Warming a pew, or even a pulpit every Sunday and Wednesday does not make one a Christian
I know what this brother is talking about is truth. I have dealt with this in my own life and walk with the Lord. Someone said to me a few years ago…“You have isolated yourself”. That wasn’t exactly true because what I had done in obedience to the Lord, was leave an apostate church, along with the horrible sins I saw being committed there, all the while they were proclaiming this was a bible believing “spirit filled church”. When I left, I also left all my “Christian” friends whom I had previously fellow-shipped with. I found myself in a peculiar situation. I was now caught between two worlds, neither one of which I could return to without being disobedient to my Lord and Savior; which was the apostate “church world” and it’s fellowship, and the world and it’s fellowship of sin and so-called pleasure. Frankly, neither one had any appeal to me any longer.
So, I found myself alone. Or was I? Of course not, the Lord Jesus was with me, as He promised….that He would never leave me or forsake me. But what kind of a test was this I wondered? I’ve finally come to the conclusion that this was indeed a test…and the situation I was in, without TRUE and obedient Christian friends. Would I turn back to compromise with sinful “Christians”, or would I turn back to the friendship of the world? Of course, I could do neither one and still be obedient to the Lord Jesus. And…I had no desire to go back anyway. The love of Christ constrained me. I just wanted the Lord Jesus, and He was more than enough to fill my heart and spirit with His love and fellowship.His Grace was more than sufficient in more ways than one.
Even though this has become, in one sense, a very “isolated” life, as far as fellowship and “friends” are concerned, I have found much peace and joy in the solitude the Lord has given me to fellowship with Him. In fact, I have become rather jealous and protective of that time. Maybe He is jealous of me as well, and wants me just for Himself without sharing with other lovers? I have found that like a jealous husband, He allows me to welcome and minister to others only when He opens the door of opportunity, sends out an invitation… and only then.
We are to desire True Christian fellowship, but what if it’s just not available? We can’t be friends with the world or worldly Christians and that’s just the way it is. The Lord Jesus will fill every need in His own way and His own time. Trust Him and don’t try to run ahead, and expect Him to add His signature to what you want. He has a purpose in whatever situation you may find yourself.
Although the “church” folk around claim I am back-slidding because I disobeyed the commandment of Hebrews 10:25 which to them means that you have to be present every time there is a church service.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
This is nonsense if the “church service” amounts to allowing sin and sinful Christians to freely operate with impunity and not even a raised eyebrow because they all think they’re in obedience. Crazy? Yes, because the Lord Jesus has plainly told us in the scriptures NOT to fellowship with “Christians” operating openly, (or even covertly), in sin:
I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 11But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13But those who are outside, God judges. Remove that wicked man from among yourselves. 1Cor5
So, were these “Christians” that I left behind removing any wicked people from their assembly, or even addressing their own sinful disobedience? No, in fact, they were embracing it!
If we are to be truly obedient to the Lord Jesus, we are going to have to make some sacrifices and possibly to suffer for it. but we must take up our own crosses, whatever they may be to follow the Lamb…because He’s Worth it, whatever the cost, and it may cost you everything you once held dear.
“Do not be like those who fall for the Christian fellowship trap. They are under the impression and teaching that you must have fellowship otherwise you are not a true Christian. The problem is when people think they must have fellowship and seek fellowship they end up getting with the wrong people. They start listening to man and not to God and Satan uses those around them to distract them to cause them to stumble. To take their eyes off Jesus Christ. You see we do not need fellowship to enter the kingdom. We need fellowship WITH JESUS CHRIST. That is who we need fellowship with. If you do not have fellowship with Jesus Christ and you die, your name will not be found written in the lambs book of life. He only writes names in that book, of those who abide in him, they have fellowship with him and he has fellowship with them. When we have fellowship with Jesus, his blood cleanses us from all sin because we are walking in oneness and unity with Jesus Christ.
But the problem with many Christians today, is that they seek fellowship, but those of whom they seek fellowship with, are living in sin and they condone sin and so they fellowship with those who are workers of darkness and this fellowship destroys the faith of many. It is written not to associate with those who profess Christ but live in sin. So when you go along to your church and there is all these people interested in the latest sport news, then you know that there is no fellowship there for you unless you want to break the rules and start having fellowship with darkness. The road of a disciples is a lonely road. You are not going to meet many people who put Jesus first and who are only interested in what Jesus wants them to do. You are going to meet them here and there and then you will have fellowship, but you will not find much fellowship because for instance the early disciples like Paul and Peter spent a lot of time alone or with one or two other brothers.
They got the gospel from Christ from fellowship WITH Christ. Paul spent a lot of time alone in the desert getting to know Jesus. A lot of the time he suffered alone, and the died alone. Paul wrote not to forsake gathering with those of the true faith, that is true, but the problem is with this day and age is that people don’t want to have fellowship with Jesus. They seek fellowship with man and that is why they start getting disappointed because they start listening to man and then man lets them down and they start to blame God because of man’s failure and they end up in the darkness, because they allowed themselves to be ruined by all this fellowship. What fellowship do you have today?
There is only one fellowship that counts and that is getting your relationship sorted out and straightened out with Lord Jesus Christ. If you don’t get that fellowship straightened out, you will not be able to benefit anyone who is in need of Jesus. And when you do walk with the Lord, he will help you to provide the right kind of fellowship that leads people to be disciples of Jesus. Not just fellowships of friends where you just waste time and start sinning with your words and start being foolish in the world. That is the unfortunate situation in many churches. Seek the right fellowship before it is too late. Jesus bless you.”.My site at http://www.robertlyte.yolasite.com