Dear Pastor Whoever….
You and I have much in common. We are washed in the same precious blood…. both our names are recorded in the Book of Life…. we are fully redeemed…. both are the “righteousness of God” in Christ Jesus…. we are “heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ”…. we are both on our way to heaven….. the two of us will“appear before the judgement seat of Christ.”
But we are also different, quite different.
There are three important elements in my christianity, as expressed in three key NT verses. The first verse is John 15:4: “Abide in Me,and I in you.” The second is John 16:13: “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth.” And the third is Mark 16:15: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” These hallowed truths, embedded in these three verses,are the bulk of my christianity. They are so relevant and so precious. I am being shaped by them. But seemingly they do not resonate, at least not nearly to the same degree, with you.
I have listened to you for four plus decades. I know you. Your words fully reveal who you are, what you think, where your loyalty lies. It seems that which briskly pulses through my christianity is a mere blip in yours. You do not preach the centrality of Christ. And it is so obvious you do not place yourself under the governance of the Holy Spirit. And Christ’s Great Commission is less than secondary.
Your “first love” is your religion, this evidenced by the walk you walk and the talk you talk. You are governed, not by the Holy Spirit,but by your superiors. More of the congregation’s money is spent on your salary than the spreading of the gospel that saved you.
The judgement seat is coming. May the Holy Spirit prepare us both.
Yours in Him,