A Look at the Last Days Church
I have been on the road again... even found a C&MA church in a nearby town where we were visiting.
As I normally do, I checked out their internet presence and what they have to say about themselves ...or what they have to say about our Savior, the Body of Christ.
I did not have time to visit the church, but was saddened with their web site's modern appeal to join their fellowship. I did not pick up any offer of deliverance.
Here is a major part of the title on the front of their bulletin... "Broken jars who know Christ and make Him known"
...and how they identify themselves. “... a group of imperfect people who are moving forward in Christ, confident of His unfailing love.” The love appears to be a modern definition of love which accepts all sinners without repentance, death to self or a new life, with Jesus Christ living within.
It brought to mind what the Bible has to say about cracked cisterns, Jeremiah 2:13 - "For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, [and] hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water."
It is a good read to study all of Jeremiah 2 in order to understand the entire message from God.
For our times, Jesus offered the woman at the well 'Living Water".
Jesus expresses His desire to be one with true believers, to live in and be one with them in John 14 and 17.
John 17:21-23 "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one, I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
John 14:21-24 "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." ".....If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me."
And Luke 6:39-40 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
Luke 6:41-42 ....then He speaks about removing your own beam before working on the splinter in the brother's eye. That seems to not be an issue in the modern church! The message appears to be, "come join us, we all have splinters and beams in our eyes! ...we just keep trying together." This may have a ring of humility, but is it a Christ-like humility? ...or is it the blind leading the blind?
Paul says, "1Corinthians 2:4-6 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:..."
So what are the modern churches offering? Cisterns that they have hewn out or have been hewn out by the doctrines of man, that hold no water? They seem to want to celebrate the fact that they have a lack of purity and holiness, rather than being ashamed of the sin and failures in their lives.
Is the Word of God no longer true? Is the Living Water no longer available or is the water from a man-made cistern more entertaining and attractive?
Does the Truth have to be so modified in order to be able to effectively engage our communities in a fast changing culture? Is the church to be influenced and modified by the culture? ..or is the culture to be influenced and modified by Jesus Christ? When Jesus is doing the influencing you have REAL Grace! "The divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life."
What I read in the Bible is that Jesus is the same, past, present and future. It saddens me when I find churches, that should know better, changing the gospel to attract the world, rather than being pure to the Truth and Jesus Christ; encouraging people to be separate from the world and look like Jesus.
Francis Chan shared a fantastic message on 2 Timothy 3 and what the last day church would look like; how the church is there now and looks like Paul said it would!