THE CHURCHTo be honest with you all I am sick and tired of seeing a skewed Gospel. This ragamuffin is sick and tired of seeing people altering the Gospel to meet their needs. E-N-O-U-G-H, enough is enough. I can not be more clear than I am at this point, we need to stop putting our faith in man and put it in God where it belongs. The church needs to be the church and defend what its right. We cannot find a happy medium to meet the needs. Society adapts too much, the CHURCH is the church, is the church, is the church. We serve God, not man, Christianity is about carrying out the will of God to benefit man. We make changes for God, not changes for the man at the peril of God. However, far too often I am seeing a society which is highlighting their politics before they highlight their God. Enough! I have been guilty of this before letting my politics become an idol, and it’s going to happen, but to all of us, but the church can not bend. This is not some football defense, we cannot bend nor break. Our society lies in pivot point right now and much like times in the past the church is at a cross road. To my fellow millennials, you need to get to the church. To the boomers, gen Xers, you need to get to church. Now I am focusing on the future of the church at this is towards the millennials, but it takes all hands to make this happen.

A RECENT PEW RESEARCH FOUND ONLY 27% OF MILLENIALSI have said it a few times, the problem for millennials is not God, in fact, the majority of millennials have faith. They believe in a higher power they believe in God, but while they believe in the Almighty God, they don’t believe in the church.  In a Pew Research study, 27% of millennials claim to go to church on a weekly basis. However, over half of them absolutely believe in God. While there is a decline when between generations to generations, over half of millennials without a question believe in God. The term spiritual, but not religious is the new norm, this encompasses people who believe in God, the Gospel, and the mission, but do not believe in the church. One of the issue with this is that they are making their judgment off of organized religion, and primarily the Christocaptialist likes of the mega churches. The “church” they see is not the “Church” the Bible teaches. The Church is a body of believers, while many millennials see the “church” as a building of obligation. They see people getting rich off of the “church”, but don’t see the impact of the “Church.” The authenticity they desire is masked by the mega church, and the Christian Atheist those who recognize God with their mouth, but deny him with their words. The church looks fake, but the teachings of God remain true to millennials as they have for decades. There is a major generational gap right now, and the church has been impacted much like many other facets of our lives. Change is something we have to see as a reality, and its crossroads in our society, the church is not an exception.

One of the issues we are seeing are many Christian proclaiming their faith, but ignoring the basic needs of humans and if I have not caused you to click out of this article I thank you because you’re not at denial with reality and are prepared to fight for the truth. So lets clear the air here folks and I am speaking from the heart here. Let’s take a look at the many social issues withing our society. Let’s start with the big one homosexuals. Many church bodies are fine with adulterers, liars, cheats, and various other sins entering the walls of their building, but if you’re gay that’s not ok. Now I have to remain true to what I can see in the Bible, it’s a sin, but seeing this as a sin is no excuse to be a bigot.
cv_everysoulYou can hold true to believing homosexuality is a sin and not be a bigot about it. In fact, I was going to post one of their signs of hatred, but was so sickened by it I couldn’t put it on this sight. It’s dispicable. One of the things which turn many millennials away from the confines of many denominations is the inability to accept people who chose this lifestyle. Sin is sin folks, and if you truly believe this to be a sin there needs to be sympathy, not judgment. You’re a sinner if you don’t think so your a bigger sinner than you think. There was only one man who walked this Earth without sin and his name is Jesus Christ. So what am I saying here? The church doors need to be open to all walks of life. We need to welcome LGBT into our community with open arms. They struggle with a sin just like you. I have many friends who are gay, lesbian, or bi and they are amazing people. Their choice of life does not impact my ability to treat them like a human being, work with them, and love them. If they want to seek a relationship with God then who are we to judge? Don’t believe me ask the Pope because those are his words.  Who are we to stand in their way? Let me make something perfectly clear God does not hate gays. God doesn’t hate anyone and each of us let Him down on a daily basis. We all fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 tells us for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. I don’t see any gray area with this verse. If you see some please let me know in the comment section.

One thing we as Christians like to do is paraphrase. If you’re going to paraphrase the Bible I suggest starting with ones such as this:

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” -Matthew 22:36-40

Now, of course, we should not paraphrase the Bible, but if at a minimum you for some reason can’t know this verse by heart. Well this and maybe this one as well:

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ -Matthew 25:35-40

homelessparis_7032101One of the things we do wrong as Christians as we act like out money is ours, our clothes are our, and we actually own things this is wrong beyond belief. I’ll say for example a homeless man. Most people will sit there and immediately try to flee and call them a bum, but this is not the right thing to do. You know it, I know it, and it’s simply wrong. Why are we more concerned with how Chrissy Teigen holds her baby than we are with helping the homeless? It’s ridiculous, at a minimum I suggest to you my brothers and sisters carry five dollars in one dollar bills. Don’t spend this and each time you encounter a homeless person you give them money. Now by no means do you have to only give them one dollar, but at a minimum, you acknowledge they are human. No many of you are saying, but wait for Daniel he’ll probably spend it on booze. Well, who care’s if they do then they have to answer to God. It’s not your place to judge what that person does with their money. If they spend it irrationally then they are in the wrong, but when you assume this you’re in the wrong too. My wife and I have begun doing this and it’s a great feeling when we can help, but an ever greater feeling when that money is still in my wallet at the end of the week. Why you may ask because part of it to me means homeless people may be finding a home. On the other side it’s another chance to give. If that money is still there at the end of the month put it in the offering tray and go get more for the homeless. God loves a cheerful giver. It’s so delightfully simple to do. So many Christians proclaim to be pro-life but don’t seem to care about the homeless ones. To those who think this I challenge you to find a Bible verse which says reject these people. Maybe it’s in Matthew,

‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Nope, that’s not it. Well maybe Mark has something to say, his Gospel was written first.

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Oh boy, this is embarrassing, surely it’s in Luke.

He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.

What in tarnation is going on here? I know it’s somewhere in there, let’s try one more Gospel, John, John’s my boy he’s got that one verse I can always remember.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Well crud, I guess such verse does not exist. The point I am getting to is giving, loving, and generosity is Biblical, selfishness, greed, and taking is not. The devil wants you to get comfortable with a lavish lifestyle because it’s a distraction. This is what a lot of people criticize Christians about they see thousands of homeless people, but Christians walking past. We are the examples, and we have the be the example because as the church we have the be the church. The building we call church is just a location we gather in. It’s like the university for which we sharpen our knowledge on what to do. Yes, you can have nice things, but if these nice things are an idol then you need to sever ties with it.

Before you read this portion I advise you to read all the way through. I am a major supporter of separation of church and state to an extent and think the church should too. However, not like how many like to see it, but the church is polarized, at least some denominations are. Politics has not place in the church because Jesus Christ was not a Democrat, and he surely was not a Republican, nor was He a Libertarian, socialist, or Green. So stop this act that Jesus supports one party over another. Our faith should be guiding our politics, not our politics driving our faith. Somewhere along the line, this was lost. So I advocate you next time somewhat ask you where you stand politically don’t answer with a left or right response you’re a Christian. While in no way do I support the politician Donald Trump I know he’s not truly in control. His power is temporary and even if you do not support him you can make your own change. There are no elections in heaven because God is in charge.

This is a time of trial for the church and we cannot become divided over a few policy issues. We need to come together as the church and put aside out differences to make a change. Change does not come with division. Division is put there by the devil to keep us from what is true, pure, and wholesome. The church needs to keep it real and keep it about God. Many of the post I have been putting up in the past week advocates you to make a change by helping those less fortunate. We need to continue to push forward for this because it’s an act of love. We need to allow love the break through and use our words to speak life. There may be obstacles in our way, but God can help you clear them. When you commit yourself to God you will be filled with the Holy Spirit one of the three persons of the being of God and carry out His will. So my question to you will you continue to chase the things of the world or will you keep it real and chase God? God bless you all and may the Holy Spirit fill you with joy and abundant love my brothers and sisters in Christ.

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