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Matthew 7:21-23 ESV
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
I am doing a research, right now, where I compare the writings of two different Christian Leaders. One of these leaders manages to take everything he discusses back to the finished work of the cross. The other one, a more influential person, acknowledges the work on the Cross, but manages to take his work back to Adlerian Psychology, Mixed with Ericksons Stages of Development. I recognize other influences, in there, too, but, whether he calls his modality these things, or not, this is what he is doing.
One leader takes the hurt soul and shows us where we are complete in the finished work of Christ, and are given a host of gifts. This leader tells us our identity no longer lay in the things of this earth, but, as a new creation, we are now completely loved, accepted, and are being made in the likeness of Christ our savior. The rest of his works describe the scriptural basis of Christian Authenticity.
The other leader, despite the finished work of Christ, wants to take us through our developmental stages of life, point out where we were “wounded” and how that affects our lives, and uses several psychological gimmicks to justify and solidify this teaching. Then he peppers it with scripture in an effort to undergird his writing.
This inauthentic approach never releases you from sin, never gives you a chance to labor into the rest of the finished work of Christ, and never releases you from a past that Christ clearly died for.
At Cates Control Solutions, we have a saying about Responsibility: We accept the responsibilities of our position and know we are accountable to meet our obligations.
So, what is my responsibility to what I am reading. Simple, when I read any leader of the “Christian Faith”, the test of authenticity I have learned to recognize is this: It either takes you to the finished work of the Cross, and how that makes you a new creation, or it doesn’t. When Christ died of our sin, he didn’t die for just a few things. He died of everything, so you will receive everything that is His. You do not have to regress and confront anything in your past. Your past is dead. When Christ rose from the dead, Your NEW SELF rose with him. OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY. I also know from experience, any “woundedness” I carry is because I have not rested in the finished work of the cross. I do not have to identify myself with anything but Jesus, and seek the Kingdom of God. There is nothing I need to go back and fix. I labor to rest in the finished and authentic work of Christ. I have received all gifts and benefits of the Child of God.
Tonight we observe that Christ died on the cross. He fulfilled His responsibility, and set you free from all encumbrances. My responsibility as a new creation, is to make sure I do not get mired down in any doctrine of man that attempts to denigrate the finished work of the cross.
After all, When Jesus said it was finished…He meant it.
I love you in Jesus Name…
…It’s Friday, but SUNDAY IS COMING! Halleluiah!
David G. Perkins