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REPEATING HISTORY

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ACTS 29 TODAY

coming to the knowledge of the TRUTH

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In keeping with the subject WHY IS THE CHURCH LEAVING THE BUILDING? I will add some more great information.

Some say believers leave the building (Church) because they lost their faith, but the majority of them left to PROTECT THEIR FAITH.

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I remember back in those early days when I figured out something was drastically wrong with the Sunday morning service and it took all of the faith I could muster up Monday thru Saturday just to go to the building where some of the Church was meeting and sit through the service, and in those days no smart phones to entertain us during the service like they do now.

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thank GOD for smart phones

Anyway this message by Frank Viola who left the institutional / organized Church at 23 and never went back will help us understand more on this subject.

LISTEN AT YOUR OWN RISK.

http://ptmin.podbean.com/2009/04/10/the-house-church-movement-past-present-and-future/

STAY THIRSTY MY FRIENDS.

Ambassador / servant LARRY

 

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ACTS 29 TODAY

coming to the knowledge of the TRUTH

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Christianity today reported in 2009….1 million Christians leave the building that some of the church meets in on Sunday mornings EVERY YEAR……1,500 pastors leave the building that some of the church meets in on Sunday mornings EVERY MONTH....12 million people worldwide. They left the building NOT THE CHURCH.… Do the math and find out why they are leaving.

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First of all they are leaving because of an IDENTITY CRISES, most of the Christians today believe the BUILDING IS THE CHURCH.

Listen to what they say, where do you go to Church?

If we are the Church then we can not go to what we already are, we don’t go to Church….we are the Church.

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This is my Church....or they point to the building on the corner with a cross on top and say that is my Church. Again that building is not the Church and it certainly is NOT YOUR CHURCH…..WE ARE THE CHURCH AND ITS JESUS CHURCH.

The point is when my identity changes from GOING TO CHURCH…..TO BEING THE CHURCH there is an amazing transformation and I realize that BEING THE CHURCH IS A 24/7 THING, NOT SOMETHING I GO TO FOR A FEW HOURS AND THEN LEAVE AND I AM SOMETHING ELSE THE REST OF THE WEEK.

For many of us it just boiled down to TO MUCH OF NOT ENOUGH.

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The Sunday morning service I found out is not even scriptural and when you find out where it came from and how we got to this point you will be amazed, read Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola and George Barna for the complete story and history of this.

As a result of this institutional service, at some point in time as a believer grows they will have to have more than this 1-2 hr tid bit can provide.

It also is lacking in a family affair and believers must have that family closeness.

As I traveled the world in mission work what I heard the most from believers everywhere, was they did not feel that anyone really cared about them and their struggles on a real level.

Going to the building on Sunday morning has become a SPECTATOR SPORT, with no opportunity for body ministry, so with no involvement other than singing a few songs and of course giving your money to keep the building model going, there is nothing else to do.

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The Sunday morning building service has become a business.BIG BUSINESS, IF I CAN JUST GET MORE PEOPLE = MORE $$$$ = BIGGER BUILDING + MORE PEOPLE = MORE $$$ = MY PRIVATE JET, MANSION, LAMBORGHINI, ETC

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But to do that the message must be more and more watered down so the people will stay, just tell nice story’s and tell people how wonderful they are, and how GOD WANTS THEM TO JUST HAVE THEIR …BEST…LIFE NOW.

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Amazing Jesus had 12 disciples and yet today they have thousands in their buildings but not much fruit. THEY ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH WITH SO LITTLE, TODAY WE ACCOMPLISH SO LITTLE WITH SO MUCH.

Because of these things people get bored, and tired of false doctrine, and not being made disciples, Jesus said to make disciples not entertain people, the Sunday morning service is not set up to make disciples.

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Jesus taught his disciples, but there came a time WHEN HE SENT THEM OUT TO DO WHAT THEY HAD BEEN TAUGHT AND SHOWN.

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IMAGINE, IF THE BIGGEST MEGA CHURCH IN AMERICA SENT OUT THE 30,000

SPECTATORS THAT COME EVEY SUNDAY TO WATCH A SHOW ( THAT’S WHAT

MORGAN FREEMAN SAID AFTER ATTENDING THE JOEL OSTEEN SERVICE….THAT

WAS SOME SHOW) AND SENT THEM OUT ON THE STREETS OF HOUSTON TX TO DO

WHAT GOD CALLED THEM TO DO, PREACH THE GOSPEL, HEAL THE SICK, CAST OUT

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DEMONS, BAPTIZE IN WATER AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, SHOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST

TO THE BROKEN HEARTED, AND BRING DELIVERANCE TO THE CAPTIVES.

IF ONLY 1% GOT SAVED, OR HEALED, OR DELIVERED, THAT’S 3,000 PEOPLE AND THE ONES WHOSE LIVES WOULD BE CHANGED THE MOST…..IS THE CHURCH THAT LEFT THE BUILDING.

The 1 man band is another reason people leave the building, and as entertaining as the 1 man band is……it only last so long and then people move on. God never designed that the Church (you and I) would only have one input, NO THIS IS A BODY AND HAS MANY PARTS AND EACH MUST DO HIS OR HER PART FOR THE WHOLE BODY TO FUNCTION.

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Well there are many reasons the Church is leaving the building and looking for the real expression of the Church on earth and we will find it in time as the Church that Jesus is building is people…..not a Mormon temple.

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and remember its not important how long you live…..BUT HOW YOU LIVE.

Ambassador / servant LARRY

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ACTS 29 TODAY

COMING TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH


 

Well its hard to know where to start on this subject but suffice it to say, the term Christian does not mean the same thing as it did in 1972 when they said I was now a Christian. Then it was generally believed that a Christian was a person who was born again / from above / spiritually and in most cases baptized in water, and filled or baptized in / with the Holy Spirit and had the gift of tongues, and believed the Bible to be the word of God, etc,etc.

Now in the latter part of 2017 Christian could mean any number of things and beliefs, that range from fringe doctrines and practices to outright cults and sects. Many who are identifying themselves as Christian today are not even born again / from above so have no idea what is truly going on spiritually.

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JIM JONES (DONT DRINK THE KOOL AIDE)

Christianity today is seen by the world as…………………………….

Christianity[note 1] is an Abrahamic monotheistic[1] religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who is the focal point of the Christian faith. It is the world’s largest religion,[2][3] with over 2.4 billion followers,[4][5][6] or 33% of the global population, known as Christians.[note 2] Christians make up a majority of the population in 158 countries and territories.[6] They believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the savior of humanity whose coming as the Messiah (the Christ) was prophesied in the Old Testament.[7] Christianity has played a prominent role in the shaping of Western civilization.[8][9][10][11][12]

Throughout its history, Christianity has weathered schisms and theological disputes that have resulted in many distinct churches and denominations. Worldwide, the largest branches of Christianity are the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodoxy, as well as thousands of denominations and congregations of Protestantism, the latter due to fundamentally different ecclesiology. The Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches broke communion with each other in the East–West Schism of 1054. Protestantism came into existence in the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, splitting from the Catholic Church.[25]

So when someone ask me if I am a Christian now….my answer is ALWAYS NO…..the reason, because whatever there particular view of Christians or Christianity is ..is how they will view me if I say I am a Christian and I don’t want to be identified as being part of a religion.

In the description above Christianity is just one of several major RELIGIONS.

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I AM TRYING HARD TO BE IN THE NON-RELIGIOUS SECTION

HERE’S A NEWS FLASH……………………………………

BEING A BORN AGAIN / FROM ABOVE / SPIRITUALLY…..A BELIEVER IN JESUS IS…….

NOT A RELIGION (MANS ATTEMPT TO REACH GOD)

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IT IS A RELATIONSHIP, WHERE WE ARE TRANSLATED FROM THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS INTO THE KINGDOM OF LIGHT.

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WE BECOME SPIRITUALLY ALIVE AND OUR SPIRITUAL EYES ARE OPENED AND WE CAN SEE CLEARLY WHAT THIS WORLD IS ALL ABOUT.

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NOW WE CAN ONCE AGAIN BE IN FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD AND HAVE THAT PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS AND BE LED AND FED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.

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So my answer to ” am I a Christian? is …no.…the next question is usually then what are you? My answer is I am a BELIEVER.….next question, believer in what? And now we are getting somewhere…. ah I am a believer in Jesus Christ.

The word of god says that who so ever BELIEVETH / BELIEVES IN HIM (JESUS) WOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.

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JESUS NEVER CALLED US TO BE CHRISTIANS HE CALLED US TO BE BELIEVERS, THE ROMANS FIRST CALLED BELIEVERS CHRISTIANS .

its just a brand name and we don’t need brand names, the early believers where also know as followers of the the way or people of the way. When I was a director at a school for challenged teens, I was speaking on Sundays a lot, and one Sunday morning I said : you know there will be no Catholics in heaven, no Baptist in heaven, no Lutherans in heaven, no evangelicals in heaven, or Pentecostals etc,etc.

Some kids where so upset, some even told their parents and they where upset, but I told them the only people who are in heaven are

BELIEVERS……… IN JESUS

There is only ONE CHURCH.….and its not a building, its a people , the one JESUS is building, that’s all…one Church, the body of Christ…..many parts, but one body.

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There will be no denominations, divisions, or factions in heaven, as those are completely man made.

until next time remember, IF YOU DENOMINATED YOUR PHYSICAL BODY, LIKE MAN HAS DIVIDED THE CHURCH……YOU WOULD BE DEAD. (picture to graphic to post)

WELCOME ABOARD

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AMBASSADOR / SERVANT…….LARRY

http://ptmin.podbean.com/e/rethinking-the-modern-church-part-i-the-added-parts/

THIS IS AN ADDED HELP BY FRANK VIOLA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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