for Today (9/4/20)
I am watching a video on Sid Roth's
website. Pastor Ryan Bruss is talking about living in the love of
God. He says repeatedly that we need to receive all the love that
we can get from our Heavenly Father.
I know that is true - especially
since I attended a church meeting in Toledo, Ohio, and a conference at
the Toronto Revival in 1995, and received an experience of Father's
love in His throneroom! It changed my life for the better, and I
am soOOO thankful for Father's love through our Lord Jesus.
But the following things concerned me
in this video message:
1. Ryan Bruss calls himself
'Pastor' in spite of the admonition of our Lord Jesus to NOT be called
'Rabbi' because He is our Teacher, and we are all brothers. I was
made keenly aware of the pride revealed by the titles we attach to
ourselves. I have seen gifted Spirit-filled friends lose their
anointing by taking on the role of 'pastor' and the title or
'pastor'. It grieved me, and it certainly grieved the Holy Spirit!
2. He repeatedly calls our Holy
Eternal Savior and Lord 'Jesus'. Now, I am not against using the
English version of Messiah's name, but the ultimate lack of respect in
the universe is omitting "Lord" when addressing or referring to Jesus
of Nazareth. We also see this with our current US President
Donald Trump. To me he is President Trump, as is former President
Obama and former President Bush. There is a respect due to the
office holder regardless whether you respect the person or not.
So please join me in always referring to our Lord Jesus as "Lord Jesus"
rather than what I consider to be the overly-familiar "Jesus".
3. Ryan Bruss never mentions
giving the love of God away to others. And this, in my mind,
reveals that he is not a spiritual Christian, but a carnal Christian.
Our Lord gave Himself completely to reconcile us with our Heavenly
Father by providing us with grace and truth which no one else can give,
and we have the obligation to pass the knowledge of God and His grace
and truth to everyone whom Father wants to touch through us. And
when we have been the channels of His grace and truth and love, we find
that we get the overflow of His grace and truth and love! Yes, we
can selfishly get all that we can get from God and keep it for
ourselves, but this violates the entire reason why our Lord Jesus died
and rose again - to set us free from 'self' so that we can live for God
(2 Cointhians 5:15). The great example of being His disciple is
the feeding of the five thousand and the four thousand in
4. Ryan Bruss never mentions
the four requirements which our Lord Jesus gave as the prerequisites
for becoming His discples listed in Luke 14: 25-33 and in John 8:31-32,
which indicates to me that he is not a disciple of our Lord Jesus.
A. Denying self daily, taking up one's cross daily,
and accompanying Lord Jesus wherever He wants to go;
B. Forsaking everything to be His disciple;
C. Receiving the holy hatred of father, mother,
brother, sister, wife, children and our own lives;
D. Claiming and receiving all the truth that we need
from Him to be set free from all delusions and deceptions in order to
become His disciples.
So, I appreciate this message from Ryan Bruss via Sid Roth's website,
but I am convinced that the time for carnal Christianity is gone and
the time is ripe for all to upgrade from 'carnal' Christianity to
'spiritual' disciples of Lord Jesus Himself so that He can teach and
impart to us all that we are so sadly lacking!