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Chief Apostle Eric vonAnderseck - Second 8th Week Ministries
Paul Planted Apollos Watered- I Planted my Own Garden
The Spirit of the Lord points out to the church the many avenues by which Satan justifies dissension in the church, hoping to keep the church justifying their indifference to God and their state of separation from His true stewardship.
It is important for the church today to understand what unsanctified or unjustified separation is. Satan wants man to walk the same independent path from God just as he does. He knows that man does not really desire to do this. Instinctively man knows he belongs on the path that joins him to God, not the path that separates him from God.
Satan has to be very cleaver in his tactics to give man multiple reasons (justifications) to select a path of faith that allows for independence while at the same time gives the illusion of remaining joined to God.
Knowing man’s need for a reference from scripture to make him feel that what he is doing is right in the sight of God, Satan leads man down the path of independence by gluing scriptures onto the stones laid within the path. We are going to go down this path and sedition and see the role models Satan uses for you to excuse, justify and sanctify a faith that is independent from God’s stewardship and covenant.
As the title of this article suggests, the Paul and Apollos planting and watering scenario is one such example, and then we have the Diotrephes role model, and then the Paul and Barnabas and Peter and Paul scenarios. What is Satan able to draw from each of these made each of these circumstances to make people believe God will sanctify their separation? What made Korah the ideal candidate to be Satan’s role model for independence?
Lastly, we will look at God’s command to separate and “come out from among them.” Is it strange that Satan would launch a campaign to justify the need to separate based on concupiscence (to justify one’s independence) at the same time God is launching His campaign to justify the need to separate based on the covenant of Christ, His stewardship, and priesthood? God’s brand of separation marks the end of man’s independent forms of faith while Satan’s brand of separation teaches man how to justify his independence from God.
As we look at how Satan uses these as role models to encourage the church to walk down the path of independence we will clearly define unsanctified separation.
Unsanctified Separation: Diotrephes Perspective
The spirit of sedition, taking the cloak of self-preservation, that is, to protect one’s own traditions and independent truths, seeks for justification and sows discord in the hearts of the church, causing doubt and suspicion.
These, not reflecting on the revelations of Christ, promote their logic as grace and in addition to this evidence of having separated from Christ; their derision manifests their own concupiscence.
Replacing the humbleness of faith with the sowing of their passion and claiming this feeling to be the heart of God they have departed from the faith. True apostasy manifests this displacement.
Such is the case of Diotrephes. This bishop, being confirmed by the apostle John early in the infancy of the church, saw an opportunity for fellowship outside of grace and truth.
Diotrephes gained support in two ways: first, he bound his elders to himself by the issues of the time and second he bound them to himself by personal relationship. By binding the saints to himself he was able to cast an evil shadow on the chief elder, the apostle John.
John wrote unto the church to bring to their attention the authority he had to bring correction the Diotrephes and bring the church back into the fold of Christ. John wrote, “But Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church. (3John1:9-10)
The Spirit of the Lord brings to our attention today this account to teach us about unsanctified separation. There are many who seek to separate themselves from the Body and call themselves still joined to Christ; they still take the name of Christian although they have severed themselves from Him.
Unjustified Separation: Planting Your Own Garden
Every separation a person makes from Christ needs to be justified by God. But God will not justify our separating from Him. Some justify their separation by quoting from 1 Corinthians, where Paul said, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” Paul, however, was not justifying a separation from Apollos; they were both labouring in one garden. Believers today, though, use this scripture to justify their separation, “Paul planted, Apollos watered, and I am planting my own garden over here. This is “unjustified separation”.
Unjustified Separation: Removing the Stone From the Temple
Unjustified separation is removing the stone from the temple. The priesthood is then incomplete and the altar unsanctified. The temple will fall not built on the rock but built on the weaker soil as the sand (imagination).
The drive to find rest outside of Christ takes on this common pattern. The apostle John writes this for Gaius’ discernment. Before sedition takes root in the soul, Satan challenges the reason of man with his logic about past revelations or present practices.
1. Pre-eminence (being one of those first converted used this as a point of authority for the discernment of those that were converted later)
2. Receives us not (he wished to protect his own labour counting those under him as his own sheep)
3. Prating against us (he took time to cast off any suspicion by idle talk about John to get a feel for how others weighed his doctrines)
4. With malicious words (he packaged his sedition carefully so to avoid detection but the intent was to emotionally hurt John and did not consider the injury that he would cause to the house of God.)
5. Not content therewith, (his efforts to show his spiteful feelings became more evident out of frustration to find rest in his soul. This is proof that God has now put a curse on the heart.)
6. Neither doth he himself receive the brethren, (those whom John sent to assist him in the truth he despised and refused to build with John’s stewardship.)
7. Forbids them that would, (in order for him to find justification in his sedition he had to convince others to abandon John’s stewardship.)
8. Cast them out of the church, (he sought to build his own ministry and church independent of the sanctified stewardship.)
He would feign dreams and visions to support his lawlessness to government and indifference to sound doctrine.
As the fallen watchers justified their passions by how God handled and allowed Satan to remain on the earth and rule over Adam so these unrighteous ministers follow the same course of logic.
Peter and Paul in Galatians: Setting the Record Straight
How many places can Satan take a person in order to show them how they can separate themselves from Christ and yet still claim to be joined to Him? Let’s take a look at another circumstance, the situation that arose when apostle Paul rebuked apostle Peter.
Those who choose to dissent against Christ will point that out in the scriptures and say, “Look how the apostle Paul rebuked Peter who is a chief apostle. So therefore I rebuke you.” But Paul, writing this account to the church at Galatia, was not setting down for the church a form of behaviour to justify indifference to stewardship. He knew that those that are lawless would practice their sedition as a righteous cause by exploiting this to their own advantage.
The apostle Paul would be promoting and assisting that very spirit he fought to subdue by the Spirit of His grace. Satan on the other hand uses this account to his own advantage to promote rebellion to His government.
Future generations ignorant of the Spirit which Paul spoke to Peter being in the bonds of charity would use their religious zeal and aspirations to forge a bond under the power and spirit of error making accountability in man and not in His sanctified stewardship.
Paul and Barnabas: Contention
Satan will find every opportunity in scripture to give people an excuse to plant their own gardens and build their own beliefs about Jesus. Let’s look at another example of this from the book of Acts: “And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabastook Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus.” (Acts 15:37-39)
Here we see that the decision made between Barnabas and Paul was not one of separation, but was in respect to the timing and resources. Satan uses this situation in many ways. He may say to you that you are justified to have differences on doctrinal issues and hotly dispute your differences just as Paul and Barnabas; you still share the same faith. We can see how Satan subtly works to help man justify his passions. But we are justified by faith and not personal passions or contention.
The Spirit of the Lord worked through both these men of faith to establish the church into the government of Christ for a refuge of the covenant, strengthening the churches. (Acts 18:23)
Then the entire multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them. (Acts 15:12)
Paul and Barnabas were consistent with the plan of God in their oversight of the saints. Paul did not start a crusade to discredit Barnabas or to undermine his doctrine as some would today think themselves to be the Lord’s mouth piece by imitating what they imagine might have transpired between Paul and Barnabas. They justify afflicting others by word and deed because they have justified their imagination and passion in place of faith.
Paul and Apollos: Planting and Watering His House
“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.” (1 Corinthians 3:6-8)
The apostles in building the House of God did not go their separate ways and begin a ministry. If this were true then where would Peter’s stone be laid?
Peter was a key holder in the new direction of the church which the Lord opened to the Gentiles. Peter is the major stone for the others apostles to build upon in the spiritual priesthood. We see examples of this in the pattern Moses received from God.
The Korah Rebellion: Unsanctified Separation
Korah qualified himself to be Moses’ counsellor. He was a chief leader and had more of a personal influence over the others than Moses. Moses would direct the hearts of the people into faith while Korah would focus on the present issues and the people’s moral. This made Korah a candidate for Satan as in the similar cases of Joab, Absalom and Judas Iscariot.
Standing to his principle as a just cause against Moses and Aaron, Korah stirred up sedition to force Moses to change or adjust to suit the people.
Even the censers of incense were used to affront His stewardship. People today will grab their censers (I prayed about you. They would use prayer to confront stewardship thinking God would honour the sincere effort to change the perspective of the leadership. Guess what? It became sin!)
Sanctified Separation: Come Out- Touch Not
The Lord spoke to Abraham to separate himself from his father’s house.
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee. (Genesis 12:1)
When God brings separation then Satan promotes unity, and where God beings unity then Satan confirms separation. Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil and place the sweet for the bitter and the bitter for the sweet. (Isaiah 5:20)
God called Lot out of Sodom and blessed his obedience increasing his house, and God moved Hagar to depart from the tents of Abraham. Abraham’s inheritance and increase was by promise to Isaac.
God moved Pharaoh to put Jacob in the land of Goshen that by separation God would purge and prove them preparing them for departure by the hand of Moses.
God separates for the perfection of the saints as we see in the history of those in covenant. Idol worshippers prefer unity by independent thought while God says, that you all be of one mind and glorify God. That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:6)
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Chief Apostle Eric vonAnderseck
Eric vonAnderseck serves the Body of Christ as a confirmed Apostle in the government of God. He is the founder of Second 8th Week Ministries, IDCCST® Christian Education Curriculum author, author of the books Breaking the Anti-Christ: The Blueprint of Deception, Pure Praise, and soon to be released book The God-Code: The Secret of Life. He is a regular contributor to the Prophetic Path and teaches Leadership and Body Ministry. He is founder of Apostles Today Network of the Second 8th Week®, ministering the grace of God to those seeking to build upon the true foundation of Jesus Christ. As God brings the church into a new era, Chief Apostle Eric is here to help guide your faith into the new work of the Spirit, pray for you, and answer your questions.
Last Revised: 2011-09-24