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"Everything Already" by nakedpastor David Hayward
“Everything Already” by nakedpastor David Hayward

Rather than setting people free permanently, much of religion’s purpose is to keep people enslaved, repeat customers, with a lifetime commitment. Even when our innate freedom is staring us in the face and beating within our chest and screaming from our minds, we look beyond it to listen to demeaning, dehumanizing and deliberately enslaving ideas about ourselves and Reality.

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  • Ang

    Just WOW! Amazing how you speak ‘the word’ that is so obvious. Sad that we have been so conditioned to believe churchanity.

  • Alvin Gongora

    Rather than a “The end is near” sign it’s “The end is here,” which makes the end pretty much like the beginning.

  • BW

    Absolutely. Religion is big business.

  • andrew bryce

    I’ve been trying to say/live/walk this way for a while now. Sadly I miss it sometimes, but occasionally I get it right. As a Sunday morning speaker and a ’24/7 kingdom walker’, I try to live this out David, I really do. Sometimes I feel like I slip more than I walk. Thanks for the reminder to keep the hope alive. I like the grace in this cartoon.

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    Law/gospel.

    The law shows us our great need. It exposes us, including the preacher, who admits to such.

    And the gospel frees us. Totally…in Christ. Nothing left to do.

    Now that you don’t have to do anything….what will you do?

  • Kris

    That reminds me of the line in the Lord’s Prayer “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” We have the power to bring about Heaven now and we don’t have to wait for every soul to be saved. I am so shocked at the cruelty of Christians as they try to “bring people to Christ.” It’s unbelievable. Show them who Christ is by loving them.

  • Caryn LeMur

    Steve:

    I read your post, and a story appeared in my mind. I think it is for you, from our Father, k?

    Story:

    A father had four sons that were thrown into debtor’s prison. The father paid all their fines, opened the gates of the prison, and placed a feast-table within his own house for each of them.

    The first son stayed in prison, forever fearing freedom.

    The second son left prison for a time, but returned to a life of crime and credit fraud. He was returned to prison.

    The third son left prison, but lived nearby, rather than in his father’s house. He visited the prison daily to remind himself of his past and of his forgiveness.

    The fourth son left prison, and lived in his father’s house, until overcome by the graciousness of his father, he forgot the past and pressed forward with joy to become like his father.

    End of story.

    I wish to ask:

    – Which son does your dogma instruct you to be like? [Perhaps not your ‘official’ dogma, but the dogma you hear over and over in your heart.]

    – What did Paul mean when he wrote “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things.” [Phil 3]

    – Is it possible your dogma has caused you to become never fully mature in Christ? Could it be that your dogma has made you, at best, the third son? Could it be that you need to hear ‘sola scriptura’ in your heart?

    I think you (and several other people I have met here and on TLS) have such incredible potential to become like Christ (or like the Father in Heaven)… but something keeps holding you back. You seem like a gifted singer that doubts his/her own voice; and I like a voice instructor that senses your potential.

    I want to hear you sing.

    Much love in Christ always and unconditionally; Caryn

  • http://www.bignoises.wordpress.com Kathy

    This.

    It is frickin’ finished already.

    If that was ever truly practiced in a church, how would the pastor control his congregation?

    If a pastor ever said the words in your ‘toon, David, I’d likely die of shock.

    K.

  • http://www.ascendingthehills.blogspot.com Jessica

    Love this! Thanks!

  • Gary

    We can dream right David? If that was preached…I would still be in church.

    Caryn I love your story. Going to use it (or a form of it) myself.

  • Suzanne

    Yes. Life is a journey of discovery for what already IS!

  • Peter Davids

    Berating is one thing, of course, and what is quote is indeed true. But both Paul and Jesus said so much more about the kingdom. Paul said in two letters that those who do x, y, and z will not inherit the kingdom of God. Jesus gives some significant warnings in Matt 7, among other places. So surely a true shepherd needs to warn about dangerous directions (as every New Testament letter does) and teach the spiritual disciplines that will enable the kingdom within to take on form in the person. I sort of felt like Hugh Montefiore is supposed to have said when a research student said, “The rabbis said this and this.” He sighed and said, “That is true. It is too bad that they also said so much more.”

  • http://thoughts-brigitte.blogspot.com Brigitte

    Caryn, Steve’s question is a rhetorical question. He is asking everyone exactly the same way you are asking him. What would you do with your freedom. ??? There is a Luther movie, not the last one, where he is in class with his students at the University of Wittenberg and he teaches the freedom in Christ, and the students are disturbed about it. He asks them: What would you do with your freedom? Would you run down to the whorehouse, etc. (using some other earthy and picturesque and memorable language) and the answer of couse is: No, I wouldn’t do that with my freedom… None of which makes him an antinomian, because while the saint does not want to do what’s bad and needs no law, the old Adam still does, and he needs the curb, rule and guide. And so the law is still preached to the old Adam. And both things are true and the same time and complete freedom exists along with the law in the heart.

    So when we talk about a definition of freedom, and that’s a huge philosophical topic, I like to come down with this one: it is the freedom to do gladly and freely what I am supposed to do.

    If people want to call that slavish–that’s been done lots of times, before.

    I’ve been reading lots lately about the 19th century. Intellectually and philosophically and ideologically there were a lot of things happening. For one thing I discovered racism based on a type of evolutionary thinking. We may not be able or interested in blaming Darwin for this. But there was a stream of thinking from even further back, that went along this line of thinking: if human beings did not all come down from one original pair such as Adam and Eve, they may have evolved several times from different monkeys. Thus different races, which Europeans were now encountering in areas the subjugated into colonies, may be more or less human or more or less valuable and more or less spiritual, and more or less a slave race or a master race. This reads pretty disgusting to us after all that has happened. But different cultures, tribes and “races” (nowadays apparently anthropologists don’t believe in “races” at all), were seen along a spectrum where some where more intelligent, genius-like and spiritual, where others were less valuable, less spiritual, less beautiful than others… and therefore, it was ok to treat them less acceptably, and even as slaves.

    The Germans themselves, my kinsmen, as has been mentioned before, brought this all to full fruition by seeing themselves as a superior culture with the best poets and philosophers. None of this comes out of a real Christian vein. These are thoughts more of enlightenment and romanticism. So in we get Ernst Haeckel who gave us the chart of embryos, who begin as fishes, etc. (less than human) as well as his opinion on black people:

    Haeckel divided human beings into ten races, of which the Caucasian was the highest and the primitives were doomed to extinction.[69]Ernst Haeckel claimed that Negroes have stronger and more freely movable toes than any other race which is evidence that Negroes are connected to apes because when apes stop climbing in trees they hold on to the trees with their toes, Haeckel compared Negroes to “four-handed” apes. Haeckel also believed Negroes were savages and that Whites were the most civilised. From Wikipedia on polygenics.

    We also have our friend Nietzsche (whom I really need to read more fully for myself), who considers the Superman to be the one who is more spiritual, more advanced, rather than the slavish people more aligned with the monkeys. Among these would be Christians, I suppose, who follow this slavish religion instead of asserting themselves to this higher spiritual plane.

    You will think I am taking this too far. But the intellectual history of all this hangs somewhat together. It’s interesting to go way back on this.

    Christianity is not slavish. And a Superman and master race is the last thing we needed. We could see that there was nothing wonderfully spiritual about it. It was the ultimate disaster. Although, people tell me we can’t blame Nietzsche for it. Fine. He may have been a good philosopher in some ways. Yet, this idea, taken wrongly and too far and the dismissal of Christianity as slavish was NOT a good idea.

    We do need law and gospel. Our hearts and communities need law and gospel. We need to follow some rules so we can live together in humane ways. We also need freedom to live together in humane ways.