Well meaning people find it strange that i do not belong to any institutional church and invite me along to their particular institutional church to what turns out to be a social gathering. Nothing has changed over the years, the service is made up of a few songs, some announcements, the offertory and some more songs followed by a bland sermon given by the CEO of the group often with a title like Reverend or Pastor, and this will be the same next week, next month and all the years to come, the audience are passive spectators denied any opportunity to exercise spiritual gifts the way the meetings did in the early days of Christianity, outside of the Sunday get together there is plenty of activity which is supposed to equate to some sort of spirituality, no thanks.
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There is a special connection with grandchildren that is for me anyway different to what occurred with our own children, raising your own children as a father was challenged by the necessity to work for a living, as a grandparent there is more time to spend teaching and listening. When grandchildren enter the school system in high school and encounter the teaching of evolution in various forms it opens the way to bring to the fore knowledge gained over a lifetime to counter this indoctrination, the man that has had the pleasure to raise children has a double dose where grandchildren are involved, i thank God for this blessing
There is without any doubt the fact that the reformation and the forming of the protestant movement produced anything that could be termed restoration of NT Christianity as practiced in the first few decades after the resurrection of Jesus.
The protestant denominations may not engage in the worship of Mary, the Mass, indulgences, purgatory and the reliance of the Pope to set the agenda to name a few distinctives belonging to the Roman Catholic Church, but many other practices have been incorporated into the protestant movement unrelated to the early followers of Jesus.
The Mass has been replaced by the Sermon, the priest has been replaced by the Pastor or some other title placing in most cases a single individual through which all others are secondary. Churches are now institutions with constitutions and a myriad of laws and by laws, membership is exclusive and only open to those that agree with certain doctrines, rules and regulations, you must follow the party line. These same groups on the one hand will say we are not under the law, but impose tithing on members. The issue of Bible Colleges/Schools degrees and doctorates where some can and do insist in being called doctor, the merchandising of the Gospel which eliminates the poor getting access to a mountain of material, the suppression of spiritual gifts by way of forcing members to be faithful in attendance but passive has produced almost something akin to a circus
I believe with a passion that until Christianity gets back to the structure of community life built on Judaism the decline of the Church must continue. President Reagan has a famous quote relating to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, Christianity needs to tear down the wall between the clergy and the laity, the sooner the better, if Christians are to achieve any meaningful credibility in society. Christianity is not producing disciples it is simply increasing membership in various denominations where the spotlight falls on an individual man or woman who takes away personal responsibility for a mere ten percent, and the people love it. A well robed choir or rock band can make some interlude before the main event, the Sermon. The sermon is the high point of the week and allows the sheep to kill time before important things such as sport or recreation.
A New Testament church should involve all those present to have an active part in coming together for praise worship and the building up of the people in an open mike situation, not a passive role.
What is a Christian, the answer is not simple it can be something oversimplified like believe in/on Him accept Him and ask Him into your heart, sometimes to be a follower. Lifes experiences have taught me that a Christian follower of Jesus makes Him Lord and places the individual in the position of a loyal servant and a living sacrifice, mere words are not enough for a true servant it must be seen in our actions towards our God and Saviour and of course our neighbour, our neighbour is not only those that live close by.
Many say that it isn't necessary to do good deeds to do such is to add to the gift of salvation these individuals are simply biblically ignorant, others say faith alone is all we need to be saved these too are biblically ignorant, to put it in simple terms God wants His servants to be obedient to His word by our actions, not lip service.
Previous PostsFreewil vs Sin Nature., posted April 24th, 2014
Ex Mormon Confession., posted April 22nd, 2014
Sin Nature Heresy 2., posted April 20th, 2014
Darkness and Light., posted April 15th, 2014
The Old Is Better., posted April 13th, 2014
Faith, or Faith Alone., posted April 8th, 2014
The Spirit vs the Flesh., posted April 6th, 2014
I dropped out and have no regrets., posted April 5th, 2014
The Master knows how to teach., posted April 5th, 2014
Receiving the spirit of truth., posted April 2nd, 2014
Anti-Zionist Holocaust Survivors at Holocaust Memorial in Berlin., posted April 1st, 2014
The joy of having grandchildren., posted April 1st, 2014
Rabbis protesting AIPAC convention., posted March 28th, 2014
How to become a constitutional expert on money., posted March 27th, 2014, 1 comment
Catholicism or Protestantism is there a difference?, posted March 26th, 2014
Ex Mormon Testimony., posted March 24th, 2014
Sinful Nature is a Heresy., posted March 23rd, 2014
Can the Jews stop Putin?, posted March 22nd, 2014
President Reagan got the wall removed, the Church needs to remove it's wall., posted March 21st, 2014
What is a Christian?, posted March 20th, 2014, 1 comment
Making a Distinction., posted March 18th, 2014
I do not have enough faith to believe in evolution, posted March 17th, 2014
Man interfering with creation causes chaos., posted March 16th, 2014
Ex Mormon Testimony, posted March 15th, 2014
Is it a sin to stop sinning?, posted March 14th, 2014
Dumbing Down of America in action., posted March 13th, 2014
The evidence for changed lives is real though misunderstood., posted March 13th, 2014, 1 comment
Authentic Jewish Opinion on the Temple Mount., posted March 10th, 2014
Do You Want a Jewish State., posted March 9th, 2014
Being Poor is a Learning Curve and a Valuable Experience., posted March 8th, 2014
Ex Mormon Testimony., posted March 7th, 2014
By Nature., posted March 1st, 2014
Answering Bible Sceptics., posted February 26th, 2014
Rabbi Dovid Weisse: Zionism has created rivers of blood., posted February 23rd, 2014
Saved in Sin or From Sin., posted February 21st, 2014
Miserable, poor, blind and naked., posted February 19th, 2014, 2 comments
Remembering to give thanks., posted February 18th, 2014
Auschwitz Memorial Lecture by Anti Zionist Rabbi, posted February 15th, 2014
The Incorruptible Seed., posted February 12th, 2014
Breaking the chains of indoctrination., posted February 9th, 2014
Which Sins Must Stop., posted February 6th, 2014
Shepherding the Sheep in the Wrong Direction., posted February 4th, 2014
Ex Mormon Testimony., posted February 3rd, 2014
Facing up to reality, posted January 28th, 2014
I don't believe it and neither should anyone else., posted January 26th, 2014
Some Christians seem to want hell to be real for undisclosed reasons, posted January 24th, 2014
When the sin never stops., posted January 23rd, 2014
I believe indoctrinating children with cult beliefs is a form of child abuse., posted January 21st, 2014
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it., posted January 20th, 2014
EX Mormon Testimony., posted January 19th, 2014
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