One of the most unfortunate illusions that can appear amongst Christian Believers is that we can believe what we want and still be of the Kingdom of God. Something like being of the body of Christ even though we are a tumour. Or like saying we are safe from drowning in our fishing boat because we have life-jackets even if we have not put them on.
Evidence based belief is relevant in science and just as important in theology. A valid scientific assumption must be able to be disproved. If it cannot – being neither right or wrong it is just words and meaningless. Same in our knowing of God. We are not entitled to our own theologies or our own gospels.
NO PLURALISM HERE
Stephen Morrison explaining Thomas Torrance writes, “There are not two ways to know God. There is only the one Christian way of knowing God: through divine revelation, as God makes Godself known in His Triunity. Torrance is convinced we must forgo all attempts to know God which do not rely wholly upon the doctrine of the Trinity. Either God is known in God’s Triunity, as we are grasped by the knowledge of God shared from the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit, or God is not truly known at all—and what we are left with is merely an idolized projection of our best thoughts.” (1)
TAKE CARE WHAT YOU PURVEY
Denominations have been formed from the ‘idolisation of our best thoughts’. Yet we are not mediators of life unto life just because we belong to the Body of Christ. We can have notional belonging yet be harbingers of this body of death. As life-givers we are ‘Competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life 2 Cor 3.6 NIV.
Life is a state of being. Never an adherence of the letter. Union with God is a safe place of being. We can function in the gifts of the Spirit and be ignorant of God’s truth. The gifts are not always a sign of the knowledge of God. Knowing God in spirit and truth is a state of being one with God. Union with God places us in His self-revlation
The nature of the trinity is the schema of the incarnation. God in us and we in God – being part of each other, yet still our unique selves is the holism of Christ come in our flesh. This is the truth that distinguishes the Gospel of Christ from the emanations of anti-christ.
DECEPTION OF EXTERNALITIES
‘Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV.
The aim of the father of lies has always been to precipitate separation between God and the sons of God. By promoting the illusion of separation in the post cross era the Enemy maintains the delusions of the fall as the naïve maintain a version of Christianity that is a more subtle living out of the knowledge of good and evil.
LOCK ON TO THE REVELATION
This is where REALISING’ and knowing truth as ‘BEING’ applies. ‘You will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. In realising this truth we are living out the Gospel of Jesus and the apostles and not some lesser gospel diluted by religion.
The ploy of the Enemy has been to obscure the truth of the new covenant. Purveying the notion that the possessing gifts of the Spirit without the incarnation is a valid gospel. Promoting moralism as a gospel. Replacing Christ come in our flesh (incarnation) with versions of the law come as our flesh. Obscuring the immediacy of Christ in all by creating a professional class of ‘mediators’ and replacing the reality of life come as life in you personified as Christ as you with institutionalism and religion.
Morrison, Stephen D.. T. F. Torrance in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 2) (p. 99). Beloved Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.