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Undead Churches And Zombification in the Congregation

Rogue Church: When Good Churches Go Bad.

It is a startling thing when a church of all things compromises with society’s values rather than listens to the word of God, we see this happening in our day with denominations like the Methodist church and certain circles in the Presbyterian denomination which has for a large part has embraced ordination of homosexual clergy.

This is an age old problem though, and should not surprise us too much though. In Revelations Jesus rebuked a church for it’s compromise with sin and sinful people when he said this:

“To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’ To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelations 2:18-29.

This Jezebel figure not only led people into sexual sin but idolatry. We have seen some churches compromise on issues of purity as well as doctrine! We all have probably seen it happen where someone who ought to turn people to Christ, the only solution, bend under pressure or willful compromise on the doctrine that Christ is the only way to be made right with God. A polluted and watered down message is just as deadly as flat out heresy, the only difference is it is sometimes harder to spot half truths than whole lies.

Paul had the same issue to confront when he wrote his first letter of Corinthians, he addressed everything from quarrels, disputes, and lawsuits in the church to an individual involved in incest! Paul did not have the professing follower of Christ ordained, no, rather he had him kicked out of the church to avoid further contamination.

Paul writes in his absence addressing the issue by saying in (1 Corinthians 5:11-13 ) “But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”

Basically, non believers acting this way is one thing, but a professing Christian doing this with unrepentant attitude should be removed from the flock. Serious quarantining you might call it, why should any of the other believers get led astray and infected because of one man?

From the sounds of it, this was playing out in both Corinth and later Thyatira. And get this, Jesus rebuked Thyatira by saying, “You tolerate that woman Jezebel”

Far cry from the, “tolerance” motto. We should as The Church follow our cues from God’s word, not denominational preferences, or what “we think would be best,” and most definitely not take our ideas of how to run the church from the world.

It’s not about the denomination as much as the new creation.


2 Corinthians 5:17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

-Doesn’t matter what church you go to at the end of the day unless you have been born anew and made new in Christ.

John 3, Jesus said, “Unless a man be born again, he will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Now is wise church selection important? Yes, but you can attend the most solid church and think your in but still be lost!

Christ’s Lampstand in Ephesus

Often times we can get so busy doing the Lord’s work we neglect the Lord in the process. In Revelation the Church of Ephesus had things they were doing well such as laboring hard for Jesus and disdaining the lifestyles and teachings of those who promoted sin by means of “grace” however they missed Christ in the midst of works, working hard but abandoning the Love of God in the process.

Revelation 2:4-7 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Christ said he would remove their “lampstand” which I suppose could mean their position of influence or effectiveness. In reality this will happen to us all when we do not abide in the vine! We cease being effective as a light to a dark world!

Peace among Christians Part 4

When believers vary.

Mark 9:39 ‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said. ‘For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me,

How often do we find ourselves either comparing ourselves to other or criticizing someones way of serving God or sharing Christ? How often do we consider our ministry methods better than another believers?

Romans 14:4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

Ultimately God is the final judge on the person. He knows the heart of why someone does thing or the motives there of!

Peace among Christians Part 3

Mark 9:50 ‘Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.’

In Mark 9 we have several things going on that seem entirely unrelated from first glance. Jesus ends up in verse 50 tying it all together.

It first starts in verse 16 when Jesus sees the disciples arguing with the people in the crowd, and Jesus finds out and asks

‘What are you arguing with them about?’ he asked. (Mark 9:16)

Later on we find the disciples again at it with each other, Jesus again asked,

They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
(Mark 9:33-34)

The first situation was with the outside world the second was with themselves, if we continue to read we find a third incidence happens when the disciples try to stop someone who is not a part of their group.

‘Teacher,’ said John, ‘we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.’ ‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said. ‘For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward. ( Mark 9:38-41)

We as believers can find ourselves also doing the same things, arguing with non believers instead of sharing the gospel, arguing among ourselves in our congregations, or attacking other believers in other churches.

We should always seek to be unified and spread the good news instead of quarreling!

SEE Part 4

https://austingeorge.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/peace-among-christians/

Peace among Christians Part 2

Peace in the Church.

Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Biblical peace can mean two similar yer different things depending on the context. Peace can mean the internal well being even when all else is falling in or apart all around us, because we trust God. But peace also can suggest that we as believers are coming together and living harmoniously with one another, it says here we are members of “one body” That is Christ’s body. We may not always see things the same way but we need to have the same goal in mind to become as a whole fully conformed to the image of Christ!

 

SEE Part 3

https://austingeorge.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/peace-among-christians-part-3/