LIVING FOR ETERNITY

27 Nov

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Churchianity is any practice deemed to be of Christianity that is viewed as placing a larger emphasis on the habits of church life or the institutional traditions of the church than on the theology and spiritual teachings of Jesus. Churchianity then is not Christianity.

One of the greatest precepts of Churchianity is this thing called relationship with Jesus. The concept is one that by being a so-called obedient child of the church God will bless their lives with all manner of earthly treasure. This theology has been around for many years, clear back to Adam. In fact Adams son Cain killed Able over the same issue. Cain who had no faith killed Able in a fit of jealousy.

At the time of our Lord’s being born, the hierarchy of the Jewish religion was steeped in the traditions of Churchianity in their observances. Jesus in his walk on earth confronted their form of Churchianity directly on many occasions. In Matthew 16:6-12, Jesus pointedly tells His followers to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Repeatedly throughout His walk Jesus told the Jews they were the children of their father the devil.

So what had happened to the Hebrew’s? God reveals to us in Galatians 3:24 that the Law was given as a schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ. God through Moses gave the Hebrews a massively restricting Law so that they would realize the impossibility of gaining righteousness through works (Churchianity) and that their lives would be one of turning toward God for their hope for Salvation. Yet we see throughout the Old Testament the prophets of God being killed because of their teachings on the coming Christ (Savior) Matthew 23:31

So the Jews of old believed that they were righteous in their Churchianity. That through their watered down version of law they had and were attaining righteousness, and thereby deserving of eternity in heaven. Search the Scriptures, repeatedly God focuses on except you become as a little child you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Mark2:17 Jesus says I came not to call righteous people, but sinners to repentance. I came not to call Churchianity followers who feel they are righteous and deserving of treasurers here on earth and in eternity, but I came to the sinners who realize that they are unable to gain heaven on their own. To those who humbly ask for mercy.

God’s warning in Matthew 24:5 for many will come and say I am the way, I have the path, I know the route, follow me. And they will deceive many with their Churchianity ways. But beware many shall be deceived.

Self righteousness (Churchianity) killed our Lord and Savior. Churchianity comes in all forms and sizes, beware.

The mega churches prey on people, drawing them into the Churchianity teaching of a relationship with the Lord for the purpose of earthly gain. God throughout his word identifies His focus and the parallel focus of His own. God is all about taking care of His own. God pulls out all the stops, He gives tribulation to keep us focused, and God meets our basic needs when we are in trouble and gives us a way out when we are unable to take any more punishment from the world.

In the Gospels His apostles share the story of the Rich man who has his heart in the wrong place. The things of this world hold a position in his heart greater than his relationship with God. Jesus in the Greek relates to His Disciples that, how hardly shall he that trusts in things of everyday enter into the kingdom of God. Mark 9:23

God is all about the eternal goal, Heaven! He sent His Son to die for us. God wants us to come to Him in Faith that He knows all things and controls all things. I repeat the lesson He has given me that He tells all of us that except we have faith as a little child we cannot enter into the kingdom of Heaven.  Matt 18:3

That faith is the opposite of Churchianity, faith stands up to the world and says my Heavenly Father says!

Our prayer for each person is that they turn to the Word of God and find out what God says, not what some church says and not what our own hearts would hope he says, but turn to God with our whole heart believing the Salvation He has sent. Herein lies eternity.

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