"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Compartmentalizing The Christian Walk Part 2
The issue is that the bride does not look good; it does not have the political or educational backing. The bride was, is and forever will be the minority. Jesus, who is our example, had the opportunity to be a part of the establishment. We see in the Bible that they wanted to make Him king of the Jews. Jesus could have been a political King if he wanted to. But, as you can see, he did not come to be a political king in this world; He is the King of kings and the Lord or lords.
The established church is not representing Christ; never have and never will. The greatest tragedy is not necessarily that the established church is not a representation of Christ. The greatest tragedy is that after Martin Luther protested the established church, almost immediately, the Protestant Church started protesting against each other. We have not stopped protesting since!
“According to the Dictionary of Christianity in America [Protestant] (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1990): “As of 1980 David B. Barrett identified 20,800 Christian denominations worldwide . . .” (“Denominationalism,” page 351).”
That means that we have, at least 20,800 protestations against each other. Why is this happening? I answer this question by offering a hypothesis.
Lack of recognition of the Biblical fact that we know in part: This is according to First Corinthians 13:9 that tells us, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part.” (NKJV) No matter how much we think we know, we will always know in part, which means that we will always miss something. Through history, with the exception of the original Apostles, everybody else has missed or misinterpreted something in the Bible.
Compartmentalization of the Gospel: That is making what you know, or what you think you know a Doctrine. Going back to First Corinthians 13, lets look at the very last verse, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” First Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV) Here you can get a hold of faith and hope and make that a part of who you are as a Christian. So you are a Christian who believed God for everything. However, the beginning of this chapter establishes all of the things you can do; a displayed of your great faith, but yet…have no love! So you can be filled with faith, be a super spiritual tongue speaking Christian, but lack love. When this happens the Bible describe us as:
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.
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