Don't Slap Christ's Wife
We may have problems with the church. We may have a list of things we would like to see improved with the way church is done in the 21st Century. But we should never let our healthy evaluation of the church and her effectiveness descend into bashing the bride of Christ.
There are those today who analyze, criticize and discount the church as if she is a useless relic of the past. I have read "experts" who have said we should forsake the organized church and just have Bible studies in our homes. But a church without a team of godly shepherds leading it is not a church at all, it's a group of rebels who have decided that they know better than God's plan for church organizational structure (which, by the way, is clearly laid out in Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3.)
Again, this doesn't mean that we refuse to see real faults in the church. It means that we recognize them and then jump in to try to fix them with a heart of service and love for the people of God.
We need to honor the church. She is the fire in which all of our embers stay burning white hot for Christ. She is the community in which we all live and minister to each other. She is a collection of saints from male to female, black to white and rich to poor who have one thing in common, our eternal soulmate, Jesus Christ.
Slap my wife and I'll punch you in the throat (and ask for forgiveness later.) I cringe to think what Christ would do.
I remember witnessing to people during my Christian message board days, trying very hard to have them see outside the apostate church system, in this case the Catholic one or other church cults. So many define "The church" as the official organizations, the bricks, buildings, seminaries and networks. Christian believers know different that the church is the ekklesia, the "called out ones", those who are the true saints of God, those who are born again. Obviously this is one error this pastor promotes. The "church" is not where the one guy leads the whole show, but
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
It is scary to read some of the writings of these guys, two men look at his wife [no touching or saying anything] and while they are lustful in attitude, he goes up to them with a clenched fist. I can understand a man wanting to defend his wife and they should but such a level of anger, seems inappropriate to the situation. What about the comment at the end about "punching" someone in the throat and asking for forgiveness later? Remember he is using that "wife" as an analogy for his church there. That is pretty scary for a "pastor" to write. I have noticed this trend of "TOUGH GUY" pastors who are so busy posturing, it's scary. They have adopted the actions of the world. I don't know about you, but I see the bar room as a place where men would have fistfights over a man looking the "wrong way" at his woman. I suppose one could comment about how America is entering into a wicked culture where thoughtfulness and peacemaking are now seen as only the domain of "wimps". Even his "christ" is presented as a "tough guy" as he writes "lets not test him". And what is that weird soulmate stuff? Is God your soulmate? He is the Creator of the universe, He is to the believer, "Abba, Father". I found that strange. Soulmates are equals it is part of the definition of soul mates which is a New Age concept.
Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Even if he thinks he is defending the "Christian" church, did he miss the extensive bible chapters about what the response to persecution should be? Is beating people up the proper spiritual response? Hey it will be for the antichrist church and well worse. Rome put so many of "saints" to the stakes for "bashing" "their church", see where I am going with that?
Notice those who have left the church system are considered "rebels". I dare say as we get closer to the last days and the building of the apostate antichrist church, this will be the attitude of towards those who refuse to "join with it".
Didn't Rome call those who refused to go to Mass "rebels" as well?
Take a look, even the Christian Post commenters weren't happy with this guy.