Who Is Your Authority?

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The prominent eighteenth-century British scholar, Bishop Benjamin Hoadley said:

Authority is the greatest and most irreconcilable enemy to truth and argument that this world ever furnished.

If authority is the enemy of truth, it has to be the enemy of Christ as Christ said that he is “The Truth.” Too, authority has to be the enemy of freedom as well as Christ’s teachings are liberating. (John 14:6 and John 8:31-32).

When the truth of Christ’s teachings are presented and the many claiming they follow Christ carry around with them error, these persons find refuge in authority. In other words, if it is their particular religious organization that they view as the authority, Christ’s teachings will be rejected and discarded by those persons who place a particular human religious authority as their guide and as the determiner of truth.

I know as a former Jehovah’s Witness all truthful evidence presented will be rejected before it is heard. Why? Because the authority – The Governing Body – has decreed for the Jehovah’s Witness that they should reject it.

Those who sit under this authority are thus robbed of the freedom to think and decide for themselves whether the information presented is factual or false; beneficial or detrimental.

This is not something seen only within the Watch Tower organization but in all religious organizations. Persons who submit to any human religious authority as their supreme arbiter, cease to function as independent thinkers, independent decision-makers, or independent speakers.  They have surrendered these things God gave them to the authority. When such persons are approached by persons like myself, there is very little hope of what I say will get a fair hearing.

The authority, when questioned and challenged, feels that it has no need to respond, no need to refute, or even consider the evidence presented; it simply condemns and places a foul stench upon the presenter so that others will find him/her repugnant and offensive.

I am one hundred percent convinced that this is the basic issue and unless it is first understood, little else can be understood.

Men Speaking For God

Men can make no greater claim to authority than to claim to speak for God. Even more than that, to claim to be His sole channel of communication to all of mankind. Yet, Jesus was clear at John 14:6:

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

I have stopped counting the number of persons and religious organizations who stand up today on the worldly scene who claims to be a messenger of God or one who speaks for God.

And personally, I see one race among the human family who has arrogated itself to speak for God. So much so, this race of people have made the things in the heavens that they cannot see; the things on the earth that they have not seen; and the things in the earth that they have not seen to be made in their likeness. Those things being Adam, Eve, The Serpent, Angels, The Prophets, The Apostles, Jesus, God, and others. This is one of the greatest deceptions presently being perpetrated upon the human family. 

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me. (Exodus 20:4-5)

Yet, such images in the form of paintings, drawings, statues, portrayals in art, film, and literature have been made. The religious system called Christianity and the particular race among the human family who created it, defiantly did what God said NOT to do. And, it has sold these false images and false portrayals to the entire world and has misled it.

The Master Christ does not exist in the flesh. He is like his Father in heaven, invisible. What a shame it is that the religious system called by men Christianity,  insists on portraying him in the form of a man – at that, a man of European descent. (Col 1:15)

Jesus said that The Most High God is a Spirit (invisible) and that those who worship Him must do so as One who cannot be seen. Thus, worship of God requires faith. (John 4:23-24 and Hebrews 11:1)

That the Son of God is also invisible, means that his followers must serve him by faith, too; that is, as one unseen to us. Only a faithless generation would visualize him in the flesh – as some one that they can see. Thus, the religious system called by men – Christianity – produces faithless persons while at the same time making them believe that they are faithful. If anyone visualizes the Master (Christ) as a flesh and blood man as one sees in all of the portrayals I mentioned earlier, they have no faith in him. They have placed faith in visible images that someone has created and have told them that they represent Jesus. Such acts and mentalities are no different from what the Ancient Israelites did when Moses departed from them and they created a Golden Calf in his absence. In the Lords absence, the world today has done a similar thing: The world has stood up religions, its own religious leaders, and holy books and the people are made to enter into these structures and to listen to the men and women sitting above them. They think that God is worshiped through these entities. God is only approached and worshiped through one: The Son of God. (John 14:6)

Anyone claiming to be a follower of Christ should know who is the only channel to God. Implied with being a follower is listening to the voice (teachings) of the one being followed. If one joins themselves to religious organizations, then they member themselves to that religious organization and listens to it. They really view it as their authority and way to the Father.

I know persons who are within the Nation of Islam who play the game of hailing men – The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Minister Louis Farrakhan – as Prophets or messengers sent by God. Yet, these men – while in those lofty self-proclaimed positions – have been embroiled in scandal. Yet, one is supposed to believe that they are Prophets and messengers of God?

Within Christendom, men and women of renown – past and present – have stood up with lofty claims as being sent by God as Prophets and Messengers. Mighty religious organizations stand even now with the same lofty claims of being from God. One religious organization – The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Jehovah’s Witnesses – hails itself as being God’s Earthly Organization that the only channel between God and men. The man the world knew as Jesus Christ had something entirely different to say about the matter. (John 14:6)

The world today is a ball of confusion and a mess. Everyone thinks they have the right religion and the right answers. Their respective memberships view them and their holy books as the authority. All claim to know God – and they give their God’s names – yet, none know God else they would not have done such a thing. The world is a dark, dismal and unspiritual place and all think they exist in light. The Apostle Paul said at 2 Cor 11:12-15:

And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

Not all appears what it appears to be on the outside and I am convinced that no person – of any color – stands up today as a Prophet or Messenger of God. It is commendable, however, that such ones address the evils of the society and system of government in which they live, but these are political agendas and have done nothing in making my people – Black people – more spiritual people. More informed people, yes, but not more spiritual people. We are no different than those who oppressed us. The oppressor still seeks to oppress and control and we continue to grow angrier. We (Blacks) even have oppressors within our own race who seek to keep us ignorant by teaching a religion that was given us by slave masters. Why would the slave master – or his offspring who choose to be like him – give us anything good? Yet, many of us defend what he has given us as truth. His truth is not God’s truth.

No amount of words by anyone one against the standing governmental powers is going to stop a mighty oppressor, else it would have happened by now. The reality is that an entire world with all of its religious and political systems – not just America – have a date set for them to go down in destruction. When that time comes, these so-called Prophets and Messengers from God will be nowhere to be found. (Unless they are running faster than you to take cover). The grandiose words being spoken now by all of them will be nothing but a whisper; nothing but a defiant insect ant standing in the path of a speeding freight train. What God has purposed to do, He will do. The words of men, no matter how convincing, cannot change His purpose.

The Conflict Between Christ and the Religious Authority of His Day

When Christ arrived on the scene more than 2000 years ago, authority was the issue. The religious leaders of his day considered authority to be centered on themselves and extending outward to those they chose to bestow it. The people who were in the control of the religious authority also view them as the authority.

Jesus comes along and he came speaking with authority; something the Jews had not seen other than coming from the Jewish religious leaders. Jesus spoke with such authority that a guard declared at John 7:46:

No one ever spoke the way this man does.

Now what has been inserted – that was not there before – was a threat to the authority structure of the religious leaders: Jesus. To them, he was an outsider undermining their position with the people. His teachings were viewed as heretical and dangerous because he failed to subscribe and conform to the established teachings of the rabbinical teachers.

The same issue has arisen again. Replacing the Jewish religious leaders of Jesus’ day, is what men call today Christianity. It views any not subscribing to and conforming to its established teachings as heretical, dangerous and a threat. It has seduced the masses by its appeal – like an outwardly beautiful woman would – but it has made the nations drunk with her teachings.

Christianity is bloodguilty and by what she teaches and the example she has set, she has made those who inhabit the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication. In other words, her teachings are an intoxicating drink that makes others just like her. (Revelation 17:2 and Revelation 17:6) 

The inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

A powerful example of her drunkened teachings is one where people merge their religion with allegiance and loyalty to the State. Christianity will endorse war and the sending men and women into war while at the same time claiming that it is God’s will. It does not listen to Christs teachings concerning loving ones enemies and it finds repugnant Christs new commandment at John 13:34-35 which says:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

Christianity today closely mimics the attitude of the religious leaders of Jesus’ day. Any person – like myself – who presents a challenge and threat to it by speaking boldly, confidently and assuredly, it will label such persons as heretical, dangerous, apostate.

When the religious leaders could not entrap Jesus by their questionings, they attacked the person by words and literally by bodily harm. How so, by words? Well, they falsely broadcasted for all to hear that:

Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners. (Matthew 11:19)

And that:

It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.

So the religious leaders back in Jesus’ day engaged in character assassination. Sadly, Christianity does the same to those it views as a threat. And, Christianity has been largely successful in duping its membership in going along these character assassinations of theirs.

There is one thing that I have learned over the years concerning religious organization and its membership: Falsehood fears truth. It runs from it like scattering roaches when a light switch is turned on. The religious organization and its membership may – either by aggressive or devious means – try to blot out the revealing light of the truth and prevent others from being bathed in it. It has always evaded meeting the truth face to face in an honest contest.

For example, if Jesus says that no man has ever seen God – which is the truth – yet, most of Christianity will teach that Jesus – whom men have seen – is actually God. (John 1:18) So Christianity does not meet Christ (his teachings) face to face as in this instance, it evades them and teaches what it wants without care that they are teaching error. (John 1:18)

I stopped counting the times I have encountered persons who hold to the teaching that Jesus is God but when you present them with Scriptures such as John 1:18 or 1 John 4:12 they go on the defensive and evade what Jesus said. Many will make YOU the subject instead, thus, eliminating the need to explain what Jesus said. In reality, when persons hold to such teachings, they are calling Christ a liar. They are essentially saying that man has seen God.

Yet, this is what Christianity does. It is subtle and crafty in what it teaches and the way it teaches it. We see this said of the Serpent who was in the Garden of Eden at Genesis 3:1:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made

It is this craftiness or cautiousness that was able to convince the woman Eve to listen to him and believe him. This is exactly what Christianity does. It has the ability to convince in a very large way by speaking and teaching the lie. It is careful not to go too far overboard in deviating from the truth or the thing God and Christ have spoken. Yet, what it teaches is a deviation – a lie – masquerading as the truth.

The Authority Views Individuality As A Threat

Has anyone noticed that we live in a world where the masses are told what to think, what to believe and what to believe is true and not true? News reporting on television is largely telling you what to believe; not giving you information so that you can analyze, dissect, investigate and reach your own conclusion.

The religious systems – to include Christianity – tells you what to think and will punish you if you think outside of the intellectual boundaries it has set. For example, if Christianity teaches that hell is a place of eternal torment and you learn that it is not and you show others from their own holy book – The Bible – that it is not, you will be met with stiff resistance, slandering, and ostracism. In some cases, violence.

If Christianity sells the notion that Jesus is a White man and you show others the error of this, Christianity will not like you for it. It does not want you to think. A thinking person is a challenge to its self-imposed authority. 

Christianity has a vast program of creating mentally impaired, spiritually drunk and emotionally disturbed persons. This is by design. The mentally impaired, the emotionally drunk and emotionally disturbed do not think. Such persons are child-like and junkies and come to depend upon those making them that way. So by keeping persons in these states, Christianity can control them and tell them anything and they will believe it.

As I stated above, when Jesus arrived on the scene, he was unique. He did not belong to any religion.  He was under the control of a human authority. His God was his head and authority. (1 Cor 11:3)

That he could not be controlled and captivated by the religious authority of his day, presented him as a threat to that authority.

Totalitarian control – whether political or religious – fears individuality. Like wolves that run in packs, the Christianity demands a pack (group) mentality. That is, it demand that everyone believe basically the same thing. Anyone who does not are viewed as an outsider and an enemy. Christ suffered this. (See Hebrews 13:12-14)

Jesus warned that after his ascension, this group or pack mentality would present itself:

I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.

Christianity’s savagery can be seen in its history of heinous treatment by members of the human family: The Crusades, The Spanish Inquistion, The African Slave Trade, Salem Witch Hunts, support and involvement in the world’s conflicts and wars, the dropping of two atomic bombs on a nation, etc. Today, this pattern to subdue and control people and place them under their authority is still there. It so bad now that it thinks that the evil things it does are good and ordained by God. It does its evil deeds “in the name of God” and then afterward enter into their churches to have their consciences massaged. And even before it commits an evil deed, it shamefully asks God for his blessing upon them.

All of the United States Presidents when giving a speech, almost always close with the expression, “God bless you and God bless the United States of America.” This is selfish! Why would God bless one nation or people over another? He would not. (Acts 10:34-35)

It is men who mislead others with thes blind expressions. Sadly, many believe these expressions just as assuredly as they believe a White-blue-eyed Jesus – a person no one has seen to know that he looked in that manner.

Religious Authority Enslaves

Jesus did not want those who would be his disciples controlled by human and human entities. In fact, that is exactly what he freed his disciples from. Jesus said at John 8:31-32:

If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Not only that, once free, his disciples where to cling to the things he would teach them and not allow themselves to be taken captives again by human religious authority.

The Apostle Paul understood this very well as he states at 1 Cor 6:12:

All things are lawful for me; but not all things are advantageous. All things are lawful for me; but I will not let myself be brought under authority by anything.

When persons such as myself speak differently from the so-called religious authority, I have to be dealt with in some manner. I am confronted amost on a dial basis for my stand for Christs teachings against what is taught by the true enemy of Christs teachings: Christianity. 

When Jesus came on the scene and presented himself as a challenge and threat the religious authority of his day, the Chief Priest said to him at Luke 20:1-2:

And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders, and spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?

If you read the rest of the account – Luke 20:2-8 – it is clear that Jesus’ authority came from the one who sent him: God.

Our mindset should be exactly like Christs. He has only one authority over him and that is God. We – mankind – have one authority over us – Christ. Yet, religious authority inserted itself where it does not belong and it has a tight hold over mankind.

 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

Do not be afraid to think; to question; to challenge; and to investigate. Especially, the so-called religious authorities of today. 

We live in a world so full of religion, yet the real dichotomy is that it is a very dangerous place to live it. Christianity is clever as it focuses all of the bad things that occur on earth to members of Islam. Yet, it too, has a much larger record of murder, terror, sexual abuse, racial hatred and intolerance, and all sorts of heinous crimes against the human family. Yet, it portrays itself as clean and chaste. Certainly it is not of God.

Christianity, I know who and what you are. I have found you out. You are an enemy of God and His Messiah. I will never be taken captive by you again. You point a finger at everyone else being evil except yourself. 

It is my sincere desire to help others see what you really are and direct them to the one God said we should have been listening to all along: His invisible Son. That Son was resurrected and ascended and is alive and fully able to instruct us – not via a book called the Bible – but by Holy Spirit. And, he has promised to be with his true disciples until the end. (Matthew 28:19-20)

e-Prophetic.com is my public testimony that I have one authority directly over me: Christ. I do not view any human or human agency (religious organizations) as an authority or Head over me.

So who really is your authority?

 

R. Jerome Harris

A Disciple of Christ in the strictest sense. I belong to no religious organization. I view Christ as my only Head, Master, Teacher, Owner, and Lord. (John 8:31-32, 1Cor 11:3) His God is my God and I champion his teachings above anything issuing out of ANY religious organization.

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