Jesus instituted the church to be hell’s worst nightmare. People loving God, loving each other, and loving people into a relationship with God.
The church is the body of Christ. In order for a body’s growth to not be stunted it must be healthy. Lets learn from the Bible what the true purpose of the church is.
Matthew 16:18 AMP
And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros –a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra –a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].
Are there unhealthy churches? Yes
>Religion based church (controlling and manipulative)
>Experience based churches (overly emotionally driven) experience more important than truth
>Sectarian churches (divisive, infighting, competitive)
>Any church (as long as churches have humans in them there will be imperfections and potential to be unhealthy)
Is the church at large unhealthy? NO
There is a negative PR campaign being waged against the church by God haters, deceivers, false prophets and preachers.
1. Don’t go to church they are just a bunch of hypocrites.
>There are hypocrites everywhere, people speaking from behind a mask. Not being themselves. Having a hidden agenda. They’re at your school, your job, your home even. This very statement is an act of hypocrisy.
2. Don’t serve in the church they’re just trying to use you.
>In a world where volunteerism is on the rise, why would we assume the motives of the church are to use people. We don’t say that of other identities who operate on volunteer resources.
3. Don’t give to the church all they want is your money.
>This statement is the most ludicrous most churches are using the finances given to positively effect the world. Why is there no one standing outside casinos staying don’t go there all they want is your money?
Thes statements are generalizations and falsehoods based on subjectivity and are not applied across the board in society. Why not? Because there is a campaign to vilify the church in an attempt to make it impotent.
There are many reasons why some unbelievers don’t like the church, and there are many reasons why some believers don’t like the church.
A lot of which are our fault.
5. Holier than thou
8. Mean spirited
9. Irellevant and impractical
As long as some continue to operate in this way they will be unhealthy and do the exact opposite of their purpose. Hurt people.
The church is a living organism established by Jesus to give life, edify, and build up believers. To seek and to save those who are lost, and to desimate hell while populating heaven. The church was established to bring together disciples to worship God.
There is true purpose for the church and God wants his body to be healthy and we know that healthy things grow.
As long as there is a heaven and a hell we have no option but to grow.
Lets get healthy.