The failure of Moses is traceable in part to the mixed multitude that followed him from Egypt to Canaan. “Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: ‘Who will give us meat to eat?’” (Num 11:4)/ Nehemiah got it right: “So it was, when they had heard the Law, that they separated all the mixed multitude from Israel.” (Neh 13:3).
Jesus promised to build His Church. The Church of Jesus Christ is neither an organization like denominational setups nor cathedrals that look magnificent. The church is an organism comprising those called out from the Gentile and Jewish groups. There are three groups of people on earth. The church is one body.
In the days following the inauguration of the church Jews and Gentiles who believed the gospel message were admitted into the mystical body of Christ, which is the church. Nobody owned the ‘church.’ In today’s denominational setup unbelievers are invited to church in the hope that they will believe and be saved. Evidence of history has shown that the ‘church’ began to lose steam when unbelievers without invitation “crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Jude 1:4)
God has a standard for everything He does. Anytime God’s instructions are flouted chaos and confusion follow. God said to Moses: “see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain.” Jesus told His disciples to go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature, baptizing and making disciples of those who believe.
In this end time period God is not in the business of planting new denominations in cities over-flooded with all manner of independent churches. This is the gleaning season. God’s interest is in redirecting the church back to the Acts chapter two model:
40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”
41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,
45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And THE LORD ADDED TO THE CHURCH DAILY THOSE WHO WERE BEING SAVED. (NKJV)
I find it difficult to understand how a mixed multitude, a gathering of believers and unbelievers, can be called the church of Jesus Christ. There are three groups of people on the earth: Gentiles, Jews and Christians. You cannot be a Gentile and a Jew at the same time; neither can you be a Jew and a Christian at the same time. Gathering Gentiles and Christians together in the guise of worshipping God is perhaps one of the reasons there is no revival in this end-time church.
Ministers of the gospel with mixed multitudes in their assemblies would appear to have created comfort zones for unbelievers in their midst. If such people fail to be saved, as is common with those who have become too familiar with church service, God may require their blood at the hands of their pastors.
Generally, unbelievers in church are concerned with pleasing God with their zeal for the ‘house’ of God and the hope of receiving a befitting funeral when they die. They do not know the danger they face if they die in that state.
Jesus did not take delight in calling the Syrophenician woman a dog. That was the only way to pull her off her comfort zone. It worked. Jesus was pleased as the kingdom of darkness gave up that family. “Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith.” That great faith would have eluded her if Jesus had not shocked her with her real identity.
An unbeliever is like an unborn baby.
The first step in bringing revival to this end-time church is to apply the Acts model in separating the church of Jesus Christ from the world. It can be done and the time to do that is NOW.