About a week or so ago, I posted excerpts from a sermon by Gary Sigler. In that post I mentioned an interesting sermon by D.E. Paulk of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit . This sermon also, no doubt, raised a few kingdom eyebrows. He began the sermon by urging everyone to "come empty" and set their preconceived notions aside for a bit...and he prayed
Spirit of Truth carry us where you will. Bring to us what you will and take from us what you will. We are surrendered to you tonight...in the name of the Christ.
Take from us what you will...hmmmmm....sometimes we don't want to let go..sometimes we hold on for dear life.
In the post about Gary Sigler, I mentioned the tendency of some kingdom folk to be very set in their views....in a "B MUST come BEFORE C but ALWAYS AFTER A" kind of way. Paulk talked about that as one of the stages of spiritual consciousness. The steps he listed are below...paraphrased....not word for word....
Absolute...the absolute level of thought progression, everything is concrete. Everything is literal.
Abstract....when you begin to accept that in the same Bible there are opposing, contrasting from glory to glory ideas. You are willing to walk in the gray...
Mystic Receptivity - totally bow down and say God you are unknowable
Oneness...no longer see God and truth and other people as separate from yourself.
He went on to talk about how you can find so many contrasting (sometimes seemingly opposite) ideas in the Bible. There is meat, milk and mystery in the same Bible
You can find dispensation and kingdom
You can find rapture a physical second coming and the idea of kingdom now
You can find exclusion and the finished work
In the Epistles you can find Paul speaking evangelically and universally.
Paul teaches against circumcision (you are trampling the blood of Jesus underfoot) then he circumcises Timothy
So which is accurate? Good question....
He claims you can usually find truth in the middle. Truth is found not in polar opposites, not in black and white, not in extremes but truth is found in the gray areas. Take two opposites and the truth is usually in the middle of them...the middle way...moderation...the balance.
And the Bible is often used as a weapon of exclusion based on the scriptures....
More on that in an upcoming post.....Oh...and the WE in the title is an acronym for the weekly devotional he writes.....the WE....short for The Weekly Eureka.
And the emblem from the Church’s home page says it all….