1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world.
I previously operated a Blog called the Americanist and a Peace Blog, after various mass or school shootings, I often had various articles on violence. I will only briefly address this, the 90% controlled news media is already destroying all rationality over the recent shootings last week (Aug. 5 2019).
Why has America been involved in some type of war, large and small, almost every year since 1776? (Wikipedia) Why do males prefer violent films and sports over females in overwhelming percentages. Why do males remember more about violent films than females. Why do males go to prison for violent crimes, commit violent crimes, in very large percentages over females. Why are us American males addicted to violence in our culture? “The answer my friend is blowing in the wind….”
Christians Can Greatly Reduce American Violence
The last census stated 70% of Americans claimed to identify themselves as Christians. That 70% is reducing quickly, especially among those who are 30 and under. DO SOMETHING!
Many Christians Wouldn’t be Identified By Co-Workers as Being Devout
Not all, we all know people who at work have religious literature on their desk, made religious comments often. “Thank you Jesus!” Of course this doesn’t mean their life is filled with Christ. Many Christians lives ARE filled with Christ, many aren’t. Why?
The Church Has Changed, We Have Lost Something
My first three blogs, concentrated on the differences between the early Church and the contemporary one. And not for the better. Why? We do not follow Jesus. We are not led by the Holy Spirit. Our worship services, and churches are not based on the New Testament. Our Ministers and Priest do not teach living in the spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, as taught in the New Testament. This was the purpose of the earlier Blogs.
Where Is The Holy Spirit In Our Lives?
Backing up some, many people don’t fit the pitfalls I am discussing.
Many of us believe the Holy Spirit is within when you profess faith in Christ. However in reading the New Testaments, there appears throughout different levels either available to some or that individuals are able to call on. Below Paul is addressing and praying for the Ephesians on being filled with the Holy Spirit. Look closely on the how and the results.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lords holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, [HIS LOVE IS 3 DIMENTIONAL] 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge[IS UNBELIEVABLY SO]—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God . 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Strengthened with power ….in your inner being
Christ dwells in your hearts
Rooted and established in
Power together with all Gods people…
…know how high, deep, surpasses understanding is Christ love.
…Filled with…all the fullness of God.
Is This You?
This describes a Christian filled with the Holy Spirit. You do want this to be you, right? Don’t you? You may not, because you may feel you have to give up too much, or you are unable to meet the standard. The standard is Christ loves you, remember the cross, he promised to fill you and never leave you. He has already forgiven your sins, repent, pray and for help and carry on. Repeat as necessary. But don’t give up, really try behavior modification, he’s there, faith!
I believe the big thing in many, is what you have to give up, you don’t want to stand out. Be like them who stand at the flag poll, or always talk about Jesus. Is it worth it? Re-read Ephesians 3:14-21. And think again. Read it again and highlight in you heart the things I highlighted. Pray as Paul did for the Ephesians, but for yourself in your own words. God will bless you, and be filled with all the fullness of God.
“I will send the Holy Spirit and he will guide you into all truth.”
Last Blog I left out some important
word pictures of the early church.
They Had Everything in Common 4:32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. (https://www.esv.org/Acts+4/)
…5:5 They dwell in their own countries, but only as
sojourners; they bear their share in all things as
citizens, and they endure all hardships as strangers.
Every foreign country is a fatherland to them, and
every fatherland is foreign.
[They were “Strangers in a Strangerland.”
Not of the world they resided in.]
5:6 They marry like all other men
and they beget
children; but they do not cast away their offspring.
5:7 They have their meals in common, but not their
5:8 They find themselves in the flesh, and yet they
live not after the flesh.
5:9 Their existence is on earth, but their
citizenship is in heaven.
[They were “Strangers in a Strangerland.” Not of the world they resided in.]
The above description of this early New Testament Church, followed
the same Jesus we do. We often fail to live up to that calling because of our separation
from Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We sin or feel we have disappointed God, we ask
for forgiveness, knowing our sins have already been paid for. We know God
promised nothing could separate us from his love. We feel a separation from
God, hiding in shadows, knowing we will never win, never really defeat sin. We
feel often like a failure. On a turning wheel as a mouse.
This is if his Holy Spirit resides in you, leads you, you have
given all parts of your life to him. I’m not talking about a feeling of his
spirit during certain times, songs, prayers or messages. We should know he is
always with us in us. If not we need to peel away the onion of our life by
layer, after layer giving it to Christ.
I always felt the Holy Spirit was in me, Jesus was not leading me. I believe I
have begun the transfer of my life to His control. If you are not led, have not
totally turned your life over to Christ, and in FAITH been filled with the
power of the Holy Ghost, then you will struggle and not live in Christ.
This Blog entry is not what I want to say. But I felt if you are not prepared to be a New Testament Christian, 100%, then whatever I say will not be heard. You are not of the world. Your Home is not your nation. Why do we act as if it were. Hating, arguing, being separated from the presence of God by our lack of love. “They will know we are Christians by our love.” Jesus is our leader, The Holy spirit will help us resist. Neither Trump nor Nancy Pelosi are out leaders. Jesus is. We should be involved in the things of God not of this world. The USA is not, nor has it ever been a Christian Nation. Jesus will establish our homeland when he returns.
You can only accept the above paragraph, if you have fully given all parts of your life to Christ, and in faith led by the Holy Spirit. The New Testament Church must rise out of the ashes, transformed individually and we will transform our world. AMEN!
Many recent popular movies and books are classified Dystopian.
The above are three very popular movies and books. In these stories they were all imagining an oppressive or a society that lost the good things of the past, in some future time.
The first blog entry was a description of the early church. If the early Christians looked toward the future of the church to the year 2019. What they would see is a dystopian future. It’s a dystopia in reverse, unless you were a time traveler from 150 AD to 2019.
Read again the “Letter to Diogenes”, describing the Early Church. How would you say that compares to the typical Christian Church, and the Christians of 2019. I’m not condemning anyone, but introspection of oneself or the institutions in our society can lead to positive change. Maybe REVIVAL!
Some of the following Blog entries will follow the rise of the Christian Church, and what some might say is the fall of it. Are we New Testament Christians, followers of the teachings of Jesus. It’s not the size of the Church, but the program, the service elements, participation, and who is leading the church. The Holy Spirit? Jesus? A Pastor with a Th.D. and six figure salary?
Notice the active participation of the Church meeting on the left. Various people spoke as led by the Holy Spirit. The Megachurch on the right is like a rock festival, watching the Rock Stars perform. Don’t get defensive on me, you have a right to. You didn’t make the contemporary church into a theatre or concert. You may have been trying your best to live as the Word teaches, as the Pastor and deacons counsel you. Look through Acts and the Church described there. And just think about how our church would look Dystopian to the early Christians.
Next Blog we’ll start breaking down some of the early pitfalls. The need to move back toward the early Church and the teachings of Jesus.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.
— Galatians 2:20 – The New Testament
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The Epistle To Diogene’s
1:1 Since I see, most excellent Diogenes’s, that thou art exceedingly anxious to understand the religion of the Christians, and that thy enquiries respecting they are distinctly and carefully made, as to what God they trust and how they worship Him, that they all disregard the world and despise death, and take no account of those who are regarded as gods by the Greeks, neither observe the superstition of the Jews,and as to the nature
of the affection which they entertain one to another, and of this new development or interest, which has entered into men’s lives now and not before: I gladly welcome this zeal in thee, and I ask of God, Who supplieth both the speaking and the hearing to us, that it may be granted to myself to speak in such a way that thou mayest be made better by the hearing, and to thee that thou mayest so listen that I the speaker may not be disappointed.
The entire letter can be read here. It consist of 12 parts.
In the above short description of the Christian Church about (130-200 AD), how would you say this compares to the church today? In my next entry I will discuss my feelings on this.