Francois Du Toit writes, “The destiny of the logos was not the printed page. A mirror can only reflect the object; likewise, the purpose of the page was only to reflect the message which is “Christ in you.” Those who are not interested in truth are dead even as they live. Those who seek to minister begin to die as soon as truth is not their preoccupation.
DEAD FOLKS WALKING
Some are afraid of truth and resist the questioning of their foundational ideas. Others have a version of the truth that resists investigation. Such occupants of ideas are not secure in their beliefs. They suspect that should too deep a questing confront them their house of cards may collapse. Their inner man - not their spirit man but their false self – would rather a security based on illusions than a security formed from the bedrock of truth. They fear that if they lose these partisan ‘truths’ they will lose themselves.
Of course they will themselves. But when they do they would be born again.
It’s curious that various figures have arisen to address fictions that have made their way into Christianity. Fictions that have found a resting place in the doctrines of certain denominations that have withdrawn from Jesus into Moses and from life in the Spirit to life in the knowledge of good and evil. Some resurrect, rehabilitate and install ‘grace’ where it never had a place before. Others introduce the goodness of the Holy Spirit and the anointing and some pass away having done good, mending the edges of belief but remaining oblivious that their doctrine is false, corrupted and a cunningly devised fable. It’s unfortunate that the foundation of these partial reformers is ‘another gospel’ and therefore a lie rather than a full baptism into Christ and Paul’s gospel of the Kingdom.
Karl Barth wrote,
[Questioning is ] “to a certain extent natural and … results from the necessity laid upon theology to pose the question about truth in faithfulness to its commission mission and with its eyes fixed on the work and word of God.
“Theology must constantly inquire anew into the content of the revelation which has occurred in God's action, by which he reconciled the world to himself. It must repeatedly discover afresh the truth and reality of this action and the significance of the divine statement ment made by it.
“In this sense doubt springs from the theological necessity of treating the quest for truth as a task that is never completed, that is, instead, set before the theologian time and again. The theology of the Middle Ages, as well as that of the older Protestantism, was carried on by means simply of "Questions." It was thus characterized by radical and untiringly inquisitive occupation with the question about truth.” (1)
A TASK NEVER COMPLETED
In this age apostolic teachers are uncovering Kingdom truth as it has seldom be known and undoing specious ‘gospels’ that are no gospel at all. At the same time our God is being revealed as more loving and gracious than imagined and our gospel of the Kingdom more simple and profound than any human could. Have thought up.
Truth is not what we want it to be. Truth is the I AM of God as His Son and the I AM of his salvation applied to us. It is not of any private interpretation. It is the truth that is Christ expressed by Jesus Himself and the apostles.
TO HEAVEN IN A WHEEL CHAIR
It is true that we belong to Christ no matter how wacky our theology. But it is also true that we can belong to the body of Christ as a diseased organ or even a tumour.
Lies can take the form of rancorous libels or soft illusions that comfort us in a false life. They can embed themselves in us and help is gain a following while cutting genuine spiritual leadership out of our life. Lies and their perpetuation no matter how honest our adherence to them make us blind leaders o people who have the right to see.
William Paul young writes, “Lies are a little fortress; inside them you can feel safe and powerful. Through your little fortress of lies you try to run your life and manipulate others. But the fortress needs walls, so you build some. These are the justifications for your lies. You know, like you are doing this to protect someone you love, to keep them from feeling pain. Whatever works, just so you feel okay about the lies.”
Obstinacy to truth makes us averse to spirit and life.
The quest for truth springs from a love of life and that incarnation of life within: Christ in you.
A forthright investigation into our faith and a happy spirit of enquiry provides us with deeper insights, uncovers unsuspected treasures and presents an adventure into the life and wisdom of God – a realm of unlimited life and insight. Current revelation coming from apostolic figures does not belong to them.
It did and did not originate from them but from the Spirit of Truth in them - the universal wisdom that is the Spirit of God about us and in us. Godly people recognise this for what it is because it was always there waiting to be unearthed and enjoyed. Such figure do not market religion or perspectives. They multiply life.
There are differences among Christians. We are different when we embrace all the talents available to us with gusto and different when we leave them in the ground with the words, ‘you are a hard man’ meaning that the light of revelation reveals an inheritance that is not mean enough for us to accept as legitimate – Offended at the cross we press on with our niggardly gospel because it is ours. But we shrink by the day.
(1) Karl Barth. Evangelical Theology: An Introduction (Kindle Locations 1280-1286). Kindle Edition.