The following is a quote from Juan Carlos Ortiz, received by snail mail from my good friend Jon Zens only yesterday:
“Jesus did not come to start an institution. He never intended to buy a piece of land and build a headquarters. We have to ask the Spirit today how to meet the needs of today… Suppose the Lord tells me to me to eat an orange. So I eat the orange and sincerely believe that God has led me. Tomorrow, The Lord tells me to eat an orange again. So what happens? The next day I write down the rule to eat an orange every day. And do you see what that does? Now I don’t need the Spirit anymore. I have a law instead. Laws kill life. Laws stop growth. You end up staying with the concept, a principle, or a doctrine rather than life. What we did yesterday in the Spirit, we do today in the flesh,” (The Door Interviews, Zondervan, 1989, pp. 185, 189).
TRADITION!!! It is that instrument with which men make of no effect the (daily) commands of God.
I met Juan once in the hills above Santa Cruz at that retreat center. He is a great brother in Christ. He has a way, as he did her, of cutting to the chase and putting things clear and concise in terms that people can relate to. Do you know if Juan is still alive?
Thanks, my brother, for sharing that. It is a keeper.
Thanks So Much For your comments! Juan Carlos, at the height of the Charismatic renewal was perhaps the greatest communicator of the movement. The last time I heard he was teaching Spanish Sunday School at the Crystal Cathedral, which I understand has since gone financially bankrupt. I don’t know where he might be now. Perhaps Jon Zens might know.
The quote from Juan Carlos Ortiz really spoke to me. Thank you for posting it.
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