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KNOWING JESUS AS JESUS IS

I have always been a lover of life. I see it in many places, in certain people and not in others. ‘Being alive appeals to me because it is what Jesus came to multiply. He multiplies Himself into us so that we come alive in our spirit, soul and body. People can be very active, quite humorous or very pious and still be dead in their being. They lack spirit and life.

Did you know that we can be a person who loves Jesus and yet remain dead in spirit and soul? This comes from a vision of a distorted Jesus that arises from a distorted gospel. Truth is important because truth sets people free to know Christs' gospel, the real Christ and the real us instead of a false Jesus who has been obscured by personal misgivings and warped religion.

Father is revealed by Jesus and Jesus is revealed by Father and Holy Spirit to all who desire Him.

Jeff Turner shares his journey from Christian veils and mythology to a life that is in God and therefore truly alive.

In Jesus the veils are removed

“Over the course of a decade plus, I found all of my cherished, but lethal beliefs being burned up like chaff by the blazing heat of the Father’s love. Before there even was such a thing as a “Grace movement”, I began to encounter a God who was gracious, compassionate, kind and more loving than I’d ever dared to dream. When the reality of His love met my angry God theology, something had to give, and it wasn’t going to be on His end. It was a season of great upheaval and uprooting in my life. The religious abuse and depression I’d become so accustomed to living with was slowly being chipped away at, and I simply could not exist that way any longer. I had to learn a new way of living, and it wasn’t easy. I cried many a tear and almost bled my soul dry. But it was worth it.” (1)

Seeing through the deceit of cherished beliefs.

It's worth being alive rather than fractionally dead for our own sake and for everyone else’s. To live to pump up your own denomination so that it finds its place in the world may not be to multiply life. Any diminution of the truth binds people in some way as is a form of degradation. To persist with ideas that diminish spirit and life is to promote a subtle and damaging form of abuse. Such abuse is pernicious because it cripples people at the source of their being: The spirit and their soul.

Paul warned that ‘other gospels’ attracted a curse. This curse is not from God. It comes from ourselves and our attempt to define ‘godliness’ in terms of our own compartments of the knowledge of good and evil. We are denuded of a real identity because we are obsessive bound in the identity of our community. Our spiritual eye sight has almost gone and we persist in blindly promoting this distorted gospel as though it is on a par with Jesus, Paul’s and John’s gospel of the Kingdom. So deluded can we become that our life journey consist in grabbing scraps of truth while erecting fictions like wall. We seek to avoid an encounter with the truth that all our lives we have been captive to a delusion: a false gospel that is no gospel at all.

Avoiding the truth and erecting a fence of fictions to keep truth out has been her life's work.

Whether our community is a cult by definition or a more subtle apparatus of institutional control is not the point. The point is that it is a form of abuse that is so subtle that it can pass for a version of Christianity. It is a ‘version’ of course. It is a tare. Jesus does not expect you stay in it just as He insists that no one be imprisoned in an abusive marriage. The worst form of Christian abuse is found not in sexual abuse. It appears where people teach lies as though they are the truth of God.

“More often than not, leaving a cult environment requires an adjustment period, not only to reintegrate into “normal” society but also to put the pieces of yourself back together in a way that makes sense to you. When you first leave a cultic situation, you may not recognize yourself. You may not know how to identify the problems you are about to face. You may not have the slightest idea who you want to be. The question we often ask children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” suddenly takes on a new meaning for adult ex-cult members.” (2)

When Jesus is your life – the Jesus who is I AM and the CHRIST OF GOD, will reveal Himself as He is. In this real Jesus you will grow into your real self. You will grow into your real self – an uninhibited and un-retarded son/daughter of God. In the real Jesus you become the real you.

Jesus is the I AM of Himself and Father's Son. False Christ's are not necessarily demonic figures. They are misshapen constructs of our own minds and the creation of institutionalism. Jesus reveals Himself as He is to anyone who desires to know Him.

(1) Turner, Jeff. Saints in the Arms of a Happy God: Recovering the Image of God and Man (pp. 10-11). Jeff Turner. Kindle Edition.

(2) Madeleine Landau Tobias, Captive Hearts, Captive Minds: Freedom and Recovery from Cults and Other Abusive Relationships.

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