‘Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains’ John 9.36-41 NIV.
If we are living from institutionalism we are living from the law. Maybe not from Moses law but from Christianity codified and acculturated as performance rendering one acceptable to God. It’s not chance that these custodians and promoters of the law could not see. The law is a lesser compartment of that separation from God - the knowledge of good and evil - which is the culture of spiritual blindness and death.
The Kingdom of God is not morality. It is not ‘being right about God.’ And it’s not a belief system. This is a kingdom that is less about being right and more about being alive. And being in this ultra - life because we are one with God and He with us.
In separation – which is what we are if in the law or in religion - we are blind. Often so lacking in spiritual discernment and bumbling in confident religiosity that we are unable to see. Particularly are we oblivious to the elephant in the room. At best this elephant is the manifestation of assorted myths and veils about Father. At worst it is a delusion given legitimacy by denominational teaching. This pachyderm is sitting on us and squashing all that is spirit, life and light from our being.
If we are living from a pseudo-law like ‘all those things we think Christians must do to be .. well .. Christian,’ we are living from law just as much as if we are living from Moses. But we are neither in Adam or Moses, or a combination of Moses and Jesus. Christ is our life. Jesus is the expression by the Spirit of all we are and ever hope to be.
‘As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God's curse!’ Gal 1.9 NIV. Other gospels infect our soul, dull our sight and shrink our minds. An ‘Other Gospel’ is any gospel that is not the teaching of Jesus and the apostles. Some Truth Teller wrote,
‘The great disaster of Adam and Eve is not simply that they sinned or were disobedient to a divine rule. The disaster was that in believing the lie of the evil one they became blind. And by "blind," I do not mean that they could not see physically. I mean that their perception of reality became skewed, so skewed that they could no longer perceive the real truth about God or about themselves. Now if we are designed to experience life in knowing the Father's heart, in hearing his voice of affirmation and joy, and in perceiving His lavish embrace, then becoming blind to the Father is the single greatest disaster that could possibly happen to us.’
We hear a lot today about ‘alternative facts.’ It’s not surprising that in an atmosphere of spin and spin doctors and the baggage of institutional lying that people should embrace such a delusion. Yet there are deeper and more subversive hallucinations than these. I’m referring to alternative gospels of the kind Paul called an ‘other gospel.’ Such gospels undo the life in the Spirit, roll back the atonement or make it something else, suffocate the cross and take people back to the law and its separation from God. There are times when the only way to advance into Father and the glory of who we are in Him is to confess that what we have lived in is a delusion. Repentance enables us to be reborn from a slave to a Son.
‘But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son’ Gal 4.30 NIV.