Here Comes That Heretic Word Again
Well, I am being accused of heresy again. For the fourth time this decade the kind of things I post here on this blog have been brought into severe question. I have been rebuked and told I need to stop “Bible bashing” and “leading people astray.” Apparently I also have a “low” view of scripture and those who follow this blog are my “prey.”. The main accusation is that I am “trying to encourage the ways of Christopher Kirk and not the Word of God” and I am the kind of person the book of Jude warns people about. Read Jude if you get the chance? Pretty heavy stuff in that little epistle. This is almost exactly the same rebuke I have gotten four times before with very similar words and scripture usage. So my attention is peaked. Is this the standard rebuke template of the traditional/institutional “church” system?
I will admit that my view of scripture is not traditional or mainstream, but I think I have a very high view of scripture. I just refuse to give it the same place as God Himself. The Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are at the top of my list on who to follow and I refuse to give the bible the position of the 4th part of what many call The Godhead. After all it is The Spirit Who leads us into “all truth” and without The Spirit’s illumination of The Word it is all just dead letter. In fact I read and use the bible all the time, but I won’t bow to it and give it the place of being a God in my life. I encourage people to be Spirit led and not bible led, this is true, but I also admit that much of the time what the Spirit is leading us to do is read and follow the bible; especially the words of Christ Himself.
As far as leading people “astray” and those very same people being my “prey” goes…. I just don’t see it and neither do the people who I directly relate to, fellowship with, and who I am accountable to. If anything I encourage people to break free from human leadership, including my own, and to be led by The Spirit in all things. I don’t want people to follow me. I want them to follow Jesus. I don’t have any minions and no one has given me a red cent. However, in following Jesus we will also begin to recognize that many of the teachings of traditional religion are not all that biblical and that we often times need to UNLEARN what we have been taught in order to truly follow HIM. Taking into full account that human tradition nullifies The Word of God. I have also read that UNLEARNING takes four times the work of learning in the first place.
I am not going to dig my heels in and defend myself concerning this matter beyond what little I have written here today. I encourage everyone to QUESTION EVERYTHING, including every single thing I share here in my blog. Some of you have questioned some of my posts in the comments section of these blogs and I appreciate being called to account. In fact I love accountability. So please feel free to interact, discuss and question anything I may say here in blogville or anywhere else.
So what do you think? Am I a heretic? Have I said anything I need to recant? Do you know of any sin that I need to repent for? Like I said, I know I color outside of the lines of traditional religion, but have I gone too far? Do the warnings in the book of Jude currently apply to me? All these things are up for discussion ALL of the time. I really don’t mind being labeled a heretic by mere “men”, as long as Jesus does not view me in that manner.
Kirk Out !
p.s. Funny thing is that my accuser called me on the phone to deliver his message and he refused to give me his name. All he said was that he was “a messenger of God”. I tried to redial his number, but it was “restricted”. So whoever you are, please be bold, upfront, and identify yourself if you want to be taken even remotely seriously. People who speak for God don’t usually hide when they deliver their message. Step up and share in public if your message is truly from God? I think this was the exact same man that called me to rebuke me in March 2014 and he was saying all the same things over and over again. In fact, as led by the Spirit, I am using the same response I gave in 2014 as a template for this blog post with very few changes or alterations. This always seems to happen when I take a firm stand for women in the Body of Christ.