Who and what is The ChurchWhen addressing spectator set-up, it was suggested that "the church has constructed the worship service as a spectator event," which begs the question: who's the church? Clearly it's not the "congregants" referred to in the next paragraph of the aforementioned blog.
Pride is a Symptom
Discernment - Anyone can do it
Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? (Luke 12:56)There are two key things we must understand about this passage. First, Jesus called them hypocrites. Second, it's not about the this time or the face of the sky: it's about discernment.
In our day and age, we consider a hypocrite as a person who says one thing, but does another. But it goes deeper than that. A hypocrite is also a person who does one thing in a certain context, but another thing in a similar context. Paul accused Peter of being a hypocrite for his contradictory actions when with Jews and Gentiles.
The rebuke is about discernment: Jesus is addressing their hypocrisy around it. In other words, they could to discern the face of the sky, but refused to discern the epoch, the time in which they were living. In other words, they were hypocrites. They weren't unaware, they didn't lack the ability to understand. They were purposeful in their assessments.
What does this mean? Everyone has the ability to discern good from evil, spirit from works. You do not need to be born again in order to discern Life from Death, or right from wrong, or when God is speaking.
And therein is the rub for our good Bible Teaching Churches. They believe that people can only understand, analyze or discern truth after being taught and exposed to truth. Apparently, Jesus disagrees. That's not to say we don't grow into maturity, seeing that "solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil" (Hebrews 5:14). But rather, what Jesus is talking about in this scripture is to be understood as the milk, the elementary principles of the oracles of God - which are about the Christ (Hebrews 5 & 6).
|Father Relationship||Teachers (not after Jesus' example)|
|Lifestyle||Gathers around Intimacy in Spirit and Truth||Gathers around ideas (divisive)|
|Attitude||Humility||Pride (knowledge puffs up)|
|Ministry||Works in Power and Authority||Works in many words|
|Focus||The Kingdom||Teaching / Doctrine|