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Righteous Indignation

I find it hard to believe the true Christian man of God can ignore an undercutting of Christ's church. A while back I wrote about Pastors in our area fishing in each other's aquarium. This weekend I dealt with yet another one of those situations. This one unfortunately had been going on for nearly 6 years (I wasn't personally involved for the bulk of that time). I decided on Tuesday that I had heard enough. At 8a.m. I went to this churches office and waited for the Pastor to arrive.

I won't go into the details here but lets suffice it to say that I didn't walk out regretting anything . During the conversation I was asked "How is it fishing in the Aquarium if they were ours to begin with." You see, this man Pastors a church from which a new church was birthed over 6 years ago. For 6 years now there have been ignorant and selfish people who couldn't get the idea of church planting. They refused to understand that God could do a new work through 40-50 people who stepped out from this church of 500. Instead of being excited for a church plant they have spent 6 years attacking, backbiting and openly praying for its demise.

I challenged this man to repent and to get his people to repent and seek after Jesus. The more they focus on other churches, the less they are focused on Christ and the redemption of the city.

I believe confrontation is mandatory for those who love God and who are called to shepard God's people. Humans are not possessions. Pastors, we don't trade herds of cattle. We are out to be a vibrant, exciting, opportunity-rich church that exists to see that no one in our cities goes to hell. Quite literally people should have to go to hell over our dead bodies. When the church IS what God called it to be it is one of the most powerful places on the planet. However when the church isn't acting like the church, it can be the most backwards and destructive place. It becomes a Weapon of Mass Distraction. People need the church to be about Jesus' business and when it's not men of God with the Word of God need to course-correct and make it the place of God.

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Now the time of the Passover was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found men in the temple area who were selling cattle and sheep and doves, and also the moneychangers who were doing business. So He fashioned a whip out of cords, and went into the temple and drove out the cattle and the sheep, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and He scattered their coins. And He went up to those who were selling doves and said to them, "Get these things out of here! How dare you turn My Father's house into a marketplace!" Then His disciples remembered what was written in the Scriptures, "Zeal for Your house will consume me." John 2:13-17

posted by Tally Wilgis @ Wednesday, February 14, 2007

2 Comments:

At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just discovered your blog. I say a hearty 'AMEN'! Preach it, brother!

Bill B

 
At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Daniel Floyd said...

Tally, that's awesome!! It's great to know there are pastor's out there that aren't limp wristed!! :)

 

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