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Dead Church

  

The following was inspired by Romans 12.11

τῇ σπουδῇ μὴ ὀκνηροί   not holding back in zeal
τῷ πνεύματι ζέοντες   burning with the spirit

Just imagine visiting an old church
partly filled with pallid attendees
who would much rather do something else,
anything else, than linger on there.

Because of some invisible force,
a kind of inescapable pull,
they find themselves week after dull week
repeating the same dead exercise

None of them enjoys the tedium
nor do they have the courage to leave.
They are not sinners, nor are they saints.
They risk little, they suffer little.

All of them sit in their assigned seats,
fixated on fashion not people
focused on what comes after not now
rapt by the preacher’s style not his words

If you encounter such a scene RUN
for if you do not escape from it,
they will extinguish your fervor
and you will then end up just like them

4 Responses to “Dead Church”

  1. on 15 Nov 2012 at 1:17 amGeorge

    I used to as a child go with my parents and sit in the same pew at 10 a clock mass,afterwards everyone went to the same bakery.As i got older we were allowed to go with our friends and we would walk in the front door get a bullitun,proof you went then stand in the back near an exit.I am 52 years young and I can tell you without a doubt that a kid now man named David is three pews front right center because thats where his parents sat before they fell asleep.Makes me want to go back and shake him and say its not about your parents or ansestors its abut God and His giving His only begotten son so you might have life everlasting I might go back just to see if anything has chaged and that an open door of utterance is given that Gods Love may be shared.Thanks for the memories.Love gw

  2. on 15 Nov 2012 at 11:27 amTim (aka Antioch)

    A great summary of my church experience up until I left when I was 18 – took almost 30 years to see the light.

  3. on 16 Nov 2012 at 6:24 pmtimothy

    Tim (aka Antioch) and George,

    I was born in Miami Florida and in 47′ we moved temporarily to
    “Bible Belt” Alabama where I went to a rural SBC for early kindergarten. Mostly I recall learning about Jesus death on the cross and the Easter eggs and his resurrection from the dead. Seem that was a worthwhile thing to learn and believe. Especially for later obedience to
    Roman 10:9 & 10. Oh yes, I remember how carried away the people got when they were water baptized in a giant bathtub at the on stage alter.

    We returned to Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida and I went, without my parents to the families Congregational church. I remember being sprinkle baptized, but not why.
    Attended Sunday school up to teens and I will never forget the teaching about Judahs son Er and how the Lord slew him and his brother Onan also, for spilling his seed.

    In 1962, I had sailed to Europe and traveled to Greece. Two years before, my father had been killed in an airplane crash in Ethiopia and part of his estate was in Greece. I was there to settle, since I was his only heir. I spent almost three months there and even visited the famous aeropagus, Mars Hill where Paul had openly witnessed the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Acts 17: (kjv)
    23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

    I was far from being a christian and the people I stayed with tried to teach me biblical things. Believe it or not. Their understanding was that the first sin was what Judahs son Onan had committed by spilling his seed. GOD first commanded human kind “to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the Earth”. Spilling the seed would be in violation of these three things.

    Seems pretty clear that same sex marriages partners are equally committing the same sin to this day.

    At 39′, I was witnessed to by a girl from Reverend Finnegans, then, ministry and enrolled in their biblical research class. My life and love for GOD and Jesus Christ came alive. I was learning how to read and study the bible and about figures of speech, Greek words and manners and customs of biblical times. The first pursuit I remember was to find out about Genesis 38:7 & 10. And what a blessing it was when I found out that GOD does not kill people and that what was written is actually, a Hebraism, the idiom of permission. Because of the unrighteous acts of the two boys, GOD had to allow the devil to kill them.

    I continue to follow the same basic teachings, minus the errors that Dispensationalism had caused for an in-complete doctrine. I think that the major benefit for me as a student of Jesus Christ is the authority my pastor manifest when he teaches. I am a teaching and classes type of follower. I do not take to someone “preaching” which takes the form of rampant “condescension”. We are to submit ourselves one to another.

    Ephesians 5:21
    21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

    agapao se’

    Timothy

    PS this was the song we were singing:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kydULKxuF0o

  4. on 20 Dec 2012 at 1:46 amGeorge

    Timothy, I thank you for sharing that I too took the class a while back and tend to lean to learning in a class setting even if that means I am alone with God my computer and All that is available on lhim.org.Some classes I have heard 10 times but there is always something new that it seems I missed and needed to hear but was not ready to receieve the first time.God Bless you and thanks again,Love george

  

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