My Soap Boxok i am really perturbed right now with several things that i have recently heard and seen in the church. i am so disturbed about this junk penetrating churches across america that i have so many emotions going on in my mind that it has taken me a while to even put it into words.
recently, while talking with a friend i learned about the spiritual abuse that occured while she was participating in a ministry at a church. She heard many times that if she was unable to make a meeting that she "Was not a committed Christian, if she was she would put this ministry first!" She wrote several songs in which the church recorded to a CD and sold but never paid her royalties after saying to the entire church that they would! Oh my word, God Help us!
Seriously, this is just the tip of the iceburg people.
I also heard about another ministry pulling people off of ministry teams because they had stopped tithing to the church.The persons spouse, who is not a christian told them they couldn't afford to to tithe and the person submitted to it even though she knew that they "should" continue to tithe. They were unable to pay their bills and stopped temporarily because of these financial difficulties. ....What the.....
Erik and I visited a "mega" church here in the DFW Area over the Christmas Holiday and the church had a goal to raise 1 million dollars for missions.. which I thought was awesome goal at first. Then while looking through the church brochure it talked about their buliding expansion program which would be 64 million dollars. Now 1 million for missions and 64 million for a building! hmmm...
I can describe countless other stories of how many in church leadership are so focused on making a name for themselves and becoming the next best thing that they are stepping over people who they are called to SERVE and ENCOURAGE and BUILD UP IN THE LORD! Instead they are leaving in thier path to sucess many wounded and hurt believers (some who may even walk away from Christianity altogether).
This madness has to STOP.
Christians need to quit being selfish and become more selfless. We need to serve others and put them before ourselves. Consider thier needs before our wants.
1 Corinthians 10:23-24 says:
Tonight Erik and I attended a Worship conference and Ross Parsley, interim Senior Pastor at New Life Church, spoke tonight on this very topic.
Always Honor God23 Some of you say, "We can do whatever we want to!" But I tell you that not everything may be good or helpful. 24 We should think about others and not about ourselves.
Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society
Specifically he mention several times about how so many people are so focused on being the it person that it really Disgusts God. If we really want to see God move in this country and in our families lives and be used by God we must become selfless.
I started writing this blog last night. I am so glad we went to that conference because it was confirmation to me that my writing this blog is so timely.
Please ask the Lord to show you how you can be come more selfless and consider others first. imagine what an impact we can make on the world if we show them the True Love of Christ!