There is a state park in West Virginia called Seneca Rocks in the Monongahela National Forest. It’s a beautiful place to visit with hiking trails, rock climbing, and a long rope bridge to enjoy. The summit climb is one that anyone without vertigo will really enjoy. Walking along the summit is like walking on the razor’s edge. It feels dangerous, but it’s absolutely safe. It’s a proven trail and the hike is led by guides who also help with the climb. When you reach the summit, the view is breath taking, especially if the hike is taken in the fall when the leaves have changed their color. Yes, there is some danger. Fifteen people have died there since 1971 from falls from the rocks. But the rewards outweigh the danger if you pay attention to the guides and do what you are taught to do. You have to have faith in your guides and instructors.
Walking with God by the Holy Spirit is no different. The walk is rewarding in many but unusual ways, ways that make no sense to someone who only understands life according to the reason and desires of the flesh. Walking by faith is both formidable and dangerous, but totally safe when you follow your guide with full trust. The world has accepted Lucifer as its guide, Radical Christians strive to keep God as their guide. These are the two main spirits that battle for the control of ideas and opinions that move men and culture. One uses the reason, logic, and desires of the flesh to motivate his followers. The other uses the much more boring logic of his written word, history, and personal experience through obedience to his spiritual revelation, to motivate and keep his followers.
So where does prosperity come into the picture? The world teaches that prosperity is the sign of God’s goodness and favor for an individual. Prosperity proves the believer’s life is tracking in line with the motives and desires of positive thinking and love. It openly shows that the believer has harnessed the energy of the universe in the advancement of goodwill. This believer has the Midas touch. Nothing they do goes wrong. Wealth flows to this person with regularity. They simply visualize their prosperity and their life manifests the wealth and prosperity of their positive believing. They know the secret of the universe is resident within them. All they need to do, is control their thoughts, and anything they visualize as their heart’s desire will simply come to pass. It’s the energy of their deepest thoughts and heart’s desire that they hold in peace and harmony that energizes the powers of heaven and earth to bring that desire to pass.
If a person’s life does not display the wealth and prosperity that the world and universe has to offer, then that person’s heart and mind is corrupt and ungodly. They are not in harmony with the universal energy of life. They are working against themselves and against the power of God. Their life proves that they are inferior and still living without discipline and peace in their life. They have not harnessed the peace and love of the universe and are fighting against those powers. The world teaches all of this and along the way, teaches that the lack of prosperity and wealth in a person’s life proves they are fighting against God, out of fellowship with the creator, or cursed by heaven itself. A person who is poor hasn’t harnessed the spiritual power all around them and isn’t qualified to teach about God’s love, goodness, or power. This is all part of the prosperity message of the world. Wealth is the world’s proof of faith.
But in all this talk about wealth and prosperity being the power and proof of God’s goodness and the believer’s faith, there is one missing piece of information. There is no need for the believer of this God to accept Jesus Christ’s work in any way. Jesus is not the lord in this person’s life, nor is there any need for Jesus to become a part of this believer’s life. The truth of the prosperity gospel of today is this: There is no eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. There are only rewards and salvation in this present life and these rewards are only the result of proper discipline, right thinking, and internal peace. All of these conditions can be achieved with yoga, tai chi, PMA, the Secret, Buddhism, Socialism, pure Communism, Utopianism, etc. Is any of this beginning to make sense yet?
The world has answers. But every answer that the world has to offer ignores the only source of spiritual completeness that God has provided: Jesus Christ. I am not saying that the world’s answer is completely wrong. There is an element of truth in all of the world’s religious, business, and political offerings for peace and prosperity. They would all fail and prove themselves to be untrustworthy if no element of truth were present. But, as long as Jesus Christ is removed from the requirements of believing, there is no hope for true salvation. There is no hope for the follower to become anything more than what they are: a body and soul, natural man or woman.
Without the Holy Spirit, there is no concept of right or wrong spirits. That is, if the teachings are spiritually based at all. If there is no spiritual instruction, then the only possible alternatives are personal discipline or cultural discipline. Personal discipline harnesses the power of the individual’s soul. It encompasses the inner peace and visualization practices of the far east that so many of us have adopted without realizing it. That is the power of Tai Chi and Yoga. When we align our homes and furnishings according to the rules of Feng Shui, or appropriate the power of the Secret, we are harnessing spiritual power present all around us. We have no idea what spirits are behind that power. All of it is attributed to God and all of it is considered good. But none of it comes about because of any relationship with Jesus Christ. So, as long as Jesus Christ is missing from the equation of believing, we are still body and soul. We are still unsaved. We are still natural men and women.
No matter how good a person may be, as long as they never become born again and never make Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior, they can never become complete. They can never become body, soul, and spirit. The Holy Spirit is only created in believers of Jesus Christ who have made Him their savior. Jesus Himself was explaining the new birth to Nicodemus when He said this:
John 3: 7 “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
(John 3: 1 – 21 is the only explanation of the New Birth in the Scriptures.)
Anyone who rejects or ignores God is condemned in Adam’s sin. That is the defining difference between those who work evil and those those who work in righteousness. There is only one way a man or woman can work in righteousness, and that is to utilize the Holy Spirit. The only way to get the Holy Spirit is to be born again. The whole purpose of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension was to make it possible for anyone to be born again of God’s Holy Spirit. Then that person is whole or complete. They become body, soul, and spirit beings. But the Holy Spirit isn’t an “add on” upgrade. It is as much a part of the person as the brain or big toe. It is there to be used or there to be ignored. But by and large, Christians have been conditioned to ignore the Holy Spirit altogether.
If you think about it, a person who understands and applies devilish spiritual instruction in their life can recognize the Holy Spirit easier than the average Western person. We’ve been corrupted with personal pride, personal enterprise, and self-control to such a degree, it’s hard to transfer our trust to an invisible God we never heard. The power of science and evolution, taught to us as children in school, make it really difficult to believe in the spiritual realm at all. Yet belief and utilization of the Holy Spirit is the very definition of faith in Jesus Christ.
This is the problem of Christianity. Religion teaches that God is the Holy Spirit. It teaches that Jesus Christ rose to heaven and sits at the right of the Father. Then it teaches that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit on Pentecost to dwell in every believer. In fact, the earliest Christians were power filled believers that put their faith in the revelation of the Holy Spirit given to them by God. They were able to perform the same miracles of healing and deliverance that Jesus did because they had faith to do what the Holy Spirit told them to do. They understood that the words and revelation from the Holy Spirit was Jesus Christ speaking to them directly. It was easy for them to make the transition because they knew Jesus when He was alive and walking among them both before and after the crucifixion.
We only know church rhetoric, Bible stories, and science that denies the existence of spirits. If you confess that you’re a Christian, this is the problem we face. We have to reject science that denies spiritual matters altogether. We have to reject church doctrines that speak of spiritual power, but denies that power is real. And finally, we cannot regard Scripture as a collection of stories or fairy tales. We have to turn our world upside down, if we are trying to learn how to have faith in God through the Holy Spirit. And we are doing it without any instruction from our church. We are doing it without any understanding of scripture. And we are doing it without any concept of how the Holy Spirit works within us. And we wonder why it’s so difficult for us to learn how to walk in faith?
We are figuratively walking on the razor’s edge all of the time. That’s why I wrote this book. I had to make the mistakes mentioned in the book in order to learn how to recognize God’s voice. There is no doubt that you will make mistakes as well. But if you want to learn how to build your faith in God, there is no other way to learn. The bad news is this, our churches are filled with well meaning people, trying to get people to accept Jesus Christ. But at the same time, are clueless about spiritual matters. The largest Protestant denomination even rejects the operation of the Holy Spirit in public worship services. They acknowledge the Holy Spirit, but are afraid of demonstrating its power. This denomination even goes so far as to call all demonstrations of spiritual power: Devilish. At least the Roman Catholic Church maintains an order of priests that perform Exorcisms against devil spirits.
If two opinions exist concerning the same topic, there is confusion and God is not the author of confusion, (1 Cor 14: 33a). The only way to resolve confusion is to adopt a standard. If you choose to follow your church doctrine, then you must, at the same time, reject every scripture that disagrees with your doctrine. If your Christian church, rejects portions of scripture as irrelevant, then who determines the portions that are relevant? Are you willing to reject God’s Word that easily? I’ve left churches because they chose to reject scripture, or change scripture to suit their needs and desires. In order to know God, you must be willing to accept the instruction of His Word from His Word, meaning, believe what you read from Scripture is the truth. In this manner, I’ve chosen to make God’s Word my standard of truth. Here is what the Word says about itself.
2 Timothy 3: 16, 17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
In order to accomplish these verses in our lives, we can’t afford to “cherry pick” the verses we believe and reject. We must believe every verse is relevant for our ability to divide truth from error. Here is what the scripture says about its ability to divide the thoughts and intents of our heart.
Hebrews 4: 12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The Word of God is the razor’s edge of truth. When you hear from God by the Holy Spirit, that word of revelation is also the Word of God and is truth. When you hear God and act upon the revelation He gave you, you learn to trust that revelation. This is how you build faith.
Romans 10: 17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
We aren’t stopping with the word of God preached at the pulpit that we hear, but with the Word of God given by revelation that we hear. If we hear the word of God from the pulpit and have trust in that word, is it because of the man preaching or because of the word spoken? If we hear the word of God by revelation and have trust in that word, it is spiritual and because God has proven He is trustworthy. This is how to build faith, by acting upon the Word of God we hear. Not from the man who is speaking it, but from the Holy Spirit who is speaking to our heart directly. That is the razor’s edge of truth, which the Radical Christian can stake their eternal life upon because that is the only way to obey Jesus Christ and make Him Lord.
My book is only a road map to help you build your faith in God. It is only a guide. The Scripture is the Atlas. I wrote my book to help you build your faith by showing you what to expect and why. It shows how to make God your instructor. In order to avoid the dangers of the world, you have to have faith in your guide and your instructor just like during the Summit climb on Seneca Rocks. If you believe that we are living in perilous times, then you need to know how to build your faith. click the link below to get the book and when you read it, thank you for voting for the book at the Author Academy Award site in the following link.