THE TWO NARRATIVES OF PRESENT DAY CHRISTIANITY
. “Because of the savor of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.” Song of Solomon 1:3 KJVA
They are various reasons why people start a ministry, support a godly initiative, or even attend fellowship in places we often call the church. Loving Christ and the things of the father are not as plain and simple as many will like us to believe due to the unseen reasons and motives behind such claims.
The scripture before us gives insight into why people love Christ and his body, and if one does not carefully examine the scripture in its proper context one can easily assume the action and motive of the virgins to be accurate.
When you compare the whole chapter of Isaiah 53 with scripture like Isaiah chapter 4:1, one start to appreciate the concept of sound systematic interpretation of scriptures. A church whose desire and motive is seeking to eat it’s own (doctrine) food and wear it’s own (righteousness) apparel, and yet still wants to bear the (nature) name of Christ is a church baptized in a strong spirit of deception and delusion.
We are not allowed to bring our own doctrine or idea of faith when it comes to the things of the Spirit. Neither can you define your own standard of righteousness as you approach the reality of the kingdom initiatives. One of the things we will continually see highlighted as we press into the ascended reality of the mountain of the Lord is the constant testing of our motives regardless of how simple or insignificant our actions and appearance may seem.
There are two main philosophy driving the thrust of what is generally termed as Christianity today. One is grossly defined by what Christ can do for them or help them to become. While the latter is simply seeking to discover the very essence of which they’ve been created and to live for such in Christ regardless of the condition or social status.
We are increasingly seeing the encouragement of a gospel that accommodate all a sundry in the name of ‘grace and mercy’ whilst the model and value standard of the kingdom of God is continually eroded and trampled upon. These two narratives are aggressively echoed in how we see or perceive a successful or not productive ministry. They define the template of our devotional prayers and general intercession.
They are highly reflected in the lyrics of the songs we sing in our praise and worship time, they are further reflected in the way we receive or give our offerings either financial or material; and of course, they ultimately define how we view and interact with people and the world around us.
So-called highly driven and successful churches and ministries alike today are unfortunately established on the first narrative. Which narrative is your faith walk built on?