Commentary By: Gordon King
Am I the only one, or is anyone else feeling frustrated with their church?! Perhaps I am a bit over zealous in my beliefs, just maybe its me and not the church at all? Or maybe I am expecting too much from the church?
I did not grow up in the church, nor did I attend church regularly after becoming a believer, then I became a prodigal son. It wasn’t until approximately four years ago that I started attending church on a regular basis, and I thought that I had found a really good one!
After-all, they serve coffee! Not only that but they have very comfortable seats and a great worship band. They also make great videos, and they do a lot of good in the community and in missionary work around the world. Yet, I just don’t feel like I fit in, I don’t feel that they are doing enough to warn the flock of what is happening in the world around us, in fact not at all!
They don’t have altar calls for salvation either, and this really bothers me! Shouldn’t all church services end with an altar call to salvation?!
Should the church we attend be warning us of impending dangers in the world, and should they be relating what is happening to bible prophecy? I feel very strongly that they should be! Yet my church doesn’t. I am feeling at odds with the church, and am struggling inside with the decision to leave or not to leave.
The pastor was asked by some members to teach from the book of Revelation, and he did, however he seemed to have tip-toed through it, as if not to offend anyone or sound harsh. I feel as though it was a disservice to the book itself, to God’s word, as well as to the members of the church.
I don’t know of any other churches in my area that do teach bible prophecy, that do relate the evils in the world around us to bible prophecy, and that do have altar calls after every service. I know they exist, I see them on television and the internet, yet none that I know of in my area.
Perhaps I should just suck it up and deal with it! Is this what churches in America have come to? Just accept them as they are, God will understand. Really?!
Maybe I am expecting too much from the church, I really don’t know, but I do know that it just doesn’t feel right in my spirit. It’s not that I am feeling misled, but rather misinformed and uninformed of the world around us.
Since this is the first church that I really attended faithfully for several years I am not really sure just what church should be like. I want to worship God with fellow believers, and this is to me is the most important thing about attending church, however, I also feel that we should be taught from all of scripture without sugar-coating it!
There are churches and pastors out there in America and other parts of the world who teach all of the truth, the good and the bad, including bible prophecy and what is happening in the world. They don’t sugar coat their messages, nor do they tip-toe around the uncomfortable parts, they tell it like it is!
God’s word contains a lot of things that we would rather not hear, some things pertaining to us as believers and other things pertaining to the world. However, these are things that the good Lord wants us to know and be aware of, things that are important enough for Him to tell us about, things important enough for us to know about!
We live in an imperfect world with imperfect churches and imperfect pastors, I know this. But, it doesn’t take a perfect church or a perfect pastor to just teach all of the truth! To warn the flock of coming disasters, and to teach bible prophecy. After-all, one-third of the bible is prophecy!
I am not a perfect person, at times I sin, I know this about myself. But, I am hungry for all of the truth, all of God’s word, not just bits and pieces of it and not sugar-coated to sound sweet to the ears!
The times around us are becoming more and more like the days of Noah, men’s hearts are waxing cold, evil is increasing, ISIS and Islam are a real threat, society is on a downward spiral, and the world is headed towards a One World Government! These things are real, they are happening, and we should be told about them in church! Yet I hear nothing, maybe one time one of the pastors mentioned ISIS as a side note, but that’s it.
Is the church doing us a disservice?
Churches need to feed the flock, they need to warn the flock, and they need to attend to the flock. Sadly so many of them have wandered away from teaching the whole truth, they have not fulfilled the role of tending to the flock, of warning about wolves in sheep’s clothing, or of encouraging us with the fact that we are living in the end times and the return of Christ is sooner than we once believed!
I know that there are other believer’s out there who do not attend a church, perhaps there is not one in your area, or perhaps there is not one that teaches all of scripture straight from scripture, or relates bible prophecy to the world around us. Maybe you are physically unable to leave your home, whatever the reason you are not alone.
One word of encouragement to those who don’t have a church to call home, we are the church! We as believers in Jesus Christ can come together, whether or not in person or on the internet, as the body of Christ. We can unite as the church of God Almighty, encouraging one another, teaching one another, praying together, and praising God together! You are not alone, you have brothers and sisters in Christ who love you and care about you. God is Spirit and we are spirits also, and our spirits can unite across the world.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!