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  • "Where Is God's Correction In the Church?"

    5 posts, 3 voices, 3485 views, started Jan 16, 2010

    Posted on Saturday, January 16, 2010 by Denise Richardson

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      "WHERE IS GOD'S CORRECTION IN THE CHURCH?"

          Written by: Evangelist Denise M. Richardson

      And he gave some, apostles, and some prophets, and some, evangelists, and some, pastors and teachers. For perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the statue of the fullness of Christ. (Eph. 4:11-13)
      It is the job of God's chosen leaders to bring correction within the church through teaching the word of God. God has given all leaders as well as all followers of Christ instructions on how to live holy lives unto Him, but it is the job of the pastor and his appointed clergy, council to help bring the people into the truth and knowledge of God's holiness. The word of the Lord tells us in (1Peter 1:16) Be ye holy for I am holy. Also Paul writes in Romans 12:1-2 saying to present your bodies a living sacrifice holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds, that ye may prove, what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
      For everyone called of God to lead all people into the truth and knowledge of Christ are to be on one accord in teaching God's word to the people bringing correction. 2 Timothy 4:2 tells us to preach the word: be instant in season, out of season; reprove, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. If we are teaching anything that is not edifying Christ something is wrong and the people are not growing in the Lord. It is our duty as church leaders to bring correction into God's house, remembering God is holding us accountable for not following his order and instructions. Again my mind goes back to the verse in (James 1:22-25) But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
      We have to choose whether we will follow God completely. Following God alone means that we have to leave the world system behind. This is a choice we have to make. It also means that we may have to leave behind those loved ones and friends who are not trying to live for Christ or those who ridicule you for serving a God you can't see. It matters not what others may think or say about you because of your decision to walk with God. What matters is your obedience to the Lord and Savior. He shall give you your reward for allowing him into your life and being obedient to His word.
      Many churches throughout Christian history have learned the hard way that Paul's practical wisdom and godly direction for choosing leaders should not be ignored. This relatively new movement of churches would need to be careful in selecting leaders to be sure they were men whose practice was godly. The standard for church leaders is very high; 1Timothy 3:2-13 has revealed what God expects in the lives of those who would lead His people. The list of qualifications may be intimidating. If God expects leaders to lead in the areas discussed, He certainly also expects members of the congregation to follow that kind of exemplary leadership. What happened to the sacredness of the alter the pulpit? Now a day the pulpit is being used as a showcase for foolishness.
      Pastor's allowing anything and anyone into their pulpit and there is no anointing in what they are bringing to the people where is God's correction in the messages being brought before the people of God? Women getting up before the people of God with too much skin revealed, tight clothing, looking like a night club entertainer and some looking like women of the night. Everyone is talking of riches and entrepreneurship, but what about teaching the principles of God first in order to get there? The move of God's Holy Spirit cannot dwell on unholy ground. What happened to bringing in praise and worship before the word of God goes forth? Many music ministries within some churches are just making noise and not giving heavenly pleasure unto God's ears. Where are the spiritual mother's, the prayer warriors and other parishioner's in the sanctuary ushering in the presents of the Lord via way of prayer and worship?
      "Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil." (Prov.3:7)

      "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path." (Prov. 3:5-5) It is very important as well as crucial that all leaders follow Gods order and instruction, and not go their own way within the church. So many have fallen away from God's teachings and doctrine and have come up with their own way of teaching their flock, and God is not pleased. They are not teaching about holiness within the body of Christ. What it means to be holy as in the Word of God. Remembering that they are new creatures in Christ and that the old man MUST die and not to go on continuing in their old sins. Church leaders need not continue to accept the excuses of their parishioners.
      It is our job as leaders to bring correction, rebuke and discipline within God's house. Where in the word of God does God allow his follower's to continue to walk in sin after they have confessed him into their lives and he keep allowing them to be lovers of their old man? Don't get it twisted God will turn a deaf ear after a time of continued disobedience, but that is not something he wants to do.
      He is a second and third chance kind of God. Why is it ok for some followers of Christ to come into the house of the Lord intoxicated, dressed like Jezebel, walking around with a proud homosexual spirit, smoking in and on church grounds, deacon's dealing with pornography, and the pastors knowing it but nothing is being done, pastors dibble dabbing in politics, male/female members sleeping with the pastor, members going to casinos, playing the lottery, and other games of change that the bible speaks against etc...? God is NOT in this mess and the leaders of any church with such activities need to deal with this accordingly and speedily. Again where is God's correction in the churches today? Aren't we commissioned by God to do all things decently and in order?
      Some say the church is liken to a hospital where the afflicted come to get healed and delivered, well they can be healed as well as delivered by the word of God and by the renewing of their minds and accepting Christ and totally surrendering their will to His. We must grow in our faith, but if we are not teaching faith in God to the people how can they grow? If we are not bringing correction to the people how will they know what they are doing is wrong and unacceptable in the eyes of God? If we as leaders are not living this lifestyle for the people to follow how will they know wrong from right?
      The leaders of today need to stop playing church and get it right before God and lead the people of God into holiness in Christ the way God intend for them to do. God has a word for such leaders: (Jer.23:1-2) Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! Saith the Lord. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord. So as leaders called by God we MUST do as the Lord has said and feed his flock and equip them with the spiritual nourishment they need to be effective in their walk with Christ or God will surely hold us accountable for disobeying.
      Now true enough it is up to the hearers of the word to apply what they hear to their lives and water the seeds sowed into their lives. God will only hold us accountable for the things we know and not for the things we don't know, but once the word of the Lord has went forth and penetrated through the hearts and ears of the listeners it's their job to make the conscience decision to apply it to their lives. God has given every one of us a free will to accept him or not, it's up to the individual to receive Christ, when the opportunity is at hand, but whether people will seize the moment, there will come a day that every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord no doubt!
      So to all church leaders, pastors, evangelist, elders, prophets, teachers, mothers, ministers, apostles, bishops, deacons, and so forth let us all evaluate and examine ourselves, "Wherefore the rather, brethren give diligence to make your call and election sure: for if  ye do these things, ye shall never fail..."  (2Peter 1:10 )we have a work to do God is calling for all leaders to begin bringing correction in His temple, telling all that it is time to confess our sins, repent and turn towards God in holiness. Seeking Him for all that he has for them to do within the kingdom. Time is drawing nigh and Jesus is soon to come and there are still many who are lost within the church because there is no correction being brought before them. Let us get it right before the Lord and begin teaching ourselves as well as God's people how to live holy before him.  In Christ Jesus be blessed.



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