Poo on Balance
by Fred Pruitt
(I’m still working on Part Three of the Intercessions of Paul. In the meantime, I am posting the below on this blog for the first time.)
It may be a bit much for some, but I’ve never thought “grace” could be pushed too far. Many have said to me, “You need to be more balanced,” and even well-meaning but misinformed people using the term, “we need a healthy balance of law and grace.”
Poo on “balance!” No such thing. In God “we” don’t “balance” anything. That would most definitely be a work of the flesh. When the Spirit says, “Go,” we go; when He says, “Stay,” we stay; when He says, “Say this,” we say this. Do we say to Him, “Sorry, Lord, but you pressed that point a lot last week so I think it would be good to lay off that this week.”
The apostle Paul allowed no “balance” between law (human self-effort to be Christlike) and grace (Christ in us doing the stuff), either. To him you were either in one or the other; they are mutually exclusive and cancel each other out.
“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal 3:2,3)
Let Farragut’s word be ours: “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!!!” That’s our battle-cry. We have self-reflected enough. As long as we are self-focused we can only see our lack and need. It is time get off ourselves and now to say, “Lord, you’ve got this (situation) and you’ve got me, so I’m rolling up my sleeves and barreling in with everything I’ve got! No more pussyfooting around!”
Let the “balanced ones” stay at home and debate each other. The rest of us have work to do! God called us to be “fishers of men,” and we are about His business! He’s not saying go out and form a committee with a board and have a 501-C organization called “Your Name Ministries, Inc.” He’s only saying, “Just put your toe in the Jordan and the waters will part! (Hint: HE’LL BRING IT ABOUT! Josh 3:15-18)
The lines below are some comments that I received when I posted the above on my old “Single Eye” website on July 17, 2009. It has never been published on this blog before.
These are replies and exchanges on what I sent out yesterday: Poo on Balance
I posted “Poo on Balance” on Facebook, too. This below is a short exchange with Nancy Gilmore and another friend, Stevie, who I knew 30+ yrs ago in California and with whom I have reconnected on FB.
Nancy Gilmore on Facebook:
THOSE WHO WANT BALANCE REALLY DON’T WANT CHRIST WHEN IT COMES TO HIM OVERTURNING THE TABLES IN THE TEMPLE! You’ve done it again Fred! I love this!!
Nancy, you make a great point. A “balanced” Christ would have never overturned those tables. A “balanced” Christ would never have insulted all those scribes & Pharisees. A “balanced” Christ would have left the moment he was told Lazarus was sick. A “balanced” Christ would have smoothed things over with the Sanhedrin, so he could have lived many more years to “teach us.” But then, had he been “balanced” we would still be in our sins! O Praise God He was crazy, that the “zeal of [His] Father’s house had eaten Him up!” Let it eat us up, too!
This is so encouraging to me to hear that the revelation that Jesus wasn’t a namby-pamby sighing in the wind but a person of great passion, love, compassion with all the power of heaven and earth and yet a servant in all He did. Thank God….His word is written on the fleshy tablets of our hearts. While there are absolutely great preachers and ministers…the sad truth is many churches have turned Him into some ethereal nothingness….but Jesus has never been One to stay in anyone’s false perception of Him for long!
Fred: Amen, Stevie! Thank you very much for your loving insight!
And then finally this comment from Linda Bunting (which doesn’t surprise any of us that know her!)
So TRUE and that ‘Zeal’ has eaten us up! I’m turning tables over constantly !!! Anyway He said He did not come to make peace! He came to bring a sword!!
And then this one from an email from a new friend named Sharon:
I had to smile when I read the title on this; however, upon reading, my heart smiles, too.
Having been raised by the “law” only group, I’ve observed that it’s one or the other, even by those who say they want balance. Those who say “balance!” are simply wanting to try the waters of grace, while still hanging onto the “safety” (you’d have to be raised there to even get a clue on this one) of adhering to law. It’s one or the other, no matter what they say. Thank you for this and your other writings.