I Cannot Function Properly With Out the Church!!!
By Ricardo Butler
It was a word needed and on time. Any and all blessings that God gives will be poured out all over His Church! I cannot function properly if parts of my body are not working properly.
"NO MAN EVER HATED HIS OWN FLESH [other members of the church], BUT they NOURISH and CHERISH it [THEM], EVEN AS the Lord the church: for WE ARE members of His body, of his flesh, and of his bones." (Ephesians 5:29-30).
If I do the church wrong I DO MY OWN BODY WRONG! I love the Church of God--the Body of Christ. Most Church leaders do NOT understand this SIMPLE principle when they abuse the flock and make merchandise. They only HURT THEMSELVES!
If YOU sick I AM SICK! Therefore I SPEAK HEALING TO YOU "... with the washing of water by the WORD, that He might present it to Himself a GLORIOUS church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." (Ephesians 5:26-27)
WE--the Body of Christ--have to LOVE EACH OTHER AND CORRECT EACH OTHER and all the other "one another" commands in the Bible.
If I do HELP YOU, I SUFFER! "And whether ONE member suffer, ALL the members [every BORN OF THE SPIRIT BELIEVER ON EARTH] SUFFER with it [with that ONE member]." (1 Cor 12:26).
The church suffers because of OTHER dysfunctional parts--members. And it's sad. So I HAVE TO function properly according to God's Blueprint and His Image bu HIS POWER--SPIRIT--ANOINTING! Then I have to take that "OIL" and pour it on the rest of the body for healing! "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord." (James 5:14).
Because again, IF ONE member is SICK (physically or SPIRITUALLY) we are ALL SICK!
"Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: THE WHOLE HEAD IS SICK, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah." (Isaiah 1:4-9).
Those this is talking to Israel IT APPLIES TO THE CHURCH!
"Now ALL these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for OUR ADMONITION [Gk: 'calling attention to, i.e. (implication) mild rebuke or warning:--to reprove, caution, remind of obligation or duty, etc'], upon whom the ends of the world [‘eons—ages’] are come" (1st Corinthians 10:11).
"Now these things were OUR EXAMPLES, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted" (1st Corinthians 10:6).
"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for OUR LEARNING, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." (Rom. 15:4).
I GOT TO DO MY PART!
"For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more." (1 Cor. 9:16-19).
Church "Consider Your Ways"
"Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways [because they are not God's Ways]. Ye [Hebrew: 'ALL OF YOU'] have sown much, and bring in little; ye [all of you] eat, but ye [all of you] have not enough; ye [all of you] drink, but ye [all of you] are not filled with drink; ye [all of you] clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and BUILD THE HOUSE [BUILD THE CHURCH--THE BODY OF CHRIST!]; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD. Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. BECAUSE MINE HOUSE [THE CHURCH--THE BODY OF CHRIST]THAT IS WASTE, and ye run every man unto his own house [TO DO YOUR OWN THING! YOUR OWN MINISTRY! YOUR OWN PLANS]." (Haggai 1:5-9).