All around us, we are faced with people who call themselves “spiritual authorities.” In addition to the self-proclaimed “spiritual authorities”, there are also the ones, whom other people call, “spiritual authorities.” From the beginning of mankind, the world from generation to generation looks towards and follows both military and spiritual leadership. The hallmark of military leadership is simply the ability to lead battles and prevail. The hallmark of “spiritual leadership” is the ability to marshal unseen forces and perform feats of wonder and miracles. Whether these “spiritual leaders” call upon familiar spirits for information, use spiritual help and perform miracles of healing, or spontaneously speak in an unknown language to the hearer, (or maybe even the speaker), certain people are simply called “spiritual.”
The problem today is, our world has universally applied the term “spiritual” to mean anything associated with occult practices. The True God isn’t compared at all against the world, because followers of the True God do not display any form of spiritual power or ability, and have no desire to understand the spiritual power or ability God promises. We have learned to deny or ignore the spiritual abilities promised to every believer and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead, once again, we have learned to follow individuals, as leaders, who do display love and “spiritual ability” of any kind instead. These leaders have become the leaders of our churches, but too many of them learned their “spiritual ability” from teachers or teachings from the world.
For a very few Christian churches, there is however, true Godly spiritual power being displayed. But once again, it isn’t generally taught to be a universal condition of Christianity, but an ability reserved for leadership that are fully trained and initiated. We are being taught that God’s spiritual power is a secret ability that only the initiated are able to tap into. The follower in the congregation is supposed to “follow the leader.” The leader is a man or woman preaching about Jesus, displaying spiritual power, healing, miracles, and building a ministry centered on spiritual power in their life. The minister is being followed, because of God’s power at work in that man or woman, and that man or woman is called spiritual. So God’s true spiritual power is taught in these circles that it is reserved for leadership, but only a goal for followers. That is until these followers make the commitment to become leaders in the church, then they would be guided into the secrets of spiritual power.
But the Word of God tells a different story. As long as the follower in the Christian church chooses to believe only the written Word taught from the pulpit, they have limited themselves to the presented interpretation alone. They have no point of reference outside of the teachings of that church. In the spirit of “doctrinal integrity,” the body of Christ has fractured itself into competing factions, tribes, groups, congregations, and denominations all refusing to hear or listen to outside influences from the church of attendance. We have divided ourselves from one another so true Godly spiritual training available at one church is considered “devilish” at another. In light of this fact, the entire concept of Radical Christianity could be considered “devilish” by the majority of mainstream Christianity because this teaching did not originate from their pulpit first.
Radical Christianity takes the position that carnal Christianity has injected itself into the lifeblood of the church from very early in its history. If anyone in the Christian church learned how to operate the true power of God since 70 AD, they learned it by the grace of God, and His instruction through the Holy Spirit alone. As a consequence, they have also found that it has been difficult to impossible, to teach how they learned to operate that power. It was because of this difficulty that the author of Rules for Radical Christians: A Practical Primer for Defeating Radical Liberals at Their Own Game approached this subject to learn how to teach it to anyone.
The first revelation from God, concerning spiritual power was this: The average church minister is clueless and powerless, but cannot or will not admit this truth. Spiritual leadership is “spiritual” only in the sense that it is leadership that points to the ways of God. Whether or not the power of God is displayed is irrelevant. (After all, the power of God is believed to be devilish.) So the author had to turn to any Christian group that purported to display spiritual power. And to be honest, it was frightening.
To leave the comfort of organized religion seems to be liberating on the surface, but the fact is, leaving the organized church results in excommunication and ostracizing. I learned that I was no longer respected or welcome. I changed from being a leader in the Lutheran church to a student at Calvin College, a Christian Reformed college. In the process, I learned that the Lutheran church had issues with Calvinist teachings, and that Calvinists had issues with Lutheran teachings. Both believed that their teachings were the correct and inspired words of truth. Neither displayed any spiritual power like that shown in the Word of God, but both claimed to be teaching the truth. Although I enjoyed what I learned, I came to realize that there was a disconnection between the teachings of the church and the words of Scripture.
When I transferred from Calvin College to another school, I found myself in a position where the people in either a Lutheran church or a Calvinist church were easily approachable. Instead, I attended the Catholic church. Its liturgy and order of service were identical to the Lutheran church where I grew up, and the people were really friendly. I made friends easily and kept my Lutheran and Calvinist beliefs to myself. I learned that it’s simply best to keep your religion to yourself and just follow the crowd, (if you want to get along with people). However, I still knew that people practicing Witchcraft and Parapsychology were experiencing spiritual phenomenon that the church chose either to ignore or didn’t understand. What I didn’t know at the time, the Roman Catholic Church is the only denomination that maintains trained and experienced Exorcists who believe and deal with spiritual phenomenon under church authority. So, even though spiritual power in Jesus’ name was real and true in the Roman Catholic church, it was not widely known or openly shown.
My quest to understand God’s spiritual power eventually led me to a Pentecostal church where I heard “speaking in tongues” for the first time. Though the people were very friendly, the experience was shocking and I never returned to that church. I didn’t know at that time, that I really did experience the power of God, but nobody there really knew how to explain that experience either. They told me that it was a gift from God, that He gave at His discretion, to whomever He chose. I thought obviously, I wasn’t chosen and I left without that frightening gift of God. Since God didn’t care to answer my quest to know Him, I began to believe that He was capricious and chose His leadership without regard to the desires and searching needs of His followers.
This led me to investigate the Jewish church. I had Jewish friends, but they also knew I was searching to understand the power of God like it was displayed in the New Testament. They truthfully told me that their Rabbi would never allow a Christian like me into their Synagogue. I would be too much of a disruptive influence on the congregation. I’ve lost track of those friends, but still appreciate the things they showed me. In fact I’ve grown to appreciate the Jewish culture and its original influence on Christianity. Even though the two groups separated after the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD. Original Christianity is Jewish, Old Testament based, and powerful. Our current form of Christianity is New Testament based, Gentile oriented, carnal, and powerless. Radical Christianity uses both the Old and New Testament to learn and endeavors to implement the power of God through Jesus Christ.
This is the promise I saw when I was only 12 years old in Confirmation class. Jesus made His power available to anyone who makes Him their Lord.
John 14: 12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.“
At the very least, every believer should expect to do the same things that Jesus did. Either He told the truth, (which we should expect and believe), or He lied, (in which case, we should reject Jesus altogether). I’ve chosen to believe Jesus and have devoted my entire life to learn why the average Christian can’t even do the minimum works that Jesus did. But learning why isn’t enough, learning why is only enough to expose the problem. What good is knowing the problem, unless there is also a solution to remedy our lack of understanding and application? Everyone in the Christian church knows that we are fighting a spiritual battle against Atheist liberalism in the culture, but very few really know what to do and they generally work alone, making very little cultural impact.
The Christian church is fractured beyond belief, but the average believer is kept unaware of that truth. Jews are a divided nation, but they were able to remain united in their commitment to God, the Law of Moses, the Torah, and in their rejection of Jesus as their Messiah. Their Bible has been proven to be unchanged for the last 2000 years. They are a divided and scattered nation of people, but they kept their culture intact. Christians on the other hand have no common standard. We can’t agree on our Bible. We can’t agree on our doctrine. We can’t even agree to disagree.
After associating with my Jewish friends, I was introduced to The Way International and devoted fourteen years of my life believing that they knew the truth. All they knew was a scientific study method that produced consistent conclusions whenever the Word of God was studied. In matters of doctrine, they disagreed with nearly every point of established mainstream Christianity. But spiritual power was openly taught, practically displayed, and clearly believed. Learning how to study God’s Word was the one and only take away from The Way. They were still a doctrinally based ministry that lacked a logical method that can lead any believer to walk with God. It was just NOT there. Their unity was in their disagreement against mainstream Christian doctrine.
In the end, the realization that The Way was really no different from any other Christian church set in. They were openly defiant against mainstream Christianity, they openly preached and believed in spiritual power, but they were also clueless on teaching every believer how to build their faith in God. They were just like every other church in that only the chosen few, (those that could pay the proper fees), could learn the secrets to the walk of faith. I had enough support at the time to get those fees paid, and found that I only learned leadership skills. I could motivate a person to follow God and attend my fellowship, but I couldn’t show them how to build their own faith in God. The walk of The Way was loving to new people, harsh to leaders and elders, and downright hateful to everyone else. It was not a good example of Christian love for the Family of God and I eventually left that group.
After leaving The Way International, I rejected religion altogether for awhile, but learned that I really missed and needed the fellowship of other believers. I returned to the church and eventually became the associate pastor for New Revelation Christian Development Center. But when I ministered spiritual power within the church itself one Sunday, that spiritual power was not welcome and I was informed it would not be allowed any longer. Along the way, I learned that every church is similar, no matter what denomination, doctrine, or creed is followed. Every church talks about God’s love. Every church teaches about Jesus and His return. Every church seeks followers and servants. And every church struggles teaching about the Walk of Faith without believing or demonstrating the power of God. A spiritual walk cannot be taught from a carnal perspective and mainstream Christianity has rejected the spiritual walk altogether.
The walk of faith is an entirely different walk, learned by trial and error with God.
In fact, I learned that the walk of faith is independent of any religious doctrine. Religious doctrine is a walk of understanding by the flesh, the walk of faith is spiritual with God. Only three things are need to walk with God, and every Christian believer is fully equipped. The first requirement is to be born again. Unless you are born again, you cannot have the Holy Spirit living within you. If you want to experience God personally, you have to be able to enter His throne room of grace. You have to be in His presence. He has to be living within you.
John 3: 3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
The second requirement is to believe that God is living and real. God cannot be an abstract concept, He has to be a living reality for you. This is not an option and it must be a fully committed truth in your heart. If you want to walk with God, you must believe that He is real.
Hebrews 11: 6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
The last requirement is to believe that the things the Holy Spirit tells you is the Truth. It must be as much Truth as the written Word of God is the Truth. This last requirement is the most difficult to realize because we are all conditioned to believe the written Word is True, but reject the “still small voice” of the Holy Spirit as devilish. Without realizing it, the religious church has taught us to consider God’s spirit within us, as devilish and therefore reject its revelation altogether. Look at what Jesus said:
John 16: 13 – 16 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
When these three factors are met, we have only two things to do. Ask and obey. That’s all there is to the Walk of Faith. That’s as hard as it gets. Ask and obey. Everything else is fluff. You don’t need to leave your church to learn how to walk with God. God is there where ever you are because God lives within you. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. Just as it is impossible for God to lie, it is impossible for the Holy Spirit to lie. I do not make any claim to be a spiritual authority. No man can really make that claim, except for the Lord Jesus Christ. For that matter alone, we need to learn how to seek his advice in all that we do. We need to make Him our Lord because He alone deserves the title of Lord, making Him our only true Spiritual Authority.
It took me 48 years of searching to be able to give you the answers I sought to understand at the age of 12 in the Lutheran church. God is more powerful than anyone that practices the occult. He can keep His children safe in the face of disaster. He does give answers in impossible situations, just like the situation we are facing in our country right now. But He also knows we’ve been led down an alternate path of truth beyond our control. Decisions were made long ago that altered the truth we learned today. During the same process of altering, splinter groups formed in the effort to preserve the established doctrine. Along the way, truth and error became so intertwined that only fear exists today within the Family of God, and against one another in Christ. Meanwhile, the forces of darkness that want to institute a culture of free love without morals, and atheism, is winning the culture war. They are using the power of the occult against the children of God, and we are powerless because we are ignorant of our power.
Hosea 4: 6a “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:…”
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