The Body of Christ is NOT a Country Club

6/12/2023

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord

He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored

He have loosed the fateful lightening of His terrible swift sword

His truth is marching on

Glory, glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory Hallelujah

His truth is marching on

I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps

They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps

I have read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps

His truth is marching on

Glory, glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory Hallelujah

His truth is marching on

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel

As ye deal with my condemners so with you my grace shall deal

Let the hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel

His truth is marching on

Glory, glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory Hallelujah

His truth is marching on

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat (Glory, glory Hallelujah)

He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat (glory Hallelujah)

Oh, be swift, my soul to answer, oh, be jubilant, my feet

His truth is marching on

Glory, glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory Hallelujah

His truth is marching on

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea (glory, glory Hallelujah)

With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me (glory, glory Hallelujah)

As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free

His truth is marching on

Glory, glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory Hallelujah

Glory, glory Hallelujah

His truth is marching on

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord

He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored

He have loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword

His truth is marching on

I woke up this morning with this song going in my head. In light of this song, and 10,000 other things you Know, Is the body of Christ, the local church,

A) a country club for like-minded people, who know the rule-book reasonably well, who pay their dues, attend the formal and informal get-togethers, bond socially, and don’t do any know “bad things”? Go along to get along.

Or,

B) is the Body of Jesus for those and ONLY those who are genetically part of Jesus with EVIDENCE of GOD HIMSELF INHABITING THEM?

-Like a newborn baby CRAVING THE PURE SPIRITUAL MILK OF THE WORD

-Rivers of ALIVE Water gushing from the inner man

-Without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.

-Passion and conviction and Work in the inner man, violently “taking by force” +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 !!

-Risking for the souls of men and women and children

-Discernment not only of the sins of commission such as lying or stealing, but primarily the sins of omission: emptiness and fake religion based on familiarity or “beliefs” or what everyone else seems to think about it or them.

The list could go on, but is the body of Christ a country club — or does it demand serious and miraculous hunger and passion and discernment and sacrifice and life? As if God is actually (not just poetically) living inside of a person? As if we are in the middle of a supernatural war, not a child’s playground?

Do we not forfeit our Spiritual Authority with demons and angels and the groaning earth itself if we are a good ‘ole boy club?

 

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