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Christ’s Church VS World’s Church

 “”Simon Peter answered and said,
“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
And Jesus answered and said unto   him,
“Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jo’na for flesh and blood
Hath not revealed it unto thee, but my father,
Which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee,
That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church;
And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.””
Matthew 16:16-18.

Several days ago, the opportunity was given to me to check on the taxation of airplanes which were housed at various airport hangers in a large city in Texas. The person in the appraisal district went in long lengths how this is done.

 

There is NO TAX when the airplanes and/or helicopters are housed at the hangers if they’re owned by a church and/or a religious organization.

 

Yes, you read the above sentence and paragraph correctly. When the title is in a church there is no tax. This has a nauseating meaning to it. Here are some of he stipends which go with this.

  • No fees for runway use,
  • No change for fire service,
  • No cost for tower facilities,
  • No hanger cost and,
  • No assessment to lounge use although at this stage it is suspected much of this comes from an Internal Revenue Code 501© (3). This gives great latitude in ownership of real estate, personal property and certain other assessments.

 

The issue then comes should a secular church be given such privilege to own an airplane for the church leaders of that denomination to be flown from point A to point B? This is a means to separate people form their money. Without a doubt it means the church leadership can travel at will then take their monies to shop to various places also to fly to various countries.

At no time have I had the opportunity to read the log book of a plane which has ownership under its name. Incidentally a log book must be kept and supposedly, it should be truthful. In the city mentioned in the first paragraph, it never was asked if these planes were jets or not. My assumption is that most of them are jets. At no time in the past has anyone checked on how the planes were used.

 

WHO WAS JESUS?

There are some startling characteristic that God’s Son had on this earth.

  • Born in a stable,
  • Born to poor people,
  • Owned no real estate,
  • Owned no personal property,
  • Owned only his clothes,
  • Died a pauper, and
  • Buried in another’s grave.

This does not read like a person we should remember. Recall this was how God sent his only Son into the world. In Luke 9:57-58. The remark illustrated how poor Jesus the Nazarene was.

“And it came to pass, that, as they went in they way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. “

 

The Lord had been very blunt when discussed who we are to be. In Luke 9:61-62, his remark was patient.

“And another also said, Lord I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, no man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

This man, Jesus, has more influence on the world than any other human being. This includes all kings, ruler Mohammed, or a far eastern creator of any religion. Even Satan knew exactly who our adversary was dealing with. Satan tried to thwart his influence, but each time God’s son gave an answer to temptation. In Matthew 4:4, it was about food.

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

In Matthew 4:7, it was about temptation.

“Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”

 

In Matthew 4:10, it was about power and false worship.

“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

 

Image of a Country Church - stating that the Bride of Christ is a spiritual entity. The Church is not an institution.

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Jesus had a power over men that no one else even possessed. He could command men to leave their wordly wealth as told in Matthew 4:17-19.

“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

 

That power can only come from Jehovah.

 

The Master never said to be a disciple of His you must be poor. That thought is not to be found in the entire scripture. Jesus encouraged us to do better in many different ways and this also – embraced wealth and money.

 

The Lord used wealth to state – that it should not be the sole force in our life.

Money can be a tremendous blessing for those who have it not only to the person who possess it but also a blessing to people who are less fortunate.

 

The people in the United States are blessed in ways which people of the past were not. In fact, we now live on a higher plane than the rich, kings, and nobles of yesteryear. Here are some of the marvelous improvements:

  • Air conditioner during heat,
  • Heating apparatus during winter,
  • Individuals have means
  • Fast travel on roads,
  • Many kinds of clothes and
  • Mass communication.

 

As a rule of thumb, we should always give thanks to Our Almighty God for what we do have.

 

There is little comparison with the past and now. All of these blessings arrive for us from people who adopted Christianity.

 

At least in the United States the modern worshippers of Jesus Christ are in many aspects an extension of the Civil Rights. Those who embrace this concept are people who are always critical of the times.

Many times, their idea of the church is to put down someone who is different and to change them by government force. There are some fundamental adopted principles that the church of today endorses and accepts.

 

First, there is the idea it must be a pleasant and happy place. This is the reason services are always packed on Christmas and Easter. These are the songs and pageantry of the magnitude of services on that date. Luke 9:23-24, gives to us a deeper meaning of what we are to be.

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whatsoever will save his life shall lose it; but whatsoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”

 

Second, there should never be an attempt to judge or criticize other people. This is wrong! Judgement of sin must come. The truth must be told. Matthew 7:1-2, tells us we can pass judgement. The church must speak out against the evil, transgression and sin of the world.

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”

 

Third, they should meet at regular times as it did in early times of the Apostles and disciples Hebrew 10:25, is implicit in this.

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

 

It was obvious the first disciple came together for a reason at set time.

I Corinthians 16:1-2, gives this instruction.

“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”

 

Fourth, it was the custom of the first Christians to eat and drink the communion always to recall the death and resurrection of the Son of God from the grave.

I Corinthians 11:25-26, sets out how often.

“After the same manner also took the cup, when he supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”

 

Those of us who believe in the restoration idea hold to the position that the Lord’s Supper should be observed at least once a week.

 

Fifth, we are to evangelize and make disciples of non-believers. This is an absolute duty of every Christian. It is a command of Matthew 28:19-20.

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

 

Sixth, the body of Christ is called the Church. It is not the secular world’s idea of the Church. It has as its center what Peter said and what Christ acknowledged as the certain idea of the Church, Matthew 16:16-18.

“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God. And Jesus answered, and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jo’na: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee. But my father which is in heaven. And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” 

 

The world has put another wrapper around the Holy Scripture and called it a church. Only in the New Testament can the plan for the church be found. The world’s church has become a place for the Anti-Christ to live and teach simple people what is expected of them, so these credit cards, cash, and bank accounts can be filled with trite remarks about God. III John 11, tells us what is done.

“Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God, but he does that doeth evil hath not seen God.”

 

Beware of a church which has much of the following:

  • Much to eat,
  • Big buildings,
  • Often entertainment programs,
  • Airplanes,
  • Learning of the government,
  • Silly trips to distant leaders,
  • Preachers with a huge bloated ego
  • No evangelism and,
  • No sin is mentioned from the pulpit.

 

There is a Church which has Christ at it’s center.

 

CONCLUSION

  1. Christ has a Church.
  2. Satan takes over the simple.
  3. Observe what a Church buys.
  4. Think before you spend your money.

 

God Bless Our Republic.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

THERE IS A FOUNTAIN

“There is a fountain filled with blood

Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;

And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,

Lose all their guilty stains:

Lose all their guilty stains,

Lose all their guilty stains;

And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,

Lose all their guilty stains.

 

The dying thief rejoiced to see

That fountain in his day;

And there may I, though vile as he,

Wash all my sins away:

Wash all my sins away,

Wash all my sins away;

And there may I, though vile as he,

Wash all my sins away.

 

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood

Shall never lose its power,

Till all the ransomed ones of God

Be saved, to sin no more:

Be saved, to sin no more,

Be saved, to sin no more;

Till all the ransomed ones of God,

Be saved to sin no more.

 

E’er since by faith I saw the stream

Thy flowing wounds supply,

Redeeming love has been my theme,

And shall be till I die:

And shall be till I die,

And shall be till I die;

Redeeming love has been my theme,

And shall be till I die.

 

When this poor lisping, stammering tongue

Lies silent in the grave,

Then in a nobler, sweeter song,

I’ll sing Thy power to save:

I’ll sing Thy power to save,

I’ll sing Thy power to save;

Then in a nobler, sweeter song,

I’ll sing Thy power to save.”

 

 

 

Gerald K Fugit
412 N Texas Ave
Odessa, TX 79761

 

 

 

 

https://DiggingOldWells.com

 

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