What if pastors started holding their congregations accountable to the Gospel message? What if the pastor tells parishioners to not come back to church until they were willing to be faithful? " Sorry, this church is looking for active people." " Sorry, if you can't give to the cause then please don't come." " Sorry, if you are not taking up your cross and following the Lord then please find another place to go to church." " Sorry, if you have a child in nursery , and you can't help with nursery then please don't come back." " Sorry if you can't support our outreaches then please reach out to another congregation because we don't need you here."
Sounds harsh doesn't it, but did not Jesus say similar things to His followers. In today's tippie-toe around the stern words environment Jesus would have been scolded for being too mean to His peeps.
John 6:50-69 This is the bread that comes from heaven so that whoever eats it won't die. (51) I am the living bread that came from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. The bread I will give to bring life to the world is my flesh." (52) The Jews began to quarrel with each other. They said, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" (53) Jesus told them, "I can guarantee this truth: If you don't eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you don't have the source of life in you. (54) Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will bring them back to life on the last day. (55) My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. (56) Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me, and I live in them. (57) The Father who has life sent me, and I live because of the Father. So those who feed on me will live because of me. (58) This is the bread that came from heaven. It is not like the bread your ancestors ate. They eventually died. Those who eat this bread will live forever." (59) Jesus said this while he was teaching in a synagogue in Capernaum. (60) When many of Jesus' disciples heard him, they said, "What he says is hard to accept. Who wants to listen to him anymore?" (61) Jesus was aware that his disciples were criticizing his message. So Jesus asked them, "Did what I say make you lose faith? (62) What if you see the Son of Man go where he was before? (63) Life is spiritual. Your physical existence doesn't contribute to that life. The words that I have spoken to you are spiritual. They are life. (64) But some of you don't believe." Jesus knew from the beginning those who wouldn't believe and the one who would betray him. (65) So he added, "That is why I told you that people cannot come to me unless the Father provides the way." (66) Jesus' speech made many of his disciples go back to the lives they had led before they followed Jesus. (67) So Jesus asked the twelve apostles, "Do you want to leave me too?" (68) Simon Peter answered Jesus, "Lord, to what person could we go? Your words give eternal life. (69) Besides, we believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."
Why do we get into these religious ruts which entrap many to do nothing in the faith? I know there are those crazy " All but Grace" teachers who teach believers to do nothing but receive God's grace and burn Christian incense all day. I affectionately call them the flower power Christians. Yes, God has given us great Grace and yes, we can not work towards our penance with God. I am not working for my penance. I have been saved by the power of God. Nothing I can do can earn me my salvation, but my changed live compels me to share my faith with others. I get board just being a potato pew warmer Christian like 80 to 90% of Christians today. I get tired of walking into the church and hearing the pastor plead for helpers and workers. Tell them, dear Pastor, if they can't serve the Lord then go someplace else. "Don't let the church doors hit you where the good Lord split you." How rude am I? I am not even considering the RETIRED Christians. You know, the ones who have already reached the highest summit. They have climb the highest mountain with God. They have saved half the world because they SHOWED people they were a christian by wearing their Christian T-shirts and by slapping their Christian bumpers stickers on their big luxury cars. You know, the Blue haired and white knuckled Christians who sit in the pews daring the Worship Leader to sing Beulah land or some other HEAVEN BOUND song. Those RETIRED Christians who want to keep church life the same as it was in 1955. " You ain't nothing but a hound dog. Thank, Thank you very much"
Why can't we just serve the Lord together? Why can't we simply hold each other accountable to the faith like we are supposed to?
James 5:14-16 If you are sick, call for the church leaders. Have them pray for you and anoint you with olive oil in the name of the Lord. (15) (Prayers offered in faith will save those who are sick, and the Lord will cure them.) If you have sinned, you will be forgiven. (16) So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God's approval are effective.
We are to admit our sins to each other and pray for each other. This is true accountability in the faith. We are missing the mark People of God. Sometimes I just want to go up to the religious people sitting in their nice comfortable pew and say " Hey! get off you self righteous butt and serve the Lord!" I know I would get in trouble for saying " butt" in church. How dare me! I beeze a heathen!!!!
I think I just offend the Love Camp Christians. You know the New Age Christians who go around doing nothing but talking about the end times, worshiping for hours, praying 24/7 and talking about the Father's love. Yes, Yes I love hearing and receiving the Love of God like the next Christian. Didn't the Lord get upset with Israel for camping instead of seizing the land? What about the Cheerleader Christians? You know, the ones who want you to discover the Champion in youuuuuuuuu. I am not a boxer!!! I am a believer in Jesus and He is my best Friend not my imagery animal guide on the astro plain. I could go on and on. If I have offended you , then good. I have accomplished my task. Hold me accountable I don't care. I am sure I am being judged on my grammar from people who seem to think they invented the language.
We can't give true accountability to each other because it might be construed as heresy hunting. What a way to avoid accountability. Just call those who desire to bring true accountability to our lives Heresy hunters. No wonder the world does not desire to follow Christ. We can't give true accountability because we all don't follow the fullness of God's word. We judge each other more from our DEMONinational doctrine than we do from the word of God. ARGHHHHHH! Anybody frustrated yet?
So why do we need accountability in the Church today? Why is accountability so important? Below are a few points as to why we need it.
1. Accountability produces rock solid disciples.
2. Accountability prevents rogue teachings from springing up.
3. Accountability creates an environment of servant hood.
4. Accountability promotes a positive outlook of who Jesus is to the world.
5. Accountability promotes complete checks and balances.
6. Accountability is needed to keep the church thriving towards its God given goals.
Lets embrace accountability again in the Body of Christ. You can start with me if you like. Leave me a note or make a comment. Nothing will hurt my feelings I promise. Well thanks for reading and may God bless.