"A guidebook to accessing the life of God
Without being sidetracked by religious tradition."
By Charles Pinkney
AUTHOR'S VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE
Author's Brief Testimony
**Schisms and division in the body of Christ
from denominational boundaries
**Although Christianity is the outgrowth and fulfillment of
Judaic roots there is little acknowledgment of these foundations
What Subtle Spiritual Forces Work to Separate us from the Gospel Truths?
There are two active spiritual forces. The first bears the influence of the Kingdom of God, of which Jeshua (Jesus) is Lord and ruler. The other bears the influence of the kingdom of darkness with its own ruler, Lucifer or Satan. Satan is called 'the deceiver' of the brethren', 'prince of the powers of the air', 'the lord of this world', and 'the enemy of our souls'. The Lord of heaven, Jesus, is a gathering power. He gathers together, restores the broken-hearted, delivers the captive, brings liberty and hope. He saves. He heals. He delivers. Satan, conversely, is a dividing force and a devouring force. His strategy is to divide and conquer as well as deceiving and destroying. Satan is continuing at work to cause strife and division among the people of God. It is Satan's purpose to also divide us from enjoying peaceful relationships with one another. The devil beguiles and encourages self will and vanity. This was the sin that brought him into condemnation. Every human soul remains separated from God until the time when we call upon God to rescue us from our own chosen destruction. The un-redeemed person habitually serves self in vanity and ultimately whether we will cease to follow the self directed life which keeps us from knowing God.
In a time of God's choosing, our life's purpose and orientation reaches a crossroad and we begin to experience God. These significant times are of special significance (Gr. chairos) in God's timetable. At such times God's hand reaches forth in grace and begins to strengthen a man or a woman and raise them up and provides them with a testimony, a voice that bears witness of redemption. Until such times we remain in a kind of inertia both as individuals and as institutions.
Periods of religious revival have occurred when men or women of God became empowered by the Spirit. They break through the malaise of tradition. Men and women receive something from heaven. The fire of God begins to consume their spirits. They break forth proclaiming that God really is one who rewards all that seek him. They call a sleeping church to awaken; they refresh a world to hope. Religious belief systems are probably born in a time when spiritual power was in evidence, and this witnessed first hand. Then, eventually in the course of time people fall out of the spiritual loop. A religious person has been told that there is a God but they personally have never experienced Him. They are told God answers prayers, but they've never experience answered prayer. They are told that God once spoke to people but he doesn't speak anymore. But, God is a God of the living not of the dead. God is a right now being. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Religious traditions tend to turn the reality of God's "now-ness" into God's "then-ness." Religion for all intents and purposes becomes a kind of "oral tradition, and no more.
So it comes to pass that one group's tradition comes in conflict with others and the house divides further. Eventually we have a hundred denominations or sects; few of whom see one another as brothers and sisters in the faith; few of whom enjoy the "now-ness" of God; and even fewer who see themselves as the true disciples who Jesus prayed for in John 17 when he commissioned us to be as He is in the world.
is bonding power of unity.
Religion divides believers. Division weakens and hinders the purposes of God and his Kingdom. Jesus prayer recorded in John's Gospel, chapter seventeen, prays for unity of all his people. It is prayed for his disciples, and ultimately for all who will know him as Redeemer and Deliverer. Jesus prayed for the disciples who were then at his side and for the disciples who would believe in him at a future time as new disciples are made, thus extending the line of discipleship to the present generation. The substance of this prayer is the culmination of his earthly ministry and articulates his wishes for all of the children of God both the Jew and Gentile to be one, perfectly one in Himself.
(unity) in Jesus Christ is to have the same fellowship with the
Father that he knew and experienced. In addition, Jesus also prayed
that we should partake of the same glory which had been given to
him. Later in the prayer, the Lord expresses that it is his will
for us to share in His commission and ministry upon the earth. He
Jesus, prayed he would be replicated in each disciple to continue
his own life and ministry. The same charge of service (ministry)
that Christ had received from the Father has been turned over to
the disciples. All of the petitions in Jesus' prayer
were spoken with the express understanding that the Father would
bring it to pass. Everything Jesus prayed was in the Father's will.
These prayer petitions define the divine parameters for the Christian
divisive power of "religion" thwarts the intentions spoken
by Jesus in his "high priestly prayer." Traditions enable
this spirit of tradition to perpetuate. We are instructed by our
human religious mentors in matters of faith and the manner in which
to live our lives. We have as much or as little of the truth of
the Gospel as is understood by our mentors or expositors of our
tradition. We are limited by the areas of ignorance which limit
our mentors. The apostle Paul states at various times, Brothers,
I do not want you to be ignorant about Spiritual matters but
you were brought forth into this idolatry even as you were led,
(1 Corinthians 12:1 paraphrase) . Because we have been mentored
into ignorance of the truth, we can not extend ourselves into the
realm receiving spiritual life through spiritual promises because
we have no faith to move into these dimensions. It is within the
dimension of the Spiritual where we desire to move; wherein are
all of the promises of God pertaining to our forgiveness, health,
blessing, reconciliation plus authority over the realms of darkness.
These promises are for any and all believers because God has promised
these to all without prejudice. Any and every believer is an
inheritor of all of God's promises.