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Upon my understanding of what church is, many of us have their very own opinions of it is different. I need to know more about why we as people who pray to the one and only true living GOD argue about faith and how to pray. And many of you who go to church have seen debates as well going on there that made it seem more like a political gathering than a pleasant fellowship of faith gathering. I have read in the word that we are the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:27 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
Church to many is a building where we all gather to give GOD praise and honor HIM in unity. To study the word through the Pastor or to have bible study. To have fellowship with like minded people. To have the religious ceremonies such as marriage, Christenings, funerals and Baptisms. Many loving and bonding Christian ceremonies go on in church by always putting GOD first in it.
Bickering like how the secular people do over a football game is not what I feel JESUS would do or would want us to do either. The secular crowd of people will only pay attention to Christians if they feel Christians doing something wrong. See or hear about us doing something wrong. Just plain out even doing anything they do themselves. They look to see imperfections and not knowing that all mankind is imperfect , for this is why we all need JESUS as savor. If they read they Bible they would know. For we can not save ourselves. We need to be united as believers and encourage one another. We need to keep in mind that those who don’t believe will say, “See, I told you they were like this or that. Christians fight too, so what is the point in listening to them?”.
A House Divided
(Matthew 12:22-30; Luke 11:14-23)
20And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. 21And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself. 22And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. 23And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? 24And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. 27No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
How are we going to learn to be united as brothers and sisters for JESUS Christ if we re not focused on what JESUS is telling us in the word how to have the inner peace we all need to get through the nonsense of this world when we can not get along in a gathering in a building made to have Christian fellowship?
If one is confused and is looking for answer to what is this all about why these people call on JESUS, we have to be ready for an answer. If GOD is leading one child of GOD to say or do something that will plant the seed in someone, then being contradicting and discouraging will discourage 2 people. The one trying to encourge one person, and the one who needs to be encouraged to follow the LORD and be saved. We do not want to have anyone turn away from wanting to come to the LORD.
1 Corinthians 11:18
“For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.”
We are all one with JESUS when we have the love of HIM in us. When we believe in GOD and know that JESUS is our savior of our very souls. When we know just how much GOD loves us all to even send HIS son to earth and suffer as how JESUS did.
We should remember there is no divisions in mankind, we are al the same. But we choose what path we want to walk down in life. Be it GODS way or the worlds way. No color , gender , beauty standard, financial status, where you were born, or what title you have to your name . No rules made by mankind to divide mankind from one another. GOD is not a respecter of men, or women. You maybe a member of a church committee, CEO of a company, or a King or Queen in a country. Every knee shall bow before GOD.
Romans 2:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
My point to all of what I was saying is we need to get into the mindset of unity with a JESUS heart. Connect with our savior and listen to HIS guidance in the word and with HIM talking to you giving you a loving push into HIS direction. No matter what country you come from, we need to lose the worlds standards. That are put into our faith and to do our faith as how GOD wants it to be. Not someone whose worldly and popular saying they are spiritual and changing the meanings of the bible to suit the lifestyle they live. We all will have to answer to GOD regarding the ways of the world, all of us. Me, you, the person walking by you , people in the movies we watch. Those that have died before us, and those yet to be born if the Rapture does not come before then.
Church is within us all, not a building. The building we go into was made for us to gather together and be sheltered from the weather. As we assemble together to join in praise and fellowship. This site, “The United Church of GOD” had a good post on it regarding what I am speaking of.
The United Church of GOD