From all that I have discussed, we can see that much of what is practiced today is mere religious dynamics and a sheer departure from what Christ intended. I usually ask myself that how come then God’s kingdom is still advancing despite these invasions of paganistic pseudo-spiritual affectations. But I soon realize that God’s purpose on earth can never be thwarted, not by the schemes of humanity, neither by the ignorance of religion. On one of my studies of the Gospel of John I came across this statement made by Jesus: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” (John 5:19). This is absolutely amazing! The implication of Jesus’ open statement was that He only did whatever His Father does. Which means every action He carries out is what He sees the Father doing. Does this apply today? Are we not mainly following the machinations of religiosity and floating carnal ideas and activities all around the world?
I know of a Pastor who I often listened to because of his knack for delivering Biblical truth in raw form. He created a lot of enemies for himself within the body of Christ, simply because he spoke hardly even to other pastors. He made a daring move that made me look at God at again. He closed down all the branches of the church he pastured and told his members that he had been walking in error. He stated that God never called him to establish branches, but to build men into spiritual competence. For those who are experts of church growth, that’s a suicidal move, because you have weakened the support base for your ministry. But this was a dire act of obedience to God. He went back to his predefined purpose and now his influence and impact is growing stronger. Like the pastor I earlier wrote of in this series who left his church member in a cozy auditorium and went after sharing the good news with social miscreant, these men are coming into a place of real understanding; an understanding that the kingdom of God is in the going, and not in the staying. We have designed and built great systems that have made us into a social organization, welcoming people to join and granting memberships.
What then is our call as the elect of God, and the ones called out of darkness into His marvelous light? What is the central role of the Ekklesia of Christ on the earth? And this I find clearly stated in the scriptures. John 20:21 says – “Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”” This points us to the question of what did the Father send Him to do? I can get back to the book of Genesis to begin tracing the mind of God from there until the appearance of Jesus, but time will not permit me so. But we can also see God’s purpose in the opening of the work of Jesus on the earth, especially the first thing that He would say when He started out. Matthew 4: 17 tell us the first thing that Jesus said according to the Bible- “From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Repent there doesn’t mean stop sinning as we traditionally know it, but it means ‘change the way you think’. So Jesus was simply trying to break into the hearts of men by telling them what He had come to introduce: The Kingdom of God. Change the way you think people, God’s Kingdom has arrived. Jesus came to introduce a Kingdom and not a religion; a kingdom and not a tradition; and a Kingdom and not a physical structure.
This is what defined and determines what we do on the earth as the disciples of Jesus. I sometimes refuse to call myself a Christian, because it is associated with a religion. When we accept this position, we fall into the worldly characterization, where we are one on the many religions out there. In fact the word Christians was first used by people at Antioch who were not disciples, but pagans. Though a harmless word, but it isn’t a full description of who we are. Others say they are Born Again Christians. Again these descriptions have elevated us into unnecessary categorization through which the world views us and predicts our responses. Jesus referred to us as His disciples and His friends. We are His disciples because we carry His message and friends because He paid our debts so we get accepted back into God’s original design for mankind. So we are His representatives here on earth, establishing His kingdom and expanding it everywhere. Enforcing His principles and delivering His Judgments as we hear from Him. Our commission is in the going into the whole world and teaching men the things that He taught us. Jesus preached the Kingdom of God, and we preach get born again. We hold large crusades and revival services and all manner of gatherings and we tell people to become born again. But the commandment was to preach the Kingdom – “As you go, preach this message: The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, and cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” Matt. 10:7-8. This is our message and Jesus has shown us the way and requires us to do the same.
While I can go on and on about this matter, I perceive it is time to stop here and allow you reason with me and understand why many things are just plain wrong with what we do today. I have deliberately left out some issues because it is best discussed at a more mature forum where people who are not afraid to challenge conventional thinking can brood it over. We are not called to build buildings or gather people into structures on a special day every week. Our mission is a daily one where we are trudging down the worldly mindsets and rescuing men from the strangleholds of a demonic system. We are bringing men into a system that is working concurrently with the worldly system. Ours is a Kingdom and we have a culture at work, and we operate by the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. We are not building a worldly system, because it will all pass away, but we are building a spiritual kingdom which is ever lasting. Let us not make the mistake of the Tower of Babel where God had to scatter them. In Acts of the Apostles, He also had to scatter them, so that the Gospel will go forth into every nation. So I stop here so you can fill in my blank spaces and complete my thought, as it is just too impossible to keep writing on this matter. But I do hope I have strummed a chord in your hearts and you will be singing a different tune from now on.
Again forgive my errors…I need to sleep…lol