FALSE TEACHINGS KEEP US IN BONDAGE

Posted by peter - December 16th, 2012

Extract taken, with permission, from the book; “THE SPIRITUAL YOU” by William Landon).

How we see or understand the events in our life depends to a considerable degree on where we view these events from.
In any situation, we can take a view from our soul or from our spirit; It is because of a soul-orientated view of life that we see the events in our lives as we do. The soul-oriented life is a physically and psychologically oriented life. This orientation points toward the flesh and not toward the spirit.
For this reason the Father continues to bring the same (or similar) situations or circumstances into our lives after we are born again as we had before. We still need to be pressed to turn us away from the flesh-directed soul and point our soul toward the Father-directed spirit. In this way, our soul becomes Spirit directed.

It is this very dynamic that causes so many in the born again community such hardship. A soul-based approach to life is the root cause of pride. This is why so many people in church organisations battle with the same problems year after year. It is the lack of surrender to the Father’s dealing in their lives that causes them to have to repeat the same lessons over and over.
This condition may also cause these people to question the effectiveness of Christianity itself. This situation certainly causes unsaved people to question the claims the Bible makes about Christianity. A soul orientation is one of Satan’s most effective means of “negative evangelism.” More importantly though, this is one of the most debilitating influences in the lives of the born again.

Church organisation people in this situation are confused between the promises made to them about what Christianity was supposed to do for them and what they experience. Their living experiences do not match up with the teaching they have gotten (and probably are still getting). We were supposed to have all our troubles fixed up when we accepted Christ as our Saviour. So why doesn’t this seem to play out in our lives? Is it because Christianity is wrong and really doesn’t work? Or is it something wrong with us? Some in religion will go so far as to assert that if our problems don’t go away after we are saved then we are not really born again. Such assertions cause many to sink into denial. They simply refuse to accept that they do, in fact, have problems. Other’s are trapped in a bondage of guilt, fear and confusion.

It is because of such burdensome and false teaching that many born again children of God live in bondage. Human beings demonstrate a curious behaviour. When we are confronted with ideas or actions that don’t yield the desired or expected results we rarely suspect the process. When religion doesn’t provide the changes in our lives that we expect (or were told would be ours) we rarely suspect that the problem may lie with the religious system itself. We usually don’t suspect that the teaching was received in error. No, we assume that the problem lies with us. We assume that we are “not OK” in some way. The problem must be that we are not surrendered enough or we are not mature enough or we are not trying hard enough or we are not born again enough.

The thought never occurs to us that maybe, just maybe, the problem is that the teaching we are getting is in error. Yet the Bible never supports the “no problem, be happy” theory of life after salvation. There is no Biblical mandate that our salvation is marked by our problems disappearing. In fact, the Bible teaches the truth that trouble is an integral part of life in this world: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Jn.16:33).
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