The Newest Quote That’s Blowing My Mind

This quote has been blowing my mind as of late.  Read it at your own peril.  The words in bold are what has really been striking me, but the rest gives context for everyone to understand.  It comes from a small booklet by Gene Edwards called “An Open Letter To House Church Leaders.”

“A brother speaking in one of the conferences said ‘We are under command from the Lord–this is a commandment–that we bring a song, a praise, a prayer, or a word when we come to a meeting.’

“I have two responses to that statementl.  One: those are sick, pitiful meetings you’ll get, sir!  Two: Peter and Paul would say to that brother: ‘We tried obeying commands all our lives and never succeeded.  Why should we now command the gentiles to do what we can’t do?’

“God’s people can’t do those things, even if commanded to do so.  Put them under command to do them and you are back to major guilt and big stick law.  That is no place for any of us to be!  But, if those same people have been whelmed with a head on collision with Christ, an encounter with Him, you can’t shut them up.  They will run to the meeting to report.

Fruit is a desperate effort on the part of a plant to keep from drowning in an excess of life.  So is functioning in a meeting.”

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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

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