The Lord Does not Care for So-Called Holiness or Spirituality
During the past two centuries, certain people claimed to be holy and spiritual. Although they saw something, they were rather short-sighted. Holiness is not for holiness, and spirituality is not for spirituality. Both holiness and spirituality are to enable us to be pillars in the temple of God.
Eventually, we shall not bear the name of holiness or spirituality but of the New Jerusalem. In Rev. 3:12 the Lord did not say, “I will write holiness upon you,” or, “I will write spirituality upon you”; He said, “I will write upon him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.”
What we have here is neither holiness nor spirituality but God and the New Jerusalem. God’s purpose is not to make us holy or spiritual; it is to make us part of the New Jerusalem. God already has all the holiness He needs, but He does not yet have the New Jerusalem.
God’s desire is not for more spirituality. He is seeking the New Jerusalem. God desires a builded church. He wants today’s Bethel, the house of God which will consummate in the New Jerusalem. Are you willing to see this?
If a Spirituality Does not Supply the Body, It is a Cancer
When I saw this light eighteen years ago, I made a strong declaration in my message that God does not want spirituality. Some opposers took this sentence out of context and said, “Listen, Witness Lee says that we don’t need spirituality and that God does not want spirituality.”
In that message I said again and again that any spirituality which is not for God’s building is not genuine. Our spirituality must be tested by the church life. If our spirituality does not fit into the church life, it is an abnormal spirituality. It does not supply the Body; rather, it is a cancer.
Many so-called spiritual persons are cancers. Cancer is a disease of the cells in the body. Unlike germs, cells are constituents of the body, and there is nothing wrong with them.
But if the cells are not properly balanced and become too concentrated, they will develop into a cancer. The so-called spirituality that cannot be tested, adjusted, or balanced and that cannot fit into the building of the church is a cancer.