Why the Need for Cerulean Sanctum?

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Every day, throughout the world, children wake up to abuse. A drunken father beats his five year old son – just because. A drug-addicted mother fails to feed her toddler, using the little money she has to buy drugs instead of food. An uncle sexually molests his retarded niece. A hearing-impaired boy is beaten senseless by a school bully.

Does this make you angry? Does it make you want to do something? Do you love those children?

Me? I love the Church. I love the people of God who want to know Him, who want to behold Him with unveiled faces. And I believe that in many ways the Church is being abused by people who want to drive it into the ground. People who are only after acclaim. People who love error and hate the Truth. And even those people who simply don’t know any better.

Aren’t we all meeting people who are thinking, “No church for me please, it’s too screwed up” or “not right” or “not meeting my needs” or “not showing me God” or any of the myriad reasons why people are out there trying to “re-image” the Church?

Why would anyone want to do that if the Church is truly being the Church?

I don’t want the sickly Christianity that I see so many preaching today. This pop-psych, powerless, hopeless, error-ridden thing we are preaching is not right.
When your shadow falls on the lame do they get up and walk? Is God more real to you than your own life? Have you hidden the Word of God deep in your being? Do you go to bed at night thinking, “I can’t wait to wake so I can spend more time with Christ in prayer?”

Where is the Church that turns the world upside down? That confronts injustice? That tears down strongholds? That goes to the lost and says, “We know the way out of the darkness and we will do everything possible by the grace of God to help you out of that darkness.”

Ironically enough, I’m listening to a jukebox of several hundred Christian music MP3s and guess what randomly started playing when I was typing the last couple paragraphs? Keith Green’s “Asleep in the Light”:

Do you see, do you see, all the people sinking down,
Don’t you care, don’t you care, are you gonna let them drown,
How can you be so numb, not to care if they come,
You close your eyes and pretend the job’s done.

Oh Bless me Lord, bless me Lord, you know it’s all I ever hear,
No one aches, no one hurts, no one even sheds one tear,
But He cries, He weeps, He bleeds, and He cares for your needs,
And you just lay back and keep soaking it in, oh, can’t you see it’s such sin?

Cause He brings people to your door,
And you turn them away, as you smile and say,
God bless you, be at peace, and all Heaven just weeps,
Cause Jesus came to your door, you’ve left Him out on the streets.

Open up, open up, and give yourself away,
You’ve seen the need, you hear the cry, so how can you delay,
God’s calling and you’re the one, but like Jonah you run,
He’s told you to speak, but you keep holding it in,
Oh, can’t you see it’s such sin?

The world is sleeping in the dark,
That the church can’t fight, cause it’s asleep in the light,
How can you be so dead, when you’ve been so well fed,
Jesus rose from the grave, and you, you can’t even get out of bed,
Oh, Jesus rose from the dead, come on, get out of your bed.

How can you be so numb, not to care if they come,
You close your eyes and pretend the job’s done,
You close your eyes and pretend the job’s done,
Don’t close your eyes, don’t pretend the job’s done.
Come away, come away, come away with Me, My love,
Come away, from this mess, come away with Me, My love.

We’re wrapped up in technique and we’re “Purpose-Driven.” We’re conferenced, seminar-ed, and meeting-ed to death. We have all the talk in the world and yet there is no revival. I don’t think anyone here can take a look at the Book of Acts and say the Church today resembles what we see written in those pages. Why not???

I have a zeal for the Church. I want the Bride of Christ to be strong, beautiful, unblemished and holy. I hope to think the anger I am said to have is a righteous and holy anger at seeing that Bride reduced to being less than she can be.

Some say the Church of the 21st Century is apostate. That may be true, but I am going to see what I can do to make certain that is not the case. I may be a fool, but I will God’s fool, because I believe Him and because I believe He can do more if we simply abandon everything for Him. The man who sold all he had to buy the Pearl of Great Price did so because he knew the unparalleled treasure he held in his hand.

If you want to join me, please do.

3 thoughts on “Why the Need for Cerulean Sanctum?

  1. Since there wasn’t a new post, I had to dig into the archives to get my fix. What challenging words! “Where is the Church that turns the world upside down? That confronts injustice? That tears down strongholds? That goes to the lost and says, “We know the way out of the darkness and we will do everything possible by the grace of God to help you out of that darkness.” We have no excuses if we live in the U.S. We have the freedom to live as we believe God desires. No one is putting a gun to our head and telling us we must convert to their religion or die. What incredible possibilities we each have every day if we only determine to stop living the American Christian life, and begin living as if our Creator not only loves us, but also requires us to follow His commands.

  2. phil

    I strongly sympathise. I am not aware of my shadow being an instrument of God’s healing of anyone. I long to be consumed with the fire of Holy Zeal. Mentioned in ‘If This Doesn’t Stir You, You’re Room Temperature’, were some comments toward the end of the sermon about our ‘being’ and not our ‘doing’as more important. Not that we don’t ‘do’ but that by Beholding Him who is altogether lovely, and our ‘being’ being besotted with Him, our doings will beome His doings. The need for hiding His written word in our hearts, a constant one and for me so difficult to take in unadultered from scripture and so I seem to be in a time of gleaning what I can, where I can, to feed and grow on Jesus who is precious. Hence my being here at ‘ceruleansanctum’.

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