“Like a Cult”
Usher: Hey Deak, it’s another case of deconstruction.
Deacon: Yep, it’s a lot more widespread than people think. Fortunately, this one recognizes it’s a journey one must take to deprogram and challenge the falsehoods of their foundation.
Usher: They mention bashing. Isn’t that the way of America? We seem to bash everyone based on our point of view differing with theirs. And then when we find our foundation is flawed, we have no friends.
Deacon: Usher, you just described yourself. So what do you have to say for yourself?
Usher: I guess Deak, the only friend I truly have is Him and him alone. My old friends don’t show up unless there is something to partake in (like fresh roadkill). They obviously don’t show up to see me unless I just come along with the package.
Deacon: Now you’ve described the majority of all churches. They are institutions and not the refuge Christ described in the 1st century. They encourage you to show up so you can be indoctrinated and you can fund their ventures. Doesn’t mean they didn’t have good intentions to begin with, but for the most part, it’s just a framework going back to Constantine’s time.
Usher: So if we bash those who do such, are we in the same boat as all the rest of the bashers?
Deacon: Not if you bash them all. The church structure is fair game as I see it. The body of Christ, now that’s another story. Like tThose who call their words annointed, or continue to take money from the poor for their personal gain, should be in prison.
Usher: So what kind of wisdom do you have for this person who now sees the craziness of things like Lakeland?
Deacon: Embrace deconstruction and discover your first love. Christ will engage with everyone and anyone who seeks him out because he’s touched them. The desire to pursue Him is placed by Him. We often get diverted or distracted by the carnivals of man including Lakeland, prosperity doctrines, shepherd syndrome and the arguments of our 33,000 world denominations. Christ never intended it to be that hard. He touches us and invites us to have a “personal” relationship with him. Deconstruction is the rejuvenation of our faith. It’s here for a reason. He’s drawing his bride close.