Can we be so unaware of what life is doing to others every day around us? Jesus said the poor (of spirit and of circumstance) will be with us always, until the end. Christians aren’t supposed to step over them to get to church. But life is happening every minute of every day and nothing is getting done by the Church to put a dent into issues like abortion, homelessness and hunger – and that’s the short list.
I believe in correct doctrine 1000%, absolutely. Christians should have proper teaching from the pulpit regarding the Word of God that we can go out into all the world, as the Bible says, and preach the Gospel to EVERY creature. It is our commandment from Christ to be aware of correct doctrine that we would evangelize the lost. Nevertheless, His other commandment is this: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Should a church have walls? The answer is yes and no.
The Bible says, ‘And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.’ We are commanded to strengthen each other so that we can endure until the end, whether that is our natural death or the Rapture. We need to worship together and fortify our love for the brethren. But is going to church more important than extending a helping hand to those that need it? Some say yes.
“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me…. Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.”
While re-re-re-re-re-re-rereading the Gospels, I am impressed by the Holy Spirit to take notice of the many good works that Jesus did and gave us power to do. He didn’t sit on His doctrine. I was also impressed with the way Jesus and the Apostles evangelized and taught; they went to the people. What Jesus taught and what Paul continued to teach is this: a Christian’s pulpit is in ‘all the world’ every day. Our works are set before us and was known even before we were born. We are intended to be an Everyday Christian, every day.
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”