“Since most people do not have a solid foundation of the gospel of grace, they are easily persuaded by various forms of legalism being poured into them over a period of many years. They have little or no idea they have been exposed to it, similar to asbestos poisoning hidden inside their own walls. They are programmed to think a certain way about God and the Bible, and it’s a big challenge for people to change their thinking, especially when much of what they’ve been told has been held onto as a sacred and personal part of their belief system.” (1) But to change from this way to the new and living way is to be born again.
Did you know that the parable of the sower is not about the varieties of sin that can stymy ones’ life. It’s about the ways people cling to their own identities to sap themselves of spirit and life. The seed is Christ. The soil is you in your new covenant union with God. Or not.
If it is a bad move to crucify the son of God anew, then it is also unwise to promote a lesser christ and a lesser gospel and an identity that goes with it. There’s no room in the Kingdom for an extra-Jesus identity.
We are entitled to our views on how we will express Christ. We are never entitled to another gospel. If we do we are talking tares. Should we promote our own version of Christ – a lesser christ who lives from the law or one who supervises the knowledge of good and evil, we are perverting Christ, distorting His gospel and fostering the belief that any deviant perspective is legitimate. Of course it is not. This is the waring inherent in the parable of The Sower and The Tares. Let’s not persists in the fiction that what we purvey is a legitimate perspective when it is in fact a different gospel.
‘The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one’ Matt 13.38 NIV.
We have an identity in Christ as sons of God. Adding extra-Jesus identities we dilute our spirit of sonship and comprise our belonging in The Body. The people of the Kingdom are the people of the Kingdom. Not the people of the evil one. We do not need to be immoral or wicked to be these people. We just need to be adherents of another gospel.
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse! Gal 1.8 NIV. What is the curse of God. It’s really a self-curse because its living in separation when our inheritance is union with God.
We are not entitled to walk in our own gospel and a self-made identity. We have one husband, which make all others illegitimate. Paul warned that people could curse themselves by adopting ‘other gospels.’ How do we become blind leaders of the blind and associates of those who cannot see? By inertia, a subtle pride, exposure to life-long indoctrination and intellectual laziness. It’s unfortunate for us and those we influence if we have never examined the truthfulness of our beliefs. Are they an expression of the truth of God or are they houses built on sand? The pure in heart will see God and the pure in heart will know the truth that sets them free.
(1) Kapler, Michael C.. Clash Of The Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through The Grace Guarantee (Kindle Locations 189-193). Kindle Edition.