Churches that emphasize changing the world are little more than political institutions.
Such churches have chosen to participate in God’s cattle-herding of those oblivious to His will. This has nothing to do with whether they might actually be the sheep of His flock; they have strayed away from His pastures. They have joined themselves to the wrong herds.
The real battlefield of spiritual warfare is your own soul. There is nothing you can do to change the nature of this world. The one thing God does permit us is to change ourselves. Even then, the only real contribution we make is desire. We have to want what God is doing with us, want it every moment of every day. It’s a path that calls to us, not a place we live. On this path, we are permitted to see His handiwork up close and for what it really is. Nothing actually changes except our perception, our choice to stand with Him in His declaration of what’s real, what’s true, what’s good.
So there is no godly plan to systematically relieve poverty, for example; there is only you and I individually doing justice with whatever God puts in our hands. If there is any hope of helping those in poverty, it is persuading them by our testimony to walk in the heart-led path. Once there, God can steer them where He intends them to be. Poverty itself means nothing. Like death, it’s just a circumstance. Until people see that, nothing can help them; they are doomed.
Let’s not make Radix Fidem a place to get lost in trying to change the world.
We are not in this to save human life as it now is. Without the heart-led way and a commitment to divine justice, every human is already dead. That is the default for the entire human race ever since the Fall, so it’s already too late for most of them. This also has nothing to do with their eternal destiny. Every person living on this earth is just a heartbeat away from discovering their eternal destiny, but they will never be ready to face it without a commitment to Christ in the here and now. And following Christ means Biblical Law. And Biblical Law means living from the heart.
Biblical Law also means that the only good change we make in this world is to take people out of it. This assumes you understand “this world” is a doctrinal term for wallowing in the Fallen Realm, human existence under the Curse of the Fall. It is refusing to see what God made and how it actually works. We don’t give them something they don’t already have; it’s there waiting to be born. The Curse is merely the default rejection of God’s revelation. Our one hope while we live is to awaken the truth in ourselves and get as far as possible into divine justice and so we can help others make the same escape. We are here to get people out of this world, in the sense that the root of their existence will be in the Spirit Realm.
There’s nothing else we could do that matters. Without that, we have done nothing; we would not have obeyed Christ. The gospel message is creating a communion of souls who steadfastly reject the fallen perception of reality. When Christ returns, Eden will be restored and the Lord will once again walk in His Garden. Heaven is living eternally in His Presence as His family; Hell is living in His Presence as His enemy, knowing full well it didn’t have to be that way. We have only the duration of this life to accept His free offer.
There’s nothing wrong with the rest of Creation; the flaw is in us. You cannot remake the Fallen Realm because it was never real in the first place.