“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Channeling the only true God (Did I say that?)

Since Adam left the holy garden, the human race has been feeling the anxiety of separation from God. We were created to hold sweet communion with our Lord. But our permanent propensity to disobedience has broken that union and created a barrier through which we try in vain to reach our Maker.

Throughout the millennia humans have labored to bridge the impasse to God. They have sought out many inventions in this effort. Channeling is a New Age term describing the ancient practice of blocking out all mundane thoughts by imagining beautiful, ethereal scenes of gardens and waterfalls and colorful light, meditating deeply and falling into a trance until another presence can be felt in the thoughts. Another “person” enters and speaks to the mind, communicating its name and its views of life on earth and in “the heavenlies.”

This personality poses as a friend and benefactor, and offers peace and counsel for a better life in this world. As it draws its votive into a deeper trust and acquaintance, a web of lies leaves the new human acquisition to the world of spirits unable to resist the call to return later, again and again. And the demon “friend” now possesses a host in the most unbreakable slavery to its satanic will.

This is a scary circumstance, and is not at all what I mean by channeling God. I hesitate to even use the word “channel” in relation to the biblical God because of what Satan does with it. But many in the New Age Christianity honestly believe they are seeking God through this method, and it is making its way into conservative Christianity under a new, unobtrusive name called, “Spiritual Formation.” It develops the formation of a different spirituality than does conversion through repentance and renunciation of sin, and it makes contact with a different spirit other than the Holy Spirit.

For this reason, I speak of channeling God, in order to distinguish the true method from the unbiblical. Even as Christ went deep into enemy territory to save us who knew only falsehood, as it is written, “by which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison,” (1Pet. 3:19) (the “souls” being sinners lost to Satan,) so I use the term “channeling” to describe the true path to Jesus for those trapped in Spiritual Formation or any other exercise that seeks to pry God out from heaven using any other method than simply needing His forgiveness and power to keep His Ten Commandments.

How do we truly reach God? What are the steps to Christ, the real method, the true nuts and bolts to arriving at the real God and not His adversarial impersonator?

In brief, we find God through the Bible; He will speak personally to us through His written word. “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul.” (Ps. 19:7). In the Holy Scriptures we may obtain the true character of God abundantly delineated. There, in His written word to our souls, He clearly reveals, by precept and example, His own love for righteousness and natural filial love. “Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” (Gal. 5:22,23). A childlike love, a lamblike innocence, a young calf’s lowliness, a fawn’s deference; these examples in scripture call out to the faculty within us to embrace the God who created and who loves all those simple, earth-bound aspects of character.

Meditating on His character in His word, as delineated by precept and as illustrated by His servants and then personally by Himself, we must inevitably find Him. Communing with that word will ultimately lead us to conversion, humbly exchanging our pride for the humble beauty we see in God. If you fear landing in Satan’s trap in your effort to find God, you can rest assured that seeking repentance in the context of studying the Bible is the true path to Jesus and to the only true God.

It was because Zaccheus began to yearn for forgiveness and restoration to God that he eventually climbed a tree to see Jesus, “who He was.” (Lk. 19:3). It’s true that without the Bible we may come to know Jesus. See Jer. 2:19 and Rom. 2:14, 15. But how much more efficiently and non-violently will the study of the Holy Scriptures lead us to God when seeking a change of heart?

One thing is certain; Satan fears any soul’s repentance from sin and humble contrition. Brokenness of heart and conversion to the Savior from sin strike at the very foundation of the devil’s government. They spell the total destruction of his dominion of that soul. Therefore seeking the Godhead through the vehicle of the Bible will be our best and only sure hope to be freed from a deeper thralldom to Satan.

1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.
3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalm 1


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