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There was a time when the church was very powerful--in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators."' But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated." By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests. Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an arch defender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's silent--and often even vocal--sanction of things as they are.But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust. Martin Luther King (excerpt) People of God, I'm revisiting this writing because we must look at Jesus and the New Testament Church en view of it's original intent. As we bring Jesus into the 21st century, we examine the cultural impact that He had on women, non-Jews, and the poor. We should be ashamed and convicted! The New Testament Christians spoke "truth to power"and there was genuine "unity" in the body.I believe it's time for US to take spiritual inventory of ourselves through and from the platform of LOVE. Join Pastor Monday thru Friday 6am and 12pm eastern on Morning Manna Conference (phone) Line 641-715-3300 conference code 499589# or listen to Pastor Harris 24 hours a 7days on our playback line 641-715-3412 code 499589# over 200 sermons archived (when the recording come on # gives most recent message or use reference 1 through 275) or email us your prayer request email@example.com or can Pastor Harris 617-792-0663t