“But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, …
And the secrets of his heart are made manifest; and falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you” (I Cor. 14:24, 25).
The church of Jesus Christ is chasing after the wrong things. Many Christians are preoccupied with social and political agendas and a feel good gospel. We feel we are doing something when we pass laws that uphold Christian values. Christians, however, need to be in the political process and run for office, be aware of issues, vote and make their voice heard. However, that is not the Christian’s mission. The mission is to proclaim the cross and transform people through the power of the Holy Ghost. This passage indicates that the power of God ought to be so strong in the gathering of God’s people that the fornicator, thief, liar, homosexual, lukewarm, hypocritical, gossiper would fall on his face and repent of his wickedness. Why are we proud of legislation that changes no one and not ashamed that there is no power to alter men for eternity? If we will seek God, power will return to the church and legislators could go home.
Galatians 3:5 says: “He … that ministers … the Spirit, and works miracles …, does he it by the works of the law, or by … faith?” The working of miracles was a normal experience in Galatia. Some say, “God doesn’t do miracles anymore. We live in a different dispensation than the early church.” We do not live in a different dispensation but we live with a different disposition. The early church had a give up and die mentality. They gave Jesus everything. The American church is apathetic about the presence of God. Many Christians can be upset about abortion, bad movies, school shootings, injustice, etc…but not be upset that the church has no presence of God that brings us to our knees and transforms people. Why are we not upset about this? If the church of Christ will pray and seek God’s face, the presence of God will return and transform humanity (Acts 8). The church must offer society the power of God that makes a difference in people. When this happens, a lot of social, political, and financial issues in America go away. I pray that the church will fulfill its real purpose.
Tue, September 1, 2009
by Clif Briscoe filed under