|Questions and Answers: Isn't God's way like a smorgasbord where you can pick and choose what you want or don't want? No.|
God's Way is not a smorgasbord from which the Christian may pick and choose. For each person, God pulls back the veil of the flesh so the person can see some element of the Kingdom of God. The person either receives the revelation or not. We are all on the road somewhere. Many are stuck in a rut because they continually reject what God has revealed to them.
Many rejected the revelation when it was given. It is very difficult for a person who is getting the money, power, and prestige that often accompanies those who excel it is very difficult for a man to lay these things down. It's difficult for someone who has built a considerable organization to lay it down or to become simply, "one of the brethren." It is difficult for a person who is making his living by a disorder to correct the disorder and lose his income. This is part of what is meant when it is said, Salvation is free, but the Kingdom will cost you everything. As a result, many went out and tried to create the Kingdom of God in their own ways, and did not regard God's ways.
Some labeled the Scriptural order as, The primitive church order. There is, however, no other order in the Bible. God's Way is the only way. God will not honor man's way, though He blesses us all in spite of the fact that we have not fully fulfilled in every way.
What became known as The Latter Rain and the Charismatic movements had much good in them and much that was disorderly and destructive in them. God used them, but they are not at all the order of God. These rejected the Scriptural order and took part of the revelation. Many ran who were not sent, causing much confusion. Some got confused between the soul and Spirit.
The list of disorders that have been caused by rebellious attitudes is amazing. Some have sold seminars in which those who have paid the money are promised to be set as apostles, complete with a official certificates. The same thing has happened with other gifts and ministries. Some people are giving tests to try to find out Spiritual gifts, because they can't see the Scriptural order. There have been many cases of people who have not been sent who have laid hands and prophesied gifts over people for gifts and ministries, and those people have wondered why none of those things prophesied ever came to pass, or, worse yet, have tried to make the prophecies come to pass through human effort. Some have tried to put the apostles under a local pastor. The list of disorders could go on.
On the other hand, there are many who have been made hungry by the message of a Living, Powerful God. Some are hungry for something more than dead form and ritual. Some want to go on to the life that God has promised in His Word, and these are prepared to receive God's order and the dying to self that is required for anyone to receive God's order and God's sovereignty in every part of their lives.
Last updated: Dec, 2011
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