Pressing On To Maturity
Therefore leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us press on to maturity. Hebrews 6:1
In the natural scheme of things we as humans are born to progress from childhood to adolescence and then on to adulthood becoming mature men and women. We are not meant to remain children even though some take longer than others, nonetheless we are to become adults. In the spiritual sense we are to also grow up and become rooted, grounded and mature men and women of God.
Today in the world of Christianity I am afraid that the vast majority of church members have remained in a state of perpetual childhood, confined in religious nurseries and kindergartens only to have their spiritual growth stunted by mis-guided leaders who keep them in an infantile state only to exploit them and fleece them of their money. How do I know this? By observing their language and their spiritual diet, because they talk like babies and they only have an appetite for milk and not solid food. Lets face it, there is absolutely no solid food (MEAT) being served today in most of the churches, only soft mushy sermons (BABY FOOD) of self help and self gratification to build self esteem and self love, something that Jesus said we are to die to.
No talk of sin, death to selfish living, the blood, repentance, or that repulsive cross, no, only nice warm fuzzy bedtime stories to lull the little darlings into a perpetual sleep! Another thing I see is grown men, many who have been in the Lord for years calling their heavenly Father, daddy. What you do in your quiet time is your business between you and God, but to act like children in front of new believers when you are to be training and equipping them for service in the kingdom is unacceptable. Daddy is a childish word for Father and it is usually done away with upon one's maturity, reserved for women and children. In case you haven't noticed there is a war raging outside of your stain glassed play pens, people dying and going to Hell because no one dared to tell them the truth that is able to set them free!
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. I Corinthians 13:11
SKILLED IN THE WORD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principals of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. Hebrews 5:12,13
Train, equip and send should be the motto of the church, taking new converts, training them for ministry, teaching them the basics of Christianity: salvation, deliverance and how to operate in the gifts of the Spirit. Baptizing them in water and then in the Holy Spirit, teaching them all that Jesus taught His disciples and then send them out to make disciples that will in turn plant churches and the process begins all over again!
The reason this doesn't work any more is because of greedy men, untrained themselves and polluted with tradition thinking that the sheep are theirs, they hold them in bondage not wanting to lose any of their income to someone else. That is why the church is splintered and divided because of these false shepherds wanting to be baby daddies and as the apostle Paul addressed the Corinthian church telling them that because they were following men that they were fleshly and behaving like babies. So it is today, envy, strife, selfish ambition, pride and greed dominate the churches filling them with baby Christians and many others, lost, never able to come to the knowledge of the truth because they never heard the gospel preached to them and subsequently have become a giant kindergarten of ignorant children babbling together in their playpens of complacency!
The world needs the body of Christ more than ever to bring them the good tidings of salvation, deliverance, healing and the power gifts of His glorious Spirit because they are being destroyed by the powers of darkness and dropping into Hell by the millions. Because of false prophets and teachers, who by the way will incur a stricter judgement because they withheld the truth that was able to set the captives free and by not training them to discern good from evil thus leaving a pathetic, lazy, misguided and deceived bunch of childish spectators!
But solid food belongs to those who are mature, that is, those who by reason of use (practice) have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:14
THAT WE SHOULD NO LONGER BE CHILDREN
That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting. Ephesians 4:14
When one becomes a born again believer in Christ, if he is truly converted by the power of the Holy Spirit's transforming grace he immediately will hunger for God's word just as a human new born does and as he feeds on the faithfulness of it he will begin to grow and mature in the Lord. Once the newborn babe comes into the kingdom he needs to be taught how to study and show himself approved to God handling accurately the word of truth as Paul taught Timothy and then as he meditates on the word the revelation knowledge of the Holy Spirit will teach him what he needs to know.
Most of what is taught today is just worthless doctrine gathered from eons of religious tradition handed down and force fed to new believers who don't know the difference and so they are converted to whatever denominational teaching that they have received believing it is from God, thus producing another good Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, etc. instead of a disciple of Jesus Christ. The disciples that Jesus chose didn't have Bibles and probably were illiterate as well so they learned by example and at the same time built a relationship with Him as they traversed the countryside healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead and preaching the gospel of the kingdom as we are to be doing today!
Unless we cast off the restraints placed upon our necks by this demonically inspired shepherd/sheep mentality and free ourselves from the bonds of division and denominationalism we will never be what God intended for His blood washed body of born again believers in Christ. Unless you get out of the boat of religion and follow Jesus with all of your heart and shake off the bonds of deception you will end up sinking into the seas of man-made, man-centered religious dead works in a daycare of doom!
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the Head, Christ from whom the whole body joined and knit together by what every joint (you) supplies, according to the effective working by which every part (you) does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:15,16
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin