Sincere Believers can believe cunningly devised fables because they were innocent enough to trust people who they thought would not tell them lies. Sincere Believers and passionate followers of Jesus can also find relief and joy when they find that what they have followed as truth all their lives came not from God but from another place.
‘Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves’ Luke 17.1-3 NIV.
We need to watch ourselves and hold ourselves accountable to Jesus and the apostles teaching. The apostles teaching is the new covenant and the reality of the incarnation. And with it our life in the Spirit of Sonship.
‘But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’ 2 Cor 3.16.17 NIV.
One can make a career from religion. And a good living. When I was a youth a wag advised, ‘If you want to become rich start a religion. There are enough gullible people about to follow anyone who sets themselves up as a Messiah.’
Throughout the ages some who have presumed to speak for God and link us to God have touted their ability to show us how to access life after death. Some have assumed the great influence and political power that goes with this, asserting their monopoly as mediators, all the while obstructing the knowledge of the new covenant. Obstructing the living way while building a career, promoting themselves and marketing religion. Some have promoted a version of the church that is not His church, and gospel that is not the gospel of the Kingdom. They have supported their legitimacy with doctrines that are cunningly devised fables for one simple reason. They are captive to the doctrines of demons.
Jesus threw the money-changers out of the temple for a reason. On the deepest level this was the end of the artifice, the end of the lie initiated by Satan when he said, ‘You will be as gods.’ (They already were sone of God) The simplicity of Jesus as entirely our life marked the end of the marketing of the many forms of the lie and the start of the new creation that Paul called Christ our life. This new and living way is so simple and all-encompassing that it can only be subverted for a time before it breaks out under its own resurrection power. Further more it is given witness to, by the Spirit of Christ in each Believer.
On the level of the church Jesus builds without human hands, the expulsion of pirates and carpet baggers incarnated in genuine apostolics is a Godly intolerance of religious salesmanship and the hawking of private gospels as the gospel of the Kingdom. And of the selling of pieces of revelation in the cause of career and self-promotion. The Lord once described this practice to me as a pirate who robs treasure ships of revelation in order to make a ministry for himself.
Any Jesus-based multiplication of life to the full will be dangerous to religion. The expulsion of the money-changing counterfeit life to make way for the spirit and life is the unrelenting resurrection life-force that is Jesus Himself. While this is a work of grace rather than punishment, it is also a ‘sign’ of the pulling out of tares in all their forms - the uprooting of all that is not God and all that has been birthed by the evil one; of all that is a hybrid gospel of the flesh and anti-christ.
‘The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the harvesters are the angels’ Matt 13.39 NLT.
There are people in His church who assisted by angels, pull out tares of false doctrine. There are disciples of Christ who expose theological abuse. They undo what has been robbed by the thief and expose God’s people to the limitless fullness of their inheritance in the vicarious humanity of Jesus. The gospel of Jesus is innately subversive of religion and vanity and innately empowering with spirit and life.
This undoubtedly upsets vested interests and can bring reproach and persecution. But it is better by far to be a harbinger of the gospel of the Kingdom than in passive agreement with cunningly devised fables and the doctrines of demons.
‘Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this’ 2 Cor 4.1 NIV.