“6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives. 7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the Father chastens not?” Hebrews 12:6-7
The unity of the seeker sensitive church stems from the root of compromise. This compromise declares rebellion against God’s chastisement and yield’s to a false peace. Peace at the expense of compromise is man’s way…not God’s Way.
The unity of the word of faith doctrine stems from the root of pride. They too declare rebellion against God’s chastisement. Just as Eve believed the devil’s lie of “…ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5), they go about proclaiming sin as demons and oppression as possession while wrestling against principalities, powers and rulers of darkness with spells and incantations devised by philosophies from the vanities of man’s mind under the banner of “Christianity”.
“11 Put on the whole Armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole Armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:11-13
The modern church does not teach submission to God’s Plan of Redemption through the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ, Who He is and what HE has done on Calvary’s Cross. Instead, the Believer is taught compromise for the sake of “peace”, rebellion against God’s chastisement in the name of “spiritual warfare” and the resulting circumstance is dependent on the particular Believer’s amount of faith in their particular part…whatever part that may have been.
This yoke is heavy. It is religious, therefore many Believer’s do not recognize the difference. The only fight the Believer is called to fight is the fight of faith – faith in Jesus Christ and HIS redeeming work. It is THERE, in the Cross of Christ, that even a mustard seed of faith grows into a tree of righteousness as God gives the increase…not man, not our self efforts but God – HE is the Author and Finisher of our faith.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
We cannot resist the devil unless we are submitted to God. Religion will have the Believer unknowingly resisting God and submitting to their vain philosophies.
“And He (Jesus) said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
Unless we deny ourselves, we cannot follow Jesus yet religion will have the Believer following their feelings, emotions and philosophies while confessing utter lies about their own righteousness which in reality is nothing more than filthy rags.
I do not say these things disparagingly but with a heart of grief for those who are under this yoke yet are blind to the bondage…seeing they see not. They too need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. They too need to understand sin’s dominion is found by faith through Grace. Precept upon precept, line upon line, old things pass away and all things become new for the Believer of God’s Grace, namely Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We truly become a new creature in Christ Jesus when this yoke of religion is removed and our faith is placed solely and exclusively in Jesus Christ and His redeeming work.
“29 Take M Yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For My Yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30
-Donna Clark Warren