Tuesday, June 24, 2008

New Darin Hufford blog

Darin Hufford has just posted a blog entitled "Into the Wild" that is phenomenal. I know I say that about everything he teaches but this one is, in my opinion, one of his best.

Darin's description of living as a free believer in the wild is as follows. "It's that "NATURAL" part that I want to get at. When I talk about living in the wild as a Christian, some people immediately associate that with some sort of vicious, drooling beast that lives alone in a cave and lashes out, mauling everything crossing its path. Wild does not mean rabid. It simply means free. Free to be what you will. Even a flower can be wild. I cannot stress the importance of this in the life of a Christian. Institutionalism has done everything to insure that this freedom is never realized in the heart of one Christian. That wild essence must be strangled because the heart in which it dwells will naturally demand freedom. Know this: until a Christian is free from organized and planned religion, he or she will never really know what it means to be a Christian. They'll just sit in their pews week after week, like stuffed humans with matted fur and a hollow look in their eyes. Many will not even know that they're missing anything. They'll drink when they're told and they'll eat and fellowship upon command without having the slightest idea what true Christianity is all about. This caging of the natural is perhaps most heartbreaking of all."

Darin has emphasized over and over again that living free in the wild is not about whether or not you're involved in a church. It's about living free to be who Father has created you to be without all of the rules and obligations that modern day Christianity has put on us.

To read the blog in its entirety, follow this link.

4 comments:

Free Spirit said...

Thanks Aida, for introducing me to Darin's blog. I'm still in the mind-blowing stage of seeing religion for what it is. Every day I discover some new deception I was previously unaware of.

Aida said...

Darin will definitely blow your mind. I've known Darin for about a year now and I've been out of the box for a lot longer but I'm still amazed at some of the stuff I still accept. It's only when I hear Darin or other grace teachers that I realize there is still more that I need to trash.

It's so good to be free. Yippee!!

Kent said...

Aida, what Darin said reminded me of this even though Darin is easier to understand. We must cut Jacques Ellul a little slack though...his stuff is being translated from French to English.

"We are wrong to speak only of the ambition and pride of popes and prelates, of their ardent self-interest in trying to control temporal matters. There was here a genuine concern for the world. There was a conviction that they had the key to wisdom and justice for the world. They thought that they could give the world just and good institutions in which men could live both as Christians and as true men. In this regard the medieval churches mounted a positive operation except for one thing: IT DEMANDED SUPPRESSION OF FREEDOM.

Everything else was catered for. Everything was foreseen and calculated in advance for better truth and fuller justice. BUT THE MANIFESTATION OF FREEDOM WAS OUT OF THE QUESTION. This is the one dimension that has been missing in the church from the very first. But this is the decisive dimension without which the Christian life is without significance for the world. In the absence of freedom the forms of the church's actions have all become legalistic. Here is the real betrayal."

Aida said...

Kent, I've heard you and some of the others speak about Jacques Ellul. He sounded too deep for me so I haven't attempted to read anything of his.

"But this is the decisive dimension without which the Christian life is without significance for the world. In the absence of freedom the forms of the church's actions have all become legalistic. Here is the real betrayal."

That's a good quote and very true. Most of the rules in the church started out as protection but quickly changed into control. Without freedom, it doesn't really matter what the intentions were. Freedom is essential for us as believers and, without it, we'll never experience the life that Jesus died to give us.