In my efforts to show myself approved through Bible study and “higher education,” my study of the scriptures revealed to me that the way we “do church” these days is directly opposed to the Word of God.
- Man is elevated above the Word
- Money is the emphasis of 90% of preaching (not the saving grace of the blood of Jesus)
- We (I surely include myself) are hypocritical in our walk with God
- Most people equate a weekly visit to a building for “fellowship” with sanctification
- There is no true repentance
As an Associate Pastor, I tried hard to ignore what was revealed to me because of the years of tradition and time invested in church activities. I asked myself, if I could plainly see these things, what about those that were the “keeper of my soul?”
I prayed about this seeming contradiction in my life and I heard God ask me this question: “Why do you do what you do when you worship Me?” I tried to answer Him by citing scripture but I couldn’t justify my actions by His word. All of the years of activity was just that – activity – busy work – tradition – wood, hay & stubble to be burned when placed upon the alter of His Word.
I could no longer continue to fool myself.
God has called me out and given me a new mission: To be a voice in the wilderness calling people (like John and Jesus did and continues through scripture), to repent. Then once they come to the saving grace, they are to study and fulfill Christ’s command to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Mat 28:19-20, not sit as an observer week after week being talked at and thinking they have done their “duty” to God.
My intention is to enlighten as God opens His true purpose for His body of believers..
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1Co 1:18
So hang on to your seat; grab your Bible and follow me as I follow Christ in becoming all that He would have us to be.
[to be continued]
Rev. (Dr.) Franklin D. Coleman, D.D.