My Problem is Not with Jesus Christ! It's with the Church! (And Dumb People!)
Or rather, my problem is with the small group of demons who are controlling the church, the world and all of mankind! I'm also not too keen on all of the close-minded idiots who blindly follow the church! The sheeple if you will! The 85 percenters! In reality I have a problem with all religious idiots! It doesn't matter what the religion is! For all those who have been indoctrinated into modern Christianity (or any other modern opportunistic institutionalized pop culture religion for that matter),... for all those who think they are better than everyone else because they've "accepted" Jesus (or whatever G-d they believe in)... or for all those who love to debate about Jesus (or G-d) because their arrogance would lead them to believe that they are the utmost authority of all things spiritual.... Charles W. Schaefer makes some pretty valid points. So who is Charles W. Schaefer you ask? Well, he is the author of an incredible book that I just finished reading called "The Synagogue of Satan: The Apostate Church Prefigured in the Parables of Jesus." What an excellent read! Excellent for all peoples of all religions! Although I am technically not a Christian, nor have I ever actually believed in or prayed to "Jesus Christ" so to speak (at least not in this lifetime... although I have prayed to/ invoked the Esoteric Hebrew names of Jesus... but I won't go into all of that right now), it does appear that I have been living by his words, teachings and deeds (most of the time), which according to the author is the most important thing one can do to be saved! (If there is such a thing as being saved?) The following are some of my favorite quotes from the book... quotes I can really relate to!
1) "May it be said once and for all to those claiming our works can not save us that our works are the only thing that can save the world. For although salvation is in Christ alone, the world will never find Him, never see Him, but through the light His people beam, that is, through their works."
2) "Beware the synagogue of Satan's alluring lie that the "grace" of salvation costs Christ everything and us nothing."
3) "Christians prefer to debate theology with each other rather than to act on Christ's teachings, yet in the gospels Jesus repeatedly commands us not to dispute concepts with each other but rather to enact His teachings. It is the action we take to fulfill His commandments, not our particular theory of atonement, that atones us. Arguing with others about doctrine , even if one is "right", does not save the human soul. Practicing the teachings of Jesus Christ in actual attitudes and deeds raises one's immunity above human understanding to the level of Jesus Christ himself."
4) "No answers to the commands of G-d are wanted. Saying yes to Christ is a worthless verbal act. The Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. (I Corinthians 4:20) If all we have ever done in this talkative time of history is to "say yes" to Christ, we are Christians in word only and not in power, and therefore we are not Christians- carrying out to its full realization the revelation of Christ..."
5) "Absolute criteria for discernment of the elect in this world cannot under any conditions be established, and should never be attempted. We owe all human beings our love, respect and compassion. To judge who is "elect" and who is not is to usurp the power and glory of judgment, which is Christ's alone."
6) "To obsess a human being with the idea that he has been willed by G-d in "eternity past" to be saved unconditionally, that is, regardless of what he does or does not do, is among the most frightful of demonic traps to the human psyche, the most subtle of demonically induced presumptions, and must never be admitted for a moment into our mind, lest it take root as an addiction and destroy us."
7) "It is as if they think all they need for everlasting life is proficiency in knowing the right name for the Founder of their religion (ours is a very label-conscious culture that impresses itself by applying correct denotations to all manner of peoples, places and things.) In this they show their frightfully shallow grasp of reality, for human destiny, unlike popular religion, is not determined by applying correct labels. Applying to Jesus Christ the correct label of "Lord"- demonstrating the vocabulary of doctrinal correctness-is not enough for us to pass from the wrath of G-d to salvation."
8) "In order for faith to increase, the believer's sense of importance along with the church's sense of importance within the Kingdom of God must decrease! Our shallow contemporary outlook would most likely presume that in answering a request for increased faith Christ would advise His followers to fast, pray, or diet on selective nutrition as a means of precipitating advanced states of transcendental meditation-like "faith." Instead, He simply claims that only the dislodging of self-importance from one's head will clear it enough for faith to enter and take root..."
9) "The "mass man" or "mass woman", having no real self, is incapable of prophetic judgment, being without spiritual discernment, and should never become the standard of those who follow Christ."
10) "Our sweeping away of all connections with the holy and our decorating of our lives with all the usual garnishments of a secular society are the direct cause of demonic power over us. To resist and then reverse this spiritual acceleration toward vacuity is the beginning of true repentance, and the only way to flee the synagogue of Satan."
11) "Personal opportunism among the chosen people has replaced the hunger of the soul for God!"
12) "In contemporary Christianity, we everywhere encounter the dangerous teaching that the grace of G-d operates automatically, perhaps by its very nature, or perhaps because of predestination, saving us regardless of what we do or do not do, so long as we think or profess that we " believe." The danger produced by such an understanding of grace is that, feeling no existential/ experiential connection to it because it is automatic-completely beyond us- we make no contribution to our salvation from ourselves..."
13) "Add virtue to your faith... he that lacketh these things is blind...and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. If ye do these things, ye shall never fail (II Peter 1:5,10)
"Add virtue to your faith!" Only by contributing personal moral effort to our faith do we make possible the bearing of spiritual fruit and render ourselves eternally secure.
Far from being passive, we are agents of causation in our destiny."
14) "Draw nigh to G-d, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, purify your hearts, ye double-minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (4:8-10) Speaking from the strictly experiential standpoint, even the entire ocean of G-d's grace is forever out of reach if man will not first "draw nigh to G-d" by cleansing the hands and purifying the heart, by affliction and mourning and humility, and by abandoning double-mindedness."
15) "He or she whose "love" distills into acts of compassion rather than mere statements of faith and doctrinal argumentation has fulfilled all the laws of G-d. (Romans 13:8-10)"
16) "Whether ones loves the Lord G-d with all his or her heart need not be asked at the Judgment, for it will already be answered by what one has done with his fellow man."
17) "When anything, even beautifully worded creeds or precisely stated doctrines, supplants our desperate need for G-d in Himself, it has become antichrist unto us."
18) "Among the varieties of failing Christians is the "lick-and-a-promise Christian", whose identification with Jesus Christ consists of a smile and the claim of having "accepted Christ" ("accepting Christ" as a phrase is nowhere encountered in Scripture.) That such a shallow understanding of grafting into Christ should actually characterize any living persons is an indication of how wrong the emphasis of many Christian churches has been."
19) "The fruitless "Christian" is cursed never to bear fruit again, and withers away, whether he knows it or not, whether he goes to church or not. The synagogue of Satan's house is left unto it desolate (Mathew 23:38; Luke 13:35
Christ receives us unto Himself not that he might admire and pamper us, but rather that He might have from us the fruit he wills to bring into the world through us!"
20) "Churches organize themselves like businesses. The emphasis is on increasing income and increasing customer satisfaction. It's difficult for real men of G-d to tell the truth these days, because the real truth is viewed as "bad for business", and almost always the truth hurts people's feelings."
Thank you Charles W. Schaefer for writing and publishing this most inspiring book! I may not be a Christian, and I may not pray to Jesus Christ, but I do believe in and live by just about everything you are conveying in this book! BRAVO! EXCELLENT! I may actually have to take some time to read the New Testament... whenever I finally get done reading the old one!
Jennie H is a Reiki Master Energy Healer, Co-Founder of Self Saviorz Society California Non-Profit 501(c)(3), Poet, Author and Entertainer with goals to help raise the vibration and consciousness of humanity!