A lot transpired on my sabbatical from Facebook ~ A spiritual cleansing
I have rededicated myself fully to Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the ONLY Mediator between God and man, and the only means of salvation for all of humanity, the only Saviour of those who have ever lived, currently live, and those who have yet to be born. He is God in the flesh, fully God and fully man. There will come a day of accounting for all people, a day of reckoning where by those who die in faith, will go into everlasting rest, and those who die outside of saving faith in Jesus Christ, will go to judgement.
I have recanted and repented from many things over the last month:
1) Repented from all the influences of Roman Catholicism, Catholic mysticism, the Catholic understanding of saints, icons, the Desert Fathers, Sacramental theology, centering prayer, meditation, the Catholic Ecumenical Movement, Pope Francis and the Roman Ecclesiastical system, Roman Catholic charismatic movement, and non biblical Catholic dogma.
2) Repented from the influences of the Eastern Orthodox belief system, mystical theology & experience, Eastern Orthodox beliefs & practices, icons, meditation, and the Eastern Orthodox view of the church and the offices and ministries within the church.
3) Repented from all the influences of the Emergent Church Movement, including centering prayer, meditation, post-modern narrative theology, convergence movement toward one world religion, dialogue with other world religions and movement, the pax-religious dialogue obsession, the world peace & harmony movement, all the New Age gnosticism , beliefs & practices entering the Evangelical Church through the deceived Emergent Church Movement.
4) Repented from the Hyper Charismatic Movement, the extra biblical beliefs and practices which have New Age origins, such as visualization in prayer, naming it & claiming it, self-actualization practices, the “god within” paradigm mirroring the New Age understanding of the “Christ consciousness within,” astral projection, third heaven encounters, heavenly realms, lights and crystals, harmonious sounds, seeking hidden knowledge, seeking experiences in the spirit, conversations with dead saints and people, trances, kundalini manifestations, the five fold ministry gifts, revivalist movements centred in encounters and not presentation of the Gospel unto salvation.
The list goes on.
The more the Lord reveals, the more repenting I am embracing and doing
NOTE: Those who genuinely come to saving faith in one of those three streams mentioned above, are saved by grace through faith, in SPITE of those streams, NOT because of them. It is only by the mercy of God that you are saved. The Scriptures say that if we are in those streams that teach anything other than the faith once delivered to the saints, then we are “to come out of her” and that is the Babylonian captivity of the Church.
My path to deception began in the turbulence of loss & suffering
My path to deception began in struggling with the pain, anguish of soul and heartbreak of losing our wee Carragh to cancer at age nine. We were in a conservative Evangelical church, and Lori-Anne and I did not know how to journey through the journey of pain associated with the death of a child. Our church family responded as best they could, but they did not know how to do that well either. At one level we wanted to scream, at another we wanted to feel. At another we wanted to have people come alongside and hurt with us, feel our pain and sorrow and just walk with us. We did not have anyone in that church that did that for us or with us. So we left. We moved away from stability and solid biblical teaching, and we got sucked into the hyper Charismatic needing to be able to experience God and feel alive and feel like it all mattered. But it led us to all this jumbled mess.
Unresolved personal pain within the institutional church unleashed more pain as I criticized the Church
In my own hurt and pain at what I found in the institutional church, I left and wandered for 14 years and was part of the house church movement. Much of what i did, I did, without realizing from a place of hurt, pain, rejection that I experienced within the institutional church. I slammed the institution and dismissed it as irrelevant and having nothing in common with the original blueprint of the Church found in the Book of Acts. As time progressed my judgments came back upon me and I could not find lasting good nurturing relationships, and that was the direct results of my criticisms and judgments. Yes Christianity is relational. Yes the institutional church has problems and its way of being the Church need to be more relational. But we can move in love and grace and compassion and seek to make Church more relational and engaging both in ministry and mission, inside and outside the four walls, be they the four walls of a cathedral or the four walls of your rec room. In the end it is about proclaiming and living out Jesus Christ and the Gospel and making disciples. My criticisms and judgments reaped a whirlwind in my own life. But no more.
When the “lights” turn on and expose the lies it is time to run!
Lori-Anne and I have chosen to run away from all the false teaching and deception that came into our spiritual lives over the last several decades. It all started with the wider Charismatic (non-Pentecostal – there is a difference) Movement, and entering into the Vineyard Movement, which led us in the Toronto Renewal and all its deceptions, the Prophetic and Apostolic Reformation movements, including the Kansas City Prophets, Todd Bentley, Lakeland Revival, and all the gamut of thing embraced within the current Charismatic movement.
Only the Jesus of the Bible matters!
I don’t care what spiritual gifts you have. I don’t care what mystical spiritual experiences you have. I don’t care about your callings and giftings. I don’t care about “doing the stuff” of ministry. I don’t care about healings and miracles. I don’t care about prophetic words. I don’t care about apostolic ministry. I don’t care about any of that. I only care that Jesus is proclaimed as the only Saviour and Lord. I only care that if all these other things of “church” or “theology” or “ministries” are all taken away, and all you have left is your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that Jesus alone is more than sufficient for you. Is Jesus enough?
For Lori-Anne and I, Jesus is more than enough
We are done with all of that other stuff, all the spiritual fluff with no substance or biblical grounding. We seek to know the God of the Bible, and proclaim that same God, and the salvation which is found in no other, Jesus Christ alone, Jesus of Nazareth, the Incarnation of God made flesh that dwelt among us and became the ONLY atonement for sin for all of humankind. If that same Jesus is not proclaimed, I am running as fast as I can the other way.
Like Luther said, “Here I stand I can do no other!”
Samuel M Buick
In the Eternal Grip of Jesus