Dan over at “Cerulean Sanctum” examines the relationship between the Holy Spirit and the church in his article titled “The Holy Who?” Before you read the article, be forewarned: He asks some difficult questions that we tend to sweep under the rug. Do we truly rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, or are we doing just fine on our own, thank you very much?
Consider these paragraphs:
The inescapable truth is that every aspect of Church that we practice today existed before the Holy Spirit was given, yet we had no Church! The Church exists for one reason only, and thatâ€™s the Lord placed His Spirit inside us! Community existed, religious practice existed, love existed, service existed, even the Scriptures existed, but the Holy Spirit did not make his dwelling place in human beings.
Folks, the mark of the Church must always be the Holy Spirit in us. Everything else can be copied by other religions. But they do not have the Holy Spirit. Heâ€™s the promise. Heâ€™s the seal. Heâ€™s the power!
Now, as you read the article, you may feel that Dan is stepping on your toes. However, if you read carefully, you’ll see that Dan is stepping on the toes of many different flavors of the church (charismatic, institutional, emerging…) – apparently Dan has big feet.
I agree with Dan that there is no church without from the Holy Spirit. How can we ensure that we are relying on the Holy Spirit and not relying on our own ingenuity, intelligence, and creativity?