The Sad State of American’s Church

I am sad that the physical church does not know how to trust God and not people. Maybe this is part of what Jesus was talking about when He said few would find the right path: Just a thought and not being judgmental.

Sad is the fact that people would rather believe the worst about someone than actually look at the truth about them self. Is this not the “American” way?

For example, there are not five official acts of worship to be completed out of habit each Sunday. There is only one act of worship to be completed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Furthermore, when Jesus said that people would know you are His by your love, He was never limiting love to just those that believes the way you believe. After all, did Jesus not love the Clint Eastwood in all of us: the Good, Bad, and Ugly?

Each person within the church that thinks they know the whole truth and therefore does not need to listen is ignorant of the truth.

The church needs to start worshiping God through Jesus and stop worshipping their own self-made knowledge. They need to stop worshipping the roadmap idle known as the Bible. Roadmaps do not get you to the desired destination: Taking actions from following the directions of the map gets you to the destination.

I will continue to seek truth. I will continue to worship the God who through love saved me from a tumor in my gut. I will continue to worship the God who saved me from a living chemical hell on earth. I will continue to trust in God’s grace to lead me where I should go and towards His true church.

Hugs always,

Guy

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Hebrews 10:25a

Daily TogetherHebrews 10:25a

By Guy Lewis, Sunday, December 09, 2012, Payson, Arizona

I will venture to share that what the writer of Hebrews is referring to is not what “most” believers believe to be true and supportive of accepted church traditions.

The commonly heard explanation is “Formal Worship Assembling” but is this really what is being talked about or is it, by focusing on this small part of the context, simply justification to sidestep the rest of the text?

The context of verse 25a starts in verse 19 as a follow-up to verses 1 through 18; that Jesus is better than the religious traditions of the past: Physical Religious Worship doesn’t Save whereas Spiritual Worship in the knowledge of Christ Jesus Saves. The text in question then follows this thought with a “Therefore.”

Starting with verse 19 and following to verse 31, with full consideration to what was already stated in verses 1 to 19, there appears to be a fuller and deeper meaning of verse 25a then only a Formal Sunday Worship Assembly.

The Text:

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:19-31 ESV)

In this text, when taken as a whole, there is so much more value to daily living or lifestyle then there is to only once week worship.

Breaking it down (Because of Verses 1 -18):

V19 – 22    “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

Because of the blood of Jesus on the cross, believers have confidence, to directly approach God “anytime” without any go between “human” people involved. Jesus is all true believers spiritual “High Priest” so they can personally go before God in assurance that their concerns will be heard if the believer has been honestly baptized gaining full forgiveness of sin no longer requiring a continual forgiveness of sin petition. The Hebrew writer directly ties true belief in Jesus a being the Christ; Son of the Living God and forgiveness of wrongs (sins) to the demonstration of belief in full water baptism by true believers.

The Guarantee:

V23 –         “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”

The next verse shows clearly that the one-time “total” forgiveness of wrongs, after baptism, can be “lost” and is a guarantee to all believers to stay true to their confession the Jesus is the Christ; Son of the Living God because God Himself is faithful to His word.

The Reason:

V24 – 25   “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

The writer then clarifies that maintaining the confession of faith made at baptism in verses 24 and 25 is being compassionate, supportive, inspiring, and encouraging of other believers, to remain faithful to God through Jesus, to do good things for others, and most importantly to love others, until the day Jesus returns when final judgment is proclaimed to all. There is absolutely no indication in this text of meaning “just” a weekly assembling of believers in a formal worship; although that would surely be included in a lifestyle of belief. The evidence of the entire text demonstrates a daily life, not a tradition, of meeting with other believers often or on a daily basis to fulfill the directive to love and encourage.

The Warning:

V26 – 31    “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

The writer of Hebrews ends this section of the text with a warning as to what will happen to those people that do not heed the direction to support, encourage, inspire, and love others. The writer ties “lacking to love in the ways mentioned as part of daily life” as being “premeditated sin” and draws the reader back to verse 18 as a reminder that any continual to sin voids the once for all payment Jesus made on the cross. Continuing, the writer offers clarifying statements that sinning in this way before God will result in a painful sentence to everlasting destruction (hell) completely and forever separated from God at the time of final judgment because neglecting to love others in the manner directed is the same as disregarding the “Great Love” payment Jesus made on the cross with His life, thereby, making angry the Spirit of God Himself.

Some of the Supporting Text:

Matt 25: 31 – 46

Acts 1:14

Acts 2:37 – 47

Rom 6:3 – 4

Rom 12:1 -2

1 Pet 1:22 – 23

1 Pet 3:21 – 22

1 Pet 4:7 – 9

1st John