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"He who speaks of himself seeks his own glory." (Jesus, John 7:18)
"He must increase and I must decrease" (John the Baptist as recorded by John the apostle, John 3:30)
The greatest, the spirit of Elijah
Note this very simple and beautiful phrase from John the Baptist. According to Christ he was the greatest of the prophets, the predicted one who would come in the spirit and power of Elijah, yet even greater than him. (Matthew 11:11,14; 17:10-13; Luke 1:17) And in this brief and profound sentence we have the key to his character. Christians are quite the opposite to this. They love to recount their own experiences; they will devote entire services to this self-congratulatory witnessing of "what God is doing in their lives." Goats love to hear this stuff, and will write and read countless books about their favorite subject: themselves. That is not the Word.
Jesus, who was the only one with the right to point to himself, made it clear that bearing witness to ones own experience or self is wrong, and even the churchmen of his day knew it well. (John 5:31; 8:13,14) Do not be seduced by Christian testimony-worship. Let the churchmen revel in their own faith and experiences for which they will receive applause, not harassment. They have their reward - on earth. Christians even think that salvation is by their faith rather than by a life of perfect obedience to God. Not so. That is the most subtle way of making their faith into a work of human effort, the cause of redemption. This is the foundation stone of almost every Christian "gospel" and it is totally false. It is not an inward belief or selfish event which saves! That is precisely why John Lambert, when being burned at the stake by the church in 1538, cried out, "None but Christ, none but Christ!"
Lambert had stood alone while disputing with Henry VIII and ten bishops. He was right and they were wrong, and how that enraged them. Want to discover what Lambert had found? Want to taste that stand-alone faith so absent from the world and its churches? Then obtain a copy of The Truth Which Sets Free.