Friday, 13 April 2012
I haven't posted here for awhile. Or anywhere else, for that matter. It's because my mind is in a whirlwind since I began to see that the Pharisees-among-us-Christians problem has its root, at least partially, in the New Testament Epistles attributed to Paul the Apostle! It is clear to me that Paul, even as he himself matured in Christ, progressively becoming more-and-more led by the Holy Spirit and writing astounding truth upon truth inspired by the Spirit of God, remained very much a carnal Pharisee during much of his ministry! And it is very clear to me now that not everything Paul wrote to the churches he planted in the first century is intended by God as instructions in right Christian living to us today!
This is a dilemma for me because I am a believer whose belief is deeply rooted in the power of God's inspired and written words in scripture. But, as I ponder and pray through these recent realizations, the Lord assures me that He is continuing to teach me how to "rightly divide" His Scriptures. And He has, for the present, suspended His mandate to me to teach more specifically regarding the victorious life in the Spirit. He is teaching me more now day after day.
"Lord, I hate to take Your time, 'cause You've heard it all before;
There are questions on my mind I can't find the answers for.
In spite of how it may appear, You know that my heart is true,
And I find the Truth I'm searching for in You;
"Cause Everything You Are, Is All I'll Ever Need!
There Is Not A Path I Take, Where You Cannot Lead!
How Can I Be Less Than What You Ask Of Me,
When Everything You Are Is All I'll Ever Need!" (Song recorded by Larnelle Harris)
However, I can at least reaffirm what I've posted here earlier: We Christians are guided by no law other than the Laws of Christ: 1. Do Not Judge One Another! Even as Leaders and Teachers in the church! The Spirit of Christ IS Our Judge! 2. Love God with all our hearts, souls and physical strength. 3. Love One Another as we would have others love us. And 4. Love One Another As Christ Himself Loved Us, putting the needs of others ahead of our own.
Keeping the Laws of Christ as we are led by the Holy Spirit of God will inevitably get us into trouble with the Pharisees and other "still carnal" believers surrounding us, not to mention the critics of Christ and His elect. They will inevitably stumble over our lives in Christ even as they stumble over the completed work of Christ. This is the cross we are called to take up daily.