So sayeth a great article by the FireBreathingChristian
I strongly agree with what the man says, and I celebrate his loathing of “running away and hiding from hard things.”
But I just want to add one unmentioned point, which should be the clincher for every victory-minded, expansion-oriented Christian.
And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.
And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles. — Mark 2:19-22
Sterile, powerless grape juice – a pietist invention of the 19th century – will never burst any wine skin, never break the bonds, never fill the world.
Only fertile, powerful wine, the alcoholic beverage Jesus used in the Last Supper — and what He created to be enjoyed at the wedding of Cana — can break the bonds of the world, of official groupthink, of sanctimonious chains of self-righteous power and control.
Let me rewrite this for the teetotalers out there:
Only fertile, powerful wine, the alcoholic beverage Jesus used (WHAT?) in the Last Supper — and what He created (GASP!) to be enjoyed (SHOCK!) at the wedding of Cana — can break the bonds of the world, of official groupthink, of the chains of power and control.
Only wine, and never grape juice, truly and fully illustrates the power and potency of Jesus’s blood, and the free and unrestrained nature of the Holy Spirit.
In the article, the Fire Breathing Christian quotes McDurmon:
But MacArthur and I agree on one aspect: the issue is maturity and self-control. He says, “But sober-minded self-control and maturity are virtues commanded and commended by Scripture; these are not man-made rules or legalistic standards.” That’s absolutely right. His problem is that he has the concept turned on its head. The holdovers from the old-line prohibitionists have always mistaken forbiddance for maturity. They have always tried to create the appearance of maturity by imposing extra-biblical standards, and thus creating their own brand of legalism. Scripture doesn’t teach prohibition, so those who do teach it are being legalistic. There is no way around this.
True maturity is just the opposite: it is the ability to use the gifts God has given us and even prescribes in places without abusing them. Anyone who runs from this standard is not interested in maturity at all. They are interested in keeping Christians childish under the guise of safety. Prohibitionists have always forbidden maturity under the guise of purity. It is legalism, and thus, idolatry.”
There is, by the way, a religion out there that does completely forbid all consumption of alcohol. It is not Christianity; it is Islam. When Christians and Christian leaders demand abstinence, they have more in common with Mohammed than with Christ.”
I advise that we avoid imitating the alcohol-hating, singing-despising, highly legalistic & ritualistic, and frankly dreary and oppressive religion of Islam, hmmm?
We serve a different God. Let’s act like Christians, and not Muslims!
Tightly related to the fear of wine, is the fear of losing control.
And closely tied to the fear of losing control, is the fear of letting the Holy Spirit gain full reign over our lives. “He might do or say something that the Right Sort doesn’t approve of!”
Christian churches throughout the 20th century, and even today, insist that the Holy Spirit no longer acts: many deny the power of miracles, prophecies, and supernatural signs.
And then the wonder why God has abandoned them to rationalistic, atheistic rule, which only loves what they can see, and regulate, and control.
(To understand the desperate need we have of the active and powerful Holy Spirit, I recommend that you start with Marinov’s articles on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.)
From the article:
Fear of freedom, liberty, guns, responsibility, beer, wine, and practically everything else is why we are mired in immaturity and easily led by the nose like frail, frightened little children.
This fear-fueled lack of maturity is why we cannot handle law, alcohol, food, social media, civil government, art, and pretty much everything else.
Fear is why we’ve ruined all of those things.
Fear is why those corrupted things are now ruling over us.
Fear is the tool by which our ever-growing American State rules over us, “protecting” us from true freedom, liberty, privacy, prosperity and peace, all “for our own good”, of course.
Fear is also the tool used by unbiblical legalists (of all types, including professing Christians) to construct all manners of “protective” walls, barriers, and obstacles around the things we are told that we cannot handle.
Christian, aren’t you tired of being a cringing slave?
Don’t you understand that God wants you to be a Dominion-oriented man?
This is why it’s so very important to understand that when we express a primal fear toward a thing or a person, we are worshiping that thing or person. We are giving it power over us. We are exalting it to a place that must be reserved exclusively for God. When we engage in such exaltation and worship of a created thing above the Creator of all things, we make that thing a god in practice. We make it an idol, and we enable that idol to rule over us through our fear.
By way of example, when we fear the loss of America more than we fear the loss of fidelity to Christ, we make an idol of America, and the enemies of Christ will use (and have used) that idol to lead us deeper and deeper into bondage. This is how we came to have public schools, Social Security, “legal” porn, “legal” “gay marriage”, “legal” child sacrifice, and State-Supervised Polytheism as the official religion of the United States.
All of this was founded by the demand of American Christians to the government to protect us from what we fear.
This includes government-ordained marriage …
(which was established so the State could ban Black-White marriages, so greatly feared by the White population)
…and the police forces…
(which were created out of the fear of runaway slaves. Too bad that we are all supervised slaves now, compared to the Americans of a generation or more ago.)
…and the CIA/NSA/other Secret Police types…
(which was created out of fear of the Soviets.)
The same goes to our fear/worship of material wealth, status, family, or anything else God may have given us to handle. When our fear of a created thing (or the loss of a created thing or the preservation of a created thing) is our starting point for charting an approach to law, politics, economics, art, education or anything else, then we have made that thing an object of worship (an idol) that can only lead us into darkness.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. It is the beginning of wisdom. It is the beginning of true liberty and true freedom.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of these things.
If we do not begin with Him, we are beginning with someone or something else, and that someone or something else is an idol.
If we begin in our understanding of law or freedom or liberty with the Founding Fathers or the US Constitution, then we have made the Founding Fathers and US Constitution into idols, and those idols will lead us to ruin, corrupting the concepts of law, freedom, and liberty along the way.
If we begin in our understanding by citing or looking to our feelings, we have made our feelings into an idol, and that idol will lead us to ruin.
There is no need to fear men: even the pointedly anti-Christian Ruling Classes are losing power and control at a noticeable rate: and in the not too distant future, their towers of wealth and their walls of political power will fall, as surely as the sun rises in the morning.
Instead, Fear the Lord.