Sunday, July 17, 2005


Using a name like is certainly offensive. It’s also fully Biblical.

Right now there is a war raging—it’s the same war that has been raging for 2,000 years. The war is between the One True Church and the Pretender Church.

Everyone who is a Christian is a part of the One True Church, no matter what building they choose to meet with others. These people love Jesus with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. They love one another.

The Pretender Church is everyone who claims to be a part of the True Church, but in reality are not Christians. Since many of them believe they ARE Christians, these folks are sometimes hard to weed out.

In Revelation God calls this “Pretender Church” the “Whore of Babylon” (see Revelation 17.)

Jesus gave us a great way to get rid of the non-Believers who seemingly follow Him—offend them. This is what He was trying to accomplish in John 6.

The chapter opens with Jesus feeding 5,000 people. Then He walks on water. I don’t know about you, but I’d pay real money to see that.

That’s better than Copperfield’s Vegas show any day.

But that’s the problem: Following Jesus around was entertaining. And it was free—or relatively so. Lots of people came to see the show. By all outward appearances they were believers—people who followed Jesus around to see what color rabbit came out of his toga next.

So He did something almost no one today is willing to do: He told the so-called followers something completely offensive:

“Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.’” (John 6:53-54, NIV)

Now in our modern-day, heard about Jesus already world, we think “Hey, Jesus is speaking figuratively.” But His listeners at the time didn’t think so—they thought he had gone all “Jim Jones Kool-Aid” on them.

So they all left.

At least almost all of them. There were just a few left. Scholars don’t have a specific number, but we know “The Dirty Dozen” stuck around. Why did they stay? Peter summarized it in verses 68-69:

“Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’"

They didn’t get the whole cannibalism thing, but they KNEW, TRUSTED and BELIEVED in Jesus. They just followed.—Biblical and offensive. Knee jerk posers will leave in a huff. A few real Christians will hang around and talk. They may not agree with me, but at least we can sharpen one another. I’m still pretty dull.

Hey, that works on two levels!

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