shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God
is within you.
early church was quickly taken
over by the
Judaizers who quickly set up their own hierarchical system enforcing
old levitical law on the believers. Next, with the
Gentile believers into the fold a little later, alternative systems were soon deployed, imposing
their own brand of rules and regulations
the church in order to control the people.
However, it was
not until the
century when Constantine nationalized the church, for
and financial reasons, that universal dominance gained sway over the
who was losing Her empire in a rapid decline,
the ecclesiastical benefits of the popular spread of Christianity
on the claim she was now the Church she once desperately and ruthlessly
tried to stamp out of existence. The majority thought ... "Wow,
the system has now changed. Because it is now Christian it will
to us. Therefore, as its leaders are now Christian we must
as God's mouth piece!"
... rejection and
atrocity to the degree never known before, for anyone
not bowing to this new brand of "Christianity".
wasn't long before this new Roman/Latin
exported across Europe arriving in Britain as a replacement for the
Saxon and Celtic varieties already there, by imposing submission to
and compliance to its bigger and better building programmes etc.
after centuries of suppression
(known as the medieval times) the Reformers
came wielding the scriptures in defiance of elitist priesthood and in
defence of religious
liberty. This resulted in a mass resistance against Roman
clerical oppression and papal
dominance, as well as acting as a cloak to hide Protestantism's new
agenda of making
Dark Ages were over, but 'twas in
practice only one form of monopoly
replacing another, with its own system of
torture and execution, for those who would not yield to its new
practice of reform.
more enlightenment came to the
to the Bible being no
longer hidden away in medieval abbeys, or burnt in public, the
opportunity soon arose
and market it, and sell it as a public
break-away group could become
more camouflaged and subtle about the way they went about doing ritual
and observances, like replacing the kingdom with Sabbath day culture,
church", as well as establishing their own sub-kingdom practices.
refined variety by the way, was
around the globe as Britain (and its European rivals) were busy empire
building, and sending out missionaries who taught denominationalism and
imposed their own Christianized culture on the aboriginal locals, in the name of civilizing them.
meant coming to a
European "Jesus" and doing things their "refined", "cultivated" and "enlightened" way. Like being baptized into the
church and exchanging their loincloths for holyday apparel; while coming
beautifully on Sunday. Or whatever the Sabbath was!
If native culture and tradition could not be suppressed (for appearance
sake), it could
be observed in private or taken out of mothballs to
guests and dignitaries on special occasions. In latter times
for enterprisers or tourists, waving the mighty dollar!
way was now open for the Great
came America with its
dominance on the world
scene, exporting its hi tech big business, multi-million sky-scraping
showmanship. In the name of Jesus, to add religious credence as
well as making it sound relevant for the time. Sounded great, but
'twas all part of the
religious business trade, "Christian" culture, empire
building, money making ventures, and all that guff.
it all the Lord was keeping
a remnant, who would not be hoodwinked by the promises of heaven,
through yielding to
the demands of the clergy and the entrapments of their
To the non conformists (of whom the remnant were termed in those
days) truth was not religious bait, but revelation they embraced,
practised, and lived; outside the
camp and beyond the closely guarded traditions and doctrines of
This was the
kingdom of God coming not with grand
processions, fancy dress codes, ringing and dinging bells, and
magnificent edifices. But being hidden from the world
and revealed only to the contrite and broken. The realm
that one can
only see upon being spiritually regenerated (born again) and
experienced as God's eternal kingdom and place of dwelling. There
short cuts to this reality. Bottom line ... you wont see
and experience it, unless
you have first renounced the world and embraced God's free gift, to those who would call on His name.