There are things at churches that are initiated by congregants out of the love of the set man. It’s not always possible for the Pastor to stop some of these initiatives. The view from outside is sometimes misinterpreted but if you can find out why people do the things they do at churches, you’ll realize that you comment out of lack of information. 2 Kings 2:15-17 When the group of prophets from Jericho saw from a distance what happened, they exclaimed, “Elijah’s spirit rests upon Elisha!” And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him. “Sir,” they said, “just say the word and fifty of our strongest men will search the wilderness for your master. Perhaps the Spirit of the LORD has left him on some mountain or in some valley.” “No,” Elisha said, “don’t send them.” But they kept urging him until they shamed him into agreeing, and he finally said, “All right, send them.” So fifty men searched for three days but did not find Elijah.
People complain about charismatic churches that are coming out everywhere attracting a lot of Christians from the mainline churches. People know the scriptures and want to experience the works of the Holy Spirit. People want to see the manifestation of the Word. Mark 1:27-28 Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. “What sort of new teaching is this?” they asked excitedly. “It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!” The news about Jesus spread quickly throughout the entire region of Galilee.
In most of the mainline denomination, people are leaving in the poverty line, pastors struggle to keep up with the cost of leaving and that is the life that those who don’t go to church are accustomed to. When a Pastor start prospering, he is accused of abusing the congregation’s Money. I was shocked when I visited the church I grew up in, to find them still using the old long bench setup that we used 30 years ago.
The draw back to charismatic churches is that in the quest for spiritual gifts and blessings, people are often abuse by false pastors. Those who believed are followed by signs and wonders. The Holy Spirit cannot dwell in a place and be idle.
Hebrews 10:25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
When people move away from God, he allow them to go about doing as they wish but there is a consequence to us moving away from God. Society advocate for freedom to do anything and people want to be free to do anything, now so many wrong things are happening and we are surprised. Those who are in positions of influence, believe they can argue the ways of the Bible. Today things are happening, which we can’t even explain. We want to use the carnal mind to bring solution. It’s time we realize the need for a country to have a relationship with God.
Church is critical for families and children upbringing. Let’s return to God for a better world.
Titus 2:1-6 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things- that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded,
Numbers 27:18-20 And the LORD said to Moses: “Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight. And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.
Church leadership is not run by a democratic process, elect those who carry your spirit as directed by God otherwise somebody will change the vision of the ministry. Exodus 33:11 So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle. When Moses came down from the mountain, Joshua was the first to experince the anointing moved with him, hence he became the one to carry the vision. A lot of ministries collapse once the Set Man passes on because they did not introduce the one to take over after their passing. People must know who will take over and get used to him being around.
A group of prophets tried to discourage Elisha from following Elijah but he understood his relationship with his mentor. 2 Kings 2:13-15 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over. Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him.
2 Corinthians 3:17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Religion always stand in the way of believers. We want to enforce certain doctrines, we always want to convince the other person by inviting them to our ministry but hardly want to visit other ministries.God is after a pure heart, if a person believe in a certain ministry, let him believe whatever he want.
1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”