I write this letter to address the church, Christian groups and those who believe in Advent.
I am a young woman with no professional background in preaching or teaching. I believe theology has its place in our lives. However, I reject the teaching among us that our denomination is best. I also reject the teachings of the words of the Bible in a way that will further our agendas; ignoring the true intent of the writings. As a Christian, I am constantly nugged by the smooth talkers of the gospel and persons who do not understand our belief. Paul explains it this way in one of his letters to the Corinthians…”But the natural man receiveth, not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
I do not suggest that the church has no say in the matters concerning government because the church is made up of citizens of a particular country. Although the church exists here on earth, they should not forget that they are pilgrims and strangers in this land. The church’s belief is that we await a day when the Lord Jesus Christ our Lord and King will return on a cloud to call us out of this earth to the place he prepared for us. But if the church loses focus on this belief we become men most miserable. The church has become a meeting place and a place of entertainment rather than a place of deliverance. The ignorance of our belief is evident in our pastors, missionaries, church elders and our youths and since recently, persons who claim to be non-religious.
I do not blame everyone for criticizing the church because the church is adopting the lifestyle of everyone else. The church as we know today needs a revival. Fancy Greek words, learning Hebrew, denominations, genealogies, learning who wrote the Bible, what the Bible says about who should lead, and so many other trivial things that we spend so much time discussing, researching and arguing about makes little sense. As a church, we should spend more time preaching Christ and Him crucified.
If these Christian bashing groups would also take the time to read and understand the Bible they themselves would be able to discern the true meaning of Christianity and not what we portray as a church. It is sad to say that most of the persons we call Christians today are enemies of the cross of Christ. (Phil 3:17-18). Peter and Jude call these enemies Spots in our feast. (2 Peter 2 and Jude).
I believe there needs to be an investigation into these organizations that claim that they are Christian oriented. There also needs to be laws that prohibit persons from discrimination based on religion. I have noticed over these past years that different groups are willing to discriminate against Christians because they want to further their agenda. They are finding everything in their power to seek to overthrow the Christian faith. They have formed sects, groups and many other mediums to infiltrate the media and tweak information to place the church in a bad light.
To the feminists, I say not all churches are Roman Catholic.
To the church, stop fighting the laws of the land but remember your citizenship is in heaven. We died in baptism, and our lives are now hidden in Christ. (Romans 6 and Colossians 3). Remember also these verses:
Romans 2:1-29 ESV
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. …
1 Peter 2:13-17 ESV
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
Romans 13:1-7 ESV
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. …
Remember Paul’s words also: All things are lawful but not all things are expedient. ( 1 Corinthians 6:12, 10:23).