“GET BACK TO THE BIBLE”
The Merry-Go-Round goes round and round
The children laugh and laugh and laugh
So many were on the merry go round
The merry go round collapsed
Fishies in the ocean, fishies in the sea
We all jump up with a 1 2 3!
As a little child I could remember riding on a Merry-go-round with great joy, but as I got older I wanted to experience other rides. That is rides for older kids. I was so impressed by the rocking horses that when I was got married and had kids of my own I made a rocking-horse for my son. It was the look on his face when he saw it the first time that lasts in my memory.
The Merry-go-round in an amusement park ride has rides, often in the form of animals (such as horses) or swans. Each seat revolves about a fixed centre. It is starts from a stationary position and gains speed and the animals in the coach-rides go up and down. It is like a wheel; we go round and round again and again. You cannot change direction. You have to stay with the structure until it stops, then the people get off and others get on for their turn. Children are thrilled by the by flashing lights, bells, clamour of the music and the overall atmosphere.
It sounds a bit like many churches of today who are looking for special man-made effects instead of Holy Spirit effects. But you need to remember this line, “The merry go round collapsed”, because if all we build is in our own flesh and strength, it will collapse and we may hear the frightening words from Jesus, “And then I will say to them I never knew you! Depart from Me, those working lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:23) The Church has become like the Merry-go-round with flashing lights, smoke machines, bubble machines, a clamour of the music and the overall atmosphere to try and entertain people without challenging them to leave their comfort zone.
The purpose of the Church is to “feed the sheep” – not to entertain the goats!
When something collapses we have to rebuild it, but just before the collapse of any church God will have had already started moving in believers who want something more for the Church than the froth and bubble of entertainment. We must pattern our worship according to the Word of God. We may think we are the only one with this new understanding but God has always held a reserve, a remnant of true believers, who function not on fads but solely on the burden for righteousness and holiness found in the Word of God with a desire for the patterns of the Church found there in the Word.
You can be sure that a church group has problems when it claims to be the ‘True’ or ‘The Only’ Church or other terms, as this indicates exclusivity. However, we cannot claim that our doctrines are absolutely 100% true and faultless, as we are the human component in God’s Church thus we are prone to error. But as the latest generation we need to consider what has gone before, so that we understand what we believe and why we believe it. It will be the next generation who will look at what we present and bring their new understanding to the ecclesia. Each successive generation of Christians’ will bring a fresh new understanding of what God has been doing from the beginning when He was about building His people.
1 Corinthians 14:26-40
For example, Paul starts here with an exhortation to think through a question and then opens up his answer to the order of service. He knew the answer of course. In 1Corinthians 14:26-39 with find six gifts. Paul starts with verse 26, “Then how is it, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be for building up.”
Therefore, within the area of interpretation of this verse we find six gifts.
- has a psalm.
- has a teaching
- has a tongue
- has a revelation
- has an interpretation
- Let all things be for building up
My question is how many churches today are allowing these gifts to be in operation?
You may say your structure will not allow this. They may say, “I have too many people in my church, and my leadership are not trained to do this. My people are not smart enough.” My question to this, ‘why are you having church in a different mode compared to the Word of God? Is that not a sin?’
I am left with another question; why are you following the Roman Catholic structure of have church albeit only in part? No matter what denominations you are from you are most likely following for corporate fellowship a Catholic structure in some form of your structure. We need to get back to the way Jesus and the apostles did it.
What have we learned from Church History? That is that the Church receives a new understanding of God’s Word of what God wanted or did in the first place in His people (Church). This new understanding brought by a few has a sense of freedom at a different level than the contemporaneous Church. Perhaps the church that is running on a previous understanding of God Word that in many cases had become a denomination will show the greatest resistance and be a source of persecution. However, some people who have seen two or three previous generations’ methodology may be more open to the new understanding.
God is not pleased with certain crystallizations within His Church as it goes against His word.
Zecharriah 1: 2-4; “I, the Lord, was very angry with your ancestors. 3 Therefore, say to the people, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.’ 4 Don’t be like your ancestors who would not listen or pay attention when the earlier prophets said to them, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Turn from your evil ways, and stop all your evil practices.’ (NLT)
Zechariah stresses the need for divine forgiveness but he fears that the people will refuse to listen, just as their fathers did.
So let us get off the Merry-Go-Round, repent and move ahead by studying the Word of God and know what we believe about how to have church.
We have to consider the whole teaching of the Bible and be consistent! This will produce a consistent Christian.
Let us get back to the Bible and be obedient to the commandment, then we will go in power.
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