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Babylon’s Gate

Jack Hayford Manifest PresenceMany times the words that we hear from Christian mystics today sound strangely similar to Grand Funk’s “I’m getting closer to my home” mantra of the ‘60s. “Come home,” Jack Hayford declared in Manifest Presence. “Step through the open door. It is here, worshipping at the throne of God . . .” To the Christian mystic the raising of hands is “a means of touching heaven (the invisible) with hands on earth (the visible) and making a ‘connection’ in a way transcending our explanation, but a way known to God – the One far wiser than our diluting and deluding reasonings to the contrary.”

As worship is viewed as act of elevating oneself to the throne, the contemporary worshipper denounces those who use doctrinal arguments to contend against the New Worship they so enthusiastically embrace with lifted hands. They silence their foes by merely stating that these critics cannot understand the secret things of God because they depend on reason. And to the mystic, the mind cannot elevate itself to the knowledge of God. So there is no disputing those who have set themselves up as being the ones who have the inside track to spirituality.

Thus being “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom 12:2) to the New Worshipper is all about entering into an altered state of consciousness to enter into the supernatural world to behold the glory of God. They contend that this heavenly experience reconditions the mind as it is transformed by God’s spirit from glory to glory.

However, when Paul talked about “the Spirit of the Lord” transforming us, he was not recommending some existential leap of faith into the unknown. Neither was he encouraging believers to worship their way to God. The Bible specifically indicates that the Spirit resides within believers and that is why we behold “as in a mirror the glory of the Lord.” Inside each believer is where the transformation takes place rather than through some external quest into the supernatural world. Consider the following scriptures: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” (I Cor 2:12 MKJV) “’However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth . . .’” (Jn 16:13 MKJV) “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (I Cor 3:16 MKJV) “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Rom 8:13-14 MKJV)

Therefore the Bible clearly announces that our minds are transformed and we are changed as a result of God’s saving grace even as God’s Holy Spirit now dwells within us. “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” (Rom 8:9-10 MKJV)

Tmartin luther bondage of the willhis is a gift of God and not something that has to be gained through our own feeble efforts. Accordingly, as detailed in Martin Luther’s Bondage of the Will, though we were once held in bondage to sin, as believers we are now free to pursue righteousness according to the power of God that lives within us. (Rom 6:5-6) Thus we are purified by God’s work on the cross and God alone through faith and faith alone. “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’” (Rom 1:17 MKJV)

However, our hedonistic “if it feels good do it” Hollywood culture has surrounded Christians with temptations of monumental proportions. To add to that, we have become a wealthy and impatient people who have gotten use to having what we want the way we want it. And that would be today, not tomorrow. Undisciplined modern Christians, who are continually gripped by the world’s talons, are desperately seeking escape. So they clamor after the instant success promised by magical formulas to find release from the sin that continues to drag them down. Mysticism has provided the retreat they seek after and there are plenty of New Worshippers yearning to meet their hedonistic desires to have it all right now.

Hence, while referencing the fact that during his heavenly vision Isaiah’s unclean lips were touched by an angel as he was “purified and restored” and anointed to prophecy, New Worshippers contended that Christians are made holy as they are elevated by an altered state of mind to the throne of God through worship. (Isa 6) It is while in the middle of these worship experiences that God’s image and nature are manifested in our lives. The idea is that, rather than subjecting ourselves to traditional Christian disciplines, we can sing our way to holiness. The problem here is that in true Babylonian fashion the call is that we need to reach up to God and build towers that span into the heavens in order to become holy. With this in mind Bob Sorge revealed in Exploring Worship, “. . .it is not that God descends to meet us when we praise, but rather we ascend to Him.”

Yet the Bible is all about God coming down to man as Emmanuel “God is with us.” Jesus indicated that He would send His Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us. Holiness is the result of Christ’s work in us as His Holy Spirit dwelling inside transforms us. We don’t need heavenly visions in order to walk the Christian life. Nor should we be reaching up into the supernatural world as the pagans do in order to seek perfection. There is no where to go to find the God who lives in us! Consequently, those who seek the glory of God need only to look at the obvious: “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col 1:27 MKJV)

Pagans worship to become holy. Christians worship because they have been made holy. True worship is the manifestation of holiness in the believer’s life here on earth. And it has nothing to do with being elevated to the supernatural world through the building of modern Towers of Babel. The body of Christ today needs true worship, not New Worship.

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