Segregated Congregation, by Robert Zurkowski

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“Sir, I am so sorry, but we cannot allow a person with your type of crime to attend here, as it upsets the congregation.”  “Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”  (Mat 12:36-37)  “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me;  and him that cometh to me I will not cast out.”

I recently received a letter from a good Christian friend of mine.  Because of his honesty in telling the preachers at several churches about his past criminal record (which happened many years ago) in hopes of getting their support and encouragement, he was shocked, angry, and hurt at their rejection.

Just because a church and its preacher call themselves Christians, their words and actions can sometimes prove to be anything but.   Those church’s Christian values are now set by secular views and standards, and the popular opinion of the congregations.  The preacher must appease his congregation, lest he lose their attendance and donations. The fear of the disapproval of his congregation and their departure has many of them compromising the word of God.  “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”  (2 Ti 4:3-4)

How dare they judge anyone?  How dare they deny anyone access through them to God?  Other than the Pharisees, Jesus never turned down anyone based upon sin, religion, culture, race or social standing.  His arms were open wide to any and all who came to Him and sought the truth.  Since when do preachers have a choice as to what constitutes an unforgivable or forgivable sin?  Are their standards not supposed to be higher than those of their congregation?   Are they not to be held more accountable to not only the teaching of God’s word, but by living by it as well?  Without evil we wouldn’t have sin.  Without sin we wouldn’t need preachers.  Evil is evil in all of its forms.   What about demon oppression?  Or demon possession?  Should these poor souls be excluded from a church because of their past behavior?

I can see it now:   Jesus casting out the legion of demons into the herd of swine, and the poor demented souls fall at Jesus’s feet in thanksgiving and worship, begging to be allowed to follow Him.  Then Jesus would say “Look, I know I cast out those legions of demons, but I’m sorry, I just can’t allow you to hang around me.  After all, what would my Apostles think if I let someone like you into my fold?   Go in peace my son, and may God bless you.”

Christ’s instructions were to go tell people, and proclaim the change to the world.  Shout from the mountains.  Nowhere does He limit the spreading of His miracle.  Even if His house were to reject him like the preachers have done, what did Jesus say to do?  “Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of the house or city or church, shake off the dust from your feet.  It will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgement than for that city.”

If you are such a church as my friend was rejected from, walk away before you are found to be a partaker of its hypocrisies.  See that every sinner who repents is given a fair and just second chance.  For without that second, third, tenth, one hundredth, or one thousandth chances God gave us, where would you be?Yesterday’s mistakes are considered today’s wisdom, unless that mistake involves the law.  If you wish to contribute to stopping crime, then support an ex-convict and develop him into a positive influence in our society instead of a burden.  We will all be better for it.

by Robert Zukowski

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