You Can’t Go To Church
Something that has particularly bothered me of late is the whole idea, or statement of “going to church” “our church” “looking for a new church” is this, all of those statements are false. Jesus Christ is the Church as Bonhoeffer said, the Church is a body of people that compose Jesus himself. He is present when the Church acts, and gives due credit to revelation. If you are looking to go to church, speaking of your church, or looking for a new church you will be continually misguided. There is one Church as there is One Lord, Jesus Christ. The dead risen, the incarnate, the redeemer, the Son. The Church is the action of Jesus in the presence. Our salvation is not to go to church, we are liberated to continue the miracle of the incarnation, to show that God is for us, and with us.
"Grace must find expression in life, otherwise it is not grace."
A white man carries a black girl on his shoulders during a march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Alabama, ca. 1965.
This has to be one of my favorite things ever
OMG this picture is so precious
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Our soteriology must be taught incarnationally because without understanding that the Passion shows that the death of humanity leads to the indwelling of the Spirit we leave believers just adhering to rules without understanding the very Holy Spirit of God wishes to reside, free and direct them fully. It is much more freeing to live the transforming of our lives by understanding that God himself is sustaining it then trying to acclimate to the behavioral modifications of misconstrued church polity. Christ Jesus life, death and resurrection illuminate that we are made partakers of God’s fullness, renewed and restored as truly human once again.
"What is more, the Church’s foundation documents (to say nothing of its Founder himself) were notoriously on the wrong side of history. The Gospel was foolishness to the Greeks, said St Paul, and a scandal to Jews. The early Christians got a reputation for believing in all sorts of ridiculous things such as humility, chastity and resurrection, standing up for the poor and giving slaves equal status with the free. And for valuing women more highly than anyone else had ever done. People thought them crazy, but they stuck to their counter-cultural Gospel. If the Church had allowed prime ministers to tell them what the ‘programme’ was it would have sunk without trace in fifty years. If Jesus had allowed Caiaphas or Pontius Pilate to dictate their ‘programme’ to him there wouldn’t have been a Church in the first place."
"You need to remember who God is, forget the painful wounds and let Him renew you."