Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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I would like to make a comment on this Part 5 of the TFM series, “What Is Not Christian: Anything Pure and Good.” You wrote, “Likewise, Christianity always and vigorously resists and opposes the way of the Spirit, for even when the flesh behaves religiously, it is only doing so to gain some earthly thing it desires; the flesh can never serve God acceptably, - in spirit and in truth”.
It could be said that sometimes xty adopts a passive approach to the things of the Spirit. It will align itself as close as possible to the children of God, courting their attention and, little by little, taking over their lives. Xty often reminds me of an amoeba with it’s syncretic tendencies. It often captures by encircling and absorbing rather than a direct offensive. This may not be vigorous, but it is very determined. It is something that we must search out and destroy in our own hearts.
The younger daughters of the harlot [the denominations of xty] are very often not as cunning as their mother [Catholicism, the great whore]. They are brash, loud and arrogant, and obviously so. They are the ones who denounce speaking in tongues and other things of the Spirit. The great whore knows that such things exist and her memory is long. She does not denounce them or say foolish things like they have passed away. She just demands a yielding to the pope (to the empire). Of course, neither does she denounce false ways and the ways of the flesh - anything can be permitted, provided you pay your taxes to Caesar. It is not so different from the way it was during the original empire’s time. In this way, she will harbor a mingling of good and evil that I believe is more abhorrent to God than just simply being evil through and through.
Well just a thought. God is encouraging us to higher ground and more safety in Him.
I think the most fierce opposition to the Spirit and truth of God is the sweet opposition, the friendly refusal to bow at the feet of our Lord, and the offer of continued friendship without fellowship. When Christians sweetly refuse the way of the Spirit, they are more dangerous than those who angrily denounce the way of holiness.
Yes, we must be wise to the snares of Satan, especially the pretty ones that smell good.