"BUT THE LORD SAID TO ME...'YOU MUST GO TO EVERYONE I SEND YOU TO AND SAY WHATEVER I COMMAND YOU. DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THEM, FOR I AM WITH YOU AND WILL RESCUE YOU.'" --JER.1:7,8
"'STAND UP AND SAY TO THEM WHATEVER I COMMAND YOU...TODAY I HAVE MADE YOU A FORTIFIED CITY, AN IRON PILLAR AND A BRONZE WALL TO STAND AGAINST THE WHOLE LAND. THEY WILL FIGHT AGAINST YOU BUT WILL NOT OVERCOME YOU FOR I AM WITH YOU AND WILL RESCUE YOU,' DECLARES THE LORD.'" --JER.1:17-19
Monday, December 3, 2012
CHRISTIANITY DEFILED: A DECLARATION OF SIN
CHRISTIANITY DEFILED: WHICH PASTORS WILL PRAY THIS PRAYER OF CONFESSION WITH THEIR CONGREGATIONS?
With the same defiance Jeremiah was given by God, I stand in the "marketplace" of modern Christianity and pray the following prayer.
Oh, Lord God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth;
I am overwhelmed with grief and sadness over my sins,
and the sins of all those who claim the Name of Christ.
We have departed from Your Word.
We have not listened to Your prophets.
We have ignored the simple commands of Scripture.
We have left the Narrow Road that our Lord Jesus
asks us to walk with Him, and have built superhighways,
freeways, and high-speed trains with our own hands.
We have left the simple, steep, footpath of Christ that
winds its way through the mountains and valleys,
preferring instead to bulldoze our own wide trails,
flat, smooth and free of obstacles.
We have built enormous, comfortable lodgings for ourselves,
while Your House lies in ruins.
We have designed beautiful, gracious religious buildings,
and built them at great expense
to satisfy our own cravings for recognition,
while our brothers in need go unrecognized and
the poor among us go unfed.
We have taught a gospel that is not a gospel,
which allows us to come to church and participate
without true repentance and renewal in our lives.
We have accepted and embraced the world’s ways,
marketing You like a commodity,
presenting Christ as a product,
selling our way of life like a better mousetrap.
We have given up on You.
We have left the Way, and planned our own trip.
We are captive to the kings and princes of this world,