My next book should be out in a few weeks, but I don’t have a title yet. Anybody have some suggestions? Let me know! It will be on the subject of giving up our religious rites and giving up our legal rights for the sake of the gospel.
The church is so afraid of sinning, we take no risks. We must step out and be willing to make mistakes for the Kingdom of God as we follow Jesus. I hope you take such great risks that people accuse you of sinning. Religious people were always accusing Jesus of sinning. So if religious people are not accusing you of sinning, you are probably not following Jesus.
Large portions of what the Early Church said and did, came not from heavenly revelation, but from cultural emulation. We can copy culture today as well. We must not run from culture, but watch, observe, and learn from culture, believing that God is at work there just as He is at work in our own lives, and that the needs and issues of culture can be championed by the church.
As the church seeks to follow Jesus into the world, one of the ways we can find guidance about where He is leading us is by looking to culture. The Holy Spirit is not only at work in Christians, but is also at work in the world. He is guiding history, governments, and even people who are the sworn enemies of God.