Christ is the end all be all of true spirituality. True spirituality never moves beyond him. He is the way the truth and the life and if someone comes with any message that diminishes Christ from the role as God, the Creator, the Savior of all mankind, Lord of all of both heaven and earth, than that is the deception from the enemy. Let’s keep Christ as the Head and the center of all our spiritual pursuits!
The following is a thought provoking talk by John Crowder. I can imagine what some people think about me by the fact that I’m sharing his talk. Some people avoid him because he is supposedly controversial. (Although I have no idea why people would think this! =) I am sharing this for the actual content of the talk. Give it a listen and let me know what you think:
What do I think? Well, I think he seems to lack compassion for the person he brings up and has deemed as schizophrenic and into sorcery. But, has said person moved away from a Christ centered message? It certainly seems that way on the surface. However, the truth is always stranger than fiction. I don’t judge someone based on hearsay… in fact, I try not to judge anyone ever!!
I don’t have all the facts. I don’t know all there is to know about everything to be in a place of judgement of another. I have always extended this courtesy toward John Crowder even when I don’t understand some of the ways he experiences God. I don’t judge him, yet here he seems to be passing judgement on another brother. (Judge with righteous judgement Jesus says). Is it warranted? Could be… and probably. Didn’t Elijah mock those in opposition to God? Yes. Paul also mocked the Judaizers and said that he wishes they would wack off their weiners (and keep from procreating and spreading their lies).
So, our message must stay centered on Christ. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! That’s the message. Just like John Crowder and others have said all along. The enemy wants to move us past our simple pure devotion to Jesus.
“But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.” 1 Corinthians 11:3 NLT