If Jesus Doesn’t Show Up, Can It Really Be Called Church?
Mark 1:21-26 NKJV
Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him.
Did this spirit just decide to possess this man when Jesus came to the synagogue to preach or was he already there?
If he was already there why didn’t he manifest before?
It was the presence of Jesus that caused this unclean spirit to cry out.
If Jesus presence isn’t in the place that one calls church; can it really be called church since Jesus was the one that said that He alone would build His church?
Could it be that someone or something is being lifted up or being made equal to Jesus?
Exodus 34:14 GW
(Never worship any other god, because the Lord is a God who does not tolerate rivals. In fact, he is known for not tolerating rivals.)
If the pastor, and not all, is not being placed on a pedastool that belongs to Jesus alone then why does a congregation disintegrate when he has a moral failure?
This is taken from an excerpt from the book, The Pastor Has No Clothes.
I met an expressive woman the other day
Whose passion blew me away.
Tears filled her eyes as she praised;
By Her admiration and Love, I sat amazed.
She Proclaimed a solid faith and undying trust.
With so much love I thought she would combust.
She had a great passion I’d never seen before,
But when she said,”my pastor”, I nearly fell on the floor.
The whole time her heart outpoured
I thought she was speaking of Jesus Christ our Lord
If Jesus doesn’t show up can you really call it church?