DONT GET OFFENDED. JUST REPENT
Jesus came to reveal Himself as our Saviour and to reveal the real nature of our Father and of ourselves. His message was that in Him we belong in God and are genuine sons and daughters of the Holy Family. The truth about God and the radical extent of His grace is far better than anyone could have thought.
As a result not a few have seen it as too good to be true and reverted to some version of the knowledge of good and evil. This is the sad truth that Rick Joyner’s vision The Torch and Sword portrays.
In this vision the torch is the presence of God and the sword is the word of truth spoken by the Believer. In this combination the Believer is the Sword of wisdom and revelation. We are this sword when we have but one husband and not two or several. The most subtle and seductive ‘other husbands’ are our inherited ideas and partisan loyalties.
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God’ Matt 5,8 NIV.
We are fortunate in that these qualities are not something we must conjure up ourselves. Jesus is all these ‘blesseds’ . They are His in oneness with Father and they are ours in oneness with Him. Nothing dilutes the oneness of each member of the trinity with each other. This is the quality of the ‘purity’ that Jesus is citing as a relationship with God.
The genuine ‘one husband’ is Christ our life. Period. This is purity in heart. We have union with God in principle. The purity of heart that is Jesus in us enables us to possess it and live it. This purity is undivided loyalty. Loyalty to Jesus rather than loyalty divided between Jesus and our church or Jesus an and anything else.
‘The pure in heart see God.’ This is the purity that is in Jesus which envisions us to see God as He is and situations as they are. In this mode we are graced with truth and speak naturally Christ’s message of grace and truth – which may pull no punches but is always life-giving. It’s quite different to practicing the ‘fudging of the truth’ as Christian grace.
‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ Heb 4.12 NIV. The word here is the Living Word - the Christ of God. This is the Source of its life. In oneness with Christ we possess this life and become living words and living swords of grace and truth. For the religious person truth does not appear as the grace it is because it cuts away the idol of religion.
NONSENSE MASQUERDING AS LIFE
An example of this kind of prophetic ministry may be seen in the words of Jeff Turner.
“We would oftentimes have been better off with no theology at all than with some of the nonsense that has been taught in the name of Christianity. Tragically, these gruesome and harmful caricatures of God eventually become dogmatized and doctrinalized and, despite being nothing more than revivals and revisions of Abraham’s “gimme-God”, become cardinal teachings of the institution that calls herself the “church”.
Sadly, it is typically these gloomy portraits that become the standard understanding of God preached from most pulpits and printed in most publications and, consequently, many, just like Abraham, find themselves behaving in ways that would have seemed unthinkable had it not been for the influence of their imagined “god”. Eventually whole structures arise that devote themselves to brewing and distributing these doctrinal distillations to eager-to-drink disciples. Whole generations emerge from the wombs of these structures, fully possessed by and devoted to the false representations of God learned within their walls.” (1)
Thus we have communities of faith that have made a ‘christian life’ out of ‘gospels of un-life.’
No a few might take offence at Turner’s words. They are not the words of the Christian politician or the foot soldier on the institutional treadmill. Neither are they the words of those whose insight is dulled through being insulated from God by the old covenant doctrines that some would want to tell us are ‘Godly.’ Far from ‘godly’ old covenant leaves us in the law of sin and death and its norm of spiritual blindness pretending to be light.
Turner’s words of grace and truth that might offend the political – religious spirit. But they are empower to undo the accumulations of death and fill all who embrace them with spirit and life.
(1) Turner, Jeff. Saints in the Arms of a Happy God: Recovering the Image of God and Man (pp. 18-19). Jeff Turner. Kindle Edition.