On any given Sunday, millions flock to Christian churches. Their reasons for attendance would be varied. One reason most likely would be fear. Fear of the unknown, generated by death. Hoping that membership, and participation in various activities would be acceptable. Which might include acceptance of Christ as Savior. Followed by baptism and holy communion. So that when the inevitable occurs, they will find themselves ushered off to eternal life in the very presence of Christ.
That is what most Christian churches teach. Conceding that the teaching varies from denomination to denomination. One might wonder, why they can not come together as one? Seems reasonable that Christ, would prefer His church to speak with one voice.
Consider suffering and death, some wonder why God does not intervene to stop the suffering of the innocent? Especially when such occurrences involve children. The answer, God has given humanity what it has most desired. A kingdom, without Him in it.
During the age of the church which God has established with humanity since the murder of Christ. God is silent, aloof and uninvolved in the affairs of humanity. The management of the kingdom, or the planet is in the hands of humanity. Which is why millions of innocents of all ages experience unexplainable suffering, and death. As well as the evils, tyrants have inflicted upon humanity over the centuries and reaching us today. Such as what is experienced through religions like Islam and monsters like pedophiles.
So it is with the management of the church, it is why we have the garden variety of churches to choose from. The church speaks for itself, and if the church chooses to exclude Christ, for now God is silent. Because He has spoken, by providing the church with his written word. Obviously something is wrong. Because the doctrines offered by the church, are as many as the specs of sand on a beach and as varied.
The understanding of the aforementioned comes from Jesus, who said, “… for He makes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust,” Matthew 5:45. Meaning no God intervention in the affairs of humanity. The course of history will play out as recorded in the scriptures. There will be no favoritism because one knows Christ as their redeemer. What happens, happens, irrespective of who is who or what is what.
With that being said, all followers of Christ have the responsibility to make sure that their beliefs are well rooted in the scriptures and are doctrinally sound. Here is were to begin by looking at a text from the gospel of John. Jesus is talking to some believing Jews and said, “If you continue in My word, then you are my disciples indeed!” John 8:31. Note carefully the next verse, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” You can escape the confusion of indoctrination perpetuated by both the government and church. Both want one way, or another a society that looks alike, thinks alike and acts alike. Individualism is a curse for both. The Jesus way requires the converse of both government and church.
Escape the nonsense by indoctrination of the following. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,” 2 Timothy 2:15, which is no easy task. The only reliable text worth following are the words of Christ for determining church doctrines. People can, and should direct their attention to other scriptural texts apart from the words of Christ. But only, if they can be connected to something Jesus taught. Don’t neglect the Old Testament. Because many connective gems rest there, connecting the Old Testament with the New Testament. Master those scriptures, and compare your findings with the teaching of most churches. There you will discover vast disparities at best and at worse shallowness. With many churches operating as cash machines. Using the money for the building of self serving kingdoms.
Time to switch gears and make our lives count for Christ. Because! Most churches serve as the problem and not the solution. Jesus gave us the only reliable doctrines to base our believe system upon. With it all starting here, “Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed in Him. ‘If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed,” John 8:31. Those who can identify with John 8:31 which is the foundation for discipleship. That leads us to purpose of the cross Christ bore.
It is the recognition of the Christ mission for His church.There Christ directs Christians in Matthew 16:24, to take up His cross and follow Him. Taking up His cross allows for the discovery some imperatives. In Christianity, the cross is not the emblem of suffering and shame. It has been made to seem that way by those who want a Christ kingdom without the Christ effect. Suffering is exemplified by Christ Himself when nailed to the cross. Sometimes suffering is necessary in order to advance Christendom. Shame because it exemplifies the Roman empires purpose to humiliate state offenders, meaning the followers of Christ. Today it is the same as far as the cross symbolizing shame But only, if Christendom takes it belly up, as an act of surrender. Christendom needs a new life from a church that is tired of being beaten up by the state. That is the true emblem of suffering and shame. When in essences most of our parishioners have succumbed to the authority of the church, as bedfellows with the state.
Jesus said this, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant his master,vs.24 of Matthew ten. It is not enough for the disciple to be like his teacher and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of the household! verse 25. Beelzebub is suggestive ofÂ a fake deity or even another name for Satan.
Everything Christ taught was designed to help believers overcome and endure the lessons contained in Matthew 10:24-25. You got to read the scattered pieces of the puzzle as you assemble it
Like baptism for the disciples of John 8:31. Baptism is first the confession of personal sins and then the renunciation of sin, Matthew 3:6. Followed by the baptism by Jesus of the Holy Spirit and fire, verse 11. Which will be a discussion, for another time. Note the baptism of Christ, Matthew 3:13-17.
Once the disciple has taken those steps they are worthy of Holy Communion which is how disciples are rejuvenated to continue this struggle of hardship.
When all is said and down Jesus put it this way. Failure to take up the cross. Then executing the Christ mission. Ends with disciples not worthy of Christ. The actual text, “And he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of me,” Matthew 10:38.
What could that mean? It could mean that life eternal may be quite different. Than what those millions of church people expect, when they flock to church on Sundays and the inevitable occurs, death.
Jesus said this to His original disciples. “Assuredly, I say to you what it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, ” Matthew 19:23. Which is what eternal life is all about. Again Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God,” Matthew 19:24. When his disciples heard that statement they were amazed, asking, “Who then can be saved?” Verse 25. Which is contrary to what most churches teach today.
What then does that mean? It means the door to eternal life may well be very different from what many expect. Best advice is to study what the scriptures teach and make sure your life complies with those scriptures.
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, With men this impossible, but with God all things are possible,”For Jesus said to his amazed disciples, “With men this impossible; but with God all things are possible,” Matthew 19:26.
From this, it seems that to follow Christ places great obligations upon his followers. Most certainly, Christ does offer a plan of expectations with a clearly defined mission. With equally defined consequences.