Jesus had 12 apostles not 12 denominations.
We believe in the same Jesus, but what are the differences?
Let’s start with Jesus and the religious leaders of His time –
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. (Matthew 23:1-3)
One of the most frequently quoted statement “practice what you preach”
Between Jesus and the scribes and the Pharisees, what makes the differences – “practice”
Between Jesus and the scribes and the Pharisees, they were not arguing about “who is God Almighty”.
Between Jesus and the scribes and the Pharisees, they were not having dispute about “how” to water baptize but rather was it required by God.
Between Jesus and the scribes and the Pharisees, they were not discussing about the art of preaching but the acts.
Church and Christianity have gone through that kind of argument a lot.
We know we need to practice what we preach, but now in our time and this year 2015, something changed explicitly and we seem to have overlooked –
Theologians have become clever to preach what they want to practice.
Means to say “preach what you like to do, promote how you prefer to live”.
People learned clever ideas to do the “reverse” to avoid condemnations.
People deployed their way of escape by changing route.
People have learned to switch priorities.
We know people are creatures of habits, we know we have habits which do not please God, and if we can’t change our habits, change the rules by changing our priorities.
So what is the problem? We still love God, don’t we?
We missed life’s most important purpose and priority –
“What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” (Matthew 21:28-31)
End of the day, Mankind’s highest honor and privilege is about doing the will of our Father in heaven.
Jesus as Son of Man set His priority to do the will of God and that was His practice.
Jesus preached what He practiced. He did the will of God.
Jesus achieved His highest honor and privilege in human life.
End of the day, what we do and practice, speaks a lot about our priority and purpose in life.
Jesus had 12 apostles not 12 denominations.
To be fair, Christian groups and denominations do promotes Jesus and God’s salvation plan. We do believe in the same Jesus for salvation.
But our priorities set us apart.
Between Jesus and the scribes and the Pharisees, the key difference was about giving priorities to doing the will of God.
In our times, between churches and denominations, we don’t fight and argue about Jesus. Praise God for that. But we know where the differences are.
Where and what are our priorities? What is basically important for us within the local community?
Between Jesus and His apostles, it’s all about doing the will of the Father.
Between Jesus and His disciples, it’s all about doing the will of the Father.
And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians (Acts 11:26)
Why were they the first to be identified and classified as “Christians”? For obvious reasons they had the same priority and purpose in life as Jesus the Christ.
They recognized how Jesus practiced doing the will of the Father, and they did the same.
“to do the will of God” is a commonly accepted mandate among churches and denominations, but we know end of the day we need to be specific.
We need to know exactly what need to be done to prove that we are doing the will of God.
So do we have a clear mandate what is the will of God for our generation?
Yes we do –
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6:13)
Christianity had been subjected to errors, attacks and corruptions, and we know that.
We have gone through that for ages.
We have gone through it so much we get sick and tired of it.
In fact we wish we do not have to talk about it again.
We don’t want to speak of the devil; we prefer to talk nice things.
Every time a preacher bring up that subject, it’s like “oh here we go again”
So what’s new? Is there anything new about this topic?
I’ll tell you what’s new ….. the worst is yet to come!
You do not need to be a prophet to predict what will happens before Jesus return.
Apostasy will reach its climax.
We know that from church history, it had happened before and for those who are well informed you expect it will happen again.
We know history will repeat itself again.
But there is something new we never seen before and I pray I will not live that long to see those moments when Apostasy reach its climax. I pray I rather be with the Lord already.
What is so bad, so horrible about this new thing?
Apostasy will reach a climax that if Jesus does not return to fix it, no one else can.
Remember this very important lesson in life –
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Apostasy will do the opposite.
Apostasy has every intention to destroy God’s salvation plan for mankind through deceptions, lies, corruptions and any others means and methods possible.
When apostasies reach its climax, you know it is aiming for its ultimate goal.
Apostasy will do its new thing, because the devil knows the last man and woman standing will be that person who stands firms in Jesus.
We know how Jesus stood firm in His faith; He set His priority to do the Father’s will.
Our best defense is to set our priorities in line with Jesus.
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