Jesus foretold that suffering would happen to His followers and that the Church would need to endure a time of tribulation while on earth. Today suffering has lost its original biblical context and has been severely downgraded by the Church in the world today. Genuine suffering seems to be a problem in areas of the world where Christianity is less acceptable whereas in the ‘free’ areas of the world there is little or no suffering even though the claims are different.
The problem with the Church in the world is that it cannot withstand judgement spoken upon it and in return, it claims to be persecuted through suffering. Who are we to speak judgement? Well, the apostles often wrote to the churches to get their act together so why change now? As a believer, you have every right to highlight the problems of a church as long as you are doing it with the right motivation. The spirit behind everything you say counts. Are you speaking out of pride or concern? Out of being correct or conviction? Every time you make a decision in your life, you are making a judgment. This doesn’t give free reign to hurt, angry Christians to go on the attack, for God will judge all our hearts.
The Church responds from the pulpit, and it is the platform that is used to destroy God’s Kingdom work because accusations bring wrath and wrath is only appointed for Satan and his children. The duty of the Church is to deal with their issues so they can teach and house broken people but instead there is a cry that things are working against them. This, my friends, is not suffering for Christ but it is guilt and the fruits of it. I do understand that there are some terrible people on blogs calling out churches and leaders with the wrong attitude, but there are those who tell the Church exactly what the Bible says; And they don’t like it.
Here is a list of things that Churches feel they are being attacked about:
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None of the above relates to the Faith directly, and that is how you know the difference between a Church which is genuinely being persecuted or crying wolf; Their faith and their works are boasted, but if the works aren’t miraculous then there is no true suffering involved. True suffering is a result of the miraculous happening in your life and Church. No miracles, no Jesus, no Jesus no suffering.
Take a firm look at your Church and line it up with the Bible. There is no perfect Church, but there has to be a Church which is fully invested in God’s will and Spirit.
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