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Spiritual Eunuchs
The Spirit of Elijah -- Laying Ground for Yet Greater Things

He must increase, but I must decrease.

-- John 3:30

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Date: Wednesday, October 27, 1999 11:11 PM
Subject: (888) Spiritual Eunuchs

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Spiritual Eunuchs
by Lynn Ridenhour

I want to be a Spiritual Eunuch.

A eunuch 's whole purpose was to prepare the bride for the king. His joy was in his king 's joy.

David was a spiritual eunuch. John the Baptist was a spiritual eunuch. I believe there will be spiritual eunuchs come forth in these latter days.

Let 's do some backtracking.

Saul Must Come First, then David:

These past 160 years the restoration movement has witnessed the ministry of Saul, not David. Saul had the anointing of God but his ministry was marked by immaturity and premature actions. Saul was too concerned with territorial preservation to wait upon the Lord. When Saul noticed the people leaving and his enemies gathering, he prematurely obeyed God even though he had been commanded to wait. He did this because he feared the people and the circumstances more than he feared God, says Rick Joyner, the Protestant prophet.

I believe we have a parallel situation within the history of the restoration. Because of territorial preservation--fearing the people and circumstances more than God--various restoration groups have manifested Saul's ministry. We too have been afraid of losing our people to others. We too have been concerned about preserving our doctrinal territories, thinking we have the last word. We too have feared people more than God. And it's cost us dearly. It's cost us the ministry of David.

Scriptures tell us, Jesus is seated upon the throne of David. This is of course a metaphor as Jesus does not sit upon the literal throne on which David sat, but David established a position of true spiritual authority that would ultimately issue in the kingdom of God...Basically he refused to take authority or seek influence for himself but completely trusted in God to establish him in the position that He had ordained for him. (Epic Battles of the Last Days, p.p. 70,71).

I like the way Rick Joyner put it:

"...there is a single great distinguishing characteristic between Saul and David that can be found as the primary characteristic that separates almost every work that is born of the flesh from that which is born of God. When Saul observed the people scattering and the enemies gathering, he performed the sacrifice even though he had been commanded to wait. He did this because he feared the people and the circumstances more than he feared God……David feared the Lord more than men or circumstances. " --The Harvest, p. 127

I believe we have a parallel.

We restorationists have not waited before the Lord these last days. I'm convinced, he wants to share his revelations with us, share his plan for our day. But we've not been free enough from territorial preservation to hear the voice of the Lord. We've been protecting our own territories. Like Saul, we've become...

Opposers and Persecutors:

I believe, however, David's ministry is about to be released upon the restoration movement. David had no desire for self-promotion. And God will raise up Latter-day saints with David's spirit. David was perfectly willing to wait for the Lord to raise him up (if at all) in His own due time. He refused to take authority or seek influence for himself. That same spirit is about to be released upon the restoration. And the Sauls of the restoration will oppose it but to no avail.

As Rick Joyner points out--one of the great tragedies of church history has been the way leaders of each move of God have become opposers andpersecutors of subsequent and current moves.

History sadly speaks to this point. For instance...

Catholics marked the Protestant movement as heresy when the movement began. Protestants marked the puritan movement as heresy when it began. Puritans marked the holiness movement as heresy when that movement began. Holiness leaders marked the faith healing movement as heresy when it began. The faith healing movement marked the Pentecostal movement as heresy when it began. Leaders of the Pentecostal movement marked the Latter Rain movement as heresy when it began. The Latter Rain movement marked the charismatic movement as heresy when it began. Leaders of the charismatic movement marked the kingdom-now and prosperity movement as heresy when it began. The prosperity movement has marked the prophetic movement as heresy. And I have no reason to doubt but that history won 't repeat itself--many of the present-day leaders within the prophetic movement will mark the next move of God as heresy when it begins. Nor do I have reason to doubt that prominent spokepersons of the restoration movement will mark as heresy the next move of God within the restoration. History always repeats itself.

Arise, Saints.

Again, I believe David's ministry is about to come forth within the restoration. Look for it to be persecuted and opposed by Saul's ministers.

There is a generation about to come forth within the restoration that will not be like the previous generations. They will be...

Spiritual Eunuchs:

I said, David was a spiritual eunuch. John the Baptist was a spiritual eunuch. There will be spiritual eunuchs coming forth in these latter days. And I want to be a spiritual eunuch.

What's a eunuch?

"...True spiritual leaders must become 'spiritual eunuchs.' A eunuch's whole purpose was to prepare the bride for the king. It was not even possible for the eunuch to desire the bride, but his whole joy was in his king's joy. When we use the ministry in order to build a reputation, to find those who will serve us, we will not be of the authority of Christ. " --Epic Battles of the Last Days, p.35

What a timely word!

Joyner goes on to say:

"...The only remedy leaders have to keep them from ultimately falling into this trap [of building a reputation] is to seek the humility and nature of John the Baptist. This man is one of the greatest types of true spiritual ministry. His whole purpose in life was to prepare the way for Jesus, to point to Him, then to decrease as the greater One increased. It was John's joy to see the one who followed him going further than he went " --Epic Battles of the Last Days, p.35

Ah. "...it was John 's joy to see the one who followed him going further than he went."

Now I believe we've pinpointed our sin. Each restoration group I've been around believes strongly that it's gone the furtherest, that it has the last word, the final revelation, the truth closest to the original manuscripts. It claims successorship to Joseph Smith's movement. It claims its own version to the Book of Mormon. As Joyner puts it, there has been war between spiritual generations. And there has. Unlike John the Baptist, our joy within the restoration hasn't come from "see[ing] the group who follows us going further than we..." We've desired the bride for our own camp. Our whole joy has not been in our king's joy. Our whole purpose in life has not been to prepare another generation, another group of restoration saints, to "...go further than we went." We have lacked thespirit of humility. We have not been spiritual eunuchs.

Yes, I 'm aware, I 'm speaking in generalities. I know there are some godly, humble Saints in the LDS camp, in the RLDS camp——and in other restoration camps. I 've met them. Still, I maintain——my generalities have a ring of truth to them. Let 's go on.

As a side note, why did the Lord send John the Baptist to meet with Joseph and Oliver Cowdery on May 15th, 1829? Why not send some other apostle? Why not Peter? Or John, the Beloved? If you recall, Joseph and Oliver were in the middle of translating the Book of Mormon. Stop and think. John was to come in the spirit and power of Elijah. Both Elijah and John the Baptist were prophets who "...prepared the way of the Lord." Both were spiritual eunuchs. They were to prepare the bride to meet the bridegroom. And they were not to desire the bride.

The Spirit is saying to Joseph and Oliver--you're not to desire to own this work. You're to translate this book in the spirit and power of Elijah, preparing the book for the entire church. It doesn't belong to you. It belongs to the Body of Christ.

Saints, the Book of Mormon is the most nonsectrarian book I've ever read!

It's meant for Catholics, Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Charismatics, Seventh Day Adventists, Baptists, Pentecostals...you name it. It speaks for all. And was written by God and translated by Joseph Smith--to usher the Body of Christ into the revelation and fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles, that last feast before the Lord returns.

I submit——there will come forth a generation of restoration saints——perhaps in our lifetime--who will prepare the next generation to go further than they. I call them Spiritual Eunuchs.

And Lord knows--I want to be a Spiritual Eunuch.

 

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From: Sterling D. Allan <sterlingda@greaterthings.com>
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Date: Thursday, October 28, 1999 8:23 AM
Subject: Re: (888) Spiritual Eunuchs

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Lynn,

Your piece on spiritual Eunuchs is fabulous.  Would that we all could have John the Baptist's humble servant attitude, "He must increase, but I must decrease."   That is the essence of what stands in the way of God ever imparting greater things to his children: the attitude that "we have enough and we need no more!"

I've posted your essay {here}

And I've featured it following the David's Outcasts e-group DESCRIPTION as it fits well as an exposition on the mission statement.

Sterling

From: Sterling D. Allan <sterlingda@greaterthings.com>
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Date: Thursday, October 28, 1999 4:57 PM
Subject: {888} Jesus and Greater Things

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Susan,

While creating an index where I might post some of your excellent writings, I was reviewing your piece in response to the question, "Jesus in the Garden, what was that about?" You spoke of the Jesus you have come to know as being an approachable, loving, understanding, humorous being -- not an unreachable, untouchable personage.

Recall now Lynn Ridenhour's writing about becoming a spiritual Eunuch and being willing to let others surpass us and not feel threatened by it, but actually feel satisfaction in being of service. This morning as I read that, the statement of John the Baptist is what came to my mind, "He must increase, but I must decrease."

What occurred to me just now is that Jesus himself, who came as God in the flesh, also exemplified this attribute.

While he could have said "the buck stops here; this far and no further," instead, he said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do."

Anyway, the new index for "SUSAN CARTER: Hope and Healing Ministry in the Dawning of This Messianic New Age" is located at www.greaterthings.com/Susan/

I only wish I had more time to be able to post all the wonderful stuff that is passing through this David's Outcasts list. I can't keep up with it all, and this is all I do all day long.

Hopefully this voice will help heal the nations and bring peace -- if not to all than to many, and if not to many, then to a few.

I love you all.

Being involved in this David's Outcasts list has been one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done.

Your friend (including even you, Stephen the self-proclaimed anti-Christ),

Sterling

 

 

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