Going To Church . . . Real & Unreal!

By P Chong                                          Sun. 10 October 2010

Church-going nation

Over the years, I have observed church-goers both in Malaysia & Australia without any clear line of demarcation. People are the same, to say the least, the world over, whether they are Christians or otherwise.

Generally, they fall into one or two categories as below:

1.          Those who go largely to socialise – to be seen & see.

2. They have preference only to be associated with a church where the rich &                             famous worship.

3.         They seek out & clamour for personal recognition & awards.

4.        The young are mainly looking for excitement.

The truth is, going to church every Sunday does not make one a Christian. It’s the heart that matters. As a good Christian, you are seen to be practising every aspect of Christianity . . . be Christ personified. Grace within grace without. Inward grace outward grace . . . inward disgrace outward disgrace. Nothing can ever be concealed.

The whole crux of the matter is your attitude & how you perceive about things. To elucidate this vital point, here’s a little illustration:

A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.

Four worms were placed into four separate jars.

The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.

The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.

The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.

The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.

At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:

The first worm in alcoholDead.

The second worm in cigarette smokeDead.

Third worm in chocolate syrupDead.

Fourth worm in good clean soilAlive.

So the Minister asked the congregation – What did you learn from this demonstration?

Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said, ‘As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won’t have worms!’

Get real.

As long as you DO Not drink, smoke or eat chocolate, you will be much healthier and possibly live much longer.

2 thoughts on “Going To Church . . . Real & Unreal!

  1. Charles Christano

    Paul,

    A good observation. But you know even the Founder of the church already told us that
    all kinds of fishes, big or small, what ever the colour is, which the net catches, finally they have to be separated. And Jesus spoke in such a clear terms that Not everyone who calls Him Lord, Lord is his true disciples. Yes, not even those who propehesy, those who drive out demons and perform many miracles in Jesus’ name but the ones who DO the WILL of the Father who is in heaven! The bigest surprise will be that one day, on judgement day, not a few will hear Jesus’ stern decision: “I NEVER knew you. Away from me, you EVILDOERS!” (Matthew 7:21-23).

    Many church goers look alike, walk alike and even smell alike. But there are bound to be different between sheep and goats. (Matthew 25:31-38).

    And much later Paul wrote, warning a younger servant of God, ‘[T]he Lord knows those who are His’ (2 Timothy 2:19).

    CC

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