Actions by Bible Ministers can Bring Ridicule to Christian Churches

MY eBook/book/audiobook on deeper things that hurt church attendees is titled: “When Hurtful Things Happen in Christian Churches”, which can be found on Amazon. This article is not intended to cast aspersions on The Christian Church (God forbid!), which in reality does not consist of buildings or names or denominations per se, but consists of a body of believers – “The Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Am I saying church attendance is unnecessary or even bad? Again, God forbid! I believe church can bring growth to one’s walk with The Lord and provide them additional fellowship with other believers in addition to praise-worship to God.
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So why do I bring up these things I mention in the example subject of this article (following the heading below)? I do so because even if they are simply man-inspired conducts, they are distractions to potential new converts, some of which may turn away from visiting a Christ-centered church again. Those who visit churches for the first time with the intention of connecting with The Lord Jesus Christ. To know more about him should be seen as the first priority to both Pastor and current members. This subject can even include unspoken dressing contests between both men and women; the reasons being prestigious appearance or a contest of beauty, from which gossip can develop. Already born again, saved Christians can be a bit selfish and these type things can become a main objective to some believers, which could result in lost opportunities for others to become “new creatures in Christ”. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
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HEADING: Do We Confess Things into Our Lives? I will give an immediate, in-balance “yes” in answer to the above question, which does in fact relate to this article’s title (among many other things that relate to it). We certainly do confess things into our lives, both good and bad. There are many scriptures that clearly state that the words of our mouths effect changes in our lives and certainly our words are how we offer our prayers and praise to God. Words are the avenue through which God created the heavens and the earth. We were created in His image and likeness and so our words have creative effects as well, although certainly not on the same level as God’s Words have. His Words created this vast universe according to a passage in Hebrews, among many others. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Hebrews 11:3 KJV) The fact that words we speak can have a profound effect on us could not be more clearly stated in the Holy Scriptures. It is a fact that one would do well not to deny. With this said, let me also point out that perversions of belief in this doctrine, are sometimes practiced by Christians, in the area of receiving material blessings from God.
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You do not take such a principle taught in God’s Word and change it into a type of formula for receiving whatever you desire, rather than its appropriate purpose which is to know and seek God’s will and wisdom rather than making inappropriate demands from him. A catch-phrase that was derived by some in the faith movements, states to the effect that you can “name it and claim it”. In my sincere opinion, this places the doctrine on dangerous ground for several different reasons. If we are truly operating in the faith of God, it will also be in-line with the will of God. Simply desiring to have something does not make it God’s will for us to have it. If I spot a new Cadillac on the parking lot of a car seller, I might think to myself that I would really enjoy having that vehicle. If I’m operating with even a moderate amount of wisdom, I would first consider the logic of that desire, with welcomed guidance from the Holy Spirit. There may be reasons that God does not want me to have that car, such as it having inefficient gas mileage, that would place unnecessary stress on my finances or that I would have ongoing mechanical problems with the vehicle not too far down the road.
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“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” (Jeremiah 17:7 KJV) “He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage” (Proverbs 11:28 KJV)

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