Church: Ritual or Relationship?
Shared by Patricia Backora, author of the book
Tough Love in Christ's Millennium
Which you can order online from: http://www.publishamerica.com
John 15:12,17; Mark 7:9; Col.2:2-3; Eph.4:12-16
When people enter a dead congregation it is truly a whited sepulchre which seems to have a form of godliness but is full of decaying traditions of men which never could impart life eternal. Are visitors to blame for not finding reality in dead form? Where in My Word do I ever enjoin empty ritual upon My church? Even the haughty Pharisees prided themselves on the observance of their own manmade traditions.
Sunday after Sunday people salve their conscience by "going to church" to get their weekly dose. But much of the time they either come out of the building unchanged or even worse off than they were before because still more unscriptural error has been drilled into them. At such places their hearts grow heavier as their pocketbooks grow lighter. The appearance of religiosity is there in the fancy fixtures and empty rituals but the reality of life in Christ Jesus is missing.
Where you have a bunch of cold dead entities you have a desperate mob who are not being fed the Bread of Life that they might be renewed unto life. But wherever two or three or more are gathered in My Name to hear the Voice of their shepherd I am there. I am in your midst, O My people, as the Good Shepherd to feed My flock the milk and the meat of My Word. I am with you to equip you to be able to minister that portion of anointing I breathe into each and every one of you, that ye might strengthen and encourage one another and care one for another, and be able to reach a lost and dying world with My message of redeeming love. For truly, says the Lord, as the various members of My Body are knit together, giving and receiving the life-giving sap of My love through the anointing of the Spirit to become as one and work together as one, that is the true meaning of church. I reject the false ecumenical unity being promoted by a cunning deceitful devil to get men's eyes off the true Christ of the Bible. But I will have a Bride knit together in My Love before My appearing.
You can carry out all the elaborate, expensive rituals and programs you want, but without Me ye can do nothing. Only what I accomplish in you, through you and among you will count for eternity.
"Without Me you can do nothing" has been our motto at Chapel this year - we are fortunate that we are fed solid food each Sunday and being a Baptist Chapel we are not distracted by the rituals of religion - thank you Patricia for sharing this word with us - how we need to be "looking unto Jesus".