A great gulf has developed between the church and those who once walked through their doors. Over time, this gap has become wider, and wider; those who once had love and fellowship together, now further apart than ever. Each party, likely blames the other; no one willing to accept that somebody, was wrong.
It might interest some folk that it does not matter what denomination you are in or came from; it is the same, in all churches that identify themselves as Christian. One might not know that, if they’ve never visited other churches than your own. The rift is deep.
Some might get offended if you were to say openly that many people are recovering from religion. One of the problems with many who identify as Christians today, is that they do not believe they could be very much like the religious order of Christ’s time. If you are a believer, and especially if you say you have been born-again, it was once thought, that the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, changed everything. When the Holy Ghost was poured out, it was assumed that the world changed; even the religious world. No one would any longer act, like the religious people of that time had acted; not if they had truly been filled with the Holy Ghost.
Rules, rules and more rules; I’m old enough now that I cannot even begin to remember them all. Jesus said something that didn’t seem to register in some circles; He referred to something one of the prophets had spoken. The prophet had said, that some people worshiped God, in vain. Jesus repeated it, about those He was confronting in the Gospel. It was to those, that He said, were teaching for doctrine, the commandments of men. I do not think, we understand, just what Christ was saying to those people. If I am honest, I didn’t even realize, that you could worship God in vain. It just seems to mean, that all of their attempts to worship Him, were for nothing.
Once, a long time ago, one of our beliefs was, that we could, stand in the gap, and make up the hedge. God was looking for people who would do that; because He had searched around, and couldn’t find anybody; there was no one. In some of our places we called church, there was a breach in the wall; just like it was in the days of the old temple. There is all kinds of reasons why it got there; some from the inside, and some from the outside. Through this breach, a lot of people leaked out into the world; what was once thought to be a safe haven for everyone, became a place of rules. It was like some strict-laced club; where you followed the rules to the letter, or you were no longer considered a member. It was not supposed to be.
Schisms and divisions, in the body of Christ. People of like precious faith, claiming to be heirs with Christ; turned on one another; just as the apostles warned us not to do. But Jesus Christ is not coming back, after a fractured and badly splintered body; somebody, is going to have to stand in the gap.
Somebody is going to need to stand, where no one else wants to stand. It is going to take a lot of meekness and truly being filled with the Holy Ghost, to bring all of these people, back to the foot of the Cross.
It can’t stay this way; it won’t, stay this way. God is going to use someone, to help all of us, begin returning, to our first love. The paths back to one another, must be restored.
God, use me in this hour, to bring about your purpose.