Is Church a Social Club?

In my experience in the ministry, many of the people who do not know God’s way and wanted “their own way” are often hurt if the truth is revealed. It sometimes bothers me because there are good people around that we wanted to be around us but hates to hear the truth about “Gods’ Way.” It has caused conflict and deep prejudice to the Truth because most of these people want to hear what they want and not “God’s way.”  Sometimes, I thought about “sugar coating” the discussions just not to drive people away, but my conscience is often bothered with the question: AM I TELLING THE TRUTH? Topics like Alcohol/Vices, Fornication/Adultery, Homosexuality, Gambling, Marriage-Divorce-Remarriage, Instruments in Worship and many others not to name them can either offend and drive people away. With these issues, a topic is going to be discussed whom to please – God or Man?

We all know that in Christendom, our goal is to PLEASE GOD. This is the most important act for a “Follower of God.” In the Old Testament, Joshua expressed his desire who to serve and please God in Joshua 24:15 as he said: “as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”Joshua has chosen God over men or any other things. In the early Christian times in Acts 5:29 Peter and the other apostles answered: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Notice our Lord Jesus Christ as He said: “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37 NIV). Matthew Henry Commentary exactly says the words we needed to hear today – “Religion is worth every thing; all who believe the truth of it, will come up to the price, and make every thing else yield to it. Christ will lead us through sufferings, to glory with him…. Let us boldly confess Christ, and show love to him in all things.”(Commentary on Matthew 10:37)

Compromising God’s truth because of the feelings of the world could lead God’s people to disaster. If you read Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 17:3-4, he sought the Lord and faithfully stayed God’s way. He removed idols from the land and sent out teachers to instruct people in God’s law (17:7-9). When a prophet rebuked him for his wicked partnership with Ahab (16:10), Jehoshaphat accepted and went to do religious reforms (19:2-11).His heart was devoted to the ways of the Lord. He served faithfully in the fear of the Lord. His relation with Ahab has endangered him but in the end, he has chosen to serve God. If he endured the danger of compromising with the world, then all of us are not exempted as well.

Whom should we please? If God is our answer, whatever man says, instruct and command, it will always be God who will be followed. If we stand for the truth, we are not a Social Club but a True Church truthfully serving our God because the truth will set God’s followers FREE!

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