SIMPLE, NOT COMPLICATED

“Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”[1]

It is reasonable to conclude that the message of the kingdom is simple, not complicated.  Little children can understand it.  My Barbara, who did not remember not knowing Jesus, was a good example of that. Another is my brother, Doug, who lives near Nashville.  He writes country music, which is simple, not complicated.  Unlike so many other styles of music, country music focuses on the message, not the musicians.

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I’m reminded of a time in Nicaragua when I was teaching a group of potential leaders.  After making a point, I concluded: “Simple!  Not complicated!”  The translator said, “Sencillo! No es complicado!”

I soon realized that I was developing a pattern of making significant points, then punctuating them with the conclusion, “Simple!  Not complicated!”  And the translator:  “Sencillo! No es complicado!”

After a little while I would simply exclaim, “Sencillo!”  And the entire class would exclaim in spontaneous unison:  “No es Complicado!”

>S/P<

Stephen Crosby points out: “All theology has a heritage. You and I did not get “direct downloads” from the Spirit. If we did, the Spirit is one highly conflicted being, as the 30-40,000 Protestant denominations attest, all claiming to be “led by the Spirit.” No. EVERYONE has a theological pedigree.”

I respect Stephen Crosby, and understand what he is saying.  However, we must clarify that he is speaking about the theology we receive from others through hearing or reading their various perspectives and brands of theology.

It is common to pick and choose to be denominated along with those whom we read and follow.  Or, we might pick and choose  “here a little and there a little,” ending up a theological hybrid of two or more persuasions.  It is common for such hybrids to initiate and propagate their own denominating distinctives, and seek to proselyte others and build their own kingdoms.

By the grace of God, I never fell into that trap.  Someone once observed, “Don Atkin drinks from many streams but does not fall into any of them.”  My background, experience, radical conversion and subsequent supernatural calling left me with no appetite for man’s religion in any form.

There are indeed “direct downloads” from the Spirit, who gives us moment-by-moment what to do and to say.

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.[2]

  • Being ignorant and unlearned; being with Jesus[3]
  • Putting no confidence in the flesh[4]
  • Trusting in the Lord with all my heart
  • Leaning not on my own understanding
  • In all my ways acknowledging Him[5]

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There are really and ultimately only two “pedigrees:”

“The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.  However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.[6]

We are either from the earth or from heaven.  Being crucified with Christ ends the natural life and initiates the spiritual life.[7] raised with Him to newness of life. There is no third option.  The many denominations are the fruit of Adam.

Christ is both our example and our abiding anointing. He has no theological pedigree!  He lived the life of the abiding Spirit via “direct downloads” from the Spirit:

  • “The Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it issomething He sees the Father doing”[8]
  • “I can do nothing on My own initiative . . . I do not seek My own will”[9]
  • “I speak just as the Father has told Me”[10]

The Scriptures are the source of theological pedigrees.  The abiding Spirit of Christ is the source of eternal life.

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.”[11]

In many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets,  [but] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son.[12]

Simple, not complicated!

“It is the Spirit who gives life”[13]

The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [from angels and men], but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints), to whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.[14]

Let me assure you that I have a deep respect for Scripture.  It is what it says it is.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.[15]

Anyone who has read my books will testify to the many references to Scripture.  My lasted book to be published, “Jurisdictional Ekklesia,” has more than 600 Bible references in its 400 pages!

But, the words of Jesus are worth repeating here:

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.”[16]

“The history of a long, personal relationship with God can be preserved in laws and scriptures and ceremonies, as it was with Israel, or in creeds and art and cathedrals, as it is in Western culture today.  Some revere such skeletons for their antiquity, buying recordings of Mozart’s Masses and purchasing religious art.  But, clearly, the real value of a skeleton only comes to light when it supports a growing organism.  Although our laws, scriptures, traditions, and creeds reveal truth in themselves, they exist to serve such an organism, the Body of Christ.”[17]

>S/P<

Having read this far, you will understand why this is not a typical approach to writing an autobiography.  I am not a typical man who has had a typical life.  Rather than detailing my natural chronological history, I have chosen to testify to my life as led by the Spirit of God.  This IS my autobiography.  Because this is my LIFE!

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. [18]

[1] Matthew 18:3

[2] Romans 8:14

[3] Acts 4:13

[4] Philippians 3:3

[5] Proverbs 3:5-6

  [6] 1 Corinthians 15:45-47

  [7] Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:3-11

  [8] John 5:19

  [9] John 5:30

[10] John 12:50

[11] John 5:39-40

[12] Hebrews 1;1-2 AMPC

[13] John 6:63

[14] Colossians 1:26-27 AMPC

[15] 2 Timothy 3:16-17

[16] John 5:39-40

[17] Pages 110 and 111, “In The Likeness of God” by Philip Yancey and Dr. Paul Brand – Zondervan

[18] Galatians 2:20

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