Someone wrote, ‘One of the powerful ways people stay entrenched in failed movements is through the support of others who validate their quirky beliefs. “Even if what you’re seeing with your own eyes is contradictory, you’re going to have the whole system telling you you’re not seeing it.’’ This is why we need the Jesus lens instead of the lens of conformity. Without it we can continue in a lesser identity and lose our own soul.
Unless we are born again we cannot become seeing adults, let alone sons of God. Unless we abandon the old wineskin we cannot see the new or receive the new. Instead we will spend our time in fruitless attempts to patch what was never meant to be patched, let alone restored. And we will not be able to become the new container that is our new covenant life in the Spirit of Sonship.
‘Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again’ John 3,3 NIV.
LOYALTY TO THE TREADMILL
‘The confusing fact of persistent loyalty to beliefs that are false is a continuing conundrum. In the stubborn entrenchment of cults and sects who know their beliefs are unbiblical, we see that the power of the group and its goals often outweighs the power of personal doubt.’ Jesus called ‘semi-rebirth,’ really no rebirth at all’ He called it ‘Building our house on sand.’ On this terrain we cannot recognise the sons of God let alone tares and fallacies birthed by the Evil One. Anything we build dissolves into water and sand and cannot remain because it has no foundation and no root.
‘But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root’ Matt 13.6 NIV.
Having no root means our being is not embedded in new covenant union with God. We remain in the separation of Adam. We have been seduced into some other superficiality like the law, moralism or religion. Anything not Jesus has no Kingdom substance. We are rooted in God when Christ and nothing else is our life.
WORDS OF SPIRIT AND LIFE
There is a time when we need to tell those we love that what they are following is a cunningly devised fable and that what they are attempting to build on is not the soil of the Gardener but the substantial nothingness of the knowledge of good and evil. This is the nothingness that gives the appearance of substance but which is only a shadow of the real. There comes a time when we must alert those we love to the fact that what they have followed was not planted by God. Because what they are attempting to find life in is actually a tare. Unless we do the boys will always be boys, the women will not become the daughters of God. People will just ‘get by’ being lesser versions of their potential selves and the kingdom will stagger.
Richard Rohr writes, “Other cultures have recognized that people in general, and boys in particular, are not born; they are made. These cultures took it upon themselves to transform a boy into a man. Certain things had to be told him because he would not come to them naturally. The boy would naturally want to ascend, and religion had to teach him the language of descent. He had to learn the way of tears and how to learn to let go.” (1) This kind of ‘Letting God’ is the ultimate ‘dying to self’ that is implied by taking up our cross and following Jesus. We can do it. In a sense it has already been done. Christ is your life and what is His is yours.
‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me’ Gal 2.20. Just agree with this and step into it.
(1) Rohr, Richard. Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer (p. 47). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.