God has spoken to this world
  • May 30th 2013

Dear Friends

There are many rumours and suggestions nowadays that the church in general is out of touch with society and is destined to fall, perhaps very soon.  These reports are especially found in the media’s coverage of the “gay marriage” bill.  The idea is that because the church of Christ has held an opinion which is radically different to the state then it must surely be heading towards a precipice from which it can never recover.

Such tales are not new and Christians should not be shaken by them.  The world has never understood the church.  Imagine two dancers on a dancing floor.  Their dances are radically different to such an extent that they often bash against each other.  Why is there such confusion?  If you take a closer look, you see one is wearing earphones and listening to their own personal player, while the other is dancing to the tune of the singer and the band in the room.   The Church dances to a different tune, and its movements and opinions will inevitably collide with those who listen to the beat of another drummer.

We believe God has spoken to this world – a different tune.  Initially the sound of His voice was limited to the ancient nation of Israel, through its prophets, preachers and legislation, though it often followed the teachings of the pagan countries next to it.  At such times the prophets and preachers that reminded Israel of God’s laws were in the minority and were sometimes stoned to death.  The men and women of faith “wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted and tormented.  They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth, of whom the world was not worthy.”

Through Jesus Christ the church has been given the role of the prophets and preachers to live out today.  If we wish to twist His message to make it more palatable and pleasing to this world, we deserve the warning of Jesus Christ, who said “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets”.

Not every word of the church can be considered absolutely true.  Neither ought we to defend every word of a sermon.  But we should never doubt that God’s ancient word still speaks out clearly today, with the power to transform us, to console us; yes even to condemn our evil ways and thoughts.

If you visit Ebenezer, it is my sincere hope and prayer that you may hear His wonderful, glorious, yet disturbing voice, and find in Jesus Christ a reality that you never imagined existed.

The Pastor

Bible quotations are taken from Hebrews chapter 11verse 37-38 and Luke’s gospel chapter 6 verse 26.

Philippians 1:3-7 I thank my God every time I remember you. (4)  always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,  (5)  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.  (6)  And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

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