Is the main purpose of the church is for us to feel comfortable and continue to be who we are? To answer this question we must take a look at the main problems in the world and in the Body of Christ. We must take a look at two basic problems we have in society today:
Sin in the world: The church has no business trying to resolve the sin of the world through any other method other than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many are trying to resolve the issue of sin of the world through politics, through doing good campaigns, through education, through radio, through television, etc. I have nothing against these things, but all of those things without Christ are a waste of time. The Bible tells us that we can gain the whole world, but if we lose our soul in the process, we gain nothing (Matthew 16:26). The world is trying to resolve problems without Christ and the salvation that He offers through the Gospel.
Sin in the church: The sin in the church problem can be divided in two groups that move around the concept of how to deal with sin erroneously:
a. The group that focus on confronting sin in the flesh: This group arrogantly places the emphasis on confronting the individual cough in sin, but there is no heart for restoration. Galatians 6:1 tells us:
“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” NKJV
If you are not walking in the spirit of gentleness and humility…perhaps it is best that you focus on prayer for the situation and for yourself. Your brother or sister’s sin obviously exposed something in you also. When sin is confronted in the flesh is going to cause more damage than good.
b. The group that ignores sin: The problem that I see in churches where sin is ignored is that there is no love. There is indeed very little carrying for one another.
The first qualification in dealing with sin in our churches is that we must be spiritual people; we must confront sin in the spirit of gentleness and humility as you consider your own humanity according to Galatians 6:1. This is the Biblical way to approach the main problem in our local churches.
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot.
In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona. On June 8th 2021 Angel started his home church, not as a starting point, but as a closer way to how the church is suppose to look like according to Scripture.
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