Preview of the Coming Attractions:
In 1999, there was a movie entitled, “The Matrix”. A hacker named Morpheus offers a choice to the films protagonist, Neo, to take the BLUE PILL, where “the story ends, you wake up in bed and believe whatever you want to believe,” or take the RED PILL, where “you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” The “Redpill” appears to have seen “glitches” within the Matrix. The choice between the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue) and embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red).
Thus I begin my personal story dating back over five years ago, when I overcame the Religious Matrix. Yes, I took the “Redpill” and ventured down My Spiritual “Rabbit Hole”.
My “born-again” moment in life began in 1972, at the age of 30. You can read the story on how I came to that moment in the “about” section of “The WORD Detective”. During the next thirty-two years, my developing experience by spiritual maturity grew.
It’s Good to Be Comfortable–
Courses in “Discipleship Training”, “Evangelism Explosion”, Gospel Music men’s trio, choirs, Christian Drama, deacon, Adult Sunday School Teacher, and so on and so on. I was comfortable in my Religious Clothing.
Then in the spring of 2005, something began to change in my spirit; it was a mystery at first then it became clear. God’s Spirit was tugging at me from every direction; soul and spirit.
Every morning, I would read from my Bible, then pray and then read from a Christian author’s book. In the afternoons, at exactly 3:30 PM, Monday thru Friday, I would turn the television on and watch Dr. Creflo Dollar’s World Changers Ministry; I took hand written notes almost everyday, soaking up the Word of God like I had never done before. His God-Based teaching was so simple and practical, why hadn’t ever heard Scripture made this clear before? The more I listened, the more I studied the Word, the more I understood.
Now my wife Dianne, also every morning would read from her Bible, pray and read from Christian Fiction while in a different room of the house (at the time, I read only non-fiction books).
The “Me too’s” in Life…
In 2006, after we had both finished reading, I went where she was sitting and said, “I am tired of the same-old, same-old ‘stuff from the church pulpit every Sunday.” Surprisingly, her reply to my statement of “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired…” (Paraphrased) was simply, “Me too!”
The Holy Spirit had been speaking to us separately, in different rooms, about the same thing, at the same time. I have found that after 46 years of marriage, God’s Spirit speaks loudly sometimes to husbands through their wives.
Dianne quietly said, “One of my favorite smells in the whole world is freshly baked bread coming from a bakery. I am tired of picking up old, stale bread crumbs in the church aisles and pews.” You could have knocked me over with a ‘turkey feather’ when I heard her make that statement. My quest was the same, and I replied with two words; “Me too!”
Unbeknownst to both of us, God had been speaking the thing, but in different ways. Because of my inpatient spirit, He spoke more directly to my inner ear. Now to Dianne, who has a more artistic personality, more visual, He spoke to her much differently. In any case, our previous ways of thinking were going to change.
God was giving us a choice:
Take the “Red Pill” and the Holy Spirit would show us both… how deep the spiritual rabbit hole would go. Or, take the “Blue Pill” where the story would end and we would wake-up in bed and believe whatever we wanted to believe.
By taking the “Bluepill” didn’t mean we would lose our salvation, not at all. It meant that we would continue to miss out on what God wanted to expose us to in His Spiritual “Wonderland”.
The “REDPILL EXPERIENCE”:
After taking the “Redpill”, the Spiritual journey began. I was saved through a Baptist preacher, in a Baptist church and had been exposed to Baptist doctrine and teaching for over 34 years. After the “Redpill” experience, things were going to significantly change. I could plainly smell the fresh bread baking for the first time in my Christian life. With the help of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, I needed to head towards the kitchen instead of looking in the windows from the outside. Hebrews, Chapter 6 came to mind as I looked down the “Rabbit Hole”.
Hebrews 6:1-3; verse 1 [Paraphrased]:
“THEREFORE LET us go on” down the “Rabbit Hole”, “and get past the elementary stage in the teaching and doctrine of Christ, advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity…” verse 1b.-2, “Let us not again be laying the foundation of … [These are all matters of which you should have been fully aware of, long, long ago.]” verse 3, “If indeed God permits, we will [now] proceed [to advanced teaching.]”
I like how the Amplified version of Hebrew 6:4 says it in regards to what follows… after taking the “Redpill”.
“For it is impossible [to restore and bring again to repentance] those who have been once and for all ENLIGHTENED, WHO HAVE CONSCIOUSLY TASTED the heavenly gift and have become sharers of the Holy Spirit.”
Once you swallow the “Redpill”, its impossible to go back to where you were spiritually. You become ENLIGHTENED after tasting the freshly baked bread. One day, you too, may make the same choice. “The Redpill”, or “The Bluepill.”