By no means are we trying to discredit people and there feelings nor take away from your experience in church. Nor are we trying to ignore the fact that the church is unfortunately a “dirty business” .
Having grown up in the Holiness church and being betrayed twice, I believe by the church world standards I should be hurt and feeling dejected and as a matter of fact not even wanting to come to church nor trust preachers.
Contrary to the world’s standards I am emboldened and ever so thankful for preachers, being a daughter and a wife of one I must say that there are sincere preacher’s that care and love people. And there are also fakes, you would be crazy to think that there weren’t doesn’t the Bible warn us of this?
Often when I began to notice things in HOPCC I first looked at my own self, am i the one messed up? Am I not praying the way I should? But when you have questions you should began to look in the scriptures and there is were I began to understand that things were not by the Bible, it was not my opinions or my feelings or me being disgruntled by rebuke and correction, because I can say that at times it yielded peaceable fruit of righteousness by me learning to respond in the right way EVEN THOUGH It was unjust. Did you know that you don’t have to respond wrong, I’ve seen so many people be right about something but they totally discredit themselves by the way they handle things. Christianity has to be on the inside.
One thing I believe whole heartedly is this: we cannot blame the church or the preachers for us not living right, we all own our own Bible, if you put so much trust in the Preacher that you allow him to lead you astray that is neglect on doing your part when the Bible tells us to search the scriptures, even Apostle Paul said if he himself come preaching another Gospel let him be accursed. These things are going to happen the Bible tells us so, nevertheless God uses preacher’s to guide us and show us the way and that has not changed.
So where ever you are in your Christianity let this be known that we have to follow the Bible and we should take care and love the preachers for even Jesus said how Beautiful are the feet of those who bring good tidings, if you allow yourself to be so bitter and feel as if you can’t trust minister’s and preacher’s you are allowing yourself to be led astray.
Most of all let’s examine our own lives, what if someone judged us the way we judge others? Ministers or Pastors and Preachers are all human beings, they have feelings as well, they will make mistakes they are not perfect! But who hasn’t? Let’s embrace those that are trying underneath the Power of God who are not afraid to say they are wrong at times, if you are looking for a perfect preacher you will never find him. But if your looking for one that will instruct you, but most importantly will tell you to search the scriptures in humbleness of heart they are out there. Let us not bring our litmus of standards but bring the fruits of the Spirit to judge them by. The Bible says think it not Strange that there are preacher’s that will transform themselves into an Angel of light, they are wolves in Sheep’s clothing, we are living in the last days. But with all that said, this does not give you an excuse to live in sin and live against the Bible when the Bible has all the answers for every life situation. I pray wherever you are that you would get behind a man that loves God more than themselves, and allow him to instruct you in the paths of righteousness, one that wants to see you make it to heaven and make of himself no reputation that God might be Glorified, God loves you so much he wants someone to be there for you in your low times, to cry with you in your sorrows and to laugh with you in joyous times to pray for you and lift your hands when you can’t even yourself. God loves you and so do we.
God Bless you.