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. Weknow that because Jesus said so. (“The truth shall make you free”). Sowhat 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 youreply. “Most definitely!”…. to which I say, “Amen and amen”. But isthat 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 bondageand much fruit indicates freedom?
Sadly, very few congregations bear much fruit. They have been bunchedtogether and told, “We can do more together.” But that’s not so. Wastedresources is an ugly reality of evangelicalism. A truer statement is “Wecan waste more together.” A group cannot be led by the most Holy Spirit.Every bunch must appoint a leader who captains the bunch. So individualsare 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 areseveral recent and present-day saints, A.W. Tozer but one example.
Only truth sets the captives free. To escape the bondage of evangelicalismthey need to be told the truth. But that’s not likely to happen. You, PastorWhoever, are their chief spokesman, and it is you that has conscriptedthem into your religion. To speak the truth (NT teaching) might take moregrit than what you’ve got. “Give my brother courage, Lord Jesus!”
Yours in Him,