This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Why We Need the Church--At Least the Real One
As to the reason for the Christian church Paul, in Eph 3:10, wrote that God had held back a mystery
which for ages past was kept secret, but now was revealed. That mystery was “through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.”
Then in 6:12 he writes about that church vis a vis these rulers and authorities. The church, is the only institution on earth commissioned and ordained to fight against “evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
The appellations of our enemies, reveal they are territorial beings, i.e. they capture and hold territory. Jesus in John 10:10, describes what happens when they take territory. They steal (our wealth, our health, our minds). They reign down destruction (hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires) Eventually, they kill us.
In the Book of Acts we see that the early church did just what Jesus did.
So I hope that answers the question why we need religion–at least the Christian church as created by Jesus.
But that does not end the story. Early on, the church Jesus modeled went AWOL In it’s place a counterfeit was developed, which to secular minds seemed more what a religion was supposed to look like.
Today, we have writers who tell us that the church in the advanced nations is dying. Why wouldn’t it? It is a parody of a New Testament Church.
But that is not the end of the story. People in the emerging nations began rejecting the church brought to them by the colonial powers. Instead, they took the Bible straight on. Soon demons are coming out of people. The dead are being raised. The blind see through new eye balls. The lame walk with new appendages.
To you unbelievers, have I answered your question as to why we need religion–at least Jesus’s religion?