Many churches, no matter how liberal are constantly falling into the trap of using human wisdom instead of God’s wisdom. Even those that call themselves ‘spirit led’, start to follow the knowledge they attain. Paul said “We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God.”(1 Cor 8:1-3)
This human knowledge has become the basis for many of our church infrastructures. The measure of leadership usually entails some form of academic achievement in ministry. The denominations usually have their preferred degrees or diplomas for the position they wish someone to fill. I am not saying all of this is bad, but is it not a worldly way?
What can be said of the congregations, how would they determine right from wrong amongst the controversies.
Human argument, human tradition. It is time to break free and truly follow the Spirit of Christ.
This is what the first apostles did. They taught revelation from the spirit;
“ This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.” (1 Cor2:13)
There is a growing movement of teachers who speak from revelation from the Spirit. They are often opposed by those who hold to their theology from text books and tried and tested tradition, almost in fear of losing control. This is God though, this is how He works.
Arguments and controversies produce divisiveness in the body of Christ, yet the Spirit will give us wisdom and keep us focused on the most important thing.... LOVE.
My prayer for the Church (that is the body of those who believe in Jesus not the organisations) is Paul’s prayer in Eph 3:26-29;
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”