This is a guest post from my brother Wayland. This is the same Wayland from the "On A Mission From God" post. I like his theology the most when he is ranting. I have posted this here with minor edits and his implicit permission.
You are a functioning member of the Body of Christ by wanting to be a member and acting on it. Thoughts without action are a disease and faith without works is dead.
This has nothing to do with being saved,
or not being saved. No one has enough faith to be saved because no one
can do anything to be saved. I would submit that it is pointless to try
and quantify such a thing. To admit anything into the discussion along
the lines of something we should do to be saved is to lose sight of
What I am talking about is the process of actually being the
Body, which, unlike salvation, requires something on our part.
Specifically, up to and including sacrificing everything to accomplish
the work set before us, just like Jesus sacrificed everything to save
the world. This is all to say that, in my view, salvation and being the
Body are two different things.
Jesus descended into death to atone for
the sins of the world, which to my understanding means everyone.
the Body on the other hand seems to include a lot more than salvation,
especially when you consider that there is no suffering and no death and
no poverty and no corruption and no prostitution and no exploitation
and no murder and no war and no homeless people and no drug addiction
and no financial collapse and no global heroin trade and no HIV and no
manic depression and no religious violence and no orphans and no child
soldiers, etc, etc, etc, in the Kingdom of Heaven. Now when we take into
account that, as the Body, we are the representation of the Kingdom of
Heaven, it follows that there is a lot of work to be done.
about these things and not doing anything about them is a disease.
Having faith that they will change and not actually working to change
them is dead.
If you have faith the size of a grain of sand, you can
move mountains. Again though, I say that faith is not something that
should be quantified. I would actually liken it to salvation. Something
you step into. You know what is right and what the leading of the Spirit
is and....... you act on it. This is what I mean by faith. This is what
the Body does. This is what being a member of it constitutes.