Instead of church being a loving and peaceful house, there is always a chance of getting hurt in church. Servants of God are human capable of hurting. When our focus move from God and they become our center, we become vulnerable to offense. The biggest mistake you can ever make is to leave church and stay away from the Word. Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. God and his Word are one. The formula to fight, is in the Word. Satan’s plan is to take away the truth far from you. Jesus, in his physical form also depended on the Word when faced with temptation. Matthew 4:4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
As Christians, we are sometimes too quick to dismiss the view of people outside church. If we are true ambassadors of Christ, our behavior should not conflict with what people think God is about. Not that we must agree with them but, people should see church as a good place for the broken hearted. 1 Timothy 3:6-7 A church leader: People outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap.
Many people hate church today because of church leaders conduct and because we are blinded by the love for our pastors we often become defensive.
After a challenging mid week activities, church should be a place where we renew our strength. 1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
God is Love. Coming out of church should prepare you to go heal the broken souls out there with your love and care. Some starts their Mondays with headache, count yourself blessed if you find yourself in a loving church that renews your strength weak after weak. Hebrews 10:24-25 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
If church is hurting, how can the world be clear minded. Nowadays, you read about horror stories happening at church. We have become a laughing stock, are we losing it as Christians?
Matthew 13:27-30 “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’ “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed. “‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.'”
It’s not that God cannot remove false prophets and teachers from the pulpit, He cares more about His people. Remember that a pastor can be doing wrong things but most of the congregants are there with good intentions. Some wouldn’t even know the Gospel if it were not for that pastor or prophet. Philippians 1:15-18 It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.
The Bible says, we will all be judged based on how we conducted ourselves. Time will come when God deal with the conducts of those misleading or ill-treating His people. If David is the epitome of Christianity and had faults why think pastors are angels. No one is without sin. Look up to Jesus. Deuteronomy 32:48-52 That same day the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Moab, to the mountains east of the river, and climb Mount Nebo, which is across from Jericho. Look out across the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the people of Israel as their own special possession. Then you will die there on the mountain. You will join your ancestors, just as Aaron, your brother, died on Mount Hor and joined his ancestors. For both of you betrayed me with the Israelites at the waters of Meribah at Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin. You failed to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel there. So you will see the land from a distance, but you may not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”
We focus too much on the faults of pastors than our own salvation. God allowed Saul to lead His people even though, he was not the ideal candidate because the people wanted a leader. He even gave him the grace to prophesy. James 3:1-2 Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.
Romans 8:7-8 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
Matthew 4:8-9 Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”
The moment you move closer to God, Satan will begin to create another entertaining world contrary to what you want to pursue. He will come with things that your flesh yearn for. A life of christianity means there are things that make sense to the world that you must move away from. Genesis 3:6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.
1 Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly-not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.