I was born in '99. Based on my age, most people would expect me to be an electronic junkie, that is, one of those who know of no other life than that which is found in their iPhone or Android. It wakes them in the morning, provides entertainment to cheer them, connects them with their friends, informs them when and where and what to eat. It tells them what is going on in the world and how they should think about it. In every aspect of their life it has some effect. Whether they are programming it or it is programming them, they cannot live without it... or so they think. It is an addiction.
But I am not this way. I was born in a very wonderful place with a very important purpose for my life. I have really good parents who keep me from dissipating my energy. They have taught me to live one hundred percent for God. No, I am not saying that I just talk about Him on my Facebook page and only listen to Christian rock. Actually, I don't even have a Facebook page. I have experienced something far better.
You could compare the church to an electronic device. "Out of the box" it was original, pristine, uncorrupted. In the beginning, they all lived together, sharing everything they had with one another. All they thought about was being true to their Savior. At their regular gatherings everyone spoke, because everyone had something to share, since everyone was sincere and devoted to the cause. This was the "like new" condition of the church.
But, as often happens in the electronic realm, hackers got in. Men like Constantine and Augustine brought in strange protocols, corrupting its memories and its data. Viruses went undetected and wreaked havoc. Malware was introduced that made it really hard to do anything. Finally, the church as a whole froze. The "black screen of death" was upon them.
Strangely enough, many thought it was normal that no real spiritual work could be accomplished. Every once in a while someone would call it into question, but he would be quickly flagged, fire-walled, or even killed. Such is how it was for 1900 years.
This is actually what the Son of God prophesied in John 9:4,
We must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.
Recently, some cognitive people have started to realize that all there is to Christianity is the "black screen of death." They are starting to wonder whether the device is beyond repair. Many just give up on it, while others feel that with a few updates, defrags, and reboots they can get it back up to speed again.
But what it really needs is a "hard reset." It has to go all the way back to the way it was when it was first "out of the box." It has to go all the way back to the way the Way was when it was the Way.
I'm telling you, that radical life is beginning again! It is just like "out of the box"! I live with people who are planning on bringing the evil one's reign to an end. We have left behind our own selfish interests to embark on the narrow way together. After 1900 years of death and darkness, a new light is on the earth -- the way the church should be. Our doors are always open for people who really want to see what we are doing. We would love for you to come.
* Read Acts 2:42-45 and 4:32-35, and then Acts 9:2; 19:9,23; 22:4; 24:14