SOME OF THE CHURCH
HAS LOST ITS SALTINESS
The early church was so different from many and most churches of our day.
The sermon content differed. The power is so much different and less than the early church demonstrated to the world. Why?
Can we search the Scriptures and find the key to their revival?
Has the church compromised doctrine and teaching so much that they have forfeited revival?
If so, we need to find in the teachings of Jesus, and the message of the early church truths that can re-ignite revival.
These teachings, when we find them,will surpass all the teachings of the Laodicean church of today,the modernist church that has so adulterated the true gospel that it is simply now a "form of godliness denying the power thereof."
Jesus and the early church taught and preached a higher standardthan those who held the highest standard of that day, i.e. the scribes and the Pharisees.
"For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of God."
The scribes and the Pharisees:
condemned murder... but Jesus said that anger and hatred were as wrong as murder.
separated themselves from their wives, but Jesus' teaching said give her two or three times her dowry.
taught one must keep a binding oath, but Jesus said that one must keep his word, even if it was a simple "yes" or "no", and did not have a "binding oath."
taught that they should give to God 23 and a third per cent of their income, but Jesus taught we must give our all to Him, and be only stewards of His property.
Jesus called for people to abandon what the world called wisdom and righteousness, and take on a new set of standards that the world calls "impossible." Many have refused these teachings. Much of Christianity have taken opposite standards, and still call themselves "Christians." Many preachers today are telling people to be "self confident", "powerful", "satisfied", "self-righteous", "aggressive"... etc.
Many are telling saints that they are not spiritual if they "mourn" and not laugh. Many are teaching a psychological gospel, and a gospel that condones what people want condoned today. The standards and teaching of Jesus and the early church need re-examined and re-instituted into the church today.
Jesus taught that there are only two ways to live. One is the right way, the other is the wrong way. We must choose to build our life and home on the rock, or on the sand.
Matthew 7:24-27 (KJV)
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
You cannot choose to live different from the real teachings of Jesus and be happy or Godly. Christ taught with authority. He was not making suggestions. He was direct and authoritative. He said that we must live a certain way... no options! Many have neglected to even consider the teachings of Jesus as mandatory. That is why we have so much of Christianity that live no better than those of the world.
There are too many hypocrites, too many abusers within church ranks, and the name of Christians, the testimony of the life changing experience we should have had, the God-glorifying life-style that God wants --is far too absent in congregations.
"Ye are the salt of the earth, but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted, it is henceforth good for nothing."
This is a metaphor: "Ye are the salt of the earth" and then the rest is a parable on salt. Jesus is teaching that we are to be like "salt" in some ways. This teaching is vital, and is a continuation of a type given of salt in the Old Testament.
Salt is a necessary food, and was used in the Old Testament as a necessary ingredient to the food offerings given in thanksgiving to God.
"And every oblation of the meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer (permit) the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt."
The word for "meat" in the above verse actually means "food". These offerings were mostly unleavened cakes baked or fried and anointed with oil and frankincense, and offered to God as a praise offering.
There were five kinds of "food" offerings:
1. Fine flour, oil and frankincense offered uncooked, but then cooked on the fires of the burnt altar...
2. Unleavened baked cakes of bread...
3. Unleavened cakes of bread done on a griddle on a fire...
4. Unleavened cakes fried in a pan...
5. The first fruits of the crops, beaten to a fine flour and mixed with oil and frankincense.
All these offerings had oil and frankincense added to them, but along with this, they were to be salted. There was no "food" offering to be offered to God without salt.
The bread was salted as a type. The salt was to be put thereon as a reminder of the "covenant of salt." Since every cake of bread offered to God was to have been salted shows that God wants us to constantly reminded of His covenant. He wants us to be preservative to the world, and a constant reminder to them that we are the pledge of God that He still wants to be loyal to the covenant.
Luke 14:34 and Mark 9:50 begin with "Salt is good." And the Bible is truth... Though the world treats salt as something to be shunned, and removed from the diet. The truth is that only 10 per cent of the population do not automatically expel all excess salt taken into the body. Salt is a necessary food, for it will expel poisons within the system that can otherwise build up.
There are many good uses and purposes of salt:
purifies and preserves against corruption...
gives flavor to food...
eliminates poison from the body...
helps fertilize land...
arrests and prevents the process of putrefaction in food.
The people of the Bible days appreciated salt, and it value, unlike many of today. Salt had a significance that few today understand. Salt was considered "good", and valued, used on sacrifices, and used as a covenant between those pledging loyalty and friendship.
We are the "salt of the earth." We are to be an offer to the world of loyalty and friendship from God Himself.
Like salt, Christians are a necessary element to this world. If the Christians do not live as the Lord teaches us, they are like salt that has lost its savor, and are "good for nothing"!!! The Lord teaches us that we are "the salt of the earth."
We are not "salt" of the "world" as we are the "light" of the "world". The word for "world" is "kosmos" meaning the world system, the souls of the humans that are the population of the earth.
We are "light" to them, but to the "earth" we are "salt". The word for "earth" is "ga". This word refers to the planet as a whole, and to this planet, we are like the "salt" that was placed upon the sacrifices (Lev. 2:13).
So as the salt was added to a sacrifice to indicate the preservative power,
and preservative nature of salt, so Christians are to be upon this earth to preserve it from the wrath of God to keep God from destroying it.
But if this salt (the Christians) "becomes worthless" how can this earth be preserved from judgment? The word for "becomes worthless" in the Greek is "morontha".
Salt is a chemical, and cannot lose its chemical properties, and still be salt.
But it can be adulterated. However, the word used actually means "becomes foolish", "becomes as a moron", and is therefore referring to the Christians,
that the "salt" was only a type.
Many Christians have become like this - moronic, stupid, adulterated with false, worthless, damaging, and sometimes damning doctrines - salt!!!
With false doctrines today, many Christians are of no value to the Lord, no value to the earth as a preservative from God's judgment. The Lord says that Christians with false, stupid, and harmful doctrines are good only for people to walk on.
The word for "walked on" is "katapateo" and denotes disdain and judgment.
Being "salty" is not optional, it is demanded and needed by us today. We are either salty or not. The presence of "salty" Christians in the world, preserves the world from the corruption of the devil. When Christians lose the truth, the true gospel, corruption of the world progresses rapidly.
In II Thessalonians, we are told that "He that hinders will hinder until he be taken out of the way." Paul likely had this teaching of Jesus in mind as he taught the Thessalonians. We are to be a hindered to the plan of the devil, and to the revelation of the Antichrist. When we are removed by the rapture, the plan of the devil and the judgments of the tribulation will proceed rapidly.
If God could have found ten righteous in Sodom, God would have spared it.
The ten righteous would have been enough "salt" that God would not have in that way judged the perverts of Sodom.
When Moses stood before God in intercession, one righteous man saved the nation of Israel from destruction. A "salty" saint can make a difference. God wants such "salty" saints.
Salt in the body cleanses out poisons. Saints speaking rhema word, truth of the Spirit of truth, will bring purification to the body of Christ. When the body of Christ is too "unsalted" or begins speaking "moronic" ideas, stupid doctrines of devils, there is an evil that grows in the body of Christ.
We need saints of salt, preserving earth from judgment, purifying the body of Christ from poisons, adding taste to the blandness of the earth.
Therefore, the Lord tells us:
"Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace one with another"
To have purification of saintly people in the church, not debating, not arguing, not attacking each other. But to in "peace" speaking, preaching, teaching the true gospel, the message of the Lord, will find they are "salt" to the earth preserving it from judgment, and are "salt" to the church removing poisons from the body of Christ.
If we are salt, we will do a work. You will change the body, or be expelled from the body.
Since salt is a preservative, it is symbolic of an enduring covenant. We are to have a "covenant of salt forever before Jehovah." (Numbers 18:19)
David received his kingdom forever from Jehovah by a "covenant of salt."
(II Chronicles 13:5).
The term "covenant of salt" referred to the solemnizing of any inviolable covenant. Salt is meant to be used as a type of endurance, everlasting honesty and truth. Still today, in the Arab and orthodox Jewish world, salt is meaningful and contractual. If such persons share food with salt on it, they must become friends, even if enemies before.
The Arabs have expressions: "There is salt between us" and "He has eaten my salt" both indicating a covenant made by such partaking of salt.
When people accept the salt of the earth, the Christians of truth, a covenant of peace, salvation, and protection is made with the Lord. God wants us here to be "salty", to stand for truth, to proclaim what the Lord wants proclaimed.
We are to "have salt" in the body.