if we practice Judaism, rather than Christianity, and this includes the teaching of tithing. Drug from the Old, it can not be supported from the New, unless you are a Pharisee.

We live in a day when the love of money has twisted much. More Churches are like Laodicea than Smyrna. And Smyrna holds a great key to unlocking the man-made-Maze! We need to get back to our early Church fathers. We need to get back to the disciples of the disciples. We need to get back to the Apostles and what our Bible actually says. We need to get back to Jesus!

“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” (Jeremiah 6:16)

“Passover”

20181001_145252 It is the night of the Passover. Jesus came on a mission to teach, sow seed, die, and bring the Kingdom of God to the earth. There is no birthing of the Kingdom of God without some death to the flesh. Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies, it abides alone, unfruitful, no harvest!

What does the people of God’s Kingdom in earth look like? Study the Beatitudes. Study and understand, take to heart the Sermon on the Mount, and you will know.

Tonight there will be red on the door post of my home as our small Fellowship comes together for a special Lord’s Supper. I hope you have plans to thank the Lord in a special way for his great sacrifice of love.

Jesus walked the red path of his own blood, so we could walk the white path of his own righteousness… and be the people of God, the Kingdom of God in the earth.

Salt & Light.

The Great Disconnect

20171202_173614 Hi! Grandpa White Feather here with our midweek spiritual food for thought. There use to be a very popular question asked in which when you asked it, the question seemed to magically produce the answer! It really is quite uncanny the way this question really does produce (in most cases) an almost instantaneous answer.

Also, if the person asking the question is thinking correctly, it produces a CORRECT answer! Isn’t that a wonderful thing! But I am troubled by something, because even though the question is very powerful to produce correct answers…there is another question which should be just as powerful and produce the SAME answers…and yet it does not appear to have worked out that way. This is very weird and is cause for serious scrutiny, because herein lies a great mystery we would do well to solve!

The “Popular Question”; the one that became so well known and such a fad that people wore bracelets of “WWJD”, is “What would Jesus do?” If the mind of the person asking the question is of a proper intelligence and Biblical knowledge, this very simple question should produce a very correct answer. And it should be the SAME as the answer produced by my second question! But for some reason these two appear to have produced two very different answers. Hhhhhmmmm. What does this mean?

The second question is almost the same as the first, with only one word changed. For some reason it never became the “popular” question, except with me. When one looks at the two, you would expect them to produce the same answers, but they have not! What is this great mystery, this great disconnect?

The second question is this: “What DID Jesus do?” 

I’ve always considered my mind to work in pretty logical ways. Basically, when I think something through, 2+2 should equal 4. So…………..when I ask these two questions, my logical mind assumes that what Jesus “DID” do should be in harmony with what Jesus “WOULD” do! Make sense? (Does to me.)

I never worried about the two ways it could be asked because I ASSUMED the word “WOULD”, projecting forward, would simply agree with and line up with “DID”, looking backward! But much to my surprise, when I look at today’s church, what Jesus WOULD do does not seem to line up with what Jesus DID do! Huh? So is there something wrong with the questions, or the people answering the questions? Here is an example of what I mean.

Jesus came at a time in which the Children of God had slid into a very complicated and demanding religious system in which stone temples were focal points of. But what DID Jesus do? He condemned that system on every level! And he simplified it at every turn! He got in trouble every time he spoke in one of those stone temples! He took their multitude of laws and reduced them down to “TWO”!!! Wow! He said MY yoke is easy and MY burden light. He shifted everything away from “expensive stone temples” to “simple home tables”! And yet today, when asking what WOULD Jesus do, it seems to have produced the very thing he DID NOT DO! We don’t have family, we have a system!

Why would Jesus reproduce the very kind of thing he fought against when setting his living example for us? Why would he reproduce today what he was tearing down yesterday? Why would he change his mind and produce a system that DID not recognize God was doing a new thing, and even went on to crucify him? They did not even recognize God when he showed up! Does this seem logical by any stretch of the imagination? Is this what Jesus WOULD do? To contradict what he DID do? And undo what he did do? What WOULD Jesus do, and what DID Jesus do? Should these two question not produce the same answers? For the One in which there is no shadow of turning? The same yesterday, today, and forever?

Even today I see the church taking the same fork in the road that produced the Catholic church system in which the Protestants rebelled against! But now we do the same? We DO what we UNDID? We’ve hooked up with a Constantine and we’re trying to use political power to force the will of God on heathens? Politics do not change hearts! The work of the church is to change hearts! The swamp will not be drained! Babylon is already rooted in and will come back with a vengeance! Politics is not the answer for the church! Render unto Ceaser what is Ceaser’s and unto God what is God’s! We will not change a single heart through politics, but we do cause the heathens to blaspheme the name of God! Jesus never sought political power! He said his kingdom was not of this kingdom! It drove the apprentice apostles crazy!

It is our duty to vote, and vote in a godly way, to have some idea of what is going on, and I’m sure God calls some of his children to pursue government positions, but God’s kingdom advances by changing hearts, not seeking to force his will upon an unbelieving people! So cast your vote faithfully, but preach Jesus! Not a political party or president! Do not let him influence the voice and will of God for the church, like what happened when we left what our early church fathers established! (But we’re already doing it.)

I hear the Spirit of God saying, Slow down, and hear God. Simplify! My yoke is easy. My burden is light. Come to my TABLE and sup with me. Be more conscious of the Temple I raised in three days, not a stone temple like in Jerusalem! I have not changed! What I DID do is what I STILL do! Do not repeat the history you once condemned! Come out from among them and be separate! Live different! Know my ways of peace, freedom, and Spirit!

No wonder the church of Laodicea made Jesus so sick of his stomach, he threatened to spue them out of his mouth! But he also offered to them:

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Rev. 3:20)

God’s Kingdom is about the Lord’s Table. It’s about a family coming together at a Table and showing the world the LOVE we enjoy in God’s Kingdom. Will Jesus find true faith when he returns? After the Holy Spirit filled the Apostles, they finally understood the difference between an earthly temple, and God’s heavenly Table. The Book of Revelation ends with declaring there will be NO Temple in the new heaven! (Rev. 21:22) But there is a feast of the Bride, and the Presence of God! (It’s just that simple?)

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Fellowship of the White Path – 6/24/18

20180610_125140 The door on Noah’s Ark did not close until after man closed his mind!

As explained in previous article, we’re now sharing the weekly lessons of “Fellowship of the White Path” on this site. We welcome one and all. Welcome to something different. Please leave a comment if this site is of value to you.

After I left what I call the “modern American church system”, I entered a spiritual twilight zone in which most of my former Christian brothers and sisters think I have gone off the deep end, and probably in sin. But have any of them read the material of this site, in which the details of this journey are given? “NO.” It’s as if they are afraid to.

I have mentioned to them about discovering important information in early church history and church fathers. (A subject I would think of great interest.) Have they asked me to share what I found with them? “NO.” They seem to have no interest, curiosity, or concern. They seem to be confident in what their own church has taught them, and do not consider this modern materialistic church might be misleading them in any major way. In other words, (for whatever reason), they have closed their minds to other possibilities, and believe having an “open mind” is a spiritual danger. They believe it is a fool’s path putting at risk your very soul to be open minded. To this I have a couple of  very simplistic and logical questions.

Since when does “greater light” have anything to fear from “lesser light”? Also… who were the Jews who failed to recognize God in Christ, and who were the ones who succeeded in recognizing God was with them, the day of their visitation? Was it not the “close-minded” who failed to see Him? Was it not the “open-minded” who succeeded in hearing Him? If so, how can being open minded be a sin? And how can being closed minded be wisdom?

Was not Saul closed minded until Jesus knocked him from his prideful horse of being right, and opened his mind? At which time God then changed his name to Paul. The closed minded Saul now gone, God gave us the “Apostle” Paul. True churches needed to be birthed.

In the days of Noah, he preached to those people something like 120 years! And other than his immediate family, not one convert! They were closed minded to any threat of something called a flood, and  a God ready to judge! They had closed the door of their mind long before God ever closed the door of the Ark, and yet when the flood waters finally came, they screamed and scratched at that door, wanting in, as if God should open it? Jesus compared the last days to the days of Noah, and sometimes I think I know how Noah felt.

This teacher is warning you concerning the “CHARGE/ANOINTING” on your ARMOR of LIGHT. Is anyone hearing me? Or are the mental doors all closed? Are we STRONG in the Lord? If your armor is weak, then you’re not strong. And if your neglecting your Priesthood in Christ, the things of your Priesthood, then your armor is not getting CHARGED. And if your armor is weak, SO ARE YOU. I bet you know the charge on your cell phone. I bet you charge it every night and check it all day long, but how well do you know the CHARGE on your Armor of Light? Does God just keep it full power, no matter how much we neglect it? The devil would dearly love for you to be foolish enough to believe and live that way. (And many do!)

If you like the Marvel movies of Ironman, you know he escaped terrorist captivity when he barely managed to construct a primitive iron suit with enough juice to last 15 minutes. That’s all he had. If he had not overcome the enemy and escaped within 15 minutes, he would have died at the enemy’s hand, or continued captivity. I’m sure he wished he had more charge! A man died giving him this one chance. Tony did not waste this man’s sacrifice, but he changed. He repented of who he had been and truly changed. His world had been rocked. A reality check demanding a change. That’s what we’re afraid of, that we might be forced to look at our need of change, and we do not want to change and be like Christ, to live as a Priest!

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Later in the movie, he has his new and much improved suit of armor, but a bad guy managed to steal the powerhouse unit for the suit, and he had to go back to a previous power unit of lesser power and not fully charged. As this warrior heads out to do battle, one of the first things he checks is the “charge level” on this power unit, and finds it to be at 48%. Notice how important knowing the charge level is. Don’t you know Tony is wishing it were at 100%? Don’t you know he wishes he was still the one being powered by the more advanced unit? Is it any different with us? But do we live our life faithful to such spiritual understanding as God’s Word has revealed? We need to understand our level of CHARGE is connected to the practice of our PRIESTHOOD! Are we the spiritual warrior in Christ?

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“And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priest for our God. And they will reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:10

Who has caused them to become a Kingdom of priest? Jesus. Certainly not me. I’m just the messenger, a Noah, pointing this out. I’m a crazy man building a big boat in the desert. A huge boat for so few people? What a waste.) Who are the ones who have become these priest? All born-again in Christ, the children of God. Do you believe yourself such? Are you living it? What kind of boat are you building?

Do you regret making the choice to be a child of God? Do you understand the value of priesthood in Christ? Would we neglect such a thing? I know…hard things for us to think about when we’re use to someone tickling our ears with happy-thoughts. But what is going to shake you out of your spiritual neglect and apathy? Happy thoughts? Or God’s simple truth?

I’m a man accused of being spiritually off-track, but when you sit in your church building and the preacher is preaching, is he growing you in the powers of your priesthood, or teaching you to reign? Where is the emphasis? The Apostle Paul accused one church of reigning without him. He scolded them for their foolish thinking. The one I follow said he who is servant of all, is greatest. The seed that falls to the ground and dies, bears much fruit. Sacrifice is all about priesthood, but we would live as kings? Noah preached faithfully out of a heart of love and concern to “closed minds” who never entered in.

So what are we willing to do about it? Will we begin to take up our cross, our priesthood, put a priority on the Kingdom of God, and come before the Holy of Holies faithfully? Will we watch and pray, or rush out naked into another day? A teacher can only teach. He cannot change a person. Only you can change. Noah could only preach and build the boat, he was not to force anyone in.

Is Fellowship of the White Path one of God’s arks in this day? I think we can only be judged by what we teach, and our actions. Are our words true? Are you concerned enough to thoroughly study our words against your Bible before deciding? I absolutely love for people to check the words of this teaching, but I suspect they know the words are true without even doing so. That’s alright too, as long as we take it to heart.

We have such opportunity in this day to make a difference, but only if God empowers. Jason took our Fellowship to a Garden Center and Flower shop 2 hour drive away yesterday. He is related to the owners of the business. We had a good time. We ate out on the way and shared that table. But something we did not expect happened at the Flower shop while we were there. One of the employees has a 91 year old dad in the hospital passing away at this very time. We ended up in in a circle prayer of 4, holding hands, and I was asked to pray for this one crossing over. What an honor. And it happened in this place, among other doors that also began to open as we shared.

I am amazed how much God has our Fellowship “go out” to others at their tables, not ours. He seems more concerned about we who claim to be followers of Christ going out, than others coming in. I get strange looks when I tell people how our Fellowship works, and yet God keeps sending us places, and a School in the Wilderness is still being slowly developed. So it’s not about numbers, it’s about discipleship. The Teepee may never see any real numbers, but in many ways, including this blog site, God is getting His true message out there. It’s about Priesthood, not Kingship. Are you charged? I bet your cell phone is.

It’s not about “going to church”. It’s about “being the church”. Which are you? Do you “go to church”, or “do you live church”? Those who live church walk around in a bright Armor of Light easily seen by one and all. So says Grandpa White Feather. Check if my words be true. Wolves speak with forked tongue.

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“The Christian Mystic” Part IV

20170430_145845 DOCTOR STRANGE”. Another very popular good guy sorcerer. But before we get into that, I must say I have so enjoyed learning about the “Christian Mystic”. This has always been an arena I was aware of, but knew little about.

I’ve never been Catholic, and I’m always very careful of adopting anything Catholic because of practices I see as not always scriptural. Not that they have not done good things too, but I tread carefully. Actually, in some ways, this has actually helped my Catholic perspective.

I’ve had to purchase 3 books, so far, and also some Wikipedia research in order to gain light on this subject. Again, I have found an area I feel to tread carefully, but as long as you are careful, I’m finding some very interesting thought. Thoughts I myself have had for a long time. Thoughts I believe may have great value in our current time. So…starting in Part V we will begin to focus on the CM, and not so much these fictional characters, although they represent very real practices by people who are not fictional.

According to the Marvel Universe comics, Doctor Strange serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange was created during the silver age of comics to bring a different kind of character and themes of “mysticism” to Marvel Comics.

The character’s origin story relates that he was once a brilliant but ego driven surgeon. After a car accident renders his hands badly damaged, he searches the Earth for a way to repair them and eventually learns of the Ancient One. He becomes a student, (after some convincing), and becomes a practitioner of both the mystical arts as well as martial arts.

He rises very quickly in his new pursuit and eventually takes up residence in a mansion called the Sanctum Sanctorum, located in New York City, and takes on the title of Sorcerer Supreme. Once again I had to rewatch the movie to refresh my memory. The training he receives teaches him to draw on energy from other dimensions. This energy can then be used to make magic. Spells, magical weapons and devices, supernatural abilities, all these things are the world in which he now lives.

Originally he was a very egotistical and prideful man who did not believe in anything mystical. Science was his chosen faith, and he was a strong believer. But his path forces him this direction and leads to the breaking of pride and the gaining of humility, even though he still seems to do his own thing, break rules, if he deems it advantageous to the goals.

When the next big Avenger movie hits, the battle with Thanos, Doctor Strange will be a part of that battle, fighting for the saving of Earth and the human race. Personally I find Doctor Strange much more interesting than Harry Potter, but both still glamorize something our Bible has revealed as “dark”, not light. Therefore, even as a child when I was very into comic books, I read a couple of his and decided that even though I enjoyed them, they were not for me. This movie was the first time I’ve seen anything of Doctor Strange in a long time.

Unlike Harry Potter, who is an unfortunate child you feel sorry for and immediately want to like; Stephen Strange is this egotistical man who has everything you could want. Granted, perhaps he has earned what he has, but his self absorption makes us not want to like him. There is not a humble bone in his body. So when life suddenly breaks a bunch of his bones and sends him down a path of brokeness leading to humility, we kind of enjoy it.

Once again he proves his ability to rise to the top, but he is still not prepared to live a life of personal sacrifice. His abilities are needed to fight the darkness always threatening to overwhelm the world. This would require complete devotion to a higher cause and a selfless life. He struggles with such a choice. He does not want any part of it. But before the show is over, he becomes this person putting the welfare of others before his own. It appears to be a lonely existence, but a cross someone must bear.

It is easy to see the parallels of the fictional Doctor Strange to the same path and choices any person faces if they seek spirit rather than material. We can look at our own journey in Christ and find commonalities. The breaking of self…study of ancient writings…gaining of spiritual understandings and spiritual laws…such as God promotes humility and resists pride. We know our own training God has put us through over the years, but never forget, if you are a Christian, Doctor Strange is not promoting our God or the Book our God gave us.

He would not be one to pray. He might meditate, but if he prays who is he praying to? Some “being” of these other dimensions? And who is this being? Would he declare him to be Jesus Christ? Sadly, no. And if he did, then sorcery is a sin he would need to abandon if he wanted to learn the way of God, the way of true light.

I for one would like to encourage every Christian to consider their own Sanctum Sanctorum, in which they pray, pour over the ancient scriptures, and devote themselves to the one true God. It is my hope that as we look further into the Christian Mystic, that it will inspire us to do that very thing. I know some of you could write this subject yourself, because you already know and love this path we speak of. But in our current culture of running here and there, my gut tells me our Churches are full of people more concerned about worldly success, than learning the ways of a true disciple of Christ.

So be careful what you do with the many many “good witch” heroes flooding our major platforms these days. The Bible is not a book of spells. Don’t treat it as such. I fear many modern churches have fallen into what amounts to casting scriptural spells. The weapons of “our” warfare work in a much different way. Walk with Christ. Learn God’s ways. Be Holy Spirit trained.

Be aware of your surroundings and know what is going on. Jesus sent the Disciples out as sheep among wolves, but he also said be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. So what is this power that enables a sheep, a harmless dove, to accomplish great things while in a world of wolves? That’s our God. To know Him is to love Him. I look so forward to examining the Christian Mystic. Amen.