The Spirit of God impressed on me something about His bride. He dreams of her. He has equipped her from birth to be who she is supposed to be. But she gave it up after much abuse. Her past story tells us that she was persecuted in the very beginning. She fled Jerusalem. She had to compete with other philosophies and heresies within her. She was chopped up into different doctrines. She was confined to monastic orders. They made her into something that she is not - a theology! Those who defended her were martyred. Then those that wished to represent her hung titles on themselves like 'pope' and 'archbishop', discrediting her very being. They crowned emperors in her dwelling and launched tragic crusades ravaging innocent and ignorant people in her name. All she wanted was to be His bride. Politics and institutions wasted her. The power of the institutions strengthened and the poor in her suffered and those who stood for the truth, burned in stakes. Reformation began, movements started, suppression increased and persecution continued. She ran disoriented and lost, not knowing who she really is. She was later dressed in new terms like 'confessions' and 'denominations'. People liked her new clothes and made a global business out of it called 'mission' to export these clothes to other nations. She is not a business. She is not a theology. She is not a confession. She doesn't play politics or institutions. She is not a denomination or a doctrine. She has sacrificed much too much to be everything to everybody. What she really wants is her bridal dress. She has travelled such a long journey. She is so tired, almost exhausted. Her clothes are smelly and worn out. Yes, she may look wasted and useless; she may look old and wrinkled, but somewhere deep within she has hope. She has hidden her strength to one day shock every institution, theology, politics, every title and doctrine. Watch out! Her moment will come! She will clothe in her spotless bridal dress and her youth will be renewed. She will steal the show because she remembers who she is - His bride.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon