Re: The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens
Date: January 08, 2018 05:50AM
Have you considered the ordeal of Job? God had him suffer on a lark, on a bet with the Satan. It is a terrifying thing, wrote St. Paul, to fall into the hands of the living God. Meanwhile, 8 or 9 years involvement is plenty of active time in any religious/ideological movement or organization. A person is well steeped in any pattern and/or repetition of its concrete praxis, values, and social practices. Likewise, Ray Williamson wasnt filtering anything from JRS. Instead, he was inviting JRS down for weekend visits.
All of you, so expert on your alleged victimization. The Walk wasnt Sunday school. It was cultish, yes, but it wasnt coercive. When I left and i just left. I recall that at the break-up in San Diego many of us were told nothing, Left in the dark to our own devices and spiritually fend for ourselves. We were small potatoes. Did i feel aggrieved by that! Somewhat, and so we drifted, congregationally speaking, meeting in homes periodically for intercession or study, always in pursuit of the Spirit, administrative conflicts and issues be damned. We had tapes, This Weeks, the books. So did you. I had a job, a family, a car, an existence --- socio-political and economic. So did you.
Indeed the worst thing anyone could do was become too dependent on somebody else's revelation. JRS gave us a living word re the lordship of Jesus in our lives, and as a consequence the Holy Spirit fell on one and all, and there was the fellowship. For me, it was phenomenal. Utterly miraculous. Especially when compared to the more drearier squats of hell and metaphysical philosophy from which i was taken and tried to emerge. Mother of God! I can still recall the dangerous, futile incoherency of Camus and his deconstruction of the heroic in the face of the Absurd. The attempt at reconciling man to a Sisyphean acceptance of the limits of his individual fate. Or the development of this theme, this philosophical, existential ideal in The Stranger.
Even Nietzsche's hatred of Christian humility was preferable to such swill. Yet, the issues Camus tried to suppress, that of predestination, Providence, prophecy, fate, fortune, etc., had returned andvwere back on the table, despite the purported Platonic overthrow of the Gods via Reason and rationalizing thought then, and now, in the processes of Aristotelian science. Oh, then there was Marty Heidegger's bastardization of Thomist thought and the analytics of language. And it is this sort of crap that now governs post-modern man, the subversion of metaphysics, and civil discourse in western civilization.
So yeah, I took my chances with the Christian deity and truth of God as represented in the living word of JRS and collective worship in the spirit.