Since I've entered into all of this New Covenant Grace "stuff" I'm often asked if I still believe in the local church. My simple answer has to be, "I do," as I am the senior ministry leader of a local church in Citrus County, Florida (New Covenant Grace Fellowship). However, I have made it very clear before, I do not feel that mixing any law or grace is beneficial to anyone and I would never attend a church that did so! If I had children I certainly would not have them in a Sunday School or youth group that wasn't 100% grace based! Here is the reason, I certainly would not want my children or grand children to be mixed up like so many Christians are today. I hate to say it, but much of what is found in churches today is not the true Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Years ago, my wife was leading the youth ministry in a church that we led. She was reviewing some Sunday School material from one of the nation's leading Christian publishing houses. In one of the quarterlies she found the following statement, "Now all children must be good and fully obey their parents in order for them to be loved by God!" Even then we found that statement to be totally false. Needless to say, from that point on we wrote our own material!
I am often asked, "I can't find a church like yours anywhere around so isn't attending any church OK?" I guess the question might be asked, "Is drinking a little poison every Sunday morning OK too?" Friends, mixing law (any law, not just the Old Covenant Law) with Grace just will not work! So many are being taught that they have to do things in order to be made right with God and they have no understanding that they are right (righteous) with God not by anything they can or cannot do, but rather by what Christ has already done for them! Here's what Paul said on the subject, "For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, YOU HAVE BEEN CUT OFF FROM CHRIST! YOU HAVE FALLEN AWAY FROM GOD'S GRACE." That is a pretty "heavy" verse of Scripture!
So then, what's a person to do? No church to attend, help!!!! One person recently told me, "I'm so hungry for fellowship I just have to attend a church someplace!" My answer, and not a popular answer is....Start your own church! Yes, that's right....gather some friends and your family and worship the Lord together, study the Bible together, learn about the New Covenant together. But you say, "I'm not a pastor, how can I do something like that?" You don't have to be a pastor to do what I'm suggesting. Matter of fact, it works best if you are not one! You don't need one! If a true pastor is needed the Lord will eventually raise one up!
Let me close with this....If something in this blog posts creates a little "spark" within you, please feel free to contact me. I'd love to share my heart with you personally about this. I know how to do this, and I'd love to teach you how too. Actually it's quite easy! Hey...you don't need a church building....If you have a living room and two or three people you have a true New Covenant church!
If you want to hear more please feel free to contact me at my contact info on our church website above.
Grace and peace!