"Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water'." (John 7:38)

"Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual." (1Cor. 2:12-13)


Monday, May 19, 2014

Train Wreck

"Train up a child in the way they should go..."
(Proverbs 22:6)

Every single person has within them with a unique natural talent, as well as a personal disposition to accommodate it. When an individual is free to flourish by the natural bent of their lives, we witness the pinnacle of creative expression from them. They are free to enjoy the life they were intended for. Unfortunately, the world has one agenda, and that is to conform as many as possible to its pattern of life. The squelching of living life to its fullest begins at an early age. Everyone is required to participate in their own regional system of basic education and afterward (if not during), most are forced into the work place just to make a living. Life becomes a drudgery of conforming to curriculum established by the world without much regard for the uniqueness of individuals. By this oppression of the masses, people in the work place are subjected to continuous personal frustration because they have departed from the original design of their lives.

Others, however, have a deep yearning to take advantage of the world's system, developing an intense greed and hunger to covet its luxuries, while anticipating the notoriety that accompanies it. They become enamored with the world's prosperity that lies before them and it beckons them to slice off their own piece of the pie. They have pledged allegiance to the gods of this world.

The religious system is a shadow of the World's system, and as long as the saints remain committed to structured religion, they will remain Spiritually oppressed and subtly conformed to the ways of the world. They are not being trained in the way a child of God should go, and therefore have taken on a false identity. They fail to receive true faith because leaders within structured religion tend to teach church members how to model Christianity, rather than training them to know Christ and Him crucified. They are compelling the community of believers to simply conform to the Bible.

"Train up a child in the way they should go..." is to recognize each believer's Spiritual bent and giftedness. Leaders should realize that the saints are living stones, "...being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Christ Jesus." (1 Peter 2:5) Conversely, what is happening in 'churches' is that the members are building a religious house, controlled by a lone priest, offering physical sacrifices acceptable to man in the name of Jesus. Structured religion is no less than "spiritual trafficking", keeping its victims enslaved to its own covetousness.

What kind of arrogance befalls 'Pastors', 'Priests', and church 'leaders' that they should control the religious activities of the saints? "Consider the works of God: who can make straight what He has made crooked?" (Ecclesiastes 7:13) Can a man teach others how to follow Jesus? He can only point them to Him. Can a slave of religion be free in Christ? They can not serve two Masters. Why do religious communities fear drops in membership? But if God's children are being trained in the way they should go, they won't be departing from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

No one should borrow their religion from another man's knowledge of God.


"The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender." (Proverbs 22:7)


  1. Hi Paul:) I recently saw the system you well described here as like the tower of Babel. Something men build, as you said also. It is so opposite of the Lord's way, which is to connect us together as family and build us up that way. I look forward to hearing from you again!

    P.S. I like the creative title of your post here:)

  2. Yes, the tower of Babel is an excellent symbolism of people wanting to take control of their own lives, remain their own gods. It's so far from what we're called to. A family of believers is knit together through the life of the Spirit, beyond simply socializing. Life in Jesus must be wrought in us by the dying to ourselves.
    As always, I appreciate your visits here!