Once Again Rejected by “Men” Accepted By Christ
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5: 11-12
Well, I guess according to those two verses all I can say is that right now I am very blessed indeed. It is too self serving to claim those verses for myself, but last night I received three encouraging phone calls and in two of the three calls these verses were quoted. Plus in the other call similar things were said to encourage me. The Spirit prompted these folks to call and lift me up. All I can say is that God’s timing is always perfect.
In the last few days several people have broken fellowship with me, questioned my devotion to God, my salvation, and my view of scripture. This is all because recently I have said that I am not sure about the doctrine of the Trinity. I do wholeheartedly accept God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit as being totally real and active in my life. I am just not certain that the Spirit can be called a person, He is just so more comprehensive and beyond that to me. To me the Holy Spirit is simply the Spirit of Christ. That is just me being open, honest and real folks. I could lie and toe the party line, but in the true Body of Christ why would I ever want to do such a thing?
I know and appreciate what the Spirit has taught me over the past nearly 50 years. I find it odd that the Trinity (a non-biblical word) is not something that He has revealed to me in all these years. Man teaches this doctrine, but does that mean I should automatically accept it and go against the Spirit’s teaching? The big question is: Should ones stance regarding such a doctrine be a standard test for fellowship and salvation?
Me? I accept anyone who loves Jesus and calls Him their Lord. If they follow Him in the big picture I am certain that any other details can be worked out over time and fellowship. If we agree on who Jesus is we should be able to walk together and figure the rest out in His good time. God hates divisions and to divide over doctrine before giving our sibling relationships a real chance to grow and mature is a HUGE mistake in my humble opinion.
The traditional “church” has many doctrinal obstacles in the way of true fellowship and life in Him. The same should not be true in totally open and free, organic, Spirit led and relational fellowship. Jesus never made me take a test about doctrine or scriptural knowledge in order to enter into a relationship with Him. He called me His child and friend and then began to teach me all I needed to know about life in Him. Cutting people off over doctrinal disputes is like aborting a baby before it grows to full term and is born. It takes time with Him to learn and grow into the disciples He intends us to be, but if we walk with Him and one another long enough we will all eventually grow up to where we can be fully birthed into His amazing truth and love. I don’t consider myself to be fully there yet, but I hope to be in the future.
Love and ……
Kirk Out !
P.s. This is an updated post from nearly 2 years ago. However, the almost exact same things have occurred over the last several days. They are the same accusations and the same response, just different people. Thanks for both your reading and your prayers.