Aaron Lim - Malaysia - 01/25/2007
Note from David: It is accepted practice in the Nicolaitan churches that Christians fall into a type of idolatrous worship of the pastors. Because of the force of habit it is easy for those coming out of that apostasy to bring this practice with them. Though God ordains scriptural five-fold ministers, their job is to lead us to Jesus Who is the head of every man (1 Corinthians 11). Father wants a personal relationship with you under the guidance of His true leadership. Aaron makes an excellent point here concerning this revelation that was made to him.
A couple of days ago I wrote to you about feeling like I had stopped growing in Christ and felt as if I was stuck back in religion again. I also wrote about how I left home on foot after a confirmation from the Lord, and was tried to see if I really would renounce everything. The Lord miraculously revealed to me that it was a test, like how Abraham offered up Isaac his son, and He blessed me the next day. Praise be to Him!
Anyway, He revealed to me some things I was doing that were wrong. One of the most wicked was idolatry and departing from Him to listen to men. Because of the great gift the Lord has blessed you with over these last few months I have fallen into the trap of seeing the vessel instead of the Lord in him. This is a very dangerous and easy sin to fall into because over time our flesh naturally starts to focus on what is seen. Satan is very crafty, using our flesh to turn even a good thing into evil. I have sinned greatly these past few months by depending completely on your teachings to the point where I was sometimes accepting what you said like the Word of God without searching it out myself in the Word like I used to. The Lord revealed to me that this was a form of religion; it is great sin to forsake our relationship with the Lord to depend on man: Jer. 17:5 Thus saith Jehovah: Cursed is the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from Jehovah. We can be delivered out of bondage to religion and fall right back into it without realizing it. Lately I felt deeply troubled in the spirit like how I felt when I was in bondage to religion. I rebuked it at first, thinking this was impossible since I'm no longer a member of any apostate church, but I knew it was the Holy Spirit so I finally asked the Lord what was wrong? Praise God for His mercy.
The reason I am writing this is because I have discerned the same spirit in some other sincere believers who faithfully listen to UBM teachings. I prayed for and meekly warned one of them, my closest brother in Christ, and he immediately recognized it, confessed and repented. Praise the Lord. Please send out a warning to our brethren to watch out for this dangerous "personality worship" spirit. I think we both realize how dangerous this is. Because I stopped exercising my own spiritual gifts, the Lord took away from me the "word of knowledge", one of the first gifts He gave me, and my desire to read the Word. Please don't be offended; this past week I have also felt clearly in my heart that our sovereign God has the ability to use even you to deceive me if I didn't repent. I pray He never has to do that. The Word He speaks through you has been a blessing to all of us. God bless you and all our brothers and sisters out there.