Ever since God created the world by speaking it into existence, their has been an enemy that has been trying to distort and twist the truth and goodness of His Word. The first earthly kingdom man set out to build after listening to the enemy and rebelling against God, was called Babel. The word is believed to originate from the Hebrew word balal, which means to mingle, mix, confuse, or confound.
The enemies tactics have not changed. After Jesus came on the scene proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God, the enemy sought to distort the message through mixing together God’s word with false teachings and God’s worship practices with false religious practices. This lead to a mainstream Christianity that, within a few centuries of Jesus’ first coming, had drifted far from the 1st century Jesus movement.
It had abandoned many core beliefs and practiced and mingled itself with many false teaching and religious practices, confounding and confusing the good news that Jesus had proclaimed.
The Protestant Reformation in the 16th century was a huge step forward in recovering many lost and distorted truth’s and practices, and many Christians benefit from their efforts today, such as salvation by grace, and returning the word of God to the common people.
Many today, however, adopt the mindset that we have fully recovered everything in our faith and practices after the Protestant Reformation and that the work is now finished.
But, I believe the job has not yet been completed, and that many teachings and practices that have yet to be recovered and restored. When I read the New Testament, and look at my experience of the church, I can’t help but see a large disconnect. I think the words of the prophet Hagai ring very true in our day:
“Thus says the LORD of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.” Then the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? Now, therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes. “Thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the LORD. You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the LORD of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house. (Haggai 1:2-9 ESV)
My goal in this site is to join with the many servants of Christ that are seeking to explore and recover the lost and distorted teachings and practiced of the Christian faith so that the gospel message of the Kingdom of God may be proclaimed in its fullness so that Christ may be all in all.
If you also share this passion, or find anything in this site intriguing, or just have any general comments or questions feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.