Dear Pastor Whoever….
Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Truth sets free. Truth releases christians from spiritual bondage. We know that because Jesus said so. (“The truth shall make you free”). So what does untruth do? Obviously, falsehood puts people in bondage.
So…. is your congregation experiencing freedom or bondage? Jesus:“Every tree is known by its fruit.” Seems like the answer is in the tree. Is the tree (your congregation) bearing good fruit? “Yes!”, I hear you reply. “Most definitely!”…. to which I say, “Amen and amen”. But is that fruit little fruit or much fruit? Jesus: “By this My Father is glorified,that you bear much fruit.”
Do you, Pastor Whoever, agree that little fruit is evidence of bondage and much fruit indicates freedom?
Sadly, very few congregations bear much fruit. They have been bunched together and told, “We can do more together.” But that’s not so. Wasted resources is an ugly reality of evangelicalism. A truer statement is “We can waste more together.” A group cannot be led by the most Holy Spirit. Every bunch must appoint a leader who captains the bunch. So individuals are no Spirit-led; they are man-led. They are in in bondage.
One Spirit-filled, Spirit-governed individual can accomplish 20, 30, 50times that of a man-governed christian. Paul is proof of that. So are several recent and present-day saints, A.W. Tozer but one example.
Only truth sets the captives free. To escape the bondage of evangelicalism they need to be told the truth. But that’s not likely to happen. You, Pastor Whoever, are their chief spokesman, and it is you that has conscripted them into your religion. To speak the truth (NT teaching) might take more grit than what you’ve got. “Give my brother courage, Lord Jesus!”
Yours in Him,