Sometimes I think there are some, bless their sweet hearts and smiling faces, who spiritually are out there too far for their own good. I get what they’re saying – that we’re all God’s children. However, they refuse to reckon with the missing piece of the unique redemption in Jesus Christ, namely this – “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Christianity is not an “I’m OK, you’re OK” New Age gospel. It’s that we’re not OK, and God in His love is making us OK. He’s making us OK – restoring his prodigal children – by the power of the Cross (foolishness to those who are perishing – see 1 Corinthians 1:18) and His Grace supplied and applied through the Holy Spirit.
It’s not automatic, as some are teaching. The original blessed estate, you see, got interrupted by that “little event” called the fall. Remember that? Oh, I forgot. Pardon me. Somebody who channeled some unknown voice that identified itself as Jesus says otherwise and wrote a book about it. Oh, yes… Silly me.
Sorry, but I’m not ready to part with the more traditional view – that you have to recognize your need to be saved, and then ask the Holy Spirit to take the reins of your life all the rest of the way Home. What I’m trying to make clear is that you cannot experience sonship without the experience of salvation! Essentially it amounts to the same thing.
Numerous New Agers come from the “positional” view of originally having been created as God’s children, and that there was never a fall from grace. This comes from numerous extra biblical sources. We are sons, true, from a certain standpoint, but it is not so experientially without the Cross, Repentance, and the understanding of what Jesus provided through that, as well as in His Resurrection, Ascension, Bestowal of the Holy Spirit, and His teachings. (See Galatians 2:20. Ephesians 2:6.)
However what’s missing (in this A Course In Miracles view) and also numerous other New Age versions of the Jesus narrative and their gospels (or should we say “ghost-spells”) is the acknowledgement of the unique revelation of Jesus Christ, His redemption, and His rightful Lordship over His creation – brought forth by love, redeemed by love – even after mutiny and jumping ship, you might say.
Without that piece, the Redemptive piece – the biggest in the big picture – you’re like an acorn bouncing up and down saying, “I’m an oak! I’m an oak! Hello, all you other beautiful oaks lying on the ground. You are oaks!!! Don’t let anyone tell you you’re an acorn and need the great work of being transformed into an oak (symbolizing in this instance God’s sons) to morph you into what you’re intended to be. You’re already there!”
Well, no, I don’t think so. That’s just plain nuts!
Without the traditional Gospel piece of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and His Cross and Passion, a great disservice is done, and people are without the repentance and vital work of God’s transforming grace that leads them to become Sons and Heirs with and in Christ! It is truly a “blessed assumption”, something taken for granted, at great peril… But that’s just li’l ol’ me fear mongering again, right?
Yes – “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” (1 John 3:2,3)
This is often the trip up, and I’ve heard it before in New Age circles. Everybody thinks he’s Jesus Christ (“we are all one”). All it takes is telling it to yourself until you believe it, without the purifying from and reckoning with sin. You cannot hang onto sin and still call yourself a son of God. At least that’s what my Bible says… We is legally, but we ain’t experientially. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8,9)
Why? “God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that God’s righteousness would be produced in us.” (2 Corinthians 5:21. International Standard Version takes the prize for clarity on this one, in my opinion.) Out with the old, in with the new. It’s a spiritual heart transplant, and more!
The problem with this idea that we’re all sons of God is that it is not a clear sound, in my opinion. Too nebulous and incomplete. Many people that adhere to this view seem to, well, not exactly care to hear too much about Jesus either, as the one unique Word Made Flesh, in the Beginning with God, the Word Who was God. (Check out the first few verses of the Gospel of John chapter 1, as well as the opening lines of the Epistle of 1 John 1).
In this “age of inclusivity” it’s not politically correct to consider anyone as outside the kingdom. No one wants to hear that you cannot come in unless you wash your robes and make them white in the blood of the Lamb! But here it is – “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:7,8)
Put it in human terms: If you invite me to a fancy formal black tie and tux event, and I show up after just having slopped the pigs, without bathing and in dirty clothes, would you want me to sit down for dinner like that? No, you would either tell me to leave, or if you are kind, to go home, take a bath, get dressed up, and then I will be worthy to eat at your banquet! As the sign says, “No shoes, no shirt, no service!”
And also, “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:!4 NASB)
“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)
No, Christianity is not a one size fits all matter. That’s one big reason it does not fit in with the religions of the world. God is dead serious about having us restored as His sons. But there is only one way, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:14).
He sent His Son to make sure we understand the directions.