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6/3/11 at 06:51 AM 0 Comments

The Holy Spirit and Postmodernism

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Postmodernism strides further than the modern era in not denying the existence of the spiritual but instead encouraging a pluralism of spiritual experience.

A new construct “Interfaith Spiritism” epitomizes postmodernist ideals as can be seen in the illustration of a “prayer room” in a modern airport.  All faiths can cooperate and pray in the same location and spirits must coexist and wait in harmony to respond to the cries of the faithful follower of Islam, Christ, Buddha, Judaism …sometimes all praying together in “unity”… a kind of “one stop” worship concept.

As tactful as one will like to be, the Bible in Galatians teaches that there is a strong opposition and enmity between the Spirit of God – The Holy Spirit and other spirits which fall under the category of fallen entities and “the flesh”.

Those deeper in Spiritism understand this enmity very clearly and will exploit the naivete of those who believe spirits coexist peacefully.

Ezekiel 36:27 “ And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments and do them. “

In the Old Testament – the Spirit of God comes on a person’s head just for a particular assignment and once done He leaves him/her.  In John 14:16-17 Jesus Christ speaks of another dispensation, that of the Holy Spirit – the Helper, the Comforter to now live always in the saint.

The Holy Spirit is the Counsellor, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Spirit of Truth and teacher within, and who releases the power of God for life and ministry.

Luke 24:49.  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

The Bible speaks clearly of the evidence of speaking in tongues.  While the modern denies this truth, the postmodernist will fake this attribute with ease….speaking but in the flesh.  But what is more difficult to fake is the prime purpose of the Holy Spirit…i.e. to cause man to walk in the statutes of God and keep His judgments.  In other words, the Holy Spirit comes to make man holy…changing him from the inside. The Holy Spirit helps us to worship God in the way that pleases Him.

Postmodernism presents interfaith spiritism as a correct response to a quest for the peace man so much desires. In reality, this peace is only a mirage – as all who have lived in multi-faith communities have learnt the hard and bitter way.  The Bible presents the spirit of peace – the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit is a missing link in the life of a believer, then such a person is left helpless to grope without help in a vicious dark tunnel with lurking beasts …. exposed under an avalanche of wicked thoughts and evil possibilities.

Pride in great human thoughts and achievements has caused postmodern man to say “ I can make it myself and do not trust an unseen helper…I already have help…why must there be only one … who is this Holy Spirit? etc” But true Christian experience must be helped by the Spirit of Christ.  Understanding and seeking to obey the judgments of God will never come naturally.  God Himself must cause it to happen in the way and manner He chooses.  Christ explains that the Holy Spirit is sent for this objective.

Postmodernism imagines all worship approximates to the same God and equates all spirits as somewhat amicably equivalent (depending on context) lumping all spiritual experience in one convenient basket …but the Holy Spirit is the sole third person in the Trinity, God Himself.  God the Holy Spirit comes to be worshipped, to command, rule and reign and not to negotiate, plead or collaborate as peer to any … nor is He another passing fad as postmodernism can only be.

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