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Minggu, 16 Oktober 2016
John Fenn, You Might be a Legalistic Believer if... #2
was talking with a man who had spent the last couple of years as a
'backslidden' Christian - by his own admission. He had been hurt by
church leadership and the politics of the day, and had questioned if he
even believed in Jesus any more: If Jesus is Lord, then how could He
allow such a messed up system to exist, a system political internally
with a facade of spirituality, that made it nearly impossible to
experience and know Him?
we talked I had what I'd call a 'mini-vision' that I could see in my
spirit while at the same time talking to him. I saw his condition
through his eyes, which looked like him on one side of a room and Jesus
talking to him from the other side of the room, yet in the middle of the
room between them was a mass of pipes and wires and furniture and
people looking as if they had all been tossed like a salad and put in
the middle of the room.
young man wanted desperately to know Jesus, to see Jesus, to walk with
Jesus, but couldn't hear nor see Him directly because the pile was so
large and as Jesus talked someone in the pile restated what He said but
with their own additions and edits, so that the man heard not our Lord,
but our Lord combined with these twisted and tangled people's ideas.
I watched this mini-vision a person who was so completely covered in
this debris that only their arm and hand stuck out of it, flung a
stinging piece of metal towards the young man, inflicting first one and
then more cuts on his body as he and others threw things at the man to
the point it seemed the more he tried to experience Jesus the more cuts
from the people he received.
time he would wince at the cut, for each cut though small, drew blood,
and with other people who I couldn't see but whose arms and hands
controlled similar pieces of steel, lashed out at him until the cuts
were so numerous he realized he had to leave the room or possibly die.
saw him walk out head down in discouragement, closing the door behind
him, muttering to himself "I only wanted to see Jesus". And it ended.
compassion of the Lord came on me as we talked, and I realized that his
2 years or so away from church had been healthy for him - and I thought
what a sad thing that a person is often healthier emotionally and
spiritually away from church than in church. During those 2 years the
wounds had healed, but they left enough scars he would not go for his
own spiritual health return.
told me that even though he would tell people he wasn't a believer
anymore, and sometimes would tell a person he was agnostic, in truth he
said he never left the Lord, he just didn't know how to know Him without
the structure of the church. He just couldn't jump through hoops and
over hurdles any more.
day the Lord removed that pile of debris between the two of them, and a
great reconciliation and reunion happened, and he began walking with
the Lord purely, as two friends might walk through life together, rather
than trying to know Him only after first having satisfied requirements
he had been told were needed.
You might be a legalistic believer if...
2) You really don't know the Lord on your own, except through the system
sudden realization that a person knows the system more and better than
they know the Lord, is devastating. To realize the faith you thought you
had in the Lord is actually faith in a formula, or faith in the
structure or history of the institution, causes one to question their
faith. This is what I've seen in a wide range of Christians - from
missionaries who spent decades in foreign lands only to be 'burned' by
their home organization, or the house wife with journals filled with
notes from dozens of teachings - when something happens to a favorite
person or church or system - their hurt causes them to question
realize there is a pile of debris they had placed their faith in, human
error and traditions they thought were God, that were actually
preventing them from knowing the person of Jesus Christ. They had never
thought of themselves as legalistic, but realizing they had built a
framework of man-made structure through which they understood their
faith, devastates them.
The flow goes both ways
the way in the mini-vision the Lord kept trying to talk to the man but
was hindered, the opposite is also true: A Christian sends their worship
and prayers up through a doctrine or fad teaching or movement to the
Lord, not realizing the filtering effect of what is in truth, the same
debris as the man above. it works both ways - sometimes He tries to
reach us but it is filtered through error and traditions, and sometimes
the only way a Christian has a relationship with the Lord is 'upward'
through that same debris.
you identify yourself to others by the particular teaching or place you
have latched onto for the moment, you might be a legalistic believer.
If you get offended when someone challenges your doctrine, you might be a legalistic believer.
you have lost the ability to exchange ideas, but get defensive and
resort to personal attacks when someone questions what you believe, you
might be a legalistic believer.
you place great emphasis on outward appearance, or believe your faith
and the outward appearance of yourself and your church are linked and
very important, you might be a legalistic believer.
you believe what x teacher says rather than the chapter and verse you
can read for yourself, you might be a legalistic believer.
The thing about legalistic believers is they think they are free, but they are actually in the worst kind of bondage.
I've run out of room, I'll wrap this up next week (I hope) with points 3-5, until then, blessings,
Israel traveled in the wilderness the Lord covered them by a cloud in
daytime and fire for heat and light at night. When the cloud moved they
knew it was time to move on. Today we liken 'the cloud' to grace to do a
job, to hang in there with a tough relationship, to stay at a church,
and so on. When there is no more grace to be where we are, or no more
grace to continue pouring ourselves out for another person, but we
wonder if it is us or is God saying move on – what to do! How do we know
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Israel’s walk in the wilderness following the cloud combined with real
life stories to impart wisdom for knowing where God’s grace is leading
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