Perplexed

One of the reasons why I blog is that it affords me the opportunity to discuss issues with other Christian brothers and sisters about things that are concerning and that I hopefully can receive feedback on. As of late, I have been writing a fair bit about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. It’s not an enjoyable topic to be discussing, and I would assume that some of you get tired of hearing about it. I can appreciate that, because sometimes I get tired of focusing on it too, but the urgency to continue warning, within the guidance that I am being led, does NOT appear to be diminishing. I prayed about this again, this morning.

But there is an even more concerning issue, underneath discussions about the NAR, that are both concerning and cause me to be perplexed. And this concern has to do with the absolute need for all Christians to be responsible for defending our Christian faith, as it pertains to doctrines and Christian practises. I have a difficult time comprehending how some Christians feel that there is no requirement to look beyond surface appearances, and basically just enjoy all the “apparent” positive attributes of whatever it is that they choose to become involved in. If I can be candid, it’s like some have absolved themselves from any requirement to exercise Biblical discernment, with regard to the necessity of exercising internal judgement, for those who wear the outward appearance of being Christian. When Jesus talks about wolves in sheep’s clothing, He is talking about those who appear to be among us.

All Christians are called to be critical of the doctrines and practises that they advocate, to both themselves and others. God’s Word does tell us that we are NOT to judge those outside of the Church, but nowhere in Scripture do I see any indication that we are absolved from that responsibility, WITHIN the Church. Taking the time to investigate what doctrines we are buying into is vitally important. Taking the time to investigate what practises we allow ourselves to become involved in, and advocate to others, is also vitally important. I admit that it is time consuming, but it is vitally important and no one, that I am aware of, gets a pass from meeting this responsibility. When it comes to following the expressed will of God concerning our individual and collective responsibility to the Bride of Christ, the Church, we don’t get to pick and choose which responsibilities we will take on, and which responsibilities we can ignore. That’s following our own will, and not following God’s will. And my question to those who choose to do so, would be, “who gave you that right?”.

And, as a point of interest relating to the doctrines and practises that the NAR movement advocates, there are MANY doctrines and practises that are contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that the Apostle Paul defended. So we are NOT talking about one isolated doctrine or one isolated practise, that may be open to different interpretations.

The Holy Scriptures do provide us with instruction where some element of latitude can and should be exercised, when or where it involves certain practises, and all Christians should be mindful of the extent of these latitudes that should be extended, especially to those new in the faith. But when it comes to doctrines, that latitude is not extended. For example, the NAR teaches that Jesus voided Himself of His divinity, when He walked among us. You can read more about this here. And this is just one doctrine that needs to be questioned, there are a good number more. Who gave Christians the “right” to ignore these “contrary to” doctrines?

Unbiblical practises that are condoned by the NAR movement is another prime example of a distorted gospel. Where in the New Testament to you recall “holy laughter” sweeping through the collective assembly of Christian believers, or uncontrollable head jerking and a host of other manifestations that the NAR accepts as valid manifestations of God’s Holy Spirit? And once again, who gave Christians the “right” to ignore or overlook these unbiblical practises?

As in most things, there is always a danger associated with exercising discernment, or not exercising discernment, in that we can become too critical or too accommodating, and striking a balanced medium is often times not easy, yet both unaddressed extremes can be equally destructive. The early Christian church at Corinth (1 Corinthians 5) and Galatia (Galatians 1:6-9) experienced both practise and doctrinal related excesses that Paul deemed necessary to address. Avoidance wasn’t Paul’s choice in either situation and I don’t think the New Testament teaches that it is ours.

How some think that avoidance is optional, still leaves me perplexed.

Something to think about.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

16 comments

  1. Yes sir, it is so very much to think about! You can’t meet Jesus on a surface relationship. He’s not as casual as some portray him to be! Deep calls to deep and we must know God our Father, the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit within the confines of God’s holy writ. Anyone one or any book that denies God’s teachings has no Bible and the book they have may not be a revision but rather a diversion. Every child of God should seek to to know Him intimately and know that they know that they know. New Age stuff is just a man made diversion. New Age = Same Old Lie!

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  2. When someone in our little area, my sphere of influence, seems to be going out on a limb biblically, I strike up a conversation with them. Intentionally. We talk, leading to “if its not taught in scripture, its been added somewhere”
    Ive had a few of those lately.
    I am a “come alongside” person. That seems to work well for me rather than direct confrontation.

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    • Hi Michael, I am assuming you are indicating that Psalm 126:2 would give credibility to “holy laughter” and therefore my inference that “holy laughter” is unbiblical, would be incorrect. The phenomenon I make mention of is where, during a service, a person or a number of persons begins to laugh uncontrollably, often times accompanied by uncontrollable running or being thrown to the ground. There are a number of YouTube videos available where this phenomenon has been recorded. This link is an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBiwQhbyfkk I personally would have an extremely difficult time equating this phenomenon as being a valid representation of a manifestation of God’s Holy Spirit, where or when, edification that glorifies Christ, self-control versus the lack of self-control, and order versus chaos, are the hallmarks of all of the gifts and fruit of God’s Holy Spirit. “Holy” laughter advocates seem to lay hands on almost everybody and the Bible specifically warns against this. Plus as Paul indicated in 1 Corinthians 14:40, it violates “Let all things be done decently and in order.” Plus the New Testament makes absolutely no reference to “Laughing in the Spirit” whatsoever. But the Bible does advocate that “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33) If you personally disagree, that is obviously your call. God’s blessings on you and yours, Michael.

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      • Howdy Bruce, I was encouraged when you opened this article by saying you want to “discuss issues with other Christian brothers and sisters about things that are concerning and that I hopefully can receive feedback on.”

        My feedback was to quote a valid scripture and made no argument for what it might mean. Scripture can stand on its own. I urge caution in basing a response on assumptions.

        I am not advocating for “Holy Laughter”. The scripture quoted shows that God filled the mouths of a group of people with laughter. There are plenty of scriptures that say that God himself laughs. King Solomon famously said “there is a time to laugh”. Jesus said “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.”

        That God would fill the mouths of a group of people with laughter should not surprise us. God is God and does what He wants.

        There are plenty of examples where there are fake (false) exhibitions of this phenomenon. The false does not negate the authentic. I have examples of what I would assert are authentic. I prefer to focus on authentic manifestations of the power of God. Others choose to focus on pointing out the false. Discernment of the false is usually predicated on being able to also recognize the authentic.

        Again, I am not advocating for “Holy Laughter”. I am advocating for God and how he chooses to manifest His power. In this case, God filled the mouths of a group of people with laughter.

        Shalom!

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