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Hello, I would like to preface my remark this afternoon with the fact that in all my years of striving to know the truth, coming from a dispensational trinitarian background not even realizing there was such a thing as a “one God” believer, I had to learn what I believed in reverse. The teaching that sent me on my quest was the pre tribulation rapture teaching..I grew up a baptist, lukewarm and removed from the company of those who “walked in the spirit”. After spending my teens and early twenties in the lusts of my flesh, I found despair, and longed for the company of Christ, whom I’d been introduced to as a youth.
I heard of a preacher who was a burning flame, had no compromise, and a great love for the Word, and that’s where I went to look for repentance, I later found out I had crossed over to Pentacostalism. It was exactly where the Lord wanted me. After years of cleaning myself up, (I still knew nothing of truly being reborn) I was pastoring a home church, and in the midst of teaching and praying and loving and serving, was researching doctrine. I found out I was a dispensationalist, that I believed (by default of being a pentacostal, or a baptist for that matter) it seemed I believed certain things about God’s dealings with Isreal, about the end times, about the church age, I realized that on the surface was good church, preaching from the Word of God, and fellowship and Faith and all that, but that at the roots, it was systematically a traditional dispensationalists theology I had been raised and groomed to believe..Not that that is bad in and of itself..But the pre-trib teaching really was so blatantly contradictory to what i read in Matthew, Daniel and Revelation ,etc. that I had to find the Theology that matched what I read in the Bible..So, into covenant theology i delved, into the messianic jewish community i went, online research galore, and realized i was looking at a long haul to realize the truth. I actually decided that if I didn’t find the systematic theology that coalesced all that came to me from the scriptures, I would have to develop it myself!!! Oh, man, I can’t even tell you how many lifetimes it would take me to do that. But I knew that God wanted his systematic theology to be reasonable, and not require so much back door interpolation and deductions of the intellectual order.

Does he speak cryptically, yes, maybe about the future of man, but not about himself, he’s very straightforward, Thank Him!, about that. Without that, I’d have given up the search as futility. God describes himself very clearly in the Torah, the teaching of messiah is clearly described as well, the Davidic and Abrahamic covenants were not esoteric and abstract..but the trinitarian God, and trinitarian theology, are..

Well, now it’s been about five years since the house church closed down, and about three years since I quit running around trying to serve any and everyone in order to BE GOOD! In my heart was/is a mess..I think when God put the Consciousness of morality in our hearts- we all know how we ought to live, we know what we need in our hearts, we know how we should treat others, but like Paul said in Romans 7 ..I can’t do it!

Here is my biggest criticism with the Trinitarian Doctrine, it totally prevents you from true identification with Christ, which is the only way to be transformed by the Spirit of Christ, and become a child of the Living God.

I was going to write an inquiry into the verses in Matt 18 where Jesus says inregards to the children, that “their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven”…to provoke thought in reference to the relationship between Heaven and earth in reference to the pattern of the tabernacle, the bodies physical and coming heavenly (in the REsurrection) but I think more important to this Blog, is the identification with Christ that only comes when he is identified with as the Son of God, not the amalgamation of God and Man..how do you identify with the God-Man? You don’t. In his Anointing as the Messiach, he did wonders, and in giving all the credit to God in the doing, he clarifies who he is..The Trinitarian formula for the essence of the Christological character requires far too much interpolation to be from God, he knows our frame, and speaks to us in a way that benefits us, his dare I say favorite Creation?..

I hope God can use this little testimony for His Glory, and that the knowledge of Christ would be revealed… that’s another thing – how does the title “second Adam” make any sense if he’s half-God and half-man?? Shalom, Jason

2 Responses to “For of such is the kingdom of heaven”

  1. on 05 Jan 2008 at 6:46 pmSean

    Welcome to the blog Jason. I really enjoyed this testimony. Praise God for how He works with us to bring us greater truth which in turn sets us free to serve Him in the power of the spirit. I’d be curious to hear more about your own struggle to become free of dispensational theology. I too was strongly dispensational and used to believe in the pre-tribulation (escapism) rapture. It seems that these two doctrines depend on one another to a certain degree.

  2. on 05 Jan 2008 at 9:12 pmJohnO

    “Here is my biggest criticism with the Trinitarian Doctrine, it totally prevents you from true identification with Christ”

    I agree with this statement wholeheartedly. The more and more I read about atonement ideas, they all reverse this idea. They all *start* with Christ identifying with us! Which, of course, if he is God, he must do. But then they must shy away from us identifying with him (in the same way), because we cannot be God. Thus we only identify with him in baptism and the lord’s supper. While those are certainly important – it is not the full extent of the identification. One consequence of being raised as, first a lapsed catholic, second on dispensational, individualistic theology, was that this idea of atonement was not very spelled out – other than Jesus died for you. I hope to be able to post more on what exactly that might mean to the writer and audience of the Bible.

  

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