Tuesday, July 1, 2008


The entire purpose of organized religion is the attempt to make our relationship with the Father manageable and controllable by men. Because Life is spontaneous organizations cannot cope with it. This is why organizations will not stop at merely telling you how you should relate to God and each other. They must go on to tell you what these relationships should look like externally. This is a usurping of the Father’s role and interference in the operation of His life in us as our Life.

The problem with the institutional approach to knowing who it is that God created us to be lies in the essential nature of this issue. This knowing is an intimate issue between Father and each of His children. Our relationship with the Father is fundamentally a personal issue. The person that the Father made each of us to be is a unique person. No one can tell you what your individual expression of Christ should look like. This drives the organizational church crazy. But the fact remains that each of us is a unique expression of His life. No one can tell you what your expression should look like except the Father.

(Taken from ‘My Father and Your Father’, by Bill Landon)



Free Spirit said...

Yeah, I think it ought to be a red flag anytime we see that someone or something is trying to produce mass
molds. It should've been a dead give-away to me, a lot sooner, about religion. Why in the world do we think we all have to do it the same?
Talk about stifling Father's creativity! It must be so discouraging to Him. Ahh, never mind, He probably can't get discouraged.

Rich said...

free spirit,

In reading your response here these quotes came to mind from the movie, The Matrix;

Morpheus: Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream, Neo? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?

The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.

Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.
I would add, 'a prison to keep us mind bound', vs an intuitive spontanious knowing, not something to be aquired and possessed but a 'love knowledge' that flows into and out of us as the life of the Father flows into and out of us through Christ!

You said; ' It should've been a dead give-away to me, a lot sooner, about religion'.

I loved this response, thing is apart from the renewing of our minds, NONE of us are able to distingush the Truth from what appears to be real-true!
When we were rebirthed, sin and its appitite within us to remain (independent)the god of our own life was not vaporized.
Learning as we experience what it means to live loved, is the power to give up that right to our-selves (god-hood), moment by moment.
The goodness of our Papa allowing us to choose out of love and not compulsion!

Dave A. said...

And good stuff was said by all.

Very good.