Do you use them as a punching bag?
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People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God having a form of godliness but denying its power.2 Timothy 3:2-5 New International Version Think of a boxer practicing using a punching bag. Is that the way you behave at church? Instead of fists in a punching bag you use your words to hit at their heart. You look for anything to criticize someone. Their hair is too long, they have a scruffy beard, their talk is stupid, they are slow thinker, and the list does go on and on.
If someone is a new member of your church and you behave in this manner do you think they will want to return to your church?
That is exactly what has happened to myself and others I have talked about it with all too frequently. What if someone brought unbeliever to church who was interested in becoming a Christian, do you think your condemning behavior will encourage them to want to become a Christian?
I have felt ashamed when I brought an unbeliever that was interested in learning about Jesus to church and they saw this behavior. They looked at me and said: “I thought you Christians were supposed to be loving? If that is what you call loving I am not interested? They would not listen after that. What do you think Jesus will say to these wolves on judgment day? How do you think Jesus feels when he sees and hears this disgusting behavior?
Jesus Christ is the judge, not you.
You say you do not do this. Good for you.
However, when you see one of these wolves attack someone in your church do you just stand by and say nothing? Doesn’t that encourage their destructive behavior?
It is your duty to confront them and demand they stop this abusive behavior or do not come to this church. It is the duty of every church member to stand strong on this. Oh you will lose a few members but that is getting rid of the weeds that choke the righteous plants. Then people will feel comfortable in your church and your church will be full. When I was a teacher in another country sometimes there would be naughty children in class that refused to behave. They were given warnings. If they refused to behave I would physically throw them out of class. My classes were always full and many students were turned away because the class was full. Both the children and parents loved and respected me. You want to see a Christ centered Church? Then get rid of the wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Prayer: Please Jehovah bless me with the strength and wisdom of Nathan when he confronted David to confront these wolves when they attack Your precious lambs. I ask in Your son Jesus Christ’s mighty name. Amen. May the sweet sunshine of Jesus' precious love bless you today and every day.
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