I dare say most churches know nothing about the Glory of God. I grew up in a church that defined the Glory as sharp bolts of light that surround God. But remember what I wrote in the first page, God’s Glory is His manifest presence. God wants to display His Glory in all the churches that call Him Lord in sincerity. Some churches would be destroyed by the Glory of God, they would make a “religion” out of it.
Ephesians 5:27 That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such things; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
The Lord has been busy grooming His church into a house that will welcome Him and His Glory. Some houses of “worship” scarcely acknowledge God at all! Their religion is so scripted there is no place for God let alone His Glory. God could walk down the aisle in a pure white suit, with His Name monogrammed on the front and they would treat Him as a mere man. God must drive out all the “riff raff” before He can be appreciated and received. Who are these spots and riff raff that hang out in His church?
Jude 1:10, 12 These speak evil of those things they know nothing about. These are spots in your feasts of charity, they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear of God.
Spots and wrinkles are people who hang around in churches taking advantage of the benefits but having no regard for the things of God. These folks don’t care even one iota about the Glory of God, in fact, they speak against it. God says those folks have no place in the glorious church He is preparing for Himself. I have met many of these folks and most of them are pretty nice until it comes to obeying the Spirit of God. They become very critical of people and things they don’t understand. Their way is the right way and they cannot be persuaded any other way.
Mark 4:15 These are they by the wayside, where the Word is sown; but when they have heard, satan comes immediately and takes the Word that was sown in their heart.
When people join themselves to a church but they have no foundational Word, they can become spots and blemishes. They resist and argue with those who love the Word of God. How is the devil able to steal the Word out of peoples hearts? It’s because they don’t value it, when you value something, you protect it and guard it from thieves. When folks in a church place a high value on God’s Word, they will become a Glorious Church. If a church welcomes spots and riff raff, the sincere saints who seek God’s presence will need to move to a new body.
The early church recorded in the book of Acts was a glorious church. The Glory was so rich in manifestation that when Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Ghost they dropped dead. Great fear came on the whole church, this is why the spots must go before the Glory comes. I often wonder how many of us can survive the Glory of God and how many don’t want to try. Irregardless, the Glory is here and He’s intensifying.