BACK TO BASICS:HAVE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES GONE WORLDLY AND NOT HEAVENLY?
HOW MANY PLACES OF WORSHIP WOULD JESUS WHIP TODAY?
I wll simply start with this story in the bible in Matthew 21:12
The crowds replied, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” Then Jesus went into the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those selling doves. And He declared to them, “It is written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer.’ But you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”…
This becomes the basis for my question.If Jesus was here today how many places of worship would he whip, overturn preacher's pulpits and chairs, and destroy the musical instruments? How many mercedes benz, range rovers, porshe, and private jets would he go all "lemonade" on? How many well known and "famous" pastors, prophets, bishops and "men of God" would he call hypocrites as he did with the Pharisee leadership?
THE EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
This was the apostolic age and it was a time where the witnesses(disciples) to Jesus's crucifiction and ressurection spread the good news of Christ and converted many despite the dangers they faced ahead. It was the time Paul also converted and wrote the epistles. In this time, the life of a christian was very well laid out. It was simply to follow the teachings of Christ. The disciples taught the word of God with a passion fully aware of the risk of death. This is why they were able to have so many converts from all over the world till date.
Roman Catholic Church
Christianity was rapidly spreading in Rome and surroundings despite the persecutions going on at the time. Emperor Constantine in a bid to stop these persecutions and bring unity in Rome, converted and became a christian. He went ahead to declare christianity the official state religion. For a time there seemed to be relief for believers of Christ and there was order and organisation in the church, which eventually led to the rise of the catholism. It was not until later that everything Constantine had worked for went to the dogs and christianity rather than being all about loving your neighbor became a radical religion where more blood was spilled.
Persecutions and The Inquisitions
This was a dark time for people who considered themselves non-christian or non-catholic for death was the only result. The Roman Catholic Church became very powerful and to the extent they controlled all matters of the state. Anyone who was not a catholic or did not offer his sacrifices to the church would be found guilty of heresy and burned at the stake. The rise of the protestant movement threatened the influence of the catholic church and similary protestants would be regarded as heretics and the penalty was death. People would accuse each other of crimes like sorcery, and witchcraft and the inquisition also began. Thousands of men, women and children were tortured and killed as a result of being found guilty of the crimes.
It all became about power and control and not the good news of Christ. How could it be called good news when everyday thousands of innocent people were either being tortured or killed for their believes?
The churches forgot that if Jesus would have wanted to convert people using force, he had all the means to do so. He would have wiped everyone out who tried to oppose him in a few seconds.
This was among the first mess ups in the church. They forgot that the teachings of Christ emphasized on loving our neighbors. They forgot that worldly possessions are not permanent but rather people should strive for heavenly possessions. They forgot that in order to become masters we first need to become servants. "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth" Instead the church shifted from spiritual matters to matters of controlling everything and destroying anything and anyone who opposes them.
Today's church has its fair share of drama. A majority of today's churches focus on how they can increase their revenue rather than saving souls. There was one service where the preacher stood infront of the podium and started bragging about how many cars, jets and mansions he owns. His bragging was not meant to encourage christians but rather rub it in their faces. Innocent people have spend money they do not even have to give to these churches. They give in terms of offering, tithes, pastor's fee, fundraisings and so many other things that i think these pastors make up along the way.
In addition these churches seem to just turn the other way when issues like abortions, homosexuality, fornication, masturbation and pornography are brought up. Infact we have heard of cases whereby it is the pastors being involved in these kinds of activities. Churches just like in the temple where Jesus was whipping people for turning it into a business, have also become places where they sell books, DVDs, and even advertise for different companies on their flatscreen projectors. They sell their own products like holy water, annointing oils, plants, stickers, sand and soil and other things that do not make sense and are not even in accordance with God's word.
Politicians use christian pulpits as a podium for their political campaigns and we know they are not always being truthful. So they are permittted to lie in the house of God on his altar as long as the preacher or pastor gets a "generous donation."
The result has been christianity being a joke for many non-believers. People can now trample all over believers calling them giving them names like "goody two shoes" or simply crazy people. Non-believers can now trample all over the church and use it for ceremonies like "gay marriage" in the name of tolerance.
Miracles are no longer happening that's why we have pastors using potassium permangernate to bring out an illusion of miracles. They exorcise demons after first interviewing the "demon" until it confesses that the preacher is indeed a "genuine man of God" If Satan is the father of lies, how can you believe anything his demons say?
This is why we are having non inspirational gospel songs that compare Jesus to a "sponsor" and other things (which come to think of it) are blasphermous! These gospel artists do not have spiritual fathers to guide them and help them grow hence anything they compose and has either 'God' or 'Jesus' in the lyrics automatically becomes gospel.
There is only one word for all this and it is shameful. The message of Christ was lost in the search for earthly possessions. We need to get back to the basics. We need to go back to the message of Christ and preach it; and most importantly, we need to be born again!
It is time christians rose to defend the word of God. The devil has his grip on many churches and unfortunatly he is winning.
We need strong men of God who are not afraid of being "politically incorrect."
We need strong preachers like Stephen, Peter, Paul and even stronger converts who are not afraid of persecution.
FOR WE DO NOT WRESTLE AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES, AGAINST POWERS, AGAINST RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES. Ephesians 6:12
Let the church get back to the basics which is Jesus Christ.