First of all, as you read my blog, you will find out that I enjoy pictures and color. My pictures and my font colors will change from time to time. So, with that said, your probably wondering where are we headed on this blog.
I’m pretty sure, if you have progressed to this point in reading my blog, that to many of you who believe in the Jesus Christ of the Bible and attend an Institutional, organized assembly, the thoughts on meeting in homes will be a radical concept. I attended a variety of institutional churches over thirty-five years. If you would have presented these ideas to me years ago, I would have dismissed them as crazy even though in the back of my mind I wished that this was the way it should have been.
However, many of us have come to depend on the “traditions of men” that have developed over the centuries. We have become prisoners of a system that has been promoted over the centuries from the first century to the present day. I have some more quotes that you can think on as the days go on and I add more posts.
Quotes to Ponder and Reflect On: Read Again
- Santayana – “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
- Tertullian – “Custom (or Tradition) without truth is error grown old.”
- Morpheus – “You take the blue pill, the story ends and you wake up and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
There is another quote by Morpheus to Neo. I’m going to take a little poetic license and paraphrase this one. I’m inserting some words that I feel are appropriate for our understanding of the truth about the deception that has infiltrated the body of believers up to the present day.
- Morpheus says to Neo:
“The traditional Bible-Based churches/Denominations are a system, Neo. “The system is our problem”, not the believers. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Pastors, Businessmen, Teachers, Lawyers, Carpenters, etc. They are the minds that you are trying to set free from the deception of the traditions of men and the early church fathers who set them in motion over the first four centuries of the Christian church, But until we do, these people are still part of that system, and that continues to make the traditional system our problem. You have to understand, most of these people have been fed “the error of human tradition” over their lifetimes and are not ready to leave. In fact,they are “hopelessly dependent” on the “current system.” They are “ignorant” of the facts” from the Bible and church history, so they will go to the “extreme” to “fight to protect” the “very system” that deceives them.” (Think closely about this last sentence in relation to your traditional church experience)
Take the time when you are alone to think about these quotes. Then, reflect on your Christian experience in the traditional body of believers in relationship to leadership structure, believer’s meetings, and church buildings. MY FRIENDS, DO SOME RESEARCH, PLEASE!
To Be Continued….