A Forgivable Rant?
“I urge you all to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” Romans 16: 17-20
I read this warning this morning and I had several thoughts about it. One of the biggest ways that folks divide the Body of Christ today is by making a distinction between those who are “gifted” and those who “give” to support the “gifted”. It is the mark of The Clergy/Laity division and it is a pox in the Church today. It is crippling the Body of Christ and it is so very, very, extremely wrong. Whenever one person is treated as special over and above others in the church it destroys mutual fellowship and any chance at true unity. Because the truth in love is that EVERY member of the church is gifted and special in their own unique way. We are all Spiritually gifted ministers in the New Covenant and when we come together everyone is expected to share and add their portion to the mix that day. (1 Corinthians 14:26) The whole concept that some are Ministers and the rest get to sit, listen, and pay is a totally bogus teaching and it is a division right from the pit of hell.
A major obstacle being taught today is legalism and observance of The Law as the standard, rather than simply living as the Holy Spirit leads us by grace and faith in Jesus. Far too often we are taught to avoid evil of all kinds, instead of to embrace and practice what is good and pure. Too much emphasis on what not to do takes away from the Gospel and the importance of what we actually should BE accomplishing in Christ together. The good news is the hope of glory, which is simply Christ in us.
Having God crush satan under our feet is an interesting thought, but it seems to me that in order for this to happen we have to be where satan is and not in some sort of total avoidance of evil mode. As followers of Jesus we are supposed to be Light shining in darkness. We need to go where hurting and lost people are and not just pretend we are safe within the walls of religious structures. In order to actually be like Jesus we need to get off our blessed ASSurance and be out among the people who need Him most.
I have no idea if any of this will make sense to those of you reading, but I feel like I have shared my portion today. “The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”
Kirk Out !