J Lee Grady – Take the Holy Ghost out that box He is stuck in
Can someone put J Lee Grady into a box please. The hypocrisy of this man is astounding. Or is it just plain foolishness to think he can get away with disagreeing with ‘one thing’ one day and then agreeing the the ‘same thing’ the next day.
J Lee Grady, for the last time. The Holy Spirit abides in YOU when you are truly saved. He does NOT hang around performing tricks and jumping out of boxes for people who have no interest in a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ the Son of God.
I would have to say that what you have written below is blasphemous.
J Lee Grady says: Don’t Try to Tame the Holy Ghost
Hundreds of years before the Holy Spirit was poured out on the early church on the day of Pentecost, the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel, newly anointed as a priest, got a free preview of how God would send the Holy Spirit to empower His people. The preview came in the form of a Technicolor vision that included a stormy wind, a cloud that glowed with fire, flashes of lightning and strange, four-faced cherubim that were empowered by God’s divine energy.
Ezekiel wrote of these heavenly creatures: “In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire. And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning” (Ezekiel 1:13-14, NASB).
“Let’s not become so trendy and culturally relevant that we lock the Holy Spirit in a cage … so that He doesn’t mess up our scripted show”
Ezekiel also got a close-up view of these angelic creatures. They each had four faces and four wings. Their feet, which looked like calves’ hooves, seemed to glow like bronze (v. 7). And the fantastical creatures had the faces of a bull, a lion, an eagle and a man. Sounds like something we might see on the Syfy channel, or read about in a J.R.R. Tolkien novel, but this is in the Bible. It is a pre-Pentecost look at Pentecost.
[DTW note: You compare the what happened to Exekiel in the Bible to the demonic creatures of SciFi movies and the demonic creatures in JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. How Christian of you to do that. God is sure to be highly impressed with that.]
I used to dismiss Ezekiel’s amazing vision as nothing more than a description of strange looking angels in heaven. But now I realize more is implied in the prophet’s vision. The four-faced creatures are described in detail to remind us that anyone who is anointed by the Holy Spirit will be transformed into something wild! These animals represent qualities of God’s nature that He shares with us.
The “living creature” Ezekiel saw had the face of man. This symbolizes human nature. All of us are frail vessels of clay, and we will always deal with flaws, temptations and weaknesses. But the creature also had the faces of three wild animals. This signifies to us that when we are filled with God’s Holy Spirit, He shares with us His supernatural attributes. Our very nature is infused with a raw, holy zeal.
[DTW note: Lee, Lee, Lee. Let me explain this to you and I pray you get it. When you are born again, you are immediately filled with the Holy Spirit as He comes to make a home in your heart. And HE STAYS THERE. There are no supernatural attributes that occur, except for the Holy Spirit convicting you of the sin in your life and bringing you to your knees asking Jesus Christ for forgiveness on a daily basis. ]
The bull speaks of apostolic strength. It is what the psalmist had in mind when he wrote: “You have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil” (Psalm 92:10). When the oil of the Spirit touches us afresh we receive rare, unexplainable power to accomplish what we could not do before. We are able to advance in the Spirit and take territory for the Lord.
[DTW note: Ok again let me explain this to you. When you are truly born again, the Holy Spirit comes to abide in you and HE STAYS THERE. He does not leave and come back and leave and come back each time there is some fresh anointing wafting over the earth. And I used the word ‘wafting’ because this ‘wind’ is not Godly. Your Dominionist Kingdom Now colours are shining through again.]
The lion speaks of evangelistic courage. As Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” This animal fears nothing and no one. His roar is the loudest sound in the jungle. Truly Spirit-empowered Christians cannot stop talking about Jesus.
The eagle speaks of missionary speed as well as spiritual strength and keen prophetic insight. The prophet Isaiah understood this when he said that those who wait for the Lord “will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary” (Isaiah 40:31).
[DTW note: Do you have prophetic insight Andrew? If so, maybe you will understand this: When you are born again, you are immediately filled with the Holy Spirit as He comes to make a home in your heart. And HE STAYS THERE. And He convicts you of sin and brings you into a relationship with Jesus Christ. To be continuously filled by the Holy Spirit does not mean you need to go find another wafting wind blowing somewhere. No it means; the more you OBEY the Holy Spirit who lives IN YOU the more He continues to FILL YOU.]
What God was sharing with Ezekiel was the miracle of Pentecost, when God would clothe His people with power from on high. Not only would the early disciples hear the sound of a rushing wind and see flames of fire descend on every believer’s head. Those believers would be infused with untamable qualities—supernatural strength, fierce courage, uncanny boldness and an unusual ability to see into the invisible realm of God’s mysteries.
[DTW: Oh sighs, are you rubbing shoulders with Todd ‘Bentley and Rick Joyner again? Or is it Patricia King who also had an article in Charisma Mag just the other day. Anyhow, busted.]
When I say that the Holy Spirit is wild, I am not suggesting that He brings disorder or chaos. God is not the author of confusion, and He certainly cannot be blamed for any of the foolish “charismatic chaos” we have manufactured in recent years. But too often the American church has tried to put the Third Person of the Trinity in a box. We want to confine Him, muzzle Him, constrain Him or shoot Him with a tranquilizer gun so we can maintain control.
[DTW note: would you mind Andrew if I mentioned this – When you are born again, you are immediately filled with the Holy Spirit as He comes to make a home in your heart. And HE STAYS THERE. And He convicts you of sin and brings you into a relationship with Jesus Christ. To be continuously filled by the Holy Spirit does not mean you need to go find another wafting wind blowing somewhere. No it means; the more you OBEY the Holy Spirit who lives IN YOU the more He continues to FILL YOU. He is the gentle whisperer of all things true and brings us into constant remembrance of who Jesus Christ IS. He is our councillor, He is our comforter, He convicts us on a daily basis when we start moving off away from His Word, He guides and assists with the most tender love, each born again Christian into a relationship with Jesus Christ that is beyond words to describe. This is a born again Christian’s Holy Spirit, Lee. Not the false spirit you speak about who hangs around in the atmosphere waiting to be called out of his box.]
Many of our trendy churches are doing this today. We’ve built an impressive evangelical culture with great music, hip lighting and stage design, and cool videos and Power Point presentations. We even have smoke machines and rock star pastors. I have nothing against any of those things if they help make the gospel relevant to the younger generation.
But I just want to remind everybody: None of those things can replace the Holy Ghost. Let’s not become so trendy and culturally relevant that we lock Him in a cage … so that He doesn’t mess up our scripted show.
J. J Lee Grady served as editor of Charisma for 11 years and is now contributing editor. You can follow him on Twitter at leegrady.