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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.

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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!


Ever notice that although the rose is a magnificent flower, it has thorns. Do not just stop loving someone because of first appearances or impressions, because often times the lowly people and poor of this world are great people. God loved us enough to see past our thorns as well. Our thorns of sin, baggage and rebellion. You know what, Jesus still died for all of us despite our thorns, he wore the crown of thorns as he was nailed to a cross for every sin you and I committed. Why? because he saw our worth and didn’t treat us the way our sins deserved. Now let us extend grace to others.


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/

Peace among Christians Part 1

 

Is Christ divided?

1 Corinthians 1:10-13 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: one of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas’; still another, ‘I follow Christ.’ Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?

As Christians we are called to be united and although we all have different views and personality differences but we should not divide over them. We are called to “keep the bond of peace” according to Ephesians 3:4 and some of the issues we end up debating and disagreeing on are very fruitless in building the Church up or impacting the lost world around us!

Some churches fight over worship style, preaching format, the issue of whether or not a believer should or should not be allowed to speak in tongues, we see pastors even go ad far as criticizing other pastors. We see believers getting upset and angry with other believers over silly things. An example of this could be whether or not its permissible to have an alcoholic beverage in moderation every now and then. Some are convinced Alcohol is pure sinful and others don’t view it as sin unless it leads to drunkenness. There are many things like this. We know as believers certain things are black and white right and wrong but Romans 14:1-23 gives us some guidelines to follow in the grey areas that are not in clear violation of God’s Word. The basic principle is if what you feel is acceptable in your walk with Christ ends up hindering another believers growth than its better not to do it.

Lets take a look at this second part of the passage:

1 Corinthians 1:12-13 What I mean is this: one of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas’; still another, ‘I follow Christ.’ Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptised in the name of Paul?

What does this look like in our churches today? Well believers can disagree even on certain Bible teachers, one might think to themselves well “I listen to Pastor John” and others say “well Pastor Bob says this” and yet others say with pride “Your both wrong cause I listen to Jesus and he told me this”

The main goal of the Church both locally and globally is to
1) Glorify God by obeying and loving Christ and each other!
2) Taking the gospel locally and worldwide!

 

SEE Part 2

https://austingeorge.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/peace-among-christians-part-2/