The Official Winds eNewsletter
Copyright © January 2007
Understanding the Basics...Part 4
Things no longer taught in our Churches and Synagogues....
~written from the common sense perspective of The Winds of the Soul~
by Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.)
|Indeed, the Rule of Understanding is an implicit prerequisite that must be practiced and regarded if the Gospel is ever to be embraced by any of us. And it is itself the prerequisite of our Faith for without such a condition, there can be no Faith at all...||
The Rule of Understanding, as I have come to call it, is an often forgotten part of the Judeo-Christian tradition, one which is fundamental and essential to develop if we are to truly follow the Christ. Though rarely talked about, this is not a vague philosophical concept but one which is deeply rooted in the Christ's teachings of the Gospel. Most simply, it's a rule that calls us to "think" and to think with the powers of discrimination so as to advance our understanding about all things. Not to do so is considered slovenly, and yes, even wasteful and thankless of the intelligence that we have been given.
For the Gospel demands that we truly understand what we believe, seeing the logical sense and dignity of of the Lord's message, before we actually can say that we are disciples of Christ. Indeed, the Rule of Understanding is an implicit prerequisite that must be practiced and regarded if the Gospel is ever to be embraced by any of us. And it is itself the prerequisite of our Faith, for without such a condition, there can be no Faith at all...
The Rule of Understanding is a measure and skill of our God given intelligence..., which allows us to divide the good from the bad, the pure from the corrupt, the wise from the stupid, the venerable from the inane, the sense from the nonsense. It is composed of the cognitive skills of reason and critical thinking.
But its more than than just that. It is a form of spiritual intelligence; one which celebrates the absence of prejudice and ignorance and one that embraces fairness and equity in making judgments. It is the elevation of common sense. It demands that we integrate what we know, check the facts, trying our understanding in the fires of differential examination and intellectual contest, look for the consistencies in things or their absence, and arrive at reasonable and logical conclusions without dismissing what we already know to be true.
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|Without such adherence, our faith may have the pretence of the real thing, but it won't hold the waters of Heaven. It's a phony, just like the promise of the visage of a green tree but which bore no fruit and was later condemned by the Lord. Not a thing of which to be proud...||
But more importantly, the Rule of Understanding demands that we diligently seek the Truth of things without deference to our lower or carnal selves. It requires that we cling to whatever is good, reasonable and fair. It counsels that we seek for the better way, even the best way, that may lie before us. It demands that we denounce our petty understandings and prejudices, our unfounded personal preferences, or anything about us that may shame His Name within us. It challenges us first and foremost to be a better people, to be His People, and to experience a level of thankfulness that few of us have ever dared.
So defined, the Rule of Understanding is a course or path that all Judeo-Christians should be on and openly committed to, for it is the cornerstone in what makes possible the life of our Faith. In fact, without it, without the faculty of Reason at its base, it is impossible to have Faith, though, many have abandon the Rule of Understanding, and stupidly think that their "faith" is still active, though it leads them to unreasonable conclusions and contradictions of the Lord's Message.
But they're wrong. Faith cannot subsist on blindness of any sort. Nor will Faith tolerate self-maintained ignorance. There is no Goodness served in keeping ourselves ignorant in our beliefs.
Faith requires all the tenets of the Rule of Understanding in order to breathe and grow. Without such adherence, our Faith may have the pretence of the real thing, but it won't hold the waters of Heaven. It's phony..., just like the promise of a tree in leaf, but which bears no fruit..., later being condemned by the Lord. Not a thing of which to be proud...
The Rule of Understanding directs us to guide our lives by understanding and embracing the Goodly things we learn about, gleaning from the lessons offered, basing our decisions in life on the reasonable and logical understanding at which we have arrived from honestly and critically thinking about the matters before us. It asks us to make reasonable choices, on factors that have been considered and tested, and not "just let it all hang out precariously and stupidly hope for the best."
Moreover, without actively exercising the Rule of Understanding in our minds and hearts, all that we see and perceive, instead of being accurate, will result in a distortion of reality, a mistaken image on which we shamelessly build our entire life thereafter. And those distortions that we embrace have a habit of causing innumerable ripples of negative consequences throughout ours and others lives. A sandy foundation is not that upon which we should build our homes...
Most simply, we are called to magnify His Name, and be reasonable people by Gospel standards.... people that think and consider..., prayerfully think and prayerfully consider..., looking for the way of truth in everything that is around us. We cannot realistically expect that He will add anything more to us if we prove unfaithful in wisely stewarding the estate of our God-given intelligence. Accordingly, we should not allow even a hint of prejudicial thinking within us, guarding against gossip as well as propaganda of any kind, as these similar poisons cannot stand the fires of His Metric. We should be wise and intelligent in all that we do, and never take for granted that such thinking will be or should be done for us.
As such, the Rule of Understanding involves a certain maturation of thinking that in time becomes the practiced way of the wise. It necessarily and diligently demands that we prove all things and then preserve the harvest of this activity by holding onto, or retaining as part of us, the things that have since proven "Good" and sound, as it is written:
1 Thessalonians 5:21
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
"Edification," or the building upon what we already acknowledge to be true, is central to this theme and purpose. It demands that we remain faithful to what we have already proven good and true, and build our lives around and upon those fundamental findings of Goodness itself. It's prescription for our future is for us to faithfully retain and further magnify our abilities for reason and faith, and our attractions and loyalties to Goodness.
Through such a process, we are to become incrementally more practiced and honed in critical thinking, adding measure upon measure of His Wisdom upon us, understanding His ways of Goodness more intimately, more certainly and more simply. It is one of the fruits of His Gospel, allowing us to make sense of all things before us....for the Glory of the Lord is Intelligence, not stupidity....
We are not, therefore, to languish under the misbegotten idea that thinking and faith are mutually exclusive events. A belief system or Faith that diminishes or relinquishes these responsibilities won't amount to a hill of beans.
"Faith" is an advanced form of "belief." It is the literal execution of a "dream" made whole and active by the "exercise of goodly thinking," a Gift of Grace from His very Hand. To try to separate Faith from "thinking" is akin to building a house without a foundation. Sure..., it can be done, but it won't last long. Woe to those who deny these connections....
So it is with some dismay and perplexity that I see an increasing number of professed Judeo-Christians in all walks of life responding as childish adolescents in much of what they do and say, acting foolishly, expectantly, and unreasonably..., dismissing truths around them as they voice their preferences for the superficial and the inane, the stupid and the narcissistically immature.
It is then that I realize that these are CINO's (Christians In Name Only): those that have never developed the responsibilities of the Faith that they so proudly claim. Although these irresolute and misguided individuals have always been among the fickle and faithless of the Church, today their populations are growing at an alarming rate, perhaps as never before, demanding instant authentication and success in their personal quest of self-entitlement, indeed turning their very "faithlessness" into a religion of "New Age" darkness and fiction.
|And whereas before, the Church has rightly (in obeying the Lord's admonishments) never sent these away, but has had charitable patience for their spiritual immaturity while teaching them of their misbegotten manners, today their growing crowd seem forever beyond instruction. Indeed, these are becoming insinuated into the very fabric of the Church, occupying positions of authority in even becoming sanctioned as our counselors and teachers..., as they attempt to make their mindless, liberally narcissistic, and self-absorbed screed Kosher, normal and acceptable to the rest of us..., while all selectively created from their own manufactured and self-endowed "rights."||
And whereas before, the Church has rightly (in obeying the Lord's admonishments) never sent these away, but has had charitable patience for their spiritual immaturity while teaching them of their misbegotten manners, today their growing crowd seem forever beyond instruction. Indeed, these are becoming insinuated into the very fabric of the Church, occupying positions of authority in even becoming sanctioned as our counselors and teachers..., as they attempt to make their mindless, liberally narcissistic, and self-absorbed screed Kosher, normal, and acceptable to the rest of us..., while all selectively created from their own self-manufactured set of endowed "rights."
The harm these uncontrolled popinjays portend for our world should not be underestimated. As I have written before in the Winds of Forgiveness (pages 31-42):
"No wonder the world remains in disbelief, for modern Christendom has come to make its interpretation of His Gospel an obfuscation of the Truth, making His Message so confused and opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand, while rendering Him as someone liberally indistinct, weak, and ineffectual—an unpalatable, commercialized, Hollywood wanna-be superstar trivialized and groomed to appeal to the masses, an oddity that is wholly discordant to the Divine personage He is. In allowing Him to be so demeaned within our own minds and hearts, we have carelessly closed the door upon His entering, no longer proving capable of sharing in His vision, having lost the fullness of our desiring the Life that He promises. As a result we have become incrementally deaf and blind, believing only upon seeing, suffering the attenuations of the Spirit within a mindless sedation while being none the wiser of our handicap.
Doubtless, many of us have forgotten the manner in which the necessities of the Gospel Message have come to be through the great condescension of God, and most particularly how Repentance and Forgiveness have come to be afforded us. Our memories so dimmed, our view of these things has become more fancy than fact—unbelievable even to those who profess the faith of Christianity as their own, rivaling the disbelief of atheists and scoffers who stand to mock the train of those attempting to follow God.
We have long forgotten the merits of these Principles, believing that they, like a vaccine for an extinct disease, needn’t be trifled with any longer. Further inoculated with our pride and estranged from the realities of our inner world, we feel ourselves beyond the need of the Physicians healing hand, never again examining the depths of Humility, Repentance, and Forgiveness so necessary for our spiritual welfare. So contented that He must surely be pleased with us as we are, we pride ourselves foolishly, vainly believing that we are "the" welcomed and cherished of Heaven.
But truth be known, it’s often only today’s Christians who see themselves so acceptable and clean, feigning a purity that is not their own. To be sure, even the "heathen" are moved to distance themselves from the overpowering stench that arises from within the "Christian Camp"—even these know when things are unclean. I humbly concur with so many others over the ages who rightfully saw that the propagation of many mistaken ideas about God and the flagrant misrepresentations of His Words and doctrine are more the indubitable fault of those who would call themselves Christians than those of the world, as some would have us believe.
|Is it any wonder that many have been led to view Christianity as an often shrill, failed, and sycophantic diatribe, something grotesque and dry to the heart, dull and lifeless to the Spirit, a dirge to Life itself? Indeed, just like the ancient scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees who egocentrically counted themselves worthy of Heaven but abjured their need of repentance, many of today’s so-called active and modern Christians are often smugly self-satisfied as well, erroneously believing that they are God’s favored example to men.||
In so far as our errant superstitions and prideful falsehoods withstand correction and repentance, these disfigurements remain a bottleneck and stumbling block; an ensign of disrepute from which others anxiously and apprehensively keep their distance. Is it any wonder that many have been led to view Christianity as an often shrill, failed, and sycophantic diatribe, something grotesque and dry to the heart, dull and lifeless to the Spirit, a dirge to Life itself? Indeed, just like the ancient scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees who egocentrically counted themselves worthy of Heaven but abjured their need of repentance, many of today’s so-called active and modern Christians are often smugly self-satisfied as well, erroneously believing that they are God’s favored example to men. But like their "fathers" before them, they are salt that has lost its savor, refusing to enter the doorway in which they pompously and pretentiously stand, blocking the way from others while arrogantly shutting up the Kingdom of Heaven against men. The author George MacDonald, through the particular voice of one of his fictional characters, a Curate in the Church of England in his splendid novel, "Thomas Wingfold, Curate;" (1876), strikes to the heart of the matter, most emphatically and boldly stating over a hundred years ago:
(ibid. A Sermon to Leopold)"...If he [i.e., Christ] were to come again visibly, now, which do you think would come crowding around him in greater numbers—the respectable churchgoers or the people from the slums [meaning: the publicans and sinners, the degraded, disfigured, defiled and distorted]? I do not know. I dare not judge. But the fact that the church draws so few of those that are despised, of those whom Jesus drew and to whom most expressly he came, gives ground for question as to how far the church is like her Lord. Certainly many a one would find the way to the feet of the Master from whom the respectable churchgoer, the Pharisee of our time, and the priest who stands on his profession, would draw back with disgust. And doubtless it would be in the religious world that a man like Jesus, who, without a professional education, a craftsman by birth and early training, uttered scarce a phrase endorsed by clerical use, or a word of the religious cant of the day, but taught in the simplest natural forms the eternal facts of faith and hope and love, would meet with the chief and perhaps the only bitter opponents of his doctrine and life...."
(ibid. A Curates’ Resolve)"....The waves of infidelity are coming in and with a strong wind and a flowing tide. Who is to blame? God it cannot be, and for unbelievers, they are as they were. It is the Christians who are to blame. I do not mean those who are called Christians, but those who call and count themselves Christians."
"I tell you, and speak to each one of whom it is true, that you hold and present such a withered, starved, miserable, death’s-head ideas of Christianity; that you are yourself such poverty-stricken believers, if believers you are at all; that the notion you present to the world as your ideal is so common-place, so false to the grand, gracious, mighty-hearted Jesus—that you are the cause why the truth hangs its head in patience, and rides not forth on the white horse, conquering and to conquer. You dull its luster in the eyes of men; you deform its fair proportions; you represent not that which it is, but that which it is not, yet call yourselves by its name; you are not the salt of the earth, but a salt that has lost its savour, for ye seek all things else first, and to that seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness shall never be added."
|"Until you repent and believe afresh, believe in a nobler Christ, namely the Christ reveled by himself, and not the muffled form of something vaguely human and certainly not all divine, which the false interpretations of men have substituted for him, you will be as, I repeat you are, the main reason why faith is so scanty in the earth, and the enemy comes in like a flood. For the sake of the progress of the truth, and that into nobler minds than yours, it were better if you joined the ranks of the enemy, and declared what I fear with many of you is the fact, that you believe not at all."||
"Until you repent and believe afresh, believe in a nobler Christ, namely the Christ reveled by himself, and not the muffled form of something vaguely human and certainly not all divine, which the false interpretations of men have substituted for him, you will be as, I repeat you are, the main reason why faith is so scanty in the earth, and the enemy comes in like a flood. For the sake of the progress of the truth, and that into nobler minds than yours, it were better if you joined the ranks of the enemy, and declared what I fear with many of you is the fact, that you believe not at all."
"But whether in some sense you believe or not, the fact remains, that, while you are not those Christians who obey the word of the master, doing the things he says to them, you are of those Christians, if you will be called by the name, to whom he will say, ’I never knew you: go forth into the outer darkness.’ Then at least will the church be rid of you, and the honest doubter will have room to breathe the divine air of the presence of Jesus."
"But, oh, what unspeakable bliss of heart and soul and mind and sense remains for him who like St. Paul is crucified with Christ, who lives no more from his own self, but is inspired and informed and possessed with the same faith towards the Father in which Jesus lived and wrought the will of the Father! If the words attributed to Jesus are indeed the words of him whom Jesus declared himself, then truly is the fate of mankind a glorious one,—and that, first and last, because men have a God supremely grand, all-perfect in God-head; for that is, and that alone can be the absolute bliss of the created."
Because of the reproachful "sting" of MacDonald’s words, do we think these things too harsh, or perhaps confabulated? I think not... In fact, to this I say, "Amen, and amen!" How often have our mistaken notions and prejudices obscured the view of the Truth? How many times has our dull and lifeless "faith," and the modern-day sycophantic notions of a superficial but "feel-good-hot-tub-Christianity," been the means to turn others away from the Truth? How regularly have our own poverties and misdirections of belief "deformed the Gospel’s fair proportions?"
Moreover, though it may not be pleasant to look at, we are witness within our own time that even the most fundamental of Christian tenets, previously revered as being immutable and wholly non-negotiable, have since become diluted and expendable with barely a protest. Deeply concerning to me in particular is the fact that much of our misunderstanding has been the result of mindlessly dumbing down and liberalizing basic Christian doctrine by the hands of those who should have known better, those who have reprehensibly mingled the doctrines of men with that of God, especially from those within the organizations and political power centers of denominational Christianity itself.
The troubling and disturbing liberalization of the laws of moral and sexual conduct within the Church is a case in point—to the degree, for instance, of allowing even such Biblically defined "abominations" as homosexuality to become safely harbored, acceptable, and made kosher within the vestiges of Church walls. Under the mistaken guise of "Religiously Correct (RC) Tolerance" apparently sold to us by the Kum-By-Ya generation, homosexuality has become something that is simply an alternative life style in some dominations of Christianity, mirroring the depravity of discernment and understanding of the culture from whence it springs. Now, under the slippery explanations of secular unification, inclusion, and "harmonization," some so-called liberal Christian denominations even allow self-professed homosexuals to hold positions of office within their clergy, whereas others have been operating under the quiet dictate of "don’t tell—no harm" for years.
|In light of this evidence, who cannot conclude that the same religious pundits and elitists who would have us trust them to lead us correctly in understanding the essentials of His Doctrine, have fallen away from the Truth and seemingly stumbled into a briar of inconsistencies of their own narcissistic making?||
Parenthetically, let us again remind ourselves that this doesn’t mean that prejudice against the homosexual community of any sort should be tolerated, or that homosexuals should be forced to wear a "scarlet letter" to further and wrongly punish their inequities publicly. Truly, they are disadvantaged enough because of their own self-indulgent decadence, and remaining in denial of their own problems won’t make their problems any easier in resolving. Moreover, none of us should think to cast stones. That we should extend love and support towards the sinner, no matter the sin, is without argument—for we are all sinners. But that should never mean we consequently accommodate, normalize, or even elevate our sins for the sake of inclusiveness. Extending hospitality and understanding should never actively invite bad manners to abide within our homes. That’s just common sense. Moreover, like all other psychological and spiritual disorders, I firmly believe that homosexuality can be compassionately treated by those who genuinely seek treatment, and who genuinely wish to unravel the telling labyrinth of Frustration Complexes within them. And like all other psychological and spiritual dysfunction, to deny the realities of such problems, or redefine their neuroses in order to make them socially or personally more palatable if not normalize them altogether, has always led to more impairment and injury, not less, no matter the nature of the trouble itself. Such is certainly not the model of mental and spiritual health that we should leave the next generation, and is most certainly not of His Will, although many vituperous liberals would adamantly disagree; this contention now arising from within the Church itself.
It appears that many in the Christian Church, couched comfortably within such a liberal and politically pandering mindset, have proven eagerly capable of entertaining any number of pollutions without objection, while continuing to thwart their supposititious and self-proclaimed right to dilute and contaminate His Message. In light of this evidence, who cannot conclude that the same religious pundits and elitists who would have us trust them to lead us correctly in understanding the essentials of His Doctrine, have fallen away from the Truth and seemingly stumbled into a briar of inconsistencies of their own narcissistic making?
Indeed, if some religious leaders have now proven so very capable of providing contrary, corrupt, and audacious direction, wouldn’t it be prudent to be wary of any further self-professed apodeictic claims and reckless pronouncements, as well as to now thoroughly challenge all earlier proclamations? The point is, if such egregious perversions as these which corrupt our value and moral standards continue to become acceptable, we can’t help but ask ourselves what else has become defiled in the process of this profuse and deceptive induction of relativism within our midst—what other infractions have since quietly slipped beneath our doors? To be sure, in the face of such gross profanities now being held up as "appropriate," we cannot help but imagine as to how some of the "smaller" aspects of the Law have become quietly distorted without anyone being the wiser....
Quite clearly, many are liable in allowing all sorts of twisted and distorted doctrines to surreptitiously enter the Christian domain masquerading as His Doctrine but which steer us towards certain destruction. We have been inundated with any number of false and misleading teachings, liberalized for mass appeal and further motivated by the lure of a full collection plate, for which many will surely be held responsible. But our present confusion is not without precedent. This has all happened before, as has been well documented within the Scriptures themselves.
|Having forgotten the reason for which the Law was first given, they had since lost the Spirit critically needed for its interpretation and execution—their hearts having grown hard and shriveled over time through the lack of use and expression. So withered in faith, they subsequently found the breath of fresh air provided by His Word both affronting and challenging, undermining their power structures and the profitable comforts that their religious bureaucracy brought them.||
In fact, to put our current state of affairs in better perspective, let us remember that when Jesus first walked the earth, He experienced similar circumstances. He was met by a ruling religious hierarchy in the Jewish nation that did not well receive Him, and which, although believed in the coming of a Messiah, did not readily recognize Him as the One prophesied to come. The teachings of the Law to which they clung had long ago become hardened and brittle, inflexible and dogmatic, widely inconsistent in its application. Having forgotten the reason for which the Law was first given, they had since lost the Spirit critically needed for its interpretation and execution—their hearts having grown hard and shriveled over time through the lack of use and expression. So withered in faith, they subsequently found the breath of fresh air provided by His Word both affronting and challenging, undermining their power structures and the profitable comforts that their religious bureaucracy brought them.
No doubt taking the cue from the wielded influence of their Elders, the majority of Jews at the time remained mixed and unsettled in their opinion of Jesus of Nazareth. Many thought Him to be a false prophet, believing that the real Messiah would be the One who would overthrow their civil enemies and deliver them into a Golden Age of national peace and prosperity. Instead of the Man of Sorrows, they looked for the pomp and circumstance of a conquering War Hero as King David of old, expecting the immediate overthrow of their Roman Governors, Legions, and Tax Collectors from within their midst—never imagining that the deliverance intended by God was to be first and more importantly, one that involved the salvation from their own sins... their real "enemy."
So it was that only a few received Him, for they could not see what their hearts had already become blind to ignore, could not recognize the Messiah even though He, the very Son of God, walked in their midst. Like their forefathers, who, because of harden-hearts, were led through the wilderness by Moses instead of immediately gaining the blessings of the Promised Land, they too had since lost the capacity to be as they once were—as little children who believed inherently in the ways of Goodness and embraced His Spirit. It seems that in spite of the Godly instructions available from Moses, and then from Christ Himself, they still could not hear, and indeed would not hear, the still, small Voice within them. Instead, they preferred the worn-out diatribe embedded in their people’s history, long misunderstood yet reveled in and made inviolate by their ruling Elders, preferring the old day to the dawning of a new day with a better message. Most simply, they had lost, and indeed slowly over time proven disloyal to, the quickening influences of His Spirit first given to them. Where Light first shown, there was now only darkness within them, an empty hole that then became filled with the vacuum of self-centeredness and egocentric justifications, self-made rules and pretended authorities—anything that would help fill up the aching void that was left within them after the Light was darkened.
As it was in the period of Moses’ time, without the Light of His Spirit, the Children of Israel could not think nor see beyond the words of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, despite the fact that they would come to experience the Lord Himself in the deserts of Sinai after their deliverance from Egypt. This same blindness continued on in the time of Christ. The Children of Israel would not accept anything more advanced than their cherished written records, which ironically now included the Mosaic Law, refusing anything more evolved and inspired, even though again, it came directly from the Lord’s mouth. So closed, they dogmatically refused the Light of His Spirit which would have allowed them further comprehension and understanding, being left to their own uninspired imaginings instead.
Bereft of His Guidance and thereafter entrapped by the lingering lies of their fathers and those who killed the prophets before them, they were unable to loose themselves from the prison cells of their own dark delusions; unable to hear with their ears or understand with their hearts. In a way, they couldn’t think outside the box, beyond the confines of the pigeon-holing caused by their heartless and hopeless thinking that their recorded history alone was the be-all and end-all of God’s revelations to them—not just a preparatory lesson for a wayward people, but a destination for God’s chosen people; the latter being immediately more flattering to their own image. They had lost touch with the means to feel, experience, and gain sustenance from His Spirit as an ongoing reality within them, and substituted for it instead the garb of self-importance and the superstitions of vanity.
This is an inversely correlated process that has been repeated for generations.... Namely, to the degree that they had lost touch with and regard for His Spirit, they put in its place a growing importance to the rules and authorities of their own egomaniacal direction—thereafter misinterpreting and misrepresenting God’s Intentions. The further from His Spirit they would fall, the more they relied on other man-made philosophies and self-flatteries for their comfort and direction. And without the Compass of the Lord’s Light to guide them..., no telling as to where their destination would turn out to be. In a very real sense, these people then faced the very same difficulties we have in front of us today, namely, an entrenched socio-religious hierarchy steeped in the swill of their own self-importance and letter-of-the-law mentality, which subsequently drifted them off mark. We, too, have lost our way but flatter ourselves otherwise. Indeed, compared to those who have come before us, we have possibly done worse—retrogressing, changing, and remaking the Gospel of Christ back into a distorted facsimile of the Law of Moses.
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Surely, what with this history, the Lord has always known of the short-sightedness and pridefulness of men, as well as the plethora of religious denominations which would arise piously claiming to teach His Gospel but only succeed in embittering His Message. So knowing of the inevitable failings, false teachings, and misrepresentations that would occur, He would never rely, much less entrust, the proclamation of His Truth to be solely empowered within the hands of self-proclaimed "religious authorities," to be doled out according to their mistaken whim and pleasure.
Rather, despite the circuitous misdirections that have surely taken place under their purview, we are ever more responsible for what we spiritually ingest and assimilate than most of us would like to admit—made responsible by that portion of His Spirit which was given to each of us so very long ago. In fact, I am of the opinion that the suspension of our God-given freedoms by wrongly inviting others to think for us, as encouraged by the growing number of more liberal Christian pundits among us, has been the very impetus by which untoward teachings and abominations definitively abhorred by the Lord Himself have infiltrated the whole of Christianity today.
Therefore, despite the fact that the many gross transgressions by Christian Leaders against the clarity of His original Message has clearly affected us all, we cannot lay the blame entirely at their door. To a large degree, we are guilty of having promoted, encouraged, and followed those culpable for espousing such falsehoods, having never manifested an objection otherwise. Additionally, we have some responsibility and say in the matter as to what passes our lips, is ingested, and later becomes assimilated within us. God has not left us defenseless in the face of the enemy’s lies and deceptions, and thus does not hold us guiltless. So, although having been misled by those in authority has most certainly contributed to our current ignorance about the fundamental tenets of the Gospel Message, we remain more responsible than not, and the reason of our falling away cannot be blamed on others alone. Accordingly, it is really up to us as to what we allow ourselves to be taught as the Truth, exercising our preference for His Spirit to be present in the teaching, while defending against the inevitable incursions enforced by the arm of flesh, being careful not to take the doctrines of man for the Word of God. This is no one’s duty but our own. As it was with ancient Israel, this has always been the task before us..., to discern between the sweet and the bitter by the measure and reflection of His Spirit that has been graciously given to resonate, lead, and direct us in this journey..., if we would only accept His Voice within us...."
When we cast aside the Rule of Understanding, and discount the truth of things because it challenges our prideful grooming habits and becomes inconvenient to the status of our self-centeredness, we become those who trample upon the fair proportions of the Gospel itself, putting ourselves on a path to sure destruction. When we too abolish Truth and Reason like our forefathers of Judea, our Faith grows dark, and the Light within us withdraws from the unholy vessel. Those that believe that Faith and Thinking have nothing to do with each other repeatedly tread this very path....
If we do not awaken to our dilemma soon, we too remain an abomination in the Judeo-Christian Church.....having forsaken reason for the pandering of immediate satisfaction. So blinded, we will not be fit to be numbered with His Faithful, but secure for us instead a place of ill-repute, for we have abandoned the Light within us. Though we may still insist that we ourselves are clean, no doubt believing in our own delusions and grand deceptions over the truth before us, our protestations will likely continue for ever and anon into the eternities.
So this New Year, we should ask ourselves, do we grow increasingly more insensitive to the Voice that calls us back Home, or do humbly approach each day as yet another chance for humility, repentance and forgiveness.... The opportunity to ask for His Forgiveness, seek for His Instruction and knock at the door for His Acceptance will not always be before us. Truly, I pray that we all awaken to these realities, finding His Voice more comfortable and appealing than the rantings of the world.
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