Renunciation or Mental Gymnastics?

When the Church first began, the believers shared their possessions out of love and gratitude. Today this is no longer characteristic of the majority of those who say they are believers in the Son of God. But what did the Son of God actually teach about the giving up of personal possessions? Probably His clearest command on the subject is, “So therefore, no one of you can be my disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.” There seems to be no way around the term “no one” in Luke 14:33. The term is exclusive and conclusive. It takes quite a deft use of reasoning to escape what the Master says here. He says that no one is able to be a disciple of His without giving up all his possessions. He didn’t say some or a few. He said no one. If Yahshua had said, “So therefore, anyone can be My disciple, whether he has given up his possessions or not,” then the Christian churches of today would be obeying Him. This is how the verse is practically interpreted by these churches, since there is no real giving up of all one’s possessions as a requirement of discipleship. But this is not what He commanded. He commanded all to give up everything.
So how is this renunciation of possessions practiced in the Christian churches today? Usually the Christian whose spiritual life is based on an exclusive relationship with Jesus “renounces” (if he even gets to that point) all he has and hands it over to Jesus, who most often hands it back to the “renouncer” as a stewardship. The Christian is left to administer his own goods as he sees fit until judgment day, when he must give an account before God as to how he dealt with it all. It is obvious that if this is a spiritual negotiation it has no tangible or objective reality and cannot produce the light to the nations that the Son of God desires. It cannot fulfill His prayer,

And the glory which You gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and You in me, that they may be perfected in unity; that the world may know that You sent me, and have loved them, as You have loved me. (John 17:22,23)

Since there is no objective proof when a Christian renounces his possessions, it can only be viewed as subjective. This kind of thinking is merely mental gymnastics, making that particular requirement of discipleship meaningless. As a result, if you were to question most Christians you would discover that few even know that the Master said the words recorded in Luke 14:33, much less are they willing to obey them.

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.

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