I heard a person giving a personal testimony of her difficult days of becoming “clean” from alcoholism and drug abuse. Her words left me astonished at the boldness of omitting everything the Bible talks about. She honored the congregation, Church leaders, and a couple others for their part in making her life a little easier through help with financial, material, and emotional resources. That is very good…except the spirit of God’s goodness is buried under hardness towards others. Her attitude is very discriminatory, not showing any of the Spirit of God’s grace, love, mercy, or healing power for others. In other words, she might be recovering from bad habits, but not recovering from the sin that separates her from the presence of the Holy Spirit through the Cross of Christ. Others have given testimonies from that same Church as well, and the preachers preach, but none talk of sin, redemption, or the Cross.
Can you find the Church today? Some people earnestly look for the Church, but with only one purpose in mind; to pollute, diminish, and belittle the Message of the Cross! They seek to kill the birthing of members who might come to God through the sacrifice of Christ. In other words, they seek to kill God’s love, peace, faith, perseverance, and joy for whosoever. They seem to worship “grace” in a way that tries to seal the tomb leading into the presence of God. They come into the Church saying, “let me also go and worship Him.” Instead of worshipping, they seek to kill and destroy the children born of God’s spirit through the blood of Christ. It has always been Satan’s purpose to destroy the Church. The Church is us, we are the Temple of God. As individuals who live by the Message of the Cross, we testify to the eternal presence of the Children of God.
People in prisons recover from their addictions, but not necessarily their sin. Only Christ through the Cross can bring recovery from sin.
“(Herod) sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.” Matthew 2:8 and 16