It is quite remarkable how often mistaken identities occur throughout our literature: Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, Charade, et al.; Daphne du Maurier’s Scapegoat, Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Christo and The Man in the Iron Mask all rely on mistaken identities. And in Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities, Sydney Carton takes the place of Charles Darnay at the French guillotine.
In more modern episodes, Robert Ludlam’s Bourne Identity has spawned a host of derivative episodes of Jason Bourne; Henckel von Donnersmarck’s colorful surprises amused us in The Tourist; and in Tony Gilroy’s Duplicity the devious characters even confuse themselves.
In real life, our actual visit to the infamous Angola Prison revealed that over half of the prisoners incarcerated there are probably innocent; and we could digress endlessly about the identities of Lee Harvey Oswald and Barack Obama among our more contemporary headlines.
But now a much more deadly hazard is currently emerging on our near horizon.
The Ultimate Masterpiece: The White Horse of Revelation 6
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard,
as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying,
Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that
sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
— Revelation 6:1–2 KJV
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On a recent long-haul flight from New Zealand to the United States I found myself smiling as I approached the Premier Access line to board the plane. You see, I have flown enough that I have gained a status that grants me some special treatments by the airline. While others were queueing up in crowded lines defined by boarding priority numbers, I waltzed past them all on my way to my seat which is ultimately in the same economy cabin as those without my preferred status. In the end we were all served the same meals, given the same service, and delivered to the same destination. During the flight I began to consider the obsession we have in our modern society with gaining some kind of privilege or prestige over one another.
People love titles. Titles tend to imply an exalted position or status. There can be great persuasive power associated with someone’s name that is followed by PhD, CEO, CKD, or whatever. We have all become accustomed to showing partiality to those whom the world has granted some kind of a title.
Sadly, the Church has, in some instances, fallen into this practice of title worship. When Paul wrote about the gifts Jesus gave to the Church, he listed five areas of service that should “edify the Body of Christ.” Sadly, many people aspire for the title rather than the task of these ministry gifts. As a result we no longer simply address each other as equals in the Body of Christ. Instead, many add the title of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor (bishop), or Teacher. We even add prefixes to these titles like Assistant, Associate, etc. which are all terms used in the academic world to add a further air of hierarchy to the title. Clearly, the Bible does not promote this kind of conduct.
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In the first part of this essay on putting faith into practice, KI Gold Medallion holder Ray Sarlin examined our foundation in Christ and what it means in practical everyday terms. It’s not enough to simply believe in Him, we must strive to take up our own crosses and follow Him. Part 2 will discuss God’s Word as the source of all Truth and the complete revelation of the true Jesus and His true teaching.
The only reliable source of information about Jesus Christ is found in the Word of God. This primary impetus of the Protestant Reformations of the 16th Century is summed up by the term sola scriptura, which means that the Bible alone is trustworthy. We must test all things by the Bible to discern whether they are of God or man. As Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.”
Paul reminded the Galatians: “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”
Our picture of Jesus is thus incomplete with just the Old Testament. All sixty-six books of the Bible are important. Just as the Old Testament foretold Jesus through prophecy, the Gospels record how Jesus fulfilled the prophecies.
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Why do we bring up the subject of spiritual warfare? We do so because if we are going to be true worshipers of God, now more than ever before we need to be knowledgeable in the art of spiritual warfare. We need to know the enemy — his tactics and his ways — because, believe me, we are going to need this wisdom! If we want to survive these “end times,” we really have no other option than to learn how to fight the enemy and how to do warfare for ourselves, as well as all those for whom we pray.
Therefore, part of our prayer time in the Holy Place must be concerned with asking the Father to expose the enemy, to bind him in Jesus’ Name and to loose any strongholds that have been established.
When we are lukewarm Christians, having only a “form of godliness” (2 Timothy 3:5), the devil doesn’t really seem to bother with us. Why should he? As my Chuck often says, “Many of us are undercover Christians — i.e. no one knows we are,” so the enemy leaves us alone. Let us begin to worship and love the Lord with all our heart, mind and soul. Then, watch out! We’re in for a real battle!
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Please continue to pray for Nancy!
The melanoma is back, not only on her nose, but also in her lungs. She has begun treatment using a brand new drug specifically designed for melanoma cancer. She is also using several natural therapies. She continues to rely on the Lord for healing, just as she has
been all along.
Read the full updates about Nancy at the King’s High Way website.