Standing for TRUTH!
Standing For Truth is Standing for Jesus, not Standing for man-made denominational beliefs based on misinterpretation of the bible. .
In some Sunday-Go-Meetings the Bible is read, and if that causes people to seek its TRUTH then some good is accomplished. On the other hand, if it means that people are coerced into following denominated interpretations, denominated doctrines, or man-made traditions through skill of propaganda, or the emotional appeal of the denominated seminarian, and thus induced to support man-made theories based upon the use of out of context Scripture, then it is to the pew-warmers a great disadvantage which leaves them vulnerable to deception.
It maters not the name tag that is over the church door, any denomination that practices spiritual manipulation in abusing Scripture to further their own traditional beliefs, uphold denominational doctrines and man-made constitutions, does not honor God nor the Scripture.
One of the fastest ways to loose religious friends, to be looked upon as odd, and to be rejected for siding with God instead of a denomination. Once you become serious about spiritual matters...forsaking all your idols...taking your eyes of the things of the world...believing the teachings of Jesus above religious beliefs or man made constitutions...turning to Jesus with all of your heart and hungering for more of Him...you suddenly become "a religious freak." And soon you will experience the worst rejection of your lifetime from the Sunday-Go-Meeting church people.
Why this change...because you want a close spiritual connection to God which means forsaking religious churchianity?
When you accepted everything that came over the pulpit as truth...without question...when you agreed with everything that the preacher said...when you were a lukewarm Christian, you did not rock the boat...you were no trouble to anyone, not even the devil! You were neither overly sinful nor overly holy. You were accepted. But then you changed. You got hungry for more of Jesus and you could no longer play church-game of shame-and-blame. You began to search the scriptures to see if what was coming over the pulpit was indeed truth and in line with the historical contextual context.You questioned certain doctrines that did not line up with God's character. Down came your idols of religion, preachers, position, money, acceptance, fame, popularity, pleasure...anything and everything that was more important to religion than Jesus. You repented and turned to the Lord with all your heart. You began to dig into the bible and study it to "show yourself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth". You entered into a new realm of discernment and began to see things in religion that before had never bothered you. You heard things from the pulpit that saddened your heart. You saw other believers compromising on what the character of God and Jesus in order to be loved and accepted by a religious institutions.
You realize that you too were once that way, and you are broken in your spirit for the people. You empathize because you realize that you once were the same way, giving more allegiance to denominational creeds, religious traditions and constitutions than you did to Jesus. You realize that you treated people the same way you are being treated by religious people. You hurt for them because, they do not know what they are doing because they are self-deceived.
What was the result of this? Now your friends and family think you are heretic, a false prophet, led astray and even controlled by demons. Instead of rejoicing with you or encouraging you, they ridicule you, mock you and call you a defector and a strife breeder. In fact some don't even consider you a believer anymore. Some treat you as an apostate.
One reason for this is their religious biases are threatened whenever someone from within their ranks takes spiritual commitment and the Word of God serious enough to question non-biblical doctrine and refuses to play religious games with with God's Grace and Love.
If you have experienced this, don't be discouraged...you're in good company, several people in the bible experienced just what you're feeling. They did not give up and don't you give up in your desire to be the person Christ works His works through. The religious Pharisees may frown...Satan may rage...family members may not understand you, but God understands.
Live to be true to TRUTH, true to the context of Scripture so Jesus will work His work through you as you work with Him.