Exodus 12:37 The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth with about 600,000 men on foot, besides women and children. 38 And a mixed multitude also went up with them, along with great droves of livestock, both flocks and herds.

I have realized that one of the challenges we face today is the mixture of our faith and the assumption that has clouded our transition from a charismatic movement into a well-established kingdom-oriented biblical community.

It is critical that we emphatically make it clear that we establish the foundational root and values of what we believe and adhere to as followers of Christ. It is equally critical to state what we don’t believe and accept as the practice of biblical Christianity, especially in this age of kingdom Christianity.

One of the things the third-day Church needs to have a deeper insight into if you will is an ascended revelatory understanding of the nature and operational life value of the kingdom of God. This operational life constitutes a sound, doctrinal, biblical framework of spirituality.

It is of utmost importance that we distinguish and separate the act and practice of religious sensationalism from the Body of Christ, which unfortunately has given Christianity [followers of Christ] a bad reputation].

Without a doubt, religious idealism and sensationalism have become major obstacles and setbacks for people seeking to understand the meaning and practice of biblical spirituality in our time. While this article aims to assist many others seeking to know.

The precise channel of living a true biblical spiritual lifestyle from the falsehood being peddled across our TV and social media platforms. I believe those who claim to be highly spiritual may benefit from some highlighted points here, because there are serious practices generally accepted to be God that is, in fact, the impression of the soul-driven life.

It is becoming more challenging for many Christians, particularly those in the Western world, and some major African countries, to correctly define and articulate what constitutes biblical Christianity. There’s a lot of try and error and random guesswork when it comes to spirituality and biblical standards, and this is unfortunate for all of us in the Body of Christ.

If you represent one of those seeking to grow into the knowledge and counsel of the Father, then you must be ready to shift away from a soul-driven, sensational lifestyle called spirituality. Sensationalist practice will continue to drive many into the hands of cultic practices, for that is the purpose of such activity.

Here are 17 points that differentiate biblical spirituality from the modern, sensationalist practices we see today, in most Church gathering circles.

  1. Biblical spirituality emphasizes a personal relationship and development with God, our heavenly Father. Knowing God as a Father changes the framework of one’s theological and spiritual view lens in a way that allows intimacy, obedience, and submission without a religious sense of duty.

The realities of the kingdom of heaven, while knowing and growing in Christ, are the center-point of such a relationship. However, many in today’s Church bodies focus mainly on what they can gain through their commitment and affiliation with the things of God. And it’s for this reason, many of their messages depend hugely on some hybrid-motivational objectives.

The leaders within these organizations will do whatever they can to twist, manipulate, and misinterpret the word of God to suit their agenda, to the detriment of their listing and followers.

  1. A sensationalist church will use history, injustices, and socioeconomic challenges, and even weaponize dysfunctionality communities to entrap their followers to believe their narrative of the Bible. These types of preaching and teachings are often seen in America and Africa alike, due to the dark history of slavery, civil wars, and apartheid in the case of South Africa.

These types of churches capitalize on any forms of psychological challenges, families dysfunctionality, emotional weakness, and other forms of ignorance of the people.

  1. The Bible is the ultimate authority in biblical spirituality, while experiences and personal interpretation, mixed with other forms of spiritist practices, are often on display. This is often what drives a false Church community culture.
  2. The fruits of the Spirit, such as love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness, are key components of sound biblical spirituality, while the excessive emphasis on personal spiritual gifts and miracle manifestations is more common in these churches or groups; these groups are more performance-driven than being led by the Holy Spirit.
  3. Biblical spirituality recognizes the importance of repentance, humility, and submission to the Father’s desire regardless of the call to sacrifice, while many of these New Age Churches’ practices prioritize personal success and financial prosperity as their ultimate goal in spirituality.
  4. The focus of biblical spirituality is on worshiping God and serving others in accordance with heaven’s standards and values, while modern charismatic Church practices tend to elevate the importance of individual experiences and feelings, and this is no better than humanism philosophy.
  5. Biblical spirituality emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit in the transformative work within the believer’s soul, while many modern, new-age churches overemphasize the concept of crowning the soul-life knowledge and influence as their arbiter of divine approval and acceptance.
  6. In biblical spirituality, prayer is seen as a vital means to communicate with God in seeking to know his will and desire and carry them out. While a sensational focused-church system prioritizes praying for self-centered personal or corporate gain and gratification. Prayer, meditation, and fasting are often deployed to further establish their selfish agendas.
  7. In a biblical spiritually based community, giving is natural; it is a way of life that everyone practices without being emotionally manipulated or intimated to do. While in a Psyudo charismatic/Pentecostal community, giving is done by compulsion, intimidation, and a way to climb up the ladder of favor among members that have direct access to the man and his wife.
  8. Biblical spirituality often emphasizes the importance of a biblical kingdom community lifestyle, which is rooted in corporate accountability and responsibility, while a pseudo-charismatic Church encourages individualism and independence spirit, particularly when these individuals have a great level of financial influence.
  9. The emphasis on sound doctrine and theological education often plays a larger role in biblical spirituality than in modern charismatic practices, which relies on the Pastor’s vision and experience.
  10. Biblical spirituality stresses the importance of loving and serving those outside of one’s spiritual community, while false church system practices focus on insular groups or hyper-spiritual experiences.
  11. When a false charismatic church involves in some form of benevolence activities, it is basically to gain recognition and popularity in society.
  12. In a false, sensationalist church gathering, you only listen to a type of message often tied around your breakthrough, and never about the reality of God’s redemptive, prophetic counsel. Regardless of the subject preached or taught, it ends up on a self-centered note and personal achievement. This is what is known as a user-friendly church.
  13. In biblical spirituality, spiritual growth and maturity often come through self-examination, confronting sin, and discipleship accountability. while some modern charismatic practices encourage believers to ignore or minimize preaching and discussion around sin.
  14. The idea of spirituality amongst these sensationalist communities is seen and used as a gain of personal influence to control and lord it over others. These folks never believe in the wisdom of Christ which says the first amongst you must be the last. They rather are the first and maintain their influence by remaining in the front regardless of the cost. Sensationalist churches allow division and segregation to thrive among the people.
  15. Finally, biblical spirituality often leads to a life of sacrificial service and selflessness, which includes evangelizing rural areas and marginalized parts of society. While modern charismatic practices sometimes place an overly heavy emphasis on personal benefits and blessings.

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