A vast contrast is very distinguishable between the first century movement led by Jesus Christ, and today’s modern church. Led mostly by, knighted hierarchical theist, who are mostly interested in empire building. Then being agents of change according to well established edicts of Divine Providence.
Should one travel the various roads to these many communities. There you will be able find many beautiful looking church structures.
These churches in order to operate must comply with certain federal, state, and local ordinances. Parishioners come from all walks of life. Many politicians and government officials can be found in attendance. All this is in stark contrast contrast to the experiences of Jesus, His disciples and early Christendom. And into relatively modern times there have been a few Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s.
This then is a discussion of what it means to embrace the cause of Christ. Of course, it will be in opposition to most congregants and there Knighted Hierarchical Theist. Mutual acceptance between church and state is what has crippled the Christ movement.
The state is and always has been about control of religious institutions for its own purposes. That’s what the Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c) (3) is all about.
The church should be about making sure that the state governs according to Christ like principles. The two are at opposite ends of the poll when it comes to purposes.
They can not be in harmony with each other ever! Which is exactly what we see today between church and state, except with few exceptions. And those few are so minuscule. they aren’t making a difference. Suggesting somethings wrong because Christ is not inhibited by lack of numbers.
Most people in America know that Christ was executed for His opposition to both civil and religious leaders. Christ said in Matthew 10:24-25, “The disciple is not above his Teacher. Nor is an employee above their employer.
It is enough that the disciple should be like his Teacher. If they have accused your Master (Jesus) of being of the house of Beelzebub. (Meaning an evil deity was in possession of Jesus). They certainly will say the same about you. Note: Paragraph by critical analytical interpretation this writer).
The following represents some of what Christ told His followers to expect from both the civil and religious authorities, and even from their families. While He was preparing His followers for what to expect during His lifetime, it is equally applicable today, and maybe more so.
We learn that from Matthew 10:22. Which reads, “You shall be hated by many people for My names sake, but they who endure to the end shall be saved.” Jesus was going to send His disciples into communities that would be hostile to what they were trying to accomplish.
Telling them, “Beware of certain people, for they will deliver up to judicial councils for prosecution. And they will do there best to humiliate you through out the religious world.” (cp. Matthew 10:17).
You will be forced to stand before the highest power structures within civil governments to give testimony against Me.
It will be used by the heathen community to shame you because of Me. However your testimony will eventually be used as a testimony against them, and the community of nations. (cp. Matthew 10:18, by critical analytical interpretation).
No doubt they were alarmed, and perhaps they thought to themselves, what have I gotten myself into?
With certainty, Jesus was aware of their deepest fears and concerns. For Jesus said to them, “Don’t be concerned about how to respond. For it will be given to you in that hour what you shall say; for it will not be you who will speak, but the Spirit of your Father who will speak through you.” (cp. Matthew 10:19-20).
What a weapon they had within themselves; and most certainly without the awareness of the Spirit’s power, that we know about today.
And seldom used; because only a select few are capable of the inner workings of the Spirit between themselves, and Devin Providence. Think about that with its two way repercussions. It’s not the play thing of the spiritually inept.
No one really knows how the Spirit might express itself through one or more of us. One aspect is certain everyone is spiritually dead until they have experienced Romans 10:9-10. So if that has been your experience give thanks because your destiny is still unfolding.
However; if that experience is foreign to you, follow the prompts found in those two verses.
And be sure to check out verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality so many seek.
And if our paths don’t cross, as we are engaged in Christ like warfare. They will in the age making headway towards us.
This Padre duly ordained, and also having a degree in political science. Is available to address the broad spectrum of organized secular groups within our communities. Right through to the many denominational churches doting the American landscape.
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