Christians too often shoot their wounded.
Believers have the responsibility to exhort one another, to point out sin to the non-repentant.
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. —2 Timothy 4:2
But we also have the responsibility to correct in a spirit of gentleness. In fact, one of the qualities Christians should have is gentleness:
With gentleness correcting those that are in opposition . . . —2 Timothy 2:25
So the next time a Christian makes a boo-boo, remember to be gentle and exhort him/her for the purpose of restoration. God can and will be able to use all of us, strong and weak, for the cause of Christ.
Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. —Matthew 5:5
I recently went to a women’s retreat put on by [a large well-known denomination] where the leading local church official was the speaker. She distributed a handout with information she had taught before. The emphasis was on the “Spirit of Sophia,” and she had the women praying to Sophia for wisdom.
There were other problem areas in the retreat so I asked my pastor if he was aware of what she was teaching. He said he didn’t see anything wrong with her teaching and that if I had a question I should call her myself.
To make a long story a bit shorter, we eventually had a meeting with the Elders, Deacons and this lady Bible teacher who was a local denominational leader. The meeting was very tense, and she wouldn’t back down. The pastor, Elders, and Deacons basically supported her and told my husband and me that we would have to agree to disagree.
We resigned from the church but feel like a fish out of water not going to church. Why is it that churches are afraid to teach truth from the pulpit?! They won’t teach the truth about homosexuality, abortion, etc.
See GotQuestions.org/sophia-goddess-wisdom.html for information on Sophia. Click here.
They are not teaching truth because they don’t know the truth to teach. You should thank God for what He has allowed in your life. It sounds as if you were in a false church whose leadership is NOT born of the Spirit of God.
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.” —Matthew 7:21-23
God is obviously convicting you to find another place to fellowship, share gifts, and grow spiritually.
The Bible mentions the type of church you were attending:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths. —2 Timothy 4:3-4
. . . there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master . . . —2 Peter 2:1
We, as individuals, are held accountable for the church we attend and what we are being taught.
. . . test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. —1 John 4:1
. . . they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so. —Acts 17:11
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