The central weakness of organized Christianity

E. Stanley Jones who was an American Methodist missionary to India wrote: “This is the central weakness of organized Christianity—it preaches salvation through Christ, but not salvation in Christ.” He also wrote that it is an amazing discovery that people “. . . may have Jesus without the system that has been built up around Him in the West.”

Organized Christianity and Spirit-led Christianity rarely work together. Organized Christianity tends to hinder the freedom of the Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus wants to set Christianity free from the domination of human organization.

Organized Christianity,
Like a closed retail store,
Keeps people
Stuck at the door.
It doesn’t train them
To enter in
And to begin
To actively adore
And fully surrender
To the risen Jesus

Life’s a trip
That will trip
You up.
Don’t stay down.
Let Jesus
Lift you up.

We can’t
Plead the fifth
And receive
God’s mercy
At the same time.
Mercy begins
When we confess
Our sins.

Have appreciation
For God’s creation
And adoration
For the Creator.

Jesus is the vine.
We are the branches.
It’s time to thrive
And be really alive
Hang with Jesus

Self-forgiveness and self-love are based on things that you try to do. God’s forgiveness and God’s love are based on what God has done for you. Rely on God working in you, not on your own self-effort.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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