Saturday, February 8, 2020

Show Me

I’ve read prophetic Facebook posts and call for prayer that’s in line with the prophecies.  I read them because I’m trying to understand how the Church (the collective body of believers) reached its current position.

Personally, I believe all prophecy should be confirmed by the Word of God.  It’s not hit-or-miss either where part does and some other parts…not so much.  Just because someone makes a proclamation and wraps it around “The Lord said” and scripture, does not make it true.  Remember Jim Jones?

Here’s my struggle with the prophecies I’ve read. Despite the use of scripture, they are not completely supported by scripture.

Show me where in the Bible it says hate, racism and bigotry are okay.  As a person of color, I’m very wary of folk who prefer to wear white sheets instead of sleeping on them.  

Show me where it says depravity and immorality are okay.  I thought adultery, sexual assault and degrading women were bad things.

Book, chapter and verse, show me where the Bible says lying and cheating are okay.  See, I thought the Bible stated categorically that God hates a lying tongue.  Scratching my head here…guess I misread and misunderstood Proverbs 6:17.

If you would, please show me where the Bible says stealing is okay.  Stealing here refers to taking possession of something that belongs to someone else and calling it your own: tangible (like money and objects) and intangible (like accomplishments). 

Show me where the Bible says murder is okay.  Murder here refers to the killing of the body and/or character of a person. If a serial killer—one who repeatedly assassinates others—utters a few “churched” words, does that mean he’s no longer a serial killer and should not be held accountable for his actions?  Did I just say a serial killer? Yes, I did…sin is sin.

Evidently, I’m missing a crucial point so I’m begging you to show me where the Bible says the Church should no longer condemn sin but should instead support and esteem those whose actions consistently violate the Word of God.  THIS breaks my heart because it’s resulting in folk saying that if that’s what it means to be a Christian, I want no part of it.

Maybe, I’m asking the wrong questions so I’ll ask something different, “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?” Galatians 5:7

Years ago, I heard a fiery sermon titled “Dead Things do Live!” It was based on John 11:43 where Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” Lazarus, who had been dead, came out of the grave alive.  

It’s time for the Church to wake up out of its slumber.  I stand—not alone for I know others also see what’s happening—and cry with a loud voice, “Church of the living God, come forth!”

Friday, January 31, 2020

Where is the Church?

The Church is a body of believers whose purpose is to share the message of salvation through word (what you say) and deed (what you do).

Our nation is in a mess. Why? Because the Church has lost sight of its purpose and lowered its standard for what has been labeled “the greater good”. This has left an opening for the enemy to come in like a flood. Hatred, injustice and evil that use to hide behind closed doors is now boldly demonstrated in the open.

Of all the preaching, prophesying and word of knowledge uttered regarding our nation’s politics, did no one foresee today’s mess? Were those utterances really from God or was their purpose to support an agenda? When weighed against the Word of God, did they even measure up?

Whether you’ve bought into “the greater good” agenda or not, the Church—who’s viewed as a collective body—is now in a position where its witness and effectiveness has been compromised.

  • How can the Church tell someone God is love when it supports hate and racism? 
  • How can the Church tell someone God loves truth and hates a lie when it supports lies? 
  • How can the Church tell someone God loves justice when it supports injustice and corruption?
  • How can the Church tell someone God loves goodness and righteousness when it winks at immorality? 

Where’s the Church?

The Church that boldly wears the standard of love, truth, justice, righteousness and integrity—the standard of Christ.

The Church that swiftly moves to cancel every agenda and correct every act that does not line up with the purpose and Word of God.

Only THAT Church can push back the tide of evil and darkness that has crept over our nation for the Bible says, “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 

Where…is the Church?