This title represents a mathematical formula. If A = B, then B = A. It is the symmetric property of equality. Then we can restate the equation this way: A = B or B = A are symmetrical and equal. As long as both sides are defined as equal, then the order of the statement is irrelevant. So what does this have to do with Radical Christianity? Let’s find out.
How often have you made this statement? My God is my sufficiency! The listener usually quietly assumes that you mean the God of creation, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact I’ll even bet that you really believe that you meant it this way as well. We even have a verse that supports the statement.
Philippians 4: 19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
But look closely at this verse. Paul is not making a declarative statement for himself as we normally use the verse for ourselves, but a declarative promise for the Philippian church. We have simply taken the promise he made for them and applied it to our own lives personally. As long as we believe in the same God that Paul staked his life upon, then the promise is a sure and steadfast foundation that we can count on. But there is one simple little problem. Most of us have been led to follow a powerless god of religion. Myself included. And as long as our god is powerless, distant, and silent, then we are following a silent god of idolatry, masquerading as the true God, and receiving worship and adoration meant for the true God. We are being hoodwinked by false doctrines of the devil that has entered the church without our knowledge and even without the knowledge of many of our church leaders.
It is a lesson that all Radical Christians will have to deal with in their lives individually and eventually. You cannot experience God’s power until you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are following and worshiping the God of power. This is the lesson of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses. God devoted 38 Chapters of Genesis to prove He is the God of Power. He did it through four consecutive generations that ended with the children of Israel in Egypt. Then He had to prove Himself to Moses to get the children of Israel out of Egypt. If we want to learn about the one true God of Power, and we only have time to read one book in the Old Testament, Genesis is the book to read. And we have to learn to read it as a historical narrative, not as an ancient fable.
This change in perspective is by far the hardest change I had to learn to make myself and to tell you the truth, may be the one key that will unlock God’s power for you as well. Let’s go back to the title of this blog and only look at the first part. Our God is Our Sufficiency. Honestly, is this really true for our personal lives? My parents were my sufficiency for a full third of my life. That’s the God’s honest truth. Until I left college and began to work and support a place of my own, my parents were my safety net for everything. So in all reality, my parents were my true god. I trusted them with my life. I really didn’t know how to trust God with my life. I couldn’t hear Him. I thought I was born again, but I didn’t know about the manifestations of the Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, or even the first thing about the Holy Spirit. I grew up in church, I took Confirmation class, I was baptized, and I believed in Jesus. But if God really tried to say a thing to me, I would have needed a miracle like the burning bush that Moses got. God’s power would have terrified me to no end at that time and for the average, religious Christian, I can assume that it would do the same for them too.
When I began working, I realized that my efforts at work determined the level of rewards and advancement. All of a sudden, I learned that I became the source of my own sufficiency. If my god is my sufficiency, then I became my own god. It was the fulfillment of the promise the serpent made to Eve in Genesis.
Genesis 3: 5 “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Bold added)
This was fine with me for awhile until I realized two important lessons of work life. I was not a very good god over my own life. When I made a mistake, I had to pay for that mistake. My boss at work determined my level of reward and it really wasn’t based upon my effort, ability, or commitment to my employer. It didn’t even matter what I knew or the amount of education I had. My boss’ friends and family were advanced ahead of me, no matter how well I did on the job. I learned that my employer was really my god because they determined my value and they controlled my schedule. If I wanted to get a raise and they were unwilling to give that raise to me, I had to look for another employer.
By this time in my life, church was no longer a place to learn about God. It was a place to make friends. It became a source for sales connections, job leads, and advancement opportunities. I learned that church people used one another to get ahead in life and the one’s who could B.S. the best, got the best results. It didn’t matter how they lived on Mon. through Sat. as long as they were at church on Sun. How do I know? I drank with them at the bar on Friday nights, I knew they cheated people and took advantage of them. I even knew some of them didn’t even believe that there was a God at all. But they were smart, shrewd, and well connected. They were successful and gave a lot of money to the church. They were the true leaders of the church that determined what could or could not be taught openly in church because they determined the pastor’s salary and the length of the pastor’s employment. The business people that determined my value also determined the value of the preacher and the value of the lessons the preacher taught.
This was my lesson on carnal Christianity and carnal leadership in church. I didn’t really understand all of the implications at the time, but I knew that something was definitely wrong. This is when my search to understand and really know God started. I learned that God may be mentioned in church, but the god of most Christian churches were the elders of the church. The pastor didn’t answer to a spiritual God and, many times, couldn’t even obey the revelation of Jesus Christ in their lives. They had to obey the wishes and desires of the church board of elders instead. Unless the board of elders were made up of family and friends of the pastor, the pastor was bound to the desires of the board first. When the board was made up of family and friends, the board still held spiritual authority beyond belief. These people could make or break anyone in the congregation. They determined who stayed, who served, where someone could serve, or whether they could serve. Education, ability, and desire were not part of the program, only the amount of tithes and the level of obedience mattered. When I finally noticed that my boss at work was also the true head of the church, I learned about Christian hypocrisy and realized why so many of my generation was leaving the Christian church.
God may be real, but He was no longer a member of the Christian church. Since I knew God was excommunicated and crucified by the Jews, and Eastern religions worshiped idols, I made Muslim friends. In the process, I learned that they were really no different than me but with two major differences. The really conservative, practicing Muslims, treated women like property and obeyed their Imam, (minister), as though he were speaking for God Himself. They have no concept of the Holy Spirit so obedience to God is accomplished through obedience to the church. Their minister is their god. As long as their believes Sharia Law is the answer to cultural evil, then they will push to make Sharia Law the cultural law where they live and eventually the national law.
This is the goal of the Muslim church, convert the entire world to Islam and impose Sharia Law to all of the land. Then everyone will either worship Allah or serve Allah with their money or their backs. Islam is not a religion of peace unless you obey and follow every precept and command of its leadership where you live. Even within its own ranks, Sunni and Shiite Muslims fight against one another for leadership authority. So the real god of the Muslim religion is the Imam at the head of the particular branch you choose to follow and you will be at war against everything else as either heretic or infidel. So my Muslim friends only taught me that their church was as spiritually bankrupt as my own Christian church. They only unite when they are at war against Western powers and Jews. So the normal state of mind for an orthodox and practicing Muslim is war against the world, or war against the other Muslim sect when a truce with the world at large is in force. Peace only exists within their own sect, in their own area of influence, and within those in their particular Mosque. It was really nothing different from a Christian cult, or a Christian church that takes care of its own followers. I had nothing to offer them and they had nothing to offer me. So we parted as friends and I still searched to understand God.
This search let me to the Pentecostal church and to The Way International. Both of these groups claim to understand the Holy Spirit. Both have ties to each other and differences. The Pentecostal church elevates the Holy Spirit revelation above the Word of God and even as a replacement for the Word of God. The Way International elevates the Word of God almost to the point of worship but struggles with justifying their doctrine more than teaching how to walk with God hand in hand. They still practice the church structure to the degree that the words of leadership will over ride the revelation of God to the believer. The Word of God can still be twisted to support the whims of the leader. If anyone would dare to expose the error of leadership hypocrisy, that person is summarily removed from the leadership structure and all communication is severed. That person experiences excommunication in the same manner and level of distancing that the Amish display or the Puritans displayed in the 1600’s. Both groups teach that believers should obey God directly, but both practice that the minister has greater authority than God’s revelation and even the Word of God.
Through all of my life’s experience, I’ve had to learn that the Alpha Dogs of society are the real gods of my life. Until I chose to make God Almighty my sufficiency in all things, to find that balance between Scripture and Holy Spirit Revelation, I was always bound to the whims of men. But when I finally realized that God is living and real and I could have a relationship with Him, that is the point of change. It was the realization that my body and soul walk with men was distinctly different from my body, soul, and spirit walk with God. When I chose to walk with God, it placed me at odds against the presumed authority of men. This is the true power of Radical Christianity. It is freedom from the bondage of fear.
Freedom from fear, is not the unbridled ability to do anything without accountability. Freedom from fear, is the liberty to obey God without the fear of repercussion from men. The liberty to obey God requires the ability to know how the Holy Spirit works within you along with building a personal knowledge of Scripture. There is a dual responsibility that the believer must decide on their own to do. Develop a personal relationship with God by the Holy Spirit and continually test spiritual revelation against the Word they know. This is how you personally learn the difference between true teaching from scripture and religious teaching from scripture.
- Truth always points to God, not men.
- Godly authority cannot be delegated, legislated, authorized, or licensed by men.
- Godly revelation cannot change scripture but agree and support scripture.
- Godly revelation that requires the believer to pray for spiritual power will release the power of God.
- When the spiritual power of God is released, somebody gets delivered from something.
So liberty gives the believer the freedom to do anything the Holy Spirit inspires that believer to do, provided it’s supported by scripture. That means a scriptural precedent that proves it follows the heart and intention of God. It must be loving and build the Kingdom of God. The believer that walks with God, becomes a minister of God, that serves the Kingdom of God and Jesus Christ is the primary example to follow.
Men will always try to impose their authority upon the believer. That is the nature of carnal men and women. They are their own gods and work to become the gods of the world around them. They cannot accept a competing god from other people and will resist the true God in every way. But they are also disguised as the leaders of the world and spiritual leaders of men. Christian religion talks of God, but points to men. True Christianity not only speaks of God, but points our attention to God as well. This is Radical Christianity and first century Christianity. This is the manner of Peter, John, and Paul before Christianity became corrupt with the religion of the law and obedience to men. Does this mean that God is doing away with the church as we know it? Absolutely not!
Jesus said in John 14: 2a “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.” God needs everyone to do their part, even if it appears wrong in our eyes but still serves the purposes of God. We’ve learned by our religion to be judgmental instead of loving. We need to look at our brothers and sisters in Christ in love instead of judgment.
1 Peter 4: 8 “Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.” RSV
This is learning how to look at Christians from other churches from God’s point of view. It is learning how to apply Godly habits in our attitudes toward other Christians. Since none of us is perfect, we all need to extend God’s grace and mercy towards one another instead of wrath and judgment. As you act upon revelation, believing it’s supported by Scripture you were taught in the manner you know, you will discover the difference between religion and truth. False revelation based upon religious instruction will bring calamity. True revelation based upon scriptural truth will bring deliverance. There are no guarantees for financial rewards, security, or safety in this world. In fact, trouble and hatred against you, because your stand on truth with God are openly and clearly shown in the Word. However, God also promises deliverance from the world’s hatred and rewards both in this life and afterwards.
I am not wealthy, but have all I need. My wife and I both drive and have vehicles. We don’t live in a mansion, but our home is paid for completely. Even though we both lost our jobs because of Covid-19 and did not receive Unemployment compensation or the Covid unemployment payments, our bills are only a little behind. God has provided our needs through people that know and love us, our savings, and His revelation as to when to go to the store and what to purchase. When we stocked up on fuel, it was enough to tie us over until another job was obtained. We are both starting work again and our jobs are better than before the crisis. Even though we became stir crazy by being cooped up in the house, we were fine. I am thankful for the time I got to spend with my son before he sets off to blaze a trail for his own life. He graduated from high school during the shutdown. His graduation was via Skype but what can I say. It’s still a graduation and I’m proud of his accomplishments.
My son has witnessed religious Christians lie, cheat, and steal. He has also witnessed God’s ability to deliver our family through the worst situations. Our example of commitment to truth, and action on revelation from God has proven that God is living and real to him. My son has experienced the power of God in his own life and the truth that miracles are real. Soon, he will be on his own, getting married, and raising children of his own with a woman that loves God. But for now, he is able to enjoy being a teenager at home with his parents. I hope that our example has proven to him that when we place all our sufficiency on our God, then our God truly is our sufficiency.
If you want to learn how to do the same, then get this book below. It clearly outlines the process that helps you to make God your lifelong ally and friend. It reveals the pitfalls and how to avoid them. Finally, it shows how we all can change our culture and take it back from the ungodly, atheist, liberals that have taken over our lives in the name of freedom. Man made freedom will never last, but liberty with God is eternal. Our lives today is our training ground for the rest of eternity. Are you ready to make the most of your time in basic training? When Our Sufficiency is in Our God during this life, then Our God will be Our Sufficiency for all eternity. This is something we need to learn and build individually. That is why I wrote this book, I learned that religion alone was hypocritical and incomplete. Only the true God is able to teach how to do it but carnal religion does not know the process. The process is logical by the flesh, but entirely spiritual in operation.