Revival Blog 94
All the years I have been saved; I often tremble at the thought of someone with no church background joining an established church and being subjected to the politics and power struggles that go on inside the four walls. In Proverbs 6:17, we read of seven things that are detestable to God: 1) Haughty eyes (Pride), 2) Lying tongue, 3) Hands that shed innocent blood, 4) A heart that devises wicked schemes, 5) Feet that are quick to rush into evil, 6) A false witness who pours out lies, and 7) A man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
1 Peter 2 talks about His Church being built of living stones and therefore we (born-again Christians) are the real Church. The Greek word “Koinonia” which is found 43 times in the New Testament means to be drawn together by intimate participation. It is used to describe the state of fellowship, prayer and service within the Christian Church. In other words, God’s plan for His Church is that we should be a body of believers who love one another and love the Lord with a passionate fervor. However, the seven things which are detestable to God are often manifested within the Church body. So, what is wrong? It is my conviction that many who attend churches across the globe have a form of godliness but are not truly saved. The Apostle Paul in many of his letters uses such terminology as ‘carnal’ which means worldly (head knowledge but not heart-transformed) as he distinguishes between real born-again Christians where he uses the term ‘spiritual’. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”. In other words, when we confess our sins and turn in true repentance and ask the Lord to forgive us and to make us brand new from the inside out, we are born-again through a spiritual birth.
You may ask what prompted this thought process? Netflix has released a documentary called “American Gospel”. It is described as follows: American Gospel explores the prosperity gospel, which is spread by preachers like Joel Osteen and equates faith with financial success. The film questions the health and wealth approach to Christianity and interviews preachers, experts and former followers. “Is Christianity Christ + the American dream? American Gospel examines how the prosperity gospel (the Word of Faith movement) has distorted the gospel message, and how this theology is being exported abroad.” I understand it has gained mixed reviews and everyone is entitled to their opinion, however, when we deviate from preaching the Cross and the Blood of Christ to health, wealth and happiness, there is a major problem.
We, at New Life Fellowship, Coopersburg are comprised of ordinary folk who love the Lord and desire to see revival spread across our land where thousands will be swept into the Kingdom. In other words, Heaven populated and Hell plundered for the glory of God. We believe and preach true salvation through the cross and place a high importance on fellowship. I therefore believe it is time for the Christian Church to stop acting like a private club or a holy-huddle and to open its door as a hospital to the many who are hurting and need the Savior. The prosperity gospel is non-biblical and you may strive to possess health, wealth and happiness but unless your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Rev 20:15), you are lost and destined for eternity in hell. Turn to Christ in total surrender today. Nov 1, 2020.