Is it possible for God to truly give His people an undivided heart? If we take a step back, maybe a hundred steps back, and look at the Christian church, it is safe to say we are divided beyond measure. We are currently dealing with hundreds, if not thousands, of different Christian denominations, depending on how various researchers define denomination. This same truth has been researched and studied by prestigious scholars on every Christian front for hundreds of years.
So I’ll ask the same question again: Is it possible for God to truly give His people an undivided heart, as He proclaimed in Ezekiel 11:19 (NIV)—“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them”? This brings me back to one of my favorite verses—It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings (Proverbs 25:2 NIV).
My intent for this blog is to open dialogue among Christian leaders, everyday Christians, backslidden Christians, victims of religious abuse, and people who might not know God but are curious and have questions about Him. One purpose for this blog is to allow everyone who feels a desire or need to communicate can a platform. I do not believe that God needs people to have a master’s degree in theology or a PhD in biblical studies to truly reveal His heart to the world, although I do respect and appreciate each of our biblical experts. But I’ll prove here and now that we don’t have to be scholars to share God’s love with the world: His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 3:10 NIV).
Where is the Christians Church?
Who is the church? Answer: You and me. What is His manifold wisdom? Answer: According to the Hebrew meaning for the word “manifold,” this phrase means a wisdom of many colors that describe Him and any mystery concerning His character. Who are the rulers and authorities in heavenly realms? Answer: His heavenly angels. Conclusion: It is His intent that even the angels in heavenly realms will learn about Him from observing His children. As children of God, we should all be confident that, through us, He is able to reveal extraordinary facets of Himself to even the angels. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that He may even reveal things about Himself to us as individuals that have been concealed for the right time and season in Him–even today.
Yes, controversial subjects will come up. We will discuss topics such as false prophets, church doctrine, church restoration, the prosperity gospel, the forgiveness of fallen leaders, judging others, some of the reasons for such a vast number of different beliefs, and many other difficult but important areas. A response from others, or me, may not be in agreement with all posts, because Christians have a commitment to God to stick to His Word and to use His Word as our only source of truth. Further, given that there are many interpretations of Scripture, any response from a believer to a post that is not in agreement with another’s comment should be backed by His Word, and softly and humbly spoken with the goal of opening healthy and uplifting dialogue among us brothers and sisters. We have each other’s backs here, and we are family. Unhealthy or degrading responses will not be approved. We can be constructively critical of a teaching, but only in love and for the purpose of strengthening God’s people. We are not here to judge others or their faith. We are all in this fight together—no matter where we might be in life or in our walk with God—and I believe we can grow together even amongst our differences. I promise that all posts will get a measure of attention, communication, love, and support.
I consider myself an everyday Christian. I’m not doing this because I think I’m something special or because I think that my relationship with God is extraordinary. He is extraordinary, for sure. But I’m a man in search of truth. I struggle and sin and make mistakes. But I want to know Him more. I wish to be stronger and more obedient to His Word. In this blog, I am stepping out on faith, and I want everyone to know that I’m digging in—I’m searching along with you and seeking to know Him better. I desire to share this journey with others, so my hope is for others to join in and seek Him out with me.
My walk with God might be considered unusual to most—and controversial to others. Over the past 13 years, I’ve been fairly alone in my walk with Him. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but I’ve been seeking God and studying His Word. I’ve been strong at times and weak at times, but I feel He has spoken to me and that He continues to speak to me—and I know without a doubt that He loves me. So I feel I have some good news to share.
Also, as I intimated above, I feel that I do not have God all figured out, and therefore I would also like to subject my efforts and teachings to Christian leadership and the counsel of others. My wish is to grow in my faith and learn more about Him. It’s okay with me if I’m found to be off base in some areas of my faith. If someone can help teach me and guide me closer to the truth, I am all in, because that’s the ultimate goal here. If I can’t stay humble and listen and learn, my faith is already compromised.
Ultimately, even though the church is divided, I believe in my heart that we are all searching for truth and our intentions are good, except for rare circumstances. Some of us have found more truth than others. Many of us need to find Jesus so that our journey can begin. I do not believe that anyone has the whole truth or that God has revealed Himself entirely to any person or particular church persuasion. I believe that He will continue to reveal Himself more and more, and that we as the church will continue to get closer and closer to the whole truth. I believe that Jesus Christ taught the apostles firsthand how the church should be established. I know that the early apostles did a great job and that God is proud of them. However, I believe that the church, in some ways, has fallen away from those original teachings because of the various Christian movements we find throughout church history.
We can grow together!
Even more, I believe that the church is coming full circle. I believe that it is God’s intent to reestablish the church as it was first established. We’ve seen many recent movements that confirm this, and now the church is getting closer and closer to presenting itself to God the way Jesus originally established His Body. Some may already want to argue with me about this point. In many of what appear to be the most powerful church ministries, men and woman have often been irresponsible with their gifts. This activity has led to religious abuse and caused many to doubt that greater things will be seen in His house. Many have also doubted the early church teachings because of the more recent exposure of various well-known Christian leaders. We will dig into these issues with love and humility! We can grow together despite our differences! He has greater things in store for us! He is the Great I AM!
It’s my hope and prayer that the church will begin to truly work together toward finding Him, serving Him, and preparing one another for the second coming of Jesus Christ. There is an upcoming scheduled wedding ceremony, and Jesus will attend very soon. Jesus will soon return for His bride. Let’s prepare together by humbling ourselves before Him. He would have it no other way! This is His banquet!
… So that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
(Ephesians 5:27 ESV)
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given to her to wear…. Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!”
(Revelation 19:7-9 NIV)
Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
(Revelation 21:9-11 ESV)
I appreciate you taking the time to review this project! I look forward to seeking Him with you!