Drafted since 2012-04-09
Some time ago, I was led to watch movies such as Borne Identity (1998), the re-made Bourne Trilogy, and Manchurian Candidate. These shows were about implanting memory or brainwashing victims into having a belief of their own for political propaganda. I am not too sure how much this really happens, but this really can be done. (Look up Wikipedia and you will find that). I really wonder why God led me to watch such shows.
When we meet with a deep-believing religious person, someone with a deep profound set of beliefs on the way of life, or someone with a deep and difficult depression to realize, is there is a tendency to let them go just because we think they cannot be ministered to, or there is no more hope for them? Sure, there is a timetable for their hearts to humble down to receive the Lord Jesus Christ, however, do we really have an answer for them in their state? We do not have an answer and think it is not possible to witness to them because our hearts have been blurred of the thin line of discerning the Spirit of the heart that is “born again”. If we have an answer, we will also be given the wisdom to speak to them some words into their hearts, and those words will remain in their hearts till the time for them to bear fruit. The Lord’s words cannot fall to the ground if the Lord has willed it.
Some can witness because they have an answer better than the ideology in the world. However, some are stuck and do not have an answer. This is the reason: in their hearts, they think that Christ is also another ideology on the same par as that of the world. “To understand God’s word, you have to accept God’s word first.” “To learn about the Holy Spirit, you have to love the Holy Spirit.” “To see the love from God in all things, you have to love ‘God descending on you’ in your heart.” “How will the people of the world accept these?” you ask. This is why you are already overwhelmed by the beliefs of the world; of course you will not have wisdom to give an answer of the gospel in and out of season.
“God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth" <Jn 4:24>. This is the reason why we must let ourselves go to receive the Holy Spirit in order to know the Holy Spirit. When we allow ourselves to flow in the Holy Spirit, we will then understand the Holy Spirit, discern the Holy Spirit, recognize when the Holy Spirit is grieving, and where the Holy Spirit is in happiness.
But what is the discerning line? Even in the movies I have listed above, the victims gradually realized they had been brainwashed. Once they realized that, they get out of it very quickly. How did they do it? In fact, they did not do anything. It just came to them because what they were brainwashed about were not them! In <Jn 10:27>, Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” The victims got to know more and more that some of their character cannot be washed away because those traits are a part of them. There is a seal that is in all that is born again. This seal is an undeniable “truth, forgiveness, grace, eternal life” in Christ.
Does the spirit you received in your religion, philosophy, values, traditions, culture or even your walk with your church now agree with your life, so that it brings (1) happiness eternally, (2) happiness right now, (3) happiness in knowing things definitely will get better? I tell you the truth. There is no need to fear of someone who is brainwashed or you yourself being brainwashed. “Now the works of the flesh are evident..” <Ga 5:19> If you belong to God’s kingdom of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control”, you will definitely realize what has already been wrong or what has already been right in the first place. If you know the gospel of peace, you will receive authority to speak the word of God even to whomever has been brainwashed.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass..