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 Copyright © February 2005

The Wrongful Redefining of Christianity...

Protect Your Faith in these Latter-Days....

~written from the common sense perspective of The Winds of the Soul~

by Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.)

 
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We are to be "Good," after the order and pattern of the Son, which in turn, is patterned after the order of our Heavenly Father in Heaven.  For only in such inspired Goodness can the Happiness of God be found, even the treasures of the Kingdom of Heaven.  

We often forget the simplicity and integrity of the Lord's message rests solely in the wisdom and merits of His Father's Goodness.  For the reality of Goodness and directions of living so implied, is what the Lord's Gospel is all about.  Indeed, it is the underlying basis for all that is taught in the Gospels......  to embrace and emulate His Goodness as it was patterned to us here on earth, remembering that His Goodness was the perfect revelation given to us of the Father.... 

We are to be "Good," after the order and pattern of the Son, which in turn, is patterned after the order of our Heavenly Father in Heaven.  For only in such inspired Goodness can the Happiness of God be found, even the treasures of the Kingdom of Heaven.  Accepting Christ as our Savior means nothing unless we acknowledge and learn in the process to desire His Goodness as the template for our life with our whole heart, mind, and soul.  Most simply, the personage of "Christ" and the reality of "Goodness" are inseparably dependent. 

Copyright © 2005 Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.).  All Rights Reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, including but not limited to all forms of media print, audio, electronic and video reproduction, without the prior express and specific written content of the author, except in cases of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. 

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Please don't misunderstand me to believe that Churches are bad and that we could do without them.... I'm not saying that at all.  Rather, I'm suggesting that what some denominations are now teaching is not fail-safe....so we should be careful and protect our faith from wrongful teachings....

Sadly, so many try to be "happy" without first trying to be "Good," of even in trying to understand what "Goodness" is all about.  Liberal secularists and the like have tried hard to dissuade us from seeing the connection by obscuring the whole notion of Goodness to begin with, suggesting instead that everything is relative, and that there is no absolute Goodness nor evil.  Even some in Christendom have ignorantly fractionated the Message of the Gospel so much so that the concepts of Happiness and Goodness are rarely mentioned in the same sermon. 

Please don't misunderstand me to believe that Churches are bad and that we could do without them.... I'm not saying that at all.  Rather, I'm suggesting that what some denominations are now teaching is not fail-safe....so we should be careful and protect our faith from wrongful teachings....

Many in positions of authority in their respective churches just don't understand that true happiness cannot be secured without first embracing the antecedent of Goodness itself.  Moreover, without all the pieces of the foundation, they then fail to see how these possibilities are made eternal promises, secured indubitably by the Atoning Sacrifice of the Son.  It is to the securing of Goodness through the Son of God, even Jesus Christ, that we then qualify for the Eternal Happiness of Heaven. 

Accordingly, the sacrifice of the Lamb was intended not only to pay the eternal price for our sins so that we may be forgiven and reconciled to God, but thereinafter, bring us into His Goodness, allowing the finishing of the Creator's intent, namely, to make us after His Express Image..., to be perfectly "Good!"  

How this is to specifically and practically achieved, the Christ came to teach us.  Accordingly, as is found more clearly elucidated within the "The Winds of Forgiveness," He taught us that we must (1) become as a little child whom believes in Him by (2) taking upon ourselves His Sacred Name so as to become born again to His Spiritual Influence, and then (3) through such directed acceptance, obediently come unto the Father by Christ. 

I have previously written in my books extensively about these three steps, and particularly how little we understand the commandment of becoming a little child, its quintessential necessity, and how many in the Christian Church have since wrongly trivialized this important first step.  Briefly, I would now like to revisit an aspect of the second step that I believe is similarly misunderstood by many of us today calling ourselves Christians.

Interestingly, many today talk about the "Name of Jesus Christ" and the accepting of His name with an overly narrow understanding of what the Name actually means, what His Name stands for and why it is to be revered, and most importantly, how it is we are to actually take the Name upon us.  Instead, we only understand these things superficially, and to our shame, superstitiously, referring to the Name just like we do other names amongst us: first name-last name appellations which have little meaning other than  a label used to call us to attention of someone's person. 

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Similarly, many today believe (as they have been wrongly taught) that all you have to do to be a Christian is to call on His Name, accept Him in your heart, and bingo, "you're saved," as if there are no further steps to take along the way----when in fact this only begins the process of our refinement intended by the Father.

 

Unfortunately, this whole notion of "instant Christianity" and the whole spew of cultural baggage that has since amassed behind it, has usurped the Gospels true tenets for an "instantized, hybrid, feel-good, hot-tub Christianity" instead, which is very unlike the original message given to us in the Scriptures, and only acts to subvert the Divine Purpose.   

Similarly, many today believe (as they have been wrongly taught) that all you have to do to be a Christian is to call on His Name, accept Him in your heart, and bingo, "you're saved," as if there are no further steps to take along the way----when in fact this only begins the process of our refinement intended by the Father. 

Unfortunately, this whole notion of "instant Christianity" and the whole spew of cultural baggage that has since amassed behind it, has usurped the Gospels true tenets for an "instantized, hybrid, feel-good, hot-tub Christianity" instead, which is very unlike the original message given to us in the Scriptures, and only acts to subvert the Divine Purpose. 

In fact, there is a Scripture that refers directly to this misunderstanding.  Found in Ezekiel, it reads: 

 

{Ezekiel 36:25-35} "25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. 30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.

31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. 32 Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.

33 Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. 34 And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. 35 And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited."

 

As rehearsed more thoroughly in my latest book, "The Winds of Forgiveness," it is very clear here that the Lord is speaking directly to the process of the cleansing powers of His Gospel enabled by and through His Atonement. 

But then note that in verse 31 how it is only after we have entered the way and have been cleansed by water baptism and Faith on His Name, how this process then evolves into the painful but necessary remembering of all our iniquities, and how it will bring us to the loathing of ourselves (our sight now made clear and focused by the Lord's Light) in the face of our past inequities and abominations.

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To be sure, there has now evolved a Politically Correct Christian culture, one which demands that a certain language of nouns, verbs and adjectives, a code of sorts, must be used in order for one to be accepted as a "believer," and a further restriction of conscionable ideas and possibilities outside their realm of understanding or acceptance, such as no latter-day revelation or direction. 

Most of us ignore this part of the path, or indeed, never allow ourselves to enter into it.  Many of us have been "taught" by our professing spiritual leaders that it's just not necessary---that the Lord's Atonement now takes care of all this.  But that's just wrong-headed....

Nevertheless, religious technocrats of all sorts only sour the milk when contentiously insisting that anyone involved in this kind of spiritual retrospection is morbidly rehearsing their past to their own detriment---that somehow Satan is behind this making you believe that you're not forgiven when in fact you have been.  But such an argument only continues the pretence that the Emperor's new clothes are actually real, and thereinafter seeks to persuade us to close our eyes, keep them shut, and trust them to see for us forevermore. 

I can hear the protracted protests already amassing in my email box..... "Why, this is all just un-Christian---it's heretical, just new-age psychobabble-----Everyone knows that once cleansed, once saved, then always cleansed!  We don't have to remember all that we did, that was what His Atonement is all about----He will forget our sins, and so should we!"  But they're so very wrong! 

Again, as I make clear in the "The Winds of Forgiveness," everyone of these protests is mistaken, having no basis in the revealed Scriptures, but only in the need to protect the hubris of ones own self-pretensions  and presumptions to salvation, as well as other spiritual Quick-fixes that masquerade as the Truth. 

To be sure, there has now evolved a Politically Correct Christian culture, one which demands that a certain language of nouns, verbs and adjectives, a code of sorts, must be used in order for one to be accepted as a "believer," and a further restriction of conscionable ideas and possibilities outside their realm of understanding or acceptance, such as no latter-day revelation or direction. 

This pendulum has swung many times in the past, leading to all the horrific acts of persecution during the times of the Inquisition, the martyrdom of the saints, including Luther, Calvin, and others more recently.  It has become a private club for the "saved" few, rarely opening their doors to those that the message of the Gospel was first preached, namely, to sinners, some of which are the poor, the down-trodden, and the hopeless.

This current "culture" has assumed an authority from God which has never been given them, one which they pretend is real yet nonetheless seems only empowered by how many followers they can claim.  Might or number have never made right.

Truth be known, this "sub-culture", like those that have preceded it, has done more to harm and distract from the message of Christianity than help it, turning away the sincere seeker of truth rather than welcoming and supporting them in their journey. 

Continually beneath the surface, the redefining of traditional Christianity has been the work of those liberal secularists that often occupy the many leadership and social positions in the Church, diminishing or throwing out pieces of the Truth for which they have no appetite nor understanding. 

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In all of this, they seem to miss the point, as their perverted forbearers have done before them.  It's a point they have obviously never understood, no matter the years of Bible training, personal sacrifice, and evangelistic work completed, all supposedly done in the Name of the Lord.  Namely, the irrevocable connection between the Name of God, even the Word and the Spirit of His Influence, and Goodness itself.

In all of this, they seem to miss the point, as their perverted forbearers have done before them.  It's a point they have obviously never understood, no matter the years of Bible training, personal sacrifice, and evangelistic work completed, all supposedly done in the Name of the Lord.  Namely, the irrevocable connection between the Name of God, even the Word and the Spirit of His Influence, and Goodness itself.

Consequently, very few amongst us take this journey more seriously than simply that which has been defined by our churches, priests and pastors----attending our chosen church, occasionally professing His Name when asked, obeying the commandments to the best of our knowledge, etc. 

This so saddens me, for in this over-simplification and instantizing of the Lord's message we distort the entire message of what His free gift of salvation really means----not the least of which entails how best to obtain it and how to endure faithfully until the end. 

So, what's really being said here in Ezekiel? 

Well, among other things, I believe the Lord is requiring us to rethink and relearn about our past mistakes and errors through His continuing revelations to us by and through the advantages of the Holy Spirit.  He is inviting us to prayfully entertain some soulful retrospection of our past, and not just prematurely jettison the lessons they hold for us or excuse ourselves in the least way.  He asks that He may judge our actions in our waking presence, so that we may learn from our mistakes, and more importantly, learn as to why they were so wrong, so offensive, and so debilitating to Goodness itself.

He is not asking us to rewrite our past by our own wishful rationalizations, but see our past as He sees it.  He wants us to understand our past mistakes----the reasons behind them, the roots of lust we wrongly followed, the ignorance and prejudice we unwittingly protected---all so that we may instead see the preferable Goodness of His Way in stark undeniable contrast. 

In other words, the point of this revealing is not just to make us feel bad, but rather to then better prepare us for what our sins have circumvented us from experiencing, namely, the reality of His Goodness.  He wants us to see the reality of His Goodness without distraction or distortion, letting its Light fill our hearts and minds, so as to convince us, and yes, even convict us, as to the undeniable joy of His Truth!

Rarely do we have the intelligence and insight at our first steps into the Gospel Path to see the convolutions and consequences of our mistakes as the Lord sees them.  And He absolutely wishes us to see ourselves as self-distortion-free as He does.  Does anyone really have a problem with that? 

In following His course of instruction, we will rightly feel ashamed in ways which are far deeper and more cleansing than our initial repentance, because only upon gaining new, clear vantage points are we invited to see all the "ins and outs" of our inequities, seeing them truly as abominations against His Way and directly opposed to His Goodness, Fairness, Justice and Mercy.  

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Moreover, seeing our faults so exposed helps to protect us from repeating the same stupid mistakes again in the future.  Such teaching is also preparational, as it  readies us to taste and desire more intently the Goodness of the Way of His Spirit.  In fact, the more we are capable of understanding the wrong and circuitous paths of our own past as revealed through His Revelations to us involved in His Path, the more capacity we are summarily given to feel and support the way of His Spirit within us.

However, this way is inevitably painful, embarrassing, and sorrow-filled, needing much patience and understanding, and is likely why few of us ever embrace the fullness of this path.  As I have said before, the way to "Happiness" is a very serious business.  And only the more seriously involved in the Gospel and Life, dare to even consider treading this sacred way.  We want instead a "Feel-good" Gospel that circumvents this learning and refining.  We wish a "carefree journey" that is automated and sublime, without discomfort or change, and move to support those pastors and churches alone who quietly promise such a fantasy.

Yet, that's not what the Scriptures are telling us....  We are here to learn by submitting to His Hand of Instruction, not dismissing it or over-simplifying it..., for without His Revelations to guide us we would not be able to discern between the sweet and the bitter, nor how to progress through the trials that are realities that happen to each of us.  As it is written:

{Psalm 19:12-13} 12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

Moreover, seeing our faults so exposed helps to protect us from repeating the same stupid mistakes again in the future.  Such teaching is also preparational, as it  readies us to taste and desire more intently the Goodness of the Way of His Spirit.  In fact, the more we are capable of understanding the wrong and circuitous paths of our own past as revealed through His Revelations to us involved in His Path, the more capacity we are summarily given to feel and support the way of His Spirit within us.

But still more importantly, there are other reasons why all of this must proceed in this manner, in the manner in which He prescribes.  Most pointedly, The Lord repeatedly states in Ezekiel something very profound in referencing the realities of the needs for us to face the truth of our past, adding that He does it not for our sakes, but for His Names sake:

 {Ezekiel 36:22} "I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went." 

and again in verse 32:

{Ezekiel 36:32}  "Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel."

 

Our needing to see these things about ourselves, to "become ashamed and confounded for our own ways" is for His Holy Name's sake and not for our sakes....  But what does that really mean to us each personally?  Are we then being slighted in this process, we may ask?  How does all of this dovetail in our remembering all our inequities and abominations? 

Of course we are not "being slighted" by this Scripture.  Rather, as we lift the veil, here, we are invited to enter the realm of learning what His Name really means within each of us, and how and why the Name should never be denigrated, if we would only receive it....  Unfortunately, many in Christianity never think deeper than the surface of their faith they precariously skate upon, remaining outside the promises of their faith, and detached from the God of the Universe. 

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As is more clearly documented within "The Winds of Forgiveness," what in fact He is telling us is that His Name was given to us from our very beginning.  It rests now within us as a portion of His Spirit, even a portion of His Body, even a portion of the Word itself, the Seed-Pattern of Heaven----to which the emblems of the sacrament point us:

the emblem of bread being His Body, and to us individually, that portion of His Blessed Seed-Pattern within us that gives us Life...,

and the emblem of wine directing us to understand that such Life is only enlivened by way of His Sacrificial Eternal Atonement, the life-blood shed for us----

these two emblems being inseparably connected in both substance and meaning. 

As is more clearly documented within "The Winds of Forgiveness," what in fact He is telling us is that His Name was given to us from our very beginning.  It rests now within us as a portion of His Spirit, even a portion of His Body, even a portion of the Word itself, the Seed-Pattern of Heaven----to which the emblems of the sacrament point us: the emblem of bread being His Body, and to us individually, that portion of His Blessed Seed-Pattern within us that gives us Life..., and the emblem of wine directing us to understand that such Life is only enlivened by way of His Sacrificial Eternal Atonement, the life-blood shed for us----these two emblems being inseparably connected in both substance and meaning. 

If we would receive it, His Spiritual Seed-Pattern is the very Name of God that rests within us.  It was breathed into and bequeathed upon us from the beginning.  It's authority rests within Heaven, however, not ourselves. 

Yet, it awaits us to awaken it from slumber in order to finish the creative work begun by the Father, namely, to finish making us after His Own Image, in the perfection of His Image..., so that every thought, word and deed will be done according to the will of Heaven, and letting same be done on earth. 

It is for the sake of His Name within us, for the sake of His Seed-Pattern and the potentials of creation that it holds for us each individually, that we are to be prepared for greater portions of His Word to manifest and become glorified within us. 

Although we may have previously let these areas within us remain fallow and waste, He will by His Pattern and for the sake of its increase then build these old waste places anew such that from Ezekiel 36:33-34 we read:

 

...the wastes shall be builded. 34 And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. 35 And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited."

 

But let us remember.  This does not happen automatically.  For the Seed-Pattern to grow within us and begin its marvelous transformation of our characters (the fallow land), we must first recognize its reality, that the Name of God was given to us to live within us, being Temples of His Holy Name and Presence. 

That means we must be fundamentally inclined to embrace its spiritual promptings, ruminations, and persuasions----we must allow its impact, be affectionately inclined to continually seek after Goodness, to embrace it whenever and wherever we see it, and to try to the utmost of our abilities, to emulate its every direction----for this is the power of God unleashed within us to perform the promises of Heaven.

Indeed, it is then for the primary sake of His Name that we are to learn about all our past mistakes in detail, according to the Light of His Judgement and Mercy.  For without such final cleansing, without us developing a sensible revulsion for all that we've done wrong, and our reasons for having done so, His Name would not feel comfortable nor welcomed in further unfolding unto us all the mysteries of its Holy Pattern.  Without our recognizing the wrongness of our actions, we would not know how to regard in stewardship the increase from His Seed-Pattern, nor how to revere His further guidance.

Look at it this way.  Important as it is, although it's well to stop littering the floor of the Temple with our sins, that's only the first step.  We must also have the mind to allow the Lord to direct us in cleansing the floor from our mindless tracking in of mud thereafter.  In my mind, this is what the sacrament of the cleansing of the feet really means.... that unless we allow Him to do this within our lives, He will have no further part in us.

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About the Author:  Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.) is a Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist having been educated abroad where he completed his postgraduate studies at King’s College, the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and then graduated and received his Doctorate from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. He has been in private clinical practice and medical research for over 25 years, being active as an author, popular radio and TV personality, public speaker, and biomedical researcher. An expert in a number of fields including Forensic/Criminal Psychology, Child and Family/Relationship Psychology, and Neuropsychology.  He has also served as an expert scientific advisor, product innovator and formulator, and professional consultant to the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industries. He is the author of The Winds of the Soul~Heaven’s First Voice To Us, as well as numerous other scholarly papers and works.

 

 

 

 

Astoundingly, these are realities that some in modern Christianity seem willing and ripe to foil, frustrate, and obstruct.  These are realities that are not often spoken about in organized denominations of Christianity, because it's too messy, too laborious, to unpopular to speak about in their congregations.... believing that it would upset the collection plate. 

So it is that few of us ever graduate to a more personal understanding of the Name of God and remain beyond the reach of all its gracious portendings within us.  We have become unwittingly comfortable in thinking that we are really okay compared to the next guy, and we will be able to slide through life with little effort, little introspection or retrospection, little care to improve ourselves, believing that although we've sinned a little, all will be forgiven us and we'll end up in Heaven like everyone else. 

Yet, I believe that these are simply self-serving heretical beliefs that only ensure disappointment alone, not the mercies and happiness of Heaven.  Such is a deeply deceiving image to which many cling, believing that salvation is not conditionally dependant upon our sincere and true repentance.....

 

 

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