Church Is A Mirror Reflection Of How Men Perceive Godby Van Robison
If we look in the mirror, we
obviously see our own reflection. Churches of this
world are a reflection of the thinking of the
religious-minded. So then, churches reflect the
thinking mostly of the leadership of those
institutions. You might say that when a clergyman or
pastor looks at himself in the church mirror, what he
sees is his own thinking. Church is the image or
mirror reflection of the pastors. The reason this is
so is because without the professional clergy there
would be no church buildings, no service conducted, no
preaching service, no money collection, no weekly
rituals, etcetera. Church is a reflection of how men
perceive God. Church cannot possibly define God, His
purpose or His character. The one element that God
looks upon is the HEART. It is impossible to believe
that the most intelligent being in the universe is
somehow pleased and overjoyed with human rituals,
ceremonies, patterns, physical structures made of
brick, stone, wood and mortar, and the customs and
traditions of the religious-minded.
Is God represented because people bathe on Sunday morning, put their Sunday clothes on, drive to their favorite local church, shake hands with a few people, have some small chatter over donuts and coffee and then sit in rows of pews, listen to a short or long sermon by someone who is supposed to be "spiritual" and then go out to the local restaurant and eat, go home and watch television until bedtime? And that is basically how many Christians perceive God. They have done their weekly ritual of "going to church", which is a reflection of the mind of man.
Pastors have the perception that Jesus Christ is represented by their physical church buildings, their church schools, how many are on staff, and by virtually everything that is of a material nature in their churches and church properties, along with whatever they do in church service. For example, years ago when my wife and I attended First Assembly of God in our local community, an Australian "evangelist" was making his church rounds and was invited to speak (always for money). This happened during the time of many charismatic happenings. This fellow thought it was a good idea for everyone to just get down on the floor on our backs and simply "soak" in the presence of God. Well, okay, nothing particularly wrong with resting and contemplating. But the fact remains, that was a part of his perception of who God is and he wanted others to "see" God in this same fashion.
God is perceived by "professional clergy" in the following ways:
- The pastor has authority over all who are members of his church.
- The pastor is entitled to a free lunch for life--which means you work, I take your money.
- Physical church buildings, and the bigger and more expensive the better.
- Sunday church service.
- Wednesday night church service.
- Revival every so often.
- Guest speakers from time to time (collections will be taken).
- Rows of pews for the members and guests.
- Pre-packaged sermons.
- Three or four songs, or maybe more.
- On-stage musical instrument players.
- Altar calls.
- Special music while the tithes and offerings are taken up.
- Pastors and "important" preachers sit in soft-cushioned chairs on the stage.
- Attendant brings pastor glass of water before preaching service begins.
- Deacons keep order.
- Head deacon places mints in the suit pocket of the pastor before each service.
- Wearing of long robes to preach in.
- Infallible pastor leads congregation in "worship."
The real perception of God was taught and lived by Jesus Christ. Jesus taught that "my Father and I are one" and that "IF you have seen Me, you have seen the Father." Do church leaders and the millions of pawns sitting in pews really "see" Jesus Christ, or do they see a mirror reflection of how religious leaders perceive God in their imaginations? Did God create us to follow the religious imaginations of pastors and church leaders? Is real life about the HEART or church rituals?