B A S I C S

imageYou can call it what you’d like; reformation, heresy, revival, doctrinal adjustment…..but I think we (christians) need a return to the basics of Life in Christ and what it truly means.

Defined, basics are principles from which other truths can be derived; as in “first you must learn the fundamentals”; “let’s get down to basics”.

While we have “studied God” for thousands of years, the results of our theological pursuits have produced a very confusing representation of an Almighty God to a world He has literally died to reach.  What exists as “church” in this age is anemic, at best, in displaying the POWER of the GOSPEL.

Those who were called to be Influencers, Christians, have become the influenced by the world’s system by adopting its cultural standards in attempts to be “relevant” and considered “successful”.  The entire religious system that has been crafted by  men’s hands and ideas will continue further down that road of apostasy.

When I can, I take opportunities to involve myself in conversations with those who call themselves Christians. Lately, I have been asking very simple questions, such as, “What happens when you are ‘born again’?” or “What is Eternal Life?”

Nobody knows the answers or, at least, can give me an explanation.

At best, I get a denominational doctrine which is loosely conveyed. Most of the time, I get a diversion away from the topic, usually to something about “my church”.

In the last several weeks, Father has beckoned me back to the simplicity found in Christ rather than all of the twists and turns of my theological training and pursuits.  There is nothing wrong with exercising the mind when it comes to God.  There is something extremely wrong and dangerous when you exercise the mind based upon wrong ideas/understanding of the basics He has revealed.  You wind up adding just a whole bunch of rubbish on top and make it difficult for the true POWER of what He has done to get out and difficult for people to get to it!

Repentance is what is required as we return to the basics. The main thing He needs from us is a willingness to be transformed by the renewing or total restructuring of our existing paradigms concerning both God and what is on His heart.

I dare say, that because of His Goodness and my repentance in response to it, I have undergone more of a transformation in my own life since November of last year than at any time since my initial transformation in being born again.  While I have always considered myself one in pursuit of fresh, new, present revelation, such incredible power to be transformed has come through repentance of what I thought I knew about the basics of being born again.

If I may, I will present to you one of the scriptures that has been unlocked to me in the past few weeks by meditating and prayerfully considering it.  Simple, I know.  Powerful in content when considered correctly and received properly:

What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.

Hopefully, as believers, we can shake off the influence of this age and begin to recognize ourselves and take ourselves seriously and catch a clue as to what He is truly up to!

Keep your peace!

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6 thoughts on “B A S I C S

  1. I just posted on Don’s blog today, the necessity to reevaluate our conversion theology, what it means to be born again, what it means to be a new creation being, what it means to “repent.” Most of us have been taught that repentance is Gr. metanoia: a change of mind followed by a change of behavior.. Shoot, you do not even need to be born again to do that!! That might be a great Greek definition, but that is not how a Jew/Semite understood the word. They understood it RELATIONALLY, not behaviorally as: “return unto me.” Biblical repentance is not mental and behavioral. It is RELATIONAL. That is why the church universal is full of false converts. Dr. D. J. Kennedy said, before he passed, that in his opinion 75% of the people in evangelical congregations are not even converted. I agree. We need to revisit foundational issues from a paradigm of a Fatherly and fraternal spirit, rather than a legal/courtroom/forensic perspective most of us were raised with.

  2. Good comment Steve, and thanks for the post Bryon. I have always understood repentance as seeing from God’s perspective. In relationship, when we can see from another’s perspective the hurt we have caused and really listen to what they are saying to us instead of defending/deflecting, the relationship deepens and grows.

  3. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. (II Cor. 7:10 NIV). That’s a part of getting back to basics. Bryon, that’s what I saw in you back in November–a broken man before his God. In the KJV- II Tim. 2:25 says In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. When God sees the heart, He grants repentance–not words. There will never be true unity in His Corporate Body until we come to the place of truly broken hearts and contrite spirits as Psalms 34:18 says, The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. (KJV).

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