In Jesus’ day, the elders and religious leaders didn’t even recognize the very Messiah which the prophets wrote about. The various heads and chief priests of Judaism couldn’t recognize their own Messiah. And those who did wanted to kill Him! Has it ever occurred to the reader that the very same thing is happening right now throughout the various denominations of Christianity and its leaders? The true Jesus is so different from what people are teaching about Him today that they wouldn’t recognize Him even if He visited their congregation in bodily form. He would look nothing like their “pastor;” He would act nothing like their “pastor;” would not dress like their pastor; would not teach like their pastor; would not pray like their pastor. Does that tell you something? It should. If it doesn’t, then you haven’t got a clue as to what you are actually doing there.
And even if they did recognize Him, they would want to throw Him out of their church because He would expose them for being the hypocrites that they are. His Church of today is so different from what we see how it was functioning and practiced in the New Testament, that there is virtually no resemblance at all. Why do we confess that the New Testament is a sufficient guide for the church’s faith and practice, and yet function and practice in ways that contradict its patterns?
Make no mistake about it. The church that killed Christ two thousand years ago is the same local institutional church today that would without delay, kill Christ all over again if He were here teaching us:
“NO ONE can serve (i.e. work for) two masters…YOU can not work for God AND money.”
“Sell all that you have and give to the poor” (thereby actually and practically ‘loving your neighbor as yourself’–the 2nd greatest command)…
…And so much more that we almost never hear in the churches of today!
As has been said before, we point out errors and evils in the local institutional church and of man’s ways, not because we are self-righteous or “know-it-alls” but because we are charged by our Lord to bring the Truth to bear against non-truth. We admonish all of our readers to search the Scriptures whether these things are so.
If the Word shatters cherished beliefs, then are you willing to be shattered, no matter how painful it is? Isn’t God’s Truth more important than personal belief, and loyalty to that Truth more important than loyalty to traditions, the commandments of men, or our local church?
Do you still cling to man’s words even AFTER they are discovered to be such or do you rely solely upon the Holy Spirit for wisdom and courage to change and to turn?
1Corinthians 1:27 “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty”