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Stomach Acid and sermons…

Ever deal with a puking child and then wonder why God made our stomach acids so stinky?

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”

God is the one who decided to refer to His word as “milk” and “meat”. Food terms. So, if everything God made tells us something what does our digestive system teach us? Even in your kids’ stinky barf in the middle of the night…there is a lesson about God!!!

What this non-scientist knows about the digestive system:
When you eat literal food…you begin by totally tearing it apart…(chewing)…
You right away douse it with something to begin to make it break down (spit)…
Then when it hits your stomach a vile acid completely breaks it apart and turns it into liquid…
Then…your intestines begin to absorb water (Jesus is the living water) and nutrients out of the food…
And, finally, your body takes what has no value…which is MOST of what you took in…and poops it out…

(If there were time for me to really investigate it…I’m sure there would be an entire book-worth of depth to this analogy)

For the “body of Christ” to be healthy we need to treat “spiritual food” the same as we do literal food…

We…the church members…when we sit and listen to any pastor “feed us” from (his interpretation of) the Word of God…we need to not just sit there and passively accept (swallow whole) whatever the pastor says. But, how many people will sit there and chew on it??

How many pastors would expect their church members to do that? How many pastors would see their congregation “chewing” and see that as a threat? But, “chewing” literal food is what RELEASES the nutrients! We all know we’ve been told to chew our food properly! Chewing makes it possible for us to get the nutrients out of the food and to eliminate the waste! Pastors should WANT to see their congregations “chewing” on their sermons! Unless any pastor has “arrived” and has now got EVERYTHING all figured out…all pastors should want their congregations to chew and throw most of it away!

Jacob “wrestled with God” all night…and in the morning was renamed, “Israel”…because he wrestled with God. God’s people are supposed to be people who “wrestle”…who take things in and “chew it” and “break it down” and “tear it apart” and then extract the “nutrients” and “living water” from the food…

And, after we break down what we’re “fed” by our pastors and leaders…we need to go and expel the waste…and it stinks…the majority of what we’re fed needs to be expelled…and flushed away…not analyzed…not put on a shelf…but cleaned up and buried and never seen again!

I believe all of the bad doctrine that is pervading the church today is caused by the fact that people do not digest what’s fed to them…rather they swallow it whole and never poop any waste out…because if you sit and “tear apart” the doctrine of “original sin” or the idea that “God is in control” or the idea that we’re supposed to HIT our kids “for their own good”…or ANY of the common beliefs of the modern church…you would realize there’s very little (if none) “living water” or “nutrients” in it and that pretty much all of it is “waste”…most of it’s like a dry cracker…

The body of Christ is full of this waste and it has poisoned us from the inside out…It’s why the “world” accuses us of having “blind faith”…because we DO…we don’t chew…we don’t wrestle…

Part of the problem too is that we have all these churches who have established their church doctrine on what the famous “church fathers” have written and we swallow that whole, too!

So, what did your pastor “feed you” this week? Chew on it!!!
(I intend to wear out my teeth before I die!)

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