Is my church bigger than God? This is the question for February 8th 2021 – that I keep asking myself. It is a crucial question that ruffles the feathers of comfort and sparks my conscience and gut feeling into action.
So someone asked me: “What do you mean by that?” – What do you mean when you ask the question: “Is my church bigger than God?” What I mean is this: Does my church control my heart and my conscience and What I understand to be truth and what I understand God to be? Does my church sit in the driver’s seat while my God rides in the spare tire compartment?
Does my church have the right to adjust and delete and add to the Word of God – His Holy Bible ?
Does my priest or pastor have the right to bully his/her way into my understanding – by “explaining God’s Word using trickery and deceit?”
Does my pastor or priest stand as a humble servant of God or as a blind hypocrite claiming to know the truth he or she cannot see?
Does my church have images as part of its decor when God’s commandment plainly states not to make or worship images?
Exodus 20:3-4 (KJV)
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Does my church operate as a bureaucratic organisation where leadership positions are given out primarily to persons who have money and abundant possessions while those with little are scorned and bypassed?
Does my church take its orders from God and do the leaders spend time praying and fasting for direction from God or are the preplanned ideas of men and women who don’t seek God or care what He says served up on a platter to the congregation?
The truth is my church must never be bigger than my God. My church cannot save me – but God is my salvation. The church that refuses to accept God’s Word is a false disobedient church.
Throughout the Holy Bible we have solid examples of the conflict that existed between good and evil in the church.
– what to worship,
– when to worship,
– how to worship,
– how to dress,
– what to eat,
– what to drink,
– who is Jesus, etc.
These conflicts begin to dissolve rapidly as soon as I put God in His rightful position – God is bigger than my church, God’s Word – His Holy Bible is bigger than my church. God is bigger than the priest, pastors and members of my church.
Matthew 27 (KJV)
1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death:
2 And when they had bound Him, they led Him away, and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
When I examine Matthew 27:1-2 and the pivotal wicked role played by “all the chief priests and elders of the people” in crucifying Jesus – I must ask myself: Is my church bigger than God?
The truth is my church must never be bigger than my God. My church cannot save me – but God is my salvation.
Psalms 28:7 (KJV)
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him.
Deuteronomy 33:26-29 (KJV)
There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in His excellency on the sky.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and He shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also His heavens shall drop down dew.
Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.