Fellowship of the White Path 1/14/19

20181007_191325 Jesus walked the red path of his own blood, so we could walk the white path of his own righteousness. (Fellowship of the White Path).

I enjoy watching documentaries on the subject of “happiness”. I enjoy seeing those who are unbelievers come to the same conclusions my Bible already teaches, and most the time these people do not even realize it, or they simply don’t want to admit it. But as you know, I have a bigger problem with our Modern American Church, which I call MAC.

I have said for years that the modern church has set Jesus up to be blasphemed by the unbelievers, because most churches today preach a materialistic Jesus and everyone knows he was the extreme opposite of that! Therefore, the TV evangelist, or the preacher living in a mansion, or constantly asking for money, and also teaching we are still under a law of giving 10% or we’re robbing God, creates a very materialistic image of Christ, causing a lot of people who truly are interested in “SPIRIT” to be attracted to other eastern religions who practice “simplicity”/ “moderation”.

More and more we are learning simplicity, not materialism, is part of happiness. Jesus taught and practiced this, but you wouldn’t know it if you followed the average Christian for a week, or the average pastor, as they are just as caught up in the American rat-race as anyone else! They are just as in bondage to “stuff” as anyone else! And then comes along some spiritual guru teaching and living closer to what Jesus taught, and people respect that person, and are drawn to them.

This documentary showed people living close to nature, in a simplicity but not poverty. They helped each other and were almost as family, which is what the church is supposed to be. This was not a fly by night outfit, but has been around many years. They have several of these communities around the world. They have proven it can be done. They even believe in Jesus! His picture is right there with the other spiritual gurus! They even teach Jesus taught the same thing they do! And to a point, he did! And that’s how people are fooled. They look at a very materialistic church and they say well, I know Jesus didn’t teach that. I’ve tried that “church thing”, and it wasn’t like family. So they end up believing there are many ways to God, and their spirit is drawn to the simplicity and love of community. Frankly, so is mine!

However, good as these people are, Jesus still taught their was only one way for your sins to be actually “forgiven”. Now this is a problem. I call these people the “Golden Rule People”, and I actually love them. I’m attracted to them. I’m like them in many many ways! I even built my teepee! I love the Black Hills, Crazy Horse, and nature! But to be a part of the “BRIDE of Christ”, there is only one way! Jesus made that VERY plain.

So…thank you MAC church for misrepresenting our Lord so lavishly. The Bible is very plain as to what it says concerning those who cause the name of Christ to be blasphemed by unbelievers. Your showing the world a Jesus who is always operating on the wrong foot. He gets off on the wrong foot at the start of every year by how we have twisted the Christian Passover New Year, and he stays on that wrong foot all year long! This is not what Jesus DID! So when a guru comes along living and teaching more like Jesus DID, then he seems to have great wisdom, and a key to happiness, and so he does, because Jesus did it too.

My wife and I raised five kids in a simple home of 1400 sq. ft. (And one bathroom.) Our whole life I’ve heard people say they don’t know how we could have been a family of 7 in an area that small and only one bathroom. But I lived it! And I know it wasn’t that bad! It’s people’s mindsets! It’s their love of luxury! They don’t know how because they don’t want to know how! And it’s not as bad as they say it is! I probably would not have even thought twice about it had their not been so many good people feeling sorry for us. It made me think there must be something wrong with me, but if Jesus is our example, maybe there is something right with me!

Present day, my wife and I are about to become empty nesters. We have this whole 1400 sq. ft. to ourself! And guess what? I’m about to turn the house into 1000 sq. ft. for her and I, and turn the other 400 sq. ft. into a studio apartment so we can help people and make a little on the side, as I’m on a fixed income now. You may have seen the pictures of the Murphy Bed I built in our living room. This was 2-3 articles back. The bed came out awesome! (And my wife is slowly adjusting as she more and more sees the vision of living simple and focusing on things that really matter.)

The people in the documentary had a love for “God”, and a love for people. They put a priority on spirit more than flesh. But without the blood of Christ their sins are not forgiven, and no one is perfect! So I call these people the “Golden Rule People”. Jesus said if you love God with all your heart and love people as yourself, you will fulfill all of the law. So these people have a part of the spiritual puzzle right. What is God going to do with them? It is plain they will not be part of the Bride and will not live in New City Jerusalem, not with unforgiven sin. But you may recall I have speculated as to who these people are who populate the new earth? Well…I don’t know. I just know better than to put God in a box. I know God loves these people and wants to see them forgiven of all sin, washed white as snow, so they can wear the wedding dress for our Lord.

I don’t want to take any chance on standing before God on judgement day without the blood of Christ. The Bible says hell is a real place, and that Bible has been right on a whole lot of stuff. It’s not a book I want to go up against in any way. In other words, if the Bible were running in a horse race, if I want to be a winner, I’d put my money on the horse called Bible, the Word of God. I certainly would not bet against it.

I will end with this quote and teaching of Jesus: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

The Bible teaches this one point from cover to cover. There is no remission of sin without the blood. The life is in the blood. It says it a million different ways and in a thousand different analogies. This is what Jesus taught and lived. He even asked the Father for a different way. As far as I can think off the top of my head, this is the only prayer request Jesus ever made that the Father did not answer in the way Jesus requested. In other words, there was no other way. The flawless lamb taking the place of all of us very flawed people. Broad is the way leading to hell, and many there be who take it. Narrow is the way, a single gate, one door, leading to salvation. This is the Bride of the Lamb. It’s what Jesus said. It’s what the Bible says. Those of us who teach God’s Word are simply messengers.

As a messenger I don’t get to say I’m right and you’re wrong. I already confessed to being wrong when I decided that Book was right. When I decided Jesus was the real thing, I had to confess I was very wrong, and I’m still very flawed, and I NEED that perfect one to take my place, pay my sin debt, so I can live the rest of my life, and eternity, in a LOVE DEBT, rather than sin debt.

The old me had a sin debt he could never pay, not through all of eternity. Now I owe Christ a LOVE debt I can never fully repay. Not through all of eternity. But what a blessed life it is living in the LOVE debt. People all over the world, living by the Golden Rule, prove the wisdom of God. Happiness is found in spirit, not flesh.

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“What does it all mean?” Part 3 

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God has given me such a picture of how it all comes together, and my place in that picture. At first I certainly was not sure. There was no need to have another church sitting on another street corner that was just another version of what basically everybody else was already doing. That was the way I felt. And yet, I could not seem to find a church that fit the hunger in my belly.

So God has given me analogies of a spiritual civil war, and perhaps a 2nd Reformation, but to get even more detailed and more specific, he spoke to me just this morning of Restaurants. Different churches are like different restaurants. Some places are McDonalds and White Castles. Some are greasy spoons and Truck Stops. Some are Chinese or Mexican, or perhaps Italian. There’s Taco Bell and Subway. There’s also Texas Roadhouse and fine steak places. There are meals as fancy as you want to get if you’re willing to pay for them. But what is your church? Have you even thought about it?

All have something to offer. All will put food in your belly. And all will have different effects on your body and future health. Your physical future. Are you sure about what your church is serving? They all will put food in your belly, but is it making you strong, or on your way to a heart attack and expensive hospital bill? Do they have a vision truly inspiring, filling you with joy, peace, and passion? Do you feel alive? Or more like a robot, a zombie, going through motions as if alive, but not really. Just another rat-race, not a family.

So I asked God how to describe FWP, (Fellowship of the White Path), in terms of a restaurant of spiritual food. First of all, it was very plain we are not a McDonalds on every corner. We’re more like a family owned, one of a kind in the town, unique place that when suddenly discovered, some decide to make a regular part of their life. We are a piece of variety in the body of Christ. Presently, most people don’t know we exist, but word of mouth is slowly spreading. To be honest, I have not really worked that hard on evangelizing yet, as I have been busy perfecting our particular specials. I’ve had a lot of facts and details needing discovered and simplified. Those then become our special ingredients we mix into the menu we offer for your dining experience.

In some ways, with our emphasis on fellowship and family, we’re almost like a spiritual Tavern. For many lost people, a tavern has become their fellowship and family, their church. They don’t want the formality of church, but they connect and socialize at a local tavern. Every week they get with their buddies and see how life is treating them. Perhaps share sad stories, or unexpected victories, but they become a sort of family. A family of darkness, not drawn to God’s light, but it is the closest thing to church for them. Perhaps FWP is comparable to a Tavern of Light.

But all churches are to be a place for spiritual food and fellowship centered on God as our Father, Jesus as our Savior, and the Holy Spirit as our Teacher. God has spread an incredible TABLE before us, but every restaurant seems to have their own particular “menu”. Or specials.  Cracker Barrel have their specials, and usually a different one for every day of the week. How would you describe yours? What are the “specials” on the menu of your church? For example, King theology or Priest/Servant? There are many possibilities.

Here’s how I would describe some of the “specials” on the menu of FWP. First of all we have our “Missing Years Special”, because here is where it all started for me. Here is where I found the answers inspiring me to create another spiritual restaurant because there was a hunger for such a menu. By this I mean, what happened in those approximately 250 years before the Catholic church grew stronger and stronger? What happened with the men the Apostles directly discipled and established as Bishops of the early churches? How did that early Apostolic church somehow become Catholic? And why are our modern churches so silent on all this?

As we were developing our “Missing Years Menu”, I discovered an early church split concerning “The Lord’s Supper/ Passover Meal”! I learned that the Rome Bishop wanted to change from what the Apostles had instructed to continue! So now I had to develop a “Lord’s Supper/ Passover Special” on our menu, dealing directly with that. People are very hungry for both these specials. These particular meals were very hard to come up with before the Internet made the secret ingredients so readily available.

After taking a closer look at the description of the early church in the Book of Acts, and also Paul’s description in First Corinthians 11, I realized that “Fellowship”, “Meals”, and “The Lord’s Supper” was very high on God’s list for his church!   So…of course we had to put a heavy emphasis on our “Fellowship Special”! Which is one reason we do not even refer to our “Fellowship” as a church, but a “Fellowship”. “Fellowship of the White Path”. Jesus walked the Red Path of his blood, so we could walk the White Path of his fellowship.

For the early church, the Lord’s Supper was also known as “The Welcoming Table”, and this week I am about to try a new special, for the very first time at our Fellowship, of “The Lord’s Welcoming Table” in someone’s home whom we have just begun to disciple. I really believe this special will have a powerful effect that few have considered. I hope it becomes a regular meal on our menu.

We also have our “2nd Reformation Special” where we consider if the church really went back to precatholic ways in the 1st Reformation, or have we simply slipped from those ways in our modern days? Are we in the beginning of a 2nd Reformation? And what does it look like? It looks like a TABLE. Is this TABLE taking us back to homes?

And one more special. What I call our “First Corinthians 11 and Angels Special”, because somehow this one chapter actually sums up where God started and ended with me, concerning the journey we made. Somehow this one chapter literally highlights the two main points God showed me, without any other points involved. It is literally my journey in a capsule form, but that chapter taken by itself could scare you away, if not having the other specials on the menu with it. So…wow…don’t eat this plate alone!

Now of course there is much more on our menu besides these specials, like Ezekiel Chapter 8! But only by eating a few meals at our TABLE could you come to know the total affect of our spiritual FOOD and FELLOWSHIP. We do have a building, sort of, still under construction but usable, and of all things it is a “Tipi”! LOL. Which is a picture of beams, long legs all leaning together at a single point, Christ Jesus, and all made stronger because we come together in fellowship in HIM.

So from our Tipi building and spiritual retreat, our School in the Wilderness, our unique specials, the fact we are not a chain restaurant, but currently very small, unknown, and unique, we are definitely not found on every corner of your town. I would love to be in as many homes a possible, as the Good Lord would decide, but this is us, another place of unique fellowship and food in Christ, which God’s body has to offer.

Whether you choose to eat with us at this blog site, or if we ever sit at a real table together, FWP is open for fine spiritual food dining intended to make you all you can be in Christ. We hope to fulfill a hunger that is perhaps being overlooked in our modern day. I hope you find our food to your taste, and in the mean time we will keep cooking and spreading a table for those who do. This has been brought to you by “Fellowship of the White Path”. I am but a simple teacher who calls himself Grandpa White Feather, maybe because I just felt led of God to do so. Reach for God’s Sword, and make a difference where you live.

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Choosing Your Friends

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You have an enemy! In this life of peace in Christ, I find there is a fight. I desire a life of peace, but I find there is a fight. The Children of Israel entered the Promised Land of milk and honey, and they found there was a fight…even giants.

There is a reason “birds of a feather flock together”.  It is impossible for someone of integrity to go along for long, with something they disagree. It will eat at the person of honor until they choose different. The pure heart must walk its own White Path. Birds not of a feather will not flock together for long, unless their feathers change.

My wife and I went on a spiritual quest with God and I came back from the Black Hills with a phrase echoing in my soul: “The Path of the White Feather”. I did not know what it meant, but it led me in becoming Grandpa White Feather to my family, and beginning to do Church a whole different way. The research, the answers, my journey, the reasons, and the prayerful decisions are all recorded in the archives of this site if you care to research. I found most of my answers in the early Church fathers and the Church they began, i.e. Pre-Catholic.

Jesus walked the Red Path (of his own righteous blood), so we could walk the White. Most every true Church teaches this, maybe not in these words, but the same message. And yet I found myself at odds with the modern Church on many different levels, and soon discovered my chosen friends were not as close as I thought they were. Our feathers proved to be different, and I was challenged to find a different flock.

We have an enemy, and how should he be fought?  (Read previous article for understanding the Christian “Vengeance Trail”, spoken of by Apostle Paul.) Who is the enemy? Where has all his tentacles reached? As we continue our “Infinity War / Eternity War” analogy, Captain America discovers the world he knew has changed, and the clothes he so boldly wears, his feathers, he no longer agrees with! What’s he going to do now? This “system” is requiring the heroes to all register with the government, but how is this the “Liberty” he has always fought for? A major fork in the road is before him, but not just Captain America; this fork is before every one of the Avengers and other heroes of the earth.

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I found myself at that very same fork in the road. Modern Church had become a “system” I was no longer comfortable with. It had become a “system”, not a family, not a fellowship. As I headed out into the unknown with God, I knew whatever I did, it had to be a “fellowship”. We don’t call what we do “Church” anymore, even though it fulfills what was original Church better than most Church systems today. I won’t say there are not exceptions to the rule, but let me tell you a “Tale of Two Tables”, and you decide for yourself.

First of all, I learned that in Jesus earthly ministry, one of his major changes was a shifting from the “Temple” to the “Table”. Now for the sake of regular readers, I won’t go through all the details of those previous articles, but think of “The Lord’s Supper”, a “Table”. Oh! We found so much there! Don’t forget how our Lord was constantly in trouble in the “Temples”, but was very popular at the “Tables” of the common people. He had a “Table Ministry” more than Temple.

Jesus spoke of a different temple. He said destroy this temple and in 3 days I will raise it up. He told Zacchaeus to come down out of the tree, cause I’m coming to your house today! He sat at many tables in homes, and other places. The table of Matthew a tax collector, and his friends. The religious system at that time only found fault. The two men on the Road to Emaus. He ended up at their table, and he left them with “bread on the table”.  Even Stephen was preaching against the temple when they stoned him. But in my pursuit of the “table”, I have found there are “two”.

There is the table we might meet with someone like at a coffee shop, and there is the table in that person’s home. Here is a tale of two tables. We must not forsake assembling together, on this point scripture is plain. So as I went out looking for a new flock of birds, I found my wife and a friend named Jason willing to join me. We became a fellowship of 3. We fellowship very regularly and began reaching out to others. Now here is a strange thing. I’ve lived my whole life without being connected to any news events. So how is it, this little group of “3 nobodies”, ends up being led of God to 2 news events in our city? Never happened to me before! Suddenly, not one, but even 2? I am still stunned at this.

For privacy, I am not going to name names, but one news event involved a one year old girl who died when a car drove by a house at night and shot some 40 bullets into the place. I heard the news report and thought “how awful”. Later I got a call from someone informing me I knew the person who lived there, and she was Grandma to the little girl! I had worked with this lady! Talked to her many times, but only a little about God. She said she was a Christian and attended a Church.

Almost in the same week, I get another call. This one from my brother-in-law. Due to a hobby connection, he met a man about to have a complete heart transplant. Of course, this guy was in the hospital and had become a news topic. My brother-in-law began visiting the man on a regular basis. They became friends. The man eventually asked about how do you know if your saved? This guy knew he was not. He had been one bad dude. But he now said he wanted to be, and my brother-in-law led him to the Lord! And then he called me! This guy had just had a new heart transplant “spiritually”, and little did they know, a sudden unexpected tragedy for someone else, and he got a new heart “physically”! Wow! That kind of blows my mind! But why had God chosen my little group of 3 to connect to both these events? These are rare happenings.

I was at the hospital, (we’ll call him the “heart guy”), I was at the hospital when the heart guy succeeded in doing his 6 minute walk he had to do in order to be released. This was a big event for him, and my brother-in-law and I were the only two there.

As time has proceeded, I felt led to reach out to the Grandma of the little girl with a flower box I made myself. I talked to her on phone and we set a date to meet at a coffee shop, set at a “table” and talk.

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But when the day came to meet, she would not answer her phone, and we have yet to meet. We have not come together at a table, even though she needs to. I know she is hurting. There is healing in sharing. This flower box is full of healing, even though it may hurt a little now. It also has a message of “Slow Down, and Hear God.” Is she running from that message, or just the pain of her loss? I do not know. But if God is asking me to help her, then I know we must reach a table. Hopefully, not just a cafe table, but the table in her “home”.

I’m not interested in shallow ministry anymore. There are plenty of Churches that can do that. Our Lord was not about the shallow either. Our fellowship makes an offer, an invitation. The door either opens or not. We pray, we continue offering, but we don’t force, and we don’t respond to the shallow. The box might end up going to someone else, even though it had a different original destination. In the meantime, the flowers have been beautiful.

Now as to the heart guy, he is at home, and we are having regular Bible Study and prayer in his home. I know him better in just a couple of meetings, than I know 99.9% of the people in the Church I left. Including the Pastor. Funny thing on that. I actually helped build a very nice deck and flower patio on that Pastor’s house. But I had never been inside his home. Not long after that, he sold the house with the nice deck he was built, and bought a nicer place. (Wow.) Funny how things happen.

At any rate, Jesus has a “Table Ministry”. There are two tables, and the one in our homes is where we really get to know people. So how many people at your Church do you really know? How many have you sat at their table in their home, and they have sat at yours? The original Church operated in just this very way. I thought I was close to some people at the Church, but now that I have been involved in “Table Ministry”, I realize why I was so easily let go. God is all about “Meaning” with a capitol “M”! God is about “meaningful relationships” and “meaningful purpose” in your life. The lost think life is meaningless, but we know it is not. The soul desires meaning and purpose, even passion! Jesus was and is that kind of God.

A whole new world is opening up to the heart guy. He showed me a picture of the old heart they took out of his body. I took a picture of the picture. Are you ready for this? In this picture, call it a weird coincidence if you choose, but it looks like the face of a demon! No joke!

20180509_173303 That red thing is his old heart, and you see some kind of a heart pump at the bottom of the heart. He showed me a picture of the new heart too, and it was wonderful. Such a difference as night and day. I believe if we could see the spiritual heart transplant, we might see a very similar revelation. Wow.

So this has been my new Church life of walking with Christ seeking true fellowship. The heart guy and I are beginning to really know each other. When he is healthy enough someday, he will visit my place too. My best friend at the old Church has not visited me at my home in a year now. I’ve stopped in on him at least 3 times, but things just aren’t the same. He’s the only one from the Church that we have shared home tables, mostly because we go way back to high school days. We raised our families together before the Church ever came along. Other than that, cafe tables was as close as I got with a few members of that Church, including the Pastor. There is a Tale of Two Tables.

I believe our Lord loved “Table Ministry”. The early Church was built on it and many of the early Church fathers resisted the change, but were eventually overruled. I don’t usually go this long on words, but this is all so important.

In our movie, a few of the heroes eventually switch over to Steve Rogers, who has changed his name to Nomad, a wanderer. Black Widow and Black Panther now fight with Nomad. Evidently they realized Cap had a point. They saw the evil in the “system” for what it was. Thor has been separated from all of it, but I’m pretty sure which side he would land on.

The question becomes what kind of “disciples” are we developing? Are we functioning as Jesus would function in the earth, the way he did function? Are we comfortable in the feathers we are wearing? Of course, if things get bad enough, we will all fight together for the sake of the common cause, the blood of Christ still joins us. We are a family split on what it means to have Church. We are split on how we think the children should be raised. We are split on what our heart hungers for in a spiritual family, and meaningful relationship.

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We have not forgotten the subject of “The Seven Deadly Sins”, nor our foundation scriptures of Romans 13: 8-14. There is a White Path of peace for us to walk with Christ, but there is also a fight. The heart guy readily attests to the deadliness of the deadly sins, and he has a very strange picture, be it coincidence or what. It does make you think. This is Grandpa White Feather signing off, exploring this path, until the next time.

Next article: “7 Deadly Sins & War Path!”

In a world that is cursed there is always a fight in the garden.

Signed: Grandpa White Feather.

What is the White Path?

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What is the White Path and how is Nomad a “type” of it? You see, the problem with Steve Rogers the fictional character is he is just too honest, honorable, pure of heart, and moral. His way of choosing his path is always based on integrity and justice. He’s always asking himself what is the right thing to do? That can get you in a lot of trouble in today’s world and put you on a hero’s path. (Not an easy mountain to climb.)

Maybe that worked in his previous life, but it didn’t take long for the new Steve Rogers to realize the world had changed while he was asleep. (The 10 Virgins?) Anyone who knew Steve could have predicted a huge fork in the road would quickly arise. Not only that, but they should have been able to see which path he would take. How about you? How about us? How have we done in facing our current culture in complete integrity? And which of the Seven Deadly Sins have been our greatest foes? For this culture constantly attacks the White Path and all those who desire to walk upon it with our Lord. What demons do you fight in the dark of the night? If you’ve had no battles, you better check your salvation.

What is this path Christ calls us to? Granted, it is not the same as our Marvel heroes have faced, but in some ways it is the same, and calls for a hero’s heart to walk upon it. I grew up loving comic books and so I just can’t help relating. Thor has always “sort of” been a picture of a spiritual warrior to me, because of his “Hammer”. God’s Word says, “Is not my Word like a hammer?” (Jer. 23:29) When Thor threw that hammer, I saw a spiritual warrior speaking the Word of God. I saw God’s Word going forth in battle! And now his hammer has gone through an evolution. It has become a hammer and axe! Need I remind what scriptures speak of in the axe? A word to the wise, and at such a time?

In Jeremiah 51:20 God speaks of a “Battleaxe” to be brought against Babylon. Do not take this lightly. Do not assume our modern church has not been caught up in the spirit of Babylon! And in Luke 3:9, John the Baptist preached: “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees; every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”

Very strong words concerning God’s axe. Will the original vine be grafted back in? The spirit of Babylon is creeping into our “system” like an evil Loki completely devoid of any heart or conscience. Only the White Path offers safety from his deceptive ways and the Seven Deadly Sins.

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In getting back to the subject of the White Path…

Jesus said, “Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.” (WOW.) Rev. 3: 4-5.

Are we guilty of taking the easy way? Would we have joined Nomad? As written in the last article, to be an outcast? A criminal hunted, even as David found himself hunted by the king. Have we chosen to be one of David’s mighty men? Or stayed with the easy path of the king with no clothes? Spiritual warfare is all about us, and it starts with integrity, honor, and a pure heart. Those who cling to a comfort zone simply because they lack integrity and honor will find themselves swirling in a world of the deadly sins. I’d rather be hunted by King Saul!

I take no joy that our modern church has become so much like King Saul. And like David, I have no desire to hurt the Church. God will judge each church. Other forces will take down all those not solid upon the Rock of Jesus, who showed us the servant’s path of self-sacrifice and LOVE. I speak of these things hoping the Church will wake-up, not fall like a King Saul.

Romans 13:8-14 speaks of this LOVE debt we have entered through Christ, but it also speaks of other very important things. It speaks of the Armor of Light, the shedding of our old sinful nature like taking off old clothes, and living a life in the Light for all to see! This set of scriptures is where I have decided to camp for a while. Grandpa White Feather has set his tipi right here in this weird place of using Infinity War/ Eternity War as an analogy of choosing the White Path and the spiritual warfare of the Seven Deadly Sins. Six living scriptures to fight those spiritually cancerous lifestyles.

And what of White Wolf? Nomad saved his friend. Somehow, he took him to a special place, Wakanda, where he hoped they would be able to help him, this place separated from the world, now trying to offer light to the world. In this place Winter Soldier, whose mind had been so brain-washed that he no longer even knew who he was, or who his special friend was, has now found healing and peace. Granted, it is but a “picture”, a carnal parallel to a spiritual truth, but how true and beautiful it is. Bucky has his sanity back. His brain is not full of evil, but he walks a white path with Nomad.

Jesus said if his people did not worship God and sing his praises, then the very rocks of the earth would offer worship to God. Is God using Hollywood in these movies, like the rocks, without them even knowing? All I know is that these movies of super heroes (supernatural?) have spoken to me for years. They have been a source of inspiration, because I have not found an easy path, I have found a path full of honor and passion. The LOVE debt we have entered IS a spiritual WAR. There is more involved than simply LOVING. There is everything that LOVING and God’s WISDOM leads us to. Romans 13:8-14 speaks of all this, and we shall speak more too…soon. In the meantime, Team Nomad or Team Ironman? Which are you? Nomad returned to simplicity and nature. Ironman clings to technology. Nothing is evil in itself, but what we choose to do with it. Do we know the proper balance? Will the common threat force these two heroes to find that balance? This is the White Path.

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Church History & The MAZE

1694 I have been on such a journey. If you don’t understand the title of “Church History & The MAZE”, please read previous article. If you read several previous articles you will find a growing vision of “The Cross”, as I have read these early church fathers, of which I just downloaded today another 2,000 pages! This last week, Billy Graham himself, gave us another reminder of the Cross. And oddly enough, even a movie “Maze Runner 3” left us hanging as to what would “you” do if your blood could save the world? Do you give yourself to it so others can live, but your life becomes a continual sacrifice?

A lot of odd things going on for those who have eyes to see. I asked my wife the other day, (after reading some “David Platt”); I asked her, “Why is it if a Muslim decides to receive Christ as his Lord, he has to pay such a high price, whereas, we have had to pay so little, such a low price?” And then I asked, “Have we REALLY been asked to pay a low price, or have we been asked the same price, but just have not paid it?”

Now I know what you are saying, “Salvation is free, you idiot! Don’t you know that!” Ahem…well yes I do. BUT…maybe I should have said “to live out the salvation we have freely received.” (Better?)

After all, if we do not live it out…does it do us any good to have it? Are we not one of the bad grounds in which the seed never lived? And as I have read these early church fathers, and stories of Christians in countries where they cut out your tongue for speaking the name of Jesus, I realize what a low price I have paid. Did I just happen to hit a “SALE”, a Blue Light special on Jesus? Did I find him at the Goodwill store. (Well, in a way you could say that, it was a place of good will and good news.)

But…our conversation continued:  “I personally pay nothing for salvation and yet it is supposed to cost me everything, per Romans 12:1-2 and many many many other scriptures. The early church fathers knew this…and Polycarp knew this when he took a stand about how the Bishop of Rome was wanting to change Easter, or Passover. We have not gotten into this yet, but we will…and it is very very very rich!

What salvation actually cost me is “my surrender”. How much have I surrendered? How much is a Blue Light special surrender worth? They say you get what you pay for. Scripture says he who gives little will receive little, and he who gives much will receive much. My Blue Light special Jesus?

Our surrender is a call to crucify the monster we were born and embrace real love. This can only happen by the power of God as we care enough to SEEK HIM and show we really want it, followed by OBEDIENCE. Our surrender looks strangely enough like a cross.

You see, the CROSS is not only a picture of God’s love for us, but also a picture of our love for him. How’s your picture looking these days?

In my searching I have been almost blinded by the light of a revelation of Jesus shifting everything from cold hard Temples, to a relationship developed at warm and loving Tables. From there, the “Dove”, the “Cross”, and “Love” have become a template by which I can measure every action I still choose to commit and every path I choose to walk.

I have reached a point where I am convinced the Lord’s Supper is the “KEY” to everything. I am convinced that Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, probably even the Bishop in charge when Jesus gave them a report card in Revelation, he probably knew it was the Key too, and also the Apostle John, whom he learned under. But evidently some Bishops of Rome did not agree on this, and in this I see a fork in the road revealing all. I have been amazed at the mystery of history unfolding in the evidence I have examined.

So…let me start here. The first “Christian Mystic” we looked at was Origen, and we did an article on him that is dated as Feb. 15, 2018, if you want to examine it. He will be spoken of more as time goes by, as well as other Christian Mystics. But for today it is time we introduce what are considered some of the early church father “SUPERSTARS”. At this point I would group them as Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, and Polycarp of Smyrna. All three these guys became Bishops appointed by Apostles. (Some say Bishop Linus was the first Bishop of Rome, who was oddly enough connected to Paul, more than Peter. The order of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Bishops of Rome are a little foggy, but no serious problem.)

I call these guys “Superstars” because their testimonies are above reproach, which makes them very valuable as far as whether to trust their leadership on “issues” that arise. These men not only were discipled directly by Apostles, but proved themselves so faithful, and able to fulfill the role of Bishop, that Apostles appointed them as Bishops over churches. They went on to fulfill those roles even unto a martyrs death! You can examine these three as much as you want, but they were all highly regarded even by those who would follow them, of whom more of their writings have survived.

I’ve read and examined Polycarp’s letter to the Philippians and find it awe inspiring, scripture confirming in every way, enlightening in unexpected ways, and just what I would expect from a disciple of the Apostle John. One of his biggest and dearest points was maintaining UNITY in the church!

So…when I show you that Polycarp got into a big contention with the Bishops of Rome, concerning the Passover, believe me this is no small thing! It is weird the way I actually begin to see something that seems a little different, a little odd, starting with the 6th Bishop of Rome! (6, as in the number of man/flesh/sin/etc.) Very odd, I know. But anyway, be that as it may…Polycarp would not have taken this stand unless he felt very strong about this.

He lived to be very old before being martyred. A lot of these early guys did not. Perhaps God kept him around for this very reason. Perhaps he got something from the Apostle John. Whatever the case, if you examine him, you will find nothing but a very humble Superstar for God and the church. He ran his race and served faithfully through all kinds of circumstances most of us will never see. (I hope.)

The Table is now set for us to get into the meat of this in the next article. I hope you realize how important these early church decisions are. After all, compare it to trying to send a rocket to the moon. You may be off by only a teeny tiny bit from the earth on your trajectory course, but by the time you get to the moon, you’re going to be LOST IN SPACE! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

So in the meantime, ponder the Cross, our cross, our price. Pray for our fellow believers in hostile countries. Remember the Dove, the Cross, and Love. Think about how the Lord’s Supper and the Passover relates to all this. Don’t forget Billy Graham’s funeral this last week and his reminder of the Cross. And I might add, I had no vision of all this when I painted the Cross big, bold, and bright upon my Teepee. (More coming soon.)

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“Christian Mystic & Church History” P-6

20171202_173614 Grandpa White Feather here, and today I’d like to offer up my own definition of a Christian Mystic. Now granted, I don’t have any real authority to do so, and no one needs to agree with my definition. Everyone can totally ignore it if they like, but for my own comfort level, I feel led to do this. As we study the Mystics, there will be some we agree with more than others, and the kind of C.M. I want to be may draw different lines than they, but I believe still qualifies.

Lets start with this point. My definition is based on the Christian Mystic’s desire to understand the “Mysteries of God”. Now I agree we will never solve all the spiritual mysteries God has set before us, but the C.M. I desire to be, loves to dive deep into God seeking such answers as may be found. Consider this scripture from Proverbs, in both the King James and NLT.

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” (Prov. 25:2)

“It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.” (NLT)

This is a “king” in God’s eyes, someone interested in heavenly things enough to dig deep and search out. This person is rich in heavenly possessions. The world may not see them as a king, but God looks at this child and says, “King!” Has not God said, he who shall be least, shall be the greatest?

And why would God hide things, making it difficult for us to find? Doesn’t he want us to be as successful in his Spirit as possible? You’re probably already saying the answer. Lets see if we’re tracking the same? My scripture answer would be…

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that DILIGENTLY seek him.” (Heb. 11:6)

So, my definition of Christian Mystic has a lot to do with a person who is a seeker of the mysteries of God, to know God in a deep and intimate way, like a Mary and not a Martha.

Here is what I currently have, and I may change and refine as our studies go along:

A Christian Mystic is someone who loves God enough to pursue God into His deeper mysteries. He is fascinated with all things God! Including those things God has hidden for the DILIGENT to seek and find. This love of God in them (he, she), must be such as to not only drive the Mystic into separated times with God, but also drives them to love his fellow man, so that God’s fruit bears witness in his good works towards mankind. (Much like a Dorothy Day, as one example.) All spiritual disciplines are known, and may be used by a C.M., such things as prayer, fasting, holiness, separation, sacrifices to benefit others, moderation in all things, seeker of peace, love, and unity, and so forth, as revealed in God’s Word, which the C.M. searches diligently.

Okay, we have our starting point here, and I want to close out today by adding these scriptures: (In the Amplified version.)

(Psalms 78:1-3) “Give ear, oh my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable — in instruction by (numerous) examples; I WILL UTTER DARK SAYINGS OF OLD (that hide important truth), which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.”

Also: Matt 13:34-35 > “These things all taken together Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed without a parable he said nothing to them. This was in fulfillment of what was spoken by the prophet: I will open My mouth in parables; I WILL UTTER THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.”

We will continue to study Christian Mystics and Church History. My next article will likely be about 3 main early church fathers: Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, and Polycarp of Smyrna. All three had direct contact with the Apostles. All three became Bishops of the early church and offer light upon what the church is meant to be. Since Origen was our first Mystic, I don’t want to leave his time period without also showing what was going on with early church fathers who may not be called “Mystics”, but certainly had great power and influence with God!

Hope you enjoyed this latest article. Until the next time, Grandpa White Feather and the “Fellowship of the White Path”.

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“Christian Mystic & Church History” P-2

20170430_132246 I am so excited about this journey we are on! It’s rich, rich, rich! What should the church be today? What Jesus was then! (Of course.) And Jesus showed us a God who was focused on the Tables in people’s homes so he could create Temples in their hearts!

“…and he said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at your house.” (Luke 19:5b)

(Verse 7) “And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.”

For the first 200 years the church remained focused on Table more than Temple, and then a certain Roman Emperor came to power (Constantine), and things began changing back towards Temple. Slowly the church was seduced back to fancy Temples and ceremonies, leaving Tables like Zacchaeus’s outside the four walls of a man made structure. (We will look at this in more detail, but for now, this is the basic insight we need.)

As I considered the challenge of teaching about Christian Mysticism, it seemed to go hand in hand with church history. Indeed, it does not seem possible, (in my opinion), to understand a Christian Mystic without understanding the difference between Temple and Table. You see, Jesus showed us the true heart of God. A closeness represented by a Table, not a Temple. And this is also the heart of a true Mystic, this hard to explain closeness to God we can all have, if we desire Him enough.

After reading some material of Robert Nowell, I determined this to be a good place to start with our understanding of a Christian Mystic. For he says, what the Mystic is trying to describe is “what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived” ( I Cor. 2:9); he is trying to tell of “things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.” (II Cor. 12:4). To this I add, we need such people! May we all desire to be such people.

He goes on to make the point that if it cannot be put to words and understood, if it is basically beyond explaining and understanding, then does it have any value in attempting to communicate? (Good question.) He goes on to say it is well to understand that other modes of discourse beyond the purely “scientific” have their own validity; to which he speaks of “music” as an example.  Music can stand as a type or example of mystical utterance, something that is undoubtedly meaningful and significant while at the same time resisting translation into the verbal language of every day life.

We have all experienced what it is like to have a song, a piece of music, affect us in unexplainable, perhaps mystic ways very hard to put to words, even impossible, and yet the effect is there, it is real, and it has value. Herein perhaps lies our challenge with understanding the Mystics of our church history. Perhaps we only catch a glimpse of what they are saying, but it is a glimpse well worth catching. It affects us in a good way. Even as the focus of Christianity is the promise of the future, but it is a future we cannot yet fully perceive. Even as we speak of God, a Being we cannot yet fully comprehend. It is not unusual for this to be part of the challenge of all things spiritual.

Here’s my last point on this mystical journey for today. The father of our faith, Abraham, was told of God to go and live in a land he did not yet possess, and yet by the command and decree of God, owner of all creation, he did now possess, because God said so. Only problem was, the Amorites and so on, did not know about this new arrangement. But by faith and obedience Abraham entered and was already enjoying the land of fat grapes and milk and honey even before he could actually prove his ownership. In other words, he brought God’s future to his present, and was enjoying his future in his NOW! This is mystical in concept, yet Abraham lived in it like the bumble bee flies because I guess he doesn’t know he can’t! (LOL). (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.)

In many ways Christianity deals in things one could say “is not yet”. But the Mystic is someone for whom the “not yet” has momentarily at least become the “here and now”. I know this may be bending your brain like Morpheus and Neo, but it’s true. This is also what I refer to as “Living in the 7th Day” (L7D).

Hebrews 11 says Abraham did it by faith, and he looked for a Temple not made with hands but whose builder and maker was God! Here we are back to a Temple of people’s heart, not brick and mortar. The Pharisee’s hearts had become brick and mortar just like their Temples. This is a mistake we do not want to be.

We can see time periods in church history when innocent people were burned at stakes, or their property seized in heartless and cruel ways hard to explain by people professing to be followers of Jesus. Their hearts had become brick and mortar. The Mystic loves the Lord’s Table of fellowship not in a pompous way, but in a way like unto the upper room that night with his disciples. A Table of friendship, family, love, self sacrificing, and personable.

Jesus had such a Table with Zacchaeus and it totally changed him into a new creation. Old things passed away. The heart of stone became the heart of God. God took possession. God tells His people, I am your possession, not the things of this world. In me you possess all things. If you believe these things, if you are drawn to this kind of thing, then there is a Mystic in you just waiting to grow. This is why here at “Path Without End”, we are pursuing these things. I left the modern church asking where is the God of Elijah? That question seems to have led to here, as we continue to explore and learn.

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Yes, that is a sword you see there, and that is an area known as “White Butte” in the background.