Editors Note: Below is an except to an article on the scattering of God’s church that brings much clarity and hope to the situation that we find ourselves in during this Laodicea Age of the Church. Below this except is a link to the full article as well as the sermon that it is transcribed from. Written by Harold Lee and taken from the Pacific Church of God website by permission.
Brethren, being scattered doesn’t necessarily mean we’re under a curse. God can and has used it for our growth and to His glory.
When I think back twenty or thirty years, our only job was on no uncertain terms “to pay and pray.” Everything was done for us! We were only called as part of the grist mill. Right? You just turn the crank and money comes out. And you pray and everything else is done. In a way, we were observers and not participants.
We would go to the Feast—fourteen thousand! Everything was done for you. They even told you where to park your car, whether you wanted them to or not (laughter)! And if you talked to one of them, they could tell you want kind of car to buy and what color it should be, whether you wanted them to or not! Again, we just became part of a herd and everything was done for us. Went in, sat down and just got on the ride.
What about now? Now when we have a hundred or two hundred at the Feast, everybody that wants to be involved can. You did need to sit around and wait for permission. Look at it here. When there is someone and you want to serve, Brethren, every one of us has an opportunity to serve! There’s lots of chance. This could not have happened when we were all clumped together and it was all being done for us.
It’s another phenomena that happens when you’re part of a large group. I’m going to read this from Wikipedia. (I’ll tell you, Wikipedia and Google, what else does anybody need? That just does it all for you!) They’re talking about what’s called Herd Behavior. It says:
Herd behavior describes how individuals in a group can act together without planned direction. The term pertains to the behavior of animals in herds, flocks, and schools and to human conduct during activities such as stock market bubbles, crashes, street demonstrations, sporting events, religious gatherings, episodes of mob violence and even every day decision making, judgment, and opinion. Large numbers of people cause individuals to lose their sense of accountability.
Now what does this mean? It means that when you’re part of a large group, you lose your personal accountability. You just follow the herd. You just follow the group. And, Brethren, when that happens, there’s no personal growth! There’s no personal responsibility.
We once thought all a person needed to do to make it was just to do what they’re told. Brethren, that’s not the way it is! God doesn’t want us to be part of a herd. He wants Harold Lee to be His son and to have a relationship with Him. And you can put your own name there. It’s a one-on-one. God is developing us individually. And, Brethren, we have to be scattered even the way we’re wired to have that personal responsibility and feel that on ourselves. We have to be scattered to do that. We cannot give that responsibility to another person. And when you’re part of a herd, it’s easy to do and it’s natural to do.
Look over in Philippians chapter 2. Remember the early Church, the apostles came in and set up the Churches and then they weren’t there! They came to visit, but notice Philippians 2 verse 12. It says:
Philippians 2:12. Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; (NKJ)
And that doesn’t mean I have to sit down and say, “Okay, I want salvation and this.” It means I have to bond with God, with Jesus Christ. And it’s Us that’s working on this, not me and everybody else in some hierarchical chain.
Philippians 2:13. For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (NKJ)
The Scattered Condition of the Church – Transcript
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