To Know and to put on the seven essential Christian doctrines.

the mouth must be protected to pray, the head must be protected with salvation past, present, and future in order to think properly, the breastplate to breath rightness, the belt to keep it all together, the shield to protect against all the fiery darts and tangents and diversions of the evil one and evil time, the sword for offense, and the footwear for peace.

GIST:  For peace and unity as given by the One Holy Spirit, Christians must put on over their lives these seven doctrines.

Carver writes in the famous and classical commentary on Ephesians and about putting on the whole armor of God, the following:

“Take-your-stand, therefore, on the field of conflict belted around your thighs with the girdle of true integrity; and clothed with the breastplate of righteousness of character and conduct; having your feet shod, for firm footing and protection against injury, with that preparation for Christian struggle which is bought to us in the gospel of peace with God and godly peace with men…” .

It is not enough to know the 7 major doctrines of the Bible, although that is a start and that is the subject of the summary of the book of Ephesians until it comes to the end chapter where the 7 doctrines are to actually be “put on ” as the seven pieces of the armor of God.

What you really want to look for in Christian leadership toward peace and unity, is men of God who obviously have both a balanced commitment to the Seven ONEs and an obvious practice of putting on all 7 of the doctrines in the armor of God!

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord (more of the being personally involved in major doctrines, “in the Lord”} and in the power of His might. Put on the whole {a last effort at balance in your doctrine and doctrinal involvement with a balanced “whole”} armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:10,11)

While Christians rightly so find assurance against Satan, “against principalities, power, and the rulers of the darkness of this age”, in order to fight the good fight of faith and be winners in a church that must lose during the Falling Away, the whole balanced putting on daily of Christian armor assurance standing and survival against the “wiles of the devil.” While “greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world” are an assurance Christians can stand on, it does not assure complete ability to stand against, or withstand, all that Satan with his experience and long history of Christian destruction can throw at us.

1. No doubt that “evil day” that Paul writes about in Ephesians        6:13 is the trying and evil days of the Falling Away; and of course, in order to STAND and “withstand in the evil day”, you need to put on the whole armor of the seven major doctrines and you need to look likewise for Christian leaders who obviously are putting on in balance the whole armor of God. It is not enough to put on the helmet, or the footwear, or even the belt—things that are more convenient to wear; for they will not withstand, nor survive without the whole of the balanced armor.

2. Find leaders, and examples, who have put on the belt of truth around their waist. Don’t forget just plain honesty and intellectual honesty as you would seek and promote your leaders. Truth is as broad as the whole truth of Go&, truth would include the teachings and doctrines of Christ and the Bible {by the way, they are one and the same; that is the One Lord is the same as the One Bible}; and above all truth would include the One Christ who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) When during the 4th stage of the Falling Away as Christians and Christian leaders “turn away from truth”, that truth they turn away from and deny is also Christ.

NOTE: Of course, the majority of you in churches and denominations during these times of the Falling Away for II Timothy 4:3,4 are going to choose Bible teachers with “itching ears”, those who through the process of intolerance toward sound doctrine, purpose driven personal wants, the heaping in and out process in local churches, come finally to the 4th stage of the Falling away where self-denial and “the turning away from truth” dominates. Forget, avoid, and ignore that leader if they have passed all the way into the 5th stage of being turned into fables. If you have not taken the same path through the 5 stages of the Falling Away, you surely will recognize these last two stages in your chosen leaders. {Please do not forget that evangelists are notorious for the making up of stories that could be true but are not; and that this is also an itching way to lead into dishonesty.}

3. Get you a leader for an example that every day puts on “the breastplate of righteousness”. This definitely does not mean without sin, for there are no such men or pastors; but if the active Christian leader is habitually and daily putting on the breastplate of righteousness then he can be living simultaneously in habitual sin. Righteousness is a complicated doctrine that is both a legal declared righteousness of Christ in the sight of God upon any Christian, because of the atonement and salvation; and is also a real, becoming righteousness of Christ yearly in the process of sanctification of the One Salvation, that of being and becoming more like Christ.

                                     Preparation of the Gospel of Peace

NOTE: It is not just that they have a large, open Bible during preaching from which they seem to deliver faithfully “the Gospel of Peace”; but have they put on the gospel of peace with proper PREPARATION! In other words, their words are okay, but how are their hearts toward other Christian brothers, and toward God’s methods of peace and unity, or even efforts.

4. Find leaders and examples with their feet shod “with the preparation of the gospel of peace”. (Ephesians 6:15) How can there be peace and unity without a “gospel of peace”; and beautiful are the feet of those who actually “preach the gospel of peace” (Romans 10:15 and Isaiah 52:7 and Nahum 1:15)

                                                Godly Peace with Men

(1). Granted it not easy to tell the difference in the popular preachers who were and continue to be the fighting against flesh and blood that destroyed so many careers  and reputations in the SBC, obviously controlled more by a lack of love if not hate itself …that is between those kind of preachers and Leaders  even while they preach from an open Bible and seem to go word for word; and the leaders who actually have those feet shod “with the preparation of the gospel of peace”.   J. Vernon McGee expressed the lack of love in the hearts of such leaders of the fundamentalists, which naturally cannot exist simultaneously with a fighting attitude against flesh and blood Christian brothers, “I wish the fundamentalists could contend for the faith without being contentious.” Of course, now with their obvious control of the SBC, they have gone underground with their hate and fighting; and as victims of the “turning away from truth” of the Falling Away will even deny that one of their leaders, Criswell, said to Moyer before they fought, destroyed reputations and careers of Christian brothers, “We are going to keep fighting until one side or the other wins.” These fundamentalists in control are still fighting, you had better believe it; but it is always easier to shoot down hill than up hill, where with control of the SBC they have the high ground, established and where followers tend to overlook their real shortcomings for peace and unity in that they do not daily put on the balanced armor of God.

Years ago, while in a bookstore some promoter of books reminded me of a new book coming out from a fundamentalists leader on “Spiritual Warfare”. Without mentioning any names in public, it was well known among preachers of the SBC who lived through that period of splits in the SBC, almost 20 years ago, and the fighting of fundamentalists where they destroyed reputations and careers of real conservatives, that this well-known pastor was personally and inherently a fighter against Christian brothers; so that 1 asked the lady, do you mean he wrote a book on just WARFARE, for he is well noted as a fighter against Christian flesh and blood.

W. O. Carver in THE GLORY OF GOD IN THE CHRISTIAN CALLING, writes of Ephesians 6:15:

 ” Take-your-stand, therefore, on the field of conflict belted around your thighs with the girdle of true integrity; and clothed with the breastplate of righteousness of character and conduct; having your feet shod, for firm footing and protection against injury, with that preparation for Christian struggle which is bought to us in the gospel of peace with God and godly peace with men…”

Surely “godly peace with men” would be our way to ferret out Christian leaders who live in the doctrines as well as become famous for teaching them, and thus to also ferret out those who do not no matter how eloquent and impressive with their open and large Bibles do not actually promote peace and unity according to the Bible designated methods of “Spare No Efforts”. Of course, today as these fundamentalists sit on their perches of high ground, they with “wise in the ways of the world” PR methods, claim on the more conservatives of the SBC that object to their methods of leadership that they in turn promote a lack of unity, peace, and in the wrong direction.

Speak Great Swelling Words but Cause Divisions in the SBC

(2). Have they given any attention to the PREPARATION of the heart and mind, even the character or personality; or like the national leaders of Jeremiah and Isaiah, are they drunk or captive to their own “Power and Privilege.” In other words, do they consider their positions and status are more the preparation to preach and teach the Gospel of peace, than of any preparation in character and personality! The Apostle Jude spoke of such leaders of the first century without preparation for the gospel of Peace. {One might say that without such preparation even before these leaders appear in the pulpit and before a teacher’s stand, they are unprepared to do that very thing. No real reflection on their delivery, quite often impressive even to the point of great swelling words, but on that the preparation was inadequate.)

“There are grumbles, complainers, walking according to their own lusts {remember how the Apostle James said that “the spirit within us lusteth to envy”}; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you told that there would be mockers in the last time {To keep your perspective on time, the “last days” started at the same time as the coming of the Holy Spirit after the Ascension of Christ, and will end also with the Holy Spirit, as He is withdrawn from earth.} who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.” (Jude 16-19)

NOTE: If you can tell which leaders really promote peace and unity, and even if you cannot tell if they are “sensual”, given over to the ways of the world, you should be able to tell when they have caused DIVISIONS, now or in the past.

Bad Habits and Attitudes of Church Members to Avoid

(3). Finally, if you can tell if they have the character and personality of PREPARATION any other way, you can tell if they exhibit in their churches and denomination, even family life, the bad habits that are to be avoided in any church member of II Timothy 3:1-9; like self-lovers, “lovers of money”, (10) boasters, proud, unloving, brutal, despisers of good, headstrong, haughty, and “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof”.  These are not the same as the $12,000 suits of Wall street and Wall Street lawyers, even these practitioners with diamonds a fancy dress, often millionaires of the gospel of prosperity and peace. Their peace and unity come from agreement with the world and the world within the church on the gospel of prosperity and health; in other words, they want to prove that they practice, just like they preach, the gospel of wealth and prosperity. That God has blessed them in a special way and been good to them!

27-8:   “Above all” (Ephesians 6:16-18) find leaders and examples, who wear obviously and out in the open: (1) the shield of faith; (2) the helmet of salvation; (3) the sword of the Spirit; and (4) “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.

1. “Above all”, does this mean that these last three doctrines, that of faith, Spirit, and prayer are the most important doctrines. No, it just means that you are getting closer to the 7 ONES, while in previous pieces of armor these were only partials of the 7 ONES. Actually “prayer” is just an added admonition, not really a major doctrine of the Seven ONES, although a clear teaching of Jesus and the Apostles of the Bible.

2. The Shield of Faith.

(1). Paul tells the urgency of putting on the doctrine, personally and individually, of the One Faith, and for choosing leaders as examples that do the same: “with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one”. (Ephesians 6:16)

(2). If you watched DATELINE not long ago on preachers who have lost their faith, you know that at the extreme there are pastors, preachers, and other Christian leaders that are going through the motions of their positions without putting on each day the Shield of Faith. They will not be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one, and they must slip into the casual¬ ties of the Falling Away. Avoid them, the Apostle Paul writes in II Timothy 3:5. Even though they are fellow church members, they are to be avoided like a plague. And if you do not see the wisdom of such church behavior, or even of separation from this church if necessary, recall that the requirements for fellowship with fellow Christians is much greater than requirements for fellowship with the world. {Hopefully you have read that in A1 and A2 of the Appendix of Life and Letters of Paul or will if you have not already.}

(3). Now on the way to the extreme of those who have lost their shield of faith are many pastors and other church leaders who do not show much faith anyway. You can hear it in their words, more often platitudes and teachings of tradition and the world than of expressions of faith in God, Christ, and the Bible; or even professions of faith in what God can do!

2. The Sword of the Spirit.

Finally, an opportunity to mention why One Bible was not in the list of     7 ONEs. The major doctrine is the ONE SPIRIT, and a natural implication of that major doctrine is that the Holy Spirit both wrote and assists readers with the understanding of the Bible, hence the sword of the Spirit. The Bible is the sword of the Spirit.

3. Pray.

Pray, pray, and pray! Prayer, Prayer, and Prayer! The Spirit within the Christian normally, naturally, and regularly wants to cry out “Abba, for Father”; and then following the model prayer {Called commonly the Lord’s prayer, but which is really the model prayer for all Christians, leaders or otherwise as Jesus said before the prayer “pray in this manner”.}, so as to (1) not prayer like the religious leaders of Jesus time called the Pharisees to be seen and of men, and (2) not to really be preaching to the congregation {Many pastors and evangelists should read and study Andrew Blackwood’s LEADING IN PUBLIC PRAYER, learning to practice the ATSCC that he advises.} telling God things that He already knows! So much prayer never goes past the ceiling of the building where it is delivered, for so many leaders are so consumed by pastoral and administrative duties that prayer like physical exercise falls by the wayside; or like in the time of Jeremiah, God stopped listening to the prayers of His own people, telling Jeremiah to no longer pray for them, {yes, that point of no return will come again for today’s people of God in America, where the Falling Away and the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit (13) have gone so far into “fables”, the God’s own people are cut off from God by God Himself.}

Read FRIENDS OF JESUS IN THIS AGE OF BIBLE AND COMPUTER, the second publication of SunGrist Bible available on Amazon. On the cover you will find a partial quote from Daniel 12 about when “the power of the Holy people is completely shattered”, at that time of extensive travel and information explosion, it will be finished. Of course, the only realities that can destroy the power of the Holy people {you see, out of the decision of God it no longer avails “that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world} is both the Falling Away and the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit from earth.

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