This post is not aimed at you personally RG, but doesn't the church need to clean up its own house before it starts worrying about everyone elses
By all means, if you believe the bible is the inspired word of God, then live by its precepts. But does it not say that you should remove the plank
from your own eye before attempting to remove the speck from someone elses?
The church, as an entity, tolerates more evil within its own house than any pagan could do if they wanted to.
Atheist and traiterous leadership are allowed to stand in the pulpit unquestioned by their congregations.
Billions of dollars are spent on mega-churches, christian colleges, and lifestyles of the "christian" rich and famous. Imagine what those billions of
dollars could do right here in our own front yard. Let alone world-wide.
Government "Faith based initiatives" and "Fema" have bought the loyalty of the pulpits of thousands of churches in the USA alone.
False doctrine is taught profusely from the pulpit.
You and I both know tithing is a part of the law Christ fulfilled, and therefore is NOT a new testament teaching. But then how would these men who
serve both God and mammon finance their lavish lifestyles if they couldn't force their congregations to give 10% and more of their earnings to the
Then you have men like Creflo Dollar chastising the congregation of Eddie Long on national TV. Telling them to go back to their shepherd and forgive
him for taking advantage of, and molesting younger boys who trusted him as their shepherd. Creflo couldn't handle church business behind closed doors?
And then he condones the actions of this man who calls himself a Bishop? Does this man need to still be a leader in the church?
And how about the paganism in the church itself? Christmas. Easter(Ishtar). Steeples that are actually representations of Obelisks. Choirs knowingly
being used by leadership to stir up the emotional energy of the congregation. Prayer cloths. Circles of outstretched hands. And on and on and on.
And when was the last time your church gave a dinner, and invited the unwashed and unsaved? Those who have nothing to give back to the church. Seems
like I remember Jesus saying something along those lines.
And when was the last time the pastor, or an elder of your church invited the lowliest member of the congregation to sit in the best seat in the
house? Or washed their feet? Or invited them to his house for dinner?
This list could go on forever. And these are the lesser of evils. Many of which I saw firsthand in the church. I became ashamed to hold a leadership
role in the church. Yet the congregation of the church has not stood up and said: "Enough! We will no longer tolerate these, and many more evils from
the leadership in our churches. We will no longer tolerate those who belong to secret societies to hold offices among the presbytery. We will no
longer tolerate, and pay for your lavish lifestyles when that money could have fed those in need several times over across the world. We will no
longer tolerate those who claim to be christian, but instead are ravenous wolves in our pulpits, raping, robbing, and plundering the flock."
What this has to do with your post is, so many in the church are willing to judge the sins of the unsaved, and pronounce Gods judgements on the sins
of the world, but few are willing to take that righteous indignation, and place it in the church where it belongs first and foremost. And demand
accountability from those who have been allowed carte blanche to plunder the very same people Christ said to lift up.
1 Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do
not obey the gospel of God?
edit on 10/28/2011 by Klassified because: Spelling