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Wrestling with my Denomination or Faith ?

In Apologetics, Chrisitian, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Prayer, Satan, Saved, Sin, Sunday School on July 17, 2009 at 1:15 pm

(2Ch 30:9 HCSB)  for when you return to the LORD, your brothers and your sons will receive mercy in the presence of their captors and will return to this land. For the LORD your God is gracious and merciful; He will not turn His face away from you if you return to Him.”

 (2Ch 30:12 HCSB)  Also, the hand of God was in Judah to give them one heart to carry out the command of the king and his officials by the word of the LORD.

 (2Ch 30:18-21 HCSB)  For a large number of the people–many from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun–were unclean, yet they had eaten the Passover contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah had interceded for them, saying, “May the good LORD provide atonement on behalf of whoever sets his whole heart on seeking God, the LORD God of his ancestors, even though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary.” the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people. The Israelites who were present in Jerusalem observed the Festival of Unleavened Bread seven days with great joy, and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day after day with loud instruments.

 (2Ch 31:20-21 HCSB)  Hezekiah did this throughout all Judah. He did what was good and upright and true before the LORD his God. He was diligent in every deed that he began in the service of God’s temple, in the law and in the commandment, in order to seek his God, and he prospered.

 (Psa 85:1-7 HCSB)  (For the choir director. A psalm of the sons of Korah.)

LORD, You showed favor to Your land; You restored Jacob’s prosperity. You took away Your people’s guilt; You covered all their sin. Selah You withdrew all Your fury; You turned from Your burning anger. Return to us, God of our salvation, and abandon Your displeasure with us. Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger for all generations? Will You not revive us again so that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your faithful love, LORD, and give us Your salvation.

 From the passages listed above we gain insight into God’s character and how we as the object of his affection should approach Him.

 What is the first action we need to take?

  1. What is God’s response to seeking Him?

 We see the people retuning to Him and with their purpose to worship Him. However they didn’t follow the rules given concerning the ceremony and earlier in scripture we see God punishing those who didn’t prescribe to the exact rules of the law regarding worship.

 3. Is something different here did God go back on His word? 

  4. Are the rules of worship and the prescriptions of outward behavior more important than the heart?

 How many times do we as believers and followers of our denominational traditions become so wrapped up in the prescriptions of those ideas we lose sight of the real essence of God’s message? I would not want to seem a Universalist in my thought expressed here but I also want to belabor the point of how entrenched we have become in our understanding of our particular expressions of faith. I am sure you see like me the total collapse of our society at large and the apparent lack of response from the “church” at large. Every denomination is busy reacting with their particular prescriptions and responses but it seems to me most are very short sided and exclusivist. This came to mind the other night after a rousing conversation with a dear friend and believer who is from a denomination that is very well known and has established church’s world wide. We discussed at length the differences we had concerning a particular act we as Christians all participate in under scriptural authority. Baptism was our issue he can with conviction and scripture defend the ideas expressed of his particular denomination. We disagreed on regeneration taking place as part of the salvation experience or as a result of salvation. As you can see the essence of the conversation had to with the finer issues of the prescribed behaviors not the fundamental behaviors we adhere to. This example leads me to thinking as I was reading the word how the main issue of the people of God is as follows:

 “May the good LORD provide atonement on behalf of whoever sets his whole heart on seeking God, the LORD God of his ancestors, even though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary.” the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people.

 (Deu 6:5-6 HCSB)  Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart.

(Deu 10:12 HCSB)  “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you except to fear the LORD your God by walking in all His ways, to love Him, and to worship the LORD your God with all your heart and all your soul?

 (Jos 22:5 HCSB)  Only carefully obey the command and instruction that Moses the LORD’s servant gave you: to love the LORD your God, walk in all His ways, keep His commands, remain faithful to Him, and serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.”

 (Mat 22:37 HCSB)  He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

 (Mar 12:30 HCSB)  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

(Luk 10:27 HCSB)  He answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.

 I am finishing my devotional time this morning more curious than ever how do we from different denominations claiming the same Bible, Spirit, and Savior disagree to the point of excluding our common Lord and having the impact He intended us as believers?

 Have we become so entrenched in our differences we sacrifice the message of God’s redemption for the purpose of being “right”?

 The real tragedy of our differences we tend to question people’s conversion, obedience and walk with God. I am not foolish enough to think I could bring about any type of unity in this area but my heart is pricked and disquieted concerning this. Especially after reading these mornings’ devotional scriptures:

But Hezekiah had interceded for them, saying, “May the good LORD provide atonement on behalf of whoever sets his whole heart on seeking God. Are we (me included) interceding for those who don’t see the same scripture the same way. I don’t mean those who want some kind of universalism of good acts to be the determining factor for God’s precious gift of the Holy Spirit and eternal life. I am speaking to those whose confession and life reveal they pray to the Jesus of the Bible and seek Him. I know many who don’t worship where I worship, or how I worship. Yet I see based on the Word the evidence of Jesus working in their faith and life as well as in my spirit. I see this same Spirit and Jesus working where I worship and accomplishing His purpose. I am sure anyone who claims the name of Jesus and is endeavoring to read His word is torn, and seeking God to bring a great revival to our nation and world. We claim His coming again and see the prophetic Word revealing itself everyday in the news. I seek your thoughts and understanding on this issue, it would mean a great deal to me personally for your response to this from your understanding and walk with Jesus.

 (2Co 13:14 HCSB)  (13:13) The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

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