"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
What Is The Perfect Church for You? Part 2
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.