it takes soooo long….

so… so … very long… how much longer will it take to break thru all the years of religious teachings… that have turned christianity into a cerebral exercise presenting intellectual truths instead of a lifetime of simply and personally experiencing those very truths…

“Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and donโ€™t get tied up again in slavery to the law. (Galatians 5:1 NLT)

Sadly… T. Austin Sparks talked about these issues over 60 years ago…

…don’t ask the religious systems… ask the Lord…

“Legalism always crucifies Christ afresh because legalism cuts out the greatest word in Christianity. The word over the door into true Christianity is the word: “Grace.” Legalism always wipes out “Grace,” and puts in its place “Law.” Grace is the chief word in the vocabulary of the Christian. Do you notice that where legalism reaches its fullest expression, it always puts the crucifix in the place of the empty tomb? The badge of the Christian is the empty tomb. That is “Life from the dead.” The badge of legalism is a crucifix, “a dead Christ.” Legalism always brings death, and the chief thing about Christ is resurrection. It is Life from the dead. This was something that Paul came to see when it pleased God to reveal His Son in him. And he said, “Let me get out of all this legalistic system. Jesus of Nazareth Whom we crucified is alive. He has been revealed alive in my heart.”

If we really see the Lord Jesus, we shall be emancipated. Some of us have had that experience. We were in legal systems; our horizon was that system. Then the day came when the Lord opened our eyes to really see the significance of Christ. And that whole system fell away as being all nonsense. No, it is not our business to say, “Come out of this and that, and come into this other.” The word “must” or “thou shall” does not belong to this realm. That belongs to the old legal realm. The “must” becomes a spiritual thing, not a legal thing. We could say of Paul, there was a mighty “must” in his spirit. “I have seen the Lord, and I am seeing more and more of what the Lord is, and this is creating in me this great imperative. ‘This one thing I do, leaving the things which are behind, I press on toward the mark of the prize of the on-high calling.'” So we do not say, “Change your system.” But we do say, “Ask the Lord to reveal His Son in you.” Then the great work of emancipation will begin.

By T. Austin-Sparks from: “That They May All Be One, Even As We Are One”ย 

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5 Responses to it takes soooo long….

  1. Tim Keller said something along these lines that I found helpful ; “We are not called to choose between a Christian life based on truth and doctrine or a life filled with spiritual power and experience. They go together.”

    • hey there Kenny B…. I think Keller and Philip are world’s apart on our understanding of “spiritual power and experience”…. eg: planting a church that grows from O to 5000, would probably show His Power to Keller ,,, Philip sees the greatest manifestation of His power in His ability to eliminate me from me…

      Keller’s experiences are things he speaks and writes about in over 20 books, newspapers, and a zillion people quote his “experiences”… Philip will never write a book for all the reasons I have expressed over the years on my blog…. where maybe a half dozen people follow what he says… my “experiences” are stories I tell about the need for my natural man to die in order for Jesus to live IN me… and speak about how the religious systems keep us from ever growing into Him…. I’m just thankful that I have a place to say the stuff that floats around in Philip… and the opportunity every once in a while to dialogue one on one with another person… like you Kenny… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I do appreciate our dialogs Phil. Helps me to keep turning back to “Jesus , what do you want ?” as opposed to the Liar who says “You are not doing enough !”. I resonate with your quote from Sparks as I want to follow Jesus but not get trapped in a system. Oh, I have not heard Keller brag about church growth; I have found what I’ve read by him helpful in discerning when I am starting to get Religious. A certain pastor in Seattle DID brag and brag about his church growing, and his ministry has been smashed.
    May grace abound in our lives, Phil !

  3. Hi again Kenny… dialogues are what it is all about!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Bragging is a whole ‘nother thing…. I’m sure Keller is just “doing” what he believes the Lord is telling him to do… bragging on the other hand brought my mind back to our Christian Fellowship 10 year celebration in 1985… where I was dialoguing with another… talking about just how good was our religious system… we both felt this was the best church system we had ever seen or experienced… everything went south after that… and there was no C/F a year later….. smashed is a good descriptive word… ๐Ÿ™‚

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