26 June 2012

The Separation Of Church And...You

I want to show you a glimpse of how most modern-day churches are keeping you enslaved into their ministry system. My goal is to encourage you to have the life God has truly destined for you (John 10:10).

Working hard for Jesus.
I've been going to church my entire life. Since most of my life consisted of church, I was a part of every facet. Whatever role you can play, I've done it. And, I learned that none of it draws you closer to God. No amount of praise, work, or service is going to draw you into a real relationship with Jesus (Rom 4). Real change comes from Jesus alone (Rom 2:28-29).

Honestly, all this work just creates more church servants that volunteer their free labor (aka slaves) for another man's established religious vision. Church is not the answer. Jesus is the answer. Getting to know his heart should be your #1 objective (Acts 13:22). Service is an automatic response to knowing your Dad. Just because we feel like we're doing something that makes a difference doesn't mean we're actually changing anything.

So, how are most modern-day churches keeping God's people in captivity (Luke 4:18-20)? For one, most Christian leaders simply don't trust God enough to allow you the freedom to grow in the Spirit. This is why they want you to follow their format and rules for being a good church member. They're not teaching you to hear the Spirit's voice. They're not discipling you on how to heal the sick or how to perform miracles. They are not encouraging you to do anything, but become a member of their church and work in the nursery. They accept you with open arms as long as you're willing to give your all to their dream.

15 June 2012

What Pastors Aren't Telling You

Much of what we've been taught in church or from Christian books is either wrong or the Truth is simply being omitted. It's time we not lean on what church leaders say, but on Jesus. God has all the answers and he's given you all his wisdom and knowledge. Wisdom's name is the Holy Spirit (Pro 1:21-23).
Praying on your knees really doesn't mean much.

Let me give you a good example. We've been taught for far too long that in order to get God's attention, and get real answers to prayer, that we have to do something. For decades we've been told that we have to pray an hour a day, bow low before our King, fast, read our Bible, distance ourselves from the world, tithe, give additional offerings, go on a mission trip, serve the church, worship for 3 hours straight, and have next to no sin. And, then (and only then) God may "show up". This is what most of our faithful Christian leaders are teaching...and it's wrong. Honestly, this burns me up. They're still looking for a structured process or formula to get God to answer their prayers which is not how God operates. I think most pastors have good intentions, but good intentions mean nothing. They're still trying to get you closer to God by doing something from the outside-in. As if anything on the outside (like reading, singing, tithing, following commands etc) has anything to do with it (Rom 4).

Seriously, I dare to say that most pastors don't have a real relationship with Jesus and don't hear his voice on a regular basis. Sure, they know of him and I'm also positive they're some of Jesus' biggest fans, but a fan will never know the heart of the Star. They can only read facts and statistics, hoot and holler, and wear their team's colors.

08 June 2012

New Vlogs!

I'm trying something new. There's always so much more I want to say with every blog I write and I feel this is the best way to communicate how I feel and what I'm thinking. I tried recording this from my phone about 8457 times before I ended up with what you see. Thanks for checking it out!

See my YouTube channel for more: www.youtube.com/dathanellisd

03 June 2012

You Are Perfect

Let me ask you something. What's more true? What Jesus thinks of you, or what you think of yourself? Clearly, what he thinks is the real truth. So, why do you keep looking at your flaws and imperfections? Why do you keep beating yourself up over the dumb mistakes you've made? It's all about perspective and it's his perspective that counts, not yours or anyone else's.
Jesus doesn't see it that way.

Religious leaders that I know from popular ministries have told me that they felt "very very sorry" for me. They look down on me because I actually think I'm perfect and tell others their perfect too. They think I'm leading God's people astray for communicating this. They, sincerely, don't think anyone is perfect and we are all full of sin. However, this is not the Jesus I know nor is this what the Bible teaches. Most Christians want you to believe you're full of sin so you will run to the church to get saved and "get right" with God. Too bad most Christians don't believe all sin is forgiven (Eph 1:6-11).

You see, I love to encourage you and tell you how great and wonderful you are. I'm pretty good at it. Why do I do this? Because it's what I hear Jesus telling me. The encouraging words that come out of my mouth are not my own. People think I have this great gift of singing praises about people, but they've been fooled. I just repeat what I hear my Father saying. I love telling people how precious they are in his sight! Hang out with me long enough and you'll see what I mean.