Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it (Matthew 7: 24-27).
I’ve written some recently about my goal to find a local church for my family to attend. I’m still on the lookout, praying for at least one that has not totally departed from the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This has me very concerned for the flock of Jesus Christ.
On one hand, I know that God is in control of all things including the Christian corruption here in the United States. I also know that Jesus is very merciful, and I want to believe that most ministers and their congregations are sincerely doing their best.
However, if we are not building our houses upon the rock (the commandments of Jesus given in Matthew 5-7) and preach the good news of being freed from sin in a tangible way so that we can keep these commandments—not according to our ability but by the power of the Spirit who “writes the laws of the kingdom of God in our hearts,” then how will we be the “light” and the “salt” we are supposed to be?
Look at this nation. Look at this world. Is not Christianity still the leading religion of this world? Something is amiss, isn’t it?
The problem is we have forsaken the wisdom of God and the commandments of Jesus Christ and his kingdom, instead replacing them with false doctrines and legalistic obedience that leaves Christians in bonds to sin. Our houses, which are supposed to be houses of God, are built on shifting sand—and when the “flood” comes, they will fall. Every single one. “The leaders of this people cause them to err, and those that are lead of them are destroyed.”
If you have a Christian ministry, please pray to have the Spirit help lead you towards a better understanding of what the gospel means. This is not “another gospel,” but it is the full gospel that promises both gracious forgiveness of sin and grace-given freedom from it. This teaches us that by the power of Jesus in us, we will grow up into the image of Christ as we lay aside sin and walk according to the laws of the kingdom of God.
Telling people they will always be sinners and preaching half of the gospel is as one who builds his congregation on the sand. The fullness of the gospel does not forsake the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus. And yes, all have sinned and to ever say we are without sin or good like God is good makes us liars. However, if we are not growing in the things of God—not according to our legalistic traditions that “make clean the outside of the cup” without changing the inner-man, then we are not bringing forth fruit fit for the kingdom.
Do you want to lead flocks of people to their destruction? Surely not. Will you lose some of your congregants? Maybe. But, then again, perhaps if our churches were lights to this world as they should be, we would not see so many churches shutting down. The Christian faith is dwindling. Our youth favors other forms of spirituality over Jesus. Why?
We have nothing to offer them! No change of nature that frees from the destructiveness of sin. No love. No images of Christ going out to the needy and afflicted. Instead we grow in the riches of this world, are self-righteous and hypocritical, hateful to those who sin differently than we do, and fail to be examples of what salvation actually means because we have rejected the gospel of Christ and replaced it with something that has no life in it.
We need to build our houses upon the rock while we still can, starting with our own selves and spreading towards those around us. If you have faith, that is given from God. Have faith that He will give you everything you need to walk “righteously, soberly, and godly in this PRESENT world.” Believe in the gospel of the kingdom of God “at hand” and be freed from your sins as the King of Kings reigns in your heart.
Don’t be a foolish virgin, wicked servant, or a wolf in sheep’s clothing leading the flock to their doom. Jesus is merciful to all who confess their sins and seek him for the power to turn away from all unrighteousness. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
This is often a time of year when we see a lot of church revivals. Start a real revival by preaching the gospel of LIFE!
(I think only one pastor reads this blog, actually–and I appreciate the encouragement his blog offers. Hi Pastor Tom!).
Whenever I write about these kinds of things, I feel it’s important to make mention of those with online ministries who take advantage of the corruption within today’s Christianity. I am not with those who go around judging the people of God as “false” or “real” Christians. Judgment of the heart belongs to God alone.
There are many such “prophets” and the like online today who are often more damaging to the faith than the traditions they supposedly stand against. These are accusers of the brethren who are trying to set up their own kingdom so they can be seen as something great. I do not stand with them and I urge caution in looking to such ministries in place of traditional church going. You’re better off sticking with your church and seeking Jesus to teach you what the gospel means than falling into the hateful doctrines of accusation and division these “ministers of righteousness” bring.
*Inserted 1-23-19* There are good teachers and such Online too 🙂 I can’t promise that I can point out all fakes, but if you have a question about one, I’m willing to talk it over with you. Also, I’ve been attending a local church for several weeks and I’m very pleased! Praise the Lord! Also, if I wrote this article today the tone would be different. Encouraging instead of scornful. Live and learn.
Even so, the take away is the same. We should strive to keep the commandments of Jesus, and if we do, He will send his Holy Spirit to help us. That is part of the gospel message and it should not be lost, because if we lose this, then we lose the present-day power of the kingdom of heaven which the gospel promises. Without that, our houses will fall.
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