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A Forgivable Rant?

August 17, 2016

Greetings,

“I urge you all to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned.  Keep away from them.  For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites.  By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.  Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.  The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.  The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”  Romans 16: 17-20

I read this warning this morning and I had several thoughts about it.  One of the biggest ways that folks divide the Body of Christ today is by making a distinction between those who are “gifted” and those who “give” to support the “gifted”.  It is the mark of The Clergy/Laity division and it is a pox in the Church today.  It is crippling the Body of Christ and it is so very, very, extremely wrong. Whenever one person is treated as special over and above others in the church it destroys mutual fellowship and any chance at true unity.  Because the truth in love is that EVERY member of the church is gifted and special in their own unique way.  We are all Spiritually gifted ministers in the New Covenant and when we come together everyone is expected to share and add their portion to the mix that day.  (1 Corinthians 14:26)  The whole concept that some are Ministers and the rest get to sit, listen, and pay is a totally bogus teaching and it is a division right from the pit of hell.

A major obstacle being taught today is legalism and observance of The Law as the standard, rather than simply living as the Holy Spirit leads us by grace and faith in Jesus.  Far too often we are taught to avoid evil of all kinds, instead of to embrace and practice what is good and pure.  Too much emphasis on what not to do takes away from the Gospel and the importance of what we actually should BE accomplishing in Christ together.  The good news is the hope of glory, which is simply Christ in us.

Having God crush satan under our feet is an interesting thought, but it seems to me that in order for this to happen we have to be where satan is and not in some sort of total avoidance of evil mode.  As followers of Jesus we are supposed to be Light shining in darkness.  We need to go where hurting and lost people are and not just pretend we are safe within the walls of religious structures. In order to actually be like Jesus we need to get off our blessed ASSurance and be out among the people who need Him most.

I have no idea if any of this will make sense to those of you reading, but I feel like I have shared my portion today.  “The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

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11 Comments
  1. Swiss Hart permalink

    And with you…

    • Thank you Swiss, HIS Grace is evident in my life without it I could not live or function.

  2. It makes sense to me Bro, but then I’ve already been there done that. I just have this feeling sometimes that we are preaching to the choir, and that those who’s hearts are right before God, and who are truly seeking more of Him will come out of that organized bird cage and it’s pecking order. And those who just don’t get it, and don’t “see it”, really do have a sort of veil over their eyes of their own making, possibly due to their position/ status or authority they feel they have in that organization. Or, another possibility, they are just plain brainwashed and they simply can’t envision God’s church being anything other than what they’ve known and experienced. Or both.
    This is the common standard most Christians have come to accept. We see it in the multitude of churches on every street corner in America.

    • Scarlett, it is sad, but true that most of today’s “churches” follow the common standard established by mere “men”. However, the true standard is Christ alone. Sigh…… Thanks for sharing Scarlett.

  3. Rich Chamberlin permalink

    Lets be real for a minute, if everybody had some Spirit gift ( not all same) nothing could stop them from using it, and showing it. This is NOT what we see; so how do we explain that? Paul urges us to seek the greater gifts – ask for them – AND pray for greater faith, that you may receive greater ( more?) gifts. This is based on what JC says – seek and you will find – ASK and you will receive. My point is, if we actually follow the process, we may get better results. Rather than pretend is already there- see that it is there- for the asking.

    • Rich, what I have discovered and experienced since 1976 is that when God’s people are given the freedom and opportunity to share their gifts they always do. The modern IC “church” system rarely if ever gives folks the chance to share their gifts with the Body of Christ. In that system they almost never are given “permission” to share. But when you give them permission and affirmation in a relational home setting the gifts flow like a mighty river.

  4. Sue heumann permalink

    Wow…yeah, I think most folks are content in organized church because they really don’t consider there might be another option, a better way! We never considered it till a few years ago, and only the Lord led us to that idea. . . And yes, we should hear more their about the focus being on Christ, not what not to do., that was soooooo wrong! And got us nowhere fast! Amen to being Spirit led instead of preaching on what to do and not to DO! But BE LED BY THE SPIRIT……w one another, not one man. Sad state of affairs in the Christian circles for the most part. Thankful for those in the ‘underground’!! You all inspire and feed me!👍😘🙏‼️P

    • Great share Sue! MOst folks in the IC do not know they have other options and they are programmed to stay where they are and support and pay for the Sunday show and such.

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