Monday, 24 October 2016

This is why I don’t go to church

I just read an article entitled "This is why I don't go to church". Its a rant about preachers and all that comes with churches and preaching. Frankly speaking, I almost choked, while reading the article. Its a script I have read and listened to a million times. Its a rant that has been perfected in our society. Preachers are thieves. Churches are fake. Men of cloth are all about fleecing the poor. Religion is bad. Christianity is fake. Salvation is foolishness. 

For the record, my intention is not to deny the fact that we have many rotten apples in church. Far from it. The truth is we have them in abundance. They are all over the place. And why shouldn't we have them when the Good Book itself went to great lengths to warn us explicitly that in the last days we will have false prophets. So, why do we act so surprised when a fake preacher shows up dressed in a fancy suit, driving the latest machine, speaking flattering words? Why do we subject God, and His word to ridicule when a fake preacher shows up in His name, while He did warn us that in the last days, we should expect such characters?

My pastor is no angel
I am appalled at how we have belittled God, boldly declaring that we won't have anything to do with Him, or the church just because we encountered an alleged fake preacher? I always wonder if that's the reason we will give to God when we eventually face Him on the Day of Judgement. "You know God, I didn't receive your word coz Pastor so and so was a fake preacher". Really? Do we go to church coz of mere man, or do we go to church coz of the love for our Creator, the Almighty God? 

I know my pastor is not an angel, and neither is he a god. I don't expect him to be one. I expect him to slip, sin and make mistakes. Praise to God, for the fact that my salvation and faith is not determined by him and does not depend on him. This is the attitude and the assurance I have when I go to church. I don't go to church to worship man. I don't go to church to please men. I don't go to church to show off. I don't go to church because my pastor is perfect and will never sin. No sir. I go to church to worship my God. I go to church because Hebrews 10:25 tells me not to forsake the assembly of believers. I go to church because I love God and want to live for Him. 

The Good Book clearly says in Romans 14:12 that each of us will give a personal account to God, while 2 Corinthians 5:10 says we must all stand before Christ to be judged. On Judgement Day, God wouldn't ask you or judge you based on who was a fake preacher or not. No boo boo, God will judge you strictly based on how you lived your life on earth. 

Mind your own sins
I love this quote: Mind your own sins, you won't be asked about mine. I wonder why we seem so obsessed maligning God and His servants, at the expenses of a few fake preachers. In any case, who gave you the powers to be the judge of souls on earth? Who gave you the authority to sit and judge who is fake and who is not? And while at it, how is your own relationship with God? Yes, before lashing out and pointing fingers, are you in right standing with God? 

Salvation, the Bible is very clear, is and should not be based on human beings. Whether your pastor is fake or not, he has no powers to take you to heaven. Its only by openly declaring that Jesus is Lord and believing in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, will you be saved (Romans 10:9). And with salvation being so explicitly explained in the Bible, whey then do we make it about people, about preachers and about churches. 

God isn't surprised
Don't get it twisted. After all the rantings you make, remember this: on Judgement Day its you and only you alone who will stand before God to give an account of your life and be judged based on how you lived on earth. So, you can rant all you want on how you will never go to church; or on how you hate preachers, God and His word. But guess what, God isn't surprised that the world is full of fake preachers. God isn't surprised that we have preachers who are fancily living off from 'tweaking" the Gospel to fulfill their selfish desires of riches and fame.

Indeed God isn't at all surprised that we have preachers teaching a "false" Gospel. He isn't surprised at all, and neither should we. He warned us that such will happen in the last days. So, instead of ridiculing God and His word - bringing judgement to ourselves - we should in fact wake up and seek Him diligently, because we can attest to the fact that what He warned is openingly happening before our eyes, in our time and generation. 

Last Days
First Timothy chapter 4 from verse one states clearly that in the last days some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that comes from demons. These people, it says, are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead. 

While 2 Timothy chapter 4 from verse 3 is even more blunt. Its says a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. WOW! and you wonder and rant why fake preachers have a multitude of congregations every Sunday? Chill boo boo, God saw this coming, and He warned us beforehand. 

What matters
So, bottomline is this: mind your own matters of your heart business. Fix your relationship with God, for after all has been said and done, that's the only thing that will matter - not the statistics and dessertations of how many fake preachers Kenya produced in a minute. Fear God. Obey His word. Live for Him. That's what will count on the Judgement Day, not your rant and arrogance. Galatians 6:7 says don't be deceived, God cannot be mocked. 

And as Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 not everyone who says Lord, Lord will enter the Kingdom of God. So, why are you working so hard to surprise God, as if you are the first person to discover the existence of fake preachers, yet He plainly predicted it? 

Let's stop glorifying human beings and putting too much emphasis on mortal beings. Follow Jesus Christ, He is the ONLY way, truth and life. In any case, the matter of salvation, destiny and the afterlife is too important to be left at the mercies of fake preachers. No wonder God sent His only begotten son. So, let's focus on what matters: Salvation through Jesus Christ, not who is a fake pastor, and who is not. God is not interested in name-calling or statistics. He is interested in where YOUR soul will spend eternity, and that's the bottomline.

Hope to see you in church on Sunday. 

7 comments:

  1. Plain and simple, based on the word of God.

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  2. "Mind your own sins" i will keep these wise words

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  3. Just discovered this blog. You bet I am reading everything

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  4. Awesome, plainly and truthfully put. Well done Douglas.

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  5. Couldn't agree more. Great piece!!!

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  6. Recently, someone i know shifted Church for the same reason, and i was left with much questions, but you just unanswered most of them.Thanks

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