Community Immunity #1
General Deborah Green
P RAISE GOD. Today we're going to have a message on "Community Immunity". The Lord has been having us to share, and to teach, to preach; messages on the Tribal Call. And as we have said, that God is calling forth for a Spirit people in this hour, and in this generation. God is calling for a people that will come into Him and come under His Mind, and come under His headship, under His Lordship. God is calling forth for His Tribe. He's saying "Come to me. Come to me and be my people".
You know, if we go back and we look at the Old Testament, we find that God called His people. God calls His people. God choose His people, God called His people, God set up the way that His people were meant to walk. God's people were SEPARATE from the heathen. God gave His people their own laws.
God gave them laws pertaining to even the very personal aspects of their lives. Amen? He told them what food they could eat. He told them how to go to the bathroom. He told them about their sex lives; what was clean and unclean. He told them when they were to worship, how they were to come into the sanctuary, how they were to address, you know, the spiritual matters. He told them what offerings were meant for what.
He got very specific with His people. Why? Because He was their King. HE WAS THEIR KING! He was their head, He was their sovereign. That was God's personal desire, was to have a people that He could be in union with, that He could be in fellowship with, that He could be made one with. Amen?
And then we see as God's people would fall away from God, as God's people would violate the laws of God, as God's people would look over at the heathen, and desire to go in the ways of the heathen, we saw EVERY TIME; GOD'S PEOPLE WERE CURSED, and God's people suffered, God's people went into captivity, God's people went into sorrow.
Then when Jesus Christ came preaching, and teaching, He said, "I have not come to do away with the law and the prophets, but I have come to fulfill the law and the prophets". So it's like we can't just close it all up and say, "Oh, that was Old Testament, get rid of it", that an easy cop out; "We don't have to walk right because that was Old Testament". NO! WE HAVE TO WALK RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THAT'S NEW TESTAMENT. Amen?
And we've gotten so backslidden and modern in our generation that we think we can excuse everything that pertaineth to the law and say, "Don't put me under bondage—because that's the law". But Jesus said, "I came to fulfill the law. I came to fulfill the law". So don't think that God will not lead you into the law of righteousness as you follow the Son!
Because when you follow the Son, the Son if righteous, and the Son is holy, and the Son is pure. And when you follow Him, you'll be burned by the fire of God that you can be transformed into His image and likeness. Because that's what it says; that “He's the FIRSTBORN of many brethren”. OK, IF HE'S THE FIRSTBORN OF MANY BRETHREN, THAT MEANS WE'RE GOING TO COME FORTH IN HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS. Praise God.
So back to the point; Jesus came to fulfill the law, Jesus came to fulfill the prophets. So then we get to the New Testament. See, the Scripture says in Timothy, that "All Scripture's given by inspiration of God"; ALL Scripture. It says, "It's profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness". It doesn't just say, "The Old Testament's buried in the ground and the New Testament comes forth", it says, "All Scripture".
So when we get to the New Testament, when we study the life of Jesus, when we study His Word, when we study what He had to say to us, and how that His first Church was brought forth—we find out that GOD STILL DESIRED A SEPARATED PEOPLE, a people that were holy unto Him, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. Amen?
So it's not a new thing; it's not some cult teaching. It's Bible; it's Old Testament, it's New Testament, it's the Word of God. God desires to dwell in the midst of His people. This Sunday business; you put God in a little box—you go visit Him once a week. "Hi stranger, how's it been! I don't have time to spend very long, but I'll say, hi stranger, and be on my way. So long God; keep blessing me baby!" That's how people treat God. That's how they treat Him; "Keep pouring it out, come on old man upstairs, take care of your kids!" CONTEMPTIBLE, DISGUSTING!
God does not desire to be treated like that, HE'S A HOLY GOD. He desires to dwell in the midst of His people, all of the time. All of the time. All of the time. And God is calling forth for the resurrection of His Tribe, the resurrection of His own people.
Because you know, we are SPIRITUAL ISRAEL. And everybody wants to talk about, "Oh, I went to Jerusalem, I'm going to go to Israel, I went to Jerusalem". You know what? God wants to come to this Jerusalem. God does; and God wants to be the King over this Jerusalem. And God wants to reign triumphant over you, and over me. And how does He do that? He does that when we bow down and recognize Him as sovereign. When we bow down and accept His way, instead of our way.
That gets me to the point of community. Community means to come together, to be one, to function as a unit. Today the Lord was speaking to me about COMMUNITY IMMUNITY. Now, you know, in this hour, and in this generation, everybody's petrified about their immunity system. Because they might have AIDS, or they might get the HIV virus, or they might be this, or they might be that. And everybody's PETRIFIED about their immunity systems.
And if you read out the scope, and the scam on health products, everything promises to build up the immune system, everything is a big scam for, "This will protect your immunity system, this will build up your immunity system. This will help you to resist". They don't come out and say "AIDS virus", because that's poor taste. But they imply that "If you take handfuls of this, and you take handfuls of that, and you drink this special potion, and you drink that special potion, and you sleep with this thing on your head, and you look at your crystals, and do all these weird things, YOUR IMMUNITY SYSTEM WILL BE BUILT UP!”.
And why are they so worried about their immunity system? Because there's a killer stalking. There's a killer stalking that's destroying the immunity system of human beings. And that the killer is allowing invaders to enter, because it's torn down the immunity system. Then the killer has got all the things out of the way, and then all the other little critters come in and cause death. CAUSE DEATH. And everybody's petrified.
And you find people run to the doctor, run to the laboratory. Run, run, run; getting blood tests continually, because they're so fearful over this. So, the immunity concept, and the breakdown of the immunity system, is a very prevalent issue of our times.
And nobody's been able to find a cure for AIDS, and everybody's in a big, you know, shock panic, "What are we going to do? Because if our systems keep getting broke down and we have no more immunity; then death is the reward". Well, the Bible also says, "The wages of sin is death", so everybody's just collecting their paycheck.
But back to the point; community immunity. Does this mean that you're going to come in with an AIDS shot, and everybody in the community's going to get an AIDS shot, and then everybody's going to be FINE? I'm not talking about the world; I'm talking about God's people. I AM TALKING ABOUT HOW THAT GOD'S PEOPLE CAN BE IN A PLACE OF IMMUNITY, AS A COMMUNITY.
You say, "Well, are you going to tell us a cure for AIDS?" No, I'm not going to tell you a cure for AIDS; the cure for AIDS is stop sinning. Whew! Stop sinning. Stop allowing the things to invade the territory that bring the virus to begin with. Amen? That's right.
Because the WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH. “The wages of sin is death.” The wages of sin is death. You know, we don't like that Scripture anymore, that's one that people would like to rip out and throw it away, "The wages of sin is counseling. The wages of sin is rehabilitative therapy. The wages of sin, is perhaps, translating into another after-life plateau". That's hog-wash; the wages of sin is death. You sin, you die.
So, let's get to today's Scripture, 1st John, 2:15. Community Immunity. How does God's community stay in the place of immunity? Ok, put your finger there, it’s 1st John 2:15, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all (ALL) that is in the world", now did you hear that? Did it say, "A portion that is in the world"? Did it says, "1/5th, or 1/20th, or one iota"?
It says, "All". It says, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For ALL that is in the world the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. Thehe world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever". Abideth forever.
Ok, now, community immunity. Now, when you study out what immunity is, "immune" means "to be exempt or free", it means "protection against something that's disagreeable or harmful". Ok, it says, "Not susceptible to a specified disease BECAUSE of the presence of specified antibodies".
Then "immunity" means, "Exemption or freedom from something burdensome or otherwise unpleasant. Resistant, or a protection against a specifified disease". Ok, what is the disease? What is the disease that we have to be afraid of, or that we have to be protected against, or that we have to realize is stalking?
As we were saying, AIDS is stalking, AIDS is stalking. It is as a murderer, stalking for the bodies, and the lives, and the souls of men, and women, and children. And probably if you wanted to do a scenario, you could have it all evil with a black hood on, and going forth, you know, and having all these plots as to how it was going to invade, and how it was going to take over. And then, how it was going to have all of its little imps behind it who would come in and cause death.
Community immunity. Now, this is important for a people called of God. Community immunity. Bible says, “Love not the world", “love not the world”. Now, that's our first step; "love not the world, do not open yourself up to the world". You say, "Well, what do you mean; I'm not supposed to witness to the world?" No, that's not what I said.
I said, "Do not open yourself up to the world". How do you open yourself up? It says, "Love not. Love not". If you're my neighbor, and I love you, and I say, "Hey, come on in, you want a cup of coffee? Here, have a cookie", or you know, "Sit down and let's talk", or "Let's sit down and look at the Scripture together". You're my neighbor, and I love my neighbor as myself. Then I open up to you and I ask you to come in. Amen?
See, I'm inviting you in, I'm showing you hospitality. OK, SAME PRINCIPLE, "Love not the world", that means, "Open not up to the world in the sense that you invite the world into you", right? See, we are not called to go live away somewhere and never see anybody again as long as we live. But, we are called, to not be partakers of the vices of the world. We are not called to partake of the filthiness, of the abominable practices, of the iniquitous practices; but we are called to be a separated people.
Now, that does not mean that we have to go climb the Himalayian mountains and get up to the very highest mountain and set up our estate there and say, "Ok, now we're here, and nobody else can get to us, because we're a separated people". That's not what it's saying. But it's saying that we're not to love the world, where that we take the world into us.
Now, if you take a look at the Church today, and you take a look at the situation of those who profess that they are in Christ, what you find out, is that THERE IS A GREATER DEGREE OF INVASION OF WORLDLINESS, THAN THERE IS WALKING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND SEPARATION, AND TRUE HOLINESS. Amen.
So what have we got? We have as though the AIDS virus, the virus here, the AIDS virus has made its invasion; and the body is weak. Now, the virus is the world. The virus He said, "Don't go loving the world, nor the things that are in the world". He said, "All that is in the world, ALL; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world". So He's showing us right there, the very thing that will be a virus, that will break down, and make our body weak, our spiritual body. Because we are members of the body of Christ.
AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED TODAY IN THIS HOUR, IS CHRISTIANS HAVE NOT KEPT UP THE STANDARD OF THE CROSS, THEY'VE NOT KEPT UP THE STANDARD OF GOD, AND THEY'VE ALLOWED THE WORLD TO INVADE THEM, AS A DISEASE. As a disease!
The so-called “Church”, I call it the FALSE CHURCH, is so busy compromising with the world, playing harlot with the world, playing every other ungodly thing with the world, that the body, which is supposed to be the body of Christ, which is supposed to be pure and undefiled, and sanctified for the Master's use, has become weak and invaded by disease. Amen? It's true.
Why do you think that if we are the salt of the earth, that God almighty has allowed a disease, like AIDS, to become the plague? Why do you think? Because it's a sign and a wonder—unto a rebellious generation, unto a vile generation, unto a perverted generation; it is a sign and a wonder.
You know, we think "a wonder" means a glorious mountain, or a beautiful sunset. A sign and a wonder sometimes it’s things we can't control, it’s things we can't conquer, it’s things we can't say, "We've got the handle on". AND AIDS IS THAT IN OUR GENERATION. Because there's no community immunity, there's no resistance to sin. See, what happens in the spirit, is manifest in the flesh. Why are people dying of a disease, that they can't find a cure for, which breaks down the immune system?
Why? Because there's been such an invasion in the salt, which is supposed to be the Christian people of the world, disease carrying micro-organisms, viruses, have come in and INVADED the body of Christ, to such a degree, there's no separation, there's no difference, there's no righteousness, there's no holiness, there's no clean standard left in the earth. Now are you following me?
So what is going on? The sinners suffer for the deeds of the Christians. Say, "Well, serves them right". It serves them right, but they're cursed already. They're cursed already. And we are not meant to further curse them, we are meant to give them a hope, we are meant to give them a standard, we are meant to tell them that Jesus Christ is the redeemer, and Jesus Christ can set us free from that, and Jesus Christ can separate us from that.
Now, in John the 17th chapter, verse 16, Jesus, when He was praying for His disciples, He said, "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world". Do you think that Jesus could say that in this generation about the average 'religionist', the average CHURCH-GOER; "They are not of the world"? NO, He would have to say, "THEY ARE OF THE WORLD, BUT I'M NOT OF THE WORLD".
It says, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world". He doesn't say, "I told them to become one with the world". "And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word".
So what He's saying there, He's saying He's praying for the disciples, and for those who will follow what the disciples have to say, because of what He taught them. And He's saying, “They're not of the world, they are not of the world, they are in it, but they are not of it”.
We are meant to be lights in the world, we are meant to be lights in this earth, we are meant to be the candle that is set upon a hill, that people can see that and say, "Ha; there is God. Aha, those people are different. Aha, those people do not do the things that I do. What is it that those people have?" We are meant to be a standard!
Ok, if, through our sin, we fail to keep the spiritual standard of God, what happens, is the immunity breaks down, the immunity to worldliness, the immunity to sinfulness, the immunity to lustfulness, the immunity to greediness, to murderous spirits, all kinds of things, breaks down. And here is the chief culprit, I'll show you right now. THE CHIEF CULPRIT IS this, the chief culprit in today's generation, as far as spiritual matters go, is COMPROMISE. COMPROMISE EQUALS AIDS. Compromise equals AIDS.
You say, "Well, who can that be?" BECAUSE IN THE SPIRITUAL CONTEXT, WHEN YOU BEGIN TO COMPROMISE, YOU BREAK DOWN THE IMMUNITY. You break down the immunity to sin, you break down the immunity to death, you break down the immunity to righteousness, you break down the immunity to all the positive attributes that God has. You begin to break it down, break it down, break it down.
You look at someone who has AIDS, they cannot fight disease! I could come along, drop some common cold germs in the room, chances are, that person will die of that cold! Chances are, that person will be so invaded that they will die of a common cold, or something that they normally could have resisted, had AIDS not taken over their immunity system.
Now, in Christian life, if you do not keep your immunity: and that means you fight, that means you resist, that means YOU CONTINUE TO IDENTIFY AND OPPOSE THOSE FORCES THAT WOULD DEVOUR THEE, that means that you have patience endurance in your walk with God. You don't give up, you don't tick off and take off, but you continue steadfast. That means that you resist sin, even unto death, and you keep up the immunity, and as a corporate body, we are a community.
And in order to maintain our health, and our spiritual wealth, and our lives in God, we have to fight for our immunity. Because if you look at what immunity means, in a sense, if you look at the functioning attribute of immunity, it is a fight, a fight, a fight, a fight; a resisting, a resisting, a resisting, a resisting.
If I don't have an AIDS virus in me, and a common cold comes, those things in my body SPRING into action. "You're not going to overtake me. You're not going to make me sniffle for 6 months. You're not going to cause me to end up in a hospital bed. You're not going to cause me to have to be on an artificial lung. You're not going to cause me to strangle on my own saliva, or strangle on all the mucus in my nose! No way, no way, no way!" See, that thing in my body springs into action, springs into action!
Ok, here's another concept, think about this. You're a corporate body, ok, God allowed a virus spiritually to come into your midst. A murmurer, a complainer, someone who's critical, someone who's lazy, someone who HATES authority, despises authority. Go read the book of Jude.
Anyway, so this person comes into the body. If your immunity system is functioning correctly, you're going to recognize it, you're going to discern it, you're going to see, "Hey, that's a sickness, that's a disease, that's an ailment", and you're not going to be a partaker of it.
In other words, you're not going to suck in all of this stuff and think it's good for you, but you're going to begin fighting in your mind, you're going to begin speaking to those demons, speaking to those devils, RESISTING THOSE THINGS, and you're going to fight the good fight of faith.
Now, why does God allow it to happen? Because, as we know, the whole universe is a balance of opposing forces. If you get too much of this, you go over this way. If you get too much of that, you go over that way. See? And as we see with the study of AIDS, what happened, is when that fight is no longer happening in the body, the body gives in to the least little pressure. THE LEAST LITTLE PRESSURE CAN CAUSE A MAN, CAUSE A WOMAN, CAUSE A CHILD TO DIE, BECAUSE THERE'S NO LONGER STRENGTH TO RESIST THE INVASION.
Ok, if we look at the Church of our generation, if we look at the religious body of our generation, we find out that everybody has given themselves over to this, to compromise. And what has compromise done? It's broke down the fight. It's broke down the ability to resist sin, it's broke down the ability to stand up for righteousness, and to proclaim holiness, because you might offend somebody.
Yeah, but you know what? The somebody that you might offend might be a devil that's trying to invade you, and destroy you. Destroy your life in Christ, destroy the fruit of the Spirit, destroy, and devour, and consume, those things that God has. AND IF WE LOOK AT THE STRENGTH OF THE CHURCH IN OUR GENERATION, THERE IS NO STRENGTH. There's no strength to say, "Crucify me; but I'll still stand for Him". There's no strength to say, "I don't care what you do to me, I'll go all the way with my God, because it's my God that's redeemed me!"
Oh no, the Church has bowed down unto Sodom, and is licking up the filth, bowed down unto Egypt. Bowed down, bowed down, bowed down; consumed of disease, consumed of lethargy, consumed of leprosy, consumed of sluggishness, accusation! HATERS OF GOD! Haters of God.
Because it says, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is NOT in Him". Posing themselves as, oh, so religious, while they're haters of God. If you love the world, you're a hater of God. Did you hear me? I said, if you love the world, you're a hater of God.
If you can't wait to get out and gobble up what the world has, you are a hater of God. Say, "Well, that sounds pretty harsh". Read it. Is it in there? Did I make it up? No; God made it up. AND GOD GAVE IT TO US TO WALK BY. And all the time we want to play kissy-face with the world, lovey-dovey with the world. You know, "I can act like a sinner, but really I'm a Christian, but really I'm a sinner, but really I'm a Christian". YOU'RE A HYPOCRITE! We can't be two-headed and double-minded. Either we're all the way for God or we're a LIAR. Amen.
And how do we keep up the immunity? BY REFUSING TO COMPROMISE, BY REFUSING TO BOW DOWN AND SUCK UP THE FILTH OF SODOM, BY REFUSING TO EMBRACE THE WORLD AND ALL OF ITS DISEASES. BUT, BY STANDING IN GOD AND GOD ALONE. BY DECLARING HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, BY WALKING IN HIS STANDARD, BY COMING INTO OBEDIENCE.
And not by trying to look as freaky as the world and act like the world, that we might win the world. No, that's not what it said we're supposed to do. But that's what the Church has done in this hour; it's played the whore. It's played the whore. And then it's said, "Oh, but I belong to Jesus". No, you don't belong to Jesus, you belong to DEATH. You’re devastated by disease.
You know, anybody with half an eye, and a horse sense nose, knows that a whorish woman's going to be full of disease. And the whorish Church is full of disease; it's full of AIDS. Because the immunity system is broke down, and disease is overtaking it. And people are dying left and right. I don't care if you set with your plastic face on till it rots off, and you're gooed up hair, and your painted eyes. If you are not walking with God; you are dead! AND I DON'T CARE IF YOU GO TO YOUR BOX EVERY SUNDAY TILL THE STEEPLE FALLS IN; YOU ARE DEAD. DEAD.
Because unless you are living a separated life, holy unto God, you are DEAD. And you know what? Because we were all redeemed, we were all dead in trespasses and sins. I don't care if your body is functioning physically, you are dead spiritually, if you are not consecrating yourself, everyday, and living a separated life unto God. It's true.
You know what? We've lowered the standard so far down in Christianity, that we think, that if we give God even the smallest amount, we're just, oh so great. And God needs to give us an applause, and give us an award. God needs to give us a good kick in the rear because we're a defiant people.
And we need to get away from that defiance, and we need to bow down under the sovereignty of God. And that's how you maintain community immunity, is by a corporate people working only for God, living only for God, and going forth in God. Amen? Praise God.