By Patrick Hawthorne
I listen, I read, I observe, I question. That is who I am. Sometimes my quest for knowledge serves no other purpose than to satisfy personal curiosities about certain subjects. Yet, sometimes my quest for understanding points me towards flaws in a system that should be working, yet has grown powerless. Lately, I have been observing the Church, the Body of Christ as a whole and why it seems so powerless especially in this day and time when we need God’s power more than ever.
This post is not intended to be an admonishment, but more of a series of observational questions. And, my questions begin with this. “Why do so many professed Christian shy away from openly speaking the name that is above every name, the name of Jesus?”
With great gusto, many boldly use the term Christ. Yet, when they openly say the name Jesus, they almost whisper His name as if afraid someone might hear. Is there power in the name of Christ? No, but how can there be? Christ is a title, albeit a title of great honors meaning ‘the Anointed One.” Did not the Anointed One say “Ask in MY name..?”
It saddens me to listen to sermons from men and women of God who profess the greatness and the wonders of the Christ, but never say the name of the Christ. Even their closing prayers end with, “In Christ’s name we pray.” Who is this Christ whom they preach? Does He not have a name? Does this Christ look upon them with sadness because they dare not speak His name in open circles?
17 But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”
18 So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. (Acts 4:17-18 NKJV)
How many unanswered prayers have been prayed in the “Name of Christ?” Might they have been unanswered because they were asked in a title that has no power? Has satan, the father of lies, so deceived the Body of Christ that many believe the gifts of God are no longer needed, that they were just for the few?
Why do we have one group of Christian’s calling the other group “Jesus Freaks,” or heretics because one group dares believe that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8)? Should we not expect results from using His name according to His Word? Does mockery of these believers not sound like the Pharisees and Sadducee’s of yesterday admonishing Jesus and the disciples for believing something that was contrary to their own personal thoughts and perceptions?
Oh well, these were just some questions weighing heavily on my heart. Be blessed…In JESUS name.
But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” Acts 3:6