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God’s timing is perfect

We hear it from everyone, right.

Why can’t you get this thing done,now? You don’t have all day? Time is money. You know the deadline is tomorrow.

We are a people in a hurry, a, to do what next? oh yeah, the next thing on our list, and the list goes on, and on,and on, and on. But why?

What is Life? For us humans, it seems that we can’t seem to be still for anything, unless we are in ‘timeout'(so stupid). We can’t just sit still and smell the roses, drink a cup of coffee, talk to a neighbor, talk to our friends, talk to our family.

Mankind doesn’t know how. It has it’s priorities of its own, that is more important to be concerned about. It’s never to be about our family or close friends and their ‘needs’ that we are aware of but it is of our own ‘needs’ that we must fulfill first. It is as if we are the only ones on the planet.

And now their is this other creature that has risen upon us that taken over our lives, the pity card that we are somehow mistreated,un-cared for, and for all intensive purposes just trash, and we want everybody to look at us and do something about it.

What I want to point out to everyone, is that we are the cause of ‘all’ the problems in the world. It is because we have chosen ourselves to be ‘in charge’ of this world because we felt that we could do it better, than the God who actually created us. Mankind is fighting itself over which ‘group’, religious sect, race, people, nation, can ‘do it’ better. It’s like watching some kids on the playground trying to prove themselves to be the ‘one and only’ “Savior’ of the school! This scenario is not just happening in the United States but all over the world. Mankind is fighting amongst itself to try and prove ‘who’ is the one to lead the world. According to history, it has never happened yet, and the odds are that it will never happen.

To the ‘Ekklesia’, I say, because we the ekklesia are only the ‘Ekklesia’ in Name only, we will see this continue as a reoccurring theme in our world. The Ekklesia is not ‘being’ the church. We are playing the ‘church’. We are playing the ‘those people in that building on the corner’, that we never see what they always talk about that they say that they ‘do’ and represent as ‘Christ’.

We, as bodies of Christ, are to be the ‘action’ of Christ in the world, in our neighborhood, on a daily basis,day after day,consistent with our message to the world. It is not the model of ‘Church’ building that is getting the message across to the world, it has failed in it’s message, it is when we as an example of who Christ is and does that will make the difference in the world. It will be that one raindrop in the water that makes that first ripple that spreads the ‘good news’, it will continue with the next raindrop, and the next raindrop, and the next raindrop and next the whole world will be filled with the Glory of the Lord in his Holy and everlasting water.

But as I started with, it is in God’s own timing as to how,when,where, and with who it starts with.

This is why God’s timing is perfect!

Stay vigilant o Ekklesia!

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So many issues…

I usually don’t do the movie reviews but this might be my first one. I have watched this one twice.

I don’t want to really address the actual topic of the movie but two things that stand out to me in the real portrayal of the actual circumstances of what usually goes on in this kinda thing.

The movie is called “Come Sunday’, it was aired in 2018 about a real pastor that was becoming a real inspirational speaker in the denomination of the church. I would recommend this movie for just watching on the two reasons that I will talk about but also the main focus of the movie is the subject of ‘universalism’, which I will touch on a little.

This is no bad rap on the actual movie on what I am going to say, I believe that it is accurate perception of the way things are done and I hope that it is seen as a glaring problem in the ‘church’ today wherever you go. The movie was well put together in the cast and dialogue, and uses the time frame of the issues for references to bring out the storyline.

The storyline is that of a preacher in a very successful denomination, in a megachurch, in a up and becoming town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. This pastor bringing his weekly sermon to his parishioners with gusto and life changing decisions being made is making a big difference in his community. He has the backing of the denomination, his board, the people and the community. His message of ‘you must be saved’ by a ‘personal commitment’ to Jesus to get to Heaven is tested when He is at home one evening and watches the news.

The national news program is on the tv, when the broadcast is telling of the Rwandan Genocide in Africa. As the news anchor is talking He hears the reporter tell of the details of the story. He soberly tells the news of over 800,000 people who have died in the genocide attacks. This fact is devastating to the Pastor(Carlton Pearson) of the crime that was committed in africa, but it is more devastating to him that those 800,000 people did not have the chance to have that ‘personal commitment’ to ‘be saved’ before their deaths.

It is then that the pastor realizes that ‘what he has been preaching’ is wrong. How could God not allow all those people a ‘chance’ to act on their commitment to be saved without a chance to do so, when their life was cut so short, of women,children and elderly? This was not in Carlton’s understanding on how God worked? Something was wrong in the theology of his ministry.

It isn’t until later that night that Carlton hear’s a voice from God telling him that ‘All are Saved’! Then he see’s in his bible all the scriptures in the bible that reaffirms this fact that God’s love and His son dying on the Cross for ‘All mankind’ is the ‘All are saved’ paradigm by God.

He then goes to the pulpit in his next week’s sermon, comes to the people of the church and presents a different theology of God’s amazing Love for mankind that He say’s to them that “All are already saved”! This doesn’t go over to well, with a few people standing up to renounce the pastor as not preaching from God, or not preaching from the scriptures.

This is where I would like to make my points, first without telling all the details of the scenes or all the movie, let me just say that the things that I am referring to are the facts that it wasn’t shown in the bible as a point of reference, but what I would say is that this is probably what happened anyway. When Pastor Carlton stood up to preach and give his detailed understanding of his new and exciting theology that God ‘saves all’, their was not one person in the congregation looking at their bibles for reference to see what the pastor was talking about. It was a man talking to people telling them some new ‘good news’.

I don’t recall any people walking into the service carrying any bibles,(this is before cell phones with apps with bible on them) let alone having the people look down at the bibles that they had carried into the service. But it was the quick reaction of some of the people that stood up to scream that He was not preaching the Word to them! How would they know? No bible’s to be seen. It is with this that I seen problems at a lot of levels.

One subplot, from this is that we as christians have been taught, year after year after year, from our grandparents to our parents to finally us that the message is the same. So why bother. But what if that message is wrong from the beginning? what then. Is there a correction, and how is it found, by who,when, and why? At some level this is where we as christians have gotten caught up in ‘tradition’. This I see is major problem in christianity all the way around.

Let me expand on this a little, We can actually put these two things that I have mentioned together to solve the problem. The bible and believing the same ole thing week after week or year after year.(Fact checking) the term that I almost hate to use now days but is the only words that I see to use here. We have to first use the source of which we all can use, not just the person at the pulpit. That is the way that in the new testament the word was received to the assembly’s of people around the temple. We all can hear and read the scripture to strengthen our understanding of God’s words to people before us and now. One of my favorite little statements about the bible is ‘The Bible wasn’t written to us, but for us.’

The scripture is for us, it is to be used in all our battles, in standing up in our own personal lives, for our personal family’s, for our friends,for our acquaintances, and for ultimately for the world.

The second thing that should disturb us in the movie is that the portrayal of the authority of the ‘church’. Again I recommend that you see this movie to understand what I am saying, but it is the ‘government’ of the denomination(this concept is used in all denominations to control the individual church’s,not just this denomination)that overrides the ‘message,gospel’ to the people. This suffocating blanket of a paradigm is what leads people to question that ‘leadership’ in what they are actually there for. When we are dictated by a group that thinks that they know what is good for us, it then takes away the ‘personal God’ that we need to live by Him.

I say all this to say this movie was again a wake up call to alot things that is wrong with the church, the church is only the church in their building, they are of biblical ignorance(20 minutes of sound bites of the bible a week thru the pastor) as opposed to the ‘sound christian’ that actually believe that what a christian is,bible reading,fellowship with others, a follower of God(worship Him,His God) that believes that by believing in such God that my hear soul and being believes in saying, doing, believing in the things of God. It is this that will ‘SHINE’ as a light that ‘MY GOD’ is the only God, and that being an image of Him will set the world on fire with Him, and ‘ All will be saved’!

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Issues

Since I have previously spoke about the church’s problems pertaining to the last couple hundreds of years,especially in the united states, one being the ‘individualism’ of the Gospel that the church has presented to the world, I have a question for those that have issues with this.

The question is: Would these ‘issues'(we all know what they are,the ones that have been in the forefront of the news for awhile) be non-existent if We were to have the mindset of God’s people, not the ‘one’ but the ‘all’ as the corporate body. No pushing the singular aspect of God’s marching us on to the ark, one by one, but Everyone jumping in the Ark at the same time?

What say you? Feedback is appreciated! Questions or comments.

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