We are already in week 6 of our study of “The Gospel According to Satan” by Jared C. Wilson” and this week dissect the lie to “let go and let God”. On the surface, this lie can appear to instruct us to surrender our will to God and trust in his wisdom. Unfortunately, this lie has morphed into an instruction during life’s struggles and difficulties that has left us confused. How do you actually let go and let God?
Jared Wilson explains that at its best, “let go and let God” can lead us to repent of our anxiety and trust God as instructed by the Bible. However, in the hands of the “health and wealth” movement, it has evolved into a formula that promises breakthroughs in exchange for faith. With this formula you can fall into the trap of thinking if you don’t get the breakthrough, you don’t have enough faith. This lie has caused deep hurt in the spiritually tormented. The truth is we can never be enough or believe enough to achieve the ever-rising next level of faith. In the midst of suffering this lie causes exhaustion and depression because it puts the responsibility for our circumstances on ourselves and we are left to chase our tails in frantic confusion. With desperate self-examination, it begs the question will I ever reach the next level of Christianity?
There is no Christianity 2.0
In Chapter 6 we are introduced to the origins of this lie to “let go and let God” in the Keswick theology’s “higher life movement”. Although most of us have never heard of this school of theology, I’m willing to bet we have definitely come across the phrase to “let go and let God”, and maybe even used it (hopefully for the last time). This “higher life movement” evolved into a distinction between “spirit-filled” and “carnal” Christians, creating a hierarchy of spirituality that is unbiblical.
The phrase “let go and let God” suggests that faith is a force-field against trouble and if we were stronger Christians we would not suffer. If you know your Bible, this is utterly ridiculous – just look at examples such as Peter and Paul. These men had unwavering faith in Jesus but suffered imprisonment, torture and excruciating death.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.Ephesians 1:3
The truth is that every believer in Jesus Christ and his life, death and resurrection has received “every spiritual blessing” in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Every believer that is united to Christ is justified and free for all eternity. There is no hierarchy or pyramid scheme of Christianity.
“If Satan cannot keep you from salvation, he will do his best to undermine and obscure the gospel that saved you by making you either overconfident in yourself or underconfident in God. Both dispositions make the gospel look small and consequently may prevent more people from believing.”Page 125, The Gospel According to Satan, Jared C. Wilson
The enemy doesn’t want us to know that, through our faith in Jesus Christ, we are already close to God no matter what difficulties we face. He wants us to wonder if our faith is strong enough to be worthy of God’s love and grace. The lie “let go and let God” makes us feel further from God in times when we really need to feel his presence in the depths of our despair.
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