Examine Your Church

“I don't believe in a lot of things they do and teach in my church.” Have you said something like that lately? A friend of mine was highly incensed a few years ago when he learned that his church was contributing to the support of a political candidate he could not endorse. He found that his church was far more interested in political issues than the Bible. He left his church.

It is time for us to question our religious beliefs. It is healthy and progressive to examine our faith in the Lord. (Please read 2 Cor. 13:5). We are wise when we find our mistakes and correct them. Upon self-examination, if we find we are not right about something, what must we do?

If I found that my shirt was buttoned wrong, I would not wear it that way the rest of the day. I would show wisdom in unbuttoning it and doing it right. If I take the wrong turn on a trip to an unfamiliar destination I do not continue to travel the wrong road--1 turn around and find the right way. That is what we are urging people to do in religion — examine yourselves and if you are wrong about something, change now. If you are right--just keep on doing what is right.

But, can you say that you believe everything your church teaches and does, my friend? Have you had a chat with your Pastor lately about things in which your church engages? Have you asked him for the Bible proof that their practices and teachings are in harmony with the scripture? Ask your Pastor where the Bible mentions the name of your church. Ask him to show how your church is patterned after the one Jesus Christ built. Ask him where one would find how to join” your church from the Bible information. If he is not able to show you from the Bible the answer to your questions, isn’t it time to do some soul-searching and self-examination?

It is important to be able to prove what you believe and teach by the scriptures. “Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:20). Improvement and correction never hurt anybody.

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