Here at Kiln of the Soul, we teach that Biblical Law is self-enforcing. We as individuals struggle to enforce the divine will on ourselves, much less on anyone else. Yet we are obliged to try despite the inevitable failures. Moreover, He requires that we strive to bring His Law to life within that small domain of stewardship He grants to each of us. It is only because His Law is also self-rewarding that we are fed and encourage to keep going.
Yes, His Law is its own reward. The sweet communion of His favor in our hearts is the one thing we need more than life itself. This is why we strive against the vast mountain of deception, struggling to embrace and manifest the essence of His divine will, His moral character. Creation celebrates that character with us, rejoicing that return to Eden and our birthright of holiness.
It’s a precious gift, and sin is anything except what He gave us. Sin is disputing with God’s revelation. That revelation reflects what was true before Creation, so it is not subject to the reasoning and fashions of human cultural drift. His revelation is eternal, and will still be the very nature of reality itself long after this world is gone. This is where we belong, church family.
We who walk in the heart-led way of that truth find it tragic when people cannot discern the sweetness of His Law. What a waste, to give one’s life to anything less! It’s a free gift to all of fallen humanity. All we can do is live this precious gift and pray that our example sways just a few to begin seeking their divine heritage. Further, this divine heritage is unique to each individual, so it’s not as if the details of our personal blessings are going to work for everyone. God’s revelation allows a large range on many issues, and all we can do is decide whether someone else’s answers offer enough harmony with ours to serve alongside them.
So there is nothing in our witness about enforcing God’s Law, as if there is anything we can do to change another’s heart. God alone can do this, so our mission is to live, not pretend we can enforce His Law. All around the world wallows in darkness and sorrows of hearts closed to His truth. This is why our message is: What you are doing is not in your best interest.
We can speak only what we know, what we have experience at the hands of Our Lord. Here at Kiln of the Soul we teach that some issues are simply too obviously strict in God’s revelation. For example, we find homosexuality a tragic mistake, a rejection of God’s divine will for the individual. What God put into DNA reflects what He demands of you. Your sexual identity is His choice. If you want to work alongside us, you need to work through any confusion on that point. The same goes with cross-dressing, since the Bible makes it clear there is something deeply fundamental to human nature in that question.
Human sexuality is easily the most dangerous single moral minefield in every generation. Nothing else about us is so utterly destructive, keeping us from full entrance into Eden. But even when we can get people to understand that, we have vast cultural mountains to move to uncover what God intended.
Here in America, the single biggest lie is that human nature can be reshaped by the will of humans. It’s as if there is no God, and certainly no revelation. We make fearful things that cannot be erased from our fallen nature. Biblical Law is about building barriers to restrain the worst of human sinful lusts. It’s not about brain-washing and fear, but of constructing ways to keep ourselves honest. The only sin you can conquer is the one you confess to God.
Pretending that Western men should not desire feminine flesh is utterly stupid, and vice versa. Stop suggesting it’s a crime to have perverse desires; it’s a crime to let them wander freely. The Wisdom Literature of the Bible (indeed, of the whole Ancient Near East) is loaded with references to the wisdom of holding your tongue. It’s partly parable for the idea of keeping some things to yourself. Not in steely self-discipline, but what we seek to cultivate is civil self-containment of things that do not contribute to shalom.
It shouldn’t be creepy if anyone you encounter should be caught looking at you with some kind of longing. Wiser people do less of that, but wisdom is a goal, not an iron demand. Men gazing at under-dressed women is not a crime, just immaturity, as is the woman’s lack of modesty. Jesus warned us that some temptations in this world are hard for us heart-led folks to overcome (Matthew 18, which includes a subtle warning about pedophilia). But we cannot control the sinful impulses of others, only defend the feudal grant from God for our little personal domain.
Again, this is not about harsh and punitive measures, but a recognition that the soul in the mirror is no better than any other. We will ever face the hostile ignorance of the world around us. It’s our sense of shalom and power in this world that calls to the lost souls.