St. Matthew 5:48 says Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father in Heaven is perfect. Hebrews 10:25 says not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Perfection in God is something that every believer is striving for. This perfect way is not something that can be accomplished in a day or a matter of weeks. It must be pursued daily. As I read this scripture, I can’t help but notice how far I fall short of the Word of God in my own life.
As I reminisce of how brothers and sisters get excommunicated from this church and that church, I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as a perfect church. When we first get saved, one of the last things we want to hear or see is something unpleasant. The reality is that we are going to see or hear some things that will surprise us of our fellow brethren. As shocking as those things may be they should not stop us from serving the Lord.
A perfect church did not exist back in the early New Testament days and a perfect church certainly does not exist now. Christians must understand that there is a war going on between the spirit and the flesh. Some saints choose to walk in the spirit, others choose to walk in the flesh. Nevertheless, we must pray strength for each other and that we fall not away from the church.
I understand that we are the light of the world. The challenge is getting fellow Christians and others to know that the church is made of people who came from the world. I am not making excuses for the brethren because we all have a personal responsibility for our own conduct. I just believe that if we have a bad experience with someone we should take it to God or the man of God instead of leaving the church.
In the event that it is impossible to get along with a brother, the Lord will decide how to handle the situation because we are his Church and not our own.
There will always be problems in the church because people will not always do what should be done. Furthermore, instead of being a part of the problem, let’s be a part of the solution. Leaving the church will do nothing for our spiritual growth. In fact, church absence will hinder our growth in the Lord.
Criticizing the church is a tool that the devil will use to cause us to backslide. God wants us in church, the devil does not. We have to think about who we are listening to. Strife and bitterness can weaken the church if not checked. If someone offends you, do not leave the church. If you offend your brother humble yourself and ask for forgiveness.
In conclusion, I believe that God has a vision for the church and where he wants to take her. In order for the vision to come to fruition, we must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, loving the brethren not just in word but in deed. Although there is no such thing as a perfect church because mistakes will be made, we must still strive until the end of time to become that perfect church Amen.