Would The Real Church Please Stand UP?

In many ways the modern day church is completely backwards.  To fully understand the role of the church, we must fully understand how it was intended to function. But even before you can understand this, you must fully understand and have a clear picture of who Jesus is and what he did during his ministry was on the earth. According to 1 John 3:8, the reason Jesus came to the earth was to destroy the works of the devil. He spent his entire 3  and 1/2 year earthly ministry doing this, destroying the works of the devil:  healing sickness, lack, demonic oppression, and more.  Then He ascended into heaven and left us in charge.  The church is the ‘body’ of Christ, and Jesus is the ‘head’. For any task to be carried out, it must be carried out by the body, not the head.  Jesus and his body (the church) are one, just like you (your head and your body) are one.  Notice in Acts when Paul was persecuting the church, Jesus did not say, ‘Why are you persecuting my church?’, he said, ‘Why are you persecuting ME’.  Historically Jesus was crucified at least 5 years prior to these persecutions. So if Jesus was destroying the works of the devil- healing the sick, delivering the captives, preaching the gospel to the poor, what exactly is it that the church is doing today?

 

Fast forward 2000 years, from Jesus earthly ministry and the first apostles, to present day. The modern church of today very little resembles Jesus. In most churches, people come together once a week on Sunday to be entertained by  a choir and good motivational message from the public speaker. Majority of the congregation is sick, in debt, depressed, overweight, living in fornication, and homosexual. The church has become a social club, a meeting place in which you never really have to do anything, just come back next Sunday and give your tithes and offerings.

Did Jesus change? Did the mission statement for the ‘body of Christ’ turn into a non-profit organization like the Red Cross or United Way?  Did not Jesus say, ‘he that believes in Me the works that I do, shall he do also, and greater works shall he do, because I go to be with the Father’?

 

The church (the local church) should actually be more of a training center. Believers should come together to hear and be taught the Word of God, and then go out into the streets to affect society. Most of the country now is upset about the direction our nation is heading. Healthcare costs are too high, the debt crisis is spiraling out of control, education system is crumbling, etc.  All this is happening because the church has refused to take its rightful place in society.  The church literally means in the Greek, ‘ekklasia’ which comes from two words “ek”- out of, and “kaleo”- shall be called. In the original context in Hellenistic culture it refers to a certain set of people within the Greek city states, who were called out from the general population for the purpose of leading or to take care of special circumstances.

In that same vein, when you received Jesus as Lord and Savior, you were called out from among the general population in whatever country you were from, for the sole purpose of ruling and reigning with Christ to destroy the works of the devil. Once you received Christ you are no longer a Mason, or a Republican, or African American, or Jew, or AKA, your allegiance first and foremost should be to Jesus as the Body of Christ.  So now that Jesus is your head, your official political policy should be to line up with the Word of God. Healthcare? Go lay hands on the sick. Programs for the poor? Teach them God’s system of wealth. Debt crises? Owe no man nothing but to love him. Because there is no recession or depression in heaven, we as ambassadors should not stand for it here on earth. Until we as the body of Christ make a stand, things are going to just get worse and worse. God has anointed us to fix all these problems. According to Romans 8:19, in fact all of creation is waiting on the Sons of God to be made manifest in the Earth, to become known. Would the real church please stop hiding and reveal yourself?

Demonstrate It!

Troy Anthony Smith is a successful entrepreneur and the founder of Demonstrate It, an organization that believes in healings, signs, and wonders. Mr. Smith currently resides in Hollywood,CA, where he can be found at the grocery stores, malls, and street corners, laying hands on the sick, casting out demons, and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God.

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3 Responses to “Would The Real Church Please Stand UP?”

  1. I really learned a lot! Moreover, I am moved to start doing. In fact, I am tired of NOT doing. It is time to start now being like Christ. I thank the writer for assisting us to get started and be about our Father’s business!

    Keep writing!

  2. Charlotte Harris Says:

    Awesome work!…Praise God!…We are the church, I needed to here every word that you have spoken…Thank you! for reminding me of our true purpose and calling here on earth

  3. sherry wheeler Says:

    Amen troy looks as if God has visited your life with the Spirit of revelation.
    Also your doing what paul said i did not come with thee enticing words of mans wisdom but i come with the demonstration of the POWER of the Holy Ghost. Awesome Word, very encouraging, thanks for taking the time to share!

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