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Voice of Grace (Sunday Spiritual Menu Series)

By: Evangelist Joseph O Olorunnisola        Date: June 25, 2006

I have met a number of people who felt that going to church is more of an invitation of the public into their private lives. A number believe that your peace and privacy are better assured if you withdraw from a forum/church whose members would never mind their business. Some hate going to the church because of the continual in-fighting, gossip and show off. Some felt it is the seat of the most heinous sins – so why increase your chance of eternal hell fire, while others felt it is a forum for lazy and idle people who have nothing challenging to offer their lives except an incessant search for a useless hallucination, dream, and spiritual intoxication. Yet to others, it is too boring, time consuming, and altogether unprofitable. In all, they believe and trust in their personal righteousness and intellect as the key to eternal salvation, and earthly joy.

Let us together examine what God has to say. In Exodus 20:25. God Almighty stated through Moses, “An altar of earth thou shall make unto me, and shall sacrifice therein thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings: in all places where I record my name, I will come unto thee and I will bless thee.” Furthermore in Exodus 29: 42-43, He states, “Thus shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the lord, where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee. And there I will meet with the children of Israel and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.” Paul the apostle of old in his epistles clarifies that the church is a  body of believers in Jesus Christ; Jesus himself instructively stating in Matthew 16: 17-18 that a church is a congregation of people who are standing on the foundation of the twelve apostles. A foundation that is anchored on The Rock – The Rock being the acceptance of Jesus as Christ and the Son of the living God.

In a more literary, and pragmatic  manner, Apostle Paul in 1 Tim. 3: 15 describes church as the meeting point with the living God and the pillar and ground of the Truth.

For whatever reason, the anti-church individuals have missed out on the main purpose underlying their creation: to worship God and obey His Commandments, and thereby remain a source of His glory. Eccl. 12:13-14. Isaiah 43:7.The whole purpose of being sent to the world is simply to test your self disciple and total obedience to the ruling of God amidst the glamour, beauty, civilization and issues, scientific and management that stand to challenge the rationality and optimality of God’s wisdom. This is the only singular purpose for coming into the world: total submission to God; every other occupation is unimportant to God.

For example, Jesus says in Luke 6:27-30 – Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on one cheek, offer also the other, etc. To a natural man, God cannot be right by these seemingly impossible pronouncements, but certainly it is the key to true inner peace, joy, and freedom from bondage. The spiritual man trusts in this.

The church is, indeed, the meeting point with God, the ambience of His glory, the Household of Christ, the platform of His covenant and fulfillment, the fortress, and more importantly, the clinic for the forgiveness of sins and sanctification. Those who reject this fact will live in uncertainty and perpetual danger of sudden disaster. Prov. 1:24-32.

 But how do we know a true church among the current innumerable Houses of deceit, heresy and apostasy? A true living church should exhibit the following fundamentals:

Acceptance of Jehovah as the only Almighty God. Him alone must be seen as being worshipped and served. No other god, or fetish work of darkness.      

  • Committed faith and total anchorage and dependent on Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as the only Lord and Savior. He is the only true answer to all our problems.
  • The congregation should be seen as feeding and living on the Word of God and its righteousness. When members are truly living in the Word and not just paying lip service, there would be peace, love, and harmony. Hatred is of the devil.
  • The Presence of the Holy Spirit should be evident. Any addition to the Holy Trinity is not of God. Jeremiah 10. Act. 17:22-31.
  • The Sanctuary should be filled with powerful reverberating echo of the gospel of the Kingdom of God and its righteousness rather than deceitful clangor of daily messages of abundance and miracle. Matth. 6:33.
  • It should be a ground and pillar of Truth and righteousness of God. The Church is not an arena for politics and political scheming. No matter who is affected, the truth must be the watchword. Regrettably, this is an era of abysmal failure. Most churches have now become pavilions for the promotion of political interest. and compromise of the most devilish  desires of the world. 1 Tim. 3:15, Rom.1:18-32.
  • It is a place where the need of the afflicted, the oppressed, the hungry, the naked, the helpless, and widows are recognized, and redressed to the fullest. The Church of God is the last hope for the hopeless. 2 Cor.8:9-16. Acts 6:1-2.
  • Information processing, and decisions would be based on biblical principles.
  • Leadership would be God fearing, blameless, sober, vigilant, given to hospitality, knowledgeable, dynamically resourceful and filled with the holy spirit. Must lead by example of holiness. Tit. 1. Beware, by their fruits you will know them.

A number of Christians and most ministers of God are driven into ungodliness by worries, anxieties and impatience (all products of faithlessness). 85% of what we worry about never happen. Still we possessively hold on to our worries as if it will spell the end of our lives. Minor problems send us into a dither, larger ones threaten to totally unravel us. We see the negative side of everything before we consider the positive aspect.

Worries make fool of us. It controls our lives and leave us with empty hearts and missed experiences. 

Today, seek out a true living church and remain faithful in Christ  to behold the glory and the enduring goodness of God. Don’t miss eternity. Nothing in this world is worth it.

 Evangelist Joseph Olorunnisola --- Voice of Grace Parish. Trenton. NJ

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