Epistles of Thomas

September 28, 2009

God loves Christians // God loves the Church

Filed under: Church Fathers,Pastoral — Thomas @ 23:13
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God loves Christians // God loves the Church

You would think that by definition those two statements would be accepted by all who follow Christ but unfortunately that isn’t always the case. It has become fashionable for Christian leaders to define themselves as anything but “Christians.” Jesus followers is one popular term. The idea being that “Christian” is loaded with too many negative connotations and has too much historical baggage. If we want to get back to portraying true “New Testament Christianity” we need to take on a new identifying name such as “Jesus followers.” This is problematic given that the book of Acts records that “The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch” (11:25). These weren’t just any “Jesus followers,” these were the disciples of Jesus. The term is also used in Acts 26:28 and 1 Pet 4:16 and by the apostolic Fathers. If we want to portray NT Christianity shouldn’t we use the NT label? This will prevent confusion and if we are concerned about others misusing the name of Christ we need to live up to his name and cause others to reflect on why they are not like us. The actions of some should not prevent us from using Christ’s name! Our actions as Christians can heap burning coals on those who oppose his will.

Other segments of Christians have decided that the Church has failed and we should restructure ourselves according to some new movement. Aside that the fact that ultimately the Church is the body of Christ and not a format we must consider that the early Church was just that – a Church. They held meetings in a centralised location and engaged in the stuff of church (read the Scripture, listened to preaching, prayed, sang, gave, and regularly celebrated Communion). This brings us into the realm of the emergent church and the claim that “Everything Must Change.” I came across two blog posts today reflecting on “How emergent was the early church?” and they conclude that the current emergent church seems to reflect medieval Christianity more than first century Christianity (Cf. New Leaven and The Church of Jesus Christ). All my life I have attended church on Sunday and you know what – every Sunday God has been there too because he loves the Church. It may have its problems but its Christ’s body on earth and as long as people continue to gather in his name he will be present and he promised that not even the gates of Hell could prevail against it! Amen!!

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  1. It was promised some two thousand years ago that “evil men and seducers would become worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived”…….

    Then along came pagan catholicism, and then some eleven hunderd years later some of her braindirtyed priests created her harlot ‘christian’ daughters, and at that time a worldly king who served ‘d’evil created catholicisms #1 daughter “the church OF england” ;-( Yet they did choose a right name for their ‘church’, for most certainly that ‘church’ was OF, and in this world…….

    And they gave, and yet give proof positive that “the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one” indeed and Truth…….

    And as the other “imag”ined ‘churches’, they also fought and killed those who were supposedly their ‘brothers’, as they served ‘d’evil ruler of this world and laid the foundation for his braindirtying processes that those of this wicked world were to receive.

    Simply, theo’ry’logians established the pharisaical way ;-( and Truth?

    Truth lies dead in the streets of this wicked, evil world ;-(

    So the need to heed The Call to “Come Out of her, MY people”!

    Come out of this wicked, evil world(babylon) and it’s systems of theo’ry’logical religion…….

    Comment by Francis — October 4, 2009 @ 8:41 | Reply

    • There is only one Church on earth Francis. Indeed some who call him “lord lord” will be unknown to him on the day of judgment but that is his decision to make. We are not to uproot the weeds before the grain is harvested and gathered into the storehouse. Is Christ a liar when he claimed that the gates of hell would not overcome his church? Like it or not, you have a hermeneutic, you have a method of interpreting the Bible and a theology that came to you from others – as it should be; as Christ said “Go and make disciples…baptising…and teaching them to obey all I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the end of the age.” We cannot limit the Church to Catholicism or the CoE but it is not our job to judge others, it is our job to make disciples, baptising them and teaching them to obey all that our Lord, the head of the Church, commanded.
      That said, there is definitely a chasm between intellectual endeavour and action within the historical visible church. The ultimate cause being people living according to their old flesh nature rather than their new Spirit nature. Thankfully Christ has tied up the strong man and with God all things are possible, even the salvation of the rich, the powerful, and the well educated!

      Comment by Thomas — October 5, 2009 @ 23:07 | Reply

  2. If those in The Body of The Messiah were ‘rich’ in the things of this world they distributed to all who have need, if they were ‘powerful’ they became weak, if they were ‘well educated’ they counted it as loss…….

    And as The Messiah they “Love Not The World”!

    For they have received “the love of The Truth” and have seen that ”the WHOLE world(not just a portion) is under the control of the evil one”…….(I John 5:19)

    “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world will pass away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of The Only True GOD will abide for ever.” (I John 2:15-17)

    “If you were of the world, the world would love it’s own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his Master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.” (John 15:19-20)

    “Where do wars and fighting among you come from? Do they not come of your lusts that war in your members? You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts. You adulterers and adulteresses, don’t you know that friendship with the world is to be at enmity with The Only True GOD? Therefore whoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of The Only True GOD.” (James 4:1-4)

    “The world cannot hate you; but the world hates Me, because I testify that the works of this world are evil.” (John 7:7)” and “The Messiah gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of The Only True God, Our Father.”(Gal 1:4)

    The Messiah testified: “If the world hates you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”(John 5:18) Truly, Truly, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life in this world shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall have it unto life eternal.” (John 12:24-25)

    John testified: “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hates you.” (I John 3:13) “ James testified, “Whoever would be a friend of this world is the enemy of GOD”(James 4:4)

    The “earth and it’s life forms” are The Creation of The Only True GOD, Father of ALL! The “worldly” systems are the creation of, and under the dominion of “the god of this world”, he who is “the father of lies”, he who “has blinded the minds of those who believe not The Messiah”! All the nations of this world are under the dominion of, and serve, the evil one for he provides the fuel that feeds mankind’s “imag”ination, and mankind’s “imagination is destroying and perverting Creation(land, air, water, vegetation, creatures, Light, Truth, Life, Love, Peace, Faith, Simplicity, .etc.) ;-(

    Once again, the “earth and it’s life forms” are The Creation of The Only True GOD, Father of ALL! The current “worldly” systems are the creation of, and under the dominion of “the god of this world”.

    Those who “love this world” all serve “the god of this world”, and play their part in the processes that seek to destroy The Creation of The Only True GOD. “And The Only True GOD will destroy them who destroy the earth.” (Rev 11:18c)

    Global warming, polluted air, land and waters, toxic wastes, sexual perversion, evil inventions of destruction, greed, hate, carnal warfare, dis-ease ,,,etc,,, are all destructive processes that have their root in “the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life”.

    The Truth Is Alive in those who have been born of The Spirit for “they no longer love this wicked, evil world and it’s things, nor do they love their own lives in this world”.

    They but seek and desire The Will of GOD, their Father and Creator, as they await their final transformation. “Corruptible to Incorruptible” ndeed and Truth!

    Now “the ground was cursed for Adam’s sake” because he “hearkened unto the woman”.

    Adam listened to a woman rather than obeying The Only True GOD. Yet because of Faithful Noah, The Only True GOD “no longer would curse the ground for man’s sake” because Noah obeyed The Only True GOD! (Genesis 8:21-22)

    And the Faithful today are exhorted to “love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.”

    Be not of those who deny and defy “The One GOD, Father of All”. Be not of those who are destroying and perverting the earth(land, air, water, vegetation, creatures) and perverting that which is Spirit(Light, Truth, Life, Love, Peace, Hope, Mercy, Faith, .etc.)!

    “Set your affections on things above”. Desire heavenly, eternal things. Quit serving ‘time’ in the prison that is this world and take heed unto The Call of “The Only True GOD” to ”Come Out of her, MY people!”

    “Come out” from among those who are destroying and perverting Creation and be of those who follow The Messiah on “The Way to The Truth of The Life”.

    “Come out” of the worldly systems, which are the product of mankind’s “imag”ination, especially the systems of religion. “Pure religion and undefiled before GOD The Father is this, to visit the fatherless(those who know not their Father[Creator]) and widows(those who have not experienced The Messiah and The Power that raised Him from among the dead”) in their affliction and to keep oneself uncontaminated by the world.” (James 1:27)

    Simply, all other religions are impure, defiled and of this wicked, evil world…….

    “religion” is personal(oneself), not corporate…….

    Faith will not create a system of religion!

    Faith is Family, not “religion”, and The Brethren of The Messiah seek and desire that which The Messiah sought and desired above all else:

    “Father, not My will, But THY Will Be Done”…….

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this world and it’s systems of religion, for “the WHOLE world(not just a portion) is under the control of the evil one” indeed and Truth……

    Truth is never ending…….

    Comment by francisco — October 6, 2009 @ 9:17 | Reply


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