THE SOWER REVISITED
‘I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all’ Gal 1.6,7 NIV. Rubbish gospels were common in the time of Paul, which is why Paul defined any Gospel that was not his gospel as dung.
Many Believers have been raised in a gospel that is actually ‘no gospel at all’.
“Since most people do not have a solid foundation of the gospel of grace, they are easily persuaded by various forms of legalism being poured into them over a period of many years. They have little or no idea they have been exposed to it, similar to asbestos poisoning hidden inside their own walls. They are programmed to think a certain way about God and the Bible, and it’s a big challenge for people to change their thinking, especially when much of what they’ve been told has been held onto as a sacred and personal part of their belief system.” (1)
CONSUMERS OF IGNORANCE
Masses of people know nothing of the new covenant or the incarnation or the mystery of Christ come in our flesh. Instead, they live as dependent consumers, jumping through religious hoops or devising hoops for the naïve and ignorant to jump through. They coast along in a gospel that has been largely subverted by the mystery of iniquity.
But to change from this way to the new and living way, that is Christ’s life as our life, is to be born again.
Did you know that the parable of the sower is not about the varieties of sin that can stymy ones’ life? No, it’s not about getting yourself into gear and being done with your favourite sins. It’s about the ways people cling to their old covenant notions and their own identities in spite of an offered identity in Christ. These weeds of bad teaching along with the rocks and stones of the Mosaic law as well as ‘church lore,’ are seen as a relationship with God. But what they do is sap people of spirit and life in the name of respected religion. The truth is quite different. The seed is Christ. The soil is you in your new covenant union with God. And the rain and the fertile soil is the incarnation in which you live, move and have your being. The pestilential birds are the false doctrines, and the figures who make a career out of fostering a half-life in the name of their aberrant gospel.
If it is a bad move to crucify the son of God anew, then it is also unwise to promote a lesser christ and a lesser gospel and an identity that goes with it. There’s no room in the Kingdom for an extra-Jesus identity.
FREEDOM AND BONDAGE
We are free to manifest Christ as our life according to our individuality. Never free to conjure up another gospel. We can differ over what constitutes good morality but we are not free to contrive our own gospel. We are certainly not authorised to turn the cross upside down.
If we do, we are talking tares and being weeds. Should we promote our own version of Christ – a lesser christ who lives from the law or one who supervises the knowledge of good and evil, we are perverting Christ, distorting His gospel and fostering the belief that any deviant perspective is legitimate. Of course it is not. This is the warning inherent in the parable of The Sower and The Tares. Let’s not persists in the fiction that what we purvey is a legitimate perspective when it is in fact a different gospel.
‘The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one’ Matt 13.38 NIV. If the wheat is the people of the Kingdom, the tares are not.
We have an identity in Christ as sons of God. By adding extra-Jesus identities, we dilute our spirit of sonship and compromise our belonging in The Body. The people of the Kingdom are the people of the Kingdom. Not the people of the evil one. We do not need to be immoral or wicked to be these people. We just need to be adherents of another gospel.
‘But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!’ Gal 1.8 NIV. What is the curse of God. It’s the suffocation of undiluted life and the crippling of what could have been our Christ incarnated flesh.
It’s really a self-curse because its living in separation when our inheritance is union with God.
SPIRIT OF ENTITLEMENT
We are not entitled to walk in our own gospel and a self-made identity. We have one husband, which makes all others illegitimate. Paul warned that people could curse themselves by adopting ‘other gospels.’ How do we become blind leaders of the blind and associates of those who cannot see? By inertia, by a subtle pride, by exposure to life-long indoctrination and intellectual laziness. It’s unfortunate for us and those we influence if we have never examined the truthfulness of our beliefs. Are they an expression of the truth of God or are they houses built on sand? The pure in heart will see God and the pure in heart will know the truth that sets them free. The others will live inside their illusions.
(1) Kapler, Michael C.. Clash Of The Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through The Grace Guarantee (Kindle Locations 189-193). Kindle Edition.