Don't Make Eye Contact With The Preacher
Before I begin this thread, I want to state clearly, that this is the wrong thread for an atheist, or agnostic. I have no time to argue with a
I recently got back from church, and my mind continues to spin. I find myself questioning a lot of what the preacher talks about. It's not that what
he says, doesn't go along with the Bible. Well... No... That is a part of it, in a way. Now, I can't say much, but I'm entitled to speak. My
problem lies with the pastor seeming to speak more about worldly problems, than of Christ, but that's not all of it.
In the pew, listening closely to what the preacher is saying, I keep my Bible open, and read whatever I hear in my head, I need to read. Today, I
heard in my head, to read John chapter 6, and Ecclesiastes chapter 7, while the pastor was preaching. Also, parts of Revelation, after the preacher
said something along the lines of; as far as he is concerned, the seven churches described in Revelations aren't in the world yet: the loveless
church, the persecuted church, the compromising church, the corrupt church, the dead church, the faithful church, and the lukewarm church. Surely, at
least one of these churches are in existence.
That wasn't the only thing I didn't agree with him saying though; although, I didn't have a pen, and paper with me today, and haven't slept all
night, so my memory of all the things that came out of his mouth, that I didn't agree with, I don't remember entirely.
I'm not trying to hate on this man, because someone needed to hear the sermon he preached today. Basically, it was about keeping the church united,
lest it falls apart, and shuts its' doors.
I normally find myself enveloped in a sense of power, especially when sitting in church. This feeling, leads me to believe that I am either more
knowledgeable, in some areas compared to the preacher, I'm more connected, or closer to the Holy Spirit, God, and Christ, or that I just have a
higher purpose, but feeling this way, the preacher, and people around me can sense it. I can tell by the looks from the people around. When I'm in
this deep state, of power, and/or sometimes a feeling of controlled anger, I don't make eye contact with the preacher, lest he becomes uncomfortable.
The times I slip, and do look in his eyes, when they meet mine, I can see the acknowledgment radiating from him of, fear, worry, or insecurity. I'm
not really sure which, but I do my best not to look into his eyes, knowing that as long as he stays preaching about what the Bible says, someone in
the audience is hearing what God intended to deliver to their heart. I also know these feelings aren’t demonic, because a believer, and one who
trusts in God entirely, does not have fear for anything, only a respectful fear of acknowledgement of Gods‘ power, and holiness. (At least they
shouldn’t have any fears. God is the Lord Almighty. Everything else is beneath Him, and even demons have to obey Him, therefore there is nothing to
be afraid of when having complete Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.)
I find myself being very morbid. Some people might not understand, but for the ones out there that are likewise close to Christ, I'm sure you can
relate. When the preacher/pastor talks about death, and recently lost loved ones, etc., soft tears will occasionally leak from my eyes. Not because
I'm sad. Not because of the people who recently passed, but because all I want, is to see Christs' face. I’ll begin to day dream about this
happening, and become overwhelmed with passion, and emotion.
I often feel a complete surge of power, mixed with a feeling of controlled anger, like when Jesus turned over the tables from the merchants in the
temple, when I think the pastor is doing his job poorly, or talking to much about anything worldly; money, etc.
I’m writing this thread/article for a few reasons. One, to get this stuff out, and two, to discuss the biggest problem I think most Christian
churches have, and that is the lack of witness groups developed in the church. As my fellow Christians know, witnessing can be quite the task,
especially alone, but there are strength in numbers. While witnessing, we run into the people that deny everything, even when you have physical proof,
(documents/articles of archaeological evidence proving the Bible is authentic) people who ask the same question over, and over, but in different
formats, without listening to anything we say, people who think they have all of the answers, people who lie just to try to prove a point, or to
justify themselves, the list goes on.
Point being, It’s hard enough to get the message out, and witness by ourselves with all of the brain washed, and simply ignorant people out there,
and we don’t have enough churches that have a witnessing group, that actually goes out to spread the Truth of the Word. This is a problem. Some
people seem to think that they are doing the right thing, or doing their part, just by attending church, but how many people are hearing the Word,
that don’t know about it? Not enough.
It makes no sense to me. Believers, like myself (although I don’t always attend church) will go to church, but how many people speak about the
Bible, and the Truth of God outside of church? It infuriates me. On the inside of the churches walls, people will sometimes put on a show, and praise
God all day, but as soon as they leave, who knows if they actually talk about Gods’ Word, or witness to anyone out in public. Many Christians seem
to be afraid to even bring up God in public from fear of being ridiculed, or persecuted. Well you know what? Suck it up. There are people out there
believing all sorts of off the wall things, and have never heard of Christ before; how He lived, how He died for all sin, and how He was resurrected
from the dead. Hell is very real, and a lot of people will end up there. That’s just a fact. Even people who proclaim to be Christian, but aren’t
actually saved, will end up there. Simply because in their heart, they truly have never believed entirely.
While I’m on the subject, I want to bring up something else. I’ve met Christians, or so called Christians, that claim to be children of God, but
when you bring up the devil, and demons, it’s like taboo to them. The Bible isn’t just a book where you pick, and choose parts to believe. The
Bible is Truth. Demons are real, the devil is real, and he has you in the palm of his hand if you do not acknowledge his power. God has dominion over
all, but some people, even some supposed Christians I know, want to pull the “you’re just crazy” card when I begin to talk about the influence
demons can have on some ones life, unless they are aware, and trust in God in every aspect of their life.
To bring this article/thread to a close, I want to restate my main points. First off, even if it’s a pastor, or preacher speaking, always make sure
what he is talking about can be found in the Bible. Second, Christian churches need more witnessing groups to spread the word publicly, in numbers.
Third, the devil is real, and his minions/demons have more influence than some people give them credit for, and people need to read on this matter in
the Bible, to better understand the Truth. Many people claim to be Christian, but when it comes to speaking publicly about it, they simply don’t,
out of fear of being persecuted, ridiculed, and criticized. Truth is, people need to hear. Not only about Jesus, but about demons, hell, and the devil
to. This is all very real, eternity is very real, and although we might not have all the answers, the Bible provides us all of the answers we need to
know in this life, here on earth. Thank you for reading. It only takes complete Faith, complete Trust, and acceptance of Gods’ grace to receive His