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September 22, 2009

The Falling Away Has Begun

Filed under: Observations & Perspectives — Administrator @ 2:27 pm

It has become very apparent that the “falling away”, forewarned in scripture (I Thessalonians 2:3) to occur just prior to the return of the Lord, is in full swing. This reality is bittersweet, as it only could be.

Sweet, because it is evidence of both the power and sovereignty of God, in that He possesses the foreknowledge that such an incredible paradigm would happen. Sweet, that it is proof that the promised return of Jesus Christ, and our reunion with Him, is very near.

However, it is also very, very bitter that so many who have tasted of the grace of the Living God, and received the blessed forgiveness of their sins and eternal life, have so soon “walked backwards” (John 6:66) to return to the world and its familiarity and false promises. The expression of this is rampant in popular “Christianity”; even among the so-called non-denominational, “evangelical” churches, which are rapidly sinking into the mold of the popular, worldly culture; characterized by the so-called “emergent” church and “seeker friendly” emphasis on psychology, environmental focus, social justice, and humanitarian programs and activities. NONE of this has anything whatsoever to do with spiritual growth and being led of the Spirit of God.

The problem lies in the refusal of Christians to truly YIELD themselves to God and His Word, and to be led of the Spirit. Even as they read this, their pride rears its ugly head and merely asserts “Oh, that’s not referring to ME; I’m yielded to God and His Word, and I’m led of the Spirit!” But just wanting it to be so, doesn’t it make it so. A good beginning is a first reaction that says, “I am carnal, and the first instinct of my mind and pride is more often than not contrary to God and the Spirit. So, what can I learn here, and what is God trying to teach me?”

The lesson is this: God’s Word and His Spirit are the TRUE reality; all else that we experience in the temporal; that is, our “reality”, is in fact a corrupt reflection of that reality. This INCLUDES our natural reasoning process: our minds are inclined to interpret everything we read in the Word of God from a temporal, worldly viewpoint. This is only “natural”, as it is the only experience we have to drawn upon. Unfortunately, it is NOT the true essence of what God is attempting to communicate to us. This is what is meant by the scripture: “But the natural mind cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto it, neither can it know them, for they are spiritually discerned”. Only once we grasp that, and humbly ask God to reveal the true impact of it upon our thinking, can we begin to be “led of the Spirit”.

Yes, it really does require FAITH. Even the notion of “faith” is much deeper than our natural mind presumes when it shallowly thinks in terms of merely “believing in God”; that is, that He is a real, living being. That is the entrance, the first step, but the more complete essence of Godly faith is that of comprehending and believing the full extent of everything God says in His Word. Few can honestly say their “faith” is that thorough or extensive. To the degree we believe SOME parts of the Bible, and don’t know or don’t fully believe others, we are not completely “led of the Spirit”.

Again, the key is the Cross. Once a person begins to fully grasp (and “believe”) what Paul (God) is saying in the first 3 Chapters of 1 Corinthians–and which is echoed throughout scripture–one can begin to “stand in the Holy place”, and begin to be eligible to be truly led of the Spirit.

For the preaching of the Cross is to them which are perishing foolishness; but to us which are [saved, being saved, and to be saved], it is the power of God” 1 Corinthians 1:18

Mark Harris

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