More Than Anything Else

Did you know that most of what Jesus taught was already on record somewhere in rabbinical teaching? He really wasn’t much of an innovator in that sense. Rather, He was fighting a dominant trend among the Pharisees of His day of ignoring the wisest rabbis of the past and taking off on the worst tangent possible. That bad trend became the Judaism we know today. And it’s odd that today’s Jews pay tribute to those wise sayings with their lips, but we see Judaism is still fundamentally legalistic and rejects the mystical approach of the ancient Hebrews.

We rightly seek to restore and cling to that mystical approach of the ancient Hebrews. It’s what Jesus sought to restore to His nation, and what His disciples promoted, as well. That’s the intellectual setting of the Bible. Very early the New Testament churches came under a reactionary Judaizing pressure to conform to that bad trend, and those Judaizers were generally successful in the long run. The Western departure from the ancient mystical resurgence has yielded a massive body of churches that are far closer to the Pharisaical mindset than that of Christ. It reflects the kind of Talmudic reasoning of abstracting out rules based on the arrogance of human reasoning, and with the assumption that what is reasonable to one bright mind is somehow universal in nature.

A critical element in the Radix Fidem covenant identity is that we could never have a body of orthodoxy, and certainly no orthopraxy. Scripture is the only “rule book” we need. Yes, it does require a great deal of study to recapture that mystical essence of intellectual approach to Scripture, but it’s well within our reach. Fundamental to that mystical essence is that we must emulate to the degree possible the tribal social structure of the Ancient Near East before we try to do much at all. Biblical Law commands a feudal tribal covenant community as the fundamental requirement for life on earth. If not society at large, this the model for churches. Any other organizing principle is a flat rejection of Christ.

Granted, there is a wealth of teaching that applies to the individual first, before we can start working on a tribal feudal structure. That’s why we often find ourselves promoting individualism in practical terms here in the US. Until we dissolve the bondage to false principles of human existence, we can scarcely get people to start moving again in the right direction. This means a very big reset for most Americans we encounter. We need to push them off into individualism first, to get them alone with God, before we can offer any useful affiliation as a spiritual family.

We must first wash away all the false expectations that mainstream churches have built into our American society. That means destroying the impulse to seek orthodoxy and orthopraxy. In most cases, that is a monumental task. It has nothing to do with pulling people out of churches, but getting them to understand that this is not the way God intended for us to live. We may not be able to do much to change their fleshly existence, but they must understand from the heart what God intended for us. This is why we encourage a contemplative religious approach. People need to get away from the perverted atmosphere, and that can be very hard to do physically, but it’s not beyond what God has granted us in terms of a heart-led orientation.

It may be hard for people at first to grasp the subtle difference between the American mythology of rugged individualism and our mystical approach to standing alone before God. The foundation for all we hope to do in this world is trusting God to work miracles in the lives of people we encounter. We struggle to come up with teachings that can help to trigger mental recognition of divine truth. Most of the time, our best hope is to tell folks what God is doing in us, and hope that something inside clicks so that they realize we are modeling the right questions, not the answers. The bulk of our teaching is breaking up the fallow ground, and then leaving the cultivation to God.

That’s the core of what we do now; just clearing and plowing is all we can do. While I envision this in some ways as a movement, we are still quite a distance from seeing Radix Fidem churches. That remains the final hope for what we feel called to do, but it’s a long journey in that direction. Those future churches need not use the label “Radix Fidem” to belong to some denominational identity; that’s not what this is about. And that’s the very thing that makes this so difficult. We hope to see people set free from the mythology of this age and able to make up their own minds where their hearts lead them. It’s not a concrete place to which we travel together, but a direction we explore, somewhere out there as yet undefined in human terms. We are held together by our commitment to the freedom from every other form of organization.

This is how we fight the Globalist and Zionist cults. Not by organizing and arming ourselves for war, but by simply moving into territory they cannot possibly rule over. What they can take from us are things we can afford to lose. So, for example, this blog remains somewhat vulnerable to the centralizing trend of networking technology these days under globalist hands. I might be sad to see it closed, but that’s why I started a second blog that will be more difficult for our enemies to shut down.

I’m not sure I can describe for you the nuanced difference in some of what I post here versus what goes there, but the general purpose here is aimed more at practice and application for broad public consumption, whereas the new blog is more spiritual and philosophical for insiders. Not that the second blog hides any secrets, but I know from experience it will garner less attention from casual readers. It’s not secret, just more demanding. I don’t want to choke people who aren’t yet committed to this.

Jesus told His disciples not to hinder the ministry of those who aren’t part of your little club (Luke 9:49-50). As long as someone else’s work doesn’t hinder yours, let them follow God in their own way. That’s the heart of Radix Fidem. We are glad to see anyone harvesting the blessings of divine revelation, because that’s what we promote more than anything else.

About Ed Hurst

Avid cyclist, Disabled Veteran, Bible History teacher, and wannabe writer; retired.
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