“For the time will come when men 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” (2 Timothy 4:3).
My pastors have said many times, “Choose your church as if your life depended on it.”
I thank God for the church I am part of. I thank God that He placed my family in a church where the pastors are bold enough to teach biblical Truth. They are obedient to what the Holy Spirit gives them to teach, not what would necessarily make them popular. A “feel good” message may bring more people in the door, but it will not always save them or help them break free from bondage in their lives.
I don’t need a church where I never feel convicted to change.
I need to be where I feel convicted, while knowing that God is going to help me change.
I don’t need pastors who don’t talk about sin.
I need pastors who acknowledge sin and teach me how to break free from it.
I don’t need pastors who would support me living a sinful lifestyle.
I need pastors who lovingly direct me to Jesus Christ, my Redeemer and Deliverer!
I don’t need a church where I never grow up spiritually.
I need pastors who encourage me to become who God created me to be.
I am so thankful for pastors who preach the Truth. Thank you to all of the pastors who preach the entire Word of God in love, no matter how uncomfortable it may be; no matter how many e-mails or phone calls you may get from disgruntled people. Despite how many times you are attacked for it, those of us under your spiritual authority thank you and are blessed to be part of your churches.
If you are looking for a church home today, I encourage you to choose your church as if your life depended on it. Choose one that preaches the Word of God in love – not one that preaches only what your flesh wants to hear, as 2 Tim. 4:3 says, but one that teaches what the bible says. Don’t look for a church that is necessarily “politically correct”. This may appear to be loving and right on the outside, but it’s actually keeping people in bondage and leading them to death if what they teach is not the true Word of God.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Prov. 14:12).
My life has changed dramatically over the last several years, and a huge part of it is due to my pastors, the love they have given me, the Truth they have shown me, and the dedication that they have to shepherd the flock that God has given them. They fear the Lord (respect and have reverence for), and have taught me to do the same.
This is a thank you to my pastors. I am so grateful for you.