MAKING PROVISION FOR UNKNOWN TRUTH: BEING TEACHABLE

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         “The very nature of teaching is the act of revealing information that a student had not known previously. This means we only know what we know…”

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         Before we address the content of this post I want to thank my faithful readers. Some of you have been following this blog for a few years now and I do appreciate it. The material here is not mainstream in the least and that causes a decided lack of traffic flow to begin with, but some of you are supporting me anyway. I know many of you do not agree with everything I write and it is refreshing that we continue to share in a level of spiritual fellowship. But the very nature of teaching is the act of revealing information that a student had not known previously. This means we only know what we know, which is not something we usually know that we know. It can also be stated this way:

         “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” [1]                       

         This means we must be humble. We must be teachable. As followers of the Lord Jesus, it is dangerous to believe we know it all. We must be ever-learning. There’s a strange phenomenon that takes place in the soul of some Christian ministers when they insist on doctrines not supported by the Lord’s teachings. In order to enforce said doctrines, such ministers force themselves to adopt guises out of character with the fruit of the Spirit. They prove by their very actions that something is wrong with the teachings they espouse. They become less like Christians and more like hard-edged turf-defenders or stagnant dogma pushers.

         They become quite used to having their way. They demand next to blind obedience. It borders on religious brainwashing. It establishes what can only be termed Christian cults. But when a cult goes mainstream by attracting (or forcing) great numbers of adherents, it morphs out of cult status into perceived orthodox status. When the authority of the Lord Jesus is circumvented in such a way and people are thus deceived (not realizing He is not in charge), it allows for great abuse which demands great reform. This brings us to the reality of the two different camps in overall Christianity:

CONTENDERS AND PRETENDERS

        The usual traditional camp has already made up its mind what Christian truth is and spends all its time preaching what they know and attacking anything that does not agree with their chosen paradigm. I say chosen because that is exactly what it is. We all choose to believe whatever it may be. There is Christian truth that is obviously foundational that most Christians share, but so much of what the Lord Jesus originally taught is not being taught by most Christian bodies and this is obviously by design.

    Such Christians make no provision for possible unknowns.

         Consider the fact that the Lord and His original apostles had no religious superstructure surrounding them and one will begin to get the big idea what the dissemination of truth actually entails. He kept His operation extremely streamlined and materially limited and did that for a reason. He even taught very clearly that giving up one’s possessions is a vital part of discipleship. One can define that anyway one wants to but the best definition comes from simply studying the lifestyle of the early Church. We must also acknowledge that they had massive success with comparatively very few material resources. They did without that which most Christians insist upon as indispensable and still turned the world upside down. “Official” Christianity in the modern world can only be described by comparison as lacking.

         The Lord knows we need stuff. We need food and water and shelter. In modern society we need a whole lot more simply to carve out a life of sustenance within a complex, ultra-developed, increasingly urban grid. But churches and individuals must be on guard against material props that actually hinder spirituality rather than help. Therefore, giving up one’s possessions does not necessarily mean going homeless and penniless by choice. Perhaps it means not allowing the material to outweigh the spiritual. It certainly means joining a spiritual Community in which the Lord Jesus is the sole Leader. Call it a love-based voluntary lifestyle of willing assistance toward others as echoed in the writings of the prophet:

         A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; and let the rough ground become a plain, and the rugged terrain a broad valley; then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” [Isaiah 40:3-5] [2] 

         It is in looking at the lifestyle and teaching method of our Leader that we gain all the insight we need to figure out how we should live and learn. I will have more on this later. In the next post we will consider America’s recent call to repentance in further preparation for the Awakening.

         © 2017 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.    


[1] D. Rumsfeld 

[2] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. 

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Posted on November 13, 2017, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I agree with this Dear Dawson. The Apostle and other early believers were open to learn new truths. At some point in time, they believed that the work of Lord Jesus was exclusively for the Jews. However, with the revelation Peter received in Acts 10 and his visit to the house of Cornelius, things changed. The other brethren laid down their beliefs and took up the present truth.

    This is not different from among the saints today. We all are still learning and with Lord Jesus speaking through each member, there is a lot to receive.

    More of Lord Jesus to you.

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  2. RJ, my post in Isaiah this morning was from 30: 8-11, in which the sins of Judah are numbered. They wanted their seers and prophets to tell them only “smooth” things. Honestly, every day as I walk through this amazing book I see America! And, like you, my blog doesn’t generate hundreds of readers and followers. It continues to grow slowly, and I’m thankful, like you, for faithful readers. It wouldn’t matter, though, if no one were reading. This is something I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to do, and I won’t stop. Neither, I’m thinking, will you 🙂

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    • Thanks Linda. What you say truly is amazing. It is as if we have a reference book to the future.

      You have been one of my most supportive and faithful readers, and have made big contributions to this site. We started reading each other’s posts over four years ago, and that says a lot. I greatly appreciate it Linda. I will keep going as the Lord directs. I took a pretty big hit this summer and lost a lot of readership, probably because I was much more busy with practical matters and was not able to post as much.

      Keep up the great work over there! We often do not know the impact we are making. Be blessed.

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  3. I was a young believer and now I am an old believer. From the beginning it was all God’s mercy received in humility. Today it is the same. Revelation by the Spirit as emphasized by brother Glenn Jackson in his writings is the base line we walk each day in confidence. Thank you again.

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    • Thank you Gary. Let us both hope that young and old is relative! I remember hearing a message a long time ago when the speaker made a reference to the apostle Paul in this light, in that he certainly seems by his letters to have grown more humble over time, in that as he grew in Spirit he became reduced otherwise, being that much more dependent on the Lord, weaker in the flesh, but much more powerful, loving, and effective in the work he was called to. The relationship with the Lord gets better over time if we do it right and that results in being a better vessel dependent on His mercy and humility.

      Be blessed, and thank you for your support. It is much appreciated.

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  4. Humility… so vital for anyone who would follow Christ. Thank you.

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