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Things That Hinder Church Assembly
Spiritual Leadership and Moral Failure Within the Members of a Local Church Assembly
Sometimes members of the flock rebel, stumble or merely miss a stepping-stone. Pride demands predominance, even to the point of spiritual leaders misusing the pulpit to boast upon themselves as though they preach from some self-acquired might rather than from the mercy and grace bestowed by God. Likewise comes among the church assembly selfish gossip leading to bitterness and bickering such that in the end none are of the same mind (Philippians 4:2). It’s not roses out here, my fellow Christian sojourner. Sometimes the water overflows the ship, and sometimes the ship actually sinks. Let not a bad experiences cripple your spiritual growth or your commitment to love and honor both God and His people.
Spiritual Authority and Failed Moral Character
Although good moral character is no evidence of salvation, the power of salvation should always produce strong evidence of Christian character. Yet character failure remains a major component of human flesh. Sometimes those in spiritual authority strike the rock rather than speak to the rock. Such errors do not make your church leaders wicked, cruel or lost. Scripture declares Moses the meekest man in all the earth (Numbers 12:3). Yet there came a time when anger exploded within his heart and this man, Moses, permitted pride to control his actions, (Numbers 20:11). As such, he dishonored God with his words.
Leadership mistakes occur, as do other character failures – and that sometimes more often than any of us care to admit. Yet remember also, that although God judged Moses for claiming God’s work for his own, the man was not abandoned before the eyes of the people. Disappointment with a given church assembly must never become disappointment with the Church of Jesus Christ nor with God.
A Kingdom Scattered Due To Christian Waste of Precious Treasures
The old tale of how your presence will make any perfect church imperfect is a common means of convincing church members to accept any manner of shoddy leadership, church complacency or lack of spiritual discernment in church management. Yet the Holy Spirit clearly reminds us of how often church growth turns inward rather than outward. People sometimes become so interested in self-exaltation that they never permit growth to exceed the bounds of personal control. This, my friend, is a lack of faith. We claim that God deals with our enemies and then we use the power of man as our weapons of battle.
Salvation comes not from the power of your personal delivery of the message but rather from the power of the Message itself backed by the conviction of the Holy Spirit. The less a man considers himself, the greater will work that supernatural power of God (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).
When a church assembly grows complacent, God sometimes does a bit of rattling (Acts 8:1). You may get caught up in the shaker. Thus arises a stream of personal examinations and crosschecks. Uncertainty can enter your thoughts. Perhaps you are indeed the one that caused a “perfect” church assembly to loose its standing before God. I say only that your examination must be applied honestly and openly to known scripture. And if the Spirit of conviction lays upon you a troubled heart, go back to your first place and be at peace. However, if the Spirit sets you free to pursue a new course in Christ Jesus, do as you are lead and forsake not praying for your old place.