I can’t really describe what was behind my writing hiatus here. It seemed that God is taking my wife and I in some new directions and my habits changed to some degree. I want to share some of the things that I’ve been seeing lately, some exciting events that will be taking place in the night sky for the next 2 years (and how I think the tie into my last post concerning Dewey Bruton). For now I wanted to share a little bit about a place that God has me in my dealings with other Christians. (I feel like God is working my inner Jacob out of me by letting me grind away in vain internet arguments, I should really know better).
Recently I ran across some comments made by Todd Friel on the “Wretched” channel over on Youtube wherein he was describing Philips, Craig and Dean as being heretics. Curious I went off looking for what it was that was so heretical (“replacement” theology perhaps?) and found out after a few searches that the are “modalists”. Basically they believe that Jesus was the fullness of the Father and is the Holy Spirit, that they are all one individual and that one person has processed through different modes. Okay, they are “oneness” I thought, what is so heretical about that? Google time.
This is where I bumped back into the odd idea that our salvation is NOT based on doing the will of the Father as described so often by Jesus Christ:
For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
In the comment section our young seminary graduate points out that it isn’t doing the will of the Father it is ORTHODOXY (right belief) that saves us. Not doing right, but giving mental assent to the “proper” doctrine. This has the deadening affect of reducing our relationship with God to a checklist. Go to school, get your check list filled out, there.
In praying about this it started me considering what we are taught in Romans 8 since conforming to right orthodoxy falls squarely into a work that is done by the flesh (why do I need the Spirit to fill out my check list). What about orthodoxy is so difficult that I can’t do it on my own? It is an operation of the carnal mind.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Instead of counting the carnal mind as dead the clinger to the belief that orthodoxy = salvation is stripping away the requirements of the law and reducing it to a manageable task. Our salvation is NOT a manageable task. It cannot be earned through any endeavor of our own. It must be gained through our relationship to and obedience by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit doesn’t hand out check lists unless it is to convict us of our own lack, and I for one am not going to be surprised when I see our Oneness brothers and sisters in glory.