"You're telling me God can speak to me, I can hear Him, and we can actually have a conversation? To someone who loves relationship, this is a basic truth. But to the religious camp, this carries the real possibility of disaster."- Darren Wilson
Yes Darren. It is fraught with danger because you are relying upon your heart to determine if you are really having a conversation with God or not. That is the entire point. Does God speak audibly to people in the Bible? Sure but not often if you consider the scope. So the disaster is this. You allow your feelings to dictate whether or not you are hearing from the Lord but the Bible expressly warns us that our hearts are wickedly deceitful above all things! Deceitful! It lies to us beloved. Let me give you a clear example so we understand this principle at work. Kim Walker-Smith is the worship leader for the heretical Jesus Culture group out of Bethel Church. She was raised on the same false teachings that Darren Wilson was. She has a testimony of a waking visitation from Jesus who whisked her away to the throne room where she met the Father face to face and He ripped out a piece of His heart to mold a miniature version of Kim to dance and sing for Him. Now as disturbing as this image is, we KNOW it cannot be true if we stay in the warm and comfy confines of Scripture because God told Moses no man may see me and live. Assuming she is not lying about her encounter, Walker-Smith was visited by demons and she could no longer tell the difference because she believed in this squishy relationship theology that allows her to rely upon her deceitful heart instead of what God has already said. The truly telling admission here for us as discerning believers is that Wilson admits that if he had not followed his wickedly deceitful heart he never would have made is wickedly deceitful and heretical movies. The two Holy Ghost movies make a complete mockery of God and the Bible. This is why we need to stick to Scripture. Better to wallow in perceived religious misery out of ignorance than stand before Christ and say "Lord Lord." Wilson concludes:
"Religion is easy; relationship is hard. It's often messy. It requires something of us beyond simple actions or disciplines. It requires our vulnerability. God is the most fearless person in the universe because He offers Himself up in the most vulnerable way possible. Love must always be chosen freely and honestly, with no coercion, pressure or even expectations. God has done everything in His power to show us that He loves us, yet He still leaves the ultimate decision to love Him back in our hands. He is the author of relationship, and when we turn that relationship into religion, we dishonor both God and the love He is offering." -- Darren Wilson
God never demanded anything beyond our actions and disciplines. We are never more vulnerable than when we admit we are not God, repent of our sins, and pick up our cross to follow Him in obedience. The conclusion Wilson reaches here that turning relationship into religion is dishonoring God is so biblically absurd it should frighten us that anyone might believe it. The key verse expressly shows that God ordained religion so Darren Wilson is calling God a liar and saying he knows better. God is the author of everything beloved but the Bible does not specify relationship when dealing with the authorship of God. It says that He is the author and finisher of our faith. It is faith that is a central lynchpin of religion. It also sets the parameters for what is a proper relationship with God. It is not this messy faith journey of sloppy agape love and experiential self-deception. Do not be deceived beloved and stay far far away from wolves selling you thirty pieces of love in exchange for the surety and safety of Scripture.
Reverend Anthony Wade -- August 31, 2017