What Happened To God's People

I was raised in a pentecostal home with many in my family being minister's and I have no complaint's and I am very thankfull for the faith filled home I had. But I cant help but ask today, What happened to God's church and people ? . Going to church when I was younger was like a big family gathering where everybody knew each other. When sombody was sick or in need the " family " was there to help in any way it could. Once a month we held service at a nursing home and stayed and shared time with those living there. We went to hospital's and visited the sick and prayed with them. The church cared, what happened ?

Today most church's are run like walmart, only certain hour's of the week are the door's open. You walk in and they hand you a paper that tell's you what to do, when to sit or stand, what to sing and when, they even print what prayer you are to say and the word's. It is all timmed right down to the last minute to get out at a presice time. How do you put a time limit on God's word ? Why does the church NOT let the people pray what is in their heart anymore ? I was taught that God gave the mesage to be ministered for that service, that God gave the minister the word along with a starting point and ending point. Now it is like a routine service after service. I thought that the Holy Spirit was to lead the service not man. It seem's that God has been pushed OUT of the church because he does not fit into the schedule today. Why is the minister so timid ? If I dont get my toe's stepped on here and there in a sermon then somthing is wrong. Where can you go today to hear God's word as he set forth and find his people to fellowship with ?

I dont belong to any church today, a church is four wall's built by man and it does not mean that God is there. He has to be invited in and to many " Christian's " today leave him standing outside the front door. And then there are the church's that confine him INSIDE the church when the people leave. I chose not to be a member of any church because they place expatation's on you. You have to give them your money, you can only go to their church and go by their inner church rule's. I go where God lead's me to go. I dont worry about denomation if that is where I felt led by God. I clap my hand's at time's during song service and enjoy the holy spirite. I pray to my God what is in my heart not what is on paper. How will you ever learn to pray any other way ? I quit looking at who is sitting in church because it block's my view of God. I dont want to belong to the inner circle because most of them dont include my heavenly father. And yet the church of today wonders why attendence is falling. We wont even get into these new mega church's.

Yes the church has hurt me and let me down in the past but I also have to claim part of the fault. You see I too starting to fall into keeping my eye's on man and not God when I went to church. I was watching who dressed how, who did or did not do this or that. I was starting to become part of what I was complaining about. One day I was sitting in church fumming about a man that had not taken his hat off in God's house, how disrespectfull. I heard this faint little whisper in my ear, why are you focused on him and not me, I thought you came to share time with me. You let me worry about the other's you do what you came to church to do, spend time with ME. Sitting in the middle of church God gave me a heavenly spanking.

So yes I can find plenty of fault in today's church. When I look for the bad, you know that's all I find. But when when standing at the front door of the church if I just stop and take my father's hand and we both enter then I find I have a much better time in the lord. Yes I fail my heavenly father each and every day but you know what, he forgive's me and love's me anyway. So today I try to keep my eye's on him and not the church, after all does the bible tell us that " I " am God's church and not four wall's of wood ? I pray for him to lead me where he want's me. Mold me to the person he would have me to be. To talk through me and when he is through talking to put his hand across my mouth so that is is not ME talking. We will each have our cross's to bear in life, I battle with depression at this time in my life. I have good day's and bad day's but I know he is still with me. We talk every day. I will also ask you to include me in your prayer's that I will alway's be in God's will, even at the time's that I dont understand. I guess what I wanted to explain is to keep your eye's on God as he will never fail you. Take him INTO church with you and you will have a much better service, let him take care of the other's. God Bless and Keep Looking Up.
Robert1256 Robert1256
51-55, M
2 Responses Jul 11, 2010

The words that you write are so true that no one but the few with God’s Holy Spirit will believe you because this whole world has been deceived just as God said that it would be in Revelation 12:9.<br />
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Many and Few<br />
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1 Corinthians 2:14, Hebrews 5:13 and Matthew 7:13 are many.<br />
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1 Corinthians 2:13, Hebrews 5:14 and Matthew 7:14 are few.<br />
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The many can be told nothing even through love whereas the few have their communication only with God; and to live by every word of God is something that the many don’t do or even understand. <br />
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I have near eighteen years with God; and through those years has been one very rocky road with many great storms of life that God allowed so as to prepare me for these end times filled with religious deception all over this entire world with God’s children being the victims of the greatest deception through the buildings of man who do not follow their Head Jesus Christ because the only true church of God is the active body of Christ who lives by the words of God which means to follow only their Head with no confidence in man. <br />
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God is not the author of confusion as written in 1 Corinthians 14:33 whereas man is nothing but confusion and always has been just as written in Jeremiah 3:25.<br />
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So what does God say about the churches of man? Exactly what they don’t believe because what God says is different than what man teaches. . . .and God calls them all hypocrites without roots who are murderers abiding in death. Job 8:13-15, 1 John 3:11-24<br />
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And I am living proof as a workman for God who is not of this world that has been on the outside of churches looking in for years now only to see hate and be hated for what I see; and glory to God for that because the words of Christ in John 15:18-20 were to me in ways that I take very personally just as His words in John 14:12 because I know without question that I will do greater works when God gives me His Spirit to do great things. <br />
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So where is the true church today? In the body of Christ that follows only their Head; and the body parts of our Lord are scattered all over this world with no part of the buildings of man with the doctrines of man and the traditions of man that make the word of God none effect in their lives. . .

Wow. Well said. I thought *I* was the only person having difficulty finding a church home! I'm no fan of the mega-churches, but I do want an active, engaged, and compassionate church family!