Everything started to shift for me with a new understanding of a passage I had long misunderstood.
In Matthew 16, Peter makes his great confession, “You are the Christ,” and Jesus responds with, “God has revealed this to you, and you’re Peter, the Rock, and Upon this Rock I’ll build my church. The end.” Right? No. No, not the end. Jesus then goes on to say that the keys to the heaven – the keys to the kingdom – have been given (to Peter, and to the people God is assembling through Peter), and whatever Peter and the Church bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever they looses on earth will be loosed in heaven. And for years I wondered: What. Does. That. Mean. What is this binding and loosing all about?