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  • GET RIGHT CHURCH

    1 posts, 1 voices, 293 views, started Feb 11, 2009

    Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 by Denise Richardson

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      Get right church - by: G. Craige Lewis

      1Pet. 2:8 and, "A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense"; for they
      stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they
      were also appointed.  

      The church can be like a hospital. People come to get healed, get delivered and
      set free. But a hospital for people that don’t want help or feel they don’t need
      help is an insane
      asylum! And that’s what many of our churches are fast becoming because
      we are beginning to entertain folks that don’t really want the Word of
      God or his truth. The church should never be a place that
      tolerates open sinful living. Sure people in the church will make
      mistakes, take the wrong way at times, or even get caught up in sins.
      But there is definitely a difference between someone that has lost
      their way versus a person that does not want to live right. Yesterday
      we were dealing with the members of the church from a leadership
      standpoint. Leaders of our churches should have a standard and there are
      certain things that cannot be tolerated by them or you will spoil
      others. This is what Paul was teaching about in 1 Corinthians 5. If
      you allow people that practice sin as a lifestyle to be visible in your
      church, you are promoting the very lifestyle that the word is teaching
      against. Remember this, THE CHURCH IS NOT FOR SINNERS, BUT FOR
      SAINTS! The saints come in, get empowered, and then go out to
      win loss souls to Christ. Then, they come to church to be discipled. That’s
      the model that the bible gave, but now things are different.

      We must be careful how we tolerate certain things in the body of
      Christ. There is a standard and there should be swift rebuke when the
      standard is not uplifted by leaders of the church body. Lay members
      are sometimes devastated and many times hurt to the point of reprobacy
      because of leaders that do not uphold the word of God in their
      lifestyles. I know pastors and preachers that molest children, sleep
      with members, or are in homosexual relationships and yet when they get
      caught, they are not rebuked, but just receive a slap on the wrist
      by their Bishop or leaders who are practicing the same lifestyles. We
      must get our worship places in check and in line with the Word of God.
      Of course we want to show mercy to people because we all need mercy
      from time to time, but we do not want to place stumbling blocks in the
      way of young believers. We do not want to cause doom to those that are
      expecting to be protected by the head of the house. Somethings can be
      dealt with in secret and reprimands can be handled in private. But
      some issues cannot go away that easily because of the devastation it
      causes to the body. If it’s open knowledge, there must be open rebuke
      according to the Word. I urge pastors, preachers, and lay members to be
      careful in these last days. Do not allow sin to make a mockery of your
      ministry and do not allow those that practice sin to have a place in
      leadership until they are ready to turn from their sin and follow
      Christ wholeheartedly. Sure we all have sinned and will sin again.
      But practicing sin as a way of life cannot be tolerated in the body of
      Christ. Paul taught against it, Jesus taught against, John and James
      taught against it, Peter taught against it, so we should definitely
      teach against it and obey God’s Word.

      Suggested Reading: 1 Cor 5:1-12, 1John 3:6, 1John 5:18



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