Get a New Scorecard, Kemosabe

Get a New Scorecard, Kemosabe

Miscellaneous Monday

In a blog called Changing the Face of Christianity, R. Brad White examines Romans 12 and writes that a believer who “avoids going to church and being part of a local body of believers” is a “lone-ranger Christian” who is “weaker” than church attenders, and he compares the non-church-attending believer’s absence to a “disease within the church,” which can be cured if the non-church-attending believer would “engage in fellowship and service within a local body of believers (aka ‘the church’).”

While I agree that there is a disease in the church institution, I don’t think that many church-attending Christians realize they regularly kick their unwanted “cure” to the curb, and consequently (because God is so freaking cool like that), the body of Christ is now absolutely thriving outside the church building walls, doing life together in the world without the institution’s help, approval, or blessings.

Ironically, Paul doesn’t say anything about going to church in Romans 12.  White describes the way the disease works, writing, “If you are an encourager, and you don’t encourage the body… If you are a teacher and you don’t teach…” etc, but why, please tell me why must a believer practice these gifts within the confines of the system in order for such activities to be considered valid “scorecard” stats?

We don’t go to Church, we ARE the Church, and wherever we are, there the Church is, doing what the Church does best!

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  • Sisterlisa March 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    “requires new metrics to measure vitality”??? oh my! Jesus’s Church is alive and well and doesn’t require statistics, measurements, etc.

  • Mary Vanderplas March 12, 2013 at 6:33 am

    I agree with what you say about the church being people, not a place where people go, and about ministry being what happens whenever and wherever believers exercise their gifts for the building up of one another and the fulfillment of God’s purposes in the world, not just when they meet together in a church-owned building. And I think your challenge to us in the institution to change our thinking, if we haven’t already, about what constitutes church and ministry is much-needed and well-spoken.

  • Stephen Helbig March 12, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Alice I agree ~ “The wineskin is bursting”

    The House /Church made of “The Sons/Daughters of God” is the true temple of God, ~ The new and eternal house that the Lord is building, and not man.

    In words that are like letters of fire ~ the words that came to John on Patmos are before us, ~ “Arise, and measure the temple of God!”

    Notice ~ “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the HOUSEHOLD OF GOD. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Eph. 2:19-22).

    May our Father God now give understanding! ~ To “measure the temple” signifies inspection, examination, ~ to take inventory, ~ and to evaluate. How much have we experienced IN CHRIST, in the life of a mature son patterned by our Lord Jesus? Where are we in our growth and development into the mind, nature, power, wisdom, and glory of God? Trying to accomplish any of this by human effort, natural understanding and logic, fleshly ability, or religious exercises is a most heinous pit into which to fall!

    This “measuring” can be done only by the Spirit who searches all things! “For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (I Cor. 2:10-11).

    It is HIS mighty work wrought in us and through us! Unless His measuring rod is given to measure all people and all things as God sees them, we form judgments about people and spiritual things and moves of God by outward appearances or by our own preconceived ideas, likes and dislikes, and our own standards. To do so is a great mistake, for it is not a righteous judgment! It is not the measure by the reed that is given by the Holy Ghost! Those who walk in the living truth and in the Spirit and by the Spirit judge all things by the mind of Christ — hence the measuring rod!.

    Rejoice in this TRUTH ~ In the holy knowledge that WE ARE the house of the Lord!. No mundane building made with men’s hands can ever qualify as the “house of God.” They are not sanctified by His presence any more than a bank or a supermarket! All of these carnal, Babylonish buildings that men erroneously call “churches” and the “house of the Lord” shall meet the same fate as the temple of old. Not one stone shall be left standing upon another!

    p.s. ~ Here is the church, here is the steeple, Open your hands and See all the people!

    • Stephen Helbig March 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Here’s a New Church Rhyme Today ~
      This is the church, and it is the people,
      Grace, love, and one, regardless of steeple.

  • Ma March 12, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I agree.

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