I’M LEAVING THE CHURCH

“I’M LEAVING THE CHURCH”

Heb. 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

“I’m not being fed!” That’s one of the classic complaints of disgruntled church members. They go on to say, “All he preaches is the milk of the word, I want some meat”. People can be funny, if I’m not mistaken, meat is something you dig up for yourself, milk is what you are fed by someone else. Whatever the case, sometimes the simplest truths are the most profound. Many times we want to go on to “deeper truth” because we have no real experience of the Christian doctrines. The foundational truths of the Christian faith are so profound that they can and should total engross our attention for eternity. Adam Clarke was the leading theologian/commentator of the Methodist revival in Great Britain in the 18th Century. Here is something he said about the “solid food” of God’s Word.

“The high and sublime doctrines of Christianity; the atonement, justification by faith, the gift of the Holy Ghost, the fullness of Christ dwelling in the souls of men, triumph in and over death, the resurrection of the body, the glorification of both body and soul in the realms of blessedness, and an endless union with Christ in the throne of his glory. This is the strong food which the genuine Christian understands, receives, digests, and by which he grows.”

These doctrines that Clarke spoke of are the basic teachings of the Christian faith. Some may think they are simple, but they are eternal, like an ocean with no shores or no bottom. Think about the atonement. God Himself took on a human body. The Creator entered into His creation. He took the place of the ungodly in His death. His sacrificial death washes away the darkest stains from our souls. What about justification by faith? Who would have thought of such an amazing doctrine? It’s not my good deeds or best efforts that makes me acceptable before God. No, He justifies the ungodly, not the godly, by faith. This teaching is so deep that it birthed not only a reformation in Germany, but overthrew kingdoms and kings. The ramifications of the teaching of justification by grace through faith is still reverberating through the nations today. What about the gift of the Holy Ghost? This truth is incredibly radical. God Himself, the Holy Ghost, has made His home in our hearts. His very presence lives in every person who has been justified by faith. This cleansing by the blood has prepared us for countless fillings and infusions of his Spirit. How much deeper can you go?! God Himself inhabits and anoints our very lives. What else can we say, we could talk endlessly about Christ inside of us, His triumph over death, the resurrection of our bodies, the glorification of both our body and our souls in glory, or the endless union we will have seated together with Christ in Glory. I think these simple doctrines are about all I can stand. Any more and I might find myself on the other side.

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5 Responses to “I’M LEAVING THE CHURCH”

  1. Jean Nelson Says:

    You have served up a banquet every time you preached.

  2. Larry Faust Says:

    Anyone not getting fed at Victory Fellowship was not hungry when they came in. It is one of those rare places where God is allowed to have His way un-protested and is just the kind of place He loves to show up and be with His kids.Thanks for everything you do Pastor Frank.
    As far as leaving the church- one might as well cut of his own hand for we are all one body are we not?

    Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
    Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

  3. lisa Says:

    Wow!! We find our souls full when pour out to the harvest!! Thankful for victory fellowship where the holyspirit is allowed to blow!!! And where we are changed by his love! ! Have a blessed day:)!! :) !!

  4. Troy Says:

    Love ya Pastor Frank (Grin!). Yes, thank you Jesus that we live in a time where the foundations were already faught for, and where we can boldly enter into His courts by Grace throuh Faith! Nothing holding me back! :)

  5. kevin falgoust Says:

    ALL I HAVE TO SAY, IS, WHAT AN AWESOME GOD WE SERVE. SO UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT, THANK YOU JESUS. SO FULL OF LOVE, JOY ALL OF THE FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. ONCE YOU TASTE THAT YOU TASTE HIM YOU WILL NEVER LEAVE THE CHURCH. GIVE ME THE MILK OF THE WORD. ONCE YOU TASTE HIM YOU WILL WON’T MORE AND MORE OF HIS FRESHLY DAILY ANOITING. READ YOUR BIBLE AND GET FED. HALLELUJAH. JESUS I GIVE YOU GLORY, HONOR AND PRAISE. YOU HAVE MY HEART AND EVERYTHING IN ME. I YIELD TO YOU DAILY. I LOVE YOU. THANK YOU. O was trying to straighten some of the words but o well here it is. It came out like this so its staying. Blessings

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