Playing Church?


Produce Good Fruit

Produce Good Fruit (Photo credit: Fr. Stephen, MSC)

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

People of God have the tendency to say of others whom they deem not “spiritual” that they are playing church, and I ask how does a person fit this criteria?

People of God have become the authority of whose real and whose not; or so they think, and not only the people of God, but people of the world have set a standard of who is or isn’t real.

I believe that someone is confused in there definition of salvation.

In a conversation the other day someone asked, “What makes you think you will go to heaven?” I said, “Because I am saved.” The person says, “Hmmh!” (sarcastically).

Well, Ladies and gentlemen,

This person doesn’t know the definition of salvation confused, because being saved doesn’t mean that we all of sudden have gotten this thing all together but that we have an opportunity to call on the name of Jesus who died for us. (Romans 10:13).

Once saved, those who have called Jesus have a chance to go to “the Father,” and confess our sins,  ask forgiveness and to be forgiven.(1John 1:9).

This is a great word already, because, again someone is confused in their thinking that God is doing away with our character flaws on the day we are saved and that we are suddenly and without fail to walk a perfect walk without help. (Romans 8:26).

In this instance we see that the accuser of the brethren has come to frustrate our efforts, because we are perfected daily. (Philippians 1:6).

So we see that if we are not connected to Christ and have not the Holy Spirit to help us,  we have the appearance of Godliness; then this is playing church.

There are many, but who can know them? The word says that we know them by their fruit (Matthew 7:16). Do they show evidence of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5). This is helping somebody.
But the fruit of the Spirit is:

  • love
  • joy
  • peace
  • longsuffering
  • gentleness
  • goodness
  • faith

These cannot be faked; however, on any given day they should be showing…saved means ability to go before the Father through Jesus and once saved…these have to be worked out(Philippians 2:12). So am I perfected yet…no! Christ has not come back so God is still working on me.

Look at the before picture:

The acts of the flesh are obvious:

  • sexual immorality
  •  impurity and debauchery
  •  idolatry and witchcraft
  • hatred
  • discord
  • jealousy
  • fits of rage
  • selfish ambition
  • dissensions
  • factions  and envy
  • drunkenness
  • orgies

A new creature in Christ has ceased to practice these willingly, if we are calling our selves saved and acting these out; this is “Playing Church!”

Let the Church say Amen

 

 

 

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About Kay Dailey

The Dailey Grind Kayla Dailey, is a prolific writer whose aspirations include hope of encouraging those who face trials and difficulties in life through the written word. As a student of the word she writes, Kayla has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Ashford University and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management with concentration in Public Administration. Mrs. Dailey is an advocate for civic and community building issues, African American liberties, equal employment; as well as, advocacy against domestic violence for women, children, abortion and other issues people face.

Posted on September 6, 2012, in Ministry, spiritual and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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