Mar. 22, 2017

Scriptural Debate

I am writing from my heart. You may ask, “Don’t you always write from your heart?” The truth is – no, I don’t. Many times I feel God leading my spirit to write something and I know the words cannot possibly be mine. Other times, I write from emotion and adrenalin. I believe Peter did the same thing. I know Paul did. It’s what those of us who have intense personalities do. I hope, like these two great men, that I mellow with age.

I feel, at times, we’ve come so far as believers. I believe with all the technology available to us and the advances in language and understanding, we are better able to decipher myth from what matters. Just when I feel we are advancing as a movement, someone writes an article or a blog and I have to face facts. We still have a long way to go.

As I write from the heart, I am not going to do what I call a “rapid-fire scriptural attack.” God has convicted me more and more that we (the “saved”) have a tendency to try and win arguments by showing our scriptural knowledge. Funny, not too many people are interested in how many verses we can recite or recall. They just want to hear our hearts.

Here’s what I want to say to you. You have the freedom to accept it or deny it.

If God calls you, answer Him. Do not look at your age. Do not allow your gender to stop you and, most certainly, do not allow anyone to deter you from your calling by intimidating you.

Understand that people, me included, write based on theology they are comfortable with and not based on researching opposing views. We think what we think because someone along the way taught us to think those things. It takes the Holy Spirit’s leading to expand our minds into the mind of Christ.

Denominational teaching is squelching the Spirit of God. We are still too hung up on the trimmings instead of focusing on the Truth.

The Gospel message is meant to teach people how to die for eternity’s sake and live as if death already occurred. The abundant life doesn’t mean we are perfect. It means we are eternally secure, which makes us act differently while we are still here. Jesus said it this way, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

People can pull any scripture out of many hats and make it say what they want it to say. When God’s children begin to learn how to apply scripture in their lives as opposed to using it to prove their point against others, the world will change.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28

Let me end by sharing this: My life and my ministry would have taken a totally different turn if I wouldn’t have allowed the voices of men to squelch the Spirit of God in me. Men spent so much time telling me what I wasn’t allowed to do, I hesitated doing that which God called me to do. No more.  No more.