Lope, with respect, your column did not really assuage my concerns. For example you quote Matthew Henry and John Hill, two men who in fact would have disagreed with you doctrinally (Nor do I find Matthew Henry's commentary to be the most reliable because his information was limited). We are left with the fact that many claim to be inspired directly by the Holy Spirit. But all these contradictory doctrines cannot be the fruit of the same Spirit.
MA in Theology, Xavier Universty
Lope Columna: Ron, did you continue reading the 3 TESTS OF THE SPIRITS linked with the introductory article in my BIBLE EXPLAINER blog? This article is only an introduction to the 3 Tests of Spirits.
You said that Matthew Henry and John Hill disagree with me doctrinally. It's true, but they have also written facts and insights that are agreeable with my teachings.
The CHURCHES, BIBLE SCHOLARS, AND BIBLE SCHOOLS ARE LEARNING AND TEACHING FROM THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL!
The source of education and teachings of Bible scholars and Bible schools today is the TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL. There is GOOD in them; but the problem is that, it is mix with EVIL or Falsehood. When I quote them, I am just using the GOOD in their teachings, discarding the EVIL or falsehood. Those scholarly men did not know God's pure Messianic Kabbalah Wisdom, which is from the TREE OF LIFE. I am using God's Messianic Kabbalah Wisdom, and they don't. Therefore, it is to be expected that there will be disagreements and contradictions to what they taught compared to what I am teaching now.
Ron Criss: Lope, yes, I read your quotes and I believe what the Bible says. But I don't see how it proves you alone are inspired directly by the Holy Spirit. You are asking us to have blind faith in you. The Bible says to hear the Church. Do you?
Lope Columna: I am not saying that I am the only one inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can inspire anyone, whoever is living a Godly life, and is allowing the Holy Spirit to guide him/her. I am not saying either that people should have a blind faith in me. Otherwise, I will be preaching the great sin of IDOLATRY.
YOUR FAITH SHOULD NOT STAND IN THE WISDOM OF MEN, BUT IN THE POWER OF GOD
What I am doing is to bring People, Churches, and Nations to the Great Creator God of the Universe -- God the Father and Jesus Christ; not to me, not to any human being or human organization. I'm a strict believer and follower of 1Cor 2:4-5.
My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: (1Co 2:4 KJV)
That YOUR FAITH SHOULD NOT STAND IN THE WISDOM OF MEN, BUT IN THE POWER OF GOD. (1Co 2:5 KJV)
Next, you said, "You are asking us to have blind faith in you." I am not asking the people to have a blind faith in me. I am asking the people to have FAITH IN THE CREATOR GOD! Everyone should notice that my articles are full of Scriptures or Bible verses. They are messages from God Himself, not mine. Those are not my words and statements. Those are the sayings and messages from God the Father and Jesus Christ! I am just doing the job given to me by God the Father: to expose and put in the open those many Scriptures that many Churches are afraid to preach and explain.
You also asked, "The Bible says to hear the Church. Do you?" Can you quote to me a Bible verse or verses that says we should hear the Church? As far as I know, the Bible commands us to listen to Jesus Christ, His Apostles and His messengers. Finally, Christ instructs the Churches to hear and listen to God's Spirit. So, it is the Churches that should hear and listen, NOT the Church to be listened to. This is in contrary to what you have said, "The Bible says to hear the Church."
What I am saying is proven by the 2nd and 3rd Chapters of the Book of Revelation, wherein we read Christ's statement, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." This very important statement is repeated several times as Christ emphasized the great importance of the principle that:
IT IS THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST THAT SHOULD BE HEARD AND LISTEN TO, NOT THE CHURCH OR THE CHURCHES!
Therefore, we should NOT listen to the Churches. We should listen ONLY to the Holy Spirit -- the Spirit of Truth, which is the carrier of God's Messianic Kabbalah Wisdom of Truth (John 16:13-14)!
Ron Criss: Matthew 18:17 -- ...but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. 1 Timothy 3:15 -- ... the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Regarding St John's admonition to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. This refers to the Revelation which he wrote.
Lope Columna: Ron, the verses that you quoted (Matthew 18:17 and 1 Timothy 3:15) refer to the time when the Church is undefiled and She has the complete pure truth because Christ and His Apostles were with them in person to guide them.
But remember that there was a time when the Church began to be deceived and corrupted by the many deceivers and antichrists, as prophesied to happen (Mat 24:5, Mar 13:6, Luke 21:8, 1John 2:18).
The very first Church as organized by Christ and the Apostles, is the Ephesus Church. After the resurrection of Christ, most of the original Apostles were martyred. By this time the original first century apostolic Church had already fallen and was corrupted (Rev 2:4-5). As an exile in the island of Patmos, only the Apostle John was left; he then wrote the Kabbalistic Book of Revelation or the Apocalypse as revealed by Christ to him.
But I have this against you, that YOU LEFT YOUR FIRST LOVE. Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and REPENT AND DO THE FIRST WORKS; or else I am coming to you swiftly, and will move your menorah out of its place, unless you repent. (Rev 2:4-5 HNV)
This deception and corruption that started from the Ephesus Church became worse and worse, as history unfolds. Then, in the Laodicean era, the Church became "Lukewarm, Wretched, and Miserable, and Poor, and Blind, and Naked."
The SAME OLD TRICK BY SATAN WAS USED TO DECEIVED AND CORRUPT ALL THE CHURCHES IN THE WORLD TODAY!
How did this downfall and corruption of the churches happen? It is for the simple reason that the Churches allowed themselves to be tricked by Satan, as the Serpent deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden (2Co 11:3)!
But I fear that, as the Serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be corrupted from a complete and pure devotion to Christ. (2Co 11:3 HCSB)
It's all the same old trick by Satan that Man was not able to learn the lessons since the beginning!
From then on, up to our present generation, the Church continued in her downward slide to corruption and deception. History shows us the effects of this grievous corruption of the Church's truth and morality. So the Church was divided and continues to subdivide into many churches, sects, and denominations of all sorts, contradicting each other!
Now, in our end-time generation, just before the return of the KING MESSIAH, we are all commanded by God to "COME OUT OF HER, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (Rev 18:4 KJV)
So, the Spirit of Christ instructs each one of us, NOT TO LISTEN TO THE CHURCHES ANYMORE! We are even told to "COME OUT OF HER."
The Churches today are so deceived that listening and believing what they say will just spread the deception and corrupt more people! Many proofs of this statement abound in the daily news, as religious people, even top leaders, Pastors, Priests, and Evangelists of the Churches succumbed to sexual immorality and other corruption. They even approved and officiate same-sex marriages!
The foolproof advice of Christ for all of us today is, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." Christ means here, that we should now hear and learn from His Spirit, and NOT listen to the Churches anymore.
The SPIRIT OF TRUTH REVEALS THE PURE MESSIANIC KABBALAH WISDOM TO THE CHURCHES!
The CHURCHES MUST LISTEN TO THE SPIRIT, AND LEARN THE MESSIANIC KABBALAH WISDOM IT CARRIES!
As I mentioned previously, the Spirit of Truth, which is the Spirit of Christ, is the Messenger or Carrier of the supernal Messianic Kabbalah Wisdom of Truth (John 16:13-14)!
MESSIANIC KABBALAH WISDOM: The Only Medicine and Antidote to Heal and Free Yourself From the Depths of Satan's Poisonous Deception.
-- LOPE COLUMNA --
The BIBLE EXPLAINER AND REVELATOR