Protocol is strict adherence to precisely correct procedure. In the case of believers, protocol is strict adherence to the mandates from God and using the correct procedure for carrying out those mandates. These mandates and the precisely correct procedures are found in only one place, the Word of God. By learning and applying the truth found in the Bible, believers can fulfill God’s purpose, plan and will. When this truth is presented from the Word of God in a systematic manner it allows any believer to grow spiritually, regardless of I.Q., by following God’s plan.
God, in His grace, has set up certain protocols that must be strictly adhered to if a believer is to advance in his spiritual life. Random intake of Bible doctrine will not accomplish the goal. If a believer is to properly execute God’s protocol plan, he must be consistent with his intake and application of Bible doctrine. There is no other plan for believers in this Age.
During the Church Age, believers receive all the necessary tools for the fulfillment of the Protocol Plan of God. The objective for a believer should be to reach the status of spiritual maturity which results in a tactical victory over Satan in the Angelic Conflict. Only by residing in God’s power system under the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit can a believer reach this status.
God’s policy for dealing with mankind is always His grace. This grace begins with providing salvation through Jesus Christ. Since Christ paid the penalty for the sin of the entire human race, anyone can have eternal life and be saved from eternal separation from God. All that God requires is a simple act of faith in Jesus Christ (apart from any human merit). This simply means that a person is relying (trusting) upon Jesus Christ for eternal life and not their good works or anything else. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
After salvation, God’s policy continues to be grace. Only by orienting to His grace can a believer execute the Protocol Plan of God. The Christian Way of Life was not designed to be a life of human good works performed as a means of gaining the approbation of God. The Christian Way of Life is a life of thinking divine viewpoint, which results in divine production. Divine production can be visible or invisible. (Titus 2:12)
God’s power system is based on virtue (strength of character) and integrity (a strict adherence to divine truth). You cannot adhere to something that you know absolutely nothing about. For a believer with positive volition, virtue is motivational when directed toward God and functional when directed toward mankind or circumstances. In other words, when you begin to learn about God, His character and His attributes, you become motivated to love Him and depend on Him in every circumstance of life. The natural result of your love for God will be impersonal love for all mankind, based on the virtue and integrity that you develop as a result of knowing God.
There is a point of reference with God under the Protocol Plan which is the love of God. Not the “mushy” emotional feelings often called love, but the genuine love of God based on integrity. This is “agape” love, God’s unconditional love for all mankind that caused Him to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for sin. When Christian integrity is developed by the believer, he is able to exhibit love for God on the basis of God’s character. The believer is also able to love his fellow man based on the integrity of God resident in his own soul.
Our authority for the Protocol Plan is the Word of God. It is the Word of God that establishes the standard by which all teachings, experiences and actions are judged. Any teaching, experience or action that does not fully agree with Scripture is wrong. Those who distort, change or misuse God’s Word are “false apostles” and “ministers of Satan” (even if they are well-meaning). The Bible tells believers to note them and avoid them. The result of following the Protocol Plan is the ability of an advancing believer to make good decisions from a position of strength, to take control of his life and to develop a personal sense of destiny.
However, the Protocol Plan of God has an enemy – the cosmic system of Satan. As the great counterfeiter, Satan’s cosmic system seeks to mimic God’s power system. The power of the Holy Spirit is counterfeited by human emotion and ecstatic behavior. Divine Viewpoint Thinking is replaced with Human Viewpoint Thinking. God’s grace policy is replaced by a system of human good works. And virtue is replaced by a charismatic personality and charm. And the authority of God’s Word is replaced by political correctness.
God has a purpose for His Protocol Plan which is to glorify His Son, Jesus Christ. Glorification of Christ is accomplished through the life of an advancing believer as he exhibits the character of Christ. The character of Christ can be produced only by God the Holy Spirit as He is allowed to fully influence the thinking of a believer. Bible doctrine resident in the soul of a believer is the “raw material” that the Holy Spirit uses to teach and guide through life’s journey.
Divine power is related to all the unique factors of the Church Age. The ten unique factors in the Church Age are:
The unique factor of every member of the Godhead indwelling your body mandates a new #1 priority for the entire body of Christ: God emphasis over people emphasis. As long as you emphasize your experience with people over your experience with God, your experience in life will be characterized by self-induced misery, plus suffering from the three categories of divine discipline (warning, intensive, and dying).
The problem of perpetual spiritual childhood exists because of wrong priorities. None of us can escape the consequences of putting people before our relationship with God. The Protocol Plan of God emphasizes right experience with God before you can ever have right experience with people. But God is invisible, so that relationship with the invisible God can come only one way: your daily positive volition toward doctrine. Right relationship with God can come only from the understanding of and consistent residence inside the divine power system under the enabling power of God the Holy Spirit and momentum from metabolized doctrine. Invisible God becomes real to us only through the Word of God, which is the “mind of Christ.” (I Corinthians 2:16). Right relationship with God is the basis for right relationship with self and others. Negative experience (never exposing yourself to doctrine after salvation) with God results in negative experience with people. Positive experience with God results in positive experience with people.
The indwelling of Jesus Christ demands that every believer give #1 priority to their relationship with God, #2 priority to their relationship with themselves and #3 priority to their relationship with people. If you “straighten out” your relationship with God, you will end up having a good relationship with self (which most believers do not have) resulting in good relationships with others.
The night before the Cross, Jesus Christ anticipated the imputation of all sins in the human race, knowing full well their impact. Yet at that very moment of realization Jesus Christ prayed, “Father, if it be Your will, let this cup pass from Me. Nevertheless, not My will but Your will be done.” The humanity of Christ had the priority straight! He put God before man.
If you put people before God, you will be weary, bored, discouraged, and bitter. Weariness, disillusion, and discouragement are exactly what happen when a believer gives #1 priority to people (including self) and attempts to execute their own plan instead of the Protocol Plan of God. Only through the consistent intake and application of accurate Bible doctrine can a believer execute God’s Protocol Plan.