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The Unchurched Christian

Today we have a group of people saying that they are Christians because they believe in Jesus Christ as head, God, but fail to acknowledge the body. The body of Christ is the Church. The church is not a building, an event, a location, or a nation. The body of Christ is the children of God. To be a Christian is to be part of this body. To reject the body is to reject the God. Not that the body is God but the body is owned by God and God says to love the body. Jesus said,

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that

you are my disciples”

John 13:35

Christ says to be His we must be part of the church.

Many people today say, “I believe in Jesus, but I don’t believe in organized religion”. There are many reasons for this, but the most popular is because the church is full of hypocrites. This is really frustrating to hear because this is what they mean, “I believe that I am a sinner and I am saved by grace but those other people that gather together are worse sinners because they commit different sins and they call me out on my sins. I don’t like to think about my sin and how I need to deal with my sin, so I am just going to say I believe in Jesus because I do, but I don’t want to be part of His family because it is has too many broken people for me.” That is heart breaking because people don’t understand the gospel. They think the church is a trophy room for the saints not a hospital for the sick. Jesus Christ said Himself,

It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

Mark 2:17

The truth is we are all sinners. Some see themselves as righteous, as the older brother, and fail to see how broken they truly are. Jesus came to heal those who desire Him. He came to give food to those that were hungry. Sight to those that wanted to see. Ears to those that wanted to hear. The church is for those broken people. The church is a place where broken people gather to help each other and worship the one True God.

There are two kinds of people that view the church. One sees the problems in the church and says, “Look at all this crap going on: the music sucks, no one is preaching the gospel correctly, the children aren’t learning anything, the hungry are not being fed, people are abusing each other. This is disgusting I don’t want to be apart of this, these people are all messed up.” The second person sees the same problems, because lets face it the church is broken. It is made of broken people and when broken people get together they do not fix everything. The second person looks at the brokenness and says, “Hey I can play guitar, have you heard the gospel?, how can I help in the childrens department, I have some money anyone need lunch? STOP THE ABUSE!” The body of Christ is a group of people that are broken but are looking at and working towards bringing the gospel to this broken world. So next time you say, “I believe in Jesus but not organized religion”. Remember you are saying the same thing as Satan, “Yea I know Jesus is God, but I am not serving Him.”

-Michael Esch

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One Comment on “The Unchurched Christian”

  1. Chris Bean October 25, 2012 at 2:23 am #

    Don’t hold back, Michael…tell us what you think!
    Haha…good stuff.

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