Was challenged by a phrase in a book of Advent Readings by Thomas Merton. When we meet or discern error in a church setting can we confront that without being “rebellious or indiscreet” ? Perhaps as evangelicals our zeal for truth sometimes results in our being too ready to shout out about the errors of whatever church, denomination etc. we belong to. That may bring us a certain admiration in the small pond in which we are considered to be a big champion type of fish but doesn’t do much beyond that small pond of preening and mutual admiration.
If we see a wound in a church setting, let’s ask God what we can do to heal it in His grace and by His wisdom.
We can in the love of God.
For He does not provide us with a shovel to bury sin alive or a shovel for another to dig up .
For what we bury alive grows and ends up blossoming at the church entrance.
I see secret burials acknowledgement of sin but denial of Christ. l also see ground for the planting of good seed.New life.
where by we grieve and repent but give no honour to sin by burying it alive. (Denial)but to new life in His name.
I say we but l am to receive.Hope.
May we all receive healing.
It pains me deeply to observe the ragged wounds in a church, caused by one Christin attacking another whether openly or in covert, dishonest ways in order look better themselves.
Having suffered that in marriage and also in churches, the signs are plain to see. Most of the time the source is shown to be in prayer times; a sense of lies and partial truth leading to judgement, gossip and slander that sets the conditions for gangrene at the heart of any fellowship.
Proverbs 17:9 says
Whoever would foster love covers over an offence but whoever repeats the matter separates friends. (NIV)
And when that attitude of love is not practised, Romans 1:29 tells us
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; etc
Neither talking to others instead of addressing an issue with the offender, nor covering up one’s own faults through slanderous gossip will build unity and heal wounds.
The Bible pierces our spirits if we will allow it.
Shown to be should read to me
(When I sense spiritual attack from within the body of the church)