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Fables mixed with faith
Fables and the Journey Mask: Part Two
by Apostle Eric vonAnderseck
 
Has Your Faith Been Fabalized?
 
Has your faith been fabalized? Have you been victimized by the thousands of testimonies of increase, healing, deliverance, and miracles? You tried to build your faith upon this foundation and found it to be sand.
 
You sowed but did not reap, you went to the meeting, but were not healed; you followed the principles but they did not work for you; you tested prophecy but failed to see the will of God and you are still wondering what is wrong with your faith!
 
Why does it “work” for some people but not for you? You begin to feel as if something is wrong with you.
 


Yes there is something wrong with your faith when it is brought under the weight of false knowledge to carry this unequal yoke (the flesh joined to faith = confusion).
 
In the covenant of Jesus Christ there are no laws of financial prosperity, there are no spiritual rights for you to seize authority over the devil, there is no need to confess, name-it, claim-it! There is only the law of the Spirit which is the law of grace and truth (John 1:16-17) for your fruitfulness in God’s kingdom in the presence of God’s anointing. God gets involved with your faith and every aspect of your life when you follow His law of grace and truth.
 
Did you know that most Christians are still waiting for their ship to come in? Twenty and thirty years after they began to faithfully follow what was presented to them as biblical principles to live the life of Christ, they are still bound in sin, still not able to reflect Christ, not able to discern how the devil uses the flesh against them – not fruitful in God’s kingdom.  
 
How the Church Builds Credibility on Fables
 
Now that we understand what fables are we can begin to understand the appeal of the Faith Movement and the Prophetic Movement. These indoctrinations had no power for regeneration or faith, yet these movements gained popularity based on testimonies, which then became fables. 
 
Fables are ways and means that believers use to assess their Christianity apart from the Headship of Christ and the apostles’ doctrine. Jesus Christ is then valued according to one’s own perspective and principles, thus changing the truth of God into a lie (Romans 1:25). When ministers say that their doctrine “works” and then point to healing that took place by the hand of God’s compassion, they are using fables for credibility rather than the righteousness of Christ.
 
Jesus referred to Satan as the father of lies (John 8:44). He propagates in others an inclination to do what he does. Satan’s falsehood is in himself. Therefore, he walked contrary to God’s command and made decisions for himself based on his own feelings, which caused him to deny God’s pleasure and call his own feelings truth.
 
We see this same spirit at work in the deceptions found in fables. We’re not speaking of believers lying about the details of their testimony, but reading into the testimony the indoctrination of the self-concept of Jesus Christ, setting precedence in their feelings for confirmation, thus removing faith from truth. 
 
Christians don’t believe they are taken by a lie because the testimony is based on factual information—God did heal. . .God did deliver. . .God answered prayer. The fable is believed because the testimony is believed. Hidden in the testimony is the fable. The fable carries a falsehood with it, which is the work of the spirit of Antichrist; it does not carry the knowledge of God in charity to the purification of the soul. Instead, it puffs up the imagination, just as Satan was puffed up by his imagination.
 
When ministers say that their doctrine “works” they are merely saying that fables support their aspiration—which it does—fables do work to support human aspiration. But human aspiration is not faith.
 
The falsehood is not discerned because believers measure truth according to an ever-changing rule that centers on current themes and feelings. They feel in sympathy with the direction of the fable, seeing that their human aspirations can be confirmed through it, thus giving them a feeling of well being apart from truth.
 
Fables are Hypnotic
 
It has been difficult for the church to understand the dangers of fables because fables hypnotize and seduce believers while paralyzing faith; as the Apostle Paul brought out, “Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth?” (Galatians 3:1). Believers are hypnotized through their fascination of ministers who turn testimonies into an appeal to their needs, their lusts, their desires, their hurts, fears, and pain.
 
This hypnotic fascination is easily concealed when the heart pursues its own covetousness.
 
A fable is hypnotic because it is a creation of a seducing spirit, which carries an inspiration that touches the soul. Truth challenges these inspirations and imaginations to bring conformity to the Headship of Jesus Christ. And this is why truth hurts and why Christians are not immediately inclined to abandon fables. Each fable promises a fruitful journey with a set of indoctrination. 
 
Fables provide an unholy virtue, which is sustained by the witness of flattery. Those under its spell seek another’s opinion for strength and confirmation. Victims of fables then support one another in this image of themselves by false knowledge (doctrines of devils). The fable is thus perpetuated.
 
It is truth that challenges this unholy virtue (flattery) to remove the mask the fable hides behind. Truth brings reproof of doctrine, which the fable-embracer refers to as being judgmental and challenges.
 
Believers are faced with a choice, to humble the imagination to grace for repentance or continue in pride, using the fables as false justification to remain indifferent to the covenant of Christ.
 
The church will not come into the fullness of Christ, nor be cleansed and made pure until believers understand how Satan has hypnotized them with fables. True apostles remove fables from faith.
 
The Imagination is not Sanctified for Faith
 
Christians often say, “Jesus is Lord”. However, Jesus is Lord of the kingdom over which He rules in righteousness, and Jesus rules the kingdom He sanctifies. Did you know that the imagination is not sanctified for faith?
 
Christians also say, “I love the Lord” as if this is a blanket they can throw over fables to hide their neglect of the covenant of God. In truth, they love the Lord according to the things they see in themselves, but do not love the Lord according to the Headship of Jesus Christ. They challenge anyone who challenges the throne of their imaginations, while truth says, “You can’t sit on that throne if you want to be in God’s kingdom.”
 
When believers feel God challenging their imagination, they feel offended and this is why Jesus said, “Does this offend you?” (John 6:61). When offended many will work very hard to defend the Jesus they are embracing. The imagination works to flatter the individual and he feels as if he is defending the faith when in reality he is defending a fable; an imagination of Jesus Christ. They that are of the world speak of the world, and the world hears them (1Jn.4:5).
 
The Psychology of the Fable
 
When the soul is touched with the fable, believers experience a whole string of emotions: jubilation, hope, renewal, victory, relief, power, and renewed zeal to apply themselves to the principles laid before them. They feel a rush of inspiration to renew their vows to God and rush forward with much excitement to lay their hands upon the reward. And this is why they are excited as they embark upon each new spiritual journey.
 
However, this “touch” they experience as the principles and fable are laid out before the imagination  should not be confused with the grace of God. God does not caress the soul with these aspirations and principles that give promise to the flesh. The operation of God’s grace is different and works with the priesthood.
 
I’ll show you again how testimonies are routinely improvised into fables to address every kind of situation you might face to put your faith on a journey towards the promise of the fable:
1.     Do you need God to improve your relationships? Then there is a fable that covers that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
2.    Do you need God to improve your financial state? Then there is a fable designed to cover that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
3.    Do you need healing for your body? Then there is a fable that covers that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
4.    Do you need to deal with abuses you experienced as a child? Then there is a fable that covers that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
5.    Do you have difficult choices to make? Then there is a fable that covers that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
6.    Do you feel as if your life is adrift, lacking purpose? Then there is a fable that covers that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
7.    Do you feel powerless to handle your anger and need God to help you? Then there is a fable that covers that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
8.    Do you have a drug problem? Then there is a fable that covers that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
9.    Has your life been devastated by addiction, divorce, and abuse? Then there is a fable that covers that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
10.   Are you looking for a spiritual adventure? Then there is a fable that covers that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
11.   Do you feel left out, left behind, and insignificant to God? Then there is a fable that covers that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
12.   Are you challenged with a past that haunts you? Then there is a fable that covers that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
13.   Is there a “giant” in your life that you simply can’t seem to overcome? Then there is a fable that covers that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
14.   Are you faced with impossible odds? You are caught in a situation that only God can get you out of? Then there is a fable that covers that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
15.   Are you in the pit of despair and self loathing? Then there is a fable that covers that scenario. God did this for someone else—He will do it for you.
 
Can you see how a fable works to send your faith on many journeys? Your mind is racing with all the possibilities. Like a child in a candy store, your imagination, drive, and principle are very accommodating and easily digest every fable you hear.
 
I am in no way trivializing your personal pain and needs. As I have often said, and will continue to say, Jesus cares for every aspect of your life. However, Jesus set that care within the terms of the yoke of His covenant, not within the terms Satan draws upon to endear you to the moral code, not by your imagination, not by your passions, and not by fables.
 
Question: How many ways can Satan send your faith on a journey?
Answer: As many fables as he can spin. Each fable beacons personal discovery.
 
The Ambiguity of the Gospel
 
In 2006 a well known writer for a popular Christian magazine author reported on the condition of the church. He wrote, “We’re running on empty. We think we are sophisticated, but like the Laodiceans we are actually quite poor, blind and naked. We need to return to our first love but we don’t know where to begin the journey.” This report was true of the church in 2006, it was true in previous century, and it is still true today.
 
When leadership makes a universal statement of this magnitude about the church and the blindness of leadership and not knowing where to begin the journey it is because truth is not the foundation upon which they are building faith, grace is not giving sight to their eyes, and they are not clothed in the robes of the priesthood.
 
Mixed into these kinds of testimonies you’ll find telling evidence that the minister is sending you on another bogus journey for faith to fail. H/she will point out what leadership should be like, should be doing – what leadership would be like IF we could only do this…
 
-- Integrity among leaders:  we need to be accountable, transparent and authentic!
 
Visit these same ministers 5-10-20 years later and they’re still making the same observations about the lack in the church (that has followed their counsel) and still offering the same tired advise (journey).
 
What we are seeing happen is that Christians claim a conversion to Christ by illumination but never come into covenant with God and the foundation of truth is never set in their hearts. The gospel then takes on the overtones of the flesh and this is why the gospel is very ambiguous.
 
Let’s look at what ambiguity is: Ambiguity is the loss of distinction in truth because truth is blurred together with many philosophies, stories, and traditions, which sympathize with the creature rather than the Creator. When ministers declare that the church has wandered from the cross of Christ and has compromised the gospel, they are talking about this ambiguity of faith. They cannot find their way back because they cannot pin point exactly where the deviation took place.
 
The problem is that when truth became ambiguous Christians could no longer define the terms of Christ’s covenant and no longer served God in their priesthood. And a faith without a priesthood is a faith that is without walls. Having lost the boundaries of the covenant, Christians wandered very far from Christ and have no idea how to get back to their first love.
 
While claiming to accept only what is written in the pages of the Bible as truth, believers followed every wind of doctrine and place discernment in their own passions rather than in the Corner Stone of truth.
 
Christians everywhere are talking about this call back to Christ, but apart from the stewardship God appointed to show them the door, they do not have a clue how to make the journey back.
 
Testing the Spirits
 
For the past 50 years or more believers had a steady, daily diet of fables but they felt they were “safe” from deception because every time a fable was presented the minister would quote one or two scriptures saying, “It’s in the Bible".
 
Satan has no problem quoting scripture, he just can’t stay within the pattern of truth; he isolates a scripture from truth in order to bring witness to himself. Ministers of unrighteousness do the same. 
Many ministers draw trust from the people merely because they read from the Bible. People see them as “godly” simply because they are skillful at using scripture to mold a form of righteousness for themselves.
 
People use scripture as a point of reference for their aspirations and principles to be expressed in a godly fashion. They use scripture to pass off their ideas as visions and their aspirations as inspiration. So then, it should not be surprising that all fables have some sort of scriptural base to them.
 
What we see here is the wisdom of the world not the wisdom of God. By the wisdom of the world the convictions received from scripture are used to build false justifications, false piety, false hope, and false confidences. This is sweet to the taste, but bitter in the belly as it produces no substance of Christ in the soul and later the conscience reproves the sinner of his lack towards God.
 
This is what seducing spirits do: they appeal to the emotions to draw from scripture a confirmation of one’s own feelings so that believers can see themselves in scripture (self-concept) rather than in Christ. Removing the image of Christ from scripture creates a lie from truth. 
 
Always remember: Satan enters into the imagination to flatter one’s own value system. One’s own sense of correctness is then used as a fulcrum for discernment, which then acts as a barrier against grace and truth. The Spirit of God through Apostle Paul commanded us to cast down every imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5). Just because a person quotes scripture does not mean he is confirming the plan of God.
 
Fables are a Form of Denial
 
Believers do not deny that God exists, but deny the full expression of God’s grace and truth and frustrate the work of regeneration, making faith reprobate (Titus 1:16). This is what it means to “deny” Christ. The work of Christ cannot take effect when fables are present in faith (2 Peter 2:19).
 
2 Peter 2:1, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” This speaks of destructive theology, darkened concepts of God that do not bring the light of Jesus Christ to the soul, thus making faith reprobate.
 
What is reprobate faith? A reprobate faith is a worthless faith. Believers still confess Jesus Christ as Lord, but
-- their confession is of a Christ of another system;
-- faith is not joined to the Jesus Christ of the covenant and therefore, is worthless as James said, “Faith without works is dead,”(James 2:20,26).
 
Fables provide false justifications for a person to hang onto reprobate faith. What we have seen is that the Spirit of God is shed abroad upon the earth to bring all men to repentance (Titus 2:11) and this is why people of all religions receive answers to prayer and experience a profound “touch” from God upon their lives. This, however, testifies of God’s compassion, not the sinner’s righteousness.
 
The value of the testimony is lost to the power of the fable when it carries with it a witness, which is born from beneath and not from above. This witness from beneath is called the spirit of this world. This is why the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 made a connection between those who have itchy ears as ever learning and those who listen to fables, for these are never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
 
The Journey Mask Works to Support the Defiled Conscience
 
The journey mask works to support the defiled conscience. The conscience is temporarily settled by the prospects of prediction and promises of engagement of faith, but faith is not born in the heart; and the soul experiences crisis because there is a disparity between what the Bible says the Christian experience should be and the lack of material experience of it.
 
For example, the Bible says that we should be holy as God is holy. Holiness was designed by God as a present reality. Therefore, God structured faith so that we could easily meet His requirements for holiness. When leadership errantly presented holiness as a future obtainment rather than a present reality, holiness passed from Jesus Christ to works of the flesh, resulting in dramatic changes to faith that bankrupt the Christian experience.
 
This bankruptcy played out in the human soul and spirit, translating into deep pain and sorrow—the pain of not meeting the mark, the pain of falling short, the pain of hypocrisy, the pain of sin dominating the soul, the pain of displeasing God, the pain of being vulnerable to Satan’s crushing blows, and the loss of the virtue of Christ in the soul.
 
Negative data points in doctrine and discipline always translate into aggravating factors that play out upon the soul as the conscience again becomes unsettled. Believers therefore experience hopelessness, despair, depression, remorse, displacement anxiety, anger, resentment, guilt, shame, confusion, and fear. These aggravating factors upon the soul must be mitigated.

What does that mean? This means that the suffering produced by the bogus journey must now be addressed. People begin to seek for a means to ease their conscience and ease the pain of guilt. One of the ways to ease the pain of guilt is to envision the endeavor of holiness as equal to our possession of it.
 
If God’s command for holiness cannot be met, then the journey toward holiness becomes the mitigating tool to appease the conscience. Satan, hiding behind this journey mask, hopes that all you see is the promise he holds out to you.
 
The journey is about adapting. Believers, when faced with the impact of many failed efforts of holiness, have learned to simply adapt. Unable to make holiness a present reality, despondent over the lack of material evidences of holiness, they have adapted to the journey—a journey toward holiness. As Christians become pumped up with the possibilities of holiness and apply themselves anew to old principles such as fasting and as they read new books about the hope of holiness, the pain of failure is offset for a short time.
 
The flesh is challenged anew; the spirit of man agrees wholeheartedly with the principles of holiness, and holiness again seems within reach. The Beatitudes seem simple; the Ten Commandments make sense, and being a Good Samaritan is esteemed as worthy of our efforts. Christians are emotionally prepared to affirm, “I can be like Jesus!”
 
The human will, however, does not have the wherewithal to follow through with the convictions, and the power of the Spirit seems elusive. The milestones of this journey therefore are the confusing highs and lows of Christianity. Many Christian authors offer “keys of insight” into holiness while freely admitting to be on the same journey as everyone else, with their own hits and misses, clearly setting the framework for holiness within the boundaries of Themistic Law, clearly tethering faith to the unpurged conscience.
 
Fables produce paradoxes
 
Truth does not produce paradoxes, but fables do. When faith is rooted in fables we hear Christians asking, “It worked for so and so, but it didn’t work for me.” This is especially true in the areas of money, healing, and relationships.
 
Pastors are bombarded with questions because the doctrine they constructed with fables produced a disabling Christianity that left believers feeling defeated. Ministers grew to depend upon an arsenal of “Christian books” to help believers try to find the solutions to the paradoxes they created. 
 
1.     How To Remove Hindrances By Uprooting Sin in Your Life
2.    How To Remove Words of Doubt
3.    How To Remove the Generational Curse That is Blocking Your Blessing
4.    How To wage WAR On The Devil
5.    How To Claim What is Already Yours
6.    How To be Healed When the Anointing Has Passed You By
7.    How To Get in on the Blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant
8.    Forty Days of Purpose
9.    Five Dynamite Acts of Faith You Can Do To Obtain Healing For Yourself and Your Loved Ones Now
10.   I've Done What You Said, But I'm Still Not Healed. What Do I Do Now?
11.   Nine More Surefire Healing Steps You Can Take To Be Healed Now
12.   How To Use the Name of Jesus Properly For health and wealth
13.   Power for Life: Letting God
 
These calls to action are nothing more than “Mitigating The Lie.” The false indoctrination about healing, deliverance, and empowerment through confession created many paradoxes, many spiritual impossibilities that ministers must now mitigate. These paradoxes represent the dichotomy of the Christian faith when faith is removed from the Headship of Jesus Christ.
 
Believers buy into the books and false indoctrinations because the ministers use answers to prayer and God’s compassion as fables. The Body of Christ is desperate to learn how to get a touch from God that does not dissipate. But because of disobedience to the covenant, God gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. (Psalm 106:15)
 
Healings do not sanctify our faith, the Spirit of God does, when our faith is in acknowledgement of Jesus Christ through His government and His truth. Eyes of the flesh are NOT your discernment, the Lord is your discernment from the foundation of truth.
 
If you asked the average Christians about their church background, most would admit to having gone through the revolving denominational doors a number of times. We might hear something like this: “I was a Catholic and now I’m a Baptist” Or vice-versa, a Catholic returning to h/her roots. Or you might hear that someone has tried a number of churches and is now waiting for God to show them where He wants them to be.
 
This is not surprising, and has, in fact, become the norm. When asked how many different ministries from which they bought books, etc., it would not be surprising for the number of ministry contacts to equal or exceed the number of churches they had attended.
 
What keeps the faithful attention to these ministries? Is it truth? No, it was the fables. This is the carrot before the horse that wearies believers until they fall down from exhaustion saying, “God can’t be real anymore.”
 
Here we can again make the connection between the fable and the journey mask. Every fable led Christians on a new journey in search of the things they thought God was promising them.
 
When we asked believers for feedback about how successful the books were in assisting them in achieving their spiritual goals (growing in Christ, coming to the fullness of Christ, overcoming themselves, the world, and the devil, becoming closer to God), the answers were all about the same: 
 
“I’ve never felt that any of my striving ever achieved for me my spiritual expectations, mainly because of the ambiguities in the teachings of the different churches I have attended. Every pastor and every individual in these churches has his/her own ideas of how to have contact with God, whether it be studying this or that verse in the Bible, or reading this or that book by this or that author, which was supposed to bring me into a richer relationship with God. It didn’t.”
 
Again, we need to ask, What kept the faithful attention of Christians held to these ministries if they were not successful in growing in the grace of God and overcoming themselves, the world, and the devil? The answer is fables. Fables kept them coming back for more. We can clearly see how false confidence and false hopes are born of fables. Ministers seduce believers by removing them from their true hope in Jesus Christ. How do they do that? They do it by providing believers with false knowledge fortified by fables to send faith on many bogus journeys.
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[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 & founder of the Network of Apostles Today. He is the IDCCST® Christian Education Curriculum author and author of over 100 ground breaking books and articles, spearingheading the return of the apostolic calling and anointing to the church.
 
Apostle Eric ministers extensively nationally and internationally. He is the pioneer of the new apostolic age and recognized as the leading authority in the fields of church growth, foundation building, spiritual gifts and spiritual warfare, and the leading voice in the transition of the church into the new apostolic season and reformation.]



 

Last Revised: 2016-06-19

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