The Youth Should Rise Up and Take Notice.

Talking To Misfits

“And when he was come to the
Other side into the country of the
Ger’ge-senes, there met him two
Possessed with devils, coming out of
The tombs, exceeding fierce, so that
No man might pass by the way.
And behold, they cried out,
Saying, what have we to do, with
Thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art
Thou come hither to torment us
Before the time?” Matthew 8:28,29.

Jesus Christ exhibits a strange characteristic Jesus Christ when we read the New Testament. One would think a person who aspired to spreading the good news would not act this way. We humans would do the opposite. It would never enter into our minds to follow the pattern Jesus set down as an example.

The concept is so radical that we are repulsed by it. This is not the format for our lives and much less the Church where we attend. This idea that we know much more than the Savior’s Way permeates the whole of the Church in the United States. The body of Christ repudiates it.

There may be a chance that the illustrations the Son of God set out, began to be seen by some Christians, books have began to appear on the subject. A few people see the trading of the Master as told in the four Gospels. Then the book of Acts when read gives us some graphic illustrations of the point that we see there.

Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles touched on the subject. This man had a God given mental ability to see and to analyze a situation that common people either did not see or did not want to observe. Paul was an intellect who had special talents.

Here is what the opening sentences were written to set out. Jesus always went to the outcasts, the dispossessed first. He was best seen when he has a meeting or encounter with these people who the world looked upon as expendable.

In short, the people that were rich & powerful & educated – were considered to be of no value.

This is an example of the attitude of the upper middle class and the well to do in the place where we live. My wife taught a group of women in Odessa and Midland Texas (for EIGHT years), in a special women’s group called BSF. The course was for approximately nine months. The total attendance was about two hundred and she had fifteen or so in a group. She became bed ridden and was so for five or six weeks. Not one of these women came to see her or communicated through a card. There was one out of this group who came because my daughter sent her an e-mail.

The people who prayed and communicated with the family were the poor, the blacks and the uneducated. The others were unconcerned – to show any Christian concern. This story is not told in order to obtain sympathy; but to point out a fact. You may take this any way you desire.


Expect little from churches – unless there is an economic benefit they want to push such as politics, a building or selling some Christian work.

 

EXAMPLES OF CHRIST

The following are instance where Jesus met with lower class people.

These were the outcast of society, in John 8:3,4 and 10, gives to us the story of a woman who was from the lowest depths of society. She was a harlot – or, as we would call her today – a whore.

“And the scribes and Pharisees
Brought unto him a woman taken in
Adultery; and when they had set her
In the midst,
They say unto him, Master, this
Woman was taken in adultery, in the
Very act.
When Jesus had lifted up himself
And saw none but the woman,
He said unto her, woman, where are
Those thine accusers? Hath no man
Condemned thee?”

The point is here the Son of God went right to the issue of the sin. Yet notice how kind he was toward her. He certainly did not belittle the woman. It was simple, as set out in John 8:11.

“She said, no man, Lord. And
Jesus said unto her, neither do I
Condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

The next encounter we can tell is found in John 4:9,10, about the woman of Samaria and obviously, a woman of ill repute because she had been married five times.

“The saith the woman of Sa-ma’ri-a
Unto him how is it that
You, being a Jew, askest drink of
Me, which am a woman of
Sa-ma’ri-a?
For the Jews have no dealings
With Sa-mar’i-tans.

Jesus answered and said unto
Her, if thou knewest the gift of God,
And who it is that saith to thee, give
Me to drink; thou wouldest have
Asked of him, and he would have
Given thee living water.”

He was talking to an outcast as well as a non-Jew. This was not a female of a well-to-do family or position. Yet we find one of the greatest teachings the master give to us in John 4:23,24.

“But the hour cometh, and now
Is, when the true worshippers shall
Worship the Father in spirit and in
Truth: for the Father seeketh such to
Worship him.
God is a Spirit; and they that
Worship him must worship him in
Spirit and in truth.”

The Youth Should Rise Up and Take Notice.JESUS WENT TO THE OUTCASTS OF SOCIETY

The primary example of this point of the misfits who Jesus brought into was the group we call the disciples. What a group they were! There was Matthew, who was a tax collector and was connected to the civil authority, (the Romans). Even today, we do not like tax collectors.

Then, we had the group of fishermen: the odor of their clothes and body had to stink. There were several of these men. In no place in the New Testament do we have live calling of the Apostles.

Actually, these men for a period of time were cowards because when he was betrayed they left John 18:27, says Peter cried because he was a coward.

“Peter then denied again: and
Immediately the cock crew.”

The Bible proves again and again – how the powerful people seldom help Jesus. Nor does Christ call upon them.

There was a woman who Jesus healed because of seven demons within her. Mary Magdalene was a woman who had seven mental problems and told to us in Luke 8:2.

“And certain women, which had
Been healed of evil spirits and
Infirmities, Mary called Magdalene out
Of whom went seven devils.”

This was the same woman who was standing at the Cross when the Jews and Romans put Jesus to death. This “Misfits Society”, must have been an outcast of their society. John 20:1, tells us she came early to view the body of Him from John 20:1.

“The first day of the week cometh
Mary Magdalene early, when it
Was yet dark, unto the sepulcher,
And seeth the stone taken away
From the sepulcher.”

 

The point that is being made here is people of low estate found in Jesus an acceptance of how worthy they really were.

 

TODAY’S WORLD

In politics, the first place candidates for office go to is to Benefactors. What this means is these people are saying they can be bought for some money. Also, it carries with it the idea the politician is for sale. Buy me! Of course, the politician goes to the rich and well-to-do.

Then for tax reasons, the foundations are always tapped so that some good cause can be supported by the rich. The non-profit nearly always has been created so that some ideas can be exposed. Many of these groups are funded for good reasons. The powerful need to be contacted and shown the way.

We, as people who believe must not just say that it is enough to only feed the homeless. There must be the teaching which goes along with all of this. Christ must be raised.

 

CHURCH TODAY

There is a race to see who can construct the largest auditorium so that for two hours, maybe even during the week, we can pack the largest number of people, into the sanctuary.

It is never a surprise when the people in churches will spend $15,000,000 to $25,000,000 on all sorts of buildings – when they could use the money for African and/or Asian water wells. These wells could be drilled for ONLY $10,000. It would supply hundreds with water.

Here are some ways churches throw money away:

Sound Systems,
• Bands,
• Guitars, drums,
• Entertainment,
• Cushioned seats,
• Air conditioning,
• Stained glass windows,
• TV screens, and
• Plenty of coffee

 

If there is a prayer room – it stays locked up for six days of the week. Prayer services are gone for now.

 

There is one area that has to be discussed and it is the big parking lot for large cars. How many people walk to church – if they go at all? Not many.

What has taken place in the United States today is the Church of our Lord has been secularized to such a degree that the true power of the living God – through Jesus Christ, has been lost except upon the few.

We should never forget that the Church of the First Century grew when it only met in houses. In Acts 12:12,16, shows the use of the house.

“And when he had considered
The thing, he came to the house of
Mary the mother of John, whose
Surname was Mark; where many
Were gathered together praying.
But Peter continued knocking:
And when they had opened the door,
And saw him, they were astonished.”

Your author is not on a tirade against churches. I’d just like to show you how trusted we are in the proclamation of Jesus. It is from waiting on our part that the middle class has decided it must show off in flaunting our wealth. He touched the life of the person first with a comment on this relationship with either Himself or his Father.

Your author has given thousands of dollars for bricks and water but now acknowledge this was a mistake. Jesus never stated you must do this.

Ride in a fancy chariot (car) to service,
• Build a building,
• Sell a disc to the listeners,
• Wear expensive clothes on Sunday.
• Build a youth building for those under 18
• Join a club –motorcycle group or Vietnam Veterans & etc.
• Never take communion to the sick and/or dying.

 

The Church of Today will not reform. If it did, the power and right of the Church Organization would be lost.

 

Here are some thoughts:

CONCLUSION

1. There is no reforming from the inside.
2. Jesus touched people who were misfits.
3. Modern churches are vanity affairs.
4. We proclaim Jesus Christ alone!

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

I AM RESOLVED

“I am resolved no longer to linger,
Charmed by the world’s delight,
Things that are higher, things that are nobler,
These have allured my sight.

[Refrain]

I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee.
I will hasten, hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee.

I am resolved to go to the Savior,
Leaving my sin and strife;
He is the true One, He is the just One,
He hath the words of life.

[Refrain]

I am resolved to follow the Savior,
Faithful and true each day;
Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth,
He is the living Way.

[Refrain]

I am resolved to enter the kingdom
Leaving the paths of sin;
Friends may oppose me, foes may beset me,
Still will I enter in.

[Refrain]

I am resolved, and who will go with me?
Come, friends, without delay,
Taught by the Bible, led by the Spirit,
We’ll walk the heav’nly way.

[Refrain]

 

 

GERALD K. FUGIT
May 14, 2017
DiggingOldWells.com

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