How many of you can remember the Beach Boys? They had a popular song called: “Be True to Your School.” It was a song about supporting your school’s football team and was a true “feel good” song about school spirit. Having played on the football team during high school and other teams and sports during and after school, I understand and appreciate the song. Even today, no matter how far away from my home town I live, I still have good memories of the school and playing on the team. But one of the things I’ve noticed about “school spirit” and teamwork is that I’ve subconsciously transferred that loyalty to every team and group that I’ve been connected to.
I subconsciously applied the team spirit portrayed in that song, “Be True to Your School” to my church, my workplace, and to the clubs I’ve joined over the years as well. However, the reciprocating “team spirit” was not always present. Real life should be about cooperation and teamwork wherever we live and work, but the reality is much different. Instead of teamwork and cooperation, real life is “dog eat dog.” It took many years for me to realize the truth that evolutionary teaching truly resulted in the cultural prevalence of the rule of the strongest. Cooperation and alliances are all temporary and easily broken. The “alpha dog” in every group naturally rises to lead the group. Whether good or bad, every group becomes a reflection of the “alpha dog” and consequently, everyone in that group is expected to support and imitate the “alpha dog” as well.
So, if we consider every group, company, church, etc. that we support and are members or employees of in this light, then we are all “coached” by “alpha dogs” in the various “teams” of life. Those “teams” are the people we see every day. The goal of every team is to win.
Sports teams win games. Their whole goal and purpose is to prepare the team to defeat the next team, in the next game. Their focus is simply one game at a time. The team follows the lead of the coach. If the coach wins at any cost whether or not the team plays a fair game, then the team may learn how to “cheat” without getting caught. They may play an intensely physical game, maybe even to the point of hurting a competing player intentionally. Or they may play a form of psychological game that intimidates and degrades the confidence of the opponent. True, both tactics are “fair” and within the bounds of normal game play, but not necessarily a normal part of recreational sportsmanship. Good coaches that play within the naturally recognized bounds of game play will quickly recognize these tactics and be able to prepare their teams to overcome and prevail in spite of these obstacles to win while using fair gaming standards. I’ve experienced both kinds of coaching styles.
Business teams build businesses. Their purpose is to gain market share. Their competition is the business that competes in the same market and the focus of every business is to take customers from the competition and gain new customers. The business team follows the lead and example of the local group leader. Whether or not that leader is a reflection of the business owner depends upon the size of the business. Small businesses are generally led by the owner. Mid size businesses are led by subordinates that report to the owner directly and must conform to the desires of the owner. They do have some level of autonomy so their personality comes through in their management style, but they must comply with the wishes of the owner when a conflict develops. The owner still has the final word, (if they choose to enforce their own policies). However, large businesses are led by people who are so remote from the owner that they are generally completely independent and free to operate in any manner whatsoever.
If you have a leader with strong morals, established values, and a clear vision and purpose, that leader will build a strong team with strong morals, established values, and a clear vision and purpose. But if you have a leader with weak morals, hold no value for their people, have no vision for the business and care only for their own needs and desires, their management team will also have the same level of moral weakness. Whether we want to believe it or not, like attracts like and a management structure that is rife with moral depravity will only promote people with similar traits and the moral depravity will only increase in this kind of environment. This is the business atmosphere of the 21st Century. We do not live in the kind of community environment that supports mutual growth and community expansion any longer. That culture may have fueled our expansion westward during the 19th Century, but our culture transitioned away from community building to self-serving all through the 20th Century. This is during the same period of time that business ethics gave way to reason and scientific procedures. It is the loss of Godly morals in business.
Unless something happens at the highest level of responsibility, changing this culture is next to impossible. Leaders with little moral direction cannot handle the presence of subordinates with strong moral character. Darkness simply hates the light and only the presence of light is enough to engender despicable acts of hatred and subtle, underhanded evil. You won’t have to say a single word that identifies yourself as a Radical Christian who walks with the Spirit of God. You won’t even have to mention Christianity at all, it is spiritual competition at the lowest level of attack, your ability to live. For people starting at the lowest level of responsibility and authority, great patience, forgiveness, and the danger of failure and starting over is always present. This is one of the main reasons why Radical Christians really need to consider starting and building their own businesses. They need to learn how to become the “alpha dogs” of their own local culture.
Finally, let’s consider the church team. It is generally assumed that the church team is led by a leader with strong morals, established values, and a clear vision and purpose, But the Word of God identifies two types of leaders that will still fulfill this requirement. The first and most desirable is the truly spiritual leader that has an established relationship with God. The first century church was led by spiritual leaders that walked and lived with Jesus Christ and walked with God just as He did. Radical Christianity is Christianity lived by the walk of the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts and the entire New Testament demonstrates the impact of the walk of spiritual Christian leadership and warns against adopting carnal Christian leadership into the structure of the church. Unfortunately, there is ample and indisputable evidence that carnal leadership had become the rule and bane of the young church even before the end of the book of Acts. Today, it is a common saying that “the gifts died with the apostles.” The “gifts” being the manifestations mentioned in 1 Cor 12: 7 – 11.
Every Christian believes that they have this relationship without exception. But the truth according to the Word of God will not support this presupposition. There is always the presence of the second type of leader, the carnal Christian. As a general rule, carnal Christianity is regarded as false Christianity and derided as devilish but this is a severe misunderstanding. Every Christian believer begins their walk as carnal Christians. Carnal Christianity is Christianity lived by the walk of the flesh. If your church subscribes to this doctrine that “the gifts died with the apostles” there is a real possibility that the majority of the leadership is composed of carnal Christians. On the other hand, just because your church accepts the presence and power of God, doesn’t guarantee that the leadership is any less carnal. My book “Rules for Radical Christians” explains how and why we have such a mixture and misunderstanding of spiritual Christianity. It’s not the “gifts” that died with the apostles, but the understanding of “The Gift.”
If we assume that most or all of our churches are led by spiritually strong Christians, then we should witness the miracles of the gospels and the early books of Acts in most or all of the Christian church. We should witness the prevalence of a Godly culture that fears, (respects) God and holds Godly morals, and Godly character in high esteem. There is no doubt that there are many more Christian churches than any other church in the United States so we should be enjoying a strongly Christian culture. But the reality is radically different. Our culture is being lost to ungodly influences because too many Christian leaders are strong in their religion instead of spiritually strong. Whether we want to admit to this fact or not, Godly Christian leadership is not the prevailing leadership of our culture and these ungodly leaders of culture are members of the Christian church.
There is a disconnect between the church and the culture and the disconnect is getting larger day by day. Freedom of religion has been distorted to mean freedom from God. Sure we have religious Christian businessmen that faithfully attend church every Sunday, but leave God out of the way they manage their businesses from Monday to Saturday. The only answer to how this could have happened is the prevalence and superiority of carnal, scientific Christianity over spiritual, moral Christianity or Radical Christianity in our minds. We’ve been deceived to believe that carnal Christianity is spiritual, and Radical or spiritual Christianity is devilish and to be feared. And this shift in belief begins in the pulpits of our church on Sundays. We are taught to trust logic and reason. We are taught to fear and avoid spiritual manifestations in our lives.
This attitude takes our attention away from God and the Holy Spirit and points our attention to laws, traditions, and the authority of men over our lives instead. We are told that our local church doctrines are the true doctrines and everyone else is in error. At the same time, we are discouraged from questioning the source of our doctrines and default to the teachings of the men of “old.” “Old” means the beginning of the denomination or congregation we attend. “Old” may mean 2000 years ago if you are Roman Catholic, 400 years ago if you are Protestant, 100 years ago if you are Pentecostal, or even less depending upon the church you attend. The only thing that is proven is that Christian church doctrine is always in question and subject to change and change means more division, more separation, and less cooperation. We cannot work together because we can’t communicate with one another or coordinate our activities with one another. If we are afraid of listening to someone outside of our fellowship, they will be afraid of listening to us as well and the portion of the Body of Christ we call our “team” becomes very small, very local, and very ineffective. A single church is not the Body of Christ.
The current trend in Christian culture change is fully rooted in carnal Christianity. It is doctrinal and law bound. The focus of today’s culture change tactics is to return to the law based doctrines of Christianity as we remember it from 50 years ago. In light of liberal inroads to the cultural beliefs we live under today, this form of Christian culture change is doomed to fail miserably. Christian culture from 50 years ago was still flawed and imperfect. It was “good” Christian people that supported racial segregation and prejudice and I was not part of the “white” culture that “good” Christians supported at that time. Our culture has embraced the freedom that liberal doctrines appear to give. What it doesn’t realize is that liberal doctrines that are rooted in devilish instruction isn’t really liberating but imprisoning instead. When the average Christian has no concept of walking with God and having faith in the Holy Spirit, they can only know the right and wrong of the laws of men, meaning the traditions of their own doctrine alone.
If there is more than one carnal, Christian doctrine competing for cultural supremacy, (and we know this is true), then the world at large is confused and will turn to the most comfortable system of belief. For the present time, that means the liberal, anti-God, and pro-evolution “science” of today. Their truth is relative and subject to popular change. They have no absolutes of right and wrong. They are like a ship in the ocean without a compass or rudder. This is the cultural doctrine of today and it is true confusion. The modern Christian church is a rag tag group of individual congregations or individual denominations working towards a goal of culture change by working separately and alone. There is no possible way for such a divided house to accomplish anything constructive. One church working alone does not make a complete Christian team that can change the course of an entire nation. At best, it may change a local policy for a short period of time.
The only real solution to turn a godless culture back to God is to do it the same way that the earliest Christian believers did in the beginning of the church age. That means they worked together with God as their spiritual teacher and leader. It means to become a personal, fellow worker with Christ, just as Paul talked about in 2 Corinthians 6: 1.
“We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.”
The way we “receive not the grace of God in vain” is by doing the next nine verses but look especially at verses six and seven:
“By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,” (bold added)
We need to operate in the faith of the Holy Ghost and by the power of God using the armor of righteousness. We need to learn how to walk in faith by the Holy Spirit just as they did in the Bible. We are called to be spiritual warriors of God when we become His children. He is our strength, our Lord, our focus of service, and the source of our love and ability to persevere and overcome. If we have no practical knowledge of how to walk in faith by the Holy Ghost, (Holy Spirit), it is because we are still walking by the understanding of our flesh. We are still carnal Christians and spiritually immature. This is NOT the will of God for His children’s lives. God wants all of us to mature and be strengthened with might in His Spirit so we can know how Christ loves us now.
Ephesians 3: 16 – 19 “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”
This was Paul’s prayer to everyone who reads Ephesians. That means both you and I. Not just the ministers of the church then, but to every son and daughter of God now. If you are living that kind of life, a life filled with the power of God at work around you, then you know there is a difference between carnal Christianity and spiritual Christianity. Spiritual Christianity is radically different from the walk of religion. That is why I called it Radical Christianity in my book. If you keep trying to get different results by following the rules of your church, don’t get my book. If you want to take extra time to learn how to walk with God and make all sorts of mistakes along the way, don’t listen to anything I have to offer you, after all, I’m simply trying to get you to focus your life upon God Almighty. If you’re not willing to give God an honest level of commitment to let Him show His stuff for you, then you are totally free to walk by logic and reason. When you make Jesus Christ your Lord, as well as your savior, everyone’s desire, including your own, becomes subordinate to His will and His desire. For carnal Christians, it’s too much to ask for. But when you really understand the depth of His love for you by walking in faith by the Holy Spirit, it’s really very little.
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