by- EJ Ouellette
I find many people get set free from religion for what seems a season and then seem to fall right back into it. I myself did this. I was escaping one church that I thought was so religious and then without thinking ended up in another that was really no different.
I grew up in the Catholic Church and even went to a Catholic school. When I was baptized in the Holy Spirit I attended a Catholic Charismatic prayer meeting. After a season of that I got frustrated with the religiosity of the Church and ran to a ‘Spirit Filled’ church. I was there 12 years when I realized it was exactly the same just under a different roof.
Walking in the kingdom is discovering that WE are the church! When we come to this realization maybe we can finally experience all that Jesus meant for us to enjoy.
I was having a conversation with a couple of older Christians one day and they seemed perplexed at my vision of the true church. That night I had this dream. I dreamt I was standing near a railway. On my left were some old tracks that were very rusty. On my right were some brand new rails just laid. From around the corner I heard an old steam train approaching. It was your typical black steam engine from the late 1800s. Plumes of steam rose up at slowly timed intervals. As the engine slowly approached I got on the tracks and tried to lift the engine. My intention was to put the old train on the new tracks. It seemed logical in the dream. The two men that stood near me must have thought I was the stupidest thing they ever saw. I screamed for them to help me but they just stood motionless, looking at me in disbelief. I awoke at this point and realized how stupid that was and laughed at myself. A new church is coming and I doubt the old will want it. I don’t know what it will look like or what things will be different but it is coming.
This little bit of enlightenment caused an axe to fall in my life and I had to re-evaluate everything I understood about the true church. One thing is for sure, the ‘old’ will not embrace the ‘new’ easily.