In today’s society, going to church has been something that many do as part of tradition. Whether one goes on a Sunday, a Saturday and even during the week for Bible study, choir rehearsal or prayer night, “church” has become the norm. How can I speak on this? Well, I am a daughter of ministers. I cannot think of a day of the week that I was NOT in church. Although I went to different places and sat under different denominations, you can bet a million dollars, my siblings and I were in church at least three times a week. Sitting in the pews, the new cushioned chairs and even time the hard folding chairs, we were behind the four walls of a church building.
As I got older and began to experience being a Christian for myself, I started to see things that I thought people in church were not supposed to do or say. I noticed that the people behind these four walls were indeed still human. Human! Still having traits of a sinful nature that I heard being preached about over the pulpit. I also heard “we are the church,” but if we, as humans are indeed the church, then how can this be? I was confused. Then I began to stray away from all that was imparted to me in my youth due to seeing that there was not much difference with the people who were in church than those that were not.
In the Bible, the disciples were commissioned by Jesus to spread the gospel to everyone (Matthew 28:16-20, New International Version). Throughout the book of Acts, we see that they met in each other’s homes, a particular area or ministered to people as they were walking. The mindset was not to attract people to a building but to the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Yes, there was buildings, but that was not the sole purpose. If they raised money, it was to help others not buy Peter and Paul a new chariot to ride. Lives were changed, people were being delivered and healed at the name of Jesus.
In saying all of this, I feel many have lost focus on what the church is supposed to be. In Colossians 3:16 it states “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” In the first part of this scripture it says ‘let the message of Christ dwell among you richly.” As the church, we should know that the message of Christ is first, LOVE. Have you seen some churches shut their door at a homeless person? How about kicking the pregnant girl out of a church program because she is with child and not married? Instead of showing love and reaching out, they shun such people away. At times, they might not literally kick them out, but the humans make the person feel so bad, they leave. There are times when I have witnessed people tearing someone down, instead of building them.
The other part of the scriptures talks about teaching and singing. In some situations, you have to even be careful about those that “have a word” For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect. It’s sad that in behind the four walls, where we are supposed to come together to learn, grow and edify one another, we have to be concerned that those who are even teaching are not leading humans astray. At times, even the choir is more interested in how they sound instead of having a heart of worship and thanking Him for being who he is… God.
In all this, all that I have seen that seems to be a negative stain on the church as a whole (whether speaking of the “body of Christ”… the church OR the four walls of a place to gather… the church), there is an army still speaking and representing the real church. The real church that does not mind spreading the gospel to the world, their country, their state and even right in their own neighborhoods. There is a real church that is teaching and admonishing each other in the ways of the Lord with love and compassion. There is a real church that know how to tap in during the worship experience. There is a real church that is experiencing the healing and delivering power of Jesus Christ not just in their congregation but displaying that same power to those they see every day. There is a real church that is not just having Bible studies, but taking those studies and telling others in their families and place of employment. The Real Church is about to reveal itself in a powerful way.
In the same manner, the Fake Church is being exposed as well. People are hungry and thirsty for a real experience with Jesus Christ. God hears their cry and is peeling the layers to of the Fake Church. “And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14, New Living Translation). Before, Jesus’ return, The Real Church will be the reason the Good News will be spread. It will be those that Jesus is coming back for so that they might dwell with Him in Heaven. The ones that have shown Christ’s love to others. The ones that have built a relationship with Him. His Bride! His Brothers and Sisters! His Body! His REAL CHURCH.
Shenee’ Edwards is a minister, writer, and editor of Indimogul Magazine. You can connect with Shenee’ online:
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