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Walking True Ancient Paths

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Of course a whole universe of new thoughts and ideas have been crammed into these articles. These are just an introduction and I have just created sketches of the subjects covered. But, to paraphrase the apostle John, if I covered everything that needed to be said, surely the whole world would not have room for all the books that could be written. Literary license mixed with Jewish exaggeration, in my case, but there’s an awful lot more that could be covered.

A prominent Christian magazine recently featured an article entitled “Walking ancient paths”. It was one of the most popular features they’ve had, I was reliably informed. It highlighted the current unrest in some Christians with the way things are, with a hankering back, nostalgically, to the way things were, because surely things were better then? Yet the article didn’t quite do what it said on the tin. It didn’t go the full way, but stopped off before the end of the journey. Ancient traditions were described, but these were the traditions of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. It was bells, smells, icons, quietness and incense. What a shame they didn’t look back further to the days when the Church was thoroughly Biblical, before the corruption of Greek influence. In a way it was not the fault of the article writer, because little is really known about those far-off times and it’s hard to be nostalgic about something lost in the bowels of history. But, perhaps, these articles may help to provide an impetus to dig a little further and rediscover what has been lost.

And to remind you, here are the four themes developed so far:

Christianity has been thoroughly infiltrated by Greek philosophy, particularly the ideas of Plato, resulting in a dualism that has negatively affected every area of doctrine and practice.

A return to the Jewish roots of the faith can benefit the Church, not only through an understanding of the equal validity of both the physical and the spiritual, but also through rediscovering Hebraic elements that were banished by the early Church.

The only way the Church can attain the One New Man of Ephesians 2 is by Jew and Gentile respecting each other’s perspective and striving for a balance between the two.

Christians must learn to flex their faith muscles, switch on their brain and get real with God. A reasonable faith should be our goal.

The Christian Church is hungry for revival. We look at real revivals in the past, such as with the Wesley brothers and the Welsh revival of 1905 and we hanker after them, because we can see what effect they had on not just the Church, but on society too. We study past revivals, we read books and create formulae, we go to conferences about revival and many are willing to jump on a plane to visit the latest “fire from heaven”. Everything is man-centred because that is the way we are these days. Humanism and New Age techniques have crept into the Church and we believe that we can truly control the heavenlies, that we can “conjure up” the Holy Spirit at will, that revival is just a whisper away as long as we …

As long as we … what? That’s the point, it isn’t all about us. There is no magic formula to second guess God and His sovereign purposes. But there is a principle that is totally Biblical and has been either ignored by the Church, broken by the Church or manipulated by the Church.

My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass. But you, O LORD, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come. For her stones are dear to your servants; her very dust moves them to pity. The nations will fear the name of the LORD, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory. For the LORD will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory. He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea. Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD : “The LORD looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.” (Psalm 102:11-20)

Steve Maltz
April 2013

(This is an abridged extract from Steve’s book How the Church Lost the Way)

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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