I have watched this film 5 times on Netflix and there is something about it which I cannot find the words to describe. Now I am no longer Roman Catholic I’m a Protestant my reasons for that are long and complex.
and I remember once I was on foot patrol in Tilbury and I was just passing the Roman Catholic Church and the priest was on the doorstep and I said good morning and he acknowledged it but when I told him that I had become a Protestant his face went white and said I was risking my immortal soul and that I should say an act of confession and put myself right with the church.
I think it’s more important to put yourself out with God than with any institution. What is the most important thing for a believer the most important thing for a believer is to stay true to scripture. This week we have seen a former Anglican Bishop and chaplain to the Queen following in the footsteps of of Cardinal St Thomas Henry Newman and becoming a Roman Catholic.
My journey of faith went in the opposite direction I went from being a Roman Catholic where I once thought about going into holy orders when I was younger.
I now sit in a Wesleyan/Holiness Church called the Church of the Nazarene and whilst we have some doctrinal differences I think we can sit in each other’s company as Christian Brothers and Sisters should.
My problem with the Anglican church is that it is so wanting to fit in, in wanting to be seen as relevant it has become less relevant. Its willingness to compromise on almost anything that secularism demands has led it to be less relevant and that is what secularism wants.
I am mindful of the phrase that “we are in the world but not of the world”
If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
It would seem that Jesus understood the conundrum that we often find ourselves in.
He understood the many tensions we would experience as Christians living in a hostile ideological environment. The authors of the New Testament went out of their way to tell us that we have to be in communication with the world that we live in but we had to do it in such a way that it pleased God rather than the culture we live in.
1 John 2:15
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
So we have to ask ourselves what is it to be in the world but not of the world.
Perhaps the answer has to do with location and information.
God may have placed this in a situation where the Christian worldview is challenged and that’s not a bad thing. God places us in locations where we can have a positive impact on those who have not heard the message of Christ. God takes those who were once lost in order to find and those who are lost and a case in point is my very good friend in Burnley. He was lost, lost in a sea of addictions but but God had a plan for him. Who do I use to reach out to those who are lost in this sea of addiction who do I use the gain the trust of those lost in a sea of addictions. I use someone who themselves was lost in a sea of addictions.
When I talk about information, we get it from a wide medium of sources and a lot of it encourages us to stray from the path that God has laid before us. There are a number of different paths we can walk but there is only one path that we should walk and that is the path that leads directly to God and in order to stay on that path we must not allow ourselves to be corrupted by the world.
And and wherever you are tonight, whatever situation you are in and if you just happened to come across this Facebook post I want to pray God’s blessings upon you for God has a plan for you you as he has the someone else I could mention.
The other week I told you about a vision that I had in which God actually spoke to me. Where I asked the question what will become of a man’s soul if he dies outside the grace of God. And God’s answer was “that a man must be laid down before he can be risen up” I understand it now that we must come before God and lie prostrate before him and cast off all those things that cause the darkness of the heart before we can rise up as new creations.
God has his eye on someone and that someone doesn’t know it yet but all will be revealed when he wants it to be revealed.
May almighty God pardon you from your sins may he restore you and renew you and finally may he sanctify you.