LOVE FOR THE CHURCH

2 Corinthians 5:13 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.

Before I was born again I was a Roman Catholic. When I was truly saved, twenty years ago this month (July 2008), I joined a Pentecostal Church, and attended for quite a number of years. I now identify myself as a Bible believing Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. I do this because of the dangers of the Lakeland type of phenomena that is so prevalent today. I do believe that the genuine gifts of the Holy Spirit are still in operation today, but I also believe there are many counterfeits. Those that discern the counterfeit may be led to say the gifts have ceased, which isn’t true. Anyway, I am a Born Again Christian, but even that phrase is seriously misrepresented these days. I don’t use the term Evangelical because the term has been closely associated with politicians and political movements. I don’t want to hinder any unsaved person from coming to the Lord because of a preconceived wrong idea of what a particular biblical term means; and I don’t want to cause unnecessary division within the Body of Christ. It has been my experience that there is a tendency to stereotype, so I try to be careful with the words I use.

Then there’s Dispensationalism. I was thinking of this on the way to visit my father the other day. This error is not going to go away anytime soon. This teaching is so mainstream that it would include a great many of the Pentecostal and Baptist churches. I was thinking about the effect of attending such a church could have on children and young people. Many “churches” have become militant and militaristic, especially when embracing “end times” dispensational error regarding the modern state of Israel. Children learn in church. They learn from the pastor and they learn from their peers. What are they learning? Could they end up joining the military and going to war because of bad theology? Could they end up killing people because of bad theology? Often what is presented in a very innocuous manner, what can appear to be seemingly harmless and innocent, can be quite dangerous. Doctrine determines behavior. Many leaders in the modern day church have strayed from Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Later in the day, while still far away from home, we met a couple who live near us. (My husband always prays for Divine Appointments.) Someone who knew that we lived near each other made us aware of that fact. As we spoke to this very sweet couple we learned, to our delight, that they were born again Christians. What a joy! We shared testimonies of what the Lord had done in our lives, and I was extremely blessed. As we were getting ready to leave, and we exchanged some contact information, I hesitated before telling them about my blog and our website.  Why? Because much of what is written here is very different from what is taught in the mainstream church. Many times what is written here has been rejected. Why did I hesitate to give information about this blog? Because division in the Body of Christ, and rejection by the Body of Christ, is very very painful and there is a strong inclination, in the “natural man,” not to makes waves. But I love believers. I love God’s people. I love them enough to speak the truth in love.

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Ephesians 4:15-16 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

About Cathy

I am a born again Christian, saved in 1988 at the age of 38. My mother was born again in her old age, in her 80's. Her name is Giannina which means "God is gracious."
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