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Is Excellence Destroying the Church?

February 22, 2016

Is it just me or does it seems as if we have lost sight of the true purpose of the church? It is and has been my understanding that the church serves as a lighthouse in a community. According scripture we are to ensure, by the power of the Holy Spirit, that “the gospel is preached to the poor, broken-hearts are healed, proclaim liberty to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, set at liberty those who are oppressed and proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord”. (Luke 4:18-19)  

In my opinion, some people are using the church as a business and for self-promotion. Are we ministering outside the walls? Are we binding up the wounds of the wounded? Many churches are requiring degrees to hold an office. Is this Biblical or is this man’s law? Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

I grew up in a Baptist church where everyone was allowed and encouraged to serve in a non-office position. It was almost mandatory for small children to join the junior choir. When they got older, they would join the Sr. choir. People did not have to be perfect to serve. The church would accept and embrace the gifts God placed in these people. They would sing, pray and testify from their heart and glorify God. Before church services, children were recruited to lead hymns during devotions. They were taught to take worship seriously.  I told my aunt; ‘I can’t sing’. She replied ‘you have a mouth’.

In the Scriptures, Jesus was speaking to the scribes and Pharisees about Him eating with Tax Collectors. “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Mark 2:17) God places gifts in all of us as it pleases Him. Jesus said unto Nicodemus “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)

We don’t know how the Spirit is working in a person or the person God has drawn out. We can’t repeal God gifts nor can we de-select the person God selected. In the Old Testament, we see where people tried to stop God plan by rejection of those that were called. A few examples were Joseph, David and the son of God. Builders refused to use the weak looking stone, the same stone that men refused to place on front of the building; the stone that did not look like the other stones and did not stand out as being a perfect stone; “the stone which the builders rejected has become the Chief Cornerstone”. (Psalm 118:22) In the church, we frown if a service goes over a few minutes to allow a person to sing a solo or give a testimony. People are anxious to witness what God has done for them. They want to testify of his goodness and how he delivered them or how he has made a way when they did not see a way.  The word of God warns us Do not quench the Spirit”. (1 Thessalonians 5:19) It also warns us “Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.”(Psalm 105:15)

 

People are being torn down and weakened in the church, rather than being built up and strengthened. If we all were perfect, Christ died in vain and there would be no purpose of the New Birth or His second coming. Jesus is calling everyone to come to Him just as we are. Jesus does not hold our sins, background or imperfectness against us, because we are not perfect or anointed, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out”. (John 6:37) In the church, I have observed actions and reactions that I am sure would not be pleasing to God. One song writer reminds us that we are not perfect; whether in our walk, talk or living. “Please be Patient with me”. God is building upon His foundation daily. If we seek praises from men, we already have our rewards. “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24) Since God is a Spirit, we must worship Him in Spirit and truth.

Prayer: Father, we realize that we are weak; but Thou art mighty. We are imperfect but You are perfect. Help us to encourage, embrace and accept the gifts in others. We realize that true anointing comes from You. We pray that people will see the Jesus in our walk, talk and living. In all things, we give You the glory as we lift You up. We exalt You and magnify You as being God above all Gods. We thank You and wait with patience as You build upon the gifts placed in us.

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One Comment
  1. You speak truth, good post!

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