TOPICS: What is hidden will be revealed – the blind leaders of Christianity will be exposed – must take responsibility for your own salvation – absolutist churches attract ministers with psychological issues – Jesus cannot save Ted Haggard – a closed church makes it difficult for people to heal their psychology – key to salvation is psychological wholeness – sin is a division in the psyche – reborn by healing the psyche – the kingdom of God is in the psyche – ancient scriptures cannot help you solve modern problems – suppressing a problem will not resolve it – you cannot buy your way into heaven by doing things in a church – Ted Haggard was among the people who persecuted Jesus 2,000 years ago – many mainstream churches based on denial of the Living Christ – time to expose the false prophets – many false prophets are leaders in Christian churches –
Question: I would like to hear Jesus’ view on the recent removal of Pastor Ted haggard, the minister of the Evangelical New Life Church in Colorado, who confessed to sexual immorality. Why would a person be attracted to becoming a minister in a Christian church, if he has a problem that is contrary to what his church preaches? How did his evangelical beliefs – which seem very different from what Jesus teaches on this website, and quite frankly from what Jesus says in the Bible – play into the situation?
Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels: (November 11, 2006)
As I explain throughout my website, we are entering an age in which the consciousness of humankind is being raised. This is happening mainly because the top ten percent of the most spiritually mature people are serving as forerunners for a new spiritual awareness. One effect of this is that things that have remained hidden for decades, centuries and even millennia will become visible. This applies both to people’s personal lives and to broader issues. The purpose of this exposure is to make it easier to tell the difference between what is real and unreal, so people are given a better opportunity to choose reality over the dualistic unreality produced by the human ego. If you want a Biblical reference, here is one:
For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. (Mark 4:22)
It is becoming increasingly difficult for people to hold a position in a church that claims to represent Christ while having something hidden in their personal life. It will become more difficult for people to hide their hypocrisy, their inability or unwillingness to practice what they preach, to walk their talk. It will also become more difficult for churches to maintain a facade of representing Christ while their doctrines are out of touch with my Living Truth. The most dramatic – so far – exposure of such inconsistencies is the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic church. Pastor Haggard is simply another example, and I can assure you that others will follow with exposures of various types of inconsistencies. In fact, those who are the most vocal – and arrogant – in proclaiming the superiority of their church and its doctrines are the most likely to be exposed.
The effect will be not only to humble them, but also to – hopefully – awaken them and their followers to the fact that they have failed to follow my commandment:
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. (Matthew 15:14)
Obviously, I am willing to help Ted Haggard and his followers, but the fact of the matter is that I can do nothing for any of them as long as they are unwilling to confront their blindness and admit that they have followed a man-made doctrine that is far from the reality of Christ. However, they will be able to do so only when they take responsibility for themselves and admit that the key to salvation is not an external savior. As I explain throughout this website, the real key to salvation is to attain the Christ consciousness, which means that you must overcome the division in your own psyche—by pulling the beam in your own eye, the ego, which causes you to be a house divided against itself.
As can be seen by studying the Catholic sex abuse scandal, it is an undeniable fact that churches with an absolutist belief system attract people to the ministry who have a variety of psychological problems. These people often hope that by becoming a minister, they can either suppress their problems or God will somehow take the problems away from them so they can serve him better. This is the dream of an automatic salvation that is so characteristic of the human ego. I am not here saying that this applies to all ministers, but it does apply to a substantial portion of them, a far larger portion than most people are willing to acknowledge.
Obviously, the belief system and doctrines of the evangelical church will attract people who have not taken responsibility for their own psyches or for their salvation. That is why they are attracted to a belief system that portrays them as passive beings who are the rope in a tug of war between God and the devil. In Ted Haggard’s case, he could reason that his sexual tendencies were caused by the devil—who was threatened by his ministry and thus trying to destroy him. In reality, the cause is a division in his own psyche that he caused many lifetimes ago—a fact he would deny. Nevertheless, the problem will not go away until he stops looking for outside causes and stops looking for an external savior to take it away from him.
Unfortunately, the Evangelical belief system gives him no tools for performing such a process of inner self-examination. Instead, it gives his ego the perfect excuse for focusing all attention outside himself. Sure, he can claim that he is taking responsibility, but he is still influenced by a belief system which portrays the cause of the problem as the devil and the solution as the external savior, namely I, Jesus, who is supposedly going to do all the work for him.
The stark reality is that I cannot save Ted Haggard. I can help him heal his psyche and become whole, but I cannot do so until he is willing to look at the beam in his own eye and acknowledge that he created it and that he has to remove it by consciously overcoming the imperfect beliefs that caused it. After he begins to strive to become whole, he can eventually enter the higher state of consciousness that I called the kingdom of God, as quoted throughout the scriptures.
So it should be obvious to those who have ears to hear that a belief system which teaches that the Bible is infallible – and that modern religious people need nothing else to solve their problems – will create a closed box that makes it very difficult for people to overcome their psychological problems. And quite frankly, all problems known to human beings start in the psyche. Thus, the real key to salvation is to strive for psychological wholeness so you are no longer a house divided.
Until Ted Haggard and all other mainstream Christians acknowledge this fact of life, they will remain outside my reach. Confessing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior – while thinking I will do all the work for you by taking away your sins – will not get you closer to wholeness. It will only push your problems into the subconscious mind, where they will grow in strength until they surface again with even more force than before. There is nothing hid which shall not be manifested.
The essence of the problem here is that too many Christians define sin as something you did under the influence of the devil. In reality, sin is a decision to accept a dualistic lie, which then creates a division in your psyche. Obviously, many such lies were constructed by the devil, but you still had to make the decision to accept it, and therefore only you can make the decision to “unaccept” it.
Thus, the core of sin is a decision that you made—often in a lifetime that lies far back in time. I could take away the effects of that decision in an act of grace, but I cannot – because of the law of free will – change your mind for you and undo the decision. Only you can do that, and that is why I cannot absolve your sins until you undo the original decision that causes the sin. If I did so, it would only set you free of the karmic burden and thus give you power to sin even more—which you will inevitably do until the original decision is undone.
I know mainstream Christians will vehemently deny this, but you simply need to ask yourself some logical questions. If it really is true that the spilling of my blood on the cross has taken away people’s sins – past, present and future – then why did I not simply say that and give no further teachings? If my blood has taken away people’s sins, why bother giving so many teachings aimed at changing people’s minds and actions? If I am paying for people’s sins, why bother trying to get them to stop sinning? Why did I say:
5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John, Chapter 2)
Do you think “being reborn” could possibly refer to an inner process, whereby you overcome all divisions in your psyche and become a new person in Christ? Not through some outer measure of confessing me as your Lord and Savior, but through an inner process whereby you can enter the kingdom of God, which I said is located in a very special place:
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:21)
Obviously, I wish I could help the millions of Christians who are stuck in such an absolutist belief system. Unfortunately, such belief systems form such an impenetrable mental box around people’s minds that it often takes a very dramatic event for people to crack the box open. Thus, the Catholic sex scandal did open the minds of many Catholics, and I am hopeful that some of Ted Haggard’s former followers will likewise open their minds to my true teachings. Unfortunately, the price is that some people lose all faith.
It remains my wish that people could voluntarily open their minds, so we do not have to see even more severe scandals that rock people’s faith in all religion. Yet I must warn people that the harder they hold on to absolutist belief systems, the harder will be the blows that will break them down. This is not an age that will be gentle with institutions or ministers that hold on to doctrines that were never true to my teachings but which have now become left behind by the forward movement of life itself.
Kim: I just read that Ted Haggard will enter a rehabilitation program overseen by some prominent evangelical ministers. It will consist of four elements:
• He must submit to his councilors.
• He must admit his sins.
• He must make restitution.
• He must be humbled.
What do you think about such a program?
Jesus: It simply underscores what I said earlier, namely that fundamentalist churches do not have the tools to help people overcome deep psychological problems. Just take a look at how much the world has changed over the past 2,000 years. Look at how much more humankind knows about the world and about the human psyche. Then consider how unrealistic it is that a scripture that was set in stone almost 17 centuries ago will be able to help you solve the problems people face in the modern world.
Consider how little people knew about the psyche 2,000 years ago. How could I give the teachings about the human ego that I can give today—people simply could not have understood them, which I tried to explain back then:
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. (John 16:12)
This quote alone should have been enough to prevent Christians from creating a closed box and keep them open to listening for my Living Word. Yet Christians who insist on biblical inerrancy refuse to acknowledge the Living Word, and as a result they have no other option than to suppress psychological problems rather than resolving them. This is a systemic problem that lies at the heart of mainstream doctrine, and thus Ted Haggard’s church simply cannot help him overcome his problem, for the church and its doctrines helped him suppress it for many years. It is a fundamental principle of life that you cannot solve a problem with the same state of consciousness that creates or sustains the problem.
The real problem here is that Ted Haggard – and most ministers who misuse their office one way or the other – has a deep split in the psyche. He has one personality that is perfectly happy to submit to the authority of his councilors, admit his sins, make restitution and be humbled. So it will be easy for him to follow such a program, but until the underlying problem is addressed, he will be no closer to wholeness. Thus, the church can claim – at some future time – that he is fully restored, but nothing will have changed below the surface.
Kim: In the official letter that Ted Haggard sent to his church, he said that he has been aware of the problem for many years and did seek help, but that it did not remove the problem.
Jesus: And the reason is that he sought help within the closed box of his Christian belief system. Yet when you try to resolve a problem based on a certain belief system and if the problem does not go away, then it is time to go beyond that belief system. As Einstein said, if you keep doing the same thing and expect different results, you are insane. Yet when people have become stuck in a fundamentalist belief system, they cannot see this obvious truth, and thus they have no other option than seeking to suppress the problem.
Kim: It seems that is precisely what Ted Haggard did. He said that when he did not overcome the problem, he stopped talking about it in order to avoid hurting the people he loves.
Jesus: And the last claim is simply a typical justification made by the ego. While it might have been what his outer mind thought, the reality is that he had reached a point where he – at some level – realized that his Christian beliefs simply could not help him overcome this problem. So in an attempt to prevent him from breaking free of its control, his ego managed to appeal to his pride and make him cling to his belief system instead of going beyond it. Instead of seeking help the only place it could be found – outside his mental box – he decided to cling to that box and force himself to conform to its outer standards. His ego managed to make him believe that if he played the part of a genuine representative of Christ, he would become one without dealing with the split psyche that is a product of the ego.
Kim: Ted Haggard actually says in the letter that his public personality is not a lie, it was just incomplete. To me this sounds like he is saying that he really is the pastor everyone knew. He just has this other side that pulls him in a different direction, yet if that could be removed, he would be back to the same pastor they knew.
Jesus: And a statement like that should show perceptive people the essence of the problem. This demonstrates just how far Ted Haggard is from truly admitting his problem. He still clings to the belief that because he has done all these outer things as a pastor – thinking he did them for Christ and that I approve of them – his public persona is real and is not based on a lie. So he simply needs to get rid of the “bad” personality and he will automatically become the good one.
Yet as I have attempted to state gently, he has been a pastor in a church whose entire belief system is out of touch with the reality of Christ. Thus, his entire approach to his ministry is based on a lie, and consequently he has not done it for me or for other people. He has done is because deep within he believes that by doing all these outer things in a Christian church, God simply has to save him. He has attempted to buy his way into heaven without changing himself, without pulling the beam in his own eye, as I explain in the ego discourses.
The stark reality here is that Ted Haggard – and many people like him – has such a deep split in the psyche that both of his personalities are unreal. They are both based on the duality consciousness, the lies of anti-christ. There is ONLY one opportunity for people like that to overcome their problems, and that is for them to finally see that both – or all – of their outer personalities spring from the ego and are based on lies. They must then cast themselves upon the rock of Christ and ask for guidance to consciously see through and rebuke all of the dualistic lies that set the stage for the division. They must literally be spiritually reborn, which is a much deeper process than what evangelicals and other Christians call being born again.
Kim: You sound pretty stern, and it sounds like you don’t hold much hope for such people?
Jesus: Well, I always hold the immaculate concept, but the Christ mind sees everything, including the problem that must be overcome before the immaculate concept can be manifest. Thus, I also see that until people are wiling to look at the central problem, they have not even started the process of overcoming it—no matter how they delude themselves by outer actions or declarations, even outer beliefs that spring from the ego.
If you want to know the full truth, Ted Haggard is just one among many lifestreams who have been on this planet for a long time and have reincarnated many times, often seeking positions of authority in various churches. He was among the group who persecuted me 2,000 years ago, namely the fundamentalist Jews who would not acknowledge the Living Christ when I stood before them in the flesh. Instead, they used their own literal interpretations of the old scriptures in their attempts to condemn me or box me in. They did not want me to do what the Living Christ always does: Challenge people’s mental boxes in order to help them see the need to move higher.
Ted Haggard is truly one of the blind leaders, and if he is to become whole, he must be willing to admit that the division in his psyche goes all the way back to his initial rebellion against the Living Christ, an event that took place before he first incarnated on this planet. Thus, his real problem is that he has not truly submitted to the authority of the Living Christ. And the fact that he in this lifetime has been a prominent pastor in a church that claims to represent Christ does not change that fact.
The fact is that the literalist churches – and I include the Catholic church, which is based on the mindset of Peter – are based on a fundamental denial of the authority of the Living Christ. Instead of accepting the true authority of the Living Christ, they are following an outer authority – an earthly, a man-made authority – that raises a literal interpretation of scripture as the ultimate authority. Look at what the scribes and Pharisees did to me 2,000 years ago. They used scripture to refuse me the right to bring the Living Truth of Christ—demanding that I should conform to a man-made interpretation of a scripture that never was, nor was intended to be, the infallible word of God. It was the exact same mindset as you see in so many fundamentalist Christian preachers today—yet these people have the nerve to claim they are the true representatives of Christ.
What do you think Ted Haggard and the evangelical leaders would say to my website? They would denounce it as the work of the devil and denounce me, the Living Jesus Christ, as a false Christ. In reality, they are the false Christs, and some of them are the very same lifestreams – reincarnated and in positions of claiming to represent Christ – of whom I said:
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44)
I know some will be shocked by my directness and think I should show compassion. Yet for too long have I watched people claiming to be the only true representatives of Christ while spreading the lies of anti-christ disguised as infallible doctrines. It is simply time to expose these people and their lies, and so I take this opportunity to begin a phase that I will surely expand as opportunity arises—which it will. There will be many other exposures of wrongdoings in both church and state.
You will recall that when I was hanging on the cross, I said:
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)
Well, they still do not fully know what they are doing, but it is high time that they – or at least others – begin to know. And if they will not see what they are doing, then my forgiveness – which has given them an opportunity to continue to re-embody – must be withdrawn, so that they must face their judgment and either bend the knee to the authority of the Living Christ or be judged by their own arrogance, the arrogance that makes them believe they know better than Christ, even better than God.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (Matthew 7:15)
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:11)
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24:24)
It is time those who call themselves my followers wake up and realize that a number of these false prophets are appearing now, and they have taken up prominent positions in Christian churches. They claim to represent Christ, but look beyond the surface and you will see the ravening wolves who deny the Living Christ and everything I stand for. It is time people wake up and stop being the blind followers of the blind leaders.
Copyright © 2006 by Kim Michaels