We also know that the Scriptures say the Lord will judge his people. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God! Isaiah Oh, what a sinful nation they are — loaded down with a burden of guilt.
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They are evil people, corrupt children who have rejected the Lord. They have despised the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. Why do you continue to invite punishment? Must you rebel forever? Your head is injured, and your heart is sick. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.
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If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat. But if you turn away and refuse to listen, you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies. I, the Lord, have spoken! If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.
Matthew Many false prophets will come and fool a lot of people. I think too many times, churches need more office and pastoral staff to ensure the place runs smoothly and no one falls between the cracks. But, instead, they talk about bringing in more church members. What is the church supposed to do with that money? Care for the pastor, the staff and the building. Then, help needy church members, tithe to ministries, assist missionaries, help the persecuted church, assist pro-life ministries that help girls in their community, etc.
And if the church is missing it on this one, they may as well close their doors. I agree that many in the church need to learn what it is to be a servant, however, many of us would serve if leaders would ask. But, we need to remember that mothers are some of the most sleep-deprived, over-worked people on the planet. But, do a thorough search of the scriptures. Mentoring is great. It takes time.
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But, there are people who would love to help. Many seniors feel their life has no meaning. They could be filled with a greater sense of purpose, and younger people who are in grave need of support and guidance could be spared from divorce, falling away, and delivered from addictions. A couple of churches I attended had great training. They offered seasonal or weekly classes, so they were never lacking volunteers.
Others churches express they need help. I prefer to leave the back door open. You want help be helpful. You want people to reach out, reach out with your own arms. I started to put out a little bit of effort and found a gift is something for which nothing is expected in return.
Until the church shopper puts away the poor me mirror the dack door will always need a coat of paint on the inside. Why do the cry babies have to get leprosy before they really get a hold of God??? How about special needs? You would have greater success with a cricket farm than a special needs program. OH, am I too harsh or are my Sunday shoes deteriorating from exposure to the tears of self centered cry babies? There you go. Good job pastor bennett!
You have given and accurate anecdotal example if why people are leaving the church. Because of crusty old attitudes like that. Of course God should be capitalized. But the writer if that post was obviously using very informal typing techniques. What if I told you I was one of the chosen people of Hebrew heritage and that I was offended that you even wrote the name of Elohim.
Would you even get that reference?
Just quit being crotchety silly. There you go…. You have given an accurate anecdotal example of why people are leaving the church. Of course god should be capitalized. But the writer of that post may not understand things the way you or I do. What if I told you……that many find it offensive in the church today because people on both sides point their crotchety or millennial little fingers at each other instead of at themselves, and we are sick of watching it.
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Just quit being so super spiritual, and try to have purpose in your life…. See if You can accomplish that. To those making excuses about not capitalizing God when writing. Why would anyone not take the time to capitalize God when they write a comment, or an article or anything? This is not legalistic; no one hates legalism more than I do.
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This trend of minimizing the name of God for convenience shows an attitude. God is not some home-boy or peer, He is GOD! He deserve respect and honor. Remember He said to not take His name in vain……that means more than using His name in profanity, that means taking his name lightly. This is one place where, if you are going to comment, spell everything you want with small letters, but give God the honor due to Him.
And by the way, I am not a pastor or a preacher or a church leader, I am a middle aged woman who has been hurt by a certain church deeply, but God is healing me and I am so grateful to Him.
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I will not hold back the honor due to God because of what happened to me. Please keep in mind that many people are still not computer savvy and not be the best typists, especially those who have not grown up with the technology that we have today. To me that indicates someone who may not be adept with typing or and not, as people seem to feel, lazy or disrespectful of God.
Sigh… That is the type of nonsense that turns people off from church. Instead to taking the time to understand people and their background, Christians automatically criticize and jump to conclusions. Pastor Lee, if you are still following this thread, I hope that you are doing well and have found comfort in that church or a new church. God is not interested in the Pharisee spirit.
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He is concerned about the heart and our spiritual lives, not the letter of the law. Lee, Love to hear your thoughts, ideas and insight from that experience of multiple pastors after yours resigned. I have had several churches turn their back on me. When I was younger, it was because I had long hair.
Later, I had a very painful divorce and when I called my pastor he just told me to let her go. She moved to another church, started seeing another sunday school teacher who was married and they said and did nothing. The irony is that she came back two years later only to leave me again after a month and go right back to this married man. I am hurt, confused, lost and feel betrayed. And the church remains silent on the matter. My faith has been crushed and I feel as if God has abandoned me no matter how hard I pray.
My husband I and went apart approximately 20 years ago.
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