Washing the inside of the Cup

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We believe that the only standard of holiness is from the cup being washed from the inside and not from the outside. Matthew 23:25-26 (NIV) “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

Jesus Christ changes our lives as we follow him in our hearts. We are not to judge each other by outward appearances. We are under “grace” and not the “law.” To be like the Apostle Paul is not to wear sandals and a toga but to be like him in spirit. Holiness cannot be found on the outside of a believer. Many mistakenly think it can. They follow a so-called “standard of holiness” that reflects a transit culture of church dogma. 

This ministry does not preach an outside standard of holiness. Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Being transformed is not conformity to rules but a deep change coming from inside because of our personal walk and prayer life with the Lord. Hypnosis and playing on peoples fear is what cults do. Faith is awakening with conscience and integrity. We preach freedom in Christ We believe in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The result of this relationship is an inward standard of holiness that changes the heart. Conforming to rules, regulations and codes of dress, etc. has nothing to do with holiness. True piety and holiness comes from an intimate and deep walk with Jesus Christ. He is our personal savior. We are not under the law. We are under the grace of a risen Christ. It is not the ministry’s place to tell a person what they can listen to on the radio, or what they can watch on television. We do not tell women they cannot wear makeup or how to wear their hair. We refuse to invade the conscience of the individual.

No one in the local church should tell others how to dress or vote. Each believer needs to work out his or her own salvation before God, not before man. Through prayer and meditation we seek God’s guidance. We then follow our convictions and decide how we are going to live.  We do not replace this freedom with programs, codes, mores or standards. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). The Apostle Paul encourages us by saying; “Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty with which Christ hath made us free, and not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1) The presence of Jesus Christ in us illuminates our conscience. The Holy Spirit will guide and lead us into all truth.

Many people have replaced a personal relationship with Jesus Christ with a church and it’s mores, rules and activities. They assume because they conform to a group culture they walk with God. Some people try to get close to God by rituals, like constant genuflecting or use of so-called holy water. Some think sacraments will make them justified or they pray on beads for hours like chanting. Matthew 6:7 (KJV) “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” Some people think that knowledge brings them close to God. They justify themselves by what they know as if the most knowledgeable is the most saved. 2 Timothy 3:7 (NIV) “always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.” Some people think social justice can save them and leave the cross and blood behind. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NIV) “And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” Indoctrination, rituals and group conformity can never replace a true walk with God. Certainly God has a church but it is composed of individuals who are changing inwardly by giving themselves over to the Holy Spirit within.  Galatians 5:22-24 (NIV) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

Table of the Lord preaches and teaches freedom of conscience. We teach true change is within and not by outward conformity.

 

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