The Church - As deadly as WWII?
Ask anyone. Anyone, that is, who has been involved in church or Christian ministry for any length of time, “Have you ever been hurt by a fellow believer?” Or ask, “Have you ever felt judged, belittled, or resigned to a ‘second class Christian status’ by another believer?" Do you feel distant from another believer over his insistence that you agree with his standard, his conscience on a matter, or her particular “brand” of Christianity? Have you ever found yourself in an uncomfortable conversation or heated argument while trying to convince someone toward a specific point of view on a “spiritual” topic?
Further, have you ever been accused of breaking a spiritual standard, or “going liberal”, or being “Puritanical”, or not standing for the Faith, or not being “Spirit filled”, or using a substandard Bible version, or any other such peculiarity? These accusations cut deep and often leave us questioning our acceptance before God. Perhaps you’ve been discarded by an individual or group of believers because you didn’t meet up to a set of spoken or unspoken directives that may or may not have solid Biblical foundations. If so, you have been on the receiving end of one of the most destructive influences in the Church. You have experienced a sort of attack. You may feel maimed, defaced, ashamed, unqualified, unloved…fill in your own adjective.
Did you know that nearly 4 out of 10 (37%) non-churchgoing Americans state the reason they do not attend church is due to negative past experiences with churches or church people? The estimate of unchurched people in America is 100,000,000. That’s 37,000,000 people claiming to be hurt by professing Christians! (Barna, 2010, Millions of Unchurched…) That’s a lot of hurt! World War II claims conservatively to have cost 40,000,000 lives worldwide. The spiritual casualties in America alone are enough to rival that war. The disturbing and alarming thing about it is that ours is a civil war – we are battling ourselves. The statistic mentioned only includes those who no longer attend. What about those who have been hurt but hang in there? How big is that number? Are you numbered among the wounded? Or maybe worse, have you been the aggressor?
If any of this sounds painfully familiar then you'll benefit from this site. In fact, if you are ready to take action against the hurt and division that is so prevelant in the Church today we invite you to dig deeply into our site to:
- Learn the Bible pattern for dealing with differences in the Body.
- Learn how to maintain personal peace and conviction when confronted with differing opinions and doctrinal disputes.
- Learn how to maintain Truth without compromise and to Love without reservation.
- Express your thoughts on the importance of maintaining Biblical Unity.
- Connect with brothers and sisters who are likewise motivated.
- Generally learn what God's mind is about the whole topic of Church Unity.
- Discover resources aimed at promoting healing and unity in the Body of Christ.
- Learn about the freedoms and boundaries of Christian Liberty.
- Help create a community of believers that strive to love one another regardless of our differing opinions.