I feel like I've been doing a lot of fussing lately. I can't happen - that's what's been dropping in my spirit lately!
Well today isn't going to be much different....
I know we talked about the church last week, but we're going to talk about it again.
I recently visited a local church in my area for Bible study, where I really learned a lot! Fantastic study! One thing that was mentioned was The Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost. One point that the pastor of the church brought up was that the Day of Pentecost was God's way of bringing everything back together from The Tower of Babel. Let me explain:
Genesis 11:1-9 tells the story of The Tower of Babel, a structure that was being built by the people of God to try and reach Heaven. These people were all in one mind and so strong that, if God wouldn't have stopped them, they probably would have reached their goal.
And the Lord said, “See, they are one people, and they all have the same language. This is only the beginning of what they will do. Now all they plan to do will be possible for them. ~ Genesis 11:6
The people who created the Tower of Babel, I kind of belive, were trying to build this tower to get to Heaven, but in reality they were essentially created it as a monuument to themselves to show the world that they were supposed to be multiplying that they were awesome.
I feel like this is what a lot of churches do.
Modern-day churches claim to be doing fantastic work and creating a beautiful place where people can come together and worship Christ; however, a lot of these places turn into monuments where people can show off how many members they have or how much money they are getting. At the end of the day, your church could be in a one-room shack and God would still appreciate it more than a 12-room, 3-story church with pictures of Jesus everywhere. Why? Because it's about us genuinely inviting God in and letting Him work, not trying to make stuff pretty to make ourselves feel better and impress outsiders.
But it's not even just about church buildings - it's about denominations. I believe that church denominations are, in a way, another form of the remnants of the Tower of Babel. Each denomination comes together and does their own thing - they don't mix with other denominations.
But just like The Day of Pentecost, I think God is trying to tell us that it's time for us to come back together. We've all been apart for too long. And I don't know about you, but I don't believe God is coming for a certain denomination - He's coming back for true believers!
That's why I think that we are seeing a newer wave of believers. We don't focus so much on their denomination, we simply want to know if they believe in the Gosepl of Jesus Christ. And when they are asked, a number of people consider themselves to be nondenominational. We are tired of being Baptist, Methodist, COGIC, Pentecostal, etc. We just want to be Christians!
If you want to wear a skirt, wear a skirt. If you want to shout, shout. Do you, boo! At the end of the day, everyone has a different style, but we should all be repping the same name!
But I don't believe this seperation will be long. I believe that God has slowly been bringing churches together to form The Body for a long time now, we just haven't paid enough attention. I believe God is bringing us back together for something major before He comes and gets us. Look at everything happening around us - things like that only happen when God is working. Let's let him work and embrace the change!
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