There has been some talk about beauty lies and other issues on this site. I found these blog posts useful, and I have something I want to say or resay to my fellow Christians. I have some issues that are weighing down my heart. I have been praying about this. And I am going to share some of these things with you.
Over the last few years, I’ve talked to many Christians, and it seems some are heavily brainwashed. I know because I used to think some of the same things before God started this continual de-brainwashing process with me, and yes, I know we are all growing & at different stages. But some seem to be brainwashed by society, culture, the government, the families they come from, and even “religion.” They have allowed the world or traditions to cloud their minds.
Once we let go of what society says or we de-brainwash, we can move freely in Christ. We can soar like eagles and go where God wants us to go. Without this, we become enslaved to old ways or what is “normal.” I know God is doing mighty things with His Church, but we do have free will; instead of sacrificing it for God’s will, sometimes we go ahead and follow others or ourselves.
Just A Few Things I See…
For one, many people do not understand what the Holy Spirit’s purpose is. Some people believe when you get the “Holy Ghost,” you dance around and fall out. Holy Ghost=Holy Spirit. It appears some believe that the Holy Spirit is some kind of sensation? The Holy Spirit comes to empower the Church. He imparts Spiritual Gifts. He will heal and comfort you, help you discern between what is right or wrong, and help you get God’s work done and has many other functions. And yes, the Holy Spirit has moved me to dance, sing, & shout. But it’s not associated with a ritual.
And you should go to church, join ministries, and do things for God. But getting busy in the church will not help strengthen your walk with Christ if you don’t give yourself time with God, daily. The “busyness” will instead become a distraction. You need to have “church” everyday. Your daily life should consist of Bible study, prayer, worship, communion, giving thanks…etc. Church gatherings are just a reflection of the spiritual life you lead everyday.
And now that I’m talking about this, the Church is not a building. Your body is a temple (with the Holy Spirit living within you (1 Corinthians 6:19), and the Church makes up all Christians–everywhere. You don’t need to fellowship and praise and worship in a building with expensive equipment. It’s okay to have fellowship gatherings at the park, in a car, tent, or in your home (Acts 20:20).
I say this because I’ve seen some churches become a slave to debt for a building. And they get this debt from the world. If you are ever in a desperate situation and need money, you should look to God for support and seek His direction.
And just so you know, churches do not need to be a gov’t created 501c3 organization (in the United States) to be exempt from taxes. They are automatically given this status, and all donations are valid charitable deductions if they meet the requirements. But… I don’t think you should get a deduction for giving to Christ. That is not the right heart, and I think you block a blessing from God. Besides, the Bible says that your giving should be done in secret (Matthew 6:4). You should not be flashing it around on your tax return, seeking a kick back from the government.
Opting for the 501c3 status is just a way of allowing the government (the world) in our fellowship gatherings needlessly. We are to go in the world to witness and make disciples, and you can bring the unsaved to events and what not–not allow the world to be in charge of our ministries. Christ is the head of man & God is the head of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3).
So then, why do churches do this??? Ignorance? Maybe.
Churches that knowingly involve the government in their church when they don’t have to may need federal funds? Hmm… where should a ministry’s help come from? Or maybe they don’t mind being grouped with other gov’t created 501c3s that promote ungodly beliefs, such as secular religions. Churches should be “free,” unincorporated churches. Your church does not need to be involved with any business making endeavors.
Sorry to Burst Your Bubble But…
The government, scientists and doctors do not know everything, God does. You might have already caught on, but in the last few years many have discovered that the FDA allows poison in your food (whether on purpose or not); most cosmetics are riddled with toxins (even some so called natural ones), and houses are not made with the right clay or stones that are healing, just washed down substances that will not assist in healing your body.
Christians (and others) have been brainwashed to only accept something if it comes with a doctor’s or a scientist’s approval. These people have become so relevant that people have drifted away from the healing elements found on God’s earth.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not some anarchist. I do believe in obeying earthly laws (as long as they don’t contradict God), and the government was placed here for a purpose. But we should not allow it to brainwash us into believing things we should not.
As I have mentioned here, many Christians do not use all the things God has left to heal themselves (which is not necessary, as God has left a wealth of things to heal yourself). But what is sad is that people think stones or other elements are not healing, and some even laugh at God’s healing elements and take modern medicine seriously. Others think healing oneself with these things is demonic or wrong. It is not wrong to use the healing creations of the earth. But it may be unwise for some to use certain things, like crystals, as they may fall into worldly doctrine.
Christians will agree that many abuse sex, and this is a sin. But it is not wrong in the confines of marriage (unless they bring someone else in, of course). Now, there are some who use crystals or herbs for demonic purposes, which is wrong. But that does not mean that crystals or herbs are demonic.
Well, let’s move on.
I See Things…. Because Materialism Lurks Around me…
In the U.S., big corporations tell us what to buy; they tell us what to eat; they tell us we need so many things: Pure, raw, unfiltered consumerism. The sad thing is Christians fall for this, and we become so weighed down with possessions that these things start to distract us from what really matters: God, and doing what He wants. We become shallow and brainwashed yet again by the world.
There is nothing wrong with having some things. But once you become attached to things, this is part of your downfall. Things are just things, and you can’t take any of it with you. We should be attached to God. If we just sacrifice a few material things, we could help so many in need and could help many Christian ministries that need help. We can do more if we just live a simple life and are not burdened down with the constraints of material things.
You must live freely in Christ, and look to God. And He will lift the scales from your eyes.
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