What is "Dynamic Spirituality"?
“But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15, 16
A high core value of the AGC is to see churches reflect dynamic spirituality. The word dynamic comes from the Greek word "Dunomos", from which we have the word dynamite. Do we want a spirituality that is explosive? We sure do not want a spirituality that is destructive. Believe it or not, some churches have a destructive view of spirituality.
Destructive spirituality turns one's focus off the Lord God, who is life Himself, and allows self to take centre stage. Soon, emptiness is revealed as the layers are pealed back. Scripture says that the heart is deceitful above all else.
The New Age is one example of what destructive, dynamite explosive spirituality does. It promises peace and power and falls far short. We can all agree that New Age or Eastern spirituality is an inward road to self destruction, but can we see destructive or counterfeit spiritualities in our own Churches and Christian culture?
What are some counterfeit Christian spiritualities?
- Legalism... simply put, when we regard the keeping of "laws" and rules as a mark of spirituality.
- Prosperity... when we believe we are spiritual because we are well blessed with material possessions.
- Judgmentalism... when we judge others spirituality based on our inward or cultural standards of spirituality.
- Isolationism... when we regard separation from the world and from other believers as a sign of spirituality.
- Spectacularism ... (is that a real word?) when we regard phenomenon, real or perceived, to be signs of spirituality.
- Gnosticism... (From the Greek word - gnosis...to know) When we believe searching for and acquiring knowledge is the only way to spirituality.
What then is real Christian spirituality?
True dynamic spirituality is being born again by the Holy Spirit of God. It is Jesus living in us. It is living in obedience to the revealed truth of Jesus in the scripture. It is lived out simply in acts of love and compassion that reflect God’s true nature. It is being holy even as God is holy.