Friday, 31 May 2013
WE HAVE LOST CHRISTIANITY
Despite the thousands in the megachurches today, soaking up the warm entertainment offered to them every week, I want to put it to you that these dear people have lost Christianity and are being decieved big time. Despite the Christian books now found in every Walmart, and the "crossover" of Christian artists into the mainstream, and the 'Christian' mega-stores and CD´s and DVD´s and Study-Bibles, I want to put it to you that we have lost REAL CHRISTIANITY.
Despite the lavish Cathedrals in the suburbs (Charismatic or not) with their pastel hues and comfortable pews, their projector screens and $30,000 sound systems, I want to put it to you that they have utterly lost CHRIST and HIS TEACHINGS
The religionists and 'Once Saved Always Saved' 'Blind Guides' left it behind somewhere when they shifted REAL churches from the inner city into the 'comfortable' suburbs. They left it behind when they stopped welcoming the bums off the street into meetings and started welcoming only the 'respectable' people. They left it behind when they stopped preaching 'take up your cross' and turned the gospel into a success formula such as `Seven Steps to your Best Life Now.´
Somewhere in their comfort zone suburban streetscape with its manicured lawns they lost the real thing. Somehow in their concern for "property values" and better `dental plans´ they left the REAL JESUS CHRIST OUT.
But that is not the worst part of it. The worst part is that they do not know how to get it back again. Or rather they do not really WANT TO get it back again. The cost simply doesn´t bear thinking about, does it? And so, as they drive around in their nice shiny luxury cars with their groovy 'iphone and ipad toys', and attend 'church' as they know it twice a week for 2 hours. As they live a life that is about as unlike the Lord Jesus Christ as you can get, a life of comfort and coddling undreamt of by billions around the world a lifestyle in the top 10% of the earth today (many in debt up to their eyeballs all the while) the fact is that they do not really CARE that they have lost original Christianity. They do not care that the members live with people they are not married too, or even worse homosexuals being used as active deacons or some other ministry the 'church' has discovered for them.
What do the leaders say about these things? We are too busy, man. Don´t bother us with that kind of talk. It will all be OK, the preacher tells us. We will all make it to heaven in the end. We are all 'decent' people here. We have 'prayed the little prayer'. We have `given our heart to the Lord´.
But what is this? What is that thundering voice I hear? "DEPART FROM ME." `But LORD... But LORD....´
"I said - `DEPART FROM ME´. Don´t call me Lord. You never truly lived like I was your Lord and you know it. For I was hungry and you gave me no food; I was thirsty and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take me in; naked, and you did not clothe me; sick and in prison, and you did not visit me...."
What is the essence of true Christianity that has been lost? It is simply described by James as follows- "Pure religion and undefiled is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." (Ja 1:27).
This is why we do not fit in with much of what goes on in 'churches' today....we prefer our small gathering in our little Grace House Church, where we can peer into Gods Word and Worship in Spirit & Truth and partake of the communion in Peace and with people we know are sold out for the Lord.
Be aware of what is and what is NOT