The Foundational Series
VI. Purified Identity versus Polluted Identity
Earlier we considered two categories of earth-based identities: inherited (blood) and acquired. Beyond this however is a third category. This category results when the saints take their new identity and use it to reinforce their earth-based identities instead of overcoming them. This category is artificial religious identity.
Artificial religious identities are created when saints compromise their new identity with various old ones, creating separations among themselves in the name of Jesus based on race, nation, family, culture, differences in theological understanding. These identities include manmade groups and offices. Samples of polluted identities include: rector, priest, Southern Baptist, Dutch Reformed, calvinist, charismatic, etc. All sectism and denominationalism is artificially created religious identity.
While failing to overcome earth-based identities is bad enough, creating polluted identities by joining identity in Christ to earth-based identities is chief among abominations. It is behind all spiritual harlotry and at the root of false kingdom teaching (see manuscript Flight From Babylon for a fuller discussion of false kingdom teaching).
Using our new identity to reinforce our old ones has no rival for evil in the Church. The big problem in the Church and among saints is confusion over identity. The people of God by and large do not know who they are. We do not know what it means to be called-out. Moreover we know precious little of cultivating the Presence of God for the purifying of our new identity.
Therefore we tend to use our new identity to reinforce old ones and create false religious ones. Christians use their Christianity to reaffirm their national, cultural, and ethnic origins. This is sin. Christians use their Christianity to reaffirm their blood identities and family ties instead of transforming them to Spirit-based relationships. This is abomination.
That is why you can't get Christians to leave home to serve Jesus, or to abandon their political allegiances in "Christian" America. They are afraid to leave their job, so they Christianize their occupational identity instead of losing it. Because of our blindness (ignorant and otherwise) to our true identity, most of us are in little position to help one another break free from old identities, and most of our gatherings tend to reinforce our old corporate identities rather than purify our "called-out" one.
written from Pleasant Valley, Prince Edward Island, Canada
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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