Man tries to rationalize that religion is for him and his appetite. He wants a religion he likes and makes him feel good about him. In a sense this is the same as “situation ethics” which teaches as long as it hurts no one and it please me, it is alright! I hear people all the time tell me they are “looking for a church.” What they mean is they are looking one they feel comfortable in, preaches a message they approve, has a class of people in it they associate with themselves, and require from its adherents just what they are willing to “put in” to the success of the church as to monies, time, and effort. Rarely do you find people who are looking for a church God Almighty will approve!! These people are looking for a church that teaches ONLY the doctrine taught in the New Testament, taught in the first century, that was taught FIRST, in Jerusalem, that was taught by an inspired apostle of Jesus Christ, and that was the church ALL the apostles of Jesus Christ belonged!! There is a world of difference between this type of church and the type that will suit man.
Men are looking for a church where the needs of their children are satisfied and they let the children determine those needs!! They look for the biggest congregation with children the ages of their children, a playground or gymnasium, fun games and coloring, cookies and ice cream, and one where the most important people in town attend. They are not spiritually astute enough to look for a congregation that preaches ONLY the New Jerusalem gospel, where its teachers are studied and prepared to teach Bible Classes suitable for their ages and intellect, and where the preaching is Christ-centered, Biblically supported, and in love with Jesus Christ FIRST and the mores and values of men, last!! It is true the children may not have a plethora of friends “at church” and may be the only one their age that attends there their age while learning of Christ, and may not “try out” for the choir or receive their “first communion” like the world, BUT, at the death’s door and the Judgment Bar– their child will stand all alone and be judged “by the words that shall judge them in the last day” John 12:48, there, they will be glad for that Bible School teacher that insisted on teaching Bible Lessons and the preacher that made sin look like sin and not like a joke at which to laugh!! In death and at the Judgment these type parents will be on their knees thanking God their little boy or girl hears: “well done, My good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many, enter into the joys of thy Lord.” But the one who will be the most thankful at death and in the Judgment Day will be the child whose parent was spiritually alert enough to make SURE they attended the right congregation!! What about the child that got to set the standard for which the church they attended and hears: “depart from Me, you wicked and sinful sinner, I never knew you.”
My friend, Jesus is coming back some day for His Church!! I flew into the airport the other day and there were well over 100 women in the terminal, I only was looking for ONE!! Was I narrow-minded, an elitist, or a cultist?? You see, I am married to as many women as the Lord!! I have one and but one, she wears my name, has born my children, and satisfies my needs as a man, AND, she is the only woman I left the airport with!! Does that offend you??
I sent my children to school. I sent them to the best schools. I did not care if they wanted to go where it would be easy to “slide by,” where their “friends” attended, where the most students attended, where the biggest gymnasium was or where the best football team played; I wanted them, educationally, prepared to succeed- AND YOU??