Romans Exposed (Part 31)

Romans 15.1-7

15.1 To those of you who are strong in faith, I say, "Thou shalt bear the weaknesses, insecurities, frailties, diseases, lack of character, and maladies of your irresolute, unstable, frail, feeble-minded neighbors who keep vacillating back and forth not knowing what to believe." Thou shalt not do what pleases yourself. 2Instead, thou shalt people-please your neighbor. Being a crowd-pleaser is a good thing to be because you will be Spiritually enlightening your neighbor when you turn your will and your life over to his care by adhering to his false beliefs and letting him boss you around telling you what you should and shouldn't do.
3 The reason we know that we are supposed to people-please our neighbor is because Christ did not do anything that pleased Himself. How do we know that? Because it is written in the Old Testament, "The reproaches of them that reproached you fell on me," 4and all those things were written for our learning so that we might have hope by means of the patience and comfort provided by the writings in the Old Testament scriptures.

The promotion of Paul's bull is exactly how Christianity seduces her perishoners into becoming victims of the dis-ease of codependency. Satan Paul wanted his Christians to be people-pleasers so when the crowd suffered the consequences of hell for their raunchy behaviors, the Christian crowd-pleasers would go down with them, too. The assertions he used in his attempt to legitimize his hog call were:

  1. Jesus didn't please Himself, and
  2. a snip from Psalm 69 which Paul claimed supported his position.

All the while, the only reason why it appears on the surface that Jesus did not please Himself when He walked in the flesh is because His focus was on doing God's will, which means NOT people-pleasing our neighbors. To adhere to Paul's idiotology is to turn one's neighbor into a god. Do you Christians really want your children to join a street gang, Satanic cult, do drugs, have sex... just so they can fit in, be loved and accepted socially? No? Then why promote Paul's lies?

Doing the exact opposite of what Paul commands of his Christians is required of salvation. Giving up people-pleasing behaviors and openly sharing what God is teaching me was extremely difficult for me for awhile. Time and again God would compel me to speak up against errant teachings, and most of the time I felt very uncomfortable initially doing so. I did not like to embarrass people or hurt their feelings, and I thought God's internal compulsions for me to defy social norms were foreign to the teachings of the Gospel. I could not see how often Jesus defied and spoke up against false beliefs and hypocrisy. In fact, I could not see how much anger He expressed until I wrote out the King James version of the Gospel for myself in conversational form.

Look for yourself. Compare my version of the Gospel given in this web site to whatever version of the Bible you possess. Let yourself feel your feelings, and watch very carefully how often Jesus speaks harsh words to religious hypocrites. And when you see it for yourself, you Christians would do well to stop accusing me of not expressing the Spirit of God. God is very angry and He commands me to speak His wrath. Being willing to embarrass other people and hurt their feelings is dutiful service to God. My own process of recovery ought to have taught me that loud and clear early on, because God repeatedly hurt my feelings and let me suffer embarrassment--if not down-right humiliation--until I caught on and got in line with His will.

What further amplifies the bizarre nature of Paul's seduction is that the very scriptures Paul misapplied are directly opposed to Paul's dogma. In this psalm, David describes exactly what he went through during repentance and while enduring the cross of being persecuted by family, former friends, and religious people. In turn, our study of this psalm is one of the ways that God validates His children. He through David is informing us that the real cause for our being persecuted is because we carry the Spirit of the Son of man. He is the One our persecutors really hate. Thus, God uses this psalm to inform us that we are on the right track, and to encourage us to hang onto Him as we endure the flak attacks of bitter-bellies who love to hate. In short, David is describing the severe persecution God's children endure due to our NOT going along with the crowd due to our clinging to God and doing His will in spite of the persecution inflicted on us by crowd-pleasers.

Before turning to the psalm, know that to reproach is to express disapproval of, to blame, discredit, and/or disgrace. Here we go with Psalm 69.

1 Save me, O God, for the waters are come in unto my soul. 2I sink in deep mire where there is no standing. I am come into deep waters where the floods overflow me. 3I am weary of my crying. My throat is dry. My eyes fail while I wait for my God.
4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head. They that would destroy me, being my enemies wrongfully, are mighty. Then I restored that which I took not away.
5 O God, you know my foolishness, and my sins are not hidden from you. 6Let not them that wait on you, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my sake. Let not those that seek you be confounded for my sake, O God of IsReal, 7because for your sake I have borne reproach. Shame has covered my face. 8I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother's children, 9for the zeal of your House of Prayer for all People has eaten me up, and the reproaches of them that reproached you have fallen on me.
10 When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. 11I made sackcloth also my garment, and I became a proverb to them. 12They that sit in the gate speak against me, and I was the song of the drunkards.
13 But as for me, my prayer is unto you, O Lord. In an acceptable time, O God, in the multitude of your mercy, hear me in the Truth of your salvation. 14Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink. Let me be delivered from those who hate me and out of the deep waters. 15Let not the waterflood overflow me; neither let the deep swallow me up. And let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
16 Hear me, O Lord, for your lovingkindness is good. Turn unto me according to the multitude of your tender mercies, 17and hide not your face from your servant, for I am in trouble! Hear me speedily! 18Draw nigh unto my soul and redeem it. Deliver me because of my enemies.
19 You have known my reproach, my shame and my dishonor. My adversaries are all before you. 20Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness. I looked for some to take pity, but there was none--and for comforters, but I found none. 21They gave me also gall for my meat, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink, a sin that you Christians repeat when you attempt to feed God's children the bitter-bellied gall of Paul and the acid lies promoted by your religious leaders.
  • 22Let their table (the religious dogma they swallow, believe, and live by) become a snare before them, and
  • that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
  • 23Let their eyes be darkened so that they see not your Truth, and
  • make their loins continually to shake.
  • 24Pour out your indignation upon them, and
  • let your wrathful anger take hold of them.
  • 25Let their habitation (their churches, synagogues, mosques...) be desolate, and
  • let none dwell in their tents,
26 for they persecute him whom you have smitten, and they talk to the grief of those whom you have wounded.

God does indeed smite and wound His children while we are in the grief process of repentance to further educate us regarding right and wrong, and to discipline us, thereby compelling us into righteous action. And I tell you again that sometimes His disciplinary action is so severe that more than once I thought I had gone too far and that I was going to die from it.

  • 27Add iniquity (the uneven, unfair, unjust treatment of people; i.e., race, sex, status... discrimination) unto their iniquity, and
  • let them not come into your righteousness.
  • 28Let them be blotted out of the Book of the Living, and
  • not be written with the righteous, (i.e., do not let their writings be included in the Bible any more.)
29 But I am poor and sorrowful. Let your salvation, O God, set me up on high. 30I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. 31This also shall please the Lord better than the sacrifice of an ox or bullock that has horns and hoofs.
32 The humble shall see this and be glad, and your heart shall live, you that seek God, 33for the Lord hears the poor and despises not His prisoners; (i.e., those people who are captivated by His Word and have a positive addiction to Truth and honesty.
34 Let the heaven, earth, and seas and everything that moves therein praise Him, 35for God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah that they may dwell there and have it in possession. 36The seed also of His servants shall inherit it, and they that love His name Gees-us shall dwell therein.

Again, the psalm-writer is David. Now listen again to what Jesus Himself has to say about David in The Revelation knowing that Jesus spoke these words to and through John AFTER He was resurrected and back in Spirit form.

3.7 "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, 'These things say He that is holy, He that is true, He that has the key of David, He that opens understanding of the scriptures and no man shuts, and shuts off understanding of the scriptures from mankind, and no man opens...'"

To have the key of David is to:

  • identify with David's feelings and experiences because we are going through it ourselves,
  • know why David was expressing so much pain and sorrow because we are going through it ourselves,
  • know of a certainty that God's children must be willing to let other people hate us because we cannot be loyal / faithful to God, true to ourselves, have the courage to live by our convictions... unless and until we express the willingness to let other people hate us for our honesty. Thus, we
  • understand David's psalms experientially.

Hear the reference to David again in The Revelation.

5.1 And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside sealed with seven seals. 2And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?" 3and no man in Heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4And I wept much because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders said unto me, "Weep not. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals thereof."

If a person does not have the root of David in him--i.e., the Spirit of the Son of man whom we conceive during repentance who then commands us to let other people hate us--that person does not bear the root / grit of David. And the person who does not bear the root of David neither gains salvation, nor does that person perceive God's Doctrine in the Bible.

Now hear the Lord speak again in The Revelation with regards to David.

22.12 "And behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be. 13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last, the ultimate authority on God. 14Blessed are they that do His commandments that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city of righteousness and understanding of the scriptures, 15for without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie. 16I Jesus have sent my angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17And the Spirit and the bride say, 'Come.' And let him that hears say, 'Come.' And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the Water of Life (the comforts of the Comforter) freely."

Greetings from the bride. How wonderfully God honors David! So what if David had to wait thousands of years to be granted with the fullness of God explaining exactly why God and His children honor David so much? David already received the awesome benefits of Heaven. Which would you pick for yourself: being honored for eternity by God, or receiving honor from other people for maybe 70-80 years and then dying and frying in Hell for eternity?

Now just in case you Christians are still thinking that Paul and your religion did not seduce you into codependency / people-pleasing behaviors / seeking honor from other people..., how about taking a self-test. The following is an edited version of part of what is spoken at the beginning of some Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunction (ACOA) anonymous 12-Step meetings. Listen carefully to see if any of these identifying characteristics that qualify a person for membership in ACOA fit you personally.

Many of us find that we have several characteristics in common as the result of being brought up in a dysfunctional society.
  • We feel isolated and uneasy with other people, especially authority figures.
  • To protect ourselves, we are people-pleasers even losing our own identities in the process.
  • We mistake any personal criticism as a threat.
  • We are either alcoholics ourselves, or have married them, or both. Failing that, we find another compulsive personality, such as a workaholic to fulfill our sick need for abandonment.
  • We live life from the standpoint of victims.
  • We have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility.
  • We prefer to be concerned with others rather than ourselves.
  • We somehow get guilt feelings when we stand up for ourselves rather than giving in to others.
  • We are reactors rather than actors.
  • We let others take initiative.
  • We are dependent personalities who are terrified of abandonment and willing to do almost anything to hold onto a relationship in order to not be abandoned emotionally.
  • Yet we keep choosing insecure relationships because they match our childhood relationships with addicted and/or dysfunctional family members and friends.
  • These symptoms of the disease of alcoholism and dysfunction have made us co-victims who take on the characteristics of the disease/s without necessarily ever taking a drink.
  • We learned to stuff our feelings down as children, and keep them buried as adults.
  • As a result of this conditioning, we confuse love and pity tending to love those we can rescue.
  • Even more self-defeating, we are addicted to excitement in all our affairs preferring constant upset to workable relationships.

And from CoDA (Codependents Anonymous):

  • We have each experienced in our own ways the painful trauma of the emptiness of our childhood and relationships throughout our lives.
  • We have attempted to use others -- our mates, friends, and even our children -- as our sole source of identity, value and well-being -- attempts to restore within us the emotional losses from our childhoods.
  • Our histories may include other powerful addictions which at times we have used to cope with our codependency.
This is a description, not an indictment.

How are you doing, Christian? If more than a few of these characteristics sound like you, then know that minimally you belong in ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunction) and CoDA (Codependents Anonymous) learning how to work through your dis-ease.

Paul's seduction into codependency continued.

5 Now the God of patience and consolation commands me to grant you with the following commandment according to the will of Christ Jesus. Ahem. Thou shalt all be like-minded one towards another. Yep, Jesus says that you shall all think alike 6so that you may glorify God with one mind and one mouth. Then you might even be glorifying the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Then again, you might not. Heh-heh.
7 Therefore, thou shalt receive one another with unconditional love the same way that Christ also received us. The way that Christ received us was to the glory of God. So when you receive one another with unconditional love and by doing anything and everything other people expect of you, you will be doing so to the glory of God, too.

So where are the insanities?

1) No two people think exactly alike, nor are any two people at the same level of recovery. The Lord's Doctrine is loaded with paradoxes--with commandments which on the surface sometimes appear to war against one another. Paradoxical commandments are meant to be followed by each of us according to our own situation in life. Thus, becoming an autonomous free-thinking individual is absolutely essential to gaining salvation.

2) I am responsible for the expression of my own beliefs, thoughts, feelings, emotions, intuitions, attitudes, motivations, and behaviors. You are responsible for yours. God's children do not bear, as in carry the infirmities of people who have little or no faith in God. Instead, we educate others with the Truth so that everybody has the opportunity to gain salvation, thereby developing a very strong and powerful trust and belief in, loyalty and obedience to God. And in the process of speaking up, we bear the infirmities of the weak by enduring the persecution of those weak, fearful asps.

3) Although in Romans 15.3 Paul claimed that Jesus did not please Himself, a child of God does indeed please himself in that we work a program of self care. That's why Jesus told His disciples, "I have meat you know not of." John 4.32. He was talking about the blessings He was experiencing as the result of doing the will of God. It works like this.

  1. First we do the will of God.
  2. Then God blesses us with peace, joy, enlivenment, more Truth, etc.
  3. Then those strokes compel us to do His will more and more so that we can be pleased more and more by receiving more and more of His strokes.
  4. In so-doing, we seek to please both Him and ourselves because pleasing God pleases us!

In fact, the quest for salvation is the same as a quest for human happiness / pleasure, because much of the happiness and pleasure we experience results from the blessings with which God rewards us for seeking to please Him, daring to be different, pushing ourselves through fear, and speaking up against other people's false beliefs. So even though our obedience to God often causes us to endure much pain, discomfort and persecution initially, the rewards we receive thereafter are awesome!

4) Self-sacrificing, people-pleasing behaviors are a humongous NO-NO! The person who practices those behaviors winds up sick as the devil living in fear of other people, not God. Jesus teaches us to deny ourselves of some of our wants, but He says, "No!" to sacrifices.

5) A person who goes around pretending to believe what other people believe is telling other people what they WANT to hear instead of what they NEED to hear. Thus, of a certainty that speaker is not edifying / Spiritually enlightening other people. Instead, the speaker has allowed himself to become a liar who enables his audience to cling to false beliefs which, in turn, enables both him and his audience to die and fry in Hell.

6) All that yakity-yak today about God's unconditional love is pure bull! God's love is VERY conditional, the conditions being that we obey His commandments and do His will. Why do you think He sends people to Hell? Hear David again.

Psalm 5.4 You are not a God that has pleasure in wickedness, neither shall evil dwell with you. 5The foolish shall not stand in your sight. You hate all workers of iniquity. 6You shall destroy them that speak leasing (lies, falsehoods). The Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

7) When we speak up for God, those infirm weak-in-faith people Paul was talking about are typically the very same people who accuse us of being crazy and demon-possessed. So what? It's on them. Hear what the Savior says:

"Now consider this, you that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver you. Whoso offers praise of my works glorifies me, and to him that orders his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God. But the fearful and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone which is the second death." Psalm 50.22 & Revelation 21.8.

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