July 29, 2018
A weakening Christianity is to look like but not really act like it.
A weakening Christianity is to look like you have muscle and power in the shape, but it is lifeless like a statue; a figure of something that might be powerful or might have been powerful; an apologetic memory enshrined it what used to be but no longer is…
- It would be Samson arduously pushing at the adversarial grinding mill of the Philistines, once a man of incomparable strength, but now blindly stumbling along at another’s command.
- It would be the presumptuous sons of Sceva squaring their shoulders and barking a command to the demons of hell as they might have seen other apostles do, but lacking the real substance to break their resistance; lacking the real power to shut down their abdication of a soul; lacking the real authority to do anything about it and shamefully being chased off by the mocking host from hell. That’s what you get with a weakening Christianity that wants to impose the name of Jesus on a spiritual world that have little knowledge of;
- It would be the childish Israelites shockingly forgetting so soon the miracles of God at the Red Sea, constructing a golden calf, and sensually celebrating in front of it as if it were a great Deity. It had form from the fire, but it was lifeless; some don’t mind a lifeless religion they can construct, control, and commiserate with; then they don’t have to answer to a higher power, merely a human form of power.
- It would be the Corinthian church grossly overusing their liberties with the sacrament to get drunk and have intoxicated immoralities run rabidly out of control; it was not empowering them but impairing them as disease and sickness was condemningly released in their communities.
You can have a form, a shape, a circle of influence, but that doesn’t mean it’s spiritually powerful or spiritually healthy; influenza has influence, but to kill; drug dealers have influence, but to distribute death and self-destruction in the end…Listen now.