Don’t Demean The Church

“You can be Christian without the Church.”

“I don’t need the Church.”

“The Church is full of hypocrites.”

“The Church is old-fashioned and outdated.”

“The Church doesn’t care about me.”

“The Church only wants my money.”

“The Church is opinionated and dogmatic.”

“The Church is full of right-wing Republicans.”

“The Church doesn’t meet my needs anymore”

Have you ever heard any of these assertions? Or other similar demeaning statements about the church?

Actually, I’ve heard all of those and even more derogatory accusations about the church. Sometimes these are said or posted on social media by professed Christians.

I understand that people can let us down. Not all preachers are ministering as God desires. Not all pastors are Shepherding as the Bible teaches. And not all local congregations are following God’s Word and fulfilling His purpose. However, in spite of human imperfections, we ought to respect and appreciate the Church. And we should be an integral part of its work.

Let me encourage you not to make generic, pejorative statements about the Lord’s Church. Here’s why.

#1 The Church was a part of God’s plan from eternity.

The Bible says it was a part of God’s “eternal purpose” (Eph. 3:10-11). Although human beings comprise the church, it is not of human origin. It’s the result of God’s plan and purpose. Its existence demonstrates the accomplishment of God’s intention “before the world was.” Don’t defame God’s plan.

#2 The Church reflects the wisdom of God.

The same Ephesians text tells us that the Church is a manifestation of the “manifold wisdom of God.” The word “manifold” means “many-faceted, variegated, multi-colored.” In this relationship, we enjoy all spiritual blessings in Christ (Eph. 1;3). Our collective fellowship together is a source of encouragement, enlightenment, and edification. Don’s disparage God’s wisdom.

#3 The Church was founded by Christ.

It’s been said, “Preach Christ. Not the church.” But they are inseparably connected. Jesus promised, “I will build My Church (Matt. 16:18). It’s His. Furthermore, God made Christ its head. And the Bible speaks of the church as “His Body.” “And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Eph. 1:22-23).

In his commentary on Ephesians, Colly Caldwell offered this insight about the Body of Christ. “It is a union of believers in Christ, fellowshipping one another in an organic living spiritual body. It is animated, given life, by Him. Jesus Christ is not simply an external authority but the internal life Giver and Sustainer of His body. He should be recognized as such by all members.” Don’t disdain Christ’s Body.

#4The Church was purchased with Jesus’ blood.

Paul told the Corinthian Christians “you are bought with a price” (1 Cor. 6:19.). The apostle expressed this way in his exhortation to the Ephesian Elders. “ Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Ax. 20:28). Jesus suffered, bled, and died for the church. Don’t despise Jesus’ blood.

#5 The Church is designated by Divine terms.

Because it was ordained by God and originated with His Son, Jesus Christ the Bible refers to the church as “the church of God (1 Cor.1:2). “The Church of Christ (Rom. 16:16). “The Temple of God (Eph. 2:20-22). “The Family of God (Eph. 2:19). “The Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). And “The Bride of Christ (Eph.5:22-32.” Don’t denigrate the Divinely identified Church.

A true understanding of what the Bible says about the Church challenges us to further its cause. To fulfill its mission. To participate in its ministry. To share its message. And not to discredit, dismiss, or deride God’s church.

‘To {God} be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever” (Eph. 3:21).

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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5 responses to “Don’t Demean The Church

  1. john cosper

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