Tuesday, 27 March 2012
I have felt pressure from the little church I attend. I started to inwardly question the pastor's and his wife's motives for wanting me to hurry up and be baptized and be a member. I believe they think they are entirely Biblical, but there were red flags and still are. I just know that the Lord wants me to stay there until he says to move on.
Maybe I am being kept there right now because the LORD is working on the pastor too, as well as myself? I don't know. I just have to trust the LORD in it all.
The pastor kept going on and on about "disobedience" in his sermons: hurry be baptized, next step; then become member, hurry up, next step. He would say this is from the LORD -- but was it? Are all his poor jokes from the LORD too? I personally don't want to hear jokes when I go to church. I am there to honor the LORD.
The LORD has used this confusing time for me, however, to make me see my need to delve into the meat of His Word. To really read the Bible for myself -- really read it, not skim it. To have full understanding. To not rely on man so much and his rules and regulations.
I was baptized for the right reasons. I wanted to show my family and friends that I was very sincere in my walk with the Lord. I did not get baptized so that I could quickly become a member of that church. I "am" a member of the body of Christ already; I believe this wholeheartedly.
Please don't let "man" put you off. There is no perfect church, though; just know that. However, the more we rely on the LORD, the less we rely on what the "church" we are attending thinks of us.
Please do not let the enemy interfere in your walk with the Lord. If you believe in Jesus and that He died on the cross for your sins -- we are all sinners -- remember He says we can't keep His commandments, so He shed His Blood on the cross for us so that we could have an eternity in Heaven with the Father and not an eternity in hell.
Check out Living Waters website. I took Way of the Master study and it was really helpful in understanding my need for a Savior in the Lord Jesus. I believe this is when I really gave myself to the Lord, cried out to Him and I am now saved. I don't think I was saved at the little church when I first started. They failed to tell me why I need a Savior in the first place. This is a mistake that churches make all the time, resulting in false converts.
I pray the Lord bless you and give you full knowledge and understanding.Have you ever felt pressured by the church to accept Christ, be baptized or become a member of a church? How did you handle the situation? How can Christians on the whole become more patient with those who are seeking Christ but aren't ready to accept Him just yet?