We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood (Version 2)

There are a few things I want to write about in regards to the article, We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood.

The opening of the article states, Who is the enemy? Who is it that Kindling Truth and those with a similar mind fight against?” I went on from there to write about some of the corruption issues within the traditions of Christianity—at least as far as my experience goes regarding Christianity in the United States.

Reading this now, this article has an heir of arrogance and false importance that I really don’t like. When I wrote this I was still struggling with all of the lies and hatefulness I was seeing among Christians and different church denominations. I still feel the same to a large degree, but the problem is when we think it is our duty to fight these things. I don’t think it is, not in the way I tended to go about it at least. This has been an on-going struggle since I started KindlingTruth, but I think I’m finally turning a corner here.

So, who is it we should fight against? What is the answer?

I still hold firm that there are many harmful doctrinal problems in mainstream Christianity and a general lack of love among the Christian community at large. But, what do we do about it? For one, we need to understand that God has purposed this. Trying to tear down what He ordains will stand is not going to happen. Instead, it’s more productive and effective to state things in terms of the positive as much as possible rater than the negative by stating the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ—and most importantly, living it.

The best way to fight the darkness is to start by seeking our own healing. When we find freedom from a sin issue, we have a better understanding that allows us to help people out of the same issue in compassion and gentleness. If Christians at large knew that Jesus could actually heal them from their sins and looked to Him for that with the same zeal we often look to things of this world, things would be much different. Think about it. If we started being freed from sin in mass amount, then started helping others find freedom as we were healed ourselves, while accepting the gentle help from others who are strong in areas we are weak to, how bright would the Christian world be!?

I understand this is kind of a fanciful idea. But, we can each have an impact on those around us, and they in turn can do the same. If we can believe that Jesus can heal us from a sin issue, then we go help one person who has that same issue find freedom, we’ve done something. If we can lead one person to Christ by living as good examples of His love, then we’ve done something.

There will come a day of judgment, and I do believe it starts at the house of the Lord. I don’t know when that will be or if I’ll even see the day, but our years are numbered in any case. That brings me to something I need to correct.

The first article said, Jesus is raising up a people who are willing to say the hard things. His first fruits who are doing their part to prepare the way for His Day. Whom of which, are probably those many Christians are bashing. The ex drug addicts and prostitutes, the tattoo-covered hippies, the LGBT people — just saying. Why? Because they are broken. They know they need the physician.”

There have been things happen to me that led me to believe we were in the final generation, but I can’t say that with all certainty. I also know that there are a lot of people out there who confuse evil with good and vice versa who have no desire to seek the Lord, and in fact, adamantly fight against Christian values. When I wrote this I was angry with how some Christians target certain sins and treat those people harshly instead of looking to their own issues and approaching those in bonds to sin with love and compassion. But, there are times when our love and compassion are not welcome, no matter how we slice it.

One thing I still agree with is that we need the Holy Spirit so that we can be led to all truths. Truths in doctrine and in regards to our own sin so that we can seek the Physician who promises to write the laws of righteousness on our hearts. Most Christians have some measure of truth and some measure of confusion, but when we seek the Lord will all our might, He will lead us all to better understanding.

On a final note, If we assume positions of ministry, we are accepting a great responsibility—no matter how small our ministry might seem. We need to be careful and make sure we seek the Lord in all we do so we are part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

 

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