ARE YOU GROWING?
What amazes me is people who desire to lead over the Body of Christ but are unwilling to Study. Jeremiah 3:15 says "Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding" How can you expect to grow in knowledge, if your leader refuses to grow. A growing concern is that many churches are becoming irrelevant because so many leaders refuse to adapt to change or seek growth in knowledge.
Every Leader must be willing to be educated, trained, and prepared for caring for the Body of Christ. There are so many who claim they full knowledge and understanding but are unwilling to grow through education. Jesus taught the disciples until the moment of the ascension but many leaders feel as if they have attained full knowledge.
Church Leader's principles of ministry should not be based on repeating practices which do not demonstrate growth but only promotes preservation of traditions. The Word of God never changes but the delivery must produce fruit.
If we are to reach this present world, we must grow internally as individuals before we can expect growth externally as part of the Body of Christ. 2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
You must ask yourself the hard question? As Jesus taught the parable of the talents, are we the servant with one talent? Are we the one who buried the talent based on false assumptions about the expectations of The Master? If YOU are not growing then why are YOU going? Each person is personally accountable for their own growth, you cannot shift the blame for the lack of your growth on those who lead over you. This is not being critical or judgmental but an invitation to challenge each person to pursue growth and set expectation of growth with our leaders as well.
As members of the Body of Christ: Is it better to be entertained or educated when you attend church? (I personally wish to be Edutained) Are we willing to positively persuade our leaders to seek individual growth so the Body of Christ can be the recipients of that knowledge gained from the process.
Syncretism, as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary, is “the reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief.” This is most evident in the areas of philosophy and religion, and usually results in a new teaching or belief system. Obviously, this cannot be reconciled to biblical Christianity.
Many will misunderstand this post because of our inability to separate the Will of God from the traditions of man. As we prepare for the Resurrection season, it is my hope and prayer that we discontinue the teachings and celebration of the Easter Bunny.
Here is the real problem: Religious syncretism often takes place when foreign beliefs are introduced to an indigenous belief system and the teachings are blended. Therein lies the problem, for syncretism relies on the whim of man, not the standard of Scripture.
There is no scriptural support for this tradition, however churches will sponsor easter egg hunts and attempt to force a spiritual undertone for support of this thinking and practice.
This year, let's return to the true and only reason for the celebration of THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST. This celebration is not to be combine nor shared with any other tradition in a manner which supports Conformational Ministry over Transformational Ministry.
Think on just a few things stated in Scripture: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37); "Jesus replied, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'" (John 14:6); "Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name" (John 20:31-32); and “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
Religious syncretism is simply not compatible with true Christianity. In fact, any modification to biblical law and principle for the sake of a “better” religion is heresy. Revelation 22:18-19 "18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
This Resurrection Season, please don't contribute to the miseducation of our people. Let's teach the true meaning of this season.