Summary: Are you still sucking your thumb or are you a grown up?
Christians Full Grown
I have been listening to a show on 990 Main Street America Radio, Chevis and Joe: The Other Side (http://www.990mainstreet.com/onair_display.php?id=9). They have a lot of folks call in and say that they are Black men full grown. This is the first time I have ever heard that phrase and I have pondered it and decided it was time to use it in reference to Christians.
There is a lot of nonsense going on in the name of Christianity. Much of it is false doctrine or heresy, but much of it is just childish toy playing by folks who should be teachers and Christians full grown instead of babes.
1 Cor 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (KJV)
To hear some Christians talk, you would think they were two year olds because everything is about them. They are in a spiritual, “Me, me, mine” mode and expect the church to cater to their every whim and entertain them at every turn or else they throw a tantrum and disrupt the congregation or leave to find a better play pen.
It is extremely sad. These are people not only supposed to be chronologically mature adults, but many have been saved for quite a few years. A young person you cut some slack, but if you are not mature by age twenty-five, you will have a difficult chance of ever getting there. It is time to put away the childishness and be what God called us to be.
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (KJV)
We have many young adults that have been raised in church and should be taking over the leadership of many ministries or at least be in apprenticeship but instead they just “hang out” at church when they feel like it and use it like a club or bar seeking mates. Though these people may be under thirty by their birth date they have had more spiritual training than the vast majority of people and thus are held accountable for the gifts and training they have been given.
They should be teachers and yet they have to be taught the simplest principles of Christianity and church life. They are so confused about what is right and wrong and they don’t want to be judgmental or intolerant. All those are milk issues. By now they should be dealing with deeper spiritual issues and seeking power for service and instead they are still in spiritual diapers or maybe training pants.
Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit and He dispenses various gifts to the members of Christ’s body that the Body might be complete, healthy and productive.
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
While we do not have apostles in the similitude of the Peter and Paul, an apostle was an ambassador or one sent on a mission and we are all to be ambassadors of Christ and we are sent out on the Great Commission with His message. In that respect, we are all apostles, but a more accurate modern counterpart may be a missionary sent out by the Church as were Paul and Barnabas.
We no longer have prophets in the sense of foretelling the future since we have the future laid out for us in Revelation and Daniel. We have all the future we need to know and its purpose is to inspire us to live more holy lives and to be about the Father’s business. It is not to satisfy our curiosity or to make us captivating party guests.
We do have “fix it” men (polemicists) that point out the errors of the church and exhort the brethren back to the Lord and His truth through revival, which is 98% of what prophets were sent to do. When they foretold the future it was to allow the people to have affirmation that the prophet was speaking for God.
We have the complete written Word of God so all we have to do now is compare the message with the Word. If it matches the Word the message is from God. If it does not, it is of the flesh or of the devil or both but not of God. Indeed, the Word itself now proves itself from fulfilled prophecies hence we can be assured that the ones yet to be fulfilled shall be done without question.