It has always been taught by instructors that the danger of not knowing your history, or where you came from, is that you would be doomed to repeating it. For this article we will compare the Jewish church of Yashua’s day with the religious right of ours.
When Yashua/Jesus came the first time, the Sadduccess & Pharisees of His day hated Him because He challenged their authority. They had practiced their religion so long that they were afraid of change and became comfortable with their man-made doctrines. Fear of change is a sin in and of itself as the world is constantly changing and refusing to change can cause you to stagnate spiritually. Just make sure that in changing you conform yourself to the image of God and don’t try to conform the image of God to the lies of the world.
The main reason why the church is losing ground in the western world today is because they are trying to do things the way they have always done them. The very definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while getting the same result. In the area of politics this is the exact problem with the GOP; trying to run a country the way it has always been run. I even read an article lately that said if the GOP wanted to have a shot at the white house again, they would have to make some changes.
Like the Sadduccees & Pharisees of the Messiah’s day, the religious right doesn’t like modern day believers and worshippers of the Living G-d to challenge their authority. There are even some churches that will make you question your salvation if you do so. That goes back to what it says in the Word-if God be for you who dare be against you. If you are truly following the L-rd then the very people you worship with may come against you. You have nothing to worry about if you have the peace that surpasses all understanding because it says in the Word that anybody who comes against the Anointing of the L-rd brings a curse upon themselves. That goes for coming against Israel or any truly spirit-filled person.
Of course many older Americans were brought up to not question authority. And some younger ones; though the baby boomers pretty much stood in the face of this one in their rebellion against the establishment of the 1960′s.
Let’s look at the case of the healthcare system. Which for some reason I actually thought hospitals were nonprofit. Understanding that hospitals are for profit, and according to rumor have a little “financial backing” from the Pharmaceutical industry, makes us question the growing number of certain diagnoses.
For example, you don’t hear about clinical depression or generalized anxiety disorders anymore. Everything is Bipolar Disorder. I even read on one post that depression, anxiety, mania, paranoia, and irritability/anger could even by symptoms of Schizophrenia. So it wouldn’t surprise me if the day comes when more and more people are being diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenics. I think I have already seen some of this in my life in the inner city of Fort Worth which is dominated by MHMR over the last year.
Another commonly diagnosed physical malady is Acid Reflux, or GERD. Notice the meds for Bipolar and Acid Reflux are highly expensive? Often times the anxiety symptoms in mental illness can cause digestive problems or even heartburn. I have experienced this firsthand.
Remember back when Doctors would give thorough diagnosises and look at homeopathic remedies or natural medicines? Remember back when antipsychotics, or shrink meds as someone commented on a previous post, were add-ons to antidepressants? Now they are being prescribed right off and told that the patient will have to take these meds for life.
Wouldn’t want the good doctor and pharmacy to lose business now would we? It wouldn’t surprise me if they started prescribing antipsychotics shrink meds as add-ons to Nexium for Acid Reflux. It’s guaranteed to take your mind off your pain-because you will be literally be sleeping it off. Keep taking that crap and one day you might not wake up.
Back to the main topic. Putting God first in everything means challenging whatever the world teaches us; this includes medical professionals, clergy, and liberal college professors. The Word does teach us to submit to those placed in authority over us but often times those placed in authority over us will get on a power trip and take advantage of that authority. Failure to question established authority could make them an idol.
Seeking first the Kingdom of God means weighing every doctrine and teaching of man against the Word and not letting anyone influence what G-d shows us except for the Holy Spirit. Although we will usually have two or three witnesses to confirm what our Father is showing us.
That goes with getting a second opinion when we face a diagnosis. Often times, and this is true in the case of mental illness, when we have a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, a second opinion will match the first one because when doctors get releases of medical history they are afraid to question another doctor because they themselves don’t like being questioned. It doesn’t help that they live in fear of being sued for malpractice in case they misdiagnose. Guess in their eyes it’s better to overdiagnose than underdiagnose.
“Follow God and He will show you some things. And no one will believe you.”-E Bishop Wooten