After all of this discussion one thing rings true and loud in my mind.........
QUIT SHOWING WHO YOU ARE BY YOUR NAME OR YOUR SIGN!!!!
Our actions and love should demonstrate who we are regardless and in any situation.
I've heard multiple times how we wouldn't know who to choose to worship with if they didn't have a sign. Do you want to worship with a group of people if their Christian impact is so little that you don't even KNOW WHO THEY ARE??
Christian's are supposed to be the salt of the Earth.... we are the ones who work in a subtle, secret manner that has earth-shattering consequences......
Right now I am discussing spiritual issues with about three atheists on another board and do you know the major thing that has made them the way they are?
Christians without love. (in other words Christians in name but not in deed). Everytime they abusively reference a Christian in one of their diatribes it is the one's who \"do what they think is right so they won't burn in hell\", \"have their faith and if you don't have it your out of luck\", ETC, ETC, ETC.....
Christians (in name but not love) are turning a blind eye to this world. We are worshipping in buildings of stone and wood instead of worshipping in the only temple our Lord God gave us to worship in (our bodies).
Our bodies are mobile and our deeds proclaim the love of Christ, our buildings are stuck, mired down and have no identity our life.
Most non-believers believe the Church is the building down the road and its because NEARLY EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US, at one time in our lives has abused the name of the single greatest organization on this Earth, the bride of Christ and turned it into a non-mobile, unchanging worthless institution.
We should all be ashamed, whether we have been part of this, or we should share the blame with our brothers and sisters (even if they don't consider us to be brothers and sisters).
There is a war going on people and even though our \"religion\" (whatever that means) accounts for millions, we aren't doing our job.
We think that Christianity has to do with buildings, doctrines, names, places, persons........
Forget about what the folks in Antioch called the disciples.... we are disiciples of Christ, not Paul, not Peter, not anyone......
The rage inside of me is deplorable right now, but sometimes you just understand how Jesus felt when he threw those tables over.
IT IS ABOUT CHRIST! not doctrines, names, etc.,etc.,etc.
If you think that is too wishy-washy than you've missed the entire point and I'll be praying for you.