Welcome Whitsunday also known as Pentecost. This season in the Church is the deliverance of the Holy Spirit among the disciples. This was the first true baptism of the disciples. On Friday our Church has a service called koinonia. This service is a calling of the Holy Spirit via song from the congregation with prayer. I have spent the last month going to this service. There is no ritual no real liturgy but a great deal of singing praise and healing. Now I have had personal negative experiences with the “healing” experience. A false believe that almost left me in a coma. Some individuals really get into this experience. Mostly women. The men I find to be like myself sitting and trying not to be judgmental but sitting and patient with their wives. I only go because my step children enjoy it. I want to make church more than a ritual we perform on Sunday that they do not understand. I been told that I appreciate more the ritual than the meaning behind the ritual.
This I do not deny. Ritual is beautiful when done correctly. Ritual that can be performed by generations of people over and over. Something is beautiful to watch how a group of people perform and believe. The belief of the performance of the ritual is what makes it beautiful. My fiancé and I are doing marriage prep courses. We talked about the leader of the house is the husband. That God and Jesus are the head of the Church like man is the head of his house. He is to lead the family like the priest in worship. While this is to be so, is that really what is happening today in the American Church? The impression is no. Men are begrudgingly requested to go to church. If the Church want men to lead the spiritual side of the family like the men lead the Church then it is time to educate our men to take charge and lead. I was asked to help develop a plan for our family because of a lack of understanding of what needed to be done. Thank you feminism which has been a destruction to a great many rituals.
Is ritual different when there is no faith? I would believe so. Faith is a nasty word that I fail to understand. I want to understand it to be trust. Because of my lack of understanding of faith I have to basically just understand it to be trust. However, when I perform ritual is my lack of understanding of faith remove myself from what others experience when performing ritual? Ritual is the analytical part to the free flowing part of religion. For the analytical it is this understanding that keeps them coming back. However, it is not the whole experience is it? Does anyone every really feel the full experience that the Lord has given us?
The feminization of our society has left our men in a weakened position. The lack of understanding the importance of leading the family in worship, the lack of leading their house, and lack of leading one’s self in ritual. Feminism could be seen the continued death of freemasonry and of the Christian Church. As women continue to drive in the lanes that men should be driving in the weaker we become as a society. As a women I am saying…..MEN STEP UP AND LEAD YOUR FAMILIES WE NEED YOU TO LEAD SO OUR FAMILY CAN SEE SALVATION!!!
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Ephesians 5:22-24 KJV