"But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou will be blessed: for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the ressurection of Jesus" Luke 14:13,14
In my journey through the church world, i see so many standarized practises that move away from the idea that we are to be one body fit jointly together in love. There always appears to be an 'elite membership' comprised of elders and other leaders who work for free for the ministry. Fear motivates them to be at every meeting. When i say for the ministry i mean for the ministry and their vision as opposed to the vision of God. I am amazed at the yearly celebrations of the men and women of God, the celebrations of the ministries conception, the grand fund raisers, the high end fund raising dinners to proclaim the prosperous future that 'all are standing in faith for'. The 'ministry bussiness never misses a beat when it comes to those areas yet still the people in need, the broken hearted, the poor, the fatherless the demonized......always seem to get cast to the side or escorted quietly out of the back door. I have seen and experienced it in different types of ministries. The 'man of God' is to be surrounded by those that have unwavering faith in that he hears directly from God for them. Should anyone question this premise then one's faith is severely questioned and openly attacked, which paralyzes others who have the same questions.
I ask myself what in the world could possibley be the glue that holds this game together. I have seen folks walking down the street after just joining a church because they had no transportation and those same leaders pass them by???
Are we not our brothers keeper? Why has it turned into this Elite Club, those that have vs those that do not? Why is it that only those who can afford the ticket can go to the church event? I have talked to many who stay away from church because they are tired of being ignored, tired of people looking right through them if they have no obvious 'gift' to support the ministry. This spirit of narcissism is what it seems to be. The need to be recognized as 'gifted", the need to be celebrated and noticed", the need to please man so one can feel secure". I quess there are all kinds of reasons why people participate. Any ministry i joined...i was there with such excitement that this time we will reach those people that Jesus appointed to us!!! Only to find that the control over the ministries was quietly in place, so as to keep everyone focused on the real agenda.....The prosperity preachers gather yearly and appear to have forgotten their calling and their cross. The arrogance and level of narcissim is astounding! It keeps going on every year, many catch on and leave disappointed and give up on God...that is something many will answer for......Many are shamed and bullied into staying told that they will commit "spiritual suicide" if they leave the ministry!! Wow so now one can lose one's salvation simply by leaving a dysfuctional group of hirelings!!! BLAPHEMY!
Pastors seem to play the main role in any church no matter what denomination. When everything centers around one individuals plans for the ministry to me that is just bussiness, for profit bussiness and should not be considered church. Raising money for trips to the Holy Land for the man and woman of God, raising big money for bigger buildings supposedly for the glory of God. All the while...those lost and broken people stand without a chance to know the truth. What they see are people they will never be in a position to be around. The elite show up at each other's churches in their long stretch limosines, walking briskly to and from and flanked by body guards......where is the fellowship in that. There are no rock stars in the kingdom of God and i am so over the foolishness. We live in a world that is dying and the supposed church of God is playing the stock market and reaching their own personal agendas using Gods principles. I pray for true repentance and God inspired revival!!!
The correction for all of this is to repent and focus on the Lord Jesus Christ, humble yourself and realize that God is God!!!
From Surviving to Thriving!!
It is my hearts desire to create a safe place for people who are seeking a real and meaningful relationship with Christ Jesus. Many of us have grown up in 'religious systems' that dictated how we were to relate to our Savior. Many of us were left with more questions then answers! Many of us were left with more fear then faith! Many of us were ignored and cast out when we did not measure up! Many of us have been so disillusioned by the 'church system' or 'ministry machine' that we lost sight of who we are in Christ. This blog is a meeting place for those who are trying to return to their first love, Jesus Christ!! Welcome to a fellowship that will speak to the issues through the lens of the Word of God. My journey has been long but I see the absolute relevance of every experience that I encountered!! The battle is for our minds and we need each other to navigate this journey home!! Welcome!