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The Absolute Need For Unlearning

August 21, 2014


“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principals of this world rather than on Christ.”  Colossians 2: 6-8

The passage above makes all sorts of sense, assuming that you were taught the truth in love to begin with.  But what happens when you are taught wrong  instead of right?  What if from your infancy in Christ you were taught hollow and deceptive philosophy, human tradition, and the basic principals of the world instead of the real truth?  I will tell you what happens….you end up with much of what the modern church is today.  You end up with a church full of ineffectual Christians who tend to do more damage to the image of Christ than they do good in His name.

Harsh and controversial words I know, but I speak them in love and out of a sincere desire to see The Body of Christ flourish instead of flounder.  The simple truth is that the modern traditional church does not act or look much like it should after 2000 years of following Jesus.  Because the church Jesus founded was based on relationships and not human hierarchies, organizational flow charts and programs.

The early church used its resources to reach out to unbelievers and take care of widows, orphans and the poor.  While the modern church spends most of its assets on Clergy salaries, buildings and building funds.  When the church began there was no such things as a separate class of believer called the Clergy.  In fact they practiced and taught that every follower of Jesus was a gifted and talented priest and they did not place Pastors on a platform over and above other saints.  The modern church model of Pastor as CEO and sole Leader comes directly from the basic principals of the world and not Jesus.  The whole concept of leadership being totally male comes from human tradition and not Christ.  Jesus was totally inclusive of all who would believe, yet much of the modern church practices exclusivity where it comes to gender, race, sexual identity, and social class.  Sure on paper many claim to be open and accepting, but in practice there are tons of closed hearts and minds.  We have been taught to be judgmental instead of loving.  In todays church homosexuality is the unforgivable sin, but greed and gluttony are just fine.  In todays church “God hates Fags”, but the accurate truth is that God loves EVERYONE!

Somewhere the church lost her way and she embraced lies and error instead of the truth in love.  Friends examine yourselves and rid yourselves of error.  Many times we were taught and learned falsehoods.  We utterly need to unlearn many things that we have been taught.  I have talked to numerous educators and they all agree that UNLEARNING is tremendously more difficult than learning was in the first place.  We need to shine the Light of Truth into the shadowy corners of our theologies and then get down on our knees to weed out everything that does not measure up to HIS truth in love.   The Spirit of Truth is calling out to the church, but when will we listen and learn as we should?

Love and ……

Kirk Out !






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  1. Yes this is wise, being aware of the serpent’s traps and ways to deceive possibly even the very elect. Yes wolves are in sheep’s clothing true through and through, and let are sheep now in wolves clothing, those that have been armed and bite back, prevalent everywhere.

    So now that we are wise as a serpent, what do we do, are we to fight, tell, in boldness and attack? What please need the answer please?

  2. "BK" permalink

    My standard reply, I know, but we do what the Spirit tells us. Sometimes He says stand tall and in boldness; sometimes He says lay low; sometimes He says walk as a spy in a foreign land until further instruction. It’d be nice if there was just a formulated answer but there isn’t. We walk in life and light. That’s my experience anyway…, “BK”

  3. I agree with BK. We simply respond as the Spirit would have us respond in any given situation.

  4. Ramma permalink

    Unlearning can take a lifetime too. It seems things will creep back in what you’ve been taught and you have to separate it and decipher whether it is truth or not. I like the way this person said it on a previous posting of this article……… Because you can’t even see the truth until the scales are removed from your eyes. The weeds must be uprooted before the seeds of truth can be planted. And the weeds are planted by the Church. Not just some churches, almost all churches. I wish it were not so. More people would have ears that could hear if they didn’t clog them with their churches’ teachings every Sunday. It’s funny (but sad) that when people know Christianity, they think they know Scripture……. Learning to be led by the Spirit and really listen to it’s promptings is Important. Even church teachings can make you think that you are doing God’s work and its really just mans way of keeping you wrapped up in their programs etc. The one I was in had us separate ourselves so much, that much of the time you wouldn’t let yourself be very friendly or open to people that you came in contact with. Now, I try to listen with my heart and let them start talking to me too. It’s nothing big like the (church) teaches. It was once at a park where I had taken my grandson. We were playing around and a little old fully dressed ( their proper way) lady came walking around with her bible under her arm and asking everyone she met questions, etc. I was fresh from just reading “Was Church God’s Idea” and the Spirit just kept putting words in my mouth with the right amount of kindness and love. She was stopped in her tracks. She said you almost make me believe. You have something very good. and then you know what she did? She rejected it, walked off and started her stuff all over again. The sad thing is that now she is accountable and every time she’s at her church doing her “church” thing, she has to have that in her mind. I just pray that it will take root and push out the weeds of deceit. Great article brother! Blessings

    • "BK" permalink

      The cool thing is, those seeds WERE planted, regardless of the weeds and when they spring up (and they WILL) she may never remember where they came from but it’ll start “ya butting” her doctrinal beliefs. I know, because it happened that way for me. Wow, especially since she said, “Almost you persuade me….”! That’s GREAT. Love, “BK”

      • Any practice brings habit, if practiced long enough, then if becomes habit, a Characteristic takes over, then trait

        So when one sees as Saul saw he was in deep Jew-Jew. He had to erase all he had been taught and start a new
        So in essence we are of the same, we have bad traits and desire to have right ones. So a new practice has to take place long enough, no matter how many times one fails, for that old trait is fighting the new practice you are trying to attain by Faith and works, that will eventually turn in to a habit and that old trait will succumb back to a characteristic, that will soon disappear as your new habit of Faith in Christ alone to Father will churn to your new Characteristic, and your old Characteristic steps down to just a habit, soon to step down again as one stands in Col. 1:21-23. and is not moved. We believe and the work of Yehweh God starts the work in us,(Thanks to Jesus) it takes a long time for some and not for all. For we are born in unredeemed flesh, that its arrogant in selfishness and need die to God for God to do God’s finished work of Love through the believer and bring more sheep home in perfection by Christ

    • "BK" permalink

      Oh, yes! And I meant to also say “Amen to the lifetime practice.” It has been so for me too.
      Love, “BK”

  5. I agree with you Kirk that we are to love everyone, and indeed Jesus does love everyone, but He does not tolerate everyone. We are to judge within the Body of Christ whether professing believers are walking in holiness or not. Christianity is not an infinitely accepting way of life, there is judgement to be made. However, that judgement must be done by the prompting of the Holy Ghost and should not be based on our personal phobias and inhibitions. I Cor. 5:12 Judging should always be done with the motivation of reconciliation, not to permanently ostracize a brother or sister. It is necessary to do so to provoke another to holiness at times, but should not be a tool of manipulation or used for ulterior motives. We certainly should not judge by outward appearance, but some sins are obvious and must be dealt with properly. The Holy Ghost knows how to do this, all we have to do is take the time to listen and obey. Thanks for your thoughtful and inspiring posts!

    • Amen to you, in being wise as a serpent, yet harmless as a dove Sister, we are perpetually learning all the time from our Lord and Savior are we not?

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