Our Collective Responsibility

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Jesus REALLY is coming soon. BE READY!!!

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The Problem

A major problem among modern Christians, where overt obedience is concerned, is the idea that before they do something for the Lord , He has to "lead" them to do it.

There is a joking description of Christians who are spending their lives, as it is said, "sitting on their blessed assurance" (and you know that there is a pointed vulgarity contained within that phrase). It is a pun that says that they are "lead of the spirit", meaning "led" as if it were spelled "lead". The reference is to the metal "lead", as a metaphor for an attitude that, out of spiritual laziness,  neglects overt obedience, based also on a naive and unscriptural belief that it isn't necessary. Thus the phrase is deliberately self-contradictory, but it makes a serious point. The idea is founded on the notion that before the Christian goes out of his (worldly) way to obey, God has to overtly lead him or her to do it. Many, far too many, people who call themselves Christians are doing nothing or next to nothing that constitutes overt Christian ministry of any kind. As shown in the "Parable of the Talents" page, that is a sure way for a Christian to get rejected by Christ.

It just so happens that there are many things that we are supposed to do as Christians that we should not have to wait for the Lord to "lead" us to do them. We are commanded to do them, and woe be unto us if we don't.

In fact, as also stated elsewhere in this site, for many Christians living today,  "Three Great Woes"! Which is to say, The Great Tribulation awaits them.

In fact, as stated elsewhere in this "Bread Upon The Waters" site, one of the biggest reasons for the Great Tribulation will be the failure of Christians in the years just before it to really live as the Lord commands. And failure to fulfill the Great Commission, failure to really pursue the goal of "They Kingdom Come",  will be a major part of the reasons. Frankly, the Great Tribulation is what this writer really expects, but these pages are included as a warning and exhortation, in hope that just maybe enough Christians will take it seriously and get together to make it happen, and avert the Tribulation.

Bought with a Price.

A serious but frequently overlooked truth concerning Christians is that we are not our own. We are bought with a price, the price being the shed blood of Jesus Christ. This is something that all Christians should be constantly mindful of, but few are. Rather, too many Christians live their lives as if they were not accountable to anybody. They are so sure that God's grace will cover their sins that they frequently live lives that make them spiritually and sometimes morally indistinguishable from the world around them. In fact, some Christians, in subtle but serious ways are worse than the world around them! Especially in the sense of Pharisaic self-righteousness and holier-than-thou arrogance.  And many of these same Christians, if they give much though to the Second Coming at all,  expect to be evacuated in the Rapture before the Tribulation begins. Christians who live that way don't have a prayer of escaping God's wrath.

But, again, as Paul said, in I Corinthians  6:19 & 20,

"...you were brought with a price. You are not your own..."

We must keep this fact in mind, and base our attitudes toward our actions on this. We are going to be held accountable. Grace will not cover sins committed willfully, or righteous acts willfully omitted,  when we know the Truth. The Bible makes it very clear what may happen to those who take this lightly (Hebrews 10:26-31);

26    If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,
27    but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
28    Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
29    How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
30    For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"
and again, "The Lord will judge his people."
31    It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

This applies to sins of omission as well as to sins of commission. As also stated in the "Strangers and Pilgrims Introduction", God is more upset by the failure of Christians to do the good works they are supposed to do than He is about the occasional slip-ups they often make. The chastisement of the Tribulation upon the Church will be more because of the failure to maintain unity in the Church,  "Love One Another",  carry out the Great Commission and bring God's Kingdom on earth than it will be for any overt sins that Christians have been committing,

Created in Christ

Most Christians are familiar with what is said in Ephesians 2:8 & 9;

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith
- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -
  not by works, so that no one can boast.

These verses are the Scriptural foundation of the doctrine of salvation by faith alone, totally independent of works.

But few are familiar with the following verse, Ephesians 2:10;

For we are God's workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.

If we give a meaning to verses 8 & 9 without considering verse 10 in our interpretation, we are taking 8 & 9 out of context. But that is exactly what is usually done.  This error is the root of  one of the biggest downfalls of Evangelical Christianity.

The Basic Requirements of Obedience

There are a number of   things that are clearly shown by the Scriptures to be incumbent upon all Christians. (For more on this see "Strangers and Pilgrims on the Earth".)

  1. 1. Prayer and Fasting. The fasting, or doing something equivalent, is not an option.
  2. 2. Repentance, especially in the sense of separation from the world
  3. 3. The Study of, Ministry of, and Obedience to the Word.
  4. 4. Being continually filled with the Holy Spirit
  5. 5. Using our spiritual gifts for the Lord's service.
  6. 6. Genuinely loving and being servants to our fellow Christians

Underlying all these things is the truth that works do, or to use a different way of saying the same thing, obedience does matter!

Collective Obedience

As stated in the "BABEL RISING!" pages, mankind is created in God's image collectively, if anything, more than individually. That is why the Church is able to function as "the body of Christ". But this also means that obedience is required from us collectively as well as individually. The Church must obey as a body to avert God's judgment. The permanent carrying away into captivity of the Lost Ten Tribes did not happen because of the disobedience of any particular individual. It was because of the sins of the entire Kingdom of Israel, collectively. The same thing was true of the Babylonian Captivity of the Kingdom of Judah. Collective sin brings collective judgment. Again, this includes both sins of omission and commission.

It, again,  is the position of this Ministry that one of the primary reasons for the Great Tribulation is the failure of the Church to collectively obey God in the sense of bringing about the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

On the other hand  Christianity took over the Roman Empire in the first few centuries AD because Christians were practicing a high level of collective obedience. Beginning in the 19th Century, the Missionary Movement, which was really, for most people, a shallow and limited  expression of collective obedience, succeeded in establishing a Christian witness  in almost every nation on earth. You may not be aware of this, but this was so effective in China that prior to the Second World War, China was on the brink of becoming a predominantly Christian nation. But the effectiveness of the Missionary Movement has been blunted by apostasy and lack of unity in the Church. As it is now, many so-called missionaries are doing nothing more than producing a new crop of "sitting on their blessed assurance"; "lead of the Spirit"  type Christians. Missionary work, as it is now being done, will never accomplish what is needed.

This set of Web pages is a call to a movement of real, collective Christian obedience. It is a call to something this writer calls the "Thy Kingdom Come Movement", a spontaneous rising of Christians worldwide to the challenge of really fulfilling the Great Commission and bringing about God's Kingdom on earth. It goes beyond all the talk of "revival". It is calling, in no uncertain terms, for Christians to unite and commit themselves to the task of literally taking over the world.  It is calling for us to literally turn the material world into the Kingdom of God.

That is what Jesus told us to do!!!

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We will begin to discuss the application of the principles expressed so far
in the following page,

Unity and Repentance

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