A good article over at Vitamin Z…
We rob one another of a means of sanctification if we leave our churches silently. Don’t do it! We need to love each other enough to help one another fight sin.
brotherly love, ecclesiology, sanctification
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#1 by SBC on October 22, 2008 - 11:02 am
#2 by vizaviz on October 22, 2008 - 11:32 am
There’s not a specific situation I have in mind. I just found it thought-provoking. People will come and go at churches and never express the reason that they’re leaving so as to not “stir the pot”. Instead, I see the local church as an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to use each other to push us towards Christlikeness, especially when tension between the pew and pulpit (or pew and pew) arises.
Can that be done if all you do is sit in silent agony in the pew until you leave the church… or you seethe to the boiling point and do unneeded damage? Both rob us of the opportunity that God has given us to grow via our brother’s and sister’s exhortation.
#3 by Zach on October 22, 2008 - 9:39 pm
Thanks for the link!
#4 by Amanda on October 22, 2008 - 9:40 pm
Isn’t that what true church discipline is? Confronting and exhorting one another? To leave a church without confronting the issues is damaging not only to ourselves, but to others as well. Thanks for the thought provoking post.
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