Why do I not go to Church?
Well, the answer is very simple.
When I left Bible College I was convinced that many, if not most, of my fellow Christians were not obeying the Lord Jesus. They weren’t back in my home church and indeed my village.
However, I felt that the Holy Spirit was encouraging me to participate in church life. So I did and in fact was a guest preacher at many churches that I had never visited before.
I was also a Counsellor at the Billy Graham Rallies in Birmingham as part of Mission England.
I also started the first Care To Share classes in my home village.
I was voted onto my church PCC (Church Council) If you want to know what one of those are, watch The Vicar of Dibley.
I did evangelism and home visits. I also took church services, some at very short notice, and I was not even a Lay Preacher.
I even went on a Church’s Holiday Camp in Wales for a week.
After Bible College we went to live in Balsall Heath, an inner city area to the South of Birmingham (UK). One day I did a church count and found that there were 21 Christian Churches within a mile of my home. Didn’t they like each other???
I visited a few and found that there was the same problem. They did not seek to obey the teachings of the Lord Jesus. They did not have a proven testimony of having the Lord and his Father making their home with them.
In fact, that has been my experience with Christian Churches since 1977. No obedience. No unity. No testimony of union with God.
However, that was not the biggest problem. As I went around witnessing and teaching for my Lord and Saviour, I realised that the Church Leaders, including at the Bible College, distanced themselves from me. And that has continued up to now.
I post communications to them with absolutely no response. Now isn’t that strange? Well, not if they don’t love Jesus. John 14:24 Jesus said, “Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”
I live in a City of nearly 1 million people and not one Christian has anything to do with me.
So why is that important?
Well, Birmingham, England, is a city in decline, if not decay. This is not just my opinion, it is the opinion of experts in this matter.
I have just seen an advert from Churches Together in Birmingham
Prayer from the heart: One Christ – Many Voices
Join with Christians from churches throughout the region for 24 hours of Prayer
Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 January in Birmingham Cathedral (St Philip’s) marking the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the 300th anniversary of Birmingham Cathedral
Pray for God’s blessing on this city, region and the world!
PLEASE (They ask): Help us to encourage people far and wide to come and pray and demonstrate that we really are ‘all one in Christ.’
When I read this ‘all one in Christ’ I look back on my time here in Birmingham and elsewhere – see my list above – and I wonder.
Where do they get the notion that Christians are all one in Christ?
If they are not obedient to Christ’s teachings, why then do they expect God’s blessing on this city, region and the world?
One of God’s blessing may have already been sent to Birmingham, but the Christians in Birmingham do not want to know – they simply ignore it.
My battle against the Spiritual Blindness here in Birmingham involves one powerful weapon – my testimony as a witness for my Lord Jesus. Christians are on the one hand asking for God’s Blessings, while on the other hand, they reject those whom God the Father and God the Son have made their home with.
They, the Christians, need to learn that when they reject Christ’s true Disciple, they are in fact, rejecting God.
I will be attending the whole 24 hours and seeking to use my Spiritual Gifts to defeat any of the Devils work. If you see me there, please feel free to say hello. Remember, John 14:23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
As always, they will be with me through the power of God the Holy Spirit.