- You re An Undercover Christian If You: 17) Have Been Duped Into Believing That Your Job Is To Equip The Televangelists And Pastors, Not The Other Way Around.Message 1 of 1 , Nov 11, 2007View SourceYou're An Undercover Christian If You:17) Have Been Duped Into Believing That Your Job Is To Equip The Televangelists And Pastors, Not The Other Way Around.One Christian Evangelist Not Opposed To Voting For A Mormon, While Another Endorses A Pro Choice, Divorced Republican In Name Only Candidate, While Other Televangelists Teach Us That We Are To Be Prosperous By First Making Them Prosperous, Should Only Reminds Us That We Ought To Be Done With Equipping The Televangelists And Power Preachers With The Resources We Should Be Using Ourselves.Nowhere In Scripture Do I See The Equipping Of Them Rather Than Us.A Job Well Done Should Certainly Result In Not Muzzling The Ox, But Giving The Ox Ownership Of The Farm Is An Entirely Different Matter.Why Don't We Just Pay The Televangelists To Be Christians For Us Because That Is Basically What We Are Doing.Only An Undercover Christian Would Think This Is What Christ Demands Of Us.How Did This Turnaround Happen In The First place?"Throughout Christendom in the Fourth Century, we professionalized the local church and turned over our Sunday services to the pros, leaving them to do almost everything while we sat and watched.Lay men found themselves stripped of initiative and power, like newly captured slaves.Lay women were quietly relieved of what little responsibility and leadership they had.(By about 450, even the congregational singing faded to zip, as we turned over the music to professional choirs of men and boys.)Allthe laity suddenly found Sunday worship to be more distant from their personal lives and daily concerns. They fell into Spectator Christianity, where loneliness doesn't end at church-it starts there...."What Christian Would Be Content With Empowering Others While They Remain Undercover?Even Stephen Who Was Chosen To Minister To The Greek Speaking Widows, Was Not Limited To That Ministry. (Acts 7)Jesus Came To Break Down The Barriers Between People Groups (Jew And Gentile etc.) And Between The Clergy And Non Clergy. (Romans 3; 2 Corinthians 5)Being A Layperson Should No Longer Mean To Lay Around.All We Have To Do Is Look At The Church Organized Today To See That The Gates Of Hell Are Prevailing Against It, But A Church/Organism/Body That Resembles The Early Church With Christians Meeting In Their Own Homes Is What We Should Be Getting Back To, 'Where Everyone Has Something To Contribute....'When The Gates Of Hell Completely Prevails Against The Church Organized I Will Say Amen, And Start Looking For Christians To Open The Doors Of Their Homes.The Reason The Televangelist Needs All This Money To Do His Job And Get From Point A To Point B Is Because The Christians Who Are Already At Point B Are Not Doing Their Jobs.The Way To Get Average Christians To Do Their Jobs Is Not By Doing It For Them.Unfortunately It Has Often Taken Persecution To Get Christians Out Of Their Closets And Comfort Zones."And Saul was there, giving approval to his death. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.4Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went." (Acts 8)Next Time We Are Tempted To Give Our Job Over To The Professionals We Ought To Remember How Thoroughly They Have Screwed Things Up.Then We Can Be All That God Intended Us To Be."So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Corinthians 5)Bj Maxwell11/12/2007Copyright ©
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