Monthly Archives: January 2011

Intermediate Spiritual Stuff

Standard

I will be talking about a blended family in this blog and maybe in subsequent blogs. As my friends know, I am pursuing that “One New Man” in Messiah that Paul talks about in Ephesians. I desire this because I know that God desires this and anxiously wait to see how God, our Father is going to bring this about.

Ephesian 2 is rich and none of it should be overlooked, but for space saving, I’m only going to put this verse.

Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;

For now, though, we are a pretty dysfunctional family. I’m not even talking about Jew & Gentile, I’m talking about charismatic and messianic.  Charismatic, meaning, those believers that say that the supernatural gifts mentioned in scripture are for today, such as speaking in tongues, prophesying, gifts of healing, etc.  Many in this category, simply want to see more of God in group situations, and try to make room for God by extended prophetic type worship situations, or quiet times, or waiting on Him in a prayerful posture.

The other side of that family, whom I loosely call “messianics”, are people who are touting the “appointed times of God”, using Hebrew names for people in the Bible, wearing tallits, observing Biblical feasts and Shabbat. Many of them are not Jewish, but desire a more “Biblical” lifestyle.

What makes this family so dysfunctional, in my eyes, is that the charismatics tend to throw only a little salt on the meat and the messianics, forget to keep the meat tender, because it’s tough, if you cook it too long.

Both groups desire more of God. The one group, “religiously” avoids the “spirit of religion.” The other group avoids “the spirit of churchianity”. They are both really the same thing, but charismatics feel that today’s church won’t let God’s power into the mix and the messianics, say that we need more Biblical structure so that man’s traditions won’t pollute a pure stream.

Both have good points.

May the Lord give us wisdom, balance, and knit us together in love.