Where Do You Draw The Line?
It is almost universal in Christianity that people talk about lines. Lines are a metaphor for boundaries. Christians have lines about almost every topic in life and these lines are based upon how they interpret scripture. It might be said that many believers define themselves by their lines.
Lines are really only a modern day name for “traditions of men” which formed a large portion of the religious rules that the Pharisees taught. Their traditions were meant to augment and make sure that no one even came close to violating the law and the prophets. However, in the end their lines did not help them very much because the demanded that their Messiah be crucified.
If you have ever watched the movie entitled “the Matrix” you may remember a particular scene were a young boy tells the hero (Neo) “Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth. …There is no spoon.” The amazing truth the question of “where do you draw the line.” is that “there is no line” in the classical biblical sense. Here is a truth,
“The only line that matters is the line that the Holy Spirit draws for the individual at the time that the individual needs it. “
For instance, you do not need to have chapter and verse for everything that happens to believers, you only need to know the voice of your Father. If you feel in your spirit that God is doing something good within the people that are doing strange things then accept it. If you can see the fingerprints of your Father on strange manifestations then praise God for it. Do you believe that the “greater works” than Jesus did are going to have chapter and verse? How will they be greater then? Will these greater works just more of the same or will they be something brand new and wonderful? Though these greater works will not go against the general tenor of the scripture I doubt that we will find chapter and verse for all of them.
Walking by faith is uncertainty. We cannot define a faith walk down to a set of rules that apply uniformly to every situation we encounter. We cannot not know from day to day what will happen or how God will lead us to deal with all the variables that we will encounter. All we know for certain is that we must trust the voice of our Father. People cry “we have the word of God!” Actually, that is an illusion. While we do have the oracles of God which are perfect we only live by the doctrines we have derived from those scriptures and that is not quite the same thing. We live by differing approximations of the truth. This is where all the problems start because we so firmly believe our doctrine is the absolute truth that when it does not line up with what God is doing we cling to it rather than accepting Him. It is called legalism and dogma and it is an idol that every church has firmly placed front and center in their doctrinal statements for all the world to see. You either worship it or you leave the church.
Tabernacles is the next and perhaps even the final big truth that will be revealed in this church age. It is an even a bigger shift from what we now accept than the shift that occurred when Pentecost was reintroduced to the church in 1901. Therefore, though it is here already, most people cannot see it or even wrap their minds around it. What most do not understand is that the first century church experienced the spiritual fulfillment of all three feasts…they were Tabernacle Christians. This is why some of the stuff the apostles wrote does not make sense to us…because many of us have only entered into, at most, the spiritual fulfillment of two feasts. Just as many Baptists cannot grasp some of the scriptures that relate to speaking in other tongues so to Spirit filled people have a difficult time grasping some of the things I am saying about Divine Love. All the scriptures are there but, just like those who have not spoken in other tongues, they lack the experience to bring them into focus.
The first step in the process of bringing people into the Tabernacle experience is to let them know it is available to them. It is a good gift that our Father wishes to give to us and is available to all who ask. Concurrent with that the theology of Tabernacles needs to be worked out so that people can begin to wrap their minds and hearts around the concepts that bring clarity to those scriptures that speak about it. Almost every place that the apostles spoke about love they were talking about the spiritual experience of Tabernacles, which is Divine Love. This makes sense because, try as we might, we cannot rise to the level of love that they spoke about…and the reason we can’t is that it is an experience that is given from God above and not something we can do of ourselves.
All spiritual movements are mixtures. However, I think a fallacy is committed when we think that they are intended to be pure in the first place. I don’t think any move of God has been or ever will be pure as man sees purity. Those who wish to know God have opportunity to know Him. Those who wish to use it as an occasion to the flesh have ample opportunity to do so too. After all, it is about the individual and God is it not? We will not be judged as a group but as individuals. We, as ministers, can guide and warn but ultimately we have to believe that God can take care of His people and that they must stand or fall on their own account before Him.
In conclusion, lines are simply another form of legalism. Perhaps when Christians are young in the faith lines are good just as training wheels are helpful when and child is trying to learn to ride a bike. However, a child’s goal is to be able to ride the bike without assistance and our goal is to mature in God so that we walk in the Spirit so as not to need the lines anymore. How will we do that? Lines will no longer be needed because, through the finishing work of the Tabernacles experience, God Himself will tell us where and when to draw the line in every situation we encounter.