Friday, April 17, 2009

A Sweet Savour is in the Air

I've been reading a blog lately where the author is seeking to point out some serious inconsistencies with the behaviour of a certain denominational body which would declare loudly that it was insistent upon being Biblical. I have long personal experience with the parallel body in this country, and find it rather incongruous that either body should profess adherence to Biblical principles and behave as they do.

One thing is becoming abundantly clear, even apart from the miserable testimony embedded in the comments made to the author of that blog: Neither that individual brand name, or any other denominational group of human beings have the mind of God for today, no matter how "churchy" they claim or appear to be.

It has been my privilege, over many years, to know some who showd every evidence that they were extraordinary disciples of Christ, who, believing that the brand name "church" to which they belonged was open to the mind of God, had risked everything, earthly security, reputation, and relationships. They guarded and prayed for the denomination, only to see it changing into an organisation of men who were more concerned for their own religious political agenda and preferences.

Some of those dear saints, now shake their heads and wonder what they have been doing because they can see that the denominational brand, which they identified with, has become a picture of Old Testament Israel. What may have had a glimmer of the light of truth in it, a sense of heart beating with life, has now become a rigid institutional structure growing out of fleshly minds. A strange thing, a creature which secretes a fast-setting rock-hard protective substance around itself, and calls itself "church" exists, but is not even aware that it is now so rigidly human that it does not represent the mind of God, and, indeed, cannot!

I don't know in what shape or form it will happen, but, I do know something new is happening. Sadly, as has always been the case historically, the fleshly mind is again declaring its sovereignty, within orthodox evangelicalism as well as movements outside of it. Without doubt many are being deceived into following new gurus and self styled leaders, who lead new movements which claim to be the genuine article and have God's hand upon them.

Most of the movements will follow the same course as they have always done and quietly die, some will, because of their leaders fanciful ideas, noisily flop about like a fish out of water, exhibiting much activity, but going no where.

Amongst it all, a new reformation is taking place, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

Wise followers of Christ will patiently watch and pray, and not be deceived if, as we observe present events, we read the mind of God as revealed in Jesus Christ and the Apostles doctrine, which leads away from the institutionalized worldliness of paganized, ritualistic religion and into a new and fresh life energized by the truth which can only be found by those who truly are disciples of Christ, rather than members of an organization with religious leanings.

5 comments:

Paul Burleson said...

"Wise followers of Christ will patiently watch and pray, and not be deceived if, as we observe present events, we read the mind of God as revealed in Jesus Christ and the Apostles doctrine, which leads away from the institutionalized worldliness of paganized, ritualistic religion and into a new and fresh life energized by the truth which can only be found by those who truly are disciples of Christ, rather than members of an organization with religious leanings."

A profound statement. My hearts desire and longing is to be part of that group that "watches and prays." I know I join you in that.

Aussie John said...

Paul,

Than you for commenting.

Much of the problems of today are because leaders have led congregations to believe that God ceased taking an active interest in His Creation, that He went on a sabbatical (maybe at the Reformation) from which He hasn't returned.

After retiring a few years ago,I was asked to preach in a Baptist church, and very briefly mentioned spiritual revival (a few seconds at most. Someone obviously didn't like revival being mentioned. The first thing the pastor said, prior to his sermon, was, "In regard to revival; God doesn't work that way anymore!"

I believe He does, and will!

Paul Burleson said...

Aussie John,

I hope you will forgive another comment so quickly but...I've always understood the scriptures to teach that God works to the level of our appetite. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after Righteouness for they [emphatic-they and they alone] will be filled." Matt. 5:6

Then I discovered that the definite article 'THE' is just before 'Righteousness' in that verse according to the earliest manuscripts. It is hunger and thirst after "the Righteousness." [The One who is our Righteousness] It's speaking of the person of Jesus. Hunger for HIM and one will be filled. Constant hunger continual filling. Ours in experiencing His reality.

I read you speaking of the deadness of religion [denominationalism] and of life in Jesus and in it you are constantly declaring the truth of that verse and it is like a breath of fresh air to me. Thank you.

Aussie John said...

Paul,

There is absolutely no need to be apologetic for making another comment.

I am blessed that you do, and that I have found a brother, in whose thoughts I can find a fellow traveller, and who, at a similar time in life and experience, can admit to not yet having arrived, and be willing to question traditions which cannot be held as being built on "...the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone...". I'm thankful to find a brother who is not pretending to be something which is impossible to attain whilst living in this earthly realm.

Let the conversation continue.

Steven Owen said...

Aussie John,
Bless you brother. I really love this post as it hits at my heart.

You stated, "Amongst it all, a new reformation is taking place, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it."
Those words are what I recieved from the Lord back in 03.
The question came to mind. Why are the gates of hell prevailing against the church and before revival we need reformation.
Of course back then I was just in the beginning of my realization of how the NT church should be operating.
It has and is a journey brother. My prayer is for His will to continue to work through us as willing vessels.
I praise God for you bro.
I praise God for the internet which has enabled someone from Arkansas US to comment on someone from Australia.
Thank you sincerely, Steven Owen

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