“If you leave the church because of people…then your eyes aren’t focused on God.”
Or something around those lines. I have heard this phrase more times than I should have. I studied that comment until it made my blood boil. I am just going to jump right into it, and say….”CHURCH, take responsibility and accountability for your behaviour.”
As I have told many before…church is supposed to be a place of refuge. A safe haven for the lost and the found. A place of rest and salvation. Most importantly where we Praise, Worship and give honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the last days……(Matthew 24) v.12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Judgement will start in the House of the Lord, FIRST (1 Peter 4:17). Whenever leaders and members make that comment about ones focus being too much on people, instead of God…it causes me to fight for myself and for those whom have been labled as people whom are not focused on the Lord. Because the thing about it is….when your eyes are set and focused on God, He himself REVEALS a lot to you. You have no choice but truly see the people, the good and the bad. When our relationship with Jesus Christ flourishes, we become more discerning and aware. Some people don’t leave their churches because they backslid and have chosen to live in sin, some people leave because of the mess they see….that is not being corrected, from the pulpit to the congregation. There is a difference here. Churches will NEVER be perfect because it is full of humans, but when problems arise they have to be resolved immediately or an open door is left for our adversary, satan, to come in and destroy.
The reasons why problems in the church do not always get fixed and occur in the first place, is because of a haughty spirit and pride. Both in which, will send even some of the very elect, to hell. Some members aren’t wanting to say sorry, because of the lack of humility, humbleness and love, and because of this, many members are failing to repent.
A lot of church hurt occurs when churches avoid confrontation. The issue with the avoidance of sin in the church, is that a lot of casualties are created. Some leaders are not BIBLICALLY addressing members when an issue arises. You see some of them more on social media using Jesus in their public sarcasm towards other members and non-believers.
(Mark 9:42) ” And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.”
The love of many shall wax cold….
Love is fading from some of the hearts of God’s own people, because there is a falling away from the faith of many Christians, happening, as prophesied in scripture.
Some members are still showing up to services….and faithfully might I add, but their personal relationships with the Lord are nearly non-existent. Without the love of God being restored in the hearts of the members, there is going to be a lot of hurt, people leaving, and alot of blood on alot of hands.
What I DO agree with in between the lines of the opening phrase, is keep your eyes open, but don’t allow the sins and shortcomings of human beings keep you out of church and fellowship with likeminded Christians. Don’t let anyone keep you from growing in Christ Jesus. Not everyone in the church behaves or lives crookedly. There are MANY faithful Christians. You must be discerning. As a Christian myself, I love people but I love Jesus more. My salvation is very personal. I don’t want to suffer on earth, just to end up in hell and suffer eternally. By all means, if you must leave a church because of issues, sins, apostasy, etc. that the church as a whole is not repentive of, then prayerfully do so, and trust in the Lord to find a new church for you. BUT DO NOT GIVE UP ON JESUS NOR CHURCH!!! This is YOUR SALVATION on the line. And He loved you so much He gave up His life.❤
Keep your thoughts on the Lord, but Pastors, Ministers, Evangelists, etc. Keep a watchful eye on the members of your congregations. Be accountable for what goes on in your house, because offenses cut deeply and wounds are hard to heal if they ever do. Some go septic and people perish. You don’t always know who is hanging on by a fiber. Love your members so much and members love eachother so much, that we are walking in the concern for other people in and out of the church…knowing exactly how to serve them.
Keep in mind that we all have to answer to Jesus Christ on judgement day…one by one.
(Matthew 5:16) “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in Heaven.”