The church has been asked to put its signature on the programmes, agendas and blue-prints that the world has coined.
Some of these have been in tandem with church teachings and thus the church approved them.
In circumstances where the world view is not scripturally sound, the church has folded its hands and refused to endorse.
This has resulted in the attack of the church as being irrelevant and archaic or stiff-naked. Is this really so?
Please remember that by church we mean the corporate body of Christ.
God is the creator of the heavens and the earth including the world, the realm where we live.
During the time of Adam in the Garden of Eden and before the fall of man, the policies of heaven and earth were in sync. There was only one kingdom, that is, the Sovereign Kingdom of God.
When Lucifer rebelled and fell down from heaven dragging a third of the angels with him, he, as the serpent, coerced mankind to join him through Eve.
This gave rise to the kingdom of the devil/satan or darkness. We now have two kingdoms; the Kingdom of God (Light) and the kingdom of satan (darkness) and the two cannot mix and coexist. God’s domain and the world have different views.
As a reconstruction measure, God instituted animal sacrifice as atonement and bridge the relationship between Him and mankind but this was not sustainable.
A board meeting was held in heaven. Jesus, the Lamb of God, offered Himself to come down and live among us and die a sacrificial death so that whoever would call upon His name would be saved.
To perpetuate the rule of heaven on earth, Jesus left the church in charge.
The church is the only legitimate conduit that God uses to advance His Kingdom on earth.
Jesus says this concerning His church, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19KJV).
The keys are in the church esteemed reader.
There are so many genuine churches; surely you can find one that suits you.
To belong to a church is not just attending a Sunday service but participating in all the activities of your chosen church.
The activities include all night prayer sessions, cell-group meetings, tithes and offerings.
The agenda of the church is to manifest God on earth.
The purpose of the church is to enact laws of heaven on earth.
When we pray we say, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10KJV).
The church wants to bring heaven to earth and satan wants to perpetuate his reign on earth.
The world is at the mercy of the devil. Jesus refers to satan as the prince of this world, John 12:31, 14:30 and 16:11.
Both the church and society live in this world.
The difference is that the church lives in the world but is not of the world. When Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate, John 18:36 (KJV) says, “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world….”
We live in this world but we are not of this world. Since God is the creator of all people and everything, He has tasked the church by giving it full authority both in heaven and on earth to bring all things to His Kingdom.
The Bible says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1 KJV)
Through the preaching of the gospel of Christ, the church intends to pull society from satanic bondage in this world.
The church wants you to enjoy your life in this age and prepare you for the world to come.
The world is pulling society to its side and the church is pulling society out of the mouth of the lion.
The general laws of affinity have left society defaulting to and gravitating towards the world and satanic lures such as fornication, adultery and homosexuality.
Ever since Jesus stepped on the scene, the world wanted Him to agree with their way of life but He stood His ground and that is why He was controversial.
Brothers and sisters, being a genuine Christian causes controversy.
With the foundation now laid down in these two instalments, next week we shall bring this series to a close by getting into practical life lessons and challenge some Pharisaic dogmas.