In Remembrance of Jay Ferris – His Last Post

Last words hold weight. And even more when they are from the heart of God, dictated in weakness, and from a sick bed that will be the means of bringing a man home. The following post by Jay Ferris was the last cogent message offered to his blog readers before his death 7 years ago on this day, June 13th. It summarizes an answer to a question posed to him: “If you could give the people of God one last message or warning, what would it be?” May the importance of the words below sink in – while there’s still time.   – Pamela


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A growing awareness of spiritual deafness has made it clear to me that there are two subjects of utmost importance that I need to return to in these last days. They are things totally unacceptable to the Kingdom of God, and that is the merchandising of love and the devaluation of women.

First is the issue of merchants in the Kingdom.  This is the definition of the name “Canaanite”, which is the number one targeted tribe when entering the promised land that Moses was instructed to wipe out in entirety.

If that is not clear enough, consider the last verse of Zechariah, “in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts”.

And if that isn’t clear enough, just look at Jesus in His Father’s house, and what He thought about merchants in the Kingdom.  He got pretty exercised about that kind of agenda and that kind of occupancy.

The second point of foremost importance in these last days is gender. Paul goes after this issue of flesh in Galatians. “There is no longer jew nor gentile, slave nor free, male nor female.” 

In short, in the Kingdom of God there are none of these things.

When thinking back over my blog, I found that I  identified these issues early on, including this repost titled “Canaanites” from January 19th, 2012:

Canaanites

This is by way of the continuation of my last blog post. My impression is that The Lord is indeed willing.  Over the years, I have discovered, (the hard way) why The Lord commanded that the children of God wipe out the Canaanites when they went in to possess the Promised Land. In those days the land was a geographical place. In our days, the Land is a Spiritual place. The Canaanite problem remains the same, however, and that is what I would like to touch on here.

Canaanite means “merchant.” Merchants are still with us today. Prostitutes are also merchants. Prostitutes do for money, what ought to be only done for love or in love. That’s the difference between the two women of the Book of Revelation. One woman is described in Revelation Chapter 17, and 18, and the other woman is described in Chapter 21.

That’s the situation as the end of the age approaches, but in the beginning of time we get to see what and how God is, and what he is after – what He is hoping for. This has to do with relational intimacy. In the first instance the intimacy of the Godhead before the World began. He made us male and female in that image, even before the woman was removed from the first Adam. Male and female is all about relationship – intimate relationship. This is not about sexual plumbing. It is about pure, uncluttered or uncomplicated relationship.

It is here, I have come to see that Romans 8:14-25 has it’s origins.

So here is the deal as I have come to understand it: The Creator in creating is hoping for an expanded intimacy in the Godhead, one that includes us. But for that intimacy to be compatible with the Godhead, it needs to be born of the same DNA as the only begotten Son of God. The availability of this seed had to wait for the crucifixion and resurrection of God’s Son, John 12 – “Except a kernel of wheat…”

He is described as “born of a woman,” and we are also born of a woman, Isaiah 54:1, and according to Galatians. For this purpose a woman was needed, and so the “female” was removed from the first Adam, and called “woman,” having been taken out of the man.  In the fullness of time, again Galatians, God was intimate with this woman, and The Word became flesh and dwelt for a while among us.

As Long as the Son remained in the flesh there was only one SEED, again Galatians. That SEED was multiplied by death and resurrection and made available in and by the Spirit on the day of Pentecost and after.

Jesus prayed that all who shared Him and in Him would be one, John 17:21. As I understand it we were and are to be one in his love, free of any other agenda. It is right here that religious merchants do their terrible work. Like Satan, it is rooted in the “I will ascend” mentality, that got Lucifer kicked out of heaven.  It is this agenda, not so hidden as it turns out, once we know what to look for, that is the reason for the last verse of Zechariah.

There is no room for hidden agenda on the “clear as glass,” street of GOLD in the New Jerusalem. If you understand this, and communicate it by word and lifestyle you will be rejected by the merchants because you are a threat to their business.

In the meantime, their professed desire for relationship, which is increasingly becoming a buzz word, and fueling the latest cutting edge religious dog and pony shows, makes it more difficult to discern the real thing. Relationships that come from God are the real thing. Relationships that merchants seek are rooted in a “let’s make a deal” mentality or agenda. The mercantile mentality does relationships in order to gain access to center stage, and the preeminence and financial support, which goes with it. They tend to like lectures rather than relationships, because it’s hard to take up an offering for a conversation.

In short, religious merchants strike right at the heart of what God, The Creator is hoping for!

Love!

P.S. Somebody had to say it!

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Silence of Kings and Lambs

Lamb with Crown and Flag
Have you noticed, that kings tend to be way too loud, even kings by any other name?

It can only be that we are supposed to have a part in what it takes to shut them down and make them understand:

“See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. Just as there were many who were appalled at you, (my people) his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness—so will he sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of Him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.” – Isaiah 52:13-15

This is the power of the revelation of the cross. This is how we know what love is, and this is how The King of Kings establishes His kingdom in, but not of the earth. The subjects of His kingdom are supposed to be part of the ongoing revelation of this love that silences earthly kings, ie. the ones who commit adultery with Babylon the Great.

Lambs need to be much quieter than what has been calling itself “church.”

“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Revelation 12:11

“Word of their testimony” is not lambs talking, but rather the word of how they are for, and with each other.

God Help us!!

Love!

By Jay Ferris, originally posted May, 2012


 

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NEW RELEASE: When Life Begets….Paperwork?

The following is a letter by Jay Ferris. It is in response to someone asking about a “membership agreement” for his house church. Whether you agree or don’t agree with Jay’s response, hopefully it will provide challenging food for thought for anyone who may be have this same question, or will be, about their own gathering.


QuestionIs it ever necessary to have an agreement within a single house church, for people wanting to join?

J.F.: Probably not. I know it wasn’t necessary to get my children to sign one in the old creation use of my house. Seems like that might be worth thinking about for the new creation use of my house as well. What I have found is that there is a tendency of the living room itself to become Lord of relationship, even with our saying or putting anything in writing. People get in a place or a room together, Jesus shows up and we just assume that we belong to each other.  That’s the problem with appearances. The Matthew 22 wedding guest probably thought that he belonged just because he was in the room in time for the “wedding feast.” The next thing you know, he’s out on his ear. Talk about “whip lash.” The building isn’t Lord; the property deed isn’t Lord; the 501k isn’t Lord; the living room isn’t Lord; the “group” isn’t Lord; human covenant isn’t Lord; what we did, and who was there last week isn’t Lord; the names we choose to call ourselves, they aren’t Lord. I could go on, but I learned that it’s faster and easier just to say that “Jesus is Lord!”

Question: If not, why not?

J.F.: In practice, even where 2 or 3 come together in His Name, these people are likely to be in relationships that transcend that gathering. These other relationships aren’t present, or recognized yet, and so it is very easy for those who see after the flesh to think that those who are in the gathering are “it.”  When in fact some of those who are there might even be thrown out when the King shows up. No amount of paper work is going to be able to fix that. God has no regard for our paper work. True worship is agreeing with God about our gatherings, and our relationships. God has no use for the work of our hands. He doesn’t need it. It only causes trouble. It is misleading! Don’t go there! Jesus only asks us to “Love one another.” He prayed and died for that to happen. That’s the first, last, and middle thing for us to do. Not with the pre-cross kind of love, however. That kind goes away when iniquity abounds. (I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the mystery of iniquity is already at work, and been at work for some time now. You can tell by the lovelessness of those who claim to love Jesus. How about, “let’s choose love,” and leave the driving to Jesus. He is the only One who knows where we are going, and how to negotiate all the obstacles and turns.)

QUESTION: And if so, when there are multiple house churches in relationship to each other, should there be a common statement between them? 

J.F.: Kind of like a neighborhood association? Those are really good if you want to keep undesirables out who ruin property values. You know, the kind of people that Jesus gathered around Himself.

QUESTION: In these statements, people would know what is expected of them and what they can expect from others.

J.F.: Now there’s a “covenant” for you. Wouldn’t you think God would have thought of that. Oh …wait, He already did. Sorry, it’s obsolete, and already fading away. Some things really do die hard!

QUESTION:That way, they can decide if the Lord wants them to be involved with that network or not.

J.F.: Nice! :-/ Kind of puts “human decision and husband’s will” back in the picture. Yeah, that’ll work…. Not!

Snake oil has been out on the market for a long time now, even from the beginning. Even, “God knows in the day you eat/drink you will really be somebody…” Help us Lord!

There is another way. It’s a better way! It turns out to be Jesus! “He is the way, the truth and the life…” No need for a foot note here, just eyes to see, and hearing that understands.

Yours in Christ,

Jay

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Religion is systematic slavery

slave shipSystematic Theology is an oxymoron. God is not a system. God is Spirit!

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:24

The citizenship of the Kingdom of God is composed of lovers. The citizenship of earthly kingdoms, and the prostitute with whom they keep company, (i.e. Babylon the Great, mother of Harlots) is made up of merchants of one kind or another — all with an agenda of getting.

These merchants range from those who sit in the market place crying out, We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn,” Matthew 11:17,

all the way to: “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more [i.e. cargoes including the… ] the bodies and souls of men.” – Revelation 18:11a, 13b.

Slave traders buy and sell the bodies of men, but who can buy and sell the souls of men?

Religious merchants. These merchants include the kings of this earth:

“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: ‘Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come.” – Revelation 18:9,10.

Kings commit the same adultery as the merchants, but their interests are not quite the same; the kings want pure power, and the merchants want purchasing power. All the jewelry of Babylon – the gold, silver and precious jewels – are displays of this power. In the case of kings and those in authority, this power may in the first instance be preeminence. “I wrote unto the church: 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.” “3rd” John 9, 10.

There is a leadership – a kingship of sorts that is in a position to buy and sell the souls of men. This is religious leadership. Beware!

Love!

P.S. Please don’t speak to me of Catholic indulgences, by now there have been far too many Protestant indulgences to justify such a narrow understanding.

By Jay Ferris, originally posted April 27, 2012

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The Zeal of God: Part 2 – NEW RELEASE

Continuing this on restoration zeal, we don’t need to tear anything down. We are too late for that. Jesus tore every barrier down about 2,000 years ago; now all we need do is plunge boldly through it all.

It’s a view from the foot of the Cross that gives all the zeal we need. Jesus not only rent in his own flesh the old covenant veil of pre-existing external regulation, thus making possible real intimacy with God, but every such veil, past, present and future. We don’t have to tear anything down. He tore it all down on the cross! Institutional Christianity has already been torn down at the cross. All we need do is walk through the rent curtain with the life that He put in its place.

There is a zeal in the heart of God. It is a zeal for us to enter into and share His passion. What does that passion look like? For us who believe, or claim to believe, it looks like Jesus on the cross. This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for each other.” God redefined “agape” on the cross. Until then, it was a love only good for friends. After that, it was love good for enemies.¹ 

By Jay Ferris
NEW RELEASE: Part 2 of a “Letter to a Zealot”

¹ Romans 5:10

 

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Relationships From God ~ 2 Problems

Just as with the new birth, relationships that come from God are not a matter of human decision or husband’s will. That is, they are not calculated or contrived at a human level. They are born of Spiritual passion – not human negotiation. They are born of the Passion of Christ in the crucible of new love – not in the pottage of human agenda.

To know what relationships in Christ look like, all we need do is look at Christ and what His relationships cost Him. This is how we know what love is. In short, relationships that come from God can and will get you killed.

I return to this subject once again because there are two very costly mistakes that undifferentiated passion makes. One has to do with the flesh connection, i.e. a reliance on the flesh. The other has to do with a failure to learn the relational lessons that God has built into old creation life. In a sense they both have to do with the flesh; the first has to do with the foolhardiness of the flesh, and the other its inability to see the invisible truth built into created things. On the one hand we are to put no confidence in the flesh, and on the other, we need to learn the invisible things about God that he has built into the created things – things like family, in this instance.

Over the years of living in “relationships that come from God” I learned some painful lessons. The first painful lesson was not to put any stock in the flesh connection. It was one thing to see and appreciate this connection in the old covenant where flesh was only a shadow of things to come. Here, for instance is perhaps the strongest statement of the kind of relationship we are speaking about, only in the flesh: “I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than the love of women.”

This is certainly a very powerful statement, and one which crosses gender lines. I believe that the love between David and Jonathan was mutual, so that we can read this verse in the following sense, “the love we shared, was to me, wonderful…”

Here’s where it goes bad in a New Testament context:

“David asked, ‘Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’ Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, ‘Are you Ziba?’ ‘At your service,’ he replied. The king asked, ‘Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?’ Ziba answered the king, ‘There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.” 2 Samuel 9:1-3

This was certainly an appropriate relational kindness under the Old Covenant. The problem under the New Covenant is that it does not work in the Spirit, because it is rooted in flesh and blood relationship. Time and again, over the years I tried to be there for the flesh and blood relatives of those with whom I had spiritual relationships, and it was a disaster on every occasion. Flesh wars against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. The cost over the years has been very high for me personally as well as for my family.

The next very costly mistake has to do with the possibility of moral failure. It was only recently that I saw that the Apostle Paul dealt with this as a matter of first importance. His first attempt apparently fell on deaf ears: I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.” – 1st Corinthians 5:9-11

Apparently they didn’t get it. In fact they were so far from getting it that they were proud of their tolerance for immoral conduct and people. The previous letter he mentioned, that we don’t have, must have been written after Paul’s first missionary journey to Corinth. Paul was still very much in a learning curve. First time out, he went with Barnabas and Mark, and didn’t make it as far as Corinth. The second time out, Paul had Timothy with him, and his learning curve was much more effective where Paul’s own understanding of relationships was concerned.

Paul saw things in the fellowship at Corinth, that it apparently took him some time to process. The closeness or intimacy of Christian fellowship can be so close that it becomes an occasion for moral failure. This problem was so important that it was addressed in what we know as Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, as well as in a previous letter that has been lost to history.

In any case, the issue has such high priority that only Acts and Romans precede it in the chronology of the scriptures. Both Acts and Romans set the context: Acts with the historical order of Paul’s ministry, and Romans with moral order and context of the Kingdom of God.

Paul finishes his rebuke of this problem at Corinth with the following:

“What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you,” – 1st Corinthians 5:12 & 13.

How then are we to escape even the appearance of sexual immorality in the face of such great salvation, such great intimacy of fellowship, and such relational oneness? The law is no match for such a high calling. Only the invisible things of God revealed in the things created provide us any hope of understanding such passion in the context of human relationships: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse,” Romans 1:20.

The question in the first instance is, “How does God do life?” And in the final version, the more abundant version of life, the question remains the same. We are without excuse if we don’t get how God does life from the created things, for this is how we have an idea how God does life in the new creation. God puts the solitary in families, and this is what Jesus promises us in his new creation – 100-fold of family – all conditional on our willingness to allow the Lord to change our priorities.

The old creation teaches us how it should be between mothers and sons, fathers and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and brothers and sisters. All of these relationships in the first instance are nothing if they are without passion – passion perfectly appropriate – and without moral failure in every case. Family is where we learn how it is to be in life together without moral failure. This is also where we learn about appropriate content, not only for each kind of relationship, but appropriate to every situation, circumstance, and season. If we don’t get it here, Romans tells us that then we will be turned over to perversity – moral failure:

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them,” – Romans 1:24-33.

In short, life makes the boundaries of intimacy so clear that we are without excuse if we miss them. I know this is very hard hitting, but now as then moral failure in the context of supposedly Christian fellowship is epidemic.

  • By Jay Ferris, original posting April, 2012

[1] II Samuel 1:26

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