The Albigensians were a group of people that lived in the middle ages. They were Manichaeans and believed in a dualistic doctrine. Their doctrine involved tow gods; a good one and an evil one. They believed that the good god was part of the spiritual realm and that the spirit was good, on the other hand they believed that the evil god had everything to do with this world, in other words it was matter that was evil. According to them the bodies were prisons of the soul, and the only way to grow in the spirit was to leave the material things. This meant that the less food you ate and water you drank, and the abstaining of having children the more spiritual you were.
In the Albigensian doctrine pregnant women were condemned, for they were contributing evil into the world by bringing a child into it. I believe this was just another excuse for the devil to destroy humanity. This material world is not evil; as a matter of fact God said it was good when he was creating it in the book of Genesis. However, their belief doesn’t stop here. Because they believed that the material world and everything in it is evil, they couldn’t possibly accept the sacrifice of Jesus. It didn’t fit in their reason that the son of God would incarnate himself in order to save humanity. Why would He make Himself evil and call Himself good when He was evil? This reasoning blocked their understanding and did not let them comprehend the glorious sacrifice Jesus came to do.
The mendicant orders are a series of religious orders that do not depend on a secured salary, but live according to what people give them, or charity. These orders do not own property, but live a life in poverty believing they are following the way of life Jesus did. This would give them the chance to dedicate themselves only on religious work.
One of these orders came to be known as the Franciscans. The Franciscans were founded by St. Francis of Assisi, who said to have heard the voice of God tell him “Francis, go and rebuild my house; it is tumbling down”. After this, Francis stripped himself of everything including his clothes, and set foot on working religiously. Francis later on attracted many people, including influential people such as King Louis IX, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, and Volta, Galvani, and Ampere.
Another mendicant order of the thirteenth century was known as the Dominicans. This order was founded by St. Dominic Guzman. Dominic had issues with the Albigensians, he wanted to prove that Catholics too could set a life of poverty, and therefore prove to be more spiritual. In order to set the example, he decided to live a life of poverty. In contrast to Francis, he did take place in the area of learning, education, and philosophy.
Dominic also began the life of a friar who later became known as an Order called “The Order of Friars Preachers”. He too gained many followers, and after meeting with Francis, Francis confirmed him the need for absolute poverty.
When Jesus came to earth in order to accomplish what God had sent Him to do, He never did anything without seeing it be done by the Father.
Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.
When Jesus gave His life for us, so we could have eternal life if we believed in Him, He didn’t fail His mission.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
When I hear: “Francis, go rebuild my house; it is tumbling down”, one of the first things that come into my mind is, “God would never ask you to rebuild his house, because it is tumbling down”
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
Also, “Even if it was tumbling down, the only one that has the power to do it is Him”. However, as we’ve seen before, His church shall not be moved.
After I understand this, then I will come to the first inevitable conclusion that those words did not come from God, and to the second inevitable conclusion that if they didn’t come from God, then the whole founding of the Franciscans wasn’t inspired by God. Also, if the Pope Innocent III after hearing Francis he said, “For sure, this holy man will re-establish the church of God on her foundations!”, then something tells me that the Pope is not truly of God, for he is denying the word of God itself.
The church had already been established when Jesus said in John 2:19 that He would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, and as we have seen before His church will not be moved, hence there is no need to re-establish it.
In Ephesians 2:19-20 it says the following:
Now therefore ye are no longer more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
It is the apostles and the prophets the ones that build the foundation of the church. Being an apostle and a prophet requires as the name says it prophecy, and the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy; Revelations 19:10. If there is no prophecy Jesus is not being testified, therefore He is not there. This lets me know that there is no way possible that Francis would ever re-establish the church of God on her foundations. As a result, neither Francis nor the Pope are speaking and acting from God.
When I see the verses Matthew 19:21, Luke 9:3, and Matthew 16:24, the same verses that Francis cited to Pope Innocent III when he was asked by him for his principles, I see that the only interpretation Francis found to those verses was poverty. The Bible is not a book that can be interpreted using the interpretation of the word or logos, but a book that has to be read with the understanding and revelation that comes from the Holy Spirit. When you read the Bible in your own interpretation without taking account the Holy Spirit, whatever you interpret will inevitably be erroneous. You cannot comprehend the Bible with your mind or reason, but by the Spirit.
When the Albigensians thought that this world was evil, and therefore having children itself was evil, they did not understand the spiritual realm. When the Franciscans and the Dominicans thought that by living a life in poverty they were following Jesus and being the most spiritual, they did not understand the spiritual realm.
The spiritual reality is that there are two kingdoms, one of death and one of Life, (notice I did not say good and evil; Genesis 2:17). The kingdom of death is the one led by the devil and his demons. This kingdom is the one that provokes sickness, death, poverty, separation, etc. And there is the Kingdom of God or Life. In the Kingdom of God there is peace, righteousness, joy, unity, prosperity, divine health, etc.
The natural realm cannot be affected by doing natural things. The spiritual realm is the one that governs over the natural one, therefore in order to affect the natural one you have to affect the spiritual one. That is what the Albigensians, the Franciscans, and the Dominicans did not understand. They were only walking by terrestrial merits, not by the power of God.
And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
1 Corinthians 6:16-17
What? Know ye not that he which is joined with an harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
In these verses we see that true holiness is when you are one with the Spirit of God, not when you live in poverty, or abstain yourself from various foods, clothes, and luxurious things. Those are just man-made efforts that don’t lead to the Life. LIVING IN POVERTY IS NOT HOLINESS.
What Jesus did when He was here on earth, He did it because He saw the Father do it. That was His purpose, His heavenly design. You don’t have to repeat what Jesus did. He said in John 14:12 that we will do even greater things. You do have to follow Jesus, you do have to follow His example, you do have to be one with Him, but you don’t have the same heavenly design He had. You are not going to carry the cross and be crucified literally like Jesus was. That sacrifice has been done already it doesn’t have to be done twice.
I cited this verse because, just like Jesus only did what He saw the Father do, we should do the same. Your purpose is not to repeat something someone already did, you will not do the same things as me, and we have different heavenly designs. We have to hear the voice of the Father in order to know what we came here to do, and why we are here.
If you want to follow Jesus, if you want to be holy, if you want to please Him, the Holy Spirit is there to help you be one with Him.