I refuse to go to church! I do not want to be like them! I saw a youth pastor cheat on his wife. I saw someone in need turned away. I was not accepted. They are a bunch of hypocrites!
Jesus took my hand, “Oh, sinner, the people of the church are far worse than hypocrites. They are liars, murderers, adulterers, thieves, and cheaters. They are who I came to save.”
The church is a spiritual hospital, Rush in those having a soul attack, nurse them back to health, and begin rehab. The church is the prisoner set free. The church is one big party, a family reunion, a parade and celebration.
Is this not your experience? Many wolves will dress in sheep’s clothing and many strangers will call “Lord, Lord.” And he will answer, “I do not know you.” There are many pastors and congregations that do not know the Gospel.
The Gospel is grace. The Gospel is those that have sinned will be set free. Those that think they have it all figured out, those that are righteous, those that are proud need not attend.
But the church, the real church, is sinners being set free. Our churches are overflowing with the worst of sinners. And that is the way it should be.