The Law dressed up in a Jesus suit! – Outrageous!

I am spitting mad this week!  However, God reminds me again to  “be angry but sin not!”

Well . . . firstly a CNN report on how irrelevant the church is today – that people are leaving the church in droves – particularly “millennials” – and I have to agree!

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/12/living/pew-religion-study/index.html

Then I am reading the article from “happysonship.com” about Hugh Jackman playing Saul/Paul of Tarsus in the upcoming Warner Brothers movie on the life of Paul and his Road to Damascus – produced by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Hugh Jackman himself.  Should be pretty amazing.

http://www.happysonship.com/hugh-jackman-meets-jesus/

Hugh remarks that church, in his estimation and experience was “restrictive” – his Dad (whom Hugh has immense respect) took him to church and to Billy Graham crusades in Sydney , so he truly did experience church.

So where is this experience  . . .

Galatians 5:1  (NIV)            Freedom in Christ

Stained Glass Depicting Jesus Christ March 4, 2004

Stained Glass Depicting Jesus Christ March 4, 2004

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

I’m not mad at Hugh at all!  I’m mad at the church!  Us!  The royal “we!”

The “happysonship.com” article goes on to ask the valid question ” How is it that our message of peace, hope and joy has been so contaminated? And how come the loudest voice in the church has been the boring-and-angry, God-hates-fags, only-vote-conservative, one?”  You know, you’ve heard that 40 grit voice on the street corner that yells “turn from your sin – or burn in hell” – all such a wonderful warm invitations to come and discover the Love of God, and what incredible unlimited life He has in store for you!  NOT!

I believe I know the answer . . . because the church in general (not aiming at any denomination here) ignores the fact that Jesus has come and heralded in a covenant of Grace.  AND after He beat hell and death for us,  He left, making way for the dispensation (ooo big word), the season, the phase of God on earth, the HOLY SPIRIT.

Oh yeah, the one we ignore!!!

People that are going to church are getting almost no “Kingdom of God” stuff, or a diluted experience because there is little or no Presence of the Holy Spirit and the law is being dragged through the Cross into Grace “land” and the leaven spoils the whole kit and caboodle.

So what are people getting at church?  Man’s wisdom (some of it sounds pretty cool too!), man’s opinion, man’s sharing about the Word and little to no demonstration of God’s power.  And when God’s power and Presence arrives, people are so foreign to it, they freak out!  I think the younger generation, lets’ say millennials (as mentioned in the CNN article), are looking for this, because it’s genuine, because it’s God, they want genuine – they have heard a bazillion words in their lifetime already – all aimed at them in an attempt to shape and mold them, but they want “real!”

Read this . . .  Paul speaking . . .

1 Corinthians 2:4-5  (NIV)

4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

And this . . .

1 Corinthians 4:19-21  (NIV)

19 But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?

If we don’t walk totally in the New Covenant of Grace that Jesus brought (with the Holy Spirit upfront leading!) we will be condemned to live by the Law – Paul teaches this.  Now the covenant of Grace is here the law has a voice that feels restrictive, tough, condemning – you have failed – the “rod of discipline” mentioned above in scripture.  That’s what the world hears from the church – but when they look at the church, it’s holding up an image of Jesus, the heart, the voice, the words and the gestures are not His, so what is the world seeing?

The Law dressed up in a Jesus suit!

Nah, we’re not going to do this, we not going to be involved with that!

We’re going full tilt New Testament!  Just as God planned it!

God is amazing!

See You In Church Church!

In His Amazing Name

Ps Glenn Feehan – True NoRTH Church.  Frisco Texas

You don’t have a church?  You do now!

www.truenorthchurchfrisco.com ,  http://www.facebook.com/groups/41486715341/?fref=ts

AND live or archived services on livestream.tv  http://new.livestream.com/accounts/4875690

You can join us from anywhere in the world.  Woo Hoo!

~ by Glenn Feehan on May 15, 2015.

5 Responses to “The Law dressed up in a Jesus suit! – Outrageous!”

  1. Righteous!

  2. WOW!!

  3. Very nicely stated.

  4. Perhaps if you started reading the criticisms of “dispensationalism”, as introduced into American mainstream religions by the British lawyer,John Nelson Darby, maybe then you will begin to understand why the church has become such a shabby example of Jesus Christ and His Gospel.
    Darby brought his new revelation and theology under the banner of dispensationalism in the mid-1800s, and presented it to Cyrus Scofield and Dwight Moody, two of the leading Protestant theologians of that time — Scofield was father of the American Baptist church movement and Moody the leader of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, to which many denominations of that time adhered to for teachings. Darby also invented the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine in his Dispensational theology, which has served only to disarm Christians into thinking that they won’t suffer any of the persecutions as mentioned in Matthew 24, Mark 13, Revelation, and the book of Daniel, chps. 7-12. None of the “hard sayings” of Jesus or Paul are preached on any more, i.e. II Timothy 3:12 and Ephesians 5:11. And you’ll find few born-again Christians who acknowledge either of the latter two verses, or the hard sayings of Jesus. I was raised as Baptist and after reading the bible on my own for almost 10 years, lots of the things I learned from the Baptist church simply did not line up with scriptures. The most I see in most churches today is checkbook Christianity. They’ll give money but won’t get involved in the nitty-gritty of real Christianity as Jesus himself taught, and as amply revealed by God through Paul in the epistles.

    • Hey Lawrence, not sure you and I are saying the same things – probably because we’re on two slightly differing topics – but I thought I’d through your comments into the mix anyway.
      appreciate your involvement!
      Cheers
      Glenn

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