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ChurchI Hear So Much Against the Church
By Thomas Kittrell

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16: 18 KJV

And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church. Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Ephesians 1:22-23 KJV

I am reading so much lately in condemnation of the church. Satan is on the attack, and one of his main targets now is God's church, instituted by Christ, Himself. I can no longer remain silent. It is time to speak out. Let's get one thing straight to begin with: the church is not a man-made institution. It was created by Jesus Christ, the same Jesus who died on Calvary, and the same Jesus who is coming back one day to get His church.

True, there are weaknesses and faults within the church body, but not in the concept of the church Jesus has in mind. Not all church members are blind to the social needs of their communities or the world, and the facts will attest to that. The church gives more for humanitarian need than anyone else. Not all church members are playing holiness while living like the devil the rest of the week. Not all pastors are driving luxurious automobiles and receiving enormous salaries. Not all pastors who do receive large salaries are in it for the money. No church is composed of perfect people, for only God is perfect. That does not excuse our faults, nor does it give anyone license to "abolish" the church.

If you are dissatisfied and disillusioned with how things are in the church you attend, then quit "whining" and "airing out the church's dirty laundry," and get involved in helping lead it back to where it should be--right in the center of Christ's will. Don't kick the church when it is down, but reach out in love and compassion to help lift her up before God and the world.

If you leave the church, how are you going to feel when Jesus, the Lord, Master, and Head of the church, comes back for her? Aren't you going to feel very sheepish and embarrassed? I think so.

I love the church, for it was there I learned about Jesus. It was there I learned He loves me. It was there I heard the Gospel message. It is there I intend to go for worship and praise until Jesus comes for me.
Thomas Kittrell is an ordained Baptist minister and a former pastor. He no longer pastors due to severe hearing loss. His web site, www.dustonthebible.com and FaithWriters postings are his main ministry, which he believes are gifts from God to compensate for his hearing loss. Thomas and his wife, Mary, reside in Mississippi and are the parents of two sets of identical twin daughters and another daughter born between the two sets. Now retired, Thomas stays very active in his web ministry and teaching computer classes at a Christian school. If you would like to write to Thomas, you can do so through the Letters page of this magazine.