Who Do You Walk in Agreement With?
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it
shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or
three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
The way Christ defines the church is as any gathering of two or more believers in agreement. If two of us can get together and Christ will show up what else do we need? We don't need anything else! We don't need the vain repetition of droning mantras being passed off as worship or women flitting down the aisles with streamers. The church is not a building, it is us!
The church of today is an artificial construct. It is designed not to lead us to an intimate relationship with Christ, but to set its own artificial limits on how far and in what direction people are to head spiritually. To conform its members not in the image of Christ, but in the image of the pastor or denomination. It is only outside of the confines of the present Laodicean church that true religious freedom can be found. Even under the best of circumstances the most well intentioned of pastors are inevitably elevated to the role of demigod by sheep who were long before rendered incapable of thinking for themselves, who only seek a golden calf to bow down to. Life has become a spectator sport for these, "Tell us what to think and what to do" like the media has trained us to ask, only in church it is "Tell us what God wants us to think and do".
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
If we are betrothed to Christ we must become emancipated from every other system of control. Our creed our law must be God's Word under the guide of the Spirit of truth. We have no obligation to any church or denomination, only the body of Christ. Take note that in both the above scripture quotes the importance of being in agreement is stressed.
That this is a rebellious people, lying
children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to
the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right
things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
The fact of the matter is that the Laodicean church thrives for two reasons. First, because of the laziness of the elect in regard to their own spiritual well being. If not for doing it in church how many would have prayed or read their Bibles at all this week? Understanding of spiritual matters is severely limited when there is no personal study, no room for direct revelation from the Holy Spirit to our hearts. "But I need to get fed!" the people cry. My response to you is that babies need to get fed, adults feed themselves!
The second reason is that many just do not want to hear the truth. Enter Satan, the father of lies who is more than happy to oblige those looking for smooth lies. I must say, although it is easy to use the Laodicean church as a scapegoat, when all is said and done the rise and power of it is our own fault, because each of us are responsible to Christ as individuals for maintaining our salvation.
Because ye have said, We have made a
covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the
overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for
we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
The real test of whether the leadership of your local organization of Christians are sincere is to try speaking out against sin and apostasy. Most all will hem and haw, if not condemn you outright as unloving, judgmental and/or legalistic. God's Word no longer guides these men but the prevailing opinions of society.
Just as we must conform ourselves to the image of Christ as individuals the churches must also conform themselves. We are given clear instructions in God's Word as to how a body of believers must conduct themselves. If your church refuses to conform to God's standards will you remain silent? Our silence is our complicity. Will we be held accountable by God for this?
Again, When a righteous man doth turn
from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock
before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he
shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not
be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless
if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth
not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast
delivered thy soul.
The bride has forgotten who it is that she is supposed to woo. She has put on the garments of a whore when her betrothal requires that she wear white and maintain her purity. She has lost interest in wooing her bridegroom, in being true to Him. She has developed a wandering eye.
If any man come to me, and hate not his
father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters,
yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
What becomes more clear as we get closer to God is that our spiritual journey consists of no companions but Christ. We cannot follow the crowd, we must each walk our own path. Our paths may cross and we may walk with others for a time but we must not stray one step away from Christ to keep step with any other, whether it be denomination, pastor or even a family member. This is a hard truth.
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