Sometimes I wonder where is a true Church? Where is a group of Christians that believe and practice carefully the bottom line of a successful life: The Holy Scriptures? Where is a Church where the bottom line is not money but the moving of the Holy Spirit in a humble, authentic congregation?
Today I read a Holy Soup Blog. It described a pastor who stopped in the middle of a sermon, opened it up to the congregation and “never went back” to sermons as usual. The congregants participated with their own expounding of the Bible and with sharing testimonies of Jesus at work in their lives. They departed from the half-hour lecture that no one remembers once outside the doors of the church.
The Churches we have visited lately are very disappointing. The music is so loud; my husband gets Vertigo, (dizziness and nausea). We have had to leave several immediately. Neither my husband, nor I can worship when the decibels are high to the point of feeling it in the chest. The exhortation from Scripture, “Play skillfully with a loud noise” (Psalm 33:3) does not mean a threat to hearing loss.
We left one church we attended for a few weeks when the pastor invited: “Everybody come to the Communion Table; it doesn’t matter what you believe, where you are. Just come.” The last sermon we heard there was something like this: “I studied and studied to come up with a message about baptism, but I threw it all out. I will just speak from my heart…” Your heart, pastor? Your message was not even from the Bible!
Here is a prescription for a church which, oddly enough, may be found in the Bible:
“How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.”
(1 Corinthians 14:26)