Defeating The Churches Maginot Line
Defeating The Churches Maginot Line
During the run-up to the Second World War, the French constructed a line of defenses on their border with Germany. These defenses were called the Maginot line which consisted of concrete obstacles, fortifications, and weapons that were meant to stop the advance of Hitlers military machine. They reasoned that this system of defenses would stop German forces long enough to allow France time mobilize their own troops in case of a surprise attack. French military experts firmly believed this series of defenses were a work of military genius and felt secure behind their massive fortifications.
Unfortunately, although this Maginot Line did defend France from a direct assault it did not protect it from a strategic indirect attack. In effect, Germans simply outflanked these fortifications; i.e. went around them through Belgium, and overran France in about six weeks. It was a colossal strategic failure which led to the occupation of France for most of the second world war.
The normative church is like France in that it has constructed a series of doctrinal defenses designed to keep those they consider heretical out of their midst. This spiritual Maginot Line consists of doctrinal gatekeepers whom regularly comb through those who come to their churches gates, checking whether they meet doctrinal purity standards. When they find someone who does not “fit in” they reject them. Thus, they keep their house in order and feel safe behind their impenetrable line.
However, these impenetrable dogmas, these doctrinal fortifications, are immobile and cannot be redeployed quickly. While the apostate church may be able to defend itself against a direct doctrinal assault it cannot do so against a strategic indirect move of the Holy Spirit, and this is precisely what God intends to do.
The natural consequences of the Final Feast, Divine love, is the restoration of the first love of Eden. As the Body of Christ begins to become one with their Father and, just as Christ was one with His Father, they will experience God’s love for they will become God’s love. This love will “outflank” the dogmatic defenses of the normative church because it will not engage those defenses. No matter what doctrine the apostate church musters against God’s love, people will simply not listen because they have all they need.
Right now, those who are not of God try to shut out those who are sent by God through denying them access to His people. These hirelings have usurped God’s positions and claimed His vineyard for themselves. Like the pharisees of old, they have become masters instead of servants and no longer listen to their lord. They stand at the gates of His house demanding abeyance else they refuse entry to those God sends.
God is simply going to go around these types of man-made fortifications and win the hearts of His people back to Him through the truth given in love. Let the gatekeepers shut their gates for God’s true servants will be in the wilderness along with the people doing the real work of His Spirit. Let them have the synagogues of this world and sit in their empty halls while those who hunger and thirst after righteousness sit at the feet of Jesus hearing directly from God Himself.
In order to be with God, you must go where God is. If God is not in these fenced cities then we must leave them and go to where He can be found. Change has always been the way of the Spirit from the time God led His people out of Egypt until this present day.
In conclusion, those who quench the Spirit are about to lose the ability to do so. Some, like Nicodemus, may see the error of their ways and convert, but many will stubbornly stay in their outmoded and ineffectual fortifications until they lose their entire country. Theirs is not a just defense, though, and defeat for them will mean freedom and blessings for the true body of Christ.