It has been quite some time now since we have used the Blog. Perhaps now that things have settled down a bit for all of us, it may be useful to blog issues and articles of worth that may be of assistance to others as well as ourselves.
For starters, thanks to all for your friendship and openness to walk with me through this journey. Walking away from a lot of hype and a lot of people’s expectations as well as my own confused aspirations and desires can all be confusing, and add to it, being a man who thinks he has to have all the answers and have everything together, and you have the potential for a mess. It has taken a four year journey, with a brief year long stop gap in the middle of it, to come to this place of ceasing and desisting from being what I do not believe to be biblical any longer, not that I ever did believe it. Maybe it was just me wanting God so much, I was willing to settle for another human being defining what that is for me, and then believe all the hype around me.
I have also learned that what you believe will determine how you act. I am not a dispensationalist, never have been. I am driven by what I read in Scripture and see in the chronicle of human history. I am a Preterist, and one who happens to believe there is still a valid use for all the spiritual gifts. That does not make me a whacky charismatic, but hopefully a thoughtful and biblical Christian who sees the church (body of Christ) still in need of maturity into who Christ called her to be. I was and want to still more so, be a biblical Christian. There is no hype, when you believe the Preterist view of the “times of the end.” It is complete rest in who Jesus is and what He accomplished, and what He still wants to do in each of us, who embody His Kingdom rule. He wants His Kingdom expressed through out lives, affecting change one life at a time. This is how the Kingdom advances.
As men this becomes ever more practical and relevant, for all our relationships have meaning and purpose. There is none of this grand eye popping sensationalist “destiny” language to be wrestled with. Our destiny is outlined in Romans 8. We are to be conformed to the mind of Christ and to be transformed from glory to glory and become perfected in Him. We are predestined to do this. I embrace that this is the reason for my life at this time, in God’s economy. I am to become transformed into the image of Christ. That is the only “destiny” to worry about. It is not wrapped up in who I am as a man, and what grand purpose there is in my life, as if the ministry God has for me, is somehow dependent upon me making it happen. I am to rest in Christ and allow Him to live out His life in and through me, and for that I am eternally grateful.
So men, rise up, and let Christ shine in you and through you. Surrender, yield, submit and obey the little things that He lays before you. It will revolutionize your life as a man and as the priest in your family, and as a fellow participant in the Kingdom of God.
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The above blog post was written at a time when I was eclectic in my theological & biblical views and understanding. As of 5 February 2017 I am a functional cessasionist, that is, I believe the spiritual gifts, in particular gift like the vocative, prophetic gifts as well as healing & miracles have ceased. This means that my understanding is that at the end of the apostolic era, when the last apostle died (that would be John who was at Patmos & Ephesus, the author of the Gospel of John, Epistles of John & the Revelation of Jesus Christ, with his passing, the need for these particular gifts, the oracles of God given to men through the Holy Spirit, were no longer required. With the forming of the Canon of Scripture, there came to be no need for revelatory gifts. In fact in Revelation, John himself records the words of Jesus, “18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, which are written about in this book.” [Revelation 22, CSB]
God is sovereign, still heals, still manifests in the miraculous, but not at the whim or the discretion of men. We pray and ask the Lord, and then we yield and surrender to His will, echoing the words and the spirit of Christ, “Not my will but your will be done.” [Luke 22:42].
I embrace and hold to a Reformed understanding of theology & Christian living in the world. I have abandoned my other views entirely. I would be more akin to a Reformed Baptist (1689 Confession) type of Reformed theology. I used to be a continuationist (akin to John Piper) but no longer.
God bless you as you seek to know Christ and the power of His resurrection [Philippians 3:10 CSB].
In the eternal grip of Jesus,
Samuel M. Buick
29 January 2018
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