"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)
The Honest Words of a Frustrated Preacher
How do you stay faithful to God’s people as you stand in disagreement with our current church leadership? Have we become like the church of Constantine; Looking good and prosperous from the outside, but abandoning God’s Word on the inside? A time where the word of a man was considered level with the Word of God. Are we the institutionalized church of today, the church that everybody can see, but in reality is not the true bride of Christ?
What is it that I can do? I am a simple preacher who grew up in a small town in Puerto Rico. I am nobody; I have no power and I have no influence. Should I start a new local church? Should I start a new denomination? Does the world need a new expression of this thing we call the church? Is division the only answer? Is there anybody out there that feels the way I feel?
How do you stay faithful to God’s people as you stand in disagreement with our current church leadership? I am so dissatisfied, I am so fed-up, so tired of the hypocrisy, the Business Network-like approach to church as the substitution to the Apostolic order.
What about the “heroes” of our faith today? They are television stars, with their fancy houses, fancy clothing and fancy life-styles. They are cowards who spread their demonic doctrine of materialism. They are false prophets and teachers who deny Jesus’ Gospel to rather be friends with the world. All they speak about is money. They have members as if they are a part of a prestigious social club, but no desire to make disciples or to be disciples for that matter. They seek buildings over the power available to transform lives.
Their message is empty and un-anointed sounding more like motivational speakers and not like the ambassadors of God’s Word that they are supposed to be. The focus is on what can we get. The focus is Me, Myself and I. They moved away from sacrifice and the confrontation of sin; those kinds of messages could affect their “Bottom Line.” Ya know! That is because the Word is no longer the center of their message, but they offer themselves as the main event.
How do you stay faithful to God’s people as you stand in disagreement with our current church leadership? Am I looking for perfection? How can I demand a perfection that I don’t have? But I am looking for a man who is willing to follow God, a man who is willing to humble himself before the prophet when sin is revealed. Where is such man? I don’t see one, not one that is willing to place God above their denominational ideologies, not one that is willing to bring down the walls of his own pride.
How do you stay faithful to God’s people as you stand in disagreement with our current church leadership? I don’t know, perhaps I am the problem! Who am I, after all, to even ask these questions?