What do I mean by “fickleness” among Christians? Here are four examples to give you the picture.
Exhibit A. Christina is on fire for the Lord. Four years later, she turns away from Him and goes back into the world.
Exhibit B. Doug is fully engaged in the deeper journey. Three years later, he loses all interest in it and instead opts for superficial religious intellectualism, confusing it with spirituality.
Exhibit C. Josh is on track to become a worker in the Lord’s house. Three years later, the fires get too hot for him, so he abandons his true calling (without realizing it), and goes the institutional route by enrolling in seminary to become another cog in the system.
Exhibit D. Lisa is immersing herself in deeper life ministry from the greats of the past all the way to those living today who stand in their lineage. Three years later, she jumps on the pop wave of an inaccessible celebrity preacher because he’s popular. Lisa doesn’t have the discernment to tell the difference between that which is borne from experience and through fire from that which is superficial and untested.
I can multiply examples of each case that I’ve observed over the years. The net: because the above examples of “fickleness” are so common today, it’s difficult to trust what people say they believe.
What they are passionate about one moment can change on a dime the next.
About 10 years ago a man (we’ll call him Dan) went to a church restoration conference, and he was livid that the speakers didn’t take on the religious system as being unbiblical. (I didn’t speak at the conference, I just heard about it.) So he wrote me a long diatribe expressing his anger.
My response to Dan was to allow people to be what they are, and not judge them according to Dan’s personal convictions.
Ironically, Dan is now an institutional pastor in the religious system, and I haven’t heard from him in years.
Point: Countless Christians today are fickle.
So what’s the solution to spiritual fickleness?
I don’t know if there’s a solution. All I can say is that whatever you believe right now will be tested – severely.
Circumstances will sift out what you have seen by God’s illumination verses what you have held in your frontal lobe – which is always fragile.
If someone can convince you to believe something, someone else can convince you to reject it.
May God raise up an army of sisters and brothers who have joined the Insurgence and will stick with it until their dying day.
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