This week on a "live stream" service I heard a preacher constantly referring to "flesh churches"
I began to think about all the churches that I have been a part of in my life, all the ones that I have visited, and all the ones that friends and family have been a part of. I remember the things that I loved about being a christian and how I knew that God had called me and that I had a ministry. A ministry of love and reaching souls for Jesus. Helping the hurting and needy. Upon leaving my former church I remember realizing all the years that I had wasted serving a man who demanded it instead of serving Jesus.
When I came to my former church I remember how it bothered me that I saw few of these ministries. I convinced myself that it was alright and that they were just into the deeper things of God. As the years went by, the church became so centered around money and the pride of the leadership that it was hard to stomach. I saw how people were treated and humiliated.
All of this was to make the pastor feel better or let the congregation know how he was in the right and others were in the wrong...... flesh
There were parties and events to make the pastor feel loved and appreciated.....flesh
There was rampant sin in the leadership (but only some, not all).....flesh
Honor to the pastor was expected and required.....flesh
People were judged by how they looked.....flesh
The rich were praised.....flesh
Private not commercial flights.....flesh
Only the best clothes.....flesh
Shots and fad diets to get skinny.....flesh
When there were special meetings:
Feed all the ministers by special invitation...flesh
Buy big name ministers expensive gifts.....flesh
Decorate so everything would be pleasing to the eye.....flesh
Money, money, money come to us so we can have it all.....flesh
Give jewelry to adorn the flesh.....flesh
Talk about how faith is classy.....flesh
Ignore reprimanding sin and responsibility for one's actions.....flesh
Require forgiveness but slander those who have "done you wrong"...flesh
Ignore those you see who, have left and gone to another church, try to be pleasant to you.....flesh
Pray for bad to come to those who have wronged you.....flesh
The list could go on and on. This church is the complete example of the flesh church. I remember looking at the leader of this church and realizing that there is not one thing about him that reminds me of Jesus. I remember that there was not one area of his life that I wanted my life to resemble in any way. I remember that I realized that if his life and relationships were an example of the "blessing of the Lord" then I didn't want any part of that particular type of "blessing". I know people who don't even know God with more love and integrity in their little finger than I have seen displayed by the leadership of this church.
A Spirit church would have:
Members who were loved and appreciated regardless of their pocket book
People being saved during a week long, 12 service meeting
A pastor who is a shepherd not an elitist
Ministry to the poor
A pastor who showed up at funerals
Congregation members who feel loved
Giving to the poor and widows, not the well off already
Examples of the fruit of the Spirit in the lives of their leadership
1 Corinthians 13 in operation from the pulpit
A guest minister should know something about the churches he is talking about before he opens his mouth in judgement or support of those churches. For him to speak against other pastors and call their churches "flesh" when he doesn't know first hand what he is talking about is wrong. I thought that we were not supposed to "touch God's anointed" He needed to deal with all the flesh in the church that he was standing in before he began to attack others.
How pleasant it is now to sit in a service and not hear one church or denomination bashed from the pulpit. Not hear one community member slandered from the pulpit. Listen to someone preach who does not have to be constantly tooting his own horn and demanding glory for himself. Not to hear money and tithe rammed down my throat. Tithe is great, but I would like to see some mercy and justice.
A Reflector of His Bountifulness
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