Someone referred me to an article about the Second Century Church Service. Wow. I read the article.
The article reviewing the book, “2,000 Years of Christ’s Power, Vol. 1: Age of the Early Church Fathers,” does not document any supernatural intervention against darkness; this is not true reality to the Bible’s records from Genesis to Revelation. Wicked spirits exist (albeit defeated and on borrowed time), but when or where they are afflicting a marriage, a son, a daughter, then we [professing authentic Jesus-believers/followers] must believe in the whole Bible in order to dispense effectively God’s supreme authority over these defeated supernatural foes, which Jesus clearly dispensed this supreme authority to his followers when He said, “I have given you authority” (Luke 10:19). Luke 10:18 “[…] He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Immediately the feedback that I received from the message in this post: “I don’t see why we have to choose between demonstrations of power and ordinary means of grace. It’s a both/and. Blessings.”
However, the article did not speak of both, the demonstration of power and the ordinary means of grace. Therefore, it grossly misleads whether intentionally or not. The implication is contentment with powerlessness. Weakened, lost, frustrated sheep, too easy for pillage by all. As seen in chaotic Christian marriage statistics, rampant diseases, overly medicated Christians, etc.
The Church or Christian business leader that keeps the emphasis on realities not found in the Bible therefore indirectly weakens the Holy Bible, the gospel truth, the power meant for the Holy Christian Church, and divine authority in each Christ follower. Indirectly, in weakening the Holy Bible, this increases the social/emotional need of their respective church or business, and creates temporary job security. Not so, for us seeking, thirsty and hungry Christ Believers, we will believe the Holy Bible over above philosophies, and we will not believe realities contrary to the basic biblical demonstrations of Jesus and his disciples.