Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Will the TRUE Church Please Stand UP!!!....Final #10 Blog

I want you all to know that there are more than just ten identity crisis' that the church experiences today such as lack of vision, greed with money the church has and fighting over it, misinterpreting the Bible and preaching incorrect doctrine, lack of church discipline, improper church government, the churches treatment of ministers, ministers who abuse their office, and so on and so on.  I feel like I have beaten this horse and need to move on.  So here goes the last installment of this series (gasp!!):

IDENTITY CRISIS #10:  Accountability.  We are no longer accountable to each other in church and we are ok with that.  Church Membership is taken lightly as I have written before, ministers don't know who they are accountable to, believers continue to live according to the world and are adapted to its sin and dwell in that sin, and the list goes on.

Case Study:  We live in a democratic country where we experience freedom and liberty based upon the dreams of our forefathers, what has been fought for by them and other free men and women throughout the years, and what has been established as our law to protect these freedoms in this country.  What about the church?  We have the freedom to worship who we want to, the freedom to assemble, and the freedom of speech to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  

I am talking to believers here:  What is our freedom with sin?  Are we free to commit any sin we want?  We are free to be forgiven aren't we?  Are we free to practice sin as believers behind closed doors and suffer "spiritual" illness because of our freedom of choice?  Are we free to practice sin as believers in public?  Aren't we free to tarnish the name of Jesus Christ when we sin in public and private...we have that freedom don't we?  

Take a look at this passage of Scripture in 1 John 1:  6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; (so if we practice sin we live in darkness and we cannot have fellowship with Him, we are lying about our relationship with Him and we deny the truth....Colossians 1 says that Jesus is the only one that can "save us" from the dominion of darkness) 

 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (here it is saying *imho* that if we walk in the Light guided by the Holy Spirit, we fellowship with other believers that are walking in the the standard is living in Christ Jesus and NOT SINNING)

8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.  (It is obvious if we have Christ in our heart or not....I call it the SIN FACTOR...either we claim to have no sin and walk in darkness and the truth is not in us, we are denying the truth and are living dark, sinful lives and even some claim to know Jesus here and are lying to themselves......OR......we have a relationship with our Lord and Savior and recognize sin, strive to live sinless lives, and when we do sin and make that mistake, we ask for forgiveness from the Savior)      

There is a gradual development of accountability accompanying the growth of a human being from infancy to maturity; and there is a similar development in the race, as knowledge grows from less to more. In the full light of the gospel, human beings are far more responsible than they were in earlier stages of intellectual and spiritual development, and the doom to which they will be exposed on the day of account will be heavy in proportion to their privileges. This may seem to put too great a premium on ignorance; and a real difficulty arises when we say that, the more of moral sensitiveness there is, the greater is the guilt; because as is well known, moral sensitiveness can be lost through persistent disregard of conscience; from which it might seem to follow that the way to diminish guilt was to silence the voice of conscience.—International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

When are we going to stop abusing our freedoms as believers and truly live under the authority of Jesus Christ?  and truly follow His Word and live/dwell in it (John 8:31)?  Will we continue to claim ignorance?  Will we be too sensitive to acknowledge what sin truly is?  Will we deny the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives as a Helper for our conscience?  Man, we need to call sin....SIN!!  It is what it truly is!!  AND WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR IT!!!!

So, what if a brother or sister in Christ were to hold you accountable (you have taken your freedom too far, you are insensitive to sin, you are not living according to Scripture)......hello, we would be enraged!!!  Some have already stomped off from "that" church because of someone standing up for biblical morals and questioning others living in sin with it.  They claim they have been bruised by the church.  Did they really want to be held accountable in the first place?Church Membership does not cover this one and for the church today this is one of many UNTOUCHABLES that we don't address.

Paul writes "25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another."  Eph. 4:25 (NASB95)

And "11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light."  Eph 5:11-13 (NASB95)

Accountability is firmly in Scripture and the Church is to expose sin, brother to brother, sister to sister in Christ, the family of God.  Where has that gone to in Church today?  

1 comment:

Gene Pool said...

Hmmm. No comments after almost a whole week. Pastor Brian, do you ever feel like the voice of one crying in the wilderness? Let me assure you that there are others out here as equally concerned about the spiritual state of the Lord’s church as you are. You are not alone.

A comment from ol’ Gene regarding your statements:

“believers continue to live according to the world and are adapted to its sin and dwell in that sin...”


“When are we going to stop abusing our freedoms as believers and truly live under the authority of Jesus Christ? and truly follow His Word and live/dwell in it?”

In my understanding of Scripture, people who call themselves Christians yet dwell in sin, they don’t love God--they love their sin. That’s the reason they dwell in it. They are not believers. Christ does not dwell in them--they don’t have a new heart--they have not been born again. They are children of darkness and among the lost. And in most cases they don’t realize it (But hey, they walked the aisle one time and are saving their last breath to say “forgive me.”).

Same with so-called Christians who refuse to live under the authority of Jesus Christ. That refusal means that Jesus Christ is not their Lord--they are their own lord and their own master. They are controlled by the Devil. Surrender is a foreign concept. Again, they are not Christians.

You commented in your opening about “misinterpreting the Bible and preaching incorrect doctrine.” How about including “selective preaching of the Bible”...and “preaching around sinful issues” hoping the listeners will absorb conviction through osmosis? If the whole Word was preached with straightforwardness and force...if the rebellious were confronted like Jesus confronted them, how could they stand to sit and listen to it? They would either be so uncomfortable they would run for the doors, or so convicted they would fall on their knees in repentance. Yet, those same rebellious endure their weekly dose of religion (usually in a state of exasperation about getting out in time for the ball game) and leave feeling good about themselves. Reassured for another week.

Gene Pool