Most people are more concerned about germs than they are wary of ideas.This is a problem. Why would we as individuals, a culture, a nation and a planet spend incalculable amounts of money and time protecting ourselves from germs while ignoring the spiritual ideas as dangerous as HIV in Florida. And all this is within the Church. Let me explain. It seems like every generation there's a new spiritual fad within the church. A new deviation of the gospel that is more palatable to Semi-Christianized Wicked Soul who secretly still want to satisfy their heart apart from God. If you knew the inner workings of my mind this week, you'd agree thoroughly this includes myself. At least with the "secret satisfying" part. I have no intentions of defacing the gospel but I know how it starts. My stupid disgusting ugly no good evil pride is a topic for another post so let me finish this first. Last decade it was "prosperity gospel" which plenty of folks now seem to be vaccinated against. The hipsters of this decade aren't into material possessions. For them it's about experiences. I know this because I invent my own outfits and reblog pictures of coffee on Tumblr. What's wrong with experiences? Doesn't God bless us with warm fuzzy feelings every once in a while? Are you saying faith is only valid if it's dry and sterile? No, not exactly. There's nothing wrong with experiences. God invented endorphins.
What's wrong is when we worship the experiences instead of the God who gave us nerve endings.This decade seems to be flu season. Everywhere I look there are "people of faith" who talking about following Jesus who are disregarding the bible. Excuse me, let me capitalize that properly ... THE BIBLE. THE BIBLE which tells us who Jesus is. THE BIBLE which tells about the Holy Spirit. THE BIBLE which tells us how to test the spirits to know which are of God and which are not.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.
1 John 4:1-3a
But wait, it gets better... read the end of the verse:
And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
1 John 4:3bSo um ... here's my humble little opinion ...
WHY WOULD THEY WARN US TO TEST THE SPIRITS IF WE DIDN'T HAVE TO???
But you know, that's just a random thought.
To quote a new Twitter acquaintance,
If Scripture is not our foundation and source of truth - our beliefs are merely imaginative. How would they know of the character of Jesus without Scripture? Or the character of the Holy Spirit? So silly.
While joining that conversation online today was the catalyst for publishing this post, I've actually been thinking about this quite a lot this year. Early readers may remember a previous post "Poem of Words." I still stand by that promise.
If you've read this far I applaud you. I am a passionate person wrestling with polarizing ideas while using caplocks to boot. And yet I love people. I really do care.
It's because I care that I'm passionate. This post is categorized under "Truth in Love."
How can I categorize such closed-minded, possibly offensive ranting under "Truth in Love?"
Well. What exactly are we talking about here?
- We are talking about the means by which we determine truth.
- We are talking about who and how we worship.
- We're talking about the essence of faith.
Why does it matter? What makes this so important? How much is at stake?
Your soul. Mine. The soul of those who first choose Christ but become distracted by a different version. Anything "against God" is "anti-Christ."
He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
How is seeking spiritual experiences opposing God?
When we seek spiritual experiences we are actually worshiping ourselves.
But He warned us about this before He came in human flesh.
“If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’
you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.
While the first word in that passage is "if" the likelihood forces me to ask "when" and "how."
Don't we all wonder why God even put that tree in the garden? The tree of the knowledge of good and evil? He was testing them.
You wonder why that cute boy sat next to you in chemistry class? God is testing you. Do you love Him more?
The True Gospel of the Bible is filled with love. God's love for us. But like any proper love story, He wants to know we love Him back. How can there be any other way? Or would you rather be an unimaginative angel who sees the glory of God with wings over his eyes?
We were lovingly made in the image of God. And with that comes the most incredible gift and responsibility: the freedom to choose to love Him back.
Don't take it lightly.
And don't catch pneumonia on false gospel sensuality. It might just cost you your soul.