Church doesn’t make Christians

Not too long ago I was talking to a young lady who brought up the subject of wanting to know where God’s people are on this island.

Coincidentally, I was praying about where the church that Jesus is building is.

When the Holy Spirit brings us into the kingdom of God, He plants a seed in us acknowledging the truth. As Jesus said, ‘Ye shall know that truth and the truth shall set you free’ because when the spirit of truth comes he teaches us all things concerning Jesus and there is a passion of wanting a relationship with the Father. You cannot settle for the status quo or the mediocre.

Joining a congregation cannot take the place of being connected to God. First, we must be born again. Many people are trying it by membership of a church. Almost everyone you meet today and ask if they are a Christian, they say ‘yes’ and that they are a member of some denomination of other. Did Jesus not say ‘if my spirit is not in you, you are no part of me’? We become the righteousness of God (right-standing with God) only when we receive Jesus in our hearts.

Our island is full of religious tradition passed down from one generation to the next. As I hear about all these revivals, conventions and crusades that take place on the island year after year, I question why there is no change.

When I look into Jeremiah (23rd chapter), I understand the reason there is no change. In it, God asked the question ‘For who among them has stood in the council of the Lord that he should perceive and hear His word? Who has marked His word, noticing and observing and giving attention to it and has actually heart it?’

He said ‘I did not send these false prophets, yet they ran. I did not speak to them yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, then they would have caused my people to hear my words then they would have turned them (My people) from their evil ways and from the evil of their doings.’

So I ask you, who is standing in the council of God for us? How can our people be helped?

One thing I can say is that I thank God for making it possible for us to stand in His council for ourselves.

Velma Herod

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