Oct 2, 2012

The R/Gap


If I took a word, Humility for example, and arbitrarily assign a new meaning to it, consider the impact that this would have on human relationships.  Let’s suppose, to replace the true concept, I assigned this meaning for the word, Humility:  “An intellectual commitment which need not have any real impact on everyday behavior.”

So, here is how this new concept of “Humility” would then play out in some of our common relationships.  In the case of children who normally should be meek and obedient (humble) before their parents, they would no longer actually feel obliged to be so.  Under the new concept of humility as “meaningless commitment,” they would simply promise to obey and then go do whatever they wanted.

 In the case of marriage, true humility causes each partner to value the other above themselves and behave like it.  But, with this new idea of humility, the partners could commit, at the marriage altar, to “honor and cherish” each other.   And then, under the new concept of, “empty promises are ok,” they would be free to emphasize their own importance over the other in the relationship which follows.

In the case of a business relationship, a needy sales person, being grateful for a large order, might, humbly commit to serve the customer well.  But, operating under this new concept of humility as “pretense,” the sales person would, after the sale, simply ignore the customer’s needs in the interest of her own. 

The point: 

When we alter the concept for which a word stands, it can completely change our reality. 

And so it is with the word, Faith.  In more recent decades, pop preaching and the Devil’s theologians have managed to alter, on a broad scale, our working concept of “Redemptive Faith.”

The opening paragraphs of this article actually are an explanation of the problem.  We have done, as a culture, precisely what is described there. 

In fact, redemptive faith actually is best understood to be“a profound personal humility of will before God.”   

But, we have allowed this true concept of redeeming faith to be perverted to the bogus definition used above.  So, the modern concept of redemptive faith has largely become “An intellectual commitment which need not have any real impact on everyday behavior.”

This perversion has the same impact on our relationship to God that it was shown to have on our relationships with each other.  It robs the relationship of all validity and authenticity.

And this flawed concept of faith also entirely explains the "Relational Gap" which has developed between God and the present culture.  We are now generally more distant from God, individually, and thus as a culture, simply because we no longer understand how to correctly engage Him through faith.  And we will not be able to close this relational gap until we once again embrace the idea of saving faith as a thorough humility of will before God,
 
                a complete volitional "sell out" to the Savior.
 
 
End

For a more comprehensive look at the concepts surrounding “Redemptive Faith” you may want to read the article, “Crimson Link:”        Go to: “Crimson Link:”
 
Two shorter articles of a similar nature are located on the Nuts And Bolts Blog which is a part of The Prophet’s Passions Website network.      Go to: “The Nature Of Faith”  
 Go to: "The Common Path Of The Redeemed"
 
I would also encourage the reader to plug this authentic concept of saving faith into the various places in the New Testament where faith issues are being discussed.  It will make for very dramatic insights into what the scripture is really saying.