Truly, my people would perish because they lack discernment. To suffice for their deficiency, they put in place a so-called basis termed ‘Rule’, ‘Principle’, I don’t want to use the much bastardized term – ‘Tenet’. At inception, the Celestial Church was not a static church, still isn’t, like baby Samuel, the Church grew from strength to strength in God’s favor.
The essence of the kingdom Insight Conference is to share undiluted thoughts among the elite and put forth facts as observed, so, I sincerely do not have any apology for anyone hurt by the content of this paper.
Firstly, I want to ask this candid question; Why put icing on a bad cake?
Just as spirituality is synonymous with the Church, also is Dynamism associated with Excellence. Let me in my own terms define these two terms within the context of our discourse.
DYNAMISM: A state of consistent movement that aids both operational efficiency and effectiveness.
EXCELLENCE: Distinction or flawless achievement that marks or as a result of both operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Let us put the Church into perspective and apply these two defined terms, it is the expectation of the Head of the Church (Christ) that the organization (Us, Church) flourishes and thrives par excellence. This means, God – Through Jesus Christ expects or envisions a dynamic Church.
One would ask, logically, the extent of investment of an entrepreneur is key to the resultant growth (output) achieved in any business? Of course, yes! I agree. Both Jesus and His Father were committed to this business of soul winning and they invested tremendously through the ‘Power of The Holy Spirit’. Acts 1:8 ‘But you will receive Power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere, in Jerusalem, through Judea, in Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (NLT)
Even in Samaria? Remember John 4:20 … here at Mount Gerizim , where our ancestors worshiped?(NLT) The reason for these citations (quotes) is to bring to reminiscence the reply of our Lord Jesus Christ in relation to this discourse, in John 4verse21, Jesus replied ‘ Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. (NLT)
Our Lord Jesus Christ had the vision and mission of a church beyond 4-Wall, He so much led by example, so well that He never raised ‘Building Fund’ , He knew the spiritual implication of Carnal barriers and confinement in the name or under the pretense of worship. Worship transcends the physical state, and if you are in any doubt, read John 4:23-24
God is spirit! He alone will power, energize and drive His Church; the clergy is only expected to be well positioned to receive the Power to administer as promised (Holy Spirit). Unfortunately, as soon as the Steward assumes a wrong role, when the carnal demand s and pressure from/ of the congregation (Clientele) becomes overwhelming, because the steward had drifted into functioning outside the jurisdiction of his ‘call’, he will definitely fail!
These are evidences of failure in stewardship
Vulnerability to acquiring fetish powers
Garrulousness as a cover for inferiority complex
Utterance of threat, wrath and curses during church service
Lifestyle shrouded in mystery
Emergence of magic seeking members and not true worshipers
DILEMA OF THE 21ST CENTURY CHURCH
Simply put down in John 3:21 ‘ But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants’. QED (please meditate on this verse until you hear the Holy Spirit speak)
HYMN 636, 612, 283, 286,682
These five hymns should help re-channel the lost sheep, especially using hymn 682 to corroborate John 3:21, what God wants, Hymn 682 stanza 2, the ‘will of the Father’, God’s will, is the only mandate, if you are truly called, why then must you function outside the dictate of the ‘Caller’?
Rather than measure Church growth on the population of ‘Heaven bound members’, they boast in in the size of their cathedral, the number of jeeps in their parking lot, the number of concubines they have, the number of times they visit Jerusalem yearly, the weight of the gold chain with its crucifix, the account balance of their church Ltd. Corruption is the cancer! Ate into the Church system and destroyed the nucleic structure. Ego is its fortress, Covetousness is its beacon, and, failure is its bay.
I wish to conclude with Hymn 772, … think deeply…! #BringBackOurChurch
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