Sunday, June 28, 2009
So it seems that some of His followers decided to go their separate way. But the Greek language makes more of it than that. Literally, they no longer 'regulated' or conducted their lives with His, or according to His life/example.
This is more than just a physical separation! This is a turning from the only opportunity we have at righteousness...the righteousness from God.
The idea of feeding on His flesh and drinking His blood was absurd to them, but this speaks not of cannibalism. The Bread of Life is not food for our stomachs - but food; indeed life for our soul. To feed on Christ is not to partake of His physical being but to feed and survive on the Word of God. Not only that but our whole being and existence rests on the blood He poured out and the body He gave on the cross - to which we eat and drink in remembrance when observing the Lord's Supper and identify with and hope in. Until He returns.
Those that feed on His flesh and drink His blood (6:56) abide in him. And according to John 8:31, those who abide in Him are truly His disciples.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I came across this on a new blog I found:
There is some great content out there!
“This is why much of the seeker friendly stuff is an abomination. Christianity has One drawing card: It is Christ. Social events or promising some sort of fellowship or friendship or this or that or any other thing is not Christianity. The fellowship and the friendliness and everything else must come forth out of Christ. It is Christ that brings you into that fellowship, not the fellowship that brings you into Christ so much. When you start your churches, when you plant your churches, when you preach your Gospel, put Christ before men and let them deal with Him. If they reject Christ, allow them to reject your fellowship. Don’t bring them in gradually. Put Christ before them completely, and at first, and along with the demands. Do it lovingly, do it patiently, do it thoroughly.
When I was a young Christian, I heard that many cults practice what’s called the ‘divine lie’, that they will tell you certain lies if necessary in order to gradually bring you in, so that you will accept the greater [teachings], so the end justifies the means. In many ways, that is what church-growth does, the end justifies the means-’Well we finally got them there to Christ’. No! Remember this, if you use carnal means to bring carnal men into your church, you’ll have a carnal church and you’ll have to constantly use carnal means to keep them. Start off with Christ from the very beginning. The radical claims of Christ and the radical demands of Christ.”~Paul Washer
In the words of Flame (who I'll be seeing live this Saturday!)
"We preach Christ in His fullness, dawg in His fury and endless love Seek Him now you can know Him as Savior Seek Him later you’ll know Him as Judge "