Is Ignorance Bliss?

“Ignorance is bliss,” so the saying goes, but is it really? Can we continue to plead ignorance, especially after so much truth has been presented to us, and then go on ignoring the truth, as though it won’t affect us? And, because we want to hold on to our traditions or to our sinful addictions?

Granted, sometimes we really are ignorant about some things, but we should not go around with blinders on, not even willing to listen to anything which is contrary to what we have always believed about certain things.

Not saying here that we should entertain other religions or false gospels, but that some things we have always done or have always been taught may not be of God, but may be of human origin, so we need to be willing to seek God about these matters, and inquire of him as to how he feels about certain practices, so that we don’t go on in ignorance, thinking it won’t matter.

The Lord Jesus led me to read Colossians 2:1-5, 16-23 (NASB).

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument. For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ. Vv. 1-5

I grew up attending church gatherings with my family, so the church has always been a part of my life, even before I trusted in Christ as my Savior at age 7. I went to a building, called “church,” of a particular Christian denomination. And, then, upon moving different places, in my married life, my husband and I were also a part of several other denominations. And, we were even church planters twice, but very short-lived each time.

When we were church planters this last time, in 2004, we were persuaded that we had to incorporate our group under the federal tax exempt status known as the 501c3 for not-for-profit corporations. So, we did that. We also went to their church planters training, much of which was about marketing and building a business from the bottom up. And, they used human business models for how to start (plant) a church (a not-for-profit corporation).

My husband was going for his ordination and I was going for my consecration (a female version of ordination), which was the same program, basically. And, we were assigned to read the Bible through from Genesis to Revelation. I don’t think I had ever done that before, so I did it. But, as I did, the Lord began to open my eyes to so many things I had never seen before. He showed me things in his Word I had not quite seen in that light, because of my upbringing, and because of what I had always practiced or had modeled to me.

For one, the Lord began to open my mind and understanding with regard to the US government (I live in the USA). I had no idea about these matters before. I was truly ignorant. But, I listened to what he was teaching me, and I did the homework, and I came to see that the US government is of the beast of Revelation, and it is definitely part of Mystery Babylon, the harlot, who rides the beast. I also learned that a shadow government, of the world’s elite, was the de facto government of the US, and that our leaders were just puppets doing the bidding of this shadow government.

The Lord also opened my eyes to see what all our government was involved in worldwide in serving this beast in conquering nations, peoples, lands, natural resources and killing innocents in multiple nations in order to bring the world under the rule of this beast. We are not the good guys over in these nations fighting off terrorists and protecting our own people, but we, the USA, are the world’s terrorists, terrorizing and murdering and raping at will whoever we want. We, the USA, are the world’s bullies.

Then, he opened my eyes to the concept of “institutional church.” When I first heard that phrase, I had no idea what the people were talking about, so I asked, and then I learned. What I learned is that the church is not a building (steeple or no steeple). It is not a denomination. It is not a not-for-profit corporation. It is not a business. And, the “sanctuary” inside the building was not where the presence of God dwelt, for God does not live in buildings built by human hands. He dwells in human hearts.

So, what I learned, too, is that the church is the people of God, the body of Christ, and that we can meet together any place, even on the internet, on any day of the week, and at any hour of day. We, as the body of Christ, are not required to hold to the Jewish Sabbath, because now Christ dwells within us by the Holy Spirit, so our “Sabbath Rest” is our salvation. We enter into that rest when we believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives.

Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God. vv. 16-19

But, then the Lord showed me that his body is actually in violation to his instructions (commands) in scripture by being joined together with the US government via the 501c3, and by partnering with the US government, in an unholy union, and by turning the body of Christ, God’s house, into a marketplace, a business, which is marketed just like any other business. And, it isn’t just that they partnered with the ungodly, but they partnered with the beast and with the harlot of Revelation, Babylon.

And, so I pray that you will pray and ask the Lord if this is true. Am I telling you the truth that the US government is part of the beast? And/or that they serve the beast? And, that this beast shadow government is the true government of the USA? Will you ignore this, or will you honestly inquire of the Lord as to the truth of this, and be willing to search it out?

Also, the Bible clearly teaches that we are not to partner with the ungodly, for what fellowship has light with darkness? And, that we are not to turn the house of the Lord, the body of Christ, into a marketplace. But, will you continue to ignore that? Or, will you honestly ask God if what I am telling you is the truth? For, we are commanded to come out from them and to be separate, and to touch no unclean thing (2 Co. 6:14-18).

And, the same is taught with regard to Babylon. What or who is Babylon? Ask God. Read about it. If we are supposed to come out from her midst, so that we don’t share in her sins or in her punishment, because her sins are piled high to heaven, then it would behoove us to know who this Babylon is so that we do come out from her. We can’t keep pleading ignorance, or turn our backs to the truth, because we love our institutional churches or because we claim that the Bible says we are not supposed to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, and so we excuse these truths away.

If a bunch of Christians met at a McDonald’s restaurant for the teaching of the Word, for fellowship, for prayer, and for the breaking of bread, that would not make McDonald’s the church. Just because it is called “church” does not make it the church. The church is NOT a business! It is the people of God, under the headship of Christ, doing the will of God. Where or when we meet doesn’t matter. But, who we partner with does matter! It matters a great deal to God, and that is why he is saying “COME OUT!” (Rev. 18:4-5)

If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence. Vv. 20-23

The point here, not in exact parallel, obviously, to this passage of scripture, is that if we have died with Christ to the principles of this world, why do we continue to submit ourselves to them? In our case they are not saying “don’t touch,” but they are often giving the freedom to touch just about anything and everything, i.e. they are giving free license for lasciviousness.

And, they are leading us to do what is contrary to God’s Word, because we are following man’s thinking instead of God’s, and man’s traditions, instead of God’s commands, in some of these cases.

I have many people in my life who just can’t get why I left the institutional church. They just can’t fathom why, in their eyes, I have abandoned “the church.” I try to explain to them that I have not left the church. I have left the Babylonian institutional church which is in bed with the US government-beast-harlot. And, I did so because God’s Word says to “COME OUT!”

I wish they would take the time to inquire of God about these matters, and that they would come to grips with the truths presented here. But, if they don’t, and if any should persecute me for my stand, then I am to rejoice.

All Through the Night
An Original Work / December 7, 2013

Based off Various Scriptures

Blessed are you when you’re persecuted
Because of your faith in Jesus Christ.
Blessed are you when people insult you,
And falsely say what leads folks to doubt.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is
Great in the heavens. You’re not alone.

When you are persecuted in one place,
Flee to another. God will be there.
You will be hated by all the nations
Because you testify of God’s grace.
Many will seize you and persecute you,
And put to death the foll’wers of Christ.

Yet, do not fear what humans may do to you,
For I’m with you all through the night.
I tell you, love your enemies with my love,
And forgive as I forgave you.
Pray for those who do evil against you.
Rest in my love and grace from above.

Saturday, December 23, 2017, 8:30 p.m. – Thank you, Jesus, for this teaching from your Word. I pray that all who would read this would prayerfully inquire of you as to the truth contained therein, and that they would respond to you in obedience to Your Word.

7 thoughts on “Is Ignorance Bliss?

  1. Interesting post Sue, I had already put together the linkage of the reasoning you have mentioned, previously, through inferences you have made in your other posts. I don’t know if you are aware of it, but the very thing that you accuse others of doing to you, you now are doing to others. I’d really appreciate if you would think about that.

    Are we talking about the Illuminati or those who are working towards a coming world order? Are we talking about the current American foreign policy, or preceding that, the practices and injustices of colonialism? And you say that the USA is the beast of Revelation. You are aware that many learned Christians deem the beast as a coalition of nations that will arise under a coming world order in the future during the tribulation period and that your inference that the USA is currently the beast, would differ from there’s, although I will grant you that the USA might in fact, in the future, become part of that coalition.

    I’ve checked out the references you provided previously for the 501c3 for not-for-profit corporations and there are both pros and cons for utilizing this option, although I will grant you, it would appear that the benefits do not surpass the negatives associated with this option. Does that mean that all Christians who belong to a church that have subscribed to the 501c3 not-for-profit corporation option are no longer considered as “true believers” by God because those to whom they are subject to have chosen that option?

    What you are basically asking all other Christians who belong to institutionalized churches is to leave them and do as you have done, telling them that what you have done is the correct way to go and they are in error.

    And you have indicated that pledging allegiance to the flag, celebrating Christian traditional holidays such as Easter or Christmas are also, not in accordance with your understanding of God’s will and we should abandon them also, like you have done. With regard to esteeming one day more special as another, or esteeming all days as the same, you are aware that the Apostle Paul specifically admonished us not to criticize those who choose to follow either of those two choices, but you are inferring that we who hold Easter and Christmas as special days are wrong to do so. Why is it that we are to accept your decision to deem every day as special but you deem those of us who choose to hold up special days such as Easter and Christmas as being in error? Am I wrong in thinking that it should go both ways?

    It’s just like a domino effect, because the USA is the beast and the institutionalized churches are under the authority of the beast, all those who remain in these churches error. Because the USA is the beast and it’s foreign policies aren’t always just, we should stop participating in democracy like you, because it is flawed. Really?

    I have no doubt that there will come a time when these things that are spoken of in Revelation will come to pass ….. but we’re not there yet. Do you seriously think that Jesus was not aware of the wrongs that were being committed by the Romans yet what did He say? “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s”.

    Do you still pay your taxes? Isn’t that supporting the beast? Should we stop paying taxes also? Do you accept tax benefits from the government? How about our police forces, do we still need to follow our laws? How about honouring those who have given their lives so that we can keep the freedoms that we currently do enjoy, should we stop honouring them because they are agents of the beast? I served in the Canadian military for 35 years and have seen many things that you have not seen. Many many people have given their lives because they wanted others to enjoy the freedoms that we hold dear. Common decent men and women in whom I am honoured to call my comrades. It’s not all black and white Sue, there are shades of grey within our world.

    I could ask you for your sources but in all seriousness I don’t want to go there. I have a son who is so into the negatives of our world that he trusts no one. It literally has crippled his life. I’m familiar with most of the sources. I actually checked them out by researching many many hours and I could devote the remaining years of my life to keeping up with the never ending stream of information that “proves” that our government is corrupt, just like all other governments and that everything is orchestrated to the advantage of the few at the top of the food chain, but to what end?

    Where does it stop?

    I have no doubt whatsoever about your love for the Lord. You have been wounded, many times, by those within the church and by those whom you have trusted. I’ve been there. Maybe not in the exact ways that you have been hurt but I’ve gone through my own hurts. We can’t live like that, the body of the church is designed to function together, face to face, and you know it. That is with the imperfections and subject to being mistreated or misunderstood. It’s just like being in love, we open ourselves to being hurt but in the end, if the love that two people have for one another is really love, they will work through the imperfections and the forgiveness and arrive at a oneness where both are honoured. It’s not easy, nothing worth anything ever is.

    There are things that I can control and there are things that are beyond my control. I trust that God’s spirit within me will guide me in the days ahead as He has done in days past. For now, God would have me be with others of like mind and faith, with all their imperfections, just like me, imperfect as I am.

    Hopefully I have given you something to think about, your walk with God is your own, between you and Him, just like my walk with God is. All I am doing is sharing my thoughts on your topic of my presumed ignorance, because that is what you are really saying to me.

    You know I hold you dear in my heart Sue.

    Blessings!

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    • Bruce, Did you pray about this before you responded? Did you inquire of the Lord as to whether or not what I was sharing here was truth? That is what I asked of you. If you didn’t, and you just responded first, will you now take the time to inquire of the Lord as to whether or not what I am sharing here is the truth?

      For, this is the truth he has revealed to me, some of which is directly stated in his Word, and some of which has been revealed to me by his Spirit, and then confirmed by my research, and by others, as a practical application of Biblical truth for what is happening in our world today, not in the future, although there are future parts to it, as well. Revelation 13, for example, is happening now. Will you ask the Lord if that is true?

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  2. Just got back from church, my apology for the delay. Yes I have prayed about this, on more than one occasion and just prior to beginning my response to this particular post. There have been other posts that I wanted to respond to but when I prayed about them God’s Spirit within me told me it was not the time, so I didn’t. So I read more of your posts and responded to them without any negative inference. In short, I think God wanted me to know you better and I did what He asked of me. When I read this particular post, I was led to understand that you had crossed the “t’s” and dotted the “i’s” and that I could respond and you can be assured I emphasized that I did not want to do or say anything that was hurtful towards you in any way. You say that Revelation 13 is happening now. Happening in the sense that preparations are underway, I could agree with that, happening in the sense that all of Revelation 13 has already happened? I don’t think so. This particular post of yours lays out the rationale on which you base all of your decisions regarding the government, Christian celebrations and the church and your involvement or participation with the government, Christian celebrations or the church. You speak of “we” but what you are really inferring is that anyone who doesn’t see the truth as you see it is ignorant. That’s me you’re talking about. I just came back from a church service where we celebrated the birth of our Saviour and I can assure you that it was not a license for lasciviousness. I don’t want to argue with you Sue, we see eye to eye on many aspects of doctrine within the scriptures. I just asked you to consider some of the questions that I raised, considering that you basically laid the ignorance accusation at my door. Like Jesus said to me many years ago, “What did you expect him to say?” Well this time, the “him” is “me”.

    Blessings!

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    • Bruce, I can assure you that this did not come from me, but from the Lord. I had no preconceived notion that I would write about this subject whatsoever. The Lord has been showing me these truths for 13 years now, and it is what he has been having me write about quite a bit, but just not as much recently as in years before. And, the message from him has been consistent every time, without wavering. As his servant, when he gives me a message, I must give it, even if it is not well received, and even if it meets with harsh rebuke, rejection or even misunderstanding. I am fully aware when I post something such as this of the possible repercussions, and I am fully prepared to receive such rebuke without it hurting my feelings whatsoever.

      So, I will continue to be faithful to my Lord, because I know that what he is showing me is truth, and I know that he is warning his church of the consequences of remaining unequally yoked together with the ungodly and of turning his house of prayer into a marketplace. We all have to answer to God for what we do with what his Word commands, and so I leave you to him, and pray that he will show you the way HE wants you to go, and that you will respond to HIS words in this matter. Your sister in Christ – Sue Love

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