We have to watch for the seduction away from the new covenant, new wineskin model.
This new covenant model is one filled with the Holy Spirit, led by the Holy Spirit and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
The pervasive spiritual atmosphere on the west coast, certainly in Washington State is agnostic at best. In our region we are tied for 5th in the nation for no religion. We have to be aware of how that affects us. It may be curtailing what would be considered normal in the “bible belt” where 55% or more of the people are connected to God in a positive way and much of the culture reflects an open God consciousness.
In our region there is a large influence of Agnostic living. Even we as Christians can, in practical ways, be living like an Agnostic if we don’t connect with Father in everyday communion.
If we are going to walk by the written Word of God only and not by the living word within us, we for practical purposes, are living like agnostics.
AGNOSTIC DEFINED from wiki: In the popular sense, an agnostic is someone who neither believes nor disbelieves in the existence of a deity or deities, whereas a theist and an atheist believe and disbelieve, respectively.
AGNOSTIC from other sources: Agnosticism, in fact, is not a creed, but a method, the essence of which lies in the rigorous application of a single principle…Positively the principle may be expressed: In matters of the intellect, follow your reason as far as it will take you, without regard to any other consideration.
Agnostic Webster dictionary on line: a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable;
There is a moment by moment “spiritual leading” for us as believers that makes our relationship with God alive and real. This is what we are called to. This is what we are called to keep lit.
Romans 8:14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Romans 8: 5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace…
I encourage you to confront any and every influence that is keeping you from a “Spirit led” life. Renounce and push out the reliance on self and reason alone. Trust in the Lord with ALL YOUR HEART, IN ALL YOUR WAYS acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths!