Spiritual Heirlooms

It is most unfortunate that some believers find it unnatural to disrobe themselves of their religious superstitions and convictions that prevent them from standing naked and unashamed before their Creator-Redeemer. It’s as if they’re still running around in the Garden after the Fall fearful of their own nakedness. One of the hardest things to let go of for most people, especially the religious, is their spiritual heirlooms. They tend to depend on and trust their own traditions and man-made laws more than God’s promises for their lives. “Why?” you ask. Maybe because they gravitate to that which they identify with their senses, trust with their hearts, and reason with their minds. As natural and intrinsic as these things may be, they should never substitute God’s untamable wisdom, since His will for them is never apart from the Spirit’s constant convictions.

What I mean by religious superstition is anything that is not supported by Scripture or that is a misinterpretation of Scripture. An example of the former is the notion that music laced with syncopation is anything but Christian. An example of the latter is taken from the book of Revelation (3:15-16), where people interpret it with a salvific presupposition to mean that God would rather the Laodiceans be fervently for Him (“hot”) or against Him (“cold”) but not remain stagnant (“lukewarm”). However, that is not what this pericope is saying. Christ used these cultural and symbolic terms to display the root of their problem. He would prefer that they be “cold” like the refreshing cold water passing through the aqueduct from Colossae or “hot” like the soothing hot water passing through the aqueduct from Hierapolis, anything but lukewarm sulfuric water that smelled of rotten eggs when the waters were mixed as a result of the two aqueducts coming together. Since they were neither cold nor hot, He was going to vomit these spiritually tepid people out of His mouth. 

Lastly, what I mean by religious conviction is any spiritual experience that enables Christians to limit the Spirit’s application of Scripture to their lives and the lives of their fellow brothers and sisters. An example of this can be readily witnessed whenever a zealous believer supposes that God must work the same way in every Christian just as He has done in his own life. But God reserves the right to sovereignly enable His powers and promises to be fulfilled in diverse ways in the lives of different people, including non-believers as we have seen throughout history. After all, all humanity was created in His image. However, even though we are all catalysts in enabling His purposes the right to fruition, only His naked and unashamed children reserve the right to share in His ultimate glory!               


Chester Delagneau

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