I don’t like the anti-life stance of fundamentalism. I don’t like any culture that makes people less than they are. In a sense the dulling of life includes all religion since anything that is not Christ dulls our spirit, withers our soul and stultifies our being. As a small boy I was impatient with old minds that had already coagulated and solidified. Already they had put up walls against life. Paralyzed living from rusted on ideas never attracted me. Neither do rusted and stultified religions that are constricted by old covenant mind-sets. We are meant to love life, to have a holy passion for its animal energy and ecstatic flights. Be impatient with those who extol their freedom in the law. They confuse light with darkness and wisdom with folly.
Reject this humbug. See it as the nonsense it is.
Freedom is a property of persons, of spirit and life. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. But The Spirit is not in or with the law. He is in Himself and the sharing of this life with us. By creation, by the cross, by the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost, we have been drawn into and baptized with life. We are the product, we are the habitation of the life-giving Spirit.
In Jesus you do not have to live in a square because you live in a life – a life giving Spirit. This is no excuse for sin or a round about rationalization for rebellion. It is life defined. When Christ is our life we are captive to freedom and wholeness. Spirit, soul and body come alive with the infinite life of heaven that is manifest in astonishing variety on earth. Isaiah 61 and Luke 4.18 promise freedom for the captives and restoration of dignity and honour. Here we are talking of the dignity of sons and daughters of God.
Separation from God brings about death. We are as much separated from God when we live in religion as we are when we live in selfishness and immorality. Religion is not a substitute for Christ and is not an expression of His person. He is the expression of His person and by the Spirit of Sonship He expressed Himself in you – if you are willing and not so stubborn as to prefer the law to life and Christ’s stuff to Him. In any case a life in His stuff is captivity to our stuff and our obsession with working harder, doing better and putting ourselves forward as worthy of His love. But we are already loved, already in Christ and because of this already in Father’s presence and heart. They have made us part of themselves without any help from us. Just believe. Simply agree with what they have done in making you one with themselves and you can be a person instead of a pain.
The futility of some traditions is that they offer you more life and give you less. They propose truth yet reveal a profound ignorance of the mystery revealed in Christ. Their supposed improvement on the gospel of the Kingdom and the apostles teaching actually robs of you of spirit and life and makes off with the treasure that was yours.
Sin is the attempt to find life in un-life and in anything less than Christ – like the law or a performance orientation. Righteousness is subordinate to life but a product of it. Jesus presented no list. He presented Himself for our atonement and transformation. We are more than legally accounted right. We are one. This is the fuller meaning of at-one-ment. Our our inheritance, our possession is Christ. His grace is ours. His life is ours. He, Father and Spirit are incarnated in our being. Fullness, completeness, holiness and wholeness are found when we have the faith of a little child. When we agree that Jesus is our way, our life and our truth.