The present church is powerless but it won’t admit there’s a problem. It continues with a “business as usual” attitude and most people will remain satisfied and not be challenged. The role taken by today’s church is one of justifying and reinforcing our status quo – making us feel comfortable about ourselves and where we are.
In the west we take the view that we are experiencing God’s blessing when in reality we rob ourselves of His blessing through our satisfaction with things of far less value.
I’m sure many over the years have seen me as a thorn in their side (after all I’ve been accused of being a servant of Satan more than once) because I have challenged their comfortable theological position. I haven’t done that because I feel I am more right than them – it’s out of a feeling of desperation, to get to the TRUTH, to live in the truth and to be part of a body of believers who are genuinely interested in living the truth.
I only speak/write passionately about those few things that I myself have learned and come to recognise as truth – often after I’ve made a 180 degree turn around from an earlier belief I had been taught.
For some time the single most important truth I’ve tried to get across is to abandon proof text based theology, to stop trying to “interpret” scripture to fit our established theology, and to let scripture speak for itself in its complete context. However it is much easier to swallow and regurgitate what others teach than it is to seek and trust God for ourselves.