How many small groups actually do go out into their community and work to reach out to the “unchurched”? well, maybe it would be better for these people to stay unchurched, unspoiled by the ravages of the institution. maybe it would be better for “good people” who are focused on loving others to just continue to love others. love for others is love for God. perhaps they are closer followers of christ than we give them credit for. perhaps their love for others will be counted as righteousness.
what about the people who don’t go to church religiously, but who clothe the naked and feed the hungry? what will God have to say to them. Jesus said, “you will know them by their fruit” this is the most distinguishable characteristic of people in the Spirit: you will know them by their fruit. so let’s say you have a person working the 9-5 workweek/prison, seeking material comfort and going to an evangelical church every sunday, claiming, “i have been born again.”
let’s also say you have a person working in the inner city, working with hurting people, homeless people, hungry people. This person works to help these hurting people feel like they matter, like they are real people too, instead of trying to sweep them under the rug of society. oh yeah, and this person doesn’t go to church every sunday. this person does not claim to be “born again”.
which one is bearing fruit of the Spirit?
Who is closer to salvation?
Just what is the deal with this thing we call Grace??