a christian theological framework for restoration

Col 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him, all things were created: things in heaven and on earth…

Col 1:19 For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to himself all things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood shed on the Cross”

Col 1:25 , 26 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present the word of God in its fullness, the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people”.

The beginning of a theological mind is to acknowledge like Isaiah that God’s plans are higher than our mind. But the pharisees remembered Isaiah but rejected Jesus when He stood in front of them. They were from bible colleges which doesn’t help much without revelation. The truths in the bible were hidden from them, lest they believed and be saved. God’s plan for redemption to free mankind from Satan was slowly being fulfilled through the sands of time through Moses, the prophets, the judges, through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, David and Samuel, and finally Jesus Christ the Messiah, the alpha and omega.

For a christian theological reflection, it is pertinent that God’s ways are known in the person of Jesus Christ lest we fill the void of our own ways in the perceived mirage of God’s ways. Therefore, in the first theological foundation, God’s high ways are known in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that knowledge is revealed in the bible, the inspired Word of God producing faith which comes by consuming the word of God.

Matt 16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, Son of the Living God”.

The second christian theological foundation is concerning Jesus Christ as God and Saviour, the life, the truth and the way to God.  We live in the expected hope of His return to usher in a new heaven. The Jews sent Jesus to His death because He claimed He was God.

They used the Romans to kill Jesus so that they could get the blame, an impression still believed by some christians who believed that they killed Jesus because of some kind social justice. For it takes faith to believe, the rising faith when Peter said about Jesus, “you are the messiah, son of the living god”, and the blessing of faith to believe even though not seeing all that Jesus did. By faith, we see the works of Jesus in the spirit. By works, we would have sunk in the lake of Galilee when the storms came.

Gal 4:21-24 Tell me you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman, and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.

The third christian theological foundation is concerning the Holy Spirit rushing in at Mt Zion. At Mt Sinai, on the first day pentecost, God brought the law also known as the love commandments of what man can do for God. It brought the worship of pagan idols and over 3,000 deaths.

At Mt Zion, on the first day of pentecost after Jesus had arisen, came the Holy Spirit and brought forth new life and the salvation of 5,000. The new Pentecost results in a new tongue declaring the wonderful works of God whilst the old pentecost of the law given at Mt Zion results in man being exalted and death.

When we insist on the love commandments, we are bringing back gays to be under the law of condemnation. When we wholeheartedly try to follow the law, we will not help lives already destroyed by religious condemnation.

Gal 4:24 these things are being taken figuratively: the two women represents two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves. This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mt Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.

We live in Babylon where a time of confusion reigns. Some christians still live under Mt Sinai proclaiming rigidly either the yoke of the law on the right or the love commandments on the left. Many more are residing in both Mt Sinai and Mt Zion, mixing law and grace, mixing the new wine in the old wine skin. There is confusion and little power of the Holy Spirit.

Many of our inclusive churches are empty of the holy spirit for our eyes based on religious law is always about self. Ezekiel spoke of the Holy Spirit leaving the temple during the dispensation of the law , albeit reluctantly and even when rejected due to the pagan worship of other deities still lingered on. This is the picture of many GLBT churches insisting on the law of the love commandments yet not realising they have worshipped the self and other gods.

The third christian theological framework is to rest at Mt Zion, becoming living temples of the Holy Spirit, girded on the finished work of the Cross of Calvary, the mountain of grace, through the power of the Holy Spirit proclaiming God’s goodness, love, grace and mercy.

We are to be witnesses for the Gospel, primarily a state of being rather than the outward action under the law. We are called to wait for the anointing for the Holy Spirit when many inclusive churches are rushing in without even first washed by the blood of the Lamb, hence becoming a living temple where the Holy Spirit may abide.

In GLBT churches, we can’t easily hide the absence of the presence of God, and the emptiness due to the lack of the wind of the Holy Spirit. The churches will hardly progress if they align with Jesus works only, and a law base religion, with the emphasis on being in a kindom community. Rather, we are called to a Kingdom of God where Christ is the head and the servant king.

For many gays, especially those not of privileged and elite background, they are fed up with religion, and wanted the real deal for which the overtly liberal or conservative law based theological construction and framework could not provide.

People leave gay churches because the commandments, the letter of the law kills. Gay christians are so down trodden, it takes very little to leave. Our theological framework must change lest we reach out to no one except the few social elite. And yet, we will inevitably blame members for lack of action to love others.

There is a place in God’s house, a place of prayer for all Peoples including gays. A place with a tangible New Testament presence of the Holy Spirit, with Jesus being our Redeemer and hope of restoration both on earth as it is in heaven. In Mt Sinai, we will always be in bondage, but in Mt Zion, in Jerusalem, there we will finally be free and be at Home.