Obedience Vs. Relationship By Dr. Wayne C. Gwilliam

…choose you this day whom ye will serve.but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. ~Joshua 24.15


Some people are under the impression that because they have a relationship with God in the realm of the emotions, they should prosper.

This is not so. As you grow in your Christian walk, you will soon find that a genuine relationship with God can only come out of a life of obedience to His will in whatever you set your hand to whether it be a marriage, developing a family, starting a business, making your way in the corporate world, or just everyday life. This .theory of relationship, rather than the truth of obedience to God’s will and to the various principles that the Holy Spirit has laid down with the Word of God, is a delusion that has been propagated throughout the Body of Christ. This delusion has brought much hurt to the Church, both on a local and a trans-local level, and needs to come to an end.


However, this hurt can only be ministered to when we develop a maturity that comes from a life of obedience to His will. It will be then, and only then, that all the hurt that has been caused by people who have never taken to heart the true Gospel message, can truly be ministered to and the

Church can, once again, rise to the former glory of its origin.


Relationship Produces Striving

This festering sore in the body of Christ that grows worse on a daily basis is constantly irritated by the doctrines of immature leadership that teach emotional relationship rather than relationship developed through obedience to the will of God. This type of teaching can only produce a striving within the hearers. The end result will be a people who genuinely love the Lord, but the type of love that they experience will be an immature love. This will then cause them a life of striving to gain acceptance from a Father who already loved them enough to give His Son for them. The people who are a product of this delusion truly believe that by punishing themselves, they can build a better relationship with Jesus that will prosper them spiritually.


If only they could understand that a poverty mentality, coupled with a dead works program, is the recipe for a life of religion that will bind them and cause them to grow into a retarded state of mind, and will not produce the life of maturity and freedom that comes from the knowledge of imputed righteousness.


Acceptance into the Kingdom of God comes from a faith walk, rather than a works doctrine. This type of mentality didn.t work for Martin Luther in the sixteenth century. His whole life was spiritually dormant until he discovered the truth concerning .justification by faith. A dead works program never prospered him in the sixteenth century, so a dead works mentality will never work for you in the twentieth century.


Actually, the Bible, in Hebrews 6, commands us to repent from a dead works mentality.


-breaking the curse of poverty