Present Perfect II

“The Deadliest Pharaisaim today is not hypocrisy, but unconscious unreality.”
— Oswald Chambers

“I am convinced that the dearth of great saints in these times even among those
who truly believe in Christ is due at least in part to our unwillingness
to give sufficient time to the cultivation of the knowledge of God.
…to enjoy this growing knowledge of God will require that we go
beyond the goals so casually set by modern evangelicals.  We must
fix our hearts on God and purposefully aim to rise above the dead level
and average of current Christianity.  If we do this Satan will surely tempt us
by accusing us of spiritual pride and our friends will warn us
to beware of being “holier than thou”.   – A.W. Tozer, That Incredible Christian

I’m frankly astounded at how many people didn’t ‘get’ what I was saying about being perfect once accepting Christ.  I’m also equally astounded at how Christians would try to prove they’re still imperfect despite Christ’s blood.  It seems incongruous to the goals of a Christ-follower.

Amazingly, I read two separate things yesterday (and I haven’t picked up Chambers in a week, sadly)… and the message just ‘fit’ with our current discussion.  Unconscious unreality is the problem, here.  People aren’t accepting the Truth because it doesn’t fit with the reality they’ve been programmed to believe.  It’s like unplugging from The Matrix and at the same time trying to retain the same ‘rules’ as the system has in spite of the fact that there’s an obvious reality that can’t be integrated with the Matrix or it’s rules.  True, there *is* a part of us that fights unconsciously to operate on the same level as we were on before Christ, but we are free from that – free, indeed.  Either you are, or you aren’t.  This is the struggle that we face, one major lie Satan tries to paint so that we stay soundly stuck where we are, instead of growing in the knowledge of God.

And, as Tozer so brilliantly states, the moment you start saying things like, “I’m perfect in Christ”… people bristle up and start to try toning you down, pulling you down to the level of the average Christian, telling you that you’re overstepping your bounds and that you’re being presumptuous… when it’s not presumption at all – it’s a promise!  This, also, would be Satan, trying to keep eagles from soaring.

The conversation has been quite interesting in the comment section of Present Perfect.  I encourage you to go and read it.  Does the verse, “Not as though I already attained, either were already perfect…” mean that we’re *not* perfect, as one commentor suggested?  Or does that contradict a verse further down in the same passage that says “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded.”.  Does this make the Bible contradict itself?  Do you know what you believe?  Are you perfect, or not?  Go and read.  You may very well be blessed.

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