CHURCH, AS WE KNOW IT, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 3/18/21 Ken Smith <><
DREAM – DISMANTLING of THE OLD by Richard L. Jones A dream I had in March, 2006.
“In this dream I was in the downtown area of a large city and there was a lot of activity going on around me. The next thing I knew, I was on the top of a tall structure that was being dismantled. It was not being torn down, but dismantled and carried away on flatbed trucks. I was directing heavy equipment, like big cranes and such, that were being used to dismantle the many structures of the city. These structures were made of stone, or cast concrete facades, with steel beams used as supports for the structures. Again, I was having the cranes and other heavy equipment lower large pieces of these structures and facades to the ground so they could be moved and taken away on heavy trucks.
I awoke from my dream and I inquired of the Lord what this meant. The Lord said to me: “I am dismantling the old religious structures that have been erected by men. I am clearing the way to build what I desire to be raised in this place and in this time! There is a large city to be dismantled, but I will raise up a new city built upon foundations of Divine Truth which support pillars of Righteousness and Justice. But first there will be a great dismantling and many will be exposed to the winds and the rain, to the hail and the hot sun, to the snow and the darkness. I am their Strong Tower”, says the Lord. “Oh, how I so desire for them to run to Me in that day of the great dismantling! For I am raising up a New City for those who will.”
I knew then that my dream was specifically about the ‘dis-mantling’ (removing the mantle) of the old Church structure as we know it and that God was going to raise up a new Church, one that is built according to His Divine providence and not built on the plans and ambitions of men.”
Aloha Saints, Family & Friends,
Long ago I had a very similar dream/vision. I was standing on the edges of a many acres of flat grass land that looked like it had been mowed. You will see this in Samoa where the grass eating pigs run free and the gardens are all fenced. And as I was standing there large paper covered crates and packages were being delivered and making a mountain of boxes stacked on each other and they were all carefully marked. As a Lic. Gen. Contractor I knew that there had to be a set of plans or directions for the placement of the contents of each package and crate.
The all of a sudden from no where a bunch of people showed up and started ripping off the paper and the directions and opening the crates and in small groups started putting the building together. Some had parts of a door, Some had a corner stone. Others had a window. Others a door and they were not even talking to each other. (I thought of church denominations.) And so I became very frustrated as parts were littering the big field and the directions on the paper was blowing everywhere.
It was then that I felt the presence of the LORD standing beside me and HE extended his arm all the way across the field and gently pushed all of the building materials and people off to the right side of the field and said, “I will build my church.”
Today I am seeing large denominations is serious trouble due to the virus and wondering if the LORD has aloud the CCP Virus to do just that. There is not a word in the New Testament about building buildings or collection of funds for buildings. In fact tithing is not even supported in the New Testament. When we make Jesus LORD in being saved it means that we belong to HIM 100% and all we have is HIS, 100%. As the WORD OF GOD in Christ Jesus HE is not only our Creator but also our SAVIOR. So HE really owns us by creation and by redemption. So we don’t just give HIM 10% and get to use the 90% for what we want. It all belongs to HIM. (There is no safe sex outside of marriage.) Also we are told to be obedient to HIS COMMANDMENTS for our own protection. Kingdom Commandments were given to help us enjoy our time on earth but when violate them it causes us much pain. So it is up to our LORD, if we are really a Christian as to what HE wants us to do and how to live, and what is HIS CHURCH.
There is a very interesting verse in Acts 5:12-16 “ 12 At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders (attesting miracles) were continually taking place among the people. And by common consent they all met together [at the temple] in [the covered porch called] Solomon’s portico. 13 But none of the rest [of the people, the non-believers] dared to associate with them; however, the people were holding them in high esteem and were speaking highly of them. 14 More and more believers in the Lord, crowds of men and women, were constantly being added to their number, 15 to such an extent that they even carried their sick out into the streets and put them on cots and sleeping pads, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on one of them [with healing power]. 16 And the people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing the sick and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.
This was the Early Church as being built and Guided by the Holy Spirit in power. This is what the real church of Christ Jesus looks like. Personally, I have yet to see an example of this kind of a powerful ministry. But feel deeply it is the example of the real Church that Christ Jesus wants to build today. Personally I feel if we would use the directions as given us in the New testament we could see HIS CHURCH come alive and into power once again. And I fully believe this must happen before the Church gets to go home. If there is little or no power in getting together as church then something is out of place and needs to be fixed, 2 Tim. 3, Eph.4:11-16, John 17:20-22. The Church of Christ Jesus is powerful in doing what Jesus came to do, Isa. 61.
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Worthy Brief <firstname.lastname@example.org> A very interesting article 3/17/21
“I am convinced that many evangelicals are not truly and soundly converted. Among the evangelicals it is entirely possible to come into membership, to ooze in by osmosis, to leak through the cells of the church and never know what it means to be born of the Spirit and washed in the blood.” “When we become too glib in prayer we are most surely talking to ourselves.” – A. W. Tozer (email@example.com)