Radical Individualism-Part One
In this new set of
nuggets we are going to cover the topic of Radical Individualism (RI). We are
going to cover the topics of:
What is it?
The good and bad points of RI.
Why does RI happen in
the Body of Christ.
The power of the Church when RI disappears and is replaced with Spirit-led Radical Unity.
What is unity.
What is Radical Individualism?
is the ‘lone ranger’ mentality. It is the attitude that is reflected in the statement ‘just me and Jesus’. It is when your needs are more important than anybody else’s needs. RI is the attitude that you cannot trust
anybody else in ministry except yourself or a few of your closest friends. It
is the belief that ‘my way is the only right way’. RI is expressed in a statement like, “God has shown me (us) how
to do this ministry and to do it any other way is not the will of God.” Many
times those who are walking in Radical Individualism believe that they are
prophetic, and what they say must be followed. At times, it appears that being right is more
important than relationships or accomplishing a goal.
I am absolutely convinced that there are some
Radical Individualist who are reading this nugget. I ask you to be patient with
me and be willing to read all of the nuggets with an open mind. I have walked in RI for years (I will be sharing my story).
So I am not going to be condemning and judgmental in these nuggets. At the same
time, we are going to confront what can become sinful behaviors and attitudes.
Radical Individualism in the Body of Christ has quenched powerful revivals in the past. RI can cause
unnecessary conflicts in churches. We
will also be speaking on how churches have handled Radical Individualist unfairly and foolishly.
At the end of this series of nuggets we will be speaking on biblical unity.
Note: unity does not mean conformity.
This is going to be a
hard series to write. No matter what I write there are going to be individuals
upset with me. Some will be offended because they are walking in RI and the Holy
Spirit is going to convict them of some their attitudes. Others are ‘yes’ men
who never ‘rock the boat’ and will feel that I am justifying those who are
EXTREME in their behavior. We ask that those on both sides of the fence will
listen to the Holy Spirit and follow His guidance.
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