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The Path Less Traveled

November 16, 2015

Greetings,

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”  Ephesians 5: 11

Someone recently commented here that we should not tell others when they are on the wrong path to Jesus and true Spiritual enlightenment.  Well, I disagree with that for the most part.  I think we should definitely warn folks when they are heading in bad directions.  This is much of what evangelism is…sharing the good news so that they can avoid where their bad news will eventually take them.

However, I also feel that everyone should be allowed their own personal journey to the truth in love.  Healthy Spirit led interactions along the way are also a part of that journey.  When we are Spirit led to interact and share the truth in love with others along the way it will bear much fruit.  This is not accomplished by setting up overbearing roadblocks, but rather by being an oasis or rest area that folks can visit and be refreshed by.  Some people call these divine appointments and I have no problem with using that terminology.

When we cross paths with one another along the way we should always interact and share conversation as the Lord leads.  Most often we are called to encourage others in their walk with the Lord Jesus, but sometimes we must also be willing to give healthy correction and rebuke….motivated by nothing else but sincere love.  We shouldn’t shout people down, but rather engage in life-giving conversations.  After all we are nothing more than fellow seekers and travelers on the same journey, but perhaps different pathways.

I don’t know about you, but when I am wrong I crave correction and I want to be pointed back in the right direction.  Then if I finally get to a God appointed rest stop along the way I want others to join me there.  Then to help them out will I not tell them about the potholes and detours to avoid on their journey?  To me rebuke is like telling other seekers where not to go, because we already made the mistake of going there once and found out that it was a very bad scene with negative consequences.  If I am off the God given trail I want others to call out to me and tell me I am going off track.  Is this not love?  Is this not Christ?

Yes we are all on a Spiritual journey, but if you see me wandering off in a bad direction please tell me so?  I feel we are all called as mutual sibling peers in Christ to encourage and rebuke one another along the way.  We should warn one another about faulty paths, mudslides and road blocks.  Not in a demeaning, better than you style; but with love and forthrightness.

This is why I warn people about the dangers of the Institutional/Traditional “church” system. Go down that road and you will be denied your full priesthood and be told to follow and honor “men” in false positions of so called authority. It will take your money and your hope.  The system can suck the very life out of you and leave you on a spiritual dung heap.  That is why I am not shy about denouncing that beast and offering the simple way of Christ as the grand alternative.

Love and ….

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Comments
  1. Tom Ball permalink

    Scripture is pretty clear about the Holy Spirit’s role… it is His job to “convict” others of their sin, to “lead (us) into all truth” , and to convert our prayers before God into “unutterable groanings” because we don’t pray as we ought and often “ask amiss”.

    Jesus came into the world to “save sinners”.

    God the Father will do the judging.

    Scripture seems pretty clear on our role. as well… we are to “be quick to tell people the reason for your hope”, care for widows and orphans, visit people in prison, lend to and pray for our enemies, heal the sick, love justice, do mercy, and walk humbly with our God. We are to “come out from among them”… “them” being those who deny Jesus is the Son of God and persist in known sin while still proclaiming themselves Christians. We are also to forgive those who “spitefully use us.”

    Above all, we’re to ” love ” others

    All these are clear statements. Not too much room for ambiguity.

  2. I agree, Capn Kirk! I want to warn and encourage those who have ears to hear of a better way!! I have just tasted the juicy fruit of oneness of the body of Christ enough to already be able to see the benefit of time with one another, instead of the back of the persons head in front of me for an hour! Looking for LIFE for others, too…….👍

  3. Thank you for posting this –

    Jesus is full of grace AND truth (John 1:14, John 1:17)… but far too often, believers have this weird idea that we must to choose one or the other – all or nothing. In other words, we often believe that “truth” automatically equals harsh judgment and “grace” automatically means speaking vacant words of encouragement.

    But ultimately, offering the truth without grace causes us to miss the character of Jesus entirely. And offering grace without truth is also a failure to embody His character. After all, the Jesus who died for us while we were yet sinners is the same Jesus who overthrew the tables of the money changers and fearlessly rebuked religious authorities.

    The good news is that when our hearts become surrendered, we actually begin to crave His correction! A word of rebuke offered by the Holy Spirit (sometimes through the words of fellow believers) is welcomed and received with gratitude. Praise be to God for His grace-filled words of truth!

  4. "BK" permalink

    Amen again! “BK”

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