I love my church. However, I truly, from my heart, believe all churches are not right in the spiritual head though meaning so very well. There are many religious traditions and expectations that have no place in the Bible, where our example of how Jesus wants His church to be set up and carried out. I have no wish to offend and will not call out particular wrongs but rather wish to convey what God says to do (see Acts). 1. Those meeting together should meet in homes if possible. If they grow too much, then a larger place to gather must be found. However, monies collected are to help each other as there are needs and then in service to those outside the church to help them as they can. Nowhere in Scripture is a fancy church building supported. (They cost too much and the real work is not accomplished then.) 2. Believers read the Bible. 3. They sang and worshipped God together. 4. They prayed together and sometimes fasted. 5. They shared their faith with others around them. 6. There were elders and deacons and deaconesses serving in different roles of service to the church. That is it. No sermons even. Everything else is fluff, unnecessary, distracting, expensive, often with politics resembling the world more than the beautiful bride of Jesus Christ, His church. These are things to consider. This has been weighing on my mind for months and the closer I get to the Lord, the more it burns in my heart. I needed to voice it. And being written now, I would challenge a reformation and accompanying revival of the church to take place. Who is brave enough to go out in faith and get the church going as God designed? Change is difficult but always worth it, in my experience. I challenge every Christian. Who are we trying tog please? Us, the world, or God? Think on it and pray and see where God leads you. ❤
Tonight, my kids learned several big words, like “anunciation” and “diaphragm”. We found a role for Lucy to play because she hates singing (she will be Mary). We learned and sang the words to Mary, Did You Know?. It was beautiful. The kids that used to have one pitch are now all singing together and it makes my heart happy. 😄 ❤
Today, as the kids and I were getting in the car to go to church, our car battery was dead. By the time we scraped off the corrosion and recharged the battery, we would have been terribly late and maybe the car would have gotten us back home again and maybe not. So we had church at home. We spent time together, we watched a program enforcing lived out Christianity. We communed together and remembered what Jesus did for us and still does. We thought about things we could do around us. We sang together. Best church I’ve had in a while, truth be told. And I believe this was God’s idea. I believe He wants to grow us to greater compassion and need meeting in our area. I believe there are people around us who are forgotten and ignored, despite many many churches around us, and God made and loves each of them and wants them saved. We have so many churches around us. I wish we had more Christians. I decided we will start by obeying and being a help to those around us. Not with demands or expectations, just with love where they are because of Who made these beautiful but wounded (aren’t we all) people. And once we touch lives, I really hope there is a real Jesus church who welcomes people in and keep feeding their souls Jesus and not pharisee-like social or political bull. Who will join me in this compassion initiative? Show compassion to one person you see. See a person and their need and help. No motive but love. Join me.❤
These things are not Biblical and need to be changed in the church:
1. Elaborate church buildings (money is to help the work of God not have comfy cozy fancy buildings to occupy a couple days a week and not even house the homeless the other days!!).
2. Sermons of viewpoints and not just Bible interpretation and study (Bible understanding is the whole point).
3. Praying for God to show up (He is always in and with us).
4. Lack of communion at every meeting (Jesus commanded the that one).
5. Lack of more prayer and fasting of churches (I need the ha to fast more).
6. Looking the same as a worldly social club (we are to be set apart and different).
7. Not giving and/or doing missions (we are all commanded to be missionaries wherever we are).
8. Judging (God commands all gains it).
9. Being quiet and solemn all the time (God is not silent and wants us to get into worshipping Him with our whole self).
10. Limiting the time (we need to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit).
If we changed these and make it all about God and get back to the Bible and prayer people so desperately need, we would be effective.❤
I want to announce to the world that God is not boring. I know for a fact that many people can believe He is by seeing some of these church buildings and church meetings. Some are aforementioned solemn you feel like confessing if you cough and feel like you will be excommunicated if your kid makes a noise. And grandiose, almost gaudy decorations all over and the smell of dust for the empty building through the week. I think churches have done church wrong for generations. The early church meetings were in people’s homes so money would go to those who need it and not opulent buildings. And people read from the Bible and worshipped and sang songs together. That part is good but not sure where in the Bible is the hour long boring sermon that reads a verse and then narcissistically prattle on for an additional 50 minutes. God is not boring. Or a narcissist. Or wasteful with money. Or quiet. What in nature is quiet? What in nature is boring? Nothing. Even when God designed His temple for the Jews, it had awesome things like nets and pomegranates and beasts and winged creatures all over it and ordered it to be colorful! He is a God of movement and color and noise and fun and life and beauty. Our church meetings should reflect that and perhaps we would wake everyone up and get them saved before He comes. Imagine that. ❤
I remember being in a wedding. I was there early all dressed up, ready way before the bride and groom were. Then they were finally ready and we had to hurry up and wait again for the last minute people to get there. Then we waited for the late ones. And finally we stopped waiting. The waiting was over.
Another time I remember a man I was deeply in love with and wanted and expected to marry. But he kept making me wait and wait to marry. Engaged but no date and stall and I realized I was waiting for the wrong man and I had to stop waiting and accept his decision to not love me back. The waiting was over.
Whatever else I have done in life where I had to wait eventually ended in and stop to the waiting. Things finally happened to change the and tats from waiting to happening. And here we are today with the longest waiting game of my life, waiting for the true in-love-deeply-with-Jesus church to be caught up and gotten out of this place. And we wait. And I see it, many have tired of waiting and have fallen asleep. Many have decided it is not real or really going to happen. Many don’t even care anymore because they filled their lives with more important or pressing distractions like tech, entertainment, desires and lusta, etc. And some of us still are eager and expectant. And our job is to do our job to the beat of our ability as working for the Lord in the worship of obedience and love God and everyone He puts in our path. So, let’s be awake and eagerly serving our Lord. And someday the waitinf will be over. Praise God!!!❤❤❤
It being very very hot today, my mowing hour has changed to now. I usually wait until my coffee is finished but I believe I will melt n if I wait that long. Yesterday at church, I filled in on keyboards for worship and was blessed by it. I love leading worship. It makes me happy to worship with other family that loves my precious Savior! So I will merrily mow now remembering sweet collective worship and fellowship yesterday. Churches are not perfect by any stretch but I am sure thankful to have one and bye a part of love and worship of God with others. That is precious. And so will the bath be after mowing. Lol Here goes. Have a beautiful day! 🙂