Institute of Love

THE CHURCH IS INUNDATED WITH JEZEBELS

By Edwin Christiaan | April 10, 2021

The Bible says,

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against EVIL SPIRITS in the heavenly places.” Ephesians‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The Jezebel Spirit is one heck of an evil spirit that fights men to take away their God-given authority. In order for someone to have the evil spirit of Jezebel, this person must be a woman! Jesus made this very clear while admonishing the church of Thyatira. He told them:

“But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray.” Revelations 2:20 NLT

Here, Jesus specifically emphasizes the word “THAT” – you are permitting “THAT WOMAN” – that Jezebel. Jesus was referring to the infamous, wicked woman, Queen Jezebel, from the Old Testament days, who was known for undermining the authority of her husband, King Ahab, by controlling and manipulating him, and taking over his leadership. (See 1. Kings 21)

The reason the Jezebel Spirit only [...]

GOD DOES THE PAYBACK

By Edwin Christiaan | April 6, 2021

Jesus said,

“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” Matthew‬ ‭5:44‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The apostle Paul wrote,

“Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.”‭‭ Romans‬ ‭12:17-19‬ ‭NLT

‬‬“We know that God has said He will punish and take revenge. We also know that the Scriptures say the Lord will judge His people. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God!” Hebrews‬ ‭10:30-31‬ ‭CEV

‬‬In the Bible book of first Peter chapter 3 it says,

“Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and He will grant you His blessing.” 1. Peter‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

By Edwin Christiaan | April 5, 2021

When a married woman is from God, the Bible says, She submits to her husband as to the Lord. She always puts her husband first, as the church puts Christ first.‭‭ She understands and support her husband by submitting to him in ways that honors the Lord. She does good to her husband and she is responsive to his needs. Even if her husband opposes any words about God, she wins him over by what she does.

No one else will have to say anything to him, because he will be captivated by her life of holy beauty.‭‭ She is not concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. She does not draw attention to herself by the way she fix her hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. She instead makes herself attractive by the good things she does. She clothes herself with the beauty that comes from her heart by being gentle and quiet. This kind of beauty will last, and God considers [...]

WHEN A MARRIED MAN IS FROM GOD

By Edwin Christiaan | April 2, 2021

When a married man is from God, the Bible says, He provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to His church, not by domineering but by cherishing. He goes all out in his love for his wife, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. His words evoke his wife’s beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her.

He does not hate or reject himself. He loves his wife as much as he loves himself. He loves his wife and does not abuse her. He fulfills his wife’s sexual needs. He gives authority over his body to his wife and does not deprive her of sexual intimacy.‭‭

He thinks about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife. He does not provoke his children, causing them to become discouraged. He honors his wife and treats her with understanding.‭‭‭‭

(See Ephesians‬ ‭5:22-33‬, Colossians 3:19, 1. Corinthians 7:3-5, 1 Corinthians 7:33, Colossians 3:21, 1. Peter 3:7)

By Edwin Christiaan | April 1, 2021

It is April first, 2021. Wasn’t March supposed to be the month that we would be celebrating that Donald Trump was going to be back in the office of the presidency? According to this famous prophet, Hank Kunneman, God hates anyone who speaks up against his many failed prophecies about Trump and the Coronavirus, as he cites Proverbs 6 verse 19, which says,

“A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.” Proverbs‬ ‭6:19‬ ‭NKJV

‬‬This is typical the behavior of a cultic narcissistic leader. He also defiantly challenged his critics saying, ‘come back in four years.’ What a joke! The Bible clearly teaches that we are to test what is being said.

“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”‭‭I. Thessalonians‬ ‭5:19-22‬ ‭NKJV‬‬“

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” I. John‬ ‭4:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Hank Kunneman’s justification that Trump [...]

I DO NOT CELEBRATE PASSOVER

By Edwin Christiaan | March 28, 2021

Why? Because the apostle Paul, who once kept all the Jewish Old Covenant laws of Moses, now says to the New Testament born-again believer,

“Don’t let anyone tell you what you must eat or drink. Don’t let them say you must celebrate the New Moon festival, the Sabbath, or any other festival. These things are only a shadow of what was to come. But Christ is real!” ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:16-17‬ ‭CEV‬‬

In other words, Like all the other Old Testament Jewish Feasts, the Passover Feast was a foreshadowing of Christ’s atoning work on the cross. Passover was the time in Israel’s history when the Lord moved through Egypt killing all firstborn and animals. The Israelites were commanded by God to take the blood of a male lamb, one without blemish, and smear it on the doorposts of their houses. When the Lord saw the blood, He would “pass over” that house. This is a foreshadowing of the spotless Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, whose blood would cover the sins of those who believe in Him, [...]

A PICTURE OF TOXIC CHRISTIANS

By Edwin Christiaan | March 27, 2021

Toxic Christians are people who quarrel and fight. They are jealous of what others have, so they fight and wage war to take it away from them. They are bitter, and have selfish ambition in their hearts. They cover up the truth with boasting and lying. They are not humble, but instead they like to impress others. They think of themselves as better than others, and only look out for their own interests. They are not able forgive anyone who offends them. They will never want to change their ways, because they don’t think they do anything wrong. They love only themselves and money. They are puffed up with pride, and are rude. They are ungrateful, heartless, and hateful. Their words are cruel, and they have no self-control or empathy. They are sneaky. Instead of loving God, they love pleasure. Even though they make a show of being religious, their religion will not be real.

Don’t have anything to do with such people!

‭‭(See James‬ ‭4:1-2‬, James 3:14, Philippians 2:3-4, Colossians 3:13, Revelation [...]

MODERN NARCISSISM NORMALIZED FOR CHRISTIANS

By Sophia Christiaan | March 23, 2021

As someone who has lived in a marriage of 8 years of phycological abuse, I can say that I know what abuse is! I have lived through it, escaped it, healed from it. I wrote a book about my life, detailing (some of!) it, yet far from all (https://amzn.to/2WWZK91). I know what it is to live with a narcissistic, cold-hearted spouse, who took advantage of my goodness to enslave me for his pleasure.

HOWEVER, I want to address this culture we are having in our society today, where every little challenge we get is labeled “narcissistic” or “abusive.” Let’s be crystal clear: Not everything that challenges you is abuse. Sometimes, we just need to hear the truth about something we do that is totally wrong!

Does it feel wrong to you? Maybe not! Does it offend you to be told something you disagree with? Perhaps! But, I would say, the narcissism we are facing today is not in how we are being challenged or treated, but rather in our blanket refusal to hear it!

We have [...]

IT WAS A BIG DEAL WHEN

By Edwin Christiaan, March 20, 2021

“Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” Matthew 21:12-13 NLT

It is the same today, when you go into the Church and they do business, profiting off of Jesus and His Word! They cleverly make it normal practice for you to reciprocate their services by tithing to the church (giving 10% of your income every month), and paying for things like Bible schools, online teachings, conferences, even food and drinks.

Jesus taught His disciples for three years for free, and then sent them out with this instruction,  

“As you go, announce that the kingdom of heaven will soon be here. Heal the sick, raise the dead to life, heal people who have leprosy, and force out demons. You received without paying, now give [...]

WHO IS A FALSE TEACHER – THE APOSTLE PAUL, OR THE PASTOR?

By Edwin Christiaan, March 17, 2021 

Pastors are using the Old Testament Law of Moses – meant for the Israelites – quoting the book of Malachi chapter 3 verses 8 to12 to obligate, pressure, and guilt trip churchgoing believers to pay tithes. If they don’t give a tithe – 10 percent – of their monetary income to the church, they will be “robbing God” and “get cursed.” 

Interestingly however, the apostle Paul, who knew everything about keeping the Law of Moses – including tithing – wrote this about himself in the Bible, 

“I am a true Hebrew. As a Pharisee, I strictly obeyed the Law of Moses. And I was so eager that I even made trouble for the church. I did everything the Law demands in order to please God. But Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless.” Philippians 3:5-7 CEV 

So, the apostle Paul, who was completely set free from the bondage of the Law, is NOT teaching the New Testament believers to pay tithes – which, by the way, was never about money to begin with! Not once did Paul teach to [...]