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I have been asked certain questions repeatedly, so I thought I would do a blog posts that answers these questions. I want to sum up my beliefs with a few scriptures, and a very basic abridged version of my journey over the last maybe ten years:

By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. (1 John 4:17 – ESV).

The “He” referenced here is talking about Jesus. This sentence alone destroyed much of my initial doctrinal beliefs. Most of our doctrine is based on a separationist perception that goes against scripture. By virtue of what Jesus did, He has made us one with Him as He is one with the Godhead. We may have been vile and insignificant wretches before Christ, when we said “Yes” to Jesus, all that changed. His identity and nature became ours, enabling us to do the same things He did. Yet, doing what Jesus did is only the foundation of our journey as a Christians.

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:12-14 – NKJV).

Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. (Hebrews 6:1-6 – NKJV).

Please note that “enlightenment” is considered a new age word, similar to mysticism.

I want to quote one more scripture that I believe with all my heart is the standard of the church:

Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. (Mark 16:14-20 – NKJV)

The subtitle of this passage is the “Great Commission”, yet when we as a church refer to the great commission, we use the scripture in Matthew:

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19 – NKJV)

But this is just a part of the mandate of the church. What happened to the rest in Mark? This was how the early church operated, so when did we cease operating like that?

So, I can hear your concerns, and they are very valid. The mindset my language challenges has given rise to a lot of difficulties in my personal life. The use of the word “mysticism” for example. I do prefer to say Christian Spirituality instead of Christian Mysticism because of the negative connotations assigned to the word.

Yes, there is a counterfeit, secular, worldly version of mysticism, but it means if there is a counterfeit version, it most certainly must have been derived from the original authentic version. This is true straight across the board for other new age words/practices like meditation, enlightenment, out of body experiences, etc. The authentic version of all these practices we have surrendered to the “other side” is replete throughout Scripture: New and Old Testament.

As a matter of fact, the early church had a lot of “mystical” experiences:

It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. (2 Corinthians 12:1-4 – NKJV).

If I point to mysticism, it is in no way pointing to the fake version with the use of tarrot cards, stones, and whatever. But we should never have surrendered what is rightfully ours because some corrupt people corrupted what it truly meant to be mystical. My use of the word speaks of our union with God (not my idea of course. Not even my words).

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. (John 17:20-23 – NKJV).

So, my greatest challenge now is, if the church as we know it now could change this world, then the world would have been changing and not getting worse. I believe in the glorious radiant church that is spoken about in Ephesians that Jesus will present to the Father, and I do not believe we accomplish this through physical death. I also believe the church is far from this reality, because we have made church about programs, activities, positions, and not a community of people seeking after the heart and mind of God. In other words, whether God shows up or not, we are having church.

I explore these difficult topics because I believe the church as we know it has deviated from the original model Jesus established, and we have so many doctrines to back it up, but none of it is really Biblical. We cannot say the apostolic and prophetic died with the apostles because the Bible never said that. We cannot say the age of miracles, signs and wonders died with the apostles because the Bible never said that. I also know that human beings can do these things outside of a relationship with Jesus, so I fully believe in walking in the fullness of what Jesus has accomplished, and all these wonderful things, a true mystical/spiritual life, with signs following and our capacity to manifest God in this realm must also flow out of our relationship with the Godhead.

I believe many believers live under a false identity that is based on our fallenness and not on what Christ accomplished. Our identity is in Him; it actually belongs to Him but He has gifted us with it, for example, holiness, perfection, righteousness, forgiveness. This is why I use affirmations.

“I Am The Voice Of God”
God speaks to us and through us. If I am saying what God is saying, then who is speaking?

“I Speak Things Into Existence”
You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways. (Job 22:28 – NKJV)

“I Am Love”
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:7-7 – NKJV).

If God is love, and I am filled with God (which is what we teach is the baptism of the Holy Spirit), then what do I become? Isn’t the vessel defined by what is inside it?

“I Am The Church”

The church is not the building, but the people. We are all members of the body of Christ, and each a temple of God.

Finally, I believe the church needs reformation and not a revival. What is the difference? Revival is like a fire that quickly blazes up but eventually dissipates. We have seen a lot of this in the history of the church. Reformation speaks to changes that will last.

There is a spiritual reformation coming to the church and it will cause a division. As it was in Jesus’ day, so shall it be in our day. Jesus is building His church, and every believer will have a choice to make: Will we choose to walk with Jesus, or remain in the man-made, man-inspired, man-maintained version of church?

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