Unholy Church (Pt. 2)

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves (Matt. 10:6).”  So… what happens when an unholy church tries to win an unholy world (please see my post of 8/1/12 for pt. 1)?  “The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise (Prov. 11:30).”

We are sent forth  into this jungle to win the lost.  Yet, we are cautioned to use wisdom in going forth.  As wise parents, we don’t place our children in dangerous situations knowingly.  Likewise, we must be careful not to place immature believers in these situations.  That is, when we assemble to go out (into the streets) to win the lost, it must not be considered a ‘fun activity.’  And only those who are spiritually mature and prepared should go out.  Otherwise, even with the best intentions, we place the new, immature, or carnal Christian at great risk and run the risk of sin’s nasty virus infecting a great part of the body.  As they (the worldly Christian–with the ‘scent’ of the world on them) tag along, those that we witness to are many times not interested in the Gospel but are quite interested in the carnal-Christian tag along.  They are willing to do whatever it takes to win the worldly Christian.  So while we’re trying to win the world, the world is trying to win the worldly Christian.  They may even come to church a few Sundays to show their “interest.”  Soon after they disappear, but not by themselves, oh no… with the carnal Christian in tow.  Of course, the other scenario that plays out is that they don’t even bother to disappear.  Rather, they bring all of their mess into the church, sampling one man or woman after the other, turning the House of God into one of ill repute.  The church must stand up and BE the church.  We must “WATCH and pray that ye (we) enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matt. 26:41).”  (to be continued…)   Thanks for visiting, following, subscribing. Take care & be blessed.

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15 Responses to Unholy Church (Pt. 2)

  1. Your words of warning are right on, Sharanelle!

  2. Tracy says:

    Wooo! God-sis…. What a Powerful word! And it’s the whole truth, so help us God. I pray that those who need this word will be directed by God to this blog to read it, pick up the slack, and hue to the line! Get right church and let’s go home!

  3. Paul says:

    Greetings my sister i was just writing a post this morning on Going to church or being the church your post adds punch to the truth. The church is Important
    Paul

  4. Very thought-provoking wise words – thank you Sharanelle (and for your appreciation).

  5. Agree 100% w/ Derrick and Tracy.
    Tricia

  6. Tony says:

    Herein lies the difference between a convert and a disciple. Jesus command to his church was to make disciples not converts for a head count so that one can brag how many he/she won to Christ. Disciple comes from the Greek word “Mathēteúō” – meaning not only to learn, but to become attached to one’s teacher and to become his follower in doctrine and conduct of life. This means that we take responsibility for those whom God brings to Himself through us.
    The second thing Jesus commanded was to teach all nations. The word teach comes from the Greek word, “Didaskō” – meaning to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them, deliver didactic discourses. Preaching from a pulpit does not a disciple make.
    Look at what Paul says in (1Co 4:15-16 NIV) “Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me.” Again, look back at the definition of “make disciples”, to become attached to one’s teacher and to become his/her follower in doctrine and conduct of life.
    The command to go and tell is to all believers in Christ. The command to make disciples is to all believers in Christ, The command to teach is to all believers in Christ.

    It is an awesome responsibility and honor to be given a child in the faith to raise and nurture and to change diapers and correct when necessary.

    • Roger Tharpe says:

      Well said. Relationship is key. Spending time is key. That is why fellowshipping believers make for stronger believers. You cannot simply hear a Sunday message and then go back to work and play during the week. You need to be along side of other Christians. Proximity is the strongest influence on assimilation, hence Jesus disciples walking with him for maximum exposure. The difficulty is most churches are not set up this way and many are not taught to make time.

      http://www.healthyrelationshipblog.com

      • So true, Roger! We must stay close to the pack… the moment we veer away and become disconnected from the Body, we’re in danger. We must abide (remain) in Him and allow His Word to abide in us… not an occasional activity. Thank you for your comments. Blessings!

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