We Are A Part of the Body of Christ

If we fail to remind our congregation regularly that we are a part of the larger body of Christ, than just our local church or denomination, we will end up with

  1. Christians who are raised to believe in their Pastor’s distinctiveness at the expense of other ministry gifts in the body of Christ. This is cultic followership.

No minister is anything in himself other than what he has been made to be to the body of Christ. Ministry gifts are to the body of a Christ; whatever each does is complementary to others. Paul plants, Apollos waters; increase comes from God.

  1. Christians who are raised to think that their church or denomination is better than every other, whereas no church is an island. This is denominational bigotry.

We are so interconnected that to think otherwise is dysfunctional. We fed from those before us and share with those around us. The body of a Christ is one. Jesus’ very important prayer is ‘that they might be one’.

  1. Christians who think that their teachings/doctrine is better than all others. This is Doctrinal pride.
    No pride/boast is right, unless it is in Christ. We are called to grow in the unity of faith. That growth is together with others in the body.

#selah

Our Cause or the Cause of Christ

I have been musing in recent times as I have done in the past about the energy and time believers are putting into campaigning against purported islamisation of Nigeria instead of devotion to evangelism and prayers for the will of God to be done on earth. I am asking myself which one will be better.

Regional failures of Christians in history were not so much as a result of being overrun by other religions, but as a result of failing CHRIST while still feeling cool about themselves being busy with self interest. We wouldn’t have known this if not for the letters to the churches in Revelation.

I often ask myself what would Christ do if He were here now. Will He be busy with reactions or with taking right actions, those that He came for.

I ask my self what was the church’s disposition when Emperor Nero was haunting them. Check what Peter wrote in his first epistle.

The only way we can fight for the cause of Christ is through obedience to the charge He gave us. I think in these agitations we are rather fighting for ourselves and not for Christ.

What did Christ teach on how to live under persecution and what did the Apostles affirm after Him?

Christian living and response cannot be synonymous with civil activism. It is either we are preaching Christ or saving our heads.

He that will find his life will loose it and he that will loose his life will find it. Read across the Gospels and see what Christ wrote.

The perpetuation of Christ’s work on earth will never depend on these agitations. No one can wipe out the cause of Christ on earth. He promised to build His church; He promised that the gate of hell shall not prevail. They were not busy agitating in Jerusalem; they rejoiced when they suffered for Christ.

Christians in certain parts of India are going through tough times. They are facing the heat while still winning souls even among their detractors. Christian are not called to campaign against persecution.

I have to keep checking if my Bible is not different. I have to keep asking myself why my friends will keep sending the same message from years ago to me over WhatsApp either ignorantly or to promote agitations.

Can I plead with you to spare me of being copied in these Biblically baseless campaigns. I have taken my stand 27 years ago and I am not changing it in being an obedient disciple of Christ. I have children and I have not shun to show them what the bible says to us on such things.

I am not holier than thou, sincerely. I am also not given to religious campaigns that make enemies or opponents out of those I was sent to minister to.

I am Isaac Boluwatise. Not as if I am already perfect, neither will I be involved in what Christ did not send me to do. I haven’t lost my sense of reason and neither will I rationalise on clearly defined biblical matters.

I have the fear that those who fight to keep their head in relatively peaceful times are doing injustice to the believers’ choice when they will be directly confronted in evil days. How many will stand if they are offered options.

We are here for the cause of Christ and not to save our lives. May the Lord help us all.

Shalom.

From Generation to Generation, Truth will Always Work

The church is living in its traditional rut and is indecisive about resolving the obvious generational gap if all the answer it can provide to the issue is about what needs to be protected than how to effectively reach the younger ones.

While tradition can seriously cloud judgement and innovation, it is a responsibility to march with the unchanging truth from generation to generation.

The defence of truth is not a protection of it. Truth is objective and needs no protection. Our apologetical efforts are simply affirmative propagation of the reliable and credible truth.

Human traditions that changes with time, whether you like it or not, is what the church busies itself with protecting.

Give the unalloyed truth to the upcoming generation and it would set them free.

From generation to generation, truth will always work.