Are We Free In Christ Or Controlled by “Men”?
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3: 17
“What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, EVERYONE has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue, an interpretation, or something important to share. All of these MUST be done for the strengthening of the church.” 1 Corinthians 14: 26 paraphrase with added emphasis
Whenever your “church” gathers is your coming together open, free and Spirit led; or is everything you do predetermined by a Pastor or worship leader? Do you follow a set in stone liturgy or order of service or are you all free to flow in the Holy Spirit and share as the Spirit leads? I bring this up because the vast majority of “church” services are led and controlled by “men”. It is extremely rare to find a “church” gathering that is totally open, free and Spirit led. I say that having a preset, designed by “men,” order of “worship” with little to no flexibility violates the leading of the Spirit and the Lordship Of Christ.
In Jesus we are all individually created to be free and Spirit led in all of life. I also contend that our corporate gatherings as the church are supposed to be totally free and Spirit led. Having preset scripture readings, songs, and sermons by predetermined ministers flies in direct opposition of the will of Christ for His Body. After all church is meant for face to face dialogue, interaction and fellowship; and not some big production or show. EVERYONE gathered is meant to have the opportunity to share something significant with the rest of the church. Having every portion of a Jesus gathering scripted ahead of time is definitely opposed to being Spirit led moment by moment.
Yes, I am a huge believer in Spirit led spontaneity. However, I also believe there are times that the Spirit leads us to prepare for some situations ahead of time. The key is our willingness to be redirected at any given moment by the Holy Spirit. If we are not entirely flexible with how, what and where we share; we could miss out on His good, perfect and pleasant will for us and those who we gather with. The church was never intended to have cookie cutter gatherings with set in stone presentations. No, we should instead always surrender to the leading and flow of the Holy Spirit.
Many are now likely thinking that what I suggest is a gathering full of chaos. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I have been gathering in a totally open and free, Spirit led manner with others for over 37 years now and I have NEVER witnessed a Spirit led gathering fall apart into total chaos. The Spirit is fully capable of leading and redirecting gatherings where every member can share what is on their heart with the rest of the Body in a free and open manner. When we gather in Christ’s name our meetings ought to be free and not controlled, open and not closed, Spirit and not “man” Led. Anything less than total freedom in Christ falls WAY short of Christ’s ideal for His Body. As always there are two distinct choices we can make…. we can either choose the way of Christ or the way of “men”. As for me I follow Jesus and no other “man”. Choose wisely my friends.
Kirk Out !