Does anyone know what true Christianity is? I ask this because almost no-one does. Only those who are obedient to the gospel in it’s entirety. What is the Gospel? Well it’s the good news that we can be saved. But how do we find it? Well the Lord will make sure we hear about it in our lifetime. The church is told to go out and preach the Gospel to every creature.
How the Gospel works is through Spirit-filled people. They have received the Gospel into their Hearts! Now not all who are Spirit-filled are preaching the Gospel. You can receive the Holy Spirit but not know what to do with it. The simple answer to the question of what to do with it is to duplicate your experience.
There are some signs attached to receiving the Holy Spirit. Read about them in the book of acts or simply go to the book of Mark, ch. 16, vs 15-20 and you’ll see 5 signs mentioned as identifying believers. The Holy Spirit gives us those signs to identify us as people who have obeyed the Gospel. Now, just because anyone has those signs doesn’t mean they have the Gospel.
The other part of the Gospel is to walk in the Spirit. That means to be faithful to your experience. It means 1), to pray in the Spirit every day, by that I mean Speaking in other Tongues one of the signs in Mark 16. This builds up your Faith (Jude 20). It also means 2), we should read about it every day in the Word as well. For a beginning Christian the Gospels and the book of Acts provide a good start. Also 3) it means telling others about your experience (witnessing). 4) it also means fellowshipping in an assembly that preaches the Gospel. Not just any old church but the one where the scriptures are adhered to.
The reason it is advised to read these 5 books in the beginning is because you get to see what our big brother (Jesus) did in his ministry (the gospels) and also his Chosen men after he Left this earth (Acts). Now everyone who is Spirit-filled has the Gospel inside them. Only by growing in the Spirit do we get the Fruit which is so important and the fruit is, Souls saved. The other Fruits of the Spirit (galatians 5:22) are there as we grow in Christ and they enable us to not offend people and so they lose their Salvation. That is a terrible tragedy that happens to a lot of people.
There are regular “Prunings of the Vine” in the true church. The reason this is so is because only a “remnant shall be saved”. If there were no regular prunings of the church, things would get out of hand. A pastor would be flat out all day every day if he had a church of 25,000 people to look after! People however do draw offence at what happens in the church and while the offence doesn’t happen intentionally it does happen.
People “fall away” for a myriad of reasons but the biggest one is probably being offended by someone in the church. This is my experience over the past 31 and 1/3years. If all of us Truly walk in the Spirit we can keep the number of people from falling away to a minimum. Preferring one another in Love is a great scripture and an example to all of us. However before we get there, we must first have the Spirit because the Spirit is Love.
Once we are walking in the Spirit, without any pretence, then we can be a conduit for Salvation and not a blockage. Another example to us is the Faithful Steward. All that passage means is we are given the Holy Spirit to give to other people. “As you have received so freely give”. He that is deceived into not duplicating his experience will be an unfaithful steward and the punishment is accordingly dire. The Lord will not hold him guiltless.