We\’ve exchanged the higher purpose of making Disciples and Worshipers for making Christians.
The problem is this: to make a modern, Western Christian, we must add our doctrine, our Traditions of Men and our varied philosophies in order to successfully mold one into our image. We call them Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians and Catholics – just to name a few.
This is precisely why The Church, and most Christians, are almost universally known more for an adherence of a given set of rules than for Grace or Love. They demand adherence to form and function, rules of law rather than being known because of their love.
It is why we, as Church Members, demand purity over substance, demonstration over Love. We demand that our new members clean themselves up and demonstrate proper, spiritual etiquette before being accepted into the clique.
In another vernacular, it\’s known as legalism – a system practically void of Grace and Love; a system designed to improve the external to acceptable standards, to shackle the broken hearted and obfuscate the Truth that could set them free.
God does not desire our worship, and He does not force people to worship Him. God desires worshipers, not worship. There is a distinct and significant difference. Anyone can worship anything. But only a true worshiper of God is changed from the inside out, into the image of Christ – a true Disciple.
It is the difference between tying fruit onto a tree with string that rots and is good for nothing, and becoming the tree that bears fruit to nourish all who partake of it.
\”But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.\” (John 4:23)
\”and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free\” (John 8:32)
\”These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17-18)