In my view, anyone who elevates the Bible above all other literature, cultures, and morays is doing it a disservice. The Bible should be interpreted in context alongside all the other bodies of knowledge handed down through generations. Was the gospel Paul preached written prior to him preaching or did he claim a new Spirit revealed gospel? In the 1st century, he was labeled a heretic by the religious community. His gospel survived because he fashioned it to answer a dilemma regarding the salvation of Gentiles and their status with Jews. It was in his mind a new revelation and he suffered to give it Birth. We have such challenges to salvation in our time that need bold voices to speak and reveal what God is saying in our time. Anyone who lives by scripture and verse has not allowed the Spirit to speak. Even Paul cautions against such dogmatic positions. I’m sure Paul did not envision his letters being canonized in a book by an oppressive regime and given as the final Word of God in any matter. In fact, Paul urged people to pray and ask the Holy Spirit for understanding and deeper insight. Even the Law of Moses was not final for Jesus in many sermons reinterpreted it and issued a new edict based on a higher knowledge of God’s Intention. We should be students of the Word engaging our total being in a conversation with God and the Word people have shared regarding God’s Word revealed to them. The Holy Spirit empowers such boldness and I pray for more disciples like Paul who will take the steps to hear a fresh word from God in this season and not a stale cultural bread steeped in the past.
You can’t hide behind a title nor be dissauded by a title when you hear God’s call. You must embrace your true calling or die. Such death is a death of the soul. As Paul discovered and lamented, “Woe is me if I preach not the gospel. ” You too will likewise be miserable and depressed if you forfeit your true calling. I urge those who sense God’s redirection of your life to answer, “Yes Lord”. It’s time to stop living a miserable life.
This world is becoming a spiritual wasteland ruled by demonic spirits because you have chosen a safer, less stressful life. Yet, your calling won’t die. “Its hard to kick against the pricks.” You know who you are and God is using me to tell you nothing in this life is worth losing your own soul.
That passion for justice and righteousness will not be quenched using the world’s system of politics and law. Becoming anything other than a preacher of the gospel will not satisfy. Spoken word artist, singer, nor public speaking will suffice. When you hear God’s call to allow God to anoint you with His Word and Holy Spirit nothing less will do.
You should answer God’s call this very minute and begin this new life that will sincerely make a difference in people’s lives. I urge you to do it now.
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