- Religion and Philosophy
Can The Body Of Christ Fulfill Her Purpose In The 21st Century?
Current and future.
The LORD doesn't do anything without revealing it to His servants first. Abraham, Noah and Jeremiah are three examples we have of the LORD speaking to people about His plans and purposes.
In many respects, the creator speaking to His creation is staggering to say the least. However, this has always been the LORD's ways of initiating what we might call a "movement" or an "awakening" in the past and it is no different today.
The LORD intervenes in our current situation to tell us about the new and different future He has in mind for His people, "I know the plans I have for you ....".
We also need to be encouraged that most often, if not always, the Lord waits until our "darkest night of the soul" before he acts. I think this has a great deal to do with His ability to act with Sovereign power and building our faith.
I have spoken with many Christians who testified that it was the time when their situation seemed totally lost, when things are desperate and hope has gone, that God acts. What I have in mind right now is the story of the siege of Samaria in 2 Kings 6 and 7.
The city was surrounded, people were starving to death and they were literally biting and devouring one another. Then the promise came, and this is my paraphrase, "about this time tomorrow, food will be plentiful and cheap again".
Here is the point I want to hammer home as hard as possible. Those who took the LORD at His word participated in the fulfillment of His promise of restoration. In contrast, the unbelieving soldier saw the promise fulfilled but did not participate in it. Just the opposite. He perished.
What has this to do with the body of Christ today?
The current state of the body of Christ is that she is in a desperate, seemingly hopeless condition. Surrounded by enemies with no means of escape. Like the people of Samaria who were surrounded by the Assyrians, the Lord's people today are captive to Babylon, captive to a religious system that has sucked all of the life of Christ out of them. The altar has been smashed, the temple destroyed, the city walls demolished and the stones burned with fire.
For the body of Christ in our current situation there seems to be no hope and no future. But wait.
Although the church system is dead, for the body of Christ in the 21st Century, there still remains a new and living way.
Salvation and destruction.
Having carefully considered the nature of the LORD's work I have come to this conclusion; salvation for believers means destruction for unbelievers. Sounds harsh? But that is the reality.
The LORD will not continue to strive with men. He is patient, yes, not wanting any to perish. But at the end of the day, the LORD always comes to a decision, and that decision is final. The history of Noah is recorded for such a time as we have today.
Noah faced a flood and we face a fire, but the process (the journey) and the outcome will be the same. When our hearts become filled with wickedness continually, judgement will follow.
However, the Lord does not send judgement without warning.
God revealed His plans to Noah and then waited for Noah to finish his work before sending the flood. Salvation for Noah and his family meant destruction for all those outside of the ark.
Likewise, salvation for the body of Christ will mean destruction for all those outside.
The purpose of the body of Christ in the 21st Century is not to take over the world, but to keep people safe from the second death which is by fire.
Past and future.
The church system is like Noah's Ark, it has fulfilled a purpose in the past. To fulfill her purpose in the future, the body of Christ must be transformed.
Noah faced a flood, but we face a fire.
Today, each and every member of the body must become like Abraham, leaving the past behind to journey to a new and different future in Christ.
Accurate perceptions of the current situation.
I cannot stress this enough. Those in the body of Christ today must have the same kind of revelation that Jeremiah had before the fall of Jerusalem. Make no mistake about it, the church system today, "Christianity" if you will, is in the same state as Jerusalem before it was destroyed.
Today, the church system is lining up to be destroyed at the hands of the leaders of the New World Order. For many, if not most Christians, what I am saying here is impossible for them to comprehend.
"God's chosen people" in Jerusalem thought Jeremiah was a complete fool, a delusional maniac who had not only lost his own mind but was trying to corrupt the minds of a whole generation.
Likewise today, the church system thinks that those who are leaving are lost, going out because they were never part of the body in the first place. This is one of the main reasons I talk about, "Delusional Christianity and Satan's Counterfeit Ekklesia".
Let me put this another way. The two disciples on the road to Emmaus were totally convinced that Jesus was dead, their hope was gone. They had failed to understand that Jesus had to die for His plans and purposes to be fulfilled.
Today, the church system has to die. Jesus' predictions have come true; the yeast has worked through the whole batch of dough and the tree has become so large the birds of the air can nest in it. The church system has become totally corrupt, complete with demon spirits and agents of Satan working in and through it.
Most importantly, the church system has to die in the hearts and minds of the ekklesia. The church system cannot be our sacred cow any longer. It is going to be destroyed and we will perish too if we remain part of it.
This is the most important question I can think of right now. How can the body of Christ keep people safe from destruction, if she is going to be destroyed herself?
The church system is dead and on its way to destruction. But for the body of Christ in the 21st Century there still remains a new and living way.
A few years ago I did a study based on Achan in the Old Testament and Ananias and Sapphira in the New. What I found was this. There are things so hateful to God He wipes them out. Like Judaism before it, modern day Christianity has lost sight of this. The thinking is, "why would God destroy His own people?"
When Achan failed to willingly cooperate with the LORD, he rendered the whole nation powerless. These events occurred at a critical time in Israel's history. They had just entered the Promised Land. It was imperative their military campaigns be successful. Failure at this point in time could have been catastrophic.
In the same kind of way, Ananias and Sapphira put the work of the Lord in great peril by lying to the Holy Spirit. Any spiritual powerlessness at this point in the history of the body of Christ could also have been a catastrophic failure.
In both the Old and New Testaments we see that judgement cleansed the land and God's Name and spiritual power and authority were kept in tact.
Now the question I have is this. What are the spiritual consequences of men setting aside God's righteousness so they can establish their own? Might this be the "abomination that causes desolation"?
Yet this is exactly what the Roman Catholic Church has done, and now to make things worse, the people that should have known better are joining with them. The Methodists and Lutherans made their peace with Rome a few years back. Today, the Evangelicals and the Charismatics are heading there too. James Robison and Kenneth Copeland being two of the main protagonists.
We can see this clearly laid out in the Old Testament when the Northern Kingdom rebelled.
Fearing people in the North would return to Jerusalem to worship, the leaders established false altars at Bethel and Dan, together with a false priesthood that preached a false gospel. The Southern Kingdom of Judah remained true to the LORD.
However, over time Judah went the same way as Israel and they both became guilty of spiritual prostitution. Israel went captive to Assyria and their lands were filled with pagan people worshiping pagan gods. Judah avoided invasion at that time.
After the Assyrians came the Babylonians, this time Judah would not be spared. Her unfaithfulness to God, propagated and fueled by the religious leaders and the ruling elite, resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem.
Up to now, we have looked at God and the body of Christ from the perspective of the church.
In the future, we must look at the church and the body of Christ from God's perspective.
The journey of personal transformation.
For the body of Christ to fulfill her purpose in the 21st Century, members of the body of Christ can learn from Abraham.
Abraham was born in the land that would become Babylon. But God told him to leave everything he knew, everything he understood, everything he believed.
Abraham was called by God to undertake e a journey of personal transformation.
It's the same for those who are the spiritual descendants of Abraham today. We are being called to leave behind everything we know, understand and believe about Christianity to journey to a new and different future in Christ.
And the platform is burning.