By Charlie Johnston
I am working on the piece on Islam and what we are called to. Obviously it is meaty, so I am taking extra time as I have on some other important pieces – and not spending much time on other things right now.
Things are speeding up dramatically – and will continue to do so. We need to keep our feet on the ground and act with deliberation, considering all things – but also acting with dispatch.
I am getting more people sending me things about what Jesus told them. Obviously, I don’t discount such things given my own experiences. But I have to give a solemn warning. I do not credit something to a heavenly being unless I am commanded to do so or I am given leave to do so and can think of no other way to effectively get the point across. Do NOT think that crediting something to Jesus is an easy way to give your own thoughts or inspirations more heft and authority. It is a way to put yourself under a demanding responsibility and accounting to the Lord. Even if you say something that is completely accurate and true and accredit it to Christ, Himself, without having been given leave, you will be punished for it. Be very careful. This is very serious business and not something to dabble with. If you are not under solid spiritual direction, I strongly urge you not to publicly attribute some inspiration to Jesus. Just say it and be done with it. It will rise or fall on its merit. If it is from Jesus, the merit will show – though it will also draw ferocious attacks. When you publicly proclaim something as coming from Jesus, you unwittingly put yourself under the discipline of the most intense sort of Special Forces in history. Unless you are trained and prepared for it, you are in terrible peril. Fortunately, most such statements the Lord dismisses as the chatter of silly children. Please, please, please be very careful. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. There is honor in this to be sure, but it is a fiery honor that can consume if you do not live the discipline, obedience – and a rigorous accountability that you could scarce imagine. It starts with solid spiritual direction. Tell your promptings privately to your friends if called. But do not publicly attribute something to a heavenly being unless you are in solid direction, are obedient to your director, and are prepared to deal with the consequences.
Stay steady, be patient with me, and we will work together as heralds of the Rescue.