The Body Of Christ

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Photo by sleboeuf of Calvary Chapel Eastside service, Bellevue, Washington.

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. – 1 Corinthians 12:12

Hello dear readers!  I pray for all of you every day, but I’ve missed a few times in these past few months – I’m sorry, but I’ve prayed that I bring you something helpful, interesting, and supportive in sharing the Word of Christ.

Today I’m happy to say that I enjoyed the church service today.  I went to a church in Bellevue, Washington, and was pleasantly surprised.

The church service was not filled with band-music as if I were sitting in a rock-concert.  It was lovely music, with a piano, violin and songs sung by the worship team.

What a relief, I thought, as I looked around and saw that people were intently focused on what the pastor had to say.  No theatrics here.  He told a funny joke or two but the sermon was not abou his need for approval where pastors nowadays seem to want to portray a personality of themselves more than the message.  I get tired of this.

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Photo by sleboeuf, Calvary Chapel Eastside – before service.

With all those churches out there where I have shopped and been miserably unhappy (see my post from several weeks ago where I had to leave the “service” because the pastor was unprepared, and only wanted to feed his face for “LUNCH!”), I am happy to report that I will go back.

I pray you find good churches to attend.  We all need to be in fellowship with one another, as we are all members of “the body of Christ”.

Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n Roll vs. Godly Lives

I’ve learned a lot lately, how Pastors are changing things.  I’ve written before about how I cannot stand what has happened in the churches, having manifestations of strange ideas, looking for miracles, signs, and wonders.

It’s as if God himself were taking a back seat to all the shenanigans.

I can see how new pastors who have studied under these mega church pastors want the same things they have; large attendances, lots of rock-band singing of those Christian songs, and who build excitement in their memberships.  All you need is a pastor’s stage-diving into his audience to “crowd surf” to really enjoy a church rock band.

Well, this is what it’s turning into.  Maybe a “safe space” will be provided in a back room where people can smoke a joint and “decompress”, knowing they are in a safe place and can talk about their issues with an understanding counselor.

It reminds me of what the world was once, turning into a grand human experiment, with no rules to abide by.  Hang out, drop in and play your guitar.  What a sense of community with guitar-laden, cool people to sit down with for a cup of coffee, talk Jesus and perform miracles.

After all, what is church about but to “be cool with your brothers and sisters in Christ”, accepting everything one does, never teaching wrong from right and acceptance is key.  It sounds like a liberal party.

In his Charismatic Chaos, John MacArthur quotes Dewey Beegle, from The Inspiration of Scripture (1963):

“What distinguishes the Bible is its record of special revelation, not a distinctive kind of inspiration.” 

This goes against those who want to change the bible’s specialness from how to live Godly lives and understanding how obedience to Jesus is practiced, to what is good is what makes one feel good and all are welcome, any behaviors will be tolerated, that “Jesus loves all” and so we should too.

Jesus taught right from wrong, what was special about his Father’s words.   That he is the Son of the One True God and that people should worship Him; and not those guitars and music that talk about sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll.  

A better life is waiting for us and we should thank the Lord every day for the possibility of being with Christ Jesus for eternity.  We should leave ungodly lives behind.