Outside the System

The principalities and powers will always seek to capture and enslave God in an attempt to use the name of God to underwrite current power arrangements. To go against the status quo, declare the powers, is to go against God… Consequently, before proclamation to human captives can be made – freedom to those being oppressed by current power arrangements – the prophet must dare to proclaim that God is not the spokesperson for the status quo, but rather stands outside the system – free – to speak a word of judgment.

The Slavery of Death – Richard Beck (120)

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