We say that, The Church is the body of Christ on this earth. And we are right. But where are we?
Most of the true believers that I know have chosen to just have church (services) at home. This practice is immensely healthy. We still need to bond with each other and often find it impossible to do so in a congregation. This is getting worse.
We have become only a remnant.
There is a lot going on within “The Churches” that a beleiver can not be associated with. Good places do exist but they are not the norm.
Often, we get the blame for everything other believers do regardless of any connections. I have been confronted by a few non believers about the actions of “My Pope” and I have never been catholic.
That way of thinking is not the problem. It is that we are so divided and only exist here and there. The remnant that remains is small and spread throughout the earth. Just as prophesied.
Being a follower of Jesus means discipleship. Carrying a cross is a glorious way of life. But it is not easy. Many believe that their preacher gets paid to do this so they just leave it all to them.
The absence of discipleship is devastating. We are supposed to operate as a unit and our failure to do this is pivotal. Non believers use this as a reason to remain dammed.
We are not without hope. Still, there is only one that we can cling to his name is Jesus. But he can lead us to the others. I have seen this. Non believers still blame me for the offenses of those who call themselves followers of Christ. But I have found the fellowship via divine connections.
Non believers are often in that state of mind because that are only reacting to abuses done by people claiming to represent Christ. Some of these abusers are straight up fakes. Some are just terribly flawed.
When talking about The Church, I sometimes joke and say that, “The three of us work very hard.” We are a larger group than that. But no where near the size that many believe.
The Church chooses independently to follow the teachings of Christ. No matter what anyone else does they follow him. They do not follow church leaders, they follow Christ. The failures of others hurt us but we still follow Him.
God is generous beyond my understanding. He knows us and expects us to be faulty. He can and does use our flaws. As long as he is leading us. I have seen many well meaning believers project their own passions onto others in a way that causes suffering.
Often believers have experienced being corrected by God. Well all of us really. But some who have been taught difficult lessons push these solutions onto others in manner that is hurtful. Like a woman who has been taught submission who begins tell women that they have to keep their children in homes where they are habitually abused. I could go on for quite sometime with examples of this.
We are only a remnant of what we should be. It is not just the infiltration of satanism that infects us we are failing. If you have not noticed that the Enemy is growing stronger. The All Mighty is in no danger of loosing the war. But we are falling short.
As we learn our lessons and being to share what we learn we have to keep this in context. Yes, Context. Holy scripture has to be kept in context. Think about the woman at the well. If Jesus had spoke condemnation on her for her sins she would have reported it to the others in her community. But that is not what he did.
Acting as one creature seems impossible. But it is far from that. I have learned while dealing with this it only forces me to focus on the truth, Jesus. He has brought me to a place where I can bond and work in unity with other true believers. It works and I encourage others to pray to be bonded to those who God chooses for you to serve aside.
We have not because we ask not.