REAL RELATIONSHIP: The Restoration (2)
“In the beginning, spiritual relationship came naturally. Nobody had to come up with a program to promote relationship between members…”
In Part 1, we discussed the Revelation of Real Relationship. In Part 2, we continue the narrative from my book Real Christianity by discussing the Restoration:
In the beginning, spiritual relationship came naturally. Nobody had to come up with a program to promote relationship between members. The early believers understood that the relational purity they each came to possess upon their new-birth experience was instantaneous. For example, when a baby is born, that child becomes an immediate member of its family. The baby’s family relationships result from the birth, not from trying to create them at a future date. It is the same in the Church. Relationship is a byproduct of joining the community.
It doesn’t exist properly in many churches that have attempted to establish it, however, and this denotes a problem. It could be a problem of immaturity and lack of proper spiritual insight, or it could indicate a problem of resistance against God. Real Christianity has real relationship. Unreal Christianity has little bona fide spiritual relationship between members but only a substitute or inferior form thereof. Such unreal relationship creates no unity or intimacy among members. Thus, the quiet discord that exists beneath the surface in most churches is due to neglect or rejection of that which brings unity. When individual members of the same church never establish relationship, spiritual unity is victimized, and true fellowship is not possible.
It’s jarring to think that what the early church once was is what we in the present are trying to become. Sadly, there was a point in history when the early community of saints which brought light to millions began to have less effect on a dark world. They were faced with mass conversions to a state religion which was Christian in name only and, thus, were increasingly perceived as heretics by the unreal brethren and as world aliens to everyone else. The real believers had become the spat upon and rejected scum of the earth. Wherever they went, they were truly strangers in a strange land.
The Qahal  of the latter portion of the church age met a parallel historical point, though in reverse, a few centuries ago. By the early 1900s, restoration reached a new level and has been steadily increasing since. We are now at another fork in the road. One way leads toward our destiny; the other way embarks on yet another endless circle. This juncture marks the point of no return for those who decline to follow the Lord into the next and possibly final transition. The very narrow way which the Church is pressing through at this writing is forcing her to abandon excess weight and baggage, as well as those elements which might have assisted her in the past but are now only slowing her down. One of these elements is class division. It must be left on the entry side of the eye of this present needle. 
© 2016 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.
 Qahal is the Hebrew equivalent for “Church,” and is the word most likely used by Jesus.
 Real Christianity—The Nature of the Church © 2001 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.
Posted on November 20, 2016, in Real Christianity and tagged Christian Community, Christianity, Church, Clergy-Laity Division, Community of Called-Out Ones, Discipleship, Lord Jesus, Real Christianity The Nature of the Church, Relationship, The Great Awakening. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
This part resonates with my last church experience:
“Unreal Christianity has little bona fide spiritual relationship between members but only a substitute or inferior form thereof. Such unreal relationship creates no unity or intimacy among members. Thus, the quiet discord that exists beneath the surface in most churches is due to neglect or rejection of that which brings unity. When individual members of the same church never establish relationship, spiritual unity is victimized, and true fellowship is not possible.”
But it did seem as if there was unity among certain groups like leadership or anyone who enjoyed pastor worship. I never fit in. I no longer go to church so it’s hard to have connections outside of where Christians tend to gather, but I still feel it’s freeing to be away from a culture that tends to abuse instead of love.
Thanks Elle. It is most often the case that the only way to discover that which is real and that which is not so much is to take a big picture perspective. Everything “Christian” must be subjected to the full light of the Lord Jesus, His original teachings, and the entire New Testament.
People most often settle for less in life, even those who are sincere and work very hard. But the Lord ushered in an entirely new paradigm and opened up a world of opportunity. He also makes available all the strength anyone needs to overcome and even thrive. There is no other curriculum in world history that states as a core belief that “all things are possible with God” and also gives us the spiritual strength to work with the Lord to make it happen. It is about unconditional love, proper development, excellence, high achievement, and great expansion.
It is absolutely understandable that people often settle for less. Life is hard. It’s a fallen world. There are spiritual enemies. But the Lord Jesus presented solutions for all of these things. It’s a matter of believing in Him, learning His entire curriculum, and applying it. He said we must follow Him. Based on all of this it should be obvious that most Christian organizations have a lesser agenda simply because they do lesser work and are currently having less and less impact on the culture.
We know, for example, that the real Christians in China are having an explosive impact to the tune of many millions and have only been at it for about forty years. They began from scratch in very harsh conditions. Everything they did was illegal and still is but they keep going. They refuse to be stopped. They are indeed proving that all things are possible with God. Every church in America should study the underground church in China for proper comparative perspective.
Christianity in America is getting better, but only because real Christians here insist on doing everything the Lord’s way and WANT Him to be in charge. This means the inevitable conflict with the Christian status quo must take place, because there is much resistance from Christians who are invested in something less even though it may be very good on a certain level.
Real fellowship does exist and is increasing. Like everything else, it is part of our Christian discipline to seek the Lord to find it. It is ALWAYS His desire to fulfill Psalm 23 for each of His children.
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Thank you for that reply. A lot to consider. Thanks for the encouragement.