The Rogue Disciple

Posted: May 2, 2011 in Uncategorized
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The church in America is often refered to as the “sleeping giant.” I’d have to agree, but bashing the church and pointing out flaws will by no means empower the church to rise to the level Christ intended. Our country is hooked on anti-depressants, our hospitals are full, and people are living in poverty. The preaching and teaching of the True Gospel with power is the answer to all our problems. If the church could get to the place where we absolutely expected signs and wonders to follow the preaching the Word, then our Gospel would rapidly spread to the ends of the earth. False gods and man-made religion would be ignored due to the undeniable contrast of a Living God flowing mightily through His people. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12).  People have yet to see the Church fully represent Jesus the way He walked on this earth. We have done a decent job modeling the good works that can be done in natural strength, but the time is at hand where we will walk as He did in His supernatural strength. How do I know? Because the Gospel of God’s unconditional love and Radical Grace is finally working its way into mainstream Christianity. It is only on a firm platform of faith-based righteousness that we can confidently expect to see consistent results. I believe the Church will get there, but until it does, thank God for the Rogue Disciples.

Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me.”  For he who is not against us is on our side (Mk 9:38-40). This gives us the picture of the Rogue Disciple. He’s a bit of a rebel- in that he operates just outside of the mainstream. Surely he was within earshot of Jesus as he expounded on the Kingdom of God. Surely he was close enough to watch Jesus perform the many mighty works. He had to have faith in that mighty Name to see demons cast out. However, he chose not to put his name on the “church roll.” Today’s Rogue Disciple could be described as someone who is doing the works of Jesus – fulfilling the Great Commission, but not plugged into the popular and accepted religious systems. He/she’d be a person that chooses not to follow in line with the “do-nothings” or “do-littles” who are always talking and forever waiting on God to do something. This Mark 9:38 man didn’t need acceptance or approval from any religious group. He didn’t wait to be commissioned from man, but rather put faith in the name of Jesus. Paul asks in 2Cor 3:1: “Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? He goes on to say, “Our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the New Covenant…” I’m not saying this man was right not to follow Jesus with the rest of the Disciples, but I can sure make a valid case for the modern-day Rogue Disciple.

Rom 3:4 says Let God be true but every man a liar. That scripture is supposed to be applied regardless of the size of the man’s church or reach of his ministry. Jer 17:5 Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord. How many dead people have you heard about being raised back to life in America? Smith Wigglesworth from England was said to have raised over 20 people from the dead. Matt 10:17 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Could you see why a young person would find it unwise to go to the same school, follow the same instructors, and operate under the authority of a church/organization that has failed to produce the same results that Jesus produced and certainly hasn’t tapped into the even greater works? I know we shouldn’t forsake the assembling of ourselves together, and how important unity is among believers, but if the Church isn’t getting the job done….. Ideally, we can surround ourselves with like-minded believers or co-laborers, but this is not always the case in every town/city. My point is, we shouldn’t judge the small store-front churches with humble beginnings, because there’s a good chance some Rogue Disciple has stepped up and decided to boldly dare to believe the Word of God. These will be the ones that turn the religious community on its head, and allow God to flow through them with His truth, love, and mighty power. These “outcast”, “rag- tag” groups are growing with an understanding of who they are in Christ, what they have, and how to use it. This is the “Radical Grace ” crowd, folks. We’re not going away, and God is confirming the Word of His Grace with signs and wonders following. Judge us by our fruit.

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  1. Greg Riether says:

    Go “Rogue Disciples!!”
    Ragtag gracers rule.
    God will back up His Gospel with His power and growth. Eyes on Jesus. He is leading and teaching us.
    It’s high time to go rogue.

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