In my candid opinion, the Body of Christ, the Church, has come under serious fire in recent years, such as has never been experienced since the days of the apostles. I stumble upon several articles, many written by so many well known ministers, week after week. And, while the layman should ordinarily be encouraged through the write-ups of these “men of God”, it seems as though these posts are written deliberately to bring the laity into confusion and cause division in the Body.
I, personally and strongly, believe that there are so many things that Christ wouldn’t have us say, so many things that shouldn’t even come up as thoughts in a believer’s heart, three of which I explain below.
1. The Church is corrupt
God has only one religious institution on the earth: the Church. How can you boldly call that institution corrupt? Simply put, many believers don’t understand the nature of the Church. It’s not a shocking sight these days to see believers (some being serious workers and ministers in their churches) sit down for hours and verbally abuse that sacred institution.
Why did Christ send the Holy Spirit? For His Church! How dare you condemn His bride?! Let me say this. The Church is a spiritual institution and should not be compared with physical institutions. In comparing the Church with other worldly institutions, we simply break God’s heart.
2. The Church is divided
As I stated above, you don’t compare physical with spiritual. Our brains tell us that a single entity cannot be called whole if all sub-units are not together or that an element must be made of similar parts. But that’s not the case with Christ’s Body. The Church is not divided! It’s not full of filth! How dare so-called believers and ministers look at Christ’s Bride, evaluate her by her weaknesses, and judge her to be divided?!
“And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them.”
One heart means that they’re not divided. Christ is not coming for a divided Bride. The presence of denominations doesn’t mean division. Remember the one time when the disciples of Christ came to Him with a report, telling him of a certain man who had been casting out devils in His name?
“And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.”
3. The Church might not make Heaven
Sometimes, the Holiness Movement folks go overboard with preaching about Heaven and Hell. They make Heaven look so hard to get to, as though the Blood of Jesus didn’t do anything on the Cross. Many of us are hit in our faces, week after week, with sermons telling us how filthy the Body is and how she might not be clean enough to make it to Heaven.
I don’t see Heaven as my final goal, at least not the way that many see it. Jesus never said He was going to prepare our goal, but a place, a home. I’m on earth to propagate the Gospel and to strive to establish His Kingdom wherever I go, not to be praying to reach my goal. Many would say that I’m crazy. I’m okay with that, as long it’s scriptural craziness.
The Church can’t end up in Hell. He’s coming for His Bride, the Church. How can one that Christ is coming for end up in Hell?
Truth be told, you probably need to redefine what you understand by “The Church”.
“What then of the evil we see in church today?” you might ask at this point.
Remember the parable on tares?
“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
The enemy will always try to grow tares among the wheat. It doesn’t mean that the whole field will be declared not useful. There will be a separation on that day.
Until then, watch your mouth. Don’t join the team of brethren who accuse other brethren. You’ll be aiding the devil by becoming an accuser of the brethren.