I have a dream that one day Christians will rise up and allow the Christ in them to work His work wherever, and whenever, and to whomever He energizes them to go into action. This to me is the definition of True Christianity!
No degress or credentials needed for this type of Christianity.
Today, we seem to have too many credentialed, pedigreed, and passionless Pastors, or imposters in pulpits rather than the real deal. To some of these people, the sign of the times of Christianity is evidently all about Ministry building, or Church plants on many different Campuses. You know, “One Church in Many Locations.”
I used to tell a Pastor of a chuch I once attended that we (Christians) need to “get out of the seats and into the streets.”
Millions of dollars have been spent on TV, Radio, and Endless Programs. Meanwhile, real needs get missed, but certain churches are full to the brim, and wanting more membership as they see this as success. To these folks it is the number of altar call responses, memberships, TV and Radio Ministry following, Books and CD’s of teachings sold. Why some of these “Christian” TV Broadcast Ministries even have fund raising events similar to “PBS” to raise even more money.
Most of todays gospel message no longer pricks the heart, but has degraded into offering polite altar calls, and so-called decisions being made to join the church. To these, this is counted as success.
I know Pastors who have told me that while at seminary they were warned to not drive people away by mentioning the Blood of Christ, or have too strong of a gospel message.They need to be “seeker friendly.”
What is the result of this apple pie and ice cream gospel? The result is an anemic church with the possibility of many members thinking they are saved, but in reality are not. They are just another member of a nice smiley church, with all the Bless You, Bless You, Bless You.
Todays Christianity has mostly become a real money-maker for some of these men and women who live “high on the hog” so to speak. Gratefully not all of these Clergy are this way, but there seems to be a majority in todays Pulpits that are of this sort.
How do I know this?
Wheres the fruit?
Where is the maturing of the individuals within the so-called body of Christ?
Jesus told us. ” by their fruits ye shall know them.” I have seen some putrified fruits hanging from some of these type of indivdiuals. It is a plain fact that some of the nastiest folks in the world are proud church goers. They will screw you with with a kind smile and a God bless you, without batting an eye. These things aught not be!
What image of Christ are these types displaying to the world. No wonder why statistics are revealing that there are over 46 million people in the USA alone that refer to themselves as Christians, but never darken the doors of any churches. I call them “Christians in a Self-Imposed Exile.”
I beieve the time is near when the world once again will witness what true Christianty is all about. A Christianity that will turn the world upside down or actually right side up. One day they will see genuine followers of Christ who are spiritually grown up , and the faithful will finally become the church (ecclesia) that Jesus Christ initiated when He said “upon this rock I will build my church (ecclesia).”
By the way, the Rock was not Peter or some denomination. The Rock is the words of the revealtion from the Father that was given to Peter, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” This is the Rock. This is the church built upon the Rock that will one day rise up to glory.
Let His Church (ecclesia) rise up and show the world through the compasonate actions of our daily lives, on the streets so to speak, because it dosen’t seem to be working from the comfortable church theater seats, with air conditioning, surround sound, and the theatrical lighting of a building that looks more like a million dollar television studio than a practical place where citizens of the kindom of God come to congregate and are blessed by the sharing of the “Rema” word of God from a Minister that is truly on fire from the Lord.