Spirit-led orthodoxy isn’t a long list of beliefs. It’s the truth about who the risen Jesus is, what He’s done, and what He’s doing now.
Orthodoxy as a mere creed is shallow. But Spirit-led orthodoxy is deep. It daily conforms our beliefs and behaviors to Jesus. However, orthodoxy with a hard heart, refuses to be led by the Spirit.
I met Christ, not believing Christian doctrine, but God’s Spirit gradually led me to orthodox beliefs. Truth doesn’t always lead to obedience to the risen Jesus, but obedience to the living Jesus, always leads to truth. The choice isn’t between cold orthodoxy or rebellious heresy. Jesus calls us to Spirit-led orthodoxy–belief birthed by the Spirit.
Religion is not a substitute for direct revelation and personal interaction with the risen Jesus. The resurrected Jesus can restore damaged lives. He’s done it untold millions of times!
Saying, “God is love,” doesn’t justify wrongdoing. There are many choices, thoughts, behaviors and beliefs, that lead people away from God. Faith in Christ produces humility, not pride.
Without the testimony of Christ in you (the witness of the Spirit, God’s inner Light, the still small voice) life seems hopeless. Following our own desires opens the door to deception and despair. Following “Christ in you,” is the way to authenticity and inner healing. There’s no suitable substitute for the risen Jesus living in and thru you.
No one has to obey the Holy Spirit. Everyone can do what they like, but if they do, they won’t like the consequences of much that they do. Disobeying your conscience and Christ in you, is like refusing to drive your car on roads. You’ll cause a lot of problems and stay stuck where you are.
To commemorate Christ’s past resurrection, yet ignore His presence in the present moment, is to miss the point of the Empty Tomb. For me, doctrine didn’t lead me to the risen Jesus, but the living Jesus led me to orthodox beliefs.