Christianity should activate people with fire in their soul. Instead it too often seems to pacify them rather than passionizing them.
If Christ is dead, a church meeting following Him leads to anarchy. If Christ is alive, following Him leads to supernatural glory!
Without the risen Jesus, church needs a CEO type authority. With Jesus leading us, we can all function equal sisters and brothers in Christ.
The early Christians met like a group counseling session facilitated by the risen Jesus. (See 1 Corinthians 14:26.) Christians originally met to make supernatural contact with God, but gradually replaced that idea with talk and tradition about God.
Religious tradition was built on other people’s experiences with God. True faith is built on your own experiences with God! Tradition represents faint memories of God’s fire in the past, but we desperately need Him to blaze in the present!
For many people, church tradition is their sense of security, and their security keeps them from the living God. When tradition is the bedrock of religion it can easily become a roadblock to the reality of Christ.
The Pharisees in the Bible replaced love with programs and rules. However, Christ-followers are called to always be saturated with, guided by, and passionized by God’s supernatural love.
To hear about God without experiencing His reality is like listening to a talk about water when your mouth is dry. Substituting programs for direct contact with God leaves Christians dry and lethargic and living from religious program to religious program.
The 12 steps encourage “conscious contact with God,” but church seems to prefer information about God more than contact with Him. (Conscious contact with the living God is infinitely more powerful than a talk about God can ever be.)
Spiritualists meet in a séance to contact spirits. However, Christians seem content for church to be a mere talk about God. Seances try to connect living people with the dead, but true Christianity connects spiritually dead people with the living Jesus.
Christianity in the Bible is full of ongoing manifestations of God’s presence and supernatural works. Let’s get back to the Bible.
Although a church service seldom offers opportunities for ordinary people to do ministry, real life is full of those opportunities. Perhaps Christians could meet, not to just hear a talk about living water and it’s benefits, but to excitedly jump in and enjoy it together!
Taverns, and honky-tonks let people experience interactive community, not just sit and listen to the bartender. (Is that a good idea for church?)