THE JOURNEY TO BRIDESHIP begins with becoming born again but it is only the first step. Our goal, our destination must be to become the eternal companion and confidant of Jesus Christ, privy to all of His adventures that are to come in eternity.

This is nothing less than being His Bride in the spiritual and quintessential sense of the meaning of the word : Bride; that is becoming one with our espoused Lord and Master.

Discipleship, which the very meaning presumes an exclusive following of someone or something is essential. It means that disciples of Christ will follow Jesus Christ wherever He leads them. There can be no one, or anything that is followed.

To be a disciple simply means to be a disciplined follower of that one thing or person. Becoming born again, being delivered from our personal sin, being immersed in the Holy Spirit, learning to walk in the humbling Word of God and partaking of the Divine Nature; these are all part of the the general experience of discipleship. Those who are devoted to following Christ at all cost and who become recognized by the Master as His true disciple will acquire the engagement of Brideship in Christ.

Today's disciple must do as the apostles did without hesitating or blinking. A disciple must leave everything behind in order to follow Christ. One cannot follow unless they are willing to leave their place and everything with it. Then, one must trust Him to resurrect an abundant spiritual life for them, trust that He is the Resurrection and the life.

The disciples' reward is summed up among those final declarations of the Bible when it declares in the Book of Revelation chapter 14 that there will be 'virgins in which there is found no guile" who will be among an exclusive group that will be allowed to follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth for all eternity. This is the right and privilege of a Bride; to be with her husband.

Imparting this faith and encouraging would-be disciples to follow Christ whole-heartedly without fear is the primary importance and purpose of this website.

Does it not make sense that Brideship privileges should be the disciples' reward; to never be out of the Lord's gracious presence, privy to all His inner most thoughts, plans and desires, and actions?

Therefore we rightly say:
   Discipleship = Brideship

Discipleship is the only way to reach the ultimate goal of perfection and union with Christ. Becoming born again is only a first step.

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        "I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him,
       until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth
       to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness."
 (Micah 7.9)






very journey begins with a first step. The first step in The Journey to Brideship and an intimate and purer walk with God begins with being born into the Kingdom of God - being born again. Jesus coined the phrase himself in the following exchange with one of the religious leaders of His day.

      "There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
      The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
      Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
      Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
      Jesus 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.
      That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
      Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
      The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
      Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
      Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
      Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
      If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
      And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
      And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
     That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
      For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

      The operative words are you must, to see and to enter. There can be no equivocating about entrance into the kingdom of God. You cannot see or enter the kingdom of God if you are not born supernaturally into the spiritual realm by some miraculous act of the Spirit of God. Obviously, no one can begin the journey within the kingdom of God if they can neither see, nor enter it. This was simply and forthrightly stated by Jesus, but Man and the Church have been guilty of disregarding this most fundamental truth, or arguing spuriously against it. Elements in the Church have often been guilty of manufacturing some false and carnal way of entering the kingdom of God, by sacraments or vows or some such humanistic or legalistic way.


These are the usual religious geriatrics which are unable to revive and heal the patient because we must enter into salvation by the Spirit in the spirit. We must simply believe and be willing to confess that Jesus is our personal Savior and the Lord of all things. Jesus even showed his amazement at the ignorance of one of the prime spiritual leaders of God's people (Nicodemus) on this decisive matter of salvation. Nicodemus showed his carnality as a literalist by asking if he should crawl back into his mother's womb to be born-again. Jesus showed His amazing grace by not laughing Nicodemus out of town, or 'outing' him as an ignorant boob to the common people. Nicodemus had come to Jesus under the cover of night because he was afraid to be seen with the prophet, though he knew Jesus had the true answer for all the questions in his fuzzy mind.


At any rate, a person must break through into the spiritual realm by being born anew and being made a new creature in Christ. "Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new." This is just another way of saying that a bona-fide true believer is one that is born-again. This is only the first step toward having salvation (meaning health: from Greek word Sozio) permeate us through and through. Salvation permeates by experience, by continuing faith, by walking with the Spirit and by being separated from the World.
      The first step is one giant step for a man, but still it is only one small step along one's journey in the kingdom of God. You must be born-again... any way you slice it ... we must be born again if we are to see and enter the kingdom of God.

       So from here, let us ask the obvious. What then is a true Christian? ...


hen the name Christian is invoked in today’s society it usually means anyone who has been born into a Christian family, or any person that in any way may have a past link to a Christian heritage, or perhaps a casual Evangelical who once answered an altar-call and visits a church once a week. For example, a political brand of 'Christians' fought a civil war in the 70s and 80s in Lebanon against the Muslims. Political parties with the moniker “Christian”, or carrying placards with the usual Christian slogans and symbols, have been the party of choice for scads of despotic and tyrannical regimes in South America over the last one hundred and fifty years. Tens of thousands of Americans, who devote only the most meager of time and thought to Jesus Christ, regularly report their religion as: Christian - rather than, say, Scientologist, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or Rastafarian. Throughout the history of our country we have witnessed a steady stream of presidents and high ranking political figures shamelessly pander top the public for votes on the basis of their faith in God. Sometimes they have claimed to be born-again just to gain absolution for their “high crimes and misdemeanors”. Should true Christians be taken in by these political testimonies which reduce the cause of Christ to public relations gimmicks? Should Christians accept anyone’s version of Christianity? Should we give the benefit of the doubt to any old cook who comes along with a new fast food recipe that tastes good but is unhealthy for our eternal souls? I was told by a preacher once that "there are many different ‘Jesus Christs’ being slung about and cooked up, as many as men can concoct. But you best not dine on them, you'll die either of hunger or poison. And you won't know which one got you first."

If we accept any version of Christ and neglect to examine the fruits then we make a mockery of what it means to be a Christian. Instead of seeking political power or social influence leaders of the Evangelicals, Pentecostals and all Spirit-led, born-again believers ought to quit their obsession with cleaning up the world and muster up the courage to preach the The Full Gospel, trusting that the truth of the cross of Christ will have God’s desired effect. It may not fill the pews on Sunday the way we wish or want, but there is power in God’s Word. Why can’t they believe that the Word will not return to the Kingdom of God void or frustrated?

            They can begin by telling everyone the true definition of a Christian, the sanctity of the Ten Commandments and that the truth is not relative or vague, but is constant and real, because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. They can start to insist on this in their fellowships and congregations and resist the pernicious lies of Ecumenism that infest the very walls of our Church today. The letters to the churches in the last book of the Bible touches on some of the lethal lies that infest Christianity and turn it into something other than Christ. To begin with a Christian is only a Christian after he or she has been born-again. There are a glorious number of ways to become born-again. The so-called four spiritual laws requiring belief and repentance and confession in that order is not the only way to bow to the cross of Christ and be reborn, born not only of 'water' (natural flesh), but of spirit too. As an example, the six-fold ministry of Christ, declared by the prophets and summed up by Jesus as His mission statement (Lk. 4:18-19), makes provision for the fatherless, the widows, the suffering and downtrodden to enter into His love by being born-again first, by accepting His love and then repentance and deliverance follow afterwards. You can legalize the born-again experience the way you can mandate traffic laws. There are many ways in which natural and supernatural births occur.   

         Instead of the vain hope of making this world (which according to God’s Word, is at enmity with God) a sanitary place for “good” Christian families, we ought to be telling the nation, at every opportunity, what a true Christian is and what God’s preference is for each of His born-again children. A Christian is not a Christian unless he is a follower of Jesus Christ. Not really a Christian, I mean. That is what the word Christian stands for. The word, or name, Christian was first coined after the first persecution had taken place in Jerusalem, when Christianity had begun to spread to some local cities of Asia Minor (Acts 11:19-26). Breakdown the word Christian for yourself. Christ – ian: Christ like. The believers of Antioch were recognized as this off-beat spiritual sect because they lived like Christ – totally unlike the world. One of the Roman leaders said that these Christians had turned the world upside down. A Christian is not one by name, or label, but one who follows Christ wherever Christ leads. They will have turned their backs on the World, their Flesh and Demonic forces of Satan. They will have departed from their former life which has been dictated to and dominated by those three enemies of the spirit. A person must be born-again if one is to have any hope of departing from the allies and departing from the gutters of these three menacing enemies. We must be extricated, taken away, separated and sanctified for God’s use. By being born-again in the spirit we may begin the journey to an intimate relation with God and His Son by the Spirit. If we are wise we will strive for the ‘mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus’, as the apostle Paul so aptly put it. We will be walking in the opposite way of Man and the World, having fled the wrath that is to come, not in conjunction with it. In this way, going in the way of the pilgrimage of Christian life, Christians ought to be perfect. Ideally they will follow Jesus with a full, perfect discipline of spirit, honest and true, striving for and cleaving to this, desiring to be at His flank, always walking with Him wherever He chooses to lead. The Bible alludes to this as walking in the spirit. As Enoch walked with God and was no more (raptured) because he had a testimony that he pleased God, so ought we to walk. “He that says he abides in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” (1 John 2:6) As the popular slogan goes: WWJD – What Would Jesus Do?

            Notice the Bible says that the disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. My dictionary says that a disciple is a: ‘disciplined’ follower of the doctrine of a teacher or leader. Jesus said, “And whosoever doth not bear this cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” And talking about Himself as the Good Shepherd He said, “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.” And He taught a number of devout Greeks, who had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” To be a true Christian one must be a dedicated follower of Christ.

            Jesus also taught this, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” Anyone who accepts the title: “Christian” with any understanding of the truth, must accept that it presumes a disciplined following of Jesus Christ to the bearing forth of godly fruits for the glory of God. Anything short of that mission by a Christian is a sham and a misrepresentation of what it means to be a Christian. As the Bible teaches: Let all those who name the name of Christ depart from iniquity! That’s straight enough I think. Mere words or sprinkling of water, or religious vows, or altar calls cannot transform a man or woman into a Christian or constitute a walk. Discipleship is both active and passive. Passive in self and active in spirit. Not doing one’s own will but denying self and walking, picking up the cross, obedience to the voice of God. The receiving of sacraments does not make a follower. Disciples are proven in their footsteps, their actions, following after the cross of Christ with their own cross upon their shoulders. Hypocrisy does the cross of Christ a great disservice and persuades people, who otherwise might find faith to believe, to scoff at Christianity so that they whither up and die in the dark shadows along the wayside of life.

            The epithet of “Christian” is used only twice more in Scripture, once when Paul stood in chains before King Agrippa and gave a stirring testimony to the power of Christ. Agrippa responded by saying, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” Even this worldly king understood the implications of calling oneself a Christian. The other instance appears in Peter’s first letter. Peter is talking about the gravity of being a follower of Christ and that it should not be a life solely of abundant blessing, excitement and convenience, but one displaying right living and godly virtue. “But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”

            True Christians must be living proof of God’s power to make new creatures of any person who will come to Him. They should be open books of the power and need for change in the human condition. His power to change that person into a vessel filled with the goodness of God. It is not the believer’s own power or discipline, and this should be evident too, but it is the power of God in him or her, made possible by the living glory of Christ residing in that person’s changed and new spiritual heart. Then the law can and will be fulfilled, which could not be fulfilled in a man until Christ came, but can now be fulfilled by those who “walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.” Therefore, the Scripture declares that the law can now be fulfilled by the power of God in a true Christian. If one is truly a Christian the good fruit of God’s love will slowly, but surely, manifest itself. This is a fact of truth, an indispensable part of Christian doctrine. The reason that the apostle John makes the otherwise outrageous statement:

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:4-9)


The Ten Commandments are so rudimentary that they will be taught and “naturally” followed when we are sensitive to the Spirit’s urgings and power in us. There is no gray area or room for debate concerning them. It is wrong to commit adultery. It is wrong to covet our neighbors’ belongings or his or her spouse. It is wrong to bear false witness (or commit perjury) against our fellow human beings. But be sure of this: it is even more wrong not to fulfill in our life the first commandment to love God with all our strength, our heart and soul and body. The second is vital as well, we must love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

            It is not wrong to judge these things in the Church. I say things - not so much people. We must judge righteous judgment, those things which are done and discourage ungodliness. Judgment begins at the house of God. If we judge ourselves we shall not have to be judged later. We shall know who our Christian brothers and sisters are because, “We shall know them by their fruit.”. By examining our selves we shall also know and comprehend if we have actually been freed by Christ from our life and ways of sin and are actually living a life pleasing to God by faith. If we know we are a true disciple, picking up our cross and following Christ because we are changed and are being continually saved and changed, then we are confident that we are pleasing God. Only if our relationship is well with God can we with assurance call ourselves Christian. Only then does the name Christian, by which we call ourselves, become God’s honest truth.