It’s beyond time that we, as the Church, stopped criticizing and cannibalizing our own. Oh I have heard the arguments “examine the fruit”. Yet, are we actually looking at our own tree as well? I’ve learned over the years that sometimes the best and sweetest fruit is hidden in ugly and unlikely skins which are often mistaken for rotten. I have also seen the opposite to be true; the fruit is beautiful and plentiful but rotten at the core. It really depends on whether or not an actual dissection of said fruit is performed.
You may not agree with the outward appearance of a ministry, or a person, or how someone approaches their Kingdom service, but you should never criticize. If there is something legitimately wrong, pray for God to intervene. He already sees what is happening; He doesn’t need help.
We do a great disservice to the Body of Christ, and the pre-believer, when all we talk about and argue for is what we are against and what we find fault with. Who wants to be associated with that?
Perhaps the real issue for all the criticism is jealousy and envy. Perhaps it is because someone is stepping out in faith and preaching a message more in line with an ambassador of Jesus. Maybe it scares us because it doesn’t reflect our particular doctrinal view. Perhaps it is the realization that Grace is not a tool used to control others and truly is liberating. We will not know until we let go of all we think we know and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide. He is the one who leads us into all truth; sometimes that path will have different perspectives and points of view than what we have been taught in the confines of our particular churches. However, He will never stray from the fundamental truth of the Gospel, He will never complicate or over-theologize it, and it will always have Love at the core.
God is Love.
Jesus, the Son of God, was born of a virgin woman.
He suffered horrifically, died, and was resurrected after three days so that our belief in Him and what He did for us gives us life eternal with Him.
He is seated at the right hand of God and, as believers, we are seated with Him.