It mystifies me how people take the same traditions and methods of modern Christianity, mix and match them in different ways, and expect to get different results.
I’ve met people who are tired of the traditions of ‘institutionalized’ Christianity. They’re tired of doing the Bible studies, Sunday services, youth groups, Sunday school, etc., but when and if they leave that system, more often than not they end up doing the same types of traditions outside the system. It’s easy to become yet another denomination.
If you want to make a cake, but you use all of the ingredients for meatloaf, it doesn’t matter how many different ways you put those ingredients together, or at what temperature or for how long you bake it, you’re going to end up with a meatloaf. It may be a different consistency, or be half-baked, or be mostly charcoal, but it’s still a hunk of meat. Adding frosting and candles just makes people nauseous.
We need to stop calling a meatloaf a cake. A meatloaf is a meatloaf.
If it’s a cake you’re after, you’re going to have to be willing to lose the ground beef and tomato sauce. It’s going to take abandoning your opinions and ideas of how a cake ought to be made. We’ve proven that we know how to make a fine meatloaf, but God’s looking for something else. He wants a wedding cake. He has His own recipe, and is a really fine baker. We should give him the kitchen (our hearts) to work in, get out of the way, stop telling Him how to do His job, and let Him bake.