Hey, “pastors”, “church leaders”, “Christian”, here is an urgent reminder:
IT IS GOD’S CHURCH.
The Church was created by God, in His Name and for His Purpose. His Church is empowered by His Spirit and enabled by His Presence. And, we are That Church.
Hear Ye: Now, we “see through the mirror, darkly”. No man or woman can fully understand the things of God, because no one can fathom the Mind of God. No one can understand His thoughts or His Ways. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Therefore, no one can fully understand anything of God, or His Church, except what God has revealed through His Prophets, and, in these last days, through Jesus, His Son, (Hebrews 1:1-3) Who is The Word. (John 1:1)
Furthermore, no man or woman has any right to proclaim or teach any doctrine or ritual or any practice that Jesus has not already taught or practiced. (Matthew 5:17-19) There is no “vision”, except that of Jesus. There are no practices, except those of Jesus. There are no good ideas, except those of Jesus. No buildings will prosper you. No projects will elevate you. There is nothing except Christ crucified; Who died and was raised to life on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:-34); Who ascended into heaven and is seated at the Right Hand of The Father! (Luke 22:69, Ephesians 1:20)
You are to teach Jesus, alone. We need to know nothing more than Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. (2 Corinthians 2:2-6)
And, please, ask yourself, “Who do you think you are to reinvent God’s Methods and Ways? Who do you think you are to advise God on anything?” (Job 38) You must retract and repent in dust and ashes, as did Job. (Job 42:6)
Let’s remember, Jesus is gentle and humble in heart (Matthew 11:29), and we are to be the same. So, remember ‘pastor’, ‘church leader’, ‘Christian’, you are to treat your brothers and sisters in Christ just as Jesus has treated you. That is, you are to consider them “as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:3-8)
Be warned. The Word is saying to you, this day, ‘preacher’, ‘church leader’, ‘Christian’, “Remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.”
Here is a message from Pastor Trent Casto, of Covenant Naples Church, Naples, Florida, to help along our way.
Let’s pray for one another, that we continue, in all humility and in His Grace, to be the good and faithful servants of our Lord, Jesus.
Your Brother and Friend,