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Long before Jesus walked this earth, the Lord made Abraham a promise. He gave him the desire of his heart. He gave him a son. Every parent knows just how much each child represents. A child is both you--a part of you--and something far greater. Something of you that will live on. A part of you that can go on, and do this thing, this life, better.
This is in part why the passing of a son or daughter represents every parents' greatest nightmare. Those of us who have lost that part of themselves are living through the worst thing life can do to you, pain so excruciating in part because that promise, that continuation is hideously and unnaturally cut off.
After granting Abraham his greatest wish, fulfilling the promise, the Lord asked Abraham to destroy it by his own hand. It's one of the most alarming and confusing passages of scripture. It only makes the barest sense within the overall context of the entire Bible. It's a remarkable testament to Abraham's faith that as far as we know he proceeded to follow his instructions, carrying through this awful command, up until the terrifying moment where the Lord finally stayed his hand. A ram was exchanged for Isaac. The sacrifice was postponed.
2,000 years later, on a day like today, the Lord delivered on another unspoken promise He had made to Abraham. "There is nothing that I will ask you to do that I won't someday do myself." And He did. After another excruciating wait, another Son came, and after he completed his work he allowed himself, like Isaac, to be led up a mountain to his death. This time in the crucial moment, the Lord did not stay the executioner's hand, and like that, Jesus was gone.
Another 2,000 years have passed. Those who believe feel in their hearts that that sacrifice was not in vain. That after that excruciating death, He was miraculously, divinely resurrected. And that in so doing, He broke the cycle of death. The grasp of sin was, at long-last, loosed.
But these waits are so long. It's so easy to forget another of the promises: "This sacrifice, this trade, my Son for you, is the last one. The debts are paid. We are settled. Live in peace. Live in grace. Live without fear. All I ask, what this sacrifice binds you to do, is show some fraction of the love I showed for you to each other. I will never ask anyone again to pay what I have paid. From now on, show each other nothing but love. May your actions be guided by the impetus of love. Be controlled by love's restraint, and by the force of love, do good."
The battle is over. On that Friday He struck the first blow and by Sunday morning the war had ended. There is nothing left to pay. No sacrifice left to make. Let us remember this, always.
“You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3.
Lakeview members, it’s time to decide: “Should my first loyalty be to this self-proclaimed apostle, or to the God of the Bible?”
I encourage you to find a church that understands solid, careful, expository preaching. Learn to walk by faith and repentance. Make Jesus your first priority. Follow Him and discover the gospel of grace.
We were never supposed to seek out the Holy Spirit as a person to be worshiped. We are told quite clearly that the object of our devotion is Christ, never the Holy Spirit.
It's simultaneously the most subtle and blatant idolatry. How can one worship [part of] God and be idolatrous? And yet there is the Dove, usurping the place of the Cross in the front of the church. And so the Holy Spirit (that is, their image of Him) usurps the place of Jesus in their hearts.
And when Jesus goes missing, He goes missing big. When He's not there, He's REALLY not there. It makes sense, really, for the Leaders to offer a Christian-tinged faith and misdirect to the most mysterious, most unknown member of the Trinity. This allows them to make, break, and re-make the rules on the fly.
If they were to stand in the front of the church, in the center of their flock's very lives, and preach Jesus, how long would it work? How long could I stand in front of you and speak one thing and act and live in direct contradiction to my words before even the most guileless started waking up? Before some basic accounting would take place and it became clear that not only was I not living what Jesus preached, I was in fact an agent for harm, an emissary of evil.
For they are evil. Jesus, if they bothered to read Him, was explicit about that. Taking the people's tithes for their own enrichment, praying in public in a self-aggrandizing nature, sitting at the head of the table, answering to "mother" and "father," judging where He said judge not, encouraging divorce when our Master forbade it, ripping out "Tares" where He said to let them be, stoning the "Sinner" when He showed grace, destroying families when He brought healing, levying the guilt of the misapplied Law as a crushing tax far, far heavier than any spurious "tithe off the gross" interpretation could ever be.
For that is the true cost. Money will come and go. A 401(k) can be rebuilt. Time, and the years of love of friends and family, in a world where grace abounds--when you miss these, they cannot be repaid. Our lives are short. Our friends and family are sadly mortal. Life is a harrowing enterprise, not for the faint of heart. To willingly deprive oneself of these blessings, and of the grace that Jesus can bring to these moments, or even to squelch them in the name of the Holy Spirit. It is a dark, dark thing. I cannot think that the Lord but grieves.
Choose Jesus. Choose family, friends, the path of grace. The path of freedom. Don't settle for the counterfeit, for an image of another person of God. Choose the one we were always told to love.
AMEN Zeke (what an appropriate moniker). I believe Ezekiel 34 to be the defining chapter in all of sacred scripture regarding the issues of unrighteous shepherds and how God intervenes to redeem His sheep who are scattered as a result. (There are many, many more scriptures threatening terrible judgments against such shepherds.) I particularly love the reference in this chapter to David who is in the messianic line of our King and Redeemer Jesus Christ, who is able to save all that come to Him by faith!
I recommend to all at Lakeview that you study your Bible carefully. Find thirty minutes for your daily devotions. Use a lexicon. Consult multiple reputable commentaries, and read entire books of the Bible with an understanding of the historical context. As you become skilled in rightly dividing the Word of Truth, you will become aware of numerous scripture passages which, in context, will directly refute Lakeview’s faulty doctrines. Yes, the preacher uses scripture to support his topical sermons; but they are typically simple “word studies” where SCRIPTURES THAT DON’T SUIT HIS POINT OF VIEW ARE DISCARDED! As your understanding of scripture grows, you will CLEARLY SEE gross misapplication and twisting of God’s Holy Word from the pulpit of Lakeview.
The Holy Bible is in total harmony with itself when it’s properly understood. Evaluate this Sunday’s sermon in light of the entire Bible! When it becomes obvious to you that the sermons don’t sync with God’s Word, take notice!!
It is impossible to reconcile the teaching and the actions of those in authority at Lakeview with the entirety of Holy Scriptures. The continual misapplication of scripture, along with the blatant ethical inconsistencies of the leadership at Lakeview is too much to endure.
Lakeview, do you see any parallels below with the shepherds of Ezekiel's day?
He who has ears to hear, let him hear the inspired, inerrant, infallible (and "in context") Word of God.
[WOE TO SHEPHERDS WHO FEED THEMSELVES!]
1 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 3 You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. 4 The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. 5 So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. 6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them.”
7 ‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 8 “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock”— 9 therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the LORD! 10 Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them.”
[GOD, OUR DELIVERER, IS THE TRUE SHEPHERD]
11 ‘For thus says the Lord GOD: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord GOD. 16 “I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”
17 ‘And as for you, O My flock, thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats. 18 Is it too little for you to have eaten up the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture—and to have drunk of the clear waters, that you must foul the residue with your feet? 19 And as for My flock, they eat what you have trampled with your feet, and they drink what you have fouled with your feet.”
20 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord GOD to them: “Behold, I Myself will judge between the fat and the lean sheep. 21 Because you have pushed with side and shoulder, butted all the weak ones with your horns, and scattered them abroad, 22 therefore I will save My flock, and they shall no longer be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them—My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken. (continued...)
[GOD’S PROMISES TO HIS SHEEP WHOM HE HAS DELIVERED]
25 “I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. 26 I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing. 27 Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them. 28 And they shall no longer be a prey for the nations, nor shall beasts of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and no one shall make them afraid. 29 I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the Gentiles anymore. 30 Thus they shall know that I, the LORD their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people,” says the Lord GOD.’
31 “You are My flock, the flock of My pasture; you are men, and I am your God,” says the Lord GOD.
[THE GRASS WITHERS, THE FLOWER FADES, BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.]
Anyone can discern the integrity of a ministry by examining its fruit.
Good hermeneutics is “rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” Unfortunately, the pastoral staff at Lakeview has no formal theological training, and the leaders are known for wrongly interpreting scripture and wrongly applying its divine message. Misinterpreting scripture results in confusion and wrong conclusions, which reap disastrous consequences! The fruit of Lakeview is TWISTED truth which is more damaging than outright lies!
The fruit of Lakeview’s ministry expresses a sorry testimony. Countless families have been damaged, separated, and destroyed as a direct result of errant preaching and flawed counsel. The pastor continually skews Holy Scripture to deceptive ends and manipulates the flock in a manner that kills relationships and drains the life from the congregation.
If you’re a member of Lakeview, you’ve seen this bad fruit as you’ve experienced the manipulative practices that are going on. The best thing for you to do—whatever the cost—is to get out. Though your family may forsake you for a time, there is a real hope that you can eventually be reunited. Each member who leaves weakens the forces that bind your family to that ungodly system.
Please don’t try to go it alone when you leave. Renewed faith in the God of the Bible is essential to replace residual bitterness with forgiveness, so it is vital that you find a church that is committed to careful and informed Biblical preaching. You will need to replace your former idolatrous devotion to a false apostle with sound theology. You will need help with this. My own search for Truth has been difficult and I continue to UNLEARN the false teachings by which I was brainwashed.
My own healing has been greatly aided by many godly saints who have patiently nurtured me, loved me, and corrected me. The “Five Solas” of the Protestant Reformation help keep me focused. In summary, they are:
"Sola Scriptura" (the Bible alone is our highest authority);
"Sola Fide" (We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ);
"Sola Gratia" (We are saved by the grace of God alone);
"Solus Christus" (Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King); and
"Soli Deo Gloria" (We live for the glory of God alone).
Remember, the Bible alone contains all the revelation that is necessary to be reconciled to God. It declares that our justification is by faith alone in Christ alone—all initiated by God’s grace alone in our regeneration, and solely for the glory of God!
Good preaching by men of integrity—coupled with the Holy Spirit’s faithfulness to breathe life on His Word—has been an invaluable asset in gaining a better understanding of God’s Perfect Word.
My prayer for you is that you find a church with a pastor who rightly divides the Word of Truth; a church that produces good fruit, which is evident to all.
Lakeview looks creepy to me. I’m giving you a miss. The 7% recommendation is what initially got my attention. This time, I read beyond page 1 to pages 2 & 3, & beyond. I’ve never seen so many reviews in a citysearch site on a church! I can't believe all these reviews, but this place must be a cult, but some of you exaggerate. Is the shunning really that severe? Is there really a guard standing watch?!! Even so, it sounds mighty strange, maybe you reviewers should contact the township to keep an eye out. They might not know whats going on in there own community.
I did find some reviews from the inside. AdamBainbridge M, Are you a member?
Thank Y: How is it possible to vote both ways?? I’m very confused about where you stand, or why you chose the scriptures that you did to both reject, and then support Lakeview?
LAST WEEK: I'm curious to know what kind of a church this is? I scrolled all the way to the bottom and didn't see a single positive review. Why such harsh comments against the pastor? Did HE really excommunicate ALL THESE PEOPLE??? Most of the reviews appear to be written by godly people that are well versed in scripture!! I'm wondering why you don't defend yourself with a review of your own!?? Anyone in the congregation wish to offer a defense? Should I even come to visit? Can it really be as bad as these people say? I can't believe any place could be this bad, but I can't believe the writers of these reviews could be making all this stuff up, so I'll visit this site again before next Sunday to see a rebutal. Is there anyone home???
Matthew 26:51-52, " 51And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached and drew out his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear. 52Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. " Put down your swords of division and judgement, Lakeview.
1 Corinthians 7:14-16"…14For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy. 15Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace. 16For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?" God has called us to peace, Lakeview.
Which of these is correct?
God + Jesus + Holy Spirit > husband & wife > kids > family > pastor > church
God + Jesus + Holy Spirit > Pastor James > church membership > husband > wife > kids > family
It depends on if you use a New Testament priest to interpret the Bible.
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