What fresh Hell is this

          If you spend your life seeking answers instead of God you will never find them. Not the real ones. If instead you seek God you will find Him, and all the answers along with Him. If you do not personally know Him, then you never personally sought Him. You might have ridden along as someone else searched for awhile, or looked for Him in the wrong place.  But then He tells us where to look.  Perhaps you were even religious at some point.  God is not, nor does He want you to be.  We will never get God to think the way men do. He cannot be trained in critical exegetical scholarship, nor will He join your think tank or even someone’s argument. The very capacity for knowledge that you have is a single drop from His ocean, of which He has many. He cannot be taught new things or make room for the ideas of others.  He knows everything. Man cannot modernize Him or His Word as many churches and writers of today have done. He is the LORD and He changes not.  And He says so in His book that he wrote through anointed men for all other men to read. 

          When Jesus shows up it is not to take sides, it is to take over.  If you know Him this will be very cool. If you don’t know Him, you will not like it.  This current attempt at modernization is simply a departure from Him, nothing more.  “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”  I didn’t say that, Jesus did.  God is so serious about His Word that He even puts it above His Name, and that’s pretty high up there.  His Word is never taken seriously by people who do not take Him seriously.  He will not be packaged or boxed or kept in His place.  The earth and everything on it and in it belong to Him.  He does not need your belief in order to exist, He exists whether you believe in Him or not.  He needs your belief to get you to Heaven.  The tricky thing about making creatures identical to yourself is that they can say no.  Or even tell you to go to Hell.  If that is where you find yourself and you want to stay there, then you should not waste your time reading this book.  

          If that’s where you are and you want to change – then keep reading brother. If you don’t know where in the Hell you’re at and don’t know what to think about any of it, the you should keep reading too.  Because everybody is going to Hell.  Everyone on the planet is going to Hell.  Everyone.  No if ands or buts.  It doesn’t matter what we think, how we feel or what we want. You are going to Hell. It is not an option, and it’s not open for discussion.  It is automatic.  You don’t have to do anything bad, you’re going anyway.  Even if you were really really good, you are still going.  If you were born as a human being on this planet, going to Hell is a certainty.  That is all you had to do and it came with the territory.  But there is an explanation and there is a single option.  Something available as a choice to going to Hell.  Something other than the certainty.  If you want it, then you must do something else to get it. Here’s the explanation . . .  you’re going to Hell.  Oh sorry, I already said that.

         When we were born, it was without any say at all in the color of our skin, our gender, who your parents were, or even how you looked.  All of that was decided before you and I got here. So are the rules of the game, long before we arrived.  God has given all men free will so each can choose how they will operate within the parameters, but the parameters are set.  You will stand before God as either your Father or your Judge, but you will stand before Him. It is inevitable and it is one of the parameters. This particular episode began with a man made in God’s image, a woman made from a part of the man, thus giving us two parts of the same whole.  As only a part of your mom and dad went into making you, you cannot be shocked at this.  They lived in a beautiful place without a single need , where nothing could hurt them and Death did not exist.  God loved them and they loved Him, and they got to spend time together every day.  Man was given the authority and made head over the whole earth, including the sun moon and stars – in the same way that God was head over man and the whole universe.  

         Then came Lucifer, to try to get back illegally what was once his, before Adam. He had been ruler of the whole earth from Eden in the previous episode called the pre-Adamite world.  Which had kings and cities, and it was these whom he led in worship of God and had been anointed a guardian angel over.  Until he started talking smack to all of them about God since he had already decided in his heart that he was going to take over.  Talking smack about people will always give you trouble, even today.  Especially those in authority over you.  So he launched an invasion against God and ascended to Heaven from the earth with a third of all the angels.  Where he was met by Michael the archangel of God, along with the other angels who still loved God and didn’t want His job. 

          Michael immediately kicked Lucifer’s butt and tossed him back to earth just like lightening!  Jesus said He saw it happen, He was there.  That’s probably where the devil sized underwater crater in the Gulf of Mexico came from.  He had been talking out of his rear about God for so long that by the time he bumped into Michael, it caught on fire.  It’s a good thing he hit water first, he needed something to put it out. See, God was still being cool to him even after he was fired.  Alright alright, I had to throw that last one in.  This rebellion of Lucifer’s caused the destruction of the earth of that time along with it’s inhabitants, and the falling away of one third of all the angels.  It was literally thrown into chaos, existing in a state where the laws of physics no longer applied, even light.  Much like the singularity in a black hole, even the light is gone.

          It was from this chaos in Genesis 1:2 (tohu va bohu in Hebrew) that God re-created the earth, starting with turning the lights back on by verse 3.  Creating Adam and Eve by verse 27, with the Devil re-gaining control of the earth by duping Adam and Eve to rebel against God (just as he did) by verse 6 of chapter 3.  If  God had decided right here to destroy Lucifer because of how badly he messed up, all of the other angels wouldn’t have loved God, they would have feared Him.  They would have thought look what God did to Lucifer, if we don’t get our act together – He’ll do the same thing to us.  So what God did instead of destroying, was to create Heaven and earth, Adam and Eve and you and me, and everybody you know to prove one thing in the end . . . . that Love will overcome evil.  It is as though He was saying – you saw me everyday Lucifer, you knew me and my goodness and still went against me.  I will create a race of people who won’t even see me and of their own free will they will choose to re-enact the plan of salvation and choose Love over evil .

          It was never intended to make sense and appeal to our reason and logic.  It is supposed to require belief, which is always an act of the will.  Since it had been through departure from believing God and thus obeying Him, we were taken out of a world where Life was the constant and into a world where Death is the constant.  No matter how much life was produced.  As it still is today.  Since the devil loves to kill, you can see how this is somewhat of a heaven for him, he thinks.  When really it will all boomerang back on him as God causes the devil and his own devices to bring back to Himself what was stolen from Him in the first place.  Namely you and me, and anybody else that wants to come Home.  It is the place we were always meant for, which is why I often feel so terribly out of place here.

          God is smarter than the devil, and much more powerful.  So the devil is really not His problem, he’s our problem.  As it was our ancestors who put him in charge. We are God’s problem, which has already been solved.  In fact He has the only solution.  A lot of people don’t want to hear that, so they try to find other routes.  These other religions don’t offer some viable alternative to Jesus Christ, but they are united in one thing:  They are against the sovereignty of Jesus, they do not want Him to be their King.  And they will not let Him be their God, they will not.  They would rather serve a god that they or the devil made up, so they can do whatever they want.  Without accountability and without consequence.  Which of course makes their god a puppet god who does things the way they want them done.  Putting them in charge so that they themselves are god.  The Bible has a word for that, it is Idolatry; creating false gods.  False gods that demand your obedience .

          Islam is the Arabic term for submission.  Allah is a god that demands his followers die for him.  Gee I wonder who made that up.  Must not be too powerful if he needs you to die for him.  I find it hilarious.  And don’t just kill yourself, no – take a bunch of people who don’t want to go with you!  Whereas Jesus, a Greek word which is a combination of Jehovah and Hosea, literally means God Almighty as Redeemer (or Savior) has Come!  To buy you back from a corrupt and perverted system where you are condemned to die. Hmmm?  Which one sounds more appealing to your spirit, and which one sounds like men made it up.  God who knows you personally and loves you so much He died to prove it – or the meanie god who doesn’t even want to know you and insists you die for him, to prove your submission.  Submission to what.  You better check behind that curtain Tin Man.  Don’t say you didn’t know because you have been told . 

          There is no comparison between Christianity and Islam.  If you thought they were comparable because a corrupt and failing society accepts them, with the never ending push through the apparatus of media, well they are not.  It is like comparing a wheel barrel to the Starship Enterprise.  In one you can labor to push around a few things slowly, and is based pretty much upon what you do.  With none of it ever changing you, only wearing you out and frustrating you.  Islam has no plan of Salvation and does not even address Sin.  Where if you climb aboard the other one (and you are welcome) you can live the God kind of Life.  Which is what He always intended and where everything is provided.  You are taught the ways of God as you journey back Home, taking as many with you as are willing to go.  The only true Faith is based entirely upon what has already been done for you, by another.  And the acquiring of it lies completely in your accepting that. 

          In fact the whole of Christianity turns on our learning to receive from Him what He has already done for us. Sounds easy, but it is actually very difficult for the natural man.  Our fallen nature likes to do things for itself, it wants to have a hand in things because it wants some of the credit.  Your fallen nature also loves his independence. Something he picked up in the fall, along with death, fear and a spirit of pride that is so big – it’s off the charts.  We can either stand against the devil the way God’s instruction manual says to, and it says very clearly how.  He sent it to help us get back to the place where Life is the constant.  If we refuse the help that is offered, in the end we will join the devil in the place he is going.  It is in fact a place that was made only for him and the angels that fell away with him.  Lucifer was created and began as a good guy, remember.  

          Hell is very much a place that was not meant for men at all.  That is the first thing to notice immediately upon arrival, for any thinking of going.  You will very slowly shake your head in disbelief as you think  “the existence of this place and the existence of men have nothing in common, men do not belong here.”  Right before the screaming starts.  Of course it quickly deteriorates to a place far beyond screaming, the screams are just initial.  It seems to me just to be the first response of our psyche in not knowing what else to do when confronted with a level of suffering impossible on earth.  As this suffering cannot kill you, it just tortures you, then replenishes the material so you can be tortured again, forever.  Because it takes place in the spiritual realm on an eternal plane, the pain runs so much deeper than your flesh could ever know in this world. 

          In the chapter on Hell in his exceptional book The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis explains how although the Lord does stress the terror of Hell with unsparing severity – it is not so much the duration He emphasizes, but the finality.  The finality.  It is so completely final.  Final Destination, the nation you were destined for if you didn’t opt out by believing God.  So here’s how you get out of all that if you decide you don’t want to go the place everyone is already going by default.  It is a process called salvation.  Saving you from where you are at and where you are going by laying hold of the lifeline that’s been thrown to you all of your life.  Instead of just casually or intentionally ignoring it as we’ve all done so often before. 

          But mostly it saves us from our Self, and the swampy stuck in the mud condition that we were born into called sin.  You were meant to fly, and you are crawling around in the mud.  That is why if you listen to your heart and not your head, rejecting God’s offer of peace which Christ bought for us doesn’t even seem right.  In every living soul there is a thirst for God, we want to draw near Him.  Yet our fallen nature opposes Him, it even hates Him.  Each of us has to decide which of the two sides within ourselves that we will join.  You will hear the voice of both, but you can only side with one.

Brother Greg
Full Grown Ministry

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Only Terrorist Religions Hijack

Written in 2002

Osama dun bin Laidin the grave attacked the U.S. because of  the realization of  his greatest fear: the failure of  Islam.  Jealousy.  Christianity works and Islam does not.  It is the same reason Cain killed Abel, and the same reason the priests of  Israel (the Sadducees and Pharisees) murdered the Messiah they had been waiting for all of  their lives.  Jealousy, plain and simple.  Islam is a complete failure and always has been.  It’s just that now they are seeing it for themselves.  It has been obvious to everyone else for centuries.

Hardhearted mean angry woman hating, war loving fascist little religion that it is.  A dictatorship run by a regime of  totalitarian hit men who do not even know what the word Holy means.  They are almost as bad as the Vatican, which is the most corrupt and longest running monarchy (and mafia) in history.  But that’s another chapter. The few good things in their hateful and controlling theology is something stolen right out of  Judaism or Christianity.  And don’t let them fool you into believing that Allah is just their word for the same God Almighty that we serve.  Not even close.  In their own language Allah is a corruption of  Il-lah, the name of their moon god, back when they were a bunch of  pagans. Before muhammad started listening to those demons.

Islam means submission, and  muslim means and is – one who submits.  Now let me make this clear, I don’t have a problem with anyone who freely and voluntarily submits themselves to a set of beliefs if that’s what they want to do.  With or without a gun or an airliner in their hand.  It is Christianity that allows for that – Islam does not.  God Himself is the one who gave us the ability to choose, and requires the proper use of it by anyone who wants to follow Him.  Just don’t force it on other people who don’t want it.  And don’t get mad at Christians or anybody else when you find out you have chosen the wrong door.  You could have chosen the right one.  By the way, it is foolishness to attack a nation that can kick your butt all over the desert – from a distance.  Without ever leaving home, and your camel too.  Foolishness.

Okay I’m back.  Just had to get that out of my system.  Islam perverts that God given choice by enslaving the will (and thus the people) to complete tyranny, and calls it religion.  The devil laughs.  What a perfect alternative to Satanism.  A lot more people for a lot less effort on his part.  Now he’s got men doing all the recruiting for him, by force.  One of the largest religions on the earth.  Man made religion is nothing but a set of rules by which man tries to reach some trailer park god on his own.  So that man himself can be in control, and take all the credit.  Islam is one of the worst.  It is based entirely upon what they do for their god and nothing he does for them.  Their god is so weak that he demands you die for him so he can reward you with some grade school version of  heaven where you get drunk all day surrounded by virgins and brown eyed boys.  I’m sure the women are happy about all that.  I would bet most of  them would leave in a moment if they did not fear for their lives.

Whereas the God of the Bible still loves man, even though He was betrayed by our ancestors.  When they willingly turned the management of the planet over to a fallen angel who hates people.  Lucifer is the inspiration behind Islam and all false religion.  The gods of the nations are idols.  I didn’t say that, the Bible does.  It is God who came up with a plan to get anyone back who was willing to believe.  The plan required His own death, which was something He had never done before.  But was the only way it could work, since men have a free will and were made in His image.  He willingly offered Himself in the hope, that everyone who wanted to come back in would.

Christianity is the only faith by its very definition that allows for the co-existence of religions, or other belief systems.  Buddhism Taoism and Confucianism are philosophies that have been made into religions, they are not religions in and of themselves.  This liberality in Christianity is not because of some common ground or agreement we have with them.  There are not any.  But by the very nature of  Christ and the Bible’s emphasis on free will.  God loves you so much that He will allow you to go to Hell, if you really want to.

Not so in the Mecca of  Islam, Saudi Arabia.   Prince Saud Nasser al Saud whose uncle is the King of  Saudi Arabia, became  both a client and a friend of mine for several months, many years ago when I was at the La Costa Spa.  I had heard that Saudi had religious police and would arrest anyone preaching Christ.  When I asked him about it he told me that it was so.  I think they cut his head off in Saudi a few years back, after being incarcerated in a British prison for murdering his servant lover in a London hotel.  I had known him many years earlier when he was but a teenager, and had been sent by his king to lose some weight.  When he arrived he was 5’4″ and 475 pounds.  By the time he left about a year and a half later, he had lost over 300 pounds.  He had so much excess skin Scripps clinic had to cut it off.  I was glad to hear many years later from another Arab client named Baq’r, whose father was a an ambassador, that Saud had been very committed to physical fitness.

You think people freely join Islam.  Most of the Arabic tribes became Muslim through military conquest.  It is the State sanctioned religion in every nation where it is dominant (mostly poor, uneducated people) – and it is enforced.  It’s a matter of  historical record that Muhammad and his contemporaries practiced slavery, and that it was extended to Africa shortly after his death.  Islam was involved in the slave trade long before they ever taught it to Western Europeans.  And are still doing it long after Christians put a stop to it in their own countries.

In his book Slavery and Human Progress, Davis explains “the Arabs and their Muslim allies were the first people to develop a specialized, long distance slave trade from sub-Saharan Africa.  They were also the first people to view blacks as suited by nature for the lowest and most degrading forms of  bondage.”  Empires have all practiced slavery, starting usually with their own people.  But there it was always and very blatantly done in their own name – through sheer conquest.  Meaning, we are gonna kick your butt and take your stuff  because we can. Then you are gonna come work for us for free – or we’ll kill you.  It was sheer dominance plain and simple.  But this doing it under the guise of  religion in the name of some god was a whole other monster.  Let’s take a closer look at this booger and see what entrails they scraped him off of before we put sharia to a vote in our country .

From 1915 to 1918 they wiped out eighty percent of the Armenian population, one and a half million people.  The massacre took place in Turkey and was both a prototype and forerunner of the Nazi attempt at Jewish extermination some 30 years later.  Hitler referred to it in a famous quote before launching his own final solution.  During the 80’s and 90’s muslims in North Sudan were selling black Christians into slavery.  In 1990 it was believed that Mauritania had as many as 400,000 slaves.  In every area of the world where they are a significant part of the population, they are at war.

Years ago a friend of mine who was a Russian and an atheist pointed that out to me.  Islam is a religion of war.  With most of  the inhabitants of  those nations having little or no choice, and even less knowledge of any other religion.  Especially Christianity.  Here in America because of our great freedom, we have every crazy cult you can imagine.  Including Islam and it’s market savvy offshoot the Bahai and it’s Bab bulling. They are about as original as Scientology.  At least old L. Ron Hubbard admitted publicly that it was all a sham he just dreamt up for the money.  A religion created by a science fiction writer, who would have  thought.  And some poor fools still take it seriously.  Never stepped back to take a look at the package they were signing for.  Wouldn’t even have to be a serious look.

And please, if you’re a heathen and choose not to believe in God which takes a lot more faith, don’t think Islam’s claim to monotheism somehow equates them with Christianity.  It does not.  Satanists are monotheists too, and they are entirely mistaken as to who that one god is.  They have it backwards.  Mary Baxter (an ordained minister with the Church of God) was taken to Hell by Jesus for 30 nights in a row.  She wrote a book about it, well known in Christian circles.  It’s called A Divine Revelation of  Hell.  Every satanist should read it before they go there.  Every preacher should read it so they don’t.  Because there are preachers there too.  In it she describes the unrelenting suffering, the torture, the smell, the groans, and she watches as some of the devil’s followers (a few who won him many souls) come before him at their death expecting their reward.  Their screams are the loudest, the screams of the betrayed.

It’s kinda funny that anyone would expect someone known throughout the world and through all of  history, as the father of  Lies, to be nice to them for helping him out.  What did you expect, flowers.  A parade.  Welcome to the barbecue – your on the menu.  I can hear the dueling banjoes theme from Deliverance in the background.  I might seem here a bit trifling.  But then God hardly considers it a compliment that you choose Him as an alternative to Hell.  It would be the equivalent of  marrying someone who chose you over going to prison, but a hundred times worse.  Do you see the quandary we’re in.  He wants so much more from you, and He has so much more for you.  Back to I slam Islam.

Allah the outlaw does not have any love for people at all.  He should be taken out behind his trailer and shot.  The Quran has no mention of loving your neighbor, your enemies, or even your friends.  In fact the only thing we are told more than 20 times is what allah does not love.  Allah loveth not those who do wrong (sura 3:57), Allah loveth not those who reject faith (sura 3:32), Allah loveth not transgressors (sura 2:190), Allah loveth not the itch in his groin – alright, I made that one up.  And it’s always trying to sound so King James, like that makes it official.  Yeah, and you can go sit in a garage.  That doesn’t make you a car.

You would think they didn’t even know the Bible was not written in King James.  The conversational Greek that the New Testament was written in called koine greek, read much more like the Message or NIV translations.  God’s Word, The Book, the Philips or 20th Century versions of the Bible are all excellent for reading, much better than the KJV.  The Bible was never written in the official language of state, like some court document.  King James did that, and thank God. It was good for the time, but now the language of it is archaic.  These others are so easy to read they make you want to read them.

The Quran actually says that allah forgives whoever he wants and punishes whoever he wishes, I mean like arbitrarily (sura 5:18).  Not so with God.  You do what He says and you’re in.  All the way in, forever.  He could no more go back on His Word than trade places with the devil.  And it’s open to anybody who wants it.  He loves you whether you ever love Him or not, which is one of the simplest definitions for the Hebrew hasid or the Greek agape.  He is in love with you.  If you study it out, you find that Jesus actually died out of  His desire for you. Islam still practices animal sacrifices today, that’s as good as it gets for them.  Get a goat and cut its throat now dosey doe your partner.  Their book speaks more about war and Hell than anything good, and does not define a single virtue.  I said a single virtue.  It is incapable of doing so.

Only random mentions of a few.  In King James of course, to make it sound official.  It’s actually pretty stupid.  Yes I’m laughing myself, I actually brought you all this way just to tell you the Koran (that’s the older spelling, before they got fancy) – is stupid.  It is so stupid!  I mean, you can read any sura (in English), and you’ll just think to yourself – what the Hell are they talking about, that does not even make any sense.  Was I supposed to get something from that.  It’s like you gotta pretend this means something just to be a muslim.  I was trying to be nice, but I’m having to pretend their whole religion is something other than the cloak for male dominance, tribal aggression and outright hatred for Judaism and Christianity that it is.

The New York Times (and other institutions beleaguered from within) have had a very hard time for a very long time – sticking to the truth.  Perhaps I can help start a trend here by doing away with pretense myself.  Then again, they have never been overly concerned with selling the truth anyway.  Say as much as they have been about selling newspapers, or maintaining their status as the Mecca of disposable journalism.  So maybe not.

They certainly covered Clinton and her husband favorably when they were in the House, whose two terms are part of the reason we’re in this terrorist mess.  Yet they never even mentioned the hundreds of  black Christians that were dragged out of their churches by muslims in Sudan, and nailed to trees.  A kind of  low-country crucifixion.  You have to go to church to hear about that (Dr. Kennedy).  And the only place you hear about the weapons that have been found is on am radio, or from soldiers who are in theater.  Some I’ve known for years.

So anyway I cannot pretend anymore, that Islam just wants you to join their church.  When really they just want your stuff, or at least to be in charge of it.  I have a pretty strong imagination but I cannot talk about this god game they are playing with a straight face, not seriously anyway.  Because I personally know the real One and only God.  I’ve been walking with Him for decades as a minister.  And every year has gotten better, as I have got to know Him more.

He is my partner, my friend , the lover of my soul, and my Commander in Chief all wrapped up in One.  He is my counsel and my guide.  He directs me and corrects me.  He pays all my bills and He heals all my diseases, and He wants to do it for everybody.  But you have to come to Him on His terms, which is okay.  Because that kinda comes with being God, you actually get to call some of the shots.  The older I get the more clearly I see the completeness of my error.  Especially in the things I thought about Him, even as I was getting to know Him.  I kept judging Him by the standards of what other men had done to me, and you cannot do that.  He just kept loving me. You have to see Him through His word, which will transform you.

I have got so many more twisted backward and even comical things to tell you about Islam, but they hardly seem important now.  They are so very easy to pick apart.  I think you get the point.  I actually feel kind of sorry for them.  I wish they would repent and come over to our side.  There is plenty of everything in Him, room enough in God for everybody.  But they are like the mormons, they actually believe the stuff they have made up. Next time you see a muslim, just yell out – Quit Pretending!  Maybe we can get a few to join us.  To all the Muslims who really want to know God, I say – Come on in boys the water is fine!

Brother Greg
Full Grown Ministry



Playing to the Crowd

   It was on a short, mile an a half run in South Florida that the Lord showed me something I had been doing all of my adult life. Acting, projecting an image of myself. Namely – acting differently around people when I know I’m being watched. Putting on a show so to speak. I think we’re all aware in a general sense that we behave differently with others than we do when we’re alone. Everybody does. In relation to customs and manners, especially those that show courtesy or respect, it is a good and necessary thing, and helps us all.  But the difference I’m speaking of here is really more a change of focus and direction when people are looking at you. The desire to draw attention to ourselves, and why we do it. Our culture and society have even gone so far as establishing an elite community, a royalty of sorts (in perception only, not Spiritual reality) among those at the top of the profession of acting, which I believe is a reflection of how self centered we have become as a people.

   I’ve been a lover of stories and an avid reader ever since I was a little boy.  In our modern culture and in my generation, it was a completely natural progression to loving Cinema. In fact, we watch more movies at the theaters in my hometown of San Diego than anywhere else in the country. Which isn’t hard to believe since we have a larger population (nationally) of single 25 – 35 yr. olds, along with most of the Pacific Fleet. Here’s my dichotomy. Though I love movies and still see them frequently even to this day, I really have very little respect for the profession of acting, and absolutely none for the exalted position that our society has given its champions. The latter of which is nothing short of idolatry.

 Now the actors themselves are just people and should be shown the same respect as anybody else. And I give it gladly. Showing respect for others and treating people the way you yourself want to be treated is a large part of walking in Love. Regardless of your current station in life – whether high or low.  In fact you cannot live right toward God without living right toward people.  So I don’t really mean the individuals themselves when I speak of the profession, it’s more what we as a people (including the media, which is made up of people) have done with it. Because it really is our choice.

   In this particular context I’m not so much trying to construct a road to social reform as much as I’m attempting to show a somewhat imperfect view of ourselves and where we’re at as it relates to morality. Which of course affects our balance on the tightrope of this life – both individually, and as a whole. Especially the part of morality that is concerned with where we are going. Which has everything to do with what we are looking at and who we’re listening to. Having lived and worked in Southern California all of my adult life (except for 2 years in Hawaii) I have been afforded more than a couple of opportunities for meeting or being exposed to someone famous. Or knowing someone who has.  

One of my roommates used to be a neighbor of Harrison Ford.  Another guy  who I worked with, met Eddie Murphy when he went up to fix something in his room at a Hotel in San Diego. He said Eddie was crazy (funny crazy), no surprise there right.  Another co-worker had been at a party (in San Diego) where Heather Locklear offered a reward to anyone who would give her a ride back to L.A.. Antonio (another roommate) was working security at Cafe Sevilla when Leonardo DiCaprio came in during a break from filming Titanic, while we  were living in a Loft downtown a few blocks away.  He got to talk to him at the bar for about 20 minutes, and seemed genuinely impressed when he told me the next day what a nice guy he was.  

My buddy Greg was doing a club called Rockers for a couple of years at the Probe in L.A. (end of the Eighties) when he met Sean Penn on the roof.  A former client of mine is a fraternity brother of Steve Wynn the Las Vegas hotel owner. He and his wife had joined Steve in his suite for dinner along with Whoopie Goldberg as they were waiting for Frank Sinatra to join them. He said that as soon as Frank got there Whoopie went off on him telling him what a jerk he was and how many of her friends he had screwed over – then left. Go on Whoopie!  I’ve met a few myself, like Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer, and had a few as clients. Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards had been coming in regular over a period of several weeks (during the summer of ’85) to a club I was a bouncer at in Pacific Beach called the Mannikin. Which in it’s day was pretty cool, as clubs go. 

The two of them were not known at the time, but seemed like nice enough guys and kept telling me they were making a film (which I mistook for a training film since it was at the Naval Air Station at Miramar) – so that I would comp them. Which I did. I like to get comped myself, so I understand how they feel. One night this black Jeep drives up with Tom Cruise at the wheel, Val in the front passenger seat, with Anthony and Kellie McGillis in the back. Val had recently told me that Tom Cruise was in the movie, and that he would come out with them one night soon. Tom was not the superstar that he is today, but he was known. 

So when Val waved me over to the Jeep (which was in the street as all the curbside parking was taken), I looked in and saw Tom and said something like ‘ I know that guy ‘, we all smiled (a Kodak moment). Then they asked if there was anywhere they could park, a problem in metropolitan California.  To which I looked up and down the street and replied hesitantly that I had my Truck here (a big Chevy 4×4 on a lift with a 9’ whip antenna off the driver’s side – man I loved that Truck), which the nose of the Jeep was even with. Testingly, but a bit too expectantly, they asked if I could move it. To which I said No, but you can park around back – and they did. I comped them, which I’m sure made them all feel better (even though Kellie didn’t have her ID on her).   

Listen to me now.  You do not have to kiss up to people just because they are famous – or will be someday.  You might be too, and you will have to work even harder at being nice than you do now. And I’m not telling you this so I look large for about 10 seconds among the masses of the non-famous for dis’n Tommy an his crew before they was famous. No, they were all nice folks, God Bless ’em. I’ve prayed for some of them many times. I want you to see that the substance of your life, what God is trying to do through you, is in the small stuff.  So much of this life is a test in the small things.

Not in the glamorous, not in the romantic, not even in the ideal. It is in the reality of your every day, day in day out life. When I met Dustin Hoffman he was a real gent and a very cool guy. I worked on him for an hour, the only time he ever came in during my years at  the La Costa Spa. I believe it was right after his father died, and he had just finished Rain Man. I was told his parents had lived there for many years. I asked him if he had favorite movies or actors . . he said he had favorite performances. Implying I thought, that whether or not you achieved a perceived status of greatness – you could have a great moment. How cool is that.

    I worked on Randolph Hearst a couple of times, what a neat guy. He told me how he and his brother (William Randolph) had donated their father’s Estate at San Simeon (the Hearst Castle) along with 500 acres of staging ground to the State of California.  As it was all too much for them to keep up and neither one of them wanted to live there. But they did keep the 70,000 acres of adjacent ranch land, with some cattle on it. That’s a lot of pasture.  I asked him about the Rosebud mystery on Orson Welles famous film Citizen Kane, which as most people know is about his father. I think he told me it was the name of a prostitute, but I honestly can’t remember. But the most unforgettable thing he said was how he and his brother had both been pilots in the Army Air Corps during WWII.  I mean they flew bombers on combat missions – they went into harms way.  Praise God! That is so cool. Their dad was the richest, and one of the most powerful men in the entire world. But they went anyway.  What a different generation.

   Richard Pryor was very generous, as many people who come from nothing are.  I worked on him for an hour the first day.  He scheduled a second for the next but couldn’t make it, as he was feeling under the weather.  He sent his man to give me a fifty dollar tip anyway, just to say thank you. Combined with the fifty he had given me the day before – that $100 dollars bought the Thanksgiving dinner my friends and I shared (I think it was the next day) at my apartment across the street from Balboa Park, where I was living at the time. Robert Downey jr. was pretty cool and kinda funny, cause he hit me and a fellow masseur (my friend Mohammed) up for some investment capital.  I mean he like asked me for 15,000 dollars, I still think it’s funny. There I am working on him and he is giving me his pitch. What a salesman. One of the technicians who worked at the Spa had went to high school with him.

   I remember him being kinda jealous since he (the tech) had been in the cool crowd in school, whereas Robert had been in the not so cool crowd (according to him). He was not too happy about their opposing positions on the food chain – a recognizable actor with a certain amount of success and (he) a servant at the most famous Spa in the world.  I just want to remind us all that we’re supposed to be happy when others succeed, not jealous. Be glad when you see someone make it – it’s good for your Heart.  And don’t misunderstand, I need just as much help as anyone else when I get around the things our society and culture worship.  But that is my whole point; you have to make yourself do the right thing, even when you feel differently.  Love the way God means it is not a feeling, it is a discipline.

It has nothing to do with your feelings, it’s a choice. Don’t compare yourself to other people, the Bible forbids it. Be content with who you are and what you’ve got.  All the while be preparing yourself for promotion by preparing your heart – and God Himself will promote you in due time. If you try to promote yourself, you will just end up broken and frustrated.  When God is ready to promote you – nothing can stop it.  When you do finally achieve some level of notoriety in your field, remember to be kind to others and to believe the best about them.  Competition comes out of our fallen nature and it is not from God.

This growing sense of entitlement in our generation has got to go. It is an infestation, and has ruined the attitude of the youth of this country for the last 40 years.  And quit confusing large amounts of cash and being recognizable to the masses, with success – they are not related.  There are many people with millions who are nothing more than poor people with some money.  Because money does not make you rich.  If you had a billion dollars it could not save your soul.  You are a Spirit  remember.  It is in your Spirit you have to get rich.  And the reason so many people are destroyed by fame is because they know the whole thing is a lie and they cannot live up to the lie.  I know the world system counts them as success, but the world system is wrong. It always has been. The world not only does not know how to count, it doesn’t know what to count. The Bible teaches a whole other arithmetic.  One where everybody who wants to win, wins.  Alright, Back to the acting.

   So one of the two major reasons I don’t have a lot of respect for our view of the profession is obviously because I think we’ve made too much of it.  The other reason is that I think anybody can do it, because I believe everybody already does it, to some degree. Not that everybody could be great, listen, most folks are not even great at life.  Being great at anything (in a worldly sense) requires talent skill or experience, or even a combination of the three. That does not guarantee anybody will ever know you are great.  Since what we are really talking about is how good you were at what you did – not how many people knew it (that’s fame).  

A little over a century ago when Impressionism was just gaining popularity as a new artistic style, Manet was playing Monet while Bouguereau was sticking to classical lines from classical training.  Especially in the hands and feet, which had always been considered the hardest. He alone was a Master (at this) among all of his peers, including Renoir and Degas and they all knew it. But you don’t know his name today, not like you do the others I’ve mentioned.  Not because he wasn’t good.  In fact, he was the epitome of the style that Impressionism was up against. It was because that style was no longer popular within the trend that eventually becomes the masses.  What the people like .  How we feel about things, which can change in a moment. 

At the same time that European Society was becoming less certain as to exactly what they believed about God and who He was, their lines of Morality started to blur as did color and detail with the Impressionists.  A process of declining delineation. We could no longer tell where we were because we were no longer certain what we were looking at. We had lost our way. Till we end up with painters like Picasso (his later work) and Pollock, whose work any child could equate. At least the Impressionists while not quite giving us the thing itself, gave us something like it.  Now we have corporations that specialize in finding ways to take away what they promise. Everything is connected. Everything.  And everything that happens physically is determined (or happens first) spiritually.  But I’m getting ahead of myself, as I often do.

  I have brought in the comparison of the profession of acting to the acting that we all do, as, being so exaggerated, I believe it is easier to see. Everything in it is phony, stunt, faux, affected, controlled, made up – all established in storytelling through pretense, to produce one thing – a picture. The thing they want me to see.  All the while playing to the crowd. There’s an entire multi-billion dollar industry built around it, and due to the power that God has put into the visual.  Because of this Hollywood (and in an extended sense California) has been for some time the cultural ancient Rome of our modern world.  It is bad enough that we as people find ourselves being phony or pretentious, or making something very large out of something very small, every day.  

But as a society we have made one of the world’s largest subcultures out of it, don’t you see.  Out of nothing it makes nothing and accomplishes nothing.  Yes stories are good, I write them my self.  And there is massive employment and gargantuan payroll (especially for those at the top), but for what.  I’m telling you if people would give God half the reverential awe they would give to their favorite actor upon meeting them – He could build on that. He could get some stuff done in their lives. I told you those little anecdotes in the hope of starting the de-throning process of the faming (or framing) of self in our lives. It is all a lie, all of it.  God is supposed to be in that frame, not you or me or anyone like us. Paul says in the Bible that it is good to be excited, but then asks, what are you excited about. And let me add this, it’s good to have a good reputation, but what are you so well known for.  Doing what.

      You know what the two most excellent things were in all those stories.  Out of all the completely unrelated random meetings and interactions with some of the rich and famous of the 7 different people whose 12 experiences I related to you.  Only two things were noteworthy, redeeming, or of any virtue at all.  When Richard Pryor tipped a masseur who did not even work on him that day. Went out of his way to do it. One man giving money to another without even receiving the product he was adding to, just to be kind to him.  On purpose.  And on a much larger scale, when Randolph Hearst and his brother served in the military while their nation and their world was at war. They could have gotten out of it, or at least received an easier assignment.  But chose instead to face danger and loss of life for something higher than themselves. And the bombing raids over Nazi occupied Europe had among the highest casualty rates of the war. 

My how things and people have changed. The common grounds of both examples were men doing something they did not have to do, and doing it for someone else.  With both acts involving the giving of something that was important to the men themselves. Which is the only kind of giving God counts.  Hollywood does not feed the hungry and clothe the naked – the Church does that.  And their best day of Charity (to the wrong ones) is not a fraction of the Church’s worst.  They do not teach our children, teachers do. They don’t prepare the food the cook does, and they don’t grow it, the farmer does that.  The farmer does not provide the soil, the rain and the sunshine.  Most of them know very well that God provides it, and will tell you so.  Just like He provides you and me (and actors everywhere) with talent, ability and intelligence.  Which we quickly call our own, without even attempting (personally) to uncover where they came from. 

Though we can tell you nothing of how they were formed we claim ownership.  As though we really had something to do with the manufacture of our natural strengths and abilities. Yeah like you personally chose how you looked and how fast you could run. Explain that to me. Go ahead I’ll give you a minute. Every good thing in our lives comes from God, every good thing.  We are not supposed to play to the crowd, we are supposed to play to Him.  Even the Church does it.  This is not about the crowd – it is all about Him and our returning to Him. Don’t seek the approval of men, seek His.  I’m not supposed to wish the whole world found me sexually attractive and wanted to jump my bones, but it’s right there in the fallen nature.  It is not right that we think this way.  The desire to be desired (or desirable). God put an intense, almost desperate desire for intimacy into each of us, and He put it there for Himself. But we are all doing the wrong thing with it.

   How much longer do you think we as a people can get away with investing so much of our money into entertaining ourselves with storytelling while lusting after or idolizing the beautiful new young boy or girl whose character happen’s to be in the spotlight for the moment, before we are held accountable.  Don’t you see how very much like Rome we are after they built the Coliseum, which was built solely to entertain.  Now we are even more like them right before they fell. Do you know where the money came from to build the Coliseum.  It came from the sack of Jerusalem.  And by it the destruction of Solomon’s Temple, which was the House of God – the Church of the Jews. The place where like all temples, all the gold was kept. 

Fifty years ago most of the nation went to Church and saw a film occasionally.  Now, we don’t go to Church at all, but watch TV or go to movies daily.  Our very own Coliseum.  Listen to me friend – Judgment is coming. On us as a nation and as individuals.  And I believe very soon on the TV and film industry.  You know the best way to avoid Judgment – to judge ourselves, so we won’t be judged. 

There is nothing wrong with seeking the approval of men if you seek the approval of God first.  But let me tell you a secret – if you get God’s approval, what follows does not even matter. Though you will have the approval of many men.  But we don’t do that.  We have taken God completely out of the picture and just play to each other.  No wonder our lives are so empty and confused. Meaningless sex and meaningless money, with a craving for all the entertainment we can swallow in between.  Just gimme my next fix.  One more conquest will show how godlike I am. Yeah, that’s it.  It doesn’t have to be that way, nor should it.  We must learn to love something more than we love having our own way.  God will help us with that, but only if we are willing.  Learn to be willing.

Brother Greg
Full Grown Ministry

Cath a holic

       Listen, catholic is just a Latin word that means universal.  It is not the name of the first church or the original church, and certainly not of any Christian church.  There is a distinction between Catholic and Christian to this very day because there has always been one.  The word catholic in the first several centuries of early Christianity was used the same way we would use Body of Christ or the Church at large, or the global Christian Fellowship – referring to all believers everywhere.  Long before there was ever an official church by that name.  I’m talking centuries before.  This is not something hidden, it’s just something not talked about.  Among clergy, theologians, scholars [on both sides] or just good students of the Bible and Christianity.  It is well known, and always has been.  

In all of the early Christian writings, histories and letters from the Church Fathers (which are all Christian – there are no Catholic ones, Catholicism did not exist at that time) – that’s the way the word is used [catholic], and everybody knows it.   The clergy of both Christians and Catholics just don’t talk about it, because as a rule they just don’t talk.  There are simply places where Catholicism dominates men through religion, and places where Christianity liberates men from this life through Christ’s death.  Which is what Jesus came to do.  Set us free from this world and it’s ways, not rub our noses in it.  And certainly not to start a Religion. 

The difference between the two is not one of preference, buildings, or a more elitist attitude.  The difference is one of Truth, and our response to that Truth.  God’s Truth, not truth as man sees it.  Whether Christian, Greek Orthodox [which is much older than Catholic], or Catholic – it is your Hunger for and knowledge of the Truth of God’s Word that will bring you out of all religion [and religious camps].  And bring you into the glorious light of the one thing you have desired intensely all your life.  A relationship with the God who made you.  If you will but become His little child so that He can be your big Father.

America is the most liberated nation in both the earth and its history precisely because of its Christianity, and the Blessing of God Almighty that goes where He is honored.  Not because of homosexual marriages, public education, free speech, or taxation (with or without representation), politicians, guns & butter, the greatest Navy or Whistler’s mother, the Industrial Revolution was not the solution.  It is by the Goodness of God and no other . . . that we are here.  With the largest middle class ever, living like kings did a century ago.  America is not now, nor has it ever been, a Catholic country.  Like all the other cults, they have always been a very small minority.  

This country was not founded on freedom of religion or belief in any god.  It was founded on the freedom to freely and openly worship the God of the Bible, which is a matter of recorded history.  Volumes of it.  The fact that the liberal God haters hate the God of all History, and the God of our history, should come as no surprise.  They don’t hate gods (they have many of them), they just hate this one.  He is a threat to their fallen nature, a pain in their mediocrity, and an end to their loose living.  He exposes their greedy desire to get – everything.  

We have become a nation with the infected morality of a dying prostitute, who still retains the memory of her original goodness.  Fixated on youth and beauty, films about me, pictures of you – while the Doctor keeps saying yes we are all dying but the sex is killing you.  You were not made for it – it was made for you.  And can only be done properly with one spouse all your life long, whose gender is opposite the gender of you.  

Most single men are not afraid of marriage as much as they’re afraid of marrying the wrong one.  Most people are not afraid of religion as much as they are uncertain of which gathering place is right.  Which so called church to attend.  Even the shift in recent centuries from the original Ecclesia of true Christianity being a body of Believers – to a building called a church filled with churchgoers.  This shift has nothing to do with the Bible and is not born of Faith.  It comes straight out of Religion.

That is one of the biggest difference’s between Catholicism and Christianity.  The man made structure and hierarchy of the church organization of the Catholic church is its life blood.  Without the institution of Catholicism, there is no Catholic church.  I don’t mean it is just essential, I mean that is all that the Catholic church is.  Something made up.  The way you would make up a story or tell a lie.  Men created it out of thin air.  Catholic is nowhere in the Bible, not once.  It has nothing to do with the Bible, in any capacity whatsoever.  And the Bible is the playbook for all of Christianity.  Christians believe the Bible.  There is not something else.  

That’s why outside of some of its clergy, you never meet any Catholics who know the Scripture.  The Catholic church doesn’t insist you read the Bible on your own [God forbid].  They dissuade you from reading the Bible, so that the priesthood can tell you what it says.  It is not about knowing God or understanding His Plan for your life, for them it never has been.  It is about Control.  The priesthood controls everything, and none of it is authorized by the Bible.  Like the media, they are a self perpetuating entity.

As you read this remember it is not about how we feel or what we personally think of religious practices.  What anyone has grown used to from their own experience, or finds acceptable.  It does not matter whether we see any harm in these things, it only matters what God says.  The existence of God is not relegated to our feelings.  This is about what God says in His Word, which is another name for the Bible.  Confessing your sins to a priest and praying to Mary or the saints are not only religious traditions of men, they are completely unbiblical and akin to blasphemy.  Because to do so is Anti-Christ.  Which does mean anti anointing, but it also means instead of Christ.  Such practices are part of the man made structure of the cult and do away with Jesus, or any need for Him.  They in fact replace Him.  In their particular perversion they do Include Him, but that is wholly condemned by Scripture.  

These practices are nothing more than religious tradition which come from a much older pagan religious system called the Cult of Babylon, or Babylonian Cult System.  Which is the oldest religion in the earth.  I realize much of this might be new to you if you haven’t studied these things, but the knowledge of it is not new.  It’s just another one of those things not talked about.  And you cannot say “no, they include Jesus too!”  Because I’ll just tell you what the Bible says – God is not worshipped when He is worshipped also, He’s worshipped when He is worshipped only.  Worship is and was always meant only for Him.  That is why everything else tries to get worship from us, to take it away from Him.

The dominant religion in Rome before its conversion to Christianity [later hijacked by Catholicism] was the Cult of Babylon.  The emperors of Rome were the de facto head of the religion until the late 4th century when the Emperor Gratian refused to carry the mantle the previous emperors had commonly worn, that of the high priest of this most ancient religious system.  Whereupon a slim shady character named Damasus, who was the head of the Christian church in Rome at that time [also called a church Father], immediately took advantage of the opening – bam!   The birth of the Catholic church.  

Now it took centuries for it to organize and grow into the religious system it became, but like all other cults, offshoots and perversions of Christianity, it began with a person.  In this case a man who actually had some authority within and knowledge of [real] Christianity.  Combing that and his office of a church father with that of being the high priest of the cult of Babylon – created the largest, longest running, most powerful christian cult in History.  Don’t despair, the Mormons are catching up quickly (proportionally).  Both of these cults are completely devoid of any of the true power of Christianity.  A power which is Spiritual and comes only from God, and is to do only what He says.  Yet they do have power in the sense of influence within their own camps, like any worldly religions.

To untangle the mess of world religion you can keep it very simple by remembering that they are all followers of a person, or lesser still [for many] what a person had to say during the short time they were here.  Well they all had something to say, but only One had any power.  In fact, now He has all the power.  That was Jesus.  Those who really follow Him walk in that power today on some level.  One of the many facets of that power was the ability to overcome death, which He defeated when He came back from it in the resurrection.  That is what the celebration of Easter is all about, at least on the Christian side of it; the Resurrection of Christ.  

He died so we wouldn’t have to.  He didn’t do it for Himself – He did it for us.  No one else came back from the dead, none of these other fools who started their own religions.  None of them.  There are many Christians raising people from the dead today.  Not a single person in these other religions heals the sick, casts out demons, or raises the dead – because they cannot.  No one in their religion has any power, and you either have the power or you do not.  The rest is just talk.  Now for those of you really searching for the Truth, be sure to key in on what I just said.  If in their pride there are any who think this was written for their approval, it will go right over their head.  God resists the proud.  He does not reveal Himself to them.

Mormons are not some higher form of christians as they think themselves.  They are followers of a dead man named Joseph Smith who was murdered by a mob of his own followers and whose own parents described in detail what a deceiver he was.  Jehovah’s Witnesses aren’t any witness for Jehovah, they are followers of a convicted perjurer named Charles Taze Russell.  And like the Mormons they have written their own bible.  Which has absolutely nothing to do with the Holy Bible of Christianity.  

Calling them Russellites [as I do] would not only be more accurate, it would be the absolute truth!  Christian Science is not the scientific branch of christianity, there isn’t one.  They are followers of a woman named Mary Baker Eddy, who like so many cult leaders was an apostate of Christianity, not an apostle of the Faith.  I’m moving fast here so don’t get lost.  Scientologists aren’t a blend of religious mixologists living in some colony on South Beach who delved into science in their spare time, like some upstanding bartenders who became religious investigators to lead people to the truth at the bottom of a new cocktail (sound silly, so is the religion).  

They are followers of a foolish old science fiction writer named L. Ron Hubbard, who before his death, publicly confessed to his scam.  He was not just a pretender, he was a bad pretender.  Talk about a cheezy B movie.  And now, some professional pretenders in Hollywood can’t get enough of him.  When you die, you go where your god goes.  You follow him after death the same way you followed him before it.  None of them are in Heaven, you have to go through Christ and only Christ to get there.  There is no argument.  For every man it is the same.  You either followed the Instructions laid out in the Bible, or you did not.

Catholics are not followers of Christ.  Most don’t even know Him because they do not know His Word.  They are followers of a man called the pope, who along with the institution he heads, pretends he has the power to let them in or keep them out of Heaven.  Which hardly qualifies as a really bad joke.  Until about 50 or 60 years ago they were called papists, because the pope is the one they followed.  His title[s] pope sounds oddly unchristian because it is not Christian at all and it is not in the Bible.  Neither are the others, pontificus maximus, vicar of Christ.  Jesus didn’t call anybody these things, these men call themselves these things.  

Mary is not the Mother of God, it is blasphemy just to say such a thing.  God does not have a mother.  They just don’t read the Bible.  Mary was a teenage virgin Hebrew girl like many of her day, that God Almighty chose to use as a vessel to bring forth the physical body that His Son would use when He became a man 2000 years ago in Palestine.  That is all, that is it.  She has absolutely no Divinity whatsoever, never has, never will.  Except the access to Divinity that we are all offered in Christ, if we Obey Him.  

You cannot just make stuff up as you go and call yourself Christian, nobody can.  You might as well join the gay church or the church of satan, they have much more in common with each other than anything to do with Christianity.  Error is error, and God has one answer for all of it – a very hot fire.  But you don’t have to go there, nobody does.  Unless they Insist upon it.

The pope is not a successor of the apostle Peter, but of the Roman Emperors morphed into religious authority.  The emperor just changed clothes, that’s all.  Nuns didn’t come out of any part of Christianity.  They are a continuation [idealogically] of the Vestal Virgins of the Roman Empire, pure paganism.  The priests of the Babylonian cult had everyone confess their sins to them so they could know what was going on in the village, and better control or influence events.  Direct predecessors of the cult of Catholicism.  

None of that has anything at all to do with Biblical Christianity, none of it.  Such things don’t even exist in the Scripture.  Yes they can [and do] take fragments of Scripture out of context, and like all religious people twist them to their own ends, and you could make any book say anything you wanted by doing that.  We look at Scripture in the light of other Scripture, remember.  You have to both look at it [in the micro] and take it as a whole [in the macro] because the whole thing is saying something.  It’s not as though these other religions are preaching different versions of the same thing, and Christians have become resentful and afraid of losing their prominence.  Not even remotely.  I wouldn’t even be religious if that were the case.  I would just be a sinner, and I would be good at it.  I  once was.  

Jesus was chosen by God and authorized to say and do everything He said and did, and He had the anointing to back both it and Himself up.  He walked on the water because He had the anointing, He raised the dead because He had the anointing, He cast out the demons and fed the thousands with a handful . . . because of the anointing.  Not because He is the Son of God, He was that before He came down here.  He came [as a man] to show us [men] how this becoming a son of God was done [by a man] so we [men] could start doing it ourselves in His Name by following His example.  

Your life depends on you personally getting a hold of why He became a man.  It was to bring you and I to the Inside because we were born on the Outside.  It was not just to agree with what He did and then keep doing our own thing like we did before He came, or before we came to Him.  That’s all getting saved is if all you did was say a prayer without realizing you just signed a contract in the spiritual realm.  The Bible says that our words contain the power of life and death.  

With your words you signed a contract, a contract to change – and keep changing.  Until you are just like Jesus.  Which you cannot even begin to do alone.  That’s why He sent a bunch of help, which is all described in His Word.  We can only take the help He sent, religion does not have any help.  The help He sent has power to help you become like Him, not to help you with the plans of your fallen nature to avoid Him.  Every single one of these other religions are followers of corrupted fallen men.  They don’t have any power so they cannot help you – He didn’t send them.

              The Catholic church doesn’t have any of the anointing at all because it doesn’t have any of the authority at all.  It never has had it.  That’s not my opinion.  Go check it out yourself, don’t believe me.  Go check out any Catholic church anywhere on the planet at anytime – including the Vatican.  There’s a strong sense of religion but no presence of God.  A clear demonstration of much control, with a complete absence of [supernatural] Power.  And high ceilings do not denote Power.  But here’s the thing you have to check out – the people, especially the clergy.  The Anointing and Authority are not on buildings – they are on people.  Yes, there are some amazing and spectacular buildings, but that is the whole point.  It’s a Disguise.  

You will notice immediately that the people are devoid of  the true Holiness, Peace and Joy that comes from following God [if you’ve never seen these things you may not know what I’m talking about].  Instead they are filled with a long dead, bone dry, deeply powerless Religion run by a bunch of frustrated fussy effeminate little old men.  Who replaced Him as boss a long time ago.  Hungry for power, lonely for love, they are the Institution that has become both the apex and the epitome of everything God never meant the Body of Christ to be.  This is man on his own without God trying to work his way back to God on his own terms.  It is called Religion, and it is a stench in the nostrils of God.

If you’re not following the plan, the mold, the blueprint, the instructions, the order of battle, the building code that He laid out in His Word about His Son – what makes you think you’re a Follower.  You are not a Christian because you call yourself one, or because you go to church.  You are a Christian because you do what Christ did and told us to do.  And even when you miss it, you only know that you missed it because you know what it was that He did.  Don’t speculate on What Would Jesus Do, the Bible is filled with what He did do.  Go do it.

If you don’t know who He is or what He did, that would be the first thing to get right.  By reading the Gospels.  None of these other religions or the people that started them have any anointing at all, because God did not start them and He doesn’t approve of what they’re doing.  They’re not following the example He sent, and there is only One.  God is not religious, people are.  He didn’t Call them to do all this religion, they called themselves to it.

The anointing is Power, remember.  A power that belongs to Him, comes only from Him, and He gives it to whomever He wants.  Scripture tells us how to get it.  This power is to do what He told you to do in His Word, and is not available for any other purpose.  God does not Call anyone to any sort of ministry without equipping them to do what He called them to.  That’s why so much ministry in the earth is such a dismal failure, including most christian ministry.  They were never Called by God.  

The Authority and Anointing are proof to anyone watching (or asking) that you were called by Him.  They are the ID card.  The absence of them is proof that you were not called, even the heathen could tell.  But that doesn’t mean they would believe, believing is a choice, remember.  Most of what you believe before you get redeemed by believing what Jesus did on the Cross, is nothing more than what you want to believe.  

As a true believer, a real believer [as opposed to someone who just says they are] I cannot just believe anything I want.  I can only Believe what He tells me to.  Which is the first thing that separates those who say they follow Him from those who do follow Him, whatever the religious title.  This following Him by doing only what He says is what changes me – and it will change you.  I know that sounds scary to some, but that’s only because you have a lot of wrong ideas about who He is and what following Him means. 

To believe something other than what God has to say about anything is a sin called unbelief.  Everybody who refuses to believe what God says will be Judged for it.  I said Everybody.  Oh yeah!  He’s God just like that!  Just cause you playin’ don’t mean He’s playin’.  He never was.  If you want to get a hold of this thing you must understand this:  Sin is not a view it is a measure;  It is not an opinion – it is an amount.  You and I are being measured right now.  

All sin leads to death, and all death will end up in Hell.  Nothing that dies will be in Heaven, there is no death there, death cannot exist in God’s presence.  That’s what eternal life means – you never die.  Well you have to get a hold of that here, not when you die.  If you die before you get this right, then when you die all you get is death, and it was entirely your own choice.  Death doesn’t have anything else to give you, it can only give you itself.  That’s why it’s so important to get this right, your Life depends on it.  And you cannot say nobody told me, the Bible told you.  It’s telling you right now.  You just didn’t want to hear it.

There is a very real sense in which this whole thing has been a test, you were being proven the whole time.  What was being proven, the thing that was being shown, was whether you would choose to stay in the Sin you were born into [like most] or allow God to make you into a son [like a few] – all your life long.  This thing is so real, it’s more real than anything in the Universe.  But to access it for yourself you have to believe it for yourself.  And get this, you gotta keep believing it until it changes you, which is a continual process.

Before leaving this subject let me acknowledge that yes, there are some real Brothers and Sisters in Christ among the Catholics.  But they are very much the exception, not the rule.  They are true followers [and lovers] of Christ, who just happen to be part of the Catholic religious cult.  Mostly because they don’t know better, not due to any accidental saving of souls on the part of Catholicism.  

Christians are not and never have been what the Catholic church produces, only religion is produced by religion.  And Catholicism is truly a master religion, full of traditions and dogmas and dysfunction that negate the Word of God.  Perhaps in length of days and breadth of influence, it is the master religion.  You can only make what you are, not what you are not.  Everything produces after it’s own kind. It is a Spiritual law.

One of my favorite testimonies includes one such and comes from a well known [former] Satanic priest named Mike Warnke, who’s been preaching Christ for more than 30 years.  He was much maligned [years ago] by some little unheard of publication that took it upon themselves to investigate him when they should have been minding their own business, or doing God’s.  This was neither.  

As anybody would [and could] if you start looking for faults in [any] man of God – you’ll find them, and you don’t even have to go deep.  The problem with Preachers is . . . they’re just like you.  It is the call on their life that is anointed, not their life.  They have to get through the rest of this stuff just like everybody else.  And like you they fail frequently, and sometimes – fall flat on their faces.  

Well, it turned out that Brother Mike had flat out lied about the numbers [greatly] in one instance, of the size of the Coven he was over.  He said 1500 when in truth it had only been 13, if I remember right.  They used this to cast doubt on everything else he said, when this was the only real deception.  Now he shouldn’t have done that, he was as wrong as he could be  And in case there’s any confusion – God hates Lying.  He hates all lies, the Bible is very clear on it.  Don’t you be a liar, about anything.  For the Christian, there are only two options:  tell the truth, or say nothing.  That’s it. 

That’s one of the reasons the Catholic church is such a complete failure in the spiritual realm, because it’s a bald faced Lie.  It will be Judged very soon.  But the reason I brought Mike Warnke into this, is because the Lord took him to a place in his walk with Him and showed him that there had been a woman praying for him every day for 7 years, and if this woman had not been praying for him, he wouldn’t have made it.  Her name was Sister Mary Bonifice[?], and she was a Catholic nun.  God bless her.  I cannot bless her religion.  It is forbidden in Scripture. 

It had nothing to do with her being a Catholic [or a nun], that was incidental,  it was all about her commitment to obey God’s command to pray for your enemies, to bless those who curse you.  Doing what God says will work for anyone who does it, anyone.  That is what we’re talking about here – God’s Plan.  Which is the only thing that brings the results that He promises.  Not any man’s version of it.  If you’re Catholic then like the Muslim, all you need do is repent.  Then get out of that thing, and stay out.  

Don’t wait till it collapses to become a Christian, it might be too late by then.  Become one now.  God is not against you He is for you.  He is not mad at you, He approves of you – in Christ.  But everything in the earth and the system running it for the last 6000 years is on its way out, and if you don’t get out while you still can – then when it goes down, you go down with it.  Most people would never gamble with 5 dollars the way they are gambling with their eternity right now.  Are you a gambling man.  The Bible tells us in the book of Hebrews that God is the Author and Finisher of our Faith.  He began it and He will end it.  But He is not obligated to finish anything He did not author.  Stick to the Script.

Brother Greg
Full Grown Ministry

Making of a Monster

We age from the brain down.  By the time we turn 30, we’ve lost about a sixth of our brain mass.  In my early thirties, I noticed I was getting mentally duller.  A sort of dark cloud had set in over my thinking, and my long standing quiet desperation was joined by an impending anger in the atmosphere of my mind.   The foundation for the degenerative brain conditions and dementia that plague the elderly of our day isn’t built in our fifties and sixties, it begins in our thirties, even our late twenties.  That is where the foundation is laid.  Your short term memory begins to slip a little here, a little there, and you actually become aware that you are not as sharp as you used to be.  You can see it, you know it while it is happening to you.  You can see yourself shutting down.

I had been part of the coffee house culture in San Diego since my mid 20’s, and though I wasn’t excessive with caffeine, I did have my double mocha (or something like it) every day for the better part of fifteen years.  As I grew older I shifted to cappuccino’s in an effort to streamline the sugar, as two toxins are more damaging than one.  Besides, if you have an appreciation for the aesthetic, cappuccino’s are much more pleasing to the eye  than most coffee drinks.  At least a well made one is.  But no matter how beautiful the cup a joe, caffeine is still a toxin.  It is a biological pesticide; meaning the plants that make it use it to kill bugs.  We make a drink out of it.  

Now I’ve never been a teetotaler, but have always been moderate, even in my fixations.  Manage your toxins (or poisons) is what I had always  told my clients.  I had been in the health and fitness industry in So Cal for many years as a trainer and nutritionist, and knew that caffeine (as well as coffee) was toxic to my health.  But I also knew that like so many things we ingest, it had a few somewhat desired beneficial effects.  In this case, that of being both a stimulant and a thermogenic.  Providing a dose of liquid motivation while increasing your internal temperature, causing you to burn more fat.  Now that is not why I drank it, there are far superior natural supplements that if taken in the proper dosage and timing, are actually what your body uses to deal with (and burn) fat.  And by the way the eating of fat, the consumption of it is not the problem, and it never has been.  

There are whole tribes in Africa and whole nations like France, that consume much more fat than we Americans do – and don’t have near the heart problems.  It is the sugar, and we have known it for years.  Linus Pauling, the nutrition guru if there ever was one, proved that two decades ago.  Findings of other researchers coming to the same conclusion were published in the British journal of medicine Lancet, at around the same time.  We just don’t want to hear it cause we are addicted to it.  It is sugar that causes the athero and arteriosclerosis of the build up of platelets of plaque on the artery walls, not fat.  And the fake sugars like aspertame, and acesulfame K are even worse for your health.  We are not exactly sure what they do in the body, but it is believed they cause cancer.

Every time your night vision is hit with the headlights of an oncoming car, vitamin A is destroyed in the retina of your eye – every time.  Vitamin E extends the lifespan of every cell in your body, every cell lives longer just because you take it.  Vitamin C is the strongest booster to your immune system period.  It is even better than pure Interferon injections, if it came down to that for you.  Stress alone destroys vitamin C in your system, so does smoking, even second hand smoke.  It is the precursor to collagen, and is used in every step of the body’s synthesizing of collagen.  Which is the most abundant material in your body, making up your skin, a large part of your organs eyes teeth hair bones, etc.  

Vitamin C has more benefit to the human body than anything (including drugs) that we’ve ever discovered.  But I’m telling you it’s not enough.  Pauling took about 18,000 milligrams a day, I take a minimum of 8 to 10 grams a day.  When I’ve been attacked by some of the bugs that have gone around in recent years (some have tried to kill me) – I’ve gotten as high as 50,000 mg plus in a single day, 5 grams per hour for 10 hours.  It kept the death off me for that day.  But it’s still not enough to keep it off forever, because I am dying.  Just like you.  Little by little, every day a little more – my body is wearing down.  But thank God, the life is not in the body.

The life is in the spirit, that is what gives your body life.  When your spirit leaves your soul goes with it, and your body drops to the ground.  The life of the body on a physical level is in the blood just like the Bible says, which is why Jesus shedding His blood is such a big deal.  His death on the cross was a physical historical event, but the real substance of what He was doing was spiritual.  If you don’t know that you miss the whole point.  It was through the shedding of this blood that He laid down His life.  Most of this book and really all  of my writing is about this on some level.  This whole thing has never been about whether or not you are going to die, everybody’s gonna die.  It’s an important part of the process.  The question has always been what does that mean.  Where are you going when you die.  

That fearful word simply has a very different meaning right this minute (and every minute) for anyone who chooses to follow Christ.  It is not that unbelievers have no ideas about death, God or the Bible, they just have a bunch of wrong ones.  They know they are going to die, they just don’t know what that means.  That is why they are afraid.  Many spend their entire lives afraid of dying.  From the world’s perspective, death is not a response to immortality but to mortality.  Well God says that you are Immortal, if you follow Him.  So do you want to believe what death says, because it does have something to say.  Or will you choose to believe God.  He’s the one that gave you the ability to choose at all, and He gave all things that have the ability, the ability to say anything.

For the Christian the best part of this life is to go on into the next, providing you die the right way at the right time.  Which is all tied directly to doing what He told you to do for your life, allowing you to die in Faith.  We have Christians, including many ministers (some walking in great power) who die young and die wrong every single day.  Because they did not do what God told them.  Never mind the heathen.  As a Believer you cannot have a death wish, that contradicts too much Scripture.  But for anyone who really knows the Scripture, and really knows God – we do look forward to it.  Leaving this dying life and its struggle for existence is not a step down, it is a step up into real Life.  The life we were all meant to live.  The Bible is very clear on it. 

Now if you have issues with authority, and God is the ultimate; it is at this point that you will begin shutting down your learning posture and, ever so slightly, take up a defensive position.  But I wish you wouldn’t.  God is not the bad guy in this tale – He is the only Hero.  You and I have been set up through deception by an Enemy we cannot even see, to live in a way we did not even know was bad, and then blame God for the badness.  Which is the best way to stop us from receiving His Goodness.  Which He is the sole Author of.  

The intention of this deception was to blind us yes (like all deception), but it was not alone.  It uses bitterness resentment and offense as food to keep us blind, and keep us tied to the most blinding of all sins – Pride.  We are offended at God.  We are mad at Him.  If you keep depositing His Word into your spirit, it will change all of that.  It is one of the reasons He gave it to us.  But what I want to attempt in the next few chapters is to expose the system of Tyranny (a spiritual system) that has run the world through the thoughts, behavior and attitudes of men since the Flood.  Noah’s Flood of course as it’s called, since Lucifer’s Flood (as it’s called) happened much earlier.  We think long before Adam and Eve.

Now some of you are gonna choke on that including some christians, because you don’t know the Bible.  Even worse for many, the little you know you do not Believe.  That is alright, just keep reading and you will know more than you did before you read this.  The real question is will you Believe it.  Which in christianity is simply a choice, remember.  You cannot be a Christian and not believe the Bible.  Just as you cannot be a believer of the Bible and not do what it says.  The fact that hundreds of millions of people throughout the world do this very sin everyday of their life their whole life long, has nothing to do with it. 

We do not determine the will of God by people’s inability to receive it.  We determine it by what His Word says, which you are given time to get good at.  The opportunity for man to get this right is not over until Christ returns.  Death does not get any of us out of it.  It just removes you from the physical realm to the spiritual realm, where you are no longer able to change anything you did during your physical life, but simply await the Judgment.  Which would really suck if you are not right with God.  This life is your chance to both get it, and get it right.  To get what.  To get Him and His Kingdom – The King and His Way of doing things.  Jesus is The King, remember. That’s why they crucified Him. 

Everybody and Everything we’ve ever done and said – will be Judged. Everybody, everything.  This is not about escaping samsara so you can enter nirvana.  Buddha is in Hell right now.  Besides, there is no such place as nirvana, no way and it’s power (Tao Te Ching) for those unfamiliar with Taoism.  No Zarathustra except at the beginning of 2001: a space odyssey – and in that one he doesn’t even speak.  He has nothing to say.  The Sikhs are still seeking, the Hindus have been confused for longer than any can remember – and kutti pi (cootie pie) is still forbidden in Scripture.  The internal darkness of the Indian subcontinent was legend even in Alexander’s day.  

What is inside you comes out of you, always.  Jesus didn’t come the first time to make your fallen nature better, but to kill it.  He is not coming the 2nd time to run for election, but to take over.  All life belongs to Him, He is the Author of it. Don’t you get it – the whole world system with all of it’s empire, society and culture, it’s sex, lies and videotape – have got it all wrong.  Completely and horribly wrong.  It’s good that everyone liked Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia – but both authors were not only friends, they were devout believers.  Don’t miss the forest for the trees.  Which simply means not to miss the big picture for the little ones, and don’t mistake a part for the whole.  They are two totally different things.  A hand is not a body, nor was it ever meant to be.

We have way too many people who refuse to get submitted to God ordained authority. They are running around trying to be a hand without a body, when they haven’t met the qualifications of being even a finger.  Which stems from nothing more than self obsession advanced through self promotion.  Just because you’re momma taught you how to manipulate and control other people into doing what you want, whether it be through sex, emotions, the right words, intimidation, refusing to do what you know to do, holding back the good that you’re able to do, the charisma of your personality, or the sheer force of your own dominance –  means absolutely nothing.  It just means you are not attached to what God is doing.  Which puts you in the same position as Lucifer, or Judas, or Hitler, or Manson, whatever the name of your favorite tyrant.  Someone who has to force their own will because they refuse to crucify it.  

All of which is on it’s way out, as none of it is part of His Kingdom. You will have some influence, and you will make a difference, but only in the place God assigns you.  Which is what makes it authorized.  Man does not have the answer for solving world hunger or bringing about global peace – man is the problem.  His fall from God’s grace in the garden 6000 years ago is the reason for the mess, and there is an answer.  His name is Jesus, and He is the only answer.  People just don’t like the answer – so they keep looking for a new one.  There is no other.  If you really really knew God as He is, you would love Him instantly.  More than you have ever loved anyone or anything.

God will give you some authority on a certain level, and He wants to, but only after you get to know Him.  All true authority comes from God and belongs to Him.  Many people spend much of their life saying things they are not authorized to say.  Let’s take the recent interest in the theory of global warming as an example.  And it is just a theory.  In case there’s any confusion, let me remind you that a theory is an idea about something that we do not know and cannot prove.  I said we don’t know.  Just because a theory is put forth by a scientist does not make it science.  Any more than something a chef says turns into food when he says it.  Putting a bunch of words together does not suddenly give them meaning, no matter who you are.  

True science is observable, it is provable – that’s what makes it science, and every scientist knows that.  Most just don’t want to talk about this theory that way because they don’t believe in God.  Which is what they’re really trying to say with all this thoroughly modern bull of evolving, doing time on Mars, and radio carbon dating.  They’re all 100% theory and speculation without any scientific backing of any kind whatsoever.  How about getting better at the time we are all doing here right now.  How bout that.  How can we do this without God, how can we get around Him.  That is the only question rebellious man is trying to answer, and has been for millennia.  Well that is a heart posture not an equation, and where that attitude came from is part of what we’re talking about. 

Easily half of what we falsely call science today is nothing but sheer unfounded, unprovable speculation put out by people who hate God.  The guy who came up with the idea of global warming did not get it from studying anything on this planet.  We haven’t been studying anything with the depth or length necessary to make such outlandish assertions.  It was a NASA scientist studying Mercury from a long ways away through a looking glass that said all this stuff.  Well Mercury is a barren, lifeless, inferno of a rock without any atmosphere at all.  He’d do better to go ask Vin Diesel what his character thought of being stranded on the planet Crematoria (the closest Hollywood comes to  Mercury) in the Chronicles of Riddick; a film where the muslims are the downtrodden good guys and the christian like conquerers are the bad guys.  Only deep debilitating ignorance could get it so wrong.  At least he’d learn from an actor who’s helping to tell a story – how to tell a better one.  You may think I’m being sarcastic, but I’m not.  

You need to always know your sources, always.  Find out where people got what they are saying from before you believe it.  What you believe effects everything about you, and the devil knows it.  Which is why he spends so much time perverting belief.  This researcher was either unhappy or needs to get a life, but one thing is for certain; we do not even possess the ability to say what is being said with such an insignificant amount of knowledge.  The data does not support the conclusion, not even remotely.  Everything we thought we knew about the planets in the 80’s changed in the 90’s, and the same from the 90’s into the new millennium – everything.  

All of our former conclusions were wrong, about so many things – and not just due to our Ignorance.  Though ignorance can be a sin if it is willful, which comes from our Pride.  Only ego as the vehicle of pride is capable of stretching such a small amount of rubber with so much hot air, that it could fill a balloon to carry us away to another planet.  It’s the fall that kills you.  After believing such a big lie for so long about a myriad of things, it will be difficult for many to recover.  You were commanded to deal with the atmosphere of your soul surrounding your spirit, contained in the only earth you have any control over – your body.  And you have not.  You’ve refused to.  If you won’t do the little you’ve been equipped to handle, what makes you think you can effect repairs on something you didn’t make and don’t have the capacity to.  Like everything else it was already here when you got here.

The fact that man completely ignores God, breaks all of His commandments.  While agreeing collectively that he should keep at least the minimum necessary to stop civilization from collapsing into anarchy is not new, it is old.  It goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden.  Where the first man got out from under God’s authority, by seeking a compromise. Something in between what God said, and what they heard another god say.  Except this one wasn’t in charge of anything, this god had no authority.  All he had was an Agenda.  Which could only work if he could talk someone else out of their God given authority, and he did.  This isn’t about the sky falling in like chicken little, it is about who’s in charge.  And you don’t have any say over who’s in charge over all, but only in who’s charge you are.  

The one you submit to is the one in charge of you.  That’s what the Bible says.  It is a spiritual Law.  And if you don’t choose the One clearly visible in the Light (all the light comes from Him, all the Light points to Him) – then you get the one you cannot see (who’s hiding in the dark).  Because if you could see him, there is no way in Hell that you’d choose him.  These Truths supersede all the laws of physics, mathematics and chemistry combined – and therefore all true Science. 

Not the modern speculation that has quite intentionally departed from Newtonian Physics, who himself was a Christian.  The science God gave him was provable then as it is now – it was tangible, demonstrable.  It was quite certain and very clear, not foggy.  All of this modern speculation that makes up so much of Archaeology, Physics, Astronomy, Genetics and so on is not a product of any facts.  It is a product of the will of man.  Which is against God, and has been since the Fall.  Thus the need for Him to salvage us, to redeem us, to bring us back to Himself.  It’s not an equation, but an Invitation.  Which means you can refuse.

All physical laws come from Spiritual Laws, all of them.  God is in charge in every sense of the word and could have done it all differently, and in the worlds to come, very well might.  I don’t mean that He will violate His own Spiritual Laws, I mean that He can completely rearrange the physical laws that are subject to them.  That’s what supernatural means remember.  Something that comes in from the outside from beyond the natural and overcomes it, subdues it, and in a very real sense dominates it.  2008 A.D. – Anno Domini, yeah.  The year of the One who dominates.  Well that would be God.  And you and I are still being given time to get right with Him, before the door closes.  Because you have dominated your own life all your life, which was never part of the plan.  You did not in the sense of environment and the things that befell you, but in the sense of your will and your choice of response that comes from it.  And if anything could be truly said to be your own, it would be your response.

Everyone who has ever lived has responded to God, and everyone living is responding to Him right now.  It is just not over yet, and most of the responses are not the right ones.  The proper responses are all in a book called the Bible because none of us have them within ourself, not in our fallen nature.  The Bible is not for God it is for us, it’s the key to His House.  And with God there is no possibility of breaking in.  You will either take the key He gives for free to anyone and everyone who wants it.  Or you will stay with the multiple spiritual handicaps and tremendous disadvantage you were born into. 

All of which disqualify you for  His Kingdom.  A deadly inheritance.  There are no special olympics in the world that’s coming  because there’s nothing broken, nothing missing.  Everything and everyone is truly really beautiful, and none of it is just skin deep.  You just cannot see what you are looking at really is until the end, until we get there. Deception covers everything you see now in it’s natural fallen state, and comes from the enemy of your soul.  Not from God.  Your refusal to know that  is a choice that you are completely responsible for, and without excuse. 

Complete surrender to Him is essential to entering in.  That is why Jesus came, that is  why the Bible was written.  To bring us back to God.  Not to start a religion.  God is not and never has been religious.  He certainly did not give us something like the Bible just so we could refuse to read it.  So in another chapter I’ll tell you about this guy who responded  improperly back near the trunk of the tree, which is why it affects you and me.  Somewhere  between Adam and here.  He started a system still working today, and you and I are a part of it.  But there is a way out if you don’t like where this world is going.  But only one way.  The part of self that does not like that  is the part that is just like the enemy.  You were made that way in the sense you were born into a corrupt system.  Which is why He came to set you free from it.  All you gotta do is say yes.

You may proclaim your innocence in the initial corruption, which is true.  But ever since then we have all been complicit in a thousand ways, as we commit the sin of Adam every day.  Being led by what you feel think or see, instead of being led by what God has to say.  Not having caused the problem – we also didn’t  bring about the solution.  God did that.  We don’t get credit or blame for either.  Your fallen nature  wants to work it’s way back in instead of following His Plan.  Just thinking that we can is part of  the deception. 

God has the solution so set up, so exact, so mathematically perfect, that all we are left with is a choice.  This choice tells the entire truth about you and I, literally and tragically.  All  that God needs to know to make a right, proper, just decision about where we will spend eternity.  It tells Him whose side we are on.  Everybody fails.  Making the wrong choice concerning Him is part of the corruption. I’m here to do my small part and help you with that.  But like all  true ministers, I have power to only do my part.  Without the power I’d just be adding to the corruption.  The power is what changes you.  Both the power and even the desire to draw near it, comes from Him.  Come close and you’ll get some.

Brother Greg
Full Grown Ministry

Leaving The Fallen

When man sinned through Adam in the fall of man, what he lost was his original specific nature.  He became a prisoner in his own body when he died spiritually, and was now dominated by his emotion and intellect.  When your body and mind team up together (which is your normal state) we call that the carnal mind.  Also called the fallen or flesh nature, or just flesh for short.  To be carnally minded is death, as it is the death nature we arrived at in the fall.  It is the place we fell to and the thing we are talking about when we say man is fallen.  It is not something you come to through a few bad choices, it’s how you were born.  It is the very way we are in the earth.  Whether you like it or not, regardless of how you feel about it.  Your feelings and thoughts have absolutely no impact on this condition you inherited, and are actually part of the problem.  In the fallen nature they will act only to distract you from identifying this condition.  Because when you see it you will have to do something about it.  You will have to get out of it.

The problem is not in your skin it’s in your spirit, which is dead.  Which is kind of why you are not aware of your spirit, and the things of God seem so unreal to you.  You cannot fix a spiritual problem with flesh and blood, though they will be involved.  Spiritual problems must be fixed spiritually.  The essential meaning of spiritual death is to be separated from God.  That is why Jesus had to finally be separated from God spiritually, which was the worst part for Him.  He had never been separated from God, ever.  That’s why He said “My God My God why have you forsaken Me,” which meant why have you left me, why have you departed from me.  Now God is a Spirit and deals with everything Spiritually, including you, me and the fall of man.  The reason God had to become a man to fix everything is because it was a man who broke it.

Paradise was lost under the authority of a man (given to him by God), so God became a man to bring it all back.  Which is the only way He could do it and be right.  Leading us to one of the first things you have to get clear about God, is that He is always Right.  About everything.  He is never wrong, not once not ever, about anything.  He wants you to be Right too, but it’s all something He is going to do.  All you and I do is let Him.  Before He can make you Right, you have to admit that you are wrong in relation to Him and His plan for your life.  Most people will not admit to this lifelong error because they are too proud.  Though few stop to consider what exactly they are proud about.  It is the sin that separates us most from God, the Great Sin as C.S. Lewis calls it.  That is why the devil fights so hard to keep you bound by your past, to keep you trapped in it.  If you are continually defined by your past and the sin you were born into, then you will never become the son that God wants to make you.

Eden was a real place.  In it our heart and our head would have been in alignment.  After the fall they came into conflict.  They are still that way today.  After receiving Christ as your Savior the biggest battle is to bring your head back under the control of your heart, and keep it there every single day.  To do so is to become spiritually minded, which is only done by washing your mind in the water of His Word daily.  His Word is His plan for your life, and will even bring you to the things it does not talk about.  But only as you continually fill yourself up with it.  Most christians don’t do this themselves, which is why they don’t act any different than people who are not Christians.  But then that’s not really being a Christian, it is just saying you are.  Everything outside of His Word is part of some plan, it’s just not His.  Most of it was designed to distract you in the short term, from doing His plan.  But in the end it is meant to kill you.  Along the way it will just steal from you and destroy things.  That is actually another name of the enemy of our soul in the Bible – the Destroyer.

Because this death thing is a large part of what you were born into, until you get rid of it, it will always be there waiting for you.  Its success rate is 100%, with the single exception of One.  The One who defeated death.  In all of history only Christ did this, anybody who says different is just flat out lying.  There were hundreds of eyewitnesses, many of whom wrote the Bible.  Both the Old and New Testament.  Moses saw Him, David saw Him, Elijah saw Him.  You could say on some level that all the prophets saw Him, and the whole Old Testament (the Hebrew Tanakh) was written by prophets.  In the New Testament more than 400 people saw Him at one time, after He was raised from the dead.  As well as His disciples, who saw Him several times after His resurrection.  We must always remember that the Bible is a record of multiple eyewitness testimonies.

If you really want to get ahold of the big picture in world religion, you have to remember that only the Bible is historical.  It is not more historical than the others, it is the most historical document of any nation and any era in all of world history.  Period.  It always has been.  The historicity has always been incontestable.  Just because we live in the information age and the era of the skeptic does not change anything.  Believing is a choice, and we live among a people who choose to believe in nothing but the moment, and the continual attempt to satisfy Self for that moment.  It certainly does not change the facts, let alone the Truth.  The only thing it means is you better check yourself, make sure you take a good look at who you are believing.  I mean look at their life, and the way they live or lived it.

With the exception of particular disciplines in science and mathematics, we are not taught all the facts pertaining to any particular Truth.  You are taught some of the facts as we know them, which all combined only equal a partial Truth.  Which means what we are mostly taught is what people think.  Professors at university and your favorite school teacher do not teach you Truth.  Most do not have any so they teach you what they believe.  And a belief is simply something you think to be True (whether it is or not is irrelevant).  Now you do learn a fair amount of facts in any given school year, maybe  about 20 to 30%, depending on what was studied.  But facts for the most part tell you how we look at it now, not how anything really is.

Some facts change daily, even more change within a matter of years.  Within a century, more than half of what we thought we knew gets turned on its head.  The last 100 years have been no exception.  That is the thing you have to get clear about facts, is that they mostly change.  Whereas Truth does not change at all.  Truth supersedes facts, always.  Truth is what the right disciplines ministered in the right way by the right people, lead you to.  Truth is what the facts (in this context – not all) are trying to uncover, trying to show you.  So the real question is – do you want to know the Truth, or do you prefer the bliss of ignorance.  The comfortability of it.  Because the Truth will make you uncomfortable, as it insists that you change.  But in that change it will lead you not only to life, but to eternal life, the God kind of life.  Which is the truest form of life.

As a Christian minister what I minister is Gods Truth, which is The Truth.  But I do not have all of it, only a part, as all ministers do.  And I can only minister what my part has, not what I feel like or happen to think.  Ministering what my part has comes with a power that we call the anointing, which comes only if your ministry as an entity and what you are ministering in belief through teaching – are authorized.  The authority of course being God, and His plan or constitution being His Word – the Bible.  God having called you and appointed you to that Office of ministry is the only way to get the power.  There is no other, there is just a bunch of people pretending.  Many of them are the clergy in the church.  Ordination is not on paper its in power.  Both the Call to an Office of ministry and the ordination of it (the power makes it official) are from and of God.

Not a college, seminary, piece of paper, or group of men anywhere can Ordain you.  It is impossible and everyone involved knows it.  Nor will you find a single example of such a thing anywhere in Scripture.  The Biblical model is drastically different from the education model used by every modern nation.  Nothing wrong with education, it’s a good thing, even a wonderful thing.  But it is not at all the same thing as God ordaining you.  There are of course some ministers in various Christian Churches who were called by God, and got an education as well.  But their education did not give them the anointing.  You have to get up under someone with the anointing to get the anointing.  The vast majority of those in the man made religious institution of the church did not answer a call from God, nor were they ordained by Him.  It simply appealed to their personality or intellect, or they thought it a good idea.

That is why there is so little power at work in so many churches.  God did not call the men running them, they called themselves.  So if you do not know Jesus don’t despair, most christians don’t know Him either.  They just say they do, and spend their whole lives doing little or nothing of what He says.  Which is the only way you will get to know Him, by doing what He says – not acting as though you like Him.  You can agree that He died, but it is not enough.  The demons believe that, and they tremble.  The two offices of ministry in the Hebrew Tanakh (the Old Testament of the Christian Bible) were replaced by 5 Offices of Ministry in the New Testament. That is, Prophet and Priest of the Old were replaced by Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher in the New.  All of this is in the Bible.

The New Deal is part of the Old Deal.  It is contained within it and always has been.  Hundreds of Scriptures in the Old speak of the New over and over again.  That is why the Old is quoted hundreds of times in the New.  To say see, this is what that was talking about.  All of the men used by God to write down the New Deal (which again was always in the Old) knew the Old Deal by heart.  With the exception of Luke all of them were Jewish.  One was a religious legal scholar known as a pharisee, and in fact was highly esteemed among the pharisees of his day.  His name was Paul, and he was on his way to Damascus with letters  from the High Priest in Jerusalem authorizing his actions.  These letters were actually a sort of religious arrest warrant, to arrest the followers of the Way (an early name for followers of Christ) when he met the Head of the Way, Jesus himself.

At the same time Jesus appeared and spoke to him in the Spirit.  Paul became blind, and would stay that way for three days.  A Biblical type and symbol of the same death and resurrection that Christ had gone through years earlier.  Death to the old life and old man, resurrection into the New.  Paul would never recover from his Damascus Road experience, which was the original one.  He would go on to be used by God to “set on fire the conversion of the Roman Empire.”  The world would never be the same.  Not because of some greatness in Paul, but because of what God was doing through him.  All along the Way we can look back and see that God  was using people who were available for His use.  To do what He had always wanted to do, which was to bring man back to Himself.  Out of the dark and painful corrupting sting of sin, into the bright joy filled glory of Christ within.  

Brother Greg
Full Grown Ministry