True Life in Christ vs Tradition-Religion
I do realize there is a lot for me to learn when it comes to making videos. However, given enough time and practice one can only get better. As I said in the video, I want to say a few words in the form of a post about 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; 3:1-9. From the beginning of this section of 1st Corinthians, it’s obvious these letters were written to The Body of Christ, not to the world. How do we know this? In verse one he said “And I, brethren”, which is to say “my brothers and sisters in Christ”. When he says, “I didn’t come to you with excellency of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God”, Paul wanted them to know this is not about entertainment or the tickling of the ears. Jesus nor the Apostles set out to stir up emotional responses from the hearers, so why do we? If we proclaim the Word of Truth, The Holy Spirit will do the rest. His job is to convict the hearts of those who hear the message of the Gospel. It does not help by putting on this extremely somber or dreary type of sermon, nor does it help by shouting and dancing all over the church. We simply yield ourselves to the power of The Holy Spirit and let them see Christ in you. What we see in the pulpit should be no different from what we see in the life of the messenger. When we practiced this with a sincere heart, the faith of the people will not be based upon what Paul called “the wisdom of men”.
2 Timothy 3:1 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
Having a form of godliness denotes outward appearances. Actors on television can play the role of a man of God but when they leave the set and push the start button in their Ferrari N.V., it becomes another story. The word ‘power’ in verse five is the Greek word dunamis. This word is always in conjunction with the manifestations of The Holy Spirit. There are thousands of churches, just in my neighborhood alone who completely ignore the gifts of The Spirit. Many believe the gifts of The Spirit are limited to sacraments, and that is sadder than the tears of a clown. The Apostle Paul suggested that when you run across congregations who deny the power of God, “from such people turn away”. You do with that information what you will. Ultimately, it is between you and God. For some it may be more advantageous that you remain there. There might be a small remnant of people who know that something is missing. Jesus may want you to be there for them.
I will continue with the rest of this message on my next blog.