I had a dream . In the dream I saw a young boy and in his arms he was carrying 2 stone tablets much like the ones we all saw Moses carry in the movie The 10 Commandments. These tablets that the child was carrying were in fact the law of God. They were proportionate to his size. He had to carry them and had to speak to his father while holding them. As he grew, the tablets grew along with him until one day he could no longer bear to hold them and the tablets then became two stone doors with the law written on them and they totally blocked the access to the Father. In disgust and disappointment the boy stopped trying to pursue a relationship with his Father and went away.
It is said in the Talmud that the temple doors were 75 feet high and 25 feet wide and it took 25 men to open these doors. Yet after the death and resurrection of Jesus they are said to have mysteriously opened by themselves.
When the curtain in the temple was torn in two the way to the Father was once again opened. Why do we, the church, stand in front of the doors restricting access when Jesus died that all may have access to the Father. The Church has for the most part become a social club with its own set of rules for membership and acceptance. Christianity has gone from whomsoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved to whomsoever fits our mold, our lifestyle, and our interpretation of the bible will be saved. Since when is it necessary to join a particular church/denomination to become a Christian.
Luk 11:46 He said, “Yes, and I can be even more explicit. You’re hopeless, you religion scholars! You load people down with rules and regulations, nearly breaking their backs, but never lift even a finger to help.
Luk 11:52 “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars! You took the key of knowledge, but instead of unlocking doors, you locked them(I believe that the church are the doors blocking access to Jesus )You won’t go in yourself, and won’t let anyone else in either.”
These 2 verses describe the modern-day church. We have lost our first love, we have lost our passion for the lost. Instead of agonizers in prayer we have organizers instead of prayer we have programs, instead of repentance and deliverance we are taught tolerance. Anyone who is really pressing into a relationship with the Lord is labeled a nut and he/she is discouraged from becoming too fanatical.
I believe that we as a church need to return to our first love, as Jesus said to the church at Ephesus ,”remember the height from which you have fallen”. I believe that this is the first church mentioned both positionally and prophetically by our Lord.
In addition we need also to Heed the warning Peter gave to the Disciples in Acts 15.
Act 15:5 But some who believed [who acknowledged Jesus as their Savior and devoted themselves to Him] belonged to the sect of the Pharisees, and they rose up and said, It is necessary to circumcise [the Gentile converts] and to charge them to obey the Law of Moses.
Act 15:10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting a yoke on the necks of the disciples, such as neither our forefathers nor we [ourselves] were able to endure? (Before the fall God had sole possession of the knowledge of good and evil. After Jesus death and resurrection it was returned to its rightful owner, the Lord. Why would anyone in their right mind want to carry this burden, and what’s more, why would anyone want to inflict it upon anyone else and force them to carry it ?)
Act 15:11 But we believe that we are saved through the grace (the undeserved favor and mercy) of the Lord Jesus, just as they [are].
We need to repent as a church, return to our first love , and, instead of being a hindrance to the sinner seeking Jesus we need to be the facilitator. We need relationship not rules and regulation.