Have you ever been to a school dance? If your experience is similar to mine, all of the girls were sitting together on one side of the room. Meanwhile, all of the boys were sitting on the other side of the room. It was perfectly normal for the girls to dance together, but that would never happen with two guys. Only the known couples danced together from the beginning of the dance. Occasionally, one of the boys would be bold enough to walk all the way across the room in front of everyone to ask one of the girls the impossible question: “Would you like to dance?” Most of the time, the answer would be “No, thank you.” It would be followed with a giggle. Some of the time, the answer would be “Sure.” Then the real comedy would unfold. It’s really difficult to enjoy a dance, when you don’t know how to dance. But it’s always fun to watch the blind leading the blind. When two people who can’t dance attempt to do something they have no idea how to do, the results are both entertaining and comical. This was by far, the real reason to go to a school dance, to watch the comedy as it unfolds during the evening.
The history of Christian religion has been largely similar to a high school dance. Despite the claims that the Roman Catholic church was at one time the universal Christian church. The Bible proves that Christianity has always been a fractured form of believing. Peter had to defend his actions to the leadership of the church, when God told him to go to the house of Cornelius and preach. (Acts 10: 1 – 11: 18) The only thing that convinced the Jews that Peter’s actions were correct and Godly was the evidence or proof that the Gentiles received the Holy Spirit. You can read in verse 10: 46 what that evidence was. But in today’s church, no evidence of the Holy Spirit is needed or recognized to prove the reception of the Holy Spirit in a believer. We say that God has not changed. We also say that God is real and powerful. But we trust our feelings of happiness and warm fuzziness to be the proof of the Holy Spirit more than the testimony of God’s Word. A person that confesses “Jesus is Lord” means more than the manifestation of the Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians 12: 7 – 10. We trust the feelings of the flesh more than the truth of God’s Word. This means that we’ve rejected the testimony of God as to what we should expect when somebody claims to be born again and there is confusion within the Christian world.
James 3: 6 says “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” As long as small Christian groups are envious of larger Christian groups, and strife, (division), exists between Christian churches, “there is confusion” and evidence of Satanic influence within the Body of Christ. It is impossible to root out Satanic influence when confusion and division are taught as doctrinal truths to maintain. This is the “comedy of errors” that make up Christianity today. Our “unity of the spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4: 3) is now limited to the fellowship we attend.
It does not apply to the entire Christian church in general.
And this is the state of affairs that Radical Christianity is exposing and correcting. The correction will never come from the pulpit or from the governing structures of the many Christian denominations throughout the world. The division caused by the myriad of doctrines will never change without God and only the Holy Spirit within individual believers will make the change in the church. That means that our unity will never be legislated by the leadership of men, but by the power of God working upon individuals.
Just as the boys and girls in school were separated and sitting at opposite walls during the dance, our churches have separated the Body of Christ into separate doctrines of belief and traditions. Those who choose to walk by the flesh, (Carnal Christians), will always choose to maintain those divisions “in the name of God and doctrinal purity.” However, those who choose to walk by the Spirit, (Radical Christians), will break those divisions. The “unity of the spirit in the bond of peace” is the true Body of Christ united by the Holy Spirit. This is the group that “dances” together even though they don’t know how to “dance” at the present time. The “dance” I’m talking about, is the walk of faith in the power of God by the Holy Spirit. This is what Radical Christianity is all about: building a relationship with God Almighty to the degree that the individual believer can walk in faith and power by the Holy Spirit from Jesus Christ the Lord.
The goal of Christianity is not simply to “save” people from hell to go to heaven at death. It is to teach people how to walk with God every second of the day in this life before we die. This is the gospel of Radical Christianity. This is the form of Christianity that Jonathan Cahn writes about in The Harbinger, The Paradigm, The Mystery of the Shemitah, The Oracle, and The Book of Mysteries. So the term “Radical Christianity” wasn’t simply a catch phrase I invented for the title of my book, it is a form of Christianity that is different from religious Christianity. It is radical because it is Biblical, Godly, and completely centered upon the walk of faith with the Holy Spirit. It does not reject doctrinal Christianity, but recognizes the proper role and place of doctrines in the lives of men while nurturing and building faith in God in the lives of believers. Is it possible to have “unbelievers” in the Christian church? Absolutely! Let’s get real and honest, we all started that way, even if we were raised in church. And I was raised in the Lutheran church and my closest friends were Roman Catholic, Christian Reformed, Baptist, and Methodist.
We all hunted together, worked together, skied and swam together at the lake. We could all be friends together until Sunday, when we all attended our respective churches with our families. But many times, just as soon as church ended, we got together and enjoyed life without the division and tension of doctrinal differences. We all believed in God. We all believed in Jesus Christ and we all believed we were going to heaven. But believing God is radically different from believing in God. Believing and obeying the Lord Jesus Christ is radically different from believing in Jesus Christ. Knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt is radically different from hoping to go to heaven after death. When you are individually certain in the truth of God’s existence because you have a relationship with Him, there is no doubt, no fear, peace, and absolute confidence that the Holy Spirit never lies to you. When God speaks, you listen and learn to obey to get the best results.
This is the walk that the Christian church was supposed to teach and demonstrate. The only time that the church was really good at teaching the walk of faith was at its beginning. When it was still a “radical” group within the structure of the Jews. Christianity was never really meant to separate from the Jews. They knew and understood how God works with His people spiritually. They knew that obedience brought blessings and disobedience brought calamity so they were able to show the Gentiles coming in, how God did it throughout the Bible. But when the division became the civil law, the Gentiles had to figure everything out on their own without the practical teaching and examples of Peter, Paul, and John, (who were all Jews).
This is how the doctrinal divisions caused by differences of teachers brought about the clumsy, comedy of errors, we call walking in truth today. It’s not that any church leader ever worked to cause division. The opposite was nearly always the truth. They wanted to maintain purity and accuracy to the truth. The problem was, Gentiles didn’t know the truth from the same perspective that the Jews knew the truth. So the problem with division within the church is not a matter of simply seeking to maintain doctrinal purity, but of seeking to maintain a pure, Godly perspective on spirituality. Since Christianity lost the fellowship of the Jews, and the Jews rejected Jesus altogether by the end of the first century, Gentile Christians walking by the flesh as “carnal Christians” have been forced to figure everything out without any instructions. Yet God has been merciful enough to allow the carnal gospel of Christian religion to fill the world with the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
If you are content with the knowledge and walk of religious Christianity, then all this talk of a spiritual relationship with God is meaningless. If you’ve got it all down and you’re fine with the way you live with God, then that is alright. I’m not trying to criticize or change you in any way. After all, we all have to choose our level of spiritual truth and balance it with our physical walk with others. The problem only comes when our level of spirituality with God is less than the level of spirituality Liberals openly teach with their god, who is NOT the father of Jesus Christ. In addition, the Jesus they look forward to coming, is NOT the same Jesus we look forward to coming back.
This is the real spiritual battle taking over our culture and Christian religion is losing our children to scientific socialism. Scientific socialism is erasing God and the need for salvation through Jesus Christ from our culture. Without a real experiential knowledge of spiritual power, Christian religion has become an empty shell of spirituality. Good doctrines point to God, maintain moral order, and preserve the need to become saved in Christ to obtain wholeness: body, soul, and spirit. Poor doctrines point to men, maintain the order of the strongest, and preserve a culture without God or Jesus Christ. This empty form of spirituality confuses the soul as the spirit, and speaks of enlightenment instead of salvation.
This empty “spirituality” comes from Lucifer and is championed by well meaning, well financed, and popularly supported liberals. They preach a gospel of love, peace, and harmony with nature and all mankind, (without any need for salvation in Christ). This is the gospel overtaking our culture and too many Christians are being sucked into the peace, love, and meditation philosophy of the East. We are “dancing” with deceptive spirits that sound good, but erase Jesus from our thoughts. If you want to counteract this movement, then my book will act like a “dance instructor”. It’s not a book that simply talks about cultural problems. It exposes the spiritual history of our cultural problems and reveals that every tactic of Satan can be defeated by tactics of truth with God. Liberals have a “dance card” that works, because it came on the shoulders of Satanic followers that recognize spiritual warfare.
Their tactics are Biblically true and spiritual in nature, but Satanic in operation. Our tactics are also Biblically true and spiritual in nature, but require the Holy Spirit from Jesus Christ in our lives to operate. If you want to dance the spiritual dance well, then you have to learn from someone who learned the hard way, made the errors, and still recognize the value of the church. You don’t need to leave your church to walk with God. But you need to walk with God in order to defeat the forces of Satan working against you.
Those forces of Satan are loving, well meaning, and all around us everywhere we go. They have no need for God and won’t listen to anything you say about Jesus, but they can be turned to God when you rise up like Elijah against the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel, (1 Kings 18: 17 – 39). When you can demonstrate the fact that God works within you to will and to do His good pleasure, (Philippians 2: 13), then you will be spiritually strong and overcome their influence at every turn. They will either turn to God because of you or hate God more because you stay one step ahead of their snares. Either way, you come out ahead and strong in the Lord.
That is why I avoided publishing my book with private publishers connected with churches. I didn’t want my book controlled by a particular denomination or Christian sect. I wanted anyone who loves God to have access to the knowledge. I know there is no book like it anywhere that can lead any Christian to walk spiritually with God, regardless of their denomination. So here are the choices for your dance card.
- Stay separate and secure with the doctrine and church you choose and only hang out with the people that agree with you, (boys and girls sitting on opposite sides).
- Check out other churches and opinions about God’s relevance, (ask someone to dance and get rejected).
- Enjoy a time of interaction with people who reject God but have good intentions, (getting a dance, but not knowing how to dance).
- Get serious with building a relationship with your heavenly Father in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ by learning how the Holy Spirit works within you, because you are already born again, (being one of the couple’s who dance together).
If you want to pursue the last option, then get my book. Would you like to dance with God? Click the link below and thank you for giving me your vote for the Author Academy Award. My book is found on page 11, for Best Religious Nonfiction.