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For to me, life is the Messiah, and death is gain." - Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:21


I almost did not write this blog. Why? Seeing hypocrisy time in and time out gets exhausting.


One group says the other is controlling while they are just as controlling - if not more. It is just that they never had as much access to power as those others did.

Another says the other is immoral - that their leaders are all engaged in sin-, while they (secretly) dole out condoms to their underage kids and excuse coarseness in their ranks.

Another goes wild in newspaper interviews and on the internet condemning the response of other denominations to world issues and events. At the same time, they are surprisingly passive when it comes to the hurt within their own walls.


We point fingers at the other because their area of weakness is different from ours. The only thing this encourages is a culture of hush-up. Struggles get hidden to maintain an appearance of higher standards. A culture where appearance, before Man, becomes more important than Truth with God, is not a Kingdom culture.


If we all lay claim to Salvation by the 'undeserved' grace that comes through Jesus Christ we mustn't forget that we are all just as undeserving as the other. We must correct, heal, protect and encourage those within our walls. As stewards in the same household, the weakness of one is the weakness of all and the strength of one is the strength of all.

I pray to the Lord that our eyes be open to see that there is only one Church and that we are members of one another.


[Having said this, this is no invitation for a chaperone. Just as I will not attempt to control you, please do not attempt to control God's call. Our leader and controller is YHWH by the Spirit of Christ Jesus our Lord.]


I, however, bless YHWH for the countless men and women of God around the world too focused on Jesus and the souls in front of them to worry about condemning or controlling a fellow brother or sister-in-Christ. It is for them I continue to write. They are the pillars of the Church.


The primary job of the Church is Spiritual. We carry YHWH's answer to the human condition. We are the pillar and foundation of the Truth. As the EASY version puts it:


"Then, even if I cannot come to you soon, you will know how people in God's family should live. That family is the church of God, who lives for ever. God's family, the church, teaches God's true message and keeps it safe." - Paul in 1 Timothy 3:15


This is our job. Everything else is secondary.

We preach, teach and display Christ for the salvation of all men. We do not hesitate because of our weakness. We allow Christ's strength to take over our weakness. Ours is a call to depend on him, not on our abilities. God's power is not limited by our weaknesses nor is he enhanced by our strengths as Paul got to find out:


But the Lord said, “My grace is all you need. Only when you are weak can everything be done completely by my power.” So I will gladly boast about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can stay in me." Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9


YHWH is the All-Mighty. What we have is the privilege of sonship. He encourages us to participate in his plans as heirs of his creation. Through this, we build up our spiritual muscles and learn to walk with him as 'gods' - Living and ordering life from our spirits (under his oversight) and not from our human senses. We learn that the flesh does not give life, life comes from the word of God. It is this Life we give.


Christ has entrusted us with this most important of messages.


''that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me. I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief." 1 Timothy 1: 11 - 13


I sincerely pray that it is to this gospel - and this only, we will remain faithful. Amen.

 

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrews 12: 1-3


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