IS THE CHURCH IN NEED OF A REFORMATION?
The Director of Charis Bible College, Pastor Davis John thinks so.
The religious figure believes that the Church has degenerated into legalism.
“It has fallen from the “Gospel of grace” – Galatians 5:4, preaching another gospel not the one that was once delivered to the Saints – Jude 1:2. It is constantly imputing sin to its people”, said Pastor John.
He noted that the bible says in 2 Corinthians 5: 19-21: “that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
He argued that the Church does not believe nor accept that the war between God and sin is over, that the Lamb of God has paid the prince for all sin, past, present and future.
“It (the church) insists on preaching hostility between God and man instead of peace and reconciliation on earth toward man”, he said.
According to Pastor john, the Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
The Church needs a reformation on prayer, he told the congregation and graduating class of Charis Bible College.
He said: “Most of our prayers are nothing more than the vain repetition of Matthew 6:7: “but when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking”.
Pastor John is contending that prayer has become “a mere exercise in hypocrisy, futility and is dangerous”.
He quoted Andrew Wommack’s book Hypocrites Love to Pray:” Prayer is the most abused part of the Christian life today. Misguided understandings about prayer mess more people up spiritually than anything else out there! A tremendous amount of what’s being called “prayer” today offends God and opens the door for the devil.”
The religious figure pointed out that the popular charade of intercession renders God “the unjust Judge” Luke 18:6 – not our Heavenly Father as revealed in the bible”.
“We need to get back to the scriptures. We need a reformation on healing, Matthew 8:16-17 states: when the evening was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bear our sicknesses.
“These verses clearly show that healing is always God’s will, it was paid for in the Atonement. The Church does not believe this, recently speaking at a Pastors’ forum we (Pastors) were told by a Senior Pastor to be thankful for cancer, praise God for the “pain”.
Pastor John charged that the media is mocking the Church on the question of healing.
He referred to a recent story item on the death of a third person who was allegedly healed at a meeting at the Church of the Open Bible.
Pastor john said: “Church leaders are not teaching persons to access and retain their healing. This is the truth as contained in the scriptures. They have a form of Godliness but no power thereof – 2 Timothy 3:5.
“The Church is in need of a reformation on making disciples Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 4:11-14. The goal of a Pastor (Disciple) is to raise up other Pastors.
“We ought not to make mere converts, thus creating congregations of immature people who are always dependent on you. Jesus said to teach them all things so that they become mature and reproduce others like themselves.
The religious cleric stressed that the present construct of the clergy versus the Laity is not perfecting the Saints, bringing them into the structure and fullness of Christ.
“Converts remain children, tossed to and fro by every wind Ephesians 4:11-14. Jesus’ unconditional love and power is available to all freely. The Church needs to wake up and make disciples – persons who have been taught the Word of God- 2 Timothy 3: 16-17. We need a paradigm shift in Evangelism”, said Pastor John.