the house of God

tonight I went to the church I was spiritally born in.I haven;t been there in a very long time.When I entered in I noticed a Christmas play was planned,so I decided to stay. As I began to look around I saw strings of lights laying on the alters ,a 12 inch christmas tree on the end of the alter,and pine tree limbs decorating behind the bible stand. needless to say ,I was so angry, I found my Lord in that old alter and now its a Christmas ornament. well then as the play began, the actors or members,whom 90 persent of them I never knew,are gathering at the front to sing and have the play of the babe in the manger,the ladies were wearing pants and sleeveless robes,the pastor was in plade shirt and clothes as if he just came from the farm and the piano player was wearing a crown. I have no problem with ladies wearing pants in their daily life ,but I have one with it in church(as members) and even more so on or in the alter. The alter is a Holy place,and God demands respect in his house. how can one pray and seek salvation or a HolyGhost out pouring with lights all over the place ? People can have a shouting happy meeting without God ever showing up, the sick thing about that is so called christians don;t even know the difference. I looked over to my left and saw people playing with their phone, I wanted to take it from them and throw it in the yard. I will never return there again and if God burned it with fire I would not fault him for it, God’s house is a Holy place, its the closest to his heart and a place dedicated to God, have we got to the place people are so stupid to think they can treat him or his house any way they wish and still exspect blessings and miracles,or deliverence. I guess they do but HELL is going to be HOT for those!! In this church,and many churches,for the lack of concern for the lost. I saw the dead raised and sickness cured and felt fire from heaven fall on people because they hungred for God,and now I see a mockery. God will not wink at disrespect in his church or in his people, he will say depart from me I never knew you.

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  1. I understand the need to give God your best. I have no problem with this part of the coversation. My problem is this, The Church is just a building made with mans hands, it only becomes a church by having those whom are Faithful Followers of Jesus Christ in it. For each and every one Whom follows him are a Church or better yet THE CHURCH. I, Dear Brothers & Sisters, Have not seen. My physical healing in my Body, Yet I Have seen my Body healed physically in the spirit, yet I have Fellowship on-Line because when my body gets Hot I have what are called Exacerbations which are horrible to see and go through. But I must dress in the coldest things that I can find, and I refuse to have others see me in my immodest clothing. I know that many out there haven’t grown spiritally but they will only grow with encouragement and love. We first need to Look inside ourselves and look to see any Mote in our own eye before we talk to any babes in the lord about a stick in their own eye. I also believe that Whom the Lord Loves he Chastises. He often teaches by example. For king David danced before god so hard and became uncovered. This embarrased his wife & caused her to rebuke him. The shame was not Davids but her own. I ask you all? Which is worse the knowledge of Good & Evil or Having a Heart fixed on the Lord? We know that dancing about unclothed is wrong, yet he only had his heart set on God so was he being evil, No! I only have hope that the Subject be brought up to fellow babes in the Lord with the same merciful kindness That he showed to us all in his Grace. I also hope that everyone has a Holy Day on this day we celebrate the Greatest Gift ever Given to us all, (Immanuel, God with us) in christ Jesus’ Name, may we all have a Joyous Christmas. Your Sister In Christ Jesus, Annette

  2. lookingforhope2011 says:

    Didn’t mean to put you on the spot in front of the mack truck :). I understand completely about the house of God needing to be Holy. If there was no Holiness there then there would be no hope for eternity. And we all need that belief and hope. I wonder and even ask God all the time.”where is the power? Where is the healing”? Like when Jesus walked the earth. Somewhere we are missing it or at least I am?. But I hear of the great testimonies in other places. So I know He is still working miracles and on the throne.

  3. Holyroller_11 says:

    I guess I;d better explain before I make someone mad, The church of God and a few others,years ago,to join the church(be a member)one of the rules or agreements was for ladies not to ware things pertaining to a man, I think they dropped it by now I;m not sure,anyway I was a little angry at the casual dress in the alter area and lights on the alter set me off. God;s house is a very Holy place,it;s sole purpose is Worship a Holy God. Many churches have made it into a social club,and can shout and sing and leave,thinking the HolyGhost was in the house but he wasn;t . The alter is to be treated as in the very presence of God,but how can a person in deep conviction and want to surrender to God with blinking lights all over alter and in the way. Its easy for a person to lose hope while trying to find God as it is. I’m sure everyone who has tried to get near God knows what I;m saying. In the old testiment the priest even feared an alter for their life,to disrespect it,and rightful so. This kind of disrespect will lead to searcing for the power of God for real help and no help is there. Ladies should look like holiness ladies in a holiness church,but not just them,men should also look the part.The preacher had no suit on,he had work clothes on,yet they were having a play about Christ in God;s house. I say to anyone try praying until you get a healing or a supernatural move of God in a place where no reverence to God is,and say it doesn;t matter.

    • Holyroller_11 says:

      When we pray we want to get as near to Jesus as we can get,pressing in our heart and mind to find God is our goal,interference is plenty available on a good day, I know when I need touch God,evern more important I need to be touched by God.I want to come to him as sincere and pure minded as I can be. Its a hard thing to pray and feel like no one is home.I went to a church and carried someone that was very sick few years ago,I drove for 1 hour to get there,what I found after I walked in was 2 full size posters of race car drivers propped up on the alter,I turned right around and hit the door.

      • lookingforhope2011 says:

        Im sure that was a real disappointment! So many church anymore not even lukewarm. And no reverence for God! No wonder we see so little victory!

      • Holyroller_11 says:

        I saw a preacher walk in a church,stand at the bible stand,pull out a 38 pistol and said,at the last church I was at some of the young people there after I went outside beat me up,so if anyone here tries,I have this gun, think you can pray in that church also? No one should be in leadership positions acting like or looking like anything other than Godly elders,people able to lead others in prayers or praying through to God!!! acting Godly and living like the devil has no place in leadership either preaching,teaching,or in a play.

    • There is nothing wrong with looking our best, but the most important thing is to look at the persons Heart. God is more concerned with our hearts & aour minds than the type of Clothes we are wearing. There is nothing wrong with giving him our best but he is spirit & those who worship him must worship him in Spirit & Truth! I have never read any part of the scripture that said to worship him in spirit & truth & Fine Clothes. That’s silly. I have seen many who wouldn’t want to go to a church because their church was small & not perfect yet. In the time that Jesus walked with his deciples & apostles, they wore robes. I have yet to See one Man of God wear a robe when on the pulpit. Gods house is a place of prayer. Not a fashion show or a talent contest, nor is it A place for one to feel superior over another. We are her for such a little time and I would hate to think that I causes someone to stumble because I didn’t like What they were wearing. Or what if they broke down on their way to church and got greace on their Clothes. Are they to be treated strange because their physical appearance is messy? Jesus preached on a hill top or mntn top and in synnegogs. But not to a building. He Spoke to the people, whom when they come together to seek & hear from God. That is the real building. & before that they used a tent. And here on this earth, we Dwell into these flehly tents. While we remain here. I really don’t se what wearing pants, a dress or skirt or suit have to do with seeking God. Though I don’t think giving him your personal best is wrong either, I just Ask that we don’t confuse the fact that people came to church to seek him not to impress others & if they are going to church for to impress others, why bother for God knows our heArts. YSICJ. Annette

      • Holyroller_11 says:

        The words I used my not make it clear but I will try again, I do not mean pour or rich worldly,I know those who do their best,thats ok,The members of this church and( the preacher,I have known for years) are who I speak of and they are not doing their best,I speak of the change in respect of people who took a pledge to be members. but more so,you do not decorate the alter,and anyone who thinks this is ok, needs a deeper walk,or salvation altogether. a sleeveless robe is not the result of poor or rich its disrespectful, This same church 20 years ago,had a revivial,some visitors came and as the service was going on,the HolyGhost filled the house,one of the visitors,jumped up,ran out the door and came in with a long sleeved shirt.(a man) .this same church a red cloud came and set on top as of fire,the people that lived near by,called the fire department,and they came and the firemen was afraid to enter the building (during a service) If the house of God is not treated with RESPECT he will not be there when you need him!!as it is in many places today. if the men showed up on the alter with short pants it would be just as bad,

        • Have you ever read the The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder? The reason I mention it is this: Her Dad and Mom were pioneers. Back in their day a person saved their very best clothes for church. The women used to have to wear their dresses down to their ankles, if they wanted to be respectable. The sleeves came down to their wrists and the top came up to their necks. Now you see women wearing dresses with spagetti straps, showing cleavage and hem lines half-way up the thigh. We have gone from one extreme to the other. I do believe some people come to church dressed too casual and it bothers me. I often wonder how the Lord must feel about it.

          • Holyroller_11 says:

            I am glad you see my point,if we were to visit the president we would try to be respectful,so why should we do less for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, I am not trying to put anyone down,just trying to help them up! be blessed hr

        • I really do understand what you are saying, but I remember a man who had been in Chains &fetters and he was running around nude, becAuse he had evil. Spirits in him. And Jesus heeled him. When the people saw him later, he. Was dressed & in A sound mind. Jesus takes them as they. Are and Does a good work in us all. Yes you are right about the alter but I do have a suggestion; you could get together with other members and buy jackets for the people inside the Building. Maybe some prayer clothes. Explain that we just would like members to wear them. So that no one stumbles Due To their dress. But I. Would seek a better way to explain it. You could also ask for help to create a prayer Robe for Everyone. Not for the Chior, but for everyone & every visiter. That’s thE beSt idea I could give. & maybe remind Them All that these robes will help us focus on christ & no upon everyone else. YSICJ. Annette

          • Holyroller_11 says:

            I don’t belong to that church anymore,haven;t for over 15 years,there I was a trustee,after they got a new pastor,he and i didn;t agree,He was later caught embesseling money from the church 2 years after I asked for my name to be removed,I just now visited it again and they have another pastor,whom I have known in the past.yet it is worst than ever,I will not darken the door again/ If you play church you get what you put into it.I know what it takes to find God and REAL power from God,and if so called leaders of church services don;t know then they need to sit down and learn I later started my own church,and hired preachers to preach,I don’t concider myself a preacher,One of the preachers said,you started a church an don;t call yourself a preacher,and he I am an ordained preacher,I feel ashamed,and he went out and started another church about 30 miles away, when holiness is upheld things happen

          • Holyroller_11 says:

            you don;t understand,these are able to dress accordingly,they choose to dress any way without reguard to the chuch.these are in position,I am not talking about the general congregation.(people who are responsible for the gospel taught in the church.

          • Holyroller_11 says:

            The man in the tombs was not in charge of the Lord’s house or was a member of the congregation,He was pocessed of satan, now the question is, was the man coming to harm Christ,but couldn’t or was the man inside trying to rid himself of the demon? be blessed sis the church is not just a building,its only reason for being is for service to God, therefore those in charge of keeping it holy to the Lord will be held accountable. when the holy things were taken from the temple,what happened to Babbalon?

          • lookinforacity says:

            Hi Joseph

            When you say
            “when the holy things were taken from the temple,what happened to Babbalon?”

            What exactly are you referring to, what did happen to Babylon as a result of them taking the Holy things of the Temple?

            Be Blessed
            JIM

          • Holyroller_11 says:

            Daniel 5;2 Belshazzar,whiles he tasted the wine,commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem;that the king,and his princes,his wives,and his concubines,might drink therein, Daniel 5;5 IN the same hour came forth fingers of a man;s hand,and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the King;s palace;and the king saw the part of the hand wrote. read the book,and see God takes it personal when his holy things are degraded including his church.

          • lookinforacity says:

            Hi Joseph

            The following verses give the reason why Belshazzar died and lost his kingdom.
            All of what happened to Belshazzar was because of PRIDE.
            But there is no account as to what happened to Babylon, because of taking the Holy vessels from the Temple.

            Dan 5:22,23
            22) And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;
            23) But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:

            It should be understood, God not only allowed the taking if the Holy vessels to be taken from the Temple, but rather, He used the Prophets to tell the kings of Judah what was going to happen to them and the Temple.
            So the destruction of the Temple and the carrying away of the Holy things of the Temple were foretold by God through the Prophets, nothing happened to Babylon for the action they took against Jerusalem, and the Temple.

            Be Blessed
            JIM

          • Holyroller_11 says:

            I think if you check history of babylon you will find persia took control of it and it has never had any power over the area since. but my point was concerning the house of God and keeping it in respect

      • Timothy Luke says:

        Annette, I agree with you. I think the easy way to say it is, 'am I seeking to draw attention to myself?, or am I seeking to honor the God who created me by modestly adorning and accentuating the beauty HE has placed within me?'

        In my business I have the name of Jesus embroidered on the front and back to glorify Him, not myself.  I did not do that for years because of fear of what people might critically say or think. I now do it to show that I am His and if they are pleased with my conduct, it is because I belong to Him.

        • Holyroller_11 says:

          I wrote an artical to show how far people can drift from God and lose the power to save heal and be blessed in the church, and all that you hear is clothes. This verifies what I said,if you can;t see the truth about respecting the house of God the way people used to do then the blind is leading the blind, every where people say where is the power and why don;t I recieve something from God. The reason is the same as in the old testiment,offering a sheep that has spots or is sick thinking God will take whatever we give him,and be satified. You should think again. Whosoever wants to pray on an alter draped in blinking lights,be my guess,but you won.t find me there or more important you will leave like you came empty and depressed!!

    • lookingforhope2011 says:

      Years ago like 1989-1991 somewhere in there I was working at awl-mart. I met another employee named Joy. Her dad was a pentecostal preacher. Anyway I wanted to date Joy really bad. She said no-no-no. Not unless you start coming to church with me and meet my family. Well, being the little intelligent youngster I was I went. And went. And went. And still no date. Finally after I had thanksgiving dinner with them she said YES! mind you we were both in our early twenties so it wasn’t like we were teenagers. Well we went to dinner. Caught a movie and I had to have her home by 9pm sharp. Well one night in church she was sitting next to me. And just out of the blue stood up and just started speaking in tongues for what seemed eternity. Then her dad interpreted it from the pulpit. I did everything but make a new door in the side of that church that night. Scared the living daylights outta me.! Ya see. At that time I didn’t know what tongues was or interpretations. So a wet eared 20 year old foot loose and fancy free party animal I was at the time got an education I will never forget. And you know what. That church was as comfortable as being in your own mommas house. Everyone was real nice and genuine. Kinda like most of the folks I have met on here. I sure wish I would of given up my worldly ways back then. Because I had it made and didn’t even realize it. Thanks for letting me share.

      • Holyroller_11 says:

        Its a great thing when tongues and interpetations are in the church,and great conviction comes in an enviroment such as that also and yes it also is scary

        • lookingforhope2011 says:

          I don’t remember a whole lot from back in my younger days. But that always stuck with me like it happened yesterday. At the time I was only in that church to get a date with the pastors daughter. But looking back all these years I see Jesus had a date for me I just didn’t see it at the time. Its amazing how God really pursues us and most of the time we don’t even see it.

          • Holyroller_11 says:

            God sees the heart of people,although we can;t, he takes us when no one else cares,and praise God we don;t have to be important in this world for his deep care, he loved us from the foundations of the world,

  4. lookingforhope2011 says:

    I mean no disrespect. But when you mentioned the ladies wearing pants at the alter is that not a good thing?. I know my mother in law wears skirts all the time. In or out of church but she is not the same lady behind closed doors at home that she is at church. So im guessing for the true follower of Jesus pants must not be appropriate for the women? Or is it the kind of pants?.It also reminds me of how Jesus felt when He was in the temple and chased out all the people selling things. I think about that everytime I hear of a big name preacher selling tapes and books and cd’s when they are leaving the church

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