Our condemnation hasn't been lifted - in fact - it has since been reiterated by our leadership that it is "continued." It means that generation after generation has passed with our people living under this condemnation. In short, most of us throughout our history have been brought up in the faith not knowing any different. Minimally, the preaching, passion, and patterns of those who have gone before us haven't brought us out of the condemnation. In more speculative words, the faith of our fathers is probably not the faith that will prepare our people to receive the Savior at His coming.
...it is amazing to me how radical and rebellious I can feel just by putting scripture side by side with our history, statements from our history, our traditions, and even some current attitudes and statements. Maybe I am just self-conscious... I am in the right place - in the right church - that can't accept its own imperfection, fallibility, or incompleteness. And God says: "Teach, Greg."
I am a child of God. Whose Life has brought me tears. I’ve tried so hard to do what’s right; It’s hurt through all these years. There’s joy, it’s here, I know it’s somewhere- Help me find the way. If I just learn to force myself, It will surely change someday.
Jesus taught about a man who divvies up his wealth to his servants and leaves for a time. Upon his return, the master asks for an accounting of his three servants’ effort and productivity to find that some had handled what they were given faithfully and had multiplied what was given them. Meanwhile one of [...]
There are reasons my people would tend to view what I share as some kind of curious vista along their way; they can recognize a beautiful sight when they see one and they are no strangers to the things of the spirit, but it would be a challenge to view it as the destination; the journey is too short, it comes without money and without price, the burden is too light, and looking is too simple.
When we know that love and love Him in return, our relationship with God becomes something that enables God’s love to not only fill us and satisfy us, but to overflow from within us and into the world.
The change God desires will only occur if we are willing to listen directly to the voice of God... Our love for God and the gospel of Jesus Christ as it is in the heavens needs to be more powerful than the love of this kingdom of God as it now is and things as they now are... We can still pray with all of our hearts “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”