Week after week you sit peacefully in church.
You think everything is OK. But do you really hear
the groaning of our lost world? Can you hear the
cries of young girls with unwanted pregnancies,
the hateful words from the couple who once vowed
to love one another, the tired excuses of the overworked,
the driven, the defeated? Or, are their cries muffled
by the gossip in the next pew, the self-seeking
prayers, the unforgiving attitudes barely hidden
behind a facade of outward holiness? Out of this
chaos, hear a Voice of hope.
comes from One who seeks to rescue the wounded,
liberate the enslaved, revive the disheartened.
But his message is not just for the lost world;
it's for the LOST IN CHURCH. If lately you've been
feeling more hypocritical than holy, more apathetic
than authentic, more critical than caring, if limits
on what or how much you will forgive have crept
in, if you've been seeking the gifts rather that
the Giver, if you've found yourself spreading gossip
instead of grace, and if you realize the intimacy
you once had with God has dried up the journey with
Jonathan Cash as his transparent words help to truly
satisfy the longing in your heart and renew your
relationship with the Lord. Your heavenly Father
longs to restore your spirit and show you how to
live as you find your way home.
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by Chip Brogden
It is important that we make a clear distinction between the True
Church (the Ecclesia) and the Institutional Church, Organized
Religion, or religion in general. The easiest way to begin is to
discuss one critical thing that Organized Religion cannot do.
Organized Religion cannot impart Life.
An intellectual Christianity is what Organized
Religion brings. It cannot impart Life. What do I mean by an intellectual
Christianity? It is the ABC Gospel. Perhaps you have heard it. Salvation
is obtained in three easy steps: "A" stands for "admit you are a sinner";
"B" stands for "believe on the Lord Jesus to save you"; and "C" stands for
"confess Jesus as your personal Savior." What is wrong with that? Simply
this: there is no Life there. "ABC" will not save us. With "ABC" there is
no encounter with Jesus, Who alone is Life. There is only an intellectual
acceptance and affirmation of what is presented as "Three Easy Steps". I
believe this, I say that, and that makes me a Christian, right? No, it
just makes you religious. There are many people who "get religion", but
they don't get Jesus.
Organized Religion has caused Christianity to morph into
Churchianity, a gospel which is easy to believe in but progressively more
difficult to live up to.
Organized Religion can bring doctrine, teaching, and belief. Some of it
may be morally excellent and good. Some of it may even sound Biblical,
like "Three Easy Steps". Nevertheless, Organized Religion cannot impart
Life. Why? Because it has no Life to give. Jesus Christ is the Life. And
Jesus does not live within the matrix of Organized Religion. He gives
HIMSELF. How can any man, organization, or movement claim to give away
another man, much less impart the very Life of Jesus Christ? Only Jesus
can give Himself as our Life.
You see, then, that the most anyone can do is point people to Jesus as the
sole Source of Life. They may contact Life through us, but we cannot give
them Life. To those bound by Organized Religion, Jesus cries "You search
the Scriptures, because you think in them you have Life. You are content
to read about Me, but you will not come to Me that you may have Life (John
5:39,40, paraphrased)." Come to Me! Not, "Memorize these Three Easy Steps
and attend the Church of your choice this Sunday." Come to Me! He is Life.
The Church, the Ecclesia, is the synthesis of individuals who have the
Revelation of Jesus and have come to Him to receive Him as their Life.
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One of the most important articles you'll ever read!
In the mid 1990s
researcher George Barna startled the church with what he termed “one of
the rudest awakenings I have ever received in my efforts to help churches
It’s simply this: “Half
of all adults who attend Protestant churches on a typical Sunday morning
are not Christian!” Churches are filled with individuals who by reason
of tradition, misinformation, demonic deception or something else have
never come to a grace-based relationship with Jesus Christ. They are
“lost in church.” Read on...
Escape From Churchianity
“I believe I will go to
heaven because I live by the Golden Rule.”
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; You shall
love your neighbor as yourself.
~ Galatians 4:14
Much of the world knows the Golden Rule simply as “do unto others
as you would have them do unto you” (see Luke 6:31). According to this
verse, if we can live by this rule and love our neighbor as much as we
love ourselves, we fulfill the Law. Ask those who claim to do this if
they have ever lied, stolen, hated, or looked with lust. If they have
broken any of these Commandments, then they haven’t loved those they
have lied to, stolen from, etc. This will show them that they have
violated the Golden Rule. They are under God’s wrath , desperately
needing the Savior's cleansing blood.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that
believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God
abideth on him. ~ John 3:36 (KJV)
The Evidence Bible -
Faking Church: The Subtle Defection
|Don't worry-we're all faking
church to some degree. None of us tell ourselves the whole
truth, all the time, about our spiritual lives. But when we're
just going through the motions...when the untruths begin to
drain all the joy out of worship, when we're considering not
even showing up on Sunday morning...it's time to get real
again with God. Dan Schaeffer invites you to unflinchingly
examine your heart, to ask questions you're not used to asking
yourself, to explore motivations you've always taken for
granted, and to challenge some of your longstanding
assumptions about church and ministry. Exploring the common
traps and misconceptions that seduce believers into becoming
spiritual fakes, Schaeffer points the way for allowing the
Holy Spirit to Create in you a genuine servant's heart. You'll
need self-honesty. A determined will. And resolute prayer. But
you'll never have to go back to faking church again.