Jumping Through Hoops
I posted to my blog earlier in the day a post entitled preaching under the anointing. I also said I would post a vision that the Lord showed me after I saw what the comments would be.
If you can imagine a ring master of a circus with a whip in his hand and a ring through which animals would normally jump through. Only in this vision it was not animals but rather people who were jumping through the hoops. I saw the ring master holding a whip in one hand cracking it and in the other hand he held a Bible. The Bible was supposedly the enticement for people to jump through the hoop. The crack of the whip was to get their attention. Whips are used for the purposes of punishment.
This is how the gospel is preached by many today and I’ve heard it with my own 2 ears. The crack of the whip is punishment and it draws attention to the one(s) wielding it. The hoop(s) is/are the things added by man, i.e., denominational nonsense that is added in order for one to be saved that he/she must jump through. The Pharisees of Jesus day were pros at adding things to the word of God and enforcing their observance on the people. I know of churches out there where your salvation has to be verified by an elder in order for it to be considered valid. What type of nonsense is that?
The Bible, the keys of knowledge, is withheld by the ringmaster and the people have to continue responding in fear to the cracking of the whip, fear of punishment, and jumping through hoops.
The simplicity of the gospel message has been lost for the most part and replaced with a man made gospel is really no gospel .
The simplicity of the gospel message is just that, simple.